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Matthew Barnes Kurkjian

Matthew Barnes Kurkjian, beloved son of Jeff and Joy Kurkjian, died of ALS at his home in Darnestown, Md. on Sept. 4. He was 67.

He is survived by his son, Michael (Jessica Holzberg), his daughter, Lane, his partner, Katherine, his brothers, Andy (Terri) and Tim (Kathy), and many nieces and nephews.

Matt was born and raised in Bethesda, Md. He lived the last 35 years in Darnestown. Matt taught mathematics and coached baseball at Good Counsel and Pallotti High School before becoming the IT director for the Amalgamated Transit Union. He and Andy played baseball at Catholic University, they are in the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. In July, CU baseball coach Ross Natoli established an annual award in Matt’s name: The Ultimate Teammate Award. A banner with Matt’s uniform No. 2 will hang forever on the outfield fence at CU’s home ballpark. Matt leaves a legacy of care, concern and kindness to all.

A small funeral for immediate family only will be held shortly. A celebration of Matt’s remarkable life will take place at a date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Project Mainstreet ( to help provide direct financial assistance to people and families living with ALS.

Sherry Lynn Huff

Sherry Lynn Huff, 57, of Hagerstown, MD, passed away on September 5, 2023.

Born on November 23, 1965 in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Robert Harrison and Betty Lynn (Schrader) Huff.

Along with her mother, Sherry is survived by one brother; Robert B. Huff, wife, Stacy, one nephew; James Huff, one niece; Brittney Hale, great nieces and nephews; Brionna Gunther, Holden Huff, Cayden Masters, Cirsten Masters, Taelynn Huff, three great aunts; Linda Kidwell, May Schrader, Fay Schrader, and numerous cousins.

Along with her father; Sherry was preceded in death by her grandparents; Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Schrader, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Huff, great aunts and uncles; Charles Schrader, Bobby and Gerti Schrader, Geraldine Jenkins, George Schrader, and Martha and Mack Robinson.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday, September 8, 2023 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at 11:00 AM. Graveside service to follow at Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 9501 Catoctin Mountain Hwy, Frederick, MD.

Flowers are welcome and monetary donations may be made in her memory to American Heart Association or Children’s National.  

Pallbearers will be: Jimmy Huff, Cayden Masters, Austin Babb, Holden Huff, Joey Adams, Butch Slate and honoree pallbearers: Bruce Schrader, Mack Robinson, George Schrader, Victor Kidwell, Ray Jenkins, Glenn Robinson and Phil Robinson.

Kent Taylor Osborne

Kent Taylor Osborne, 90, of Rockville Maryland passed away on September 6, 2023. He was the loving husband to Jean Osborne for over 60 years.

Born in Slant, VA, on January 30, 1933, Kent grew up in Kingsport, TN and fulfilled his enlistment in the US Army after high school, where he served as a Morse Code Operator in Japan. Afterwards, Kent attended East Tennessee State University (Class of 1958), where he was inducted in the Hall of Fame for his track & field accomplishments. Kent later relocated to Washington, DC and married his life-long partner, Jean, in 1962. He was an independent Allstate agent in Rockville, MD until retirement.

Kent enjoyed spending time at his property in Berkeley Springs, WV, “Echo Mountain Farm”. He loved landscaping, working outside, and storytelling. Kent also treasured his time at his grandchildren’s track races and other sporting events.

In addition to his wife, Kent is survived by four children: Eric and wife Cheryl Osborne, Gary Osborne, Dale and wife Laura Osborne, and Dawn and husband Tripp Welch. He has 9 grandchildren: Chad and wife Brittany Osborne, Hollie and husband Zach Terhune, Cole and wife Dana Osborne, Chase Osborne, Ashley Osborne, Gage Osborne, Tommy Welch, Molly Welch, and Abby Welch. He also has 4 great-grandchildren.

Kent was predeceased by parents Conrad and Maxine Osborne of Kingsport, TN, and siblings Jack Osborne, Beth Goff, Peggy McGlothlin, and Mary Edith Dillard. 

A celebration of life will be held in the Spring at Echo Mountain Farm with close family and friends. 

Gregory "Greg" Christopher Jordan

Gregory “Greg” Christopher Jordan, 61, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on September 9, 2023.

Greg was the loving husband to Denise Dudek Jordan. 

Born on March 28, 1962 in Maryland, he was the son to the late Paul Augustine, Sr. and Helen Marie (Poletis) Jordan.

