John Mark Mihocka, November 3, 1960 to May 17, 2022
John Mark Mihocka “Mark” was an exceptional man; a wonderful son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to so many. He was a selfless servant of God who made an impact on everyone he encountered. Mark left his earthly body on May 17, 2022 after a sudden and short illness.
Mark was happiest when he was serving others, whether in lending an ear, helping with a car repair, fiddling with electricity around the house or just talking about how to solve a seemingly unsolvable problem. There was never a shortage of things to discuss with Mark, as he thrived on researching obscure topics to seek the facts and share them.
In recent years he spent many hours celebrating his faith at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church where he was the president of the congregation as well as an A/V expert. He spent countless hours preparing for Sunday services to ensure that everything was just right with the streaming services; Mark knew that for many the only way they could worship was online from their homes. In his last days with us he shared a great number of stories and memories of his work with the church, they were his proudest moments.
Mark is preceded in death by his father, John Mihocka and his grandparents. He is survived by his loving mother Christine Seely (nee Walden), brothers David Mihocka (Mary Jo), Jim Mihocka (Catherine), nieces Tara, Tori Mihocka, nephews Evan and Timothy Mihocka, aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.
Be not afraid, I go before you always. Come follow me, and I will give you rest.
In place of flowers, please consider donations in Mark’s name to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Virginia Beach, VA.
Services will take place on Friday, May 20, with visitation from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Funeral Services to follow at 6:00 pm, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 424 King’s Grant Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Interment will be planned in the weeks to come and will take place in Akron, Ohio.Send Flowers
Rosalind Ainsley Davenport Oliver celebrated her homecoming with her Lord surrounded by family on May 11th in Virginia Beach two days prior to her 95th birthday. She is predeceased in death by her husband of 70 years, Ervin Brantley Oliver Sr, and her daughter, Ginny Lynn Oliver Sorrell. She was born on the family farm in Creswell, North Carolina to parents Doctrine Elwood and Rennie Ainsley Davenport. She was the last survivor of beloved siblings Jennings Marion Davenport, Minnie Lee Sawyer, Rennie Eugene Davenport, and Louise Oliver Roach. She is survived by her son Ervin Brantley Oliver Jr (Buddy) and his wife Della of Virginia Beach, son-in-law Dr. M. Ron Sorrell of Virginia Beach and his fiancée Laura Saunders Staylor of Portsmouth; grandchildren Jason Scott Oliver of Norfolk, Ellen Ainsley Oliver Dickerson of Virginia Beach, and Michael Ronald Sorrell Jr and his wife Paris of Arlington; great-grandchildren Ainsley Rose Dickerson, Bridger Brantley Dickerson, and Robert (Robbie) Sorrell. She is survived by sisters-in-law Margie Adams and June Toppin (Earl) and brother-in-law Maurice Oliver (Joyce). She is also survived by many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
Rosalind’s parents died when she was young and she went to live with her sister Gene, brother-in-law Earl, and niece Joyce who became like a sister to her. They were close throughout her life with visits and phone calls. Rosalind loved all of her extended family and regularly stayed in touch. She graduated from Creswell High School and moved to Washington D.C. to work as a clerk for the FBI during the war. She kept letters she received from J. Edgar Hoover congratulating her on promotions while working for the bureau. She married her childhood sweetheart Brant, the love of her life, on March 17, 1946 in Cheverly, Maryland after Brant returned home from the war. Due to a housing shortage in the Washington DC area, they moved to the Park Manor neighborhood in Portsmouth, Virginia where they raised two children and became members of Simonsdale Presbyterian Church for 50 years. Rosalind came from a family of deep faith and continued her devotion to the Lord by teaching Sunday School and serving as Youth Group Leader and President of the Women of the Church. She was one of the first female church officers at Simonsdale. Rosalind believed so much in the power of prayer and helped to organize a prayer group at Simonsdale that met weekly in the church parlor. Rosalind was a wonderful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother and set an example of deep faith, love, and positive-thinking. Rosalind and Brant moved to Virginia Beach in 1999 to live with Buddy and Della due to Brant’s failing health. They joined Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church of Princess Anne where they became members of the Prayer Team and Rosalind was active in the Women of the Church. In 2014 as Brant’s health continued to decline and Rosalind’s health started declining, they moved to private care homes in Virginia Beach for twenty-four hour assistance. While there Rosalind continued to share her faith, encourage others, and keep a positive outlook. The family would like to thank the many kind, talented, and dedicated care-givers and medical staff that attended her over the years including Dr. Susan Ring, Gail Richner, and most recently Heather Withrow of Magnolia Manor and Joy Coffee of At Heart Hospice.
