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Barbara S. Stoltzfus, 97

Passed On: 03/03/2010

A funeral service will be held at the residence of Barbara Stoltzfus off of Millwood Lane in Mechanicsville, MD on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 12:00 Noon. Interment will follow in the Hertzler Cemetery, Mechanicsville, MD at 2:30 PM.The family will receive friends at the home of Barbara Stoltzfus on Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.Barbara S. Stoltzfus, 97, of Mechanicsville, MD died on March 3, 2010 at her residence. Born July 5, 1912 in Bird in Hand, PA, she was the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Sallie Stoltzfus. She was the loving wife of the late Samuel R. Stoltzfus who preceded her in death in 1995. She is survived by her sons; Joseph S., husband of Edith Esh, Amos R., husband of Mary Stoltzfus and the late Rueben, husband of Ada Byler and her daughters; Sarah, wife of Andrew Hertzler, Annie, wife of Levi I. Swarey Sr. and Katie, wife of Ben S. Swarey as well as 66 grandchildren, over 500 great-grandchildren and over 40 great-great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM at her residence on Millwood Lane in Mechanicsville, MD. A Funeral Service will be held the next day, on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 12:00 PM, also at her residence. Interment will follow the funeral service at the Hertzler Cemetery, Mechanicsville, MD.

Thomas Howard Posey, 79

Passed On: 03/03/2010

Thomas Howard Posey, Sr., 79, of La Plata, MD passed away on March 3, 2010. Visitation will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. from 5 pm - 8 pm with prayers during that time at 6 pm. A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at St. Ignatius Chapel Point at 10 am. Interment will follow at the St. Ignatius Church Cemetery. The family request in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Civista Health Foundation. P.O. Box 1701 La Plata, MD 20646

Jeffrey S. Riggleman, 63

Passed On: 03/02/2010

Jeffrey S. Riggleman, 63Life CelebrationVisitationA deeply beloved family member and friend, Jeffrey (Jeff) Scott Riggleman (PawPaw), 63, passed away suddenly near his home in Leonardtown on Tuesday morning, March 2, 2010. He has resided in St. Mary's County for the past 31 years, where he established strong family roots and deep ties of friendship.

Jeff was born on September 24, 1946 in Denison, Iowa to Vincent Earl and Ruth (Annette) Riggleman. He grew up in Bedford, Iowa with his family who ran a local Drug Store of which Jeff told countless and fruitful stories of his endearing youth. He had many incredible memories that he shared from his childhood years spent with his grandparents, Earl and Margaret Riggleman, on their family farm. He also enjoyed time with his maternal grandparents, "Doc" Horrell Wareham and Ruthie Wareham.

Jeff graduated from Bedford Community High School in 1964. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during 1968-1972 and spent a significant amount of time in Thailand. After his Honorable Discharge from the Air Force and finishing basic and specialized technical training, he served as a Doppler radar and inertial navigation systems repairman. Jeff returned to Iowa and worked as an electrician before he attended Northwest Missouri State University and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree. After earning his degree, Jeff went onto work in various positions in St. Inigoes, MD as a Senior Specialist Field Engineer, a supervisor of the Electromagnetic Environmental Effects and Safety Section, and a Field Systems Engineer for the Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems project. Jeff became an expert in his field of technical writing and has worked with BAE Systems for the past 15 years.

Jeff loved to dabble in a little bit of everything. He had a knack for photography, an affinity for infinity and astronomy, and a way with laughable words. He was a proud supporter of the NRA, The American Legion, National Geographic, and he was the master of mapping and on-line ordering. Jeff loved the feeling of being back on the farm and getting on his tractor. He enjoyed working in, around, and on his home over the years and trying out new recipes in the kitchen. Jeff had an appreciation for fine things and wanted to be able to learn about all of them! He enjoyed woodworking, making clocks, having the family over for cook-outs, enjoying time with his grandsons, watching and organizing an extensive movie collection, and most of all, going for rides with the top down in his new convertible! Jeff loved to rock out to old tunes and go enjoy waterside meals with his son and fiancé. Jeff loved to surprise his family and friends with his good humor, sharp wit, and unexpected one-liners.

