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Maureen Lowe Lake

Maureen Lowe Lake passed away on July 6th, 2023 at the age of 69 after a long battle of illness. She had recently moved to Virginia in 2022 from her longtime home in Poolesville, MD. Maureen attended Holton-Arms School for high school (Class of 1972) in Bethesda, MD where she was born. Later, she studied at The University of Maryland. Maureen went on to pursue an education in nursing and primarily worked on a cardiac unit. During her 20s Maureen lived in parts of the northwest and Missouri, eventually returning to her home state of Maryland in 1986. She loved the countryside and rode horses for many years in childhood and adulthood. Maureen was also a member of the ski patrol in her youth. Maureen will be remembered for her colorful personality, extroverted nature, laugh, and love of animals. She offered warmth to many in need and loved a good party. 


She was predeceased by her stepfather William Pearson (1999), her father Robert Lowe (2015), her mother Shirley Pearson (2019), and her brother Robert Lowe, Jr. (2018). She is survived by her daughter, Jenny Sage of Baltimore, MD, and Jenny's son Wilder Sage who was born in 2020. She is also survived by her son, Matthew Sage, who recently returned to the US from his Navy post in Japan along with his wife, Windeth Sage, and stepson, Zane Sage. Matthew and his family reside in San Diego, CA.  


Family will be receiving friends from 6-8pm on August 2nd, 2023 at Hilton Funeral Home in Barnesville, MD. We invite attendees to share their favorite memories of Maureen. 

William Norman "Bill" Harris

William Norman “Bill” Harris went to be with his Lord on July 7, 2023 after a long illness.

Born and raised in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Lucy (Holsey) Harris and Clarence Norman Harris.

Bill attended McKinley Technology High School and graduated from Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois with a degree in music performance and education. Later, he earned advanced degrees in music education. Bill was a lifetime member of the John Wesley AME Zion church in Washington D.C.

Bill was a career educator of 39 years (1974-2014) in Montgomery County Public Schools where he taught at both the elementary and middle school levels.

 In addition to being a renowned music educator, Bill was the consummate performer. He sang at many local venues including: the Arts Club of Washington, Heritage Signature Chorale of Washington, Georgetown Club, NSO Choir, Medical Musical Group, Montgomery College-Little Shop of Horrors, Fiddler on the Roof and most recently at Leonard Bernstein’s Mass as part of the 2021-2022  50th Anniversary of the John F. Kennedy Center. Bill also sang and conducted youth choirs in many local churches.

 In retirement, Bill became a licensed, professional Master Guild tour guide and director in Washington DC and New York City.

Bill was a gifted, beloved educator with an abiding passion for the success and welfare of students, many of whom developed lasting friendships with him. His skill in the classroom and mastery at producing memorable choral productions endeared him to countless students, parents and colleagues.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 20th from 1:00-3:00 PM and 5:00-6:00 PM, with funeral services beginning at 6:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 2211 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. 

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the following Amyloidosis Research Consortium (ARC). 

Nellie June Hitchcock

Nellie June Hitchcock, 95, of Frederick, MD, passed away on July 8, 2023 at Tribute at Black Hills in Germantown, MD.

She was the wife of the late Buel Clayton Hitchcock. Born on January 22, 1928, in West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Frank and Estelle Marie (Phipps) Garrett. Nellie was the eldest of 12 children.

She had a passion for her grandchildren and gardening. Her grandchildren were treated like royalty and her family enjoyed the fruits of her labor as she canned vegetables and fruits for them to enjoy throughout the year. She often spoke fondly of her time assisting Dr. John Newell of Fayetteville, WV.

Nellie is survived by two sons, John Hitchcock and wife Lynn of Ijamsville, MD, Joseph Hitchcock and wife Cynthia of Frederick, MD; six grandsons, George, Keith, Dale, Jr., Ian, Joseph and Brian Hitchcock; six great grandchildren, Zoe, Jakob, Ronan, Tadhg, Nora and Owen Hitchcock; 10 brothers and sisters, Frieda, Christine, Madeline, Flora, Nancy, Bernard,Michael, Linda, Kenny and Bonnie.

Nellie was also preceded in death by her son, Dale and one brother, Jimmy Garrett.

The family will receive friends on Thursday July 13 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville, Rd., Barnesville, MD. Funeral services will start at 11:00 AM.

Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

Kenneth Algie Mallow

Kenneth Algie Mallow, 59, of Beallsville, Md., passed away on July 16th, 2023. He was born on March 7th, 1964, in Petersburg, WV. He is the son of the late Wade A. Mallow and survived by Joann Turner Morgan, who he was so proud of, and step-dad, Alfred Morgan.

Kenny is survived by his two daughters, Charlotte Zoe and Josephine Mae. He is also survived by his wife Melissa, and his stepchildren, Katie and Quinn. As well as, his sister Mendy (Steve) and their children, Anna, Britney, Stephen, Corey, and Andre, and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. Kenny was very thankful for his daughters' boyfriends, Michael Howard and Owen Bauer.

Kenny was a father, husband, friend, race car driver, and role model to many. He is known for his beautiful smile, quick-witted jokes, love for family and community, his big heart, and his sense of humor.

