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York County and Poquoson Obituaries
Ruth Ann Taylor
Ruth Taylor was born August 291 1930. She passed away on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at the age of 84. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband John W. Taylor. She is survived by her daughter Tina M. Birqe, her grandson Zachary Birge and his wife Kristina Birge. She was a resident of Virginia for many years and lived with her family in Oklahoma for the last 8 years. She was a homemaker and a volunteer. She was a wonderful wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother and a new grandmotherin- law. She was always willing to help her family freely asking nothing in return. She always tried to make those around her comfortable and happy. She will be truly missed by her family and her friends in Virginia and her new friends in Oklahoma. She is home now, free of pain and struggles. Comfort, peace, and God's grace await her. A graveside service was held at Noon on Sunday, December 14, 2014 in Hampton Memorial Gardens.
Toshiko S. Wood
Wood imageToshiko S. Wood, 80, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014 surrounded by her family. Mrs. Wood was a native of Amori-Ken, Japan and a Hampton resident since 1966. She retired from Klate Holt 1996 after 30 years of service in reproduction department. She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother. She enjoyed fishing and gardening as well as working at the gym. She was preceded in death by her first husband Victor Dianna and her second husband Grady Wood and is survived by her sons, Anthony V. Dianna (Sandra) and James Dianna (Samantha) and several brothers and sisters; 2 grandchildren, Kayla Nicole Dianna and James Michael Dianna and 2 step grandchildren, Rebecca Chaffin and Rosie Mcfather. A memorial service will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, December 18, 2014 in Freedom Life Church, 35 Tide Mill Lane, Hampton, VA. Burial will be private. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
Joan Voltimer Passanisi
Joan V. Passanisi passed away Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Joan was born in New York City in 1933 and was a peninsula resident since 1935. She was employed with Newport News Schools as a librarian assistant for 20 years retiring in 1990. She was preceded in death by her two sons, Joseph Passanisi, Jr. and Herbert Passanisi and a daughter, Cynthia Albertson. She leaves behind her husband of almost 50 years Joseph Passanisi, Sr; a daughter, Donna Altizer and her husband Richard of Croaker; 4 grandchildren, Brandi Armstrong, Damian Lanning and Michael Passanisi of Newport News and Angie Knight of Gloucester; nine great-grandchildren and her best friends Mildred Schanz and Ruth Lesson. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 12, 2014, in the chapel of Amory Funeral Home with Rev. Joel S. Neubauer officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the York County Fire and Rescue/Life Safety, P.O. Box 532, Yorktown, VA 23692. Arrangements by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, VA.
Betty C. Maddrea
Maddrea imageBetty C. Maddrea, 77, passed away Sunday, December 7, 2014. Betty was born in Richmond, VA and was a 1955 graduate of John Marshall High School. She was a Peninsula resident since 1963. She retired from NASA in 1999 after 15 years of government service and was a member of Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church in Yorktown. Betty was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Betty was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, George L. Maddrea, Jr. and a sister, Louise Slaughter. She is survived by a son, Blair Scott Maddrea and his wife Theodora of Glen Allen, VA; daughters, Leigh Ann Carroll and her husband Steve of Williamsburg, VA and Jean Cusmano and her husband Vinnie of Frisco, TX; seven grandchildren, Kelly, Justin, Nicholas, Amber, Nikolas, Karl and Alexander; a nephew, Steve Slaughter and a niece, Doris Hodges. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at Crooks Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. David Hampton officiating. Interment will follow at 2:00 pm at Washington Memorial Park in Sandston, VA. The family will receive friends from 5:00 - 7:00 pm on Wednesday, December 10, at Amory Funeral Home, Grafton. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, 3701 Pender Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22030.
Jeanetta Stewart Topping
Topping imageJeanetta Topping, 72, passed away Thursday, December 11, 2014. She was native of Lumberton, NC, and was a Yorktown resident. She was a former resident of Poquoson, was a homemaker, and a Baptist. Jeanetta was preceded in death by her parents, Cora and Garfield Hammonds, seven brothers and sisters, and her son, David Hammonds. She is survived by her children, Eddie Hammonds, Gary Stewart, Deborah Jacobs, and Grayson Topping & wife, Erika; brothers, Larry Hammonds and James Henry Hammonds; sisters, Cora Chavis, Margie Peace, and Margaretta Dviatkowski; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Sunday, Dec. 14, 6:00-8:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson. A funeral service will be held Monday, Dec. 15, 1:00 PM, at the funeral home by Pastor Dan Cromer. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Hampton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A 102, Newport News, VA, 23606, or to Shelton on the Bay, 1300 N. Mallory St., Hampton, VA, 23663. Online condolences to claytorrollins.com . "Special thanks to the Shelton on the Bay assisted living center for their care and support."

 





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