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John Russell Miller

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John Russell Miller, 61, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014.

He is preceded in death by his parents Richard and Ester Miller of New York. He is survived by his daughter Regina James, son, John Miller Jr & his grandchildren, Grace and Jeremiah James.

He is also survived by his brother William Miller, his sisters Barbara Westfall and Patricia Wood, and several nieces and nephews. John was a truck driver at Arban and Carosi in Woodbridge, VA for 24 years. Family and friends are invited to John’s Celebration of Life at Lake Jackson Volunteer Fire Department, 11310 Coles Drive, Manassas, VA, on Saturday April 26 at 3:00 pm.

Irene Ann (Rene) Tierney

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In the early morning hours of March 24, 2014, Irene passed away peacefully of natural causes at home. She was 97 years old. Irene was a long time resident of Triangle and most recently of Fredericksburg VA.

Irene Tierney was born in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh, on April 15, 1916. She was the eldest of four children of John and Anna Fedor.

She attended St. Brendan’s Catholic School in Braddock where she played varsity basketball and graduated with a teaching degree from California State Teachers College. She married her high school sweetheart, Bernard Tierney. As a young couple, they relocated to Triangle, VA to start a restaurant business in Quantico. She was a founding member of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and the Altar Guild Society.

Irene opened Sharon Road School, a private First Grade, in 1953 to serve the needs of area military and civilian children. The school served hundreds of children until its closing in 1970. Always an innovator with a zest for people, Irene was an area leader with World Book Encyclopedia and volunteered at Potomac Hospital where she was then offered a position. After retiring (again), she began traveling and took great delight in coordinating trips for seniors to varied destinations. A lifelong walker, she became a competitor with the Virginia Senior Olympics and medaled in shot put and discus competitions for several years. Irene was also a House Delegate for the 52nd District as a member of the Silver-Haired Legislature for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 1995 Irene moved in with her son, Michael, in Lake Montclair to spend six months there and six months in Flower Mound, TX with her youngest daughter, Kathy. She relocated to Texas full time in 1997 and continued involvement with the Senior Olympics, tap dancing, Jazzercise, traveling, and took up oil painting. Irene relocated back to Virginia with the Notarnicola family in 2002 and settled in Fredericksburg at the family’s home of Autumns Gate Farm on the Ni River Reservoir. She was a member of both St. Patrick’s and St. Matthew’s parishes and continued her love of gardening and walking and visiting with the young riding students and their families. Irene enjoyed an active, full and loving life till taking to her bed in the family home only in recent years.

Irene always viewed life as a “cup half full” and never had a harsh word to say, but saw the good in everyone. She touched hundreds of lives over her lifetime with very special impact on her nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband Bernard A. Tierney, Sr., sons Bernard A. Tierney, Jr. and Paul R. Tierney, sister Dorothy Heatherington of Seminole, Florida and brother Robert Fedor of Bellingham, WA.

Irene is survived by son Michael B. Tierney of Fredericksburg, daughters Maureen Abdelnour of Westchester, NY and Kathleen Notarnicola of Fredericksburg, and her sister Mae Kaila, also residing in Fredericksburg. She leaves behind grandchildren: Katy Tierney of Richmond, Matthew Tierney of Spotsylvania, Sheil Altaf of Chantilly, Kaeryn Tierney of Lynchburg, Hatteras Tierney of Fredericksburg, Marisa Notarnicola of Long Island, Chris Notarnicola of Fredericksburg, Morgan Abdelnour of Stamford, CT and Duncan Abdelnour of Tampa, FL. Great-grandchildren include Molly, Quinn, Colleen and baby Anne Tierney of Spotsylvania and toddler Liak Altaf of Chantilly.

A celebration of Irene Tierney’s life will take place this Spring as the flowers she loved begin to bloom at Autumns Gate Farm. A date has not yet been set.

Special thanks are extended to Elida Andrade for her nursing care and especially to Gloria “Cookie” Tribby of Fredericksburg who was Irene’s best friend and companion for the past five years and was loved and embraced like a third daughter.

Richard N. Carper

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Richard N. Carper, 88 of Woodbridge Virginia died on Monday March 31, 2014 at home surrounded by his family. Richard is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Hazel D. Carper, daughter Patricia A. Weber, sons Clayton N. Carper, Andrew A. Carper, Jonathan W. Carper, 6 Grandchildren Lisa Yates, Julie Jackson, Meredith Brunkel, Stephanie Carper-Hansen, Steven A. Carper, Morgan A. Carper, 12 Great Grandchildren and 7 Great Great Grandchildren. Richard is preceded in death by his 11 siblings.

