L. Jane Fowler

Jane Fowler, 73, of Barnesville, MD, died on Sunday August 20, 2017.

She was the wife of the late Franklin F. Fowler, Sr. who died November 8, 2011.

Born on November 11, 1943, in Laytonsville, MD, she was the daughter of the late Eli and Beulah (Fink) Hottinger.

Jane was a member of the UMCVFD Ladies Auxiliary and the Barnesville Baptist Church where she sang in the church choir.

Surviving are her two children, Penny Barton and husband David, Frank Fowler, Jr. and wife Rachel both of Boonsboro, MD; one sister, Pauline Fowler and husband Eddie of Hagerstown, MD and three grandchildren, Samantha, Stefanie and Franklin, III.

The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday August 22, 2017, from 6-8 P.M. at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville (hiltonfh.com).

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday August 23 at the Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.

Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to either the Barnesville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 69, Barnesville, MD 20838 or the UMCVFD Ladies Auxiliary, 19801 Beallsville Rd., Beallsville, MD 20839.

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Thomas M. Ambrose

Thomas M. Ambrose, 74, of Poolesville, MD, died peacefully on August 4, 2019 at Casey House Hospice in Rockville, MD.He was the husband of the late Sharon A. (Slade) Ambrose.Born on March 23, 1945, he was the son of the late Harold and Mary (Doherty) Ambrose.Tom served his country proudly in the United States Army.He is survived by his daughter Molly Ambrose of CO; brother, Michael Ambrose of MN;grandson, Winston Mattingly; sister-in-law, Trudi Ambrose and close friends, Jimmy, Betty andFrank.He was preceded in death by one sister, Lindy Summers and two brothers, Joseph Ambrose andHarold Ambrose, Jr.The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday August 7th from 6-8 PM at the Hilton FuneralHome, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice Casey House(www.montgomeryhospice.org/donate-and-support)

Thomas Reid

Thomas Reid, 60, of Waldorf, MD, died on August 7, 2019.

He was the loving husband of Karen (Willie) Reid for 39 years.  

Born on September 30, 1958, in Oceanside, NY, he was the son of the late Edwin H. and Mary Ann (Halka) Reid.

Tom was a hard working family man. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved his yearly trips to Myrtle Beach and basking in the sun. He worked for the United States House of Representatives, Architect of the Capital, for 19 years.  Tom enjoyed tinkering in the garage and tending to his yard and garden. Tom was a kind man that was enjoyable to be around. His sense of humor and sarcastic wit were one a kind.

Tom is survived by his wife, Karen; four children, Shannon Reid-Hamilton (James), Justin Reid (Leanne), Marianne Law (Michael), and  Christopher Reid; four sisters, Marjorie Hallowell (Bruce), Virginia Dixon (Lee), Ann Marie Minnigan (Thomas), Patricia Rodier (Paul); three brothers, Paul Reid (Susan), Gerard Reid (Karen), Edwin Reid (Stephanie) and nine grandchildren, Madison, Dylan, Brooklynn, Carson, Riley, Taylor, Elijah, Carter and Hannah.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday August 9, from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM, on Saturday August 10, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.

Interment will take place in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.st. jude.org)

Caryl A. Velisek

Caryl A. Velisek passed away peacefully Sunday August 11, 2019 in Ballenger Creek Center after a long battle with cancer. Born Caryl Anne Masl  April 8, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio. She Graduated from Rhoads High School. Through a mutual friend she met her life’s love Aldrich Velisek. They were wed February 2, 1950 and were devoted partners until Augie’s death in 2001.

Caryl was devoted to her Church and God. She had been especially active for years in the Lisbon United Methodist Church, then when she moved to New Market she was a member of the Mt. Prospect Methodist Church. In later years she attended Buckeystown United Methodist church. She was at her happiest singing in the choirs, praising God with her angelic voice.  In later years she sang and played guitar with the Crestwood Village Folktime Strummers; a group that entertains at Nursing homes in neighboring communities. She also was active in the Frederick Acoustic Music Enterprise group.

She was also very much devoted to Agriculture and the promotion of its virtues. She wrote for the DelMarVa Farmer for many years both as a reporter and guest columnist. She wrote articles for various other Ag publications. She served as secretary of the Pennsylvania and Maryland Angus Associations for many years and was a Lifetime Member of the American Angus Association. She also served on and was President of the Maryland Beef Council board and was President of the Maryland Angus Women’s Club.

