Published 2:29 pm Saturday, December 30, 2017

Janet Mende

Sept. 6, 1940- Dec. 22, 2017

Janet L. (Conaway) Mende, 77, a native of Ironton, entered into eternal rest on Dec. 22, 2017 after a long illness and surrounded by family at home in East Tennessee where she had lived the past 19 years.
Born Sept. 6, 1940 to the late Pearl and Edith (Rice) Conaway, Janet was of the Catholic faith and graduated from St. Joseph’s High School before earning a scholarship to St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Huntington. She then held several positions in local hospitals before moving to Mansfield, Ohio in 1964 where she worked in hospitals, nursing homes and in retail.
Janet was a devoted homemaker, mother and grandmother who was actively involved in school and community organizations in northern Ohio, where she and her husband of 55 years, Paul (Ace) Mende, raised their sons Greg Mende, of Louisville, Kentucky and Vic Mende, of Maryville, Tennessee. Also surviving are Vic’s five children, a brother, Tim Conaway of Minnesota, and a sister, Sharon (“Shari”) Staton of Elmore, Alabama. She was preceded in death by brothers, Carl, Lloyd and Doug Conaway and sister, Patricia Jane Conaway.
An irrepressible spirit if there ever was one, Janet was well-known for her outgoing, gregarious personality and considerable sense of humor which put all who knew her at ease. She enjoyed board games, crossword puzzles and watching her sons play sports and music. Janet was also an accomplished artist, with several of her watercolor paintings appearing in juried shows throughout northern Ohio where both individuals and businesses purchased many of her works over the years.
Per Janet’s wishes, no funeral services were held, and in keeping with her training and lifelong interest in health care, she chose to donate her remains for scientific study at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine.

Nathan Beckett

Nathan Zachariah Beckett, 39, of Proctorville, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Huntington, West Virginia.
Funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, at Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, with Pastor Roger Mooney officiating.  Burial will follow in Docks Creek Cemetery, Kenova, West Virginia.  Visitation will be held 1-2 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home.  Condolences may be expressed to the family at or

William Booten

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William “Bill” Booten, 80, of Wayne, West Virginia, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017 at Cabell Health Care Center, Culloden, West Virginia.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hall Funeral Home and Crematory, Proctorville, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Joe Collins

Dec. 27, 2017

Joe Edward Collins, 81, of Crown City, passed on Wednesday evening Dec. 27, 2017 at his residence.
Friends and family may call at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, 810 2nd Ave., Gallipolis, Ohio, on Wednesday Jan. 3, 2018 from 11a.m.-noon. A private family graveside service will be held at a later time in the Vernon Hill Cemetery.
Full military honors will be presented by the Gallia County Veterans Funeral Detail at the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to the Collins-Parsons Family Scholarship, via check made payable to Rock Hill Local School District, with a notation “for Collins-Parsons Scholarship fund” in the memo line. Please mail to Rock Hill Local School District, 2325A County Road 26 Ironton, Ohio 45638.
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