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Lorena Jane Tharp

Lorena Jane Tharp, 91, of Frederick, MD, died on December 28, 2015 at Edenton Assisted Living, Frederick.
She was the wife of the late Robert E. Tharp.
Born on October 10, 1924 in Denver, CO, she was the daughter of the late Vance and Lorena (Coons) Colemere.
Surviving are two daughters, Sandralee Taylor of Beallsville, MD, Sheryl Miller of Olney, MD, 3 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.
Family will be receiving friends on Saturday January 2, 2016 from 2-3pm with a short service following at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.

 

 

 

Thomas "Tom" H. Morgan, Sr.

Thomas "Tom" H. Morgan Sr. 78, of Germantown, MD died peacefully at Casey House in Derwood, MD on December 1, 2015.
He was born January 24, 1937, in Wilkes- Barre, PA to the Late Tucker, and Muriel (Pratt) Morgan.
He was preceded in death by a grandson James M. McCollum.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Eileen (Unger) Morgan; children, Robin Morgan of Westminster, MD, TJ Morgan of Frederick ,MD, Wendy Dean of Thurmont, MD and Penny Bland of Brunswick, MD; 7 Grandchildren, William Jr, Joseph, Cory, and Kyle Bland, TJ and Morgan Choporis, and Jen Tonon and six great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on December 12, 2015 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD. The family will be accepting friends one hour prior starting at 11 am.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DC Area Weimaraner Rescue, 1477 Hillandale Rd, Front Royal, VA 22630


 

 

 

Laurence "Dick" E. Magruder

Laurence "Dick" E. Magruder, 84, of Frederick, MD, died peacefully at home on December 1, 2015.
He was the husband of 57 years of Janet (Broadhurst) Magruder.
Born on January 3, 1931 in Kensington, MD, he was the son of the late Laurence C. and Evelyn (Fox) Magruder.
Surviving besides his wife are his children, Eugene K. Magruder of Mt. Airy, MD, Laurence D. Magruder of Hedgesville, WV, Michael J. Magruder of Frederick; three grandchildren, Brittany, Keith and Allison and two great grandchildren.
Dick was preceded in death by one brother, Clarence L. Magruder and one sister, Elaine E. Jones.
A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Thursday December 3 at the Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick MD 21702 or the Barnesville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 69, Barnesville, MD 20838.

 

 

 

George Peter Ross Korzeniewski

George Peter Ross Korzeniewski, 19, of Boyds MD, died on November 30, 2015.
Born on August 16, 1996 in Rockville, MD, Ross was the son of George and Kathleen Korzeniewski
Surviving are 2 sisters, Emily and Anna and three brothers, Will, Ken and Brent.
Ross was preceded in death by one brother, Eric James.
The family will be receiving friends at 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00-8:00 PM on Friday, December 4, 2015 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville MD, 20838.
Interment will be on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Boyds Presbyterian Church, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate Ross's life Saturday, December 5, at 5:00 PM at Cedarbrook Community Church, 23700 Stringtown Rd, Clarksburg, MD 20871. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Clarksburg Campus Life/Youth For Christ, P.O. Box 665, Claksburg, MD 20871 (301) 509-0155

 

 

 

Melissa M. Lankler

On November 26, 2015, Melissa MacDonald Lankler died at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., surrounded by her family. She was 61 years old. She was born on July 30, 1954 to Alexander and Celeste Lankler. Missy enjoyed a childhood full of riding horses and playing with her younger sister Lesley. In between weekends of foxhunting, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Art History at Washington College. She went on to wear a number of professional hats (none of which involved Art History). She took photographs for the Potomac Almanac and worked for the Georgetown Medical School. Later, she created, developed, and ran the Field of Dreams Therapeutic Riding Center for children with disabilities. Missy greatly enjoyed the time she spent as a member of the Potomac Hunt Club, the Monocacy Garden Club, and Boyds Presbyterian Church, as well as the time she spent with her beloved friends and many, many animals. There is no time she loved more than the time she spent as the mother to her daughter, Celeste. She is survived by her daughter, as well as her sister and brother-in-law, Lesley and Paul Dangerfield, and their daughter, Stratton. A private family service will be held to honor her life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

 

 

Ray T. Douglas, Sr.

Ray T. Douglas, Sr., 80, of Poolesville, died on November 25, 2015.
He was the husband of Eleanor Douglas; father of Ray Jr., and Linda; brother of Linda Mills, Richie and Arthur Douglas; grandfather of 8 and great grandfather of 7.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathleen.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Saturday November 28 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD. The family will be receiving friends from 10 - 11 AM.
Interment with military honors will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

 

 

 

 

Valerie R. Helfman

Valerie Rose Kilian Helfman, 48, of Dickerson, MD, died on November 21, 2015 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD.
She was the wife of Paul and mother of Nicholas James Kilian.
Born on May 1, 1967, in Papua New Guinea, Valerie was the daughter of Suzanne Elizabeth Kilian and the late Siegfried H. Kilian.
She is also survived by her brothers and sisters, Marilyn Fogg, Harry and Walter Kilian and family of Australia, Natasha Heming and family of Virginia, Bessie and Rosemarie Kilian, Siegfried Kilian, Jr. and Louisa Kilian all of Australia.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 6 pm - 8 pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held at 11 AM, Wednesday December 2, 2015.
A cremation will follow the services.
In lieu of flowers, we would ask that you look at her business website that she was very passionate about www.lashkekeni.com.

 

 

 

Vivian I. Moore

Vivian I. Moore, 87, of Blackwater, VA and Brunswick, MD, died on November 10, 2015 at Glade Valley Center.
Born on January 30, 1928 in Jonesville, VA, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary (Allen) Fitts.
Surviving is one daughter, Connie Moore and husband Ralph of Brunswick; two sisters, Louise Dunn, Gladys Cody; one brother, Jack Fitts; grandchildren, Cindy DeFriece, Amy Lyles, Katie Stanton, Jimmy Ward, Jimmy Moore, Sheila Ward, Dale Moore, Linda Kulesza and Stacy Blanchard.
Vivian is also survived by numerous great grandchildren, great great grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Joan Moore and a special friend, Marlin Bowen.
She was preceded in death by five children, James, Larry and Harold Moore, Mary Ward, Betty Beasley and one grandson, Brian Ward.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, November 12 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com), where funeral services will be held on Friday November 13 at 11 AM.
Interment will follow in Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Boyds, MD.

 

 

 

 

Dorothy E. Roberts

Dorothy E. Roberts, 93, of Boyds, MD, died on Tuesday, November 3, 2015.
She was the wife of the late George L. Roberts who predeceased her in 1997.
Born on March 19, 1922 she was the daughter of the late William and Marie (Bennett) Nichols.
Dorothy was a member of the Germantown Baptist Church in Germantown, MD.
Surviving are her children, Judy Connelly and husband Ralph of Boyds, Rose Marie Gordon of Marion, VA, George Roberts, Jr. and wife Anna of Smithsburg, MD; grandchildren, Keith Connelly and wife Kathy of McConnellsburg, PA, Bruce Connelly and wife Beverly of Clarksburg, MD, Ronnie Gordon of Sugar Grove, PA, Rusty Gordon of Marion, VA, Rachel Enfield and husband "JR" of Kingsport, TN; one sister, Betty Stern of Hagerstown, MD; 12 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.
Dorothy was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Anita Roberts.
The family will be receiving friends on Sunday, November 8 from 3-5 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Monday, November 9 at 11 AM.
Interment will follow in Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Gaithersburg, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Germantown Baptist Church, 17640 Riffleford Rd, Germantown, MD 20874.

