Eleanor Jeraline Collins

Eleanor Jeraline Collins, 82, of Dickerson, MD, passed from this life on May 3, 2017, surrounded by loving family.

Born on May 1, 1935, in Montgomery County, Maryland, she was the daughter of Reginald Eugene Lowe and Ruth Helen Crawford.

Eleanor is survived by her five children, Ruthie Kelley, Bobbie Thompson and husband Butch, Vickie Littleton, Betty Ray and husband Raymond, Sr., Artie Kelley and wife Bonnie; four stepchildren, Cindy Surber, Douglas Collins, Jeff Collins, Patsy Gross; one brother, Norman Lowe and wife, Terri; 23 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur H. Kelley, second husband, Shirley Collins, Jr.; two children, Cynthia Gilfillan, Jerry Kelley; two brothers, Lawrence Lowe, Leroy Lowe; and one sister, Jackie Christian.

Family will receive friends on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville RD, Barnesville, MD where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on May 9, 2017. Interment to follow at Neelsville Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 20701 Frederick Rd, Germantown, MD 20876.

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2019

Lana Joanne Ragazinsky

Lana Joanne Ragazinsky, 75, long-time resident of Poolesville, MD, passed away on May 18, 2019.

Lana was a retired consumer safety officer with the Food and Drug Administration.

Born on June 9, 1943, in Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late David and Ruth Irvin. Lana is survived by her two sons; Leonard Ragazinsky, Barry Ragazinsky; one grandson, Brad Ragazinsky; one sister, Patricia Cicioni and numerous nieces and nephews.

Lana’s request was to have no services.

Robert D. Raver

Robert D. Raver, 86, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on May 21, 2019 at Holy Cross Hospital in Germantown, MD. 

Born on August 16, 1932 in Upperco, MD, he was the beloved son of the late F. Eugene Raver, Sr. and Hazel Larue Alban Raver.

Bob was a 1953 graduate of Hampstead High School and a 1957 graduate of the University of Maryland.  He was a member of the Terrapins wrestling team which won the Southern Conference championship in 1952.  He had a passion for singing and won a radio talent contest in 1935 at the age of three. 

Growing up on the family farm, Bob developed an interest in raising cattle and gardening, winning first place at the Maryland 4-H Fair with his first steer “Roscoe” in 1947.  He served his country in the Army Reserves in 1958, just after beginning his career as an Extension Agent for the Agricultural Services in Montgomery County in 1957.  Bob retired from the Extension Service in 1987. 

In 1960, he travelled to Edinburgh, Scotland as a chaperone for the 4-H Dairy Judging Team.  He was a world traveler and visited Africa more than fifty times with his good friend Paul Canham.  Bob was well-known for growing Iris flowers at his home and had over 500 varieties, some of which were hybrids developed by him.  Amazingly he knew all of their botanical names.  Bob was named “Man of the Year” in 1990 for introducing no-till crop production to Maryland farmers in the 1960’s.  He was inducted into the Montgomery Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2011, and in 2017, was recognized for more than thirty years of volunteer service to the Montgomery County Fair.  In 2018 Bob was honored for fifty years of no-tillage agriculture in Montgomery County. 

He is survived by sisters Helen Lee Matthews of Hampstead, MD, Gail Buckler of Dover, DE, Joy (Sterling) Martin of Shrewsbury, PA; one brother Carlos E. Raver of Hampstead, MD and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Bob is also survived by a dear friend Lou Gloyd, special neighbors Connie and Jerry Stine and caregivers Calvin Nyakairu and Mary Mbugua.

Bob was preceded in death by brothers Donald, Eugene and Thomas Raver and sister Janice Raver, as well as sisters-in-law Beverly Raver, Shirley Raver and Dottie Raver. 

A Celebration Life Luncheon will be held on Saturday June 29, 2019 in the Heritage Building at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds, 16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 from 12:00-4:00 PM.  Please RSVP to Sally at tmanride@hotmail.com by June 21, 2019.

If desired, contributions can be made to The Wounded Warrior Project in his name.

