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Samuel George Ellsworth Bowers, III., 29, Lusby, MD

29, Lusby, MD

Born: 04/09/1984, Passed On: 05/31/2013

Samuel George Ellsworth Bowers, III., 29, Lusby, MDSamuel George Ellsworth Bowers III "Sambo", 29, of Lusby, MD died Friday May 31, 2013.
Born April 9, 1984 in Price Frederick Maryland, he was son of Samuel Bowers Jr. of Lusby, MD and Laura (Sprague) Haynes, of Swanton, MD. He is also survived by grandmother, Naomi Bowers, Hudson, Fla., and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins that he was very close with. He was predeceased by grandparents Samuel Bowers Sr., Hudson, Fla., and Victor and Ernestine Sprague, Lusby, MD.
Sambo graduated from Patuxent High School in 2002. He was working as a roofer after having worked for over a decade in marine construction. He loved working and playing on the water, being outdoors, hunting, fishing, camping, and football.

Friends will be received on Saturday June 15, 2013, 12:00 pm, at Driftwood Beach of the Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby, MD. Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD.

James McGuire Stine, Sr., 93

Passed On: 05/31/2013

James McGuire Stine, Sr. 93 of Cobb Island, MD died on May 31, 2013.

He was born on November 8, 1919 in Rock Point, MD. to the late Joseph Stine, Sr. and Ida Catherine Stine. He is also predeceased by his wife of 43 years Agnes Marie Stine, brothers Joseph Stine, Charles Stine, Adrian Stine, sisters Cecelia Norris, Hilda Lomax and Irene Coulby.

He is survived by his sons James M. Stine, Jr., Michael A. Stine, Victor J. Stine, Vincent G. Stine, Craig P. Stine and daughter Melody S. Knott. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

He attended Glasva School. Served in the U.S. Army as a tanksman in WW II seeing combat in Italy, Southern France and the Rhine Land. He worked as a plumber for the Charles County Government for most of his life retiring after 31 years. He was the first Fire Chief for the Cobb Island VFD, loved gardening, activities with his family and the water.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday June 4, 2013 at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home 211 St. Mary's Ave. LaPlata, MD 20646 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM with prayers at 7 PM. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday 10 Am at the Holy Ghost Catholic Church Issue, MD. Interment to follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association 1850 York Road, Ste. D Timonium, MD 21093.
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Martin Newsham Webber, 62

Passed On: 05/31/2013

Funeral ServiceLife CelebrationMartin Newsham "Marty" Webber, 62 of Lexington Park, MD died May 31, 2013 at his residence.

Born September 2, 1950 in St. Petersburg, FL, he was the son of the late Julian Taylor Webber and Florence Grace Newsham Webber.

As a young man, Marty Webber lived the life of a vagabond. Between attending the University of South Florida and an epic hitchhiking adventure from his home state of Florida to the Colorado Rockies, he skipped into and out of a variety of gigs including; dog catcher, truck driver, finish carpenter for luxury sailboats, and bridge construction worker navigating narrow catwalks 100 feet above Tampa Bay. His future father-in-law however required steady employment as a precondition for marrying his daughter, so at the ripe old age of 25, Marty joined the Navy.

For someone with a self-admitted aversion to authority, he found his unexpected niche in life as a member of the S-3 Viking ASW community. Marty always said his time spent working on the flight deck of the U.S.S. John F. Kennedy during two 9-month deployments was the most exciting thing anyone could ever hope to do. He made life-long friendships and after serving 6 years, spent the next 25 years as a civilian involved in the S-3 community until the last squadron was decommissioned in 2009. At that time Marty began a new chapter in his career working with the Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters.

In his free time, Marty devoted himself to the fine art of grilling. He eschewed gas grills, insisting that the only true barbeque came from charcoal , with a little hickory wood for flavoring. He believed that a bad day fishing was preferable to a good day doing almost anything else. He gave golf a good effort, and always made sure he brought enough balls to finish at least nine holes.

