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Dustin Victor Aschenbach

Dustin Victor Aschenbach, 37, passed suddenly on January 4, 2024.

Born on May 20, 1986, He was the loving son of William H. and Joanne Aschenbach.

Dustin grew up in Darnestown, Maryland. He attended Barnesville School for elementary education and then Landon School for middle and high school where he graduated in 2005. He then went to college at Southern Methodist University. He studied a semester abroad in Australia, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Management.

Dustin was extremely well traveled. He visited China, Vietnam and Japan. In his first job working for a defense contractor, he got to travel to an aircraft carrier with the military. His love and interest for flight continued and he received his commercial helicopter license shortly after. He was incredibly gifted at learning new things. Dustin was an avid cyclist. He completed an Ironman and many cyclist marathons.

He will be remembered for his amazing sense of humor.

Surviving along with his parents are his two brothers, Conrad R. Aschenbach (Allie) and William L. Aschenbach (Beth), nieces Zoey, Grace and Edith, his grandfather Conrad V. Aschenbach, aunts, uncles, and many cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, January 12, 2024 at Mountain View Community Church, 8330 Fingerboard Road, Frederick, MD. Interment to follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 515 S. Market Street, Frederick, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made Mountain View Community Church in his memory which will be dedicated to the youth programs.

Katie Courtney Johnson

Katie Courtney Johnson departed this life suddenly on January 14, 2024.

Katie was born in Washington, D.C. on November 16, 1981 to Margaret Kay Courtney and the late Norman McGuire Johnson, Sr. . She graduated from Wootton High School in 1999, followed by training as a cosmetologist.

Katie started working as a salon assistant, where she was known for her wonderful customer service and knack for beauty. Katie later studied to become a nail technician at New York New York Hair Salon and Day Spa. After obtaining her Maryland state nail technician license, she achieved her life long dream of owning a salon.

However, the accomplishments she was most proud of were those of her four children; Kaylie (18), Kaden (17), Kelis (12) and Kleo (10). Katie lived for her kids and let it be known. Often raving about her children to anyone who had an open ear, to the point where she was asked to stop. Her children served as her motivation for greatness, stating herself "You guys are what gives me the drive to push forward. Dawg you’re literally the reason I wake up in the morning….now clean the living room." Exemplifying that through every joy and challenge. Katie stood as a pillar of support, ensuring that her children felt the strength of her love and warmth.

Outside of spending time with her children, her interests included shopping, music, sketching, painting, fashion, beauty and sleeping on her days off. Katie will forever be remembered for her one of a kind personality, loyalty, laugh and humor.

Katie leaves to mourn her children, Kaylie, Kaden, Kelis and Kleopatra; her mother, Margaret Courtney; siblings Natalie Wiley, Jasmine Weise, Brandon Johnson and Norman Johnson, Jr.; nephews, Alexander, Greysen, Kai, Lex, and Jayson; and one niece Lilly; Uncles Sylvester Courtney (wife Jane) and Robert “Bobby” Courtney; Aunts Joyace Courtney (Haywood) and Shirley Courtney Giorgis; first cousins Eric, Blaine, Nakiesha, Dominic, Chantelle, Tatiana, Stephen, Josh, Tyler and Jory. Katie also leaves a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will be receiving friends from 11:00 AM – 12 Noon on Saturday, January 27th at Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road Poolesville, Maryland 20837, where funeral services will begin at 12 Noon. Services will be officiated by Pastor Howard C. Copeland. Repass will be held immediately following service in the fellowship hall.

Interment will be held January 29th at 1:00 PM, Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 13389 Mountain Road Glen Allen, Virginia 23059.

Esther Wallace

Esther (Katonak) Wallace—Marie to all who knew and loved her—85, departed on January 15, 2024 and now soars through the universe that she has always felt a strong connection to.

Born to the late John and Esther (Geller) Katonak on July 11, 1938 in Lorain, Ohio, she was the last surviving member of her family and now joins her sisters, Georgian, Katherine, and Lorraine.

She enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1958 and served as a Medical Administrative Specialist at Westover AFB in Massachusetts.

She married Richard Gerard Wallace on September 24, 1960 in Norwalk, Ohio. Together they raised a family and operated two successful businesses. Though they separated shortly before their 50th anniversary, they remained as endeared friends.

Marie was the proud mother of Mark Wallace, Glenn Wallace-Weitz (James), Teresa Hopkins (John), and Dawn Kernan (Steve). She was the ever-loving Grandmother of Echo and Corin Hopkins, Ashley Kernan-Moseley, Alex Kernan, Jenna Kernan-Harris, Emma Kernan, Marina Kernan, and Maggie Kernan and Great-Grandmother of George, James, and John Moseley, Ryleigh and Reagan Kernan, and Peyton and Tyler Harris.

As a lifelong professional genealogist, she dedicated herself to researching every known detail of family tree information for relatives and friends. In her final days, she was comforted in knowing that she would soon be with all of her ancestors!

She loved to travel, having visited 26 countries, particularly Hungary and Slovakia in order to visit her ancestral origins. She especially loved the crazy summers spent with family and friends in Bermuda.

She will be missed by many dear friends and loving neighbors, as well as over seventy Rotary exchange students around the world whom she hosted.

Special thanks to the staff at Holy Cross Trinity Hospice Care for helping our family discover a new level of compassion for Mom, specifically Ann, Dorothy, Diane, Susan, Greg and Drake. We are also eternally grateful to our dear cousin, Julie, who shared her spiritual gifts and gentle hands to help Mom in her transition.

Lastly, we would like to thank all the FedEx, UPS, and USPS delivery folks for their daily “visits.” Mom will be sorely missed by and every self-help remedy company that exists on the Internet. The sound of that doorbell chime made her smile every time!

A private burial will take place at Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in support of the Foundation for Women Warriors ( ) or Women Veterans Interactive Foundation (

Diane Hagen Beach

Diane Hagen Beach, 68, of Boyds MD, passed away on January 16, 2024.

She was the wife of the late Allen M. Beach. Born on June 8, 1955, in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Grant L. and Dorothy L. (Linz) Hagen. 

Diane is survived by her siblings; Marian H. Falkenstine, Jane H. Clark, Barbara H. Cupps, Richard W. Hagen. Her brother, Walter L. Hagen, predeceased her. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. 

