Betty June Fragale

Betty June Fragale passed away on Jan. 21, 2013.

She is survived by her three sons and five grandchildren: Thomas Samuel Fragale, his wife Lisa and their daughter, Haley of Sugar Land, Texas; Timothy Lee Fragale, his wife Lee Ann and their sons, Brandon and Chase of Vienna, W.Va.; and Joseph Patrick Fragale, his fiancee Marcie and his sons, Andrew and David of Parkersburg; and Betty’s brother, Lester Vernon O’Quinn and his wife Jane of Elkton, Md.

Betty was born to Orville Early O’Quinn and Gay Smith O’Quinn on Aug. 15, 1936 in Calvin, W.Va.. She married the love of her life, Angelo Fragale, on Jan. 9, 1953 and was married to him for 53 years before he preceded her in death in 2006.

In her life, Betty graduated at the top of her high school class at East Bank High School and later worked as sales representative at J.C. Penney, while helping raise her three sons. Betty’s greatest passions were reading and poetry. Betty leaves behind numerous novels, from which she could never part, and a lifetime’s worth of her own poetry. She was a member of the St. Michael’s Catholic Church and her humor and brilliance will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her, as she now walks into heaven, we share one of her poems: A WALK INTO SPRING

Once again in the cycles of time,

The harsh winds of winter

Subside into the gentle winds of spring.

I walk into the wind to free my face

From its feeling of sand.

A welcome gale of April runs by my side.

It seems to whisper my name.

The webs of winter are washed away.

Gone with the sand.

I see the sun shines around the rim

Of the rain, creating the promise

Of a rainbow.

I walk into a clear tomorrow!

In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by her three brothers, Lee, Jack and Charles O’Quinn.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 at the Lambert-Tatman Funeral Home, Vienna with Pastor Chad Mugrage officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until time of services Saturday, at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Wood County Society, Dils Center, 521 Market St., Box 19, Parkersburg, WV 26101 in memory of Betty.

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