Passed On: 08/01/2006
Lucille Irene Buchanan, 71, of La Plata died August 1, 2006 at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington D.C. Ms. Buchanan retired from the Charles County Public School system where she was employed as a food service manager. She was a member of the Marbury Baptist Church where she leaves behind many beloved friends. Born December 1, 1934 in Welcome, she was the son of the late Carroll Wedding, Sr. and the late Lucille V. Wedding. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister. She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Ann Bowles and Charlotte Fay Martin; son, Clark Alan Buchanan; brothers, Carroll Wedding, Jr., William Wedding , David Wedding, Harold Wedding and Ronnie Wedding; sisters, Eloise Wenk, and Eleanor Coulby; grandchildren, Christine Morkunas, Erin and Evan Buchanan; great-grandchildren, Logan and Katherine Morkunas; long-time friend and faithful companion, Howard Thompson. Visitation will be held on Friday August 4th from 2-4 and 6-8 pm with prayers at 7 pm. at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. La Plata, MD. Visitation will also be held on Saturday August 5th from 9 to 10 am at the Marbury Baptist Church. Pallbearers will be Harold Wedding, Ronnie Wedding, Clark Buchanan, Alan Martin, Richard Bowles and John Morkunas. Memorial contributions may be made to the Marbury Baptist Church's Musical Program Fund, P.O. Box 528 Marbury, MD. 20658
Passed On: 07/30/2006
Richard Alan Kramer, 56, died from cancer at home on Sunday, July 30. He lived in Port Tobacco, MD. Mr. Kramer is survived by his loving wife, Diane Burnette Kramer, to whom he was married on May 8, 1982. He also survived by many other loving family members and friends, including his mother, Annette Newman Kramer; his brothers, Thomas and his wife Meredith and Edward ?Woody? and his wife Peggy; his step-sons, Scott Righter and his wife January and R.C. Righter; granddaughters Connie Righter, 16, Bethany Righter, 11, and their mother and step-father Jeannie and Ronnie Spittle, and Summer Righter, 1; nephews Kris, Evrett, Josh, Matt, Zach and Logan; nieces Tammy and Emily; and sister-in-law Charla ?Shorty? Burnette and partner Frank Bailey. He follows in the memory of his late father, Sigmund Kramer. Mr. Kramer was born on September 16, 1949 in Newark, N.J., and he grew up in Hicksville, N.Y. He graduated in 1971 with his B.A. from Syracuse University. Mr. Kramer then moved to the Washington area to study at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and he was awarded his J.D. in 1974. Mr. Kramer was Managing Partner of Kramer & Levine, P.A. in La Plata, MD. He was an attorney who specialized in commercial real estate and finance. He was dedicated to his practice, which encompassed U.S. and international clientele with a special focus on the Netherlands. Rick will be remembered for his kindness, his sense of humor, and his warm and abiding love for his family and friends. He will be missed as deeply as he was loved. In Lieu of flowers contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, Hospice of Charles County, and the Humane Society. Funeral services will be held on Friday August 4, 2006 at the La Plata United Methodist Church at 12 Noon. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends after the service in the church hall. Arrangements are being provided by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. La Plata, MD.
Passed On: 07/29/2006
Reverend William McClean officiating.GatheringThomas Leo Paschal, II of Charlotte Hall, Maryland formerly of Harwood, MD died on July 29, 2006 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, MD. He was 68 years old. Born August 30, 1937 in Bangor, Maine to the late Ida Josephine Michlaud and Charles Robert Paschal. Mr. Paschal served overseas in Germany while in the U. S. Army before being Honorably Discharged. He later worked as a bookkeeper with Accent Mill Work in Fredericksburg, VA before retiring. He was a member of the American Legion and of the Catholic faith. In addition to his parents, Mr. Paschal was preceded in death by his brother Remie Paschal. He is survived by his brother Edmund Paschal and his wife Jean of Bangor, ME; sister Margaret Paschal of Bangor, ME; sister-in-law Virginia Paschal of Harwood, MD; nieces Gail McGinley of Sunderland, MD and Diane Cartron of Huntingtown, MD; nephew Michael Paschal of Lanham, MD; numerous other nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends from 2PM to 3PM with Memorial Services beginning at 3PM Friday, August 4, 2006 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home Multi-purpose Room D Wing 29449 Charlotte Hall Road Charlotte Hall, MD with the Reverend William McClean officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association P. O. Box 1131 Fairfax, VA 22038-1131 or the American Kidney Foundation 6110 Executive Blvd.