Kenny was a hardworking business owner who enjoyed carpentry, helping others, drag racing with his girls, road trips, swimming in the river, enjoying his time at the beach, growing blackberries, eating ice cream, driving the backroads, watching the redskins play, watching Poolesville sporting events, watching the girls play sports, talking about and owning Pontiacs, and spending time in West Virginia. He was always up for an adventure.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, July 20th from 5:00 - 8:00 pm at Poolesville Baptist Church, 17550 W Willard Rd, Poolesville MD, 20837. The funeral will be the following day, Friday, July 21st at 11:00 am, at Poolesville Baptist Church.

Another service will be held on Sunday, July 23rd at Schaeffer Funeral Home, 11 N Main St, Petersburg, WV 26847. Visitation will take place from 12:00 - 2:00 pm, with a funeral beginning at 2:00 pm. A burial will follow at the Mallow Family Cemetery in Cabins, WV.

Flowers can be sent to Poolesville Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Viking Athletics for Petersburg WV High School or St. Jude’s. 

Dianne M. Hardy

Dianne Margaret Hardy, 77, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on July 22, 2023.

Born on September 9, 1945 in Seattle, WA, she was the daughter of the late Robert William and Elizabeth Gertrude (Saunders) Reinhold.

Dianne is survived by her children; Robert Andrew Hardy, Sarah Elizabeth Hardy, Daniel Morgan Hardy, one sister; Edi Biggerstaff, five grandchildren, four nieces and three nephews.

Along with her parents, Dianne was preceded in death by her brother Robert Arthur Reinhold.

Patricia McDougall Lenox

Patricia "Patty" McDougall Lenox, 70, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on July 28, 2023.

She was the loving wife to Robert R. Lenox.

Born on May 12, 1953 in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Raymond and Laura (Pyle) Walker.

Along with her husband, Patty is survived by her children; Charles Raymond McDougall, Steven Eugene McDougall, wife, Stacey and one grandchild; Charles James McDougall.

She was preceded in death by her brothers; Willard, Charles, Thomas "Neil" and Carl. 

Patty was a member of the Rockville Moose Lodge 1540 and Fraternal Order of Eagles 3509, Gaithersburg. 

The family will be receiving friends from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 1st at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, where the funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 2nd. 

Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Road, Beallsville, MD 20839. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to either to Rockville Moose Lodge 1540, 13755 Travilah Road, Rockville, MD 20850 or Fraternal Order of Eagles 3509, 211 N Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. 

Dennis Wilson Fling, Sr.

Dennis Wilson Fling, Sr., 70, of Boyds, MD, passed away on July 1, 2022.

Born on August 4, 1951 in MD, he was the son to the late Harvey Wilson and Edna Irene (Connelly) Fling.

Dennis was the loving husband to Deborah Fling for 50 years.

Along with his wife, Dennis is survived by his daughter; Trina Dennis, husband, Charles, his son; Dennis Fling, Jr., grandson; Cody Dennis, great-granddaughter; Kendall Dennis and brother-in-law; Edwin Moreland.

He was preceded in death by his sister; Pamela Moreland and grandson; Jacob Dennis.

Dennis, known to many as Pops or D.W.. Dennis owned and operated a trucking/excavating business for over 30 years. He was a hard working man that instilled the importance of hard work, love and family in others. Whatever he set his mind to he was determined to get it done. Dennis was an avid boater and was happiest out boating on Lake Anna with family and friends.  

The family will be receiving friends at Cedarbrook Church, 23700 Stringtown Rd, Clarksburg, MD 20871, on Saturday, July 9th from 10:00-11:00 AM, where a funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM.

Interment to follow at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd, Germantown, MD 20876.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Parkinson’s Foundation.

Marian Lunger Reeves

Marian (Marty) Lunger Reeves, 92, of Frederick, MD, passed away on July 7, 2022. 

Born on January 3, 1930, in Huntington, WV., she was the daughter to the late Wilbur E. and Lillian P. (Carnohan) Lunger. She was the loving wife to the late Ernest Gene Reeves. 

Marian is survived by her two children, David (Jill) Reeves of Frederick, MD, Carolyn Reeves Keenan of Wolfeboro, NH; five grandchildren, Joy and Gordon Reeves, Rachel, Heather, Neal (Jenna) Haddad; and one great granddaughter, Riley; and cousins Mary Witten Neal Wiseman, Joseph Neal, John Gowan, and Jan Tallent. 


Marty grew up in Huntington, WV, and graduated from Huntington (Cabell) High School. She received a BA from Duke University, majoring in English, where she met and later married her husband, Gene. Marty also achieved an MA from American University in Counseling. 

Marty lived a fun and adventurous life. After loyally following her husband Gene to France and Morocco, and supporting his career first as a diplomat in the US Foreign Service and later as an attorney in private practice, Marty also pursued her own professional career. At various times throughout her life, she worked as a librarian at the University of Texas and at Duke University, a librarian and career counselor at American University, and a reference librarian and trainer for Loudon County Government, VA. Marty also was active as a volunteer, rising as high as the President of the Florence Crittenton Home of Washington, DC. 


