​T. Michael Miller

T. Michael Miller, 68, of Frederick, MD, died on November 9, 2016.
Born on February 23, 1948, in Olney, MD, he was the son of the late Nathan M. and Mary (Elkins) Miller. 
Michael graduated from Damascus High School in 1966 and later Alderson Broaddus University in Phillipi, WV. He was a member of the Barnesville Baptist Church and authored several books on the history of Alexandria, Virginia, where he also
served as the city Historian for many years. He worked for the Lee-Fendall House
and did occasional tours for the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, D.C. He was also an accomplished classical pianist.
He is survived by his brother, Nathan M. Miller, Jr. and wife Dana of Morrisville, NY,; a sister, Catherine Miller and companion David Jones of Earlville, NY; four nephews, Nathan M. Miller, III and wife Calla of Morrisville, NY, Joshua Doroshenko and wife Nicole of Tonawanda, NY, Jonathan Doroshenko and companion Sarah Palmer, David L. Jones of Ithaca, NY; one niece, Jessica Davis and husband James of Morrisville, NY; 10 great nieces and nephews and 3 first cousins.
Services will be held at a later date.

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Tyler A. Parise

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Tyler Alexander Parise, 26, of Germantown, MD, suddenly passed away on November 8, 2020 at home.
Born on February 11, 1994 at Shady Grove Hospital, he was the beloved son of Michael and Cindy Parise. Tyler was a lifelong resident of Germantown. 
Along with his parents, Tyler is survived by his two brothers; Gabriel and Johnny and one sister; Nicole.
He was preceded in death by his brother Michael. 
Tyler was a proud member of the King of the Nations Church in Rockville. He always enjoyed looking forward to the spirit of family gatherings. Tyler spent days composing music lyrics “which meant everything.” He was an avid sports player all through his youth, “hacky in the hallway” and excelled in basketball. Go Auburn! He loved his Jada. 
Tyler’s greatest passion in life was the horse racing industry. Tyler had total respect for the game and his lifelong dream was to make his mark there. 
He was known as the “The Bicer”or “Bier” as a child to “Tice” or “Dolph” as a man. 
He will always be with us. 
The family will receive friends on Monday, November 23rd from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111

Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. The interment will be private. 

Robert Allen Cline

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Robert (Bob) Allen Cline, 67, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on November 16, 2020 at home.

He was the loving husband to Carolyn Cline. 

Born on January 9, 1953 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Walter and Jean E. (Stokes) Cline.  

A forty year employee of National Geographic Society, he retired as Vice President of General Services and Facilities.  He was a dedicated member of Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church serving as a Trustee for many years.

Along with his wife, Robert is survived by their three children; Lynda Sweet and husband Benjamin, Deborah Stewart and husband Jason, William Cline and wife Sara; one brother, Kenneth W. Cline and six grandchildren, Logan and Emily Sweet, Aiden, Mia and Weston Stewart and Emma Cline. 

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 358, Poolesville, MD  20837.

Elizabeth Nancy Whisman Smith

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Elizabeth Nancy Whisman Smith, 88, of Martinsburg, WV, passed away on November 22, 2020.

Born in Virginia, she was the daughter to the late Frank William and Annie L. Harrison Whisman. 

Elizabeth is survived by her children; Edward Betson, wife Elaine of Culpeper, VA, Ronald Betson, wife Sue of Darnestown, MD, Russell Betson, wife Peggy from Texas, James R. Smith, wife Carol of Damascus, MD and Del Smith of Martinsburg, WV. 

She was preceded in death by her daughter; Elizabeth A Betson.

Services are private. 

Helen A. Sexton

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Helen A. Sexton, 76 of Gaithersburg, MD passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at her home, with her loving family by her side.

    She was born on March 1, 1944 in Buffalo, NY to the late Thomas E. and Ruth E. (Weinheimer) Greenman.  She was raised in the town of North East, Pennsylvania and attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she studied early childhood education and met her loving husband of fifty-five years, Timothy J. Sexton.

    During the first couple years of marriage, she served as an Army military officer’s wife at one point stationed in Oahu, Hawaii, and she was a caring and loving mother of their two daughters.  Her husband served two tours in Vietnam.  After military service, they settled in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

    Helen spent a few years working in the designer clothing and shoe departments of Bloomingdales and other retail establishments.  After raising her daughters, she attended Washington Bible College and earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Biblical Studies in 1995.

