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"Remembering is an act of resurrection, each repetition a vital layer of mourning, in memory of those we are sure to meet again". ~Nancy Cobb


(Age 98)  


John Alexander Fraser, Jr., 98 of Newburg, MD died February 26, 2015 at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center, La Plata, MD.


He was born March 17, 1916 in Terry, Montana to the late John Alexander Fraser, Sr. and Hazel Edith Wilson. He grew up in Wellsville, Ohio and came to the Washington, D.C. area in 1937.


He was a WWII veteran serving as a Master Sergeant on General Eisenhower’s planning staff for Operation Overlord, the 1944 Invasion of Normandy. At a young age, he was one of the very few soldiers entrusted with the most confidential information concerning the Invasion, including the location of the beaches and the date of the first landings. After the war, Mr. Fraser served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 20 years, and worked in military intelligence and military mapping with a variety of DOD offices. He retired from the Defense Mapping Agency in 1982.


John was an active member of his church and community, devotedly supporting his children's school programs as well as local citizen organizations. He was happily married to his only love, Pearl, for 62 years. He was an avid beekeeper, gardener, and grafter of fruiting trees.


In addition to Pearl, John is survived by two sons; John A. Fraser III and his wife Laura Long of Clifton, VA and James P. Fraser and his wife Elaine of Damascus, MD, three daughters; Katherine L. Lyons of Nederland, Colorado, Patricia A. Fraser Garland and her husband Earl of Boyds, MD and Elizabeth J. Shanahan and her husband Joseph Bonczkowski of Silver Spring, MD, eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of John can be made to The Humane Society of Charles County, P.O. Box 1015, Waldorf, MD 20604 or the Newburg Volunteer Rescue Squad & Fire Department, P.O. Box 9, Newburg, MD 20664.


A visitation will be on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 2:00PM until time of service at 3:00PM at Raymond Funeral Service 5635 Washington Ave, La Plata, MD 20646. Burial will follow at a future date at Arlington National Cemetery.


Janet L. Hill


77, of Huddleston, passed away, on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. She was born in Washington, DdC. on July 9, 1937 a daughter of the late Carl T. Crawford and Helen Fawcett Crawford.

She was a charter member of Trinity Ecumenical Parish, past president of the Moneta Garden Club, she volunteered for the Smith Mountain Lake Home Tour, Smith Mountain Good Neighbor and Lake Christian Ministries. She loved gardening and sewing.


She is survived by her husband, Richard Hill, of Huddleston, Va.; two sons, Patrick Hill, of Baltimore, Md., Sean Hill, of Huddleston, Va.; her sister, Shirley Mather, Rockville, Md; and her granddaughter, Leann Tilghman Hill, of Boyds, Md.


A Memorial Service will be held in April of 2015 at Trinity Ecumenical Parish at 40 Lakemount Drive in Franklin County, VA., the Rev. Philip A. Boukhight will be officiating.  Burial of her cremated remains will be inurned privately in the Trinity Ecumenical Parish Columbarium prior to the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lake Christian Ministries, P.O. Box 695, Moneta, VA., 24121. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, 317 W. Main Street, Bedford, 540-586-7360


Thomas Wood


Age 92 of Rockville, Maryland, passed away peacefully at the home of his daughter in Montross, Virginia on Friday, December 5, 2014. He was the husband of Norma Jean Taylor Wood, of Rockville, his wife of 69 years.

Born August 19, 1922 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Bartley and Yvonne Parmentier Wood, both deceased. In addition to his loving wife, Mr. Wood is survived by three children, Ken Wood & wife Mary Ann of Monrovia, MD, Shirley Wease & husband Bobby of Montross, VA, and Tom Wood & wife Cathy of Charles Town, WV; twelve grandchildren, Chris, Jeff, Mike, Jimmy, Carla, Lisa, Rob, Terri, Mary, Peter, Matthew, and Stephanie; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and one brother, Charles R. Wood & wife Becky of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Edwin Wood, William Wood, and Bartley Wood, Jr., and one sister, Elaine Dakas.

Mr. Wood was a veteran of the Army Air Corps in World War II, where he served as an airplane mechanic with the rank of Staff Sergeant. After the War, he held various positions and owned his own service station business in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania before moving his family to Rockville, Maryland in 1963 to begin a career with the Federal Government. He retired in 1984 as the Chief of Police of the Department of Defense, Defense Mapping Agency in Brookmont, Maryland.

He was a loyal member of American Legion Post 86 in Rockville and AMVETS Post 2 in Frederick, and an honorary member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Picton, Ontario Branch. He loved camping and fishing and especially his annual family vacations to East Lake, Ontario, which he began at age 9 and continued to age 90. Most of all he loved his family very much and enjoyed being with them.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, Dec. 11th at the Chapel Mausoleum of Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 9501 U.S. Route 15 N in Frederick. A committal service with military honors will follow in the Garden of St. John at Resthaven. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the DAV, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301 (

Published Online in The Frederick News-Post from Dec. 8 to Dec. 9, 2014Published in Print in The Frederick News-Post on Dec. 9, 2014


Kenneth Lawyer died shortly after moving from Lusby, MD to Sun City Center, FL. February 16, 1929 - November 6, 2014. Graduated 1944 from Western High School, Naval & Army Reserves, 35 years of civilian government service at Army Map Service. Cotillion ballroom dance instructor for many families for over 25 years. Survived by wife, Molly Walker; his two daughters: Christie F. Lawyer and Cynthia L. Lawyer; and an 18 year old grandson, Calvin W. Ferguson. Memorial Services are to be announced in the near future. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Diabetes Research & Wellness Foundation, 5151 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016.

Dorothy "Dottie" Bissett Michaels
Myrtle Beach
Dorothy Lee "Dottie" Bissett Michaels age 78, died Monday, August 25, 2014 at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Born in Washington, DC, she was a daughter of the late Arnold H. Irons. Mrs. Michaels was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Michaels of Myrtle Beach; a son, John "Jeb" Bissett, III and his wife Tina of Cumming, GA; a daughter, Linda Lee McCollough and her husband Cal of Fuquay-Varina, NC; grandsons, Christopher and Matthew Bissett, Jason and Brian McCollough; Randy Lewis and step daughters, Margaret Ann Lewis and Ellen Goheen and her husband Don.
A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel with Rev. Dr. B. Mike Alexander, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
An online guestbook is available at
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.





Donald Wallace Brothers, 86, Centreville, MD died August 1, 2014.


Beloved husband of Mary Anne; father of Anne, Andrew and Matthew Brothers and Martha Smith; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Services at 11 a.m., August 5, 2014 at St. Christopher's Catholic Church in Chester, MD visitation starting at 10 a.m. Interment at 2:30 p.m. in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Silver Spring, MD.


Online condolences may be made at  

Virginia Queen left us 4:15 PM 18 June 2013.  Her husband of 66 years wrote the following:



By Galen K S Queen


My first date with Virginia Elizabeth Plunk was to see the Fourth-of-July Fireworks.  I was hurting; I had been dumped by a young lady that did not want to settle down to one man.  How telling Virginia about being dumped got me a second date is a mystery to me.  But it did and we continued to date.  We talked about what each wanted and developed an agreement.  The first question of marriage was, “When?”  I choose another holiday: Christmas.  On Christmas Day 1946 we were married.


As my wife, Virginia P. Queen, let me be my own person and I did likewise for her.  As for what Virginia did before our agreement, I never asked and Virginia told very little.  After all, our agreement was for our future together and did not rest on our past.  She helped me continue my education and gave me five red-headed children.  As for being qualified to raise those children, I know I was not.  But they grew up anyway.


Well, the children left our home and the time to retire came.  For the next fifteen years, we lived in a motor-home traveling and visiting children, family, and friends.  The last fifteen years, Virginia was too ill for much traveling.  Virginia’s illness was best treated with medicine that had such bad side effects that she had to stop using it.  Then the reason for taking the medicine returned.  As one doctor put it, “You are Damned if you do and you are Damned if you don’t.”  Now Virginia is at rest, and I no longer have a wonderful companion.



 Reuben D. Cook

Reuben Davies Cook, 83, passed away at his home in Wellfleet, surrounded by his family, on May 12, 2014.

Reuben was born on May 6, 1931, in Laredo, Texas to Dr Albert Thomas Cook and Margaret Davies Cook, and grew up in the ranching country along the Rio Grande.  Reuben attended Texas A&M University for three years and graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering after college was interrupted by service in the Army Corps of Engineers.  Reuben remained a Texas Aggie at heart.  He received a master’s degree in Photogrammetric Engineering at Syracuse University and was a Distinguished Graduate of the Defense Department’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

Reuben met his wife, Nancy Edith Atwood, at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, and they were married at the First Congregational Church in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, in 1959. They raised their family together in Northern Virginia before retiring to Nancy’s hometown of Wellfleet in 2003.

Reuben served in the Army Corps of Engineers and was selected to shoot on the prestigious Army Rifle Team at Camp Perry, Ohio.  He went on to become a highway bridge engineer, then worked for many years on US aerial and space reconnaissance programs through the Defense Mapping Agency and the National Reconnaissance Office.  He was particularly proud to have played a role on the Corona program, our country’s first satellite photo reconnaissance system, in the 1960s.  In addition to his civilian government career, Reuben retired as a colonel in the Army Reserves.  He culminated his career as chairman of a NATO defense working group, with frequent trips to European nations regarding alliance issues. 

Reuben was very active in community events and organizations, including Boy Scouts, the Masons, and the Wellfleet Historical Society.  He spent almost fifty years at the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC, as a deacon, elder, trustee, teacher, and choir member.  Since retiring to Wellfleet, he has been an active member of the First Congregational Church of Wellfleet.  He was an avid outdoorsman, from his early years in South Texas, to years as a hunter and competitive target shooter, to sailing on Wellfleet Harbor in later years.  Reuben was fond of history, learning, and books, with a well-deserved reputation among family and friends as a walking encyclopedia. 

He is survived by his loving wife Nancy, and four children, Peter Cook and Susan Smith of Wellfleet, Massachusetts, Stephen Cook of Warrenton, Virginia and Miles Cook of Atlanta, Georgia, and eleven grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 16th, at the First Congregational Church of Wellfleet. The family suggests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Wellfleet Historical Society, PO Box 58, Wellfleet, MA 02667, or to the First Congregational Church of Wellfleet, PO Box 1300, Wellfleet, MA 02667.