As a diplomatic wife in France and Morocco, she spoke French and hosted elaborate dinner parties. While in Nice, France, she and Elizabeth Taylor, who were both pregnant at the same time, sometimes exchanged knowing glances in restaurants. 


Marty was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother (Mama) and raised her family in Bethesda, MD. She loved to dance, play golf, read poetry, ski, waterski, and birdwatch. She and Gene took the family on fun vacation travel to ski at Stratton, VT, to boat and waterski at Murrell’s Inlet, SC, to hike, view wildlife, and horseback ride at such places as Jackson Hole WY, Grand Canyon AZ, and Muir Woods CA. 


After both retiring, Marty and Gene returned to Bethesda. They also enjoyed the six winter months at their home in Bonita Springs, FL. She and the family loved to go to Barefoot Beach Preserve in Bonita Springs. 


A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Inurnment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery. Donations can be made in her memory to

Arrangements by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD 

Robin C. Wiseman

Robin C. Wiseman, 63, of Gaithersburg, died on Friday July 15, 2022. Born on July 7, 1959 in Frederick, MD, she was the daughter of the late Martin and Anna Roberson Wiseman. Surviving is one sister, Cindy Lou Wiseman of Gaithersburg and a special friend, Mike O’Neil. Robin was preceded in death by one brother, Ronald C. Wiseman. The family will receive friends on Monday July 25th from 10:00 – 11:00 am at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD ( where funeral services will follow at 11:00 am.Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.

Richard W. Porterfield

Richard W. Porterfield, 59, of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on July 16, 2022.

Born on September 25, 1962 in France, Richard was the loving son to the late Alan William and Louise Patricia (Farrington) Porterfield.

He is survived by his sister, Sue Mullsteff, brother-in-law, Perry Mullsteff, two nephews; PJ Mullsteff, Ryan Mullsteff and one niece; Chelsea Walcourt.

Along with his parents, Richard was preceded in death by his nephew; Sean Mullsteff.

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

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

Mario G. Ocampo

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Mario G. Ocampo on July 17, 2022. With his wife and children bedside, he died peacefully and surrounded by love. He was 79 years old. He was the son of Reynaldo Ocampo and Gregoria Guzman of Baltimore, MD.


Mario considered Baltimore, MD his hometown. He was a devoted Orioles fan, living in and around the city for several years before moving to Gaithersburg, MD. There, he lived with his late son Mario Lee Ocampo and worked as a structural engineer for Johnson Engineering until retirement. He would also meet his wife of over 30 years in Gaithersburg where they raised their two daughters and two sons together.


Before he settled down, he joined the U.S. Navy. He traveled the world from the Philippines to America until he was honorably discharged during the Vietnam war. He was proud to be a veteran and a seaman to USS Little Rock, the ship where he spent most of his service. It was his time in the military that helped shape his personality and instill his values. He was a man who valued honesty, hard work and loyalty above all. His family and closest friends were the foundation for that.


Mario is survived in death by his loving wife, Thelma Ocampo, and their three children: Tracy Ocampo, Arriane Shaulis and Arenth Lintag. He is also survived by his brothers, Armando, Efren and Crisostomo Ocampo. And finally, he’s survived by five beautiful grandchildren whom he deeply adored. Their names are Lorenzo, Lincoln, Nalani, Theodore and Ellie-Rose.


In celebration of his life, a viewing will be held at Hilton Funeral Home on Friday, July 22, 2022. It is located at 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. Services and mass will be held in the same location the following day, Saturday July 23rd. Additional details are listed above including times of services. 

Harry Fowler

Harry Fowler, 73, of Knoxville MD passed away on Wednesday July 20th, 2022.

Harry was born on February 25th, 1949 in Maryland to the late Charles Grundy and Virginia Maria "Jennie" Fowler, Sr.

Along with his very special friend Martha Woods, Harry is survived by his two sons Harry Jason and Ronnie Dean, one daughter Joanna, 3 Grandchildren Kayla, Elsa and Ben, 2 Great grandchildren Van and Avery.  Harry is also survived by his siblings Robert Fowler, Martha Reed, James Fowler, fraternal twin Howard Fowler, Kenneth Shumaker, Ruth Stambaugh, Rosa Bollinger, Joe Fowler and numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his siblings Dorothy Davidson, Virginia Gravely, William Fowler, Charles Fowler, Franklin Fowler and Carl Fowler.

The Family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, July 26th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, where the funeral service will be held on Wednesday, July 27th at 12:30 pm. Interment to follow at  Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 9501 Catoctin Mountain Highway, Frederick, MD.  Following the interment a reception will follow at Robert and Cynthia Fowler's following the interment. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Children's National Hospital Foundation, Attn: Gift Administration, 1 Inventa Place, 6th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Cassie Jones and the terrific nurses with Hospice Care

Deborah "Diane" Ayers

Deborah “Diane” Ayers (Crawford), 65, of Dickerson, MD, died suddenly on July 22, 2022 at her residence.  She was the wife of Donald Carter.

Born on August 30, 1956, in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late William and Martha (Carmony) Ayers.

Diane was a hard worker and worked at McDonald’s for 26 years. She enjoyed time with her family and most of all her grandbabies. She loved playing cards on the weekend and enjoyed going out to the moose lodge. She was a loving mother, wife and grandmother. 