His greatest joy was his four children. Marty was a wonderful father, and would humbly claim that his children were such exceptional people, not because of him, but in spite of him. Nothing could be further from the truth. When he became a grandfather, he was over the moon in love with his grandchildren, and constantly encouraged more babies.

The one true love of his life however was his wife Connie. For 37 years, they shared a passionate love and deep devotion that never faded, but only grew stronger as time went by.

All who knew and loved him will miss him forever.

Family will receive friends for Marty's Life Celebration on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be celebrated by Minister Adam Tune and Pastor Earl Johnson on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of Christ, 44850 St. Andrew's Church Road, California, MD 20619. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD.

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

Joan Wohlgemuth, 80, Lusby, Maryland

80, Lusby, Maryland

Born: 10/02/1932, Passed On: 05/30/2013

Joan Wohlgemuth, 80, Lusby, MarylandJoan Wohlgemuth, M.D.

Joan Wohlgemuth, M.D., 80, of Lusby, Maryland passed away on May 30, 2013 in Leonardtown, Maryland. She was born on October 2, 1932 in Washington DC to the late Christian and Helen Lanigan Wohlgemuth. In Joan's younger years she lived in Chevy Chase, Maryland coming to the family farm in Lusby on weekends.
Joan graduated from, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, and Trinity College. She received her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1958 and was one of three women in her class. After medical school, Joan served as a volunteer on the USS Hope in Trujillo, Peru for six months. She went on to become head of the Radiology Department and Chief of Staff at LaPlata Hospital, which is now Civista Hospital, and also ran her very successful private practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
Joan was an adventurous woman, traveling extensively around the world spending much time in Africa and the Far East. Her greatest legacy though was her meticulous caring of Morgan Hill Farm which is one of the oldest properties in Maryland dating back to 1670.
She is survived by her sister, Patricia Meagher of Lusby and several other family members and close friends. Besides her parents, Joan is predeceased by a sister, Mary Jane Ogden and her husband Patrick and brother in law John Meagher.
Mass of Christian burial will be offered on Monday June 3, 2013, 12 Noon at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Solomons, Maryland. Interment will take place on Tuesday June 4, 2013, 1 PM at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Washington D.C.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Nursing Center, 21580 Peabody Street Leonardtown, MD 20650

Tersa Harris, 71, Lexington Park, MD

71, Lexington Park, MD

Born: 09/15/1941, Passed On: 05/30/2013

Tersa Harris, 71, Lexington Park, MDTersa Harris, 71 of Lexington Park, MD, departed this life on May 30, 2013 at Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC. She was born in Prince Frederick, MD on September 15, 1941 to the late Lincoln Stepney and the late Rebecca Stepney. She was one of ten children.

Tersa spent her life taking care of her family and children. Tersa had a love for cooking and not only did it bring her family closer together, it also helped her support her family. In her early years, Tersa was a farmer, raising tobacco and tending to her garden and animals. During her mid-years, Tersa got a new child named Nicholas, that she truly loved. Nicholas was her Amazon Parrot. She spent her final years of her life enjoying her family and friends. One thing she enjoyed the most was fishing and listening to gospel and old R&B music.

She is preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Arthur and George; her son, Monroe and her grandson, Mario Reed.

Tersa leaves to cherish her memories her five children, Velma Harris (James Shorter), Denise Hebb (John Hebb), Thomas Harris (Sherry Gill), Jacqueline Harris (Leon Courtney) and Sherwood Harris (Marcia Harris); twelve grandchildren, James Edwin Shorter, Lydian Desiree Nelson, Audra Shorter, Faturia Shorter, Troy Hebb, John (AJ) Hebb, Latheresa Harris, Latia Taylor, Thomas Harris, Josephine Courtney, George Brooks, and Rockesha Harris; twenty-three great grandchildren, three brothers, Lincoln (Dennis) Stepney, Preston Stepney and Sherman Stepney; four sisters, Jeraline Stepney, Gracie Brown, Francie Stepney and Hazel Dennis. She also leaves a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Bay District Volunteer Fire Department, 46900 S Shangri-La Dr., Lexington Park, MD 20653.
Donations to help with services may be mailed to: 261 Brooks Dr., Colonial Beach, VA 22443. Any deliveries for the service can be accepted starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Fire Department.
Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD

