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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,
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Memorial United Methodist
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
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
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,
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
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),
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.
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
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.
Merritt W. Ednie
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
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,
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
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
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
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
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.
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,
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
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.
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,
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,
Interment will follow in Montgomery United Methodist Church Cemetery,
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