Ogie M. Rumburg

April 30, 1921 - January 18, 2011

Ogie Messer Rumburg, 89, of Check, VA, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, January 18, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Manley S. Rumburg, parents, Cleve and Arminta Messer, brothers, Coet, Clifford, Hiram, and Herby, sisters, Sadie, Cleatha, and Ada, and a stepson, Donald Rumburg. She is survived by her son, Tommy Rumburg and wife Linda, daughters, Sue Kimrey, Debbie Fitzwater and husband, Chirpy, Pamela Rumburg, and “adoptive” daughter Linda Jenkins and husband Gene; grandchildren Katie Lowe and fiancée Joe Alls, Jenny Deeringer and husband Matt, Amanda Highberger and husband Scott, Matthew Fitzwater, Jonathan Rumburg, Krisha Dunford, and Joshua Dunford, Lynsey Bishop; great-grandchildren, Alexis Lowe, Bryce Deeringer, Matthew Fitzwater II, Zach, Brandon, and Kaytlyn Highberger, Kallie and Joshua Paul Dunford,Trey Bishop; brother Truman Messer, sisters Delia Stephens, Bessie Conley and husband, Verner, stepdaughters Dot Stewart and Mary Ellen Booth. Ogie was a founding member of Faith Baptist Church. She loved Jesus and instilled Christian values in her family. God and her family were central to her life. Her joys were sewing and vegetable and flower gardening, but her passion was fishing with her brother Truman in Florida each winter. She worked at Floyd Garment Factory, barbered at Mary’s Beauty Shop, and served as supervisor of Housekeeping at Skyline Manor Nursing Home before retiring at age 79. Ogie will be greatly missed here on Earth, but she’s singing and dancing in heaven with Jesus! Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 21, 2011 at Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with Pastors Warren Brown, David Turner, and family friend Terry Cumbee officiating. Interment will follow at Restvale Cemetery, Copper Hill, Virginia. Friends may call at Gardner Funeral Home on Thursday after 2 p.m. where the family will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Ogie requested that donations be made to Faith Baptist Church Building Fund, 5956 Floyd Highway North Check, VA 24072. Condolences to the family may be made at

Guest book

Yvette Foster

Vinton, VA
January 19, 2011

Katie, I'm so very sorry for your loss and will keep you and your family in my prayers.

Carla Mitchell

Salem, VA
January 20, 2011

My heart goes out to you all during this time of sorrow. Even though "grandma" is in a better place, I know that it still hurts those left behind. Thought and prayers are with you all.

Lisa Bradford

Roanoke, VA
January 20, 2011

My thoughts are prayers are with Ms. Rumburg's family. She was such a sweet lady. I have met most of the family.. but know Sue and Jenny the best.... If there is ANYTHING.. and I do mean ANYTHING I can do to ease your pain or to help PLEASE let me know.

Nina Cruz

Denver, NC
January 20, 2011

Rest in Peace, much love to all your family. Jenny, Sue, Katie you are in our thoughts. Nina, Vic, Leo

Kim Bowen

Roanoke, VA
January 20, 2011

I am so sorry for your loss and wanted you all to know that you have been in my thoughts and prayers for the last couple of weeks. I pray you will all find comfort in knowing that she is at peace and you will see her again. God Bless. Kim Bowen

Bea Bridgmon

Bowling Green VA
January 20, 2011

Sue, I cannot begin to say how sorry I am for your loss. I just hope and pray that God will wrap his arms around you and your family members at this time. I know you will sorely miss your mother and I am not going to say that it gets better with time because it will take quite some time before the sorrow gets less and less. Please accept my condolences and may God lift you up and bless you with sunshine. Love Bea.

Frank & Eve Rierson

January 20, 2011

Our prayers, thoughts, and sympathies go out to all of Ogie's family. It is never easy for a loved one to leave us, and we will be praying for God to help in the healing process. We will always remember Ogie giving our oldest his very first haircut, and the beautiful baby quilt she handmade for him. Her gentleness, kindness, wisdom, and generosity were much to behold and will not be forgotten. Our hearts go out to you and God Bless You all.

Nicole Barton

Mooresville, NC
January 20, 2011

Sue, Jenny and Family......Sorry for your loss. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Keith, Nicole and kids.

Beth Simpson Huddleston

Winchester, VA
January 20, 2011

To all of Ogie's family, I extend my love and sympathy. I have so many warm and loving memories of her, growing up in her neighborhood. I remember fondly playing at her house, eating her pineapple upside down cake, and sharing many conversations with her. She was always loving and caring. I remember when my dorm caught fire when I was in college; by that afternoon she showed up at my mother's with fabric to make me a new dress! I count myself very lucky to have known this special lady. My prayers are with you.

Mary Mabe

Roanoke, VA
January 20, 2011

I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. I am praying for you all. If there is anything I can do please let me know. Sincerely Mary Mabe

Gertie Loving

Ruther Glen, Va.
January 21, 2011

Vernon Alls

Roanoke, VA
January 22, 2011

My family and I want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. You are such wonderful friends to us and we are praying God's strength, love, and power, in your lives today. Love, Vernon Alls and family

Millie Banks

January 27, 2011

I was so sorry to read about Aunt Ogie's death. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Even though she was not our Aunt we always thought of her that way. I have so many memories of being at your house and playing. We all had great times sleigh riding. Aunt Ogie was so good to Grandma Poff when Grandad died, we were so thankful to her for all her help. I will always remember her as a special friend to all us kids in the neighbor. My prayers are with your family.

Sheila Oaks

Rural Retreat, VA
January 31, 2011