Obituaries for the week of Oct. 20

Published 12:24 am Tuesday, October 18, 2022

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Wayne Eugene Ellingham

Wayne Eugene Ellingham, 85, of Clemmons and Alberton, Montana, passed away at home on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Louise Snow Ellingham.

He was born in Forsyth County to the late William “Bill” Eugene and Mildred Sheek Ellingham. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Judith “Judy” Ellingham Nichols.

Ellingham graduated Clemmons High School, attended Catawba College and graduated Wake Forest University. He became an educator in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System for over 30 years, and retired from West Forsyth High School. During this time, he also operated the family beef and hay farm, as well as worked at Tanglewood Park. He was director of the summer Day Camp at Tanglewood for many years. In later years, he and his wife relocated to the Rocky Mountains of western Montana.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Stephany L. Ellingham; son, William C. “Chris” Ellingham, and several nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to friends and neighbors in Montana, Chuck and Gail, and Rick and Karen, whose assistance and support have been so special to the family during the final years. And thank you to Dottie and Al Williard, from her uncle. There will be no formal services.

Merrick Alexander Stone Guggeis

Merrick Alexander Stone Guggeis, 26, of Atlanta, Georgia, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. He was born June 29, 1996, in Forsyth County to Michael and Shelly Guggeis. Merrick grew up in Clemmons where he was a 2014 graduate of West Forsyth High School. He furthered his education at Western Carolina University, graduating with honors in 2018. Merrick was currently pursuing his passion as a construction project manager, working for Whiting-Turner in Atlanta. He was very outgoing and adventurous. In his spare time he enjoyed four-wheeling, spending his days at the lake and going on hikes with his best friend, dog Toby. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Joan Guggeis; and a cousin, Glenn Fitz. Surviving are his parents; sister, Bailie Guggeis; grandparents, Claude and Ruth Ann Peters; uncles and aunts, Gary Peters (Lisa), Greg Peters (Shelley), Christina Lavell (John), George Guggeis (Kristen), and David Guggeis; and cousins, Amberlie, Emily, Victoria, Patrick, Catherine, Jake, Katy, Drew, David and Ben. A memorial service was held at noon Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel. Interment followed in Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family received friends from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Cecil Edgar Houck Jr.

Mr. Cecil Edgar Houck Jr., 88, of Winston-Salem, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022. Cecil was born in Ashe County on Nov. 26, 1933, to the late Cecil Edgar Houck Sr. and Muncie Conner Houck. He served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. During his time in service, he severely damaged his hearing in both ears. Cecil did not let his hearing loss slow him down, as he went on to get his teaching degree from Appalachian State University and earned a master’s degree from Virginia Tech. He loved teaching and helping others. After he moved to Winston-Salem to retire, he was often with his brothers helping them with their businesses and projects. Gardening was a passion of his and he enjoyed watching plants grow. His green thumb was admired by all. TV westerns were a favorite and in later years he was often seen watching them with his little “Sweetheart” Rosie. Swinging on the back porch looking over his “Ponderosa” was a favorite pastime of his. In addition to his parents, Cecil was preceded in death his wife, Shirley May Houck and seven brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter, Pam Houck of Winston-Salem and his sweetheart fur baby, Rosie. Cecil is also survived by his siblings, Violet Ragan, Zella Norris, Sue Patella, James Houck and Dean Houck. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel with Rev. John Bishop officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow at Westlawn Gardens of Memory. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2022, at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 200 SE 1st Street Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131 or the Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center, Low Income Hearing Aid Program, 741 Kenilworth Ave. Suite 100, Charlotte, NC 28204.

Oliver Buel Hughes Jr.