Died on May 11, 2014, surrounded by his loving family. Jack was a resident at Greenspring Village in Springfield, Virginia, and is survived by his wife of 71 years, Bettie, and his three children, Patricia Garrett (Oliver Woshinsky), Katherine Ball (George) and Thomas Garrett (Shari). Jack was born in Columbus, Georgia, on June 10, 1922, to Mary Daniels and Delma Garrett. He moved frequently growing up but graduated from Roosevelt High School in Washington, D.C., and raised his family in the Washington area.

He worked at the Army Map Service/Defense Mapping Agency for 43 years and retired in 1983. While working, he attended night classes for many years and ultimately earned a BA from George Mason University. He was a devoted husband and family man and was extremely proud of his extended family of 6 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA. A Funeral Service will be held at the Village Chapel at Greenspring Village on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 11 a.m. Interment will be private.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jack's name to Greenspring Hospice, 7410 Spring Village Drive, Springfield, VA 22150, or a charity of your choice . A guest register can be found at:  

Former Vienna Town Council member Richard Dingman dies

Former Vienna Town Council member Richard Dingman died April 23 at age 79.

by BRIAN TROMPETER, Staff Writer | Posted 14 hours ago

Former Vienna Town Council member Richard B. Dingman, who later founded a conservative television channel and initiated a Bible-reading event on the U.S. Capitol’s steps, died April 23 at age 79.

 Dingman was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last November and died at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington following a brief hospitalization, said his wife of 57 years, Ann Dingman.

Richard Dingman was born in Baltimore to parents who were Salvation Army officers. He and his family relocated several times on various Salvation Army pastoral assignments and moved to Washington, D.C., in 1952. That year, Dingman began his federal career with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey and joined the U.S. Army Reserves as an enlisted man. He went on active duty in 1955 and spent the following year as an Army photographer in Korea. He received a direct commission in 1962 in his Topographical Unit. Dingman left the Army Reserves in 1965 at the rank of second lieutenant.

Dingman spent 18 years working for the Department of the Army, mostly for the Army Map Service. He then served as a senior congressional aide for 13 years, including six years as executive director of the House Republican Study Committee.  After retiring from federal service in 1983, he served for seven years as executive vice president of the Free Congress Foundation where he helped found National Empowerment Television, which later became America’s Voice.  For four years, he hosted a daily television talk show, “The American Family.” He also served for two years as executive vice president of America’s Voice cable-television channel.  

Dingman and his family moved to Vienna in 1960. In 1964, he was elected to the Vienna Town Council at age 29 and was re-elected four times, serving a total of 10 years.“He believed you should not make a career out of a position like that,” his wife said. “He said he would serve for 10 years if the people wanted him.”Dingman convinced the Council to appoint a committee to study the feasibility of using computers for municipal operations. The town government subsequently implemented computer technology.

Former Council member Paul Lyons, whose tenure overlapped with Dingman’s, said Dingman studied issues carefully before forming opinions on them. The pair first met when Dingman was making his initial run for Council.“I was working in my yard and he wouldn’t shake hands because he had poison ivy,” Lyons said. “He vowed to shut down the sewage-treatment plant at Southside and he did. It was pretty smelly in summer.”

Former Council member Maud Robinson, whose late husband, Mayor Charles Robinson, served alongside Dingman, also recalled difficulties stemming from the sewage-treatment plant. Dingman and his wife bought a home in southwest Vienna and were misled about the stench fouling the air, she said.“They asked ‘What is that?’ and were told something very innocuous and not what it really was,” Robinson said. “That basically is what triggered Dick into seeing how the Town Council was run.”Like Lyons, Robinson was impressed with Dingman’s diligence.“He worked very hard at the job and was a very responsible officeholder,” she said. “The thing that guided him was the best interest of Vienna.”

Dingman attended college while working full-time for the federal government. He received a bachelor’s degree in personnel management from the University of Maryland in 1962 and a master’s degree in management and computer systems from American University in 1970.Dingman received the Outstanding Young Men of America’s “Distinguished Service Award” from the Vienna Jaycees in the early 1970s.Dingman’s Christian faith served as the foundation of his life, his family said. In the 1950s and ’60s, he was a leader with the Christian Youth Crusade, a ministry in the District of Columbia and Maryland. For more than 20 years, he was active at McLean Bible Church.  In 1989, Dingman helped obtain signatures from more than half the members of Congress in support of a proclamation designating 1990 as the International Year of Bible Reading.  

On behalf of Bible Reading Pathway Ministries in Tennessee, Dingman arranged and conducted the first Bible Reading Marathon on the U.S. Capitol Steps in 1990.  The event has occurred annually ever since, with people reading the entire Bible around the clock over a four-day period ending on the National Day of Prayer.

In addition to his wife, who lives in Vienna, Dingman is survived by two sons, Mark Dingman of Springfield, Ill., and Jeffrey Dingman of Georgetown, Del.; two daughters, Linda Kaminsky of Burke and Patricia Spencer of Springfield; a godson; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to Dick's visitation at MONEY and KING FUNERAL HOME, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA, on Thursday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. A Life Celebration Service will be held at McLean Bible Church, 8925 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA in the Smith Center on Friday, June 13 at 1 p.m. Interment will be held at Fairfax Memorial Park on June 14 at 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to or Assist Crisis Pregnancy Center at Online condolences and fond memories of Dick may be offered to the family at

Virginia P. Queen

May 21, 1925 – June 18, 2013

Rockville, Maryland 

Edith L. Russell

May 19, 1923 – December 6, 2013

Annandale, Virginia


Of Vienna, VA died on March 15, 2014. Was born in Phillipsburg, NJ in 1923. He was a World War II Veteran, serving in the U. S. Army Transportation Corps from May 1943 through November 1945. He graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1949. He completed courses at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City and New York University, NYC. Mr. Becci completed courses in Graphic Arts at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and University of Virginia in Falls Church, Va. From 1949 to the present time, Mr. Becci has created architectural graphic designs for fabrics and wall papers. He has designed floral patterns for glassware, ceramics and porcelain ware. From 1949 to 1951, he did freelance work at the Scalamandre Museum of Textiles preparing exhibit displays. Mr. Becci was hired by the Defense Mapping Agency, where he has worked as a Surveying and Cartographic Aide, and Visual Information Specialist. He has worked as Assistant to the Section Chief of Visual Communications and, became Chief of Pictorial Arts Section. Mr. Becci worked on the United States Lunar Programs (Mercury, Gemini and Apollo Missions). He was detailed to Hampton, VA Langley Research Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, where he was responsible for planning, and organizing and developing the Lunar Landing and Approach Simulator project. Mr. Becci was instrumental in introducing the silk screening process to the Defense Mapping Agency. Founding member and belonged to Vienna Arts Society, Our Lady of Good Counsel and Fairfax County Council of the Arts. His outside interests include freelance designing and painting and his business, Aldo Becci Designs.


Relatives and friends are invited to attend Aldo's Life Celebration at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Thursday, March 20, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 21, 2014. Interment at Culpeper National Cemetery on Friday at 2 p.m. 

Mary Rutley


Mary was born on September 10, 1930 and passed away on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Mary was a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Laura Miller

Laura was born on February 1, 1929 and passed away on Saturday, October 5, 2013.

Laura was a resident of Kensington, Maryland.


Lifelong resident of Glen Echo, MD passed away on February 1, 2014. Daughter of the late Talmadge and Amy Kent Lumsden. Survived by a sister, Anne E. and husband Carroll Butts of Rockville, MD. Also survived by a nephew, Glen and wife Judy Butts of Rockville, MD. Predeceased by two brothers, Harold Hudson and Grafton Lumsden. Memorial service arrangements will be announced at a later date. Online condolences


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Dorothy V. Lumsden, a map binder for 40 years at what is now the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, died Feb. 1 at the Fox Chase Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Silver Spring. She was 88.


She had Alzheimer’s disease, said her sister, Ann Butts.


Ms. Lumsden, a resident of Glen Echo in Montgomery County, joined the old Army Map Service in 1941 and received professional and achievement awards during her career.


Dorothy Virginia Lumsden was a Bethesda native and a 1942 graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.


She was a member of the Association of Mapping Seniors and received an award for her service to the organization in 1996. She volunteered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and Meals on Wheels.


Survivors include her sister, Ann Butts of Rockville.


On Thursday morning November 7, 2013. Devoted wife of the late Sam Gunn of Roanoke, VA. Loving and devoted mother of Linda Marie Gunn. She was a close friend and confidant of Armeldia Marshall and her daughter Anita Johnson, Payton Marshall and the late Sunny Marshall. Survived by Kaitlyn and Todd Johnson whom she loved and cared for as her grandchildren. Also survived by a host of relatives and friends.

Viewing will be held at FORT LINCOLN FUNERAL HOME, 3401 Bladensburg Rd., Brentwood, MD on Thursday, November 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. Interment Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery on Friday, November 22 at 11 a.m.

RALPH J. GADDI (Age 89)  

Of Laurel, MD, peacefully passed away November 17, 2013. Born July 24, 1924 in Washington, DC. Served in the Army in the Pacific Theater during WWII. Worked 25 years for the Army Map Service, Topographic Printing unit.

Survived by his wife, Nancy Gaddi of Laurel; sons, Joseph and Steven Gaddi of Silver Spring, MD; step-children, Karen Kirchberg of Rockville, MD and Richard Anderson of Chicago, IL; granddaughters, Alexa Hagerty and Courtney Gaddi; grandsons, Adam and Eli Anderson; sister, Sr. Eugenia Gaddi; and nieces and nephews, children of his late sister Theresa Rankin.

Viewing, 9 a.m.; service, 10 a.m., Saturday, November 23 at Donaldson Funeral Home, Laurel, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, Stanley Massey Leizear passed away at the age of 89. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janet, and three daughters: Karin (Jeff) McDonald, Leslie (Harry) Sumrall, and Carolyn (Patrick) Foster. There are six grandchildren, Erin, Ryan, Sam, Kyle, Jacob and Austin and two great-grandchildren, Corbin and Archer.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 9 at 11 a.m. at Georgetown Lutheran Church, 1556 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20007. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Stanley to the charity of your choice.