Jeff is survived by his sister, Leah Cutler of Southern CA; one son, Clyde (Brandon) Wehler and his fiancé Erin Facciolo of Great Mills, MD; three daughters, Kelly Unwin and Isha Riggleman of Daytona Bch., FL, and Amanda N. and her husband Clifford (Buzz) Grambo of Dameron, MD; four grandsons, Brandon M. Wehler of Great Mills, MD, Austin Jeffrey and Ashtin Aylor of Daytona Bch., FL, and Sean Stone of Daytona Bch., FL; one granddaughter, Shianne Unwin of Daytona Bch., FL and two former wives, Karen Riggleman of Daytona Bch.,FL and Tina Singer of Mechanicsville, MD; and last but definitely not least, his constant companion of 14 years, his dog Sadie.

Family will receive friends for Jeff's Life Celebration at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Rd., Leonardtown, MD from 1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, 2010. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. for Jeff's family and friends to gather in memory, good company, and fond memories.

Jeff's last order, "I'll have a Jack and water, neat"

A memorial contribution in his name may be made to any of the following;

The National Geographic Society, Development Office, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 http://www.nationalgeographic.com/donate/;

The American Legion, http://www.legion.org/donate

The American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20004 http://www.lungusa.org/donate/ways-to-give/;

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

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

James "Jamie" Garner Cheverton, 22, Lusby, Maryland

22, Lusby, Maryland

Born: 05/19/1987, Passed On: 03/01/2010

James "Jamie" Garner Cheverton, 22, Lusby, MarylandJames "Jamie" Garner Cheverton, 22 of Lusby, MD passed away suddenly on March 1, 2010 in Prince Frederick, MD. He was born May 19, 1987 in Washington, DC to George and Nancy Cheverton. Jamie loved music and recorded some of his own original music that he created. Jamie cherished spending time with his son "Little Man" and was a lifelong Dallas Cowboy fan. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Benjamin and Ruth Hedrick. Jamie is survived by his son, Jacob Garner Cheverton, parents, George and Nancy Cheverton of Lusby, MD; sisters Tracy Lynn Cheverton of Dover, PA and Melissa Danielle Grieb and her husband Ryan of Laurel, MD; aunt Barbara MacNeil of Lexington Park, MD; cousins Crystal, Jason and Aaron Dumond of Prince Frederick, MD and his best friend Brian Phillips of Lusby, MD.

The family received friends on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic, MD at 6:00 PM until the time of the funeral services at 7:30 PM with Rev. Walter "Rusty" Bonham officiating. Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Jamie's memory to Crossroads Christian Church, 150 Ball Road, P. O. Box 67, St. Leonard, MD 20685. Please feel free to visit the Rausch Funeral Home website at: www.rauschfuneralhomes.com

Benjamin Franklin "Legs" Lumpkins, 89

Passed On: 03/01/2010

Benjamin Franklin "Legs" Lumpkins, 89Graveside Services will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, March 5th, 2010 at St. George's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Valley Lee, MD with Pastor Dan Moore officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 4th, 2010 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where services will be held at 7:00 PM. Benjamin Franklin "Legs" Lumpkins, 89 of Tall Timbers, MD and formerly of Piney Point, MD died on March 1, 2010 at Charlotte Hall Veteran's Home. Born January 5, 1921 in Piney Point, MD, he was the son of the late Charles Edgar and Lucy Marie Goddard Lumpkins, Sr. He is survived by his children Carolyn Roehm of West Palm Beach, FL, Charles Ronnie Lumpkins of Piney Point, MD, Franklin Bruce Lumpkins of Callaway, MD and Melody Kay Clinton of West Palm Beach, FL as well as his sister Marie Hilburn of Lexington Park, MD, seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by his wife and his brother Nick Lumpkins. A lifelong resident of St. Mary's County, Legs graduated from Great Mills High School. He was a waterman for 60 years, 20 years of which he spent working for Stewart's Petroleum, retiring in 1970. He served in the U.S. Army for one year during World War II and enjoyed telling fish tales and watching baseball. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where services will be held at 7:00 PM. A Graveside service will be held on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 10:00 AM in St. George's Episcopal Church Cemetery, Valley Lee, MD with Pastor Dan Moore officiating. Interment will follow at St. George Episcopal Cemetery, Valley Lee, MD. Pallbearers will be James Quade, Keith Lumpkins, Kyle Lumpkins, J.L. Higgs, Eddie Cullison and Francis Cullison.