Betty Ruth Russell, 85

Passed On: 05/30/2013

Memorial ServiceBetty Ruth Russell, 85, of Prince Frederick, MD, passed away on May 30, 2013 at Hospice House of Charles County in Waldorf, MD.

She was born on May 23, 1928 in Pine Grove, MD, daughter of the late Agnes Ruth (Seay) Richardson Bachman and the late Pembrooke Richardson.

Betty was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.

In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by her husband, Charles A. Russell, Sr.; her son, Gerald A. Russell; and Charles A. Russell, Jr.

Betty is survived by her daughter, Jane Beard (Don) of La Plata, MD; sister, Melba Hennigar; brother, George Bachman; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will be received to celebrate Betty's life at a Memorial Service on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church Newport, 9560 Trinity Church Road (Route 232), Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. Interment will follow to Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Charles County, 2505 David Road, Waldorf, MD (or) Hospice of Calvert County, P.O. BOX 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Walter Harrison Nelson, 73

Passed On: 05/30/2013

Mass of Christian BurialVisitationWalter Harrison Nelson, Sr., 73 of Leonardtown, MD died May 30, 2013 at the Hospice House of St. Mary's.

Born August 17, 1939 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late George Nelson and Edith (Herbert) Nelson.

Walter is survived by his children, Stacey Nelson of Leonardtown, MD, Theresa Paupaw of Prince Frederick, MD, Walter Nelson, Jr. of Lexington Park, MD and John Carter of Temple Hills, MD; fifteen grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; siblings, Agnes Bannister of Morganza, MD, Shirley Hebb of Loveville, MD, Francis Nelson of California, MD, Mary Bannister of California, MD and Joseph Nelson of Leonardtown, MD. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Marie (Carter) Nelson.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Holy Angels Catholic Church, 21340 Colton's Point Road, Avenue, MD 20609. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Michael Tietjen at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Bushwood, MD.

Condolences to the family may be made at

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

Charles Daniel "Chuck" Yanchulis, 45

Passed On: 05/30/2013

Mass of Christian BurialLife Celebration with Prayers Recited at 7:00 p.m.Charles Daniel Yanchulis, of Saint Inigoes, MD, died peacefully at his home early Thursday morning, May 30, 2013. He was 45 years old.

Born in Washington, DC, on Feb. 16, 1968, the son of Phil and Nita (nee Rosinski) Yanchulis, the youngest of four brothers, he loved athletics, the camaraderie of family and community, and his Catholic faith. Chuck graduated from Bishop McNamara High School in 1986. A perpetual seeker, Chuck continued his quest for knowledge and faith at the University of Scranton, where he graduated in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in computer science. Chuck started his career in Philadelphia, where he lived for several years and became a faithful Phillies fan. Ever ready for the next adventure life would bring, he headed off to Europe for an extended backpacking tour. He returned to DC and successfully advanced his career, but his focus remained always on the love of his family and friends. He cherished the good times shared, whether it be at a family gathering, with friends at the Outer Banks or the guys on or off the ice, or just watching a game…any (Go Redskins!), hockey (Go Caps!) baseball, tennis, curling…

On Jan. 29, 2005, Chuck joined his life to Lisa Anne's (nee Kenny), and they joyously began their family in Holly, Mich. It was another cross-country adventure for Chuck and testimony to his beautiful self-sacrificing generosity as he uprooted his life to enable Lisa to spend time close to her parents and siblings and their families. Chuck and Lisa were blessed with three children, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Peter, who were the absolute joy and loves of his life. Chuck was the consummate family man, provider and devoted husband. In 2009, he was hired in a civilian role by the U.S. Navy and the family moved to Maryland, settling into beautiful Saint Inigoes where he lived the remainder of his life. Chuck's faith never ceased to grow and his legacy of seeking, loving and learning was witnessed and passed on through his commitment to seeing his children attend Saint Michael's Catholic School, and his recently becoming a first degree Knight of Columbus.

