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James Charles Thomas, 75

Passed On: 06/29/2013

Services will be held at a later dateJames Charles Thomas, 75 of Ridge, MD died June 29, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born April 1, 1938 in Galax, VA, he was the son of the late Charles Raymond Thomas of Galax and Eula Wright Thomas of Elk Creek.

Jim graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering. He was employed by Eagan, McAllister Associates as an engineer until his retirement in 2002. He also owned and operated his own business, Simple Solutions, a computer consulting, supply and printing company. On March 17, 1983, he married his beloved wife of thirty years, Renee Thomas. He was an active member of First Friendship Methodist Church in Ridge, MD. Jim was a family man, devoted to his wife and children. He enjoyed family camping trips, canoeing, square dancing, playing guitar, Bluegrass music and cooking gourmet meals for his family. His lifelong passion was photography. He enjoyed travelling throughout the United States and its national parks photographing landscapes and wildlife. He was especially fond of photographing scenes of the Chesapeake Bay area and its wildlife. Most recently, he travelled to Italy and China where he took thousands of pictures. He was a life master bridge player and enjoyed playing in tournaments. Known as Grandpa Pipe to his grandchildren, Jim was an avid pipe smoker and amassed a collection of hundreds of pipes throughout his life. However, his greatest passion was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Jim is survived by his children, Kay Schroyer (Tony) of Front Royal, VA, Charles Thomas of California, MD, Bob Thomas (Lisa) of Gaithersburg, MD, Kevin Humphries (Angie) of Montgomery, AL, and Michael Humphries (Janine) of Tucson, AZ; and his grandchildren Alexandra, Miranda, Jake, Josh, Samantha, Aaron, Natalee, Charlie, Nicholas, Ashley, Daniel, Christine and Alyssa. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Services will be scheduled at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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

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

Virginia Anne "Ginny Anne" Gass, 67

Passed On: 06/29/2013

Virginia Anne "Ginny Anne"  Gass, 67A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 11:00AM in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bushwood, MD.The family will receive friends on Monday, July 8, 2013 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM with prayers recited at 7:00PM in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD. Virginia Anne "Ginny Anne" Gass, 67, of Severn, MD formerly of the Seventh District in St. Mary's County, MD., passed away on June 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. Born on April 7, 1946 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of Mary L. Walker Gibson and the late Francis B. Tippett. Virginia is survived by her children; Leslie Diane Hayes-Gass of Severn, MD., Deborah Rebecca Gass of FL, Claudia Lynn Gass of Severn, MD., Tracy McDermott of White Plains, MD., David DeSales Gass of Manassas, VA, John F. McDermott, Jr., of Waldorf, MD, 3 grandchildren; Stephanie Brooks, Kyrstin Stapleton, and Conner McDermott, 2 great grandchildren; Patrick Brooks, and Fiona Brooks. Virginia is also survived by her siblings; Johnny Tippett, Gary Tippett, Joseph Tippett, Debbie Tippett-Stott, James Hall, David Hall, and Barbara Moran. She is preceded in death by her daughter Chandra Darlene Gass, and grandson John David McDermott. Ginny Anne worked as a Nurse and EMT for 7 years retiring in 2002. She enjoyed; Fishing, crabbing, loved reading, loved the Seventh District in St. Mary's County, MD., and family time, especially with her grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Monday, July 8, 2013 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 11:00 AM in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers will be; James Hall, David Hall, Joseph Tippett, Roy Gibson, Johnny Tippett, and Jay Walker. Contributions may be made to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Philip Merrill Environmental Center, 6 Herndon Ave, Annapolis, MD 21403.

William Eckloff, 81

Passed On: 06/29/2013

Funeral ServiceLife CelebrationWilliam Eckloff, Sr., 81, of Hollywood, MD, died June 29, 2013 at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, MD.

Born January 17, 1932, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Earl Eckloff and Ethel Sweeney.

William was the owner of Melvin's Roofing Company, Inc for over thirty years until his retirement. He enjoyed camping, fishing, boating, and crabbing. He was an avid Redskin fan. He had a passion for cooking, and made many delicious meals.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Eckloff of Leonardtown, MD; his children, Karen Eckloff of Hollywood, MD, Sandy Eckloff of Waldorf, MD, and William Eckloff, Jr. (Tracy) of Lexington Park, MD; 18 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his children, Jerry Eckloff, Darlene Eckloff, and Robert Eckloff and his siblings, Melvin Eckloff, Marie Eckloff, Viola Eckloff, Joe Eckloff, and Skippy Eckloff.

