Obituaries, Week of March 28, 2013: Atkinson, Baldwin, Catlett, Cole, Cook, Czerniakiewicz, McDougle and Wiedeman

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 2:31 pm


Claude Freeman Atkinson, Jr., 87, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Monday morning March 25, 2013. He is survived by his wife, Arline Hatch Atkinson; daughter, Karen A. Whelan (Dave); two sons, William Freeman Atkinson (Diane) and Robert Wayne Atkinson (Susan); eight grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Mr. Atkinson was a Charter Member of Mechanicsville Christian Center. Memorial services were held Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Christian Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the MCC Missions Program.


John “Cracker Jack” Baldwin, Jr., 78, of Montpelier, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013. Cracker Jack was a longtime racing enthusiast and champion race car driver. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary Baldwin. He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Whitman and her husband, Dave; a grandson, Travis Whitman; a longtime friend, Pat Donati; several cousins and many friends. He was a loving father, grandfather and a friend to everyone he met. The family would like to thank all of the doctors and nurses who cared for him over the years. The family received friends Tuesday, March 26 at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, where funeral services were held Wednesday, March 27. Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Christopher “Chris” Catlett, 42, of Mechanicsville, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013. He is survived by his parents, Ashton and Peggy Catlett; three brothers, Michael, Johnny and Stevie Catlett (Carolyn); six nieces and nephews, Danielle, Cody, Nicholas, Amber, Taylor and Samantha Catlett; one great-niece, Morgan Catlett; as well as many other extended family members and friends. Chris loved his Momma, animals, particularly his cat, Onyx, and his job with the Henrico County Police Department. The family received friends Tuesday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, where services were held Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Interment Hanover Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Richmond SPCA, 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, VA 23220.


Elizabeth “Bettie” Lee Broyles Cole, 81, went home to be with her parents, sisters and precious son, Cary, March 21, 2013 after a courageous and hard-fought battle with pancreatic cancer. Bettie is survived by her devoted husband of over 60 years, Haley Cole Jr.; three children, Karen Wright (Stan), Steve Cole (Beth) and Susan Robinson (David); daughter-in-law, Gail Cole; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and two nieces, Pat Fields (Ron) and Gayle Sylvester (Larry). A woman of great faith and a love for missions, Bettie was a lifelong member of Cool Spring Baptist Church. The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Hospice of Virginia for their compassionate care. The family received friends Sunday, March 24, 2013 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. A celebration of Bettie’s life will be held Monday, March 25, 2013 at Cool Spring Baptist Church, 9283 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville. Interment Cool Spring Baptist Church Cemetery.


Ruth Tatum Cook, 88, went home peacefully March 24, 2013 to be with our God and her many relatives who preceded her. Ruth was one of three daughters of the late Dwight and Verna Tatum, and the widow of Vernon R. Cook. She leaves to cherish her memory, her son, V. Stuart Cook (Barbara); daughters, Janet Holmes, Vicki Trice (Bill) and Teri Robertson (David); 14 grandchildren, Chris Cook, Bryan Cook, Kimberly Farnsworth, Jon Hudson, Jennifer Williams, Shannon Wilson, Stacy Oswald, Dwight Robertson, Peyton Tanner, Jared Robertson, Ruthie Robertson, Ethan Trice, Emma Trice and “little Andrew Robertson,” who preceded her in death; and 17 great-grandchildren. Ruth retired from A. H. Robins after many years of service. Ruth was always there for anyone who needed her assistance or advice. While never one to interfere, she was quick with her opinion when asked and was one who always wanted to be the “caregiver and not the receiver!” In her last hours, her only complaint was that she could not do for herself and had to depend on her family, especially Janet, Vicki, Teri and Barbara, who were more than happy to help her. Our mom, grandmother and great-grandmother will be missed by all of our family and the many, many more who knew her for the kind, gentle and hard working lady she was. Graveside services were held Wednesday, March 27, at Signal Hill Memorial Park, Hanover. Family received friends Tuesday, March 26, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, Mechanicsville.


Joyce H., 74, of Mechanicsville, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013. She was preceded in death by her children, Ed Czerniakiewicz and Julia D. Czerniakiewicz. She is survived by her husband, William E. Czerniakiewicz. She worked for C & P Telephone Company for over 35 years. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road. Visitation one hour prior to service. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.


Raymond Wayne McDougle, passed away peacefully in his sleep March 20, 2013. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Sandy; his son, Senator Ryan McDougle and wife, Dr. Robyn McDougle; daughter, Mitzi McDougle Marker and husband, J. R. Marker III; four grandchildren who worshipped him, Aaron Marker, McKenzie Marker, Zoe Marker and Reagan W. McDougle; his brother-in-law, W. Spencer Winfrey Jr. and wife, Dayle. Wayne was a lifelong resident and businessman of Hanover County. After retiring from the Virginia Department of Agriculture Weights and Measures Division, he spent his time with his grandchildren, tractors, gators and golf carts at Sandy’s Plants. The family received friends Thursday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home. Services were held Friday, March 22, at Cool Spring Baptist Church, Mechanicsville. Interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Cool Spring Baptist Church Missions Fund or Food Bank.


Barbara Stege Wiedeman. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Barbara Wiedeman, 88, of Ashland, passed away March 23, 2013 surrounded by her husband and two daughters. The daughter of George R. Stege, Jr. and Dorothy Stege (deceased), she is survived by her devoted husband of 66 years, Elmer E. “Pat” Wiedeman, her brother, George R. Stege III, and her six children; Dave Wiedeman, Doug Wiedeman, Dan Wiedeman, Donna Wiedeman, Debra Fischbach and Dirk Wiedeman. She is predeceased by one grandchild and survived by 14 grandchildren, one step-grandchild and two great-grandchildren. Barb graduated from Northwestern University and married Pat in 1947 before moving to Montague, MI. The family moved to Ashland in 1972 where Barbara was an active member of the Hanover County community. She was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church for almost 40 years and enjoyed singing in the choir. When not busy raising and taking care of her family, Barb was an avid golfer and a member of the Henry Clay Women’s Club. She spent many countless hours working for several local charities including but not limited to: Meals on Wheels, The American Cancer Society, The American Red Cross and most recently, The Ashland Volunteer Rescue Squad. Her selfless, indomitable spirit will be forever remembered. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be sent to the Ashland Rescue Squad at: P.O. Box 667, Ashland, VA 23005 or via website at Memorial services for family and friends will be held Saturday, April 6 at 3 p.m. at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Ashland.

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