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Knights of Columbus
Glenmary Council 7853

•   P. O. Box 583   •    Norton, VA, 24273   •    276-328-3733   •

In Memoriam

In Memory of Our Beloved Knights

Names Highlighted in Black are Linked to Obituaries

Last Name First Name




Fr. Robert (Bob)




Joseph (Joey)



 Caruso  J. T.  2015



Rev. Richard D.




Deward D. 







  Flanary  Barron 2011 July


Frank A.



 Hayes  John Roy 2014 October


Rev. John Beaman








Richard A. 



Arthur J.








Thom H.




Anthony J. 




Zachery J.




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Fr. Bob Bond

 Fr. Robert Bond, Glenmary, who served in Norton, dies Glenmary Father Robert Bond, who served as pastor of St. Anthony’s, Norton, and St. Joseph’s, Clintwood, during the 1970s, died Sept. 1 at Blue Ash Hospice in Cincinnati after a brief illness. He was 75.

After being ordained a priest of the Glenmary Home Missioners in 1960, he served home mission counties in Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky and Oklahoma.

In addition to his work in the missions, Father Bond taught theology and liturgy in Glenmary’s formation program throughout the 1960s after receiving his doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas in Rome in 1962. He also led Glenmary’s mission office (1980–86) and served as editor of the quarterly magazine, Glenmary Challenge.

Father Bond’s mission assignments began and ended in the Appalachia mountains that he called home after retiring from active ministry in 2002. Upon retiring, Father Bond took up residence in Burnsville, N.C., where he lived until moving to Glenmary Headquarters in Cincinnati this summer.

While in Andrews, N.C., and Hugo, Okla., Father Bond repaired old computers donated by friends and gave them to local families and charities.

He also tutored children and adults to help them become computer literate because “I don’t like to treat the symptoms but the causes,” Father Bond said when interviewed about the program in 1999.

That philosophy also applied to the annual Christmas shopping trips he led. Instead of giving gifts to poor children, Father Bond turned the tables each year and invited children to buy gifts themselves.

Working with a local school, Father Bond took a group of fifth-graders for a day of shopping on him. In the process, he taught real-life lessons in banking (the children had to cash the $15 check he wrote to them), math, budgeting and most of all, selflessness.
Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 10 at St. Matthias Church in Cincinnati, Ohio.






Rev. Richard D. Dollard

Father Richard D. Dollard, was serving as pastor of St. Timothy's parish, in Tappahannock, VA, when he died March 3, 1998.

Fr. Richard Dollard was ordained by Auxiliary Bishop Joseph H. Hodges on May 1, 1958 at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond. Bishop Peter L. Ireton, who had served as ninth Bishop of Richmond, had died four days earlier on April 27, 1958.






Frank A. Gabriele (Francis Adamus Gabriele)

NORTON, Va. - Frank A. Gabriele, 82, died at his residence Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2001). He had been a long time resident of the Norton area. He was a son of the late Angelo Carmen and Maria Theresia (Scalzo) Gabriele.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army in World War II, having served last as Sgt. with Company "A" 50th armored infantry battalion. During World War II, Frank was a member of the forces that freed those imprisoned in the death camps at Buchenwald.

He attended Milligan College and Xavier College in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was a sales clerk with D'Cury's and retired as clerk with Dave's Department Store in Norton.

Frank was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church from its inception, having previously served on the Parish Council. He was a founding member of the Glenmary Knights of Columbus Council 7853.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Billie Louise Gabriele, Norton; daughters and son-in-law, Theresia and Benny Mason, and Deborah Clisso, all of Norton; son and daughter-in-law, Frank J. and Denise Ellen Gabriele, of Norton; four grandchildren, Adam Mason, Seth Mason, Laura Sowdon and Brendan Clisso.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 8 p.m. Friday in the church with Father Timothy Drake officiating.

Interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Garden of Christus in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sr. Anne Christina Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 620, Norton, Va. 24273, or Southwest Hospice, P.O. Box 349, Norton, Va. 24273.

Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton is serving the Gabriele family.





Thomas H. Skorupa Dies After a Brief Illness

BIG STONE GAP - Thomas H. Skorupa died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at the Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap following a brief illness. He was born in Lublin, Poland, in 1911, and came to Dunbar, Va., in 1928. He was a longtime resident of the area, living in Derby, Va., for 45 years; Appalachia, Va., for nine years; and the last 16 years in Big Stone Gap.

Tom was employed by Stonega Coke and Coal Company/Westmoreland Coal Company for 51 years and retired in 1978. He was an active member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Big Stone Gap, the Knights of Columbus and the Appalachia Lions Club. He was the finanacial secretary of the Derby Local Union 6353, District 28 of the United Mine Workers, for more than 40 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lucas and Stella Skorupa; by three brothers, Mike, Pete and Tony; by four sistes, Helen, Anna, Mary and Janie; and by his son, Dr. Thomas E. Skorupa.

