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Blanche L. Rippeon

Blanche L. Rippeon, 77, of Dickerson, MD died on June 28, 2015.
Born on September 29, 1937 in Poolesville, MD, she was the daughter of the late John Ethan and Sarah Anna (Beall) Poole.
For forty two years Blanche work at Poolesville Elementary School cafeteria and was a Sunday school teacher for fifty two years, involved with the Crafty Ladies and Gents, volunteered her time at the Friendly Thrift Store in Poolesville, member of the Izaak Walton League and life-long member of Memorial United Methodist Church in Poolesville.
Surviving are her two daughters, Brenda Kelbaugh and husband Cliff of Poolesville, Kathryn Schwartzbeck and husband Eddie of Woodbine, MD; one sister, Anne Harvey of Taneytown, MD; five grandsons, Justin and wife Lindsey, Joshua, Jacob and wife Hannah, Jonathan, Jordan Schwartzbeck and one great granddaughter, Ellie Grace.
Blanche was preceded in death by her former husband, James F. Rippeon and one brother, Raymond Poole.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday July 2 from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Friday June 3 at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Rd., P.O. Box 358, Poolesville, MD 20837.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Memorial United Methodist Church.




Mary E. Luhn

Mary Ellen Luhn, 87, of New Market, MD, died on June 24, 2015.
She was the loving wife of Millard W. Luhn.
Born on February 7, 1928 in Gaithersburg, MD, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Bertha (Mayhew) Melvin.
Mary was involved in the Urbana Senior Center and the Young at Heart in New Market.
Surviving besides her husband are two children, Gary Luhn(Sherron) of Cookeville, TN, Teresa Luhn of New Market; one brother Edgar Thompson and wife Gloria; one sister, Ruth Rye and one grandson, Christopher W. Luhn and wife Tristica.
Mary was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred Burroughs, Dorothy Mills and four brothers, Cleveland, Roy and Jack Melvin and Charles Melvin Powell.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Tuesday June 30 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD where the family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the funeral services.
Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Frederick County Department of Aging, 1440 Taney Ave, Frederick, MD 21702




Elmer H. Jr. Frohlich

Elmer H. Frohlich, Jr. 79, of Poolesville, MD died on June 23, 2015.
He was the husband of Nancy N. Frohlich.
Born on June 20, 1936 in Washington, DC he was the son of the late Elmer Henry Sr. and Lillian M. (Disney) Frohlich.
Elmer was an active member of St. Peters Episcopal Church and was a loyal follower and coach of youth sports.
Surviving are his children, Betsy E. Frohlich, Ellen V. Frohlich Kirkpatrick (Tom) both of Poolesville; one sister Joyce Green of Deale, MD; 3 grandchildren, Drew M., Victoria N. and Noel G. Kirkpatrick.
Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at 4:00 PM at St. Peters Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to WUMCO or the Poolesville High School Booster Club.




Kareen L. Podojil

Kareen L. Podojil, 82, of Gaithersburg, MD died on June 21, 2015.
She was the wife of the late Jerome J. Podojil.
Born on October 29, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio she was the daughter of the late Louis and Ida Ava (Klinefelter) Soplata.
Kareen had a fond love of antiques and reading. She was also an artist.
Surviving are her children, Linda Luke of Frederick, MD, Sharon Cole (Tom) of Vail, CO, Donna Mitchell (Roger) of Barnesville, MD, Karen Podojil of Rouzeville, PA, Jerome Podojil of Frederick; one brother, Lou Soplata of Cleveland; one sister, Jennie Smalley of Guys Mill, PA; 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
Kareen was preceded in death by one grandson, Christopher Mitchell.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday June 25 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville (hiltonfh.com).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Friday June 26 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the Benjamin Gaither Center, 80A Bureau Drive, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878-1430.




Rupert W. Spring, Jr.

Mr. Rupert William Spring, Jr, 85, of Dickerson, Maryland, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2015. Born October 7, 1929, he was the son of the late Rupert W. Spring, Sr. and Mamie C. Alexander Spring. Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Nancy Jo Spring, two sons, Michael Spring (Sandy) of Salisbury, MD and Steven Spring (Jody) of Gaithersburg, MD; and one daughter, Pamela Jamison (Bill) of Dickerson, MD; one brother, James Spring of Boyds, MD, two sisters, Gloria Duvall of Rockville, MD, and Geraldine Bartee of Ormond Beach, FL; 9 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his twin sons, David and Dennis Spring; daughter-in-law, Barbara Jean Spring Collins and by three sisters, Betty Lou, Joanne and Sondra.
Rupert was a seasoned millwright doing work for Bechtel, Fairchild Hiller, NIH, Naval Medical Center, Ford's Theatre and other notable businesses, and personal cabinetry for Lady Bird Johnson. He retired from Montgomery County Public Schools in 1991 with 18 years in the Cabinetry and Millwork Department, prior to that he was co-owner of S&N Woodwork.
Rupert served in the U.S. Army 1169th Combat Engineer Group during the Korean War, 1950-1953. He was a life member of American Legion Post 11, VFW 3285, AMVETS Post 2, Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 142 of Frederick, MD and Honor Guard 142.
He was a life-long motorcycle rider. He enjoyed dirt track Class C M/Cycle, AMA Pro Racing, NASCAR, Pro Boxing, bluegrass, country, and gospel music.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday June 23 from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Wednesday June 24 at the Boyds Presbyterian Church, 19901 White Ground Rd., Boyds, MD 20841.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boyds Presbyterian Church.




