Sidney W. Earle, Jr

Sidney W. Earle, Jr., 81, of Barnesville, MD, died on January 3, 2020 at his residence.

He was the husband of the late Elizabeth Lorraine Earle.

Born on January 24, 1938, in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Sidney W. and Helen V. (Kilgour) Earle.

Sam served his country proudly in the United States Army and was a career Firefighter and Paramedic with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.

He is survived by his daughter, Lorraine “Lorrie” Earle of Barnesville and three sisters, Lillian Earle of Frostburg, MD, Helen Holmes of Laurel, MD and Charlene Earle of Frostburg; one brother in-law, Paul Athey; two nieces, Carol McFiren and Mary “Chris” May, along with their children.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday January 9, from 5-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Friday January 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service.

Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Gardens, Rockville, MD.

Robert “Bob” Bartholomew Harney

Robert “Bob” Bartholomew Harney, 90, of Dickerson, MD passed away on January 2, 2020.

Robert was the loving companion of 35 years to Sue Parro.

Born on October 20, 1929 in Roseland, New Jersey, he was the son of the late William J. and Dorothy Chivers Harney and he was one of twelve brothers and sisters growing up in the Baltimore area.  

Bob proudly served in the U.S. Army and was stationed at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico until July 1948. He served under Dr. Wernher von Braun, the American-German Aerospace Engineer, whose team helped to develop highly classified military missiles and equipment for the U.S. 

After his military service, Bob went to work for Bilton Insulation and became one of their top salesmen. He enjoyed working with his hands and eventually started his own general contracting business. He lived in Virginia for many years where he was involved in Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the Knights of Columbus, where he became a Grand Knight. He moved from Virginia to Maryland and after living in Bowie, Maryland, for a few years, he moved to Poolesville, Maryland, where he opened a small gift shop in town called Country Junction. When an opportunity arose several years later, he closed that shop and opened a gift shop in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. The shop was quite popular with tourists. He bought a mobile home on the Shenandoah River so that he could work in the shop on weekends, and when the shop was closed, he enjoyed relaxing and fishing on the river. 

Bob stayed busy working all his life, but still managed to have a large family along the way. He married Joan Crook (deceased) and they had two sons, Stephen (deceased in 1991) and Gary. After his first marriage, he married Carol Marino (deceased) and they had one son, Paul. Bob later met Sue Paro and they have been together for over 35 years. Sue has two children, whom Bob always treated as his own, Andrea Paro and Tom Paro. Along with all these children came grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and the family tree continues to grow! The list of names goes like this (not necessarily in order but close). 

10 Grandchildren 

Stephen's Children: Christopher Harney, David Harney 

Gary's Children: Jason Robert Harney, Lindsey Harney (Sean Pettner) Emily Harney (Enrico Boudreau) 

Paul's Children: Loran Harney-Lillard (Greg Lillard), Megan Harney, Morgan Harney 

Andrea's Children: Tallulah Sandler, Delilah Sandler 

12 Great-Grandchildren 

David's Children: Emory Harney, Olivia Harney, and two stepchildren, Dayton Mastin and Anna Brown 

Jason's Children: Rhiannon Harney, Jason Robert Harney, Jr., Logan Harney 

Lindsey's Children: Haley Rohrbaugh, Jake Rohrbaugh, Luke Robert Rohrbaugh 

Emily's Children: Tiano Boudreau, Evonna Boudreau 

Bob was also loved by over 100 nieces and nephews. He did have a special bond with his niece, Barbara Harney, who was also his goddaughter. She and her family stayed very close with Bob and they were able to visit often over the years right up until his last day. 

As the years went on Bob became much busier with the contracting business and eventually gave up the shop in Harpers Ferry. He still enjoyed going to the river whenever possible. He never officially "retired" but he and Sue were excited to extensively renovate an old farmhouse in Dickerson, Maryland, where they have lived for the past several years. They devoted their time to gardening and cutting grass (even up through this past summer Bob was out on the tractor cutting grass most days). They even raised cows for a year or so. Gary and Paul joined forces in business in 2008 and asked Bob to open a gift shop again at their business location. He loved to come in a few days a week and also enjoyed building doll houses, still working with his hands and doing construction right through his 80s! 

We have all been blessed in one way or another to have known Bob or been related to him. Each of us has at least one, or maybe a few, stories to share about Bob and how he impacted our lives. We should all live to be as healthy as "Bob the Builder" was at 90 years old...and still have all our original parts!

He is survived by three sons, Gary Harney and wife Gibbie of Hedgesville, WV, Paul Harney and wife Chrissie of Poolesville, MD, Tom Paro of Los Angeles, CA; one daughter, Andrea Paro of Bethesda, MD; two brothers, John Harney and wife Diane of FL, Michael Harney and wife Sandy of MD; one sister, Lucille Norton and husband Robert of VA; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by one son, Stephen Harney; eight siblings, Mary, William, Dottie, Thomas, Frank, Betty, George, Jimmy. 

