Obituaries — Feb. 6

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 6, 2020

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Randy Scott Kitner

Randy Scott Kitner, 56, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at his home in Clemmons. Randy was born on May 4, 1963, in Little Falls, N.Y. He graduated from James A. Green High School in Dolgeville, N.Y., in 1982. Randy was a family man that lived for, and loved his two children above all else. He enjoyed snowmobiling in his early years in upstate N.Y., camping and spending time in the mountains and at the beaches of N.C. in later years. He was truly a man whose work in the produce business was his life and his passion. Throughout his career, he worked in various produce management roles, as an East Coast regional produce inspector and quality control manager with Vernon Produce. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward P. Kitner and stepfather, Kenneth Bissett of Dolgeville. Surviving family includes his wife of 23 years, Tina Horne Kitner; son Scottie Kitner of Clemmons; daughter Alise Zink (Kitner); mother, Margaret Bissett of Dolgeville, N.Y.; three brothers, Ed Kitner (Marilyn) of Little Falls, N.Y., Denis Kitner (Pam) of Ft. Valley, Virginia, Mike Kitner (Silvia) of Bakersville; and sister Karen Cool of Dolgeville, N.Y., along with 14 nieces and nephews. A celebration of life service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, at the Hayworth-Miller Lewisville Chapel, with Pastor Robert Lemons officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that donations may be made to The American Diabetes Association in Randy’s name at its website or by mail to The American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA, 22215. Online condolences may be made at

Margaret ‘Maggie’ Burger Laudien

Mrs. Margaret “Maggie” Burger Laudien, 67, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, surrounded by her family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. Maggie was born May 6, 1952, in Forsyth County to the late Roy Burger Sr. and May Nixon Burger. She was a faithful Christian and loved life. She loved growing up with six siblings and dogs. Her talents of design, color and shapes were celebrated at her favorite job at Lucia Inc in Winston -Salem as a design assistant. Maggie’s favorite activity was to create something fun, colorful and cheerful. She did that with her smile, her laughter, her happiness and her compassion for others including dogs and horses. Maggie touched many hearts. Surviving are her husband, Sven; son, Samuel Byerly II; granddaughter, Sara Jordan; sisters, Emily, Julia, Barbara and brother, Roy Jr. and many family members and friends. She is reunited with her parents, two sisters and friends. A visitation will be held from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020, at Hayworth-Miller in Lewisville. The family will hold a private memorial at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane Winston-Salem, N.C., 27103.

John Arthur Sepp

John Arthur Sepp, 86, passed away on Jan. 27, 2020, in Winston-Salem. He was born in Elizabeth, N.J., in 1933. Inspired by his sea-loving family, John joined the Merchant Marines in 1948 after graduating high school.

In 1954, he enlisted in the United States Army and was accepted into the highly-competitive and highly-regarded Third Infantry Regiment, headquartered at Fort Myer, Virginia. John was chosen to stand guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a duty in which he took much pride.

He went on to attend the University of Miami, where he received his BA in industrial management and engineering in 1961. While in Florida he worked part-time at the National Hurricane Center, which was then located in Coral Gables. John began his engineering career in 1961 with Western Electric (now AT&T) in New York as a planning/industrial engineer.

He was promoted many times over the years, ultimately moving into senior management where he led staff at locations across the United States including Denver, Chicago, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Internationally, his work took him to Asia where he represented AT&T to foreign governments in the region, including China and Thailand.

During his career, John earned the nickname “The Whirlwind” because of his ability to move large, complex projects to conclusion quickly and effectively. In retirement, his value to the company was reflected in their continuing to work with him as a consultant for a number of years.

John’s hobbies reflected his sharp engineer’s mind and talent for solving difficult problems. He built clocks, created wood furniture, and could fix almost anything.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Oscar W. Sepp and Mae Helen Sepp; brother, Oscar; and sister, Gloria. He leaves behind his beloved wife of 64 years, Pat; sons, Michael Sepp (Valerie) and Pete Sepp (Cecilia); granddaughter, Heather Sepp; brother, George “Dave” Sepp (Gloria); and many nieces, nephews, and loved ones.

The funeral mass was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Winston-Salem. The family welcomed friends at a reception at 12:15 p.m. at Frank Vogler & Sons Funeral Home in Clemmons. John will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association ( or the American Diabetes Association (