Lorraine L. Meaney

Lorraine L. Meaney, 75, of North Potomac, MD, died on June 16, 2015 in Brookeville, MD. Born on May 21, 1940 in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Patricia (Allison) Leith.
Predeceased by former husband Donald C. Meaney; surviving are her daughters, Deborah Banker and husband Christopher and Lynda Meaney; brothers, Benjamin Leith Jr. and wife Margurette and Roy Leith; sister, Leta Falle and husband Rudolph; predeceased by brother Harvey Leith and surviving wife Mary; four grandchildren, Ashley, Riley, Christy and Robert Banker and predeceased by granddaughter Charlotte Banker; nieces, Sandra McDarby and husband Matthew and great nieces and nephew Margaret, Thomas, Clare and Colleen and Pamela Clay and husband John and great nieces Julia, Miranda and Diana.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Friday June 19 at the Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church, 3425 Emory Church Road, Olney, MD. Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, MD.






Rev. Merritt W. Ednie

Reverend Merritt Wayne Ednie, on Friday, June 12, 2015 after a long battle with cancer.
Born October 14, 1944, Tarentum, Pennsylvania. Education: B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 1966. M.Div, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, 1969 Pastor, Boyds Presbyterian Church (BPC), 1969-2014 - During his 45-year tenure at BPC, Merritt was a significant presence in his church and in the wider community of Boyds, MD. Merritt believed strongly in the idea that, as he put it, "If you want to change something, get involved. He recalled that when he came to Boyds, "I wanted to make an impact. . . . Community to me is very, very important. . . . . I kind of take a broader perspective on what the church should be in the community because I really think the church belongs to Boyds." When he first arrived at BPC he realized, "It was a community church. So I could not only minister to church members, but had the opportunity to minister to a much wider group." Over the years that ministry extended to hundreds, if not thousands, of people whose lives he touched. In later years, Merritt was widely known as "The Bishop of Boyds" because of his wide-reaching influence in the community, as well as his first-name familiarity with almost everyone who called it home. His efforts to change his community for the better started soon after he arrived as a new pastor in his first (and only) church in 1969. He actively supported the Boyds Daycare Center for both black and white neighborhood toddlers, and made sure the center provided breakfast for the kids. He also encouraged the founding, years later, of another preschool, the Elf School, on BPC property. He established a youth group at BPC, and invited all area teens to come, leading that program himself for 20 years. He headed up the BPC Vacation Bible School for many, many years, imbuing it with his love of song, heartfelt joy, and playfulness. And he reached out to other area churches, particularly the African-American congregation half a mile down the street called St. Marks Methodist Church. He began a long tradition of joint BPC-St. Marks services at Thanksgiving and during Easter week. Merritt also helped initiate the annual Easter Sunrise Service on Sugarloaf Mountain, bringing several local churches together for this event. His many small kindnesses extended over the years not just to church members, but to others in the community who needed his advice, counsel, and help. On a larger scale, Merritt made sure that BPC took on bigger challenges, by supporting community missions to help feed the hungry and support the homeless. In addition, during his ministerial career, he held nine different positions, including moderator, with the National Capital Presbytery, the group representing the 108 Presbyterian churches in the greater Washington, DC area. The breadth and depth of his dedication to community included: Serving on the Boards of: - The Barnesville School - The Boyds Credit Union - The Boyds Civic Association - where he was President for nearly a decade altogether (with breaks in between his tenures). In this position he played a critical role in guiding the community through years of upheaval, helping the civic association block a rock quarry, a landfill, and unwanted subdivisions in its rural midst. In the process, he attended countless county zoning, county council, and park and planning meetings, keeping abreast of what was happening and being an active presence and voice for the Boyds community when necessary. Was also involved in supporting numerous charities and community organizations: - WUMCO (Western Upper Montgomery County Help, Inc.) - Germantown HELP - Gaithersburg Hospice Caring - Boyds Historical Society Merritt leaves behind countless friends and co-workers in the community, as well as his wife of 48 years, SueAnn Silvis; and his son, Merritt Paul.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 20th at 1:00 PM at Neelsville Presbyterian Church, Route 355, Germantown.
Memorial gifts in Merritt's name can be made to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Dr., #100, Rockville, MD 20850 or Boyds Presbyterian "Good Samaritan" fund, 19901 White Ground Road, Boyds, MD 20841.