Stephanie Louise Abell, 64

Passed On: 03/01/2010

Stephanie Louise Abell, 64A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 11:00 AM in St. John's Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers will be said at 7:00 PM by Deacon Lou Koeniger.Stephanie Louise "Steff" Abell, 64, of Hollywood, MD died March 1, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital, surrounded by her family and friends. Born August 22, 1945 in Leonardtown, MD she was the daughter of the late James Allen and Phiney Alvey Cusic. She was the loving wife to Floyd Abell whom she married on March 21, 1964 at St. John's Church in Hollywood, MD. She was the sister of Jo Allen Mattingly of Hollywood, MD, the late James Anthony Cusic of Hollywood, MD, Larry (Marica) Cusic of Omaha, NE, Jane Hier (Mickey) of Pittsford, VT and Kevin (Charlene) Cusic of Hollywood, MD. Stephanie graduated from Leonardtown High School in 1963 and attended college to become a dental assistant. She became the assistant of the late Dr. Rolla Burk and was later employed by Dr. Blair Wood. She retired after many years of service in September of 2009 due to acute illness. Stephanie and Floyd did not have children of their own, but after Floyd's sister Betty Lou Wathen passed away they helped raise Edie, Cheri, Lisa, Susie and Janie and thought of them as their own children. Family always came first with Stephanie and she had such great love for her nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. She enjoyed Ocean City, gambling, reading and relaxing on the porch at the family home on Patuxent River. The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 4, 2010 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD, where prayers will be said at 7:00PM with Deacon Lou Koeniger officiating. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 5, 2010, in St. John's Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD at 11:00 AM with Fr. Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Christopher Cusic, Timmy Mattingly, Harold Anderson, Jr., Philip Cusic, Steve Cook, Patrick Woodburn and Michael Miedzinski. Contributions may be sent to the St. John's Francis Regis Catholic Church and School, 43950 St. John's Road, Hollywood, MD 20636.

Massey Gough Connelly, 71

Passed On: 02/28/2010

Massey Gough Connelly, 71Mass of Christian BurialLife Celebration with Prayers at 6:30 p.m.Massey, 71, of Leonardtown, Maryland, died quietly and peacefully on Sunday, February 28, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown, Maryland.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph Marion Gough, Sr. and the late Sophia Violet Mattingly Gough. Preceding her in death were, her brother, Joseph Marion Gough, Jr.; her sister, Mary Catherine Gough Thompson; and her husband, Charles F. (Sonny) Connelly, Jr. (11-04-2003).

Surviving Massey are her sister, Jane Mattingly Gough; and her cousin/brother of heart, Bernard F. Beavan, Sr.; and her very dear friend, Thomas 'Mac' McGuyre. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and other family members.

She attended St. Mary's Academy and on August 8, 1956 she and Sonny were married, making their home in Leonardtown. Following marriage, she worked at Bowles Florist; then C & P Telephone Company/Bell Atlantic, as a telephone operator, advancing to a Business Office service and business representative position. After her retirement, she was employed as an Administrative Assistant at the Mulford, Bowes, Windham & Ashton Medical Practice. From 1992-2006, Massey worked at Printing Press, Inc. as a service sales representative - a job she loved.

Family and friends were her passion, and at the same time she was a volunteer with Hospice and did charitable work in the community - reaching out to help and give encouragement to so many people who needed a helping hand with hardships, illnesses, etc. She also volunteered and supported charities, benefits and causes. She had the admiration and appreciation for all of the kindnesses and assistance she unselfishly gave to those in need.

Massey loved a good time, parties, entertaining and travel. Known for her style, she also had a flair for decorating, and was a great cook. She will be remembered for her positive attitude and her enthusiasm for anything and anyone and most of all, her dedication to the Catholic Church and her faith.

Family will receive friends for Massey's Life Celebration, Thursday, March 4, 2010 at Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, Leonardtown, MD. Interment will follow in Our Lady's Catholic Cemetery, Medley's Neck.

Serving as Pallbearers: Nathan Thompson, Joshua Thompson, Bernard Beavan, Jr., Joseph Beavan, David Mattingly and Michael Joy.