    With a heart to serve the Lord and help others, Helen was an active Member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland, involved in volunteer work for years.  She served as a Lay Leader, and was Chair of the Evangelism Committee that included leading the church’s Caring Visitor program at Asbury Methodist Village and establishing the transportation ministry between Asbury Methodist Village and Grace United Methodist Church.  She loved working with the youth, and taught the Middle High Sunday School class with her husband for a number of years, as well as the Confirmation Class.  She was also involved in the music ministry participating in the church’s Praise Band.

    Helen loved spending time with her family, including her three grandchildren who she loved dearly.  She is survived by her husband, Timothy J. Sexton; two daughters, Maureen McGee and her husband Paul, of Urbana, and Lorraine Sexton of Gaithersburg; and three grandchildren, Ben McGee and his wife Beca of Frederick, Tim McGee and his fiance’ Maria Nadal of Rockville, and Jonathan McGee of Gaithersburg.  In addition, she is survived by three brothers and two sisters, Thomas Earl Greenman, Jr. (Nancy) of St. Louis, Missouri, Robert Harold Greenman (Cynthia) of Cincinnati, Ohio, William Ralph Greenman (Linda) of Lockport, New York, Leonora Ruth Brannon of Lewistown, Pennsylvania, and Linda Jean Mazza (Anthony) of North East, Pennsylvania.

    A private family service for immediate family members will be held on Saturday, November 28th at Hilton Funeral Home in Barnesville, MD.  The service will be officiated by Pastor James Miller of Grace United Methodist Church.  Due to COVID, a Memorial service open to extended family members and friends will be postponed until the Spring/ Summer 2021.  

    Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick, Maryland.

    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church - Youth Ministries, 119 N. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877.  Donations may be made by check, or online through the church website.  The following is a link to the website graceumc.org. Select “Give” from the menu at the top of the website, and then click “Give Online”.  Use the drop down menu to select the fund “Memorials”.  Use the drop down menu to select the sub fund “Youth Ministries in memory of Helen Sexton”

Otis Burdette

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Mr. Otis Burdette, 73, of Hagerstown, Maryland passed away at the Meritus Medical Center on Tuesday, November 24th.

He was born in Frederick, Maryland on April 28, 1947 and was the son of the late John R. Burdette and Helen I. Burdette.

Otis retired from Ryder Trucking after many years and was currently working part-time at Windmill Acres Inc.. He was an avid bowler and was in three leagues at Turner's Dual Lanes in Hagerstown. He was proud of his many trophies and several perfect games.

He is survived by and will be deeply missed by his daughter, Juilianne Klasinski of Lakewood, WA, his son, Stephen Klasinski of Olympia, WA, his brother, Russell Burdette and wife, Carole of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, his 5 grandchildren and his 8 great-grandchildren.

He will be remembered by his additional family that loved him, Christopher Burdette, Jonathan Burdette, Adam Burdette and Katie Burdette.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to; The American Diabetes Association. Please see Otis Burdette’s page at hiltonfh.com for more information on donating directly to his memory. 

Gayle B. Poe

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Gayle B. Poe, 86, of Warrenton, VA, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2020.

She was the beloved wife of 63 years to Robert Poe.

Born on July 9, 1934 in Olney, MD, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Lucille (Scott) Barnes.

Gayle grew up in Olney and graduated from Sherwood High School.

Surviving alongside her husband, are two sons, Scott Poe of Nokesville, VA, Tim Poe of Bethel Park, PA; one brother, Daniel Barnes of Woodbine, MD and 7 grandchildren.

Gayle was preceded in death by Steven Poe (son), John Barnes (brother) and, Michael Poe (grandson).

A  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM, on Saturday December 5th, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, MD.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Proper COVID protocol will be observed.

Laura Amy Morrow

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Laura Amy Morrow, 65, of Poolesville, Md., passed away peacefully on Nov. 30, 2020, at home.

She was the loving wife and best friend to the late William Morrow, Jr.  

Born on July 13, 1955, in Asheville, N.C., she was the daughter to the late William David and Rebecca Jane (Warthen) Holder.

For Amy, family was the most important thing in her life, beginning with her devotion to her late husband Bill. She loved spending time with and spoiling her grandchildren, and few things made her happier than gathering her children and grandchildren at her house for family birthdays and holiday celebrations.

Amy is survived by her three children: Adrienne Morrow; William Morrow III and wife Melissa Sander; and Margaret Swensen and husband Eric. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Kyle Johnson, Katie Morrow, Caroline Johnson, Quinn Morrow and Stella Swensen. Additionally, Amy is survived by her first cousin, best friend and occasional partner in crime Laura Jean Lambert.

