Virginia A. Gibson

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Virginia A. Gibson (88) of Boyds, Maryland, died on February 6, 2021.  Born in Lewiston, Idaho on June 13, 1932, she was the daughter of the late William and Rachel Jones.

Virginia is survived by her brother, Ricker Jones, children Wendy (Brian) Sutch-Kiser, Amy (Bobby) Sutch Gupta, Mark Sutch and step children, Steven (Deneen) Gibson, Michelle Duchowny, 6 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her late husbands, Edmund Leon Sutch and Steven Curtis Gibson.

After graduating from the University of Idaho with a degree in Journalism, she attended Union Theological Seminary and received a Master’s in Christian Education.  She served several churches as Director of Christian Education, and published articles for church magazine’s and local newspapers.  She also edited, Dory Howell’s book, “Stand Straight and Grow Tall,” and assisted with Arthur Virts’ book, “Boyds: A Character Study by Arthur Virts and Friends.”

Virginia was very active in the community. She served on various organizations such as Boyds Historical Society, Boyds Federal Credit Union and the Boyds Presbyterian Church.  She loved flying, writing, bird watching, reading mysteries, travelling in her RV to bluegrass festivals and to Albuquerque, NM on a family caravan/reunion to the hot air balloon festival.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Boyds Presbyterian Church, PO Box 320, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.

A Memorial Service will be at Boyds Presbyterian Church with interment to follow at a later date.

Nancy T. Lynch

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Nancy Troiano Lynch, of Ft Myers, FL formerly of Gaithersburg, MD passed away peacefully on Monday, February 8, 2021.

Nancy was born on July 24, 1919 in Washington, D.C.,  the daughter of Antonio and Antonina Troiano.

She is survived by her sons William T. Lynch (Diane) of Gaithersburg, MD and John H. (Betsy) of Edgewater, MD. She was predeceased by her son Anthony T. Lynch.

During her lifetime she was a member of the Travel Club of Damascus, The Lioness Club, Shady Grove Hospital Volunteers Club and the 101st Airborne Associate Member.

A Celebration of Life for family members will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made Kindred Hospice 4886 New Broad St Ste 200, Orlando FL  32814.

Jean Louise Walker

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Jean Louise Walker, 88, of Ijamsville, MD, was born in Bay City, MI, on January 17, 1933. Surrounded by all of her children at her home, she peacefully went to her heavenly home on February 13, 2021.

The daughter of Edward Albert Whitbrodt and Lena Catherine Fischer, Jean married the love of her life, David Walker, Jr., on October 18, 1952. David preceded her in death in 1997. Jean and David are the beloved parents of Debra (Harold Green, deceased), Linda (Mike Kroeger), Paul (Penny Navarro, deceased), and Glenn (Robin Young). Their grandchildren are Stephanie and Sabrina Green; Tess (Jesse Carter), Nell (Tanner Wilson), and Kitt Kroeger; Kris Navarro; and Lacey (Phil Westcott) and Garrett Walker. Great-grandchildren are Philippa, Rex, Casper, & Romy (Carter) and Shea & Wren (Wilson). Jean is also survived by her late brother Jerry’s widow MaryAnn Whitbrodt; their children Tony, Sheryl (Randy Jensen) and Mike; and their grandsons David and Peter (Jensen); as well as her cherished cousins Nan Brandt (George Krohn), Susie Parker, and Paulette Levasseur.  

Jean was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She and Dave enjoyed golf, bowling, traveling, and square dancing, but they delighted most in their family. They created a close-knit family that included the Christian faith, annual trips to see family in Michigan, road trips on the weekends, a healthy work ethic, and a memorable Scottish steak pie. Jean’s impeccable, German-heritage cleanliness was matched only by her listening ear, her tender heart for both people and animals, and her humble spirit.

A private family graveside service will take place at Parklawn Cemetery in Rockville, MD at a later date.

The family wishes to express their deep gratitude to Julia (RN) and Patricia (HHA) of Frederick Health Hospice for their compassionate care of Jean.

Jarrod Stephen Sharp

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On Thursday February the 11th 2021, Jarrod Stephen Sharp, 43, loving father of three daughters, passed away. Jarrod was born August 23, 1977 in York, PA and was a veteran who served in the US Air Force. He was a Computer Science graduate from the University of Maryland, an MBA graduate from Penn State University, and held a Juris Doctor Degree from the Baltimore School of Law, University of Maryland. He was exceptionally bright and an overachiever in all his academic and professional pursuits.  


He was employed as a Privacy Attorney with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland.  His career spanned both Law, Information Technology and Cyber Security fields and he held various prestigious positions in both areas over the last two decades.