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, January 25th from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville MD. A funeral service will be held at Fairhaven United Methodist Church, 12801 Darnestown Road #3519, Darnestown MD 20878 on Friday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m. Interment is private. Diane’s final resting place will be at Forest Oak Cemetery, N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg MD 20877. 

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Women Heart: National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease, 712 H Street NE, Suite 2201, Washington DC 20002 ( or Love A Cat ( in memory of Diane Hagen Beach.

Ya-Wen Li Hou

Ya-Wen Li Hou, 92, of North Potomac, MD, passed away on January 19, 2024. She was the loving wife to Ko-Li Hou. Born in China on October 2, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Chin Shi Li and Yeun Der Tong.

She moved from China to Taiwan where she met and married Ko-Li Hou. They remained in Taiwan for 40 years and then migrated to the United States and lived in Maryland for another 40 years. Cooking, gardening, and playing mahjong with friends were some of her passions. 

Ya-Wen is survived by her daughter; Yu-Hsiu Grennon, husband, William Grennon, five grandchildren; Jenny DiPaola, spouse David DiPaola, Andy Mu, spouse Kinny Mu, Christine Warden, spouse Cory. Ryan Grennon, Nora Grennon and great-grandchildren, Chloe DiPaola, Audrey DiPaola, Connor Mu, Cameron Mu, Hannah Warden. She was preceded in death by one daughter; Yu-Feng Mu and one brother; Ya Dong Li.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, January 26th from 10:00 AM to 12 Noon at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. Interment is private. Ya-Wen’s final resting place will be at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA.

Robert Jerome Karn

Robert Jerome (“Jerry”) Karn, 87, of Boyds, MD, passed away on January 25, 2024.

Born on January 5, 1937 in Maryland, he was the son to the late Bradley C. and Mary G. (Fawsett) Karn.

Jerry was born and grew up in Rockville. He married his high school sweetheart and raised four children in the Poolesville area before remarrying and raising an additional two children in Barnesville.

With an undergraduate degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a graduate degree from MIT, both in Architecture, Jerry worked at notable architectural firms including John Carl Warnecke & Associates, Hugh Stubbins, and Harry Weese & Associates before partnering in his own firm, Karn Charuhas, Chapman & Twohey.

In addition to architecture, Jerry was an avid outdoorsman, prolific gardener, and talented artist.  Later in life, introspection and a love of storytelling enticed him to write two books; “Of Frogs, Towers and Trains, a Memoire” and “Herding Spiders, Stories and Observations”. 

Robert was survived by his six children; Robert J. Karn, Jr. and wife, Cheryl, Kimberly Wilson and husband Christopher, Gregory Karn, Kelly Holston, Russell Karn, Brian Karn and two sisters; Donna Moeller and Mimi Hegler and husband Lou and by 5 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife; Dr. Sandra O. Karn, second wife; Sally Remund, one brother; Bradley Karn, Jr. and one sister-in-law; Dorothy Karn.

Kimberly Jean Kelly

Kimberly Jean Kelly, 61, of Clarksburg, MD, suddenly passed away at her home on January 23, 2024 in the presence of her husband and daughter.  She was a loving wife to Terry Alan McKelvey and the proud mother of Kassandra Celeste McKelvey.​

Born on January 20, 1963 in Charleston, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late David Lee and Lyda Mae (Neeley) Kelly.  Kim met her future husband at the beginning of their senior year of high school where they quickly became friends and began dating after Kim agreed to go to the senior prom with Terry.  They remained a couple for the following three years while attending attending separate universities three hours bus ride apart.  In 1984 Kim transferred to the University of Pittsburgh where she married Terry and finished her B.S. in Education, specializing in science education, at the University of Pittsburgh.​

Kim was a smart, strong, capable, beautiful, and independent woman who had lived on her own beginning in adulthood while she worked her way through college.  She had a lifelong interest in earth science, working five years as a middle school earth science teacher in North Carolina, followed by about 20 years working as a laboratory coordinator for the Physics, Engineering, and Geosciences department at Montgomery College, Rockville, Maryland.  One notable duty as a laboratory coordinator was that she routinely carried 50-pound telescope parts to set up a telescope on the roof of a building at Montgomery College and on field trips.  Kim loved working with the faculty, staff, and students of Montgomery College, maintaining student laboratories and associated computers, setting up experiments for students and faculty, and maintaining and running the college observatory.​

Kim faced unexpected adversity a year and a half after the birth of her daughter when she was stricken with a late onset form of mental illness.  Kim bravely fought hard to live a normal life with the illness and was mostly successful in doing so for 12 years while she continued to work at Montgomery College.  She reluctantly retired from the College in 2018 when she was no longer able to work, and since then had gradually increasing medical complications.  She was incredibly strong in coping with her illness even as it increasingly limited her activities.  The illness never affected her gentle, kind heart or her love for her husband, daughter, family, and friends.  She was always more concerned about and put family and friends first, even when facing great difficulties herself.

Kim most enjoyed the simple things in life, reading and telling stories to Kass when she was young, discussing topics that were of interest to her husband and daughter, crocheting blankets, eating with her family at a favorite restaurant, walking in local parks, going on road trips, and visiting national parks and theme parks.  She was the vacation planner of the family; she planned the most memorable vacations including two Outer Banks beach vacations with a large number of family on both sides of her family.  Kim became an avid collector of Santa figurines and Christmas tree ornaments.  Kim loved and cared for a number of cats during her 39 years of marriage to Terry.  She enjoyed spending time with her husband visiting art museums, art galleries, and local arts and crafts shows.

Kim will be most remembered for her gentle spirit and kind and generous heart.  She is loved and dearly missed.

Along with her husband, Terry McKelvey, Kimberly is survived by her daughter, Kassandra McKelvey; sister, Laura Whitehurst; and brother, Christopher Kelly.  She was preceded in death by one brother, David Kelly II; and one sister, Deborah Eberhart.

The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 AM – 12 Noon on Friday, February 2nd at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. Interment to follow at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd, Germantown, MD 20876.

Doris Elaine Harner

Doris Elaine (Johnson) Harner, 88, of Boyds, MD, passed away on January 9, 2023.