She was preceded in death by one sister and five brothers.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the ASPCA.

Richard (Dick) T. Twigger

Richard (Dick) T. Twigger, 84, of Poolesville, MD, died on November 3, 2019.

He was the husband of Judith A. Twigger.

Richard served his country in the United States Army in the 82nd Airborne as a paratrooper and was a firefighter for the District of Columbia reaching the rank of captain.

Surviving besides his wife is one daughter, Lynda T. D’Amelio and husband Peter of Poolesville; one brother, Harry Twigger; one sister, Mary Lou Berger of Poolesville and 3 grandchildren, Jami, Ryan and Sam D’Amelio.

He was preceded in death by one son, Richard S. Twigger, two brothers Gilbert and John Twigger and two sisters, Helen Twigger and Virgin Posa.

Family will be receiving friends on Wednesday November 6 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 noon, on Thursday, November 7, at Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church, 17230 Tom Fox Avenue, Poolesville, MD 20837.

Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Church Cemetery, Barnesville, MD.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (alz.org)

Bruce John Wooden

Bruce John Wooden, 88, of Dickerson, Maryland passed away peacefully at home on November 4, 2019, after a near five-year battle with esophageal cancer. 

Bruce John Wooden was born in Riverside, Illinois in 1931.  He was the second of three sons of Howard F. Wooden and Lucille V. Wooden.  He and his older brother Neal and younger brother David spent their time growing up during the Depression playing games, sports, hunting and fishing.  They learned much from their father who was skilled with his hands and each of the boys shared his passion.  They also became proficient in fixing anything and everything that broke or needed repair. They all were inseparable especially Bruce and David who spent much time together over the last 87 years, that continued until Bruce’s death. Bruce and David were not only Brothers, but the best of friends.

Bruce dedicated his life to Service.  He especially excelled in academics. Shortly after graduating High School he was accepted into the US Navy and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) which is high acclaimed for its engineering studies. He was a member of Theta Chi. In 1950, due to his academic excellence at RPI, Bruce received a full-ride scholarship to the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. During his tenure at the Naval Academy, he became a Sailing Master and participated in Wrestling and the Radio Club. In 1954, Bruce graduated as the first engineering officer in the Academy. In 1956, Bruce was accepted a scholarship into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). There he studied Naval Engineering, Naval Architecture and Nuclear Physics.  Bruce was active and a member of Tau Beta Pi, Sigma XI and SNAME. In 1959, he graduated first in his class with Master of Science Degrees in Engineering and Mathematics.  He additionally received the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Student Honor Prize in recognition of his academic excellence. Bruce served over 16 years in the US Navy. In 1967, he was honorably discharged at the rank of Lieutenant Commander (LTCR).

In 1958 while studying at MIT, Bruce met and married his loving wife of 61 years, Barbara Jean Wooden. Together they had three children, Cynthia Jean, Howard Harold and Carole Ruth Wooden.  Bruce and the family settled in the Washington DC area where he and Barbara have remained.  During his lifetime and after his retirement from the US Navy he entered into the private sector and continued to focus on his passion for engineering and academics.  Throughout his career, he directed multiple engineering projects as a team leader, inspector, consultant and executive with a focus on marine technologies.  He was innovative, which resulted in many new discoveries that have become standards in the DOD industry.  

In 1973, Bruce and the family moved to Dickerson, Maryland and embraced a new life of living in the country.  Seven Springs Farm became a passion for Bruce, where he dedicated his spare time to farming and raising livestock and horses.  Bruce, Barbara and the children all became avid horseback riders and spent time showing Arabian Horses participating in the Sugarloaf Riding Club.  He also raised cattle and thoroughly enjoyed planting corn, soybeans, and on occasion a field full of sunflowers!  Bruce spent many hours on the tractors keeping the farm operating up until his death.  He was the happiest when he was busy and the farm created many projects over the years which enabled him to use many of the skills passed onto him by his father.  Bruce and Barbara enjoyed sharing the farm with many people.  Over the years many have enjoyed visiting and living on the farm and have become an extended part of the Wooden Family.  He planted and harvested many Sunflowers on the farm and people would come from miles to witness natures beauty.  He also planted pumpkins and family, friends and guests would come and enjoy hunting for the perfect one for their doorstep or confection during the holiday season.  Bruce walked the farm everyday with Barbara and their sidekick Gracie, a female Golden Retriever.  He always stayed active up to his last day and never once complained or voiced regrets of missed opportunities.  He lived every day to its fullest and created a legacy for all to remember. 


