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 ( Interment is private.

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

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 (

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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 (

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 (

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 (,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 (

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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 ( 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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