Jarrod was constantly learning new things and was relentless in his pursuit to improve his education and professional accomplishments. He loved all types of sports and was a loyal Terps fan. Jarrod was most passionate about being a father to his three beautiful daughters. He was always trying to foster new interests and expose them to new things. Jarrod was a fun and caring father who wanted the absolute best for his daughters. The girls have many memories of fun times spent with him at the beach, the lake, the mountains and at home. He loved them dearly and no one could make them laugh as much as him. 


Jarrod was a charismatic, passionate and loyal friend to many. His sense of humor was perhaps his most endearing quality, one which his friends and family relished. Jarrod never missed an opportunity to make people laugh. His personality and charm lit up every room he walked into, and made every get together with friends a time to always remember. 


He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Virginia Margolis. He is survived by his three daughters, Avery (7), Ellison (5), Isla (3), his paternal grandmother, Dorothy, mother Lorri Rhiner, father, Stephen, stepmother, Janet, sister, Courtney, brother-in-law, Ahmad, nephew, Isaak, brother, Chad, and the mother of his three daughters, Laura.


In lieu of gifts or cards please donate to the charity of your choice to make this world a better place for his three daughters and all of us. Jarrod was well loved and respected by his friends, family and colleagues and will be very dearly missed. 

Romeo L. Domingo

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Romeo Liwanag Domingo, 85, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on February 16, 2021.

He was the loving husband to Conchita Domingo.

Born on February 24, 1935 in Manila, Philippines, he was the son to the late Mariano and Trinidad (Liwanag) Domingo.

Romeo was a loving husband, great father and best grandfather. He was the foundation of a wonderful family, and his devotion to raising his children made possible their successes in their education and careers. He was well respected and everybody who knew him loved him dearly. 

Along with his wife, Romeo is survived by his four daughters; Daisy Hernandez of Virginia, Chona Rose Quinto of Maryland, Grace Teves of Maryland, Anna Liza Domingo of Maryland, sons-in-law; Wilfredo Hernandez, Joey Quinto, Dennis Teves, grandchildren; Giancarlo, Phillip, Darleen, Romeo Josef, Gabby, Joshua, one great-grandchild; Logan, one brother; Rudy Carlos of Manila, Philippines.

The family will be having a private catholic service officiated by Fr. Stephan  Yap on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM . Relatives and friends can view the service via Facebook live: https://www.facebook.com/HiltonFuneralHome/

Michael A. Matthews

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Michael A. Matthews, 64, of Gaithersburg, MD went peacefully home to be with his Lord on Sunday, February 28, 2021. His wife and his two younger children were by his side.

Mike was born on May 23, 1956 in Washington, DC. He was the soulmate and best friend of his wife, Diane. He was a cheerleader and great role-model for his kids, Jonathan (Eubanks), Jenna and Nolan. When his future daughter-in-law, Kathryn (Eubanks), and her sister, Natalie (Marston), joined our family, he welcomed them with open arms. Now he has two granddaughters, Peyton (Eubanks) and Kaylee (Marston) who love his as Pop Pop.

Mike was the firstborn of this parents Joseph Matthews and Estherlin Cooper Matthews (deceased). He had two sisters, Estherlin Matthews-Thomas of Gaithersburg, MD, and Cynde Murphy of Hyattsvillle, MD. He is survived by his father, sisters, brother-in-law, Keith Murphy, nieces Kelsey Murphy, Candace Thomas, and Kerri Murphy, and nephews Kory (Kristin) Murphy and Christian Thomas.

A pivotal point in Mike’s teen years was his time spent as a camp counselor at Summit Lake Camp. His connections there led him to friendships at Montrose Baptist Church and his choice to attend Baylor University.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday March 5th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM at the Seneca Creek Community Church, 13 Firstfield Rd., Suite 100, Gaithersburg, MD  20878.  Funeral services will be held at the church on Saturday March 6th at 1:00 PM.  The family will be receiving friends 1 hour prior to the funeral service.

COVID protocol will be followed.

In lieu of flowers visit alivingtribute.org to plant a tree in memory of Mike.

Virginia Mae Gravely

Virginia Mae Gravely, 87, of Kensington, MD, passed away on February 9, 2020.

Virginia was the loving wife to the late Hosely J. Gravely, Jr.

Born on April 29, 1932, in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Charles G. Sr., and Jennie M. Fowler.

