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John James Bales, 50

Passed On: 05/09/2011

John James Bales, 50, of Port Tobacco, MD., passed away on Monday, May 9, 2011.

He was born to the late James Bales of Port Tobacco, MD, and Nora Favier, currently residing in La Plata, MD. John graduated from La Plata High School.

John was a founding partner of Casey Jones in La Plata, MD. Several years later, John left the family business to start his own successful construction and property management company. In 1999, John suffered the great loss of his eldest brother, Marc.

John enjoyed golf; scuba diving, travel, and watching his children do anything and everything.

His mother, Nora Favier; brother, Paul; his son, Corbin; his daughter, Sydney; his nieces Brynn and Julia, and his nephew, Austin, survive him.

His family, his extended family, and those who knew him best will truly miss all what was deep in his heart and soul and will work to ensure that his children know his love.

A gathering will be held on Monday, May 16, 2011 from 4 pm to 7 pm at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. in La Plata, MD. On Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 11 am, a memorial graveside service will be held at St. Ignatius Chapel Point where he will be laid to rest alongside his brother.

Jean Frances Ashley, 73

Passed On: 05/08/2011

Jean Frances Ashley, 73Mass of Christian BurialLife Celebration with Prayers at 7:00 p.m.Jean Frances Jones Ashley, 73, a native of Seven Gables and resident of Hollywood, MD passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 8, 2011 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Jean was born on August 19, 1937 in California, MD to the late John Hilary Jones and Mazie Elizabeth Pilkerton Jones.

Surviving her loving and devoted husband of 47 years, Floyd Francis Ashley, Sr., a native of Houma, LA and resident of Hollywood, MD, loving and devoted children; Cathy Purcell (Paul) of Drayden, MD, Evonda Ward (Doug) of Solomons, MD, Carrie Goddard (Tony) of Great Mills, MD, Jeanie Tennyson (Jimmy) of California, MD, sons; Randy Crocker (Karen) of Rockville, MD, Floyd "Gator" Ashley, Jr. (Amy) of Leonardtown, MD and daughter-in-law Evonne Crocker of Indian Head, MD, fifteen grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren, loving siblings; Ann Poe of Great Mills, MD and Kitty Lee of Mechanicsville, MD, brother and sister-in-law Allen and Anne Ashley of Houma, LA, sister-in-law Sandra Jones of Waldorf, MD and many nieces and nephews and many great friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her children; Richard E. Crocker, John Crocker and Michael Crocker and her siblings; Mary Lou O'Dell, James L. Jones and John W. Jones, and her father-in-law Floyd U. Ashley and mother-in-law Frances C.Ashley.

The family will receive friends for Jean's Life Celebration on Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD where prayers will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood, MD with the Rev. Raymond Schmidt as the celebrant. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD.

Serving as pallbearers will be Jean's grandsons Ricky Crocker, Tony Goddard, Jr., Douglas P. Ward, James Goddard, Jesse Ward and Chuck Thompson. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Billy Albert, Bobby Albert, Nick Tsirigotis, Dan Coleman, Joe VanKirk, Paul Joe Aldridge, Joe Adams, and Rob Albert.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church, 43950 St. John's Road, Hollywood, MD 20636.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

Betty Jane Rader, 80

Passed On: 05/08/2011

Betty Jane Rader, 80, of Newburg, MD passed away at her residence on May 8, 2011. She is preceded in death by her parents; Rufus Aliff, and Nettie Aliff. Husband; Andrew H. Rader. Betty is survived by her Son; Joseph A Rader, of Newburg, MD. Daughters; Geraldine A. Burrell (Fred, Jr.) of Colonial Beach, VA, and Betty Jane McNerney (Michael), of Clearbrook, VA. Brother; Donald Aliff, of Dover, DL. Grandchildren; David Burrell, Carrie Hibbard, Stacey Diehl, Freddie Burrell, III, Jason Rader, & Joseph Rader. Great-grandchildren; Madison Henry, Cassidy Henry, Chase Burrell, Cole Henry, Rurik Diehl, & Hadleigh Diehl. Also, by many other nieces and nephews. Interment will take place on Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 1 pm at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD.

