Richard A. Kirkpatrick

Richard (Kirk) A. Kirkpatrick, 79, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on December 10, 2021.

Born on February 6, 1942 in Maryland, he was the son to the late Lewis and Nancie (Allan) Kirkpatrick.

Richard was the loving husband to Carole Harman.

Along with his wife, Richard is survived by his children; Betty Kirkpatrick, Michael Kirkpatrick, step-son, Billy Harman, step-son, Adam Harman, one brother; Kenny Kirkpatrick, one sister; Christie William and seven grandchildren.

Richard was preceded in death by one sister; Anita Kirkpatrick.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

Allen Doyle Lewis, Sr.

Allen Doyle Lewis Sr, passed away peacefully on 10 December 2021.

He was just shy of 90, born on 5 January 1932 to Guy V Lewis Sr and Lottie Mainhart Lewis in Sellman, Md.

He was the last of his 6 siblings (Guy Lewis, Jr, Marjorie Randles, Wendell Lewis, Barbara Kanode, and Marshall J Lewis) to go home to the Lord to be with his Mom, Dad, and loving wife Barbara and siblings.

He married Barbara Jean Fraley on 15 September 1951 and together they spent nearly 65 wonderful years together before Barbara Jean’s passing on 29 March 2016.

Allen and Barbara are survived by 4 children, Elaine Cuthbertson (and husband Randy) of Charleston SC, Allen Lewis Jr (and wife Becky) of Lakewood, WA, Larry Lewis (and wife Teresa) of Adamstown, MD, and Gary Lewis, of Dickerson MD. Through their loving spirit, the world was also blessed with 5 beautiful grandchildren, (Jennifer Perkins, Kelly Higgins, Shannan Jones, Larry Lewis Jr, and Ryan Cuthbertson) and 9 wonderful great grandchildren. Allen grew up on the family farm near Beallsville, Md and later on made a career working for the Washington Gas Light Company where he worked in DC and later became foreman at the Rockville Station where he cherished his coworkers, who affectionately called him “Slippery”. He loved hunting, fishing, traveling to spend time with family across our beautiful country, and hosting family and friends at home.

He will be remembered as a man of character, a leader, a true patriot with a deep and fierce love of our great country, and a great chef and cook! Most important, we will remember him as a loving husband, dad, granddad (Dan Dan), and great granddad (Great Dan Dan). He blessed his family with a happy and loving home. Saddened by his absence, our spirits are lifted by unforgettable memories of his laughter, the twinkle in his blue eyes, and the deep and endearing love he had for all of us. He will watch over us till we meet again. Our hearts have been broken, but will forever be filled by his love, which touched each of our lives, and left us, and the world a much better place.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, 19801 Beallsville Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839 or a charity of your choice. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date. 

Kelly O. Williams, Sr.

Kelly O. Williams Sr., 87, affectionately known as Daddy Kelly, passed away peacefully on 18 December 2021.

He was born on 11 July 1934 to Kelly P. Williams and Frankie Atwell Williams in Sellman, Md.

Kelly was predeceased by his parents, his loving wife Pat of 67 years, 3 siblings Arnold Williams, Imagene Wynne, Jaunita Hubble, and Grandson Kelly O Williams III.

He married Patricia Allnutt on 27 June 1953 and together they spent nearly 67 wonderful years together before Pat’s passing on 24 April 2020.

Kelly and Pat are survived by 2 children, Kelly Williams Jr of Jefferson, and Teresa Lewis (and husband Larry) of Adamstown, MD. He also leaves behind 2 precious grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer Perkins (and husband Allan) of Brunswick, MD and Larry Lewis Jr. (and wife Stephanie) of Summerville SC. He was also blessed with 5 wonderful great grandchildren, Phoebe, Gabriel and Jackson Lewis, Aleena and Jensen Perkins.

Kelly worked for the Montgomery County Government in the EPA department and after many years of dedicated service he retired to spend much needed time with his family and friends. Kelly was an avid Nascar fan where he would go to many races with family and friends especially Martinsville VA. He also enjoyed deer hunting and loved tractors where he had collected many replicas of America’s farm tractors. Daddy Kelly loved his family and his extended family dearly, and in return he was loved by all. He will be forever missed, but his memories will live forever in us all. Our hearts are weeping, but will forever be filled by his love. Knowing he is now with our Lord, we can rest assured he is with Mom Mom, Baby Kelly, his parents and siblings awaiting a time when the Lord will bring us all together again.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, December 22nd from 10:00 AM-11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, 20838 where a funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM. Interment will be held after the service at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to Hospice of Frederick County and the American Cancer Society or any Charity of one’s choice.

Papa Obit Picture_edited.jpg
Georges R. Jacob

Georges R. Jacob was reunited in Heaven with his Beloved wife Lilia on 12/18/2021 as he was lovingly encircled by his children at his bedside.


Georges Raoul Jacob was born in 1928 in Mainz, Germany. The 3rd son of Jean Henri and Esther Jacob. His elder brother Henri Maurice was born in 1925, followed by Robert Charles in 1927 and then his younger brother Jean Joseph in 1932.


To avoid the German Army, the family moved to Oran Algeria in 1930 and then to Mostaganem in 1937. They lived there until World War II ended in 1945. While there, he was an excellent student, and he received a certificate of excellence and a book from the President of France. He wanted to go to college while he was in Mostaganem, but ended up going to a professional school where he learned English and apprenticed as a carpenter. In 1945 the family moved to Abreschviller, France. In 1947 the family made the decision to immigrate to the US. George and Robert traveled from Cherbourgh, France with $20 in his pocket on an Army transport in the Summer of 1947 and arrived in New York 21 days later.


The family settled in Washington, DC in Southeast and he had various jobs as a stock boy at Every Market and as a Carpenter building houses in Kensington. Eventually he went to work with his father as a butcher in the Western Market. He first met Lilia in the summer of 1948 while working behind the counter at the Western Market. They began their courtship that summer. Their first date was to a swimming pool on Connecticut Avenue. Lilia had invited Georges to a Romero family dinner since they lived close by on 20th Street. He was a member of the International Students Club on R Street where he took her to dances. They had to walk everywhere, because he never had money for a bus. As they would walk on their dinner dates, she would sing him Mexican songs. He would always walk her home and then have to walk all the way back to his home on 14th Street, about 3 miles away. They would go to the movies on F Street where the movies were .50 cents. There was always a sing along with an organ. One fateful day his brother Robert was driving them on a double date to a movie and when they came out of the back seat of the car he gave her a kiss. She liked it.


Georges was drafted in March of 1951 and was inducted into the US Army at Fort Meade, MD and then had his training at Fort Polk, LA. While stationed at Ft. Polk he proposed to Lilia.  He shipped off to Germany with an artillery unit where he served his country with pride and was honorably discharged in 1953.