She is survived by her three sons; Hosely J. Gravely III (Layla) of Harrisonburg, VA, Ronald L. Gravely (Kim) of Kensington, MD, Rodney K. Gravely (Traci) of Dickerson, MD; two daughters, Linda S. Quesenberry (Richard) of Hagerstown, MD, Mabel A. Gravely of Kensington, MD; five brothers, William Fowler of Frederick, MD, Robert Fowler of Urbana, MD, James E. Fowler of Hagerstown, MD, Howard Fowler of Dickerson, MD, Harry Fowler of Knoxville, MD; one sister, Martha Reed of Emmitsburg, MD; 4 half-siblings, Rosa Bolinger, Ruth Stambaugh, Carl C. Fowler, Wilmer Joseph Fowler; one step-brother, Kenneth Shumaker; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles G. Fowler, Jr., Franklin F. Fowler and one half-sister, Dorothy E. Davidson.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 12th 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, February 13th. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.     

Iona Rosella McGrew

Iona Rosella McGrew, 97, of Frederick, Maryland, passed away on February 10, 2020. Iona was the loving wife to the late Harry Ellis McGrew. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Joyce Snyder of Frederick, Maryland, son, Dennis John McGrew of Clarksburg, Maryland and one sister, Audrey Kleckner of St. Clairsville, Ohio.

She was blessed with eight grandchildren: Deborah Coates, Kimberly Lewis, Daniel McGrew and his wife Tara, Ashleigh Coe and her husband Jordan, Shawn McGrew and his wife Ashley, Timothy McGrew, Kevin McGrew and his wife Lacey. Followed by fifteen wonderful great grandchildren: Andrew Coates, Alexandra Rempe and her husband John, Juliana Coates, Madison, Mason, Mackena and Maddox McGrew, Nicholas, Chase and Aubrey Coe, Levi, Blake and Lucas McGrew, Shawn Jr. and Brooke McGrew.  She also had one great-great granddaughter, Raylynn Rempe.

She was preceded in death by her son Ronald Ellis McGrew and grandson Jeffrey William Gartner, two brothers, Leslie Morris and Pat Morris.

Iona (Grammie) lived a long happy life, on her own, and enjoyed entertaining her loving family and friends.

A graveside service will be held February 17, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick Maryland. A celebration of her life will follow at the Urbana Volunteer Fire Rescue in Urbana, Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to either Hospice of Frederick County, Maryland, or, a blood donation to the American Red Cross.

The family is incredibly grateful for the many kindnesses during her life and for the gift of caring, attentive medical staff at Frederick Regional Hospital during her final days. To remember Iona please extend kindness and care to others.


Joan M. Bennett

Joan M. Bennett, 83, of Damascus, MD, passed away on February 15, 2020.

She was the wife of the late Richard Bennett.

Born on May 20, 1936 in England, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Neilson and Eileen Mary King.

Surviving are her children; Cheri Bennett, Natalie Bennett, Christine Howard, Linda Smale, Richard Bennett; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Family will be receiving friends from 10:00 AM to Noon on Sunday, February 23rd at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com). Interment is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Kidney Fund at www.kidneyfund.org.

Gladys “Dolly” M. Larman

Gladys “Dolly” M. Larman, 73, of Boyds, MD, passed away suddenly on February 27, 2020.She was the wife of the late Harry S. Larman, Sr.Born on July 24, 1946, in Bermuda, she was the daughter of the late William E. and Gladys M. (Hodson) Giles.Surviving is one son, Harry “Skip” Larman and wife Amy of Mt. Airy, MD; one sister, Betty Richards; two brothers, Billy and Lenny Giles and 4 grandchildren.Dolly was preceded in death by two sons, William and John Larman; one daughter, Kathleen Larman; two brothers, Gerald Hodson, John Giles and one grandchild, James R. Larman.Graveside services will be held at 11 AM, on Monday March 2, at the Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Road, Boyds, MD.In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dolly’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org/donate).

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Robert Campbell Rossi

Robert Campbell Rossi died on February 2, 2019.  He was 76 years old.  He is survived by his wife, children and grand children who are achieving good things.  Foremost Bob Rossi was a man who enjoyed cooking family dinners.  Grace was always said.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, February 8th at St. Mary’s Parish and Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima located at 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, Maryland 20838.  Burial will be in the church cemetery, followed by a reception in the St. Mary’s Pavilion.

A practicing Catholic, Bob Rossi was a Eucharistic Minister, Holy Name Society Secretary, Lector, Arimethean, and Cook at St. Mary’s Church.  He organized the dedication of the Veterans Memorial at St. Mary’s and seven Veterans Day observances.  He was President of the St. Martin’s Parish Council in Gaithersburg where he led fund raising for construction of its parochial school.  He was a member of the St. Paul’s Prayer Group in Damascus and a New Hope Job Search Counselor at St. Rose of Lima Church in Gaithersburg - all in Maryland.  Over the years he wrote hundreds of resumes helping unemployed people get jobs.