Memorial contributions may be made to:
Hospice of St. Mary's County, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-1942
Our Lady's Catholic Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 111, Leonardtown, MD 20650

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

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

Wilmot Gerard McDonald, 85

Passed On: 02/28/2010

Wilmot Gerard McDonald, 85Wilmot (Buddy) Gerard McDonald, Jr., 85, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, February 28, 2010 after a long illness. He had resided at the Charlotte Hall Veteran's Home in Charlotte Hall, Maryland for the past three years.

Mr. McDonald was born August 10, 1924, at home, in Richmond, Virginia to Wilmot and Bernice McDonald. He attended school in Richmond and later served his country in the U. S. Army during World War II. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he met and married Kathleen Virginia Hall also of Richmond in 1946. They moved to Washington, D.C. in 1950,
where he attended classes to become a photographer. He became a salesman instead, for several well known photograph studios, setting up appointments for photos to be taken in the home.

Mr. McDonald was an avid football fan, always supporting his favorite team, the Washington Redskins. He was also a big fan of many types of music. Most of his friends never knew that after his discharge from the military, he had contemplated a career in show business.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Kathleen V. McDonald; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara A. and Donald L. Wright of Rhoadesville, VA; a stepsister, Alease Burton of Rowlett, TX; two granddaughters, Donna J. and her husband, Craig Belcher of Mechanicsville, MD, and Tracie L. and her husband, Billy Garner of Rhoadesville, VA; one great granddaughter, Desiree M. Wright of Rhoadesville; two nieces, Janet Phiffer and Sonia Brown and two nephews, Butch Armstrong, Jr. and Tom Ford. He was preceded in death by his mother, Bernice McDonald; father and stepmother, Wilmot G. and Virgie McDonald; and two sisters, Norma Ford and Marjorie Blossom.

Visitation will be held at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall MD from 11:00am - 12:00 pm on Thursday, March 4, 2010. A memorial service will follow, beginning at 12:00. Interment will be held at Mount Comfort Cemetery in Alexandria, VA at 2:00 pm.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution in his name may be made to the
Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10001 or on line at http://www.alz.org/join_the_cause_donate.asp.

Wesley Franklin Harding, Jr., 82

Passed On: 02/28/2010

A graveside service will he held on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 10:00 AM at the Maryland Veteran's Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland.

Zoe Elaine Cowling Johnson, 77, Lusby, Maryland

77, Lusby, Maryland

Born: 09/06/1932, Passed On: 02/27/2010

Zoe Elaine Cowling Johnson, 77, Lusby, MarylandZoe Elaine Cowling Johnson, 77, of Lusby, MD formerly of Silver Spring, MD passed away peacefully at her residence on February 27, 2010. She was born on September 6, 1932 in Kingsville, TX to the late Verna Woodall Cowling and James Kelley Cowling. She married Leo Delbert Johnson on October 12, 1972 in Kensington, MD and he preceded her in death on October 13, 1992. Zoe graduated from Roosevelt High School in Silver Spring, MD in 1949 and went on to attend George Washington University in Washington, DC graduating in 1951. She moved in 1976 from Montgomery County to St. Mary's County and settled in Calvert County. She was an Accountant for East-West Lincoln / Mercury for over 15 years retiring in 1977. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Faith Cowling Reid. Zoe is survived by her children, Leslie Frost of Howden, Tasmania, Australia, Susan Bologna of Westminster, MD, Robert Houghton, Jr. of Las Flores, CA, James Houghton of Sarasota, FL, and David Houghton of Lusby, MD and 10 grandchildren. Memorial Contributions can be made in Zoe's memory to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678 or www.calverthospice.org.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 7 PM in the Rausch Funeral Home Chapel, 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD.

