Steven Neil Seger

Steven Neil Seger, 60, of Poolesville, MD, passed on April 1, 2022, at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD.

He was the loving husband of Julie Seger.

Born on September 29, 1961, in Bethesda, MD, he was the son of the late Benson Edward and Henrietta Mae (Hall) Seger.

Steve proudly served his country in the Army’s 82nd airborne with combat in Grenada.

He was an avid outdoorsman and loved both hunting and fishing.  He enjoyed woodworking and was a professional cabinetmaker.  Steve loved time on his boat and loved the water, whether it was a lake, river or the ocean.  He loved his family and especially enjoyed his grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife are two children; Hayley Doane, Chase Seger, three step-children; Joy Moore, Bri and Tyler Giarratano, two sisters; Sherry Seger of Hagerstown, MD, Anna Ellis of Inwood, WV, one brother-in-law, John Wishard of Hagerstown, and four grandchildren; Donovan and Carson Seger, Alexander and Theo Moore

Steve was preceded in death by two brothers; Hank and Gary Seger.

A Memorial Service celebrating Steve’s life will be held at 11:00 AM, on Saturday, April 30, at the Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837.  Pastor Tim Dowell will officiate.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Lung Association (

Arrangements handled by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD (

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Nan A. Ransom

Nan Alexander Ransom, 93, of Rockville, MD, died on Tuesday April 5, 2022.

She was the wife of the late Edwin A. Ransom.  They were married for 51 years.

Born on December 6, 1928, in Houston, TX, she was the daughter of the late George M. and Elizabeth K. (Gordon) Alexander.

As a child she remembered helping her grandmother, Mary Gordon, to hand out food from their kitchen door to those in need during the Great Depression.

Nan received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in education from the University of Houston.  She taught for several years in Texas and was known for beautiful flowing cursive writing.

Nan later moved with her husband Edwin to Wilmington, DE, after their marriage in 1954.

A dedicated community volunteer and advocate, especially for Delaware public schools, she traveled several times to meet with her Senators in Washington, DC. Nan volunteered many years in the office of Brandywine High School. She loved helping people in need through Grace United Methodist Church in Wilmington, DE.

She was an avid bridge club member playing regularly with friends for many years. “Sometimes the cards are in your favor.”

Nan was a talented cook and competitive flower arranger.

She enjoyed living at Ingleside at King Farm Retirement Community in Rockville for the last several years to be close to family and made many wonderful new friends there.

Nan is survived by her three children; Robert Ransom of Cold Spring, NY, Margaret Ogden and husband Eddie of North Canton, OH, David Ransom and wife Tracy of Poolesville, MD and six grandchildren; April Ransom of Cold Spring, NY, Taylor Ogden and partner Sarah of North Canton, OH, Sydney Ogden and partner Nick of Lansing, MI, Farrar, Connor and Zachary Ransom all of Poolesville. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Upper Montgomery Volunteer Fire Department ( The family will hold a celebration of Nan’s life at a later date.

Arrangements handled by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD (

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Raymond T. Hughes

Raymond T. Hughes, 58, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on April 16, 2022.

He was the loving husband to Ruth Ann Hughes. 

Born on December 27, 1963 in Washington, D.C., he was the son to Thomas Raymond and the late Patricia Ann Hughes. 

Along with his wife, Ruth Ann and father, Thomas, Ray was survived by his son; Thomas Albert Joseph Hughes, wife, Maida Lynn Hughes of Olney, MD, his daughter; Kelly Ann Hughes of Columbia, MD, one grandson; Peter Thomas Hughes and two sisters; Katherine Ann Hughes of Summerville, SC and Linda, husband Bobby, Beavers of Myrtle Beach, SC.

Ray “Grandpoppy” Hughes was a family man through and through. A strong, devoted, loving and goofy husband, father, poppy, son, brother, uncle, friend, and golf buddy. If you needed help, Ray was there. If you needed a big hug, Ray was there, arms outstretched with the best hugs to chase away the pain. Ray will be sorely missed, and we will all keep him alive in our thoughts and hearts with the great memories made together.  

Memorial Services will be held Saturday, May 7, 11:00 AM at Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837, reception to follow.

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Mary D. Woodfield

Mary D. Woodfield, 86, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on April 20, 2022. 

Mary was the loving wife to the late “Big Henry” H. Woodfield of Rockville, Md.

Born on October 19, 1935  at the “Old Chiswell Place” in Poolesville, MD, she was the daughter of the late Francis "Frank" Marion and Mary Virginia (Young) Poole. 

Mary is survived by her children; James Dronenburg, Steven Dronenburg, Brenda Dronenburg, Jerry Dronenburg, one step-daughter; Margaret “Peggy” Smith Davis, one brother; Linwood H. Poole, nine grandchildren Nick Ghanayem, Melanie Molesky, Stephanie Boucher, Megan Dronenburg, Jamie Dronenburg, Ashley Main, Amanda Dronenburg, Jennifer Lewis and Kimberly Burress and ten great-grandchildren Aaron, Caden, Mason, Morgan, Lias, Mason, Oliver, Lucy, Zoe and Amelia.

