Richard ‘Dick’ Denton Ernst
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Richard ‘Dick’ Denton Ernst, 71, passed away Tuesday, October 6th, 2020 at the Boyds Presbyterian Church. Dick was a native of Maryland and a resident of Germantown, MD. He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Juanita May Ernst; children Tanya Christensen and husband Jon, Lynnel Ernst, Tammy Ernst; sister Kathy Swedland, and brothers Butch Ernst and Roger Ernst; grandchildren Calvin, Larissa, Jon, Jenna, Jacob and great-grandchildren Michael, Violet and Jaxton. Dick is preceded in death by his father George, mother Erma and step-father Pete; brothers Chuckie, Dot, Jack, Tommy.
Dick worked in the construction industry as a foreman, punch-out and general handy-man. He was skilled at carpentry, drywall and plumbing. He could fix just about anything. His efforts to restore the various properties of the Boyds Presbyterian Church kept him busy in is retired years.
Dick had many hobbies including visiting and researching lighthouses across America, bible study, crossword puzzles, flea market sales, NASCAR and reading. He was happy to root for and watch the Washington Nationals win the baseball world series. For 21 years he led the team that prepared and ran an annual charity Halloween Haunted House at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in West Virginia. All proceeds were donated to Santa’s Workshop as well as other local services. He worked for months prior to the event scheming up and constructing the next big scary thing.
Dick was a member of the Boyds Presbyterian Church for 47 years and served on the board of trustees for many of them. He was instrumental in the efforts to repair the stained-glass windows and the installation of air conditioning. His recent accomplishment renovation of the church Manse.
A celebration of Dick’s life will be presented by his family and the church at a date yet to be determined. Details will be published on the Boyds Presbyterian Church website or Facebook page.
The family wishes to thank all of those who have reached out to pass along their thoughts, prayers and stories of Dick. He was a character and a well-liked and very loved man.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Dick’s name to the Boyds Presbyterian Church with specific direction that they be designated for building maintenance and repairs, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841; (301) 540-2544
Robert (Bob) Richard Coleman
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Robert (Bob) Richard Coleman, 71, of Montgomery Village, MD, passed away on October 25, 2020 of Covid-19. He was the loving husband of 45 years to Kate Coleman.
Born on October 17, 1949 in Bethesda, Maryland, he was the son of the late Richard Everett and Helen (Angelow) Coleman.
Surviving along with his spouse, Kate, are their children: Suzanne Barbieri, husband David, Michael Coleman, wife Erin; one sister, Sharon Hyde, husband Ron; brother-in-law Wynn Poole, wife Nancy; three grandchildren, Emma Barbieri, Chloe Barbieri, Isla Coleman; two nieces, Jennifer Hyde, Kim Lutz and one nephew James Poole
Bob retired from the Federal Government after 35 years as a graphic designer. He earned his undergraduate degree and his Master of Fine Arts degree from The George Washington University. He was also a professor at The George Washington University and the University of Maryland, where he taught computer graphics, web design, photography, and other courses in the Communication Department. He was a beloved teacher, mentor, and friend to many of his students.
Bob also gave back to his community, serving for seventeen years as the president of the Montgomery Village Sports Association, and coaching baseball and fast pitch softball.
He enjoyed dining with family and friends on Friday nights at local restaurants where one could always see Bob sitting at the head of the table, relishing in the banter.
Bob’s passion was photography and he and Kate would spend hours walking around Washington, DC, Annapolis, ocean boardwalks, and charming towns where he took fabulous photographs. Family and friends cherish his fine art photography, and many have his work prominently displayed in their homes.
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, November 7th from 1-4 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bob Coleman Scholarship fund. See above.
Howard E. Whisman
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Howard Eugene "Jinx" Whisman of Dickerson, MD, passed away on October 26, 2020 at home.
Born in Maryland on March 13, 1942 to the late Frank William and Annie L. (Harrison) Whisman.
Howard is survived by his best friend and companion of 27 years, Annabelle "Piggy" Davidson and her three children; Annabelle E. Davidson of Brunswick, Evelyn Rowland of Hagerstown, Ricky Davidson, Jr. and wife Katie of Brunswick. He is also survived by Annabelle’s grandchildren; Kelly Hottinger, Carter Hottinger, Joshua Corl, Thomas Corl, Zachary Rowland and Ashlee Davidson.
Also surviving are two sisters; Frances Johnson of Westminster, Nancy Smith of West Virginia, one brother; Albert Whisman and wife Della of New York; a special brother-in-law, Floydie Degrange of Frederick along with many nieces and nephews.
Howard was predeceased by siblings; Frank W. Whisman, Jr., Carl Edward, Helen Marie Degrange, Henry Ray, David Lee, Wayne Douglas and Annabelle’s granddaughter, Meghan Davidson in June of 2020.
As per Howard's wishes he will be cremated.
Kyra T. Sosna
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Kyra Tamara Sosna, 51, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on October 30, 2020 at home.
She was the loving wife and best friend to Ronald Sosna.
Born on September 3, 1969 on Long Island, she was the daughter of Ralph B. and the late Christine (Des Fontaines) Draves.
Along with her husband and father, Kyra is survived by her two daughters; Alexandra and Camden. Kyra lived for her daughters and loved her Sweet Pea and Boogey with all her heart.
Throughout her Fight, Kyra showed strength, honesty, humor, determination and grace. She continued to live life to its fullest.
She was predeceased by one brother; Alexander Draves.
Kyra was a Director of Revenue Accounting for Marriott International and was a Washington & Lee University Alumni.
She held her friends dear to her heart and in her passing, her family is grateful for the love and support that they have provided.
In consideration of family members living in France and Belgium and due to the Covid-19 crisis, 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 Foundation for Women's Cancer (230 W. Monroe Street, Suite 710 ,Chicago, Illinois 60606) or the Gift of Life House (401 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19123)