Our Obituaries

Michael Robert Grogan, Sr.

May 20, 1948 - April 14, 2014

Michael Robert Grogan, Sr., 65, a resident of Laurel passed away on April 14, 2014 at his home. He was born on May 20, 1948 to the late Archibald Joseph and Laura Mae Grogan in North Carolina. He graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville in 1967. He was once very active in racing Go-Karts and riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He loved attending car events to show off his show...
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Ruth Elizabeth Gavigan

March 26, 1915 - April 14, 2014

Ruth Elizabeth Gavigan, 99, a lifelong resident of Laurel, passed away on April 14, 2014 at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. She was born March 26, 1915 to the late William Harris and Ida Rebecca Whitehead. She was born and raised on Eleventh Street in Laurel before moving to the Howard County. She lived for her family, especially her children and grandchildren. In addition to...
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Herbert Miles Richards

September 5, 1940 - April 12, 2014

On April 12, 2014, Herbert Miles Richards, beloved husband of Mary Smoot Richards; devoted father of Ann Otten and her husband Tex and Virginia Waulters and her husband Scott; loving grandfather of Ryan McFarland, Miles Waulters and Morgan Waulters; dear brother of Sally Nurminen and the late John Miles Richards. also preceded in death by his parents, Ambassador Arthur L. Richards and Ida Parker...
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Angela Weber

November 22, 1951 - April 6, 2014

Angela Weber, a resident of Laurel for 32 years, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Mrs. Weber was born in El Salvador on November 22, 1951 to the late Rafael and Martha Vanegas. For 27 years she worked as a translator for the IRS and was a member of St. Nicholas Catholic Church. Mrs. Weber is survived by her husband, of 38 years, Arthur John Weber, III; sons John D. Weber and Chris Weber; her...
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Mary Lee Luber

May 9, 1926 - April 5, 2014

Mary Lee Luber, a resident of Ellicott City, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Morningside House of Ellicott City senior living facility at the age of 87. She was born Mary Lee Jenkins on May 9, 1926 in Nethers Mill, Virginia and was the oldest daughter of the late Fannie Fincham. She is survived by her daughter Helen Piff, her son-in-law Joseph Piff, two grandchildren, Max and...
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Alice Elizabeth Hitaffer

December 21, 1916 - April 5, 2014

Alice Elizabeth Hitaffer, age 97, a lifelong resident of Laurel, MD, died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at her granddaughter's residence in Annapolis, MD. She was a member of St. Mary Of The Mills Roman Catholic Church in Laurel where she was active with the Ladies of Charity. Alice worked as a telephone operator for the phone company in the early 1940's before leaving to be a full time...
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Virginia Mae Wisner

November 6, 1946 - April 5, 2014

Virginia Mae Wisner, 67, of Severn, MD passed away on April 5, 2014 at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. She was born on November 6, 1946 to the late Hughie Wilber and Mildred Virginia (Souder) Smith in Laurel where she resided for 46 years. She loved flowers, gardening, working in the yard, baking for the holidays, and coin collecting. She worked at Denny's in Laurel for...
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Mary Elizabeth Byrd

December 14, 1947 - April 3, 2014

Mary Elizabeth Byrd, 66, passed away on April 3, 2014 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She was born on December 14, 1947 to Dorothy Mae Byrd and the late Elder Earl Christian Byrd. She grew up in Glen Burnie, Maryland and attended Andover High School in Linthicum, Maryland and graduated from Wiley Bates High School in 1965 in Annapolis. Mary loved to sing and arrange flowers. She...
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Carolyn Hammond Montier

May 26, 1925 - March 30, 2014

GOD SENT HER TO HEAL WITH A HEART AS BIG AS TEXAS Carolyn Beatrice Hammond Montier, M.D., was a skilled Obstetrician, Gynecologist and Psychiatrist. She combined her amazing understanding of neurology, endocrinology and the human spirit with her impenetrable faith in "God's Promise", to help an unprecedented number of people of all ages, races, religions, occupations and socioeconomic strata. ...
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Roy Smith Cloud, Jr.