George and Lilia were married March 28, 1953 at St. Patrick’s Church in Washington and then lived on 17th Street, NW. He worked at the Western Market honing his skill as a butcher and shop-keeper. In 1958, he returned to University on his GI bill and graduated from Georgetown University with a Degree in International Studies in 1960. He and his brothers purchased three buildings in Georgetown in 1960 and opened the French Market and moved to McLean, VA that same year. From 1960 to the early 1990’s the French Market was the preeminent store for gourmet foods and French Butchery in the greater DC area.


George and Lilia’s family started in 1954 with his first 2 sons Gerard and then Georges in 1957. His daughter Gabrielle came along in 1960 and lastly Adrien in 1962. The family enjoyed life in McLean and gathering with the extended Jacob, Martin and Romero families. They enjoyed trips to Europe and Mexico, vacations through New England, Florida, Texas, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.


After retiring from the French Market, he worked at Balducci’s and Total Wine until 2006. In 2006, he moved to Poolesville, MD with Lilia where they immersed themselves in the community and their 9 Grandchildren (Ashley, Eric, Jojo, Stephanie, Michael, Renee, Christian, Corinne and Anna). They cheered them all on at basketball and soccer games, concerts, graduations and weddings. He also loved playing pool at the Senior Center in Gaithersburg and working side-by-side on family gatherings with his Daughter who also lives in Poolesville. He was able to celebrate the birth of all 4 of his Great Grandchildren (Carter, Mila, Parker and Aubrey). George laid his Beloved Pupuce to eternal rest in April of 2015 and enjoyed his final years living with Gabrielle and Jim Brown in their Poolesville, MD home.

There will be a celebration of his life on 12/23/2021 at Hilton Funeral Home in Barnesville, MD (22111 Beallsville, Road; Barnesville, MD 20838 at 11:00am. Immediately following the service, at 1:00pm he will be laid to eternal rest at National Memorial Park (7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church, VA 22042) along with his Wife, Mother and Father, and siblings. 

In lieu of flowers, and in appreciation for their honoring care, the family is inviting donations to the Holy Cross Health Foundation, Hospice Program.

Thelma T. Heath

Thelma T. Heath, 90, of Boyds, MD, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on December 26, 2021. 

She was the loving wife of the late (great!) George M. Heath.

Born on November 22, 1931 in Georgetown, Guyana, she was the daughter of the late Louis Martin and Avis Morrison.  

Thelma is survived by her children (Robin Martin and wife, Valerie, Nancy Taylor and husband, Gordon, and Guy Heath and wife, Michelle), five grandchildren ( Antonia Smart, George Taylor, Mikaela Martin, Foster Taylor, and Maxwell Taylor), her brothers and sisters (Yulisse, Aileen, Woodrow, Claire, Leonard and Sherlock), numerous nieces and nephews and many extended family members (including her main caregiver, Sarah Osei, who lovingly provided her excellent care).

 Thelma was no ordinary lady – she saw the world while living on 5 continents, was a crocheter par excellence, and was an altogether feisty, fun, and outspoken presence in her family’s and friends’ lives.  She lived with her daughter and her daughter’s family for many years and was a second mother to her grandsons who will miss her greatly. 

She was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church and was the former president of the Germantown Seniors Association.  

A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.  

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations be made to Holy Cross Hospice (Montgomery County).

Michael William Ciaramello

Michael William Ciaramello, born in Brooklyn, NY, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2021 after a long and happy dance through life. He was 93 years old.


Michael was a family man, a provider and doting patriarch, with a lifelong commitment to his late wife Ruth. He served in the Korean War, building the Osan Air Base with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He later put himself through college at the New York Polytechnic Institute of Engineering, and had a long career in telecommunications with Western Electric as an electrical engineer. Though a New Yorker at heart, his career brought him to Fallston, MD, and he eventually retired in Poolesville, MD.


Michael cherished having an active and full life. He played recreational basketball and softball, medaled repeatedly in track and field at the Maryland Senior Olympics, and loved showing off his muscles at every opportunity. Michael had a special fondness for cars and loved his Thunderbirds and Corvette. He was an avid gardener, a friend to animals, and admired the simplicities of nature.  Michael had a questioning curiosity on almost everything, and had knowledge on many subjects.  He expressed his creativity in a number of ways, and was very resourceful in fixing things with what he had at his disposal.


He was known for his quick wit, confidence, strength, loyalty and sense of fairness. Michael was happiest around family and often vocalized it — "It doesn't get any better than this."


He is survived by his children, David Ciaramello (JoAnn) and Valerie Ciaramello Gluck (Marc); grandchildren Allie, Shelby, Morgan, Jake (Gluck), Jack, and James (Ciaramello); younger sister Marie, younger brother Daniel (Angela), and many nieces and nephews. He raised a beautiful family that will forever treasure his life and memory.


Services are private. Michael’s final resting place will be St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Barnesville, MD.

dad's photo_edited.jpg
Richard Martin Kenly

 Richard Martin Kenly, 88, of Frederick, MD, passed away on December 29, 2021.

 Born on September 1, 1933 in MD, he was the son to the late Theodore William and Eva Josephine (Martin) Kenly.
Richard was the loving husband to Harriet J. Kenly.

 Along with his wife, Richard was survived by his children; Debra VanGilder and husband Daniel, Cheryl Kenly and late husband Phil, Stephen Kenly and wife Cathy, seven grandchildren; Brian, Melissa, Jennifer, Emily, Cody, Connor, Carley and six great-grandchildren; Ristynn, Nicolas, Brantley, Liam, Corbin and Renee.

 Richard was preceded in death by one sister; Cecilia Kenly Anchor.

 Richard was a member of the Gaithersburg Church of the Nazarene and served his country in the United States Air Force. Richard never met a stranger.  He made everyone feel special.  He approached life with love, kindness and humor.

 A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Richard’s final resting place will be with his late parent’s and Phil at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Alzheimer's Association.      

Victor E. Origoni

Your Text Here​​

Victor E. Origoni, 93, died peacefully in his home in Poolesville, MD, on December 2, 2020.

He was the loving husband to the late Regina Brennan Origoni.

Born on January 16, 1927 in Emerson, N.J., he was the son of the late Silvio Charles and Lucia Maria (Pascarella) Origoni.

Victor is survived by one brother, Silvio M. Origoni and his wife Virginia Ann of Rivervale, N.J. Beloved uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by many grandnieces and nephews whom he welcomed on his farm to share his love of the outdoors with them.

He was a Navy veteran and chemist by trade.

He was a longstanding member and past president of the BCC-IWLA.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Bethesda-Chevy Chase IWLA, 20601 Izaak Walton Way, Poolesville, MD 20837 or Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100 Rockville, MD 20850.          

Marguerite Isabella Felice Jeffries

Your Text Here​​

Marguerite Isabella Felice Jeffries, 74, died at home after a long illness on December 5, 2020.