She was preceded in Death by her parents Emma (Stone) Masl and Frank Masl, Brother Frankie Masl, and her husband Aldrich F Velisek.  Caryl is survived by five children; Aldrich Velisek III (Susan)of Catonsville, MD; Jamie Razga  (Brian Barberie)of  Dillsburg, PA;  Michael  Velisek (Christine McWilliams)of New Market, MD;, Douglas Velisek (Pam) of Fairplay, MD and Peter Velisek of Keymar, MD  along with Five Grandchildren and  Six Great grandchildren.

Private memorial will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Frederick County Hospice at www.hospiceoffrederick.org Or the Maryland Angus Women’s Club, c/o Donna Full, Treasurer 6211 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, MD 21797.

Bobby Lee Carter

Bobby Lee Carter, 74, of Frederick, MD, died Sunday August 18, 2019.

He was the husband of Elsie Carter.

Born on April 2, 1945, he was the son of the late Samuel and Catherine Carter.

Surviving besides his wife is one son, Bobby Lee Carter, Jr. and wife Heather; one daughter, Melissa Carter; three sisters, Mary Pollen and husband Ralph, Barbara Hanner and husband Norman, Patsy Smith; two brothers, Eddie Carter and wife Lynn, George Carter and wife Sherry and seven grandchildren, Kyle, Cody and Emily Brittle, Savana, Kathren, Lance and Lily Carter.

Bobby was preceded in death by one brother, Samuel Carter; two sisters, Betty Kisner, Shirley

The family will be receiving friends on Friday August 23rd from 10 – 11 AM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd., Barnesville, MD where funeral services will follow at 11 AM.

Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

Veronica Tidd

Born January 10, 1939,  Veronica grew up in wartime London, remembering air raid sirens, rationing and victory gardens.  She came from a humble background and saw pursuing a nursing degree as the best way to ensure her future.  At the University of London, University College, she met her husband, Michael,  as he was finishing his medical degree.  She pursued her nursing career as he started work as a physician until their third child, Kirsten, was born.  At that time she stayed home to care for Lucy, Simon and Kirsten.   The family moved quite a bit as Michael’s career grew and they lived in England, Nashville, Scotland, Chicago, Cincinnati and finally Norwich, NY. 

Norwich brought the purchase of a farm where they started Spindletop Farm, a Morgan Horse breeding, boarding and training business.  Always an animal lover, Veronica loved having the horses and was always first out to the barn in the morning and last in at night. The horses were accompanied by a menagerie of dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and a chicken that appeared one day.

After her children finished college, she decided to study for her nursing boards and qualified as an LPN. It was no small feat for someone who hadn’t worked as a nurse for decades or in this country.  She chose to become a hospice nurse in a very rural part of NY State.  This involved driving at all hours and in all kinds of weather to visit her patients in their homes.  She was dedicated to making sure her patients were as comfortable as possible whether that involved tracking down doctors and pharmacists after hours or bringing in firewood. 

She was also a talented artist and crafts woman  and enjoyed everything from weaving beautiful blankets to painting, knitting, refurbishing furniture and renovating homes.

She was most proud of her three children who earned two doctorates and a masters degree between them.

As their health failed, they moved to Maryland in 2018 to be closer to Lucy.  Michael passed in June of 2018 and after a long battle with many ailments, Veronica passed peacefully in her sleep on August 24.

She is best remembered as an incredibly strong, kind, caring and creative woman who valued her family above all else.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, August 29 from 6:00-8:00 PM at The Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. 

Theresa Hillsman

Theresa Hillsman 93, of Gaithersburg, Maryland Passed away peacefully on August 29, 2019. She is survived by her daughter, Marie Albert and her grandchildren, Maria and Richard Albert. She was best known for her amazing well-kept garden that brightened up the whole neighborhood. She also was known for her unique sense of humor and generosity. We will miss her dearly. 

Brandon Lee Hungerford (Bubba)

Brandon Lee Hungerford (Bubba), 23, of Germantown, MD, was called home to the lord on August 31, 2019. He was born on December 12, 1995, in Rockville, MD.

