Age 74, of Mooresville. Arrangements are incomplete.
Age 74, of Mooresville. Arrangements are incomplete.
Age 94, or Mooresville. Arrangements are incomplete.
Age 70, of Charlotte. Arrangements are incomplete.
Stephen Glenn Hix, 63, died in Huntersville, NC from ALS on January 12, 2018. Many knew him as a witty, personable, and exceptional dentist who could actually make patients enjoy their time in a dental chair.
His family knew him as a vivid storyteller and master of ceremonies who could recall long-forgotten names, dates, places, and embarrassing stories. He imbued family Bingo, bowling games, beach trips to Kiawah, Wake Forest ball games, and other occasions with funny sayings and lively teasing.
He was born on September 7, 1954 in Pinehurst, NC to Glenn Hix and Mabel Green Hix. He lived in Biscoe, NC until age 3, when his parents went to Taiwan and later to Okinawa as missionaries. He attended Taipei American School for eleven years and graduated from Kubasaki High School in Okinawa. He was an excellent athlete and attended Wake Forest University, following in his father’s footsteps and joining his older brother Dan there. He graduated in 1976 with a degree in biology.
Steve received his DDS in 1980 from the University of North Carolina, where he met his wife, Debra Holcombe Hix. They married on June 27, 1980. He then served for two years as a Commissioned Officer with the Indian Health Service in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 1982, Steve and Debbie started their private dental practice in Huntersville, where he took exceptional care of his patients and staff until his retirement in 2011. He was a man of steadfast and active faith, serving as an elder for 22 years at Southlake Presbyterian Church and chairing the Missions Committee for 18 years. On Sunday mornings for years, worshippers enjoyed his warm tenor voice and guitar skills as part of the worship team.
An avid jogger since he was a teenager, Steve ran as he did everything else: with unwavering discipline. No matter the weather, the place, or the circumstances, he would run on his regularly scheduled days. He often reminded his children that “While you were sleeping, I was out running.” On family hikes, he set a blistering pace and expected everyone to fall in and keep up!
He loved history, war movies, German Chocolate Cake, music, sports, and family stories. He despised decorative pillows of any kind, dinner served before the divinely appointed time of 7:00 p.m., potato soup, a messy car, and squirrels. Especially squirrels.
He personified the term Hixy, which was coined to describe his grandfather Van Hix, and is defined as a man who is charming, unique, quirky, funny, and most of all, stubborn. Somehow, he managed to make his hard-headedness likeable enough that most folks (usually) just laughed and gave up on trying to change Steve’s mind. Good thing, because changing his mind was not in Steve’s skill set.
This Hixiness served him well as he battled ALS, charming caregivers and refusing to let go of things he enjoyed. In his last weeks, he bundled up, sat in the freezing cold, and watched his beloved Demon Deacons win a thrilling bowl game.
He was a loving and faithful husband for 37 years to Debbie, and a devoted father to his daughter Laura Elise Hix of Winston-Salem, NC and his son Aaron Ryan Hix of Cambridge, MA.
He is survived by his wife and children, parents Glenn and Mabel Hix of Hendersonville, NC, brothers Daniel Hix (Pam) of Maryville, TN, Mark Hix (Mary) of Lewisville, NC and Philip Hix (Monica) of Greensboro, NC and by nephews and nieces Todd Hyatt, Andrew Hix, Emily Dothard (Andy), Anna Rodenfels (Jack) Lesley Ann Tommey (Blake) and Reid Hix, who will miss his good-natured teasing and embarrassing stories about their fathers.
The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Friday, January 19 at James Funeral Home. The service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 AM Saturday, January 20 in the chapel of James Funeral Home with Rev. Adam Mumpower officiating. Interment will be private at Northlake Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Joe Martin ALS Foundation and Brookstone Schools.