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EltonH. Underwood, 84 of Warrenton, VA passed away April 25, 2013 at INOVA Fairfax Hosptial. Elton was born April 13, 1929 near Huntersville, WV (on a farm on Cummings Creek) in Pocahontas County. He was the son of the late P.W. and Carnie Perkins Underwood. Brothers Norvil Underwood and Hoil Underwood and sister, Olive U. Smith -Graham also preceded him in death. Elton is survived by his wife, Alice Hively Underwood and their three children, sons Kelvin Underwood and wife Teresa Underwood of Warrenton VA, Blaine Underwood and wife Diane Underwood of Manassas VA, daughter Karen Nelson and husband William Nelson of Warrenton VA. He survived by a sister, Glenna Bonnell of Culpeper VA. He is also survived by a grandson, Josh Henry and wife Megan Henry, granddaughters; Heather Underwood Trail and husband Johnny Trail and Vanessa Henry Wallace and husband Nathan Wallace. Elton is also survived by great granddaughters; Cameryn Trail and Jillian Henry, great grandson Zacory Wallace.

Elton and Alice were married June 20, 1953 while Elton was in the U.S. Air Force. Later they lived for 36 years in Fairfax, VA. They were active members of Fairfax United Methodist Church. Elton was president of the Fairfax United Methodist Men, Chairman of the building and grounds committee and member of the administrative council. They moved to Warrenton VA in 1992 and worshiped God at Bethel United Methodist Church. Elton served as Chairman of the church council for 3 years and others committees over the years. Elton graduated from Marlinton High School in Marlinton WV in 1947, West Virginia University in 1951 with BS degree and Duke University in 1956 with a MS degree. Elton was drafted into the U. S. Air Force in 1952 and afterwards was employed by the Army Corps of Engineers, military side, as a civilian for most of his career except 5 years with the Defense Intelligence Agency. The last 16 years of his government career he worked for the Engineer Studies Center as Project Manager. This position required him to travel to Vietnam in 1971 on an Agent Orange study and South Korea several times in the mid 70s and 80s. Elton retired in 1984.

Elton and Alice traveled extensively over the years, camping with their children, cruising and spending family time at their farm (Hilla Villa) in West Virginia. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, April 29 at Moser Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church on Tuesday, April 30 at 10:00 a.m. Burial will be in Stonewall Memory Gardens. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Bethel United Methodist Building Fund, 6903 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA, 20187. Online condolences at

Helen N. Leonard Obituary:

Memorial services for Helen Nobles Leonard, 80, a resident of Shalimar will be held Monday, March 18, 2013 at 3:00 P.M. at Shalimar Baptist Church, 17 4th Avenue, Shalimar, Florida.

Mrs. Leonard passed on Monday, March 11, 2013 at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Helen Nobles Leonard was born March 22, 1932 in Lockart, Alabama. She was the daughter of Wilford Opha Nobles and Alma Nobles. She was united in marriage to Robert B. Leonard on June 21, 1953 at the First Baptist Church in Florala, Alabama. He preceded her death May 23, 2005. They were married for 51 happy years.

Helen retired from the Department of Defense after working in personnel for 30 years. She really enjoyed spending time with her family. She was extremely caring and loved spoiling her grandchildren. Helen was very sociable and enjoyed every event spent with friends and neighbors. She was a faithful member of Shalimar Baptist Church in Shalimar, Florida.

She was survived by her children and spouses; Robert B. Leonard, Robyn (Bruce) Baker, David (Donna) Leonard. 8 loving grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. BrotherLeonard Nobles.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Janette Harrison.

Emerald Coast Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.


Raymond "Bill" William Morton, Jr., age 85, of Terra Alta, WV formerly of Potomac, MD passed peacefully April 3, 2013 at Montgomery Hospice Casey House. He was born on April 27, 1927 in West Virginia to Regina and Raymond Morton, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years Mabel M. Morton; children Sue A. Windsor and her husband Patrick of Silver Spring, MD, William B. Morton of Poolesville, MD, and Mary Jane Selph and her husband Duncan of Leonardtown, MD; loving grandfather of Nicole, Natalie, and Craig Morton; and Ryan, Caitlin, and Chad Selph. He is also survived by his loving brother Joe H. Morton of Rockville, Md., and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Richard A. Morton.

Bill was a retired Cartographer who worked for the Army Map Service. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1945-1946. He graduated from Greenbriar Military School, Lewisburg, WV in 1947 and graduated from West Virginia University, School of Geology in 1951.

Bill and his wife Mabel have enjoyed many happy years of retirement in the community of Alpine Lake Resort, West Virginia where a celebration of Bill's life will be held later this year.

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Alpine Lake Resort Scholarship Fund, 700 West Alpine Dr., Terra Alta, WV 26764 or the American Heart Association .

COL John S. Liesman

HAMPTON - COL John S. Liesman (US Army, retired), 80, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, April 27, 2013. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin where he was a member of the crew and ROTC. Except for a 3 year tour in Germany, he had been a member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and resident of Hampton, for almost 40 years. While at Gloria Dei, he served on numerous committees, which included Executive Director, and was a member of the Men's Bible study class. He retired from the US Army in 1983 after 28 years of service. His tours of duty included two tours in Vietnam, and tours in Korea, Okinawa, Germany, and numerous tours throughout Virginia. Additionally he attended the Armed Forces Staff College, the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, and earned an MBA at Syracuse University. His awards include the Legion of Merit (with 4 OLC), the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service medal, and the Purple Heart. John was an avid Redskin and NASCAR fan, and also enjoyed golfing and gardening. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Nancy Liesman Stewart. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Jean Liesman; children and spouses, Michael and Pirjo Liesman of Chicago and Suzanne Liesman and Allison Wilder of Portsmouth, NH; seven grandchildren, Jackson Gill and his spouse, Amanda, Lily and Mary Hood, and Anneli, Kristina, Sara, and Samuel Liesman; and two great-grandchildren, Michael and Alleah Gill. A memorial service with full Army honors will be conducted at 5p.m. on Friday May 10th, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, led by Pastor Charles Bang. The family will receive friends from 3:30-5:00. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 250 Fox Hill Road, Hampton, VA 23669. - See more at:

Mr. James Kendall,69 , of Mt. Airy passed away Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Carroll Hospital Center.  He was the husband of Karen Kesner Kendall. 

Born July 31, 1943 in Rockville, MD he was the son of the late James G. Kendall, Sr. and Agnes M. Griffiths Kendall.   

Mr. Kendall proudly served his country in the United States Navy Seabees.  James was a member of the AMVETS, Black Smith's Guild, Carroll Co. Branch, Knife Smith Guild, Gun Smith Guild, the National Rifle Association and the William Moran Memorial Foundation.  James enjoyed hunting, fishing and blacksmithing.   

In addition to his wife he is survived by his children James George Kendall, III of Annapolis and Ruth Angela Kendall of Mt. Airy; sisters Agnes Joseph of VA, Diane Ellison of GA and Ann Burrows of PA; nephews Ronnie Haines, Sean Ellison, Victor Genson, Glenn Connoley, Carlton Fletcher Burrows and 1 niece Caran Leahy. 

The family will receive friends at the Stauffer Funeral Home, 8 E. Ridgeville Blvd., Mt. Airy Friday, November 23, 2012 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM.  A funeral service will be held Saturday, November 24 at 11 AM at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, 1402 N. Main St., Mt. Airy.  Dr. Michael Trammell will officiate. 

Interment will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery. 

Richard L. Vitek


Richard was born on December 9, 1927 and passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2013.

Richard was a resident of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Elma Lorena Fritts of Sterling

Elma Lorena Fritts was born in Sterling to Charles Edison and Charlotte Redenback Fritts on January 10, 1920. She died June 5, 2013 at the age of 93.

Her family moved to Ann Arbor when she was 2 years old. She attended Bach School, Slawson Junior High and Ann Arbor High School. She attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1945 with a BA degree from the College of Literature, Arts and Sciences (Geography). She worked as a night operator for Michigan Bell to pay her way through college.

After graduation, she got a job in Washington, DC with the Army Map Service. She retired in 1975 at the age of 55 with 30 years of service as a civil service employee. She traveled to Europe, Spain, New Zealand and Australia, and visited Hawaii twice. She took a train trip through the Rockies. Her last trip was to the Holy Land.

Elma spent 20 years working on the family genealogy, before it was fashionable. She tried to check three sources when there were discrepancies. Her work is being carried on by her younger sister and a niece. There were blank places in the history but no errors were found.

Elma was active all her life with work, friends, travel, her Hawaiian Club performing dances and programs, and she worked as a volunteer for AARP in the DC area. She was a member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church in Washington for over 50 years, belonged to a circle group and delivered altar flowers on Sunday afternoons to shut-ins.

Elma returned to Michigan in 2002 when her doctor told her she could no longer live alone. She lived with her sister and brother-in-law for about 18 months before becoming a resident at Medilodge of Sterling. She made Medilodge her home for 9 years before going to be with her Lord and Savior. She is welcomed into Heaven by her parents and siblings Marian and Joe Meunier, Joyce and Russell Wiedmeyer, Louie and Vivian Fritts and Margaret and Lew Eaglen. She is survived by her sister Janet (Stephen) Pavlik, 12 nieces and nephews and many great-nieces and –nephews.

Services will be Monday, June 10, 2013 at 11:00 AM from the Sterling United Methodist Church. She will lie in state from 10:00 AM until service time. Visitation will be Sunday, June 9 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at R. O. Savage Funeral Chapel. Burial will be at Clayton Township Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, the Sterling United Methodist Church for their Food Pantry or Medilodge of Sterling.

A heartfelt thank you to all the staff over the years at Medilodge. You became her family as she became more confused. A special thank you to Lindsey, Stephanie and Amy for all your help over 18 months of Hospice. You are all truly angels of love and mercy. Thanking you enough is beyond words. 

Wildenburg, Stella Beryl
June 26, 1920 - May 19, 2013
Stella Beryl Wildenburg, 92, of Sarasota, Florida died on May 19, 2013 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.
The family asked guest's to visit at 3 PM on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Toale Brothers Chapel, 40 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL, 34236. A Celebration of Life followed at 4 PM on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Toale Brothers Chapel, 40 N. Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL, 34236.
Beryl is survived by Albert, her loving husband of 54 years and their children Susan Zenga of Sarasota and spouse Jack, James Wildenburg of Atlanta, Georgia, grandson Tyler and Danielle Zenga and Landon, Braden and Farrah Wildenburg, and her brother Neil Dickson and sister Iris Shultz, both of Windsor, Ontario. Beryl was born in Listowel, Canada and lived in Bethesda, Maryland for many years where she raised her family and worked for the World Bank in Washington, D.C. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and volunteered for the Red Cross and Sibley Hospitals and then later the Sarasota Memorial Hospital upon her retirement. Her hobbies included painting ceramics, playing golf, and dancing.
Albert and Beryl retired to Sarasota in 1984. During their early years of retirement they enjoyed traveling and took tours and cruises all over the world. Funeral arrangements provided by Toale Brothers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Stella's name to the Alzheimer's Association, Florida Gulf Coast Chapter, 14010 Roosevelt Blvd, #709, Clearwater, FL, 33762.