Family will receive friends on Monday, July 8, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD. A prayer service will be held at 12:00 p.m. celebrated by Reverend Joseph Orlando. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf, MD.

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

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

Richard Clarke Bennett, 81

Passed On: 06/28/2013

PendingA Life Celebration GatheringRichard "Clarke" Bennett, 81 of California, MD died June 28, 2013 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born May 17, 1932 in Lincoln, NE to the late Richard Owen Bennett and Eleanor Thomas Bennett.

On September 12, 1953, Clarke married his beloved wife, Joanne Camilla Bennett at St. Pascals Church in Chicago, IL. Together they enjoyed 59 wonderful years of marriage. He proudly served in the United States Army from November 17, 1955 to October 15, 1957 as a Specialist III in the 532nd Artillery Battalion. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State and his Master's degree from Yale University.

He was a dedicated employee of the Department of Transportation as a Civil Engineer for 40 years until he retired in 1994 from his position as Director, Office of Highway Safety in the Federal Highway Administration. He was an avid wood worker, crafting beautiful cabinetry, quilt racks and what-not boxes. He traveled extensively throughout Europe, Australia, and Switzerland. His hobbies included cheering on the Redskins, golfing and taking cruises. He was a member of NARFE and the Institute of Traffic Engineers (ITE).

In addition to his wife, Clarke is survived by their children, Sheryl Pearson (Roger) of Waldorf, MD, Kathy Bennett (Mike Bean) of Callaway, MD, Mark Bennett of Lorrane, OR, Theresa Pearson (Mark) of St. Leonard, MD and Matthew Bennett of Austin, TX; his brother, Marc Bennett of Berkley Springs, WV; and his grandchildren, Kaitlin Bean, Christopher Bean, David Pearson, Shannon Pearson and George Workman. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Family will receive friends for Clarke's Life Celebration on Friday, July 5, 2013 from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m., with a prayer service celebrated by Kent Bennett at 7:00 p.m., at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Interment will be held on July 10, 2013 at 1:00 p.m.at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Alzheimers Association, Southern Maryland Office, P.O. Box 1889, LaPlata, MD 20646.

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

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

Helen K. Baroniak, 86, Helen, MD

86, Helen, MD

Born: 11/14/1926, Passed On: 06/27/2013

Helen K. Baroniak, 86, Helen, MDHelen K. Baroniak, born Helen Patricia Kruse, died on Thursday June 27, 2013 at her home in Mechanicsville, MD. Her Life Celebration will be held in August by her family in Morganza.

After her graduation in 1949, Helen taught school in her hometown of Lima. During her time as a teacher, she was so liked by the students that she was asked by the cheerleading team if she would be their coach even though she herself suffered from Muscular Dystrophy. She then moved to the Aberdeen Proving Grounds where she was a Mathematician for the Army. In 1956, she moved to St. Mary's as a Mathematician and Computer Specialist for the Government at Pax River Naval Base. It was here that she met her husband, Jack Baroniak, whom she married on New Years Day 1959. They had a dairy farm in St. Mary's City. After his death in 1977, she met her adoptive family, The DeLormes, through her church The Way International. She retired from the Government in 1984. As an avid traveler, she drove across country, visited the Whistle Stop Café and traveled to the Holy Lands. Helen loved the arts and visited The Three Notch Theatre in Lexington Park on many occasions. Her last formal residence was on Helen Chaptico Road in Helen, Maryland. Because she was that awesome.

Helen is survived by her Adoptive Family William and Elizabeth DeLorme of Morganza; Sarah (Matthew) Bucior of Sykesville; Rebecca (Mark) Masters of California; Jessie (Lance) Hood of Great Mills, Great Grandchildren Evan, Zoey and Aria; her Sister in Law Dorothy (David) Kruse of Brownsville, MN, niece Brenda (Kruse) Taylor of Copperas Cove, TX, nephews Kenny (Mary) Bailey and Fleet (Mary) Bailey, both of WA, nephew Dennis (RuthAnn) Arnold and niece Stephanie (RuthAnn) Reifenrath of Portland, OR. She was preceded in death by her parents Grace and Kenneth Kruse, husband Jack Baroniak, and siblings Polly Silberman, Mary Bailey, RuthAnn Arnold, and David Kruse.

