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The Official Newsletter of the
Shenandoah Valley Chapter #313
Korean War Veterans Association
Volume 12, Issue 01
Paul E. Bombardier,  Editor
January, 2019

From the Chapter Secretary

As we get ready to begin our 5th year as your Chapter secretary, Shirley and I would like to take this time to wish all of you a very Happy New Year. Please check page 2 for activities and dues due this month.

If anyone has any stories and/or photos to share, we would be happy to accept them for inclusion in the newsletter. Please do not be bashful. I can copy photos, and return them to you. 


It was very nice seeing everyone at our Annual meeting and luncheon. Some members and guests that we greeted we had not seen in a long time. J. Jones and Audrey, Don Jones and Doris, Wendel Hott and his wife are only a few to mention.


We had close to 80 members and guests attending. For those of you who could not attend, we missed you. As usual, the staff at the Perkins restaurant did an outstanding job on the luncheon.

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Condolences to the VanMeter and Clowser Families.

 Helen was born April 10, 1933, in Hayfield, the daughter of the late Loring Cecil and Claribel Elizabeth Clowser. She was a graduate of James Wood High School, Class of 1952. She worked at K-Mart until her retirement in 1996. She was a member of the Winchester Senior Center and the Gainesboro Senior Club.

She married Ralph Andrew VanMeter, May 12, 1956 in Winchester, VA. He preceded her in death, September, 1986.

She is survived by her two children, Michael A. VanMeter and his wife Patricia of Clear Brook, VA and Jane E. Webber of Winchester; grandchildren, Stephanie Webber of Winchester and Scott Webber and his husband Nicholas Vandawater of Stephens City, VA; step grandchildren, Matthew A. Webber of Bunker Hill, WV and Stephen M. Webber of Utah; great grandchildren, Nevaeh Ferris and Hunter Webber; four step great grandchildren; brother, Lawrence E. Clowser and his wife Margaret of Winchester and sister, Shirley A. Wine and her husband Charles of Winchester.

Along with her husband and parents, Helen is preceded in death by her brother, Elmer Clowser; sisters, Agnes Clowser and Evelyn Prather and son-in-law, Stephen Webber.

A funeral service was held Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 11:00 at Jones Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Sonya Williams-Giersch officiating. The family received friends one hour prior from 10:00-11:00. Burial  followed the service at Shenandoah Memorial Park.


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Helen Jane VanMeter, 85, of Winchester, VA, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at her home.

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