Chuck is survived by his wife, Lisa A. (nee Kenny) Yanchulis; his children, Elizabeth, Charlotte and Peter Yanchulis; his mother, Juanita "Nita" Yanchulis of Fredericksburg, VA; and his brothers, Phil (and Julie) Yanchulis of Herndon, VA; Mick (and Colleen O'Neill) Yanchulis of Arnold, MD; Jon (and Mary) Yanchulis of King George, VA; and many extended family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Phillip "Phil" Yanchulis; his grandparents; and several aunts and uncles.

Family will receive friends on Monday, June 3, 2013, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at St. Michael's Church, 16555 Three Notch Road, Ridge, MD 20680. Prayers will be recited at 7 p.m. followed by a rosary led by the Knights of Columbus. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Ray Schmidt and Rev. Lee Fangmeyer on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, at 12 noon at St. Michael's Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with the celebration of Chuck's life continuing at the Knights of Columbus Council 2065 Hall in Ridge.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Yanchulis children's educational fund, which is in process. Information on how to make a gift may be obtained by e-mailing Condolences to the family may be made at

His protracted illness may have sapped the strength of his body, but was never able to touch his spirit. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord. And let perpetual light shine upon him! His perpetual seeking will now be eternally rewarded and satisfied! May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Dorothy Hamilton Juaner, 90

Passed On: 05/30/2013

Dorothy Hamilton Juaner, 90, of Mechanicsville, MD passed peacefully at Solomon's Nursing Center, Solomons, MD on May 30, 2013. Born May 2, 1923 in Poolesville, MD, she was the daughter of Archie Smith and Ida Mae Roaman Smith. She was a homemaker who loved Bingo games and embroidery.
Dorothy was predeceased by her parents; husband, Ignacio Juaner; siblings, Gilbert Smith, Helen Smith, Norma Reyas, Ruth Broderick, Grace Jumalon and Edith Padua. She is survived by her only daughter Gloria Mundo and husband Vince; brother, Robert Smith; grandchildren, Vincent Mundo and Matthew Mundo, Gordon Burchell, Jeffrey Burchell; also 15 greatgrandchildren, Vince III, Anthony, Megan, Madison, Alexander, Kailey Briana, Jaxon Chase, Gordon, Jr., Chris, Joel, Darcy, Amanda, Zack, Caleb and Hannah.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 from 6:00 - 8:00p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Rd., Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Funeral Service will be held at 7:00p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols. The Reverend James Chance will officiate. Interment will take place on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD.

Michael Jonathan Swann, 26

Passed On: 05/30/2013

Michael Jonathan Swann 26 of Cobb Island, MD died on May 30, 2013 at his home.

He was born on June 5, 1986 in LaPlata, MD. He enjoyed being on the water and being with his son. He also enjoyed hunting and spending time with his buddies.

He is survived by his mother Linda A. Swann, his son Michael Jonathan Swann, Jr., his partner Danielle Wimberly, sister Kelley Raum, grandparents Thomas Swann, Sr. and Evelyn Swann, Gizzy Raum and numerous cousins.

The family will receive friends on Monday June 3, 2013 at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home 211 St. Mary's Ave. LaPlata, MD 20646 from 10 until service time at 12 noon. Interment to follow at the Christ Church Cemetery in Wayside, MD.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Jonathan Memorial Fund.

