In Memoriam


Benedictine Sister Henry Marie Zimmermann

A public celebration of Benedictine Sister Henry Marie Zimmermann’s life will take place at Saint Benedict Monastery at a future date. Sister Henry Marie, 89, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at the monastery in Bristow.

A native of Richmond, she was the daughter of Henry Andrew and Thelma Edith (Seay) Zimmermann. She was christened Anne Elizabeth at St. Benedict Catholic Church, and attended St. Benedict Catholic School (’44) and Saint Gertrude High School (’48). Following high school graduation, she entered Saint Benedict Monastery where she professed first vows in 1951 and perpetual vows in 1954.

Her first mission was St. Benedict School, Richmond. Subsequently she served at St. Rose of Lima, Hampton; Sacred Heart, Richmond; Linton Hall, Bristow; St. John Vianney Seminary, Richmond; St. Charles, Arlington; and Saint Gertrude, Richmond. She held the monastic charges of subprioress, secretary, treasurer, business office manager, monastic council member and delegate to the Federation of Saint Scholastica.

Sister Henry Marie was preceded in death by her parents, and her sisters Agnes Zimmermann Redford and Josephine Zimmermann. She is survived by the 27 members of her Benedictine community; a brother, Benedictine Brother Andrew Zimmermann, a monk of St. Meinrad’s Archabbey; and many other relatives.

Deacon Charles ‘Charley’ William May II

A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Oct. 31, at St. Mary Mother of God Parish, Wytheville, for Deacon Charles “Charley” William May II. Deacon May, 72, passed away Monday, Oct. 26.

A native of Columbus, Ohio, he was the son of the late Charles William and Elizabeth Lenora Hunn May.

Deacon May was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Richmond on Oct. 17, 2015, and served at St. Mary, Wytheville, and St. Edward, Pulaski.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; and three children: Tonia (Jeremy) Johnson; Michael (Mitzi) May; and Steven (Marie) May. He is further survived by four grandchildren.

Beverley ‘Bev’ Worthington Boehling

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Richmond, Saturday, Nov. 14, for Beverley “Bev” Worthington Boehling. Mrs. Boehling, 85, died Saturday, Nov. 7.

A native of Waltham, Mass., Mrs. Boehling was a stewardess with Eastern Airlines when in Atlanta she met Thomas J. Boehling Sr. with whom she was blessed to share 60 years of marriage. After early years of marriage living in Alabama, they moved their growing family to Roanoke, which became home for the following five decades.

Mrs. Boehling is survived by her seven children and their spouses: Ann Doherty ( John), Tom Jr. (Debbie), Bob (Rhonda), Edie Witchger (Gene), Susan Straight (Roger), Father Michael and John (Catherine). She is further survived by 20 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Her husband preceded her in death in 2017.

In Roanoke, Mrs. Boehling was active with RAM House, Meals on Wheels, Valley Home for Adults, Roanoke Garden Club, Roanoke Valley Mental Health Association and Lewis Gale Hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Boehling were active members in Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church.

Contributions may be made to the RAM House in Roanoke.

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