Family will receive friends on Thursday, January 9 from 10-11 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838, where services will follow at 11 AM. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.

John W. Warren

John W. Warren died on January 7, 2020, after a valiant 18-month battle with lung cancer. John was born on October 24, 1943, in Wakefield, Virginia. He liked to say that his real life began when he moved to Maryland where he met his wife, Marcia Young, at a local roller skating rink. John was a general contractor, and in 1993 he founded his own firm, The Warren-Young Group.

He and Marcia loved to travel. They biked together in Denali, tasted wine in Siena, zip-lined in Costa Rica, rode the rapids in Newfoundland, took a barge trip on the Canal du Midi, and toured Kenya and Tanzania on safari. Their most recent trip was an October river cruise from Budapest to Prague.

For the past 17 years, John and Marcia have lived on a ten-acre “farmette” in Dickerson, Maryland where John indulged his passion for gardening, cooking and the outdoors. He was a Master Gardener and always had the best tomatoes in the neighborhood. John was also known as the “Grill Meister,” and his pulled pork, burnt ends and smoked brisket were legend. He adored his German short haired pointer, Sadie, and was most happy riding with her on the tractor and walking with her in the woods.

Mourning his death will be his many friends and his adoring family: his son, Adam Chase; his daughter-in-law, Alison; his twin granddaughters, Lauren and Alexis; his brothers-in-law Steve Young (Kathy) and Bob Young; and his grieving wife, Marcia.

Heartfelt thanks to John’s team at the Sibley Oncology Department: Dr. Levy; Dr. Lerner; Dr. Ladra; Sue Ely; and Jackie Buschmann. If you would like to make a donation in John’s honor, please consider the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

R. Edwin Brown

R. Edwin Brown died peacefully at the age of 99 at home in Dickerson surrounded by his family.
Son of John Herbert and Elizabeth Oxley Brown. Survived by his loving wife Winsome of 73 years. He also is survived by loving children Malcolm Brown (Carol) of Charleston, SC; Herbert Brown (Joyce) of Dickerson; Neal Brown (Colleen) of Barnesville and Phyllis Brown Swensen (Paul) of Towson; ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by his brother Thomas C. Brown and sister Erwin Staggs.
Ed practiced law from 1941 – 2019 in Montgomery County, MD. He was a member of Monocacy Lions Club and longest active serving active member in the history of Lions Club International. A veteran of WWII and served honorably with the 8th Army Airforce in England. He was also a founding member of the Upper Montgomery County Fire Department and served as President.
Besides practicing law, his passions were hunting, boating and he was commodore at one time of the Classic Yacht Club and member of the Annapolis Yacht Club. He was also a life- long member of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Poolesville, MD.
One of his proudest accomplishments was the re-opening of White’s Ferry in 1946. This became his lifelong hobby.
Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, January 30th from 4 – 7 p.m at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 31st at 11:00 a.m at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church,  P.O. Box 387, 20100 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837 or The Monocacy Lions Club Foundation, 18420 Whites Ferry Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837.

Donna R. Hall

Donna R. Hall, 85, of Olney, MD, died peacefully on January 26, 2020.

She was the wife of the late Harry J. Hall.

Born on May 3, 1934 in Greensburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Mary Katherine Romig.

Surviving is one daughter, Cathy Marie Hall of Virginia Beach, VA, one sister, Pat Bonnefond of Virginia Beach, one brother, David Romig of Nashville, TN and three grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by two sons, Scott and Russ Hall.

The family will be receiving friends on Monday February 3rd, from 2-4 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (

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Robert Gwinn Stonestreet

Robert Gwinn Stonestreet, 82, born on October 31, 1936 of Barnesville, MD, died January 13, 2019.  Survived by wife, Nancy, of Ocala, Florida, children, Robert, Michael, Benjamin, Susan, Sandra, Nick, Angela, Adam, David and Amy, 19 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren.  Preceded in death by his parents, Zera Mae Montgomery and Joseph Harris Stonestreet III, brothers, Joseph Harris Stonestreet IV, Lovelace Puglisi and sister, Virginia Mae Stonestreet Thompson.  Born and raised in Barnesville, Maryland, he worked 30 years for the Montgomery County Board of Liquor Control and after retirement spent winters in Florida and summers tending his garden in Barnesville.  He loved hunting and fishing, history, and the Catholic Church, a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Church in Barnesville. 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Saturday, January 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.  In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be sent to St. Mary’s Church.