A Committal/Entombment Service will be held at Princess Anne Memorial Park at 3:00pm Friday the 3rd of June. The family will gather for a private viewing at Family Choice Funerals & Cremations from 12:00 to1:00 pm prior to the Committal/Entombment Service.
A Service of Worship in Witness to the Resurrection and Remembrance will be held at 2:00 pm Saturday the 4th of June at Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Of Princess Anne, 2228 Princess Anne Rd. Virginia Beach, Va. 23456.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund. Online condolences may be made at www.familychoicefunerals.com.
Rosina “Rose” Giarraputo Nelson, 84, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away April 30, 2022. Rose was born to
Felice and Angelina Giarraputo on July 31, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts.
After growing up and attending school in Boston she was introduced to her future husband by her sister, Lucy. Rose
married Henry Nelson in 1957 initially moving due to Navy orders to Milton, FL where both of their children were born.
Rose was a wonderful wife and mother raising her children in a new state almost every 2 to 3 years and supervising
family moves, setting up a new house and enrolling the children in a new school. After 30 years as a Navy family,
rose and Henry returned to where the family started in Milton Florida.
Rose is survived by her daughter, Angela Smith of Virginia Beach, VA; son, Michael Nelson of Newnan, GA; 11
grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren, and her Brother Roger Giarraputo.
She was predeceased by her husband Henry Edgar Nelson; parents; and nine brothers and sisters.
Rose was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter and friend, we are thankful to have known her, loved
her and shared her life.
A memorial service will be held at a later date when remains are interned alongside her husband in Bonifay, Florida.
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Robert J. Robinson Sr., 80, passed away peacefully April 21st, 2022.
Mr. Robinson was born January 2nd, 1942, to the late Clarence and Rena Robinson in Norfolk, VA. He served our country proudly in the U.S. Army for several years. Following his time in the U.S. Army, Robert went to work for Stewart Sandwiches, retiring as Regional Sales Director. When Mr. Robinson had time away from work, he enjoyed being outside, hunting, fishing all things Louisiana! Mr. Robinson will always be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend. He will be deeply missed.
Left to cherish his memory is: three children, Robert Robinson, Jr and wife Amanda, Ronald Robinson and Rebecca Robinson; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Robinson is preceded in death by a son, Ryan Robinson.
The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Wednesday April 27th, 2022 with a service to follow at 6:00 pm.
Elaine Faith Kelly, 79, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away peacefully with her grandchildren by her side, April 20, 2022. The faith she had relied on is now her reality as she is with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Elaine was born on November 28, 1942 in Lawrence, Massachusetts to Charles Kelly Budron and Adele Hajjar Budron whom she loved dearly.
Besides the tremendous love Elaine had for her family both near and far, her passion was teaching. Elaine graduated with her BS in English/History from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and her Masters in Secondary Education from Old Dominion University. Her teaching experience extended to Key West, Rhode Island, Cuba and Wisconsin until she found her home teaching in Norfolk, VA at Lake Taylor High School ultimately becoming their English Department Chair. After decades of teaching, Elaine retired yet continued to make a difference as a legal assistant, notary, and civic league president. Elaine loved tending to her garden, reading, writing and spending time with her precious dog, Luke. Above all, Elaine adored her family and was affectionally known as Sitho.
Left to cherish her memory and celebrate her life are her beloved son, Eric (Jennifer) Spriggs, granddaughter, Carmen Spriggs and grandson, Sage Jennings. She also leaves behind family in Maine, Boston, New Hampshire and Florida that she loved dearly. She was predeceased by many dear family and friends, and it brings joy to our hearts thinking of the welcome she got upon entering the gates of Heaven.
