In Memorium

Lawrence Patrick Dillon, 86, of Berryville, Virginia died Friday, July 8, 2022, surrounded by family in Haymarket, Virginia.

Larry was born February 24, 1936 in Ludlow, Kentucky, the son of the late Thomas Xavier Dillon and Mary Cecilia Sullivan Dillon. He attended St. Henry Elementary School in Erlanger, KY, and St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, OH. He had a love for basketball and played in high school and on his college team at Xavier University.

He served honorably in the U. S. Army from 1957-1959. After his discharge from the Army, he settled in the Northern Virginia area with his best friend, Dan Evans. He met Elizabeth Jane Cassidy (Betty), the love of his life, at Dan’s wedding, as she was the sister of the bride. They married on May 2, 1964 in Alexandria, Virginia. The early years of their married life were spent in Alexandria and Springfield, eventually moving to Manassas to raise their growing family. Larry made his career as a computer systems analyst for the Department of the Army, retiring in 1995, and he and Betty eventually made their way to Berryville, VA for their retirement.

Throughout his life, Larry was very faith filled and hard-working, and shared his talents with his local parish and community. He was very active in Toastmasters International, and the Virginia Cooperative Extension service, where he assisted people with their resumes, and setting up budgets. At his parish, he was active in the Knights of Columbus, Bible Study, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, Religious Education, and he served as a Lector, Usher, Eucharistic Minister, and on numerous other committees over the years. People knew him to be kind and generous. He enjoyed quiet, thoughtful conversation. On the rare occasions that he shared his opinion, it would serve you well to heed his advice. He was a loving father, and instilled his values of faith, independence, education, honesty, and hard work in his children and grandchildren. Life lessons that have stayed with us are: put God and family above all else, take your car in for a “tune up” before any road trips, and most importantly, never drive into DC when you can take the metro.

Surviving with his wife are four daughters, Marie (Alan) Constantine of Manassas, VA; Patricia (Ken) Russman and Erin (Rick) Mabe both of Berryville, VA; and Sharon Shipley of Pleasant Hill, IA; son, Christopher Dillon and Kerry Kastanek of Wilmington, NC; sister, Margaret Ann (Peg) Dillon of Cincinnati, OH; 17 grandchildren, Adam (Cecilia), Philip, John, Michael, and Theresa Constantine; Matthew and Mark Petersen; Cory, Laura, Peter, Mary, and Patrick Russman; James and Elizabeth Mabe; and Madeline, Elijah, and Jackson Shipley; and a great-grandson, Landon Constantine.

A daughter and son-in-law, Margie and Pete Petersen, three brothers, Thomas Dillon, Father John Dillon, S.J., and Joseph Dillon, and a sister, Sister Mary Colleen Dillon, S.N.D., preceded him in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:00 A. M. Thursday, July 14, 2022 at St. Bridget of Ireland Catholic Church, Berryville with Father Paul Grankauskas and Father John O’Hara officiating. A private burial service will follow in Cool Spring Natural Cemetery, Berryville. Reception will be at the church hall. The service will be livestreamed.

William A. Donahoe, age 84, passed away on December 17, 2018 at his home in Kalispell, MT. William was a native of Washington, DC. He was the youngest son of Dr. Walter J. Donahoe and Frances E. Fegan.

Interment information:
Burial March 16, 2019 at Mount Olivet in Washington DC with family present at 10:00. Mass at St. Aloysius Gonzaga at 11:30 followed by a reception at Phoenix Park Hotel at 1:00, located at 520 North Capitol St., NW.

Mr. Donahoe graduated from Gonzaga College High School. He obtained a B.S. degree in History and Government from Georgetown University in 1955. He earned an M.S. degree in Administration with a concentration in international business from George Washington University in 1972. He graduated from the Economic Studies Program at the Foreign Service Institute in 1973.

Mr. Donahoe served in the U.S. Army for 18 months as a radio operator at Berlin Command, West Berlin and one year in a Civil Affairs and Military Government reserve unit in Washington.

Mr. Donahoe’s 34 year career with the Federal Government began as a legislative analyst for the U.S. General Accounting Office. He transferred in 1961 to the U.S Department of Commerce. He retired from the International Trade Administration in 1989 as director of the Office of General Industrial Machinery.

