Obituaries for December 23
by Staff Writer
CORNELIUS – Lauren Margaret Weich, 41, of Cornelius died unexpectedly Dec. 1, 2011 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
Born in Woodbury, N.J. on Oct. 14, 1970, Weich attended the Wheeling Jesuit College of Wheeling, W. Va., earning a nursing degree. She most recently worked as a registered nurse at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center in Mooresville.
Weich is survived by her husband, Grady L. Garris Jr.; their four daughters, Michaela, Elizabeth, Rhianna and Sabrina Garris; her mother, Margaret Aheam-Sotomayor, of Cornelius; brothers Dr. Daniel J. Herman, of Seattle, and Kevin M. Herman, of Huntersville; nephews John Herman, Charles Herman and Kevin M. Herman Jr.; sisters-in-law Arelis Herman and Diana Herman; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
A funeral Mass was held earlier this month at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville.
A fund has been established to help provide for the Garris children. Donations may be made to the Garris Children’s Fund c/o Fifth Third Bank 20301 W. Catawba Ave. Cornelius, NC 28031. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Good Samaritan Funeral Home, Denver, was in charge.
CORNELIUS – Helen Tomchuk, 89, of Cornelius and Port Huron, Mich. died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011. She was born in Fisher Branch, Canada on Feb. 7, 1922, to the late Adam and the late Katherine Malenchak.
Survivors include her daughters, Gail Kelly and husband, Charles, of Port Huron, Deborah Tomchuk, of Hendersonville, and Lisa Hartman and husband, Mark, of Cornelius.
A memorial service will be held in Port Huron.
Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee was in charge.
Robert D. Butner
HUNTERSVILLE – Robert Drennan Butner, 74, of Huntersville died Dec. 16, 2011 at the Levine Dickson Hospice House.
Butner was born March 7, 1937 in Lavergne, Tenn. to the late Thomas Aubrey Butner and Della Garner Butner. He was a veteran of the US Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his daughter Lori Butner Hamrick and husband, Timothy, of Gastonia; son Charles Butner, of Charlotte; grandchildren, Kristy, Amy, James, P.J., Thomas James; and seven great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Levine Dickson Hospice House, 11900 Vanstory Dr. Huntersville, NC 28078.
A graveside service was held Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 at the Salisbury National Cemetery.
Samuel S. James, Funeral Service Licensee was in charge.
Joseph W. Allen
DAVIDSON – Joseph “Joe” Wayne Allen, 84, of Davidson, died Dec. 14, 2011 at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.
Born Sept. 20, 1927 in Howell, Mich., to the late William and the late Eva Docking Allen, Allen was a graduate of Michigan State University and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary Allen; and brother, Robert Allen.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Shirley Gabsdell Allen; children, Sherry Francis and husband, Sandy, of Mooresville, Judith Kaminsky and husband, Mark, of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Joseph Allen and wife, Edeltrud, of Corning, N.Y.; brother, William R. Allen of Northport, Mich.; grandchildren, Jennifer Hammett and husband, Jeff, Shaun Thomas and wife, Stephanie, Zach Francis, Ashley Francis, Isaac Kaminsky, Noah Kaminsky; and great grandchildren, Kendall and Audrey Hammett, and Chance and Brooke Thomas.
A memorial service was held Monday, Dec. 19, at Davidson United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jody Seymour officiating.
Memorials may be made to The Pines at Davidson Residence Fund, 400 Avinger Lane, Davidson, NC 28036 and/or National Parkinson’s Foundation, Gift Processing Center, PO Box 5018 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5018.
Cavin Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, was in charge.
Betty H. Ranson
HUNTERSVILLE – Betty Hooks Ranson, 81, of Huntersville, died Dec. 11, 2011.
Ranson, daughter of the late Walter Robert and the late Lola Reid Hooks, was born in Belmont on Feb. 8, 1930. She grew up in Mooresville and later in Cornelius.
Ranson was an active member of Huntersville Presbyterian Church, where she served as Sunday school teacher, Circle leader, Women of the Church officer, Clerk of Session and Elder. She was also active for many years in the Huntersville Woman’s Club.
In 1974, Ranson and her husband, Bobby Ranson, founded the North Mecklenburg Plumbing Co Inc. Betty handled the administrative end of the business.