 

 

 

John Michael Morton

John Michael Morton, 52, of Hagerstown, MD, died suddenly on October 26, 2015.
Born on November 23, 1962, he was the son of John B. and Carol (Fraley) Morton of Pittsville, MD.
Surviving besides his parents are two brothers, Steven B. Morton and wife Dawn, Eric W. Morton and wife Teri; one sister, Susan R. Paschal and nieces and nephews, William, Lorna, Austin, Bryce and Sydney Morton, Summer and Susanna Paschal.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday October 29 from 5-8 pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com), where funeral services will be held on Friday October 30 at 11 am.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Mike's name to Middletown Primary School, 403 Franklin St., Middletown, MD 21769.

 

 

 

Suanne E. Demory

Suanne E. Demory, 71, of Poolesville, MD, died suddenly on Thursday October 22, 2015.
Born on January 23, 1944 in Poolesville, she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Elizabeth (Titus) Moore.
She is survived by one son, James R. Demory, II and wife Catherine of Damascus, MD; three brothers, Earl Moore and wife Suzie, George Moore and wife Fara, Ralph Moore and wife Connie; two sisters, Linda Moore, Christine Shelton and husband Mike; four grandchildren, Amanda, Noelle, Jim and Hannah Demory and special friend, Jimmy McGinley.
Sue dearly loved her grandchildren and the children on her bus.
She was preceded in death by one brother, Dean Moore.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday October 26 from 5-8pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com), where funeral services will be held on Tuesday October 27 at 11 am.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

 

 

 

Arthur R. Tetlow, III

Arthur. R. Tetlow, III, 58, of Poolesville, MD, died peacefully at his residence on Wednesday October 21, 2015.
He was the loving husband of Jean Tetlow.
Born on May 4, 1957 in Olney, MD, he was the son of Nancy (Webb) Tetlow and the late Arthur R. Tetlow, Jr.
Artie was a man that lived for his family and loved the outdoors. This love was expressed through his devoted work at Beallsville Valley Farm.
Surviving besides his wife and mother are three children, Kristi Cox, Justin and Kirsten Tetlow all of Poolesville; two brothers, Gregory Tetlow and wife Pamela of Frederick, MD, Brian Tetlow and wife Samantha of Poolesville; three sisters, Carol Tetlow of Poolesville, Elizabeth Bower and husband Ronnie of Frederick, Kelly Tetlow of Frederick; ten grandchildren, Matthew, Meghan, Nicholas, Annie, Alyssa, Riley, Hailey, Angel, Logan, Lexi; one great grandchild, Brooklyn and numerous nieces and nephews.
Artie was preceded in death by one brother, David Tetlow and one sister-in-law, Jane Tetlow.
The family will be receiving friends on Sunday October 25 from 5-8 pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com), where funeral services will be held on Monday October 26 at 11 am.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to UMCVFD Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 553, Poolesville, MD.

 

 

 

Philip C. Brunschwyler


On Saturday, October 17th, 2015, Philip Craig Brunschwyler died peacefully at home surrounded by family and a close friend. He died of congestive heart failure. Philip was born in Kingston, WV in 1929. He was the sixth child born to Margaret Wharton Ripley and John Paul Brunschwyler. He spent his grade school days in Welch, WV and attended Welch High School, where, in his senior year ran a recovered fumble for 96 yards to score the winning touchdown against Gary, the arch rival high school. He received his undergraduate degree from West Virginia University. In 1955 he earned his Medical Degree from University of Maryland. He served in the Army in Korea from 1956 to 1958. While an Army Captain stationed in La Rochelle, France, he met the love of his life Jacqueline Rouleau. They were married in Burlingame, California in 1960. They resided in Cheverly, Maryland. In 1966, they moved to Garrett Park, Maryland. Philip practiced as a Pediatrician for over 30 years working at Group Health Association and Kaiser Permanente. He was a well-respected practitioner and loved kids. Retirement was filled with traveling, woodworking, recorder playing, concert going, attending grandchildren's sporting events, sailing, and volunteering as both medical consultant and handyman. Philip was preceded in death by his wife Jacquie, his youngest son Conrad Philip Brunschwyler, his brothers John Paul, William, and Richard and sisters Margaret and Jane Anne. He is survived by sisters Judith Wharton Donakowski and husband Conrad in Michigan and Rosemary Brunschwyler Kenney in Pennsylvania, children Katherine Plaut (David), John Brunschwyler, Greta Brunschwyler (Ron Stoner), Lea Jessup (Bill), and Emily Horick (Brian), his grandchildren Matthew, Allison, Madeline and Daniel Plaut, Thomas and Caroline Brunschwyler, Craig and Rick Jessup, and Alex, Andrew, and Abby Horick, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Holy Cross Church, 4900 Strathmore Avenue, Garrett Park at noon. Interment will take place at Parklawn Cemetery in Rockville following the mass. A reception will be held at the family home afterwards. Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Philip and Jacquie's son Conrad Brunschwyler to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at ,AFSP.org, or 888-333-2377, ext. 2013, or AFSP; 120 Wall Street; 29th Floor; New York, NY 10005; Attn: Data Entry. The memorial fund is under "Brunschwyler".

 

 

 

James E. Boswell

James E. Boswell, 75, of Gaithersburg, MD died on October 15, 2015.
He was the loving husband of Geraldine E. Boswell.
Born on January 2, 1940 in Sandy Spring, MD, James was the son of the late Ray and Margaret (Elkins) Boswell.
Jimmy worked as a landscaper and for Safeway for many years.
Surviving besides his wife is one daughter, Kristin Boswell; two brothers, Charles Boswell and wife Norine, Larry Boswell and wife Kathleen; one beloved aunt, Mary Catherine Frye; two grandchildren, Quincy and Brianna Boswell-Rowe and many nieces and nephews.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday October 19 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday October 20 at 11:00 AM.
Interment will follow in Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Darnestown, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in James' name to the National Museum of the American Indian

 

 

 

Peggy J. Kingsbury

Peggy J. Kingsbury, 81, of Dickerson, MD, died on Wednesday October 14, 2015.
She was the wife of the late Roland E. Kingsbury, Sr.
Born on January 30, 1934 in Boyds, MD, she was the daughter of the late Douglas and Emma (White) Horine.
Peggy was owner of Kingsbury's Orchard. She loved her farm, flowers and pets.
Surviving are her children, Susan Ketron and husband Larry of Union Bridge, MD and Roland E. Kingsbury, Jr. and wife Julie of Dickerson.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday October 19 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).
Interment following will be private.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Patty Pollatos Fund (www.ppfinc.org).

 

 

 

William A. Morrison, Jr.

William A. Morrison, Jr., 77, of Dickerson, MD went to be with the Lord on October 12, 2015. He was the beloved husband of Sharon L. Morrison his wife of 51 years. Born on September 4, 1938 in Bethesda, MD, he was the son of the late William A. and Margaret L. (Brown) Morrison, Sr.
William served his country in the United States Army and was a member of the Barnesville Baptist Church.
Surviving besides his wife is one son, William A. Morrison, III and wife Virginia; one brother, Robert A. Morrison and wife Patricia and one grandson, Christopher J. Dimig and wife Ashley.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Lois M. "Mitzi" Johnson and one brother, James W. Morrison.
The family will receive friends on Thursday October 15 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD where funeral services will be held on Friday October 16 at 1 PM.
Interment will follow in Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Darnestown, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Barnesville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 69, Barnesville, MD 20838.