Bob Rossi organized the Mount Airy 9/11 Patriot Day ceremonies for five years.  During his four year leadership of the Toys for Tots campaigns in Mount Airy, 7,000 needy children received toys at Christmas.  He understood the motivating power of positive reinforcement so he created the Promising Young American and American Achiever Awards presented approximately 400 young people over several years.  He was the Historian and Chaplain of the American Legion Gold Star Post 191.  In 2012,  his three volume history of the post won the PDC Kenneth R. Hammer Memorial Trophy for best history out of 144 Maryland posts.  In 2013 he was made the first Honorary Citizen of Mount Airy, Maryland.

After the 9/11 attacks he joined the Marine Corps League and actively contributed his time, creativity and financial support for over 18 years.  He became a life member and officer in the Military Order of the Devil Dogs and author of its Valkery News.  In 2010 and 2015 he was named Pound and then Pack Devil Dog of the Year.  Bob Rossi was a life member of the Marine Corps League and served on the Honor Guard.  He was Commandant of the Robert W. Deane Detachment 770 during 2008 - 2010 and Historian of the Sgt. John F. Hettchen, Jr. Detachment 1428 from 2015.  In 2008 he was named the Deane Detachment Marine of the Year.  In 2017 he was awarded the Marine Corps League’s Distinguished Citizen Medal.  In 2018 he was appointed a national historian of the Marine Corps League.

Bob Rossi visited infirmed servicemen, the elderly, and scout units with his Honorary Lance Corporal Collies.  They welcomed home Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  He was a Montgomery County Election Judge and an Eagle Scout Mentor.   He was Chairman of the Marine Corps League’s Eagle Scouts Good Citizenship Awards Program in Maryland for 3 years in which 365 awards were conferred.  In 2018 he was inducted into the Royal Marines Association USA Branch.      

His business career was 63 years involving managerial and officer positions in nuclear energy (NUS Corporation), telecommunications (World Cell) and commercial real estate (Transwestern).   He held several highly classified national security clearances.  He was author of articles published by the:  Atomic Energy Commission, Edison Electric Institute, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association and the Atomic Industrial Forum.  He began as a butcher’s apprentice.

Bob Rossi served on the Board of Directors of the Harvard Business School Club of Washington.  There he established the Elizabeth Plack Lecture Series.    He was a co-founder, charter member and board member of both the Project Management Institute and the Nuclear Information and Records Management Association.  He was an independent scholar of the American Historical Association and President of the Society for Advancement of Management in Washington.

He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve.  After graduating from the 3rd Battalion Recruit Training Regiment at Parris Island in 1965, he served with the 4th Marine Air Wing, Marine Air Group 41 in jet attack squadrons VMA-132 and

VMF-321.  Sgt. Rossi was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1971 cited for “Honest and Faithful Service” and recommended for re-enlistment.  

He was in the first graduating classes of St. Bernadette Parochial and Xaverian High Schools.  He earned a BBA from

St.  John’s University of New York.  His graduate work was at MIT, Georgetown, the Harvard School of Design and the Harvard Graduate School of Business.

Ruth I. Flohr

Ruth I. Flohr, 82, of Poolesville, MD, passed peacefully on February 2, 2019.

She was the wife of the late Carroll R. Flohr.

Born on April 5, 1936, in Frederick, MD, she was the daughter of the late Muncie and Merle (Ernest) Flohr.

Surviving are four daughters, Holly Rippeon and husband Billy, Karen Benson and husband Chris, Vickie Haskins and husband Bobby, Carol Flohr; 14 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.

Ruth was preceded in death by two daughters, Patti DiCarlantonio, Nina Gilmore; two sisters, Peggy Naill, Ruby Wolfe and one brother, Raymond Flora.

The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday February 5, from 5-8 PM, at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 6, at 11AM.

Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Frederick.

John Ramsey Hunter

John Ramsey Hunter, Jr, 76, of Beallsville, MD passed away on February 4, 2019, at home from a courageous 6 year battle with complications from metastatic colorectal cancer.

John was the loving husband to Jane S. Hunter of nearly 55 years.

Born on October 14, 1942, in Frederick, MD, he was the only child of the late John R. Hunter, Sr. (1999) and Sadie Dye (2007). He is also survived by his daughter; Anne L Hunter, Son; Jim R. Hunter of Barnesville, MD and a grandchild; Greer Hunter.