Thomas Stuart Risbon, 54

Passed On: 02/27/2010

Thomas Stuart Risbon, 54A funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD. Interment will be private.The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD.Thomas "T- Bone" Stuart Risbon, JR., age 54 of Leonardtown, MD passed away February 27, 2010 after a long illness. He was born April 14th 1955 in Coatesville, PA to the late Thomas Stuart and Mary Grace Robinson Risbon, Sr. On March 12, 1977 he was married to Catherine Ann Toler of PA. She is the daughter of Pete and Nancy Toler. Together they had 3 sons; Ian and Becca Risbon of Lexington Park, MD, Eric Risbon of St. Inigoes, MD and Ryan Risbon of Leonardtown, MD. He was the proud grandfather of Eric Stuart Risbon, Jr. He is also survived by his siblings Joann Roberts of Fancy Gap, VA, John Risbon of State College, PA, Michael Risbon of Cochransville, PA, Andrew Risbon and Matthew Risbon both of Coatesville, PA. Tom graduated from Coatesville High School in 1973, moving to St. Mary's County in 1995. He was a Vietnam Veteran who served four years in the United States Navy as an Electronics Technician and received an honorable discharge from the military in September of 1978. Tom began his career in Warminster Pennsylvania (NADC) before relocating to Webster Field (4.5.11 SCR) and worked for several different defense contractors before serving 25 years as a civil servant. Tom was an avid athlete who played many sports throughout his life; football, basketball, hockey, softball, he was even scouted by two major league baseball teams and invited to tryouts while in high school, however, golf was his favorite passion. He was an avid fan of all Philadelphia sports teams, which caused much laughter between himself and his officemates. Tom was a proud father who enjoyed coaching his son's athletic teams. He was a quarter back for the Webster Field Wombats Football Team and a member of the NADC Baseball League and was a member of Breton Bay Country Club. He enjoyed traveling and seeing new places. His other hobbies included wood working, manicuring his yard, remodeling his house, anything that involved working with his hands. Tommy enjoyed reading about American history and watching classic movies. Tom was a wonderful father and loving husband. He was a strong willed person who, no matter how sick he was, fought through his illness and had plans to live a long productive fulfilling life. He loved spending the little time he could with his grandson. Everybody who has ever met Tommy was touched by his genuine, loving, upbeat, wonderful personality and he will surely be missed. The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 1:00 - 2:00PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home Chapel, Leonardtown, MD where a funeral service will follow at 2:00PM with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment will be private. Contributions in memory of Thomas "T-Bone" Stuart, Jr. may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603, New York, NY 10038.

Elizabeth "Beth" C. McCoy, 91

Passed On: 02/27/2010

Elizabeth "Beth" C. McCoy, 91Mass of Christian BurialPrayers Recited at 7:00 p.m.Elizabeth (Beth) C. McCoy, 91, of Scotland, MD, died after a long illness on February 27, 2010 in Annapolis, MD.

Born to the late John J. and Kathleen C. Crowley at Georgetown Hospital on July 19, 1918 in Washington, DC, Mrs. McCoy attended Sacred Heart Academy, Immaculata Junior College, and later Saint Mary's of the Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. Following her graduation from college, she married the late Frederick L. McCoy, a Maryland native and graduate of Gonzaga High School and Georgetown University. Mr. McCoy gained an interest in Southern Maryland and a love of her people from time spent as an altar boy accompanying Jesuit priests doing mission work in St. Mary's County. He and his new bride moved to Scotland, MD in 1941. It was not long before his wife, "Beth", a city girl, came to share his love of the county and its people.

Making their home at St. Gabriel's Manor, a 165-acre farm on the Potomac River in Southern Maryland, Mrs. McCoy and her husband believed it was their duty to protect, preserve, and publicize the unique cultural and religious history of the area. Mrs. McCoy with her husband, played key roles in campaigns to protect the Potomac River and shoreline and also to stop the building of a proposed oil refinery at Piney Point, MD. Mrs. McCoy also helped bring together key leaders from the religious and political community, Historic St. Mary's City, St. Mary's College, and local landowners to establish a plan to preserve the land and reconstruct the first Catholic Church in the English Colonies at Chapel Field in St. Mary's City. Her efforts were rewarded with the honors of being one of the first persons to view the lead coffins recovered from the Chapel Field site and to lay a corner brick for the reconstructed Chapel. Mrs. McCoy also spearheaded efforts to preserve the Cedar Point Lighthouse Cupola at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Beth often said that someone who has done great things in their life becomes "living history." She made every effort to pass on her knowledge of the history and culture of Southern Maryland through presentations at local schools, reenactments at St. Mary's City, through countless articles and letters to newspapers and periodicals and by hosting academics and historians in her home. All 12 of Mrs. McCoy's children attended St. Michael's Elementary School and then her three daughters attended St. Mary's Academy and her nine sons Ryken High School. She was proud of her 34 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her work with the Chapel Field Project and the Cedar Point Lighthouse, Mrs. McCoy's historical preservation activities included service as a member of the Society for the Preservation of St. Ignatius Church in St. Inigoes and the St. Mary's County Historical Society. She also served as one of the first women on the St. Mary's County Election Board of Supervisors. She co-founded the Mistress Brent Garden Club. She served as the President of the Catholic Daughters of America. Her charitable activities included service as President of the Ladies of Charity of St. Michael's Church in Ridge as well as many years working with the Inter Faith Volunteers to provide meals and entertainment for the elderly of St. Mary's County.