She was born on January 21, 1934 in Kensington, MD.

She was the daughter of the late Luther Stewart and Grace Lillian Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry L. Harner in 2011, infant son; Harry L. Jr., son; Ronald J. Harner, sister; Nancy, brother; Martin and both parents.

Surviving are her two children; Patricia Taylor and husband Paul, Janet Lawless and husband James, 5 grandchildren and 5 great- grandchildren, one brother; Thomas, one sister; Linda and many nieces and nephews and cousins.

Doris grew up in Montgomery County. She lived in Boyds from 1945 to 2021 and in New Market from October 2021 until passing. She attended Gaithersburg High School and later received an associate degree from Montgomery College. Doris also attended many classes and seminars related to her nursing assistant career.

Doris was a devoted housewife, mother and grandmother. Her nursing assistant career of 48 years was spent working in psychiatry and geriatrics.

Doris enjoyed spending time with the family and family vacations at Deep Creek Lake. Her hobby was working in crafts for many years.

She will be greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, January 13th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, where a funeral service will be held following at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Road, Boyds, MD, where she will be laid to rest with her late husband.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her memory to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Ave, Frederick, MD 21701.

Mary Jane Poole

Mary Jane Poole, 73, of Frederick, MD, passed away on January 9, 2023.

She was the loving wife to James Poole.

Born on April 29, 1949 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Daniel and Anna (Root) Dickerson.

Along with her husband, Mary Jane is survived by her three grandchildren; Shannon Marie Edwards, Billy Edwards II, Cheyenne Lynn Bare and seven great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Kelli Jean Bare and her late husband; Dallas William Bare.

Mary Jane was a founding member of the Surratt Society and held a passion for collecting dolls and learning about the Civil War.

The family will be receiving friends on Monday, January 16th from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, where a funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 West Hunter Road, Beallsville, MD.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to a charity of your choice.      

Eva Golleher

Eva Golleher, 83, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on January 20, 2023.She was the loving wife to the late Allen Golleher, Sr.Born on May 21, 1939, in Germany, she was the daughter of the late Richard and Frieda Christ.Eva is survived by her daughter Connie Golleher of Maryland, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.Along with her husband and parents, Eva was preceded in death by three children: Allen Golleher, Jr., Norbert Golleher, Edwin Golleher and four siblings.Eva was a member of the Gold Star Wives of America, Potomac Chapter. She was passionate about preserving and enhancing benefits to surviving United States Military spouses and children. She enjoyed appearing before various House and Senate Committees on issues concerning not only the benefits pertaining to military survivors but also the welfare of the survivors. As she quoted, "Gold Star Wives is about reaching out and caring about other people. It's not because you went through it, it's because you want to help."Eva’s final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

Samuel J. Hardwick

Samuel (Sam the Man) J. Hardwick, 32, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 26, 2023.

Born on November 20, 1990 in MD, he was the youngest son to Joseph G. and Patricia A. Hardwick.

Along with his parents, Sam was survived by his siblings; Vicki Hardwick, spouse Curtis Holmes, Kevin Hardwick, spouse Melissa, Eric Hardwick, spouse Stacy Spelman, Clair Ketchum, spouse Stephen, Alice Carpenter, spouse Wade, Steve Hardwick, spouse Vicky ,David Hardwick, spouse Jennifer, Jennifer Gaulrapp, spouse Chad, Aunts: Ellen Farrell, Mary Doyle, Clare Kanofsky, Mary Margaret Lager as well as numerous uncles, nieces and nephews.

Sam was preceded in death by several Aunts and Uncles.

Sam loved spending time with family and chatting with friends at his favorite spots around Poolesville.  He enjoyed watching all sports and was a huge Maryland and Washington football fan as well as being Poolesville High School's #1 sports fan. He was an avid bowler and won multiple trophies and medals through Special Olympics bowling. He loved playing baseball with his Challenger's baseball team. He liked volunteering and helping anywhere he could. His big heart, compassion and concern for others made him one of a kind. He was a bright light in everyone's lives with an infectious laugh and a smile always on his face. He was a blessing to everyone that had the chance to be in his presence and made us all better people for knowing him. He is an amazing example of how one person can touch so many lives despite their circumstances. Sam was one of those people who had such a positive outlook on life. He was a true inspiration and the kind of person we should all try to strive and be. To know Sam is to love Sam. 

The family will be receiving friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Monday, January 30th from 5:00-7:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Maryland Special Olympics

A private family service will be held on Tuesday, January 31st at 11am. On the day of the service, for all friends that would like to watch the live stream you can go to

Ryan J. Costantino

Ryan J. Costantino, 41, of Rockville, MD, passed away on January 2, 2022.

Born on April 14, 1980 in D.C., he was the son of Paul A. Costantino and Katherine A. Kirschbaum. He is pre- deceased by Mike Kirschbaum, the one he considered “Dad”.

Along with his mom, Ryan was survived by his beloved family, including his sister, Kristyn McComas, grandmother, Doris Costantino, Aunt Marie and Uncle Jim Willett and numerous other aunts, uncles, and cousins who he held dearly.

Ryan was an avid reader, movie watcher/critic and a lover to all cats and dogs. Most thought of Ryan as a dog whisperer. Ryan was fondly known as the neighborhood pet sitter and dog walker. He demonstrated a deep understanding and gentleness with the animals under his care. He had a great sense of humor that some of you might have witnessed. 

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

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to ASPCA.

Andrew James Dimopoulos

Andrew James Dimopoulos, 31, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 10, 2022 from pneumonia.

Born on August 26, 1990 in MD, he was the son of James G. and Melaine Dimopoulos.

Along with his parents, Andrew was survived by his siblings; Angela Bielecki (Matt), Christopher Dimopoulos (Carli McGoff), his nieces and nephews; Gracie, Cora, Lucas, Chloe, Amelia, Theodore and his caregiver, Maria Caro.

Funeral service and interment are private.

Andrew’s final resting place will be at Parklawn Memorial Park, 12899 Veirs Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20853.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Lollipop Kids Foundation, 7901 Beechcraft Ave Unit V, Gaithersburg, MD 20879,​

Mary Lou Berger

Mary Lou Berger, 81, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 10, 2022.