Surviving are his wife, Adeline, of nearly 68 years; daughter, Dorothy S. Isaac and son-in-law, Robert E. Isaac of Norton; daughter, Elizabeth S. Jordan of Newport News, Va.; son, Raymond Skorupa and daughter-in-law, Judith Green Skorupa of Pelham, N.Y.; son, Philmore Skorupa and daughter-in-law Toby Wax Skorupa of Big Stone Gap; daughter-in-law, Jean Banhart Skorupa of Newport News; one sister, Josephine Stepien of West Hartford, Conn.; one brother, Joseph Skorupa of Cranston, R.I.; 17 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at the Roy A. Green Funeral Home in Appalachia from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26.

Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Big Stone Gap, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, with Rev. Anthony Rodriquez and Rev. Timothy Drake officiating.
Interment will be in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers are the grandsons.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1821 Holton Ave., Big Stone Gap, VA 24219, or the Thomas H. Skorupa Scholarship Fund, Mountain Empire Community College, Mountain Empire Road, P.O. Drawer 700, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.




Arthur J. Ostdiek

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 1:33 am

Arthur Joseph Ostdiek fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday (July 18, 2009) due to complications of a heart condition.

He was a current resident of Coeburn and former 25 year resident of Abingdon. He was a member of Christ the King Church in Abingdon and St. Anthony’s Church in Norton. He was an educator, engineer, researcher, and inventor. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served on many committees for nature preservation and protection, local jobs training, charitable works, and the arts.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Bonnie Kay Peters Ostdiek; daughter, Julie Somis, her husband, Aristedes’ and their daughter, Kalliopi. He was a beloved and cherished brother, uncle, husband, father, and grandfather.

He was the youngest of 10 children born to Henry and Dora Ostdiek of Lawrence, Nebraska and is survived by eight siblings. He was preceded in death by his sister, Sr. Lenore Ostdiek, OSF.

His love of family, the outdoors, and music sustained him throughout his life and continue to live on in his immediate and extended family and friends. His laughter was contagious, his singing was uplifting, and his puns made us groan. His desire to share his appreciation for all of God’s creations, especially those found here in the mountains of Virginia, brought all of those who knew him great joy.

Services were held for friends at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Norton, on Monday, July 27 at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon. Services for family will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Parkton, Md., where his daughter resides, on Aug. 16.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Food Bank run by the Knights of Columbus at St. Anthony’s Church or the Virginia Creeper Trail Club in Abingdon.

Those wishing to express sympathy on-line may do so by visiting and signing the guestbook. Farris Funeral Service of Abingdon is assisting the family with arrangements.






Thomas Somers, Appalachia, VA

Thomas Hunter Somers, 93, died Sunday at Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap.

The family will receive friends at the Roy A. Green Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday.  Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the funeral home.

Tom's body will be taken to Rogers Funeral Home, Belfry, Ky. on Wednesday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m.

A funeral service will be held at the Rogers Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. Thursday with military graveside services conducted at the Mullins Family Cemetery, Sydney, Ky.





Deacon Barron Flanary, 80, dies in Lee County

Monday, February 16, 1931 - Sunday, July 31, 2011

Dryden, VA - Millard Baron Flanary 80, passed away Sunday (July 31, 2011) at his home near Dryden, Va. He was a Civil Engineer by profession and worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers before his retirement. He returned to Lee County approximately ten years ago to take up residence in the family home which was built by his grandfather.

Barron served his country in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves. He was of the Roman Catholic Faith. Baron served as Deacon at Holy Spirit Catholic Community in Jonesville, Va. and at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Big Stone Gap, Va. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Financial Secretary.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Dawson Flanary, his parents, Millard and Kathleen Flanary, brother John Flanary, sister, Ann Cole Turner.

He is survived by his daughters, Denise Alter of West Palm Beach, Fla., Mary Hays of Memphis, Tn., Patricia Flanary of Dryden, Va. his sons, Mike Flanary of Eagle River, Alaska, Dennis Flanary of Memphis, Tn., his sisters, Lois Tate and Mary Toohey both of Fla. Six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive him.

The family will receive friends Friday (August 5, 2011) from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Big Stone Gap, Va.

Mass of the Resurrection will be Saturday (August 6, 2011) at 10:30 A.M. at the Church. Father Tim Drake will be officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Powell Valley Cemetery, Dryden, Va. Military graveside rites will be accorded by local DAV and VFW units and the National Guard unit from Gate City, Va.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Flanary, Mike Flanary, Perry Alter, and members of The Knights of Columbus. Honorary Pallbearer will be Bob Hays.