Richard was born July 21, 1925 in Kernersville North Carolina then moved to Winston Salem where he spent most of his childhood. He graduated from John W. Hanes High School before attending St. Bonaventure College in Orlean New York. Richard then enlisted in the US Army from 1941-1945 serving in WWII. He moved to Woodbridge in 1962 and began working for Safeway where he worked for 36 years before retiring in 1991. Richard was very active in the community, volunteering his time at the Woodbridge Little League and Sports Club, the Boosters for Woodbridge Senior High School and was a member of the American Legion.

Visitation will be held on Monday April 7, 2014 from 10-11:00 at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home 4143 Dale Blvd. Dale City, VA 22193 where services will be held at 11:00. Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery.

— Information from Mountcastle-Turch Funeral Home

Maria (Mer) Elena Alexander

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Maria (Mer) Elena Alexander, 58, of Woodbridge Va., passed away March 30, 2014. Maria was born on June 1, 1955 in Nyack, NY to the late Rafael A. Velez Sr. and the late Claudette Parker Velez.

Maria loved to travel, cook, bake and read, most of all she loved her family. Maria touched many lives and was loved by many; her smile would light up a room.

Maria was a native New Yorker, moving to Virginia in 1978, where she made a home for her family.

Maria is survived by her husband, Andra Tyrone Alexander Sr., her three children, Andra Tyrone Alexander Jr., his wife Sonya and their four children Isabelle, Shareef, Ravyn and Amare (GA), Ricardo Xavier Alexander and Mercedes Elena Alexander (VA), her sisters and brother Carmen I. Velez (VA), Ricardo Velez and his wife Shana (NY), Barbara A. Velez (VA) Doris Thacker and her husband Stacy (OH) and Azalia Velez-Nin and her husband Antonio(NY). Maria is also survived by her maternal aunt and uncle Barbara Eaton and Morris Parker (NY), paternal aunts Doris Velez and Edna Acevedo (NY) and paternal uncles Ramon and Jose Velez (PR). Maria is pre-deceased by her brother and sister Rafael A. Velez Jr. and Dionisia Velez. She also leaves to mourn her a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and a numerous amount of friends.

— Information from Mountcastle-Turch Funeral Home

Waltraud “Marie” Lope

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Waltraud “Marie” Lope, age 78, of Lake Ridge, VA, passed away on March 30, 2014. Beloved wife of 21 years to Ernest Lope who passed in 1993. Loving mother of Charles Miner (Stacy), Howard Miner, Tina Garner (Darrell), and Ernie Lope, Jr,. Cherished grandmother of Kyle Miner, Jesse Miner and Nicholas Weappa. Dear sister of Edith Schmidt (Peter) She was predeceased by an infant daughter Angelika Miner.

Visitation and service information is pending.

— Information from Mountcastle-Turch Funeral Home

Narcisa A. Price

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Narcisa A. Price, age 76. Of Woodbridge, VA, passed away on March 29, 2014. Beloved wife of 18 years to Edwin CMV Price, Sr. Loving mother of Gerald Sol Cruz (Jennifer). Cherished grandmother of Geraldine, Jennielyne and Emmanuel Sol Cruz. Dear sister of Mario Amihan, Bobot Amihan, Esperanza Capati and Gloria Amihan.


The family will receive friends at the MOUNTCASTLE TURCH FUNERAL HOME, 4143 Dale Boulevard, Dale City, VA on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM. A second visitation and service will be at a later date when Arlington National Cemetery has an interment date.


— Information from Mountcastle-Turch Funeral Home

Doris C. Deese

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Doris C. Deese, 83, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away March 27, 2014. She is survived by her daughters, Shirley Sarraga (Jerry) and Donna Antolick (Carl); son, John Deese (Meghan); 4 grandchildren, Diana, Brian, Stephanie, and Carl; and 3 great grandchildren. She is also survived by a host of family and friends including her loving caregiver Diana Gyasa. The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 4-8 p.m. at Miller Funeral Home, 3200 Golansky Blvd., Woodbridge. Interment will be private.

Joetta O’Neill

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On Friday, March 28, Joetta O’Neill, 83, passed away peacefully after a brief illness. She had been residing with her son and daughter-in-law, Gary & Lisa O’Neill, in Tall Timbers, Maryland.