He was a life long resident of Beallsville, Montgomery County MD. and a grain farmer. In addition to his love of farming, he loved road trips and his motorcycle.

Family will receive friends on Friday, February 8 from 5-8 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a Memorial Service will be celebrated at 11 AM on Saturday, February 9.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.

Barbara J. Ward

Barbara J. Ward, 84, of Barnesville, MD, died on February 9, 2019.

She was the wife of the late E. Charles Ward, Jr. who passed in 1989.

Born on August 27, 1934 in Dawsonsville, MD, Barbara was the daughter of the late Clarence L. and Laura Mae (Howard) Allnutt.

She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the St. Mary’s Ladies Sodality.

Surviving are two sons, C. Douglas Ward, Sr. and wife Debbie, David A. Ward and wife Robin; two sisters, Anna Corrales and Pat Williams; two brothers, Upton and James Allnutt; two grandchildren, Carrie A. Ward and C. Douglas Ward, Jr. and two great grandchildren, Gaven D. and Jaxon W. Williams.

Barbara was preceded in death by four sisters, Alice R. Burkett, Ruth Stup, Thelma V. Gartner and Edna M. Burdett and four brothers, Clarence “Buddy”, Jr., Robert E., John B. and Marshall W. Allnutt.

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, February 13, from 6-8 PM, at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville (hiltonfh.com).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM, on Thursday, February 14, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.

Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 67, Barnesville, MD  20838 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (stjude.org).

Katherine Michelle Zajdel

Katherine Michelle Zajdel, 39, passed away on February 11, 2019.  Born on April 1, 1979, she was the daughter of the Mary Sue Zajdel and the late Thomas James Zajdel of Poolesville, Maryland.  Katie was the loving mother to Mya Randolph.  She was the sister of Ann Marie Matlock, James Richard Zajdel, John Michael Zajdel, Joseph Thomas Zajdel and the late Michael Robert Zajdel. She was the aunt to eight nieces and nephews and had numerous cousins, aunts, uncles and other family members.   ​

Family will receive friends on Friday February 15, 2019 from 4-7 pm at Our Lady of the Presentation, Poolesville, Maryland, 20837.  A funeral mass will be held on Saturday February 16, 2019 at 11 am at Our Lady of the Presentation, Poolesville, Maryland 20837. 

Carolyn Fitzwater Freed

Carolyn Fitzwater Freed, formerly of Frederick, MD, passed quietly on February 19,2019, at Potomac Valley Rehabilitation Health Center, Rockville, MD. She was thewife of the late Pastor Clyde H. Freed, Jr.Born May 9, 1942, in Boyds, MD, she was the daughter of the late Russell and BeulahFitzwater. She graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 1961. After 23 years ofgovernment service, she resigned and joined her husband in full-time ministry. Sheserved as a Lay Counselor for the Southern Baptist Convention for many years. Sheenjoyed playing the piano and organ and served as an organist for over 14 years.She is survived by her sister, Curry Harding of Indiana, and brothers David of Virginia;and Dennis and wife Joanie of Frederick, MD, step-sons Clyde H. Freed, III ofTennessee, Brian J. Freed and wife Trish of Germantown, MD. She is also survived bymany nieces, nephews and their children, and friends.She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brothers, Willard, Kenneth,Upton, sisters Dessie Fitzwater, Velma (Betsy) Fraley, Geraldine Stark,Wilma Whitworth, and Una Harner.The family will be receiving friends on Friday, February 22, 2019, from 6-8 pm at theHilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com),where funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 11 am.Interment will follow at Boyds Presbyterian Church, Boyds, MD. A reception will be heldat the St. Mary’s Pavilion, 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to VFW Post 3285, 5901 Old NationalPike, Frederick, MD 21702.

Sharkey Edward Poole

Sharkey Edward Poole, Sr., 86, of Gaithersburg, MD, died on February 28, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Born June 21, 1932, in Gaithersburg, he was the son of the late John and Mildred (Fox) Poole.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of the American Legion in Damascus, MD for 50 years.  Eddie served in the Korean War where he received the Occupation Medal (Japan), Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.

Eddie was retired from Montgomery County Road Department after 26 years of service.  After retirement he went back to work with the road department for another 24 years.  In 2013, Eddie went to work for O'Connell & Lawrence, Inc. as a construction inspector until 2 years ago. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Bertha V. Poole; two daughters, Patty Kusmiskis and husband Richard of Gaithersburg, Pamela Oskandy and husband Bob of Florida; a daughter- in-law, Denise Poole of Mt. Airy, MD.; 7 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; one sister, Patsy Burdette of Florida and one brother, Ronald Poole of Damascus.  Eddie is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Sharkey Edward Poole Jr.