Helen was very active in her church The Way International (www.theway.org); , and an avid supporter of the NRA (www.nra.org); and The Muscular Dystrophy Association (www.mda.org);. Any remembrance of Helen can be sent in support of these organizations.

Her Life Celebration will be held in August by her family in Morganza.

Medora Margaret "Toni" Venneman, 86

Passed On: 06/26/2013

Life Celebration GatheringMedora Margaret "Toni" Venneman, 86 of Hollywood, MD died June 26, 2013 at her residence.

Born December 23, 1926 in Gloversville, New York, she was the daughter of the late David Chauncey White and Elsie Beatrice (Van Nostrand) White.

Today the world is a little less bright. Everything moves so fast, changes so fast but "MeMe" was a constant. A constant comfort, a constant advisor, a constant storyteller and a constant warmth.

Medora dedicated her life to teaching others, whether it be in the classroom, the kitchen, or from her living room chair. She loved cooking, crossword puzzles, birds and gardening. She had the kindest, gentlest soul anyone ever had the extreme gift of knowing. She was completely content to sit on her porch watching the birds. She understood how to take advantage of the simple treasures in life and was always grateful for what God gave her.

She was a treasure herself and just like the flowers surrounding her house, they could not last forever, but the brief moment they are here, they make us smile. Medora will be forever missed but never forgotten in the hearts of her family and friends. Every time a bird sings a sweet song, she will be remembered with all the love in the world.

Medora is survived by her children, Philip F. Venneman (Lorrie) of Gloversville, NY, Peter A. Venneman of Manassas, VA, and Laura J. Holton of Hollywood, MD; nine grandchildren; five great grandchildren; very special neighbors, Bill and Betty Oliver; and Geri Venneman of Johnstown, NY whom the family thanks for all the years of her thoughtfulness. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter Elsie Anne Venneman; and siblings, Ernie, Harold and Donovan White.

Family will receive friends for Medora's Life Celebration Gathering on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gloversville Regional Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 1274, Gloversville, NY 12078 or Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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

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

Judith P. Hylton-King, 55

Passed On: 06/26/2013

Judy Hylton - King (Nee Nash) 55 of LaPlata, MD. died on June 26, 2013 at her home.

She is survived by her husband Kevin King of LaPlata, MD, her parents James and Joan Nash of Port Charlotte, FL., half-brother Jim Nash of Chattanooga, TN, her two cats Charm and Buddy, and many other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her sister Karen and her brother Paul.

She had various jobs over the years but was best known as a singer playing with "Nash Rambler, "The Good Old Boys"' "Straight Flush", and "Old but Not Cold".

The family will receive friends on Monday July 1, 2013 from 6 to 8 PM at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home LaPlata, MD. With funeral services on Tuesday July 2, 2013 at 11 AM. Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of Charles County P.O. Box 1015 Waldorf, MD 20604.

Condolences may be made to the family at arehartechols.com

Lois Edith Arnold, 62

Passed On: 06/25/2013

PrivateLois Edith Shepard Arnold, 62, of Hollywood, MD, died June 25, 2013, at Hospice House in Callaway, MD. She was surrounded by her family.

Born August 9, 1950, in Tazwell,VA, she was the daughter of the late Clinton Shepard and Ethal Mae McCall Shepard.

She was the wife of Robert W. Arnold whom she married on November 7, 1970, in Elkins, MD.

Lois is survived by her children, Bobby Arnold (Gina) of Las Vegas, NV and Rick Arnold (Karen) of Clements, MD; her grandchildren, Jennifer Dungan of Clements, MD, Valentina Arnold of Lawton, OK, Alexis Arnold of Anchorage, AK, Victoria Arnold of Anchorage, AK, Lillian Arnold of Clements, MD, and Ricky Arnold Jr. of Clements, MD. In addition to her husband, children and grandchildren, Lois is survived by her siblings, Elaine Ward of SC, Danny Shepard of Tazwell, VA, Ricky Shepard of TX, Dale Shepard of CO, Terry Shepard of VA and Ernie Shepard.

