Harry Leo Ganjian

Harry Leo Ganjian, 86, of Poolesville, MD died on July 9, 2017.  Born on January 20, 1931 in New York City, NY. He was the loving husband to Dolores Ganjian.  Also, surviving are his two children:  Brian Ganjian of Germantown, MD and Elizabeth Petersen (Gregory) of Jacksonville, FL and one grandchild, Rory Petersen.  Harry was the son of the late Peter and Nectar Ganjian. 

Harry was a member of the Knights of Columbus 6901, where he was a past Grand Knight and a member of the Holy Name Society.  

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 14th from 6–8 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838 where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 15th at 10 AM.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 

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Ann McManus-Rice

Ann McManus-Rice, 72, of Germantown, MD, passed away on July 3, 2019.

She was born on November 28, 1946, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the loving daughter of the late Aloysius P. and Mary (Fitzgibbon) McManus.

Graduate of St. Agnes Seminary in Brooklyn, NY. She obtained her X-ray Technician license from St. Mary’s Hospital and also a business certificate from Catherine Gibbs School of Business.

Ann was employed by Montgomery County Government for 23 years.  She professionally and caringly provided health assistance to the children of Montgomery County Public Schools as a Health Room Technician.

Ann was an active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Barnesville, MD for 46 years.  She was a member of the Sodality and enjoyed working many a Church Dinner.

Ann’s greatest joys were the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.  She shared her love for reading and storytelling. She was dedicated to their health and happiness from the moment they were born and throughout their lives.  Her memory lives through her three children, Ann Rice Schofield (Joseph), James, and Brendan (Carey); three siblings, Mary McManus, Elizabeth Smith (Eugene), and John McManus (Grace).

She was the loving grandmother to grandchildren, Aaron Cantler (Kristie), Ashley Rice, Sean Rice-Schofield, Everly Rice and one great grandchild Isabella Rice.

She was preceded in death by grandchildren Reed Cantler and Sophia Rice.

Family will be receiving friends at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville, MD 20838 from 9:30-11:00 AM, on July 5, 2019.   Mass of the Resurrection at 11:00 AM followed by Interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

At family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to Casey House Hospice at: https://www.montgomeryhospice.org

Ann was an extraordinarily strong and compassionate woman with a keen sense of humor and will never be forgotten.

Daniel Stanley Piasecki

Daniel Stanley Piasecki, 85, of Frederick, MD passed away on July 17, 2019.

Daniel was the loving husband to Mildred (Biddie) E. Piasecki.

Born on December 20, 1933 in Nanicoke, PA, he was the son of the late John and Jean Piasecki. Along with his wife, he is survived by one son, Dan B. Piasecki and wife, Veronica of Adamstown, MD; one brother, Jack Piasecki and wife, Joyce of NY; one sister, Pat Osisek  and husband, Tom of PA; one granddaughter, Alexis Piasecki of Adamstown, MD; one sister-in-law, Jennifer Haeberle and husband, Henry of Damascus, MD.

 Graveside service will be held on Monday, July 22, 2019 at Mount Olivet Cemetery, 515 S Market St, Frederick, MD 21701.     

William Lowe Bladen Jr.

William Lowe Bladen Jr., 57, of Brunswick passed away early Sunday morning, July 21st. Billy was a beloved son, husband, father, brother and friend. 

Billy was born in Bethesda, Maryland on March 25, 1962 to William Lowe Bladen Sr. and Jill Joann Bladen. 

He is survived by his wife of many years, Donna Bladen, daughters; Donna Marie Bladen and Dargan Hope Bladen, brother; Kevin Bladen and wife Teri Bladen along with their son Bruce Reed and sister; Jenifer Bladen.

Billy spent much of his life doing tree work and also  had a passion for carpentry. Most of all, Billy loved spending time with his family and friends. He is extremely loved and missed. 

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, July 31st, 2019 from 6-8pm at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville Maryland, 20838. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is respectfully requesting donations for Billy’s teenage daughter, Dargan. 