James Funeral Home of Huntersville is serving the family. www.jamesfuneralhomeLKN.com
Theresa “Tessie” Gribschaw, 92, passed away January 12th, 2018. She was born in Glassport, Allegheny County, PA on December 10, 1925 to the late John and Josephine Komasinska Walczak. She was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters: Rev. Stanislaus Walczak, John “Happy” Walczak, Mary Lykowski, Laura Zdobinski Tosic, and Victoria Churney, by her daughter Ann Marie Fiore Soltis, and grandchildren, Beth Ann Gribschaw and Stephen M. Gribschaw. Theresa is survived by her husband, Stephen V. Gribschaw and her children, Stephen John Gribschaw of Largo FL, Teresa Day and Gregory Gribschaw, both of Cantonment FL, Kate Traud of Charlotte NC, and Stanley Gribschaw of North Huntingdon PA. In addition she leaves behind 18 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
Theresa was a member at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville, NC and formerly of Queen of the Rosary in Glassport, PA. Theresa worked at US Steel Corporation in McKeesport PA supporting the WWII war effort. Theresa also worked at United States Glass Company in Glassport PA. She regularly worked at the voting polls for the Board of Elections in Glassport PA. She loved to travel and visited all 50 states with her husband, Stephen. Her most enjoyable calling was being a loving wife and mother to all of her children, and a generous and caring grandmother to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a gentle spirit who loved, guided, and provided a source of strength and comfort to her family. She will be greatly missed.
The family gives thanks to the wonderful caregivers who helped her during her journey to meet our Lord, especially those at Preston House Assisted Living and Hospice of Charlotte and Lake Norman NC. Visitation will be held at James Funeral Home in Huntersville, NC on January 16th, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville, NC on January 16th at 12:00 noon. Her final resting place will be in Calvary Cemetery in Port Vue, PA.
In lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association or charity of your choice that helps those suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
James Funeral Home is serving the family and condolences may be sent through our website at www.jamesfuneralhomelkn.com
Jennifer Mekane Summerour Wilson, age 39, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at her home. She was the daughter of Daniel Faxon Summerour and Mary Tereasa Wrenn Summerour of Huntersville. Jennifer was mother to Grey, Reese, Lily and Noah. Jennifer is predeceased by her daughter, Lily, (2009).
Jennifer was born on October 25, 1978, in Mooresville, NC. She attended Kings College and worked as a Insurance Claims Adjuster. Jennifer loved her family most and loved all types of music. She was a master of quick one liners and comebacks and was confident in speaking her mind to whomever would listen! She was fiercely loyal to her friends and family and was there for anyone who needed her.
In addition to her parents and her children, Jennifer is survived by her brothers, Jason (Kerri) Summerour of Pineville, and Thomas Reber of Murfreesboro, TN.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm, Saturday, January 13, at James Funeral Home, 10520 Arahova Drive, Huntersville, NC 28078. A Memorial Service will follow at 3:00 pm in the chapel.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family to help defray funeral expenses.
James Funeral Home is serving the family and condolences may be sent to our website at www.jamesfuneralhomelkn.com.
Tom was born and raised in Brentwood, NY, and after joining the Navy and traveling the world, he returned to Brentwood to build a home with Fran and raise their family. After retiring, they moved to Cornelius, NC in 2007. He and Fran loved spending their summers at Keen Lake in Waymart, PA. Tom was a vibrant man, full of life and always willing to lend a hand. He was everyone’s go-to handyman. Affectionately known as “Mr. Nice Guy,” his “dad-style” puns always elicited a giggle and a groan, and his smile was truly infectious. He enjoyed golfing, boating, woodworking, spending time with family and friends, and relaxing in any sunbeam he could find.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).
Norma Cecile Bergeron Johnson, 92, born in New Orleans, residing in Alexandria, Louisiana for most of her life and then in Thibodaux, Louisiana with her sister, Shirley Dugas, and finally in Cornelius, NC , with her daughter, Tommie Ann Green, left us peacefully on January 9, 2018 with her daughter by her side.
She is survived by her only child, Tommie Ann Green; granddaughter, Laurel Anne Green and husband, Patrick McIlenney; grandson, Justin B. Green and wife, Bridgette; great- grandchildren, Ellis and Jack McIlhenney and Ainsley and Austin Green. Norma also leaves behind many beloved nieces and nephews as well as cousins, her best friends, Vera Billet, Joyce Walton; special friends, Paul, Kristen and Scott Krabath, Jean Clark, Betsy Barnard and beloved pets Leo, Maisy and Peanut.