Mary was preceded in death by her first husband; Harry N. Dronenburg, second husband; Howard M. Smith, three brothers; Charles L. Poole, Francis R. Poole, William R. Poole and one sister; Anna Mae Poole. 

She graduated from Poolesville High School in 1954, later studying court management at Trinity College in Washington, D.C. Mary began her career as a secretary for National Geographic, and later working for the Circuit Court and finally transferring to the Montgomery County Government where she retired after 27 years of service.  Mary spent her life devoting herself to her children, grandchildren, and many friends. Her favorite times were surrounded by family, visits to the Eastern Shore, catching up with friends and family, and simply enjoying life. Also, she was a member of the Manor Country Club Ladies Group, and Ladies Music & Dance Club where she established lifelong friendships.  

The family will be receiving friends for a celebration of life on Thursday, May 5th from 2:00 PM -4:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A reception to follow at the Comus Inn, 23900 Old Hundred Road, Dickerson, MD  where all are welcome to join in sharing memories of Mary's life.

Joyce E. Williams

Joyce Elizabeth Williams (nee) Starkey, 76, of Montgomery Village, MD, passed away on April 25, 2022.

Joyce was the loving wife of David E. Williams.

Born on November 17, 1945 in Frederick, MD, she was the daughter of the late Joseph N. III and Sarah Rebecca (Price) Starkey.

Joyce is survived by her two sisters; Ellen Poteat and husband Douglas of Mt. Airy, MD, Linda Frazier of Cocoa, Fl, and one brother; David P. Starkey (Wendy) of Severna, MD.

Joyce was preceded in death by one sister; Jane Merie Day, and two brothers; 

Joseph N. Starkey IV and George L. Starkey, and her adored pet Lassie.

If Joyce had met you, she was your friend.  Joyce was a kind, caring and generous person with a heart of gold.  She was known to always be there for her family and friends.  All friends agree Joyce was their very own “Betty Crocker.”  If you knew Joyce you received a box of all kinds of cookies for the holidays.  Joyce would include her famous award winning fudge; however that recipe was kept secret. 

Joyce was known to always be knitting or crocheting afghans, sweaters and baby clothes.  These items were given to friends and loved ones.  Afghans for each household, along with baby sweaters, hats, booties for every new born.

Joyce will be inurned in Parklawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Rockville, MD at a later date.  

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements were made by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD. 

Javon Jamal Gordon

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Javon Jamal Gordon, 23, of Boyds, MD, passed away on April 13, 2021.

Born on November 7, 1997 in Maryland, he was the loving son to Ivory Malethia Gordon and step-father, Michael Short. 

Along with his parents, Javon is survived by his five siblings; Shahiem Johnson, Michael Short Jr, Eva Short, Mariah Short, Alaya Short, and preceded in death by his sister Malaya Short, his grandparents; Malethia and John Marconi, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins. 

Javon always had an outrageous amount of love for his family, and most importantly his Mother, Ivory Gordon. He always stuck close to her, and was willing to do anything in the world to make her happy. Ivory Gordon raised Javon to be the best man he could be. Due to his strong will, faith and family always at his side he graduated Clarksburg High School in 2016. Javon dreamed of playing football in college, and had made his dream come true. Javon started playing football at a young age always dreaming of being player for his favorite team, the Dallas Cowboys. He has won multiple championships. Javon worked to improve himself mentally and physically every day. Javon played football throughout his whole life working hard to play on a college level. Javon continued his education at Virginia University of Lynchburg, and then at Montgomery College. Javon obtained employment as a security guard at the Clarksburg Outlets and also worked for FedEx. Javon showed extraordinary work ethics at both jobs. No matter the circumstances he never stopped smiling and supporting his family in any way he could.

Family will be receiving friends on Saturday, April 24th from 9:00 AM – Noon at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. A private family funeral service will be held with his final resting place at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd, Germantown, MD 20876.


Pallbearers: Shahiem Johnson, Michael Short Jr., Isaiah Short, Diego Orrego, Seon Chreky, Dalante Simmons

Honorable Pallbearers Mentions: Henry "Hendo" Graham, Isaiah Graham, Lil Gary Briscoe, Tyrique Johnson

Ona May McGovern

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Ona May McGovern passed away at Sunrise Assisted Living in Frederick, MD on April 20, 2021. 

She was the daughter of the late Orla (nee Clevenger) and Henry Sharp.

Ona was born April 2, 1923 and grew up in Excelsior Springs, Missouri. 

She graduated from Excelsior Springs High School in 1941 and joined the Navy where she met John Patrick McGovern.  They married in 1945.  She had six children and is survived by five: John Henry, Mary Ann, James Patrick, Kathleen Mary, and Thomas Joseph.  A son, Timothy Michael died in 2006. She has 8 grandchildren and multiple great-grandchildren.