She was the loving wife to the late David W. Berger.

Born on September 22, 1940 in Pittsburgh, PA, she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Helen(Lynch) Twigger.

Mary Lou is survived by her children; Kimberly Mills (Daryl), Lee Berger (Patty), David S. Berger (Sandy), six grandchildren; Brian Mills (Caitlin), Casey Mills (Pete), Nicole Mills (Brett), Steven Berger, Sarah Berger, Emily Berger, one great-grandchild; Montana Wolgemuth and Shirley Prasada-Rao, whom she loved like a daughter.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her siblings; Nellie Leonhardt, Gilbert Twigger, Jack Twigger, Virginia Posa, Harry Twigger, and Richard Twigger.

Mary Lou was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan and participated in Fantasy Football leagues for several years. She was an Elvis fanatic and was thrilled to be able to make a trip to visit his home in Graceland. Spending time with her family was the most important to her. She loved family gatherings for holidays and birthdays. Christmas was by far her favorite.

She had a generous heart and will be greatly missed by many family and friends.

The family will be receiving friends for a celebration of life on Friday, January 28th from 6:00- 8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 29th at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the ASPCA. 

Russell Woodrow Allnutt

Russell Woodrow Allnutt, 96, of Leonardtown, MD, passed away on January 13, 2022.

Born on June 22, 1925 in Maryland, he was the son of the late Herbert and Edna Allnutt.

Russell is survived by his loving wife Mary Evelyn Allnutt; 3 children, Russell W. Allnutt, Jr. and wife Janey, Dwight L. Allnutt and wife Kathryn, Brenda C. Terry; 1 sister Nancy L. Gaither; 8 grandchildren and numerous great and great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death his brothers, William E. Allnutt, Harvey Allnutt, Ernest Allnutt, Herbert “Jake” Allnutt and one sister, Ellen V. Tignor.

The family will be receiving friends at 10am on Wednesday January 19th with funeral services to follow at 11am at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD.

Interment will be in Fort Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Rd., Brentwood, MD.

James Jenkins

James “Hobo” Jenkins, 63, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on January 14, 2022.

He was the loving husband to Jennifer Jenkins and were married for 25 years.

Born on June 17, 1958 in MD, he was the son to Wellington Collin and Nellie Marie (King) Jenkins.

Along with his wife, James was survived by his children; JC Jenkins (girlfriend Sammi), and a beautiful 8 month old granddaughter; Aspyn Rae Lee Jenkins; Dylan Jenkins (girlfriend Caroline); two brothers; Frank (wife Ruth) with children Collin (wife Sharon) , Casey (wife Ashley), Amanda Seested (husband Bill) and Cody; Eddie; one sister Roxanne Griffith (boyfriend Steve). Also his in-laws Conrad and Irene Mills; sister-in-laws Tiffiney Maxwell and Criquette Hyde (husband Thomas and children). There all lots of cousins that he loved dearly. He was preceded in death by both of his parents,  his brothers Teddy and Randy and brother-in-law Lenny Griffith.

Jim served in the United States Army from 1977 to 1981 in the armor division. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Damascus. Jim was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #3509, where he held all officer positions. He was most proud of being Maryland State president.

There is nothing Jim loved more than spending time with his family. From picnics to Nascar races, fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, watching Redskins football and playing corn hole. The treasured moments will never be forgotten

The family will be receiving friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Thursday, January 20th from 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon, where a funeral service will follow at 12:00 Noon. There will be a gathering at the Rockville Moose Lodge following the service at 13755 Travilah Rd Rockville, MD 20850

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to Johns Hopkins Cancer Research Institute, P.O. Box 49143 | Baltimore, MD 21297-9143.

Sylvia M. Farserotu 

Born Sylvia Marguerite Desmarais on September 24, 1936 in Quebec City, Canada, she fell  asleep unto the Lord on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at the age of 85.

Beloved wife of Micheal, who preceded her in death, and loving mother of John Farserotu (Veronique), Katherine (Farserotu) Babin, James Farserotu.  Grandmother of Kirsten Brandler (Brian), Michelle Babin, Karl Babin, Alix Farserotu and Nicolas Farserotu.  Great Grandmother of Luke Brandler.

Sylvia was raised in Quebec City, Canada.  There, she attended the The School of the Ursulines (founded 1639) and then went on to receive her diploma from a prestigious  business school before coming to Washington, DC in the mid 1950's. She worked as an Executive Assistant at an Embassy before leaving her career and staying home to raise her children.

She will be remembered for her love and total devotion to her husband and children.

Her Catholic funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, January 22, 2022 at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel in Potomac, MD and attended by immediate family.

She will be interned at Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, MD beside her beloved husband, Michael.

Fanny Rivera

Fanny Rivera, 68, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 19, 2022. Fanny had a long battle with dementia and is finally at rest.

Born on January 20, 1953 in New York City, New York, she was the daughter of the late Lucas and Anna (Aledo) Rivera.  Fanny is survived by one daughter; Glicer Nalvarte of Poolesville, MD and two grandchildren, Sofia and Cecilia Nalvarte. 

Fanny spent more than 30 years working for the Federal Government, advocating for the rights of minorities and people with disabilities.

Fanny’s final resting place will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery on January 27th at 10:00 AM. The family will be holding a Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Presentation at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the Rene Matos Educational Scholarship Hispanic Coalition. Please read below:

In honor and in memory of Fanny Rivera, we ask that in lieu of flowers that donation be made to the Rene Matos Memorial Scholarship fund.  Fanny was passionate and an advocate of education. Fanny was an active member of the National Hispanic Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees( NHCFAE) and throughout her career she advocated for opportunities for Hispanics in the federal government workforce.  Fanny was instrumental in establishing the Rene Matos Memorial fund which continues to support educational efforts for Hispanics. 

The (NHCFAE) established the  Rene Matos Memorial Scholarship in the name of a very motivated and dedicated man, who epitomized the dream to succeed, while helping others along the way. Even from his humble beginnings as an air traffic controller in Puerto Rico, Rene displayed a talent and personality that could not be contained there. While he was in Puerto Rico, Matos never curbed his desire to advance in his career. Already gifted in what he did as a controller, Rene wanted to do more; not only for his own career, but for other Hispanics as well. He educated himself and eventually moved up in the ranks as a top manager at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in New Jersey. It was Rene’s drive, diligence and determination that earned him that position.