Inurnment will be private.

Arrangements are by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).

Ola Mae Moore

Ola Mae Moore, 86, of Barnesville, MD, formerly of Winter Springs, FL, died peacefully surrounded by family on May 22, 2019.

She was the wife of Cortland W. Moore.

Born on July 31, 1932, in Johnson City, TN, she was the daughter of the late William Algae and Minnie Mae (Johnson) Covey.

Ola was a pastor with the Salvation Army and a member of the Barnesville Baptist Church.

Surviving besides her husband are three children, Daniel Myron Moore, Joy Rebecca Deaver, Josephine Kauer; 9 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two children; Gloria Moore Leibbrandt, Deborah Kay Budwig; one sister, Mary Sparks and two brothers, William and James Covey.

A celebration of Ola’s life will be held at 11 AM, on Saturday July 13, at the Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Road, Barnesville.

Arrangements by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville.

William "Bill" LaRue

Bill LaRue of Frederick, MD, died peacefully in his home May 23rd after a long illness.

Born on September 6, 1940, in Washington, DC, he was the son of Lorraine Short and Dorothy (Fox) LaRue.

Bill grew up in Comus, MD and attended school in Poolesville, MD.  He graduated from Poolesville High School in 1959 and joined the U.S. Army.  After leaving the Army he worked for Bell Telephone in Washington, DC and Maryland.  Later he worked several years for the U.S. Postal Service.

Bill enjoyed building and repairing motorcycles and was a dedicated fan of crossword puzzles.  He was active and helpful in the resident community where he lived at the Catoctin View Apartments.

Bill is survived by one son, William; grandsons, Jack, Harry and Ben and his brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Alison Spates.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

Arrangements by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).

Michael DeJesus

Michael DeJesus passed away early Sunday morning, 26 May 2019, in his home in Germantown Maryland after battling IPF.

He was born July 18 1932, in Brooklyn New York, the son of Moises and Natividad DeJesus.  He had one brother, Alexander, and three sisters, Cora, Elsie and Sylvia. He is survived by his four children, Michael, Carl, Michele and Ada Jean, and their mother, Ada Ubinas; ten grandchildren, Nathan, Morgan, Dallas, Devon, Alana, Autumn, Melodie, Lillian, Ava and Michael; and one Great-grandchild Nathaniel. He was also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews and innumerable friends who loved him deeply. 

He grew up in Brooklyn New York, he graduated from CCNY/Brooklyn College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering and obtained a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from NYU.  He was a Professor at State University of New York (SUNY).  He served in the US Army during the Korean War from 1953 -1955; he was in the Signal Corp working with Comms in Japan. He took great pride in serving his country.  He enjoyed his work as an engineer and took great satisfaction making a difference in his field whether it was working, teaching, tutoring or research. 

He cherished his family and friends; he always did what he could to support them. He was known for his dry sense of humor and telling stories which always put a smile on your face.  He was known to his grandchildren, family and friends as “Papa”.  He loved old movies, baseball, coin collecting, and being with family and friends. 

His children will be receiving family and friends Saturday June 1st from 4-6 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.  Reception to follow at Michael DeJesus, 13908 Shaeffer Rd, Germantown Md.

Donations in lieu of flowers to IEEE, Presidential Scholarship Fund; “Make a Tribute Gift” in honor of Michael DeJesus

https://www.ieeefoundation.org/donate

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2018

Roland Leon Hockenbery

Roland Leon Hockenbery, 84, of Clarksburg Maryland, passed away on May 8, 2018.
Born in Blairs Mills, PA on June 10, 1933, he was the son of the late Bryan T. Hockenbery and Verneta Rhoda Clark.

Roland was the loving husband to Judith A. Hockenbery. Surviving are his three children; Kimberly A. Barnes (Richard), Pamela S. Windon (Rick), Roland L. Hockenbery, Jr. (Michelle); eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul M. Hockenbery (Shirley) and numerous nieces and nephews. Roland is also remembered by Judith’s children, Jeffrey Stine and James Stine.