 

 

 

Arthur "Buddy" M. Perry

Arthur M. Perry "Buddy," 68 of Martinsburg, WV died on Friday, September 25, 2015 from a long illness.
He was the husband of Phyllis L. Perry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur B. Perry and Frances "Dolly" Perry, and his sisters Lois and Mona.
He is survived by one brother, Grant B. Perry of Gaithersburg, MD and three sons, Mark A. Perry of Martinsburg, West Virginia, Eric W. Perry and wife Amy Perry of Frederick, Maryland and Christopher S. Perry of Martinsburg, West Virginia, along with his Grandchildren, Sarah Perry, Emily Perry, Mackenzie Perry, Abigail Perry and Kyle Perry.
Arthur was born on June 28, 1947 in Lowell, Massachusetts. He was raised in Rockville, Maryland and graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1966. After high school, Arthur joined the United States Marine Corp where he served a 13 month tour in Vietnam. After his time in the Marine Corp, Arthur joined the DC Police Department from where he retired in 1992 after 21 years.
Arthur enjoyed playing golf and watching NASCAR and was an avid Red Sox fan. And said he could not die until the Red Sox won the World Series.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 1, 2015 from 5-8 pm with funeral services Friday, October 2, 2015 at 11:00 am at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallesville Road, Barnesville, Maryland. Interment will follow at the Bush Creek Church of the Brethren Cemetery, 4821 Green Valley Road, Monrovia, Maryland. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Berkeley County Humane Society, 554 Charles Town Road, Martinsburg, West Virginia 25405.

He will be missed!

 

 

 

William D. McDaniel

William D. McDaniel, 21, of Clarksburg, MD, on September 25, 2015.
He was the son of John and Maria (Flores) McDaniel.
Surviving is one brother, Anthony McDaniel of Clarksburg and his grandmother, Barbara Angello.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday September 29 from 7-9 PM at the Mother Seton Parish, 19951 Father Hurley Blvd, Germantown, MD 20874 where a Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday September 30 at 11 AM.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Wilson Parrot Foundation, 26613 Ridge Rd, Damascus, MD 20872.

 

 

 

Lewis C. Custer, Sr.

Lewis Clayton Custer Sr., 73, passed away on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at his home in Thurmont, MD. Lewis was also known to many as Lew, Big Lew and Pap Pap.
Lew was born in Newton Falls, Ohio on July 18, 1942. He was one of 10 children born to Claire and Virginia Custer (Siblings: Virginia, Almeta, Tom, Jeannette, Rella, Jerry, Barb, Carol, and Pam). Lew met Linda Lee Winer in Silver Spring, MD and soon after married her on April 5, 1967. They have three children, Julie Giarratano (engaged to Steve Seger), Lewis Custer Jr. (engaged to Bridget Ryder), and Maureen Elder (married to Christopher Elder) as well as six grandchildren, Joy Moore (married to Sean Moore), Brianna Giarratano, Tyler Giarratano, Zack Elder, Ashlyn Custer, and Lindsy Custer. With such a large family, there are also many cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Lew graduated from Windham High School in Ohio and shortly after moved to Maryland where he was employed in the automotive industry; he worked as a parts associate at Wilson Pontiac, Curtis Chevrolet, and King Pontiac and also worked at Selby's Market in Poolesville, MD. Anyone who knew Lew knew that he was an avid train fan, collector and model railroader. He loved all types of music, making friends, playing the guitar, watching old Gene Autry movies, and spending time with his family and his church family.
There will be a memorial service to celebrate Lew's life on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 11:00am, officiated by Pastor William (Bill) Maisch, at Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church (17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville, MD 20837 or via phone 301-349-2010). In lieu of flowers, Lew would be honored if donations were made towards the Pennsylvania Railroad T1 Steam Locomotive Trust (The T1 Trust, 3609 Gettysburg Place, Jefferson City, MO 65109 OR www.prrt1steamlocomotivetrust.org).
Lew taught endless compassion and love towards one another; he was a friend to all. He loved Jesus and was a man of God. The family would like to thank everyone for all the love and support during this difficult time.

 

 

 

Dorothy M. Fell

Dorothy M. Fell, 84, of Rockville, MD died on Sunday September 6, 2015.
She was the wife of the late Warner G. Fell.
Surviving is one son, Ricky Fell of Boyds, MD and three grandchildren, Jessie DePeel, Amy and Bryan Fell.
Dorothy was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Etzweiler.
The family will be receiving friends at 10 AM on Tuesday September 15 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD where funeral services will begin at 11 AM.
Interment will be in Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice (montgomeryhospice.org)

 

 

 

 

Lawrence Robert Fox

Larry Fox, age 68, of Hyattsville, Maryland passed away on September 5, 2015. He is survived by his wife of forty-two years, Camy Clough, also of Hyattsville; his children, son Michael Fox of Washington D.C., and daughter Kate Fox and her husband Cory Cramer of Rhode Island; brother Richard and sister-in-law Terri Fox of North Carolina; sister- in-law Candice Clough of Germantown, Maryland, and brother-in-law Hale Clough of Tucson, Arizona. His loyal dog Morgan and African Grey parrot Gooberry also survive him.

Larry grew up in Langley Park, Maryland and attended High Point High School. He spent many happy days of his early childhood in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. with his maternal grandparents, and had many lifelong friends from his home neighborhood.

Larry graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 1970 with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education. It was at UMCP that he met his future wife, Camy Clough, spotting her across the undergraduate library construction site and flipping a coin with a friend to see who got to ask her out. In the 1970s Camy and Larry lived in a group house, aka the "Taylor Road" hippie commune, with their dear friends from college.

Larry loved poetry, literature, history, and the natural world. Larry and his friend Mel Raff were the editors of the literary magazine Aleph, a small quarterly that showcased the writing of Washington, D.C. area poets, published between 1975-1979. He contributed poetry to Aleph and continued to write and read widely throughout his life. Larry earned a Masters of Fine Arts degree in creative writing at the National Open University (1976). He later pursued doctoral studies in American Studies at the University of Maryland College Park, researching his dissertation on the Salem witchcraft trials and finishing ABD.

Larry committed himself to two loves while still in college: his wife, Camy, and books. He worked at the Maryland Book Exchange in College Park for many years, managing the Book Sales shop with his trusty dog Alfred by his side. After leaving academia, Larry moved on to a career in publishing that included marketing, international rights acquisition, project management, and e-commerce for textbooks with Prentice Hall and John Wiley, computer books with Ziff-Davis, and professional books with National Book Network, FDANews, and Aptara.

As befit a man of letters, Larry was a true polymath. His interests ran from bird watching to the newest gadgets to woodcarving to bicycling. He was fluent in "computer" before most of his peers, and could be counted on to explain any technology with patience and clarity.

Larry was a volunteer at the Amazonia exhibit at the National Zoo, and more recently a volunteer ESL teacher at the Washington English Center. He loved to talk to anyone and everyone.

Everything Larry loved came together on a family trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in 2007. The family explored the cities of Quito and Cuenca, crossing the Andes to explore the wildlife of the Amazon Basin, before journeying to the birthplace of evolutionary biology in the Galapagos Islands. The trip combined Larry's love of adventure, family, culture, and the natural world.

Larry's intellectual prowess was second only to his ability to form close friendships with colleagues, neighbors, and nearly anyone with whom he came in contact. The family is grateful for the many friends who visited and helped during Larry's illness.

A memorial service will be held on the afternoon of November 15th at the Audubon Naturalist Society in Bethesda, Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to support wetlands conservation may be made to the Friends of Jug Bay at www.friendsofjugbay.org P.O. Box 6218, Annapolis, MD 21404-0218 in memory of Larry Fox.

