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Charles Shaner

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Staunton, VA  24401


In Memoriam

Molly Clingenpeel

Monta Gregorich Clingenpeel, "Molly," 88, passed away at Hubbard Hospice House on Feb. 1 after a long illness.  Molly was born Nov. 7, 1926 in Richwood, West Virginia, and grew up in Swandale, where she graduated from Clay County High School.  After attending nursing school at Charleston General Hospital, Molly served as a registered nurse at the DuPont Belle facility, the Charleston Memorial Hospital and the Charleston Women and Children's Hospital.  Molly's faith was very important to her, and she was active as a volunteer and circle member as well as serving as an Elder at Village Chapel Presbyterian Church.  She was awarded Volunteer of the Year in 2000 by Health Right of West Virginia for her devotion to assisting the less fortunate with their health concerns. 

Molly was an avid rosarian.  She was an accredited horticultural rose judge, consulting rosarian and member of the Charleston Rose Society and American Rose Society (ARS).  In recognition of her years of devoted service to the Colonial District of the ARS, she was awarded its highest honor, the Silver Medal, in 2001.  In addition to rose growing and exhibiting, she also enjoyed gardening, sewing, reading and spending time with her family, especially her beloved granddaughter, Madison. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie; brothers, Doyle, Fred, Paul and Gene Gregorich; and sister, Bea Gregorich.  She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Bruce LeRoy); granddaughter, Madison LeRoy; her brother, Omer Gregorich; sisters, Judy Hart (John Coulter) and Mary Gregorich; plus many nieces and nephews.  The family extends a special thanks to niece Emmy Withrow, Lou Maxson, Richard Hanlon, Susan Stafford and Diane Peck for all of their visits, care and friendship during her illness.

Service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at Wilson Funeral Home, 420 Lee St. W., Charleston, with the Rev. Todd Wright officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral.  The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Hubbard Hospice House for the loving care they provided to Molly.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests those wishing to remember Molly please do so through a donation to Hubbard Hospice House, c/o HospiceCare, 1606 Kanawha Blvd. W., Charleston, WV 25387.

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The Colonial District is part of the American Rose Society.  With local societies covering Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, DC, our rosarians take pride in promoting the rose and helping people with their rose problems.
The Rose is our National Floral Emblem signed into law by President Reagan in 1987, and has long been a symbol of love, honor, respect and admiration.  It is now a symbol of our Nation along with the Flag, the National Anthem and the National Motto.
You are urged to get in touch with a local rose society near you.  Their Consulting Rosarians will be glad to be of help to you in solving any problems you may encounter in planting and caring for your roses.  By joining this local society, you will have a constant source of available information so that you will grow better roses and make your investment in them most rewarding.

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