Obits for the week of June 16
Published 11:40 pm Monday, June 13, 2022
James ‘Jim’ Dean Dalton
Mr. James “Jim” Dean Dalton, 75, of Clemmons, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born July 15, 1946, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dalton was a veteran who served in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of the local V.F.W. Memorial Honor Guard and a member of the Elks Lodge. Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Irena Przybylska Dalton; daughter, Elaina Moody (Eric); son, Travis Dalton; and grandchildren, Skyela, Lyness and Annalise. A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 16, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel with Rev. Doug Klein officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 27, 2022, at Salisbury National Cemetery with military honors provided by the V.F.W. Memorial Honor Guard. Memorials may be made to the V.F.W. Memorial Honor Guard, P.O. Box 601, Clemmons, NC 27012.
Father Kurt Mathias Fohn
Father Kurt Mathias Fohn, 87, of Lexington, passed away on June 6, 2022, in Winston-Salem after a short illness. During his last days, he was continuously surrounded by his family.
A prayer vigil will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, 2022, followed by visitation from 5-7 p.m. at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, 6685 Shallowford Road in Lewisville.
Funeral liturgy will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4820 Kinnamon Road in Winston-Salem.
Fohn is preceded in death by his wife, Christel (1995), sister Karin Grüneberg (2012) and infant son Stefan (1962).
Fohn is survived by his children Deacon Steffen Fohn (Lori) of Lexington, Angela Salmon (William) of Raleigh, Christine Hinton of Crofton, Maryland, and Jennifer Meyer (Eric) of Downingtown, Pennsylvania; brother Gerhard Fohn of Kassel, Germany, and cousin Günther Schröder of Neumünster, Germany; 13 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.
Fohn was born in Gadeland, Neümunster, Germany, to Michael and Käthe Fohn on April 12, 1935. Surviving World War II, he now had to survive post-war Germany. In Fohn’s own words, “It was a time of devastation and utter confusion.” God, religion and church were not a part of his life. Fohn’s main love and talent was soccer — but his mother pushed her boys to become educated and financially successful. Following in his older brother Gerhard’s footsteps, Fohn studied chemical engineering at Textile Finishing School in Möchen-Gladbach, Germany. After graduation, the brothers both went to work for BASF.
Fohn met his future wife Christel Eva Tausendfreund when he was 18. Christel and her family fled East Prussia at the end of the war and relocated to Neumünster, Germany. He said that he fell in love with her immediately. They were married Nov. 1, 1960, in a Lutheran church.
Growing up, Fohn caught a glimpse of the Catholic faith from his father Michael and rare visits with Michael’s family in Belgium. But it was through work, when Fohn was 26, that he found himself in a “philosophy of life” discussion group. Wolfgang Stabel was the lone Catholic in this group. He, along with his friend Fr. Karl Bossung, ignited Fohn’s desire for the faith with logical explanations of the church’s teachings. He became Catholic in 1964. Christel entered the church at the same time, and they con validated their marriage.
In 1966, Fohn was offered a four-year assignment to Charlotte and moved there with Christel and their two young children, Steffen and Angela. Five years later, they had two more daughters, Christine and Jennifer and made the U.S. their permanent home. They joined St. Vincent De Paul Church and became devout parishioners.
In 1978, Fohn decided he wanted to do more than sit on the sidelines of his faith and was accepted into the Charlotte Diocese Deaconate Program. He transferred to New Jersey with BASF and finished his program in the Patterson Diocese. He served at Our Lady of the Magnificat in Kinnelon.
In 1991, the family once again moved back to Charlotte where they rejoined St. Vincent’s and Fohn settled into his role as a deacon. Sadly, his wife Christel died of cancer in 1995 at the age of 58. Fohn retired shortly thereafter having worked 37 years with BASF.
In 1996, Fohn surprised his family with his application and his acceptance into Pope John Paul XXIII Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts. (Now Pope Saint John Paul XXIII) His children were supportive of their 62-year-old father answering the call to the priesthood. They gave him a bookbag and told him they wanted frequent reports on his grades.