Doris Elphine Young, 88

Passed On: 05/08/2011

PrivateDoris Elphine Young, 88 of Colton's Point, MD died May 8, 2011 at Taylor Farms Assisted Living, Bushwood, MD.

Born July 30, 1922 in Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Asa Pinkard and Annie (Neale) Pinkard.

Doris is survived by her children; Connie Kahl and Glenn Young, grandchildren; Wendy, Shelby, Dawn, Russell and Pamela, and five great grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell, son, Kenneth and grandson Richard.

Services will be private.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Dr. Aurelio Castro De La Paz, 81

Passed On: 05/07/2011

Dr. Aurelio Castro De La Paz, 81Dr. Aurelio C. De La Paz, 81, of La Plata, MD passed away at Georgetown Hospital, in Georgetown, MD on May 7, 2011. He is preceded in death by his parents; Jose De La Paz, and Maxima C. De La Paz. Brothers; Victoriano De La Paz and Benjamin De La Paz; sisters Honorato Ayro, EleuTeria P. Bacani, Esperanza P. Gonzales, and Felicia P. Mandap. He is survived by his wife Lilia De La Paz, son William De La Paz and his wife Debra and son Ferdinand De La Paz and his wife Vanessa, Grandchildren; Christopher, Alex, Kimberly, Kaitlyn, and Stephanie. Also, great-grandchild; Devin. Viewing will take place on Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in La Plata, MD. Prayers will be held at 7 pm. Funeral mass will be at the church on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 10 am. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Stroke Association. P.O. Box 5216 Glen Allen, VA 23058

Rebecca Rose Lindberg, 45

Passed On: 05/07/2011

Rebecca Rose Lindberg, 45Mass of Christian BurialLife Celebration with Prayers at 7:00 p.m.Rebecca Rose Lindberg, 45, of Wildewood, known as Becky to her family, was born October 5th, 1965, in Muskegon, Michigan. She passed away peacefully and lovingly, after a long and truly courageous battle with brain cancer, into the arms of her Lord on Saturday, May 7th, 2011.

She started a cleaning business that evolved into Ace Cleaning and finished her career as an administrator at the Wildewood Retirement Village. She completed her Associates Degree in the Arts and Sciences in 2008, graduating with honors.

Rebecca loved life, her family and her many friends. She was creative, energetic, joyful, compassionate, funny and a hard worker; a confidant to many people, an avid reader, generous and most of all, completely giving of herself. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and looked forward to the River Front concerts.

Rebecca is survived by her husband, Rick Lindberg, her children, Anita and Erin Emery, RuthAnn Clark, Meagan Rankin, Nicole Lindberg, Andrew Lindberg, her granddaughter, Annabell Emery as well as her mother, Anita Zimmerman and step-father, Thomas Zimmerman, of Nisula, Michigan, her sisters, Debra O'Toole of Colorado, Marilyn Swann of Alaska, Barbara Flahive of Michigan, Karen Walden of Colorado and Janet Petersen of Alaska. She leaves 17 nieces and nephews as well as aunts, uncles and countless friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Johnson and her brother, Steven Johnson.

Family will receive friends for Rebecca's Life Celebration on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 16555 Three Notch Road, Ridge, MD 20680. Interment will be private.

Friends may sign her guestbook http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/rebeccalindberg/guestbook. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Hospice of St. Mary's located at www.hospiceofstmarys.org, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, (301) 994-3023 or Johns Hopkins Hospital, c/o Hackerman House, 600 North Wolf Street, Baltimore, MD 21287-0005, (410) 955-5080.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Jessica Nicole Barry, 24