Passed On: 07/28/2006
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Passed On: 07/28/2006
James Francis Bean Jr. of Indian Head, Maryland died July 28, 2006 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home in Charlotte Hall, MD. He was 55 years old. Born September 29, 1950 in Indian Head, Maryland to the late Mary Rebecca Bean and James Francis Bean Sr. Mr. Bean served in the U. S. Army and U. S. Navy Reserve Active Duty during Vietnam. He was an Electronic Engineer Technician for Honeywell. He enjoyed playing darts, chess, the trumpet and the saxophone. He is survived by his wife Earleen Bean; step-son Thomas Holmes; and many other relatives and friends. Service and interment will be private.
Passed On: 07/27/2006
Paul Harris Kellam, Jr., 75, of Ridge, MD died July 27, 2006 in Suburban Hospital, Bethesda, MD. Born December 31, 1930 in Greensboro, NC, he was the son of the late Paul Harris Kellam, Sr. and Maude Dila Howard Kellam. Mr. Kellam worked for Target Support, NAS, Patuxent River, MD for 15 years retiring in 1988. He was a charter boat Captain on the Patty Lee. Mr. Kellam was a member of the Coast Guard Reserve. He is survived by his wife whom he married on June 14, 1950, Janet Lea Harding Kellam, a daughter, Patricia Ann Bain of San Diego, CA, two sons, Thomas Gary Kellam of Port Republic, MD, Paul H. Kellam III of Ridge, MD, and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Kathie Lea Kellam The family received friends on Monday, July 31, 2006 in St. Michael?s Catholic Church, Ridge, MD where a Memorial Service was conducted at 6:00 p.m. The Reverend Maurice O?Connell conducted the service. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the HOSPICE House, c/o HOSPICE of St. Mary?s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or St. Michael?s Church, P.O. Box 429, Ridge, MD 20680.
Passed On: 07/26/2006
Frank Preston Holmes of Hughesville, Maryland formerly of Morningside, MD died suddenly on July 26, 2006 in Washington, DC. He was 65 years old. Born September 12, 1940 in Washington, DC to the late Audrey Burr and Donald Preston Holmes. Mr. Holmes joined the Prince George?s County Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter, then as career firefighter until his retirement in 1982 as a paid Lieutenant. He then served the town of Morningside as a police officer, elected Chief of Police, also served on the Town Council and Assistant Mayor. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, gunsmithing and competitive shooting. He was a member and past president of the Maryland Woodsmen Hunt Club, a life member of the National Rifle Association, member of the Elks and the Fireman?s Association. In addition to his parents, Mr. Holmes was preceded in death by his sister Peggy MacDonald. He is survived by his wife Lillian Louise Holmes; daughters Janet Szabo and Michelle Holmes; son Stephen P. Holmes; sister Arlene Burnett; grandsons Richard Martin Szabo Jr. and Ryan James Szabo. Family to receive friends on Monday, July 31, 2006 from 2-4 & 7-9PM at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. 30195 Three Notch Road Charlotte Hall, Maryland where Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 11AM. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association P.O. Box 5216 Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216 or the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation P. O. Box 96280 Washington, DC 20077.