Robert "Bobby" C. Cartwright, Jr., 38

Passed On: 05/30/2013

Robert "Bobby" C. Cartwright, Jr. 38 of Bel Alton, MD died at home on May 30, 2013.
He was born on July 21, 1974 in Cheverly, MD. to Joan Huffman and the late Robert C. Cartwright, Sr. He is also preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Marlene Tayman of Bel Alton, MD and Bob and Fran Cartwright of Denver, CO.
Bobby is survived by his mother and step father, Joan and Jeff Huffman; sister, Barbara Cornwell and her husband Dave; step sister, Angela Martin and her husband Curtis; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He graduated from LaPlata High School and enjoyed spending time with his cousins, Brenda and Donna, who were like sisters to him. He also enjoyed, animals, fishing, nature and his beloved cat, Angel.
There will be a viewing on Thursday June 6, 2013 at the St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Port Tobacco, MD from 10 AM until Mass time at 11 AM. Following the mass, he will be interred along side his father at Mt. Rest Cemetery, La Plata, MD.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the St. Ignatius Church, 8855 Chapel Pt. Rd., Port Tobacco, MD 20677

Robert "Bob" Franklin Rudy, 64

Passed On: 05/30/2013

Robert "Bob" Franklin Rudy, 64Bible Baptist ChurchBible Baptist ChurchRobert Franklin "Bob" Rudy
Robert Franklin "Bob" Rudy of Waldorf, Maryland, passed away on Wednesday, May 30, 2013. He was 64 years old. He was born on March 29, 1949, in Washington, D.C., the son of Jack F. and Marjory G. Rudy. He grew up in North Forestville, and Clinton, Maryland, in Prince George County. Bob attended North Forestville Elementary, Francis Scott Key Jr. High, and Suitland High School. He took many classes at College of Southern Maryland. He worked for Bell Atlantic for many years, before he retired in September of 1992. Bob enjoyed being with the family, reading, walking, and current events, as well as caring for his long term companion and friend, Mary Ryan. He loved the Lord and was a devoted and long term member of Bible Baptist Church of Waldorf, Maryland. He also dearly loved his kitty cats, Gwen and Glory.
In addition to his mother and father, he is survived by his brother, Don Rudy and wife Therese of Waldorf, Md., and sisters Susan Brink and husband Dutch, and Jane Mayes, and their families, of Culpeper, Va. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Viewing will be at Bible Baptist Church, at 2941 Piney Church Road in Waldorf, Md. 20601, on Friday, June 7, 2013, at 4:30pm, until the service begins at 6:00pm. Following this, on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 12:00pm a memorial service will be held and interment in Hillcrest Memory Gardens, in Jeffersonton, Virginia.

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Michael Sylvester Nelson, Sr. , 75

