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Walter Ray Sr

Died : Feb 25, 1944

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Wake Forest, NC

Mr. Walter Douglas Ray, Sr. , age 79, of Wake Forest, has departed this earthly life. The family will celebrate his life through precious memories, thoughts and shared tributes one with another. Survivors; son, siblings; and a host of other relatives and friends. To to the family or in memory of Mr. Walter Douglas Ray, Sr. , please

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Charles Alford

Jun 18, 1934 - Feb 19, 2024

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Wake Forest, NC

Arrangements in the care of Bright Funeral Home. Private family service. To to the family, please

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Jeffrey Rhue Somers

Sep 26, 1947 - Jan 29, 2024

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Wake Forest, NC

Jeffrey Rhue Somers, 76, died of natural causes in Wake Forest, North Carolina, on January 29, 2024.Jeff was born on September 26, 1947 to Dr. Gerald Henry Somers and Jane Rhue Somers in Fort Wayne, Indiana. After Jeff graduated from South Side High School in 1965, he attended Purdue University in Fort Wayne. He graduated with a major in Psychology in 1971. He worked as a caseworker with the Allen County Welfare Department for many years. In 1990, he obtained a Master of Social Work Degree at Indiana University in Indianapolis.Jeff then worked for 12 years at Larue Carter State Psychiatric Hospital in Indianapolis, as a Psychiatric Social Worker. He was a member of the Treatment Team providing supportive counseling to patients and their families. While there, he received many letters of appreciation. Upon moving to Wake Forest, North Carolina, Jeff assumed a leadership role on a treatment team, continuing his work supporting developmentally disabled and mentally ill clients in the community.Jeff was an active member at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Wake Forest. He participated in recreational hockey, and supported the Carolina Hurricanes. He loved following ACC and Big Ten basketball on TV. He took particular joy in researching his family genealogy. Over theyears, he maintained regular correspondence with members of his high school class.Jeff was predeceased by his parents, two brothers (Jay Charles Somers and John Erskine Somers), and his sister Mary “Molly” (Gerald) Schwartz. He is survived by his brother James Gerald Somers (Kathryn) of Angola, IN, and sister-in-law Cindy Somers of Plainfield, IL. He isalso survived by cousins Kyle Kinder, Jane Dooley, and Kevin Dooley, along with many nieces and nephews.Jeff was loved by everyone who knew him. With family present, he will be interred in a family plot in Greenlawn Cemetery in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Memorials can be made to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 834 Durham Road, Wake Forest NC 27587.

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Mary Jane Haga

Dec 12, 1940 - Feb 15, 2024

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Wake Forest, NC

Mary Jane Haga, 83, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Jane was born on December 12, 1940 in Portsmouth, OH to the late Engle Hutton and Florence Hutton (nee McCormick). The youngest of three girl, she was raised in Marion, VA and graduated from James Madison University in 1965 with her bachelor of arts degree in English. She married her husband, the late Earl Cornelius Haga in 1965. Jane was active in the North Carolina Catholic community for decades, including Co-Founding and acting as longtime Director of the School at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Prior to this she was an administrator for Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh. She held a Master Gardener certification and was a lifelong student, including taking art classes and Chinese lessons into her 60s. She loved animals (especially birds), travel, and teaching young people about the natural world. She is survived by her sons, Christopher William Haga and wife, Elizabeth of Dallas, TX, Michael Matthew Haga and wife, Emily of Durham, NC; grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Haga, Christopher William Haga, Jr, Sarah McCormick Haga, and Isla Jane Haga; and several nieces, and nephews. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 5-7 PM at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St. Wake Forest, NC 27587. A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at St. Catherine of Siena of Wake Forest, 520 W. Holding Ave. Wake Forest, NC 27587. A rosary service will be held prior to the mass at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow the service at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest, NC. Following burial, there will be a reception at St. Catherine of Siena. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School. Please visit www.brightfurnerals.com to share words of comfort to the family. Bright Funeral Home is serving the Haga family.