Tyler M. Gergler

Tyler M. Gergler, 18, of Clarksburg, MD, passed away suddenly on July 26, 2019. Born on
September 13, 2000, in Bethesda, MD, he was the beloved son of Raynu Clark, step-father Scott
Coche’ of Clarksburg and Jason R. Gergler, step-mother Amy L. Gergler of Ijamsville. 
Surviving besides his parents is one sister, Amanda K. Gergler; three brothers, Jason R. Gergler,
Jr., Grayson D. Gergler, Griffin L. Gergler; step-sister Kiana L. Coche’; step-brother Jevon A.
Coche’; his paternal grandparents, George E. Johnson and Erica A. Gergler and maternal
grandparents, Michael G. and Muntana Clark. Also surviving is his girlfriend, Skylar Diaz, as
well as numerous extended aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Tyler graduated from Clarksburg High School in June and was a stellar athlete, playing football
and track and field for Clarksburg High School and the Firebirds Track Club. He also served in
the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) at Seneca Valley High School. 
 Tyler excelled in photography and horticultural science. He loved the outdoors, his dogs and
traveling, specifically his trips to Thailand to visit his grandparents. Tyler was full of life and
always looking for ways to make those around him laugh. He will be deeply missed by his
family, friends and all who knew him.
Additionally, Tyler was looking forward to following his families’ long lineage of service in the
US Marine Corps. He was enlisted in the US Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program and
scheduled to begin basic training in October to specialize in the Intelligence Field. 

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, August 2nd from 5pm-8pm at Cedarbrook
Community Church, 23700 Stringtown Road, Clarksburg, MD 20871. Funeral Services will be
private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MD SPCA or National Park Foundation in
Tyler’s memory.

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2018

John Henry Repass, Sr.

John Henry Repass, Sr.  passed away July 9, 2018 surrounded by his family and his wife of 60 years Carolyn Watts Repass.

Born July 19,1937 in Burkes Garden, VA to John Robert Repass & Mary Virginia Atwell Repass, John was one of eleven children.  The family moved to the Poolesville, MD area in the early 50’s where John met the love of his life, Carolyn while attending Poolesville High School.  John excelled as a student and athletically in both Track & Field, Baseball and Basketball.  John continued his passion for sports as he continued playing baseball in the old MD State League then turning to softball, playing into his 50’s for Upper Montgomery FD.  John was a lifelong Redskins fan attending their 1st Super Bowl victory in 1983 at the Rose Bowl. An avid sportsman, John loved hunting, fishing and playing golf with his family.  Golf became his favorite sport and he still played regularly with his friends, “The Walkers” at Holly Hills CC right up to age 79.

In a life dedicated to community service, John became a volunteer member of Upper Montgomery Volunteer Fire Dept. in 1959.  In October, 1966, John became the first “career” firefighter hired by the station, taking the rank of Sergeant.  Rising through the ranks over his 29-year career, John retired as Station Commander in June of 1994.  John stayed on duty as a volunteer at UMCVFD on evenings and weekends throughout his career until rules prohibited “career personnel” from serving at the same station they worked.  Both John & Carolyn are Life Members of Upper Montgomery VFD.  Upon retirement from the fire service, John continued to serve his community through a variety of organizations.  A member of Monocacy Lions Club, John also served as a director of Monocacy Cemetery and gave of his time to WUMCO Help and Hands of Love, always trying to help those less fortunate.

John is survived by his wife Carolyn, sons John H. Repass, Jr. (Matt) his wife Sharon of Berlin, MD and Ronald Shepherd Repass, his wife Elizabeth of Poolesville, MD, his daughter Tina Lynn Repass Barnsley, her husband Tommy of Laytonville, MD and his beloved grandchildren; Megan & Michele Repass, Zachary Petersen & Madison Repass and Emily Sivert, Christine Scully, Laura Barnsley and Victoria Barnsley, as well his great-grandchildren; Daniel, Mackenzie & Sawyer Sivert.  Surviving siblings; William R. Repass wife Shirley, Joseph Edward Repass wife Donna, Betty Repass Allnutt, Barbara Repass Manaia, Sylvia Repass Miller husband George and Gail Repass Pearson along with numerous nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by sisters, Frances Repass Hubble, Edith Repass Dove, Lettie Blanche Repass and Virginia Irene Repass.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 13 from 5-8 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838. Funeral Service will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, July 14 at Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to Rockville Nursing Home, 303 Adclare Rd, Rockville, MD 20850 or WUMCO Help 21140 Beallsville Rd, Dickerson, MD 20842 or Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Dept., 19801 Beallsville Rd, Beallsville, MD  20839.

Doris B. Glass

Doris B. Glass, 79, of Poolesville, MD, died on July 16, 2018 at her residence surrounded by her family.

She was the loving wife of Charles Glass.

Born on May 12, 1939, in Poolesville, she was the daughter of the late Marion and Helen (Rutter) Beall.

Doris was a member of the Memorial United Methodist Church and the Upper Montgomery County Ladies Auxiliary where she served for 55 years. She enjoyed working with the auxiliary, crabbing on the eastern shore and spending time with family.

Surviving besides her husband Charlie are two daughters, Sandy Chisholm and husband Jon of Frederick, MD, Lynne Bodmer and husband Tad of Poolesville; one sister, Jean Tetlow of Poolesville; four granddaughters, Kelli Vaughan, Jennifer Karolick and husband Andrew, both of Frederick, Jocelyn Bodmer of Blacksburg, VA, Mollie Bodmer of Manassas, VA; great grandchildren, Aiden and Addison Karolick and several nieces and nephews.