 

 

 

 

Gerard (Jerry) K. Mulgrew

Jerry Mulgrew was born May 24, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York to the late Rita and John Mulgrew. He departed this life on September 3, 2015 after unexpected complications of Pneumonia surgery. He was preceded by death by siblings: Edward Mulgrew. Surviving brothers are: Peter Mulgrew, and Sean Mulgrew.
He was united in Holy Matrimony to Yvonne Donati on June 18, 1983, for 32 blessed years, as their love was exclusive and strong for each other.
Jerry proudly served in the Vietnam War from 1966 - 1969 with the 1st Cavalry Division 30th Engineer Brigade United States Army.
He leaves to cherish his sweet memories of seven nieces and nephews: Kathy Price, Michael Mulgrew, Erin Mulgrew, Matthew Mulgrew, John Mulgrew, Jessica Mulgrew, Edward Woodward many grand nieces and nephews, brother and sister in laws, and a host of devoted friends and neighbors he loved dearly.
Memorial Service for Gerard (Jerry) Mulgrew will be held on Thursday, September 24, 2015 10:30 a.m. at the Church of the Redeemer, 19425 Woodfield Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879.
It will be all about Jerry, his family, friends and neighbors he loved and cared for so much. Please feel free to bring your pictures and stories. It was a very colorful life for him to say the least.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Church of the Redeemer or a charity of your choice.

 

 

 

Oscar Clifton Martin

Oscar Clifton Martin passed away early morning on August 28, 2015. He was born on November 24, 1916 to Oscar and Barbara Martin. He was the eldest of seven, and was predeceased by his brothers Calvin Martin, William Martin and David Martin, and his sisters Barbara Martin Wilkinson Furry and Katherine Martin Torbeck. He has one surviving sibling, his sister Josephine Mayne of Laytonsville, MD. His family owned and operated Martin's Dairy of Olney, Maryland. Clif was a graduate of Sherwood High School and of the University of Maryland.
He married the love of his life Elizabeth "Betty" Hilliard on September 30, 1946. Betty and Clif were a team until she passed away in March 2014. They operated a dairy farm in Comus, Maryland. Clif was an innovative farmer throughout his many years of working, and continued to have a love for building, landscaping, and animals after he retired from farming and moved to his house on Peach Tree Road in Comus where he has lived for almost 30 years.
He is survived by his children, Jim Martin (Carol), Larry Martin (Katya), Steve Martin (Carole), and Theresa Wohl (Howard). He had eight grandchildren, Colette Wells, Nicole Vallianatos, Kevin Martin, Erin Elwood, Lisa Heisey, Stephanie Martin, Melissa Martin, and Sarah Wohl. He also had 5 great grandchildren, Julia Wells, Andrew Wells, Grace Elwood, Patrick Elwood, Alex Vallianatos, and Connor Elwood.
Clif will be remembered for being loving, generous, and kind. He loved music, especially classical music and opera as well as listening to his grandchildren and great grandchildren sing and play instruments. His favorite song was "God Bless the USA." He loved eating ice cream, going to yard sales, dancing, and was the life of any party. He enjoyed attending church on Sundays, playing bridge with the "Bridge Club" and going to the movies with his best friends. Most of all, he truly loved being with his family and was full of pride watching and participating in their lives. He was one of a kind and his friendly, outgoing nature touched everyone he met.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday August 31 from 5-7 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Tuesday September 1 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 19823 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

 

 

 

Wm. "Bill" F. Carroll

William (Bill) Francis Carroll, 85, of Poolesville, MD, passed away peacefully Saturday, August 8, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was married to Joan Titus Carroll for nearly 55 years.
Born in the Bronx, New York, on September 14, 1929, he was the son of the late Francis Anthony Carroll and Nora Madeline Casey. He was preceded in death by his sister, Irene Roinick, step-sister Frances Baker, and niece Gena Proulx.
At age 16, Bill joined the Merchant Marines and then in 1948 he joined the U.S. Navy. His four years of service found him on the USS Salem working as a machinist's mate. He served in the Korean Conflict. Bill worked for the railroad in Pennsylvania and New Jersey before joining Stone & Webster as a land surveyor. It was this job that brought him to Poolesville where he met his future bride, Joan.
Bill and Joan were married on November 20, 1960. They moved several times, living in Virginia and Florida for Bill's career, before returning to Poolesville to raise their young family. Bill joined Kidde Consultants in 1969, working as a land surveyor, and retired as a senior associate in 1991. Bill stayed active during retirement, working 20 years at Professional Cleaners, making him a prominent face in the Poolesville community. He also performed local field work duties for the Census Bureau and worked in an official capacity during local and national elections.
Bill was a member of the Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church and participated in a variety of church-related activities. He also volunteered with WUMCO Help, where he picked up and delivered donations. Several mornings a week, Bill could be found with his McDonald's buddies enjoying a cup of hot coffee and discussions ranging from politics to aging to local gossip. Bill's hobbies included golf, reading, travel, gardening, cooking and enjoying a delicious variety of food, and music. Joan considered Bill to be a "Renaissance Man" because of his intellectual knowledge, appreciation of art, extensive travel, and love of literature. Above all else, Bill enjoyed visiting and traveling with family members, including all 50 states and six of the seven continents.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; his children, Colleen (Mike) Campbell of Dutton, MT, Melanie (Nick) Psaltakis, of Poolesville, Billy (Emma) Carroll, of Virginia Beach, VA; seven grandchildren, Jessie Campbell, Jake (Kendra) Campbell, Peter, Jordan and Matthew Psaltakis, Tomas (Amanda Spence) Carroll and Cody Carroll; and 4 great grandchildren. Also surviving are a nephew, Gene Roinick of California, and three step-sisters residing in New York. He will be fondly remembered by family and many friends for his warm smile and sense of humor.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 12, from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com). Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 13, at 11:00 at Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Rd, Poolesville, MD. Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bill's name to Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 358, Poolesville, MD 20837.

 

 

 

Rosa Abell

Rosa Abell, 83, of Poolesville, passed away on Saturday August 1, 2015 at the Genesis Health Care Center at Shady Grove in Rockville.
She was the wife of the late Charles H. Abell.
Born on January 6, 1932 in Greenbrier, WV, she was the daughter of the late Mason and Daisy (Harless) Rineholt.
Rosa worked many years as a loving caregiver. She was fond of fishing, the Redskins, Orioles, NASCAR and Jimmie Johnson.
Surviving are two sons, Charles K. Abell and wife Carol of Frederick, Steven Trent Abell of Poolesville; two grandsons, Charles K. Abell, II, Steven Trent Abell, Jr.; one step grandson, Anthony Wolf; one granddaughter, Jennifer Lorraine Nkake and two great granddaughters.
Rosa was preceded in death by one sister, Violet Albright.
Services will be private.


 

 

 

Betty Bauman Hege

Betty Bauman Hege, age 86, went home to be with the Lord on July 25, 2015. Betty Jane was born on July 12, 1929. She was the daughter of the late Walter Garrett and Viola Charleton. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Mahlon Bauman; daughter, Kathleen Bauman; 2 sisters, Pauline Hege and Evelyn Bauman.
Surviving are her 3 children, Rosemarie Griffith (Husband Sonny), Marvin Bauman (wife Cindy), and Sandy Yeary (husband Ray); 6 grandchildren, John Griffith, Jennifer Griffith Soumah, Michael Bauman, Katie Bauman Woods, Lisa Yeary Rhinehart, and Sabrina Yeary; 8 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Beatrice Horst, of Harrisonburg Virginia; many loved nieces and nephews; and her most beloved pet Lucy.
The family will be receiving friends on July 27, from 5:00-8:00 pm at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville MD. Funeral services will be held July 28th at 10:00 am at Living Word Bible Fellowship (Formerly Dawsonville Mennonite Chuch) 16500 Whites Ferry Rd Boyd's, Md. Interment will follow at Monocacy Cemetary in Beallsville, Md. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Living word Bible Fellowship (Formerly Dawsonville Mennonite Chuch) 16500 Whites Ferry Rd Boyd's, Md 20841

 

 

 

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 July 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.