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Mary Jane Haga

Dec 12, 1940 - Feb 15, 2024

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Wake Forest, NC

Mary Jane Haga, 83, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024. Jane was born on December 12, 1940 in Portsmouth, OH to the late Engle Hutton and Florence Hutton (nee McCormick). The youngest of three girl, she was raised in Marion, VA and graduated from James Madison University in 1965 with her bachelor of arts degree in English. She married her husband, the late Earl Cornelius Haga in 1965. Jane was active in the North Carolina Catholic community for decades, including Co-Founding and acting as longtime Director of the School at St. Catherine of Siena Church. Prior to this she was an administrator for Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh. She held a Master Gardener certification and was a lifelong student, including taking art classes and Chinese lessons into her 60s. She loved animals (especially birds), travel, and teaching young people about the natural world. She is survived by her sons, Christopher William Haga and wife, Elizabeth of Dallas, TX, Michael Matthew Haga and wife, Emily of Durham, NC; grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Haga, Christopher William Haga, Jr, Sarah McCormick Haga, and Isla Jane Haga; and several nieces, and nephews. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from 5-7 PM at Bright Funeral Home, 405 S. Main St. Wake Forest, NC 27587. A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at St. Catherine of Siena of Wake Forest, 520 W. Holding Ave. Wake Forest, NC 27587. A rosary service will be held prior to the mass at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow the service at Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest, NC. Following burial, there will be a reception at St. Catherine of Siena. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic School. Please visit www.brightfurnerals.com to share words of comfort to the family. Bright Funeral Home is serving the Haga family.

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Robert Benjamin Hoots

Jul 16, 1948 - Feb 14, 2024

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Wake Forest, NC

Robert Benjamin Hoots (Benny), 75, died on Wednesday, February 14, 2024 after an extended battle with cancer. Benny was born on July 16, 1948, in Winston Salem. He worked for IBM in Raleigh and RTP for 38 years. After retiring, he worked for College Foundation of NC and retired from there after 14 years. Benny enjoyed building Moravian stars and giving them away to family and friends. He especially loved playing golf, working outside in his yard, and building up the Veterans Ministry at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. Most of all, he enjoyed spending quality time with his wife of over 40 years. He was known for his sense of humor and ability to make others laugh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert G. and Betty Thomas Hoots; and grandson, Matthew Jordan Hoots. He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie; daughters, Heather (Ryan), Misty (Brad); Granddaughters, Kinly and Cayden; grandson, Nathan; sister, Judith Kennedy; brother, Rodney Hoots; mother-in-law, Doris Minor; and numerous other family members. A memorial service will be held at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church, 12605 Capital Blvd Wake Forest NC 27587 on Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 2 PM. Family will receive in the CLC afterwards. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Veterans Ministry at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church or donate to his grandson Nathan’s medical account for his fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy through Venmo to @cure44. Please visit www.brightfunerals.com to share words of comfort to the family. Bright Funeral Home is serving the Hoots family.

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Vincent Gerard Pudelski

Aug 13, 1962 - Feb 08, 2024

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Wake Forest, NC

Vincent Gerard Pudelski, fondly known as Vinnie, 61, of Wake Forest passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at WakeMed Hospital. He was born in Passaic, New Jersey to the late Vincent Edward Pudelski and Frances Sennert Pudelski. Vincent was a proud co-founder and co-proprietor of Jantech Services, Inc., and his career was marked by dedication and excellence. For over 40 years, he was a highly respected member of the critical power industry. Vincent held many titles throughout his life, and “Coach Vinnie” was one of his favorites. He dedicated over 25 years to coaching youth baseball with Wake Forest Parks and Recreation. He also coached youth roller and ice hockey across the Triangle and continues to leave an indelible mark on the lives of all those he mentored. Vinnie’s roles as a husband, father, and friend were what he cherished above all others. He loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and children. He was an avid photographer, lover of all music (especially The Beatles), movie buff, and life-long NY Jets, NY Mets, and NJ Devils fan. His humor, big personality, and humble heart were only of a few of his best qualities. Vinnie’s life is a beacon of how to live with purpose and love. His legacy is carried on by the many he touched and the memories created will be a comfort for all who knew him. He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Michele Pudelski; adored children: daughter, Alyssa Givney and husband AJ of Franklinton, NC; sons Alexander and Zachary of the home; sisters Suzann Pudelski of Naples, FL, Maryann Wienbrock of Newport, NC and Diane Singer of Raleigh, NC; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and countless friends. A Celebration of Vinnie’s Life will take place on Sunday, February 25th from 4-7 pm at The Loading Dock: 525 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587. A Mass will be held on Monday, February 26th at 11 am at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church: 600 Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587. Inurnment to follow in the Church Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to any of the following: (1) Town of Wake Forest, Attn: Sam Sanchez - Finance Director, 301 S Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587, (2) Saint Catherine of Siena, 521 Holding Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587, (3) NC Warriors Hockey @ www.northcarolinawarriors.com Arrangments by Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home, 1051 Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587 (919-556-7400) www.cswfuneralhome.com