Flowers may be sent or donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus for Special Olympics. Please make checks to Glenmary Council. Checks may be sent to Knights of Columbus Glenmary Council, c/o St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1009 Virginia Ave. NW, Norton, VA 24273.

Please note on the check that it is for Special Olympics. Gilliam Funeral Home is serving the Flanary Family.Flowers may be sent or donations may be made to the Knights of Columbus for Special Olympics.

Please make checks to Glenmary Council. Checks may be sent to Knights of Columbus Glenmary Council, c/o St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 1009 Virginia Ave. NW, Norton, VA 24273.

Please note on the check that it is for Special Olympics. Gilliam Funeral Home is serving the Flanary Family.





Anthony J. Trigiani

December 10, 2002

BIG STONE GAP - Anthony Joseph Trigiani, 69, passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002. A resident of Big Stone Gap since 1966, he was an active businessman at the time of his death.

He was born March 17, 1933, in Roseto, Pa., the son of the late Michael A. and Yolanda Perin Trigiani. He also was preceded in death by Carlo and Lucia Spada Bonicelli, the parents of his wife, Ida Bonicelli Trigiani.

In addition to Mrs. Trigiani, he is survived by seven children, Mary Yolanda, San Francisco; Lucia Anna, Alexandria; Adriana Marie and Timothy Stephenson, New York; Antonia Giovanna, New York, Michael Anthony and Lisa Marie (Tesoro), Nashville; Carlo Andrea and Tina Marie (Feeley), New York; and Francesca Joanna and Thomas Anthony Noone, Alexandria; five grandchildren, Anna Christina Noone, Matthew Calnan Noone, Luca Andrew Trigiani, Lucia Bonicelli Stephenson and Mary Alessandra Noone. Mr. Trigiani also is survived by a sister and two brothers, David M. Jackson, Mississippi, Josephine Ronca, Wind Gap, Pa., and Michael R. and Amelia (LeDonne), Roseto, Pa.; sisters and brother-in-law, Geraldine Bonicelli, Chisholm, Minn., and Irma C. and Michael F. Godfrey, St. Louis, Mo.; and a large extended family. He also was preceded in death by brothers-in-law, Orlando A. Bonicelli and Michael F. Ronca; nephew, Donald Bonicelli; and niece, Michalynn Trigiani.

Mr. Trigiani spent his childhood in Pennsylvania and attended Saint Francis Preparatory School in Spring Grove, where he was the valedictorian of his class. He went on to the University of Notre Dame, where he graduated with degrees in business administration and philosophy. While at Notre Dame, he was a member of the Blue Circle, an academic society and the Glee Club, for which he served as business manager. He also met his wife there and they were married in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the campus in October 1956. 

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, which he served from 1956 to 1958 in Georgia and Hawaii. After arriving in southwest Virginia, he was active in charity work, community efforts and Republican politics. He served on the boards of Saint Mary's Hospital, Norton and in Big Stone Gap, Community Concerts and the Child Development Center, which he helped to found. He served as the chairman of the Wise County Republican Party. A Roman Catholic, he helped to found the local council of the Knights of Columbus and served on the building committee of Saint Anthony's Catholic Church, Norton.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home, 956 Park Ave., Norton. A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated by The Most Reverend Walter F. Sullivan, Bishop of Richmond, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 11 a.m. at Saint Anthony's Church, 1009 Virginia Ave., Norton.

Burial will follow at a later date in the family mausoleum in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cemetery, Roseto, Pa. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Sister Anne Christina Trust, P.O. Box 583, Norton, VA 24273. 






Deward D. Duff Sr.

WISE – Deward David Duff Sr., age 77, passed away Sunday evening, May 23, 2004, at Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital, Norton.

He was born in Lee County, Va., at Johnson’s Mill, and lived most of his life in Wise. He was a graduate of Keokee High School and was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran. Mr. Duff was a retired employee of Apple Tree Mining, Whitesburg, Ky.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Norton.

He was a son of the late Melvin S. and Flossie Hobbs Duff and was also preceded in death by a son, Deward David Duff Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Rae Hattney Duff, Wise; three daughters, Rosemary Duff Smith, Ellijay, Ga., Catherine Duff Fritz, Lower Exeter, Va., and Nancy Duff Thomas, Clermont, Fla.; a son, Michael S. Duff, Wise; seven grandchildren, Rebecca Cox, Scott Arnett, Billy Fritz, Crista Bryant, Lisa Fritz, Michael (Bub) Duff II and Charles Henry Fritz Jr.; seven great grandchildren, Christopher Cox, Scott Arnett Jr., Jessie "Trey" Saladar III, Carson Bryant, Taylor Fritz, Gabriel Arnett and Isiah Cox; a sister, Beulah Bobrosky, Keokee, Va.; two brothers, Dewey J. Duff, Moorehead, Ky., and Clarence Duff, Big Stone Gap, Va.; and a host of other family members and friends.

