The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


November 14, 2013

Obituaries — Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013

Thelma Holliday Bennett

RONCEVERTE — Thelma Holliday Bennett, 90, of Ronceverte, has gone to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 12, 2013, from Mary’s Garden at the Marmet Center. 

Born August 26, 1923, at Ronceverte, she was a daughter of the late Cary Theodore and Reva Irene Bennett Holliday. 

Thelma was a homemaker, was of the Baptist faith and attended the Ronceverte Christian Church. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Wilson Bennett on January 7, 1966; and two sisters, Wilma Holliday Leslie and Margaret Tingler Stayton. 

Those left to cherish her memories are: three daughters, Jewel K. Bennett Moore of Covington, Va., Joan G. Bennett Earl (Bruce) of Pahrump, Nev. and Teresa M. Bennett Lewis (Joe Tucker) of Montgomery, W.Va.; two sons, Kenneth Wayne Bennett of Louisa, Va. and Richard Dale Bennett (Kay) of Ronceverte; a sister, Natoma Holliday Story (Lowell) of Edison, N.J.; two brothers, Lawrence Theodore Holliday (Hester) of Beckley and Sherman Cary Holliday (Kay) of Lewisburg; 10 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren and a special nephew, Jed Holliday.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte, with Roy Lee Massie Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the Adwell Cemetery at Ronceverte.

The family will receive friends on Friday, November 15, 2013, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home in Ronceverte.

In lieu of flowers, donations of sympathy may be made to Mary’s Garden at the Marmet Center, 1 Sutpin Drive, Marmet, WV 25315-1977.

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Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Ronceverte.

Patsy E. Brinkoetter

DECATUR, Ill. — Patsy E. Brinkoetter, 89, of Decatur, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, peacefully in her home.

Mrs. Brinkoetter was born on June 13, 1924, at Marfrance, W.Va., to Barbara and James McKenzie.

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Decatur, a graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington, W.Va. and St. Joseph’s School of Anesthesiology in Springfield, Ill.

Patsy married James P. Brinkoetter on Oct. 1, 1949, in Ronceverte, W.Va., and thereafter made Decatur, their home.

She is survived by six of her children: James Brinkoetter (Patricia), David Brinkoetter (Gale), Pamela Sweet (William), Barbara Forbes (Rick), Martin Brinkoetter (Colleen), Peter Brinkoetter and one son, Joseph Leo Brinkoetter preceded her in death. She is survived by 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She is also survived by three of her brothers, James Vincent (Vince) McKenzie, Tommy (T.J.) McKenzie and Joseph (Joe) McKenzie and one sister, Flora Jane Gatley.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James P. Brinkoetter (1999), her mother Barbara McKenzie (1988), her father James Vincent McKenzie (1962), three sisters, Ruth McKenzie (1934), Marian Korczowski (1988) Lucy Ann Bodary (2009) and one brother Eugene (Gino) McKenzie (2013).

Patsy loved and was loved by her family. She was the dedicated wife of her husband of 49 years, and to her family was a teacher, nurse, cook, counselor, confidant, collector and maker of memories, advocate, gardener and cheerleader. She was a kind, good and generous wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend.

Visitation for Patsy was held from 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, November 13, 2013, at Moran & Goebel Funeral Home.

Concelebrated Mass of the Resurrection celebrating her life will be 10 a.m., Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Decatur.

Memorials may be directed to the Patsy Brinkoetter Memorial Fund at Busey Bank. Those funds will be directed to Our Lady of Lourdes School and St. Teresa High School.

The Brinkoetter family is being served by the Moran & Goebel Funeral Home, 2801 N. Monroe St., Decatur, IL 62526. Memories and condolences may be shared at

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