Roland is preceded in death by his first wife, Delores Marie (Hornsby) Hockenbery, one brother, Warren C. Hockenbery and one sister, Linda K. Ammerman.

Family will be receiving friends on Friday, May 11, 2018 from 6-8 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, where funeral services will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 11:00 AM.

The family will also receive friends at noon on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at Nossville United Methodist Church, 19852 Tuscarora Creek Rd, Blairs Mills, PA 17213, where a graveside service will follow at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hyattstown United Methodist Church, 26121 Frederick Rd, Hyattstown, MD 20871 or Nossville United Methodist Church, Lottie Yocum, Treasurer, 18369 Mountain Foot Road, Blairs Mills, PA 17213.

Catherine “Cathy” Jean Albertson

Catherine “Cathy” Jean Albertson, 71, of Frederick, MD, passed away suddenly at her home on Thursday, May 10, 2018.

Born on January 29, 1947, in Maine, she was the loving daughter of the late John and Marilyn (McFarland) Curran.

Cathy was the widow of Howard “Hap” Russell Albertson.  They shared over 40 years of life together.

Cathy was a successful business woman, who, along with her late husband, who owned a Frederick restaurant, The Blue Fox Inn, before retiring to Pompano Beach, FL in 2004.  Cathy will be remembered for her love of line dancing, young spirit, traveling adventures and her great golf game.

Surviving are four children, Sandy Gray (Jim), Danielle Randolph, Monica Lawson (Bill), Michael Albertson (Angela); two brothers, JT Curran and Hughie Curran.  She was also the loving grandmother to 12 grandchildren, Brian, Ashley, Kayla, Kristina, Amber, Taylor, Ayden, Garrett, Michael, Matthew, Emma and Kaitlyn and 7 great grandchildren.

Cathy was preceded in death by one brother, Danny Curran.

A memorial service will be held from 3-5 PM, on June 2, 2018, at the Monocacy Crossing, 4424A Urbana Pike, Frederick, MD.

The family asks in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Dementia Research Foundation.

Cathy was an extraordinary woman who will never be forgotten.

Alan W. Porterfield

Alan W. Porterfield, 87, of Clarksburg Maryland, passed away on May 14, 2018.

He was born in Sharon Hill, PA, on March 10, 1931. Alan was the loving husband to the late Louise Porterfield. Alan had a long and distinguished career in The United States Air Force. He was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his two children, Susan Mullsteff (Perry), Richard Porterfield; three grandchildren, P.J. (Kristen), Chelsea (Pius), Ryan (Clairisse) and eight great-grandchildren. Alan was preceded in death by one grandson, Sean Bryce Mullsteff.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday May, 19th at 11:00 am at Cedarbrook Community Church in Clarksburg, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The ARC of Montgomery County, MD.

James A. Hagy

James A. Hagy, (Jim) 86, of Poolesville, MD, passed peacefully surrounded by family on May 30, 2018 at home.

He was the loving husband to Sharon Hagy for 51 years.

Born on April 21, 1932 in Landstreet, WV, he was the son of the late Charles H. Hagy and Emma Z. Bingham.

After leaving high school early, Jim enlisted and served honorably in the Navy during the Korean War, 1950 to 1954. He was an Aviation Machinist’s Mate Third Class aboard the USS Lake Champlain aircraft carrier. He enjoyed that time of his life, making friends, getting to see and experience so many different places and cultures while serving his country. He was always grateful to his older brother for steering him away from the Army and to the Navy.

Since leaving high school early to enlist, he began taking courses during his service to complete his High School Equivalence, which he accomplished in 1955. From there he continued his education at University of Maryland where he was a member of the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity, and American University, ultimately obtaining a Master’s Degree. Though not really considering a teaching career at the time, he was offered a position to teach Journalism class at Montgomery Blair, and the salary was attractive, so there it began. He taught English and Journalism at Blair until 1965 and then moved to Albert Einstein High School where he became the English Resource teacher. He became involved with the American Federation of Teachers labor union while at Einstein, was the editor of the AFT newspaper, and many good times were enjoyed while working hard to represent teachers. Jim was also sponsor of the AEHS newspaper, the Nucleus. The Nucleus students were a special group and he kept in touch with many of them for some time after retiring. Jim retired from MCPS in 1985.