Norma was predeceased in death by her husband of 49 years, Thomas C. Johnson; parents, Peter J. Bergeron and Aimee Roundtree Bergeron; sister Shirley Bergeron Dugas; step daughter, Laura Johnson Dannhaus.
She was known as Tosh to her grandchildren and Nanny Norma to her nieces and nephews. By all, she was known as witty, caring, shy, gracious, a real southern lady with a heart of gold. She was the best Mother and wife that anyone could ever hope to have. She will be missed by all.
A Memorial Service and Funeral Mass in Thibodaux will be announced at a later date.
I would like to share the following prayer that mother faithfully prayed every night:
Good Night, O Lord
Before I go to sleep, O Lord, I want to say this prayer that you will always keep me in Your kind and loving care, that you will let my body rest and let my mind relax. And fill my dreams with holy thoughts instead of worldly facts. I ask that you forgive me for my failures of today and give me all the grace I need to live a better way. Watch over me tonight, O Lord, and in my heart instill the fervor and constancy to do your will. I want to follow you and grow more worthy in Your sight. O Lord please listen to my prayer and hear me say good-night.
Mother spent her final days at Serenity House. The staff was loving and caring and provided her with a peaceful place for her final journey.
Mother was a great lover of animals and passed that on to me.
Thanks to all of the volunteers and staff at Serenity House and Hospice of Lake Norman as we could not have made it through without you.
Online condolences may be made at www.jamesfuneralhomelkn.com.
Audrey Nordquist Curtis, formerly Audrey Nordquist O’Neill, died on Jan 9, 2018, one month shy of her 97th birthday, in Charlotte, North Carolina where she had resided since 2014.
A longtime resident of Robbinsville and Hamilton Township with her husband Frederick “Bud” Curtis, she was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother and an enthusiastic traveler. She and Bud were known and loved for dedication and willingness to serve others at the Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church in West Windsor.
Her example of a life well lived started in Orange, NJ, where she was born on February 9, 1921 to Ronald and Mathilde Nordquist, and included childhood travels to Europe with her family and a cruise on the tall ship Yankee when she was sixteen before graduating from Columbia High School in Maplewood, NJ in 1938 and graduating from the Connecticut College for Women in 1942, where she met her first husband, Coast Guard Academy graduate Louis T. O’Neill (who died in 1974) and a cadre of lifelong friends.
Her travels across the country during and after WWII paused while raising her surviving children Marilyn, Mark and Gary O’Neill in Potomac, MD, Mountain Lakes, High Bridge and Robbinsville, NJ She married Frederick Curtis in 1977 and while living in Robbinsville and Hamilton Square (n 2000), she again started seeing the country and the world, visiting lifelong friends, learning new things through Elderhostel and being a constant, loving presence in the lives of her three children, nine grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren, as well as her sister, Gladys Pike and her children, and grandchildren.
Moving to North Carolina in 2014 for her health, she was a happy ambassador for her new life in an assisted living care facility and enjoyed being in the midst of many of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a constant source of strength, wisdom, inspiration and happiness to all around her, and a model of resilience and enthusiasm each and every day of her life.
The family will hold a memorial celebration of her life in February, 2018 in Charlotte NC and suggest donations be sent to Dutch Neck Presbyterian Church, West Windsor NJ to honor her faith, or to the United Services Organization (USO) reflecting Audrey’s s support for our armed services.
James Funeral Home is serving the family and condolences may be sent to them at www.jamesfuneralhomelkn.com.
Renato Eugene Mechetti, 79, of Huntersville, NC passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018, at Levine-Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville.
He was born on August 25, 1938 in Boston, MA and was the son of the late Egisto and Sarah Casella Mechetti.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 am Thursday, January 11 at St. Mark Catholic Church. Visitation will be 10-11 am prior to the Mass at church. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Community Cemetery.
James Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Mechetti and online condolences can be made to jamesfuneralhomelkn.com.