The Aug. 11 Open Forum article by Thornton Parker paints a very rosy picture. In 2010, Uncle Sam gave the residents of Rockingham County about $650 million by his calculation.
WASHINGTON — I’ve observed many funerals over the last decade in Arlington National Cemetery’s Section 60, where war dead from Iraq and Afghanistan are buried. Last week I went for what, God willing, was the last.
Twenty-one years ago, in mid-August 1993, an orthopedic surgeon named George White penned a simple yet clear missive to The Winchester Star, the DN-R’s sister paper to our north, outlining a sound philosophy for how men should think that applies not just to Americans in their everyday lives, but as well to the elected officials with whom we entrust the public weal. We repeat this piece each year as a reminder.
Celia “Sally” Figueroa Velasquez, 80, of Sterling, Va., passed away Friday, Aug. 2, 2013, at the home of her son, Robert.
Mrs. Velasquez was born Jan. 31, 1933, in Phoenix, Ariz., and was a daughter of the late Trancito and Hortencia Milan Figueroa. On June 26, 1996, she was preceded in death by her husband, Richard L. Velasquez.
Mrs. Velasquez was of the Catholic faith. She worked in food service for Fairfax County and served on the school board in Mobile, Ariz. While living in Elkton, she volunteered her services at the Elkton Area United Services and enjoyed raising her grandchildren and cooking.
Survivors include her children, Daniel Velasquez of McGaheysville, Robert Velasquez and wife, Sarah, of Sterling, and Leticia A. Perez and husband, Edgar, of Elkton; one brother, Ralph Figueroa of Phoenix, Ariz.; two sisters, Nellie Villaverde of San Diego, Calif., and Mary Ellen Rios of Phoenix, Ariz.; five grandchildren, Thomas Velasquez, Ricky Velasquez, Jennifer Aulds, Sofia Perez and Addyson Velasquez; and two great-grandchildren, Alex Velasquez and Lovella Aulds.
Pastor Wayne Wright will conduct a funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton. Burial will be private at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens near Harrisonburg.
The family will receive friends from noon to 2 p.m. prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home in Elkton.
Arrangements entrusted to Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton. www.kygers.com .