After retiring, he became an adjunct assistant professor of international business at Loyola College in Baltimore, MD and at Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA. He operated a genealogy research business focusing on people who lived in the counties surrounding his home in rural Clarke county and teaching adult education courses on genealogy and tracing Irish ancestry. He authored Five Rivers: Genealogy of the Donahoe and Fegan Families and was working on Farmers and Mariners.

Mr. Donahoe was a member of St. Bridget of Ireland Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus Council # 16938, and had been grand knight of Washington Council # 224, in Washington, DC. He was also a member of the Historical Society of Washington, DC, the National Genealogy Society, the Irish Genealogical Society International of St. Paul, MN, the Genealogical Society of Nova Scotia, the Shenandoah Valley Genealogical Society and local genealogical societies in Livingston and Washtenaw counties in Michigan.

He is survived by his wife Dorothy McQuillan Donahoe, three sons: Bruce Wilkinson (Bridget) of Waialua, HI, Stuart Wilkinson (Sue) of Mammoth Lakes, CA and Dr. Neal Wilkinson (Mary) of Whitefish, MT, and five nieces and nephews: Kathleen Donahoe of Bethesda, MD, Martin Donahoe of Finksburg, MD, Stephen Donahoe of Winter Springs, FL, Elizabeth Ljungberg of Roswell, GA, and Rita Gaertner of Long Beach, CA and five grandchildren: Kai, Noa, Lorena, Cole and Natalie Wilkinson. Bill loved his family, friends, and his faith. His dogs are included in the first category.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:30 on Friday December 21, 2018 at Buffalo Hill Funeral Home. Friends are encouraged to visit our website at to leave notes of condolence for the family. Buffalo Hill Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family. Donations may be made to your favorite animal rescue league.

Paul Jennings Doyle, 79 of Berryville, VA died unexpectedly on January 16, 2021 at the Winchester Medical Center. He was born on February 07, 1941 in Southern Ohio, the son of Ervin Jesse and Edna Haynor (Burns) Doyle.

This 5-8” center for his high school basketball team married his most avid fan; a cheerleader named Patricia Ann Savage. These high school sweethearts spent the next 6-decades together the same way they began; hand in hand, each other’s biggest fan.

Lt. Colonel Doyle served over 35 years in the U.S. Army and subsequent civilian positions with the federal government.

Paul was an active member of St Bridget’s Parish serving as an usher, a member of the Men’s Club and a senior member of the Knights of Columbus. Paul was active in his extended community as a member of the Lion’s Club and the American Legion.

In addition to his parents, Paul was predeceased by brothers Gene and Kenny, a sister Dolores and his son Robert Joseph Doyle. Surviving in addition to his wife Patricia are his sisters Nancy, Joan and Opal, his son, Paul J. Doyle, II (Michelle) of Glen Allen, and daughters Aileen T. Doyle (Patrick) of Charlotte, Martha Ann Doyle of Winchester and M. Sunshine Doyle of Winchester.

Paul and Patty were blessed with 12 grandchildren; William, Elijah, Bobby, Jake, Adelina, Sam, Addison, Ezra, Peyton, Max, Asa and Abram. Paul played an integral role in the lives of his grandchildren. Their lives are all the richer for the time he so selflessly shared with them. They are left with countless memories of Peepaw, all fond…often funny.

A memorial mass will be held at St. Bridget’s Chapel in the Field on Friday January 29th at 2:00pm. There will be a brief gathering in the Narthex prior to the start of the ceremony.

Robert Lynn Lewis, 76, of Berryville, Virginia, died Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at his home.

Bob was born July 28, 1943 in San Francisco, California, son of the late William Herbert Lewis and Jean Lorraine Jones Lewis.

Bob married Patricia Anne McNamara Lewis on May 2, 1964 in New London, Connecticut.

Bob is survived by his wife Pat of 55 years, and a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Lewis Mohl of Round Hill, VA; a son, Matthew William Lewis of Ashburn, VA; (3) Grandchildren, Isabelle, Kyle, and Samantha; a brother, William David Lewis of Petaluma, CA; and (2) sisters, Kim Lewis Reed of Glen Ellen, CA; Patricia Lewis Brown of California and Step-Mom Elizabeth Lewis Czeikowitz.

Bob served for 28 years on Active Duty in the US Coast Guard, starting in January 1961 as a Seaman and retiring in June 1989 as a CWO4 Chief Warrant Officer. Upon retirement, he worked as the Executive Director of the Coast Guard Warrant Officers Association for several years.