Greg lived his life as a public servant for 45 years, serving the Montgomery County community for 40 years. His passion for protecting and helping his fellow man started when he became a cadet for the Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department at 16 years old. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park. He was hired by the Montgomery County Fire Department in 1985 and later went on to join Maryland State Police in 1987 as a State Trooper. In 1992, he began his career with the Montgomery County Department of Police where he served as a patrol officer, a 4th District Detective, a Major Crimes Investigator, and finished his career as a 3rd District Patrol Sergeant. Greg got to know many members of the community through his work in the service of others. He lived a life of service outside of work as well, and anyone who knew him could attest to his readiness to lend a hand whenever he could. Greg was a man who loved his family dearly and enjoyed coaching his daughters in sports, eating ice cream, rooting for the Washington Commanders, and most of all, spoiling his baby granddaughter, Lucia. 

Greg is survived by his wife Denise; his daughters; Nicole Jordan, Ashley Palermo, spouse Francesco, Julia Jordan, one grandchild; Lucia Palermo, one sister; Helen Piquette, spouse, Richard and three brothers; Paul Jordan, Jr., companion, Ingrid Hearn, Patrick Jordan, spouse, Madonna and John Jordan, spouse, Karen.

The family will be receiving friends for a vigil on Monday, September 18th from 2:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Our Lady of the Presentation, 17220 Tom Fox Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837, where a Mass of Christian burial will begin at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 19th. Interment to follow at St Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery, 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in his memory to the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, DC or to help the family with funeral costs. 

Mary Joann (Jodie) Schwam

Mary Joann (Jodie) Schwam, 79, beloved wife, devoted mother, grandmother, great grandmother and quilter extraordinaire, passed away on September 17, 2023. 

Jodie is survived by her devoted husband of fifty-six years Stephen; her seven children:  Jennifer (Jim); Elizabeth; Matthew; Susanne (Tom); Michael (Erin); Bryan (Aimee); and Stephanie; her sister Lois; and her many adored grandkids and great grandkids. 

The family will be receiving friends at Mother Seton Catholic Church 19951 Father Hurley Blvd. Germantown MD 20874 on Tuesday, September 26 at 10 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am. Mass will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall and all are welcome. 

Burial will take place at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly asks that donations be made in Jodie’s memory to Mother Seton Catholic Church ( or to The Humane Rescue Alliance (

Susan Scales McMahon

Susan Scales McMahon, 77, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on September 20, 2023.
She was the loving wife to William “Skip” McMahon.
Born on December 27, 1945 in Montana, she was the daughter of the late Vincent and Grace (McKinnon) Scales.
Along with her husband, Susan is survived by her sons; Tyler McMahon, spouse, Dabney Gough, Brendan McMahon, spouse, Ashley, two brothers; Gary Scales, Tony Scales, spouse, Cyd, Madeline McKelvey, spouse, Kevin, three grandchildren; Mabel, Wright, Brendan, numerous nieces and nephews and Skip’s brothers and sisters whom she loved dearly.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday, September 25th from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a Mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. The family invites everyone to a reception following the graveside at the church pavilion.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Building Bridges Across The River at BBARDC.ORG. 

Mary Louise Crown

Mary Louise Crown, affectionately known as “Johnnie” her entire life, peacefully passed away at the Homewood at Frederick Assisted Living Residences on September 11, 2022.

Johnnie was a long-time resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, having been born in Barnesville on April 28, 1924, and was a resident of Gaithersburg until her move to Homewood.

Upon graduating from Gaithersburg High School, she settled into a life as a homemaker with her husband of 79 years, Thomas, while at the same time supporting him in his career as a successful home builder. A kind and gentle person, Johnnie was totally devoted to her family throughout her entire life.

She is survived by her son, Kevin M. Crown and daughter-in-law Jamie E. (Packie) Crown of Gaithersburg, her grandson, Thomas Marshall Crown and grand-daughter-in-law Sarah D. Crown of Cambridge, England;two great-grandchildren, Turner Wyatt Crown and Ashby Jane Crown, also of Cambridge England; and nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Oliver Crown; her parents, Charles M. Orme and Irene Vivian Bosley Orme; a sister, Edythe Orme Rotruck and brother-in-law Gerald M. Rotruck; a sister,Lorraine Orme Koonce and brother-in-law Henry Koonce; a brother, Charles Lindburgh (“Lindy”) Orme and sister-in-law Jean Muir Orme; and a nephew, William Michael Reber.

The family will be receiving friends on September 30th from 10:00-11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, Maryland, where a funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM.

Interment will follow at Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, Maryland.

Kevin William Dorsey

Kevin William Dorsey, 55, of Boyds, MD, passed away in his home on September 6, 2022.

He was the loving husband of Dawn Marie Dorsey for 34 years.

Born on February 28, 1967 in Maryland, Kevin was the son of Larry Dorsey and the late JoAnn (Magaha) Dorsey.