Ona and John raised their children in Kansas City, MO and Langley Park, MD.  After John's retirement in 1977, they moved to Simi Valley, California.  They were active in St. Peter Claver Catholic Church and donated regularly to help build the new church.  Ona had a group of Simi friends with whom she met regularly at the local McDonald's.  She lived a happy and peaceful life in Simi Valley and remembered it fondly after moving into Sunrise Assisted Living, Frederick, MD.

The family will be holding a private service here in Maryland and then she will be flown out to California where her final resting place will be at Assumption Cemetery in Simi Valley, California. Reardon Simi Valley Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements in California.

Mildred G. Pier

Mildred G. Pier, 92, of Frederick, MD passed away on April 8, 2020.

Mildred was the loving wife of the late Eldridge M. Pier.

Born on November 24, 1927, in Darnestown, MD, she was the daughter of the late Howard F. Carter Sr. and Jessie J Carter.

Mildred is survived by her children; Pamela A. Turnbow (Patrick), Patti A. Jordan (late Dan B. Jordan Jr.), grandchildren; Stephen Turnbow, Robert Turnbow (Lauren), Shawn Jordan (Breianne),Victoria Jordan, Bethany Jordan, great-grandchild; Addison Turnbow and one  brother; Robert Carter.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Alice Nicholson and one brother, Howard F. Carter, Jr.

Due to mandated restrictions with the coronavirus, a private family service will be held.

A celebration of life service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave, Frederick, MD 21701.

Margaret Lovejoy Walz

Margaret Lovejoy Walz passed away April 17, 2020. She was surrounded by her adoring family.

Born in 1939 in Washington, D.C., she was known to many by her baby brother’s nickname for her, Mickey. She graduated high school from BCC, then from WSS.While working at IBM, she met the love of her life, Larry. She excelled as a secretary for law firms, then with NIST, where she retired in 2007. They were married for 53 years and had 2 children. She brought joy to everyone around her, through her sense of humor, loving heart, and sharp mind- as well as her top notch cooking abilities.She is survived by her husband; Larry, children; John and Christina and their spouses, 4 grandchildren; and siblings, Mary and Jim. All of their lives are blessed for having her in them.Due to social distancing, there will be a private family service. We will have a celebration of life at a later time.In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to support cancer research or World Wildlife Fund.    

Patricia William

Patricia Williams passed away on April 24, 2020.
She was the beloved wife of Kelly O. Williams, Sr.
Born on March 9, 1937, in Montgomery County, MD, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Laura Allnutt.
Patricia is survived by her son, Kelly O. Williams, Jr. of Jefferson, MD and daughter Teresa Ann Lewis (Larry) of Adamstown, MD, one sister, Anna Corrales of Arizona; two brothers, Upton  
(Sonny ) Allnutt of Gaithersburg, MD and James Elwood Allnutt of Monrovia, MD; two grandchildren, Jennifer Perkins (Allan) of Brunswick, MD and Larry Lewis Jr. (Stephanie) of Summerville, SC and five great grandchildren; Phoebe, Gabriel, and Jackson Lewis of SC and Aleena and Jensen Perkins of Brunswick MD.
She was preceded in death by one grandchild, Kelly O. Williams, III. 
Pat had a very large family with many of her brothers and sisters preceding her in death. She also has many still surviving.
Pat was affectionately called “Mom Mom”, “Aunt Pat” and “Patsy”. Pat spent a great time of her life helping others by babysitting for so many family and friend’s children.
Her love of life and helping others with their children, showed the true love she had for God. His hands helped her to be a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and true friend to so many.
Due to the pandemic, services will be family only. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a charity or organization of your choice.

Carol Crayton Dimock

Carol Crayton Dimock, 79, of Mount Airy, died on Saturday, April 18, 2020, at Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown, following a fight against lung cancer.

She leaves behind her loving and devoted husband of 42 years, David Dimock.Carol was born Dec. 14, 1940, in Bridgeport, Conn., the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Alfred and Gertrude Crayton.

She came into the world with a twin sister, Joy. Together, they graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1962. Carol and Joy were best friends throughout their lives until Joy’s death in 2017.

Carol taught elementary school in upstate New York for five years after college. In 1968 she married Arthur Hatch and moved to Falls Church, Virginia, where she became a homemaker. They had a daughter, Tamara Hatch, in 1971, and divorced in 1976. On Dec. 3, 1977, Carol married David Dimock and moved to the home in Mount Airy that they would share for their entire marriage. In 1978, their son Glen Dimock was born.

Carol will be remembered for her kindness toward everyone she met. She often said that her proudest accomplishment was raising her two children. She loved being a homemaker, as well as gardening and taking care of her many houseplants. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church. She and Dave enjoyed many social activities in recent years, including game night and supper club with good friends. They were active members of Sage Wellness in Urbana. Their favorite time together was spending every summer at Lake Waynewood in the Poconos, where Carol had many lifelong friends.