Ranson is survived by her husband of 61 years; son, Robert Ranson, Jr. and wife, Jo, of Mooresville; daughter, Julie Hester and husband, Hal, of Huntersville; grandchildren, Stacy Ryan and husband, Shawn, of Apex, Lacy Ranson of Apex, Bernie Ranson and wife, Kim, of Massachusetts, Wil Hester and wife, Katie, of Charlotte, Bill Ranson and wife, Alli, of Durham, and Luke Hester of Huntersville; sister, Doris Fortner and husband, Roy; sisters-in-law Kitty Ranson and Ann Ranson and brother-in-law, Paul Walters; five great grandchildren, Colin, Hunter, Desmond, Aiden and Scarlett; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She is preceded in death by brothers, Ralph and Jimmy Hooks; sister, Ruth Walters; and brothers-in-law, Billy and Gene Ranson.
A funeral service was held Dec. 14 at Huntersville Presbyterian Church with Pastor Vern Dodd officiating. Burial followed at the Huntersville Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Huntersville Presbyterian Church.
Samuel S. James Funeral Service Licensee was in charge.
HUNTERSVILLE – Guadalupe Carrasco, 59, of Huntersville died Dec. 14, 2011 at Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville.
Carrasco was born Dec. 22, 1951 in Brownsville, Texas to Delfina and Ignacio Castillo.
She is survived by her husband Israel; her daughter, Elvira Carrasco; and granddaughter Esthela Guadalupe Rodriguez, of Huntersville.
A funeral Mass was held Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Mark Catholic Church. Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville, was in charge.
Arthur B. Hanner
HUNTERSVILLE – Arthur Britton Hanner, 86, of South Hill, Va., formerly of Huntersville, died Dec. 14, 2011 at his daughter’s home.
Born May 11, 1925 in Mecklenburg County, he was the son of the late Arthur Earl Hanner and the late Edna Lois Alexander Hanner. He retired from the maintenance department of Bowman Transportation Company.
He is survived by his son, Arthur Earl “Jack” Hanner and wife, Bonnie, of Charlotte; daughter, Diane Boaz and husband, David, of Kenbridge, VA; grandchildren, Christy (Grant) Miller, Tammy Hanner, Shannon (Bryan) Anderson, Michael (Isabel) Hanner and Kyle Hanner; great grandchildren, Makena Diaz, Sloan Anderson and Matthew Hanner.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Juanita Hart.
A funeral services was held Saturday, Dec. 17 in the chapel of Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home. Entombment followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Charlotte.
Joseph R. Anthony
HUNTERSVILLE – Joseph Richard Anthony, 59, of Huntersville died Dec. 13, 2011.
Born Oct. 9, 1952 in Bronxville, N.Y., he was a son of Richard Joseph Anthony and Yolanda Carrotti Anthony, of Eastchester N.Y.
He retired from Union Carbide Corp & Associates as a Financial Analyst after 35 years, was co-owner of Johnny Brusco’s Pizza in Concord and a seasonal tax preparer with H & R Block in Huntersville.
Including his parents, he is survived by his wife, Joanne Colangelo Anthony; daughters, Marissa Grace Anthony, Diana Marie Anthony; son, Nicholas Richard Anthony; parents, Richard and Yolanda Anthony; brother, Richard Joseph Anthony; sister, Cynthia Grace Anthony; and several nieces, nephews, grand niece and cousins.
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 16, at St. Mark Catholic Church.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Judes Children’s Hospital 501 St Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville, was in charge.
Patrick J. Raftery
HUNTERSVILLE – Patrick James Raftery, 89, died Dec. 9, 2011 in Huntersville. Mr. Raftery lived in Belmar, Wall Township, N.J. before recently moving to North Carolina. He was a long time parishioner of St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in nearby Avon-by-the Sea. Born in Newark, N.J. and raised in New York City, he was the son of the late John Raftery and the late Catherine (Regan) Raftery.
Raftery retired as regional manager for the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1984. Following retirement he worked for Ray Catena Lexus in Eatontown, N.J. until again retiring in 2010 at the age of 88. He was a lifetime member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association. On Dec. 7, 1941 he was the Signalman on duty on the bridge of the Battleship U.S.S. Pennsylvania, flagship of the US Pacific Fleet. Following Pearl Harbor, he served as Signalman on armed merchant vessels in the Atlantic Theater Campaign and in 1944 was Chief Signalman for the Allied invasion of southern France.
He is survived by his daughter Mary Louise Koehl and husband, Dexter, of Huntersville, three grandchildren, Amy Goduti and husband, Fred, of Huntersville, Patrick Koehl and wife, Lisa, of Chicago, and Mary Kate Sparrow and husband, Justin, of Alexandria, Va.; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Including his parents, Raftery was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Mary Winifred Corcoran Raftery, and by daughter, Rosemary, and son, John Patrick.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. at St. Mark’s Catholic Church.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home Huntersville is in charge.