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Francis Gerard McBride

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Francis (Frank) G. McBride of Nokesville, VA passed away peacefully on July 17, 2017 (age 71) after a valiant battle against cancer. Born on June 17, 1946 to William J McBride, Jr. and Magdalena (Lee) Nuber McBride both of whom predeceased him.After receiving his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University (1968) he then received his J D degree from the University of Virginia in 1971. In Northern Virginia and The District of Columbia he practiced law for over 27 years. He was a member of the bars of the Supreme Court for United States and the Fourth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals. He specialized in juvenile, commercial litigation and landlord/tenant law.
He had a great involvement with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). His involvement with SCCA was as Instructor and Crew Chief for multiple race teams. Frank assisted with the SCCA Summit Point drivers’ school for many years and served as the DC Region’s counsel for several decades.
Mr McBride is survived by his brothers William (Charla) of Acworth GA and Stephen of Berkley, CA. Also surviving are his nephews Michael (Dawn) and Robert (Amy) and niece Victoria as well as 6 great nieces and nephews. In addition his cousins James McBride and Margaret (Peggy) Walsh.
Celebrations of Life will be held in Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at later dates. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Irene R. O’Konski

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IRENE ROGACKI O’KONSKI of Nokesville VA, died peacefully in her home on July 15, 2017.
Born in Harrison NJ in 1925, Irene was the daughter of John and Leona Rogacki. She graduated St Cecilia High School in 1943 and attended Morris County Community College in 1977, receiving a computer languages certificate. She married Alphons O’Konski in 1951. They had four children, and resided mainly in Mountainside NJ. Residence in Nokesville VA commenced in 1984. Irene’s marriage, family and home flourished by her love, wisdom and touch for over 65 years. She is survived by her loving husband, four sons, four daughters-in-law, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Irene viewed her vocation to be mother and homemaker for her family, to whom she was proudly and lovingly committed. Her Catholic faith, Polish heritage, and her family were of highest importance. She was an accomplished chef and baker, a church choir soprano, an enthusiastic traveler, and a voracious reader. Family holidays and celebrations were important to her, and she orchestrated them personally, especially the Christmas Vigils. She enjoyed the seashore and fostered many beachside family vacations. She completed a pilgrimage to Rome in 2001. It included meeting St John Paul II, who conversed with her in Polish, blessed her, and encouraged her.
Our Irene will be remembered for her generous and loving nature, her personal talents, creativity and accomplishment, and the patient selfless support she granted to her husband and children, her extended family, and many friends. Her beauty, talents and judgment were peerless. And her sharp intelligence and keen sense of humor left its mark.
There will be a Funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Manassas on Thursday July 21 at 11 AM, preceded by a viewing at 10, and followed by burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider arranging for a Mass for the repose of her soul, or consider a donation to Karen Ann Quinlan Center of Hope Hospice in Newton NJ (http://www.karenannquinlanhospice.org), one of Irene’s special projects.

Adam Christopher Capers

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Adam Christopher Capers was born on December 22, 1968 in Cleveland, Ohio to Darrel Capers, Sr. and Debra Coleman, just eight minutes ahead of his twin brother Alan. He departed this life on July 3, 2017 in Okinawa, Japan at the age of 48. Adam was a 1988 James Ford Rhodes High School graduate; he attended his beloved alma-mater Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science in 1996.

Adam was always known as an all-around great guy with a big heart. Adam married his wife Stacey in 2000, two years after he had a serendipitous meeting with her father in 1998. Their union produced two children, Arielle and Evan. Family was Adam’s highest priority. He loved being a father and made sure he spent memorable moments with his family – whether it was playing Legos with his son, taking long drives with his daughter just to talk, or sharing funny stories about his childhood, or going on runs/walks with his wife. He also enjoyed cooking breakfast on the weekends while often Skyping family members; he enjoyed watching Westerns, Sci-Fi movies, and Big 10 games. His other favorite pastime on Saturday evenings was to watch historical profiles and “extreme” reality TV shows on Discovery Channel and National Geographic. A devoted Clevelander, he could tell you anything about the city and is a die-hard fan of the Indians, the Browns, and Cavaliers.

Adam initially professed his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ on May 11, 1980 at Eastview United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio. He later rededicated his life to Christ in 2006, while under the ministry of Reverend Elder Burnard Furbush, Sr. and his wife Marilyn – his spiritual parents. He was an active member of Word Alive Church International in Manassas, VA continuing to grow in discipleship, and serving in many parts of the ministry under the leadership of Bishop Wesley T. Cherry, Sr.