Mr. Oliver Buel Hughes, Jr., 75, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022. He was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, on July 30, 1947, to the late Oliver Buel Hughes Sr. and Virginia McAllister Hughes. Hughes served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Lewisville Baptist Church and had retired from Roadway Trucking Co. with 30 years of service. He loved the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing. Hughes was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. Preceding him in death was a son, Mark Christopher Hughes. Surviving is his wife of 55 years, Sue S. Hughes; daughter, Tara Barr (Denny); granddaughter, Jesse Barr; grandsons, Wesley and Noah Barr; sisters, Vickie Mattox (Paul) and Shannon Colby; also surviving are nephews, Harrison Colby, Knox Colby, Lin Mattox and Jack Mattox. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at Lewisville Baptist Church with Rev. Bill Messer officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 6704 Hagerstown, MD 21741. Online condolences may be made at

Michael John Petroccia

Mr. Michael John Petroccia, 34, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2022, surrounded by his family. He was born on Nov. 29, 1987, in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, to his parents, John and Mary Ann Petroccia. Michael was an exceptional student at West Forsyth High School, where he graduated in 2006 and was named a student of the year. He loved all things anime and Dragon Ball Z, Nintendo, Sonic, and enjoyed collecting DVDs and action figures. Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Theodore and Pia Petroccia; maternal grandparents, George and Gertrude Hennessy and his cat, “Michael P.” Surviving are his ever-devoted parents, John and Mary Ann Petroccia; beloved sister, Jacqueline Frederick (Brent); nephew, Theo “Ted” Frederick; aunts and uncles, Vincent and Elizabeth Petroccia and Michael and Kathleen Hennessy; several cousins; also surviving is his dearest friend, Teresa Hutchens and his exceptional nurse and friend, Beth Lemly. A funeral mass was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, at Holy Family Catholic Church with Fr. James Kang officiating. The family received friends from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel. The family would like to thank Bayada Nursing for the many years of wonderful care given to Michael. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation or to the Ronald McDonald House.

Susan Gayle Lewellyn Schramm

Susan Gayle Lewellyn Schramm, 77, of Clemmons died on Oct. 13, 2022.

Susan was a 1963 graduate of East Forsyth High School and a 1966 graduate of Charlotte Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a public health nurse at the Forsyth County Health Department for over 30 years. She was a deeply dedicated nurse, serving our public schools and the Spanish language community and managing an intensive home visiting program for fragile newborns. She received the 1992 Volunteer Award from the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Council of Forsyth County, and served as a nurse at the Samaritan Clinic for the Homeless and My Aunt’s House.

She was also an avid cook and host, welcoming friends and family to her home and sharing holiday candy and cookies for many years. She and her husband loved playing and watching tennis and socializing with their tennis teams. She also enjoyed the beach, mountains and visits with family and friends.

Susan was preceded in death by her parents, Maurice and Frances Lewellyn, and her brothers, Philip, Barry, and Leroy Lewellyn. She is survived by her husband, John Schramm of Clemmons; sister, Carolyn Harrison of Winston-Salem; brother, David Lewellyn (Camilla) of Walkertown; children, Nicole Schramm Sapyta of Durham and Christopher Schramm of Winston-Salem; son-in-law Jeffrey Sapyta; and grandchildren Jack and Audrey Sapyta of Durham. The family is deeply grateful for the care provided by the dedicated staff of Clemmons Village I in Susan’s final years.

The family will host a celebration of life for Susan from 2-4 p.m. on Nov. 5, 2022, at Vogler’s Funeral Home, 2849 Middlebrook Drive  in Clemmons. All are invited to bring a fond memory of Susan to share at that time.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Schramm family.