Yesudian Abraham

Yesudian Abraham went to be with his Savior on January 13th, 2019 at the age of 95. He was a loving father to Agnes, Jessie, Juliet, and Violet. Abraham was born to on April 5th, 1923 in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. He was the son of Gnamughuth and Iynese. He grew up with five siblings including Samuel (deceased), Mary (deceased), Jessie (deceased), Jebamoney, Anbu (deceased). He may not have been superman, but he was a prayer warrior. Abraham was a man of God, he relied on faith. His prayers were abundant, his love was endless, and his kindness was unwavering. He was true to his name, Abraham, a father to many. His young spirit empowered others and his youthfulness was undeniable. He remained vibrant and inspired others to live life to the fullest.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, January 19 from 9-11am at Cedarbrook Community Church, 23700 Stringtown Rd, Clarksburg, MD, where funeral services will follow at 11am. 

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 am on Saturday, January 26 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.  In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be sent to St. Mary’s Church.

Barbara Peterson

Barbara Peterson passed peacefully on January 19th  2019 in Annapolis, MD. Mother of Dr. Robert Peterson (Terry), Dr. Donald Peterson (Bina),Ann Marie Willard (Billy) and James Peterson (Leslie). Barbara is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents, loving husband Bernard, and siblings Antoinette Frederick, Marguerite Fowler, Betty DePoy and Earl DePoy. Barbara was born in Great Neck, New York on June 4 th , 1923 to Arthur and Estelle DePoy. During the depression, she moved to Peoria, Illinois,where she attended school, and later met her husband. Barbara and Bernard were married following his service in the Navy.Upon relocating to the Washington D.C. area in 1955, Barbara’s life was devoted to raising her family. She was Bernard’s sole caregiver for the last 27 years of his life. As she provided home care for Bernard, her patience, love and dedication displayed an example to all she knew.The family will receive friends and family on January 23, 2019 at 10:15a.m. at Our Lady of the Visitation Parish, 14139 Seneca Road,Darnestown, Md. Funeral Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. and interment at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, Md. immediately following the Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Barbara’s name to: Parkinson Foundation of the National Capital Area, 8830 Cameron Street # 201, Silver Spring, Md. 20910.

Nancy Burdette Gallo

Nancy Burdette Gallo, 68, passed away Saturday, January 19, at her home in Boyds, MD.  She was the devoted wife of Peter Gallo. 

Born in Frederick, on January 11, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd W. Burdette and Helen C. Burdette.  Nancy was a native of Dickerson, Maryland.  She was a graduate of Poolesville High School class of ‘69.  After graduation, Nancy began a long career as a federal government employee.  She began her career as a personnel specialist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and 39 years later retired as an IT specialist at the Department of Agriculture.

Nancy was an active member of the Monocacy Lions Club, currently serving as Secretary. 

Nancy loved to travel.  Over the years, Nancy and Peter travelled to Europe, Iceland, and throughout the United States.  Nancy had a special fondness for animals, particularly her two Maine Coon cats, Angus and Duncan, and her newest addition, a Bernese Mountain dog named Rigi. 

With Nancy, family always came first. She loved spending time with her family,  especially with her nieces and nephews and their families.  She was the first to volunteer to babysit her nieces and nephews, which often included a movie, shopping, a favorite restaurant, shows, zoos, or anything that she thought would interest or entertain children.

In addition to her husband, Nancy is also survived by her brothers, Gary Burdette and wife Janita, and Terry Burdette and wife Barbara, her uncle, J. Maurice “Bo” Carlisle, Jr., her aunt, Donna Carlisle, as well as numerous nieces, great-nieces, nephews, great-nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her niece Amy Burdette Riggs.

Friends and family may call from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, January 24, at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838.  A funeral mass will be held on Friday, January 25, 11:00 am, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville, MD 20838. Interment will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations to the Frederick Memorial Hospital James M. Stockman Cancer Institute, 1562 Oposumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702.

Holly Rosemary O’Neill

Holly Rosemary O’Neill (nee Francis), 31 of Germantown, MD died January 20, 2019 peacefully in hersleep after a long fight with cancer. Born on November 21, 1987, she was the daughter of the late KevinFrancis and Camille Miller. She was the loving wife to John O’Neill for 9 years and partner in crime for 15 years.She was preceded in death by her father, Kevin Francis; an aunt, Pam Slagle and mother-in-law KarenO’Neill.She is survived by her husband John and their son Braden Kevin, age 6. She is also survived by motherCamille, step-father Mark, brother Connor, sister Maureen, aunt Terri and brother-in-law Kevin and hishusband Steven. She is also survived by various aunts, uncles and cousins on both sides.She will be remembered for her love of her family, her joy of life and her passion for Halloweendecorating and taking Braden Trick-o’-Treating. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her brightlight.A celebration of Holly’s life will be at 11AM February 2, 2019 at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. This will be followed by a small get together in a place TBD soon.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for John and Braden as it will be a long road uphill.