After retirement Jim enjoyed life to the fullest. Always on the go, he enjoyed golf with friends, preferring to walk the course instead of riding in the cart, loved a good poker game, especially if he was winning, and loved betting on the horses (and again, winning), even working for some years as a para-mutual clerk at local race tracks. But, he most enjoyed the time together with family. With four daughters and their families in different states, there were many places to visit and explore while spending time with them. The Ocean City, MD vacations which brought everyone together most summers was the best. Sun, sand, surf, love and laughter of family enjoying every minute together was something everyone looked forward to. The time together there was never long enough but always cherished, and memories were made to last a lifetime.

He was the most loving, caring husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and we are all going to miss his contagious smile, his great (and mischievous) sense of humor, and his never-ending love for all of us. He was the foundation of his family and we all loved him beyond words. He always said “travel light”-he did. We all will “keep on trucking” just for you. It’s not “good-bye”, but “see you later”.

Surviving along with his wife are four children; Jennifer Turner (Scott) of Apline, TX, Debby Moran (Steve) of Round Rock, TX, Cindy Hagy of Hughesville, PA, Julie Thayer (Jeff) of Lake Oswego, OR; one brother; Rush Hagy of Alachua, FL; brother-in-law Tom Myers of Port Saint Lucie, Fl; sister-in-law Nancy Gibbs (Ronnie) of Montross, Va; sister-in-law Susan Hagy of Sun City Center, FL;  11 grandchildren; Andrew, Steven, Brendan, Travis, Jordan, Jessie, Casey, Jill, Caden, Sami, Nick and four great-grandchildren; Gabby, Carly, Layla and Wesley. James is also survived by numerous beloved nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

James was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; Thomas Ames, Charles Hagy, Richard Hagy and four sisters; Anna Laura Baugh, Elizabeth McGlothlin, Dorles Hagy and Leatrice Bender.

A memorial service will be held at 11AM, June 23, 2018, at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. This will be followed by a light lunch at the United Memorial Methodist Church in Poolesville.

James will be inurned at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to:

Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department

19801 Beallsville Road, Beallsville, MD 20839

The American Heart Association

Alzheimer’s Association

Edwin Howard Reid

Edwin Howard Reid, age 91, passed away on Thursday, May 31, 2018.  He was one of eleven sons born to the late Joseph and Edna Reid. 

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Edwin served in both the United States Army and then the Marines.  He was employed as an Air Craft Technician with the Grumman Corporation from where he retired.

Edwin was a faithful member of St. Mark Catholic Church in Huntersville.

Edwin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Mary Ann Halka Reid of the home, his sons; Paul J. Reid (Susan) of Stafford, VA, Thomas Reid (Karen) of Waldorf, MD, Gerard J. Reid (Karen) of Huntersville, Edwin D. Reid (Stephanie) of Huntersville, his daughters; Marjorie Hallowell (Bruce) of Jefferson, MA, Virginia Dixon (Lee) of Holly Springs, NC, Ann Marie Minnigan (Thomas) and Patricia Rodier (Paul) all of Setauket, NY, a brother, Robert Reid of Delaware, 24 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren.  In addition to his parents, Edwin is predeceased by his sister, Dorthy Zoebelien.

A Rosary will be said at 6:00 pm, Sunday, June 3 in the Chapel of James Funeral Home, 10520 Arahova Drive, Huntersville NC 28078.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service until 7:30.  A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:00 pm, Monday, June 4, at St. Mark Catholic Church, 14740 Stumptown Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078. 

A Funeral Mass will also be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, June 8, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD and burial with Military Honors will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mark Catholic Church, 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 or St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville, MD, 20838.

James Funeral Home is serving the family locally and Hilton Funeral Home is serving the family in Barnesville, MD.