Doris was preceded in death by two brothers, Wilson and John Beall.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 18, from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.

Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, July 19 at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville  20837.

Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the UMCVFD Auxiliary, 19801 Beallsville Rd., Beallsville, MD 20839 or Memorial United Methodist Church.

Ingeborg Emma Westfall

Ingeborg Emma Westfall, 73, of Dickerson, MD departed this life on July 16, 2018.

She was born in Frederick, MD on July 17, 1944 to the late Benton B. Westfall and Marguerite Frances.

Ingeborg is survived by her two sisters, Sigrid Lampert (Richard) of Leesburg, VA, Kristin Westfall of Purcellville, VA; two nephews, Stephen Hull (Erin), George Hull (Kyoko); two nieces, Camille Westfall, Maigann Westfall (Petra); two great nieces, Jenna and Grace and three great nephews, Winston, John and Jon A.

She was preceded in death by her brother Jon Westfall.

Ingeborg was blessed by many creative talents and used nature and many other mediums as her canvas.  Her vegetable gardens grew bountiful produce that she used in a wide variety of ways and shared generously with family and friends.  She thoughtfully established lush natural habitats for all wildlife, especially butterflies, bees and birds.

Ingeborg's artistic interests included photography, painting, and watercolor.  Her steady hands and an eye for detail created exquisite marquetry and illustrations using the little known fine art form of scratchboard.  She adored opera and her discerning ear could quickly identify the composer and title of work, no matter how obscure.

An avid reader, Ingeborg had a keen mind for proper grammar and use of the English language.  A talented wordsmith, her writings to friends and family throughout the years are poignant reminders now of how she could capture sentiment in just the right tone and phrase.  She was one of a kind and will be greatly missed not only by her family and friends but by all the creatures whose lives she touched.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to one of the following: The Smithsonian, Days End Farm Horse Rescue, 2nd Chance Wildlife or WETA.

A memorial service will be held August 25, 11 a.m. at Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, Maryland.

Mary Ellen Howard

Mary Ellen Howard, 87, of Frederick, MD, died on July 20, 2018 at home. She was the loving wife to the late Francis Reynolds Howard and they were married for 67 years. Born on November 24, 1930, in Washington, DC, Mary was the daughter of the late William J. Cook and Mary Ellen Rhodes. Mary is survived by her six sons, Steve, Craig, Glenn, Cliff, Robert and Richard Howard; one daughter, Kathy Guthmiller, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Inurnment in Arlington National Cemetery will take place at a later date.

Brian Richard Carnahan

Brian Richard Carnahan, 51, of Poolesville, MD passed away on July 24, 2018.

Brian was the loving husband to Cathy Carnahan.

Born on August 4, 1966, in Washington, DC, he was the son of Richard and Louise Carnahan. Along with his wife and parents, he is survived by his daughter Kelsey Carnahan. Brian was  preceded in death by his son, Dale Carnahan and a brother, Eric Carnahan.

Family will receive friends on Sunday, July 29 from 5-8 PM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Monday, July 30. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.   Following the interment a reception will follow at St. Mary’s pavilion.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to PAA, Attn: Jim Brown, 19421 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837.

Vivian Neal

Vivian Neal of Dickerson MD passed away July 28,2018. She was born in Livingston, MT and was the daughter of George & Pearl (Williams) Crabtree.

She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years,Cliff in 2008; her son Dr. Jack (Bette) Neal of Seattle WA in 2014; and her son Jeffrey (Leighanne) Neal of Poolesville MD in 2000. She is survived by her son Jerry (Suzanne) Neal of Dickerson, MD; her daughter Dr. Janet (Brian) Maus of Clinton MD; and a sister, Veda Richardson of Albany OR, as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Vivian was married to Cliff in 1938 in Livingston Montana and had their first two children,Jack

& Janet, before moving to Harrisburg PA. where their son Jeff was born. They moved from Harrisburg to a small farm in Silver Spring MD in 1953 and their son Jerry was born. Moving to Dickerson in 1971,they began raising peaches & Arabian horses and became active in the local community.

Upon moving to Maryland Vivian was a member of the Baptist church; singing in the choir as well as participating in numerous church activities.  Moving to Dickerson,she was actively involved in The Monocacy Garden Club; The Bridge Club;The Sugarloaf Riding Club;The Book Club and The Rural Women's Republican Club. As part of these activities, she and Cliff actively entertained many friends and family.

