Obituaries for April 20
by Staff Writer
HUNTERSVILLE – Aldeen Wilma Fields Freeze, 78, of Huntersville, formerly of Mount Holly, died April 4, 2012, at Huntersville Oaks.
Born Sept. 15, 1933, in Charleston, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late John Earl Fields and Pearl Fields Bradley.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, the Rev. Forrest Fields and Dallas Fields; and great-granddaughter, Morgan Taylor Ellis.
Survivors include daughters, Judy Bergholz and husband, Don, of Stanley, Jeri Carey, of Mount Holly, and Jamie Turnage and husband, Robert, of Maiden; sons, Steven Ellis and wife, Debbie, and Michael Ellis, both of Stanley; brother, Ralph Fields; sister, Wandalene Connell and husband, Jim; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services were held April 7 in the Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home Chapel, Huntersville.
Internment followed at Carolina Memorial Park in Harrisburg.
Memorials may be made to the hospice of the donor’s choice.
Elmer L. Knoedler
DAVIDSON – Elmer L. Knoedler, 100, of Davidson, died April 4, 2012, at the Pines in Davidson.
Born Feb. 12, 1912, in Gloucester, N.J., he was a son of the late Elmer L. and Carolyn Knoedler.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mabel Dyer Knoedler.
Survivors include his stepson, Hap Todd and wife, Cathy, of Cornelius; granddaughter, JoEllen Soesbee, of Pasadena, Md.; grandsons, Jeff Todd and wife, Cindy, of Cleveland, N.C., and Mike Todd and wife, Jean, of Troutman; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to The Pines or to the Lake Norman Hospice Center.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville, was in charge.
Gwendolyn M. Callan
HUNTERSVILLE – Gwendolyn M. Callan, 89, of Huntersville, died April 5, 2012.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Ellsworth Callan; and her brother, Charles Naumann.
Survivors include her son, Dale Callan and wife, Sharon; daughter, Diane Fitzgerald and husband, Tony; and four grandchildren, Laurie, Jennifer, Kelly and Laura.
Memorials may be made in Gwendolyn Callan’s name to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Services were held April 7 at the Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home, Huntersville.
Interment followed at Mimosa Cemetery in Davidson on April 9.
Elizabeth B. K. Gilewski
CORNELIUS – Elizabeth Barbara Keil Gilewski, 92, of Cornelius, died April 8, 2012, at Olde Knox Commons.
Born Nov. 18, 1919, in Sligo, Penn., she was a daughter of the late Glenn Francis “Jack” Keil and Agnes May Williams Keil.
She was a member of Saint Mark Catholic Church and retired from management at Joy Manufacturing Co. in Franklin, Penn.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, John Paul “Jack” Schosser; sister, Miriam Keil Steele; and brother, Robert James Keil.
Survivors include her daughters, Sarah J. Carpenter and husband, John C. Carpenter, of Cornelius, and Lucinda A. Vasbinder, of Charlotte; grandchildren, John, Joseph, Jesse, Julie, Travis and Austin; great-granddaughter, Rhia; sister, Norma Jean Walters and husband, Reed Walters, of Butler, Penn.; brother, Frederick “Todd” Keil and wife, Dixie, of Grove City, Penn.; five nieces; and seven nephews.
Services were private.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Huntersville, served the family.
Leonard A Wepasnick
HUNTERSVILLE – Leonard Andrew Wepasnick, 58, of Huntersville and Little Switzerland, died April 10, 2012, at his Huntersville home.
Born Feb. 20, 1954, in Washington, D.C., he was a son of Corda Hobbs Wepasnick and the late Leonard Andrew Wepasnick Sr.
He was a computer programmer with Fifth Third Bank.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his partner, Christine Bevans; her children, Allison, Meagan and Brian Mayes; his daughter, Kimberly Taggart and husband, Paul; brothers, Max Wepasnick and wife, Meg, and Bob Wepasnick and wife, Denise; and sister, Lisa Kelly.
Services were held Saturday, April 14.
Memorials may be made to the National Cancer Institute, Building 31, Room 11A-16, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20892.
Raymer-Kepner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huntersville, served the family.
Lorraine C. M. Heiskell
MOORESVILLE – Lorraine Carraway McClain Heiskell, 85, of Mooresville, died April 2, 2012, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.
Born May 10, 1926, in Lake Wales, Fla., she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Ethel Carraway.