Lonnie Alan PANGBURN

On the morning of Monday, June 10, 2013, Lonnie Alan Pangburn, of Hardy, died at the age of 72 due to heart and internal organ failure. Lonnie was born in Chicago, Ill. on March 28, 1941. He served in the 1st Division 28th Infantry of the United States Army during Vietnam in 1965. He worked as a cartographer and intelligence officer within the government's national defense agencies for over 33 years before he retired in 1996, to Smith Mountain Lake. He is survived by wife, Lou Anne Pangburn; two sisters, Nedra Wegrzyn and Gale Kieper; eight children; one stepson; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted from Trinity Ecumenical Parish at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013, with Pastor Gary Scheidt officiating. Interment will follow in Resurrection Catholic Church Cemetery. His family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the home, 440 Sourwood Drive, Hardy, VA 24101. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

Don Elseroad

  • "To the More Family, This is not good bye only good night..."

- Jay

Daniel Phillips More', 82, of Mount Airy, MD passed away on Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Born May 13, 1931 in Washington, D.C., he was the son of the late Rafael and Hester More' Sullivan.

Three sisters, Margaret Voight, Kathryn Davis, and Mary Mays preceded him in death.

He was the loving husband of 61 years of Hazel Monroe More'.

Surviving besides his wife, are daughter Deborah and companion John Schroeder, and son Daniel and wife Cindy, two step- granddaughters, Wendy and Stephanie, and five step-great- grandchildren.

Dan served in the United States Marine Corps and worked for the Defense Mapping Agency for 36 years making maps for the NASA moon landings. He performed missionary work for 21 years going into flood areas to rebuild homes in Illinois and Virginia and to repair churches in Mississippi, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in Frederick County. He was a key member of the Saint Andrews Potato Project sponsored by the United Methodist Men's Organization to deliver them to the hungry and he was a member of the Linganore United Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 31, 2013 from 6-8 p.m. at Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Rd., Laytonsville, MD 20882, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Laytonsville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kline Hospice House, 7000 Kimmel Rd., Mount Airy, MD 21771.

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Harry B. “Mac” McKenzie

March 5, 1917 – May 8, 2013


Harry B. “Mac” McKenzie, 96, passed away peacefully on May 8th at the Sunrise Senior Living Center in Frederick, Maryland.


Harry, known as Mutt during his youth, was born on March 5, 1917 in Meyersdale, PA. He was the youngest of 4 children born to Noah A. and Annie (Housel) McKenzie. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 60 years Lillian Marion Yates, his sister Evelyn (Bolden), and his two brothers Homer and Orland. He is survived by his two children Bruce (McLean, VA) and Kathryn Ann (Frederick, MD), and two granddaughters Erin (Naples, FL) and Kara (Vienna, VA).


“Mac” was a veteran of World War II serving with the U.S. Army for 4 years, 8 months and 3 days. He was with the very first group of 8 young men drafted from Meyersdale on February 7, 1941. The course of his life was forever changed by his Service experience. Mac was sent to Ft. Belvoir for basic training, where he was eventually assigned to the 660th Engineer Topographical Battalion, “B” Company. The 660th was the first full American topographical engineering unit shipped to the United Kingdom, arriving September 6, 1942 (via the Queen Mary, converted to a troopship for the War). Their mission was to prepare the maps necessary for Operation Overlord, the June 6, 1944 Allied assault on Normandy. Following the D-Day Invasion, the 660th turned its attention on mapping the push through France and across the Rhine into Germany. With the liberation of Paris, the 660th relocated its mapping operations to Paris where they focused on mapping Bavaria, and northern Austria. During the course of their stay in England, the Topographic Engineers also had time to show-off their baseball skills. They were league champions of London’s International Baseball League - a highly competitive eight-team circuit consisting of five U.S. Army teams, two Canadian military clubs and a British civilian squad. Mac, “Nooky” Morgart (from Bedford), and Johnny Puskas, Steve Phenicie, and Bill Lingenfelter (all from the Somerset area) formed the nucleus of the championship team. Mac completed his WWII Service as First Sergeant of “B” Company.


After the War Mac returned to Meyersdale for a short time until he accepted a cartographer’s position (as a Civilian) with the U.S. Army Map Service in Brookmount, MD (near Washington, DC). His service during the War had opened a new door for this coal miner’s son. His mapping career was varied, challenging, and rewarding spanning 37 years of service; he was even involved in mapping the Moon! During this time he raised his family in Rockville, MD. While Mac may have lived away from Meyersdale for many years, his heart was always beating for his old hometown. He moved back to Meyersdale in 1995 where he pursued his six passions, helping the Meyersdale Public Library with it’s historical archive, trying to shoot his age on the Piney Run Golf Course (which he did once!), avidly reading his favorite authors, ardently listening to his collection of big band albums, enjoying his favorite breakfast of two eggs over easy with home fries and roast beef, and rooting for his favorite baseball team the Baltimore Orioles. Mac was active in the Meyersdale Elks Lodge, Meyersdale Lions, Historical Society, American Legion, and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a past officer in the Association of Mapping Seniors, the Army Map Service retirees organization.


The family would like to invite all of Mac’s friends and relatives to attend a “Remembrance Celebration Supper,” on May 21, from 6-8pm, at the Meyersdale Elk’s Lodge, 327 Dale Street, Meyersdale, PA 15552. Memorials in Mac’s name may be directed to the Meyersdale Public Library, the Meyersdale Historical Society, or the Hospice of Frederick County. The family looks forward to visiting with everyone and sharing fond memories.

Josephine Pastore Bizzoco


DAGSBORO – Beloved neighbor and friend, Josephine Pastore Bizzoco of Dagsboro, formerly of Glen Echo Heights, MD., died Saturday April 27th of complications resulting from pneumonia, in Atlantic Shores care facility, Millsboro, DE. She was 94.


Mrs Bizzoco was born and grew up in East Harlem, New York City daughter of the late Antonio and Angelina Amoroso Pastore. She is preceded by her late husband Felix F. Bizzoco also of New York City. As a young girl Mrs Bizzoco was an exceptional student graduating from high school at the age of 16 with a medal in French. She entered the work force as a secretary at the height of the Great Depression.


She met her future husband in 1940 and they were married in 1944 just prior to his being sent to the Philippines as part of the Philippine Liberation Army. Upon his return to the US, they settled in Washington, DC, where they lived until their retirement in 1979. After raising their two children, Mrs Bizzoco went to work as a library assistant and school secretary in the Montgomery County, Maryland elementary school system, from which she also retired in 1979. In 1980 they moved to Dagsboro where they lived. Mrs Bizzoco was a member of the St Michael’s Catholic Church in Georgetown.


She is survived by her children Francis (Frank) Bizzoco and Susan (Sue) Quintana also of Dagsboro, their Grandchildren, Andrew Quintana, Daniel Bizzoco and Dominic Bizzoco and their great grandchildren Daniella Bizzoco and Alexander Quintana.


Services will be Tuesday 14 May at 11 a.m. at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery South, 100 Patriots Way, Millsboro. She will join her husband in the veterans cemetery.

Instead of flowers the family requests memorial contributions to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758541, Topeka, KS  66675-8541

Mr. Milton S. Venezky

  • April 30, 1922 - March 1, 2013
  • Silver Spring, Maryland

On Friday, March 1, 2013, MILTON VENEZKY of Silver Spring, MD, beloved husband of the late Sylvia Venezky, and veteran of WWII. Survived by many nieces, nephews, other extended family and friends. Family and friends may gather at the HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9 a.m., followed by a graveside service at 10:30 a.m. at Judean Memorial Garden, Olney, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Venezky's memory made be made to The American Cancer Society ; and/or Holy Cross Hospital Foundation - Oncology.


Dominick Anthony Bucci
(July 17, 1916 - March 22, 2013)


Dominick Anthony Bucci died at his home in Shepherdstown, WV on Friday, March 22, 2013. He was formerly of Rockville, MD. He was born July 17, 1916 in Youngstown, Ohio. He was the son of the late Mary Longhi and Carmine Bucci and received his elementary and high school education in Newark, New Jersey and attended George Washington University at night and in 1958 received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and was elected to Sigma Tau, a national honorary engineering fraternity. His post graduate work was in Public Administration. He entered U.S. Government service in 1935 with the Interstate Commerce Commission.


Mr. Bucci was an Electronics Technician with the U.S. Navy during World War II and attended specialized training schools in Chicago, Illinois, Gulfport, Mississippi, and Washington, D.C. He received the following medals, the American Theater Ribbon and the WW II Victory Medal. In 1946, after discharge from the Navy, Dom began his mapping career with the Army Map Service as a Photogrammetric Engineer. He has been engaged in practically all phases of photogrammetric mapping, in the supervision of training, production, research, and development, and has served in various staff capacities. His present position at retirement was Chief, Department of Defense Mapping Agency Cartography, Defense Mapping Agency Topographic Center. The Department of Cartography with 900 employees is responsible for world-wide photogrammetric, cartographic, relief modeling, and digital mapping activities of the Topographic Center. He had served as technical advisor on negotiations concerning mapping agreements in Europe and Africa.


Mr. Bucci served as Director, ASP-1967-70, Director, ACSM-ASP Convention in 1967, President, AMS Toastmasters Club, and is presently a member of the Surveying and Mapping Committee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School, Chairman of the Committee on Topographic Maps and Aerophotogrammetry, Pan American Institute of Geography and History, ASP Ex-officio Member of FIC Policy Committee, and Special Reporter, Commission II, International Society of Photogrammetry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Jane Traverse Bucci, brother, Larry Bucci, son Donald and wife Isabel Bucci and grandson Douglas Bucci.


He is survived by his sons, Robert and wife Suzanne, Dennis and wife Lisa, sisters, Lucille Biese, Eleanor Pickering, Evelyn Guderian and sister-in-law, Catherine Lapinski, 9 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.