Surviving, in addition to her husband and children, are two brothers, Roger Crayton of Gettysburg, Pa.,and Frank Crayton and wife Linda of Berwick, Pa.; daughter-in-law Rachel Dimock; grandchildren Michael and Stephen Dimock; six nieces and nephews; and special friends Shereen and Terry Robinson of New Market.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Frederick County Humane Society (

Arrangements are being handled by Hilton FuneralHome of Barnesville (

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Wayne William Weaver

Wayne William Weaver, Sr., 74, of Ijamsville, MD, peacefully passed away on April 5th, 2019, surrounded by his family.He was the loving husband of Kathleen Marie (Wheatley) Weaver.Born on January 18, 1945, he was the son of the late David Livingston and Dorothy Elizabeth (Oldham) Weaver.Wayne served in the Army Reserves from 1963-1968.  Wayne was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather; he always put his family first.  Our kitchen often overflowed with the wonderful aroma of his Pennsylvania-style cooking.  Wayne loved traveling and landscape photography.  Animals naturally drew to Wayne’s caring nature.  Wayne was best known for whistling, meticulously wrapping presents, loving chocolate milkshakes, relaxing at the beach with family and for having quick reflexes and superior driving skills.  If we were looking for Dad, he could be found on his tractor, in the garden, driving someone somewhere, or vacuuming the house, again.Surviving as well as his wife are his four children and their families – Wayne William Weaver, Jr. (Ijamsville, MD); Wayne and Theresa Marie (Weaver) Biddinger (Eldersburg, MD), with their two children Grace Marie and Grayson Wayne; David and Shenan Weaver (Frederick, MD), with their four children Craige Jared, Kyle Peyton, Taylor Michelle, and Alexandra Marie; and Katie Weaver and Melanie Friedman (Keedysville, MD).A memorial service celebrating Wayne’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday April 20th at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD ( lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

Edward L. Carter, Sr.

Edward L. Carter, Sr., 86, of Mt. Airy, MD, died on April 9, 2019.

He was the husband of Barbara A. (Clum) Carter and the late Florence E. (Shanabrook) Carter.

Born on October 12, 1932, in Georgetown, Washington, DC, he was the son of the late James H. and Margaret M. (Crown) Carter.

Ed was a member of the Moose Club, Glaziers Union, Redman’s Club and the Eagles Club.

Surviving besides his wife is one daughter, Gail Ann Crown; two step brothers, George T. Bailey, Robert L. Bailey; 5 grandchildren, Richard Crown, Jr., Timothy Crown, Christina Crown Pegg, Frederick Pegg, Melissa A. Crown ; 4 great grandchildren, Jacob Pegg, Dezarae Pegg, Onica Crown, Charles Crown; step children, Stanley Clum, Tramra Barton, Gary Clum and Scott Clum. Ed is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Edward Lee Carter, Jr.; two brothers, James G. Carter, Henry L. Carter; one sister, Doris M. Bailey; one step brother, Richard E. Bailey and one step child, Gregory Clum.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday April 16th from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday April 17th at 11 AM. (

Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Rockville, MD.

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Captain Alex Jan Viessmann

Captain Alex Jan Viessmann, USN, Retired, of Dickerson Maryland, died April 7, 2018. Born in Munich Germany August 4th 1935. He was the son of late Alfred Hans and Dorathie Johanna Viessmann. Husband to Kathy Moore Viessmann of Dickerson Md. He is survived by his daughter Alice Kittredge Frome and son in law Douglas Alan Frome. Two grandsons Christopher Alan Frome and Jordan Alex Frome of Mt. Airy Md.Inurnment will take place at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

Richard “Rick” S. Twigger

Richard “Rick” S. Twigger, 43, of Poolesville, MD, died on April 12, 2018.

Born on September 19, 1974, in Washington, DC, he was the son of Richard T. and Judith A. Twigger of Poolesville.

Also surviving is his sister, Lynda T. D’Amelio and husband Peter of Poolesville; one niece, Jami D’Amelio and two nephews, Ryan and Sam D’Amelio all of Poolesville.

Rick was a graduate of Poolesville High School class of 1993.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 AM on Saturday May 5th at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 17230 Tom Fox Ave., Poolesville.

Inurnment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Barnesville, MD followed by a reception at the church pavilion.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital (

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Charles McKinley Schramm

Charles McKinley Schramm, 71, of Poolesville, MD, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on April 1, 2017.

Born on March 31, 1946 in Lonaconing, MD, he was the son of the late William and Alta Schramm.   Known by his friends and family as “Sonny”, he was the loving husband of Jean L. Schramm (Fleischhauer) for 47 years.

In addition to his wife, he leaves behind two sons: Charles (Chuck) Schramm Jr. of Chatham, NJ, Kevin Schramm and wife Kristina of Poolesville, MD; one daughter, Laura Schramm of Poolesville, MD; four grandchildren, Melanie, Kaitlyn, Julia and Joey Schramm; sister and brother in-law, Judy and Eugene Buckbee and family of LaVale, MD.

Sonny grew up in Lonaconing, Maryland, graduating from Valley High School in 1964. In 1968, Sonny earned his bachelor’s degree at Frostburg State College, where he met the love of his life, Jean.  After their June 1969 wedding, Jean and Sonny relocated to Montgomery County, Maryland.  In 1974, they planted permanent roots in Poolesville, MD.  Sonny retired from the Federal Government in 2006 after 38 years of dedicated service, most of which were with the Food and Drug Administration as a Systems Analyst. 