Gloria J. Furr-Fornshill

Gloria J. Furr-Fornshill, 82, of Frederick, MD passed away on January 22, 2019.

Gloria was the loving wife to Kenneth B. Fornshill.

Born on November 16, 1936, in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Edward M. Furr and Hazel I. Willis. She is survived by her three daughters; Judy Nolde of Carlsbad, CA, Julie Hirka of Vienna, VA, Karen Reid of Dickerson, MD; one son, John Mikovits of Cape Coral, FL; one brother, Gary Furr of Raleigh, NC; eight Grandchildren, three Great Grandchildren, and is predeceased by one sister, Jeannette Beard, of Frederick, MD.

Family will receive friends on Friday, February 1 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD from 10:30-11:30 a.m. where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Reception will follow in the church pavilion. Interment will take place on Tuesday, February 5 at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 4111 Pennsylvania Ave, Suitland, MD 20746 at 11: 30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s (Haiti Twinning, memo line of check) and sent to St. Mary’s Church, PO Box 67, Barnesville, MD  20838.

Diane Michele Stidham

Diane Michele Stidham, 59, of Poolesville, MD passed away on January 24, 2019.

Diane was the loving wife to Paul “Eddie” Stidham.

Born on July 20, 1959, in Missouri, she was the daughter of the late George and JoAnn Kemp. Along with her husband, she is survived by her four children, Patrick M. Stidham (Barbara Jean) of Dickerson, Melanie K. Berenbach (Joshua) of Baltimore, Nicolas C. Stidham of Union Bridge, Jonathan E. Stidham (fiancé Nicole Dahlen) of Poolesville; three sisters, Karen Howell (Ralph) of Dickerson, Susan Kemp of Germantown, Stephanie Papa (Michael) of Oakland; one brother, Brian Kemp (Robbin) of Poolesville; and four grandchildren, Annabelle and Paul Stidham, Emerson Berenbach and Emmalyn Stidham.

Diane was preceded in death by her sister, Sharon Kemp.

Family will receive friends on Friday, February 1 from 5-8 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A Mass of Catholic Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Saturday, February 2 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838. Interment to follow at Church Cemetery.

Rev. Clifford H. Kelbaugh

Rev. Clifford H. Kelbaugh, 77, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on January 30, 2019.

Cliff was the loving husband to Brenda Kelbaugh.

Born on December 12, 1941, in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Carroll E. Kelbaugh and Mildred A. Hultin. Along with his wife, he is survived by two children, Wendy Huff, Mark Kelbaugh (Yovanka); two brothers, Carroll Kelbaugh (Judy), Michael Kelbaugh (Pinky); five grandchildren, Nick Kelbaugh (Mary), Rachael Kelbaugh (Alex), Kara Huff, Michael Huff, Jr., Joseph Huff, 1 great-grandchild, Nevaeh Thomas, and seven nieces and nephews. In addition, Cliff “adopted” many others into his family, and treated them as his own children.

Cliff served the community as a United Methodist Minister for over 20 years. He was a Masonic Mason with Charity Lodge #134 AF & AM for 50 years. Cliff served as a chaplain for the Army National Guard. He was one of the first in the nation to complete the paramedic training, and volunteered at the local rescue squads in Baltimore, LaVale, and Rockville, Maryland. He was an avid swimmer with YMCA Masters swim team for most of his adult life. Cliff also coached soccer for community youth, led the D.A.R.E. program, which challenged Poolesville’s youth to resist drugs and alcohol, and loved to play racquetball.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, February 3, from 1-3 p.m. at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 4, at the Open Door Metropolitan Community Church, 15817 Barnesville Road, Boyds, MD 20841.

Bessie J. Wines

Bessie J. Wines, 90, of Frederick, MD passed away on January 30, 2019.

Bessie was the loving wife to the late Chauncy “George” Wines, Sr.

Born on August 28, 1928, in Seneca, MD, she was the daughter of the late William K. Foster and Annie V. Schwartzback. She is survived by her son, C. Dave Wines, Jr. of Union Bridge, MD; five brothers and sisters, Dorothy Reece of Warrington, VA, Paul Foster, Sr. of Smithsburg, MD, Gene Foster of Frederick, MD, Wesley Foster of Germantown, MD, Emory Foster of Front Royal, VA; two grandchildren, Cyndi Wines of Frederick, MD, Crissy Robinson of Frederick, MD; six great-grandchildren, Corey, Chelsea and Chad Payne, Colby, Bryce and Alyssa Robinson and 1 great-great-grandchild, A.J. Bush, Jr.,

Bessie was preceded in death by one brother, Kenneth Foster.

She retired from Standard Supplies, Inc. as a Switchboard Operator. She was also a member of the Travilah Baptist Church, North Potomac, MD. 

