Obituaries

Joe DelmonteJoseph J. Delmonte, a.k.a. “JD Esquire,” 78, of Lake Monticello, passed away at 9:25 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2017, after a long illness.

He was born on March 27, 1938, in Queens, N.Y., a son of the late Joseph John Delmonte and Anne (Gross) Delmonte.

Joe spent most of his career as a sales manager for ABD Food Sales, a food brokerage company in Roslyn, N.Y. After retiring to Lake Monticello, Joe was very active in the community, where he worked at the Lake Monticello Golf Course and enjoyed playing golf. He was an avid New York Giants and New York Yankees fan. He had also coached Little League and football for the Farmingdale Hawks, where he served on the board.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Camille Delmonte; four children, Joseph John Delmonte and  his wife, Cindy, Michell Delmonte-Synnott and her husband, James, Janean Delmonte Jones and her husband, Jon, and Cheryl Anne Delmonte and her fiancée, Brandon Irizzary; seven grandchildren, Monica, Lauren, Victoria, Jaclyn, Janessa, Jon and Joseph; and two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Mackenzie.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Palmyra by the Reverend Gerald Francis Musuubire.

The family will receive friends immediately following the mass in the Saints Peter and Paul Parish Hall.

Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home is serving the family. Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.

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Don WheelerDonald Martin Wheeler was born Sept. 16, 1933, in South Africa and went to be with the Lord on March 7, 2017.

He lived a full life. He served on the Rhodesian border as a soldier and owned a 30-foot yacht in which he traveled up and down the Mozambique border teaching sailing and adventure to tourists. He was also a pilot, banker, real estate broker, and owned his own successful real estate company. He also received his Natal colors for rowing. He built his own canoe, raced it and won the States award.

He met and married Lorraine while working on a project in a gold mining town selling houses that belonged to the gold mine.

He married Lorraine in 1997 and leaves behind children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Together they have a blended family: seven beautiful children and 14 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He left South Africa in 2000 and made Virginia his home, joining Monticello Country Realtors (MCR) till his retirement two years ago.

He loved people and loved working at MCR, but his greatest passion was his faith, together with Lorraine, whom he adored.

He loved God and was always so kind and giving to others. He is really missed by all who knew him.

His memorial service will be on Sunday, March 19, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Calvary Chapel, to celebrate his life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Calvary Chapel of Fluvanna or Charlottesville House of Prayer.

The memorial service will be a celebration of his life. Family would love to hear how he touched the lives of those he came in contact with.

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Erin Lee Feathers and her father RobErin Lee Feathers captured the heart of a community upon her birth on Nov. 12, 1998. Through her 18 years of life, she had a positive impact on all of those who came to know her. She lived genuinely, she laughed with her whole heart, and she cherished her mom and dad, her brothers and sisters, her nephew, her grandparents and other relatives, and her many, many friends with an unconditional love that made everyone feel a special bond with her.

Erin was born with Down Syndrome, a remarkable condition that enabled her to live life unfiltered, expressing every thought that came to her mind. Her sense of humor was her trademark.

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altFrederick Andrew Hansen, 80, devoted husband, father and grandfather of Lake Monticello, Va., passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, at his home. 
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Tom PettyHunter Thomas Petty, Jr., 48, of Salem, Va., passed away suddenly Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. Known by his friends and family as Tom, he was a well-respected highway and bridge estimator and entrepreneur of nearly 30 years. Tom filled his days with home improvement projects, boat trips on the lake, afternoons with his dog, quality time with his kids, and his nutty antics. He was a long time member of First United Methodist Church of Salem and will be missed by his family there.

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