Sonny was a kind, quiet, and caring man, with a wry sense of humor.  He was a supportive husband, father, and grandfather who loved spending time with his family.  Sonny enjoyed collecting model trains, watching birds from his backyard gazebo, and taking family vacations. He was a longtime member of Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church and participated in many community activities over the years.  

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, April 6, from 5:00-8:00 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 7, at Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville, MD, officiated by Rev. William Maisch.  Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church.

Doris Matthews Lewis

Doris Matthews Lewis passed away April 7, 2017 at her daughter and son-in-laws home in Frederick, MD.  
Doris was born in Dickerson, MD to Walter K. and Eleanor Matthews on Dec 20, 1927. She is predeceased by 4 older brothers and older sister. Her husband and high school sweetheart, Wendell, passed away in 1995.
Doris and Wendell started their family at Linden Farm and later built a home on farmland close by.  They played in the Poolesville Band and enjoyed traveling to Colorado. Doris hosted the annual trip to Ocean City for her daughters, granddaughters and great granddaughters.
She leaves behind her daughters, Joan and husband George Sharp of Cape Charles, Virginia, Teresa and husband John Snyder of Frederick, MD and Debora Lewis of St. David, Arizona.  She is also grandmother to 9 grands and 9 great grands who will miss their Nanaw.
We would like to thank the many friends, family and kind neighbors who looked out for her after Wendell's death, in particular her late companion and friend Bill Griffith and his family.  And a grateful thank you to her friend and companion Lauren Cissel who took loving care of her this past year.  
Visitation will be at Hiltons Funeral Home on May 5, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm.  Funeral services will be celebrated at St Peter's Episcopal Church in Poolesville, MD on May 6, 2017 at 11:00am with reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County or St Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Pamela Grosvenor Mongan-Taylor

Pamela Grosvenor Mongan-Taylor, 60, of Poolesville, Maryland, passed from this life on Thursday, April 13, 2017 while surrounded by her loving family.

Born on May 13, 1956, in Memphis, Tennessee, she was the daughter of Alexander Graham Bell Grosvenor and Marcia Elizabeth Braman. She was a loving wife to her husband, Jeffrey D. Taylor.

Pamela is survived by her three daughters, Erin E. Dial and husband Blair of Suffolk, Virginia, Johanna M. Taylor of Poolesville, Jeanette N. Taylor of Poolesville; one grandchild, Christopher J. Flinchum; and one sister, Sandra R. Grosvenor and husband Mark Murphy of Annapolis.

Pamela is preceded in death by one son, Travis Christopher Mongan.

The family will receive friends from 9:30-11 a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD. A mass of Christian burial will take place immediately follwing at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Susan Anne Rizk

Susan Anne Rizk, 60, of Montgomery Village, MD, passed from this life on April 18, 2017.

Born on November 12, 1956, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Kaleel S. Rizk and Anne DuHonick.

Susan is survived by her two sisters; Tamara Rizk of Gaithersburg, Carol Martin and husband Jim of Clarksburg; one brother Michael Rizk and wife Mary of Ijamsville; two Nephews, Jimmy and John Rizk; and one niece, Michelle Rizk.  

A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD. Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD.

Millard William Luhn

Millard William Luhn (Bill), 95, of New Market, Maryland, died peacefully at home with his loving sister singing hymns to him before he departed this world.                               

He was the husband of Mary Ellen Melvin Luhn of 69 years.                                        

Bill was born on March 1st, 1922 in Ijamsville, MD, to Leslie and Annie Lucile (Leather) Luhn.

He graduated from Poolesville High School and served in the Army’s 31st Infantry/Dixie Division in the South Pacific/New Guinea during WWII. He was the owner of a painting and wallpaper business for over sixty years working in Montgomery County and Washington D.C. areas.

He moved from Montgomery County to Frederick County several years ago to begin enjoying retirement and participated in activities at the Urbana Senior Center, New Market Young at Heart and Daybreak Adult Day Services.                                        

Surviving are his children, Teresa E. Luhn of New Market, Gary W. Luhn (Sherron) of Cookeville, TN; grandson, Christopher W. Luhn (Tristica) of Cookeville, TN and his sister Barbara A. Zimmerman of New Market.                                                               

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Mary E. Luhn; three brothers, Leslie T. Luhn, Donald L. Luhn, George S. Luhn; stepmother, Julia Luhn and three stepbrothers, Charles C. Carter, James L. Carter and Jacob S. Carter.                                                                 

Teresa would like to express my deepest gratitude to Dr. Megan Wollman-Rosenwald for your superior care and support to our family throughout the years, The Hospice of Frederick County, Daybreak Adult Day Services, VA Home Based Primary Care Team, Janice Deiuliis of Visiting Angels, Susan Hofstra of Urbana Senior Center and the management and co-workers of her place of work for their ongoing support allowing her to care for her Father over the years – as without any of you it could not have been done.                                                         

A heartfelt special thank you to Sherry Cannon, as you were a godsend who selflessly stepped in and provided loving care to her Uncle in his time of need and made his last couple of years enjoyable and able to stay in his home. And a special thank you to Pat Johns for also stepping in for her Uncle in his time of need.                                              

A special thank you to the employees and volunteers of The Hospice of Frederick County: including Keith/Veterans Liaison for giving my Father the honor of receiving his promotion “the other stripe” and for the promotion ceremony. The nursing and caregiving staff Anne and Sakeena for your support and spiritual gifts you gave to my Father. To the volunteers: Ann and Jim and Jim for your caring companionship and support when I could not be there.