Mrs. McCoy along with her husband, Fred, received the Father Andrew White S.J. Award in 1985. She has been honored as the Woman of the Year by her alma mater, St. Mary of the Woods. Her historical preservation activities earned her the Cross Botany Award and her services to the Catholic Church earned her the Papal Medal Pro Ecclesia et Pro-Pontifice. In 2005, she was recognized as a Pillar of the Community by St. Mary's Ryken High School.

In 1990 Beth was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Frederick L. McCoy, in 2004 by her third son Daniel William McCoy, and in 2006 by her oldest son Frederick L. McCoy, Jr. She is survived by ten children and their families, John C. McCoy of Baltimore, MD, Joseph S. McCoy of Philadelphia, PA, Mary Blohm of Boston, MA, Thomas A. McCoy of Geneva, Switzerland, Anne Hayes of Tracy's Landing, MD, Christopher P. McCoy of Fairfax Station, VA, Muffin Padukiewicz of St. Gabriel's Manor, Scotland, MD, Nicholas McCoy and Mark McCoy both of Timonium, MD and Matthew McCoy of Metuchen, N.J., and the families of her deceased sons, Dan and Fred. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the St. Michael's Catholic Church, Ridge, MD. Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday March 4, 2010 at 11 am. The Rev. Msgr. Maurice O'Connell will be the celebrant. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael's School, P.O. Box 259, Ridge, MD 20680 or Historic St. Mary's City Chapel Fund, P.O. Box 24, St. Mary's City, MD 20686.

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

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

John Alexander Steras, III, 18

Passed On: 02/27/2010

John Alexander Steras, III, 18John Wesley United Methodist ChurchJohn Alexander Steras III, 18 was born July 25, 1991 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD to parents John and Diana Steras II. He died of a long term illness on Saturday February 27, 2010 Georgetown University Hospital in Washington D.C.

His nicknames were Eggy, Lil John, White Chocolate and Johnny.

He attended Pointer Ridge Elementary, Annapolis Middle, and Annapolis Senior High. He graduated with the class of 2009. He was accepted to Wilmington University in Delaware and Towson University but his illness prevented him from attending.

Hobbies included shopping with his mother, riding dirt bikes and playing video games. John loved life and being with his family and friends. It gave his parents great joy for him to be able to attend his high school prom and senior week trip to Ocean City, Maryland.

He is survived by his parents John and Diana Steras, grandmother Diane Reilly, grandfather Theodore Steras Sr. and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and
friends.

The family will recieve friends on Wednesday March 3rd at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home 211 Saint Mary's Ave LaPlata, MD 20646 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm and on Thursday March 4th at the John Wesley United Methodist Church Annapolis, Md. from 10:30am until Service time of 11am. Interment to follow at the Trinity Memorial Gardens Waldorf, Md. Repast/Reception: Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) LaPlata, MD

Shirley Ann Smith, 69

Passed On: 02/26/2010

Shirley Ann Smith, 69PrivateShirley Ann Smith, 69, of Lexington Park, MD died February 26, 2010 at her residence.

She was born June 22, 1940 in Atlantic City, NJ to the late John Milton Smith and Estelle Louise (Strigh) Smith. Shirley was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Lexington Park, MD, and a member of the Patuxent River Officer Spouse's Club. She was also an American Cancer Society Volunteer and a registered nurse.