Surviving besides her husband are four daughters, Kimberly Ford of Cumberland, MD, Karrie Crawford and husband Jake Lowe of Dickerson, Jessica Crawford and husband Anthony Lowe of Dickerson, Amy Sapp and husband Dustin Bream of Frederick, MD; four brothers, Kenneth Ayers and wife Dee of Mt. Airy, MD, Charlie Ayers of Rockville, MD, Eddie Ayers of Winchester, VA, William Ayers of TN; two sisters, Grey Ayers of TN  and Jeannie Ayers of Mt. Airy; 11 grandchildren, Kai, Jenaya and Deshawn Ford, Jake Jr., Travis and Savannah Lowe, Matthew Lowe, Alexis Crawford, Andrew Sapp, Kynsley and Kolten Bream; four great grandchildren, Aurora Randall, O’melia Ford, Loyal Cole and Zy’mere Ford; and several sister-n-laws that she loved.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Roberta Ayers and three grandchildren, Barron Ford, Jr., Grant Lowe and Mackenzie Neal.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the funeral home to help with funeral expenses.

Charles Edward Goode

Charles Edward Goode, Jr., 82, of Brunswick, MD, passed away on July 29, 2022. 

Born on December 21, 1939,  he was the loving son of the late Charles E. and Mary Blake (Childs) Goode.

Charles is survived by his two brothers; James Goode of San Luis Obispo, Ca, Mark Goode of Forestdale, MA, nephews; Michael Sawicki, Christopher Romans, Matthew Goode, Zachary Goode and nieces; Robbin Passaro and Vicki Romans. 

Charles was a 20-year veteran of the US Army. 

Charles will be inurned in Massachusetts at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Special Olympics,  Attn: Web Gifts,  1133 19th Street NW, 12th Floor,  Washington, DC 20036‐3604. 

Vernon Neil Parker

Vernon Neil Parker, 46, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on July 5, 2021 at home.

He was the loving husband to Dawn Parker.

Born on September 15, 1974 in Alaska, he was the son to Pamela Rowe and step-father Terry Walker.

Along with his wife, mother and step-father, Vern is survived by his children; Thomas, Vernon, Jr., Taylor, Dale, Rachel, Jayla, Brittney, Allie, three sisters; Teriann Walker, Spring Parker, Jessica Parker, eight grandchildren; Riley, John, Kyle, Kylie, Christian, Bryson, Braylee, Caydence and one niece; Aria.

The family will be receiving friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Tuesday, July 13th from 11:00-1:00 PM, with a memorial service to begin around noon.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the gofundme memorial page that has been created to help the family with funeral costs. 

April Lynn Parker

April Lynn Parker, 47, of Frederick, MD, passed away on July 6, 2021.She was the loving wife and best friend to Tony Parker.Born on December 9, 1973 in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Robert Eugene and Patricia Lane Yokley.Along with her husband and mother, April is survived by her brother; Robert Yokley, her sister; Laura Etchison, one step-daughter; Stephanie Burch and one grandchild; Alyssia Burch.She was preceded in death by one sister-in-law; Shelly Yokley and one brother-in-law; Sean Etchison.April loved to travel to the beach, watch lifetime movies and reality TV and always held a special place for animals, especially her cats. April was full of life and a true angel.The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 from 10:00AM-11:00AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a service will follow at 11:00AM. Graveside service will be held immediately after at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the Frederick County Humane Society.

Barbara Jean Eldridge

Barbara Jean Eldridge (née Nacnodovitz), was born in Englewood Cliffs, NJ on August 30, 1947 into a boisterous extended Polish-American family (including parents Jean and Walter Nacnodovitz and brother Walter Jr.). Growing up in multicultural North Bergen, NJ, she enjoyed sports, made easy friends with people from diverse backgrounds, and was the first to graduate from college in her family - working her way through undergraduate (Jersey City State College) and graduate (New York University) degrees while holding down jobs, taking care of her family, and commuting by bus. 

A proud baby boomer with a keen sense of fairness, Barbara Jean earnestly participated in the socio-cultural movements of the 1960s and 70s: against the war in Vietnam and in support of civil rights and gender equality. In later years she spoke out in support of LGBTQ+ rights and systemic racism - she always felt drawn to defend those abused, disenfranchised, or exploited by others and inspired her two children to pursue careers in social work and international development. 

She worked at the United Nations before going into a long career as a college advisor for Vietnam veterans at Jersey City State College. An adventurous and fearless traveler, Barbara Jean met her match, Robert Fales Eldridge, in 1984 while traveling in Peru. Not long thereafter, the two married and moved together to Montgomery County, MD, eventually settling in bucolic Boyds, MD. 

Barbara Jean often said that she was born to be a mother and accordingly devoted her heart and her mind to her children, Sara Jean, and Matthew Robert. She encouraged their interests, challenged them to reach far, and showed unconditional and unfailing love and support. She gave the best hugs, the warmest smiles, and always knew the right thing to say. While a practicing Catholic herself, she was not afraid to critique the church and encouraged her children to follow their own hearts on faith. 

An avid reader who could go through several books a day, she was passionately interested in history (particularly the Civil War and British royalty) and murder mysteries. She had a remarkable knack for striking up conversations with anyone she met, always stood up for herself and others, and cooked an impressive Polish feast every Christmas. 

