Sallie Wetsel Gochenour

Sallie Wetsel Gochenour age 94 died on July 4, 2013, at Skyline Terrace Nursing Home in Woodstock. 

The Funeral will be conducted Sunday, July 7, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. at Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock by the Rev. Derek Ritenour.  Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Woodstock.


Sallie was born April 27, 1919, in Greene County, Virginia.  She was one of seven children of John and Lillian Wetsel.  Her four brothers and two sisters predeceased her.  She was raised on the family farm and loved the agricultural life and the close family bonds that it engendered.  She graduated from James Madison University in 1944 and taught in the public schools in Albemarle County.  She then entered the county extension service from which she retired in 1979 after a 30 year career as a Shenandoah County Extension Agent, for which work she received received the Distinguished Service Award of the National Association of Home Demonstration Agents.  She was a member of the Mount Calvary United Church of Christ in Woodstock. 


Her Husband of 37 years, Raymond Gochenour, predeceased her.  Sallie and Ray farmed for decades in Shenandoah County.  They had no children, but they had many nieces and nephews of whom they were very proud.   “Miss Sallie” as she was known to generations of 4-H’ers loved working with youth and helping young people acquire the skills and education required to live a productive life in a changing world.


Pallbearers will be Bill Gardner, Jay Wetsel, Richard Nicely, Joe Nicely, Scott Stickley, and Wilbur Thompson.


Honorary pallbearers are Calvin Swartz, Ned Conklin, Guy Gochenour, Guy Wetzel, and Landon Wetzel.


Her family will receive friends at the Dellinger Funeral Home in Woodstock from 1 to 2 p.m., preceding the funeral service.


In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Mount Calvary United Church of Christ 1299 Sheetz Mill Rd., Woodstock, VA 22664.

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One Condolence to Sallie Wetsel Gochenour

  1. jane lyle says:

    I worked in Extension also in Bath County. Miss Sally left many friends in Bath County. They were still asking about her when I retired after 30 years. Sallie and I spent many hours working on the same efforts in Extension. She is in a better place.