Ione M. VanMetre, 99

JAN. 7, 1913-JAN. 21, 2012

January 23, 2012

Ione M. VanMetre, 99, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., passed away Jan. 21, 2012, at Autumn Assisted Living, Hagerstown, Md.

Born Jan. 7, 1913, at “Cave Hill Farm” (Moler’s Crossroads), Shepherdstown, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Holland Moler and Bessie Hardesty Moler.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William E. “Bud” VanMetre; and grandson, Donnie N. Stemple. She also was preceded in death by two sisters, Thelma C. Moler and Mona Moler Hollida; and three brothers, Holland Kerfoot, Emmert Griffith and Daniel Broaddus Moler.

She is survived by a son, Charles W. VanMetre, at home; and daughter, Clarissa V. Stemple and husband, Fred, of Martinsburg, W.Va. Also survived by grandchildren, Van A. Stemple (and wife Teresa), Shepherdstown, Carol Stemple, Ellicott City, Md., and Lori Ann Taylor, Lexington, Ky.; five great-granddaughters; one great-grandson; nieces; and nephews.

She was a lifetime member of the Shepherdstown Lutheran Parish — St. James and St. Peter’s. She served as St. Peter’s Sunday school secretary for 45 years, and was a very active member of the Church Women, WELCA, and served as treasurer.

Ione was a charter member of Moler’s CEO Club, registrar for the Shepherdstown Division UDC, Chapter 128, American Red Cross, and the Shepherdstown VFD Auxiliary.

She also enjoyed flower gardening, playing cards and family gatherings.

Funeral services will be Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at 1 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Shepherdstown, with the Rev. Fred T. Soltow officiating. Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 2008, Shepherdstown, WV 25443; or to Shepherdstown Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box F, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

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