 

 

 

 

Edward O. Downs, III

Edward O. Downs, III, 54, of Dickerson, MD died on May 22, 2015.
He was the husband of Marquita Downs.
Born on August 28, 1960 in Washington, DC, he was the son of Guelda (Miller) Downs and the late Edward O. Downs, Jr. Mr. Downs owned and operated Downs Excavating, Inc. since 1999.
Surviving besides his wife and mother is one daughter, Crystal Y. Neal of Frederick, MD; three sons, Michael E. Downs of Frederick, Edward L. Downs of Brunswick, MD, Josef E. Downs of Dickerson; three sisters, Jean Schricker of Frederick, Patty Downs of Dickerson, Marilyn Vivian of Jefferson; three brothers, Carl Downs of Union Bridge, MD, Christopher Miller and Rean Miller, Jr. both of Boyds, MD and 8 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday May 27 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.
Interment will follow in Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Boyds.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice (montgomeryhospice.org).

 

 

 

Mark A. Munday

Mark A. Munday, 50, of Poolesville, MD, died on May 7, 2015, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC.
Born on May 27, 1964, in Olney, MD, he was the son of Alice G. (Carter) Munday and the late Walter G. Munday.
Surviving besides his mother Alice is one daughter, Heather Golliday of Charlestown, WV; two brothers, Greg A. Munday and wife Janet of Knoxville, MD, Ronnie Buffington of Poolesville; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Besides his father, Mark was preceded in death by one brother, Robert E. Munday.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday May 11 from 6-8 pm at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd., Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com), where funeral services will be held on Tuesday May 12 at 11 am.
Interment will follow in Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Darnestown, MD.

 

 

 

Jane Eleanor Millar

Jane Eleanor Millar, 92, passed away peacefully in her home in Dawsonville, Maryland, on April 28, 2015. She is survived by one son ,Tim Millar; two daughters, Nancy Looney and husband Tim, Lisa Millar; four grandchildren, Brian Looney and wife Heather, Shannon Reed and husband Tim, Thomas Looney and wife Aimee, Kathy Looney, and three great grandchildren, Morgan Reed, Chelsea Reed and Finley Looney.
Jane was preceded in death by her husband Jack W. Millar and one son, Christopher Scott Millar
Jane was born in Philadelphia, PA on October 26, 1922 to Amos and Florence Booty. She graduated from Sykesville High School and went on to become a registered nurse at Sibley Hospital. She married Dr. Jack William Millar and soon after the marriage joined him in the Marianas Islands where Jack was serving as a lieutenant in the Navy Medical Core and establishing a leprosarium on Tinian. She gave birth to her first son, Tim, while living on Saipan.
After some time in Boston and Maryland the family went to California for five years. In 1960, she and her family returned to the east coast and settled in Dawsonville, MD with her husband and four children. She remained the rest of her life in Dawsonville while becoming active in the Poolesville community through the Monocacy Garden Club, Historic Medley District, St. Peter's Episcopal Church. Jane also loved to play bridge.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday May 5 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111, Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday May 6 at the St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Ave., Poolesville, MD.
Interment will follow in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, please send contribution to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, PO Box 387 Poolesville, MD or the Historic Medley District, Inc PO Box 232 Poolesville, MD 20837.

 

 

 

 

Mary Margaret Mossburg


Mary Margaret Mossburg, our precious mother, 89, of Boyds, MD, went to be with the Lord, on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.
She was the wife of the late William H. Mossburg Sr.
Born on December 19, 1925, in Wheaton, MD, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Lily (Bradeycamp) Rogers
Mary was a member of the Barnesville Baptist Church.
She is survived by 1 son, Billy Mossburg of Barnesville, MD; 3 daughters, Judy Wright and husband Ralph of Darnestown, MD, Sherry Morrison and husband Bill of Dickerson, MD, Sally Buffington and husband Richard of Keymar, MD, 8 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kitty Dohne Clevenger; 3 brothers, Clarence, Claude and Raymond Rogers and 3 sisters, Emma Mossburg, Ethel Pleasants and Lil Driggers.
The family will receive friends from 6:00- 8:00 pm, Thursday, April 30, 2015 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com), where funeral services will be held on Friday, May 1, at 1 pm. Interment will follow at Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Darnestown, MD.

 

 

 

Hilda P. Williams

Hilda P. Williams, 97, of Rockville, MD, passed on to her eternal life on April 26, 2015.
She was the beloved wife of the late Ellsworth Frank "Willie" Williams.
Surviving are two daughters, Karen Howes and husband Dan of Gaithersburg, MD, Janet Bell and husband Bob of Montgomery Village, MD and two grandchildren, Kathleen Elaine Howes and Robert Austin Bell, III.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday May 1 from 10:00 - 11:00 am at the Rockville United Methodist Church, 112 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD with funeral services following at 11 am.
Interment will be held at Frostburg Memorial Park, 70 Green St., Frostburg, MD on Saturday May 2 at 12:00 noon.

 

 

Lilia Lucia Romero Jacob

Lilia Lucia Romero Jacob gracefully finished her walk on the earth on Thursday April 23, 2015 at the age of 83. She was welcomed home by her loving mother and father, Cristobal Barrera and Rosa Saavedra Romero; her brothers, Cristobal, Mario, Ruben, and Jesus and her sisters, Rosa and Olga. She is survived by her two brothers, Raul and Lauro.
She and her beloved husband, Georges were blessed with four children, Gerard, Georges, Gabrielle, and Adrien and nine grandchildren, Ashley, Erick, Jojo, Stephanie, Renee, Michael, Christian, Corinne and Anna, and one great-grandson, Carter. She also had loving family members, Danielle, Beth, Conchita, Tim and Jim, sister and brother in-laws, nephews and nieces and many friends that she loved dearly.
A celebration of her life will be on May 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Presentation at 17220 Tom Fox Avenue, Poolesville, MD 20837. The family will receive friends at her daughter's home after the service in Poolesville, MD) followed by a graveside ceremony at the Jacob family plot at National Memorial Park located at 7482 Lee Hgwy, Falls Church, VA 22042 on Sunday, May 3 at noon.
In lieu of the flowers, the family would ask that you kindly donate to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville MD 20850. Their tender care and support in her final days were deeply appreciated by the family.

 

 

 

Robert R. Gogolski

Robert R. Gogolski, 93, of Weymouth, MA, formerly of Clarksburg, MD, died peacefully at his residence on April 19, 2015.
He was the husband of Dorothy J. Gogolski.
Born on April 27, 1921 in Blakely, PA, he was the son of the late Bernard and Marion (Shapp) Gogolski.
Bob proudly served his country in the Army Air Corps.
Surviving besides his wife are four daughters, Kathryn M. Gogolski, Deborah A. Leighton, Jean M. Gogolski, Carol A. Collar; two sisters, Jean Petrusiatis, Elivra Burns; two brothers, Frederick and Daniel Gogolski and four grandchildren. Bob was preceded in death by 7 brothers and sisters. He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Rean J. Miller, Sr.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday April 24 from 4-8 pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Saturday April 25 at 11 am.
A cremation will follow. Bob's remains will be inurned in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to either the American Diabetes Association (diabetes.org) or the National MS Society (nationalmssociety.org).

 

 

 

 

Pauline "Penny" May Brandt

Pauline "Penny" May Brandt, 81, of Frederick, MD, died on March 26, 2015 at the Kline Hospice House in Mt. Airy, MD.
Born on June 5, 1933 in Travilah, MD, she was the daughter of the late Roby May and Anna Scott.
Surviving are her children, Theresa Gail Crawford and husband G. Thomas, Julie Ann Kringen and husband Clark, Aaron Shawn Bladen and wife Anjanette; one sister, Peggy Merson; seven grandchildren, Christine Lynch (Matt), Michael Crawford (Sarah), Michael Kinney (Laura), Catrina and Brittany Kringen, Bryce and Sophia Bladen; six great grandchildren, Caraline, Colin and Brady Lynch, Gunner and Mackenzy Crawford, Alexis and Davis Kinney.
Penny will also be missed by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by Aubrey Curtis Bladen and one sister Betty Zapora.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday March 30 from 2-4 and 6-8 P.M. at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 A.M. on Tuesday March 31 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 67, Barnesville, MD 20838 or Hospice of Frederick County, Kline Hospice House, 516 Trail Avenue, PO Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.