Graveside services will be held at 11 AM, on Monday March 4, at the Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Road, Boyds, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Disable Veterans (dav.org).

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Flora Mae Crouse Gilliam

Mrs. Flora Mae Crouse Gilliam, 98, of Boyds, MD, died Thursday, February 8, 2018 at her residence.

She was the wife of Rufus C. Gilliam, who predeceased her in September 2003.

Born January 8, 1920, in Prathers Creek Township, Alleghany County, NC, she was the daughter of Jacob and Mary Crouse.

Surviving are, one daughter Mary Hurley and husband Gerard of Gaithersburg, MD; two sons, James Gilliam and wife Linda, of Selbyville, DE, Randy Gilliam and wife Sandy of Frankford, DE; six grandchildren, Jeanine Hurley, Scott Gilliam, Diane Hurley Jordan and husband Ted, Todd Gilliam and wife Lauryn, Kate Gilliam Mills and husband James, and David Gilliam and wife Elyse; and seven great-grandchildren, Kyle and Jessica Jordan, Peyton Gilliam, Emma, Sarah, and Riley Mills, and Nolan Gilliam.

The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 PM, on Sunday February 11th, at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Monday February 12th at the Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Road, Barnesville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Barnesville Baptist Church, PO Box 69, 17917 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD. 20838

Robert Lee Burdette, Jr.

Robert Lee Burdette, Jr., 57, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2018. Born on December 29, 1960, he was the son to Robert Lee Burdette, Sr., wife Sharon of Dickerson, MD and the late Shirley Madeline May.

Surviving is one daughter, Sarah Robertson, husband Chad of LaVale, MD; one son, Orin Burdette, wife Tasha and their daughter Anya of Cumberland, MD; three sisters, Donna Lee Kennedy, husband Tim of Auburn, NY, Connie Webb, husband Richard of Westminster, MD and Anna Parks, husband Richard of Manchester, MI.

The family will be receiving friends on Sunday, February 25, from 3-5 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville RD, Barnesville (Hiltonfh.com). A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 26, at 11:00 AM at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD.

Francis (Frank) R. Howard

Francis (Frank) R. Howard, 88, of Frederick, MD, died on February 22, 2018 at the Kline House in Mt. Airy, MD.

He was the loving husband of Mary E. (Cook) Howard.

Born on August 29, 1929, in Washington, DC, Frank was the son of the late Frank R. and Julia (Dowling) Howard.

He served his country in the United States Army from 1951-1953 and was a Silver Star recipient.

Surviving besides his wife are six sons, Steve, Craig, Glenn, Cliff, Robert and Richard Howard; one daughter, Kathy Guthmiller, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Evelyn Helen Suchecki

Attorney Evelyn Helen Suchecki (nee Wysocki) died from Alzheimer's Disease on February 26, 2018 at Sunshine Home Care, an assisted living facility in Montgomery Village, Maryland at the age of 88. 

On November 24, 1929, Evelyn was born at home on Talbot Avenue in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts to Michael and Stanisława Wysocki (nee Klimowicz).  Evelyn graduated from Dorchester High School for Girls in 1947.  In 1951 she earned her BA, cum laude, in social relations from Radcliffe (Harvard) College.  She met her husband-to-be Stanislaw when he joined the Boston Krakowianki Club (now the Krakowiak Polish Dancers of Boston) – what had been up to then an all-female social and dance troupe.   The couple married on Labor Day 1951.  They lived in Dorchester and both enjoyed singing in the choir at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church.

Evelyn returned to school at Boston University earning her MS in Journalism in 1954. In 1959, she lectured weekly about Polish history for radio station WBOS. In 1960, she drew upon her bi-lingual skills to work as an interviewer for Harvard's Center for Community Studies on the impact of urban renewal on the population of Boston’s West End. In 1964, Evelyn worked as the English Editor of the weekly Gazeta Polonii. She joined the Polish Business and Professional Women’s Club of Greater Boston. In 1968, she became a licensed real estate broker. 

When Stanislaw, an Assistant United States Attorney appointed by Robert Kennedy, died suddenly on July 14, 1970, Evelyn was left a widow at 40 with five children. She was two years into her studies at Suffolk Law School.  She stayed in school and the next year, in 1971 became one of only three women of 100 to graduate that year. She passed the Massachusetts Bar the first time she sat for it.