Bruce was proud of his life dedicated to service. He was wise beyond words, he was dedicated to his family and his Country, he gave more than he ever received to those around him and to people who needed it more, helped anyone who needed it and lived as a true gentleman his entire life.  He was involved in many local charitable and social organizations. In 1974, he joined the Monocacy Lions Club, and was a past President and stayed active until the end. As a horseback rider, he was a member of the Sugarloaf Riding Club and the Potomac Hunt Club. He also was a founding member of the Sugarloaf Cotillion. Finally, to give back to the sciences, Bruce eagerly supported Barbara’s membership and involvement in the ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Foundation. The ARCS is a non-profit organization that is administered by a group of women who financially support graduates and undergraduates of the United States’ colleges and universities in the STEM fields.

Bruce John Wooden is survived by his loving wife, Barbara Jean, 92. His Brother David R. Wooden, 86, of Grand Rapids, Minnesota. His children, Cynthia Wooden 59, of Philippi, West Virginia, Howard Wooden, 58, of Brandon, Florida and Carole Andres, 56, of Dickerson, Maryland. Grand Children, Elise Wendland, Devin Wooden, Hunter Wooden, Bradley Andres, Catherine Andres and Great Grandchild Aiden Wooden as well as many of the spouses, cousins, nieces and nephews.   Bruce will be missed and remembered by many friends, coworkers and the many people whose lives he has touched.

Betty Levy

Born January 7, 1941, passed away peacefully Saturday, November 9, 2019 at her home in Germantown, MD accompanied by family and friends. Betty was an altruistic mother of four and dedicated caregiver. She is famously known for being an avid animal lover with a special interest towards big cats, AKA “Leopard Lady”. She will always be remembered for her kindness and generosity. Betty spent much of her time caring for her various rescued animals and for many wild animals that gravitated towards her. She is survived by three sons, Albert, Glenn and Corey; daughter-in-law,  Aiming; three grandchildren, Jason, Chandler and Jessica; brother Kenny; niece Dana and nephew Andrew.

Details of services will be announced for a 1 year anniversary. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on behalf of Betty’s son Emanuel (Manny) Levy to the Williams Syndrome Foundation, https://williams-syndrome.org or on behalf on Betty F Levy, www.hopkinscancerresearch.org.

Mary White Hays Lok

Mary White Hays Lok, 85, passed away on November 15, 2019 with her daughters and sons-in-law by her side.

Born December 31, 1933, she was the daughter of Frederick Sprigg Hays Sr. and Eleanor Merryman Ray Hays. She was part of the sixth generation of her family to live in Barnesville, Maryland as her family settled there in the 1740’s. She moved to Frederick in 2017 for assisted living care and frequently and proudly introduced herself as a “Hays from Barnesville”.  Mary White was introduced to her future husband, Godefridus “Fred” Lok, by mutual friends while on a trip to The Netherlands. They courted through letters for 18 months. Fred’s mother warned that if he came to visit her they would get married.  She was right, they married on November 9, 1957, and they celebrated 58 years of marriage before his death in 2016.

Shortly after graduating from Poolesville High School in 1952, Mary White started working as a bank teller in Washington, DC traveling by train from the Barnesville stop. She enjoyed her career and stuck with it for thirty years.  Mary White was fully involved her entire life with helping others.  She often provided transportation, meals, and visits to aging or house-bound neighbors, cared for her bank customers as if they were friends, and ran an efficient taxi service for her daughters and grandchildren.    

She was an active member and officer of the Monocacy PTA, St. Johns at Prospect Hall’s Athletic Board, Monocacy Garden Club, Comus Homemakers, and the Upper  Montgomery County Soroptimist International Club.  Hosting gatherings was a particular joy for her from small get-togethers to feeding large groups such as the Montgomery County Farmers Club.  She was introduced to the game of bridge late in life and loved it although as much for the socializing as for the game itself.  She also enjoyed friendships with her wonderful caregivers at Tranquility Assisted Living and more recently at Spring Arbor Assisted Living.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Bob Ward, Shirley and Sam Prasada-Rao;  grandchildren, Mary Kate, Emily, Abby, Benton, Curtis, Adam, Mietzy, Freddy and Mina and numerous nieces and nephews both in the US and abroad.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her daughter Mary “Ineke” Lok, her grandson Daniel Ward, her great-grandson Beau Ross, and her siblings Lt. Frederick Sprigg Hays Jr, and Elizabeth “Lib” Tolbert. 