The family will be receiving friends from 10:00am-11:00am on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD where funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 15120 Turkey Foot Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Guests are invited to attend a celebration of life following interment.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to American Cancer Society or Dementia Society of America.

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Charles Newton Staub

Charles Newton Staub, Jr "Pete", 74, died on January 1, 2018 at his home in Myrtle Beach, SC.  He is survived by Nita Staub, his wife of 44 years; his son, Peter Staub; his daughter, Jennifer Staub; and three grandchildren Ethan, Evelyn, and Amelia.  The family will be receiving family and friends from 1 - 3 pm on Saturday, January 13 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 2211 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the the Montgomery County Historical Society (

Patricia A. True

Patricia A. True, 79 of Ruther Glen, Virginia passed away Sunday, January 7, 2018 at her home. Formerly of Washington DC, she had retired as a loan manager with Heartland Bank in Fredericksburg.

She was the recent widow of James True. Survivors include her son, David E. Morton, daughter in law Keri Morton, of Clarksburg, Maryland; 6 Grandchildren, Amber, Jodi, David Jr. Kyle, Christopher and Courtney, 4 Great Grandchildren Jaelyn, Jada, Brice, and Makenzie.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 24th at 7:00PM at Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, Maryland.

Earl B. Dillehay

Earl B. Dillehay, 75, of Boyds, MD, died on January 10, 2018.

He was the husband of Kathleen Dianne Dillehay.

Born on February 28, 1942, in Boyds, Earl was the son of the late Earl B. and Margie (Bennett) Dillehay, Sr.

Earl, also known by “Dilly” to many of his friends, worked as a farm machinery mechanic for over 60 years, 35 of those he was self-employed with Dilly’s Repair. Earl was a farmer at heart for over 20 years most recently raising cattle, making hay, mowing grass, and riding his tractors. He was always there to help anyone that had problems with their farm and lawn equipment.

Earl spent his entire life in the Boyds area and was known and loved by many in the surrounding community.  Earl was a longtime member of the Boyds Civic Association and the Boyds Federal Credit Union.  He enjoyed traveling, the outdoors, fellowship, and of course western movies.

Earl was a loving husband, father and grandfather to his wife of 50 years and to his son and grandchildren.

Surviving besides his wife is one son, Bryan Lee Dillehay and wife Heidi, of Mt. Airy, MD; one sister, Catherine Woodfield of Damascus, MD and three grandchildren, Brody, Mackenzie and Aubrie Dillehay.

The family will receive friends on Monday January 15 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held Tuesday January 16 at 11 AM. (

Interment will follow in Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Boyds, MD.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Autism Speaks (

Leonard Howard Roberson

Leonard Howard Roberson, 97, of Wheaton, MD, died on January 11, 2018.

He was the loving husband of Trannie Mae Roberson.

Born on January 4, 1921, in Dickerson, MD, he was the son of the late Howard Calvin and Mary Elizabeth (Bussard) Roberson.  Born and raised in Dickerson, MD, he joined the army and then worked for C&P Telephone, retired in 1983.

Surviving besides his wife are five children, Alan Roberson, Milton Roberson, Steven Roberson, Susan Smith, Judy Roberson and Karen Blank; 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Leonard was preceded in death by one sister, Anna Elizabeth Roberson-Wiseman.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, on Monday January 15 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, (, where the family will be receiving friends at 10 AM.

Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice, Casey House, 1355 Piccard Dr.,  Rockville, MD  20850  (

Ruth W. Grubb

Ruth W. Grubb, 97, formerly of Beallsville passed away quietly on January 12, 2018, at Homewood at Crumland Farms in Frederick. 

Born November 25, 1920, in Burkes Garden, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Edward Johnson and Ida Lake (Neal) Wynne.   She was the wife of the late J. Edgar Grubb and they were married 43 years. Ruth was preceded in death by three sisters, Eula Luhn, Ida Neal, and Ethel Wynne; and four brothers, Buford, Ralph, Hubert and Wylie Wynne. She graduated from Poolesville High School in 1938 and worked at the Naval Hospital in Bethesda from 1945-1965.  After her retirement, she and her husband started a quite successful nursery business selling beautiful flowers and plants. She was a life 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 member of the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and of The Rebekah’s Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

She is survived by ten nieces and nephews, numerous great-nieces and nephews and many great-great nieces and nephews.  She is also survived by nine godchildren, and a host of friends in the Poolesville area and Homewood at Crumland Farms.

The family will received friends on Tuesday, January 16 from 6-8 p.m. at Hilton’s Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17 at the Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville, MD.  Interment will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville. 

The family extends thanks to Homewood at Crumland Farms staff for their dedicated care and support during the last 16 years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ruth Grubb to Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 358, Poolesville, MD 20837 or to the UMCVFD Auxiliary, 19801 Beallsville Road, Beallsville, MD 20839.

