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Date published: 1/7/2014

E. Jonell Biemeck

E. Jonell Biemeck, 67, of Colonial Beach passed away Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Bethesda, Md., after a long and courageous battle with diabetes.

She was born April 22, 1946, in Forester, Ark., and was a daughter of Gerald and Loretta Nelson. The family moved to Kansas City, Mo., in 1954, and she graduated from Presidio High School in 1964. She married retired Col. John F. Biemeck in 1970 and moved to Virginia in 1971.

She was a service representative for Continental Telephone and General Telephone systems, both of which merged into Verizon. She completed 25 years of service and retired from Verizon in 1996. Her service awards and honors are too numerous to list, but she was a dedicated employee who was active in company events and volunteer work and was admired and loved by all who knew her.

After moving to Colonial Beach in 1996, she was active in the Colonial Beach Chamber of Commerce and was the co-chairman of the Chamber of Commerce 2000 Boardwalk Craft Show, which had the highest attendance ever recorded and is considered a model by many. She was also a member of the Ladies of the American Legion and the Moose. She was active in hobby crafts and made countless gifts for charities and friends. She made a significant contribution to the opening of the Museum at Colonial Beach in 1999.

She not only earned the respect of all her associates, but she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two nephews, Richard Watson and Marshall Robinson.

She is survived by her beloved husband, John F. Biemeck; her daughter, Elizabeth Ann Goodwin and husband Wade; four grandchildren, Bradford, Michael, Emily and Rebecca Goodwin; her sisters, Nina Nadine Watson, Alta Ilene Robinson and Eva Sue Hanson; brother Jerry D. Nelson; nieces and nephews David D. Nelson, Jerry D. Nelson, Marty Nelson, Raymond Watson, Tina Johnson, Tona Dozier, Greg Robinson, Timothy Robinson, Christina Courtney and Kelly Webb; and 25 great-nieces and -nephews.

Her wake will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Home, 1621 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22401, followed by a memorial service at 12:01 p.m. and then an immediate celebration of her life in a local restaurant for her friends, family members and guests.

Interment will be in the Gettysburg National Military Cemetery (old section, near the Lincoln Speech Memorial), Gettysburg, Pa., at a later date.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend all events. Cards or flowers may be sent to Mullins & Thompson Funeral Home.