Rene Matos was the NHCFAE President from 1989-1992. Rene was proud of his heritage, and it was apparent in all his efforts in the Coalition. His sole purpose was to see other Hispanics succeed. We honored his dream by establishing a scholarship in his name.

Donations are tax deductible and may be made as follows: 

Electronically Donations: 

If you wish to donate via check,  please make it payable to:

NHCFAE Charitable Foundation 

2035 Park Ave

Newcastle, OK 73065

Kenneth Ray Shipe, Jr.

Kenneth (Kenny) Ray Shipe, Jr., 36, of Damascus, MD, passed away on January 23, 2022.

Born on July 21, 1985 in MD, he was the son to Kenneth Ray and Rita Jane (Marshall) Shipe.

Along with his parents, Kenny was survived by his daughter; Payton Kathleen Shipe, two sisters; Angela Shipe, Jennifer Shipe, one grandmother; Judy Marshall, two nephews; Cody, Chase, one niece; Layla and one special cousin; Danielle.

The family will be receiving friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Friday, January 28th from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM, where a funeral service is set to begin at 1:00 PM.

Interment to follow the service at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.

James "Jim" W. Fraley

James "Jim" W. Fraley, 72, of Frederick, MD, passed away peacefully at his home on January 26, 2022. Born on November 6, 1949 in Gaithersburg, MD, he was the son to the late Alfred William and Velma Mae (Fitzwater) Fraley. Upon his graduation from Gaithersburg High School, Jim enlisted in the Marines and shortly after was deployed to Vietnam. While in the service, he was promoted to Lance Corporal. His professional career consisted of working a wallpaper business with his wife Sharon as well as working the Montgomery county roads. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He found joy in getting out into nature. Jim is now in the presence of the Lord, whom he loved and followed all the days of his life. Jim is survived by his wife; Sharon Fraley, his three children; Jennifer Dotson, Samuel Fraley, Hannah Fraley, two sisters; Charlotte Riens, Carol Morton and two grandchildren. 

James’ final resting place will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project. 

A celebration of life will be announced at a later date.

Terry Lee Frock

Terry Lee Frock, 67, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 1, 2021.

Born on May 31, 1953, he was the son of the late Robert Lee and Bernice Nadine (Baumgardner) Frock.

Terry is survived by his daughter, Karen Stout (Kevin Jackson) and one grandchild; Alexis Jackson.

He was preceded in death by one brother; James Frock.

Terry was a member of The Fraternal Order of Eagle Aerie #3509.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Lung Association.

Thomas William Musser, Jr.

On January 2, 2021, Thomas William Musser, Jr. died at his home in Boyds, Maryland.

Tom was born on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts on April 6, 1944, but call Maryland and “Buckrub”, in particular his home.

Tom attended St. Martin’s Catholic School and Gaithersburg High School. He played football for Montgomery College receiving Little All-American Honors in both offense and defense. Tom loved to hunt and fish with fishing becoming his primary passion in more recent years. He owned the most feared boat in the fleet, “Kat Attack”, which earned him Captain of the Year Honors. Tom lived his life with love and generosity. He has a large extended Musser family, many good fishing buddies, great friends and business friends.

 Tom began his business T.W. Musser, Inc. over 40 years ago and worked hard to make it successful.

 Tom is survived by his loving wife, Cheryl A. Musser; sons, Thomas W. Musser III (Cathi), Patrick O. Musser (Jody); stepdaughter, Michelle L. Koll (Rich); stepson, Scott R. Reeside (Amy); sisters, Barbara Musser, Theresa McCoy and 7 grandchildren.

At Tom’s request, no services will be held. In Tom’s memory, donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.

Donald "Buss" Hezekiah Mills

Donald “Buss” Hezekiah Mills, 98, of Sharpsburg, MD, passed away on January 2, 2021 at home.

He was the loving husband of the late Doris Mills.

Born on November 26, 1922, in Maryland, he was the son of the late Hezekiah and Elsie (Reed) Mills.

Donald was survived by daughter; Dale Eileen Bynaker, husband Kenneth, Sr. of Sharpsburg, MD, 2 grandsons; Christopher Cline, wife Jessica, of  Sharpsburg, MD, Kenneth “KJ” Bynaker, wife Catherine, of Hagerstown, MD, 4 great-grandchildren; Ashley Cline, Halle Bynaker, Nora Bynaker and Dean Bynaker.

Along with his wife and parents, Donald was preceded in death by 3 brothers and 2 sisters; Ralph Mills, Raymond Mills, Preston Mills, Hazel Mills and Mildred Mills.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, January 7th from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM. Covid protocols will be in place. Following the visitation the family will be holding a funeral service and graveside. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family to help with funeral expenses. Please send to 7107 Barrett CT, Sharpsburg, MD 21782. 

Joesephus Parr

Joe Parr passed away quietly with his wife of 57 years, Ann, by his side.

He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on July 10, 1939, to Josephus Overton Parr, Jr., and Katherine Leigh Parr. 

He graduated from Rice University in 1961 and received his PhD in Economics from Tulane University in 1964.  He met Ann at a Mardi Gras party and was married in her hometown of Edison, Georgia. He was excited to join the new field of data systems management and his employment took the family from coast to coast until settling in Potomac, Maryland, in 1976. 

When not working, Joe enjoyed golf, puzzles, and using paper napkins at the dinner table to work out mechanical design, math, and other problems. In retirement, he participated in the lively fellowship of the nearby Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.  In 2016, Joe and Ann moved to Ingleside at King Farm in Rockville, Maryland.

Joe is survived by his wife Ann, his daughters Katry Harris and Josie Welling, son-in-law David Welling, and grandchildren, Kendall Welling and Carter Welling. He was considered a ‘second father’ to several of his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Katherine Reams.

Joe will be interned at Boyds Presbyterian Church, family only.

In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (mail to: Osher JHU, Attn: Susan Howard, 9601 Medical Center Dr., Rockville, MD 20850) or the National Ataxia Foundation (online at: Research Drive - National Ataxia Foundation).