Kevin was many things to those who knew him. To some, he was a coach. To others, he was a U.S. Army Veteran, a business owner, a jokester, a hunter. The list could go on infinitely. But, to all that had the pleasure of meeting him, he was a good friend, a mentor and a role model. He was truly an altruistic man. In health and in sickness he never wavered in his commitment to family, friends and community. He always preached hard work and perseverance, and during his 8 year battle with ALS he showed everyone exactly what it meant to work hard, and to be a fighter. He was a one-of-a-kind, inspirational,  honest, hard-working, fun-loving man who will be missed by all; the type of person who made everyone and everything around him better. 


Surviving besides his wife are his children; Samantha Jo Wrathall, husband, Michael, Cody William Dorsey, wife, Lauren, Jessica Anne Dorsey, boyfriend, Nick Katsikas, two sisters; Karri Morningstar, husband, Patrick, and Susan Frances, husband, David, two brothers; Keith Dorsey, wife, Krista and Kris Dorsey, wife Karen, two grandchildren; Annabelle Gail Wrathall and Georgios William Katsikas and  seven nieces and nephews, Kyle Morningstar, Kaysie Steele, Lexi Dorsey, Sydney Francis, Katelyn, Kristina and Kolton Dorsey.The Dorsey Family, including Kevin, would like to thank the dozens if not the hundreds of family, friends and the entire town of Poolesville, that have given our family their love and support over the last 8 years. 

A celebration of life will be held on October 15th at 21325 Beallsville Rd. Dickerson MD 20842.  Drop in times are 1pm - 3pm with a short service at 1:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Warrior Canine Connection, 14934 Schaeffer Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.


Please dress comfortably. Kevin chose this location. It's a hay field! It's ok to bring a miniature Crown Royal... if you know you know! 

Dr. Csaba L. Magassy

On Sunday, September 18, 2022, Dr. Csaba L. Magassy peacefully passed away.

He was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1938.

His father Dr. Gabriel Magassy was a prominent Hungarian physician. In 1944, the family fled Hungary and forced into a Displaced Persons camp in Germany until they were finally freed in 1945 by the Americans.  In 1947 the family moved to the Canary Islands, Spain to live with their uncle Dr. Alexandro Györkõ, director of the Leprosy Sanitarium.  In 1950, the Magassy family moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where Dr. Magassy attended El Salvador, Jesuit Prep School. The family finally moved to the United States in 1956 landing in Sioux Falls, SD close to Thanksgiving Day, a wondrous celebration, cementing for them a life-long love of the US. Dr. Magassy graduated from Creighton University in Omaha, NB, earning a BA in Biology and a Medical degree.  He served in the US Air Force for 6 years and served as a flight surgeon for the Thunderbirds. He completed his residencies in general surgery at George Washington University Hospital and in plastic surgery at the University of California in San Francisco. He opened his own practice, serving as a successful plastic surgeon in Chevy Chase MD and McLean VA for 51 years. Dr. Magassy was Assistant Clinical Professor of plastic surgery at George Washington, and Georgetown University Hospitals and on the staff of several hospitals including Sibley, the Washington Hospital Center and Fairfax Hospital. He was an avid pilot, owning a Cessna that he used to for his practice, and further for humanitarian missions. He was an expert horseman, and a member of the Potomac and at the Marlborough Hunt Clubs.

Survivors include his former wife Frances (Kay) Magassy, his children Matthew Csaba Magassy, Stephen Laszlo Magassy, and Michelle Alexis Magassy, and his grandson Clayton Laszlo Magassy-Dungan, his son-in-law Jason Todd Dungan; his sister Dr. Georgette Magassy Dorn, and her children, Georgette Dorn Verdin, Dr. Elizabeth Magassy Dorn, Paul Dorn and Susan Dorn.

He is predeceased by his brother Gabriel A. Magassy, of San Diego, CA, who is survived by his son Gabriel Sandor Magassy.

Family and friends will be received at Our Lady of the Presentation Church in Poolesville, Maryland for an 11am viewing and 12pm service. Reception immediately follows at the Centurion Farm at 17801 Edwards Ferry Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your liking.

Nick John Konstandinidis

Nick John Konstandinidis,70, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on September 25, 2022.

Born on October 4, 1951 in Athens, Greece, he was the son to the late John Nick Konstandinidis and Alexandra Kaskouras.

Nick was the loving husband to Esther A. Konstandinidis.

Along with his wife, he was survived by his children; John Nick Konstandinidis, David Nick Konstandinidis, wife, Danielle, Isabelle Alexandra Moyer, husband, Travis, six grandchildren; Joshua, Jordyn, Niko, Mylo, Ella, Alex and his sister; Mary Varlas, husband Stratis.