 

 

 

 

Emily B. Carlin

Emily B. Carlin, 90, of Boyds, MD, died on March 25, 2015.
She was the loving wife of H. Leon Carlin.
Born on March 31, 1924 in Mississippi, she was the daughter of the late Owen and Georgie (Thompson) Burrow.
Emily was a nurse and volunteer at Sibley Hospital and a 13 year volunteer at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.
Besides her husband she is survived by one daughter, Nancy Carlin of Gaithersburg, MD; five grandchildren, Danielle, T.J., Steven, Emily, Malia and 2 great grandchildren.
Emily was preceded in death by one son, Patrick Warren, one sister, Edna Sellers and one brother, George Burrow.
The family will be receiving friends on Sunday March 29 from 1-3 and 6-8 P.M. at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 A.M. on Monday March 30 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 67, Barnesville, MD 20838 or Montgomery Hospice Casey House, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.

 

 

 

Dennis F. Ferguson

Dennis F. Ferguson, 64, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on March 24, 2015 at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He was the beloved husband of 38 years to Shelley Ferguson and the loving father of Jason Ferguson (Emily) of Grass Lake, MI, and Nicole Fayard (Tyler) of Poolesville, MD. Dennis was the son of the late Francis E. and Agnes A. Ferguson and brother of Alvah (deceased), Harvey, Sharon, Cindy (deceased), Larry, Kimberly, and John in addition to four nephews and nine nieces. He is also survived by 4 adoring grandchildren, Beckett and Liam Ferguson and Lillian and Violet Fayard. A Celebration of Dennis' Life will be held on Sunday March 29, 2015 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm at the Bethesda Chevy Chase Izaak Walton League, 20601 Izaak Walton Way, Poolesville, MD 20837. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation,, 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201 or www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.

 

 

 

Wellington C. Jenkins

Wellington "Jenks" C. Jenkins, 87, of Gaithersburg, died on March 22, 2015.
He was the husband of the late Nellie Marie Jenkins.
Born on July 31, 1927 in Whitestone, Virginia, he was the son of the late James and Mammie Jenkins.
"Jenks" proudly served his country in the United States Navy from 1946 - 1954.
Surviving are his children, Raymond Bonney of Ahosky, North Carolina, Frank Jenkins and wife Ruth of Damascus, James Jenkins and wife Jennifer of Gaithersburg, Roxanne Griffith of Frederick, Randy Jenkins and wife Sandy of Adamstown; one brother, Benjamin Jenkins and wife Hazel of Chesapeake, Virginia; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He was proceeded in death by one son, Wellington Jenkins, Jr.
A memorial service will be held at 11 A.M. on Monday March 30 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville.

 

 

 

Mona C. Bateman

Mona C. Bateman of Poolesville, died on March 9, 2015.
Services were private.

 

 

 

Emily Ann Grubb

Emily Ann Grubb, 19, was unexpectedly taken from us on Saturday February 21, 2015. She was the cherished daughter of Bruce and Tricia Grubb; loving sister of Amy, Chrissy, Megan and Matthew; dear granddaughter of Dana and Mary Grubb and Richard and Pat Rosser. She will also be sorely missed by her many aunts, uncles and cousins and all who knew and loved her.
She was a 2013 graduate of Poolesville High School and a sophomore at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. She was awarded two of the highest honors given in the Girl Scouts Association, the Silver Trefoil and the Gold Award.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday February 27 from 1-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Saturday February 28 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family request donation be made to Service Unit's Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship Fund, Service Unit 32-11, P.O. Box 384 Poolesville, MD 20837. Please make your check out to "Service Unit 32-11" and reference the scholarship on the memo line. Click here for more information.

 

 

 

Dennis M. Davis

Dennis M. Davis, 71, of Poolesville, MD died suddenly on February 15, 2015.
He was the husband of Leighanne Davis; father of Heather D. Scheid (Dwayne) and Michael Davis; stepfather of Sarah Neal, Lauren Healy (Chris) and Charlie Dixon (Hope) and brother to Debby Kelsey (Rick). He will also be missed by his six grandchildren.
Denny was a member of the Monocacy Lions Club and if given the chance, would love to have started a foundation for juveniles. He was a former coach of the Uniformed Services Fighting Docs Rugby Team of Bethesda. He was also a member of Old Red Rugby Club.
Funeral services will be held at 7 PM on Friday February 20, at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD. The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the funeral service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monocacy Lions Foundation, Inc., c/o Peter Gallo, 21925 Peach Tree Rd., Boyds, MD 20841.



 

 

 

Michael A. Clements, Jr.

Michael A. Clements, Jr., 31, of Poolesville, MD, died on February 1, 2015. Born on February 10, 1983, in Rockville, MD, he was the son of Jo Ann Clements of Poolesville and the late Michael A. Clements, Sr. Surviving besides his mother are his two children, Nevaeh and Eviana Clements both of North Carolina; two sisters, Malissa Clements of Frederick, Regina Clements of Poolesville; one nephew, Xavier Clements and one niece, Taylor Brumbaugh. A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday February 14 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses.

 

 

 

Terry W. Harner

Terry Wayne Harner, 58 of Boyds, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Born April 27, 1956, in Frederick, he was the son of the late Charles M. Harner, Sr. and Una F. Harner.
A 1974 graduate of Poolesville High School, Terry worked as a highly skilled mechanic most of his life.
Terry is survived by two daughters, Patricia A. Harner of Boyds and Brittany I. Harner of Frederick, and was a loving and devoted Pop-Pop to Haley S. Johnson. He was also survived by six siblings: Chuck M. Harner (Hany), Kathie R. Robinson, Dinah H. Wynne (Eddie), Robin H. Roberson (Larry), Amanda K. Bodmer (Mike) and Melissa R. Harner. Terry will be remembered by many family and friends. He will also be missed by his faithful and loving dog, Teddy.
The family will receive friends at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville on Sunday, February 8, from 1-3 and 6-8 pm, where funeral services will be conducted on Monday, February 9 at 11 am.
Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park and Menorah Gardens, Rockville, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Boyds Credit Union, P.O. Box 75, Boyds, MD 20841 designated as a college fund for Haley S. Johnson, Account #1315.

 

 

Frances M. Poole


Mrs. Frances (Billie) M. Poole, 84, of Poolesville, MD died on February 4, 2015.
She was the wife of the late Raymond E. Poole who died on July 20, 2011.
Born on February 26, 1930 in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Golden and Ida (Beall) Williams.
Billie and her husband owned and operated Poole's General Store in Seneca since 1965.
Surviving are her children, James E. Poole, Linda M. Willis, John W. Poole, Carolyn L. Arnold, Jo Ann Clements, Marilyn M. Poole; one sister, Roberta Chauncey; one brother, Erwin Williams; 10 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren.
The family will receive friends on Friday February 6 from 5-8 PM at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Saturday February 7 at 11 AM.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

 

 

 

Robert S. Hoover


Robert S. Hoover, 84, of Silver Spring, died January 25, 2015. Memorial services will be held at 7 pm on Thursday February 5 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD 20838.