She was born on August 7, 1946 in the Bronx, New York to Margaret Demarest Felice and Ralph Alexander Felice. She was an only child and raised in Whitestone and College Point, Queens, New York and went to Catholic grade and high school. She graduated from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York with a degree in Spanish and Secondary Education. Throughout her life she spoke excellent Spanish, something most people never knew.


Upon graduation from college she started working for American Airlines in Manhattan as a reservation’s supervisor. She worked there until she married Francis (Fran) Jeffries on June 29, 1969. In College Point, NY. Since Fran was on US Navy active duty and stationed in Monterey, California she immediately moved there. In August 1969 they moved to San Angelo, Texas when Fran received another assignment. They stayed there until August 1971 when Fran was transferred to Ft. Meade, Maryland. Their final move was to Poolesville, Maryland in 1975.


Fran and Marguerite have two children, Michael Jeffries age 49 who lives in Odenton, MD and Kathryn Jeffries Quilligan age 40 who lives in Cary, NC. She is survived by Michael and his wife Laurie and their three children: Grace Jeffries (20), Caiden Jeffries (9), and Charlie Kate Jeffries (5) and Kathryn Quilligan and her husband Mike and their daughter Lois Felice Quilligan (5).


Marguerite loved to make floral arrangements and worked for a couple of local florists. She was active in Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church. She and Fran had many dogs over the years and at one time had four dogs at the same time. If you have some spare change she  would encourage you to make a donation in her name to the Humane Society of the United States. She was an avid Yankee fan and enjoyed a couple of trips to Cooperstown to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame. We imagine she is now with all her dogs, especially Sandy, waiting for the Yankee 2021 season to begin.

Carlos F. Campos

Your Text Here​​

Mr. Carlos Fernando Campos, 86 of Poolesville passed away peacefully at home on December 14, 2020 following a brief illness.

Born April 27, 1934 in Valdivia, Chile, Carlos was the son of the late Juan F. Campos and Elisa E. Prochelle de Campos.  

Mr. Campos is survived by two children, Patricia Moore and husband Roland, and Patricio (Pato) Campos and wife Monica; four grand-children David, Katherine, Danielle, Rachel and two great-grandchildren Barrett and Valentina.  

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Juana Emilia Campos, who he is now reunited with after fourteen long months.  

He will be deeply missed by all who called him Papa.

Observing his wishes there will be no service

Patricia Straw

Your Text Here​​

Patricia “Pat” (Kane) Straw, 82, died after a long illness with Parkinson’s Disease on December 19, 2020.  

She was born on October 22, 1938 in Queens, New York to Katherine Logan Kane and Michael Joseph Kane. 

As a child, Pat loved spending her summers in Rockaway with her siblings and cousins and developed a true love for the ocean.  Eventually her family moved to Syracuse, NY where she lived for a short time before entering the convent. 

After leaving the convent Pat met and married Patrick “Paddy” Straw.  They moved to Smithtown, Long Island to raise their family, two children, Kara and Patrick.  Pat was an employee of Smithtown School District with various roles ranging from administration assistant in elementary school to math academic intervention support teacher in the middle school.  She loved teaching and helping her students, as well as her colleagues.   It was in the school system where Pat shined, and she loved her time there.  Pat was also an active member of the PTA and a vital member of the Smithtown College Scholarship Association. While in Smithown, Pat enjoyed playing cards and dominos, eating out, and having wine tastings with her neighbors, who were the closest of friends. 

Pat loved spending time with her family, listening to her grandchildren splash in the pool and hearing their giggles during the holidays.  She liked to vacation and especially loved family vacations to Lavalette, NJ or any beach destination where she enjoyed the ocean, good meals, the company of her family and was always up for a good natured political debate!  

Patricia was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Patrick William Straw.  She is survived by her daughter Kara, her husband, Travis Johnson, their two children: Kaylee (7), Reagan (4) of Poolesville, MD and her son Patrick, his wife, Margaret, their three children, Landon (10), Hudson (4), Zoe (3) of Nanuet, NY. She is also survived by her brother,  Michael Kane, his wife, Patricia, her two sisters, Kathleen and Mary Joan, and many loving cousins, nieces, and nephews.  

Due to COVID restrictions, no services are planned at this time.  However, the family hopes to have a memorial mass in the spring.  

Janet Lee Martin

Your Text Here​​

Janet Lee Martin, 85, of Wheaton, MD, passed away on December 24, 2020.
She was the loving wife to the late John Raymond Martin.
Born on June 7, 1935 in Gaithersburg, MD she was the daughter of the late Frederick Ailor Reed Jr. and Luella Jane (Eader) Reed.

Janet is survived by her children; Laura Jane Martin, John Raymond Martin, Jr., wife Barbara Martin; three sisters, Margaret Eader Robinson, Catherine Alice Young, Patricia Ann Reed; 4 grandchildren; Joseph Bradley Martin; wife Elizabeth Martin, Andrew Raymond Martin, Payten Mae Martin and Bailey Rae Martin, and 4 great-grandchildren: Joseph Bradley Martin Jr., LeeAnn Elizabeth Martin, Aiden Riley Martin and Addison Jane Martin.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son; Joseph Alan Martin; two sisters, Betty Lou Pifer, Joan Marie Cregger and one brother, Frederick Ailor Reed III.

Janet was a member of Woodside United Methodist Church for many years. She was retired from The Montgomery County Public Schools where she had worked for over thirty years helping elementary school children with their math skills. She was a devoted spouse, mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will be dearly missed. 
A private funeral service will be held.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her memory to The Pat Summit
Foundation for Alzheimer's research, care and awareness or The American Cancer Society.

David Scott Johnson

Your Text Here​​

David Scott Johnson, 74, of Barnesville, MD, passed on December 28th, 2020, surrounded by his loving family at home. The cause of death was melanoma.

Dave was born in Kensington, MD to the late Pauline Scott Johnson and Edwin Roberts Johnson. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Judith Kay Johnson, daughter Abby Catherine Johnson of London, England, and son David Perry Johnson of Washington, DC. 

Dave spent his life as a skilled carpenter and artisan, restoring old homes, structures and log cabins in and around the Barnesville area. His work has touched many homes and buildings in town and stands as a visible reminder of his craftsmanship. 

Dave was a passionate and adventurous world traveler, an avid reader and a history buff. He was also deeply interested in politics and enjoyed political activism throughout his life. He loved spending time at his home in Eastville, Virginia and sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. A bicycling enthusiast, he also spent many hours cycling through the region’s mountains and could be found riding on the C&O Canal until his final months.

Dave spent much of his retirement hard at work on his farm, establishing gardens, planting fruit trees, and landscaping.

In addition to being survived by his wife and children, Dave is survived by his sisters, Elinor Sweeney of Hollywood, MD and Nancy Rattie of Comus, MD, and brother, Edwin Johnson Jr of Clarksburg, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a food bank of your choice.