She was preceded in death by husbands Ray McClain and J.D. Heiskell.
Survivors include her son, the Rev. Patrick Maclean and wife, Laura, of Huntersville; stepson, James Heiskell of Jasper, Tenn.; stepdaughters, Pat McBride and husband, Paul, of Charlotte, and Susan Heiskell, of Winter Park, Fla.; grandson, Christopher McBride; and four great-grandchildren.
Services were held April 11 in the chapel of James Funeral Home, with the Rev. Canon Kennedy officiating.
Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Huntersville or Catawba Valley Hospice.
James Funeral Home of Huntersville served the family.
Jack A. Mastrangelo
HUNTERSVILLE – Jack A. Mastrangelo, 66, of Huntersville, died April 4, 2012, at his home.
Born Dec. 12, 1945, in Buffalo, N.Y., he was a son of the late George and Margaret Mastrangelo.
He served in the U.S. Navy.
Survivors include his wife Shirley; son, Jack, of Houston, Texas; daughters, Michelle Browarek and Renee Wacker and husband, Jim, of Buffalo, N.Y.; stepsons, Duane and Eric Fitchett; sister, Mary Peters; and three grandchildren.
Services were private.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Lake Norman, 705 Griffith St., Suite 203, Davidson, NC 28036 or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
James Funeral Home of Huntersville served the family.
Ervin H. Cook, Sr.
CORNELIUS – Ervin Hoyle Cook Sr., 94, of Cornelius, died April 9, 2012.
Born, July 14, 1917, he was a son of the late Burgess Triplett Cook and Louetta Catherine Irvin Cook.
He was a lifetime member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Stewardship including a term as chairman. He also served on the planning committee for the Family Life Center and on the building committee.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandchild and son-in-law.
Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Nancy Hucks Cook; and children, Gaye Gough and husband, Ken, of Eugene, Ore., Doris Bradley, of Greensboro, E.H. Cook Jr. and wife, Cindy, of Huntersville, Lois Peterson and husband, Steve, of Boone, and Henry L. Cook and wife, Susan, also of Huntersville; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Services were held April 11 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Cornelius.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius, NC, 28031.
James Funeral Home, Huntersville, served the family.
Mildred C. Alexander
DAVIDSON – Mildred C. Alexander, 94, of Davidson, died April 10, 2012, at The Pines in Davidson.
Born Aug. 11, 1917, she was a daughter of the late Nancy E. Cashion and Jason Cashion.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Alexander Sr.; sister, Johnyse Kyles; brothers, William W. Cashion and Hugh D. Cashion; and granddaughter Brenda Alexander Brown.
She was the longest active member of Davidson United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her son, James Alexander Jr. and wife, Ruby, of Davidson; granddaughter, Mildred Anne Alexander Veleke and husband, Brian; great-granddaughter, Brittney Ballard; nephews, William Cashion and wife, Sandra, of Mooresville, and Hugh Cashion and wife, Mary Jo, of Wendell; brother-in-law, Eugene Alexander; sister-in-law, Lois Alexander Bell, of Due West, S.C.; Robert Howard; Lib Howard Shinn; and Martha Morgan.
Services were held Saturday, April 14, at Davidson United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Jody Seymour officiating. Burial followed at Mimosa Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Davidson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 718 Davidson, NC 28036.
James Funeral Home of Huntersville, served the family.
Paul L. Castle Jr.
DAVIDSON – Paul L. Castle Jr., 69, of Davidson, died April 12, 2012, at Lake Norman Regional Medical Center.
He was born June 10, 1942, in South Bend, Ind., to the late Paul L. Castle Sr. and Thelma Klinedinst Wells.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, mason and member of Lake Norman Baptist Church in Huntersville.
Survivors include his wife, Nell Davis Castle; daughters, Andrea Szczypiorski and husband, Terry, and Audrey Castle; step-daughters, Karen Risley and husband, Derek, and Donna Taylor and husband, Bob; brother, Tim Wells; sisters, Cleona Dhaeze, Andrea Wells, Jeri Michelson and Colletta Hunt; grandchildren, Eddie Kline, Leeanne Szczypiorski, Allen Szczypiorski, Megan Powell, Reid Powell, Emma Risley and Rebekah Taylor.
Services were held Sunday, April 15, at Lake Norman Baptist Church, with Bobby Blanton officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Lake Norman Baptist Church Missions, 7921 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, NC 28078.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home, Mooresville, served family.