Joetta was born February 14, 2013 in Accotink, VA to Norris Allen Dawson and Virginia Mae (Harrison) Dawson. She was a caring and supportive mother who loved music, family and friends. Joetta graduated from Mount Vernon High School before marrying and beginning her family. She lived her life in Lorton, VA and worked as an executive secretary until her retirement at age 74. In addition, she devoted over 30 years as the organist for Cranford United Methodist Church in Lorton, VA. She enjoyed membership in the VFW and American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, where she excelled in becoming district president. Her accomplishments beyond being a dependable friend and loving mother are too numerous to mention. She is survived by two brothers, Ronald Dawson of Chesapeake, VA and Allen (Joyce) Dawson of Great Falls, VA and her children, Gary (Lisa) O’Neill of Tall Timbers, MD; Shawn (Liz) O’Neill of Titusville, FL; Andrea Tucker (Daryl) of Cocoa Beach, FL, Nancy (Brian) Ross of Fredericksburg; 6 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and one great-grandchild due any day. Joetta’s friendship, spirit and joy will be missed by many. A service to celebrate her life will be held on April 3, 2014 with viewing from 10-11am and services to follow in Cranford United Methodist Church, 9912 Old Colchester Road, Lorton, VA. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Victor Humberto Diaz Duenas

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Victor Humberto Diaz Duenas, of Annandale, VA, passed on March 26, 2014. He is predeceased by his father Victor Manuel Diaz Garcia. Victor is survived by his daughter Berenice Diaz. His is also survived by his mother Carmen Julia Duenas Perez, and his sisters Iris, Carmen, Sonia, and Rocio. A memorial service will held at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Mountcastle Turch Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Boulevard, Dale City, VA


Don Wilson Williams

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Don Wilson Williams, age 86, of Woodbridge, VA, passed away peacefully on March 26, 2014. Beloved husband of 58 years to the late Elizabeth Williams. Loving father of John “Robert” Williams (Rosemary Sedlock), and the late Douglas Wiley Williams. Cherished grandfather of Heidi Marie Clary (Steve), Joshua Sedlock and Matthew Sedlock. Great grandfather of Michela, JD, and Aiden. Dear brother of Betty Williams Remont (Late Roy), and Charles Williams (Edith).

The family will receive friends at the MOUNTCASTLE TURCH FUNERAL HOME, 4143 Dale Boulevard, Dale City, VA 22193 on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM, where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11:30 AM. Interment will follow in Quantico National Cemetery at 1 PM with Military Honors.

Gregory Steven Hall

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Gregory Steven Hall, age 24, of Dale City, VA, passed away suddenly on March 23, 2014. Beloved son of Lesa Donahue Hall and Gregory Stephen Hall. Loving father of Ethan Tomas Hall and Ethan’s mother Stephanie Williams survives; and Austin Hall and Austin’s mother Jessica survives. Dear brother of Meaghan Tobin (Jesse). Cherished grandson of Zanie Lee Donahue-Wolle (William D.) and Jerry Donahue (Patricia). Adored Nephew of Jerry Donahue, Jr. (Karelyn). Also loved by his cousins Jackson Donahue and Ashley Morris.

Gregory was only with us for a short time on this earth. His life was full of both sadness and joy, and he is now in God’s Care, where his eternal life will be in a better place. His heart was big, but not big enough to handle today’s world. He leaves behind many loved ones and family. He will always remain in our hearts and prayers until we all meet again in the next life.

The family will receive friends at the MOUNTCASTLE TURCH FUNERAL HOME, 4143 Dale Boulevard, Dale City, VA 22191 on Friday, March 28, 2014 from 6 to 8 PM where a Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Fairview Baptist Church, 900 Charlotte Street (Corner of Little Page Street), Fredericksburg, VA 22401 or the Empower House, Fredericksburg, VA

Colonel James M. Lowe

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Colonel James M. Lowe

Retired Colonel James Michael “Mike” Lowe, 59, of Stafford, Virginia, died on March 21, 2014 at Mary Washington Hospital. Surrounded by his loving family and friends, he lost his 17-month battle with lung cancer. Beloved son, husband, father and Marine’s Marine, Mike was born on June 9, 1954 in Augusta, Georgia to Kathryn and the late Horace Mike Lowe. His adolescent and teen years were spent in Irwinton, Georgia in the loving home of his mother and his late step-father, Colon Lamar Wilson.

In 1972 he was awarded a Marine ROTC Scholarship to the University of South Carolina where he earned a B.A. in Military History. Upon graduation in May of 1976, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.

As an Infantry Officer, Colonel Lowe served in all 4 Marine Divisions and made eight Marine Expeditionary Unit Deployments, including one as a Company Commander in 2nd Battalion 6th Marines deployed to Beirut, Lebanon as part of the Multi-National Peace Keeping Force. He attended the Amphibious Warfare School, Quantico, Virginia; the Army Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk, Virginia; and the Marine Corps War College, Quantico, Virginia. After graduating from the War College 1996, he was assigned to the faculty of the Marine Corps Command and Staff College where he served as the Course Director for Warfighting. During this assignment he was the recipient of his favorite honor, the Marine Corps University’s annual Rose Award for teaching excellence.