Purple Tulips
Dorothy Anderson Stone

Your Text Here​​

Dorothy Anderson Stone, 97, of Rockville, MD, passed away surrounded by her family on December 30, 2020. 

She was the loving wife of the late Luther E. Stone. 

Born on February 17, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Irvin C. and Bessie F. (Miller) Anderson. 

Dorothy is survived by her three children; Stephen Stone, David Stone, Peggy Deitrick, husband, Ned; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers; Ralph Anderson, Robert Anderson and two sisters; Alma Dee Gungoll, Helen Bee McVay. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Waukomis Cemetery, 10729 Cleveland Road, Waukomis, OK 73773. 

Arrangements were made by Hilton Funeral Home, 

Dorothy Jones Elgin

Dorothy Jones Elgin, 100, formerly of Poolesville, Maryland, passed away on Sunday, December 1, 2019 at Buckingham’s Choice, Adamstown, Maryland. She was the daughter of the late John A. Jones, Sr. and Mamie Pyles Jones. Dorothy, more often known as Dots, was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Charles W. Elgin, Sr. She is survived by her two children, Charles W. Elgin, Jr. (Donna), and Mary E. Conlon (Tommy). She is also survived by three grandchildren, Thomas C. Conlon, Sr. (Ashley), J. Scott Conlon (Kara), and Jen Shell (David), and nine great-grandchildren, Zach, Charlie, and Addie Shell, Sophia, J.T., Penny, Daphne, Marshall, and Flynn Conlon.
Growing up on a farm in Dickerson, Dots attended Dickerson School, and later graduated from
Poolesville High School in 1937. She became a Registered Nurse, graduating from Union Memorial Nursing School in Baltimore. Dots worked at Poolesville Elementary School as the school secretary for seventeen years. 

Many volunteer jobs and community service activities have been filled by Dots. For 53 years, she
worked as bookkeeper, volunteer, and genealogist for Monocacy Cemetery, with her husband, Charles. Both were historians who documented the history of many homes in the up-county area. Dots spent years creating scrapbooks filled with local history, pictures, and news articles. Dots participated in church work as a member of the Women of St. Peter’s staffing bake sales, rummage sales, homes tours, and sewing circles. Her famous sand tarts filled the tables of the winter bake sales. Teams gathered in her kitchen to bake record breaking numbers of Christmas cookies every year.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, December 4 at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, Maryland 20838 from 5 to 7 p.m. Services will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, Maryland 20837 on Thursday, December 5 at 11 a.m.
Interment will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 West Hunter Road, Beallsville, Maryland 20839.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monocacy Cemetery, P.O. Box 81, Beallsville, Maryland
20839, or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 387, Poolesville, Maryland 20837.

Samuel J. Tibbs

Samuel J. Tibbs, 85, of Boyds, MD, died on December 2, 2019.

He was the husband of the late Christine Tibbs.

Born on April 16, 1934 in Nebo Smyth County, VA, he was the son of the late James Cleveland and Flora (Atwell) Tibbs.

Sam served his country in the United States Army. He was a dedicated employee to Acker & Son’s for 48 years and was an avid hunter and fisherman.  

Surviving is one brother, Curtis C. Campbell; numerous nieces and nephews, and his special “buddy”, Courtney Scheetz.

Sam was preceded in death by six sisters, Myrtle, Glaytha, Zenola, Lula, Thelma, Alda and six brothers, James, Claude, Newton, Stanley, Joseph and Arnold.

The family will be receiving friends on Sunday December 8 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (, where funeral services will be held on Monday, December 9, at 11 AM.

Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick, MD.

Laszlo K. Urban

Laszlo K. Urban, 88, of Poolesville, MD passed away on December 6, 2019.  He moved to the area 3 years ago after living in Chevy Chase, MD for over 40 years.

Laszlo was the loving husband of Joan Barth Urban.

He was born on June 13, 1931, in Budapest, Hungary.  He survived bombings during WWII and eventually immigrated here in 1959.

Laszlo was a research associate at MIT before becoming a part-time professor of International Relations at the Catholic University of America teaching international politics at the Pentagon.

Along with his wife, he is survived by his daughter Rebecca Grayson and one grandchild Dominic Grayson.

To honor his wishes there will be no services. In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, 4880 Elmer Derr Rd, Frederick, MD 21703.

Patricia “Patty” Ann Hardekopf

Patricia “Patty” Ann Hardekopf, 63, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, passed away on
Tuesday, December 10, 2019.  She is the loving wife of Eugene Hardekopf. Patty was
born on March 18, 1956 in Hagerstown, Maryland to William and Marie Kamachaitis.

Those who had the pleasure of knowing Patty may remember her best for her love of
time with those who were special to her; enjoying fun, fine food and laughter. She had
an affinity for gardening and treasured time caring for plants and flowers. She was hard
worker and spent the earlier part of her career in program management proceeded by a
second career in catering. She was a accomplished chef, specializing in Julia Child’s
French cooking.

Patty was preceded in death by her nephew Samuel Moore, mother, Marie Kamachaitis.
She is survived by her husband Eugene “Gene” Hardekopf, her siblings Marie
Vandermolen, David Kamachaitis, Karen Kamachaitis, Nancy Walker, Carol Moore and
Sue DeSantis; nephews John Vandermolen, Jason Kamachaitis, Matthew Kamachaitis,
Paul Kamachaitis; nieces Laura Simpson, Jessie Kamachaitis, Carly Moore, Lindsay Bull;
great nephews Elijah Vandermolen, Damian Kamachaitis; great nieces Victoria Bittner,
Sahara Kamachaitis, Athena Kamachaitis and Isla Moore.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 2nd, 2020, 10:30 am at St. Mary’s
Catholic Church & Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD
20838. A luncheon will be held following the service at the church hall.

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at

Mary Katherine Cowdery

Mary Katherine Cowdery, 89, of Boyds, MD, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2019. A lifelong resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, she was born on December 13, 1930 in Darnestown, MD.

Mary Katherine was the loving wife to the late William Everett Cowdery, and the daughter to the late Charles Loring Lowery and Mary Katherine Ricketts.

She was a strong courageous mother and a wonderful caring grandmother/ great grandmother.  She enjoyed gardening, traveling and hosting family events.

She was the mother to four daughters; Sally Fink (Randy) of Ijamsville, MD, Wanda Cole (Ed) of Ocean View, DE, Mary Clinedinst (David) of Adamstown, MD and Terrie May (Dale) of Boyds, MD.; 7 grandchildren; Kasey Channell, Kelli Fink, Kimberly Day, Brooke Clinedinst, Brittany Clinedinst, Michaila Webb, and Sabrina May; 3 Great Grandchildren; Kaylee Carder, Drew Channell and Brody Channell and one sister, Pearl May (Sally) Roberts, of Mt. Airy, MD.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, January 3, 2020 at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a Funeral Service will follow at 11:00.  Interment will be at Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 15120 Turkey Foot Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Darnestown Presbyterian Church Building Fund.