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, November 17, 2019 from 1:00-3:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. Services will be held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837, on Monday, November 18 at 11:00 AM.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice of Frederick County or St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

Nancy Beth Brown

Nancy Beth Brown, 70, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on November 18, 2019.

Born on June 21, 1949, she was the daughter to the late Bernard and Myrna (Chain) Friedman.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Tom Brown.

Observing her wishes there will be no services held.

Barbara Jean Childress

Barbara Jean Childress, 74, of Thurmont, MD, passed away on November 19, 2019.

Barbara was the loving wife to the late Monty A. Childress.

Born on March 14, 1945, she was the daughter to the late Charles and Claudine (Ashwell) Griggs.

Barbara is survived by her two children, Charles K. Childress and Christopher M. Childress; daughter-in-law's, Stacey Phillips and Justyna Childress; one brother, John Griggs; four grandchildren, Ryan, Calie, Natalie, Cayson; and nephew, Matthew Griggs.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Glenn Griggs.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, December 8th  from 1pm- 4pm at 5287 Mussetter Rd, Ijamsville, MD 21754.

Inurnment to follow at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family asks donations be made to Kline Hospice House, 7000 Kimmel Rd, Mt Airy, MD 21771.

Carroll Miller Ficklin

Carroll Miller Ficklin, 72, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. 

He was a loving husband and a devoted father to his beloved three children.Carroll was born on August 30, 1947 in Washington, DC to Dorsey William Ficklin and Fannie Settle Ficklin.

Those who had the pleasure to know Carroll may remember him best for his love of life.  He was known for his friendliness, his quick wit, his infectious smile and his kind, compassionate spirit.  Carroll made everyone feel special and was a ray of sunshine to many.  He was also a hard-working man who accomplished a tremendous amount of his goals in life and always took great pride in his work.  In his free time he enjoyed all things sports, beach and politics, but his greatest joy was spending time with his family and friends.

Carroll was preceded in death by his father, Dorsey, his mother, Fannie, and his brother, William.  He is survived by his wife, Louise Amidon Ficklin, his three children, Debra Ann (Debbie) Ficklin and her husband James Hawfield, Richard Bryan (Ricky) Ficklin and his wife, Joanna Ficklin, and Sharon Alayne (Shari) Liapis and her husband, Michael Liapis; his six grandchildren, Melissa Ann Hagen and her husband Daniel Hagen, Stephanie Psaroudis, Ryan and Justin Ficklin, and Stratton and Braydon Liapis; and his two great-grandchildren, Lexus and Bryce Hagen.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, December 6th, 2019 at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838.  A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 p.m. noon on Saturday December 7th, 2019 at Tri County Baptist Church, 7821 Damascus Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20882. Interment to follow at 1:30 p.m. at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd, Germantown, MD 20876. 

Expressions of sympathy may be shared with the family at www.hiltonfh.com. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association

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William S. Morrow, Jr.

William S. Morrow, Jr., 66, of Poolesville, MD, passed away Nov. 5, 2018.

William was the loving husband to Laura Amy Morrow.

Born on May 11, 1952, in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late William S. Morrow and Doris Cleveland. Along with his wife, he is survived by his two daughters, Adrienne Morrow of Poolesville, MD; Margaret Morrow Swensen (Eric) of Charlottesville, VA; one son, William Morrow III (Melissa Sander) of Damascus, MD; one brother, Warren Morrow of Brownsville, MD; five grandchildren, Katheryn Morrow, Quinn Morrow, Stella Swensen, Kyle Johnson and Caroline Johnson.

William is preceded in death by one brother, Darrell Morrow.

An attorney who received his JD from Georgetown University Law School, William was admitted to practice at the U.S. Supreme Court and served as executive director of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Commission. An active member of the American Bar Association, William was named a fellow of the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice. A devoted husband and father, William enjoyed camping with his family, running, golfing (poorly) and spending time with his grandchildren. He was an avid reader, and solved any newspaper puzzle he saw.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the American Heart Association.

