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Phyllis Ham Pentecost
1944 - 2023

Phyllis Ham Pentecost, 79, of Poolesville, MD, left this world on October 8, 2023, leaving behind a legacy of love, activism, and boundless devotion.

For 55 years, she was the beloved partner of John H. Pentecost and wonderful mother to Jason Mead Pentecost and Victoria Lewis Pentecost. Phyllis, born on April 22, 1944, in Rhinebeck, New York, was the cherished daughter of the late Maynard Mead and Katherine (Anspach) Ham.

In the early 70s, Phyllis made a mark on history by publishing one of the first male nude calendars, "Playgirl's 1973 Calendar of Sensuous Men," and actively contributing to the women's rights movement in Washington D.C.. Throughout her life, she remained an unwavering advocate for feminist causes, an early anti-smoking champion, and a dedicated community activist for environmental issues. She also served on the Montgomery County Police's Citizens Advisory Board and volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Bethesda Chevy Chase Rescue Squad.

Phyllis excelled as the top account executive with WMZQ during the heyday of country music in DC. She loved advertising and her clients.

Upon retiring, Phyllis redirected her boundless energy to her four beautiful and handsome grandchildren, becoming their unwavering supporter in sports, gymnastics, music, and theater. Her legendary pumpkin bread and ginger cookies became a symbol of her warmth and love.

Survived by her husband and partner in life, John, and by their late life “child,” Teddy Roosevelt. Phyllis is also remembered by her children, Jason Mead Pentecost and Victoria Lewis Pentecost, as well as her grandchildren: Jackson Alexandre Pentecost, Harrison Nicholas Pentecost, Olive Fielding Ley, and Georgie Volkonsky Ley. Her memory lives on through her brother, Maynard John Ham, and sister, Kathy Ham Helsley.

Services will be held privately, honoring the intimacy of Phyllis's life. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations in her memory to Planned Parenthood or Cornell Lab of Ornithology, reflecting Phyllis's commitment to causes close to her heart.

Chauncy DaveWines, Jr. 
1947 - 2023

Chauncy Dave Wines, Jr., 76, of Ocean City, MD, passed away on October 12, 2023.

Born on October 9, 1947 in Maryland, he was the son of the late Chauncy “George” Dave, Sr. and Bessie Juanita (Foster) Wines.

Dave graduated from Gaithersburg High School in 1965 and attended Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. He lived in Frederick County, Md for most of his adult life. He was a devoted Washington Redskins and NASCAR fan and known as a die-hard Ford man. In his younger days, he enjoyed racing his 1964 Ford Wines Quarter Horse at the local 75-80 Drag-a-Way, in Monrovia, Md. He also enjoyed Colorado hunting trips with friends, fishing, camping, and singing karaoke. He loved nothing more than spending time with good friends, his daughters Crissy and Cyndi and all of his grandchildren.

Dave is survived by his two children; Christina Robinson (Jack), Cynthea Wines (Alan), six grandchildren; Corey, Chelsea, and Chad Payne; Colby, Bryce and Alyssa Robinson; one great-grandson; AJ; and numerous cousins.

He was the Manager of Grand Union for 18 years, and worked in sales at Chaney Enterprises, Standard Supplies and Play N Learn Playground Superstores.

Family will welcome friends at a “Celebration of Life” at the Urbana Fire Department, Frederick, MD., on Thursday, November 2nd from 1:00pm – 4:00pm.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the American Lung Association.

George David Johnson 
1939 - 2023

George David Johnson, 84, of Ashton, MD, passed away on October 14, 2023.

George was the loving husband of the late Bulah Viola Bishop.

Born on May 8, 1939 in Virginia, he was the son to the late Blair and Velma (Steffey) Johnson.

George attended Gaithersburg High School.  Started working as a Bookbinder at Haynes Lithograph in Rockville, Maryland.  Retired from Holladay Tyler Printing in Gaithersburg and Glendale. George was then employed as a Bookbinder at the Department of Treasury, Bureau of Engraving & Printing at retirement. 

George was survived by his children; Joanne Aschenbach, husband, William, David Johnson, wife, Brenda, Michael Johnson, wife, Brenda B., brother; Wade Johnson, sister; Opal Monroe, five grandchildren; Conrad, Lawson, Dustin, David and Connor.

