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Schnitzer, Winona (Maddox) - Bartlesville  
Winona Schnitzer, age 92, of Bartlesville, died on Sunday evening, January 25, 2015. She was born on a farm near Alva, Oklahoma to Mary and Lester Maddox. Her parents and three siblings, Elva Martin, Myron Maddox and Marjorie Schenbeck preceded her in death. When she was nine, the family moved to a farm near Aline, Oklahoma. Winona attended a rural one-room grade school taught by her father, who also farmed. She graduated from Aline High School in 1940 and attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva for three years. Due to the shortage of teachers during World War II, she obtained a temporary teacher's certificate and taught business at Burlington, Oklahoma High School during 1943. Winona married Naval Ensign Merrill Schnitzer in January 1944. They lived in State College, Pennsylvania, while he attended Naval Engineering class at Penn State University, then lived in Virginia Beach, Virginia while he attended amphibious warfare school in nearby Norfolk, Virginia. Winona then moved to New Orleans while Merrill was based there prior to going overseas. When he departed for the Pacific Theater, Winona returned to teaching business classes at Attica, Kansas High School. After the end of WWII, Winona and Merrill attended Oklahoma State University. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Education in 1947 while Merrill was in graduate school. They moved to Dewey, Oklahoma in 1951 and subsequently to Bartlesville. Winona was a mother and homemaker and was active in church, school and civic organizations, including Girl Scouts, PTA, Bloodmobile, Washington County Election Board, Churches United for Community Concern and Mutual Girls Club. She was a strong supporter of education. Winona and her husband established scholarships at Northwestern Oklahoma State and Oklahoma City Universities. For recreation, she enjoyed gardening, fishing, travel, spectator sports, reading and bridge. Winona is survived by daughter, Janine Novack, son, Steven, granddaughter, Taylor Novack, two grandsons, Landon and Trenton Schnitzer and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations may be made to the Winona Schnitzer Memorial Fund, c/o East Cross United Methodist Church, 820 S.E. Madison Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006. Services will be held on Thursday, January 29, at 10:00 AM, in the East Cross United Methodist Church, Bartlesville. Rev. Jeff Burress will be the officiant. Interment will follow the service in Alva, Oklahoma at 4:00 PM in the Alva Municipal Cemetery beside her husband, Merrill. Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home, Bartlesville. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 27 to Feb. 26, 2015
Sears, Valta Louise (Shoemaker) - Bartlesville  
Mrs. Valta Louise Sears, 84, of Bartlesville, died at 4:12 P.M. on Tuesday, December 30, 2014. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM on Tuesday in the Bible Holiness Church in Ochelata, Oklahoma. Interment will be in the Ochelata Cemetery under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. A memorial has been established and those who wish to make a contribution in memory of Mrs. Sears may do so to American Kidney Foundation 6110 Executive Blvd. Suite 1010 Rockville, Maryland 20852-3914. Valta Louise Sears was born July 16, 1930 at Caney, Kansas to Clyde F. and Bertha (Ickelberry) Shoemaker. She attended schools in Bartlesville, Oklahoma graduating high school here in 1948. She was married to Roy McGrew in 1949 in Lemore, California. He preceded her in death in 1985. She later married Leonard Sears on January 9, 1998 in Bartlesville. Mrs. Sears was employed at S.H. Kress, Montgomery Wards for 23 years and Med Source in Dewey for 10 years. Mrs. Sears retired to care for her mother. She was a member of the Bible Holiness Church in Ochelata for many years. Survivors include her husband Leonard Sears of the family home in Bartlesville, one son Roy A. "Butch" McGrew Jr. and his wife Alta of Chelsea, Oklahoma; one sister Juanita Shoemaker of Chelsea; two step-daughters Karla Sears and Ruth Sears of Bartlesville; one step-son Mac McKinney and wife Patty of Duluth, Georgia; two grandchildren, Patrick McGrew and Lora Hartmann and her husband Brian; one great-grandchild Kathryn Hartmann and seven step-grandchildren. Mrs. Sears was preceded in death by her parents and a sister Kathryn Shoemaker. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 4 to Feb. 3, 2015
Sharp, Essie Faye (Ray) - Bartlesville  