Joyce Jacobson Leitch

Joyce Jacobson Leitch of Germantown, Maryland, 83, passed away peacefully at home on November 8,2018 at 7:13 pm, surrounded by her family. Joyce was raised in Waukon, Iowa, and at the age of 5 yearsold entered the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs which she attended until her graduation in1954. A proud Bison alum, Joyce attended Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University) in Washington, DC where she majored in home economics, was a member of the Phi Kappa Zeta sorority, an active thespian, and a member of several clubs. Joyce often spoke of the life-long friendships and wonderful memories she made during her time at Gallaudet, especially with her fellow class of ‘59ers. It was at Gallaudet where she met the love of her life, her late husband, Donald R. Leitch, whom she married on June 18, 1960.Joyce had a long and fulfilling career as an educator of deaf children. After spending years raising herdaughters, Joyce began her career at the Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD), Columbia Campus as ateacher’s aide. After receiving her master’s degree in Deaf Education from Western Maryland College(now McDaniel College), Joyce was promoted to a teacher’s position where she taught in theelementary and middle school programs specializing in mathematics and social studies.Over the course of her 33-year career at MSD, Joyce taught and guided hundreds of students. Herpassion for teaching and love for her students was evident in all that she did. She spent hours afterschool ensuring that her classroom was the ultimate “kid-friendly” space and designing bulletin boards that defied description. Joyce was also committed to developing and supporting future educators through her supervision and mentorship of college interns and new teachers. Her lasting relationships with her former students and colleagues are a testament to the love and commitment she had for the MSD community.During her retirement, Joyce kept busy doting over her family, and engaged in scrapbooking andgenealogy. With a flair for drama, Joyce enjoyed entertaining her friends and family with her talent ofsign-performing short songs and poems. Always a social butterfly, she loved attending communityevents such as Deaf Seniors and Red Hat Society gatherings, and spending time with the “Bridgettes,”her beloved 50-year bridge club.Joyce is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Donald R. Leitch. She is survived by her threedaughters and sons-in-law, Krista Leitch Walker (Steve), Erika Edgar (Brad), and Naja Frelich (Daryl), her 9 grand-children, and 5 great-grandchildren. Joyce is also survived by her brother, John Daniel Aide, of Prattville, Alabama.A private family service and burial will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at Loudon Park Cemetery,Baltimore, with a celebration of her life to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requeststhat donations be made in her name to the Maryland School for the Deaf Foundation, P.O. Box 636,Frederick, MD, 21705.

Ronald Lynn Breland

Ronald Lynn Breland, 70, of Barnesville, MD died on November 7, 2018. Born on October 24, 1948 in Keyser, WV, he was the son of Rosalee Breland-Hessler and the late Nelson Lynnwood Breland, Sr. He grew up in Martinsburg, WV and graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland. Prior to university, he served in the United States Army with distinction and was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist Second Class.

Ronald was the loving husband to Juanita Wheatley Breland.

Along with his wife and mother, he is survived by one daughter, Morgan Wheatley Schmidt; two sisters, Noreen Harvey [John Harvey], June M. Davis and two brothers, Nelson Lynwood Breland, Jr. [Pilar Breland] and Darren  D. Breland [Lynda Breland]. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen D. Breland.

In his professional life, Mr. Breland was a mechanical engineer, business owner and entrepreneur. For more than twenty years he was the owner and CEO of Selbre Associates, a reputable government contract management firm. Later he became a business consultant and served on the board of directors for several technology companies. His professional success afforded him the time to enjoy traveling, tending his farm and its many rescue animals, riding his motorcycle, baseball and spending time with his family and friends. He was also an active participant in his community and was a long-standing member of the Potomac Hunt Club and the Sugarloaf Riding Club.

A Memorial Service is to be held the morning of Saturday, November 17th at ten o’clock at Comus Sky Farm, Barnesville, MD.

Memorial donations may be made to Days End Farm Horse Rescue in Woodbine, MD.

Arrangements were made by Hilton Funeral Home (Hiltonfh.com).

Joseph Wheeler Caw, Jr.

Joseph Wheeler Caw, Jr., 84, a longtime resident of Poolesville, MD, joined his beloved wife, Sally Ann Wilson Caw, in Heaven on November 26, 2018

Born on October 4, 1934 in Washington, DC, Joe was the son of the late Joseph W. and Mary Rosina (Barnes) Caw.

A lifelong athlete, Joe was a member of the “Fab 5” basketball team at McKinley Tech High School, and remained good friends with his teammates for the duration of his life. A multi-sport athlete, Joe was a member of both the Montgomery College Athletic Hall of Fame and the Fast-Pitch Softball Hall of Fame – DC Metro Area where he excelled as a pitcher.

After graduating from college, Joe married his college sweetheart, Sally, on July 30, 1955, in a ceremony at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Bethesda.