Mary Ellen Burdette

Mary Ellen Burdette, 84 of Dickerson, Maryland, went to see Jesus on January 7th, 2021.  Born on April 9th, 1936 in Seneca, Md. she was the daughter of the late Charles and Gladys Barton. She was survived by and the loving wife of William C. Burdette Jr.  Mary Ellen is survived by her brother, Aubrey Barton (Betty) her daughter, Sue Vasquez, (Leo), son Jeff Burdette (Sandra), and daughter Cindi Hawfield (Robert), six grandchildren and two great grandchildren as well as several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters. Bill and Mary Ellen were married on May 12, 1956, celebrating 64 years of marriage.

Mary Ellen was a graduate of Gaithersburg, MD High School. She worked in the Montgomery County School system from 1965 to 1994 as a nursing tech, teacher’s assistant and for the last 27 years was the Cafeteria manager of the Monocacy Elementary School. She was well known for her homemade rolls and peanut butter fudge. Well loved by the students and staff, no one ever went hungry when Mary Ellen was in charge. She always enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and their activities, attending all their events and cheering them on in their successes. Mary Ellen organized many great family reunion celebrations over the years, bringing folks together from miles away to enjoy great food and fellowship.

She was a devoted member of the Dickerson United Methodist Church for 57 years.  Mary Ellen was the president of United Methodist Women for many years and worked on the committees that sponsored events for the church members and community. She and Bill enjoyed square dancing and camping with their friends and family. Mary Ellen knew no strangers and actively supported anyone in need.

She will always be remembered for her big heart, friendly smile and for her faith and service to God.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be sent to Wounded Warriors, Shriners Hospital or Hospice of Frederick County.

Armer McVay Fitzwater, Sr.

Armer McVay Fitzwater, Sr., 82, of Bunker Hill, WV/Mt.Airy, MD, passed away on January 7, 2021.

He was the loving husband of the late Patsy Fitzwater.

Born on January 25, 1938, he was the son of the late Herman H.M Fitzwater and Nellie Viola Cullers Marshall.

Armer is survived by his 5 children; Darryl Fitzwater, Melody (Sissy) Fitzwater and fiance Garren, Armer (Bo) Fitzwater, Jr. And wife Myra,  Herman (Vic) Fitzwater and wife Staci, Dedee Fitzwater and husband Marty Slater, 2 sisters; Mary Virts, Loretta Jeffers, 15 grandchildren; DJ, Brad, Heather, Skyler, Summer, Jennifer, Danny, Jessie, Victoria, Stephen, Julia, Emmy, Gabe, Joshua, Daniel and 12 great-grandchildren; Aidan, Chloe, LuLu, Lincoln, Abby, Mackenzie, Hunter, Madilyn, Tony, Lance, London and Brayden

Along with his parents and wife, Armer was preceded in death by two brothers; Herman Fitzwater, Jr., Kevin Fitzwater and two sisters; Ina Haines and Vada Stottlemyer.

The family will be receiving friends from 5:00-7:00 PM on Thursday, January 14th at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. The funeral service and graveside will be private. Armer will be laid to rest at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.

Geraldine Claire Johnson

Geraldine Claire Johnson, 71, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 6, 2021.

She was the loving wife of Clarence M. Johnson for 50 years. Born on May 8, 1949, in Reading, PA, she was the daughter of the late Paul Daniel and Hope Cheney (Warren) Davis.

In addition to her husband, Geraldine is survived by her two sons, Derek Van Johnson and Ryan Welden Johnson; her mother-in-law, Nell Gates; sister, Phyllis Anne Graves; two brothers, Byron Winfield Davis and Cornell Warren Davis; her stepmother, Pearl Williams Davis; a niece, Nicole Graves; a nephew, Cornell Garrett; and an aunt, Bernice McRae. Preceding Geraldine in death were two aunts, Irma McGalliaria and Marion Toler and five uncles: Charles Warren and Raymond Davis, Larry Davis, Bobby Davis, and Freddy Davis.

Geraldine Claire Johnson (professionally known as Geraldine Claire) was an author, playwright, and songwriter. She wrote a four-book Harbingers series (Harbingers of Spring, Harbingers of Summer, Harbingers of Autumn, and Harbingers of Winter), detailing the trials and tribulations of a well-to-do family living in upper-crust Potomac, MD. She also authored a children’s book of poems and music, A Family Still, United Nations, extolling the bravery and resilience of children around the world confronted with natural tragedies, such Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti earthquake; and man-made destruction, such as the 9/11 terrorist attack. She also wrote a musical play, Greener Grass, whose setting was a golf course; a screenplay, Shields of Honor; and a musical, One Last Go Round. These and other projects were set for production at the DeRyan Theatre Workshop, which she founded and served as its artistic director, until illness forced her to cease activities.

The Davis family moved from Reading, PA, to the Germantown section of Philadelphia, PA, in 1955, when Geraldine was 6 years old. A self-proclaimed tomboy, she played mostly with her brothers and their friends and, to her enjoyment and their chagrin, often beat them in bicycle racing around the neighborhood. But her pure enjoyment came in listening to her father sing opera. A graduate of The Julliard School of Music, he was a local celebrity and had performed abroad, including at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Geraldine had inherited his talent and spent hours singing while listening to LP (long-playing) albums on a stereo system that her father had installed throughout the house. Although she liked opera, she loved show tunes and theatre music. So, while her friends were listening to the Temptations’ “My Girl,” she cuddled up with Barbara Streisand’s “Funny Girl.”

Geraldine attended Germantown High School where she excelled in English and writing classes and she sang on the choir. At 17, she met a 19-year-old Temple University sophomore named Clarence Johnson. Clarence had asked Byron, Geraldine’s brother, for her phone number after he heard that she was a “fox.” Initially, she didn’t like Clarence, especially his corny jokes. But he persisted. And one day when he rolled up in a 1963 red and white Ford Thunderbird to pick her up from school, the handwriting—“eventual marriage”—was on the wall.