Essie Faye (Ray) Sharp, age 91, a long-time Bartlesville resident and member of East Cross United Methodist Church passed on to heaven January 24, 2015. A graveside service will be held Saturday, January 31, 2015, at 10:00 AM at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Bartlesville, followed by a memorial service at 11:00 AM at East Cross United Methodist Church, 820 Madison Blvd. Essie was born to Rufus (Dock) and Maud Etta (Morgan) Ray on December 20, 1923, near Paden, Oklahoma, where she lived on a farm and was educated in the public schools. She valued her large caring family very much. After attending Draughn Business College in Oklahoma City and working for more than a year for the War Department in Washington, D.C during WW II, she attended Oklahoma A & M College where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics. While working in the Legal Department of Phillips Petroleum Company in Bartlesville, Oklahoma; she met and married Howard Raymond Sharp on April 6, 1952. Howard was also employed by Phillips Petroleum Company as a Mechanical Design Engineer. They were blessed with three children. He preceded her in death in 1996. Essie constantly busied herself caring for her family and doing volunteer work at her church, the Concern Child Learning Center, the public school system, the Mutual Girls Club, and the Tuesday House. She is survived by two brothers, Glen Ray and Wayne Ray; by her children: Joan Spears and husband Charlie of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Alan Sharp and wife Susan of Cleveland, Ohio; and Sally Likens and husband Stan of Bartlesville. Survivors also include grandchildren Daeva Blacc Spears, Matthew Spears, Andrea Proctor, Danielle Wheeler, Katherine Snitzer, and Philip Likens. Also surviving Essie are fifteen great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, six sisters including her identical twin Bess K. Newmaster, six brothers and her husband. Those who wish may make contributions to Essie's favorite charities: East Cross United Methodist Church, 820 Madison Boulevard, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74006 and MUTUAL Girls Club, ATTN: Penny Meadows, PO Box 2405, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74005. Arrangements are under the direction of Stumpff Funeral Home. Friends who wish may sign the online guestbook and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 28 to Feb. 27, 2015
Simmons, Robert Z. "Rob"  
Robert Z. 'Rob' Simmons, Jr. passed away Sunday, January 11, 2015 following an extended illness. Rob was born at Memorial Hospital in Bartlesville July 11, 1945. He received his education here and graduated from College High School in 1963. He continued his education at Wesleyan College and ORU. Rob excelled in music and was tour drummer for country music award winners Hank Thompson and Conway Twitty. Though he played drums for several music genres over the years, his real love was jazz. Rob was employed by the 66 Federal Credit Union as a loan officer in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was involved in several businesses including horse racing and breeding, construction, furniture brokering, and for the past 20 years, catering. He operated Rob Simmons' Catering & Dinner by Six until his health began to fail in 2012. Rob was preceded in death by his parents, RZ and Audrey Deane Simmons and his brother-in-law, Wally Bray. He is survived by his sister, Lucinda Simmons Bray of Dewey and his niece, Gillian Bray, as well as a large family of close friends. A memorial service will be held at Our Savior Lutheran Church, 300 N. Madison, Bartlesville, at 3:00 p.m., on January 24. A reception for family and friends will follow. Honorary pallbearers include Mike Mnich, Tommy Humble, Richard Leopold, Richard Mitchell, Dr. David Taylor and Jim Hess. Pastor Janai Robinson and Warren Sapp will officiate with music by Rhonda Redden. Casual dress is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Rob's memory to Animal Rescue Foundation, 127 NE Washington Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 18 to Feb. 17, 2015
Small, Renetta Maxine (Randolph) - Bartlesville  
At age 91, long time Bartlesville, Oklahoma resident Renetta Maxine (Randolph) Small passed away on January 13, 2015 at Jane Phillips Medical Center with a vigil of family, Diane Moore of Elder Care and Visiting Angels at her side. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2015 in the Walker-Brown Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor James Biesiadecki officiating. Private interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will be receiving friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, January 16th at the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Walker-Brown Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Blue Stem Foundation, Auxiliary, 3500 SE Frank Phillips Blvd., Bartlesville, OK 74006. Renetta was born on June 5, 1923 in Okemah, OK to Leonard and Lucille (Ware) Randolph. After her parents moved to Altus, OK, she attended public school where she was voted Football Queen in 1937 and played the bugle in the Drum and Bugle Corp in High School, graduating in 1941. After graduation, she worked at Altus Army Air Base where she met her future husband. Renetta was transferred to the 4th Ferrying Group in Memphis, TN during the war. Upon returning from the European Theatre, William M. Small landed his plane in Memphis and asked Renetta to marry him, which occurred on October 17, 1945 in Altus, OK. They lived briefly in married student housing at Oklahoma University in Norman while Bill obtained his engineering degree. They then moved to Bartlesville when Bill began work at Phillips Petroleum Company in Research & Development. Renetta loved to read, but her passion was gardening and taking care of her family and home. She was a member of the Good Earth Garden Club, later serving terms as second vice-president, secretary and corresponding secretary of the Bartlesville Council of Garden Clubs. She