Bob was very active with youth baseball in the Dale City Little League Program. He was an excellent umpire and a favorite of all the kids.

Bob and Pat were avid square dancers, spent many years dancing at a high challenge level. Dancing was a hobby and fun entertainment.

A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 A. M. Monday, February 10, 2020 at St. Bridget of Ireland Catholic Church, Berryville, VA with Rev. Paul M. Grankauskas officiating where Bob was a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Luciano Vignola, 80, of Berryville, Virginia died Thursday, May 12, 2022 at his home.

Mr. Vignola was born July 17, 1941 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopa, the son of the late Artura Vignola and Irene (Federici) Vignola.

He served in the U. S. Navy.

He was married to Alma Maria (DiLuccia) Vignola who died in 2005.

He owned and operated a popular Italian restaurant in Rockville, Maryland for many years with his wife Alma.

He loved the mountains of Northern Italy and regularly made trips back to Italy to visit with friends and family.

Surviving are his wife, Liliana Polo; two daughters, Maria Cristina Vignola of Flint Hill, VA and Daniela Fitzek of Baden, Austria; a son, Giovanni Vignola of Edmond, OK; a step-daughter, Nancy Polo; a step-son, Robert Polo; nine grandchildren, Biagio Vignola-Peterson, Gianluca Vignola, Juliana Vignola; Valentina Vignola, Olivia Vignola, Leopold Fitzek, Ferdinand Fitzek, Alma Fitzek, and Linus Pritchard; and a great-granddaughter, Maria Daniela Vignola; and a brother, Lionello Vignola of LaPlata, MD.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:00 A. M. Monday, May 16, 2022 at St. Bridget of Ireland Catholic Church, Berryville with Father Keith Cummings. Burial will be in 10:00 A. M. Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at All Souls Cemetery in Germantown, Maryland.

The family will receive friends 7:00 – 9:00 P. M. Sunday evening at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home, Berryville.

Frederick H. Chemi, 82 of Winchester, Va., passed away, Sunday, October 23, 2022 at Blue Ridge Hospice Inpatient Care Center.

Frederick was born in 1940 in Suffern, N.Y., the son of the late Louis and Mildred Chemi. He served our country for eight years in the Army National Guard and retired in 2006 as Plant Manager for Merillat Industries in Culpeper, Va. Frederick was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club. Frederick enjoyed fishing, fourth generation upholsterer, and an avid woodworker.

He married Betty J. Coggeshall on February 4, 1967 in Suffern, N.Y.

Frederick is survived by his wife, Betty; sons, Louis Chemi (Shawna) of Goffstown, N.H. and Phillip Chemi (Gina) of Winchester, Va.; grandchildren, Sara Chemi, Michael Chemi, Lane Williams, Grant Chemi, Julie Chemi and Rhys Chemi; sisters, Louise Abate and Cathy Stine (Clarence “Skip”).

He is preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Anne Marie Chemi; brother, Guy Chemi and brother-in-law, Sam Abate.

A memorial mass will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church with a reception to follow at the church hall. Interment will be at 2 p.m. in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

Robert Allen Ciszewski, 82, of Stephenson, Virginia died Sunday, February 4, 2024.

    Mr. Ciszewski was born March 17, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of the late Benny T. Ciszewski and Wanda L. Wroblewski Ciszewski.

     He was a Lieutenant Commander with the United States Navy retiring after 20 years of service.  He was an educator, flight instructor, part-time farmer/herder and enthusiastic volunteer at church and in his community.

    He married Leona May Biesiadecki on February 1, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois.

   Surviving with his wife are two sons, Christopher A. Ciszewski (Lenah) of Augusta, WV and Craig A. Ciszewski of Hilton Head, SC; a daughter, Caryn A. Ciszewski of Herndon, VA; a sister, Donna Mulderink of Des Plaines, IL; and four grandchildren, Jeffery Stout, Henry Ciszewski, Andrew Ciszewski, and Kelena Monroe Ciszewski.

     A memorial mass will be held 10:00 A.M. Thursday, February 8, 2024 at St. Bridget of Ireland Catholic Church, 1020 W. Main St., Berryville, Virginia with Father Paul M. Grankauskas officiating.  Burial will be private.