Passed On: 05/07/2011

Jessica Nicole Barry, 24Memorial ServiceLife Celebration Memorial GatheringJessica Nicole Barry
In loving memory of Jessica Nicole Barry of Mechanicsville, Maryland, died on May 7, 2011, in Callaway, Maryland. She was 24 years old.
Born on July 8, 1986 in La Plata, Maryland; she was the daughter of Hank Robert and Yvonne Louise Barry.
Besides her parents, she is survived by her husband, Randy Aloysius Norris, whom she wed on April 16, 2011; her maternal grandparents, Larry & Joyce Call; her sister Wendy Marie (Barry) Frazier, and brother Zachary Robert Barry; brother in-law Timothy Steven Frazier; nephews Seth Ryan Bosse and Samuel Cole Frazier; aunts and spouses Jodice Ann (Edward) Rannin, Ramona Lynne (Walter) Hanson, Lisa Renee (Jeffery) Montbriand; uncle and spouse, Daniel Ray (Debbie) Call; cousins, Amanda Joyce (Blevins) Banks, Sarah Elizabeth Blevins, Nicole Erickson, Jamie Hardy, Daniel Ray Call II, Rachel Lynne Radtke, Eileen Joy Radtke, Travis Ryan Anders, Karen Melissa Evans, Austin Montbriand, Brodie Hanson, Matthew Hanson, Levi Hanson and Aubree Hanson.
Jessica was a lifelong resident of Southern Maryland, graduating from Chopticon High School in 2004. She went on to receive her Medical Assistant Certificate and Phlebotomy License from Sanford Brown Institute in Landover, Maryland. Prior to Jessica becoming ill she was employed with FGD Corporation, (Country Carpet), Bryans Road, Maryland. She enjoyed reading, movies, music, karaoke and most of all spending time with her family and friends. Everyone who came into contact with her will remember her for her smile, as it could light up any room.
A life celebration will be held at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. of Charlotte Hall, MD., on Saturday May 14, 2011, with the Reverend Tom Cogle of Calvary Grace Assembly of God presiding. Local arrangements made by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. of Charlotte Hall, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to Hospice of St. Mary's County in Callaway, Maryland.

Elizabeth Williams Fick, 78, Lusby, Maryland

78, Lusby, Maryland

Born: 10/26/1932, Passed On: 05/06/2011

Elizabeth Williams Fick, 78, Lusby, MarylandElizabeth Williams Fick, 78, Lusby

Elizabeth Williams was born on October 26, 1932 in Miller County in the southwest corner of Georgia. Her parents Jonie Ivey and Ruth Melton Williams were sharecroppers until Jonie got a job building Liberty ships during World War II and earned enough money to buy a farm. Life on the farm with her three brothers, Curtis, Eugene and Tyrone was demanding, but she always remembered it fondly. Though a good student praised for her math skills, she left high school before graduating when she married Marlin Phillips, and in 1950 she gave birth to a daughter, Theresa.

Her first marriage ended after a few years and, with a daughter to support, she began searching for work. Never afraid to try new things she volunteered to work in a doctor's office and soon became a licensed practical nurse. In 1959 she married Air Force Lt. Charles August Fick from Chicago who was training in Georgia and together they had a daughter, Sandra, and three sons Charles, Bryan and Cary.

During this marriage she would live in Georgia, Texas, Florida, California, Illinois, Iowa, New Jersey, West Germany, and finally in southern Maryland. In her mid-forties she earned a GED and several years later received a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland. She held many jobs throughout her life and was proud to have been a Federal Civil Servant, first in Germany, then at the U. S. Naval Academy, Patuxent River NAS, and lastly at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

After retirement she served as a substitute and home school teacher in St. Mary's and Calvert Co., and she fulfilled two lifelong dreams: one to go to New York and see a Broadway musical, the other to see the autumn leaves in New England. Though she had lived and traveled throughout the United States and Europe, she remained at heart a country girl from Georgia.

Elizabeth passed away May 6, 2011. She is survived by her husband, her five children, her two grandchildren, Heather and Jason and three great-grandchildren and by her brother, Tyrone. She was a kind and loving soul and will be dearly missed.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, May 13 at the Rausch Funeral Home in Lusby.