was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Bartlesville and volunteered for over forty years at the Jane Phillips Medical Center. Renetta is survived by her brother Bobby J. Randolph and wife June of Borger, TX; sister Doris J. Thompson of Altus, OK; three sons; William M. Small, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Santa Rosa, CA, Michael R. Small of Bartlesville and R. Scott Small and wife Irina of Edmond, OK; one daughter, Jan E. and husband Mark Magers of Tulsa, OK. She was blessed with one granddaughter, Jennifer (Magers) and husband Roderick Hands of Oklahoma City, one great grandson Brylon Justin Hands, a niece Debbie and husband Steve Pollakowski of Borger, TX and grandnephew Dr. Darin Chilcote of Amarillo, TX numerous cousins and many friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, grandson, Justin W. Magers, and grandnephew Bobby Counts. Renetta will be missed by her family and loved ones. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.walkerbrownfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 15 to Feb. 14, 2015
Snyder, Avis Marie (Starke) - Bartlesville  
Avis Marie Snyder, 60, resident of Bartlesville, died Monday January 12, 2015 in her home. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday January 19, 2015 at the East Cross United Methodist Church in Bartlesville, with Rev. Jeff Burress, and Rev. Chad Perceful pastors of the Church officiating. Interment will be at a later date, in the Haskell County Cemetery at Sublette Kansas under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. A Memorial Fund has been established in her name c/o of East Cross United Methodist Church, 820 S.E. Madison Blvd. Bartlesville, OK. 74006. Mrs. Snyder was born January 26, 1954 in Sublette, Kansas to DeLoss and Mary Beth (McFerrin) Starke. She was raised and received her education there, graduating in 1972 as Valedictorian of her class at Sublette High School. She later attended Ft. Hays State College from 1972-1975, and received her Bachelor's Degree in 1981 from Southwest Missouri State in Springfield, MO. She moved to Bartlesville later that year to begin working as a Computer Analyst for Phillips Petroleum Company where she was employed until her retirement in 2012. She was married to James Snyder from 1975-1986. She was a very active member of East Cross United Methodist Church, where she served on several boards and committees, and was involved in the choir, hand bells, Sunday school, and also served in a number of other ministries of the church. She was also active in volunteer work at Tuesday House and the Lighthouse. She enjoyed reading and spending time with friends and family. Mrs. Snyder is survived by her son Andrew Snyder and his wife Larissa of McKinney, Texas, and their daughter Emily Kate Snyder, also of McKinney, a sister Nancy McFarlin of Goodland, Kansas, and nieces Rebecca and Jennifer McFarlin. She was preceded in death by her parents DeLoss and Mary Beth Starke. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 18 to Feb. 17, 2015
Stanley, Carl D. - Bartlesville  
Carl Donald Stanley, 88, resident of Bartlesville, and retired telephone technician, died at 6:45 AM on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, in Bartlesville. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 12, 2015, in the Stumpff Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Darryl Wootton of the Spirit Church officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside by the James H. Teel American Legion Post # 105 of Bartlesville. Interment will be in the Ochelata Cemetery at Ochelata, Oklahoma under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. Carl Donald Stanley was born March 21, 1926 at Vasser, Kansas to Wayne Leroy and Lelia L. (Hartzell) Stanley. He was raised and received his education in Chivington, Colorado; Carl was the only boy of five students in the 1943 graduating class. Mr. Stanley entered the U.S. Coast Guard in 1943 and served in the Panama Canal, he worked for the railroad at his father's request for the summer to toughen him up for military service with the Coast Guard. He received his honorable discharge from the U.S. Coast Guard, in 1946. On July 21, 1950 he entered the U.S. Army and served until 1953 and again received his honorable discharge. Mr. Stanley began his career with A.T & T. and worked as a technician for thirty-five years retiring at age fifty-five. Mr. Stanley was married to Jacqueline Dunlap on February 6, 1954 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and they made their home in Denver, Colorado from 1954 to 1983. They moved to Ochelata in 1983 and lived there until 1999. In 1999 they moved to Bartlesville. Mr. Stanley was a member of the Ochelata Baptist Church and served as a volunteer at Jane Phillips Medical Center for seventeen years. Survivors include two daughters; Kay Jenean Shipman and her husband Mike and Charlene Norris and her husband Tom of Bartlesville, Oklahoma; one sister Marjorie Thompson of Tacoma, Washington; seven grandchildren Jacque, Roksanne, Tina, Shelly, Rock, Don and Kellie; twelve great grandchildren; four nieces and one nephew. Mr. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and one brother Dale Stanley. The family would like to send a special thank you to Brian and Carolyn Wallace for their special care of Mr. Stanley. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 11 to Feb. 10, 2015