Robert Gregory Mills

Robert Gregory Mills, of Poolesville, MD, passed away peacefully on June 7, 2015.
He was the loving husband of Rita O'Donnell Mills, father of Jason Robert Mills (Lauren) of Annapolis, MD, Linda Mills-Lough (Timothy) of Lake Ridge, VA, brother of Judith D. Street of Laurel, MD and grandfather of Ryan and Jack Mills and Braeden Lough.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Frank Trowbridge Mills and Elsie Lee Mills, and one brother, Eric Lee Mills.
Greg retired from The Montgomery County Government with over 20 years of service on August 1, 1994 as a Program Manager II in the Paratransit Section, Division of Transit Services, Department of Transportation. He was a "Lifetime Member" of the Chesapeake Yacht Club and served as Governor for one year. He was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday June 15 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at the Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 17230 Tom Fox Ave., Poolesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday June 16 at 10 AM.
Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (www.cbf.org) in Greg's name.




Nina Mae Gilmore

Nina M. Gilmore, 53, of Dickerson, MD, died on June 6, 2015, at the Medstar Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC, surrounded by her loving family.
She was the wife of Ted Gilmore.
Born on August 10, 1961, she was the daughter of Ruth Flohr and the late Carroll Flohr.
Nina was dedicated to everything she did, especially her career at AHMP where she ran the office for 14 years. She enjoyed family functions during the summer. It was her favorite time of the year and there was nothing she loved more than being surrounded by loved ones.
Surviving besides her husband and mother are three children, Troy Monroe and wife Georgiann of Damascus, MD, Tiffany Gilmore of Frederick, MD, Tara Gilmore of Dickerson; five sisters, Holly Rippeon of Wolfsville, MD, Karen Benson and Vickie Haskins both of Poolesville, Patti DiCarlantonio of Frederick and Carol Flohr of Poolesville and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held at 3 PM on Saturday June 27 at the St. Mary's Catholic Church Pavilion, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, MD 20838. Casual attire.
In lieu of flowers donations may to the Relay for Life in Poolesville, MD.





Joseph Christopher Ambrose

Joseph Christopher Ambrose, of Estero, FL, died peacefully surrounded by his family on May 29, 2015, at the age of 69.
Joe was the loving husband of Trudi Ambrose for 45 years. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind two brothers, Michael and Thomas, sons, Sean and Brendan, and four grandchildren: Madeline Claire, Mary Margaret, Olivia Faith, and Cormac Joseph. He was preceded in death by his brother, Harold "Bud" Ambrose, and sister, Mary "Lindy" Summers.
Joe was a United States Marine who served his country in Vietnam and later as a 26 year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department, spending many years in the Bethesda district, the area in which he had grown up. In 1983, he was named the Knights of Columbus Policeman of the Year. After retiring with the rank of Sergeant, he worked for 13 years as a bailiff in the District Court of Maryland. He was an alumnus of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and the University of Maryland. A well known lover of hot weather, he had been living in Southwest Florida since 2013.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, June 4, 2015, from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com). A graveside service will take place on Friday, June 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made the to the National Brain Tumor Society-Defeat GBM Research Collaborative (braintumor.org).





Mary Jane Woodward

Mary Jane Woodward, of Boyds, MD, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on May 27, 2015, at the age of 69. Mary Jane was the loving wife of Robert Woodward for 48 years. In addition to her husband, she leaves behind a sister, Kathleen , and a brother, Daniel, a son, Jonathan Forbes, and a daughter, Maura Eileen, and two grandchildren; Reynolds Ellsworth IV and Ella Woodward. Mary Jane's 38 year career in the medical field began as the administrator for a Retina Specialty practice and a large Cardiology Group. The last 14 years she was the business administrator and became IT manager for the largest Rheumatology practice in the nation with multiple offices. Her very wise business sense and knowledge of her profession, generous heart, dedication, and extreme pragmatism was well known in the medical community and her personal life. Well-read and soft spoken, Mary Jane always welcomed people into her heart and remained a life-long friend of many with whom she came in contact over the years. Her favorite motto was "nothing is ever simple….finish what you start and do your best, but remember everything has the same priority." She was a member of the first graduating class with women in the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University. Mary Jane spent much of what little free time that she had, over the last ten years, with her grandchildren and was always grateful for the fine attention and growth provided by their schools. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Mary McDowell Friends School, 23 Sidney Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201.






Allen K. Belt

Allen Keith Belt, of Barnesville, MD, died peacefully at Shady Grove Hospital on May 26, 2015, at the age of 86.
Allen was the loving husband of Marian M.Belt. In addition to his wife, he leaves behind three daughters: Brenda Belt; Debra Belt Benson and husband Michael; Sandy Ward and husband Donn; seven grandchildren: Kelly Haga, Rick Kimmel, Joseph Kimmel, Jamie Krute, Andrew Benson, Janet O'Meara, Jennifer Buehler; and eight great grandchildren.
Allen was preceded in death by one son, Benjamin Belt and one sister, Petena Knott.
Allen was a well-known Montgomery County farmer with a wise business sense and a generous heart. He remained involved in his surrounding community and made a variety of contributions throughout his years. He will be remembered as the owner of Beallsville Valley Farm and Mountain View Farm.
Born on February 22, 1929 in Middleburg, VA, he was the son of the late Benjamin Belt and Moselle R. Polen.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday, May 29, 2015, from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville, MD.
Interment will follow in Montgomery United Methodist Church Cemetery, Damascus, MD.



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