Please reload

L. Neville Smith

L. Neville Smith, 88, of Poolesville, MD, died on Friday December 7, 2018.Born on October 3, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Harold C. and Ann Flora (Smith)Smith, Sr.Neville was a member of the Brownsville Cornet Band and supporter of the ASPCA and NorthAmerican Horse Rescue.Surviving are over 15 nieces and nephews along with assorted grandnieces and grandnephews.She was preceded in death by one sister, Anne Louise Sylvester and one brother, Harold C.Smith, Jr.The family will be receiving friends on Friday December 14 from 3-5 PM at the Hilton FuneralHome, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.A memorial service will be held at the Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church inPoolesville at a later date. Please check our website for updates.Interment will be private in Rockville Union Cemetery, Rockville, MD.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church,P.O. Box 358, Poolesville, MD 20837 or Compassionate Care Hospice ( of sympathy may be offered to the family at

Ineke Lok Smallwood

Ineke Lok Smallwood, 58, of Barnesville, MD, died suddenly on Saturday December 8, 2018.
She was the wife of Chip Smallwood.
Born on July 18, 1960, she was the daughter of Mary White (Hays) Lok and the late Godefridus F. (Fred) Lok.
Surviving besides her husband are three daughters, Mary Kate Ross (John), Emily Schneider,
and Abby Dunn; two sisters Martha Ward (Bob), and Shirley Prasada-Rao (Sam) and nieces and
nephews, Benton, Curtis, and Adam Ward, Meitzy, Freddy, and Mina PrasadaRao.
Ineke was preceded in death by a grandson, John “Beau” Ross.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 AM on Saturday December 15 at St. Mary’s Catholic
Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.

If you are unable to attend but would like to send children's books (all ages) in Ineke’s memory to one of the hospitals where she spent many hours reading to her beloved grandson, Beau, the addresses are listed below. Giving the gift of reading to other families and their children will help us to honor Ineke’s memory and continue her legacy of love. Thank you for your generosity and support.


Johns Hopkins Children's Center

C/O Child Life Department

1800 Orleans St, Baltimore, MD 21287


Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital

C/O Child Life Department

1708 W Rogers Ave, Baltimore, MD 21209

Sarah Baker (Thomas) Allnutt

Sarah Baker (Thomas) Allnutt, age 95, died on Sunday, December 16, 2018. She was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia, to Franklin and Helen Thomas and was the third of four children.  

Graduating from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, Virginia, in 1941 and Hood College in 1945, Sarah taught school in DC before marrying farmer Benoni Dawson Allnutt in 1951. She was a devoted and energetic mother to their five children whom she nurtured on Homestead Farm near Poolesville, MD.

From childhood, Sarah enjoyed sports and the outdoors, therefore she encouraged (and cajoled) her children to do the same. Horseback riding was a particular favorite. In the 1970s, she and other local parents with horses founded the Seneca Valley Pony Club, and she was one of its first District Commissioners.

Always the adventurer, Sarah organized 100-mile rides for herself, her young children and their friends on the C&O Canal Towpath during spring break for three years in a row. Memorable stories still circulate.

She continued seeking out adventures - riding in a bicentennial wagon train for a week, traveling around the world, being a camp counselor, square dancing, playing tennis, taking language lessons, snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef, competing in international swim meets with U.S. Master Swimming and deciding to go on an African safari in her 80s. She even went go-kart racing in her 90s.

Her love of the outdoors was honed during summers at Camp White Rock and Camp Strawderman. Sarah made sure her daughters and granddaughters were able to follow in her footsteps.

Sarah and Benoni were married 56 years. They moved from Homestead Farm to Berryville Road (near Seneca) in 1991, switching homes with son Ben, who continues to run the family farm. They lived near Seneca until 2006, then moved to Kentland Manor in Gaithersburg, MD, where Benoni died in 2007.

Sarah moved to Sunrise Montgomery in Gaithersburg in 2015. There, she continued her three-times-a-week swimming schedule. She competed with U.S. Masters Swimming starting in the 1970s and holds multiple national records in 100-meter breaststroke and 100-meter medley. After a hip replacement, she switched to 100-meter butterfly. Her winning ways continued. In 2014, her Over-85 Mixed Medley Team broke the 100-meter Maryland state record. She thoroughly enjoyed the camaraderie of competing around the world and won even more friends than medals. 

She is survived by her 5 children: Ben (Maureen) Allnutt Jr., Tom (Ginny) Allnutt, Anne C Allnutt, Bob (Amy) Allnutt and Caroline Allnutt; as well as 8 grandchildren: Ian, Russ, Dawson, Annie Lee, Mary Alice, Elizabeth, Emma and Jack; and 2 great grandchildren: Osric and Remy.

Sarah continued an active social life right up until her death. The family is grateful to Janice Ford, who chauffeured Sarah wherever she wanted to go, as well as her many friends and extended family who enriched her life.

A private celebration of her life will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Sarah’s memory to Reach Every Voice at

Wilbur Day “Buster” Watkins, Jr.

Wilbur Day “Buster” Watkins, Jr. of Clarksburg, MD passed away on Wednesday,December 19, 2018 surrounded by family.He was born in Cedar Grove, MD on September 27, 1923, son of the late WilburDay Watkins, Sr. and Ruth Selby King Watkins. He was the beloved husband of(Agnes) Jeannette Walter Watkins for 64 years until her death in May 2013.Buster graduated from Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville in 1941. Heserved with the Maryland Guard Reserve, and from 1944-46 with the 42ndRainbow Division, U.S. Army WWII in the European theater. After the war hewas a member of the Rainbow Division Veterans Memorial Foundation.He worked in his father’s sheet metal shop before and after his military service. In1952 Buster and Jeannette founded Watkins Cabinet Co., Inc. He enjoyed fishing,camping, woodworking, quilting and was a charter member of the GermantownLions Club. He was well known for his handcrafted wooden toys many of whichhe donated to various organizations including the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St.Martin’s Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Catholic Church.Buster was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Barnesville, and a member ofSt. Mary’s Holy Name Society.He is survived by 7 children: Joan M. Watkins (Gil House), Kenneth L. Watkins(Kathy), Nancy L. Watkins, Sue A. Conner (Eben), Georgia M. Ray (Arby),Franklin W. Watkins, Sr. (Marie), Gerrianne Watkins (Fred Couffer); 26grandchildren, 73 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren. He ispredeceased by sister, Ida Louise Watkins Bartgis, grandchild, Nicholas Watkinsand great-grandchild, Johnathan Conway.Viewing will be at Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD, Thursday, December27, 2018 4-7 pm. Vigil Prayers will be said at 5. Funeral mass will be at St.Mary’s Catholic Church, Barnesville, Friday, December 28, 2018 at 10 am.Interment will be in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers please send donationsto the Haiti Project at St. Mary’s Church, PO Box 67, Barnesville, MD 20838.

