Obituaries

Raymond MullerRaymond Donald Muller, 80, of Charlottesville, passed away on Jan. 25, 2018.

Raymond was born July 16, 1937, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Genevieve Gietschier Muller and the late Raymond George. He was an aerospace engineer and worked for Northrop Grumman on Long Island for 40 years. He loved his career, which he extended to a hobby of building and flying radio control aircraft. He volunteered at the Cradle of Aviation restoring antique aircraft.

Raymond is survived by his wife of 57 years, Maryanne Muller; son, Raymond K. Muller; daughter Tricia Treanor and her husband John; four grandchildren, Nicole, Harley, Madeline, and Natalie; brothers Kenneth and Donald and families; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

A burial of Raymond’s ashes will take place at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lake Monticello Fire and Rescue, 14 Slice Road, Palmyra, Va., 22963.


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Joan H. CarraraJoan H. Carrara passed away on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, with her devoted husband, Joseph, and her two children, Stacey and David, at her side. She was 76 years old.

Joan Grace Hawkins was born on July 19, 1941, in Orlando, Fla., to Phyllis Dietrich Hawkins of Iowa and Warren Hawkins of Minnesota. The family soon after settled in Buchanan, Mich., where Joan grew up and where she made many dear, lifelong friends. She graduated with a B.A. in art and music from Western Michigan University in 1963, which led to a position teaching middle school art in New York State. Joan gave up her teaching career to raise her children and was a dedicated stay-at-home mom. Family was her priority. She continued to pursue her love of music during this time by teaching piano. She helped many a beginner find their feet and encouraged a few to strive further, organizing annual recitals for them. Ever personable and endearing, she kept in touch with several of her students throughout her life.

Joan had many hobbies and talents – she could draw well, she loved knitting, she played the piano well – but her real passion was singing. She sang in her church choirs – for 20 years at the United Methodist Church of Wappingers Falls, where she and Joe lived and raised their family, and since 1998 at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, Va., where Joan and Joe had gone to retire. Joan also very proudly sang as an alto in several choral groups, most notably the Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and the Oratorio Society of Virginia, both of which were a continual source of joy and pleasure.

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Bill BoydWilliam (Bill) Wallace Boyd, born in the Bronx, N.Y. on June 19, 1931, beloved husband and very best friend of Mary Boyd, died suddenly on Jan. 22, 2018. He leaves behind daughter, Heidi Trebour (Eric), grandchildren Evan, Emily, Hannah, Bowen, and Sarah Trebour of Ivy, Va., and Raven Alexander Kopp of Philomath, Ore. He was preceded in death by his son, Franz A. Kopp, and his first wife, Patricia McGrath.

Bill served in the Navy during the Korean War and moved to Colorado in 1968 for skiing but soon discovered that summer offered days filled with the Aspen Music Festival and beautiful Rocky Mountains. He lived a full life: loved the mountains and outdoors; skiing, including helicopter skiing in British Columbia, Canada in his 70s; entered the Aspen Uphill Race at age 72, a 2.5 mile, 3,000-foot vertical climb to 11,212 feet and came in first (in his age group!); fly fishing on the Roaring Fork and Hunter Creek in Aspen, Colo.; sailing in the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Sea of Cortez; cycling in Europe; clay pigeon shooting with his pals; and volunteering in Holy Comforter Catholic Church’s Soup Kitchen and outreach program.

Being a grandfather completed his life and brought him incredible joy. Known as “Bobop” to all the children, he was deeply loved and so enjoyed encouraging them in all their endeavors. He was always available to help, offer advice, tell stories and even tune their ukuleles and guitars and teach piano technique. Many hours were spent with our sweet Raven creating Lego wonders.

He was the epitome of a well-rounded soul: kind, loving and a wonderful human being with a sharp wit who was well loved and will be sorely missed by family and friends in New York, Colorado, Virginia and Canada.

A reception to celebrate Bill’s life will be held at Lake Monticello Golf Club, 51 Bunker Blvd., Palmyra, Va., 22963, on Saturday, Feb. 10 from 2-4 p.m. The main gate and Turkey Sag Gate off Route 53 will be alerted to visitors wanting access.

Burial will be private at a future date.

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Aubrey PaceAubrey Odell Pace, 89, of Palmyra, Va., died on Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, at The Heritage Inn of Charlottesville.

Born April 22, 1928, in Nelson County, Va., he was the son of the late Aubrey William Pace and Edith Davis Pace. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Herman William Pace, and son-in-law, Brian Clark Donnelly.

He was a member of the Lake Christian Church of Palmyra, Va., having acted as the church treasurer from 1999-2014 and as a church trustee from 1999-2017, and the former president and lifetime member of the Lake Monticello Rescue Squad. Aubrey enjoyed baseball, golf and solving puzzles.

He is survived by his lovely wife Phyllis; a daughter, Brenda Donnelly; a brother, Louis Pace and his wife, Brenda; two grandchildren, Erin Catapano and Kelly Tedford; and five great-grandchildren, Aiden, Kara, Joey, Wyatt and Waylon. 

A chapel service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at Hill & Wood Funeral Home with a visitation one hour prior. Pastor Chris Long will be officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com.

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Marilyn Free

Marilyn Otis Free, 84, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Marilyn was a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and former resident of Northern Virginia and Palmyra, Va., before moving to Yorktown in June 2017.  Marilyn was a Realtor for over 30 years in Northern Virginia and Palmyra. She was a member of Effort Baptist Church and helped establish Effort Baptist Food Pantry. Marilyn also volunteered for Meals on Wheels for many years. She was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing with the ladies at Lake Monticello Golf Course.

Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, James W. Otis and Grace Burtis Otis. She is survived by her daughter, Katie Staley (Allan); and her sons, Andy Blanchard (Angela), Don Free (Janet) and David Free (Joyce). She is also survived by her sisters, Barbara Smith and Brenda Harris; five grandchildren, Jason, Ashley, Nick, Mariah and Daniel; two great-grandchildren, Ava and Grayson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Marilyn’s daughter and sons wish to thank The Crossings on the Peninsula and Medi Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

A memorial and burial service will be held at a later date in Syracuse, N.Y. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Arrangements are by Amory Funeral Home, Grafton, Va.

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