Passed On: 07/26/2006
Elizabeth Cox Dufresne, 78, of Clements, MD died July 26, 2006 unexpectantly at her home. Mrs. Dufresne was born May 21, 1928 in Double Springs, AL, was raised in Alabama, lived in various cities in the Northeast including Washington, D.C., and moved to Maryland where she first lived in Chaptico and then Clements where she resided for the past 25 years. She received her Bachelor?s degree in Music, later earned a Masters degree in Public Administration, and taught at George Washington University. She has long been very active in public affairs and community causes as well as being very involved in the Unitarian Universalist Church. She was President of the Board of Directors of the Community College when the new campus was dedicated, was past President of the St. Mary?s County Garden Club, and was an active member of the Major William Thomas Chapter of the D.A.R. She is survived by her sister, Cannie Cox of Gadsden, AL and her son, John Cox, his wife Mindy, and grandchildren David and Melanie Cox. A Memorial Service will be held at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road in Leonardtown, MD at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 14, 2006 followed by her interment at 1:00 p.m. at Arlington National Cemetery where her late husband Joseph is buried. The family request that in lieu of flowers donations in her memory be made to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Southern Maryland and sent to UUFSM, P.O. Box 1703, Leonardtown, MD 20650-1703 specifying that the donation is for the Building Fund.
Passed On: 07/26/2006
Passed On: 07/25/2006
Mabel Ora Doyle, 91, of Leonardtown, MD died July 25, 2006 in St. Mary?s Nursing Center, Leonardtown, MD. Born March 17, 1915 in Louden County, VA, she was the daughter of Joseph and Ora Agnes Hawes Harding. She was a doll collector, seamstress, gardener, painter, housekeeper and an excellent cook. She also worked with ceramics and porcelain and crocheted. She liked going to Wal Mart and the Mall in Waldorf and having lunch out in St. Mary?s and Charles Counties. She loved decorating for Christmas and making cookies with her daughter. Mrs. Doyle cooked, baked, did laundry and kept house until she was almost 90 when she was greatly debilitated by a stroke. She attended Leonardtown Church of the Nazarene. She is survived by her husband, Paul Thomas Doyle , a son, Donald Lewis Peregoy and his wife Norma of West Palm Beach, FL, daughters, Joyce Marie McElhenney of Leonardtown, MD, Marjory J. ?Sellner? George and husband A.T. of Clinton, MD and Paula Jeanne Thompson of Leonardtown, MD, 18 grandchildren, 26 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She also leaves sisters, Ruth Steger of Arlington, VA, Margaret Louise Taylor of Dameron, MD and Wilma Taylor of Houma, LA. and two half brother, Chester Harding and Richard Harding, a half sister, Katherine Harding and a host of nieces and nephews, cousins and her cat ?Little Angel?.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Joel E. Peregory and his wife Jean, sons-in-law, Harvey McElhenny and Robert Sellner, sisters, Viola Murphy, Flora Cheseldine, Thelma Harding, Rose Marie Collins and brothers, Stacy Harding and John Harding. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 28, 2006 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. in Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Pastor Tim Grose will conduct the service. Interment will be Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD. Memorial contributions may be made to HOSPICE of St. Mary?s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or Leonardtown Church of the Nazarene, P.O. Box 1110, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Passed On: 07/24/2006
Prayers recited at 7:00 p.m.Fannie Mae Tharp Thomas, 91, of Tall Timbers, MD, died July 24, 2006 at her residence. Born August 2, 1914 in Dameron, MD, she was the daughter of the late Albert Lee Shorter and Fannie Margaret Hammett Shorter. Mae was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was always happy to welcomr another baby into her world. She was an active member of St. George?s Episcopal Church in Valley Lee for most of her life where she taught Sunday School and served on the altar guild. She is survived by her children, James A. Tharp of Ft. Walton Beach, FL, Albert W. ?Bud? Tharp of Tall Timbers, MD, Linda M. Dobson of Tall Timbers, MD, eight grandchildren, Lisa Tharp, Jamey Welday, David Welday, Connie Sargent, Jonathan Fuchs, Michael Fuchs and Jessica Christian, eight great grandchildren, a sister, Violet Purcell and four brothers, Albert Shorter, John Shorter, Andrew Shorter and Charles Shorter. She was preceded in death by two husbands, James G. Tharp, husband of 29 years and G. Edward Thomas, husband of 31 years, a daughter, Patricia M. Welday, two sisters, Rose Saunders and Alice Henderson, and two brothers, Richard Shorter and Thomas Shorter. The family received friends on Thursday, July 27, 2006 in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A. in Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will be conducted, today, Friday, July 28, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in St. George?s Episcopal Church, Valley Lee, MD. Father Joseph Dobson will conduct the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Jamey Welday, David Welday, Jonathan Fuchs, Michael Fuchs, Branden Weldy and Joseph Purcell. Honorary pallbearers will be Lisa Tharp, Connie Sargent and Jessica Christian. Memorial contributions may be made to the HOSPICE House c/o HOSPICE of St. Mary?s, Inc., P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Second District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Valley Lee, MD 20692.