Adam began his professional career with Ryerson Tull, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. He continued working in business management and procurement at Laughlin, Marionaccio & Owens Advertising, Inc. in Arlington, Virginia, The Chimes, Inc, in Baltimore, Maryland, and then at SourceAmerica in Vienna, VA where he worked as a Senior Project Manager for 10 years. He most recently served as an Administrative Officer for the Department of State.

Since appearing with Stacey on Season 6 of NBC’s, The Biggest Loser in 2008, he prioritized a healthy work/life balance and committed to working out 4 – 5 times a week. Since 2010 until relocating overseas, Adam ran the Turkey Trot in Cleveland on Thanksgiving Day. He also finished the DC Half Marathon in 2010. He volunteered as a soccer coach for two seasons during the family’s time in Okinawa. He was known for spending hours outside maintaining a perfectly manicured lawn. He enjoyed trying out new wine selections at least once a month. He also had an eclectic taste in music; his favorite groups being U2, Depeche Mode, and the Cure.

Adam is survived by his father Darrel and mother Debra; his wife Stacey, and their children Arielle and Evan; his brothers Alan and Darrel, Jr.; his sisters Kayla (Frank), Loreal (LaRon), LeAndra, and Cheyenne; his grandmother Ida; his great uncle Roy, his great aunts Margaret and Ruth, his aunt Olivia (Gary); his uncles Quinn, Charles (Freida), and Mayo; his nephews DeAndre, Dominick, Landon, Leighton, and great nephew Dayton; his parents-in-love Otto and Arlene; his brother-in-love David; and hosts of aunts, uncles, cousins and good friends. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Alice, Oliver and Quinn II; and his great uncle Ted.

A memorial service will be held at Word Alive Church International at 8517 Rixlew Lane, Manassas, VA 20109 on Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 3:30pm, to be officiated by Bishop Wesley T. Cherry, Sr. Details for his final memorial service and internment at Eastview United Church of Christ in Cleveland, Ohio will be provided shortly.

The family has established an online memorial fund at www.gofundme.com/celebration-of-life-for-adam-capers. Donations in Adam’s name may also be made to March of Dimes at www.marchofdimes.org in lieu of flowers. Cards of comfort may be sent to the family in care of Word Alive Church International, 8517 Rixlew Lane, Manassas, VA 20109.

Kenneth William Berkemeyer

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Kenneth William Berkemeyer of Catlett Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 13, 2017. He passed on at the Adler Center for Caring, Van Metre Campus, in Aldie Virginia at the age of 82.

Ken was born in Belvedere Gardens, California on January 19, 1935, and remained in California until moving to Virginia in December, 2015. He proudly served in the United States Army and was a pipe fitter welder for the Lever Brothers Company for 32 years before retiring at age 57. He enjoyed watching all kinds of sports but in particular college football and horse track racing. What he was most passionate about was his growing love and knowledge of Christ Jesus and his family.

Ken is survived by his loving children; Katherine Aviani, Karen Kettell and husband Kent, of Catlett, Virginia, Brian Berkemeyer and wife Holley, of Freeport, Maine, Bruce Berkemeyer and wife Tana, of Stevenson, Washington, and Teri Spence and husband Shaun, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was the devoted grandfather to 19 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Ken will be peacefully laid to rest in Quantico National Cemetery. There will be an intimate grave side service for immediate family, officiated by Pastor Billy Ross of Centreville Baptist Church.
Special thanks to the staff of the trauma ICU of Inova Fairfax Hospital and Adler Center for Caring for making his last days as peaceful and comfortable as possible. Ken was a firm believer in God and we can rest assured in the knowledge that he is now with our heavenly father. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him and we will always carry his memory forever in our hearts.

Catherine Norman

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Catherine Norman (Mamie), age 57 of Manassas V.A. died on July 14, 2017. Loving mother of Jamie Harmon. She is survived by 4 sisters, Shirley Dove, Deborah Harrell, both of Manassas V.A. Diane Smith of Rustburg V.A. Barbara Poole of Fredericksburg V.A. Also 3 brothers, Larry Woodruff of N.C. Warren Poole and Jimmy Poole of M.D. Life partner Terry Norman. Family viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street Manassas, V.A. 20110 from 4-5p.m. family receiving friends from 5-7 p.m. Funeral service begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 family receiving friends at 10 a.m. followed by Interment at Stonewall Memory Gardens 12004 Lee Highway Manassas, V.A. 20109