 

Marilyn Green


Marilyn Green, 86, formerly of Frederick, MD, died January 19, 2015. She was the wife of the late Kesley (Bart) Green. Born on December 17, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Mary Elizabeth (Mitchell) Gresham. Surviving is one daughter, Brenda Evans (Bob) and grandsons Ben and David of Ijamsville, MD; one son Bruce Breeden, grandchildren Jason and Denise and several great grandchildren of VA. One sister Mary Frances Goodwin and several nieces and nephews: Patricia and Michael Ronayne, John and Anne Goodwin and their sons Colin and Kyle, Linda and Matt Mazzuca and their daughter Samantha, all of MD. She was preceded in death by brothers Bobbie and Horace Newsom, and grandson Matthew Breeden. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made directly to Hospice of Frederick County, PO Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702. Services are private.

 

 

 

 

Donald N. Anderson


Mr. Donald N. Anderson passed away quietly on Friday, January 16, 2015, at the age of 79. A beloved husband and loving father, he is survived by his wife, Jean Anderson and children Erik Anderson, Don Anderson and Meaghan Anderson. He retired from the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1999 after a 45-year career. All are welcome to attend his viewing at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD 20838 (hiltonfh.com) from 1-3 and 6-8 pm on Wednesday January 21. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, on Thursday January 22 at 11 am, followed immediately by interment in church ground. A reception will follow in the church hall.

 

 

 

Virginia R. Boyer

Virginia R. Boyer, 94, of Gaithersburg, died on January 15, 2015 at the Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg.
Services are private.

 

 

Joseph R. Mills

Joseph Raymond Mills passed away peacefully on January 10, 2015 at the age of 74.
His home was Dickerson, MD, though he spent the past few years in Frederick, MD and Maryville, TN.
Joe helped his father build the family home in Dickerson while he was still a teenager and he lived there for most his life. He was a member of the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department with 46 years of active service. Joe slept with the dispatch radio turned on and his boots beside his bed ready to jump up and move quickly if there was a call during the night. He was an Emergency Medical Technician, a Rescue Captain and a Master Firefighter.
After serving in the United States Army for three years, Joe spent 31 years with AT&T. He worked with business phone systems and installing equipment throughout the area. Joe personally knew "the coldest phone pole in Montgomery County". He read extensively with special interest in the military, railroading, firefighting and shooting.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Mason Mills and Agnes Zeaman Mills of Dickerson. He will be missed by his brother William Mills and wife Liz of Maryville and his sister, Martha Mills of Centerville, VA.
The family will receive friends on Thursday January 15 from 1-4 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.
A funeral service will be held at 11 AM on Friday January 16 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation in Joe's name to a charity of your choice.

 

 

 

Blanche E. Cooke

Blanche E. Cooke, 84, of Dickerson, MD died on January 9, 2015.
She was the wife of the late Lloyd G. Cooke.
Born on November 19, 1930, she was the daughter of the late William C. and Cecilia (Simms) Richmond.
Surviving is one son, Lloyd K. Cooke (Margaret) of TN; one daughter, Barbara J. O'Hare of Hyattsville, MD; two sisters, Dorothy Maurey and Elaine Dawson; four grandchildren, Butch, Teresa, Heather and Michael and several great grandchildren.
Blanche will be missed by her longtime friends Bill and Mary Ellen Burdette.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Kathleen A. Cooke.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday January 15 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com) where funeral services will be held on Friday January 16 at 11 AM.
Interment will follow in Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Brentwood, MD.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation (cerebralpalsysource.com).

 

 

 

Harrison J. Dutton

Harrison J. Dutton, 69, of Poolesville, died on January 8, 2015.
Services to be announced at a later date by the family.

 

 

 

 

Michael V. Evans

Michael Vincent Evans, 35, of Poolesville Maryland, passed away unexpectedly Sunday January 4, 2015. He is survived by his parents, Ray (Butch) and Bobbie Evans of Poolesville; his son, Ryan Evans; Mother of Ryan, Elizabeth Brown; Sister and brother-in law, Kristy and Christopher West; Nieces, Makaela and Katelynn West; Nephew, Charles West; Aunts and Uncles, Sarah and Henry Brabham, Linda and Butch Fitzwater and Jack Cubitt; as well as several cousins.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday January 8 from 4-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com), where a memorial service will be held on Friday January 9 at 11 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to DBSA, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance at dbsalliance.org in Michael's name.


 

 

 

Richard W. Prugh

Mr. Richard W. Prugh, 69, of Darnestown, MD, passed away on January 4, 2015.
He was the loving husband of Alice Prugh; father of Tara Evans and Dr. Laura Prugh; brother of Caroline Vastine, John Prugh and Christine Dinnwiddie and grandfather to Emily, Natalie and Evelyn.
Memorial services will be held at 10 AM on Thursday January 8 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org) in Richard's name.

 

 

Thomas C. Brown

Mr. Thomas Cummings Brown, 95, of Jefferson, Maryland, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 30, 2014.
Born on July 7, 1919, in Poolesville, Maryland, he was the son of the late J. Herbert and Elizabeth Oxley Brown.
Tom was well-known throughout Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia as an independent truck driver, livestock dealer, and horseman. In later years, he often referred to himself as a "tired" farmer (not retired). He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Pt. of Rocks.
He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Inez Anderson Brown, sons James and Robert (wife Jennifer) Brown of Jefferson, granddaughter Katherine Brown of San Diego, grandson Daniel (wife Annisa) Brown of Philadelphia, brother Edwin Brown (wife Winsome) of Dickerson, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister Erwin Staggs
He will be fondly remembered by his "tea time" buddies in Jefferson.
He was an avid Baltimore Orioles fan and enjoyed attending horse pulling contests, especially those at the Great Frederick Fair.
The family wishes to express their thanks to the staffs of Tranquillity at Fredericktowne Assisted Living and Carroll Hospice for their help and support.
The family will receive friends on Friday January 2 from 5-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd., Barnesville, MD.
Funeral services will be held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Pt. of Rocks, Maryland on Saturday, January 3, 2015, beginning at 11:00am with interment at the Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, Maryland following the service and reception.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Tom to St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

 

 

Cynthia Dawn Ricketts Reaver

Cynthia Dawn Ricketts Reaver, 31, of Sharpsburg, MD, died suddenly on December 23, 2014 at her residence.
She was the wife of Richard Reaver, Jr.
Born on July 5, 1983 in Olney, MD, she was the daughter of Bertha Malone and step-daughter of Kenneth Malone, Jr.
Also surviving are her children, Sean and Joshua Colmenar, Audrianna Reaver; step-daughter, Marlayna Reaver; two brothers, Kevin and Kyle Ricketts and one step-brother, Kenny Malone, III.
The family will be receiving friends on Sunday December 28, from 1-3 & 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Monday December 29 at 11 AM.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family to offset any expenses.

 

 

Nina Josephine Terrill

Nina Josephine Terrill, 88, of Bethesda, died on December 9, 2014.
Services are private.

 

 

Gary A. Caldwell

Gary A. Caldwell, 69, of Clarksburg, MD died on December 4, 2014.
He was the loving husband of Connie Caldwell, beloved father of Charles A. and Carter Caldwell and grandfather to Kody Caldwell.
Gary loved to golf, especially with his brother-in-law Anthony Lopresti, dancing and spending time with his grandson Kody.
The family will receive friends on Sunday December 7 from 2-4 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.

 

 

Ina M. Oden

Ina M. Oden, 85, of Germantown, died on December 1, 2014.
She was the wife of the late Arthur Lee Oden, Sr.
Born on February 7, 1929 in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Cora (Swondel) Mills.
Surviving are her children, Mary Jane Fuselier, James Richard Oden, Reginald King Oden, Edna Lucile Oden Knott and two brothers, Delbert and James Mills.
Ina was loved by her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Arthur Lee Oden, Jr. and three sisters, Frances Hottinger, Sally Rich and Ruth Mills.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday December 4 from 5-8pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Friday December 5 at 11 am.
Interment will follow in St. Luke's Cemetery, Derwood, MD.