Lois was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Curtis Shepard and Janet Shepard.

Lois was a master barber and worked in Maryland and Anchorage, AK throughout her career. Lois's greatest joy was her family, especially her grandchildren. Her grandchildren will always remember her delicious birthday cakes that she made for their birthdays. Lois enjoyed gardening, watching westerns, putting together puzzles, chickens, and her beloved dogs Sam and Gus.

Lois had a great sense of humor which she kept all throughout her illness. She was a strong and determined woman who passed these traits to her children and grandchildren.

There will be a private ceremony with her family.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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

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

Leroy Hilton Bowen, Jr., 87, Prince Frederick, Maryland

87, Prince Frederick, Maryland

Born: 08/30/1925, Passed On: 06/24/2013

Leroy Hilton Bowen, Jr., 87, Prince Frederick, MarylandLeroy Hilton Bowen, Jr., 87, of Prince Frederick died June 24, 2013, at his residence. He was born August 30, 1925, in Barstow MD to Leroy Hilton Bowen, Sr. and Nellie Mae Dalrymple Bowen. They lived and worked on the family's ancestral Barstow farmland until 1938 when his father bought his own farm on Stoakley Road. Leaving school at the age of thirteen to work full time on his father's and his uncles' farms he eventually met his future bride, Lorraine Parks, when she worked as a clerk at Goldstein's Department Store in Prince Frederick. They were married in 1946, and built a home and raised their five children on Stoakley Farm. He enjoyed hunting squirrels, rabbits, ducks and geese, and especially quails with his beloved setter and pointer bird dogs. In addition to farming tobacco, wheat and corn, Leroy worked for several local building contractors as an all purpose carpenter of houses and fine cabinetry. In the early 1970's after his father and uncle Eugene passed away, he spent more of his time farming and applied his carpenter skills to building gun cabinets, cedar chests, shelves and other wood projects for family and friends. He continued to raise mainly tobacco until the Maryland State Buy Out in 1998. Thereafter he rented several local farms and raised hundreds of acres of corn, wheat, barley, and soy beans until his retirement from farming after the 2009 crop seasons. Leroy was known for his neatly planted and maintained fields and the quality of his agricultural products. He took great pride in the condition which he kept his farming equipment and the many farm buildings he constructed to store it. He was a farmer's farmer and one of only a few remaining traditional Calvert growers.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his grandson Roy Wesley Bowen who died in 2005. He is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Edith Lorraine Bowen; his brothers Raymond D. Bowen of Barstow and Kenneth H. Bowen of Prince Frederick; and his sister Katherine R. Nicht of Timonium; his five children: Connie Lynn Cosgrove and her husband John A. Cosgrove, Sr. of Barstow; Thomas Leroy Bowen and his wife Jo Ann Bowen of Prince Frederick; Pamela Carol Cooksey and her husband Thomas Cooksey, Jr. of Barstow; Debora Kay Ireland and her husband Jeffery Ireland of Plum Point; and Paula Denise Amos and her husband Paul Amos of Barstow; his grandchildren: John A. Cosgrove, Jr. and his wife Cathy of St. Leonard; Daniel S. Bowen of Prince Frederick; Christopher D. Hiner of Lusby; Sarah E. and Joey P. Amos of Barstow; and his great grandchildren: Kaitlyn and Wesley Cosgrove; and Cameron Wesley Bowen.
Family will receive friends from 2:00 to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday June 28th at Rausch Funeral Home, 4405 Broomes Island Road, Port Republic. His funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Saturday June 29th at the Huntingtown United Methodist Church, 4020 Hunting Creek Road,Huntingtown. Interment will be at Asbury Cemetery, 3700 Hallowing Point Road, Barstow. Pallbearers are Henry Hawkins, Robert D. Hall, Jr., Leonard Ogden, Larry Bowen, David Bowen, and Scott Bowen. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvert Hospice, P.O. Box 838, 238 Merrimac Court, Prince Frederick MD 20678; or Make-A-Wish Foundation, America Gift Processing Center, PO Box 6062, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6662. Funeral arrangements are being provided by Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic.