The family will be receiving friends at St. George Greek Orthodox Church, 7701 Bradley Blvd, Bethesda, MD 20817, on Wednesday, September 28th from 10:00-10:30 AM, where a service will follow after. Interment to follow at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd, Germantown, MD 20876.

Rodger Walter Williams

Rodger Walter Williams, III, 80, of Frederick, MD, passed away suddenly on September 24, 2022.

He was the loving husband of Gwendolyn (Zimmerman) Williams.

Born on December 20, 1941, in Frederick, MD, he was the son of the late Rodger and Mary Shaw Williams, Jr.

He was a graduate of Poolesville HS class of 1960 and enjoyed farming the family farm. Rodger worked for Frederick County Highway department for 25yrs prior to retirement. After retirement he made many road trips delivering either Boss Hoss motorcycles for Mr. Grimes or delivering the race car to various locations throughout the US for Mr. Winkler.

Above all he was a loving husband & father that was always caring for his family and children.

Surviving besides his wife are his children, Rodger “Buddy” Williams, IV and wife Jeanne, David L. and wife Teri Williams, Patricia and husband Terry Jacobs; one brother, William Clifton Williams of Poolesville, MD; one sister Emily Jane Perry and husband Bill of Herndon, VA; 7 grandchildren; Shane, Holly and Steele Williams, Jack and Katelyn Williams, Kelsey Sweeney and Ella Jacobs, and numerous great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Bonnie Williams, wife to Clifton.  

The family will receive friends on Friday, September 30, from 6-8 PM, at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville RD, Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 1, at 11:00 AM.  Interment will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD

In lieu of flowers you may send a donation in Rodger’s memory to either the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

Vadym Pyatovolenko

It is with sorrow that the family of Vadym Pyatovolenko of Poolesville, Maryland, announces his passing on September 25, 2022, at the age of eighty-two. 

He is survived by his wife, Tamara, son Igor (Olena), daughter Julia (Rosty), grandchildren Solomya, Fedir, Ivan (Maria), Tetyana, Iryna (Mykhailo), Joseph, Peter, Paul, sister Nelia, brother Valentyn, nieces, nephews, many friends, and extended family.

He is predeceased by his father, Gregory, and mother, Nadya.

He lived a full life and had a distinguished career as a college professor of mathematics in his native Ukraine. Being raised in an orphanage in post-World War II years, he graduated from University and was able to bring his younger siblings to the city of Dnipro. Being from a family of schoolteachers, he continued a family tradition by becoming a college professor. As such, he was a mentor to many. He met his wife Tamara when he taught graduate-level classes at the University. It was love at first sight. They had two wonderful children together. Vadym was life loving man – always kind and positive with a great sense of humor. He firmly believed in the goodness of mankind. He suffered from a stroke at the age of 71 and was partially paralyzed and could not speak (global aphasia), but he kept his smile and positive attitude to life -his eyes could tell stories without saying a word. He dearly loved his wife, Tamara. He admired her kindness, generosity of spirit, and was very grateful to her for the love and care she has shown throughout their fifty-five-year relationship, and especially for almost 12 years since his stroke.

Similarly, he loved his children and grandchildren and was honored by their achievements greatly. He was an incredible father who taught them the importance of commitment, taking responsibility, and asking for forgiveness. In the last years of his life, he became a refugee, fleeing the Russian war in Ukraine. Being a survivor of Word War II atrocities in Ukraine, it was especially difficult for him to change the country in his late years. But after moving to Poolesville, Maryland, he loved his new community, new country, and the countryside. Being raised at a farm, he certainly appreciated the tranquility of Poolesville. He loved animals and his favorite cat Moe. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten. The tears shed by his family and friends are not merely from sorrow but from gratitude for having had him in our lives.

A funeral service will take place at the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, Silver Spring, Maryland, on Thursday, September 29,  2022, at 11:00  am, with interment to follow in the Monocacy cemetery in Poolesville, Maryland. May his memory be eternal and always to be remembered! 

Mary H. Donaldson

Mary H. Donaldson, 60, of Damascus, MD passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on September 28, 2022.

She was the loving wife to Bradley Donaldson.

Born on December 4, 1961, in Maryland, Mary was the daughter of Robert and Mary (Connelly) Hahn. 


Mary and her husband Brad, lived in Damascus MD for 30 years and raised two kids.  Mary loved her family, her friends, cooking, reading and music.  Lots of memories were created at their vacation home in West Virginia.


Surviving besides her husband are their children; Andrew Donaldson and wife Shirl of Dickerson, MD, Katie Donaldson and boyfriend Steven Abramovitch of Baltimore, MD, one sister; Kathy Hahn of Arizona, one brother; David Hahn of Bethesda, MD.