Brandon is survived by his parents Matthew and Brenda Hungerford; sister Amanda Wathen (Nicholas), and brothers Matthew and Blake. He is the grandson of Roland and Patricia Cavell, Remus Hungerford and late Sylvia Hungerford; the uncle of Emma and Nicholas Wathen; and also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

Brandon graduated from Northwest High School in 2014. He was a starting left tackle and middle linebacker on the high school championship football team. He helped lead this team to win states in 2013-2014, his senior year. He was a very talented athlete and loved sports. He also played lacrosse, baseball, and wrestled. He loved the outdoors and was very adventurous. He enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, and kayaking. He had a love for cars. Brandon led a life of faith. He was very spiritual and always so positive. Brandon was very loving and caring to all who surrounded him. He was truly one of a kind. He has touched so many hearts and he is loved and adored by so many. Brandon will forever be loved and always remembered.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, at Difference Makers Church (Damascus Wesleyan Church), 11210 Bethesda Church Road, Damascus, MD 20872. The funeral service starts at 1:00 pm. The interment will then be held at Flower Hill Church of the Brethren, 7412 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Please return to Difference Makers Church after the interment to join the family for a Celebration of Brandon's Life. 

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Joseph Stephen Shear

Our dear dad, Joseph Stephen Shear, also known as Warrant Officer (WO1) Shear, aged 70, passed away peacefully at home on August 1, 2018.

Steve was the father of Mark and Tami, father-in-law to Jeremy and Monica, and grandfather to Austin, Morgan, Lucas, and Isabella. He was the brother of Anne Chambers, Sylvia Collins, David Shear, Alan Shear, Michael Collins, Wendy Pratt, and Cathy Knox.

Born on January 8, 1948 in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England, Steve was the son of the late Joseph Strothard Shear and the late Leigh Baker Collins (nee Sim).

Steve joined the King’s 15th/19th Royal Hussars unit of the British Army in 1964 where he remained for 21 years. During those years in the Army, Steve served in Germany, Belgium, Belize, and the USA with his then wife, Terry, and children, Mark and Tami. Steve’s last posting in 1983 was to the British Embassy in Washington D.C. as the Ministry of Defence’s Chief Clerk. He became very fond of the U.S. during that posting and so decided to retire from the British Army and take up a position as a civil servant in order to stay. Eventually retiring from the Embassy in 1991, he became Director of Operations at Martha Child Interiors in Virginia. Finally, Steve pursued his dream of opening his own business, FF&E Logistics, which he ran until 2017.
Steve was a devoted father, grandfather, brother, and friend. The light of his life were his four grandchildren who he adored to no end. Steve spent many hours telling stories to his grandchildren and taking them on walks, whether at local parks or in his garden.

Steve’s favorite pastime was soccer. He played club soccer both in England and here in the U.S., and also for the British Embassy social team. When he was no longer able to play, he turned his passion to watching his team, Newcastle United. He had a statistical mind and often wrote to various newspapers about how to improve the game of soccer, and was even published in his favorite soccer newsletter, “The Pink.” This was an extremely proud moment for him and proved that his constant writings to “The Pink” eventually paid off. Steve also loved American football and cheered on his favorite team, the L.A. Raiders. He loved to hike, often walking from his home in Gaithersburg to his grandchildren’s home in Germantown and stopping in for a cup of tea and a biscuit before making the hike back home! Steve had a special place in his heart for animals and donated often to local shelters and online rescues. In his later years, he enjoyed cooking and became an expert at making pies. And lastly, one of his greatest loves was music. Steve had an eclectic preference ranging from classical, to rock, to rhythm and blues. Some of his favorites were Elvis Presley, the Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Tremeloes, and many, many others.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Rockville Nursing Home for providing Steve with excellent care during his recent rehabilitation. They were a joy to Steve and he was truly loved by all during his two months there.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending donations to either of the below charities:

  • Rockville Nursing Home - 303 Adclare Road, Rockville, MD, 20850

  • Montgomery County Animal Shelter - 7315 Muncaster Mill Road, Derwood, MD 20855

A service honoring Steve’s life will be held on Sunday, August 19 at 2pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville, MD. The family will be holding a celebration of Steve’s life in the weeks to come (date to be determined).

Doris E. (Hawse) Jeffers

Doris E. (Hawse) Jeffers, 89, of Boyds, MD, died peacefully on August 6, 2018 at the home of her daughter.

She was the wife of the late Donald E. Jeffers who passed in 2006.

Born on December 3, 1928 in Boyds, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Alice Mae (Larman) Hawse.

Doris was a life-long member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barnesville and of the Ladies’ Sodality.  She first met Donald at the Barnesville Picnic, held at St. Mary’s, in the mid-1940’s and they were married for 56 happy years until his passing in 2006.  Doris was a caring and devoted wife and mother. She loved her grandsons and especially enjoyed having them visit overnight so she could bake them cookies and read bedtime stories. Her two great grandsons brought her special joy.  