Rosemary Walker

Rosemary Walker, 72, of Poolesville, MD died on December 30, 2018.

She was the wife of the late Thomas C. Walker.

Born on December 10, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Lucy (Manganaro) Castellano.

Surviving are two children, Michael T. Walker of Camp Springs, MD, David J. Walker of West Palm Beach, FL; one brother, John R. Castellano of Bayville, NJ and one granddaughter, Emily.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, January 3 from 4-7pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd., Barnesville, MD.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Presentation, 17220 Tom Fox Ave, Poolesville, MD on Friday, January 4 at 10:00am.

Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

In Lieu of Flowers the family asks that donations be sent to Our Lady of the Presentation, 17220 Tom Fox Ave, Poolesville, MD. 

Please reload

Daniel Inscoe

Daniel Inscoe passed away December 2, 2017 at Walter Reed National Medical Center with friends and family by his side.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Linwood Inscoe and Linda Macek, as well as brothers Graham Inscoe, Joseph Inscoe, stepbrother Noah Hoagland, and beloved cousin Jessica Schwartz.

The family will be receiving guests Saturday December 9 from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville MD. Funeral services will be held at 1:00,  immediately following visitation.

Interment to follow at Boyds Presbyterian Church, Boyds, MD immediately after funeral services are concluded.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Daniel’s honor to:

The Yellow Ribbon Fund or Canine Companions for Independence. Both these groups brought extra joy to Daniel in his final days.

David Alan Rutledge

David Alan Rutledge passed away on Sunday, December 3, 2017, at home in Barnesville, MD.

Born on August 19, 1961, in Olney, MD, he is the son of Patricia Rutledge (Martin) and the late Connelly Trigg Rutledge “CT”.

David is survived by his spouse, Jennifer Rutledge; one daughter, Kristen Ortiz; two stepchildren, Courtney Earp-Spano, Nicholas Spano, three brothers, Connelly Rutledge “Beany” and wife Debbie, Randy Lee Rutledge and wife Patty, Donald Venson Rutledge “Duck” and wife Linda; one sister, Karen Diane Marsee; and four grandchildren.

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, December 6th from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville RD, Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 7th at 11 AM.

Interment to follow after at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations go to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478
Oklahoma City, OK 73123. 

J. Robert Lillard

J. Robert Lillard, Jr., 86, of Barnesville, passed away Friday, December 8, 2017, at Frederick Memorial Hospital, with family and friends by his side.  He was the devoted husband of Margery S. Lillard, the love of his life, who predeceased him October 19, 2006.

Born in Barnesville, on January 4, 1931, he was the son of the late J. Robert Lillard, Sr., and Stella Viola (Renn) Lillard.  Bob or “Bobby” was proud to tell you that he was “bred, born, and raised” in the house that he lived in.  He attended the two-room school in Barneville, through the 3rd grade, when the school was closed and students transferred to Poolesville.  He was a 1949 graduate of Poolesville High School.  For a summer during his high school years, he worked for the family trucking and paving business, J.R. Lillard and Son.  After high school, he worked as a mechanic for Call Carl, followed by Rockmont Chevrolet, as a front-end mechanic.  He also was a partnership owner of Poolesville Feed and Supply and a salesman for Snap-On Tools.  He retired from the National Institute of Health, as a Computer Supervisor, with the Division of Research & Grants.  During retirement, he operated a sign and engraving business, from home, and drove the school bus for the Barnesville School.

He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the 7th Army Signal Corp, as a teletype operator, in Stuttgart, Germany.  He was a member of the Daniel-Jeffers Post #247 of the American Legion and a former member of the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department.  He was a life-long and active member of Barnesville Baptist Church, where he served as Trustee, usher, and teller.  He served as the Chairman of Barnesville’s Zoning Committee for 40 years and enthusiastically served on the committee to restore Barnesville’s Town Hall to its historic beauty.  He was a member of the Fervency Lodge 200, AF&AM, Point of Rocks, where he was a past Worshipful Master. He had been an active square dancer, participating with numerous local clubs in the area.

Bob’s lifetime hobby was antique cars.  While he owned numerous makes, models, and years, the heart and soul of his collection was always a Model T.  During his lifetime, he owned a C cab truck, a 1927 Touring, a 1913 Depot Hack, and a 1922 Touring.  He was most proud of his trip, in 1984, with Margery and Jan, in his 1913 Depot Hack, from Barnesville, to New York City, to Seattle, Washington, back to Barnesville, with 30 other Model T’ers, retracing a race won by a Model T in 1909.  He and Margery traveled extensively in their antique cars, locally and all across the nation, participating in club tours and trips on their own.  He was a life member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, a charter member of the Sugarloaf Mountain Region Chapter of the AACA; a member of the Model T Ford Club International, charter member of the Heart of Maryland Chapter of the MTFCI, member of the Nation’s Capital Chapter of MTFCI; member of the Model T Ford Club of America, charter member of the Blue and Grey Chapter of MTFCA; member of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America; former member of the Packard, Oldsmobile, Edsel, and Corvair owners clubs.

He is survived by his loving daughter Janita Lillard Burdette and husband, Gary.  He is also survived by his sister, Rebecca Lillard Umstead; niece, Barbara Umstead Hamilton and husband Joseph; nephews James Renn Lillard and wife Sharon, and Gary Trent Lillard and wife Krista, as well as numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Ellen Lillard, and brother, Ernest “Tip” Renn Lillard, as well as nephew, Stanley Leo Umstead.

Friends and family may call from 10:00 a.m., until time of services at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 16, at Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Road, Barnesville.  Internment will follow a fellowship luncheon at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Pavilion (Barnesville), in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick.  Antique car friends are encouraged to drive their vehicles.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to Barnesville Baptist Church, P. O. Box 69, Barnesville, MD  20838.

Jeffrey Dylan Fisher

Jeffrey Dylan Fisher passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, at home in Poolesville, MD.

Born on February 5, 1995, he is the son of Jeffrey and Candith Fisher.

Along with his parents, Dylan is survived by one brother, John Dustin Fisher; one sister, Destiny Starr Fisher; two grandmothers, Peggy Fisher, Ruthann Earp; an aunt and uncle, Gene and Charlotte Fisher; cousins, Scotty Earp, Matthew Bishop, Timothy Bishop, Andrew Fisher, Nathan Fisher and Nicholas Fisher. Dylan is also survived by Nancy Moreland.

He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Gene Fisher, Sr. and Johnny Wayne Earp.

The family will be receiving friends from 5-8 PM on Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at the Poolesville Baptist Church, 17550 W Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD  (

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the family to offset funeral expenses. Checks may be made out to Charlotte Fisher and sent to the following address: 12931 Meadow View Dr., Darnestown, MD 20878.