Calling hours are from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Norton. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday May 26, 2004, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, with Father Timothy Drake, officiating.

Interment with military rites will follow at Powell Valley Cemetery, Dryden, Va. Norton Veterans of Foreign Wars will provide military rites. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Carty Funeral Homes, (276) 679-0048, is in charge of arrangements.






John Roy Hayes 77 Dies Peacefully

John Roy Hayes, July 7,1937 to October 27, 2014, age 77,  passed away peacefully Monday from his residence. He was surrounded by his loving family and Army Reserves.

He was a coal miner for nearly 30 years, a former railroad employee and aeronautical company employee.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, serving in several offices.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Minnie Short Hayes; one sister, Jacqueline Hayes; and two brothers, Kermit Hayes and Bobby Hayes.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Krzak Hayes; six daughters, Theresa Wright of Dorton, Angela Hayes, Cynthia Boggs and Eleanor Lynn Hall, all of Pound, Donna Isaacs of Castlewood, Va., Elizabeth Harlow of Lincolnton, N.C.; 16 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass will be offered at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in St. Joseph Catholic Church, Clintwood, Va., with Fr. Tim Drake officiating. Burial will follow in the Dewey Memorial Cemetery, Pound.

Arrangements are under direction of Baker Funeral Home of Pound. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the funeral home.

John was also a Knight of the third degree in the Glenmary Council 7853 of the Knights of Columbus. He had held the offices of Grand Knight, Deputy Grand Knight, Chancellor, Recorder, Outside Guard, Trustee, Church Director, and Degree Team Chancellor.

John was an Honorary Life member having been a member for 32 years.

He was an avid supporter of the intellectually challenged and he served as the Council Director for the KOVAR (Knights of Virginia Assisting the Retarded).



J. T. Caruso


J. T. Caruso 83 Passes Away at Home

NORTON, VA - James Anthony (J.T.) Caruso Sr. passed away on 7 March 2015 at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Norton, Virginia on March 13, 1931 to the late Frank and Virginia Caruso. J.T. was preceded in death by his parents, his sisters Ann Caruso Short and Delores Caruso, and his brothers Mickey, Joey, and Frank Caruso Jr. He is survived by his wife Barbara Robinette Caruso, his children LTC James Anthony Caruso II and wife Lisa of Manassas, VA, LTC Ret. Mark Caruso and wife Carol of Norton, and Mary Caruso of Kingsport, TN. He is also survived by his five grand-daughters: Lee Ann and her husband Justin Whitt of Kingsport, TN, Gabriele Caruso and her fiancé Jordan Barnette of Wise, Sarah Caruso of Charlottesville, Mackenna Caruso and Delaney Caruso of Manassas, VA.

 J.T. was a graduate from Nor-Hi and a US Navy veteran. While attending high school, he participated in basketball and four years of football as a fullback and linebacker under Coach Sam Lawson. He, along with Bill Fitchco and A.P. Lavicki refereed high school football in the state of Kentucky. J.T. served as a Navy Corpsman during his tour of duty. After his tour with the Navy, he attended National Business College in Roanoke, VA and Toledo Meat Cutting School in Toledo, OH. Upon returning to Norton, he joined his father’s local business, Frank’s Little Store, which he ran until his retirement. He was best known for his grocery delivery service, generous cuts of meat and 50 cent sandwiches. He was the only grocery store that sold food on credit and was often heard to say that “no one who was hungry would be turned away, regardless of their ability to pay”.

J.T. was past president of Norton Little League Baseball when it was located in downtown Norton and when it was moved to its present location. Under his leadership, the new little league field was built and now bears his name, the ‘J.T. Caruso Field’. He was also a past president of the Norton Little League Football program and of the J.I. Burton Raiders Booster Club in Norton. He was instrumental in creating the first dedicated weight room for the J.I. Burton High School athletic program.  As Booster Club President, he raised thousands of dollars to support the school’s athletic programs and concessions.

He was a life-long member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Norton where he participated on many committees, to include the building committee and Parish Council. He was a charter member of the Glen Mary chapter of the Knights of Columbus, and was a long-time member of the City of Norton Safety Committee.

The family will receive friends on Monday, 9 March from 6pm to 8pm at Hagy and Fawbush Funeral Home, 956 Park Ave NW, Norton. On Tuesday, 10 March, Mass of the Resurrection and Funeral Services will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, 1009 Virginia Ave NW, Norton at 11am, with Father Tim Drake officiating. Graveside services will follow at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. In lieu of flowers, charitable contributions may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Building Fund 1009 Virginia Avenue NW in Norton, Virginia 24273 or to the Norton Little League Program, Attention: Tim McNew, 5166 Spotswood Road, Norton, Virginia 24273. Hagy and Fawbush Funeral Home is serving the Caruso family.


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