George was preceded in death by his son; Richard Johnson and number brothers.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, October 20th from 10:30-11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, where a funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, 515 S Market St, Frederick, MD 21701.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made in his memory to: Jethro’s Happy Hounds House, PO Box 1064, Frederick, MD 21702.

Wayne Richard Burdette
1943 - 2023

Mr. Wayne Richard Burdette, 80, of Dickerson, MD passed peacefully on Wednesday, October 18, 2023.   

He was the loving husband of the late Virginia (Ginnie) Burdette, and surviving wife Susan Kimberlin Burdette.   

Born on January 26, 1943, in Hyattstown, MD, he was the son of the late Melvin R. and Mildred M. Burdette.   

Wayne worked at Congressional Country Club for 56 years and 3 months. He was the longest employee they ever had.  

Surviving besides his wife, is his only daughter and his pride and joy; Lisa Dunn-Wright and husband Randell Wright of Virginia Beach, VA, grandchildren; Harrison Dunn (Elle), Haileigh Harris (Chris), Randy Wright, Ryan Wright (Jessika),  his great granddaughters; Linda Wright, Presleigh Harris, Paizley-Mae Harris, Penelope-Layne Harris and one brother; Larry Burdette and wife, Lisa.   

The family wants to thank David Burdette, Jr. for all that he has done throughout Wayne’s illness.

The family will be receiving friends on Monday, October 23rd from 6-8pm at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, MD where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 24th at 11:00am. Interment will follow at Darnestown Presbyterian Church.   

Louis Joseph Sousa
1946 - 2023

Louis Joseph Sousa of Clarksburg, MD, a former resident of Pawcatuck, CT passed away on October 21, 2023.

Lou was married for 51 years to Sharon Meholic Sousa and the father of two children--daughter Tracy Sousa who predeceased him, and son Chris Sousa of Germantown, MD as well as five grandchildren.

Lou attended the Univ. of Bridgeport where he obtained a BS degree in Psychology. After college, he entered the U.S. Army and went on to Officer Candidate School where he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in Military Intelligence. Lou than spent 11 years in the Army Reserve, retiring in 1984 as a Major.

After leaving the Army, he went on to earn a BS in Economics from the Univ. of Maryland and an MBA in Systems Analysis from George Washington Univ. in DC while working at the U.S. Interior Department where he was employed as an Economist and Materials Policy Analyst.  

In 1993 Sousa began the second half of his career by taking a position in the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) where he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Department of Energy.

In his spare time Lou enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, traveling, watching local sport teams, and spending time with his family.

A private burial will take place at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Barnesville, MD on Thursday, October 26th at 11:00 AM. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warriors Fund.

Patricia "Patty" Dale Leupen
1962 - 2023

Patricia “Patty” Dale Leupen, 61, of Westminster, MD, passed away on October 30, 2023.

Born on February 22, 1962, she was the daughter to Allan Herbert Jodrey and the late Mildred Carolyn Hogendorp.

Patty was a young, athletic volleyball champion who lived life to the fullest. She loved to dance, was a fierce Phase 10 player, and worked as a licensed hairdresser for most of her life. Her 17 years as a beloved bus driver endeared her to the community she served. Patty's love for the beach, camping, family dinners, and holiday gatherings brought joy to her life. 

She enjoyed simple pleasures like cornhole, crabs, sitting by the fire, and watching every season of the show, Survivor. She loved her animals, especially her families cats and dogs and was always up for helping her kids sneak more pets into the house. Patty's vibrant spirit, infectious smile, and love for life will be deeply missed by all who knew her. She leaves behind a legacy of laughter and inspiration, forever in our hearts.

Along with her father, Patty is survived by her children; Lauren Bova, husband, Mike, Leah Bowers, husband, Bill, John Brady, Jr., girlfriend, Christina, Jack Leupen, Joseph Leupen, one brother; David Jodrey, wife, Brenda, one sister; Janet Roberts, husband, Steve, five grandchildren; Will, Bella, Gracelyn, Grayson, Raelyn and numerous loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, November 11 from 2:00 - 4:00 PM at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home, 1212 W Old Liberty Rd, Sykesville, MD 21784, where a memorial service will begin at 4:00 PM. 