Shirley is survived by her husband, Edwin John Smith, children, Sandra Lynch-Maldonado of Colorado Springs, CO, Michael Nass of Memphis, TN, Diane McAllister of Pensacola, FL and Megan Smith of Lexington Park, MD, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, siblings, Carol Sue Eckert of Lugoff, SC, Marsha Summers of Tiburon, CA, and Marilyn Reed of Novato, CA. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jon Smith.

Services were private.

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

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

Doris B. Kepner, 89

Passed On: 02/26/2010

Doris Birely Kepner, 89, of Leonardtown, MD and previously of Blue Ridge Summit, PA, passed away on February 26, 2010 at St. Mary's Nursing Center.

Born August 22, 1920 in Sabillasville, MD, she was the daughter of the late Marvin F. Birely and Alice V. (Moser) Birely.

In addition to her parents Mrs. Kepner was preceded in death by her husband Charles F. Kepner, and her siblings, Mary Barton, Ethel Zimmerman, Harold Birely, Helen DeLawter, Eleanor Birely, Raymond Birely, and Donald Birely.

She is survived by her son, Thomas Kepner and his wife Jeannette of Park Hall, MD. She is also survived by four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Private services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Leonardtown Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Charles Anthony "Al" Famoso, 83

Passed On: 02/25/2010

A visitation will be held on Tuesday March 2, 2010 at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul's campus in Leonardtown, MD where the family will receive friends from 5:00 until 8:00 PM with prayers being said at 7:00 PM A memorial service will follow the next day, Wednesday March 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM also at the First Saints Community Church, St. Paul's campus.Charles "Al" Anthony Famoso, 83, of Leonardtown, MD passed away on February 25, 2010. Al was born to the late Luigi and Christine Famoso in Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 15, 1926. He served in three branches of the military, Army, Navy, and retired from the Air Force. He served as a Morse Code Interceptor for the Army Security Agency during World War II in Guam and Okinawa. He worked as an electrical engineer for the Dept. of the Navy, retiring in 1983. He enjoyed playing cards with his friends and Scrabble with his family. He was an excellent pool player, winning many awards. He especially loved to embody the spirit of Santa, visiting schools and various community events. His authentic portrayal of the Jolly Old Elf entertained many family, friends and children of all ages for decades. He began "Santa on the Square" in Leonardtown by showing up in his specially made red suit and talking with children. Later, the mayor added a Mrs. Claus, and the event became a yearly tradition. His favorite activity was fishing. He believed he was allowed to live so long so that he could fish every spot available in St. Mary's County. He was preceded in death by Teresa Cotter Famoso, the mother of his eleven children, 2 children who died at birth (John and Mary Ann), 2 sisters, 5 brothers and his step-son, Stephen "Te" Gordon. He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Mona Stephens Famoso; his children, Douglas (Tammy), Cathy Nelson (John), Teresa Saunders (Barry), Stephen (Karen), Cynthia, Charles Jr. (Stella), Jeannette (Lisa), Joeleen, Angelia Demers (Dave); and his step-children, Phil Gordon (Sheila), (Nancy Gordon), Marcia Lent (Leonard), Gwen Rodriguez (Tony). He is also survived by one brother, Alfonse Famoso of Westminster, MD; 30 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held on Tuesday March 2, where the family will receive friends from 5 until 8 p.m. with prayers at 7 p.m. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday March 3. Both services will be held at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul's campus in Leonardtown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Saints Community Church's Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen, P.O. Box 95, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Charles Lee Cornwell, 66

Passed On: 02/25/2010

Charles Lee Cornwell, 66PrivateCharles Lee Cornwell, Jr. of Callaway, MD passed away on February 25, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital.

Born March 28, 1943 in Wilmington, NC he was the son of the late Charles Lee Cornwell, Sr. and Mary Margaret Cornwell.

Beloved father, friend, and United States Marine, Charles "Charlie" Lee Cornwell, Jr. passed away peacefully on Feb. 25

He is survived by his daughters Anna Bauereis, from Austin, TX; Lisa Gasper, from Little Shute, WI; Susan Griffith from Fredericksburg, VA; and Patricia Beaulieu from Fredricksburg, VA. He has 11 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Charlie was proud to be a Marine. He served two tours in Vietnam and retired after 21 years of service. He was a member of the USMC Combat Helicopter Association.