Entering private practice, she worked on a range of cases.  She also worked as a public criminal defense counsel in courts from Dorchester to Brockton.  In 1984, Evelyn was appointed Assistant Divisional Counsel for the Department of Social Services where she prosecuted child care and protection cases in District Courts. In 1990 she returned to private practice.

After 47 years in Dorchester, in 1976 Evelyn moved the family to a home on Lake Massapoag in Sharon, Massachusetts. Evelyn joined the Neponset Choral Society and performed in their choral concerts and theatrical productions. She took up landscape painting often using her own photos as source material.

A past President of the Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers and the Sharon League of Women Voters, she also served as the Chairman of the Sharon Planning Board.

When she reached her 80s, home ownership became too much for her, so after 35 years in Sharon, in 2011, she sold her home and moved into an apartment in New York City, near her son Mark.  After a couple of years there Evelyn moved to an assisted living facility near her daughter Marilyn’s home in Maryland.

Evelyn is survived by her five children and their spouses: Paul of Venice Beach, CA; Mark and Susan (Bakst) of New York, NY; Drew of Mansfield, MA; Marilyn and Mark Mense of Poolesville, MD, and Karl and Jennifer (Petersen) of Groton, MA along with eight grandchildren: Sophia and Jessica Mense, as well as Thomas, Joseph, Michael, Matthew, Katherine and Jillian Suchecki.

Evelyn will be buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Dorchester, MA next to her husband Stanislaw.

The family thanks John Szilasi, Agness Molnar-Szilasi, Brenda and Jackie of Sunshine Home Care for their loving support of Evelyn and her family during Evelyn’s final years.

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Gabriella Molina

Gabriella Molina, 21, of Poolesville, MD, died suddenly on February 6, 2017.

She was the beloved daughter of Carlos and Monica Molina.

Gabriella is also survived by her sister, Alessandra, maternal grandparents, Sonia and Neno, paternal grandparents Sarita and Armando and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 10th from 5-8 p.m. at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd., Barnesville, MD.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 11th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.

A reception will follow at the church’s pavilion.

David Andrew Poulos

David Andrew Poulos, 51, of Beallsville, MD, died peacefully on February 20, 2017 at his residence. He was the loving husband to Kimberley Poulos. Born on March 27, 1965 in Port Jefferson, NY, he was the youngest of six children born to the late Steven and Ena Marie (Mavrofilipos) Poulos.

David was a volunteer firefighter with the Setauket Fire Department Engine Company #1 for 20 years. He continued his life of public service, joining the Montgomery County Department of Police in 1999 until his untimely death. Among his many passions, David lived his life enjoying the outdoors; running, riding his motorcycle, horseback riding, playing with his rescue dogs and spending as much quality time as he could with the love of his life, Kimberley. David was known for his creativity and ingenuity, always looking for the challenge of building or rebuilding anything he could get his hands on. He was probably best known for his mechanical robots that entertained many at various fire, and police, department functions.

Left to cherish his memory besides his wife, are sisters Betty Poulos and Carol Ann (Poulos) Lyon, and his brother Steven all of New York; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

David is also predeceased by his sisters Karen Poulos and Nancy Poulos-Drevitson.

A celebration of David’s life will be held at Montgomery County Police Headquarters, 100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD on Saturday, March 4th at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to Friends of Homeless Animals, P.O. Box 415, Aldie, VA 20105 (foha.org) or Setauket Fire Department Benevolent Association PO Box 271 East Setauket, NY 11733.

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Margaret "Peggy" N. Hayden

Margaret "Peggy" N. Hayden, 93, passed away peacefully on February 6, 2016 in Germantown, MD. Born Margaret Emma Marie Nelson on February 1, 1923 in Oneonta, New York, she was the daughter of the late Anton and Emma Nelson.
Peggy grew up on a farm in Laurens, NY and was the oldest of 11 children. She graduated from Oneonta State Teachers College and did graduate work at Syracuse University. On December 28, 1946 she married Francis Robert Hayden. He predeceased her in 2004. Eventually they settled in Fairmount, NY. Peggy taught kindergarten for 33 years with most of those being in the West Genesee School District. She was selected "District Teacher of the Year" in 1970. After retiring in 1980, Peggy and Francis moved to Ocala, FL. They became members of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Ocala where Peggy was an active volunteer for 30 years.
Surviving are her children, Ronald of New York, Gail of Germantown, MD, Joyce of Shutesbury, MA and Michael of Montague, MA; three granddaughters, Erin, Chloe, and Mahri; three sisters, Virginia, Agnes, and Ruth; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins that Peggy loved dearly.
Peggy was preceded in death by two sons, Gerald in 1957 and Stephen in 2008; six brothers, Jim, Robert, Leonard, Calvin, John, and Art and one sister Laura.
Inurnment will take place in the Laurens Village Cemetery in May.