Stefensen, John Gamborg  
ABERNETHY, John Gamborg Stefensen passed away Tuesday evening January 6, 2015. He was 85. John was born in Copenhagen, Denmark March 21, 1929 to Dr. John R. and Mrs. Dorothy Abernethy. John worked at Cities Service as a Computer Programmer and took early retirement in 1972. In 1979, his mother passed away and he took care of his younger brother, Logan Berge, until Berge's death in 2007. A 50+ year resident of Bartlesville, John moved to Texas in 2010, where he spent his final years closer to his brothers and their families. He spent the last year of his life enriching other resident's lives with his virtuoso piano playing. John was a trusted friend and compassionate listener. He was a Poet, Musician, Composer, Teacher, and Minister. John is survived by his two younger brothers, Anthony Reagan and George William. Services will be held at St. Johns in Bartlesville Tuesday January 13th at 10:00AM. http://stjohn-bartlesville.org/
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 11 to Feb. 10, 2015
Sumpter, Jamie L. (Emarthle) - Claremore  
Jamie L. Sumpter, age 59 and resident of Claremore, Oklahoma, passed away in Tulsa on Monday evening. Jamie Louann Emarthle was born February 13, 1955 in Wewoka, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of James Emarthle and Flora (McGirt) Emarthle. Jamie formerly lived in the Bartlesville area for approximately one year in 1978 before moving to Claremore where she had continued her residence to her death. Jamie and Michael Sumpter were united in marriage on April 13, 1986 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was a home health aide before her health forced her retirement. Jamie was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Claremore where she also worked as the church custodian. She enjoyed beadwork and was a wonderful cook. Family was very important to her and she enjoyed times spent with them. Survivors include her husband, Michael of the family home; sons, James Sumpter of Claremore and Matt Sumpter and his wife, Kimberly, also of Claremore; one granddaughter, Emily Sumpter of Claremore; brother, Richard Emarthle; two sisters-in-law, Susan Cade and Nancy Sumpter, both of Copan, Oklahoma; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Margaret and brother, Benjamin. Services will be held on Friday at 2:00 PM in the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home chapel. Interment will follow the service in the Falleaf Cemetery, Copan. Arrangements are under the direction of the Arnold Moore & Neekamp Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at www.honoringmemories.com.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 1 to Jan. 30, 2015
Thomas, Jerry Monroe - Bartlesville  
Mr. Jerry Monroe Thomas, 75, of Bartlesville, died at 2:20 P.M. on Friday, January 2, 2015 at his home in Bartlesville. Services for Mr. Thomas will be held at 11 A.M. on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at the Eastern Heights Baptist Church with Rev. Lonnie Hoelscher and Dr. Michael Vallandingham officiating. Memorial services and cremation are under the direction of the Stumpff Funeral Home & Crematory. The Thomas family would like to have the opportunity to visit with their friends on Tuesday morning at the church prior to the service from 10 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Hines, Steve Warehime, Lonnie Hoelscher, Cole Park, Keith McNickle, David Ray, Stan Franklin and Moses McDonald. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Men's Ministry of Eastern Heights Baptist Church, 1331 S.E. Swan Drive, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 74006. Mr. Thomas was born in Kansas City, Kansas on October 5, 1939 the son of Frank M. (Zeke) Thomas and Helen I. (Wages) Thomas. He grew up and received his education in Kansas City and graduated from Washington High School in Kansas City in 1957 and then attended junior college in Kansas City in 1957 and 1958. He was married to Bonnie Lou Johnson on September 5, 1959 in Kansas City, Kansas. They made their home in Kansas City and he was employed with Phillips Pipeline in Kansas City until 1981 when they transferred to Bartlesville. Mr. Thomas continued with Phillips Pipeline until his retirement as Pipeline Controller in 1997. Mr. Thomas was also a musician who played and taught guitar and was a sportsman who loved to hunt, fish and carve duck decoys. He was a member of the Eastern Heights Baptist Church. Mr. Thomas is survived by his wife, Bonnie L. Thomas of the home, two sons, Warren M. Thomas and wife Lorraine and Daryl R. Thomas and wife Stephanie, all of Bartlesville, one brother, Larry H. Thomas and wife Jeannie of Humble, Texas, seven grandchildren, Cassie Conner and husband D'Wayne, Raymond Monroe Thomas, Brodie A. Thomas, Kyle R. Thomas, Derrick J. Thomas, Manny D. Thomas, and Rachel Holdridge and husband Harris, two step grandchildren, Lindsey Dennison and Chase Miller, and two great grandchildren, Allie J. and Lydia G. Conner. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank M. (Zeke) Thomas and Helen I. (Wages) Thomas and by one son, Wayne A. Thomas. Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 2015
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