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Vincent Gerard Pudelski

Aug 13, 1962 - Feb 08, 2024

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Wake Forest, NC

Vincent Gerard Pudelski, fondly known as Vinnie, 61, of Wake Forest passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024 at WakeMed Hospital. He was born in Passaic, New Jersey to the late Vincent Edward Pudelski and Frances Sennert Pudelski. Vincent was a proud co-founder and co-proprietor of Jantech Services, Inc., and his career was marked by dedication and excellence. For over 40 years, he was a highly respected member of the critical power industry. Vincent held many titles throughout his life, and “Coach Vinnie” was one of his favorites. He dedicated over 25 years to coaching youth baseball with Wake Forest Parks and Recreation. He also coached youth roller and ice hockey across the Triangle and continues to leave an indelible mark on the lives of all those he mentored. Vinnie’s roles as a husband, father, and friend were what he cherished above all others. He loved nothing more than spending time with his wife and children. He was an avid photographer, lover of all music (especially The Beatles), movie buff, and life-long NY Jets, NY Mets, and NJ Devils fan. His humor, big personality, and humble heart were only of a few of his best qualities. Vinnie’s life is a beacon of how to live with purpose and love. His legacy is carried on by the many he touched and the memories created will be a comfort for all who knew him. He is survived by his beloved wife of 36 years, Michele Pudelski; adored children: daughter, Alyssa Givney and husband AJ of Franklinton, NC; sons Alexander and Zachary of the home; sisters Suzann Pudelski of Naples, FL, Maryann Wienbrock of Newport, NC and Diane Singer of Raleigh, NC; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, and countless friends. A Celebration of Vinnie’s Life will take place on Sunday, February 25th from 4-7 pm at The Loading Dock: 525 S White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587. A Mass will be held on Monday, February 26th at 11 am at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church: 600 Holding Ave, Wake Forest, NC 27587. Inurnment to follow in the Church Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to any of the following: (1) Town of Wake Forest, Attn: Sam Sanchez - Finance Director, 301 S Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587, (2) Saint Catherine of Siena, 521 Holding Avenue, Wake Forest, NC 27587, (3) NC Warriors Hockey @ www.northcarolinawarriors.com Arrangments by Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home, 1051 Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587 (919-556-7400) www.cswfuneralhome.com

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Mary

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Wake Forest, NC

Mary was born to Ella Mae Niswander Hollans and Benjamin Franklin Hollans in the small town of Shawsville, Virginia. Her family moved to Portsmouth, Virginia to follow her father’s work as an electrician. Mary was raised in the Catholic faith and spent her early adult life as a wife and devoted mother to her children, Linda and Richard. She raised her children to appreciate the value of a good education and to appreciate the wonders of the world that surrounds them. She saw the value in missing a day of school to watch the circus train come to town or see the treasures of King Tut’s tomb. In 1972, she married Charles William (Bill) Kelly Jr. Bill was a loving husband and as good a father as her children could have hoped for. In 1983, Mary began a distinguished career in public service by working as a Congressional aid in the home office of Congressman Norman Sisisky. After Bill’s death in 2004, she continued her career working in the Chesapeake, Virginia’s Commissioner of Revenue‘s Office until her retirement in 2022. Mary cherished the many friendships she developed through her work and community activities. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than her involvement in the many cultural and historical organizations of which she was a member. She was especially proud of her time with Old Dominion University’s Town-N-Gown for which she held several official positions. Mary’s greatest fear was boredom, so she was always doing something and often it was something for someone else. Her generous spirit will be missed by many. In 2005, Mary met Michael French while browsing through a bookstore. Mike proved to be a loving companion for almost twenty years and a great support when she needed it most. As Mary’s son, my wife, Bethany, and I cannot express the appreciation we have for Mike and the unconditional love he showed my mother each and every day. So as we say goodbye to my Mama, I hope her heaven is filled with art and music and laughter and all the good things she deserved but didn’t get enough of in this life and I pray she knows how much she was loved, how grateful I am for all she did and sacrificed for me and how many lives were made better by her having lived the life she did. I will simply say go in peace Mama since you didn’t like to rest. Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Bethany Kelly; loving companion, Michael French; daughter, Linda King; granddaughters, Rachel Gonzales and Jennifer King-Keeney; great-grandchildren, Vivian, Grace and William Gonzales and Ethan Keeney; and extended family Jane and Michael Thompson, Ann Thompson and Catherine Thompson-Schmidt. A small graveside service will be held in Wake Forest, NC for close family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the wild animal protective organization of your choice. A memorial gathering will be planned at a later date for her friends in Virginia. Arrangements by Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1051 Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-7400) www.cswfuneralhome.com