Family would like to thank the staff at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital 2 South Oncology for the extraordinary care Elaine received and her close neighborhood friends for their tremendous outpouring of love, caring and affection this year and last.
According to her wishes, in lieu of a ceremony, Elaine wanted her ashes spread at the farthest point of Casco Bay, Maine. Any gifts in her name may be made to St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.Send Flowers
Matthew William Holt, born March 24, 1981 (41) from Gonzalez, California, passed in his sleep at home in Virginia Beach on April 15th, 2022. His heart was literally too big. He begrudgingly served in the US Air Force and Navy since 1999, and happily retired on April 1, 2022, as an Electronics Technician Second Class (ET2). While he’d have preferred a Viking burial or to be flung into space, he will be cremated and distributed amongst the women in his life.
Matt, a sweetheart and comedian, was known across multiple states for his cooking, particularly marinated and smoked meats and food experiments. His love for nerd things extended from video games to supernatural lore, Dungeons and Dragons, to anything involving dark humor and weaponry. His crunchy, grumpy exterior contained a soft, gentle, but firm soul he had no regard for.
He is planning to haunt his wife, Bridget, his daughters Lily (18), Grace (16), and Bean (13), and son Ethan (22), his parents Evelyn and Charlie, Chuck and JoAnn, ex-wife and brother-husband Stef and Jason, and siblings Ben and Amelia. Matt moderately tolerated most people, but deeply loved those he considered close friends. They know who they are.
His family will receive friends from 12:00 pm- 2:00pm with a service to follow at 2:00 pm Friday, April 22nd, 2022 at Family Choice Funerals and Cremations in Virginia Beach, VA.
He will have proper military honors rendered during the service, followed by a 21 NERF Gun salute from his closest family and friends. All are welcomed to attend.
Beef jerky and food seasonings would be appreciated in lieu of flowers. He is loved so deep and will be sorely missed.Send Flowers
John Carl Matolek, 60, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away April 6, 2022. He is survived by his niece, April Romero (Steven), great nephew, Jayden Schwabenbauer, and great niece, Payton Romero. He is preceded in death by his mother, Catherine Matolek (Blake), father, James C Matolek Sr, brother, James C Matolek Jr, and sister, Barbara Bishop.
John was born on October 1, 1961, in Norfolk, Virginia to James C Matolek Sr. and Catherine Blake Matolek. He graduated from Princess Anne High School in 1980 and spent many years as an EMT helping the communities where he resided. He later used these skills to provide loving care to his father.
John will always be remembered as a loving son, brother, uncle, and friend. When he wasn’t rooting for the Green Bay Packers, you could find him going for a drive with the windows down and feeling the breeze on his face. He loved a good home-cooked meal and some Diet Coke, but his next favorite meal was a good hamburger from McDonalds. If you knew him in his younger years, you would know the mischievous antics he and his brother, Jimmy, would get into. There are many memories that involve loud music and ballpoint pens. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, who will find comfort in these memories.Send Flowers
John S. Zelinsky, a lifelong resident of Chesapeake, VA died peacefully April 6th, 2022. Survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Jannie (Carter) Zelinsky; son, John F, Zelinksy (Amy); daughter, Kristin C. Gibson; grandchildren: Brianna E. and Brendan A. Gibson; brother, David Zelinsky (Donna), and nieces and nephews. John served in the U.S. Navy as a Seabee and later transitioned over and retired after 37 years from the Government as a Q.A. Specialist. He had many fond memories of his co-workers and traveling for work. John loved orchestra music, eating breakfast out and spending time with friends and family, helping others wherever he could. He had a contagious laugh and a wonderful outlook on life be nobody was a stranger to him. He loved his family unconditionally. He will be greatly missed but not forgotten by family and friends alike. In lieu of flowers please donate a remembrance of him to the American Cancer Society, the Diabetic Association or any charity of your choice. As John wished, there will be no funeral or graveside services. However, there will be a Celebration of Life held at a later date. Any one wishing to attend, please contact the family.Send Flowers