 

 

 

Judith K. Benson


Judith K. Benson, 86, of Dickerson, MD, formerly of Frederick, MD, died on Saturday November 29, 2014.
Born on March 15, 1928, in Gaithersburg, MD, she was the daughter of the late Vernon and Mabel (Lawson) Kephart.
Judith was retired from Montgomery County Schools as a librarian after many years of service.
Surviving is her husband, Harrison "Gene" Benson; two sons, Thomas and Michael Benson; one sister, Eleanor Benson; two brothers, Reginald and George Kephart; five grandchildren, Andrew Benson, Jamie Krute, Christina and Jim Minks, Anna Meadors and one great grandson, Wyatt Henry Krute.
Judith was preceded in death by one son, Douglas Benson and one brother, Jack Kephart, Sr.
The family will receive friends from 10am - 12 noon on Thursday, December 4, 2014 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com). Funeral services will follow the visitation and begin at 12 noon.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (cancer.org)

 

 

 

John Briscoe

John Briscoe, 66, of Poolesville, died on November 12, 2014.
Services private.
See the Monocacy Monocle article dated October 10, 2014 entitled "Poolesville Man Wins 2014 Stockholm Water Prize".

 

 

Elizabeth C. Bassett

Elizabeth "Betty" C. Bassett, 77, of Poolesville, MD, on November 10, 2014.
Loving wife of Leo J. Bassett.
Surviving besides her husband are her children, Brian and Mark Dawson; grandchildren, Brian Dawson, Jr., Amanda Cassell and husband Nolan, Brooke Syndor and husband JP; great grandchildren, Ryden, Oliver and Vava; step children, Leo J. Bassett, Jr and partner Karyn Seymour, Victoria Clyne and husband Ken; step grandchildren, Caroline and Eric Clyne.
Betty was proceeded in death by one son, Denny Dawson.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday November 13 from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 17230 Tom Fox Ave., Poolesville, MD, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday November 14 at 10:00 AM.
Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice in Betty's name.

 

 

Thomas E. Post

Thomas Edward Post, 85, of Germantown, MD died peacefully on October 30, 2014 at Charlotte Hall Veteran's Home in Charlotte Hall, MD. He is survived by two children, Lawrence (Larry) Jeffrey Post and Jennifer Wynne Suess, and his grandson, Brenden Suess. At the gravesite he will join his wife of 40 years, Vivian Almira Post who passed away in 1995. Born on May 6, 1929 in New York City, Mr. Post lived in various states along the East Coast, moving to Lancaster, PA to attend McCaskey High School. He graduated in 1948 and soon after joined the United States Marine Corps. He served 20 years, including being stationed in Japan for the duration of the Korean War. He met his wife, Vivian when he was on leave visiting Baltimore and they soon became engaged and married in November of 1956. He then did another tour of Japan, finishing his military career as a Gunnery Sergeant training troops at Parris Island, SC, where he started a family. After retiring from the military, he attended University of Maryland and received his undergraduate degree so that he could teach geography in the Arlington County School System. The family lived in Arlington for 8 years, moving to his family home and property on Berryville Road in 1972, where Mr. Post finished out his teaching career and resided up to April of this year.
Graveside services with Military Honors will take place at 2:00 PM on Tuesday November 4, 2014 at the Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 15120 Turkey Foot Road, Gaithersburg, MD. The family would like to thank Mr. Post's dedicated caretakers Kunzang Drolma (KD), William Rowe (Jampal), Jonas Horner and his mom, Barbara Haddon (Megan). In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of Thomas Post to the following organizations: Cornerstone Montgomery, Inc. (formerly St. Luke's House) 6040 Southport Drive, Bethesda, MD 20814 or NAMI Montgomery County (Thrift Shop), 11718 Parklawn Drive, Rockville, MD 20885 or Kunzang Palyul Chöling (KPC) PO Box 88, Poolesville, MD 20837.

 

 

Junior L. Catron

Junior Legard Catron, 83, of Frederick, MD, lost his courageous battle with cancer on October 28, 2014.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Phyllis Staley Catron. Born on June 12, 1931 in Chatham Hill, VA, he was a son of the late Martin Luther Catron and Myrtle Marie Catron Williams. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and proudly served from 1951 until his medical discharge in 1960. He was then employed by M-NCPPC for 33 years as a small-engine mechanic until his retirement in 1993. He was a hard-working man who took pride in everything he did and would do anything for anybody. He especially enjoyed family reunions and trips back to the mountains near Marion, VA. He also liked fixing things, gardening, woodworking, and antique car shows. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Wayne Catron (Carolyn) of Sabillasville; two daughters, Sharon Catron (Rick) of Frederick and Carol Wallace of Middletown; and two grandchildren, Jon Miller (Kelsey) of Brunswick and Jessi Wallace of Middletown. In addition, he is survived by one brother, Delter Catron of Martinsburg, WV, and two sisters, Jerlean Eader of Poolesville, MD and Cathern Maus of Boonsboro, MD. He was predeceased by a brother Raymond Catron, and two sisters Mildred Cullop and Dorothy Woods. The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 pm on Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm on Monday, November 3, 2014 at Boyds Presbyterian Church, 19901 White Ground Road, Boyds, MD. Pastor Eyde Mabanglo will officiate. Interment will immediately follow in the Church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jon Miller, Mark Lewis, Delter Cullop, Chuck Eader, Marty Eader, and Mike Maus. The family would like to thank Dr. Eric Bush and Kline Hospice House for his care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to Kline Hospice House, 7000 Kimmel Rd, Mount Airy, MD 21771, or to Hospice of Frederick County, PO Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.


 

 

Mary Catherine B. Souder

Mary Catherine B. "Bea" Souder, 86, of Poolesville, Maryland passed away Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at Bedford Court assisted living in Silver Spring, Md.
She was born February 3, 1928 in Madera, Pa., the daughter of the late Emory and Catherine Daugherty Skonier.
Bea was employed by AT&T Communications and retired after 20 years of service. She was a member of Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church in Poolesville and a former member of St. Timothy's Catholic Church in Walkersville, Md.
Mrs. Souder is survived by her sons Michael W. Souder (Robin) of Poolesville; David G. Souder (Joe) of Thurmont; one sister Jeanne Carter (Ken) of Ohio; 3 grandchildren, Alicia Krauss, Stephanie Hunter and Justin Souder; 2 great-children, Aiden and Cameron Krauss and many beloved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Welling (Buck) Souder; stepfather John A. Shimmel; two sisters Barbara McMackin and Shirley Desso; four brothers Bernard, Albert, Gilbert and Thomas Shimmel and a sister Margaret Skonier.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday October 16 from 3-5 and 7-9 pm at the Hilton Funeral Home 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, Md.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 am on Friday October 17 at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 17230 Tom Fox Ave., Poolesville, Md. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens in Frederick, Md.

 

 

John W. Donaldson, Sr.

John W. Donaldson, Sr., 88, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on Tuesday October 7, 2014 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD.
He was the husband of Emma Pauline Donaldson.
Born on May 3, 1926 in Front Royal, VA, he was the son of the late Andrew Leroy and Rebecca (Sutphin) Donaldson.
Surviving besides his wife are his two sons, John W. Donaldson, Jr. and Bradley L. Donaldson; one brother, Frank Donaldson; five grandchildren, John W., III, Trevor, Joleane, Andrew, Katherine and eight great grandchildren.
Services are private.

 

 

 

Jacob "Jake" R. Jesuitas

Jacob "Jake" R. Jesuitas, 17, of Poolesville, MD.
Son of John and Stacey Jesuitas, brother of Nicolas, grandson of Robert and Dorothy Renne and Purie Jesuitas and Ray Miranda.
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday October 4th from 12 noon to 1 P.M. at the Poolesville Baptist Church, 17550 West Willard Road, Poolesville. Funeral services will begin at 1 P.M.
A cremation will follow.

 

 

 


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