In 1969, Clarence was drafted into the Army and stationed at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, DC. They married in 1970 and moved to Arlington, VA, across the river from Fort McNair. Within 2 years, Clarence had been honorably discharged, Geraldine had given birth to her first son, Derek, and the family had moved to a small house with a swimming pool in Chillum, MD. Geraldine, not much of a swimmer, often sunbathed while writing songs and singing to her toddler. In 1979, a second son, Ryan, was born, and, 2 years later, the family moved to a bigger home in Calverton, MD. By then, she had become a physical fitness devotee, determined to keep her lifelong petite size. So, while the kids were at school, she would jog in the park, play tennis, and work out at a local gym several times a week. At home, she would often exercise with weights and jog on the treadmill.

As the years passed, Geraldine yearned to get back into writing and music. So, she put her work in sales and in real estate on hold and took writing courses at Strayer College and music courses at the University of Maryland. Soon, she began writing songs again and, after a prolonged period of false starts, teamed with a musician and arranger to produce the body of work that would eventually become the content for her musicals.

By the time the family moved to Poolesville in 2006, she was hard at work on the Harbingers series. Thus, Harbingers of Spring was published in 2008, Harbingers of Summer in 2011, Harbingers of Autumn in 2012, and Harbingers of Winter in 2014. The children’s storybook, A Family Still, United Nations, was published in 2015.

The family will be receiving friends from 2:00–4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 16th, at Hilton Funeral Home, located at 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. Per the family’s wishes, a cremation will follow. A Memorial Service will be held after pandemic restrictions on large gatherings are lifted.

Jeffrey Marc Remer

Jeffrey Marc Remer, 65, of Frederick, MD, passed away on January 12, 2021.

Born on April 11, 1955 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Mitchell Leon and Frances (Gorewitz) Remer.

Jeffrey is survived by his brother; Kevin Remer, sister; Robin Kough, two nieces; Kristina Kough, Jacquelyn Willis, two nephews; Matthew Kough, Daniel Kough, one grand-nephew; Miles Dail,  one grand-niece; Corrine Kough and his three four legged children; Fran, Hal and Rocket.

Along with his parents, Jeffrey was preceded in death by his step-father; Hal Stahl and one brother; Bruce Remer.

Jeff wanted everyone to know that he was a lucky guy. He’s traveled all over the country and overseas. He enjoyed his trips everyday to different parks and restaurants with his dogs and friends. He loved his family, his friends, his dogs and food. Not necessarily in that order. He was loved by many and will be greatly missed.

As per Jeffrey’s wishes he will be cremated.

Ricky Lee Davidson

Ricky Lee Davidson, Sr. 70, of Monrovia, MD, passed away on January 13, 2021. He was the loving husband of Kathryn (Booth) Davidson. Born February 14, 1950 in Poolesville, MD, he was the son of the late John E. and Dorothy E. Davidson.

Ricky is survived by five children, Annabelle Davidson of Brunswick, MD, Ricky Davidson, Jr. and wife Kathryn of Brunswick, MD, Evelyn Davidson of Hagerstown, MD, Michael Zajdel and wife Jessi of Frederick, MD, Lindsay Zajdel and friend Ricky Shaw of Monrovia, MD; nine grandchildren, Kelly and Carter Hottinger, Ashlee Davidson, Joshua and Thomas Corl, Zachary Rowland, Kylee Shaw, Mia and Kaylee Dorsey; brother Roy Davidson, several uncles, aunts, nephews, nieces and many long-time friends. He will also be greatly missed by his fur baby Harley.

Besides his parents, Ricky was preceded in death by his brother John E. Davidson, sister Patricia Lenhart and granddaughter Meghan Davidson (2020).

Ricky (“Rick”) is fondly remembered by many for his quick sense of humor and extensive automotive repair skills, having been a long time automotive mechanic in Poolesville in his early years. There wasn’t anything he couldn’t fix or any joke left untold.

Interment will be private. The family hopes to plan a celebration of life at a later date when pandemic restrictions on large gatherings are lifted and it is safe to do so.

Doris Kingsbury Lee

On January 18, 2021, Doris K. Lee, nee Kingsbury passed away.

She was the beloved wife of William V. Lee, who predeceased her in 1972. 

Loving daughter of the late Maude L. Wagner and the late Joseph Manning Kingsbury, sister of the late Genevieve K. O’Connell, the late Louise K. Rice, and the late Mary Ann Lillie.  Loving mother of Clifford A. Lee (Denise) and Joseph Manning Lee (Julie).  Grandmother of Gregory (Jill), Rosemary (Sina Farzinfard), Brian (Kathleen), Mary Beth, Brendan (Alex), Nancy (Joe Minardi), and Bridget, and Great Grandmother of Grace and Declan Lee.  She had great affection for the many beloved nieces and nephews she leaves behind. 

Doris was born January 21, 1925 in Washington, D.C. and attended Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington.  She was proud of her work for the War Department during WWII, and held a lifelong interest in gardening, antiques, arts and crafts, and volunteering for Montgomery County widowed person services and many other community organizations.  She loved her hometown of Kensington, MD, where she resided for over 70 years.  In a final letter, she told her family

“My wishes for you are that you have faith in God, always be honest, and take time to enjoy the most precious things God has given us — the birds, the flowers, and each other.”  She lived her life by those rules. 

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at The Landing in Silver Spring where she lived for the past year.  Services will be private.

A private inurnment will be held at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Barnesville, MD.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Doris’ name to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, Md. 20838.

William Kamachaitis

William “Bill” Kamachaitis, age 89, Boyds, Maryland, passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. 

William was born to Peter and Anna Kamachaitis on August 7, 1931 in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania.

William met his wife of 66 years, Marie Kamachaitis at Lakeside a local swimming facility, amusement park and concert hall frequented by the community. After a short walk and a first kiss it was love at first sight. They dated throughout high school and were married at 21.  They went on to have 7 children, 6 girls and one boy.

Bill will be most remembered as the devoted husband and patriarch of his family.  He valued his family above all and gathered them close year round to celebrate occasions and enjoy time together.  He was a generous man who loved his Lithuanian heritage and celebrated it with friends, family, polka music and foods from his childhood as often as possible.

He left his home town at age 18 to join the United States Air Force serving from 1950-1953 in the Korean War.  His professional career spanned over twenty-five years in aeronautic engineering beginning at Fairchild Industries and spanning decades for various organizations within the aerospace industry.  His aptitude for management led him to positions as CEO. One of his proudest moments was being selected as the CEO of SPACECOM. Bill earned a Bachelor’s of Science from American University and a Master’s degree of Space Aeronautical Management from Loyola College.