She had an enviable flair for dramatism and silliness - imbuing the home with a joyful and dynamic spirit - and enjoyed visiting national parks, Civil War battlefields, scenic wineries, historic bed and breakfasts, and, above all else, the coast, particularly the rocky, windswept shores of Maine and Nova Scotia. 

She passed away on July 9, 2021 and was survived by her husband and children.

Marsha Ella Souder

Marsha Ella Souder, 84, of Lusby, MD, passed away on July 16, 2021.
She was the loving wife to the late James W. Souder.
Born on April 1, 1937 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Stuart Southworth and Mildred Carolina (Kalns) Bennett.

Marsha is survived by her two sons; James “Jamie” B. Souder of Bethesda, MD, Craig W. Souder, wife, Trish, of Poolesville, MD and two grandchildren; Benjamin of New York City and Megan of Poolesville.
She was preceded in death by her two sisters; Joan Carolina Long and Audrey Bennett Hink.
Marsha will be laid to rest with her husband at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Alzheimer's Association.

Mary Jane Harris Charuhas

Mary Jane Harris Charuhas, 97, most recently of Life in the Country of Brunswick MD, passed away Saturday, July 17, 2021. She was the wife of the late Charles J. Charuhas for 59 years.

Born January 12, 1924, in Rochester NY, Mary was the daughter of Joseph S. and Rose Alma Blaine Harris.

Mary attended school at McKinley Tech in Washington DC. She trained and worked as a hairstylist at her own salon in DC prior to moving to Willets Salon in Silver Spring, MD. During WW2, Mary worked for the War Department as a General’s secretary. She spent much of her free time golfing well into her 70’s with Honey, Elaine, and Janet at the UMD golf course. Mary enjoyed team bowling and traveled extensively with her brother, Billy. She also loved vacationing at the beach with her sister, Millie and family. Mary spent many Saturdays hunting yard sales and antique shops with Honey and Muggs, her reliable navigator.

Mary is survived by three children; Rosemary and Mike Alexander of Mount Airy, MD, Joseph and Diane Charuhas of Montgomery Village, MD, and James and Laura Charuhas of Frederick, MD; seven grandchildren, Muggs and Kory (Danielle) Alexander, Tara and Tyler (Julie) Charuhas, and Mary (Will Potter), Brendan, and Georgia Charuhas; great grandchildren, Addison, Cora, Maren, and Luiza. Mary was always close to cherished nieces, Joan Sullivan and Donna Xander.

Mary was predeceased by sister Millie Xander and brother Joseph “Billy” Harris.

The family would like to thank Michelle and Megan of Hospice of Frederick County as well as the staff at Life In The Country of Brunswick, MD for their excellent care and compassion.

Viewing will be at 10 am, Thursday July 22, 2021 followed by a funeral mass at 11 am at St, John the Evangelist Catholic Church, 118 East 2nd Street, Frederick, MD 21701. A light lunch will be served at the church following interment at Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Patricia Jane Offutt Smallwood

Patricia “Patsy” Jane Offutt Smallwood, 75, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on July 30, 2021.

Born on May 12, 1946 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Charles Elmore and Elsie Catherine (Lusher) Offutt.

Patsy is survived by her three sons; Christopher Smallwood, wife, Jennifer, Michael Smallwood, John Smallwood, wife, Lesly and two granddaughters; Jane and Lucy Smallwood.

Patsy grew up on her family's farm in Potomac. She attended Holton Arms School. Growing up she began her love and passion for animals. She grew up showing and competing her horses. Her passion and love for animals continued throughout her life. Her love for horses was always known by talking to her, and everyone got to know her "Grand Horse." She would always share with everyone she met pictures of her Grandchildren and her "Grand Horse" everywhere she went with a smile. She was very proud of the accomplishments of her three boys and expressed that to everyone that came into her life.

Patsy was a member of the Garden Club and the Montgomery County 4-H.

The family will be receiving friends on August 4th from 10:00-11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A funeral service is to begin at 11:00 AM with a graveside to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.   

Robert Lee Burdette, Sr.

Robert Lee Burdette, Sr., 86, of Dickerson, MD, passed away peacefully on July 31, 2021 while watching old westerns in his country clubhouse on the farm.


He was born on March 12, 1935 in Boyds, MD, and was the son to the late Orin Foster, Sr., and Margaret (Redmond) Burdette.  He was a loving husband to Sharon Burdette. A caring Dad to ten children and Pappy to 23 grandchildren and several great grandchildren and he was known as Bob to his friends.


Bob held many jobs over the years including Montgomery County Road Department Supervisor & Worker, Beekeeper, Newspaper delivery, Pig Roaster, Hydroseeding, Fireman, Bartender, and Bulldozer driver.  But he really found his passion in farming.  He loved spending time on the farm, working the fields and tending to the animals.  He never told us how to live, he just showed us.   He worked from dusk till dawn and his hands were always calloused and tough from the day’s work.  He would greet everyone with his mischievous grin and the twinkle in his eye looking as though he was up to something.  He enjoyed working with his children and grandchildren on the farm, bailing hay, going to farm sales, and helping each other work on equipment.  He especially enjoyed his chauffeured rides with Cory.  He always made time to visit with his friends and family.  Many also stopped by to visit him at “The Country Clubhouse” on the farm. 