Linda Sue Ripley

Linda Sue Ripley (Lin) was born on December 13, 1962, was the daughter of Wilda and Gene Ripley. She is survived by her wife, Paige Therese Kovach and children Zachary Joseph (20) and Mackenzie Lin (17) and her siblings, Marla, John (Sherill, Bart, Bekah, Hunter, Garrett, Brock, Amber, Ashlyn, Nick, Lexi, Carson and Kayleigh), Donna (Katie, Michael, Atticus, August, Sebastian, Peter, Chrissy, Colton, Kendall, Paul, Marianne, Marley, Ruthie and Noah, Betsy and Steven) and Debbi (Roy, Renay, Aaron, Noam, Emily, and Chad).  She is also survived by her in-laws Pam and Jim (Kyle and Erin), Mark and Izzy (Jesse, Stephanie, Jamie, and Zach), Phyllis and Michael (Christine, Kate, Aaron, Marilyn, Paul, Allison, Eric) and Patty.  She was born in Wheeling WV and raised on the family farm where her love of animals, particularly cows, was started.

She attended West Liberty and received a BA in English. She wanted to be a grammarian. She went on to get her Masters in Social Work from Howard University and worked for Child Protective Services for 15 years in Washington, DC.  Lin received her doctorate in Social Work from Catholic in May 2011.  She worked at Stoddard Baptist Home as their Clinical Director and started her own private practice where she worked with a variety of clients and loved the work.

She came to Maryland with her friend Gene Taylor during the summer of 1997.  In October of 1997, she met her life partner and future wife, Paige.  Paige fell in love with her mind, sense of humor, ability to overcome adversity, and the most spectacular laugh in the world!  Together Lin and Paige built a most wonderful family with Zach and Kenzie.  Lin was most proud of those two accomplishments.  They have provided love, joy, humor, creativity, numerous opportunities for personal growth and again most importantly, LOVE. 

In 1998, Lin and Paige bought the FARM, literally.  This was Lin's dream!  The farm had a little guest house that was in desperate need of repairs, trees growing through windows and snake skins hanging from the ceiling.  Lin and Paige saw only beauty and they fell in love and knew this was where they would raise the family.  The farm improvements started and then the growth and expansion never stopped.  The llamas were first in October of 2000, then 9 chickens (now 300 and quite the egg operation) then the horses were added in August of 2010.  Shortly thereafter, a strong wind came by the farm, hell froze over and cows came to Sugarland Road!  A most joyous occasion for Lin and Kenzie!  Zach and Paige were cautiously optimistic. Growth continued at the farm with the addition of goats, sheep and pigs.

On October 9, 2017, Lin was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  Nine weeks and one day later our most precious love left on December 12, 2017.  Please join us in honoring Lin with great stories, laughter, music and dance on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm at The Open Door Metropolitan Community Church located at 15817 Barnesville Road, Boyds, MD.  Dress is casual.

Always find the positive in the situation, contemplate your answer before responding, love every precious moment you have and take every opportunity you have to expand your brain, yourself and to grow!

David Weitzer

David Weitzer, 88, of Poolesville, MD passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.

Born on May 27, 1929, in Brooklyn, NY, he is the son of the late Bernard Weitzer and Eva Bonner.

David is known in the business community as a loving husband, father, and grandfather, stellar businessman, uber farmer, beloved friend, competent mentor, community pioneer, and a strong advocate for broadband in the Ag Reserve. His passion was promotion of the dairy industry (regionally, nationally, and internationally).

David was the owner/operator of Beneva Farms in Poolesville, MD, a 70 year family dairy and grain farm in Montgomery County. David raised and bred Holstein cows and raised commodity crops covering 500+ acres. David served six years on the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) beginning in 1995 and more than 20 years overall as a dairy checkoff leader. He was a founding director of the U.S. Dairy Export Council, which helps grow U.S. dairy sales internationally. In 2009, he was honored with the Richard E. Lyng Award by the NDB for his dedication and service to dairy promotion.

Before David’s passing he held the positions as the President of the Montgomery County Grain Club and Chairman of the Montgomery County Agricultural Advisory Committee.

During his lifetime David was the Vice President and Director for Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative where he was a recipient of the 50 year member award in 2000 and also the recipient of the Cooperative’s Quality Milk awards from 1947-2017. David was also a member of the State of Maryland Agricultural Commission from 1985-1993, Upper Montgomery County Farmers Club from 1989 to 2017, Maryland and Virginia Veterinary College Advisory Committee, Pennmarva Dairymen’s Federation, Director for Dairy Management, Inc., Officer and Director for United Dairy Industry Association, Chairman of Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, Director and Member of Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Founding Member and Officer of Montgomery County Farm Preservation Board, Award recipient for the Richard E. Lyng Award, National Dairy Board 2009 and Special tribute/recipient in 2012 for the Montgomery County Agricultural Hall of Fame Award.

David is survived by his loving wife, Barabara Furst Weitzer; one daughter, Keri Ane Grossnickle and husband Troy of Poolesville, MD; one sister, Sara Janet Shaw of Catonsville, MD and two grandchildren, Ty and Luke Grossnickle.

Along with his parents David is preceded in death by one sister, Edith Weitzer.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 2 PM on Saturday January 13th at the Montgomery County Fair Grounds, 501 Perry Pkwy, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 in the Heritage Building. The main fairground entrance, 501 Perry Parkway is closed,  for easy access to the Fairgrounds, please use the 16 Chestnut Street entrance.  The family asks that if you plan on attending the service please email so they can plan accordingly.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following organizations.

First Responders, Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, 19801 Beallsville Road, Beallsville, MD 20839, Jewish Social Service Agency (JSSA), The Ina Kay Building, 200 Wood Hill Road, Rockville, MD 20850 ( or Premier Homecare by JSSA, 1390 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD  20850 (

Arrangements by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD (

Richard “Rich” J. Belferman

Richard “Rich” J. Belferman, 64, of Parkersburg, WV, died suddenly on December 22, 2017.

Born on June 20, 1953 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Herman Richard and Mary Jane (Davis) Belferman.

Rich is survived by two brothers, John M. Belferman of Barnesville, MD, James David Belferman of Rochester Hill, MI and one niece, Greta-Jane Belferman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Friday December 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, MD.

Interment will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD.

Arrangements by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD.

Marie T. Kamachaitis

Marie T. Kamachaitis, 86, of Boyds, MD, died on December 29, 2017 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, MD.

She was the loving wife of 66 years of William P. Kamachaitis.

Born on July 21, 1931, in Mahanoy City, PA, she was the daughter of the late John and Emma (Mertens) Klitsch.

Besides her husband Marie is survived by her seven children, Marie VanderMolen, Patricia Ann Hardekopf, David Kamachaitis, Karen Kamachaitis, Nancy Ann Walker, Carol Ann Moore and Sue Ann DeSantis; 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.