And a special thank you to Christina Forbes of Daybreak Adult Day Services for all that you did for our family over the years and the special care and attention you gave to my Father. And finally to Pastor Scott, of New Market United Methodist Church, for your prayer over my Father.

The family will be receiving friends at 10 am on Thursday April 27 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will commence at 11 am. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Gardens.        

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Bill’s name to Daybreak Adult Day Services,7819 Rocky Springs Road, Frederick, MD 21702.

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Karen M. Payne

Karen M. Payne, 57, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed suddenly on April 3, 2016.
She was the loving wife of Randy Payne.
Born on June 17, 1958 in Anchorage, AK, she was the daughter of Paul Hawkins and the late Virginia M. Hawkins.
Surviving besides her husband and father is one daughter, Virginia M. Roos; one granddaughter, Alexis N. Roos; two brothers, Kenny and Johnny Thayer and one sister, Angie Connelly.
Karen was preceded in death by one sister, Donna Frank.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday April 8 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.


Thomas G. Schaefer

On Monday, April 4, 2016, Thomas G. Schaefer, 48, of Adamstown, MD, passed away peacefully. He was a life-long Maryland resident, attended Dematha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD, and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. Tom worked in project management for various corporate and non-profit agencies in the technology and healthcare sectors.
Tom was born on May 2, 1967, in Alexandria, VA. He was the devoted son of Helene (Ligorio) Keefner and the late George H. Schaefer. He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Ursula O'Donnell Schaefer, and their three children, Carson, Andrew and Katharine Schaefer; one sister, Lynne (Schaefer) Schneider, and many cherished sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Thursday, April 7, from 4-8 PM, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, Maryland. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 AM on Friday, April 8, at St. Joseph on Carrollton Manor, 5843 Manor Woods Rd., Frederick, MD. Interment will immediately follow at All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, MD. Following the interment, friends are welcome to a lunch reception at St. Mary's Pavilion, Barnesville, MD. Directions
Flowers may be sent to Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD, or contributions in the name of Thomas Schaefer may be made to the ALS Association - DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Derwood, MD 20855.

Dennis B. Funk

Dennis B. Funk, 62, of Beallsville, MD, died suddenly on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
He was the son of the late Paul and Ruby Funk.
Denny was born on May 20, 1953, in West Virginia.
He is survived by his former wife, Reneta Funk of Poolesville, MD; daughter, Ashley B. Funk and boyfriend Eric Backus of Poolesville; two brothers, Jerry Funk (Mary) of Woodsboro, MD, Robert Funk (Patty) of Charles Town, WV; two sisters, Karen Plemmons (Larry) of Frederick, MD, Janet Miller (Edward) of Middletown, MD; two uncles, Keith Wiles of OH, Don Wiles of VA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Sunday, April 10, from 2-3 PM, at the Poolesville Baptist Church, 17550 West Willard Rd, Poolesville, where services will be held at 3 PM. Following the service, friends are welcome for a reception at the church hall.
In lieu of flowers family is requesting donations to Hilton Funeral Home for funeral expenses.

Catherine Evelyn Woodard Wolfrey

Catherine Evelyn Woodard Wolfrey, 79, of Poolesville, MD, passed away at home in the care of Hospice on April 8, 2016.
Evelyn was born in Lee County, Virginia, to Ransom and Mary (Oliver) Woodard on May 12, 1936.
Her beloved husband of 59 years, John Fyfe Wolfrey, passed away on October 13, 2013. John was from Poolesville, where they made their life together.
Evelyn leaves to morn, her sister, Della (Woodard) Snodgrass of Holmes Mill, KY; one niece, Marsha (Snodgrass) Meadows (Loren); one great nephew, Bill McDonald (Emily); one great niece Samantha McDonald; two great great nieces, Hailee Shea and Harper Grey; one great great nephew, Roman Joseph all of Dayton, OH.
Evelyn also leaves many friends, neighbors, relatives and her adopted family, Paige, Lin, Zach and Mackenzie Kovach who have shared their family with Evelyn and John for 18 years and have been a constant joy.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday April 11, from 10 - 11 am at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD. Funeral services will start at 11 am.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to WUMCO Help, Inc., P.O. Box 247, Poolesville, MD 20837 or Second Chance Wildlife (