Thomas J. Dorrycott

Thomas (Tom) J. Dorrycott IV, 65, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on October 3, 2022.

Tom was the loving husband to Kathy Dorrycott.

Born on May 13, 1957 in Japan, he was the son to the late Thomas J. Dorrycott III and Edith Estelle Reid.

Along with his wife, Tom is survived by his children; Brian Lambert, wife, Kim of Columbia, MD, Thomas Dorrycott V, wife, Stephanie of Herndon, VA, two sisters; Kathy Montonario, husband, Rick of Levittown, PA, Patti Andruchiw of Chalfont, PA, one grandson; Thomas J. Dorrycott VI, very special nieces and nephews and best friends Wayne and Teresa Smith.

The family will be receiving friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Tuesday, October 11th from 11:00 AM -1:00 PM, with a memorial service to begin around 12 noon.

Inurnment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 West Hunter Road, Beallsville, MD.

Mr. Carl Hensley

Mr. Carl Hensley "Hughy" of Dickerson MD passed early Wednesday morning , October 12, 2022 at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

He was born on September 27, 1945 in Ellicott City, MD.  He was the son of the late Lucian Carson and Ruby Lee Hensley. 

Carl was employed with Carlise Excavating in Dickerson, MD for over 30 years.

He enjoyed going hunting and being outdoors. He enjoyed being around friends and family. He was a very outgoing person.

 Surviving are his children; Kimberly Howard of Frederick, MD, Richard Hensley of Frederick, MD, Tony Lowe and fiancé Jessie of Dickerson, MD,  Brandi Lambright and fiancé William of Frederick, MD, Jake Lowe and fiancé Karrie of Dickerson, MD,  and Debra Fraley and husband Wayne of Dickerson, MD, his grandchildren;  Jeffrey, Shannah, Anthony, Wesley, Richard, Timothy, Jacob, Evelyn, Jake, Travis, Lita, Jenny, Janelle, Amber, Branden, Kayla, Jason, Savannah, Hannah, Dustin,  Matthee, Alexis, Cheyanne, Cameran, and Jaxton, and 8 great-grandchildren. 

Carl is also survived by siblings; Eliza Garland, James Hensley and wife Carol, Ronnie Hensley,  Dail Hensley and wife Molly, and Linda Roderick and husband Ron. As well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Carson Hensley. 

The family will be receiving friends from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 20th at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, where a service will begin at 11:00 AM. 

Susan Hains Ellis

Susan Hains Ellis, 75, passed away Oct. 13, 2022, at Autumn Lake Healthcare at Glade Valley in Walkersville, Md.

Susan was born July 11, 1947 in Baltimore, Md. to parents, Albert H. Lane and Eleanor V. (Green) Lane.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Michael Ellis and is survived by her daughter Kathryn Ellis-Warfield of Frederick; and sons Andrew Ellis of Clarksburg and Robert Humphreys of Boonsboro, Md. Susan is also survived by four grandchildren: Mina Ellis, Jovie Ellis, Alex Harshman and Mikey Jenicek. Susan was also beloved by her son-in-law, Justin Warfield and daughter-in-law, Julaine Nichols. Also surviving are her brothers Bryan and Peter Lane and sister-in-law’s Judy Knape and Maryann Lane; many nieces and nephews; and several close friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations in Susan's honor to the Frederick County Animal Welfare League.   

Ann Butler Hopkins

Ann Butler Hopkins, 82, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on October 14, 2022.

She was the former wife to the late Hollis E. Hopkins, Jr.

Born on March 10, 1940 in Dickerson, MD, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Cinderella J. (Titus) Butler.

Ann spent many years as a billing clerk in the trash industry, and waitress/hostess at Staub’s Larry’s and Bassetts where everyone referred to her as Granny, but her true mission in life was loving and caring for her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.  She was the most caring, forgiving empathetic mom, granny and great granny that we have been blessed with by God above.  We love you and will remember you always and forever.