Along with his wife Sharon, Bob was survived by his children; Donna Lee Kennedy, Connie Webb, Anna Parks Onsted, Sherry Randles, Bruce Savage, Leroy Savage, Kevin Savage, Nicole Jones, Kathleen Savage, two sisters; Bertha Poole, Linda Roberts, two brothers; Donald and Darby Burdette, 23 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren


Robert was preceded in death by one son; Robert Lee Burdette, Jr. and three brothers; Jim, John, and Elvin Burdette. 


The family will be receiving friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Thursday, August 5th from 10:00 AM-Noon, with a funeral service to begin at noon. Interment will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W. Hunter Road, Beallsville, MD. 


If you prefer a donation in lieu of flowers the family asks that they be made in his memory to  

Davis Michael Richardson

Davis Michael Richardson, of Boyds, MD, passed away on July 8 after a brief but
valiant fight with melanoma. Davis was the founder and owner of Sugarplum Tent
Company, a leading special events company in the Washington, DC, metro area
since 1990.

Davis established Sugarplum Tent Company in Montgomery County, MD, with his
wife Barbi. The company quickly earned a reputation for excellence, attention to
detail, elegance, and personal service. The company has been recognized as an
industry leader by international special events organizations. Davis demonstrated
his talents combining artistic creativity, professionalism, and his business
management acumen to make each event memorable and worry-free for clients
and their families and friends.

Born in Auburn, Maine, in 1949, Davis attended Edward Little High School where
he was an outstanding athlete. He was accepted into the United States Military
Academy at West Point, where he graduated in 1973 with an engineering degree.
While at West Point, he distinguished himself as an outstanding cross-country
skier and ski jumper on the Nordic Ski Team, Biathlon and Track teams, earning
three West Point athletics letters for his NCAA competitions.

Davis started his military career in the Infantry. After Airborne and Ranger
Schools, he served with the 4 th Infantry Division in Ft. Carson, CO, and the 3 rd
Infantry (The Old Guard) in Washington, D.C., where he was assigned to the
Presidential Honor Guard. Fluent in French, Davis was posted to the Office of the
Army Attaché at the US Embassy in Paris, where he and Barbi lived for two years
and he obtained an M.A. in French through Middlebury College at the Sorbonne.
While there, he served as a personal aide to President Reagan during a state visit.
In 1982, he returned to West Point to teach French in the Department of

In 1986, he resigned active duty to move back to Maryland and start his business
and family, but continued serving in the Army Reserves. He completed an MBA at
George Washington University and an MA in Strategic Studies at the US Army War

College. He was called up after 9/11 and completed two mobilization tours in
support of “Operation Enduring Freedom” and “Operation Iraqi Freedom” serving
staffs of the Secretary of Defense, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He retired with
the rank of Colonel in 2005.

In addition to managing Sugarplum Tent Co, Davis was active in the community,
serving two terms as a Commissioner on the Maryland National Capitol Park and
Planning Commission (1991-1996). He also served on the board of the Mid-
Atlantic Tent Renter’s Association (MATRA).

An avid boater for the past 12 years, Davis and his wife enjoyed many trips up and
down the Inter-Coastal Waterway and then moved their boat to Venice, FL, where
they were active members of the Venice Yacht Club. Davis was also a 45-year
member of Tranquil Lodge AF & AM of Auburn, Maine.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbi; their son, Davis Oliver Richardson;
mother, Mary Richardson, of New Gloucester, Maine; brothers, Barry (Deb) of
Auburn, Maine, and Hutchinson Island FL; Brian (Kathleen) of Hopewell, NJ; sister,
Debra of New Gloucester, ME; many nieces and nephews--and countless
friends, devoted Army buddies, colleagues, and many gracious clients.

The motto of Davis’ West Point Class of 1973 is “Proud and Free, ’73.” Though we
feel a loss in our souls by his passing, friends and family are proud to have been
associated with his strong and meaningful life for his brief stay here on earth.

A private interment is planned. Contributions in Davis’ name can be made to the
New Gloucester (Maine) Public Library, 379 Intervale Rd, New Gloucester, Maine

Jack Joseph Lepine

Jack Joseph Lepine, 93, of Barnesville, MD passed away on July 13, 2020. 

Jack was the loving husband to Juanita Miller Lepine and a loving father to their four children. Born on May 30, 1927, in Newton, MA, he was the son of the late Frederick and Parmelia Lepine.

Along with his wife, he is survived by their three children, Mark S. Lepine of Middletown, MD,Cathy S. Lepine of Middletown, MD, Paul A. Lepine of Barnesville, MD; six grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.

Jack was preceded in death by one son, Jack J. Lepine, Jr.Jack proudly served his country as a US Marine from 1945-1947.Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Jack’s memory to Hospice of Frederick, 516 Trail Ave, Frederick, MD 21702.

Richard Lee Donato

Richard Lee Donato II, 46, passed away suddenly on July 9, 2020. 