Dennis William Leonard

Dennis William Leonard, 67, Wilmington, DE, died suddenly on January 12, 2018.  He is survived by his wife Arlene D. Leonard; one daughter, Theresa Holston (Jody) of Boonsboro, MD; one son, Craig Leonard (Jessica) of Hedgesville, WV; 4 grandchildren, Alexis Le Grand, Paige Holston, Allyssa Le Grand and Makenzie Holston; two sisters, Jackie Leonard and Nancy LaBella (Tony) and one brother Robert Hudson, Jr. (Janet).   He was preceded in death by one daughter, Denise Le Grand; his mother, Evelyn Hudson; his father, Robert Hudson, Sr., and his nephew, Jason Leonard.

Dennis was born in Morristown, NJ and raised in Seminole, FL. He graduated from Seminole High School in 1968. After high school he enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served a 4-year term. 

In 1969 he married Arlene “Peg” Santucci and they had 3 wonderful children and 4 amazing granddaughters during their 48 years of marriage.

In 1972 he was honorably discharged from the Air Force with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Immediately thereafter he began his life-long career in the power industry at PEPCO. After 36 years of dedicated service he retired on April 1, 2008 (April Fools Day). He was not without a great sense of humor. He then went on to work at Exelon Corp, located in Philadelphia, PA from 2008-2018.

In his free time he enjoyed gardening, breeding fish and collecting antique pocket watches. Most of all, he loved watching his children and grandchildren play sports.

He was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a mentor, a friend, and the foundation of his family who loved him beyond words.
The family will be receiving family and friends from 1 – 2 PM on January 27, 2018 at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838.  A reception will be held at 2 PM at the St. Mary’s Pavilion, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Mary’s Church, PO Box 67, Barnesville, MD 20838 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (

Samuel Darby Price

Samuel Darby Price passed away early Saturday morning at Frederick Memorial Hospital after a courageous battle with complications from diabetes.  Darby was the son of Ida Lutz Jones Price Brown of Frederick, MD and the late Lawrence Hilton Price, Jr.

After graduating from Poolesville High School in 1972, Darby went to work for the Hiltons in Barnesville and started his career in well drilling.   He continued to drill for many years, attaining the level of Certified Master Driller.  Not only could Darby drill a well, but he could also tell you where after using his divining rods. 

Darby could often be seen in his red suit during the holiday season helping Santa bring cheer and joy to adults and children alike.  To those that knew Darby bringing cheer and joy to all was not just a seasonal occupation but a core belief that he practiced throughout his life. 

Darby enjoyed the outdoors.  He enjoyed hunting; fishing; tending his garden, his irises and his tomatoes; and tooling around in his ‘95 Jeep. 

Darby was a founding member of the Miller Lite Brigade and Concrete Pig Off-road with Chris Parsley.  CPO recently helped restore his Jeep to like-new condition. 

In addition to his mother, Darby is survived by his siblings Skip and Virginia Price, Jane and Jim Parsley, Mike and Kathy Price, Jack and Joyce Price, Betsy and John Lynch, William Price and Cherry Barr, Ed and Kathy Price, and Vince and DeEtte Price.  Darby had two children, Sam and Denise, three grandchildren Brittney and Cameran and Domonick, and one great grandchild, Derek.  Darby is also survived by a brother-in-law, Bob Rickettson, numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and innumerable people whose lives he touched.   Darby was married three times to Laurie, Marjory and Beth.  

He was preceded in death by his step- father R.P. Brown, one sister, Sue Rickettson and one nephew, Andy Parsley. 

The family will receive on Friday January 19th from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where a celebration of life will be held on Saturday January 20th at 11 AM.   A reception at St Peter’s Church in Poolesville, MD will follow.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Diabetes Association (

Marilyn (Dolly) C. Peters

Marilyn (Dolly) C. Peters died January 13, 2018.  Dolly was a loving wife to the late Col. Wm. C. Christianson and the late Capt. John V. Peters.  She is survived by her daughter, Jill C. Bremer; son-in-law, David G. Bremer; two grandchildren, Rae and Bill Bremer and three stepchildren, Vicky Hansen, James and John Peters.  A celebration of life will be held on January 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Darnestown Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations please be sent to Bartholomew House Assisted Living. Arrangements were made by Hilton Funeral Home.

Zachary Aaron Kresslein

Zachary Aaron Kresslein of Poolesville, Maryland passed away on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, in Asheville, North Carolina, at the age of 17.

Zack was born on August 22, 2000, to Michael and Kimberli Kresslein. He was the oldest of their three children.  He was intelligent, athletic, free-spirited, personable, and popular with his friends.  His passions included baseball, football, cars, technology, cooking, jet skiing, snowboarding, and his pet pitbull, Roscoe.