On June 2, 2001, Fohn was ordained as a priest at St. Gabriel’s in Charlotte by Bishop Curlin and received his first of many assignments to St. Leo the Great in Winston-Salem. Over the next 13 years, Fohn served the diocese in several parishes including St. Lucien in Spruce Pine, St. Bernadette in Linville, and St. Philip the Apostle in Statesville. He retired from St. Philip’s in 2013 at the age of 78 and moved in full-time with his son Steffen and his family. And because no priest ever really retires, he went right back to work at St. Leo’s celebrating mass, hearing confessions and visiting the sick.
Fohn was a loving husband, Papi and Opa. He was a lifelong athlete, enjoying soccer, boxing and running — accomplishing a sub-3-hour marathon. Up until a few days before his death, he was still committed to riding his stationary bike for one hour every day. He enjoyed classical music, working in the yard, teak and leather furniture, Chick-Fil-A, a nice glass of Riesling and praying the Rosary. He also enjoyed numbers. Fohn estimated that over a 10-year period he ran over 25,000 miles — once around the globe — donated 65 gallons of blood to the Red Cross and celebrated 10,000 masses. Fohn presided at the marriages of all his children and baptized all his grandchildren. Through it all God was always first and foremost. Fohn believed in the power of love, humility, suffering and accepting the cross as Jesus Christ did. He looked forward to his death and called heaven “a bliss of forever happiness.”
Fohn’s cremains will be inurned next to his wife in the columbarium at Holy Family Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to one of Fohn’s favorite charities: Room at the Inn at roomin.org or Catholic Cross Outreach at crosscatholic.org
Ronald Charles Monger
Ronald Charles Monger, 73, of Mocksville, passed away June 9, 2022. He was born to Charlie and Joyce Monger of Ooltewah, Tennessee. He grew up on a dairy farm and was tasked with milking the cows before school, which shaped his work ethic. Monger was incredibly bright with a sharp intellect and had a photographic memory with total recall. He and his wife Karen were married in 1971. He began his 35-year career working at Hamilton National Bank. Ronnie and Karen moved to Whiteville in 1977 where Ronnie worked at United Carolina Bancshares, serving as chief financial officer. Monger retired from BB&T as executive vice president in 2004. Despite an extremely successful career, Monger’s goal was to retire early to allow himself time to enjoy life outside of the board room.
Monger loved sports and the camaraderie that goes along with being a fan. He worked in a visit to many MLB stadiums while on family vacations. He was an avid golfer and loved playing with friends and family.
Staying true to his roots, Monger loved to spend time outdoors and loved driving his tractor, mowing the yard and picking up debris. Everyone who had the privilege to know Monger knew about his love of storytelling, just like the rest of the Monger family. His dynamic wit and sense of humor made his stories really resonate with people and made conversations with him complex and interesting.
Monger is survived by Karen Teague Monger, wife of 50 years; daughter, Sarah Teague Monger (Tim Bunch); son, Charles Monger (Meredith Brown); grandson, Silas Warner Bunch; sister-in-law, Paula Thompson Guest; and niece, Adrienne Teague Moyer (Chris Moyer).
Special thanks to Dr. Ted Toborg for his help and support throughout Monger’s illness and the staff at Brookstone Retirement Home in Lexington for their love and exceptional care and Hospice of Davidson County. Should you wish to honor Monger, please consider a gift to Samaritan’s Purse or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Linda Sue Howard Scott
Mrs. Linda Sue Howard Scott, 74, of Winston-Salem passed away Saturday, June 11, 2022, at Forsyth Medical Center. Scott was born in Forsyth County to the late Bick Howard and Hester Bowens Howard on June 14, 1947. Scott was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church for over 51 years. She was an avid reader, and she enjoyed all kinds of books and would sometimes read a book every three days. Scott also enjoyed working puzzles and word searches. She loved spending time with her family and loved going to the mountains. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara Mahoney and a brother, Glenn Howard. She is survived by her loving husband, Ronald Scott; daughters, Jody Jenkins, and Kelly Scott; grandchildren, Taylor Floyd, Savannah Jenkins, Chloe Jenkins and Jada Jenkins; great-grandchild, Dawson Watson; several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at Bethel United Methodist Church, Winston-Salem. The family will receive friends one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church at 2170 Bethel Methodist Church Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Online condolences may be sent at www.hayworth-miller.com.