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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Mary Chirigos

Mary Chirigos, age 92, died on Sunday morning, May 10, 2020 in Casey House, a Montgomery County Hospice facility. Her memorial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery when she will be interred with her husband Dr. Michael Chirigos, at a date to be determined.

Mary was a vivacious, outgoing volunteer and philanthropist, and dedicated her life to supporting her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchild.  Mary was a patient advocate volunteer at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, following the death of her husband, Dr. Mike Chirigos in 2007 through 2019.  She earned the respect and the love of all the volunteers and patients at Suburban and was blessed to receive her final care there following her stroke on April 28, 2020, as well as at Casey House for compassionate care in her final days on this earth.  Mary was a founding member of the St. George Greek Orthodox Church in Bethesda, Maryland, and was the first President of the Ladies Philoptochos at St. George.  Along with the other founding members, she helped to organize the church, and school on the existing property and later built the church and the N.I.H. Kollecas House for families of patients at the N.I.H.  These services to her community were dear to Mary’s heart. Mary was a gourmet chef, an avid reader, competitive bridge player and social to her core.  She enjoyed her many travels around the world with her husband and developed life-long friends in other countries, serving as a godmother in Japan and in Germany. 

Mary was born in Wilmington, Delaware on November 1, 1927 to Eleftherios Lazopoulos and Fevronia Evlombiadis Lazopoulos.  Mary was predeceased by her beloved son Michael Anthony Chirigos, Jr. on August 15, 1995, and her devoted husband, Dr. Michael Anthony Chirigos on June 9, 2007.  Mary is survived by her daughters, Nia Chirigos Cresham and son-in-law John Cresham, and Melanie Ann Dahlen and son-in-law Garth Dahlen, and daughter-in-law Patrice Chirigos Kelly.  Mary adored her many grandchildren, Alia Cresham Hensel and grandson-in-law Ben Hensel and great-grandson Jack Hensel; grandsons and granddaughters, John Thomas Cresham, Michael Anthony Cresham, Marisa Fevronia Cresham, Christopher Ryker Chirigos and granddaughter-in-law Gillian, Deanna Nicole Chirigos, Shelby Ann Dahlen, Allyson Sarah Dahlen and Maxwell Todd Dahlen. 

Mary’s zest for life and genuine interest in all of those around her will be missed and admired by her family and friends.  We thank Brightview West End for her enjoyable last few years there, Suburban Hospital for their attention and care for her, and Casey House for their compassionate care in her last days.  In lieu of flowers the family asks for donations to be made to the Disabled American Veterans Fund or the Fisher House Foundation.

Arrangements were made by Hilton Funeral Home. 

Marian Mae (Luck) Belt

Marian Mae (Luck) Belt (88), of Dickerson, MD, peacefully passed on Wednesday May 13, 2020 in her home, surrounded by her daughters. She was preceded in death by her husband, Allen K. Belt (2015), and her only son, Benjamin Belt (1976). 

Marian was a beloved matriarch and a true caregiver to her family and community.  She could be found sewing for her children and grandchildren or cooking and serving anyone who made their way to her table at lunchtime. She rejoiced in the Lord as part of her church choir and basked in His glory in the warmth of the summer sun. If she wasn’t bringing sweet tea to the fields, she was mowing them herself. She could find a four-leaf clover looking for a bolt dropped in the grass. Though she was one lucky lady, it was her family who felt the fortune of her love. 

She is survived by one brother, Albert Luck and three daughters, Brenda Belt of Barnesville, MD, Debra (Michael) Benson of Dickerson, MD, and Sandy (Donn) Ward of Sharpsburg, Georgia. She leaves behind grandchildren, Kelly Haga, Rick Kimmel, Joe Kimmel, Jamie Krute, Andrew Benson, Janet O’Meara, and Jenna Buehler, along with ten, precious great-grandchildren. 

A private service will be held in celebration of Marian’s life. 

Remus Hungerford

Remus Hungerford passed peacefully in his home on May 15, 2020, with his wife and family at his side. 

He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Hungerford, his brother Charles Edward Hungerford, and his three children, Peggy Sue Bancroft, Mark Hungerford, and Matthew Hungerford, 10 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, and many nephews and nieces. 

He is preceded in death by his mother, Earva Mathias Hungerford and father, James Thomas Hungerford, and three children, Walter Remus Hungerford, Jr., Dewayne Hungerford, and Wayne Hungerford, his sister, Betty Lou Hungerford, and three brothers, Roger Hungerford, James “Gordon” Hungerford, and Allen Hungerford, and grandsons, Brandon Hungerford and Michael Bancroft, and granddaughter Janice Bancroft.   

“Remus” is known for his exceptional hard work ethic, innovation, resourcefulness, and fair business practices.  Remus was a self-made man.  At a young age, Remus, with his independent and entrepreneurial spirit, taught himself many skills which led him to become a successful businessman.  As an example, he taught himself how to operate a bulldozer at 12 years of age.  In 1951, Remus, and his brothers worked at their father’s sawmill, Hungerford Mill.    They subsequently opened two additional sawmills.  In 1958, Remus opened Hungerford Brothers Excavation, Inc., expanding his business operations.  In 2002, he opened Remus Hungerford Company, Inc. providing sawmill and excavation services, and business rental sites.  He built his first home on Black Rock Road in Germantown, Maryland and two subsequent homes in Boyds, Maryland.  At 67 years of age, he laid the brick for his final home. 

To all those who were a part of his life, we are grateful to you and thank you for being a part of his life.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children. 

Services to be held after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

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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.