Zack recently attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland.  Though his education was temporarily derailed by his battle with substance abuse, he nevertheless finished his high school education online and graduated early, earning his high school diploma in the Fall of 2017 at barely 17 years old.  At the time of his death, he was in recovery in Asheville, North Carolina and was scheduled to begin classes at the University of North Carolina at Asheville this Spring semester.

Zack is survived by his parents, his brother, Xavier (16), his sister, Katarina (9), his maternal grandparents, Lionel and Flora Griffis, his uncle, Charles Kresslein, and cousins, Charlie and Nicholas, as well as many other extended family and friends. Zack is welcomed in heaven by his paternal grandparents, Charles and Patricia Kresslein.

Zack’s family will receive friends at two locations: Saints Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 10620 River Rd., Potomac, MD 20854 on Friday, January 26 from 5 to 8 p.m., and Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD 20838 on Saturday, January 27 from 6 to 8 p.m.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday, January 28, at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, 9200 Kentsdale Drive, Potomac, MD 20854.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Shatterproof, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families.  Donations may be made online ( or by direct mail to Shatterproof, 101 Merritt 7 Corporate Park, 1st Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Gertrude Ganley White

Gertrude Ganley White, 97, of Boyds, MD, died January 22, 2018 at the Wilson Health Care Center in Gaithersburg, MD.

She was the wife of the late Donald C. White.

Born on June 27, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Joseph M. and Nettie V. Ganley.

Gertrude was a lifelong resident of Germantown and Boyds area and a well-known, lifelong and respected parishioner of St. Mary’s Church in Barnesville, MD.  Her faith was important foundation of her life.  She helped clean the church and played an active role in all church events.

Surviving is her daughter, Anna Marie Perry; 3 grandchildren, Michelle Federline, Nicole Cohen, David Perry and 7 great grandchildren.

Gertrude was preceded in death by her 8 siblings.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, February 1, from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.

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

Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Elizabeth DeHarte (Chibby) Andrews

On Friday, January 25, after a long battle with Alzheimer's, Elizabeth DeHarte (Chibby) Andrews of Darnestown, Maryland, died peacefully at Casey House.  She was 97.  She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 72 years, John Ely (Jack) Andrews, Jr., in 2013.  She is survived by a sister, Margaret DeHarte Horne, of New Bern, North Carolina.  Another sister, Mary Louise DeHarte Deines, died in 1963. She is also survived by son John Eric (Jed) Andrews of Darnestown, Maryland; daughter Mary (John) Cragoe of Port Ludlow, Washington; and daughter Carol (John) Prebula of Punta Gorda, Florida; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.A graveside service will be held in the Darnestown Presbyterian Church cemetery at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  Friends are welcome to visit and share their memories at the Andrews family home after the service.In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.

Jeanne Schaeffer

On Tuesday January 30th Jeanne Schaeffer’s prayers were answered when she passed away peacefully in her sleep. Jeanne was born in New Castle,  PA and grew up in Youngstown, OH.

She was pre-deceased by her beloved husband of 62 years, Donald Schaeffer, her son Stewart Schaeffer and her daughter Marionlee Schaeffer. Jeanne is survived by her son Donald Schaeffer, Jr. and her daughter Barbara Payne, and was very close with her eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 

The family will honor Jeanne with a Celebration of Life at Barbara’s home in Poolesville, Md on Friday, February 2 from 4-10 PM.  Funeral Services will be at Hilton Funeral Home in Barnesville, MD on Saturday, February 3 at 11:00 AM. Jeanne will be laid to rest next to her husband Don and daughter Marionlee in Prince Frederick, MD, immediately following the funeral. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent in Jeanne’s honor to Project Echo in Prince Frederick, MD (

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Ruth Stafford Lincoln

Ruth Stafford Lincoln of Potomac, MD, died peacefully on Friday, January 13, 2017 at the age of 89.
She was the wife of the late William L. Lincoln who passed on October 4, 2016.
Ruth is survived by three children, Sarah Ashley and husband Dave of Dickerson, David Lincoln of Gaithersburg, Jennifer DeRosa and husband Bob of Ocean View, NJ; four grandchildren, Sirisha Ashley, Matthew Ashley, Joshua Ashley and Timothy DeRosa.
The memorial service will be held at Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Rd, Potomac, MD on Friday, February 3, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. 
Inurnment to follow at Potomac Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Rd, Potomac, MD 20854. 

Dorothy A. Rose

Dorothy A. Rose, 94, of Chevy Chase, MD, died peacefully at home on January 20, 2017. She was the loving wife of the Late John C. Rose MD, former Dean of Georgetown Medical School. She was also the loving mother of the late Ellen Rose. Mrs. Rose was a graduate of Georgetown School of Nursing. A Memorial Mass will take place at Little Flower Church, 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, MD on February 1 at 12 pm. Surviving are her beloved children, Nancy Rose Rogers of Bradenton, FL, John C. Rose, Jr., of Houston TX, Richard D. Rose of Chevy Chase, MD and Christopher R. Rose of New Orleans , LA. She also is survived by 8 grandchildren. Click here for a map to the church.