Vivian was an avid reader and always had her Bible,the Newspaper & something on the Best Seller List right by her chair. Psalm 121was one of her favorites. She loved to cook & her cherry pie was renowned in the neighborhood and with her family! She regularly exercised with her friends at the local fitness club well into her 80's. In 1983, she was instrumental in opening the family owned & operated Sugarloaf Pet Gardens located on the family farm in Dickerson.

She and Cliff travelled all over the world during their long marriage.

Vivian was blessed with a long life full of moments and achievements that brought her great joy

& enriched her soul. She counted family among her greatest accomplishments & blessed each of us with lovingkindness & care throughout her long life. She was a gentle, sweet soul well loved by all - but she had a backbone of steel! She is sorely missed & fondly remembered.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Barnesville Baptist Church on Saturday,August 18,2018

 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Barnesville Baptist Church or Montgomery Hospice.

Mary Ann Reid

Mary Ann Reid passed away Monday, July 30, 2018 in Holly Springs, North Carolina. Mary was born on July 13, 1929 to George and Sophie (Groholska) Halka in Kingston, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Kingston High School, Mary moved to Washington, D.C. to work for the Department of Commerce. While attending a wedding in DC she met Edwin Howard Reid whom she married April 19, 1952.

Mary was a woman of integrity, faith, and commitment, who loved her family and devoted her life to raising her eight children, whom she took great pride in. The hallmarks of her life, beside her children, were her devotion and love of her husband and the Catholic Church. In life, Mary and Howie were inseparable and now, once again, are joined together. Her beloved husband predeceased her on May 31, 2018.

She is survived by her children, Marjorie Hallowell (Bruce) of Jefferson, ME, Paul Reid (Susan) of Stafford, VA, Virginia Dixon (Lee) of Holly Springs, NC, Ann Marie Minnigan (Thomas) of Setauket, NY, Thomas Reid (Karen) Waldorf, MD, Gerard Reid (Karen) of Huntersville, NC, Patricia Rodier (Paul) Setauket, NY, and Edwin Reid (Stephanie) of Huntersville, NC, along with 24 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters Helen Koslosky of Hershey, PA, and Ann Swetits (John) of Virginia Beach, VA. She is predeceased by her brother Fr. John Halka.

A funeral service and Mass will be held at 10:00 am at St. Mary’s Parish & Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, 18239 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. The church and its adjoining Fr. George Reid Pavilion were the site of many Reid Family reunions. 

The Hilton Funeral Home is serving the family in Barnesville, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Parish, 18230 Barnesville, MD, 20838 or St. Phillip and James Catholic Church, One Carow Place, St. James, NY 11780.

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Harry Leo Ganjian

Harry Leo Ganjian, 86, of Poolesville, MD died on July 9, 2017.  Born on January 20, 1931 in New York City, NY. He was the loving husband to Dolores Ganjian.  Also, surviving are his two children:  Brian Ganjian of Germantown, MD and Elizabeth Petersen (Gregory) of Jacksonville, FL and one grandchild, Rory Petersen.  Harry was the son of the late Peter and Nectar Ganjian. 

Harry was a member of the Knights of Columbus 6901, where he was a past Grand Knight and a member of the Holy Name Society.  

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 14th from 6–8 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838 where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, July 15th at 10 AM.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 

Orlan Andrew Helmick

Orlan Andrew Helmick, 78, of Middletown, MD, formerly of Poolesville, went home to be with the Lord on July 9, 2017.  He was the loving husband of Carole for 59 ½ years.

Born on December 13, 1938 in Danese, WV, he was the son of the late Clyde C. Helmick and Imogene H. Allen.

Surviving, in addition to his wife are two sons, Rick Helmick of Adamstown, MD, Mike Helmick and wife Sue of Jefferson, MD; three sisters, Roberta Fulk of North Carolina, Shirley Thomas of West Virginia, Betty Lou Luallin of Arizona; one brother Lewis (Bub) Helmick of North Carolina; three grandchildren, Zach Helmick of Georgia, Austin Helmick of Adamstown, MD and Dakota Helmick of Adamstown, MD.

The family would like to recognize two special caregivers, Lewis and Mary Helmick.

Orlan started coaching little league football in Upper Montgomery County. He went door to door to get the sports leagues started. This eventually led to him coaching basketball and baseball.

In 1977 he started Metlfab with his wife and two sons, which is still operating today. During this time, Orlan found God and dedicated his life to the Lord.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, July 21st from 1-3 PM and 6-8 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838 where funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, July 22nd. Interment to follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 9501 Catoctin Mountain Hwy, Frederick, MD 21701.

Those desiring to give memorial contributions, the family asks that it go to Frederick Baptist Church, 5305 Mt Zion Rd, Frederick, MD 21703.