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2017

Eleanor Jeraline Collins

Eleanor Jeraline Collins, 82, of Dickerson, MD, passed from this life on May 3, 2017, surrounded by loving family.

Born on May 1, 1935, in Montgomery County, Maryland, she was the daughter of Reginald Eugene Lowe and Ruth Helen Crawford.

Eleanor is survived by her five children, Ruthie Kelley, Bobbie Thompson and husband Butch, Vickie Littleton, Betty Ray and husband Raymond, Sr., Artie Kelley and wife Bonnie; four stepchildren, Cindy Surber, Douglas Collins, Jeff Collins, Patsy Gross; one brother, Norman Lowe and wife, Terri; 23 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; and 10 step-great-grandchildren.

Preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur H. Kelley, second husband, Shirley Collins, Jr.; two children, Cynthia Gilfillan, Jerry Kelley; two brothers, Lawrence Lowe, Leroy Lowe; and one sister, Jackie Christian.

Family will receive friends on Monday, May 8, 2017 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville RD, Barnesville, MD where funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on May 9, 2017. Interment to follow at Neelsville Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 20701 Frederick Rd, Germantown, MD 20876.

Ruth Ann (Loftin) Roberts

Ruth Ann (Loftin) Roberts, 81, of Wilmington, NC, died on Saturday May 6, 2017, at the National Lutheran Home in Rockville, MD.

Born on May, 6, 1936, in Wilmington, she was the daughter of the late Edward Hurcomb and Mildred (Rivenbark) Loftin.

She is survived by her daughter, Marian Mengedoht and husband Brandon of Clarksburg, MD; two sisters, Carolyn Graham of Jacksonville, NC, Grace Loftin of Wilmington, NC, and one granddaughter, Adelle Mengedoht.

She spent her career in radio and television advertising and upon retirement was a volunteer at the Cape Fear Memorial Hospital.  She was a longtime member of Winter Park Presbyterian Church.

A graveside service will be held at 1 PM on Friday, May 12, at the Oakdale Cemetery, 520 N 15th St, Wilmington, NC 28401.  Reverend Emile Harley will officiate. 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Winter Park Presbyterian Church, 4501 Wrightsville Ave., Wilmington, NC  28403 (winterparkpres.org).

Arrangements by Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com)

Bruce K. Holmquist

Sadly, Bruce K. Holmquist, 64, of Boyds, Maryland passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 14th after a brief illness.

Bruce was born September 6, 1952 in Brattleboro, Vermont, the son of Kenneth and Eloine (Foster) Holmquist.

He was a 1970 graduate of Brattleboro Union High School and in 1976, he graduated with honors from the University of Vermont.

After graduating from the University of Vermont, Bruce moved to Minnesota to continue his education where he met his future wife, Susan Lind from Anoka, Minnesota.

Bruce and Susan were married in 1982 and moved to Brattleboro, Vermont in 1983.  

In 1989 Bruce accepted an investment management position with Riggs Bank in Washington. D.C and they relocated to Boyds, Maryland where they have lived since.

In 1999 Bruce accepted a position with BNY Mellon Bank and recently he retired as Vice President Senior Wealth Manager.

Bruce is survived by his wife Susan and his son Foster, born to Bruce and Susan in 2000.  He is also, survived by his mother Eloine of Keene, New Hampshire, brothers  Duane and his wife Susan of Vernon, Vermont,  Scott and his wife Lynne of Rutland, Vermont , Craig of Waxahachie, Texas and sisters,  Brenda Johnston and her husband Arnold of Colchester, Vermont and Susan Kapral and her husband Steve of Dummerston, Vermont along with several nieces and nephews. 

Bruce will be greatly missed and forever remembered by family, friends and colleagues.  A celebration of his life will be held at the Hilton Funeral Home in Barnsville, Maryland on Saturday, May 20th at 11:00.

There will be an additional celebration of life held at the Brattleboro Country Club in Brattleboro, Vermont on Friday June 16th at 6:00 for family and friends.

Maynard Clark Luhn