William Bonney Carter

William Bonney "Bill" Carter, 58, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on Tuesday, January 24, 2017, at Shady Grove Hospital following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on February 18, 1958, in Bethesda, MD and spent most of his life in the Darnestown, Germantown, and Gaithersburg areas of Montgomery County. He is survived by his loving wife Peggy who he shared 40 wonderful years; three daughters, Monica, Kathleen, and Carmen; ten grandsons, John, Joseph, Cody, Dallas, Darryl, Tyler, Lee, Austin, Devin and Jasper; his mother, Elizabeth Carter; brothers, Harry, Oscar, Joe and Tom; sisters, Edna and Elizabeth; sisters-in-law, Rose and Patty; nieces, Chrissy, Starr, and Colleen and a nephew, Edgar. Family was the number one priority to Bill. He played an active role in raising his grandsons.
Bill was a long time employee of the Montgomery County Agricultural Center/Fair Grounds, working there nearly 20 years. He will be greatly missed by his co-workers, volunteers, 4-H families, and vendors. He worked tirelessly to make sure the grounds and buildings were taken care of and ready for the fair, 4-H activities, and other events. Everyone will certainly miss that smile on his face, that twinkle in his eye and that statement "What do you want NOW?" 
When not working, Bill enjoyed spending time with family and making sure everything was good for them.
A celebration of Bill's life will be scheduled at a later date. Please check here for service details.
Memorial contributions are appreciated and can be made in Bill's memory to the Montgomery County Fair. All contributions will be given to the family to assist with medical and funeral expenses. Contact the office at 301-926-3100 ext. 207. Contributions can be mailed to MCAC, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877.

Vijay Daru

Vijay Daru, 71, of Poolesville passed away on Saturday January 28th at the Casey house after a long struggle with heart and lung disease.
He leaves his wife Sudha, his children Lina, Eric, Rima and Kaushal grandchildren Amali, Ashli, Anjali, Aariv and Dilan along with his brothers Sudhir and Manoj and sister Rita and many close friends.
Vijay was born in Ahemdabad India and received a master's degree in chemistry from Gujarat University in 1967. He then immigrated to the United States where he received a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from Youngstown State University in 1970.
Vijay had over 38 years of Bechtel service in the area of industrial protection coatings and nonmetallic materials. He was well versed in all aspects of selection, evaluation, application, and testing related to these products and was regarded as a Bechtel Subject Matter Expert (SME). Throughout his career, Vijay held numerous roles as Field Subcontracts Engineer, Coatings Engineer, and Senior Engineering Specialist supporting nuclear, fossil, mining and metals, chemical and petroleum, communications, renewables, and transmission projects. Vijay traveled extensively around the world and his passion, dedication and commitment to assist Bechtel projects was recognized and appreciated. Vijay was well known within the coatings industry. He was a Certified Level III Coating Inspector, and Registered by the National Board of Registration for Nuclear Coatings Specialists and Engineers (CA).
Vijay also had a passion for education and spent much time with his children and grandchildren helping with homework and reading them books. He was a devoted Redskins fan and could be found watching football every Sunday. No matter who encountered Vijay he always made them smile. Even on his worst days Vijay would make the best of things with a smile or a joke. He had a huge heart and would help anyone in need. Vijay's heart was his family especially his grandchildren and he will be missed by them all.


Nola Lynne Hnetkovsky

Nola Lynne Hnetkovsky passed away peacefully on January 28, 2017 at Frederick Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Nola was born August 6, 1955 at Washington Adventist Hospital in Tacoma Park, MD. She was the daughter of the late Woodrow W. Cole and Margaret I. Cole.

She had a loving and outgoing personality and was always trying to help and improve the lives of people she knew. She always had a positive outlook and shared it with her many friends. Noler’s loved flowers, animals, and would feed the birds and squirrels as she watched them play for hours.

Nola loved her family with all of her heart and always did what she thought was best for her husband Edward (Ed) and son Franklin (Frankie). Ed and Frankie will miss her and will have a hard time going on without her smile to get them through the day.

In addition to her husband and son; Nola is survived by her sister, Zan Basinger (Cecil), brother, Dana Cole, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Her special friends, Chris Cole, Evie Wahl and Tammy Whitesel are remembered also.

Nola always counted down the weeks and days to her favorite holiday, Thanksgiving Day, with all of the cousins, family and friends at Joe and Nona’s farm. It was always the happiest day of the year for her.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville RD, Barnesville, MD 20838. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Johns Hopkins Children Center: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

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