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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 (

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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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