Ann is survived by her children; Hollis E. Hopkins, III (Penny), Ann Christine Stowers (Chuck), Ann Theresa Winn (Larry), Matthew R. Hopkins (Tonya), Ann Margaret Leibrand (Roy), three sisters; Mary Lambert (Jim), Carol Lawson (Bob), Frances Hoewing (Link), one brother; George R. Butler, Jr. (Debbie), 15 grandchildren; Holli, Hillary, Daniel, Aaron, Zachary, Heather, Kaitlin, Michael, Charles, Travis, Matthew, Paige, Cody, Jordan, Hannah and 28 great-grandchildren.

Along with her husband and parents, Ann is preceded in death by one sister; Harriet Magaha and two brother-in-laws; Jim Lambert and Ron Magaha.

The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, October 19th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Thursday, October 20th at 11:00 AM, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W. Hunter Road, Beallsville, MD.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Ann’s memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Mary Sue Zajdel

On Monday, October 24, 2022, Mary Sue Zajdel, devoted wife and mother of six children, passed away at the age of 74. 

Mary was born on May 18, 1948 in Washington DC to James Wilson and Bonnie Marie Richards.  

Mary received an Associate's Degree in Nursing from Montgomery College. She worked at several local hospitals and spent most of her career as a postpartum nurse at Shady Grove Hospital. In August 1968 she married Thomas James Zajdel. They raised six children, Ann Marie, James, John, Katherine, Joseph and Michael.   

Mary was a devout Catholic serving the church in a variety of roles throughout her life. Mary was known as a self-less person who would help anyone who needed assistance. She was fiercely independent and determined. The Zajdel household was always full of people, including four legged creatures. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2001 and fought a long battle with this disease.  

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, daughter, Katherine, son, Michael and son in law Peter.  

She is survived by four of her six children, Ann Marie (Peter) James (Gen), John (Brenda), and Joseph (Brandy), and her sister Lynne Sadlowski (Dennis).  

She has 9 grandchildren Sarai (Donald), Aja (Alex), Cody, Elijah, Mya, Cayenne, Allyson, Austin and Joshua. She has one great-grandchild, Faye, along with several cousins, nieces and nephews. 

A viewing will be held at Our Lady of the Presentation in Poolesville on Thursday November 3 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A funeral Mass will be held at Our Lady of the Presentation on Friday November 4 at 11:00 am. Interment will be at Saint Mary’s in Barnesville following the funeral Mass.   

Kenneth Walter Cline

Kenneth Walter Cline, 75, of Rockville, MD died on October 21, 2022.

Born on June 11, 1947 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Walter and Jean E. (Stokes) Cline.

Kenny served his country in the United States Air Force and was a Vietnam Veteran.

He was employed by C&P Telephone Company and retired after 30 years.

He is survived by his sister-in-law, Carolyn E. Cline of Poolesville, MD; 2 nieces, Lynda Sweet and husband Ben, Deborah Stewart and husband Jason; one nephew, William Cline and wife Sara and numerous great- nieces and great- nephews.

Kenny was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Allen Cline on November of 2020.

Services were private.

Kathryn Nadene Carter

Funeral Services For Kathryn Nadene Carter, Age 88, Of Sparta, Tennessee, Will Be Conducted On Tuesday, November 1, 2022, At 11:00 AM At The Hilton Funeral Home In Barnesville, Maryland. Interment Will Follow In The Darnestown Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Carter Was Born On Saturday, August 18, 1934, In Shenandoah, West Virginia, To The Late Clarence Wilbert Jordan And Mattie Edna Riggleman Jordan.

Mrs. Carter Passed Away On Thursday, October 27, 2022, At Her Home.

Mrs. Carter Was A Bus Driver For Montgomery County, Maryland, School System For Over 20 Years. She Was A Hairdresser For 4 Years In Lakeland, Florida. She Attended Monterey First Baptist Church.

She Is Survived By, 2 Daughters And A Son-In-Law, Glenda Simmons Of Cookeville, TN, Karen And Paul Gentry Of Sparta, TN; 1 Son And Daughter-In-Law, Gary F. And Sharon Carter Of Green Bank, WV; 6 Grandchildren, Selinda Simmons, Heather Crocher, Kathy Butler, Mindy Predez, Jessica Pollard, And Jason H. Carlen; 6 Great Grandchildren; And 1 Brother, Carroll Jordan Of West Virginia.