Michael Bernard Simpson, 60

Passed On: 05/05/2011

Michael Bernard Simpson, 60Life CelebrationMichael Bernard Simpson, 60, of Mechanicsville, MD died May 5, 2011 at his residence.
Born April 12, 1951 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of William Anthony Simpson and Oral Lee Hill Simpson. Michael was a retired Systems Controller for Steamfitters Local 602. He was an avid musician who loved to play his bass guitar. He was happiest riding his Triumph motorcycle through Southern Maryland and traveling with his wife, Deborah, on cross-country vacations to spend time with his children and grandchildren.

Michael was predeceased by his sister, Christine A. Taylor. He is survived by his wife, Deborah Cross Simpson; parents, William and Oral Lee Simpson of Myrtle Beach, SC; children, Jeffrey M. Simpson (Gina) of Boulder, CO, Jennifer M. Spalding (Ryan) of Louisville, CO, Lindsey G. Glover (Ben) of Keller, TX and Chris L. Romero of Clemson, SC; grandchildren, Taylor Spalding and Ryleigh Glover; sisters, Catherine E. Taylor-Sonnefeld (Jim) and Janine M. Simpson-Baker (Ben) and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends for Michael's Life Celebration on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD where a service will be held at 4:00p.m. Interment will be private.

Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Marcey House, P.O. Box 622, Leonardtown, MD or to the Moose Charities - payable to MDDEDC Home, 155 South International Drive, Moose Heart, Illinois, 65399-1100.

Betty Jean Lowery, 62

Passed On: 05/04/2011

Betty Jean Lowery, 62Memorial ServiceVisitationBetty Jean Lowery, 62 of Great Mills, MD passed away on May 4, 2011 at Chesapeake Shores Nursing Facility.

Born March 10, 1949 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late William J. and Mary J. Lowery. Betty is survived by her brother William of Ohio, and a host of very special friends.

Betty resided at the Deer Run group home under the auspices of The Arc of Southern Maryland. Betty was a resident of The Arc for 16 years. Due to illness, Betty was at the Chesapeake Shores Nursing Facility under the care of Hospice since October 2010.

She attended The Center for Life Enrichment for 16 years. Betty was known as Betty Boo by one of her roommates. She loved to listen to music, watch T.V., watch her fish swim around in the fish tank, sight seeing, and going to the local parks.

Friends will be received on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Betty's Life Celebration Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. with Deacon Ripple officiating. Interment will follow in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown MD.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Frances Cecelia Spence, 95

Passed On: 05/03/2011

Frances Cecelia Spence, 95A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10:00 AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD, with Fr. Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 6, 2011 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers will be recited at 7:00 PM. Frances Cecelia Spence, 95 of Bushwood, MD, died Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born September 9, 1915 in Ellicott City, MD, she was the daughter of the late Harry W. and Margaret M. Chambers Lord. She was the wife of the late George W. Spence, Jr. whom she married on June 6, 1936 in Westminster, MD, Mr. Spence preceded her in death on June 3, 1995. Mrs. Spence is survived by her children; Margaret "Peggy" Guy (Jackie) of Mechanicsville, MD, James W. Spence (Joyce) of Bushwood, MD, Robert "Harry" Spence (Maxine) of Mechanicsville, MD, and Alan T. Spence (Jackie) of St. Mary's City, MD, survived by 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 8 great-great-grandchildren, Mrs. Spence was also the foster parent of numerous children. In addition to her husband Mrs. Spence was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Elaine Guy and 11 brothers and sisters. Frances was a homemaker. She had worked for many years at Dynard Elementary School in food service. Even though she was 95, she lived independently until recent weeks. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 6, 2011 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers will be recited at 7:00PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 10:00AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD with Father Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Guy, Jr., Craig Spence, Jay Spence, Mark Spence, Bobby Guy, and Jon Spence. Honorary Pallbearers will be Judy Copsey, Valerie Smiley, Diane Lacey, J.R. Guy, Jerry Spence, Kim Nelson, Kristie Norris, and Andrea Spence. Contributions may be made in memory of Frances Cecelia Spence to the 7th District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609 and/or the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Roof Fund, 23070 Maddox Rd., Bushwood, MD 20618. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Charlotte Louise Cook, 89