A long-time member of the Comus Homemaker’s Club, Doris conducted classes in sewing, cooking and crochet for the Club. Doris crocheted an afghan for every family member and friend and was famous for making over 100 crocheted baby booties in the shape of roller skates.  She was a dedicated birdwatcher and had an innate ability to attract hummingbirds. She and Donald were avid square dancers, belonging to numerous clubs, and were charter members of the Poolesville 2x4’s Square Dance Club. She used her sewing talents to make all the dresses and shirts in their square dance wardrobe.

Surviving are her daughter, Brenda Thew and husband Lee of Jefferson, MD; son Tom Jeffers of Middletown, MD; three grandchildren, Alex Thew and wife Caroline of Oakland, MD, Chris Jeffers and wife Amy of Greensboro, NC, Zach Thew and fiancé Wendy of Round Hill, VA and 2 great grandchildren, Easton and Elliott Thew.

Doris was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Jeffers.

The family would like to thank the Visiting Angels Home Care in Frederick, especially Lina, Renee, Sandy, Devoris, and most importantly, Dorrial, who spent nearly every day with Doris over the past 2-1/2 years and truly became a member of the family.  The family also appreciates the services of Hospice of Frederick County which made it possible for Doris to spend her last days with her family.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave., Fredrick, MD 21702 or St. Mary’s Catholic Church.  

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 8, from 6-8 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 AM, on Thursday, August 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Christian Kyle Schmidt

Christian Kyle Schmidt, 21 of Frederick Maryland passed away August 9, 2018.  He was born February 24, 1997 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Kyle graduated from Catoctin High School, and played football for the Avalon School.  He was currently working as an electricians apprentice for Bowen Electric Services, Inc.

Kyle is survived by his parents Karla and Christian Schmidt; his maternal grandparents, Sandy and Kent Poole, paternal grandmother Donna Curtis: proceeded in death by paternal grandfather Warner Thomas Curtis aka “Pop”, Christian Alain Schmidt; aunts and uncles – Kimberly and Paul Delgado, Vivian and Robert MacLeod, Aunt Liz,  David and Teri Schmidt, Robbie Schmidt, Jake and Brandy Shattuck, Ian and Heidi Shattuck, Gary and Linda Conley, Wilma Boston, Patricia and Don Parrella; cousins – Heather, Skylar, Devin, Trevor, Jordyn, Leyla, Steven, Bre, Milee, Kaleb, Kaylee, and other aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Hilton Funeral Home in Barnesville Maryland. Funeral is being officiated by Shanee Neal (Evangelist)

Visitation is on Tuesday August 14, 2018, from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm the funeral will be held on Wednesday August 15, 2018, at 11:00 am at the funeral home: burial will follow at Boyds Presbyterian Cemetery in Boyds, Maryland.

Gerald E. Morningstar

Gerald E. Morningstar, 85 of Poolesville MD. Passed into Heaven on Wednesday,  August 15th 2018.

He was the loving and devoted husband of Peggy Morningstar. Gerry and Peggy were married in May 1963 and just recently celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary. Gerry and Peggy shared a life of Unconditional Love and Devotion for nearly 60 years together.

Born on January 13th, 1933, in Poolesville Md. Gerry was the son of the late Murrel Jesse Morningstar and Emma Marie Julia (Reich) Morningstar. Gerry loved and was devoted to his Mom and Dad and he shared a special bond of Love and dedication with his Mom after his Dad passed on to Heaven many years ago. He devoted his early life to his mother and his sisters, Dorothy and Bet and his best friend and brother Dick, always looking to help take care of and cherish his Mom and his entire family.

Gerry was the loving father of Sharon Ann Wright and son-n-law Aaron of Woodbridge Va. and Steven Edward Morningstar and daughter-n-law RaNae of Poolesville Maryland. He was the precious and dedicated grandfather (Dad-Dad) of Jamie Jamison, wife of Frank Jamison and Steven Jr. and Tyler Morningstar as well as the Great-Grandfather of his precious and loving “Addie Girl” – Addison Jamison.

Gerry was the brother to Dorothy Hightman (Deceased), Elizabeth Morningstar (Deceased) and his Brother and Best Friend for Life Richard “Dick “Morningstar (Deceased) and Dick’s loving and devoted wife Nancy Morningstar. He was also the Uncle to Bramwell Hightman, husband of Stephanie. He was also the amazing and loving Brother-n-law to Peggy’s five devoted sisters and their husbands and numerous nieces and nephews who all truly loved their “Uncle Gerry” so much.