Brigitte Regina "Kitty" Sadosky, 71, Odenton, MD

71, Odenton, MD

Born: 01/22/1974, Passed On: 06/24/2013

Brigitte Regina "Kitty" Sadosky, 71, Odenton, MDBrigitte Regina "Kitty" Sadosky, 71, of Odenton, MD, passed away on June 24, 2013 at her residence. She was born on January 22, 1942 in Wurzburg, Germany to the late Karoline Elisabeth and James P. McDermott. She married Daniel J. Sadosky, Sr. on May 22, 1965 in Laurel, MD and he preceded her in death on November 26, 2002. Kitty graduated from Laurel High School in Laurel, MD in 1961.
She is survived by her son, Daniel J. Sadosky, Jr. of Lusby, MD; grandchildren, D. J. Sadosky of Lexington Park, MD, Brittany, Megan and Nathan Sadosky all of Lusby, MD and her great grandchildren, Nevaeh, Natalia and Gavin. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Joseph McDermott.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 6, 2013 from 1:30-3:00 PM in the Rausch Funeral Home, Lusby, MD. Interment will be private. Should friends desire contributions may be made in Kitty's memory to the charity of one's choice. For more information or to leave condolences please visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com.

Victor Raymond Reynolds, 90

Passed On: 06/24/2013

Graveside ServiceVictor Raymond Reynolds, 90 of Compton, MD died June 24, 2013 at Hospice House of St. Mary's.

Born August 27, 1922 in Baltimore, MD he was the son of the late Victor Reynolds, Sr. and Fern (Pettingall) Reynolds.

In October 1938, at 16 years old, Victor quit school to join the Army National Guard. He obtained a release from the National Guard in 1939 and joined the United States Coast Guard in July, one month before his 17th birthday. He spent 6 years in the USCG until the end of WWII.

In September 1942, Victor met his future wife, Elizabeth Porter in New York City. They kept in touch during the war through V-mail and were married on October 8, 1944. After leaving the USCG at the end of WWII, within 3 years he had earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Metallurgical Engineering from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Over the next four decades, Victor worked for several companies. In 1983 he retired from Engelhard Minerals and Chemicals Corporation as vice-president of the company's oil and commodities division.

An avid horticulturalist, Victor spent many happy hours landscaping his family's home in Connecticut and later his retirement home in Compton, MD.

Victor is survived by his wife, Elizabeth M. "Betty" Reynolds; his children, Gary Reynolds (Terri), of Leonardtown, MD, Nancy Santiago (Paul), of Gainesville, VA, and Marianne Sabo (Jim), of Trumbull, CT; his sister, Edith Zacharko, of Bel Air, MD; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He loved watching his family grow and was proud of his grandchildren and great- grandchildren.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery, 5829 Ritchie Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21225.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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

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

Burton George Brooks , 62

Passed On: 06/23/2013

Burton George  Brooks , 62 A Funeral Service will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. Burton George Brooks,"Ask The Chief"… one of Burt's favorite motto's followed by "Of Course It Can" …. When told something couldn't be done. Very often in his early military career when told something couldn't be done, he'd shoot back the remark "Of course it can, let's go ask the Chief"…. And then he became one…. achieving the Rank of E-8 Senior Chief. Which was one of his proudest moments during his 26 yr. Military Career with the U.S. Navy spanning from 1968 - 1994.Burt carried that motto with him thru out his military and civilian working careers. After gaining employment with BAE Systems following his military retirement in 1994 he joined the world of civilian government service in 1998 as an Information Technology Manager where he was a key founder in the establishment of the Navy's Automatic Identification Technology Laboratory which served all of DoD and Federal agencies in "doing business better" with barcodes and RFID tags. His projects were varied and diverse but success and quality was a common theme. Among his largest projects as a Certified Property Manager, he led a national inventory and validation of all airport assets owned by TSA, developed a system for tracking those assets and coordinated the training for over 600 users.Burt expanded this expertise and support to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) where he led a team in support of their asset management as well as their engineering requirements for communications and sensor systems located along the United States Southern and Northern Borders. In 2011 he was promoted to a government technical High Grade position and became the Integrated Communications and Information Systems Division's Sensor Systems Technology Team Lead. In this position, he supported the DHS CBP by developing an In-Service Engineering and Software Support Activity. He recently received a Career Service Award for his 40 + years of dedicated services to the United States Navy and to the Government of The United States.Burt's lifetime interests were many but his most cherished interests included his affiliation with the U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer's Association… his 8 yrs. of Scuba Diving the Hawaiian Waters with his wife Brenda during their 11 yr. Naval Tour in Hawaii… his yearly Scuba Diving Trip to the Cayman Islands with friends from work…fishing in St. Mary's Lake… and mostly his lifelong love of the motorcycling community. From 1993 he and his wife enjoyed memberships with… "Honolulu Hawaii Harley Owner's Group" (where they helped establish the first Hawaii State Motorcycle Rally)…"Street Biker's United Hawaii" (where they first became involved in the Toys-For-Tots Christmas Runs)…. "Annapolis Harley Owner's Group"….. And his most recent and most cherished membership with the "Raging Goats Veteran Chief Petty Officer Motorcycle Club". Burt often remarked to friends that his most valuable possession in life was his wife Brenda with whom he cherished his 43 yr. long love affair with. A good man left this earth the day Burt "Transitioned to God's House" to live and if you ever find yourself standing at Heaven's Door unsure of which path to take just: "Ask The Chief"….He'll be waiting there to show you the way! Born in Warren, Ohio to deceased parents George W. Brooks and Ruth Mease Brooks. Burt is survived by his wife Brenda W. Brooks of Great Mills, Md. , his Sister Jodie Hunter and her husband Tom of Eustis, Fla., And many, many Brother-In-Laws, Sister-in-laws, Nieces , Nephews and Friends both in Maryland and Florida. Contributions can be made to: Hospice of St. Mary's P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, Maryland 20653.