In Addition To Her Parents, She Was Preceded In Death By Her Husband, Howard F. Carter Jr.; Great Grandson, Joshua Pollard; Brothers, Ivan Jordan, Larry Jordan, And Jimmy Jordan; Sister-In-Law, Mildred Pier; And Brother-In-Law, Bobby Carter.

The Family Will Receive Friends At Hilton Funeral Home On Monday, October 31, 2022, From 3:00 PM Until 8:00 PM. 

Joan Veirs Stowers

Joan Veirs Stowers, 71, of Adamstown, MD, passed away on October 28, 2022.

She was the loving wife to Thomas (Tommy) Stowers.

Born on December 14, 1950 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Alvin and Barbara (Smith) Veirs.

Along with her husband, Joan is survived by her son Jason Goldsborough, wife Ashley, step-son; Tom Stowers, wife Kathy, granddaughter; Jane Goldsborough, grandson; Wade Stowers, six brothers; Al Veirs and wife Stanley, Charlie Veirs and wife Chris, Jim Veirs, Michael Veirs and wife Mary Ann, Billy Veirs and wife Lori, Danny Veirs, one sister; Ann Shetterly and husband Bo, along with numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband; Jim Goldsborough, sister-in-law; Karen Veirs, nieces; Joanie Loquist and Barbara Ann Mowery.

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, November 3rd at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD where a funeral service will be held on Friday, November 4th at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery.

Den Ricketts, Jr.

Den Ricketts, Jr., 37, of Bethesda, MD, passed away on October 7, 2021.

Born on October 18, 1983 in MD, he was the son to Paul Daniel Ricketts, Sr. and Sandra Irene Miller.

Along with his parents, Den was survived by his siblings; Ashley Gudelsky, Parker Ricketts, Joey Lyons and Jessica Miller.

The family will be receiving friends for a celebration of Paul’s life at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, on Wednesday, October 13th from 6:00-8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Montgomery County Humane Society, MCHS Honor/Memorial Department, 601 South Stonestreet Avenue,

Rockville, MD 20850.

Bilyie L. Luhn

Bilyie Louise Luhn, 89, of Beallsville, MD, passed away at home on October 6, 2021. 

Born on August 9, 1932 in Poolesville, MD, Bilyie was the daughter of the late Maynard Clark Luhn, Sr and Eula Lee Wynne. She was preceded in death by her brother, Maynard Clark Luhn, Jr. 

She is survived by her sister-in-law Arlene Norris Luhn of Poolesville, MD; a nephew Kevin Luhn of Hagerstown, MD; two nieces, Ellen Luhn Williams, (Ed) of Beallsville, MD, Laura Luhn Hiatt, (Rodger) of Elk, WA; three great nieces, Lara Saylor (Ryan), Megan Malik, and April Kroboth (Brent); one great-great nephew, Zain Malik; and two great-great nieces Kaycee Saylor, and Aleena Malik. 

Bilyie was an avid NY Yankees fan, and a long time season ticket holder for the Washington FT. 

A memorial service will be held 11AM on Saturday, November 6, 2021, at Barnesville  Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Rd Barnesville, MD 20838.

Marguerite "Maggie" Paulette Poole

Marguerite “Maggie” Paulette Poole, 91, of Dickerson, MD, passed away peacefully on October 13, 2021 at home.Born on April 3, 1930 in Marseille, France, she was the daughter of the late Alexandre Marius Giraud and Marie Emilie Francon.She was a war bride and on July 5, 1954 became the loving wife to the late Willson Clark Poole, Jr.Maggie is survived by her daughter, Mimi Schultze (Stephen), three grandchildren; Ryan Claus Schultze (Kaley), Nicolas Alexander Schultze (Aislinn), Clarke Gordon Schultze (Jillian) and one great-grandchild; Calvin Nolan Schultze.She belonged to St. Mary’s Catholic Church where she expressed her love of music and sang in the choir.A special thank you to her caregivers for their dedication and support during her final years.The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, October 21st from 10:00-11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838 where a Mass will follow at 11:00 AM. Both visitation and mass will be held outside. Interment to follow at the church cemetery. Proceeding interment, refreshments will be served atthe family farm.In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church Choir, P.O. Box 67, Barnesville, MD 20838.