Mary will be laid to rest at 11:00 AM on Thursday, October 6th at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 West Hunter Road, Beallsville, MD.

Winifred Steiner Kohlhoss

Winifred Steiner Kohlhoss (Winnie), 91, peacefully passed away at her residence in Poolesville surrounded by family Thursday morning, Sept 29, 2022.

Winnie was widow to Charles E. Kohlhoss, Jr. who passed away in 1983.

Born in Jefferson MD, Winnie was the daughter of the late Francis Leo and Ruth Smith Steiner.

She grew up on her parent’s small farm on Steiner Hill with her sisters Alice Eileen (Carmack) and Leona (Beers).

After graduating from Brunswick High School Winnie worked as a secretary at Fort Detrick and later The Montgomery County Courthouse before serving as the guidance counselor secretary at Poolesville High School in the 1970s. Throughout the 70’s and 80s’ Winnie assisted her husband Charles in the operation of their family automotive business, the Poolesville Motor Company founded in 1906. Winnie was a devoted and active member of the Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church since 1953 where she fostered many lasting friendships. She was a Soroptimist and dedicated volunteer with Hospice Caring for 30 years before retiring from that service in 2010.

She is survived by 3 children: Pamela K. Nill ( Jack, deceased) and Cynthia L. Cook (David) and son, Charles E. Kohlhoss, III (Beth); 7 grandchildren: Jack Nill, Timothy Nill, Wesley Nill Seymour, Kendall Nill, Samantha Cook Hebron, Jocelyn Cook, and Chloe Kohlhoss; and 8 great-grandchildren.

There will be a reception of family and friends at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD from

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Oct 8. The Rev. Timothy Dowell will officiate a memorial service at Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837 at 12 noon on Sunday, Oct 9.

The family suggest that expressions of sympathy be made to Winnie’s beloved Poolesville Memorial United Methodist Church PMUMC.Org; or 

Vincent James "Jim" Rizzo

Vincent James “Jim” Rizzo, 93, of Boyds, Maryland and Miami Beach, Florida passed away on September 2, 2021. He was the loving husband to the late Theresa M. Rizzo.

Jim was born on March 19, 1928 in New York City to the late Amerigo and Felice Rizzo. He is survived by his children: Halinah Rizzo-Busack,  Donna Mitchell, James V. Rizzo and Elmira Fahrun; two sisters: Mary and Connie; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by two brothers: Art and George and two sisters: Lucille and Lilly. 

Jim was dedicated to his family, worked hard, lived the American dream  and was a God-fearing and God-loving man. 

Services will be private. James's final resting place will be at Resthaven Memorial Garden.

Linda Fay Grubbs

Linda Fay Grubbs, 72, of Poolesville, MD, peacefully passed away on September 15, 2021 after a long, heroic battle with multiple serious ailments. She was the loving wife to the late Fred Grubbs. Born on July 27, 1949 in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late Millard Edward and Katie Lee (Durham) Pope.

Linda is survived by two sisters; Lea Meyer, Patty Slagle and husband Jim, one brother; Don Pope, one sister-in-law; Peggy Pope, nieces; Lisa Meyer(Joseph) Kimberlee Lett ( Andy) nephews; Kevin Slagle ( Sue), Brian Slagle ( Katie), Matt Slagle( Allison) , Roger Meyer (Cindy), Will Pope (Meghan), uncle; Bobbie Pope ( Margaret) and numerous great nephews and great nieces as well as many cousins in NC and CT.

Along with her husband and parents, Linda was preceded in death by one brother; M. Edward Pope Jr. and one brother-in-law; Gary Meyer.

Linda was a familiar face in Poolesville. In her determined effort to live independently as long as possible, she could frequently be seen with her shopping cart , walking to destinations along Fisher Ave. Close neighbors, store workers, kind town residents, and Wumco staff knew Linda well and helped her in large and small ways as only a town like Poolesville might do. Linda may best be remembered for her friendly conversations, her creative expressions in crafts

and writing as well as her devotion to her pets (especially her treasured Miss Kitty) and her trust in the Lord and the promise of Heaven.

A celebration of life will be held on October 10, 2021 in Poolesville, starting off with Linda’s Gratitude Walk (short walk along Fisher Ave) to begin at 2:00pm at the Whalen Park parking lot. Once the walk is over the family asks that you join them at Whalen’s Common for the celebration. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wumco Help, Inc. (details on their website

Doris M. Hough

Doris Marie Hough, 90 of Dickerson passed away on September 26, 2021. 

She was the loving wife of the late Jack Hough.  