Passed On: 05/29/2013

Michael  Sylvester Nelson, Sr. , 75A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico, MD with Father Jerry Gamrot officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 3, 2013 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD.Michael Sylvester Nelson, Sr., 75, of Clements died on May 29, 2013 in Clements, MD. Born on August 19, 1937 in Clements, he was the fourth child of eleven to be born to the late Francis Parran Nelson, Sr., and Agnes Kathleen (Ryan) Nelson. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Elizabeth (Hill) Nelson; children, Michael S. Nelson, Jr. (Donna), Joseph P. Nelson, Sr. (Tina), Agnes K. "Kay" Mayor (Edward), James L. "Leroy" Hill, Sr., (Kim), Nancy M. Russell (Andrew) and Leonard M. Nelson, Sr. (Samantha); 15 grandchildren, Kristi Nelson, Mickey Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Michelle Nelson, Joe Nelson, Nikki Nelson, Kristie Mattingly, Kimberly Oliver, Mary Ellen Mayor, Lorrie Mayor, James "JL" Hill, Maggie Russell, Andrew Russell, Alyssa Nelson, Lenny Nelson; 10 great-grandchildren, Madison Person, Alex Nelson, Trace Nelson, Lucas Nelson, Ella Nelson, Ella Mattingly, Brian Mattingly, Chyanna Lacey, JR Lacey, TJ Oliver; step-grandchildren, Michael, Brooke, and Anthony Bateman; and four more great-grandchildren on the way. Also survived by siblings; Shirley Vallandingham, Francis "Rod" Nelson, Clyde "Corky" Nelson, John "Jack" Nelson, Sandra Caywood, James "Buck" Nelson, Donald "Donnie" Nelson, and Terry Lee Nelson. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Ryce, brother, Pete Nelson, and grandsons Dylan, Austin, and Aiden Russell. He was a lifelong St. Mary's County resident and was a farmer, heavy equipment operator and waterman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, crabbing, playing cards, gardening, and being with his family and friends. He especially loved having his grandchildren around him. He enjoyed telling stories from the "ol' days". In his younger years he enjoyed racing his 55 Chevrolet. He was considered "Mr. Fix-It" by all. There wasn't anything he couldn't fix. The family will receive friends on Monday, June 3, 2013 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 10:00 AM in Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Church, Chaptico, MD with Father Jerry Gamrot officiating. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD. Pallbearers will be; Mickey Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Joe Nelson, J.L. Hill, Glen Oliver, and Brian Mattingly. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's P.O. Box 625 Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Benjamin Herman Flerlage, 69

Passed On: 05/28/2013

Mass of Christian BurialLife Celebration ViewingBenjamin Herman Flerlage, Sr., 69, of Waldorf, MD passed away at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC on Wednesday, May 28, 2013.

He was born on April 26, 1944 in LaPlata, MD to the late Herman Flerlage and the late Gertrude Goldsmith Flerlage.

Benjamin was predeceased by his parents, his brothers, Billy Flerlage and August Flerlage.

Benjamin is survived by his sons, Benjamin H. Flerlage, Jr., daughter-in-law, Ann Marie Pirner, Robert L. Flerlage, fiancee, Betty Nimmerrichter, brothers, Anthony Flerlage, Carl Flerlage, sisters, Mary Ullman, Helen Mayo, grandchildren, Rebecca Ann Pirner, Benjamin M. Pirner, Vidilia E. Flerlage, Sarah Flerlage, Lilly Flerlage, best friends, Roy Lusby, Gary Gilroy, and many other relatives and friends.

Benjamin was an Equipment Operator at Southern Maryland Electric (SMECO). He enjoyed his family and his fiancee Betty, along with antique tractor pulls, dogs, gardening and cutting grass. Big Ben's Towing & Recovery was named after him. Benjamin and Betty enjoyed their Friday and Sunday dancing with Billy Hill at St. Mary's Landing. He was a member of The Southern Maryland Antiques Power Association, Inc.

Family and friends will be received for Benjamin's Life Celebration on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 from 2:00PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 Pm to 8:00 PM at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. There will be a Service, on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at St. Mary's Bryantown Catholic Church, 13715 Notre Dame Place, Bryantown, MD 20617 at 12:00 PM with Father Rory Conley officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3165 Mattawoman Beantown Road, Waldorf, MD 20604.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Charles County Humane Society 71 Industrial Park Drive, Waldorf, MD a 20602 and The American Cancer Society, 1041 Rt. #3 North Bldg. A, Gambrills, MD 21054.