Geraldine E. Boswell

Geraldine E. Boswell, 74, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on October 18, 2021.

She was the loving wife to the late James E. Boswell.

Born on June 21, 1947 in Frederick, MD, she was the daughter of the late Melvin R. and Mildred M. (Covell) Burdette.

Geraldine is survived by one daughter; Kristin M. Boswell, two grandchildren; Quincy J. Boswell & Brianna N. Boswell-Rowe. Two brothers; Wayne Burdette (Sue) and Larry Burdette (Lisa). A Sister-in-Law; Louise Burdette (David), Two brothers-in-law; Charlie Boswell (Norine) and Larry Boswell (Kathy). A very special “Son”, Rodney Carter. Along with many nieces, nephews, close friends and co-workers who became family.

Geraldine was a devoted employee at Legal & General in Urbana MD & after 54 years, retired in January of 2020.  Geraldine loved her family & friends with all her heart. She was extremely caring, giving, and kind and to know her was to love her.

The family will be receiving friends from 6:00-8:00 PM on Monday, October 25th at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, October 26th at Darnestown Presbyterian Church, 15120 Turkey Foot Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20878. Graveside to follow in church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to American Cancer Society.

Steven L. Hawkins, Jr

Steven L. Hawkins, Jr., 51, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on October 23, 2021 surrounded by his loving family. He courageously battled cancer for 11 years, facing every day with grace, humor, and determination to not let cancer beat him down.  Steve was an Army Veteran who bravely served in Desert Storm and loved his family with his entire being. He loved movies, music, and riding his motorcycle with his beautiful wife as his travel companion.  He worked tirelessly throughout his illness, and if you didn’t know him, you would have never known he was sick.  He never complained about having cancer and he would only use cancer if he could make a funny and/or disgusting joke around it.  There were many times when laughter was the best medicine. 

Born on September 30, 1970, in Silver Spring, Maryland, he was the son of Steven Larry Hawkins and Gerry Ann (Lohmeyer) Hiller.

Steve was survived by his parents Steve Hawkins (Jackie) and Gerry Hiller (Andy) and by his loving wife of 32 years; Kimberlee Hawkins, their four children; Tiffanie Hawkins (Rob Webb), Steven Hawkins III (Amber), Heather Leatherman (Nathan), Jessica Grace Hawkins, siblings; Kimberly Wade (Curtis), Brian Hawkins (Shonna), Jason Hawkins (Shannon), Kimberly Watson (Bryan), Stephanie Roberts (Scott), four grandchildren; Madison, Justin, Colt, Audree and many nieces and nephews.

Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents; Richard and June Milbourne, grandparents; Richard and Peggy Lohmeyer, grandfather; Ray Hawkins, uncle; Daniel Hawkins and niece; Liberty Ray Vieson.

Steve was a member of the VFW Post 7842 of Linesville, PA, American Legion Post 295 of Germantown, MD, Sheet Metal Workers Local 100 Washington D.C and he was one of the founding sponsors of The National Museum of the US Army.

The family will be receiving family and friends for a Celebration of Life on November 6, 2021 from noon- 4:00 PM at the Poolesville Baptist Church Gymnasium, 17550 W Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837. The Celebration of Life is set to begin at noon with presentation of military honors to take place around 1:00 PM.  Steve had previously discussed his desire for people attending, to come as they are, please don’t feel the need to dress up. We are coming together to celebrate a life well lived, a life filled with love. Prior to the service Steves’s last motorcycle ride will take place, rain or shine. Steve’s ashes will be escorted by his son-in law Nathan on Steve’s motorcycle from Frederick to Poolesville.  Any riders interested in honoring Steve on this ride can meet at FSK Sears parking lot at 5500 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick MD at 11:00 AM on November 6. 

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the American Cancer Society or Wounded Warrior Project.

Richard ‘Dick’ Denton Ernst

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

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

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

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)

Mary Jane Lambert (Wright)

Mary Jane Lambert (Wright), 84, of Damascus, MD passed away on October 9, 2019.         