Born on March 6, 1974 in Ohio to Richard Lee Donato, I and Bonnie R. Henry-Cohen. 

Richard loved his family and lived his life to the fullest. He was a master mechanic and enjoyed restoring muscle cars with his sons. Richard loved to ride his Harley Davidson, watch Nascar, and of course watching their favorite football team the Pittsburgh Steelers! Richard adored his daughter and his wife. 

Richard leaves behind a loving family, his wife Gail Donato, daughter Juliana Donato, twin sons, Richard Donato and Charles Donato. 

Richard was a big personality who never knew a stranger. He will be missed by all!

Services will be private. 

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking to make a donation to the American Heart Association.

Nancy Moseley Daughtry

Nancy Moseley Daughtry, loving wife and mother of three, passed away at the age of 79 after a lengthy and incredibly hard-fought battle with ovarian cancer. She was the daughter of Lillian Bullard Moseley and Alvin Raffield Moseley of Laurinburg, NC.


She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Col. (Ret.) Ben P. Daughtry; two daughters, Beth Norton (John) & Cathy Kogler (Tim); and son, Bryan Daughtry.   She is also survived by six grandchildren: Evelyn & Joanna Norton (Joseph Williams), Emily & Katie Kogler, and Brooke & Ben Daughtry, II. In addition, she is survived by an extensive family including nieces, nephews, in-laws, and cousins. She was pre-deceased by her grandsons Nicholas and Christopher Kogler, as well as her parents and sister Anne Moseley Hardaway.


Nancy attended Peace College in Raleigh, NC graduating with an AA degree; New York State University at the Plattsburg, NY campus; and the Inter American University in San German, Puerto Rico graduating with a B.S. in Education with Summa Cum Laude honors.  In addition, she completed a Master Equivalence Program with Honors through a Montgomery County Public Schools-sponsored program.


She married the love of her life, Ben, in 1961 and they began their great life journey together. For 24 years they were an Air Force military family, which often involved moving and starting over and she holds claim to having set up a total of 15 homes! They settled in Maryland in 1974 where she became a vital part of the community and her church.  Nancy was truly a “people person”, someone who never met a stranger.  She was the ‘pied piper” of friendship, always meeting new people and collecting new friends along the way, including making everyone she met feel important. As an extremely extroverted person with a God-given gift of hospitality, she was known for bringing people together for spontaneous gatherings and for hosting friends and strangers who were “coming into town”. Many years ago she claimed Flag Day as “her“ holiday and would throw an elaborate party with a parade for old and young alike as well as lots of patriotic songs!


Nancy loved animals, especially dogs and horses, and shared this passion with her family. She enjoyed riding and watching her children develop a love for their own animals throughout their lives. She had great compassion for the elder dog population and adopted several dogs later in their lives when most people would overlook them as too old. She loved gardening, especially flowers, and her wild birds that came throughout the year brought her great joy. She loved to “porch-sit” with friends and family or just in reflection with the Lord. Her ability to “whistle” her children home at the end of a day was a famous skill long before the days of cell phones. She was adventurous and truly lived every day of her life and taught us all not to take the gift of another day for granted. She was a great motivator, encourager and supported her friends and family in the pursuit of their dreams by teaching us to never settle for less than we can be and to make the world a better place.


Nancy was a career educator, and everyone wanted to have her as their teacher! She had a talent for captivating and engaging children, making learning fun and exciting. She taught for 33 years, the majority of which were spent at Travilah Elementary School in North Potomac, MD. She also taught for 3 years at Poolesville Elementary School. She retired from teaching in 1999, but continued to substitute teach for an additional 10 years. In addition, Nancy spent numerous years leading and inspiring children in their faith journey at Darnestown Presbyterian Church. One of her great joys was running into her “children” as they grew into adulthood and how she had influenced their life through her gift of teaching.


She left us these words, “Thank you for being the BEST family and for such supportive and amazing friends. I hope you’ll be reminded of me when you see happy children, dogs and horses, gardens and porches and an iced beverage in a tall glass. I have no doubt I’ll see you all again.”



Due to COVID19 a private graveside service is planned at the Darnestown Presbyterian Church (DPC) Cemetery where she had been an active church member and leader for 46+ years.  The service will be led by the DPC Senior Pastor Rev. Neill Morgan.  When the COVID19 situation allows for safe public gatherings, a memorial and celebration of life service will be planned at the DPC newly renovated and expanded sanctuary.  To be notified of this event, please provide your contact information to the following email address:


The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution be made to the Darnestown Presbyterian Church for the DPC Building Fund (please note on memo line), mailed to Darnestown Presbyterian Church, P.O. 3070, Gaithersburg, MD 20885.

All arrangements are being managed by Hilton’s Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD 20838.

Regina Clements Payne

Regina Clements Payne, born May 31, 1939, passed on to her eternal home on July 21, 2020. She was the devoted wife of Joseph Sanford Payne for 63 years.

She is survived by her two children; Joseph Sanford Payne Jr. and wife Doris and Patricia Payne Whitacre and husband Kenneth. She had three grandchildren, Joseph Sanford Payne III, Natosha Payne, Alexandra Lynn Whitacre and one step-grandchild Elizabeth Hawkes. Two of her five brothers remain; William H. Clements and Thomas G. Clements and wife Diane. She was known as the Matriarch of her family consisting of numerous nieces and nephews.