Born January 19, 1931 in Dickerson, MD, she was the daughter of the late William G. and Betty E. (Harding) Warfield. 

Doris is survived by her son; Mike (Eleanor) of Adamstown, one daughter; Sue (Mike) of Jefferson, three grandchildren; Walter Hough, Amy Cole (Tony) and Zach Helmick (Alyson), one great- granddaughter; Jaden, and one sister; Betty Warfield Dunlap.

Doris was preceded in death by one son Mark, and 12 brothers and sisters. 

Doris retired from Montgomery county public schools after 32 years of driving a school bus. She was also a server/manager at Comus Inn for many years. While doing those two jobs she and her late husband owned and operated Comus Orchard. 

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, September 30th from 6:00-8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held on Friday, October 1st at 11:00 AM, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A graveside service will follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W Hunter Rd, Beallsville, MD 20839.

David Calvin Foster

David Calvin Foster, 85, of Germantown, MD passed away on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Mary Louise Bodmer Foster. Surviving are his three daughters, Julie Martorana and husband Michael of Brunswick, MD, Carol Spicer and husband Robert (deceased) of Summerville, SC, and Cathy Foster of Romney. WV.  Also surviving are two grandchildren, Jessica Kling and husband Michael of Summerville, SC and Bobby Spicer and fiancée Emma Del Ray of North Charleston, SC and two great grandchildren, Camden and Ruby Kling.

David was born on December 21, 1935 in Shenandoah Valley, VA but lived most of his life in Montgomery county, MD. He is predeceased by his parents, Robert and Pearl Foster and two brothers; Cecil Foster and wife Louise (surviving) of Ranson, WV, and Delmas Foster and wife Bonnie (surviving) of Damascus, MD. Surviving is his eldest brother Joe Foster and wife Loretta of Gaithersburg, MD.

He was retired from Montgomery County Government where he worked for 30 years as a surveyor. David also worked many years part-time for Safeway grocery store. After retirement he kept busy doing handyman work for several local homeowners. David enjoyed hunting and fishing. As an avid deer hunter, he would hunt each season in as many as four different states.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Maria Zambrano, of Visiting Angels, for being more than a caregiver, as David considered her his friend. 

A celebration of life will be held on October 9, 2021 at 1:00 PM, Bush Creek Church-The Brethren, 4821 Green Valley Rd, Monrovia, MD 21770. 

Angel Rodolfo Trepowski Verza

Angel Rodolfo Trepowski Verza, 59, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on September 8, 2020.
He was the beloved husband to Cristina Duarte.
Born on June 18, 1961, in Paraguay, he was the son to Amilcar Trepowski and Margarita Verza.

Angel was a very hardworking man and was the first in his family to come to the US. He was a big fan of the soccer club Olimpia. Angel was an amazing husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by his family and friends. 

Surviving besides his wife and parents are his six children; Angel, Gary, Melonny, Brian, Sheyla
and Mike, three sisters; Rosa, Miriam and Maria Elena, five brothers; Sergio, Ricard, Osvaldo,
Omar and Javier, and seven grandchildren; Karen, Yamile, Pablo, Isabelle, Raymond, Brian Jr.,
and Angel.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Diosnel Trepowski.
The family will be receiving friends on Saturday, September 12 from 10:00AM to Noon at
Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. 

Ronald E. Magaha

Ronald E. Magaha (76) of Beallsville, Maryland joined the Lord on September 13, 2020. He was preceded in death by Harriet Butler Magaha, his loving wife of 53 years. Ron was born in West Virginia on September 1, 1944. He was the son of Wilson H. Magaha and Anna May Magaha. He is also preceded in death by one sister, Charlotte Rebecca “Becky” Mentzer and one infant brother, Jerry Magaha.

Ron is survived by three children, Rinnie Magaha (Robin), Robin LeMarr (Donnie), Holly Henderson (Ryan); eleven grandchildren Tyler, Trevor, Maddison and Mackenzie Magaha; Cody, Makayla, Dylan, Seth and Zack LeMarr; Lydia and Emily Henderson, and two brothers Tommy (Alice) and Ray (Linda).

As a child, Ron grew up on horse farms where he learned to ride, train and show horses. As a teenager he showed cattle and was a member of the Montgomery County 4-H Beef Club. He graduated from Poolesville High School in 1963, and after graduating Ron trained horses and enjoyed playing polo with his brothers. In 1964 he married the love of his life, Harriet Butler. Ron and Harriet resided in Beallsville, Maryland for most of their life together.

 Ron worked at the Montgomery Village Foundation. Then in the mid 70’s he started Cornerstone Inc. with the late Philip (Bud) Gregory. Cornerstone was a successful company where Ron used his expertise to build fences, custom barns and houses. His son continues to operate the family business today.