Passed On: 07/23/2006
Dionne Dee Dee Elizabeth Yates-Stewart, 37, was born March 12, 1969 in Leonardtown, Maryland to Diane Elizabeth Yates. Dee Dee was suddenly called home on July 23, 2006, to be with her grandmother, Agnes Bernice Yates, who raised her. Dee Dee graduated from Leonardtown High School in 1987. Dee Dee dreamed of becoming a nurse in high school so she worked as a nurse?s aide at Cedar Lane upon graduation. Later, she joined the federal government and was a Labor Relation Specialist with the Internal Revenue Services for 18 years. Dee Dee had a great passion for family. She loved to do everything for her children. She never let them down. She chaperoned school dances and donated a lot of time to the children?s functions. Dee Dee took love in seeking out different recipes and trying to prepare them. She enjoyed not only listening to music but also trying to sing every song even if she didn't know the words. She loved life; she loved people. With a dazzling smile, she didn?t find it difficult to converse with friends and strangers alike. If there was ever a time, she didn't agree with something, she would let you know. She always had to get the last word. Left behind to celebrate her life is her husband and friend, Keith, whom she married on January 17, 1997; two children: Telisha and Little Keith; her mother, Diane; her mother-in-law, Marion Stewart; and numerous other extended family and friends. The family will receive friends on Friday, July 28, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 22800 Washington Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, MD. Reverend John Dakes will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Funeral arrangements are being provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Passed On: 07/22/2006
Father Peter Alliata officiating.Prayers at 5PMSamuel Franklin Barber of Mechanicsville, MD died at his home on Saturday, July 22, 2006. He was 89 years old. Born March 19, 1917 in St. Mary's County, Maryland to the late Pauline Adams and Ninian Pinkey Barber. He graduated from Margaret Brent High School in 1934 and joined the United States Navy in 1943. As a Navy Sea Bee, he served in the Pacific in the Phillipines and Johnson Island, building landing strips. He was Honorably Discharged in 1945 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. Following his military service, he was a heavy equipment operator specializing in large cranes. He worked on such projects as Cape Canaveral, the New York World's Fair, the first hospital at the Patuxent Naval Air Station, Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and Chalk Point Power Plant. He spent a year as a civilian working on oil wells in Kuwait. In 1978 he retired to his farm in Thompson's Corner. He was a 65 year member of Local 37 of the International Union of Operating Engineers and was a member of Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church. He enjoyed country music and playing cards with his family. He was an avid reader of history with particular interest in the Civil War. He had a great love and compassion for all animals. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his two sisters Jane Barber Russello and Regina Dolly Barber Anderson; four brothers John Chapman Barber, Ninian Pinkney Barber, Joseph Adams Barber and Paul Magruder Barber. He is survived by his wife of 36 years Dorothea Burroughs "Dotsy" Barber; three daughters from a previous marriage to the late Ruth Ward Barber, Judith Barber Tanner and her husband William of Pennsylvania, Kathleen Barber Weaver and her husband Michael of West Virginia, Sharon Barber Smith of Fairfax, VA; three step-children Ann Brown Cheseldine of Mechanicsville, MD, Jeanne Brown Cave and her husband J. D. of Stanley, VA and J. Talley Brown Jr. and his wife Karla of Mechanicsville, MD. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. Family to receive friends on Monday, July 24, 2006 at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. 30195 Three Notch Rd. Charlotte Hall, MD from 3PM to 5PM with Prayers at 5PM. Mass of the Resurrection will be offered at 10AM on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 28297 Old Village Road Mechanicsville, MD with Father Peter Alliata officiating. Interment to follow at the All Faith Church Cemetery 38885 New Market-Turner Rd. Charlotte Hall, MD. Pallbearers are Jennings Anderson, Weylin Anderson, J.D. Cave, Kelley Cheseldine, Paul Barber and Michael Weaver. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's P. O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20659 or the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad P. O. Box 15 Mechanicsville, MD 20659. The family extends sincere appreciation for the compassion and support of these two outstanding organizations.