Varied duty assignments included Series Officer at MCRD Parris Island, the Officer Assignment Branch at Head Quarters Marine Corps, the Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR) in Stuttgart, Germany; Inspector Instructor of 2nd Battalion 24th Marines in Chicago, Illinois; G-3 Operations Officer, III Marine Expeditionary Force; Assistant Chief of Staff G-3, 3rd Marine Division; and the high point of his time in Okinawa, Commanding Officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable).

Colonel Lowe’s last tour of duty was as the Commander of Marine Corps Base, Quantico, Virginia and he enjoyed completing his 30 year career where it had begun, at Quantico, the “Crossroads of the Corps”.

His service as a Marine is best described in the words of General Al Gray, 29th Commandant of the Marine Corps: “Mike is a very special Marine Warrior, one of a kind, who has made many significant contributions to our Country and to the Nation’s Corps of Marines.”

After 30 years of active service Colonel Lowe joined the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies as a Research Fellow and subsequently, Senior Research Fellow. For the past eight years he led the Center for Emerging Threats and Opportunities, an in-house think tank for the Marine Corps.

An active member of the local community, Mike was a Life Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a past Vice Commander and Commander of Post # 1503, Dale City, Virginia. Of his many accomplishments, Mike was most proud of his family and treasured the many adventures they shared during assignments throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. Colonel Lowe is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan; his son Jameson; daughters, Alexis and Shannon; his mother Kathryn; sisters Karen and Sharon; his brother Wade; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (, the USMC Wounded Warrior Regiment (, or the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation (

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Charlotte Iliff Lafean

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Charlotte Iliff Lafean, formerly of Fredon, NJ, and late of Vernon, NJ, March 8 in Nokesville, VA. Mrs. Lafean was the daughter of the late Fred C. Iliff and Geraldine S. Iliff of Newton, New Jersey, and an alumna of Newton High School ’47, of Cedar Crest College ’50, and St Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing ’53. Her sixty-year nursing career, largely in Emergency Room treatment, spanned the innovations of Intensive Care (ICU), Cardiac Care (CCU), and Shock/Trauma; school, camp, correctional, and home care nursing, and nursing training. A board member of the Emergency Department Nurses’ Association (EDNA) while employed at Newton Memorial Hospital, she later served at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Warwick, NY, and in northern Virginia at Potomac, Fairfax, and Mount Vernon Hospitals, and led the medical unit at the Alexandria, Virginia jail.

A lifelong devotee of music, Mrs. Lafean sang in the choirs of Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, Virginia, and St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church in Vernon, New Jersey, and the Alexandria Chorale. She studied violin and piano, and encouraged music in schools and among her family. She served on the Organ Committee of St. Thomas’ as well as its Vestry and rector search committees, and as its acolyte master; and had been a lay reader and lay Eucharistic minister at both houses of worship. St. Thomas’ ministries to hikers on the nearby Appalachian Trail and to local homeless also benefited from her efforts, especially her skill in nutrition and cooking. She was a consistent supporter of Brentsville District High School wrestling and football.

Mrs. Lafean raised a small family and lent her heart to her children and their friends as Cub Scout den mother, Girl Scout Brownie leader, 4-H leader, and ‘Doctor Mom’. But she was also prone to adopting, ad hoc, anyone who came into a need for parenting, guidance, or support. Her informal children drew on her practical sense, high principles, accumulated wisdom, and ever-evident caring to turn personal disaster into new beginnings or to chart new directions in their own lives. All very fondly remember the ‘universal Mom’ and most have remained in contact up to her death.

Charlotte was predeceased by her parents, husband Edward L. Lafean of Lake Ridge, Virginia, formerly of Newton, New Jersey, and a daughter, Celia Jane Lafean, and is survived by two brothers and a sister, John L Iliff of Branchville, New Jersey, Fred C. Iliff Jr. of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Virginia I. Morrow of St. Ansgar, Iowa; a daughter, Margaret L. (Warren) Prados of Nokesville, Virginia, a son, Edward L. (Patricia) Lafean of Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and grandchildren Sarah C. Prados and William E. Prados of Nokesville, and Virginia L. Lafean and Emmalee L. Lafean of Basking Ridge, and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held at Pohick Episcopal Church, Lorton, VA, March 28 at 10:30 AM; family will receive well-wishers at the church following the service. Private interment in New Jersey will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family invites expressions of sympathy to the American Lung Association or to the music program of either church.

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