Patrick William O'Donnell, 81

Passed On: 06/23/2013

Patrick  William O'Donnell, 81A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 28, 2013 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Father Brian Sanderfoot officiating, and Father John Dakes Concelebrating. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD.The family will receive friends on Fridany, June 28, 2013 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Compton, MDPatrick "Pat" William O'Donnell, 81, of Leonardtown, MD formerly from Washington, DC, Passed away on June 24, 2013 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on July 4, 1931 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late Neal Daniel and Edna Carrie Crossingham O'Donnell. Patrick is survived by his sisters Joyce O'Donnell Hecht of Bethesda, MD., and Cathleen O'Donnell Dawson of Clinton, MD, and Nephew James Francis Payne of Washington, DC. Patrick is preceded in death by his brother Neal Daniel O'Donnell. Pat attended St. Johns College High School graduating in 1949 and attended the University of Maryland graduating in 1953 with a Bachelors of Arts Degree. Patrick was a teacher in Great Mills High School for 36 years retiring in 1990. He was a lifelong St. Mary's County resident, he was a member of the Potomac River Association, and Knights of Columbus. The family will receive friends on Friday, June 28, 2013 from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Compton, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Friday, June 28, 2013 in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church with Father Brian Sanderfoot officiating, and Father John Dakes Concelebrating. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD. Pallbearers will be; James Francis Xavier Payne, Alexander Payne, Benedict Francis Xavier Payne, Norman Hecht, Jr., Mark Hecht, and James Dawson.

Phyllis Mae Mason, 86, Solomons, MD

86, Solomons, MD

Born: 05/25/1927, Passed On: 06/22/2013

Phyllis Mae Mason, 86, Solomons, MDPhyllis Mae Mason, 86, of Solomons, MD passed away at Solomons Nursing Center, Solomons, MD on June 22, 2013. She was born on May 25, 1927 in Washington, D. C. to the late Walter Lee Mason, Sr. and Rosa Dahlia Butler Mason.

Phyllis graduated from McKinley High School in 1946. She was employed as a Supervisor with the National Geographic Society for 42 years until her retirement on August 1, 1988. Phyllis was a former resident of Gaithersburg, MD; in 1991 she relocated to Lusby, MD. Phyllis was an avid fisherman and gardener.

Phyllis is survived by her sister, D. Shirley Mason of California, MD; nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Walter L. Mason, Sr. and Owen Deshield Mason.

The family will received friends on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, MD 20657, where a service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 AM with Rev. Juan Rivera officiating. Inurnment will take place at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Suitland, MD at a latter date. The family wishes in lieu of flowers, that contributions be made in Phyllis's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington DC 20090-6011, www.alz.org. For more information or to leave condolences please visit www.rauschfuneralhomes.com

Pearl May Guiliano, 88

Passed On: 06/21/2013

Funeral ServiceLife CelebrationPearl May Guiliano, 88, of Mechanicsville, MD, formerly of Upper Marlboro, MD and Washington, DC, passed away on June 21, 2013 at Genesis Elder Care in La Plata, MD.

