Tabitha Ann Roark Dassler


Ann’s life was completed on Feb. 7, 2022.  She was with us for 85 years.

A daughter of John and Georgia Roark, of Altavista, Va. – Ann graduated from Randolph Macon Woman’s College. She moved to Charlottesville, Va. where she met Fred Dassler, of Richmond, just prior to his graduation from the school of engineering at UVA. In 1962, they married eight months after meeting each other. They moved to Maryland, Arlington, Va., then to Great Falls, Va., where they settled for 36 years before retiring to Onancock.

Her family grew from late 1963 through 1971, with births of four sons: Alan Frederick, Christopher Lee, Jonathan Craig, and Carl Matthew. As a dedicated wife and mother, she instilled in her sons the essence of her character, as a spirit-filled Christian to follow Christian ethics, practices, a daily discipline of Bible reading, and  to honor and give thanks to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She spent countless hours in prayer for  her family, all the family friends, leaders, and those who toil as missionaries.

Her cheerful and optimistic charisma is remembered by all who experienced her open and forthright forgiving nature. She leaves behind a large host of friendships and prayer partners, and viewed herself as one of  God’s prayer warriors.

She is survived by her husband, Fred; their four sons and wives, with each couple having a son and daughter comprising Ann’s eight grandchildren. She leaves her extended family members in Altavista, Lynchburg, Virginia Beach, Richmond, and Waynesboro, Va.

A memorial service will be held at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Pungoteague, on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service at church, then graveside interment at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Onancock.

Memorial gifts can be offered to: The Bible Broadcasting Network Pro, P.O. Box 7300, Charlotte, NC 28241, Elim Fellowship, 1703 Dalton Road, Lima, NY 14485 to support the missionary work of Charlene Harris, or to St. George’s Episcopal Church, C/O Peter Mariner, P.O. Box 170, Pungoteague, VA 23422.

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Arrangements are by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.
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