Friends may call at The Melvin T. Strider Colonial Funeral Home in Charles Town, WV on Friday, March 29, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. A mass will be conducted on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, 520 Viers Mill Road, Rockville, MD with Father Charles Gallagher officiating followed by burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Caregivers, 7311 Martinsburg Parkway, Shepherdstown, WV 25443 or Hospice of the Panhandle, 122 Waverly Court, Martinsburg, WV 25402



On Tuesday, September 4, 2012 of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved wife of the late Milford J. Beere; mother of Carol Ann Berry and the late Timothy C. Davenport; grandmother of Katie Berry; daughter of the late Roby and Irene Norman; sister of Patricia Tolley, Norma Crippes, Burda Ferguson and the late Kenneth G. Norman. Private inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorial & Tribute Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

Mrs. Inez Louise Athey, 87, of Thurmont, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, December 31, 2012. She was the loving wife of Edward F. Athey for 67 years. Born August 24, 1925 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Phillip and Anna Kraft. Early in her life she was a performer for the USO during WWII. After marriage, she operated her own dance studio in Montgomery County for many years and continued teaching dance after she moved to Frederick County. Later, she worked for the Army Map Service. Inez and Edward continued to reside in Frederick County for 51 years. Inez loved to travel and visited all 50 states. She was a past president and life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #168 in Thurmont.She is survived by her husband Edward and four daughters, Juanita Fleagle and husband, Terry, of Fairfield, PA; Virginia Richards and husband, Ronnie, of Fairfield, PA; Donna Athey and husband, Robert Baughman, of Taneytown, MD; and Sheri Carbaugh and husband, James "Pete", of Newport, PA; 10 grandchildren, Melanie Ramey, Michael Richards, A. Michele Box, Mark Fleagle, Jessica Seaman, Daniel Meixner, Timothy Athey, Jamie Carbaugh, Brianna Orris, Jesse Carbaugh; 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward Kraft of San Jose, CA, and extended family Julie and Buzz Mackley and their children.She was predeceased by two grandchildren, Ginger Carol Wagerman and J. Christopher Meixner; four brothers, and one sister..

Published in The Frederick News-Post on January 2, 2013

Mr. Francis B. Dillon (affectionately known as Willie), passed away on Wednesday, January 23, 2013.  He was the beloved husband of the late Edwina M. (Winnie) Dillon to whom he was married for 62 years. He also was preceded in death by their baby daughter, Theresa Louise.

Willie was a native Washingtonian born on September 19, 1925 to the late Francis B., Sr., and Anna Grace Starner Dillon.

He was a lifelong devout member of the Catholic Church where he served in the Holy Name Society, as an usher at several parishes and as a Eucharistic Minister to the sick and homebound. He also assisted in the caring of destitute men as part of Mother Theresa's mission house in Washington, DC. Willie took great satisfaction in the remodeling and maintaining of his home. He was an avid Redskin fan who could often be found decked out in Redskin attire while watching his team play. Willie and Winnie enjoyed camping, trips to Williamsburg, as well as their 25th wedding anniversary celebration in Europe.

Willie was employed by the Federal Government for over 30 years; however, his retirement was brief when he took another position with the State of Maryland for 10 years. During his years with the Federal Government, he held a position as a cartographer with Army Map Service (later Defense Mapping Agency) where he was involved in strategic mapping operations during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The Dillon family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Laurie Draper, Donna Alderson and Cindy Sells of DaVita Dialysis in Frederick, for their unfailing love and support of our Dad.

Willie leaves behind five children; Catherine A. Dillon, John J. Dillon and wife, Jeanne; Mary R. Lynch; Lorraine E. James, and husband, David; and Paul F. Dillon and wife, Lisa. He also was grandfather to William F. Dillon and wife, Carmen; Krista N. Hemming and husband, Andrew; Phillip A. Dillon; Laura E. Hammond, and husband, Dave; Brian E. Secker; Theresa D. Knill, and husband, Jacob; Karen M. Secker; Colleen M. Lynch; Anna G. Lynch; Rebekah M. James; Grace E. James; Stephen D. James; Daniel A. James; Krystal D. Dillon; Caleigh A. Flores, and husband, Heriberto; and Jessica L. Brice. He also leaves behind two great-grandchildren, Madeleine Hemming and Annalee Flores.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 31, 2013 at Stauffer Funeral Homes, P.A., 8 E. Ridgeville Blvd., Mt. Airy, MD 21771. A Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 from St. Michael's Catholic Church at Poplar Springs, 1125 St. Michael's Road, Mt. Airy, MD 21771. Officiating will be Father Michael J. Ruane.

Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the National Kidney Foundation of Maryland, Heaver Plaza, 1301 York Rd., Suite 404, Lutherville, MD 21093-6007.

Jean Brown

Jean Alfonso Brown, 88, a 21-year resident of Annapolis and formerly of Silver Spring, died December 22 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
He was born on March 24, 1924 in Union City, Obion, TN to the late Alfonso and Elizabeth Brown. Jean served in the U.S. Army
during World War II and was honorably discharged in July 1947. He attended American University and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and later worked at the Defense Mapping Agency where he provided support to NASA in 1969 for Apollo 11's first moon landing and was selected in 1975 from a group of competitors to design a special transportation map of New York City. He retired as the Agency's Division Chief of Visual Communications.
He was a member of the Association of Mapping Seniors and served as president in 1995. Jean was also a member of All Hallows Church in Edgewater, where he volunteered as a money counter, and the Heritage Harbour TV Committee. He was a tour guide at the William Paca House in Annapolis. Jean was an artist and reader. He enjoyed animals and birdwatching.
Jean was preceded in death by his brother, Glenn M. Brown, Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; son, Jeff (Mary) Brown of Gaithersburg; two daughters, Jenifer Brown of Fairfax, VA and Jody Brown of Washington, DC; and sister, Betty Suzanne Connor of Eau Claire, WI.


On Wednesday, October 3, 2012, of Rockville, MD. Beloved husband of Nancy Dols; father of Michael Dols, Robert (Carol) Dols, Stuart (Gina) Dols, David (Maria) Dols, Marie (Brian) Paules, Kathleen (Jason) Zapol and Mark (Victoria) Dols. Also survived by 17 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

William Ivan King, 92, Colonel (Retired), U.S. Army, and Senior Executive Service, Federal Civil Service, (Retired), died December 18, 2012 at Viera, FL.

A memorial service will be at Faith Lutheran Church, Viera, FL. Interment of cremated remains will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

Son of Lt (MC), US Navy (later, Capt, MC, US Navy Reserve), and Mrs. W. Ivan King, he was born at Pensacola Naval Air Station, FL. He graduated (1938) from Western High School in Washington, DC, and (1942) The Citadel in Charleston, SC, and 1962, received a Master's degree from The George Washington University. Commissioned in the Army Seacoast Artillery upon graduation from The Citadel in 1942, he commanded a seacoast artillery unit in the South Atlantic, an antiaircraft artillery battery in the CONUS, and a field artillery battalion in Korea. He taught operation and maintenance of fire control directors at The Antiaircraft School at Ft. Bliss, TX, and in 1950, designed the first automated fire control computer for a Field Artillery battery. He was a Project Officer of the Ordnance Corps development of the T-29 Model, which was discontinued upon introduction of the battalion model (FADAC).

Schools he attended were Advanced Artillery; Command and General Staff; Airborne; and the Army War College (1962). He was then assigned to the U.S. Army Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. He was a member of the Plans and Policy Office in the Office of the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. He retired from the Army in 1966.

From 1966 to 1969, he was a research analyst in the metals marketing firm, Herman B Director Associates, in Washington, DC. He returned to work for the Department of Defense as a Charter Member of The Senior Executive Service, in the Office of The Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. He was assigned to the U.S. Army as Deputy Director of Forces Directorate in the Office of Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations. He retired from the Senior Executive Service because of disability in 1981.

He was married to Gene Kohler, a native of Washington DC, in 1947. From l963 to 1996, their permanent address was Bethesda, MD. They were members of Kenwood Golf and Country Club, and he was a member of Thad Dulin Post of the American Legion.

While in Bethesda, they were active in St. Andrews, and later, Concord-St. Andrews Methodist Church.

In 1996 the Kings moved to Indian River Colony Club, in Melbourne, FL, where Mrs. King now resides. In 2007 they joined Faith Lutheran Church, in Viera, FL.

Survivors include their daughter, Rhea and husband, Howard Stickley of Palm Bay, FL; their son, William I. King, Jr. and his wife, Carol of Clover, SC; two grandchildren, Mrs. Lisa K. Buka and her husband, Richard, and Daniel M. Weaver and his wife Katy; and three great-grandchildren, Shane Buka, Magnolia Weaver, and Arabella Weaver.

Arthur David Painter


Arthur was born on November 14, 1925 and passed away on Tuesday, September 4, 2012.

Arthur was a resident of Williamsport, Maryland at the time of his passing.

He was a 1943 graduate of Boonsboro High School Boonsboro, MD.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during World War II.

He is survived by his wife Edith.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mark's Episcopal Church 18313 Lappans Rd. Boonsboro, MD on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 11:00 am with Rev. Anne Weatherholt officiating.

The family request the omission of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: John R. Marsh Cancer Center 11110 Medical Campus Rd. Hagerstown, MD 21742.

Kniskern, Gerald L.

Johnson City: 84, died on Sunday December 2, 2012 at the Woodland Manor, Vestal. He was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Vida. He is survived by his very special love Ann M. Cobb of Binghamton: son Michael and "Arthur" Miller of Norfolk, Va; daughter and son in law Denise and Lester Daughtridge of Inwood, WV; and their mother Eleanor (Brigham) Kniskern of Norfolk, Va.: sisters and brother in law Beverly and Joe Perrucci of Apalachin, Joyce Jones of Fort Worth, TX; grandchildren Trevor and Talia Shade; great grandchildren Trent Shade and Makenzie Stout; also several nieces, nephews and many cousins and friends.


He graduated from NYS University (Syracuse College of Forestry), a Veteran of WWII serving in the Navy; he was a Park Ranger at Chenango Valley State Park and retired after 30 years as a Cartographer for the U.S. Dept. of Defense. A member of the society of American Military Engineers, the American Forestry Assoc, charter member of the Association of Mapping Seniors, lifelong member of the Boulevard United Methodist Church, and the Thomas Jefferson School "Breakfast Bunch". He was an avid private pilot and was the past president of the Gaithersburg Jaycees and received the Outstanding Young Man and Community Service Awards.