Passed On: 05/03/2011

Charlotte Louise  Cook, 89A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 10:00AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD with Fr. Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 5:00PM until 8:00PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel with prayers being recited at 7:00PM.Charlotte L. Cook, 89, of Bushwood, MD died May 3, 2011 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Leonardtown, MD. Born September 23, 1921 to the late William Burch and Mary A. Quade Burch of Laurel Grove in Mechanicsville, MD. She was the loving wife of the late Robert Cook, whom she married in 1938. Mrs. Cook is survived by her daughters; Betty Stewart of Delaware, Ann Hall (John) of Chaptico, MD, Charlotte Toney of Clements, MD, Susan Shotwell (Glenn) of Bushwood, MD, 12 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Cook was preceded in death by her daughter Mary Wood of Clements, MD; along with siblings; Dorothy Friess, Leona Bassford, Mary Bassford, Philip Burch, Howard Burch, and James Burch. Mrs. Cook was a homemaker. She enjoyed picking hard crabs, shucking clams and for many years she shucked clams for a living for Captain Sam Bailey. She loved spending time with her family and was an excellent cook and baker. She was known for her crabcakes and biscuits. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home where prayers will be recited at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 10:00 AM in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bushwood, MD with Fr. Francis Early officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be; Bob Stewart, John Hall, Jr., Kenny Wood, Robert D. Toney, Franklin Shotwell and James Goldring, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be her great grandsons; Bobby Stewart, Kyle Wood, Paul Toney, III., Jessie Toney, Tyler Major, and Dusty Lyon. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Jack Milford Ollom, 74

Passed On: 05/03/2011

Jack Milford Ollom, 74All services will be private.Jack Milford "Poppy Jack" Ollom, 74, of California, MD and formerly of Mullins, SC died May 3, 2011 in Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. Born May 5, 1936 in Belpre, OH he was the son of the late Harry and Blanche Shawver Ollom. He was the loving husband of 40 years to the late Ginny Ollom, who he married in Wayfarers Chapel in California and whom preceded him in death on May 19, 2005. Jack was also preceded in death by his brother Dick Ollom. Jack is survived by his brother David Ollom, children; Jeff Ollom of Leonardtown, MD and Jackie Ollom of California, MD, as well as his six grandchildren; Felicia, Jeffery, Joshua, Lizzy, Rebecca, and Daniel. He attended high school in Belpre, OH and graduated in 1954 before joining the United States Navy in 1959. While in the Navy Jack served as an Aircrewman on numerous Aircraft, including the P2V, and was assigned to various Squadrons. He was stationed in China Lake, CA, Adak, AK, Okinawa, Japan, and finally PAX River, MD. Jack retired from the United States Navy as an Aircraft Ground Support Equipment Senior Chief Petty Officer (ASCS) in 1983 after serving faithfully and honorably for 20 years. Jack was a resident of St. Mary's County from 1979 to 1993 and from 2009 to 2011. Though he moved away from the area he remained a loyal Redskins fan, to the chagrin of his eldest granddaughter. He also enjoyed following NASCAR and his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes. Jack was loved by all; he had no enemy to speak of. He frequented the Fleet here in St. Mary's and Margaret's Restaurant in Mullins, always willing and able to make new friends. All Services for Mr. Ollom are private. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or American Red Cross.

Naomi L. Jenkins, 79

Passed On: 05/02/2011



Naomi "Memaw" Jenkins 79 of Benedict, Md. died on May 2, 2011 at her home with her family by her side. She was born on September 7, 1931 in Marshall Hall, Md. to the late Adam Shuemaker, May Pickeral and her stepfather George Pickeral. She is also predeceased by her husband Vincent Jenkins, Sr. and her sister Lillian Hayes.