Marie was preceded in death by her brothers Gerald, Paul and Leo Klitsch and grandson Samuel Moore.

The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 – 11:00 AM with a Memorial Mass following at 11:00 AM on January 12th, 2018 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, MD  20838.

Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery followed by a reception in the church pavilion.

Arrangements by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD (

Robert Charles Schultz

Robert Charles Schultz died peacefully, on December 29, 2017, surrounded by his family at his home in Poolesville, MD.  He was 94.

He was born in Norbeck, MD in 1923. He graduated from Bethesda Chevy Chase High School and attended George Washington University.

Upon the start of WWII, Robert enlisted in the US Army and was assigned to the 97th Bombardment Wing.  In 1944, Staff Sergeant Schultz and his men participated in the D-Day (DD+1) landings at Normandy.

After the war Robert married Jean Carlisle Thomas.  He was employed by PPGlass Co.  Robert advocated and testified before car manufactures to use the new safety glass created by PPG on their windshields as opposed to cheaper glass that didn’t shatter on impact, causing more deaths.

As the owner of several companies, he developed technologies that would improve products for customers, obtaining a patent for the improvement of water treatments in cooling towers.

Upon retirement, Mr. Schultz moved to a small farm in Poolesville where he raised fruit, vegetables, and nursery stock.  His berries were very popular, and he supplied grocery stores, fruit stands, and restaurants with his produce.

Mr. Schultz is survived by two daughters, Carla Toomey and Jan Schultz. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Matthew Toomey and Karen McCormack as well as three great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his wife Jean, brothers Steve and Jack, and by his parents Charles and Harriet.

Memorial donations in Mr. Schultz's name can be made to Montgomery County Hospice at 1355 Piccard Drive #100, Rockville, MD  20850 or to the Montgomery County Humane Society.

Services and interment will be private.

John Theodore Buckley II

John Theodore Buckley II passed away on Sunday, December 31, 2017 at the age of 81.  John is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Jeannette B. Buckley and his two daughters and two sons - Mary Sharon Buckley, Kathryn Buckley and her husband Greg Braun, John Buckley III and his wife Teresa Buckley, and Thomas Buckley and his wife Catherine Buckley.  John was a devoted grandfather to his eleven grandchildren, Emily Ambuehl, Olivia Ambuehl, Sophia Braun, Edward Braun, Katherine Christina Buckley, Emma Buckley, Thomas Buckley, Colin Buckley, Luke Buckley, Zachary Buckley, and Alina Buckley.  A memorial service will be held on January 3 at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church ( in Barnesville, Maryland.  

John was born January 16, 1936 in New London, Connecticut.  He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 1958 and Columbia Law School in 1961.  John proceeded to have an accomplished career practicing corporate law as a partner in New York City law firms and later as in-house counsel for Skandia Corporation in Connecticut.  In addition to his legal achievements, John pursued many interests.  In particular, John was an avid marathon runner, photographer, golfer, skier, baseball fan, and student of history - especially the American Revolution.  John also served on the Pleasantville, New York Board of Trustees for two terms.  Upon retirement, John accomplished a life long dream to author and publish, Don’t Leave Me Now, A Novel of the American Revolutionary War.  

In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Saint Mary’s Church Haitian Fund, PO Box 88, Barnesville, MD 20838 .  Please write “Haiti” on the memo line of the check,

or contribute via PayPal on (

Please reload

Larry Dean Benes

Passed away peacefully on December 1, 2016 after a heroic three year fight with cancer. He is survived by his beloved wife of 30 years, Stacie; his sisters and brother-in-law Devereaux
Raskauskas, Darcy Bonfils and Jim Bonfils (Andrea). Cherished nieces and nephews Jenn, Joseph and Carolyn Raskauskas, Alexandra and Lindsay Bonfils, Sara Sluhan Baer and John Sluhan. He was preceded in death by his parents Betty and Jerry Benes, his sister, Maryann Benes Sluhan and her husband, Elliott.
Larry lived life to the fullest. He was gracious towards all, the nicest, must fun loving person in any room. He approached everything with vigor and enthusiasm. We will remember him at the Potomac Hunt Races, teaching the kids how to place a bet, on the golf course at Farmington, fishing in the Florida Keys. He was an entrepreneur whose interests were varied and included broadcasting and real estate. Larry's family thanks the doctors, nurses and all caregivers at Hopkins Oncology, Inova Fairfax, Sibley, Suburban and the Washington Home Hospice. They took wonderful care of Larry which he appreciated so much. Special thanks to Larry's wonderful aide, Sam, who took beautiful care of Larry's every need while at home. All are living proof that there are truly angels on earth. There will be a memorial service at a later date.

Ella Mae Wynne

Ella Mae Wynne, 94, formerly of Poolesville, Maryland, passed away quietly on December 11, 2016, at Homewood at Crumland Farms in Frederick, Maryland. She was the loving wife of the late Edward Buford Wynne, Sr., of Poolesville, Maryland.
Born February 12, 1922, in Bluefield, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late James Thomas and Nora Lester. She was a home maker and provided day care service to many children in the town of Poolesville. In later years, Ella Mae worked for First National Bank. She was a life-time member of Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church where she was a member of Crafty Ladies and Gents and always helped with apple butter making. In addition, she was a life-time member of the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and of The Rebekah's
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. She was an active participant in many activities at Homewood at Crumland Farms, specifically her work at the Country Store. She enjoyed her 15 years living at Homewood, and particu-larly loved the staff employed there.
She is survived by her three children, Betty Jean Selby of Adamstown, Frances Noffsinger of Newport News, VA, Eddie Wynne and wife Dinah of Adamstown; nine grandchildren, Lin Selby and wife Leslie, Michael Selby and wife Corrine, Bruce Selby and wife Amy, Lisa Selby, Wesley Noffsinger and wife Caroline, Stephen Noffisinger and wife Brandi, David Noffsinger, Jason Wynne and wife Sarah and Natalie Wynne; thirteen great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by nu-merous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and sons-in-law, Roy L. Selby Jr., and Martin W. Noffsinger.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, December 15th, 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, December 16th, at the Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Pool-esville, MD. Interment will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD. The church will host a reception following the interment.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Ella Mae Wynne to the Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 358, Poolesville, MD 20837.

Thomas C. Schelling

Thomas C. Schelling, 95, of Bethesda, MD, died on December 13, 2016 at this residence.
Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Alice Coleman Schelling of Bethesda; four sons from his first marriage, Andrew Schelling of Boulder, Colo., Tom Schelling of Ashland, Mass., Daniel Schelling of Salt Lake City and Robert Schelling of Putney, Vt.; two stepsons, David Coleman of Mountain View, Calif., and Robert Coleman of Portland, Ore.; a sister; 12 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Read his full obituary here.

Please reload