John W. Davis III

John W. Davis III, better known as "Jack," born 7/29/1924, passed away on 4/12/2016. He was the son of Margaret (VanSise) Davis and John W. Davis Jr. Following graduation from Frederick High School, he attended the University of Maryland for a year, anticipating becoming a veterinarian. WW II intervened, and when his two older brothers were called up for service, Jack returned to help work the farm on Davis (now Thurston) Road. Over the years, Jack worked selling and installing Surge milking equipment, earned a certificate in welding, and worked for several machine shops rising up to foreman. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Poolesville, active in the Monocacy Lions Club for many years, and a charter member of the American Bluebird Society.
Following multiple "retirements" Jack kept himself busy repairing furniture and working around the house and yard. He was married to Frances (Ray) for 50 years before she passed in 1999, and then to
Elizabeth (Daniel) Painter who passed in 2013. He was also pre-deceased by his sister Harriet, older brothers Tom and Walter Magruder, twin sister Margaret (Davis) Angevine and grand-daughter, Maria
Krebs, and great grandson, Ethan Yoder. He leaves a younger brother Leonard (Ike), children John W. Davis IV and Vikki, Charles and Judy, daughter Amelia Krebs and Paul, son Alan, and stepson Dan Painter.
Grandchildren: Lauren (Davis) & Darren Lloyd, Cameron Davis; Isaac & Desha Davis, Benjamin Davis, and Anna (Davis) & Ken Yoder; Andrew Krebs; Brendan & Hannah Davis, Aiden, and Caity Davis, step granddaughters Danielle Painter, Susan (Constable) & Scot Shealer, and 14 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Peter's Episcopal Church (2100 Fisher Ave.,
Poolesville, Md. 20837) or Monocacy Lions Club (c/o Gary Burdette, 22711 Mt. Ephraim Rd., Dickerson,
Md., 20842).
A Memorial Service will be 6/11/2016 at 11 AM at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Poolesville, Md.
A luncheon will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service.

Marie Gnadt

Marie Gnadt, 86, of Frederick, MD, died peacefully on April 15, 2016.
She was the wife of the late John F. Gnadt.
Born on July 20, 1929, in Wisconsin, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Mary (Nunke) Anderl.
Surviving are two daughters, Ann (Jonathan), MaryJane (Christopher); one son, John (Nicole) and her grandchildren Daniel, Mitchell, Olivia, and Julia.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Monday, June 27, at St. Gregory the Great Church, Milwaukee, WI.
Visitation from 10:30 AM until time of Service.
Interment to follow at Arlington Park Cemetery, Milwaukee

Hubert Leon Carlin

Hubert Leon Carlin, 91, of Boyds, MD, died on April 18, 2016.
He was the husband of the late Emily B. Carlin.
Born on February 18, 1925, in Boyds, he was the son of the late William Melvin and Virgie (Beall) Carlin.
Surviving is one daughter, Nancy Carlin of N. Potomac, MD; one sister, Emily Jean Easter of FL; five grandchildren, Danielle, T.J., Steven, Emily, Malia and 3 great grandchildren, Hailey, Oliver and Dempsey.
Leon was preceded in death by one son, Patrick Warren and two brothers, James Harold and William Douglas Carlin.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday April 21 from 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 Friday April 22 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville. Directions
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.

Ralph S. Connelly

Ralph S. Connelly, 76, of Boyds, Maryland, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 22, 2016.
Mr. Connelly was born in Rockville, MD on November 10, 1939, a son to the late Lewis D. and Dorothy Lowe Connelly. He was the loving husband of Judy Roberts Connelly for 56 years.
Ralph was a master brick mason and devoted his life to a trade he loved. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger years and spent his life of retirement enjoying his family.
Ralph was preceded in death by brothers, Jim Connelly, Lewis Connelly, Pete Connelly, Robert Connelly and John Rankin.
Aside from his wife, Ralph is survived by two sons, Keith M. Connelly and wife Kathy of McConnellsburg, PA, Bruce L. Connelly and wife Beverly of Clarksburg, MD; grandchildren, Randell M. Connelly and partner Juan Vega of Stafford, VA, Holly C. Fellows and husband Jason of Knoxville, MD, Gregg M. Connelly and wife Jamie of McConnellsburg, PA, Heather M. Blache and husband Eric of Libertytown, MD, Russell D. Connelly of McConnellsburg, PA, Valerie D. Hagberg and husband Steven of Clarksburg, MD, and Branden M. Connelly of Clarksburg, MD.
Ralph is also survived by 5 great grandchildren, Jaiden, Jenna, Jenson, Herbert, and Russell Jr. who were his true pride and joy. He is also survived by one sister, Janice Butt of Germantown, MD, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Monday April 25 from 1-3 and 6-8pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109) Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday April 26 at 11am.
Interment will follow in Darnestown Presbyterian Cemetery, Darnestown, MD.Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville. Directions
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.