She was born on January 11, 1925 in Wakefield, MA, daughter of the late Alfred K. Hobbs and the late Mary (Dulong) Hobbs.

Pearl was a research clerk for Bolling AFB. She liked the water, enjoyed going to thrift stores, and loved spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Pearl was predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles Cataldo Guiliano, who passed away in October 2004; two of her children, Frank Gore and Joyce Phillips; brothers, Anthony Hobbs, Ralph Hobbs, and Harold Hobbs; and one of her sisters, Prisilla Bradshaw.

Pearl is survived by three of her children, Charles Joseph Guiliano (Mary Guiliano), Thomas Gore (Shirley Gore), and Nina Theresa (Guiliano) McClanahan; one of her sisters, Barbara Lonigan; 15 grandchildren; and many great grandchildren.

Family and friends will be received for Pearl's Life Celebration on Sunday, June 30, 2013 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. There will be a Funeral Service on Monday, July 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM, here at the funeral home. Interment will follow to Maryland Veteran Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, MD 20623.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area, Inc., 5335 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite #300, Washington, DC 20015-2078.

Grace Stevenson Alexander, 80

Passed On: 06/21/2013

Funeral ServiceLife CelebrationGrace Stevenson Alexander, 80 of Leonardtown, MD died June 21, 2013 at her residence.

Born November 10, 1932 in Monongahela, PA, she was the daughter of the late Kenneth Stevenson and Aneta (Micheli) Stevenson.

Grace, wife of a Naval Aviator and a homemaker, moved with her husband, children and various canines 21 times in 30 years of Navy life. She made each new house a home for her family to feel comfortable and safe. She loved to entertain family, friends and colleagues. She could with ease prepare a formal dinner for colleagues, a fun family holiday meal or picnic, make Mickey Mouse pancakes for the grandkids, a fish fry on a campfire in the Rocky Mountains or a full eggs, bacon, and toast breakfast on a boat in the middle of the bay. She made everyone feel welcome and you never left hungry! Most of all, she was our rock. She was always there when we needed her, she fought for us and she was our biggest fan. She loved her family and she devoted her life to caring for them all. She taught us grace, poise, selflessness, and strength. She was amazing.

Grace is survived by her children, John Alexander (Sandi) of Culpepper, VA, Deborah Relator (Antero) of Leesburg, VA, and Michele Spalding (John) of Leonardtown, MD; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. In addition to her parents, Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Captain Howard Wills Alexander, USN, daughter, Linda Hopkins and brother, Donald Stevenson.

Family will receive friends for Grace's Life Celebration on Saturday, June 29, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home chapel. Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 3:00 p.m..

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650 or the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 299, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

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

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

Linda Parise Harrison, 65

Passed On: 06/21/2013

Funeral ServiceLife CelebrationLinda Parise Harrison, 65, of Waldorf, MD, passed away on June 21, 2013 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata, MD.

She was born on April 10, 1948 in Washington, DC, daughter of the late Bert Joseph Parise and the late Alecia Thraen Parise.

Linda cherished her family and loved spending time with them. Her grandson, David, was the apple of her eye. She liked going to the beach, anything to do with flip-flops, scrapbooking, and watching her soaps.

In addition to her parents, Linda was predeceased by her beloved husband, David Primm Harrison, who passed away in 2009.

Linda is survived by her son, David Joseph Harrison, his wife Dawn McCoy-Harrison, her brothers, Michael Parise and Patrick Parise; her grandson David Robert Harrison, sister in law Joyce McCluney; nephews Thomas, Trent, Tyler Parise and Jimmy McCluney; nieces Cathy King and Michelle Vitullo; great nephews T.J. Vitullo and Dylan King and great niece Daniele McCluney.

Family and friends will be received for Linda's Life Celebration on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. There will be a Funeral Service on Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM, here at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow to Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3221 Mattawoman-Beantown Road, Waldorf, MD 20601.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: Second Hope Rescue, P.O. Box 2012, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Leroy Allen Johnson, 62

Passed On: 06/21/2013

Funeral ServicesLife Celebration with Service Following Leroy Allen Johnson, 62 of Ridge, MD., died June 21, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital.