Mary was the loving wife to the late William Wesley Lambert, Sr.                                          

Born on March 4, 1935, in Damascus, MD, she was the loving daughter to Leslie Eugene  and Gertrude Mae (Beall) Wright.                                                                                                    

Mary was survived by her three daughters; Dorothy "Sissy" Baugher, Barbara Warthen, Phyllis Lambert, all of Damascus; six grandchildren, Jason Baugher of Damascus, Gary "Tink" Warthen and wife, Stephanie of Woodsboro, Jennifer Tressler and husband, Aaron of Union Bridge, Leslie Gibson and husband, Hugh "Jr" of Hagerstown, Ashley Kitts and fiance, Daniel Rainwater of Woodsboro, Devin Thompson of Damascus and nine great-grandchildren, Wesley, Austin "AJ" and Shane Warthen; Noah and Lily Tressler; Kasey, Kylee and Jacob Gibson and Nicholas "Nicky" Rainwater. She was also survived and adored by numerous nieces and nephews.      

Mary was preceded in death by  one son, William Wesley Lambert, Jr. and five brothers; Earl, Elwood, Marvin, Bernard and Donald Wright.                                                                      

Family will receive friends on Sunday, October 13th, from 3-5 PM, at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD 20838, where funeral services will be celebrated at 11 AM on Monday, October 14th. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839. Pall bearers are; Jason Baugher, Gary "Tink" Warthen, Hugh "Jr" Gibson, Aaron Tressler, Daniel Rainwater and Wesley Warthen.                 

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County.

Jane Augusta Leaman Norris Dassen

Jane Augusta Leaman Norris Dassen left this life to enter her eternal rest on Sunday, October 20, 2019.  She died at her home surrounded by her loving family.  She was born on the family farm on Clopper Road on March 3, 1939, the firstborn of John and Idella Leaman.  She attended Germantown Elementary School and Gaithersburg High School.  Her marriage to Kirk Norris produced four children:  Kirk, Tina, David, and Margaret Ann.  Some years after being divorced from Kirk, she married Henri Dassen.         

She worked at various jobs to provide for her family, ending her career as a logistics administrator for Fairchild Communications.                                                                                                                                    

Jane was blessed with many talents.  She was a musician, a baker, a cake decorator, a seamstress.  She did oil painting, hooked rugs, crocheted prayer shawls, and created various styles of hats for cancer patients as well as hats for her grandchildren, great grandchildren, great nieces and great nephews.  She provided the music for Boyds Presbyterian Church (organ, piano, and choir director) for some 58 years.  One churchgoer summed it up by saying that Jane had a glorious career—that she was a music genius whose music had been enjoyed by generations—that no one could ever match her contribution or her dedication.  Jane took great pride in selecting anthems that were suitable to the church’s liturgical calendar.                                                                  She was generous to a fault—always giving of herself and of her handiwork.  None of us will ever know how many lives she has touched.                                                                                                                        

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Henri, her daughter Margaret Ann, and her grandson Joshua.  She is survived by her two sons, Kirk and David, her daughter Tina, and their families, which includes numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her six siblings:  Margaret, John, Bill, Dan, Trish, and Denise.                                                                                                            

A celebration of Jane’s life will be held on Thursday, October 24th at 11:00 a.m. at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road (Rt. 109) in Barnesville, MD (  The service will be officiated by her lifelong friend/brother, Kenneth (Jerry) Greene.                                                                                      

Interment will follow in Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery.                                                                          

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 (, or to your favorite charity.                            

Her family sincerely thanks Jane’s friends for being constant . . . for coming to visit and for sending well wishes.

Juana E. Campos

It is with great sadness that the family of Juana E. Campos announces the passing of a great women. Born in Mulchen, Chile in 1937 she migrated to the United States where she met her Husband of 56 years. In her passing she leaves behind her Husband Carlos, her daughter Patricia Moore (Roland) and son Patricio Campos (Monica). She thoroughly enjoyed creating mischief with her grandchildren David Campos (Jessica), Katherine Moore, Rachel Allen, and Danielle Campos. She also leaves behind a precious great-grandchild Barrett Campos. Observing her wishes there will be no services held. The family thanks you for your love and support. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Alzheimer’s Association in her memory.

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