Gerry loved God, he was Baptized into Christ in 2009, he loved and cherished his Family and he sincerely Loved his Country , he served his country for 7 years as a proud and dedicated member of the United States Air Force.

Gerry was a dedicated and valued employee as an Engineer for the City of Rockville for over 37 years, where he was honored with numerous employee awards and dedications while helping to improve the City of Rockville Md. He also spent many, many hours working with his Brother Dick and his much loved nephew Patrick at the Family Welding Shop in Poolesville Md. and was very involved for years in local politics and even served as Mayor of Poolesville in his earlier life. Gerry was a proud member of the Poolesville Community and was well liked, admired and respected by so many of the town residents he called friends over his 85 years living in Poolesville, Md.

Gerry was an outstanding private pilot and airplane enthusiast who owned, worked on and flew numerous planes throughout his life, many times with his good friend Charles Davis and he was always so happy and excited when taking his family on plane rides, vacations and family trips all over the United States in his private planes.

Gerry also enjoyed working on cars, home improvement projects, spending time working with and helping his Brother Dick at the Family Welding Shop, Morningstar Welding in Poolesville, Md. which their father Murrel ran before them and he was able to build his own private home here in Poolesville, Md. singlehandedly by himself 2 separate times, once in 1963 and again in 1977 when a house fire destroyed the first family home he had built. He was a self-taught, master craftsman and mechanic who could repair or build literally anything.

Gerry was an avid reader, museum goer and history buff who loved traveling with his family and learning about the history of this great country.

Gerry loved animals of all kinds, his favorite animal was the American Eagle, he loved visiting farms, Assateague Island to see the Ponies and other wildlife, he loved going to the Zoo with his Children and Grandchildren and above all he loved taking care of and playing with his pet dogs and cat through the years, Daj, Tinkerbell, Peanut and Gilly.

Gerry and Peggy loved traveling and vacationing with Shari and Steve and all their Grandkids and family members. Gerry and Peggy and their family spent a lifetime of summers traveling to their favorite vacation spots throughout the country and especially cherished the times spent on family vacations to the beach and their trips to Williamsburg, Va.  and visiting Uncle Archie and his wife Kathleen. A lifetime of laughs and memories will forever be remembered from these special times.

Gerry was most happy and joyful when spending time with his devoted and loving wife Peggy and his Children, his Grand Children, his Great Grandchild and his entire family. Time spent at family gatherings, Holidays, family dinners, going to Church, special occasions and watching his children and grandchildren playing sports and at school events was the best of times for Gerry and Peggy and his entire family. Family truly meant everything to Gerry, who sincerely devoted himself and his life in the service of his family and friends, it was always said and always known, if you have a problem, a need or help with anything, “Call Gerry, he’ll know what to do” and he always did. Gerry loved his family with all his heart and they loved him. Gerry was surrounded by his loving family his entire life right up to the day he passed peacefully into God’s arms surrounded by so many who loved and cherished him.

Gerry set an example of love, devotion and dedication for his entire family. Gerry loved life to the fullest and spent every day loving his cherished wife Peggy and his entire family right up to the time he took his final breath here on this earth. Gerry passed into Heaven holding his precious wife Peggy’s and his loving daughter-n-law, RaNae’s hands and he had a smile on his face as he did for 85 years.

Gerry was a humble, loving, caring man who was much loved by his family, friends, and his special community of Poolesville Md. It was once said in a service award ceremony to honor Gerry’s 47 years of service to his country and his work, “I never met a person who didn’t sincerely respect, admire, like and appreciate Gerry Morningstar”.

May he rest in the arms of Jesus for Eternity.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 22 from 6-8 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838 where funeral services will be celebrated at 11 AM on Thursday, August 23. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.   Following the interment a reception will follow at Poolesville Baptist Church, 17550 W Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837.

J. Suzanne “Suzie” Moore

J. Suzanne “Suzie” Moore, 72, of Dickerson, MD died on August 28, 2018.

She was the wife of the late Earl L. Moore.

Born on October 15, 1945, in Frederick, MD, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. and Virgie G. (Howser) Bodmer.

Surviving are two brothers, Michael A. Bodmer of Harpers Ferry, WV and Donald L. Bodmer of Woodsboro, MD.

Suzie was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles “Dick” R. Bodmer and Wayne W. Bodmer.

Observing her wishes there will be no services and interment will be private at a later date. Thank you all for your love and support.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, 19801 Beallsville Rd., Beallsville, MD  20839.         

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