Thomas C. McKeown

May 27, 1923 - Oct. 17, 2012
A Mass of Christian burial for Thomas C. McKeown of Vacaville will be 10 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Vacaville. The Rev. Father Vincent O'Reilly will officiate. Interment will follow at the Sacramento Valley VA National Cemetery in Dixon.
Tom was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a loving husband and father. His dear wife, Fern, (Charlotte Fern (Botkin) McKeown formerly of Marietta, IL), preceded him in death. They had been married 60 years when she died in Feb. 2004. They are survived by two daughters, Charlotte M. McKeown, and Rosemary C. McKeown. Tom had one sibling, a younger sister, Marie Julie, (McKeown) Valle who lives in Weston, MA.
Born May 27,1923, in Waltham, MA., son of Thomas F. and Mary R. McKeown, he attended elementary and high schools there and in New York. Later, at age 54, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University. He served with the Army for four years during WWII where he became a journeyman Cartographer. Following WWII he became an employee of the federal government as a Professional Cartographer and, later, as a Military Intelligence Research Specialist. As an employee of the Army Map Service (subsequently renamed the Defense mapping Agency [DMA] and now known as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency(NGA) he served in Washington, D.C., for five years, then served as Chief of Operations & Deputy Director of the Providence, RI, Field Office for 26 years, then Director for three years. During that time Tom was an active member of the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Congress of Surveying and Mapping, and was co-founder and Charter Member of the Earth Sciences Technologies Association. He served as President of the Association for two years, 1969 and 1970. Five years after he retired in 1979 he and his wife, Fern, moved to Vacaville, CA.
In his retirement Tom taught adult education (Math and English primarily) for three years, served on a suicide prevention hotline for seven years, and initiated an Alzheimer Saturday Respite Program and served as a volunteer caregiver in the Program, called "In Good Hands." He and his wife, Fern, served the program for 12 years from 1987 to 1999. From about 1985 until 2003 for Fern and 2007 for Tom, each volunteered as "actor/patients" to assist their daughter, Charlotte, at Solano Community College in teaching and qualifying EMT students. Tom has also been a member of the Army Mapping Seniors (AMS) and of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) since 1984. With NARFE he has served in various Officer positions in the Cecil LaMar Chapter #903 and has been President of the Chapter since 1985.

Clifford M. Temple, age 87 of Northern Virginia and Whispering Pines, NC passed August 26, 2012 in Walkersville, MD.  Beloved husband of the late Ruth S. Temple.  Loving father of Gary (Karen) Temple of Herndon, VA and Karen (Bill) Seeley of Ashburn, VA.  He is also survived by three grandchildren, Christina, Jennie, and Kaitlynne. 


Joseph Alfred Bernard, 88, beloved family man and friend to all, departed this life on September 13, 2012. Joe began life's journey in New Hampshire before joining the
Army Air Corps at 19. In the course of serving his country he survived a miracle air mission in which the entire crew earned the Purple Heart. As a result of his injuries, Joe had a near-death experience during which he encountered a being who instructed him to return to earth to complete his life. He spent his long and happy renewed life in Virginia and Maryland, united with Madeline Clinton Bernard, wife of 64 years, along with their children, Paul (Abby), Barbara and Bruce Bernard, and grandchildren, Christopher, Linsay and Dylan. Joe flourished in a 35-year career with the Defense Mapping Agency, Topographic Center.

Shirley Shepherd Johnson
(February 10, 1940 - September 12, 2012)

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Mrs. Shirley "Jo" Johnson, age 72, a resident of the Bay Harbour Community, Chocowinity, NC, died Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at Vidant Beaufort Hospital. The family will receive friends Monday, September 17, 2012 from 10:00 AM until the funeral hour at Calverton Baptist Church, 12625 Galway Dr., Silver Spring, MD. A celebration of her life will be held at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville, MD.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Jefferson, NC on February 10, 1940 daughter of John Byron and Leo Nora Nanny Rosa Belle Joines Shepherd. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Larry Joe Johnson, her children, Jeffery Boyd Johnson and wife Karen of Gaithersburg, MD and Jeanette Kaye Johnson Lowicz and husband Chuck of Columbia, SC, her grandchildren, Sebastian Asher Lowicz and Bella Josephine Lowicz of Columbia, SC, her sister, Jennie Rosetta Shepherd Graybeal of Oxford, PA and her brother, Rufus Lee Roy Shepherd of Darlington, MD. Mrs. Johnson retired in 1993 after 35 years of service as an analyst with the Central Intelligence Agency in Washington, DC and then joined the First Insurance Agency in Burtonsville, MD for eight years. She was a loving wife, mother and devoted grandmother who loved her flower garden and cared deeply for her friends and family. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Calverton Baptist Church in Silver Spring, MD.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Calverton Baptist Church Choir Fund, 12625 Galway Dr., Silver Spring, MD 20902.

 Everett R. Deckow April 25, 1921 - August 28, 2012 Everett ("Ev") Russell Deckow, of Lawrenceville, GA, died August 28, 2012, at the age of 91. Born in Amagansett, L.I., New York, Ev moved to Washington, DC after high school to embark on a 35-year career with the federal government, retiring from his position as Operations Chief of the Graphic Arts Department at the Defense Mapping Agency in 1979.


A Virginia resident for more than 50 years, Ev was an active member of the DMA Credit Union, a devoted member of Reformation Lutheran Church and, after retirement, a part-time new accounts manager at the Bank of Virginia. After losing his beloved wife of 50 years, Mildred Grace Lee ("Mickey"), Ev moved to Atlanta in 2002 to be near his family and to adopt a second one, at Delmar Gardens of Gwinnett. A loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Ev is survived by his son, Robert Deckow and his wife Joan; daughter, Elizabeth Lewis and her husband Scott; grandchildren, CourtneyLee Clements and husband Michael, Peter Drew Lewis and Amy Claire Lewis and  great-grandchildren, Leah Grace and Cameron Michael Clements.



July 19, 1933 - July 30, 2012  


On Monday, July 30, 2012, Joan Lawrence passed away due to cancer at her home in Potomac, Maryland. She is survived by her four children, Suzanne L. Krauth (Thomas), Monica L. Hassan (Damon), Thomas Quinn Lawrence (Candace) and Hugh Lawrence, and her sister Jean Ryan. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Caroline, Joseph, Lowell, Alyssa and Kaitlyn. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Lawrence in 1991. A native of Washington DC, Mrs. Lawrence was a graduate of Trinity College. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a librarian for the Defense Mapping Agency, retiring in 1995. She was an active volunteer with the Literacy Council of Montgomery County.


Mabel Pash

Mabel Elizabeth "Bette" Pash, 92, of Holts Summit, passed away Friday, July 16, 2010, at her home.
She was born on May 5, 1918, in Polo, Mo., the daughter of Marvin Q. and Mabel A. Blunt Forbes. She was married to Oliver Pash, who preceded her in death. Most of her life she lived in Virginia where she was a Drafts Person with the United States Army Corps of Engineers. She spent three years in South America while her husband worked for the Army Map Service. After their retirement they moved to Florida. Prior to moving to Holts Summit, Bette enjoyed golfing while living in Virginia and Florida. She also enjoyed spending time with her nieces and nephews. She was Catholic by faith. Survivors include: three nieces, Cheryl Lynne Abel of Festus, Debbie Boldt of Jefferson City, and Susie Pash of Austin, Texas; four nephews, Harry Kent Rich of Jefferson City, William "Skip" Rich of Ingram, Texas, Gregory Forbes Rich of Holts Summit, and James Oliver Rich of Kansas City, Mo. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Marjorie Lynne Rich and Ethyl Eilene Forbes.

Ina June Loraw

Born in Guyman, Oklahoma on Aug. 7, 1930 Departed on Mar. 13, 2012 and resided in Fairfax, VA


On Monday, August 21, 2006, at his residence in New Market, VA. He was formerly of Falls Church and was a geographer for the U.S. government for 34 years. Survived by his wife, June; three daughters, Jean and Kathryn Schoellig and Susan Moore and her husband Wayne; and a grandson Gregory Moore.

Esther H. Vogel

On Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Alexandria Hospital. Beloved wife of the late Edward C. Vogel. She is the aunt of Karen Hendrickson, Susan E. Hendrickson (Thomas Smith), Peter G. Henderickson (Laura), Karen M. Henderickson (Richard G. Coleman), Paul E. Henderickson (Cathy) and Phillip F. Henderickson (Inessa); Cousin of Anita Kotholow (Clarence); grand-aunt of Suzanne D. Gagne, Adam Gagne (Rachel) and Adam, Seth and Benjamin Hendrickson and great-aunt of Kate Lynn.

George James

JAMES, GEORGE NOEL, 96, died Sunday, July 8, 2012 at The Episcopal Church Home.

He was a cartographer and Director of Louisville Office of Defense Mapping Agency for 20 years and at the time of retirement was Chief of the agency's Field Offices Department in Washington D.C. He and his agency were responsible for the initial mapping of the moon.

He served as elder for Anchorage Presbyterian Church, past KY. Federation president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees and was elected to the association's KY. Hall of Fame in 1992, founder and past president of the American Society of Army Mapping Seniors, a KY. Colonel, former chairman of Taxation Sub-Committee of the KY., Legislative Special Advisory Committee of Senior Citizens.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Modeana Price James; and second wife, Alene Rush James. He is survived by daughter, Karen James and son-in-law, Timothy Hellner, Marengo, IN.


On Sunday February 26, 2012 Evelyn Florence Hall of Rockville, MD and formerly of Merritt Island, FL. Beloved wife of the late Eugene W. Hall; loving mother of Judy Mennike, Carol Currey and Debbie Stackwick; beloved sister of Vickie Lawrey and the late Irene Harvey. Also survived by 5 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren. Services will be held on Wednesday February 29, 2012 at Lutheran Church of the Cross
12801 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854 at 11am. Entombent Friday March 2, 2012 at Florida Memorial Gardens, Rockledge, FL at 10am. In lieu of flwers memorial contributions in her name may be made to, Montgomery Hospice 1355 Piccard Drive, Rockville, MD 20850


On Wednesday, July 25, 2012, SYLVIA VENEZKY of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved wife of Milton S. Venezky. Also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other extended family members and friends. Family and friends may gather at the HINES-RINALDI FUNERAL HOME, 11800
New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD on Friday, July 27 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. A graveside service will follow at 12 Noon at Judean Memorial Garden, Olney,
MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer  Society or The Holy Cross Foundation - Oncology, Silver Spring, MD.

Charles Flynn

Charles was born on November 17, 1926 and passed away on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Charles was a resident of Lewes,
Delaware at the time of his passing.
Mr. Flynn was a Navy Veteran of WW II.

He is survived by his wife Peggy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 1, 2012 at 11:00 AM, at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes, DE.


