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Obituaries

Karen Steinmuller Van Rosendale
RosendaleK imageKaren Van Rosendale, wife of John Van Rosendale and mother of Brian Van Rosendale, died suddenly on New Year’s Eve. Karen, a CPA, was working in her office in Newport News answering last minute tax questions. Her death was completely unexpected. There will be a memorial service Sunday at 3:00 at St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Virginia. Karen was born Nov 15, 1954, the daughter of Herbert and Edith Steinmuller. She grew up in Arlington and McLean, suburbs of Washington, D.C. and has three sisters, Christina Steinmuller, Susan Carlson and Carol Jarrell. Always an A student, Karen graduated in Business and Accounting from the College of William and Mary. After several career moves, she became a partner in the small accounting firm Hart & Steinmuller, P.C. She met her future husband John at a ballroom dancing class and they married April 27, 1997. The following year they had a son, Brian, a Computer Science student at Virginia Tech. Hart & Steinmuller merged with the larger firm Malvin, Riggins, & Company, P.C. a few years later, providing Karen with a more relaxed schedule and allowing her to spend more time with her family. Karen loved nature. The Van Rosendale family visited Yosemite, Sequoia, and Mount Rainier N.P. many times, camping and hiking the trails. In fact, one of Karen and John’s early "dates” was hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. The Van Rosendale family had been planning future National Park vacations, including one this spring. Karen was the loving aunt to more than a dozen nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Karen attended St. Stephens Lutheran Church in Williamsburg starting in her college days. She liked St. Stephens’ intimate church-in-the-round design, originally created by Thomas Jefferson, and the church’s friendly atmosphere. Karen and John were married there, Brian was baptized there, and Karen was the Treasurer there for many years. Though the planned family vacations with Karen can now never happen, the family just celebrated a lovely Christmas and participated in the beautiful candlelight Christmas Eve service at St. Stephens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Stephens or to the National Park Foundation.
Karen (Champ) Jackson
JacksonK imageKaren Champ Jackson, 52, went to be with Our Lord after a short illness with metastatic cancer. A native of Poquoson, Karen attended Poquoson High School and graduated in 1984. Following high school, she entered the Riverside Hospital School of Nursing and graduated in 1987. Karen's love of children led her to her first job in dialysis at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters where she remained for 9 years. Throughout her career as a nurse, Karen worked in several different places. Focusing primarily on dialysis, she worked at Hampton General Hospital, Sentara Careplex, was the general manager at Davita Dialysis for 7 years and until her passing, was the area manager a Fresenius Renal Care. Karen loved spending time with her long haired chihuahua, Coda, driving her 2008 California Special Mustang, collecting frogs, listening to country music, supporting her Washington Redskins, adorning the color blue and sapphires, cruising the Caribbean, enjoying a Diet Mountain Dew and fulfilling her calling of being a nurse. Karen was always there to help anyone and her family. Karen is preceded in rest by her father, Eugene Champ, Sr.; brothers, Eugene Champ, Jr. and Larry Champ. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Michael Jackson; mother, Myrna Champ; daughter, Nichole Wright; grandson, Brantley Wright brother, Daniel Champ; stepson, Brandon Jackson, nieces, Christina Champ, Crystal Champ, Reba Champ; nephews, Damion Champ and Daniel Champ, Jr. A visitation will be held at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home Thursday from 5:30 to 7:30 and a funeral service will be held 12:00 p.m. Friday, January 11 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Poquoson with the burial immediately following at Parklawn Memorial Park. Online Condolences may be made at ClaytorRollins.com
Leonard "Lenny” Dale Morse
MorseL imageAfter a long and courageous six year battle with multiple cancers, Leonard "Lenny” Dale Morse, 68, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019. He was a native of Elizabethon, TN and a Poquoson resident for the past 28 years. After graduating from Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School, Lenny enjoyed a 40 year career at the shipyard, working his way up to a Rigger General Foreman and also became a Master Shipbuilder. He was a member of Emmaus Baptist Church. Lenny had a special love of music, which included playing his guitars and singing. During his free time he would enjoy many golf outings and fishing trips with friends and family. In the more recent years, you could find him walking in the park with his two fur babies, Carmella and Balto. He met many new friends during his walks. Lenny was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mamie Morse; sister, Merita Morse; brother, Wayne Morse; and his beloved son, Aaron Morse. He is survived by brothers, Paul Morse and Jimmy Morse (Jean); sisters, Carol Whitley (Ken), Phyllis Thomas (Wayne), Teddy Rohrbach (Sterling), Violet Firth (Jim), Cindy Jenkins and Gail Lesesne (Ralph); special friend, Carol Gardner; former wife, Debbie; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held Monday, January, 14, 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, and at other times the family will receive friends at his niece Lisa Swartzbaugh's home. Leonard's funeral service will be held Tuesday, January 15, 11:00 AM at Emmaus Baptist Church, Poquoson led by Pastor Scott Wade. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. Memorial contributions may be made to Emmaus Baptist Church Renovation Fund, 814 Yorktown Rd., Poquoson, VA 23662 or to the Peninsula Lost Chord Club, 121 Mill Lane, Yorktown VA 23692. Online Condolences may be made at ClaytorRollins.com
Gloria Shields
ShieldsG imageGloria A. Shields, 88, passed away on Friday, January 11, 2019. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Rodman B. (Peanut) Shields and her parents and a sister, Sharon Garrison She is survived by a son Jackie Shields and his wife Joy; a grandson Rodman Shields and his wife Nora; twin great granddaughters, Avery and Stella. She is also survived by a sister Jean Bowler and her husband Ronnie and other extended family members and close friends. She loved to cook for family and friends and instilled that love in her grandson, Rodman, who has pursued his career as an executive chef and partner in two restaurants in Dallas. Gloria was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, always putting her loved ones first. A visitation will be held from 6:00-7:30 pm on Monday, January 14, at Zion United Methodist Church in Seaford. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, January 15, at Zion United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at a reception in the church social hall following services. The family would ask that memorial donations be made to Zion Methodist Church Building Fund, 2109 Seaford Road, Seaford, VA, 23696 and flowers would be appreciated as well. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton
Ronald Preston Moore
MooreR imageRonald Preston Moore, 76, passed away on Wednesday, January 9, 2019. Ronnie, Hampton native and Gloucester resident since 1983, was owner of Ronnie’s Landscaping and Hauling until he retired in 2008. He was a member of White Marsh Baptist Church and was attending Lebanon Christian Church. A member of the Harley Owners Group (HOG), he enjoyed riding his Harley with friends. In 2003 he enjoyed a ride to Milwaukee, WI, with members of HOG to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Harley motorcycle. On Friday nights he could be found at Hardees enjoying camaraderie with fellow classic car owners. But dearer to Ronnie’s heart was his wife Nancy of 56 years, his three children, six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. A loving family man, he enjoyed large family gatherings. Survivors include his loving wife Nancy; children, Cathie Harlan, Thomas Moore, and Kelly Hall; brother, Richard Aubrey Moore, Jr.; 6 grandchildren, Emalee, Kyle, Mandee, Aaron, Tyler, and Gillian; and 6 great-grandchildren Lilly, Carter Grace, Logan, Vincent and Max. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Beulah Moore and sister, Nancy Elaine Lane. The family will receive friends on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at Amory Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday January 19, 2019, at 1:30 PM in Amory Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis Worsham, officiating. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Parkinson Disease Foundation, Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 or to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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