Joe enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving as part of the first radar-guided artillery regiment. His duties took him to Germany for a time, where he and Sally honeymooned.

After an honorable discharge, Joe and Sally made their home in Wheaton, welcoming three children – Joseph, Rosemarie, and James.

Joe was an accomplished carpenter who never met something he couldn’t fix, and owned Caw-Peele, an appliance repair store.  After retiring from Home Depot, he spent his free time in his shop, working on cars, fixing anything that was broken, or building heirlooms like a cradle for his grandchildren.

An enthusiastic Senator/Nationals and Redskins fan, Sundays were often spent in the kitchen, surrounded by food and family, watching the game. Joe also enjoyed spending time at the water and enjoyed boating and relaxing on the beach.  

Perhaps what Joe loved most, however, was spending time with his family. The Caw clan has grown to include children Joseph W. Caw, III, his wife Sheri, Rosemarie Reader, her husband Michael, and James Caw, and his partner Colleen.

PopPop, as many knew him, will be dearly missed by his grandchildren: Jessica, Jack, his wife Britney, Jill, her fiancé Tim, Mathew, his wife Kayla, Joseph, his wife Cheyenne, Joanne, her fiancée Cathryn, and Jake. PopPop was also a proud great-grandfather to four: Tripp, Elizabeth, Charlotte, and River.

Joe was preceded in death by three sisters: Elizabeth Peele, Gladys Ricker and Rosemary Fling.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, Nov. 29 from 6-8 p.m. at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Friday, Nov. 30 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery, with a reception at St. Mary’s pavilion following internment.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America, PO Box 542, Poolesville, MD 21837-0542 (bcciwla.org).

Robert R. (Deedie) Deadrick

Robert R. (Deedie) Deadrick, 81, devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather, passedaway peacefully, November 27, 2018 at his home in Milton, DE.Born December 24, 1936, in Barnesville, MD, he was the son of the late Raymond and JuanitaDeadrick.Robert was a graduate of Poolesville High School where he excelled at baseball and basketball.Following high school, he served in the U.S. Army 82 nd Airborne as a Paratrooper.In 1958, he joined Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department and became a lifetimemember. While a member, he participated in softball and various community activities.He was a hardworking provider for his family and had various jobs including many years atPoolesville Hardware. His greatest professional accomplishment was operating PoolesvilleCitgo Station. He loved the small town of Poolesville and was proud to be a longtime residentand business owner. His commitment to community service lives on in his children andgrandchildren who include many teachers, a nurse and a firefighter.After retiring in March of 2003, he continued pursuing his passions of gardening, maintaining ameticulous yard, Minnesota Vikings football, NASCAR racing and spending time with hisfamily.He is survived by his wife Nancy; children, Tammy Shoemaker (Harley), Kim Scott (David, Jr.),Pam Hetrick (Joe), Timothy, Regina Grubb and Ray Grubb; grandchildren, Kristin, Kelli,Jimmy, Jesse, Kaitlyn, Kara, Joseph and Jonathan; six great grandchildren and numerous niecesand nephews.He was preceded in death by his late wife, Louanna Deadrick; a brother, Joseph Deadrick and asister, Alta Mae Rippeon.The family will receive friends on Tuesday, December 4, from 5-8 PM, at the Hilton FuneralHome, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville.Funeral services will be held at 11 AM, on Wednesday, December 5, at the Memorial UnitedMethodist Church, 17821 Elgin Rd., Poolesville.Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.In lieu of flowers donations may be made on honor of Robert R. Deadrick to Hospice ofDelaware (delawarehospice.org) or UMCVFD, 19801 Beallsville Rd., Beallsville, MD 20839.

Patty Ann (Conley) Bennett

Patty Ann (Conley) Bennett passed away on November 28, 2018, surrounded by her family. Patty was born on September 18, 1930 in Gauley Bridge, WV, the only child of Patrick and Bertha. While working in her family’s restaurant in Ansted, she met Gene Bennett. Despite the meager tip left by his friend for their meal, Patty and Gene fell in love and married in 1950. Together they built a rich life on a foundation of faith and family.

A member of First Baptist Church of Rockville for 25 years and of Poolesville Baptist since 1984, Patty was devoted to sharing God’s word with others through her words and actions. Generous of spirit, she always found time for a kind word or warm hug. Patty retired from Poolesville High School in 1992 and filled her days traveling the country in an Air Stream with Gene at the wheel. When she wasn’t exploring the country, Patty was active in the Homemakers’ Club and the Order of the Eastern Star, a founding member of the 2x4 square dancing club in Poolesville and a line dancing instructor.  She was a talented seamstress and an avid reader and was never without a quilt in process or a good book.