She is survived by her children Ricky Jenkins, Jr. (Valerie), Elaine Copsey (Lonnie), Marie Rison (Mike Davis), Sandra Thorne (Steve), Karen Jenkins, and Renee "Bump" Jenkins (Kimberly), brothers George Pickeral, William Pickeral, sister's Beaulah Stalcup, Susan Buchanhan, Alice Willett, Mildred Pickeral, Florence Robey and Evelyn Pickeral. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren and special friends at the Renal Care Partners.

Memaw enjoyed reading, loved her adopted pets Mickey and Tiger, she loved people and was loved by everyone she met. She enjoyed working at Captain Leonards with her family and friends, crotchet and gardening and loved her family very much.

The family will receive friends on Friday May 6th , 2011 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm with prayers at 7pm at the Brinsfield - Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall, Md. Mass of Christian Burial will be said on Saturday May 7th 10am at the St. Frances DeSales Catholic Church Benedict, Md. Interment to follow at the St. Mary's Bryantown Church Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Charles County or the Benedict Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

Betty Mae Spence, 84

Passed On: 05/02/2011

Betty Mae Spence, 84, of Mechanicsville, MD, died May 2, 2011 at St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown, MD. Born November 24, 1926 in Codogan, PA, she was the daughter of Sheridan Uncapher and Blanche V. Buttermore. She worked for many years as a vending machine servicer for Ogden Food Service. She retired in 1988. Betty loved dancing, country music, good food, bowling, and was a member of Washington Council #22.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Eugene Spence; son, Robert E. Spence, Jr.; sister, Arabella R. Baker and 1 grandchild. She is survived by son, Michael C. Spence; daughters, Sandra S. Hooe, Pamela A. Moore and Roberta K. Barkley; 13 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 9 - 11 a.m. at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 211 St. Mary's Avenue, LaPlata, MD. A service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Arehart-Echols. Interment will follow at Maryland National Memorial Park, 13300 Baltimore Ave., Laurel, MD.

Dennis Lake Smith, 69, Solomons, MD

69, Solomons, MD

Born: 05/31/1941, Passed On: 05/01/2011

Dennis Lake Smith, 69, Solomons, MDDennis Lake Smith, of Solomons, MD passed away peacefully at his residence on May 1, 2011 surrounded by his family and friends. He was born on May 31, 1941 in Frederick, MD to the late Reno Kenneth Smith and Margaret Albaugh Smith. He was formerly married to Sandy Smith and Donna Stewart. Dennis graduated from Emery-Riddle Aeronautical University, getting a bachelor's college degree later in life while working full time. He was a valued employee of Wyle Labs in California, MD where he was a software applications engineer who traveled the world. Dennis was an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Air Force from 1962 - 1966 and received the following decorations, small arms expert marksmanship ribbon, Air Force good conduct medal and the Air Force outstanding unit award. He was a talented artist, skilled pilot and avid sport aviator, boater and saxophone player extraordinaire who most recently played with the band "Round Midnite" and at various venues around Solomons, MD. He loved art, music, flying, beaches and sunsets. He will be forever remembered for his kindness, generosity, sense of humor and passion for adventure. Dennis is a past member of the Boy Scouts of America having earned the rank of Eagle Scout, a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Prince Frederick, MD; American Legion Post #274, Lusby, MD; Solomons Yacht Club, Solomons, MD; EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association); Young Eagles; QB's member and band member of "Round Midnite". Dennis Lake Smith is survived by his children, Darren Smith of Lexington Park, MD; Shelley Sears of California, MD; Belynda Mogge of Lexington Park, MD; Richard Miller of Great Mills, MD and Crystal Lester of California, MD; grandchildren, Shane Weasenforth; Rob, Trae and Grant Miller; Joe Varela, Cody Keister and Emma Lester; a great granddaughter; siblings, Joanne Gardner of Huntingtown, MD; Michael Smith of Myersville, MD; Ronald Smith of Prince Frederick, MD; Susan McDonnell of San Antonio, TX; Melinda Kay of Baltimore, MD; Patricia Gay of St. Leonard, MD and Kathy Penny of St. Leonard, MD. Dennis was a devoted and loyal brother, father, grandfather and friend. Pallbearers will be Dr. Wayne Rozran, MD; Richard Miller; Tim Gatton; Keith Black; Joe Dodson and Traevon Miller. Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Dawson; Joseph Varela, Kirk Swain; Carl Reichelt and Grant Miller.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 from 2 ~4 and 6~8 PM at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 11 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Church Street, Prince Frederick, MD. with the Reverend Charles Harrell officiating. Interment will follow in Wesley Cemetery, Prince Frederick, MD. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Calvert Hospice, donations are encouraged on-line at www.calverthospice.org, P. O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or to The Fender Music Foundation, 28118 Agoura Road, Suite 105, Agoura Hills, CA 91301, www.fendermusicfoundation.org. Arrangements by the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., Lusby, MD www.rauschfuneralhomes.com