Ron was a 4-H leader for the Montgomery County Sheep and Swine Club for many years. He had a positive impact on many 4-Her's over the years as he helped them with their animals. He also played an active role at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center and served as the fair president twice and fair chairmen for 10 years.

Ron was also a member of St. Mary’s Church in Barnesville. He belonged to the Holy Name Society. He devoted a lot of time to the events at St. Mary’s. He was a man of strong faith. He loved God and had a strong belief in God’s word. Ron will be remembered as a person with a very big heart. He loved meeting new people and embracing people with warmth, smiles and hugs. He devoted his life to his wife, children, and grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church PO Box 67 Barnesville, Md. 20838.

Joanne P. Howard

Joanne P. Howard, 88, of Barnesville, MD, died peacefully on September 2, 2019 at the Kline Hospice House, Mt. Airy, MD.

She was the wife of the late Kenneth H. Howard.

Born on July 4, 1931, in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Selby W. and Ruth (Fisher) Preffitt.

Joanne was a fulltime housewife and farmer.  She was very active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with the annual chicken and turkey dinners and funeral luncheons.  She helped count money from Sunday collections every Monday morning for many years.  She was a member of the Sodality and attended daily Mass.

Surviving are her children, Lynda H. Sheckles and husband Mike of Mt. Airy, MD, Rebecca H. Sterba and husband Martin of Frederick, MD; two sisters, Mary F. Beavers and husband Don of TX, Kathleen McVearry and husband Mike of Bowie, MD; two brothers, Richard Preffitt and wife Nancy of MO, Stephen Preffitt and wife Teresa of North Potomac, MD; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.

Joanne was preceded in death by one daughter, Teresa Cooper and one son, Kenneth Wayne Howard.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 8, from 3-5 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday September 9, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.  A reception will follow in the church pavilion.  Interment will take place at 1:30 PM in Forest Oak Cemetery, Gaithersburg, MD.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, P.O. Box 67, Barnesville, MD  20838 or the American Lung Association (

Peter R. Davio

Peter R. Davio, 77, of Clarksburg, MD, was peacefully called to heaven on September 6th, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington DC.

He was born in Detroit MI, to the late Ubaldo and Victoria Davio and was pre-deceased by his brothers Jerry and Dennis.
Pete was a US Navy Veteran, serving as a Missile Technician on USS HENRY CLAY (SSBN 625). Following his honorable discharge from the Navy, he worked as a Configuration and Data Management Specialist for Northrop Grumman and then with Booz, Allen & Hamilton as a Program Manager for the next 31 years before retiring in 2008. Pete was very active in the Knights of Columbus, serving for nearly 40 years in key positions from Grand Knight of Council 6901 in 1987 and ultimately as the Maryland State Deputy in 2010. In retirement, Pete was busy serving as Vice President of the National Christopher Columbus Association, performing with the church choir, restoring juke boxes, and spending time with friends and family.
Surviving are his beloved wife of 53 years, Francine, son and daughter-in-law Dennis and Courtney, son
and daughter-in-law Paul and Amy, son Michael, and four grandchildren, Nate, Matthew, Hailey, and Joe.
Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 11th 2019 from 6:00-8:00 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home
(22111 Beallsville Rd, Barnesville, Maryland 20838). Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, September 12th,
2019 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Parish (18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838) with interment immediately following. 
Memorial contributions can be made to National Right to Life or St. Mary’s Parish. 

Eugene Thomas Stone

Eugene Thomas Stone, Sr., 93, of Dickerson, MD passed away on September 7, 2019.

Born on September 9, 1925, in Germantown, Maryland, he was the son of the late Charles F., Sr. and Mary L. Stone. 

Eugene is survived by his two sons, Charles L. Stone and wife Carol of Gaithersburg, MD, Martin E. Stone of Dickerson, MD; one grandchild, Michele Durham of Ruckersville, VA; two great grandchildren, Sidney Durham, Court Durham of Ruckersville, VA.

Eugene was preceded in death by his first wife Dorothy L. Donaldson; second wife, Nancy R. Hartley; one son, Eugene “Tommy” T. Stone, Jr.; one sister, Eleanor Morrell, and four brothers, Francis Stone, Charles Stone, Jr., Luther Stone and Robert Stone. 

Eugene was a member of the American Legion Post 171 in Damascus, MD.

Gregory A. Tetlow

Gregory A. Tetlow, 55, of Urbana, MD, died suddenly on September 13, 2019.

He was the husband of Pamela Tetlow.

Born on December 21, 1963, Greg was the son of Nancy Carol (Nester) Webb and the late Arthur Roland Tetlow.