William was preceded in death by his wife Marie Kamachaitis, daughter Patty Hardekopf and grandson Samuel Moore, four sisters and one brother and his mother and father. He is survived by one sister, Dorothy Boley, 6 children Marie Vandermolen, David Kamachaitis, Karen Kamachaitis, Nancy Walker, Carol Moore and Sue DeSantis, his 21 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.  

Funeral services, by invitation only, will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021, 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church & Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Barnesville, MD.  Due to COVID restrictions the service will be private.

Amzina Ramybe Tau (meaning Eternal Peace to You) in Lithuanian.
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Steven C. Gibson

Steven C. Gibson, 84, of Boyds, Maryland passed away on January 20, 2021.

He was the loving husband to Virginia Gibson.

Born on January 10, 1937 in South Hartford, NY, he was the son of the late Harden and Florence Barbara (Neff) Gibson. 

Along with his wife, he is survived by his children; Steven (Deneen) Gibson, Michelle Duchowny, step-children; Wendy (Brian) Sutch-Kiser, Amy (Bobby) Sutch Gupta, Mark Sutch, 6 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; his brothers; Phillip Gibson, Bruce (Barb) Gibson, Andrew (Sharon) Gibson and sisters-in-law; Jane Gibson and Diane Gibson.

He was preceded in death by two brothers; George Gibson and Kenneth Gibson and one daughter; Beth Harriet Gibson.

Steven graduated from Cornell University with an Agricultural Engineering degree.  He taught junior high science and driver’s ed, then joined the U.S. Air Force.  He worked for the NY State Department of Transportation as a computer programmer/systems analyst for traffic studies. For the next 32 plus years he worked as a consultant for various federal and state highways and transit administrations.  In retirement he drove school buses for MCPS.

His extensive community involvement included Boy Scouts of America leadership and training for forty plus years, treasurer of Boyds Federal Credit Union, Boyds Historical Society, American Legion and church treasurer at Boyds Presbyterian Church, He also assisted with publishing a book by Arthur Virts’, “Boyds: A Character Study by Arthur Virts and Friends.”

His interests included reading, travelling in his RV to bluegrass festivals and a memorable trip to Albuquerque, NM for a hot air balloon festivals and family caravan/reunion.

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

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

Mary Ann Powell

Mary Ann Powell, 87, of Hagerstown, MD, formerly of Poolesville, MD, passed away on January 21, 2021.

She was the loving wife to the late Donald L. Powell.

Born on April 27, 1933 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Thomas Ketner, Sr. and Edna (Gilbreath) Zevely.

Mary is survived by her three children; Donna R. Irby, Candi Weddle Staley, Richard D. Powell, 3 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by Harrison Dutton, her companion of 28 years, one sister; Jean Baden and one brother; Thomas “Buddy” Zevely, Jr.

Mary was a Career Counselor at Poolesville High School for 28 years and was a former member of the National Quarter Horse Association.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Christopher Lee Mullins

Christopher Lee Mullins, age 58, of New Market, MD, passed away peacefully of heart complications on January 25, 2021 at Frederick Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. 

He was a very caring and dedicated father to his son, Brandon Lee Mullins and daughter in law, Katelyn Mullins of Hagerstown, MD.  Within the last year, he became a first time grandfather to Isaiah Christopher Lee Mullins who brought many smiles to his face.  Chris is survived by his loving and devoted parents, Freddie Lee Mullins and Gloria Jean Mullins of Thurmont, MD.   In addition, is survived by his sister whom he adored, Stephanie Lynn Killebrew and his nephew, Tucker Myddelton Killebrew of Frederick.  

He was preceded in death by nephew, Tyler Myddelton Killebrew.  

Chris was born in Eden, NC.  Soon later his family moved to Maryland and grew up in Boyds.  He graduated from Seneca Valley High School in 1980 and started his long career at Pleasants Construction spanning from July 3, 1984 to January 25, 2021 (36 Years).  He was a very hard and tedious worker who was dedicated to things being done correctly.   Chris had many hobbies.  He learned to play pool at a very young age and was very good at it.  He also loved hunting, riding his motorcycle, and gardening.  He always had a vegetable garden and a bevy of plants and flowers that he took much pride in.  Through the years he gained many friends from childhood, work, playing pool at the Moose Lodge 371 in Frederick (among many other venues), hunting, and motorcycle rides. Chris, an avid animal lover also cared for two dogs that were always by his side, Eddie and Bitty, who will deeply miss him.    

The family would love for you to share your sympathy, condolences, and stories about Chris on the Hilton Funeral Home of Barnesville, MD website.     

Due to the COVID pandemic, friends and family will be invited to a celebration of life for Chris to be scheduled at a later date. 

Francine A. Davio

Francine A. Davio, 78, of Clarksburg, MD, was peacefully called to heaven on January 30th, 2021, at Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown, MD.
She was born in Detroit, Michigan to Frank and Carmel Artzner.

She was preceded in death by Peter, her loving husband of 53 years. 

Fran was a dedicated wife, mother, and homemaker.  She was the foundation of a wonderful family, and her devotion to raising her children made possible their successes in their education and careers.
Fran enjoyed being a member of the church choir, attending Knights of Columbus events with Pete for over 40 years, and raising her three children.  She loved spending time with her family, cooking inspired meals, entertaining, bowling, vacationing with family, and travelling.  Her ability to weather tough times, make wonderful memories for the family, and enjoy the happiness of life, were her defining characteristics.    

Surviving is her dear sister Colleen; her son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Courtney; son and daughter-in-law Paul and Amy; son Michael and fiancée Lindsey; and four grandchildren:  Hailey, Nathan, Joseph, and Matthew.
Along with her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister Karen and brother Larry. 
A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 4th, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. 

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 (

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, 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 B. 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 her sleep after a long fight with cancer.
Born on November 21, 1987, she was the daughter of the late Kevin Francis 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 Karen O’Neill.

She is survived by her husband John and their son Braden Kevin, age 6.

She is also survived by mother Camille, step-father Mark, brother Connor, sister Maureen, aunt Terri and brother-in-law Kevin and his husband 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 Halloween decorating 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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