Patty is survived by her beloved husband and her three cherished sons, Greg (Elsa), Brian (Heather) and Brad (Chrystal). Her four grandsons, granddaughter and her three great-grandchildren brought so much joy to her life and anyone coming to the house was treated to the latest photographs of “the babies”. In addition to her family, Patty will be deeply missed by dear friends and her faithful canine companion, Angie the beagle.

Memorial contributions may be made in Patty’s name to Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Road, P.O. Box 69, Barnesville, MD 20838. Services will be private.

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Thomas Howard Bodmer

Thomas Howard Bodmer, 89, of Beallsville, MD, died peacefully at his residence on November 3, 2017, surrounded by family.

Born on June 2, 1928, in Poolesville, MD, he was the son of the late Roy and Mollie (Cubitt) Bodmer.

Howard graduated from the University of Maryland where he then went on to serve his country in the Air Force from 1950 to 1954 during the Korean War. He worked for Navy personnel until retirement then took a job at Giant Food until his second retirement. 

Howard was past president of Monocacy Cemetery, where he also served on the board of directors.  He was an avid cook, loved to garden and watch the Washington Redskins.

He is survived by his two sons, Thomas (TAD) Bodmer and wife Lynne of Poolesville, Troy Bodmer of Beallsville and two granddaughters, Jocelyn and Mollie Bodmer both of Poolesville.

Howard was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

At Howard’s request, graveside services will be private.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Monocacy Cemetery, P.O. Box 81, Beallsville, MD  20839.

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

Conrad Paul Potemra

Conrad Paul Potemra, 68, of Poolesville, MD, died on November 5, 2017.

Born on March 2, 1949, in Ohio, he was the son of the late Paul Thomas Potemra and Sylvia Barbara Luric. Conrad was a loving husband to his wife Susan A. Potemra.

Surviving along with his wife are their four children; Colan Potemra (Courtney) of Raleigh, NC, Corey Potemra of Charleston, SC, Meghan Potemra of Poolesville, MD,  Paul Potemra of Minneapolis, MN, one sister; Cathy Carrier of Lyndhurst,OH, two brothers; Paul Potemra, David Potemra and two grandchildren; Kennedy and Mackenzie.

Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, November 9, 2017 from 4-6 PM at Our Lady of the Presentation, 17220 Tom Fox Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837, where funeral services will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11 AM. Private inurnment to follow. Arrangements were made by Hilton Funeral Home.

Barbara “Prim” Jean Bell

Barbara “Prim” Jean Bell, 66, of Clarksburg, MD, passed away on November 8, 2017.

Born on February 9, 1951, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late William and Peggy (King) Wilt.

Barbara was a loving wife to Walter Bell Jr.

Surviving along with her husband are their three children; Harold Lee Marsh Jr.  and significant other Kimberly Brickhouse of Inwood, WV, Todd Marsh Sr. and wife Sherri of Poolesville, MD, Michael Marsh and significant other Paul Beaver of Hancock, MD, four brothers; William Wilt Jr. of Kearneysville,WV, Michael Wilt of Norfolk, VA, Jimmy Wilt of Warren, PA, Russell Wilt of Kearneysville,WV, one sister; Tammy Combs of Kearneysville,WV, six stepchildren, 24 grandchildren, two great grandchildren and multiple step brothers and sisters.

Barbara was preceded in death by two brothers; Stevie Wilt, Gary Wilt and one sister, Pamela Milburn.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 6-8 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com), where funeral services will be held on Monday, November 13, 2017 at 11 AM. Interment to follow at Rockville Cemetery, 1350 Baltimore Road, Rockville, MD 20851.

Aristides Roja Espinoza

Aristides Roja Espinoza, 85, of Dickerson, MD, passed away on November 22, 2017.

Born on April 20, 1932 in Sou Sal Chile, he was the son of the late Jose Espinoza and Anna Louisa.

Aristides was a loving husband to Floripa Espinoza.

Surviving along with his wife are their two children; Paul Espinoza, Richard Espinoza, three siblings; Rolando Espinoza, Carmen Espinoza, Teresa Espinoza and two grandchildren.

Family will be receiving friends on Sunday, November 26, 2017 from 4-6 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com). A mass of Christian burial will take place at noon on Monday, November 27, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD where interment will follow after in the church cemetery.