A private Funeral Service will be conducted at the Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, Black Mountain, NC.

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

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

John Francis "Jack" Oliver, 81

Passed On: 02/25/2010

Service - PrivateJohn Francis "Jack" Oliver, Sr., 81, died February 25, 2010 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Born February 15, 1929 in Bushwood, MD, he was the son of Berlin Oliver and Julia Bailey Oliver. Mr. Oliver served with the United States Army in Korea. He was an auto mechanic by trade and loved to work on cars and pick-up trucks. He also did bodywork on vehicles. Playing cards was a favorite pastime. He was a member of Holy Angels and Sacred Heart Churches in St. Mary's County.

Mr. Oliver was predeceased by his wife, Doris E. Oliver and brothers, Bernard Oliver and James Oliver. He is survived by his sons, John F. Oliver, Jr. (Mary Ellen) of Bushwood, MD and Michael Oliver (Lori) of Lexington Park, MD; daughters, Dorothy Babcock of Ridge, MD, Julia Oliver of Hollywood, MD and Patricia (Dickie) Norris of Texas; brothers, Joseph Oliver, Sr. of Avenue, MD and Robert T. Oliver of Avenue, MD; 8 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

Services will be private. Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD.

Dorian Townsend Lassiter, 59

Passed On: 02/25/2010

Dorian Townsend Lassiter, 59Mass of Christian BurialPrayers Recited at 7:00 p.m.Dorian Townsend Lassiter, 59, of Leonardtown, MD died on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at Shady Grove Hospital. She was the daughter of the late James Lee and Norma Jean Lett Townsend. Ms. Lassiter is survived by her two sons, John R. Lassiter, Jr. (partner Greg) of Cherry Hill, NJ and Adam Townsend Lassiter (wife Carrie) of Seattle, WA; two grandchildren, Chase Townsend and Brooke Elizabeth Lassiter who were the love of her life and her heart; her brother, David Lee Townsend of New Carrollton, TX; sister, Debra Elizabeth (husband Doug) Baird of Simpsonville, SC and estranged husband, John R. Lassiter.

Ms. Lassiter worked for the Department of the Navy, Naval Health Clinic, Patuxent River, MD from 1986 and was due to retire in 2012. She was an avid gardener, a wonderful quilter, and a voracious reader, but her passion in life was her family, especially her children and grandbabies.

Relatives and friends are invited to Dorian's Life Celebration at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 from
5 to 8 p.m. with prayers recited at 7:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will offered on Thursday, March 4, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 21370 Newtowne Neck Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Father John Mattingly pastor of the church will be the celebrant. The burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, Ms. Lassiter requested donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004, Foundation for AIDS Research (AMFAR), or American Breast Cancer Foundation, 1220 B East Joppa Road, Suite 332, Baltimore, MD 21286.

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

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

Mary Madgalane Gough, 75

Passed On: 02/22/2010

Mary Madgalane Gough, 75Mass of Christian BurialVisitationMary Madgalane Gough, 75, of Lexington Park, MD died February 22, 2010 at St. Mary's Hospital.

Mary was born July 8, 1934 in Beachville, MD to the late Thomas Gough and Nellie Marie Burnley.

Mary was raised by her grandmother, Matilda Carter Gough along with Mary Carroll and Albert Butler Jr. Mary was educated in the St. Mary's County School System.

Mary was a lifetime member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church of Lexington Park, MD.
Mary loved the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. She loved playing Bingo, playing cards, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles and traveling. In doing these things, she was always close to family and friends whom she loved dearly.
Mary retired from the Patuxent Naval Air Station Supply Department on October 13, 1995 where she was a dedicated worker for more that forty years.

Mary is survived by her loving and dedicated son, Ralph E. Gough Sr., daughter in law, Wanda Gough, grandson, Ralph Gough Jr. and wife, Christine Gough, granddaughter Tawanda Gough, great-granddaughters, Leah Gough, Nicole Fiore and great-grandson, Devon Gough and a host of cousins and friends.

Serving as pallbearers will be Algerron Barnes, James H. Johnson, Darnell Corbin, John R. Hall Jr., James C. Smith, and Paul Smith. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Ernest Hall, Horace McClane, Andre' Barnes, Bernard Barnes and Carl Carroll.

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

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




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