Catherine Enders Poss

Catherine Enders Poss, 53, of Poolesville, MD, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, February 11, 2016.
Cathy was born on January 20, 1963, in Winfield, Illinois. She was the 11th of 14 children of Robert and Joan (Fischer) Enders.
She was a 1981 graduate of West Chicago High School, West Chicago, Illinois. She attended the College of DuPage in Illinois and Montgomery College in Maryland and earned an AA degree.
She met her future husband Gregg Poss of Aurora in 1981 on a blind date. They were married October 30, 1982, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Winfield, Illinois, in a ceremony that was officiated by her uncle Father Hilary Fischer, and made their first home in Paris, France.
Together they raised three children: Jacob, Katelyn, and Lindsay. She loved traveling; and job opportunities took them to California, Arizona, Illinois, and finally Poolesville, Maryland, where they called home for the past 23 years.
Her passions in life were horticulture and antiquing. She enjoyed nothing more than having her own business which involved finding furniture and knick-knacks and the like and repurposing and selling them in her shop "Vintage Finds" in Lucketts, Virginia. Cathy was a loving and devoted wife and mother and took great joy in her children and her grandson. She was a confidant and friend to many, and her grace and courage is an inspiration to us all.
She leaves behind her husband Gregg, their children and their families: Jacob, Lyanne, and grandson Lukas Poss of California; Katelyn and Cory Poss-Bryant of Maryland; and Lindsay Poss of Maryland. She also is survived by her mother Joan Fischer Enders and sisters and brothers: Cindy Rentchler, Bruce (Cory), Ron (Kathleen), Keith, Jeff, Denise Harris, Chris (Colette), Bob, Donna (Todd) Weimer, and Mark; a brother-in-law "Rocky" Rockafellow; and several nieces and nephews.
Cathy was preceded in death by her father Robert Enders; two sisters, Debbie Enders Rockafellow and Connie Risch; one brother, Jerry Enders; and her brother-in-law Rodger Harris.
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday February 20 from 3-6 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com). Prayers will be said at 5 PM.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Camp Kesem, a nationwide charity that helps children through their parent's cancer and where her daughter Lindsay is a camp counselor: Donate here.

Janie "Jane" Laverne Munday

Janie "Jane" Laverne Munday from Myrtle Beach, SC, went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 12, 2016.
She is survived by her loving husband, Stanley W. Munday Sr.
Jane was the beloved daughter of the late Irvin and Dorothy Turner of Poolesville, MD.
Born on August 16, 1951, Jane was an active member in her church and community. Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Randy Lefever of West Virginia; a son, Keith Lefever of South Carolina; a sister Kathy Allenbaugh-Richards and husband of Virginia; step-sons: Stanley W. Munday Jr. and wife Cathleen Munday of Maryland, Richard W. Munday Sr. of Maryland; as well as several grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 20, at Darnestown Presbyterian Church, 15120 Turkey Foot Road, Darnestown, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of the donor's choosing.

Douglas Ward Cooley

Douglas Ward Cooley, Sr., 49, died on Sunday, February 21 from natural causes at his home in Barnesville, MD.
Doug had suffered for many years from an incurable disease called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).
Doug was born on July 22, 1966, in Frederick, Maryland. He owned and operated Cooley's Welding for many years until his illness.
He is survived by his father and mother, Jack and Kitty Cooley, his sons Douglas Ward Cooley, Jr. and Jacob Carson Cooley, his sister and brother-in-law Lisa and Luke Fedders, his niece and nephew Megan and Zack Fedders and his special Aunt Connie Scoggins.
Honoring Doug's wishes the family will be holding a private service.
If so desired, memorial contributions can be made to the Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Rd. / P.O. Box 69, Barnesville, MD 20838.

Karl E. Neal

Karl E. Neal, 58, of Damascus, MD, died suddenly on February 29, 2016.
Born on October 24, 1957 in Bethesda, MD, he was the son of the late Jack B. and Christine M. (Mobley) Neal.
Surviving are two sisters, Jackie Anstead and husband Chris of NC, Karen Gilmore of FL; his long-time companion, Franki Sexton of Damascus; extended family, Frankie and Michelle Ennis along with their children Matthew and Amber, Casandra Mullinix and numerous nieces and nephews.
Karl was preceded in death by one sister, Debbie Brown.
A memorial service celebrating Karl's life will be held at 11 AM on Saturday March 5 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com)

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