Leroy was honorably discharged from the US Army in 1972. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends and tinkering with mechanics.

Leroy is survived by his parents, Glenda (Saries) Johnson and Vernon Johnson of Ridge, MD; his daughter, Heather Rozella Bellosi (Marco) of Owings, MD; and his siblings, Linda Faulstich (Raymond) of Callaway, MD; Gary Stanley of Florida; Helen Marie Harkins of North Beach, MD Sissy Rand of Great Mills, MD and Steven Johnson of Leonardtown, MD. Grandfather of Devin Johnson, Marco Bellosi, Joshua Bellosi, Daniel Bellosi and Jamies Bellosi. Great Grandfather of Izzabella Bellosi.

Family received friends for Leroy's Life Celebration on Friday, June 28, 2013 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral service was conducted by Pastor Marvin Harris of LaPlata MD at 6:00 p.m. Interment will be in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD on July 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m.

Serving as pallbearers will be Devin Johnson, Tyler Unkle, John Tippett, Roger Sexton, Jamies Cranston, Raymond Texeira and Vincent Brisco.

For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American
Veterans, 31 Hopkins Plaza, Room 1229, Baltimore, MD. 21201.

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

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

Sarah Martha Fisher, 84

Passed On: 06/20/2013

A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:00AM at the Fisher Home, 27735 Woodburn Hill Road, Mechanicsville, MD. Interment will follow at 1:00PM in the Fisher Cemetery, Mechanicsville, MD.The family will receive friends on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 2:00PM to 9:00PM at the Fisher family home.Sarah Martha Fisher, 84 of Mechanicsville, MD passed away on June 20, 2013 at her residence. Born December 3, 1928 in Harrisburg, PA, she was the daughter of the late Israel Z. and Gertrude Peachey Swarey. She was the wife of the late Isaac B. Fisher.Mrs. Fisher is survived by her children; Stephen S. Fisher married to (Sarah L. Yoder) of Mechanicsville, MD, Israel S. Fisher married to (Hannah S. Byler) of Mechanicsville, MD, John S. Fisher married to (Nancy Hertzler) of Mechanicsville, MD, Elam S. Fisher married to (Malinda Hertzler) of Mechanicsville, MD, Isaac S. Fisher married to (Barbara Hostetler) Charlotte, VA, Christian S. Fisher married to (Lena Hertzler) of Mechanicsville, MD, Mary S. Hertzler married to (Isaac Hertzler) of Addison, NY, Jacob S. Fisher married to (Lena Hertzler) of Mechanicsville, MD, Sarah S. Hertzler married to (Tobias J. Hertzler) of Ovid, NY, Barbara S. Stoltzfus married to (Elam Stoltzfus) of Interlaken, NY, Anna S. Hertzler married to (Andy Hertzler) Johnsonville, IL, and Gertrude S. Kurtz married to (Stephen Kurtz) of Mechanicsville, MD. Siblings; Thomas E. Swarey of Mechanicsville, MD, Elizabeth A. Stoltzfus of IN, Levi I. Swarey of Mechanicsville, MD, Ezra Swarey of SC, Israel E. Swarey of Newburg, MD, John B. Swarey of Mechanicsville, MD, and Gertrude M. Swarey of SC, also survived by 120 grandchildren, and 60 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband Mrs. Fisher was preceded in death by her daughter Saloma S. Byler married to (Daniel Byler) of Addison, NY, siblings; Jacob H. Swarey, Christian M. Swarey, and Annie Swarey. Mrs. Fisher was a homemaker.The family will receive friends on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 2:00PM to 9:00PM at the Fisher home, 27735 Woodburn Hill Rd., Mechanicsville, MD. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:00AM at the family home. Interment will follow in the Fisher Cemetery, Woodburn Hill Rd., Mechanicsville, MD Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Sarah Martha Fisher, 84

Passed On: 06/20/2013

A Funeral Service will be held on Saaturday, June 22, 2013 at 10:00AM at the Fisher Family Home. Interment will follow in the Fisher Cemetery, Mechanicsville, MD.The family will receive friends on Friday, June 21, 2013 from 2:00PM to 9:00PM at the Fisher Family Home.




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