Passed On: 07/22/2006
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Passed On: 07/21/2006
Passed On: 07/21/2006
CPL. Matthew Phillip Wallace, US Army, 22, of Lexington Park, MD died on July 21, 2006 in Germany. Born on December 27, 1983 in Norfolk, VA, he was the son of Keith M. and Mary Bopp Wallace of Lexington Park, MD. In addition to his parents he is survived by three sisters, Jessica M. Wallace, Abigail E. Wallace, Micah E. Wallace and a maternal grandmother Elizabeth M. Bopp of Portsmouth, VA. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 26, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Patuxent River Assembly of God, 45020 Patuxent Beach Road, California, MD 20619. A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Patuxent Presbyterian Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Road, California, MD 20619. Reverend Lanny Clark will be officiating. Interment will be Wednesday, August 2, 2006 at 10:00 a.m. in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Memorial Contributions can be made to the Fisher House, U.S. Hospital Landstuhl, 66849 Landstuhl/Kirchberg, Germany. Condolences can be made to the family at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com Funeral arrangements are being provided by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Passed On: 07/20/2006
Carol Lee Ganskow, 63, Nanjemoy Carol Lee Ganskow, 63, of Nanjemoy died July 20, 2006 at Civista Medical Center, La Plata, MD. Mrs. Ganskow was an office manager for Sotterly Plantation. Before working for the Sotterly Plantation, she had previously worked for Maryland Unlimited Communications, Inc. in the late 1970?s to 1980?s in La Plata and then for the U.S. Treasury department until she had children. She was a volunteer for the Red Cross, a volunteer for Sotterly, a Junior Pilot, a member of the Pink Ladies, a volunteer for the Charles County Literacy Council, and a Notary Public. She also enjoyed ceramics, reading, traveling, and wine tasting, and helping anyone who needed help. She also had attended her 10 year, 20 year, and 40 year class reunions at Surratsville High School. Born February 17, 1943, in Washington D.C., she was the daughter of the late George Dixon and the late Jean Petty. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Daniel M. Coppage. She is survived by her husband, Gary Ganskow, daughter Lisa Ouellet and her husband, Mike. Son, Frank J. Polievka, Jr, sisters, Brenda L. Wedding, Barbara Davis, and Diane Gittings. Grandchildren Mathieu Ouellet, Luc Ouellet, Frank J. Polievka, III, and Kayla C. Polievka and Nephew Rich Bennett. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, July 24, 2006 at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata, where a service will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 10 a.m. at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata. Father Jaroslaw Gamrot will officiate. Burial will take place at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf. Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan Komen Foundation. 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX.75244 Arrangements are being handled by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A.
Passed On: 07/17/2006
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Passed On: 07/17/2006
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Passed On: 07/16/2006
Marie Catherine Wegler, 84, of Great Mills, MD died on July 16, 2006 at Solomons Nursing Center, Solomons, MD. Born on March 31, 1922 in Willow Grove, PA, she was the daughter of the late John R. and Marie Erhler Hutt. She is survived by three daughters, Carol Lambeck of Great Mills, MD, Mildred Cronrah of Laceyville, PA, Barbara Stauffer of Spencer, NC, one son, Albert Wegler of Pennsburg, PA, one sister, Marion Mellor of Landsdale, PA, nine grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband John Albert Wegler, and four brothers, John, Russell, Walter, and Harold Hutt. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Pastor Stephen Updegrave will officiate. Interment will be on Friday, July 21, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. in the Old Goschenhoppen Cemetery, Woxall, PA. Memorial contributions can be made to Solomon?s Nursing Center Activities Program, 13325 Dowell Road, Solomons, MD 20688.