OLIVER LLOYD G. OLIVER "OLLIE" On Saturday, April 17, 2010, Lloyd G."Ollie" Oliver peacefully, at his home in Arlington, VA, with his devoted wife Sylvia (Milanese) at his side. He is mourned by his beloved sons, Michael and Dean; his brother, Donald (Dorothy); nephews, Jim and Tom; grandnephew, Daniel, and cousins and other family members too numerous to mention. He was predeceased by his niece, Marcie, and his parents, Walter and Anne. A native Washingtonian, Ollie, was born in old Sibley Hospital, and graduated from the University of Maryland. Ollie began his government career as a cartographer at the old Army Mapping Service. He held many positions in the U. S Government before retiring from the DOT in 1976. An avid reader, sailor and gardener, Ollie enjoyed traveling and swapping stories with his many friends and family members. He joyously embraced life. We love him, miss him, and wish him well
and peace.


 On Tuesday, February 21, 2012 of Rockville, MD. Beloved wife of the late Arthur E. Krum, Jr. She is survived by her three children Arthur Krum, III (Stephanie), Patricia Ginalick (Matt) and Leslie Ann Ba (Papis); grandchildren Heather Dowgos, Amy McClellan, Patrick Godwin, Arthur Krum IV, Heidi Cooper, Jonathan Krum, Virginia Diaz, Luke Walker and Andrew Afoakwah; great-grandchildren Javan, Carter and Saydie Cooper, Molly, Maggie and Ben Matthews, Susannah Marshall, Fletcher McClellan, Annie Walker and Henry Diaz and her sister Frances M. Smith. She is preceded in death by her daughter Judith M. Krum. Born March 29, 1927 in Washington, D.C. she was the daughter of the late Walter W. and Gladys M. Ort Coe. Mrs. Krum worked as a secretary and travel assistant for the U.S. Government. In her younger days Gladys loved doing the Jitterbug and was an avid Elvis Presley fan. One of her favorite things was going out to eat. Gladys also loved her dogs, flowers, the outdoors,  Ocean City, MD and the Redskins. She really enjoyed her weekly routine of taking her granddaughter to her doctor's appointments and going out to lunch.

Margaret S. Donaldson

October 4, 1929 - March 21, 2012

Margaret S. Donaldson of Falls Church , 82, passed Wednesday,
March 21, 2012. She was the wife of the late Raymond H. Donaldson who died in
1965. She was born in Sterling, Va. daughter of Everett and Bertha (Kidwell)
Smith. She was raised and educated there. She graduated from Leesburg, H.S.
Margaret and Raymond were married September 24, 1948, and settled in Falls
Church, a. to raise their family. After the death of Mr. Donaldson, she began
working at the Defense Mapping Agency in Bethesda, Md., from which she retired
in the late 1990's after over thirty years of service. She loved to play piano,
work in her garden, read, and most of...

Margaret S. Donaldson of Falls Church, 82, passed Wednesday, March 21, 2012. She was the wife of the late Raymond H. Donaldson who died in 1965.

She was born in Sterling, Va. daughter of Everett and Bertha (Kidwell) Smith.  She was raised and educated there. She graduated from Leesburg, H.S. Margaret and Raymond were married September 24, 1948, and settled in Falls Church, a. to raise their family.

After the death of Mr. Donaldson, she began working at the Defense Mapping  Agency in Bethesda, Md., from which she retired in the late 1990's after over  thirty years of service.

She loved to play piano, work in her garden, read, and most of all spend time  with her 3 granddaughters.


She leaves two sons Robert Clark and wife Candace of Vienna, and Raymond Everett and wife Summer and 3 granddaughters Heather and Amy all of Falls Church and Meg and her husband Brian Parker of Fairfax; Margaret also leaves 3 sisters Gertie Fletcher, Nina Marie Rector, and Aileen Holmes and many nieces and nephews. The funeral will begin Saturday with a Chapel Service at 12:30 p.m. at National Funeral Home 7482 Lee Hwy, Falls Church. Burial will follow at National Memorial Park. Visiting hours will be March 23, Friday evening 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. For more info and online guest book, log onto www.  

Arnold L. Falksen, age 92, of San Antonio passed away on Sunday, July
1, 2012. He was born September 29, 1919 in Seadrift, Texas to Christian Nygaard Falksen and Karen Marie Lauritsen.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Mae Falksen; his  parents; his brother and sister in law, Norman and Delphine Falksen; and his brother in law, Robert Simpson.

Arnold is survived by his daughters, Karen McCammon and husband Mark; Susan  Kaiser and husband Steve; son, Steven Falksen and wife Renae; 7 dear grandchildren; sister in law, Vera Simpson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

“Tex” as he was sometimes called by his friends, loved to tell stories of his  adventurous life beginning as a hard working farm boy (he could fix anything!)  of Danish immigrant parents on the Texas coast. As a veteran of the U. S.  Marine Corps, he served during WWII in the Pacific and in China. His work and travels took him to Washington, D.C., Arizona, and Los Angeles, California, where he met his wife. They settled in San Antonio where Arnold worked for 20 years as a cartographer for the Army Map Service.

Arnold enjoyed the outdoors, reading, wood carving, listening to “old-timey” music, and playing the guitar, harmonica, and accordion. Most of all, he found great joy in the time he spent with his loving family and friends. “To live content with small means; to seek elegance rather than luxury; and refinement rather than fashion; to be…wealthy, not rich; to study hard, think quietly, talk gently, act frankly; to listen to stars and birds, to babes and sages, with open heart; to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely, await occasion, hurry never; in a word, to let the spiritual, unbidden and unconscious grow up through the common. This is to be my symphony." - William Ellery Channing


WEDNESDAY, JULY 11, 2012, 9:45 A.M.



September 10, 1945 - July 29, 2012


Walter R. Chandler, Jr. of Spring Hill, FL, passed away on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at the age of 66. Walter proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a Nuclear Warhead
Assembler. He retired from the Department of Defense after 32 years of dedicated service. Walter held the positions of Photo Lithographer, Quality Control Specialist, Printing Specialist, Crisis Support Manager and Contract Printing Officer for the Graphic Arts Department. Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Walter R. Chandler, Sr. and Juanita K. Chandler. He is survived by his loving wife Jolene of 40 years; Sons, Timothy and Jeffrey (Brandi); step-granddaughter, Chanley; Sister, Kay (Brian) Mullahey, and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Sturgill Hospice Care Center (HPH) 12260 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613.

Col. Wm. Roy Nunn Jr., passed early Sunday morning April 22, 2012. He succumbed to an infection and was ill for a very short time.

Just the week before he and Olga were in their Boca Raton home, happy in their own little world. Olga has moved to North Carolina with her daughter.

 A short service for Col. William Roy Nunn will be held Thursday, August 2, 2012 at 3PM at the Old Post Chapel at Arlington Cemetery, then on to the gravesite. All of Roy's friends are welcome to join us for a final goodbye.


This is Olga’s new address…

Olga Nunn

31 Fitzroy Drive

Charleston,‎ SC‎ 29414

James R. Clark


James R. Clark USAF (RET) left this earthy life on May 9,  2012 to join the life of the living. Left to mourn him are his wife Myrtle Voigt Clark; daughter Vickie Clark Marais, husband Piete; granddaughters Julie Felpel, husband Daryl, and Jennifer Hermann, husband Clay, all of New Braunfels, as well as grandson Kevin Van Delden and wife Winzer of Corsicanna TX. Great-granddaughters Bailey and Kendall Felpel were his greatest joy.


Jim was born in Philadelphia PA on November 12, 1932 and leaves behind two sisters:  Laura Hammar and Ann Robinson, as
well as sister-in-law Hilde Clark. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Anna Derr Clark, sister Edna Maust of Virginia, and brother Frank Russell of Florida.


Jim graduated from North East High School in Philadelphia and joined the Air Force. He met his wife, Myrtle, while stationed at Gary AFB in San Marcos TX. They were married on July 13, 1955. After an eye injury he retired from the Air Force and went on to become a cartographer fo  Defense Mapping Agency where he received many honors.  He enjoyed his work there retiring in 1992. At home, Jim enjoyed working at his parents-in-law ranch.  His favorite hobbies included bowling,
woodworking, tending cattle and horseback riding with his daughter, Vickie.


His death came suddenly and is attributed to the after effects of radiation treatment form throat cancer which he suffered in 2005.


Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and grandfather-in-law.  He will be greatly missed, but will go on forever in the hearts of those who loved him.


In lieu of funeral services, the family decided to hold a grave side gathering at his interment.


Donations may be made in Jim’s name to his favored
charity: Home of Family Warmth, 370 Blackjack Oak Road, Seguin, Texas 78155 or

George Earl Taylor of Bethesda, MD, died May 20, 2012.  He was 92 years old.  He retired from NGA, then known as TOPOCOM,   in 1972, where he had worked as a mathematician since 1950 on the UNIVAC I and a succession of computers.  In retirement he was a Red Cross volunteer for many years.  He was a golfer and a marathoner.   He was born in Detroit, MI.  He attended the University of Tennessee and graduated from the University of Chicago.  He is survived by his wife, Nora Taylor, also a past employee of the Army Map Service, three children, and one grandchild.


A note from George’s wife Nora…

George died May 20, age 92.  He had been in a noticeable decline since at least early February, less active, sleeping more in the daytime, but no specific illness.  He became so weak he could not get up the half flight of stairs to the bedroom.  He was having a physical therapist come to the house and the therapist sent him to Suburban Hospital on March 28.  Then on April 18 the hospital sent him home in hospice care on a diagnosis of debility.  He was not able to get out of bed, but was not in any pain, talked, knew people OK, and was conscious and able to eat normally until the last week. 

We haven't decided yet whether to have a service. 

Ronald Lagana 

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Ronald "Ronnie" Edward Lagana, 67, a 41-year resident of Davidsonville, died May 14 at his home. 
Born on July 27, 1944 in Washington, DC to the late Leo and Mary Lagana, he grew up in Boulevard Heights where he was a volunteer 

Ronnie graduated from Suitland High School in 1962 and immediately went to work at the Department of Defense where he enjoyed a 33-year career until he retired from the Defense Mapping Agency in 1995. After retiring, he was employed at Woodmore and South River Golf Courses.
Ronnie was a long-time Redskins fan; he sold football programs at RFK Stadium from 1961 to 1998, and rarely missed a home game. He was active in his community for many years as a basketball and football coach for the Davidsonville Athletic Association. He was also an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Linda; two sons, Ronald (Jill) of Frederick and Thomas (Jennifer) of Crofton; three brothers, Anthony of Mount Pleasant, SC, Michael of Baltimore, and Steve of Beltsville; five grandchildren, Dominic, Damon, Danielle, Marina, and Annabelle; numerous aunts and uncles, including Frank Lagana of Upper Marlboro; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.
Friends are invited to Ronnie's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens. An online guestbook is available at

Published in The Capital on May 16, 2012

Robert L. Struck, 80, of Heathsville, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2012. 