Terrel Michael Sharpe, 66, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

66, Chesapeake Beach, Maryland

Born: 06/10/1946, Passed On: 05/27/2013

Terrel Michael Sharpe, 66, Chesapeake Beach, MarylandTerrel Michael Sharpe, "Terry", 66, of Chesapeake Beach, Maryland passed away on May 27, 2013 in Prince Frederick, Maryland. He was born June 10, 1946 in Cheverly, Maryland to the late Elmer S. and Anna V. Sharpe. Terry worked as an Electrician in the construction field before his retirement, which he was really enjoying. His hobbies included working around his home and just talking to people. Terry had a pet Cockatoo names Bosco and a cat names Kitty, who were just like his children.
Terry is survived by his brother, Larry Sharpe and his wife Terry of North Beach, MD., nephews, Michael Sharpe and his wife Karen of Huntingtown, MD., and Matthew Sharpe and his wife Shannon of North Beach, MD. He is also survived by great nephews, Jason and Jacob Sharpe and great niece Hayden Sharpe.
Services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to either North Beach Vol. Fire Dept. or Calvert Advanced Life Support.
Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home, Port Republic, Maryland

Phyllis Irene Harritt, 70

Passed On: 05/27/2013

PrivatePhyllis Irene Harritt, 70, of California, MD died May 27, 2013 at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, MD.

Born April 28, 1943 in New York, she is the daughter of the late Charles Gardner Rooke and Irene Lillian Swarthout Rooke.

Phyllis earned a Bachelor of Arts from Syracuse University in New York. Coming from a family of teachers, she was employed as a foreign language teacher for schools in New York, Virginia, and most recently for Ledyard Public Schools in Connecticut. She primarily taught high school French, but was also proficient in Latin and Spanish. She moved to St. Mary's County in 2006. She was an accomplished pianist. She played for Gales Ferry United Methodist Church on a regular basis, participating in church services and musicals. She also played for a number of community theater groups, and was the studio accompanist for a dance company in East Lyme, CT. She studied in France, where she formed a strong bond with a family there. She enjoyed traveling back to Poitiers to visit them. As a result of her study abroad, she fell in love with the city of Paris, which she visited many times over the course of her life. She also enjoyed traveling to the Adirondacks, where she spent many memorable family vacations and camping trips with her sisters. In her later years, she went on several extended trips to Canada. Her hobbies included reading, cooking her mother's recipes, spending time at the beach and pool, and spending time with her grandsons.

Phyllis is survived by her husband, John Harritt of Solomons, MD, her son, Christopher Harritt (Diana) of California, MD, her grandsons, Matthew Goostree and Luke Harritt of California, MD; and her siblings, John Rooke (Sandi) of Richmond, VA, Mary Arnitz (Joe) of Fairport, NY and Marjorie Schwab (Bill) of Haverford, PA. She is preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ivoryton Playhouse, PO Box 458, Ivoryton, CT 06442, or at

All services will be private.

Condolences to the family may be made at

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

Ann Rebecca Jones, 78, Avenue, MD

78, Avenue, MD

Born: 06/17/1934, Passed On: 05/26/2013

Ann Rebecca Jones, 78, Avenue, MDOn May 26, 2013, Ann Rebecca Jones, 78 of Avenue, MD, was peacefully called home, after a full life, at Hospice of St.Mary's, Callaway, Maryland. She departed this life as she lived it, surrounded by the love and support of her family and friends. "Sista", as she was affectionately known, was born on June 17, 1934, in Bushwood, Maryland to Mary Elizabeth Lee Countiss Thomas and John Albert Thomas.

Ann was educated in the St. Mary's County Public School system and graduated from Banneker High School in 1952. She was married to the late John B. Jones for fifty-nine years. Ann was a domesticated engineer for many years for the Fletcher Family. She loved to spend countless hours on the phone with her very dear friends, Shirley Jones, Mary Kane and her niece, Mary Martin. Ann always enjoyed going to Gospel shows; especially to see Jay Caldwell; making homemade rolls and stuffed ham, and playing poker with Jay and beating him. All she wanted in life was to talk and spend time with her family. Ann always looked forward to her every two weeks lunch outing, at a restaurant of her choice, with her niece Wanda, until she was unable to do so. She will always be remembered for her unselfishness and willingness to give anyone a helping hand.