Known by family and friends as “Sis,” she was celebrated for her exemplary warmth and welcoming personality and with acceptance of all who were fortunate enough to be graced by her presence.  She will be greatly missed!

Helen Wynne Stuart Amick

Helen Wynne Stuart Amick, loving wife, mother and grandmother passed away peacefully on
July 24, 2020, at Ingleside King Farm in Rockville, MD. She is survived by her brother, Robert
Bruce Stuart, and his wife Roberta Wilson Stuart; and her only son, William Stuart Amick, and
his family: wife Cheryl O’Connor Amick and their children Madelyn Shaw and Meredith Ellen
Amick. She was predeceased by her husband, Patrick James Amick, and sister, Carolyn Jeanne

Wynne was born in Leonia, NJ, on October 3, 1940 and grew up in Manhasset, NY, with her
brother Bob and their parents, John William Stuart and Helen Dorothy Stuart. She had fond
memories of her childhood growing up with devoted parents who taught their children the
importance of education and hard work while enjoying an active social life. Wynne’s mom, in
particular, loved to throw a party. Upon graduating from Manhasset High School in 1959,
Wynne headed off to Dickinson College, where her parents had met while both attending the
college some 30 years earlier. Wynne took full advantage of the college experience, including
travelling through Europe during a year studying in Switzerland, and graduated with a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Sociology with a French minor. While considering how to apply this particular
skill set in an employment context, Wynne took the National Security Agency (NSA) aptitude
test on somewhat of a lark. Her shrewd puzzle-solving skills and intelligence combined with her
French language acumen was a perfect match for the NSA. During her more than six years at
the agency, she loved the challenges of her work, supporting the United States’ interests
around the globe and occasionally gaining top security clearance. While she enjoyed the work,
it was her encounter with a particular US Army Intelligence Private, Pat Amick, that caught her
attention and changed the course of her life. Wynne and Pat married in January 1969 and
shortly afterward relocated to Hanover, NH, where Pat completed his MBA at the Tuck School
of Business at Dartmouth College and where her son William was born. From there Wynne, Pat,
and William had the opportunity to live in Detroit, MI, and then Chicago, IL, before setting sail
for Singapore, where they lived for a year. Upon their return to the US, they settled in Yardley,
PA, a short drive from her parents’ farm in Lumberville, PA, in the spring of 1977.

While in Yardley and later Washington Crossing, PA, Wynne made a wide array of friends and
greatly enjoyed raising her son, William. Unfortunately, tragedy struck the family in 1980 when
Pat was involved in a serious train accident while commuting home from New York City. Wynne
was by his side throughout a lengthy hospitalization and extended recovery, ensuring he
received the care he needed and providing all the support possible. She redoubled her care for
her husband as he underwent quintuple bypass surgery in 1995 and then battled pancreatic
cancer, which ultimately took his life in 2000.

Wynne continued to live in Washington Crossing, PA, for another 12 years, before moving to
Darnestown, MD, to be closer to her son and his family. Although her capacity to retain short-
term memories faded, in many ways she was still the same Wynne: quick with a laugh, capable
of answering Jeopardy questions correctly, and most importantly, sharing her steadfast love
with her son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren.

Wynne learned many values from her parents, including the importance of giving back to the
community. She took this responsibility to heart and over the years, worked with her brother to
establish the J. William and Helen Stuart Foundation, where she focused on organizations to
further access to the arts and education. She established many philanthropic relationships,
including those with the Kimmel Center, The Curtis Institute of Music, The Philadelphia
Museum of Art, Darnestown Presbyterian Church, the Barnesville School, and most
significantly, Dickinson College. She also maintained trustee positions at both the Kimmel
Center and Dickinson College for many years, which she enjoyed greatly. Beyond these formal
relationships, Wynne regularly extended her generosity, including supporting the education of
her extended family. Through her kindness and compassion, Wynne made a real and lasting
impact on those around her. May we all follow her example and find ways to give back to our

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a small private memorial service will be held at the
Darnestown Presbyterian Church at a date to be determined. In lieu of flowers, the family asks
that contributions be made to Wynne’s beloved alma matter, Dickinson College, at 

Edward W. Maxwell, Jr.

Edward W. Maxwell, Jr., 99, of Poolesville and Brookeville, MD passed away on July 29, 2020.

Edward was the loving husband to Sonia Jakowlew Maxwell.

Born on October 8, 1920, in Comus, Maryland, he was the son of the late Edward Wesley, Sr. and Lois Maxwell.

Edward served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force during World War II.  He was a member of the Rotary Club of Rockville.  He loved antiques, red roses and growing tomatoes. 

Along with his wife of 31 years, he is survived by his daughter Lynne McVeigh (Michael) of Sun City, AZ; one grandchild, Patrick McVeigh and one great grandson, Maxwell McVeigh.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, August 6th from 10-11 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838, where funeral services will be celebrated at 11 AM following the visitation.

Interment to follow at Clustered Spires Cemetery, 400 Linden Ave, Frederick, MD 21703.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Rockville Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 465, Rockville, MD 20848.

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:

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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