He was a retired cartographer with the Defense Mapping Agency. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Korean War. Robert was a member of the Reedville American Legion, and a charter member of the Northern Neck Power Squadron. He was also a member of Afton United Methodist Church, Ophelia, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Margaret Eleanor Struck and Alice N. Struck. He is also survived by his son, Robert M. Struck and his wife Katherine of Maryland; one daughter, Eleanor Ann Peiffer and her husband John, of Florida; one brother, Allen E. Struck of Maryland; and grandchildren, Jessica Ann Peiffer,  Katherine Nicole Struck, Kayla Eleanor Struck and John Robert Peiffer.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at Faulkner Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Burgess, Virginia from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 17, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. at Afton United Methodist Church, Ophelia, Virginia. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the VCU Massey Cancer Center, c/o Palliative Care Unit, P.O. Box, 980664, Richmond, Virginia, 23298-0664.

Online remembrances may be made at Faulkner


On Wednesday, March 21, 2012 of Bethesda, MD. Beloved wife of Lloyd Richards; sister-in- law of Marilyn Wynn of Lincoln, CA and Howard Richards of Sun Valley, ID. Also survived by many other loving family and friends.Please view and sign the family guestbook at:


Ruth M. Adams

Ruth McCullough Adams, age 86 of Bethany Beach, DE formerly of Rockville, MD passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, February 19, 2012 at her home.

Mrs. Adams was born on November 16, 1925 in Lawrence, MA daughter of the late Tom and Olive (Herrick) McCullough. Ruth worked as a nurse's aide for 10 years at the Broome Junior High School in Rockville, MD. She was an active member of St. Martha's Episcopal Church in Bethany Beach and also a member of NARFE. In her spare time Ruth enjoyed reading and taking care of her flowers and plants.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Ronald L. Adams in 2001. She is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Jay "Harry" Adams, Jr.; a son, Robert D. Adams and his wife Susan of Camden, DE; a daughter-in-law, Ellen Adams of Damascus, MD; 4 grandchildren, Nicholas Adams of Dover, DE, Allison Adams of Camden, DE, Bryan Adams and his wife Holly of Woodbridge, VA and Bradley Adams of Damascus, MD and 2 great grandsons, Brayden and Connor Adams.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Ruth's name to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting

JANUARY 27, 1930 – JANUARY 16, 2012

Rose was born in Florida, OH to William and Christine Mengerink and was the youngest and last surviving of fourteen children. She moved to the Washington area in 1952 with Daniel Bella where she raised her children, Diane and Daniel, in Glen Echo and Potomac. Rose married James Morehead in December 1975 and moved to Gaithersburg. In 1996 Rose and Jim moved to Havre de Grace, MD, until February 2010 when they moved to Morningside House of Ellicott City, MD. Rose worked for many government agencies, including the Defense Mapping Agency and Consumer Product Safety Commission earning numerous awards over the years.

Rose was a loving mother, step-mother and grandmother to: Diane and Robert Cockrell and son Craig and wife Brittany, Daniel Bella and sons Dillon and Wyatt, as well as James Morehead, and Robert, Joan, and daughter Samantha Jo Morehead. Rose leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and friends. Rose was very active at Bethesda's Pilgrim Lutheran Church in the Women's Guild, Bel Air's St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Daylighters, and served as Secretary for the Lutheran Women's Missionary League. Rose was kind and patient, supportive and trusting. She will be deeply missed by all her family and friends.

Glenn C. Weldon. It is with sadness that I report the death of AMS Member Glenn C. Weldon. I could not find an obituary or death notice on Glenn. I did contact his church, Bethany Presbyterian in Grants Pass, Oregon, and they told me he passed away on June 20, 2011. The services were held at his church.

Glenn was one of the founding members of Trout Unlimited Middle Rogue Steelhead Chapter and a leader in salmon-conservation efforts. Go to this address for more info on Glenn…

Mrs. Linda Gates Skaggs, 65, of Urbana, died peacefully Friday,  January 6th, 2012 at her home. She was the loving wife of 46 years to Hiram Hubert Skaggs Jr. (married Oct. 16th, 1965 ). Born in Telford, TN on April 10th, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Walter Lee Gates and Willie Mae Gates.

She was a graduate of Chilhowie High School, in Chilhowie, VA. She had worked at the Army Map Service in the 1960’s where she met her husband. She also worked over 20 years as a health aide in Frederick, MD.

Mrs. Skaggs was a long- time member of the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Urbana, where she was a member of the choir, and held several church offices over 40 years. She was avid in visiting shut-ins and volunteering in nursing homes. She played in the Sugarloafers bluegrass band and enjoyed playing music in nursing homes through- out Frederick County.

Surviving, besides her husband are two daughters, Laura Kidd and husband Douglas, Lisa Mercer and husband Michael, three grandchildren, Kristen Kidd, Jordan Mercer and Luke Mercer; one sister, Wilma Donald and hus- band Bobbie, one brother, Walter Kaye Gates; uncles Tom Gates, Paul Gates and wife Nannie, aunts Jane Roberts and Frances Musselwhite; nieces Penny O’Donnell and husband Michael, nephews Peter Pantazopoulos and wife Melanie, Bruce Donald and wife Rhonda, Kristopher Gates and wife Cathy and Jason Gates.


Ms. Nicki Carol Eskin- Stamper, 52, of New Market passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at the College View Center. 

Born on November 14, 1959 in Bethesda, MD she was the daughter of Carol Q. (Grosvenor) and the late Harris B. Eskin.


Nicki was an Executive Assistant for 28 years with National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. She was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Mt. Airy.


Lovingly survived by her son, James Stamper of New Market;
her mother Carol Q. Eskin of Mt. Airy; two sisters, Terri L. King and husband Bob of Mt. Airy, and Judy C. Jackson and husband Steve of Virginia Beach, VA; a  brother Scott E. Eskin of Mt. Airy; and several nieces and nephews. 


A side note from Nicki's Mom, Carol Eskin...Nicki Carol Eskin Stamper, passed away this morning, Jan. 7, 2012 at 5:15AM at
College View Center, Re Hab facility in Frederick, Md..  Nicki suffered with bladder cancer and she is now out of pain.  Details of a memorial service will be forthcoming..  Nicki worked in various capacities at the Map Service but retired a couple of years ago after 28 years of service.


On Thursday, December 22, 2011, of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved daughter of Frank and Christine Lozupone, sister of Marie (Ronald) Denissen, Michael (Carolyn) Lozupone, Frank (Judith) Lozupone, II, Joseph (Susan) Lozupone. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.



On November 5, 2011 of Kilmarnock, VA, formerly of Falls Church, VA, beloved husband of Rose Marie Warren; brother of Edward W. Warren, Jr. of Ophelia, VA. Also surviving aunts, Inez G. Farber and Florence G. McNeal both of Kilmarnock,VA, Elizabeth Collins; uncle, Julian Warren both of Arlington, VA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Rus had a 32 year career with Defense Mapping Service. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at CURRIE FUNERAL HOME, Kilmarnock, VA. Interment Roseland Cemetery, Reedville, VA.


Vincent Michael Paulucci (Age 84)


Of Annandale, Virginia, passed away on Friday, November 4, 2011 at INOVA Fairfax Hospital. Beloved husband of Hazel Paulucci. Devoted father of Michael Paulucci of Centreville, Virginia and Lisa (Charles) Snowden of Winston-Salem, NC. Loving brother of Liz (Jim) Wenrich of Progress, PA. Adoring grandfather of Chris, Catie  and Andrew. Uncle of six nieces and fourteen nephews.


In addition to being dedicated to his family, Vince enjoyed a successful 40 plus year career with the Defense Mapping Agency and has blessed this world with hundreds of pieces of original art. A man of great faith and a gentle disposition, Vince’s love of family, art, golf, and making others laugh will sustain the family in its loss.


 Elton Underwood


Elton H. Underwood, age 84, of Warrenton, Virginia, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at INOVA Fairfax Hospital.

Born April 13, 1929, near Huntersville, on a farm on Cummings Creek, he was a son of the late P. W. and Carnie Perkins Underwood.

Elton graduated from Marlinton High School in 1947, West Virginia University in 1951with a BS degree and Duke University in 1956 with a MS degree. He was drafted into the United States Air Force in 1952, and afterward was employed by the Army Corps of Engineers, military side, as a civilian for most of his career except for five years with the Defense Intelligence Agency. The last 16 years of his government career, he worked for the Engineer Studies Center as Project Manager. This position required him to travel to Vietnam in 1971 on an Agent Orange study and South Korea several times in the mid 70s and 80s. He retired in 1984.

He married Alice Hively June 20, 1953, while he was in the United States Air Force. They later lived for 36 years in Fairfax, Virginia. They were active members of Fairfax United Methodist Church. He was president of the Fairfax United Methodist Men, Chairman of the building and grounds committee and a member of the administrative council.

The couple moved to Warrenton, Virginia, in 1992 and worshipped God at the Bethel United Methodist Church. Elton served as Chairman of the church council for three years and other committees over the years.
Elton and Alice traveled extensively over the years, camping with their children, cruising and spending family time at their farm, Hilla Villa, in West Virginia.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Norvil Underwood and Hoil Underwood; and a sister, Olive U. Smith-Graham.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three children, Kelvin Underwood, and wife, Teresa, and Karen Nelson, and husband, William, all of Warrenton, Virginia, and Blaine Underwood, and wife, Diane, of Manassas, Virginia; a sister, Glenna Bonnell, of Culpeper, Virginia; a grandson, Josh Henry, and wife, Megan; granddaughters, Heather Underwood Trail, and husband, Johnny, and Vanessa Henry Wallace, and husband, Nathan; great-granddaughters, Cameryn Trail and Jillian Henry; and a great-grandson, Zacory Wallace.

Funeral service was April 30 at the Bethel United Methodist Church. Interment was in Stonewall Memory Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund, 6903 Blantyre Road, Warrenton, VA 20187.

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