Sarah Frazer Prestemon

Sarah Frazer Prestemon, 43, of Chiswell's Inheritance, Poolesville, MD died on Sunday, April 24, 2016 after a long and happy life with her beloved fiance, Edward Lunsford, her close family, friends and Sasha the cat. She was born in Washington, DC and lived most of her life on her family's farm near Poolesville.
She attended Goucher College and received a electronic imaging prepress degree from Montgomery College after deciding she preferred writing and editing to working full-time in historic preservation. Nonetheless, her interest in historic preservation continued throughout her life as a member of Historic Medley District, Inc. She and Ed were for many years the docents at the Seneca Schoolhouse Museum and John Poole House Museum. Her publishing and research skills benefited Medley Press and various writers. She was also employed to do legal research and at the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission.
Born with spina bifida, which meant a life as a wheelie, she took active interest in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and in the failure of Poolesville to provide navigable curb cuts for their sidewalks.
She traveled as much as possible all around the United States and to Canada, Europe and the Caribbean including one memorable summer spent crossing the U.S. in a RV with her mother, stepfather, stepbrother, a large Bouvier, a golden retriever and a Yorkie puppy named Marley. Her favorite mode of travel was aboard her grandfather's sailboat, "Sarah Frazer" where she was free of the wheelchair and could soar across the water in the Chesapeake Bay and the Mediterranean and from Venice through the Adriatic to Croatia and Turkey.
Sarah was a devoted member of the congregation of St. Peter's Parish whose minister, Rev. Ann Ritonia, provided spiritual sustenance throughout her last illness. Sarah's friends in the parish family stayed close to her and were an important part of her life. Her greatest joy was her faith in Jesus Christ.
She is lovingly survived by her mother, Elizabeth Perry Kapsch and her stepfather, Robert; her father, David Lee Prestemon and her stepmother, Kary; her brothers, William, Robert and Patrick; her grandmother, Elizabeth Prestemon, her beloved cousin, Overton Kephart Brown; her Kephart, Prestemon, Brown and Griffith aunts, uncles and cousins, especially her aunts Ann Brown and Nancy Claggett. She has gone to join her grandparents, George and MaryAnn Kephart and her grandfather, Robert Prestemon. Sarah leaves behind with love her fiance, Edward Lunsford, and his parents, Robert and Laura Lunsford.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 at St Peter's Parish, 20100 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, MD with a reception to follow at her family's farm at 18200 Beallsville Road, Poolesville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Peter's Episcopal Church (P.O. Box 387, Poolesville, Md. 20837) or Historic Medley District (PO Box 232, Poolesville, MD 20837).


Norman Clarence Miller

Norman Clarence Miller, Jr., 49, of Winchester, VA, died in his sleep on April 24, 2016.
He was the loving husband of Sandy Miller.
Born on August 23, 1966, in Washington, D.C, he was the son of Shirley Carol (Richards) Miller and the late Norman Clarence Miller.
Surviving besides his wife and mother is his son, Joe Miller, of Winchester, VA/Falling Waters, WV; two sisters, Shawna Miller of Berryville, VA and Melissa Howell (Marc) of Lake Elsinore, CA; two nieces, Hailey Woodward and Rowan Howell, along with one nephew, Damien Stone.
Norman was a retired deputy from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, member of the Izaak Walton League, the NRA and was an Usher Guild at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
Services will be held Saturday May 7, 11AM, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 387, Poolesville, MD 20837 or Winchester SPCA, 115 Featherbed Ln, Winchester, VA 22601 (

Charles (Charlie) Fairfield Pope

Charles (Charlie) Fairfield Pope born June 24, 1940, passed away on April 28, 2016 at Casey House Hospice, Rockville, MD.
Charlie was born in New York City on June 24, 1940, the son of James and Carol Pope. He was the brother of Beverly Hennessey, Pat Farrell and Jay Pope. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.
Charlie was a 70 year resident of Rowayton, CT. He attended school in Norwalk and graduated from Norwalk High School. He worked in retail all his life rising to manager of several grocery stores including A&P. Later in life he worked at Toys R US. He enjoyed road trips to Canada and New England. He also enjoyed going to antique stores and looking for bargains at tag sales.
Charlie is also survived by nieces and nephews David Farrell, Jim Hennessey, Marie Jones, Jeff Hennessey, Linda Bryant, Lisa Kuzma, Carole Hennessey, Carolyn Winkler, Susan Woolley, Meg Hennessey, Jim Pope and Kacey Pope; their spouses and children.
A funeral Mass is scheduled at Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Mass Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816 at noon, Friday May 6, 2016. Visitation begins at 11:30. Remembrances at

Paul L. Earley

Paul L. Earley, Sr., 77, of Point of Rocks, MD, died on April 29, 2016, surrounded by family.
He was the loving husband of Nancy Earley.
Born on June 16, 1938, in Greencastle, PA, he was the son of the late John Loyde and Alma (Smith) Earley.
Surviving besides his wife Nancy are his children, Anita McDaniels, of Summit Point, WV, Paul Earley, Jr. and Todd Earley, both of Point of Rocks, Robert Earley of Hagerstown, MD, Patricia Darby of Point of Rocks; one sister, Mary Long of Union Bridge; one brother, Russell Earley of FL; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Paul was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Earley and one sister, Ethel Jones.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday May 3 from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd., (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday May 4 at 11 AM.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Avenue, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702 (

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