Ann was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Thomas; husband, John B. Jones; stepson, Benjamin (Tip) Jones; sisters, Elizabeth Countiss, Alberta Countiss, Mary Levia Countiss and Rosanna Young; brothers, Ignatius Countiss, Philip Countiss, William Countiss, Edward Countiss, Truman Thomas, Dennis Thomas and James Weathers.

She leaves to cherish her memories her loving family; with whom she lived; her devoted and caring niece, Wanda West, Jerry West, Sr., Jerry West, Jr., Katrina Thomas, Anissa Thomas-Tyer and Whitney Brooks; stepdaughter, Harriet Huff, nieces, nephews, step-grandchildren, step-step grandchildren, Godchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.

Family will unite with friends on Thursday, May 30, 2013 for visitation from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., with prayers recited at 7:00 p.m., at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD. Inurnment will be private.

Thomas Lee Campbell, 80, Lexington Park, MD

80, Lexington Park, MD

Born: 11/19/1932, Passed On: 05/26/2013

Thomas Lee Campbell, 80, Lexington Park, MDThomas Lee Campbell, 80 of Lexington Park, MD, passed away on May 26, 2013 at Civista Hospital in La Plata MD. Lee was born on November 19, 1932 in Pearson, MD and was the oldest child of the late James Willis and Agnes Bernadine Chase Campbell.

Lee attended Cardinal Gibbons School. He later served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. Years later, Lee became a government employee at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. He enjoyed his job; especially when driving government officials to the Pentagon, Capital Hill, and other destinations. Lee loved his family and friends alike. He was always available to help in some capacity. Lee especially enjoyed going fishing with his son, Thomas, Jr., and other family members and friends. He was the master at fishing as well as many other talents.

Lee was preceded in death by his brother, James (T.I.) and grandson, Alonzo Campbell.

To cherish his memory, Lee leaves his loving wife, Frances A. Campbell; two daughters, Jean Campbell Brown (Gerald) and Joyce Campbell Isaac (Franklyn); son, Thomas Leo Campbell, Jr. (Faith); stepdaughter, Hilda Butler Harris (Robert); sister, Elsie Campbell Dickerson; grandchildren, Brian, Sarai, Leah, Keturah, Tiffany, Tyrik, Talisha, Keishawna, Jyreka, and Shileka. Lee also leaves a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, life-long friends, Harry Dorsey and Russ Brunk and other close friends to cherish his memory.

The family will unite with friends on Monday, June 3, 2013 for visitation at 10:00 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD. Interment immediately following at the church cemetery. Repast will be held in the church hall.
Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 38576 Brett Way, Mechanicsville, MD

Earl Morgan Wells, 82

Passed On: 05/26/2013

Julia Ann "Julie" Jacoby, 79, Lusby, MD

79, Lusby, MD

Born: 10/29/1933, Passed On: 05/25/2013

Julia Ann "Julie" Jacoby, 79, Lusby, MDJulia Ann "Julie" Jacoby, 79 of Lusby, MD formerly of Ortonville, MI passed away at her residence on May 25, 2013. She was born on October 29, 1933 in Dumont, NJ to the late Frances M. and John F. Kelly. She was the loving wife to William R. Jacoby whom preceded her in death on August 29, 2005.

Julie graduated from high school in 1951 and went on to attend the University of New York (Potsdam) and graduated in 1955.

Julie is survived by her children, William T. Jacoby (Evangelina) of Lusby, MD and Susan Stoker (Jeffery) of Bellville, MI; siblings, John Kelly of Fonda, NY and Henry Kelly of Newtown, CT; grandchildren, Denise Jacoby, Stacey Stoker, Sarah Stoker, Julia Jacoby, and Carrie Ann Jacoby. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and siblings, Mary Collins and Katheleen Kelly.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 12-2 PM in the Rausch Funeral Home, 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD. Interment will be private. The family asks that contributions be made in Julie's memory to The National MS Society, 1800 M Street, NW, Suite 750 South, Washington, DC 20036, . To leave the family a condolence please visit

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