William Monroe Mitchell, 96

Passed On: 05/01/2011

William Monroe Mitchell, 96A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the Faith Bible Church, Mechanicsville, MD with Pastor Robb McNutt officiating and co-officiating will be Pastor Rod Spade. Interment will be on May 11, 2011 at 10:00 AM in Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery, Rock Island, IL.The family will receive friends on Monday, May 9, 2011 from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Faith Bible Church, Mechanicsville, MD. William Monroe "Bill" Mitchell, 96, of Leonardtown, MD, formerly of Milwaukee, WI, and Tucson, AZ, died in Leonardtown, MD on May 1, 2011. He was born on August 17, 1914 in Chicago Heights, IL. Mr. Mitchell was the son of the late John King and Nell Minerva Ann Kirk Mitchell. He was the loving husband of the late Veronica Alta Beattie Mitchell whom he married on November 3, 1940 in Rock Island, IL. She preceded him in death on July 30, 1997. Mr. Mitchell was survived by his daughter Alta Gwyn Mitchell and her husband Dallas Eugene Sharp of Lusby, MD. He is also survived by 4 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren and 6 step-great-great grandchildren. Mr. Mitchell attended Calumet High School in Chicago, IL and graduated in 1932. He was a resident of Milwaukee, WI for most of his adult life and spent the winters in Tucson, AZ. After having established residency in Arizona he and his wife eventually moved to St. Mary's County from AZ in 1987. He retired in 1977 as Vice-President of Sales & New Products from Ambrosia Chocolate Company, Milwaukee, which is now a division of ADM (Arthur, Daniels, Midlands) in Menomonee Falls, WI. Mr. Mitchell was a member of the Gideon's International in Nashville, TN, Faith Bible Church, Mechanicsville, MD, Founder of the Wildewood Bible Hour, in Wildewood Village, California, MD, and a member of the Brown Deer Masonic Lodge, Brown Deer, WI. The family will receive friends on Monday, May 9, 2011 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM in the Faith Bible Church, Mechanicsville, MD where a funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM with Pastor Rob McNutt officiating and co-officiating will be Pastor Rod Spade. Interment will be in the Rock Island Memorial Park Cemetery, in Rock Island, IL. Pallbearers will be; Harry Stone, John Sobola, Howard Burch, Dave Dotson, Dallas Sharp, and Merle Rusaw. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of William Monroe Mitchell to the Cedar Lane Apartment Support Services, 22680 Cedar Lane Court, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.

Frank Schiripa, 95

Passed On: 05/01/2011



Frank Schiripa 95 of Charlotte Hall, Md. Died on May 1, 2011 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was born on October 30th 1915 in New York to the late Cosimo and Teresa Schiripa. Also predeceased by his wife Mabel Schiripa.

He is survived by his daughters Theresa Hempel of Arizona and Kathy Hall of Maryland. Brother Anthony Schiripa of New York, sisters Rose Mascola of New York and Adelle Carra of New York. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

He was a Steel worker and a Locomotive Engineer and also served in the United State Navy during World War II.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday May 4th from 2 to 4pm with a funeral service at 3:30pm. Interment will be held at a later date in Howe Cemetery Long Branch, P.A.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home.