Surviving besides his wife and mother are four children, Dr. Brittany Cline and husband Scott, Amanda, Tiara and Christian Tetlow; three sisters, Carol Tetlow, Elizabeth Bower and husband Ronald, Kelly Tetlow; one brother, Brian Tetlow and wife Samantha; one step-sister, Anita Danner Cariola; six grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday September 19 from 5-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Friday September 20 at 11 AM.

A cremation will follow.

Beverly Cole Horsley

Beverly Cole Horsley passed away peacefully at her home on September 14, 2019, surrounded by her family. Beverly was born on April 21, 1946 in Emory, now Atlanta, Georgia to Weldon Hubert Cole and Mildred Pirkle Cole and grew up in southwest Atlanta, GA, attending Peoples Street Elementary School and graduating from Headland High School in 1964.She is survived by her adoring family, husband of 54 years, Wiley “Pete” Horsley, daughters Jennifer Adley Suhr and Clair Marie Horsley, grandchildren Justine Adley Willard and Xavier Alexander Willard, sisters Cecile Sims of Mableton, GA and Patricia Cole of Norcross, GA,brother, James Weldon Cole of Smyrna, GA and many nieces and nephews.Beverly was an active member of Poolesville Baptist Church in Poolesville, MD from 1977 to her death. Her service there started with backyard Bible studies for community children, and included many years as Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher/worker, Girls Auxiliary worker and always-ready volunteer for whatever needed done in Jesus’ name.Bev’s early working career included federal service with the IRS in Atlanta, GA, the U.S. Navy in Key West, FL, the U.S. Army at Ft. McPherson GA, the National Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, the Army Electronic Command in Monmouth NJ, and the National Aviation Facilities Experiment Center in Ocean City, NJ. She opted out of her federal career for 11 years to raise her daughters, Jennifer and Clair. During that time she received a degree in Computer Science from Montgomery College in Rockville, MD. Beverly resumed her Federal career with the U.S.Naval Medical Command in Bethesda, MD and at Headquarters in Washington, DC, where she retired as a Computer Specialist in 2005.During her life and career Bev lived in Atlanta, Key West, FL, Lakewood, NJ and Poolesville MD.She lived for 29 years in Buckeystown, MD in Farmview, a Victorian home which she restored,overlooking the Mayne Tree Farm. Her strong interests in flowers and plants led to the extensive gardens and plants, including a Maryland Master Gardner’s certified pollinator garden, there.The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, September 18, from 6-8 PM, at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD ( services will be held at 11 AM, on Thursday, September 19, at the Poolesville Baptist Church, 17550 West Willard Road, Poolesville, MD.Interment will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 9501 Catoctin Mountain Hwy, Frederick,MD.In lieu of or in addition to flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, PO Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.

Theresa Hillsman

Theresa Hillsman 93, of Gaithersburg, Maryland Passed away peacefully on August 29, 2019. She is survived by her daughter, Marie Albert and her grandchildren, Maria and Richard Albert. She was best known for her amazing well-kept garden that brightened up the whole neighborhood. She also was known for her unique sense of humor and generosity. We will miss her dearly. 

Brandon Lee Hungerford (Bubba)

Brandon Lee Hungerford (Bubba), 23, of Germantown, MD, was called home to the lord on August 31, 2019. He was born on December 12, 1995, in Rockville, MD.

Brandon is survived by his parents Matthew and Brenda Hungerford; sister Amanda Wathen (Nicholas), and brothers Matthew and Blake. He is the grandson of Roland and Patricia Cavell, Remus Hungerford and late Sylvia Hungerford; the uncle of Emma and Nicholas Wathen; and also survived by many loving aunts, uncles and numerous cousins.

Brandon graduated from Northwest High School in 2014. He was a starting left tackle and middle linebacker on the high school championship football team. He helped lead this team to win states in 2013-2014, his senior year. He was a very talented athlete and loved sports. He also played lacrosse, baseball, and wrestled. He loved the outdoors and was very adventurous. He enjoyed hiking, fishing, hunting, and kayaking. He had a love for cars. Brandon led a life of faith. He was very spiritual and always so positive. Brandon was very loving and caring to all who surrounded him. He was truly one of a kind. He has touched so many hearts and he is loved and adored by so many. Brandon will forever be loved and always remembered.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 14, 2019, from 11:00 am-1:00 pm, at Difference Makers Church (Damascus Wesleyan Church), 11210 Bethesda Church Road, Damascus, MD 20872. The funeral service starts at 1:00 pm. The interment will then be held at Flower Hill Church of the Brethren, 7412 Muncaster Mill Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Please return to Difference Makers Church after the interment to join the family for a Celebration of Brandon's Life. 

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