Stanley ‘Roger’ Squier

Mr. Stanley “Roger” Squier, 84, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2022. Roger was born Dec. 8, 1937, in Nicholson, Pennsylvania, to the late Carl S. Squier and Evelyn Krautter Squier. He was a 1955 graduate of Kerhonkson High School in Kerhonkson, N.Y., and a 1965 graduate of Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Squier served in the U.S. Marine Corps from October 1956 to October 1959 and he had retired from IBM on Oct. 1, 1993. He served as an elder in several churches in N.Y., Connecticut and North Carolina and while in Hurley, N.Y., he served as the head of supervisory committee for IBM Kingston, N.Y. Employees Credit Union and was fire commissioner of the Marbletown fire department. When he moved to the Lewisville/Clemmons area, he volunteered for Crisis Control, Habitat for Humanity Homes and served in several capacities with The Shepherd’s Center of greater Winston-Salem and served on several committees at Clemmons Presbyterian Church and worked part time at Tanglewood Golf Course on the golf staff. He is survived by his loving wife, Sharon Lee Osterhoudt Squier; daughter Denise Lynn Squier; son, Jeffrey Todd Squier (Shea); and grandchildren, Luke William Squier and Eli Cole Squier. A private family service will be held at Clemmons Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be sent to: Clemmons Presbyterian Church — 3930 Clemmons Road, Clemmons, NC 27012, 336-766-4631, or The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research — Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777, New York, New York 10163, 1-800-708-8764. Donations can also be done online at Online condolences may be made at

John D. Wallace Jr.

Mr. John D. Wallace, Jr., 73 of Yadkinville passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, at his home. He was born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on Aug. 27, 1949, to the late John D. Wallace Sr. and Margaret Mabrey Wallace. Wallace moved to North Carolina when he was very young and lived for a time in the Yadkin County area, before finally residing in Forsyth County on Polo Road. He graduated in 1968 from North Forsyth High School. He worked as a mechanic for Piedmont Airlines and later for U.S. Airways and retired at the age of 55.  John was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also liked to work on cars and trucks in his spare time. Preceding him in death was a sister, Elinor Sue Willis and his beloved grandfather, Carl Wallace, 100, from Yadkinville. Surviving is his loving wife, Brenda Vermillion Wallace, whom he married in 1973; daughter, Jennifer Lee Wallace; also surviving are his two cats, “Shadow” and “Squashie.” He will be greatly missed by his wife and daughter, who loved him dearly. There will be no formal services. The family would like to thank all his caregivers at the SECU Hospice Home in Yadkinville.

Joan Adams Wintemberg

Joan Adams Wintemberg, 86, died on Oct. 14, 2022. Wintemberg was born to Norman and Loretta Adams on May 29, 1936, in Albany, N.Y. She grew up in the Albany area and married her high school sweetheart, Wesley C. Wintemberg Jr. on Jan. 28, 1956. Over the course of 10 years, they had three children — Drew, Kathy and Wayne.

Wintemberg was a stay-at-home mom, or as she like to call herself, a “household engineer.” She actively participated in church and other community activities including the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. Later, she began working outside of the home as a travel agent allowing her the freedom to travel all over the world.

Following the death of her husband, Wintemberg found love and compassion with Joe Kaiser spending over 20 years enjoying each other. Once they moved to North Carolina, her enthusiasm for teaching adult water fitness classes and children to swim at the YMCA became her passion. Making prayer shawls with the ladies of St. Paul’s was a gift as she felt a calling to give to those in need. She was an active member of a local women’s group and the lives she touched with her heartfelt listening and guidance helped to heal and strengthen them on their lifelong journeys.

Wintemberg’s love for life was enhanced and enriched as her true calling in life was to be a “Grammy.” She loved spending time with her seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She was always quick to pull out her phone and share a picture or video of them. Her pride and endless love for them will be forever in their hearts.

Wintemberg is survived by her children, Drew, Kathy and Wayne and their spouses, Dorothy, Mike and Suzanne. Additionally, she is survived by her grandchildren, Nicole, Ashley, Katie, Michael, Douglas, Daniel and Skylar; as well as her great-grandchildren, Addie, Amelia, Jaxon, Grayson, Peyton and Alice; sister-in-law, Nancy Bohl; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Loretta Adams; husband, Wesley C. Wintemberg Jr.; his parents, Wesley and Jane Wintemberg; sister, Doris Ferguson, and Joe Kaiser.

A memorial service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in Clemmons.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, or The Wounded Warrior organization.