Thomas Donald Clark, 79

Passed On: 05/01/2011

Thomas Donald Clark, 79Mass of Christian BurialLife CelebrationThomas Donald "Donny" Clark, Sr., 79, of Charlotte Hall, MD, formerly of Lanham, MD, died May 1, 2011 at Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, MD.

Born July 28, 1931 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Edward Francis Clark and Mary Agnes Wright Clark. He was a Purchasing Agent for the AFL-CIO headquarters. He retired in April, 1993. As a very active member of St. Mary's Church in Landover Hills, he ran the parish Bingo, refereed and coached the Boys Club and CYO, was a past Grand Knight of Potomac Council 733 and St. Mary's Council 10046. He loved the "Sound of Music".

Donny was predeceased by his parents; siblings, Edward M. Clark, James L. Clark, Bernard F. Clark and Robert F. Clark and Cecelia L. Clark. He is survived by his wife, Kay Bussink Clark; children, Edward F. Clark (Teresa), Bernadette M. Clerkin (Patrick), Thomas D. Clark, Jr. (Lynn), Kevin M. Clark (Cheryl) and Brian M. Clark; 12 grandchildren, Cassie, Maggie, Alyce, Derek, Michael, Nick, Matthew, Andrew, Nicole, Tommy, Eddie and Jessica; and 1 great grandchild, Keith.

The family will receive friends for Donny's Life Celebration on Thursday, May 5, 2011 from 3 - 5 and 6 - 9p.m. at the Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD. Prayers will be held at 7:30p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 6, 2011 at St. Mary's Church, 7401 Buchanan St., Landover Hills, MD at 9:00 a.m. The Rev. Samuel Giese will officiate assisted by Rev. Isador Dixon. Interment will take place at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 11 a.m.

Donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 10946 Beaver Dam Rd., Hunt Valley, MD 21030.

Diane Lynn Battaglia, 64

Passed On: 04/30/2011

Diane Lynn Battaglia, 64A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD with Rev. Joe Orlando officiating. Interment will follow in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers will be recited at 7:00 PM.Diane Lynn Battaglia, 64 of Hollywood, MD passed away on April 30, 2011 at the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Philadelphia, PA. Born December 18, 1946 in Altadena, CA, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Helen E. Shingledecker Anderson. Diane is Survived by her husband, William Battaglia of Hollywood, MD, whom she married on February 2, 1965 in St. Leonard's Church, Fremont, CA., daughters; Maria Perrygo and husband Nate of Hollywood, MD, and Nicole Wolf and husband Chris of California, MD, grandchildren; Vinnie Battaglia and wife Amanda, Lukas Battaglia, and Ayden Perrygo, and soon to be great-granddaughter; Veronica Battaglia, mother-in-law, Jennie Battaglia, sister's-in-law; Maureen Battaglia, and Aylnn Brutsman, nine nieces and nephews, and 13 great nieces and nephews, also survived by the children of her heart as Diane was called "Mom", and "Grammie" by many. Diane was an Electronic Designer and Manufacturer for 15 years. She managed Interconnect Supply in Santa Clara, CA, was the founder of The Santa Clara Cleft Palate Group, she worked with "The Flying Doctors" of Stanford Hospital, was also on the Board of Directors of the ISIS House in Union City, CA.Diane moved to St. Mary's County in 1997, where she opened the Do-Dah-Deli in Historic downtown Leonardtown, MD. She loved playing computer games, gardening, the ocean, the San Francisco fog, and being involved in the wonderful community of St. Mary's County. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home with prayers recited at 7 p.m. A funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 10 a.m. in the Funeral Home Chapel with Joe Orlando officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD.Pallbearers will be; Vinnie Battaglia, Lukas Battaglia, Aaron Carnahan, William Barnes, Garrett Groeger, and Joey Stalcup.Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 and /or Cancer Treatment Center of America, 1331 East Wyoming Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD




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