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Mary

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Wake Forest, NC

Mary was born to Ella Mae Niswander Hollans and Benjamin Franklin Hollans in the small town of Shawsville, Virginia. Her family moved to Portsmouth, Virginia to follow her father’s work as an electrician. Mary was raised in the Catholic faith and spent her early adult life as a wife and devoted mother to her children, Linda and Richard. She raised her children to appreciate the value of a good education and to appreciate the wonders of the world that surrounds them. She saw the value in missing a day of school to watch the circus train come to town or see the treasures of King Tut’s tomb. In 1972, she married Charles William (Bill) Kelly Jr. Bill was a loving husband and as good a father as her children could have hoped for. In 1983, Mary began a distinguished career in public service by working as a Congressional aid in the home office of Congressman Norman Sisisky. After Bill’s death in 2004, she continued her career working in the Chesapeake, Virginia’s Commissioner of Revenue‘s Office until her retirement in 2022. Mary cherished the many friendships she developed through her work and community activities. Nothing gave her greater pleasure than her involvement in the many cultural and historical organizations of which she was a member. She was especially proud of her time with Old Dominion University’s Town-N-Gown for which she held several official positions. Mary’s greatest fear was boredom, so she was always doing something and often it was something for someone else. Her generous spirit will be missed by many. In 2005, Mary met Michael French while browsing through a bookstore. Mike proved to be a loving companion for almost twenty years and a great support when she needed it most. As Mary’s son, my wife, Bethany, and I cannot express the appreciation we have for Mike and the unconditional love he showed my mother each and every day. So as we say goodbye to my Mama, I hope her heaven is filled with art and music and laughter and all the good things she deserved but didn’t get enough of in this life and I pray she knows how much she was loved, how grateful I am for all she did and sacrificed for me and how many lives were made better by her having lived the life she did. I will simply say go in peace Mama since you didn’t like to rest. Mary is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Bethany Kelly; loving companion, Michael French; daughter, Linda King; granddaughters, Rachel Gonzales and Jennifer King-Keeney; great-grandchildren, Vivian, Grace and William Gonzales and Ethan Keeney; and extended family Jane and Michael Thompson, Ann Thompson and Catherine Thompson-Schmidt. A small graveside service will be held in Wake Forest, NC for close family. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the wild animal protective organization of your choice. A memorial gathering will be planned at a later date for her friends in Virginia. Arrangements by Clancy Strickland Wheeler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1051 Durham Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587. (919-556-7400) www.cswfuneralhome.com

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Ava Mae Ball Moody

Mar 26, 1937 - Feb 10, 2024

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Wake Forest, NC

Ava Mae Ball Moody, born on March 26, 1937 to Hugh G. Ball, Sr. and Levia Jordan Ball from Iredell County succumbed on February 10, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Dr. Howard E. Moody, Sr.; parents and five of her six siblings. She was a graduate of Troutman High School, Lowrance Hospital School of Nursing and Duke University School of Anesthesia, class of 1961. She worked forty-four years as a nurse anesthetist at Duke Hospital and the VA Hospital in Asheville, NC. She was known for her love of God, music, flowers, birds, the beach, her infectious laughter and of course her love for her grandchildren and great-grandchild. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday, February 17, 2024 at the Moody Family Cemetery, 1725 Rolesville Road, Wake Forest, NC 27587. She is survived by her daughter, Daina M. Kocher and husband, Lee; son, Howard E. Moody, Jr. and wife, Mary Frances; grandchildren: Hunter Kocher (Shelby), Tyler Kocher, Michaela Moody Goodwin (Hunter), Matthew H. Moody (Logan), Michael T. Moody; great-grandchild, Collins Kocher; brother, Jerry Ball (Judy); numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a church or charity of your choice. Her children would like to say Thank You to her niece, Paulette Willis for the countless hours of care that she provided during their mother’s illness. To to the family, please

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