June 1, 1930 - March 28, 2014

Roy S. Cloud Jr., age 83, on March 28, 2014, at Laurel, MD, following hip surgery. Roy is the son of the late Rena and Roy S. Cloud Sr., beloved husband of Elinor M. Cloud, and devoted father of Roy Stephen Cloud. Survived by his sister Mary Lou Oertly and brother William E. Cloud (Madge) and several nieces and nephews. Roy was the best of men: hard-working, kind, generous and fair. He would do...
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Charlotte Bennett Sherman

October 10, 1940 - March 27, 2014

On March 27, 2014, Charlotte Bennett Sherman passed away at the Washington Hospital Center. She was 73. Charlotte is survived by her three sons, James French, Robert French and Francis French. Also survived by many other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be celebrated at the Donaldson Funeral Home Chapel, 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, Md. 20707 on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at 1:30 PM.
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Kay Small Ward

August 18, 1937 - March 27, 2014

On March 27, 2014 Kay Small Ward, beloved wife of the late Ural Thomas "Tom" Ward; devoted mother of Mark Ward and his wife Maggie and David Ward and his wife Kammie; dear grandmother of Alexandra Mae Ward; loving companion of Dannie Dove. Kay was born and raised in Hanover, Pennsylvania, relocating to the Washington, DC area in 1957 to work at Walter Reed Army Medical Center after training as a...
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Elizabeth W. Hackley

September 3, 1918 - March 27, 2014

Elizabeth (Betty) W. Hackley, age 95 of Laurel, MD, died Thursday, March 27 after a prolonged illness. She was born Sep 3, 1918 in Monessen, PA and resided in the Laurel area since 1959. She was predeceased by her husband, Audley W. Hackley, her parents Frank and Cora Wiseman, brother Elmer Elliott, brothers Anthony, Frank (Bud) and William Wiseman, and sister Ruth Feightner. She is survived by...
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Melvin Dennis Williams

June 17, 1955 - March 27, 2014


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James Alfred Horne

August 22, 1928 - March 27, 2014

On March 27, 2014, James Alfred Horne, beloved husband of the late Anna Marie Horne; loving father of James W. Horne, Sr. and his wife Cheri; dear grandfather of Wes, Billy and Timmy Horne and brother of Jean Simpkins; also survived by many other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at the Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A., 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, Md. 20707, on Thursday from 2...
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Betty J. Antilla, (U.S. Army, Ret)

September 2, 1929 - March 26, 2014

BETTY J. ANTILLA, COLONEL, Ret., passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Betty was born in 1929 at Bismarck, N.D. to Arne and Ina Antilla and grew up in the Lawrence Lake area of Itasca County, MN. A 1947 of Greenway High School and Hall of Fame retired as a Colonel from U.S. Army Nurse Corp after 26 years and was a RN for 44 years. She graduated from St. Luke's School of...
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Jennina Liberty Duncan

August 16, 1940 - March 25, 2014

On March 25, 2014, Jennina Liberty Duncan, former social studies teacher at Northwestern High School and Supervisor Human Services Specialist for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); she is the beloved wife of Paul Duncan, devoted daughter of the Late John C. and Grace Peluzzo Liberty, loving step- mother of Scott Carlson, dear sister of Louise Lynch, John C. Liberty, Jr., Jerry Louis...
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Mary Evelyn Verdone

September 23, 1930 - March 24, 2014

On March 24, 2014, Mary Evelyn Verdone, beloved wife of the late Patrick H. Verdone; devoted mother of Donald P. Verdone, Joyce White and her husband Roderick White, David R.P. Verdone and the late Julia L.A. Verdone; loving grandmother of Robert P. White and Ryan L. White. Dear Sister of Paul W. Johnson. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Donaldson Funeral Home,...
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Nancy Lee Jarrett

July 25, 1960 - March 24, 2014

Nancy Lee Jarrett, age 53, passed away on Monday, March 24, 2014, at her residence in Burtonsville, MD. Mrs. Jarrett was a resident of the Laurel/Burtonsville area for over 30 years. Nancy met her husband, Nelson over 30 years ago while she worked at Dunkin Donuts in Laurel and he stopped in coffee every morning. Nancy was a longtime cashier at Giant Food in Burtonsville, Maryland until...
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Christine Laverne Young

December 3, 1926 - March 24, 2014

Christine Laverne Young, 87, of Laurel passed away March 24, 2014 at Somerford Assisted Living in Frederick, MD. She was born on December 3, 1926 to the late Roy and Myrtle Brown in Shawnee, OK. She was an avid bowler, active at First Baptist Church of Laurel in the Choir, nursery and as a SCS teacher, and babysitting for ESL Class. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her...
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Sandra Faye Burdette

July 14, 1959 - March 22, 2014

On March 22, 2014, Sandra Faye Burdette, 54 years old, went home to be with her Lord and Savior. Sandra was the daughter of the late Walter and the late Mary Jean Nicholson. She is survived by her husband Earl Burdette, her mother-in-law Carol Burdette and her siblings; John and Ray Nicholson, Mary Pyles, Dottie Sandstrom and Barbara Hungerford. Sandra loved to travel enjoyed spending...
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Edna Jeanette Maggenti

October 25, 1941 - March 20, 2014

On March 20, 2014, Edna Jeanette Maggenti, beloved wife of Thomas Francis Maggenti; loving mother of Belinda Kundin, Anthony Maggenti and Dawn Belardino; dear grandmother of Christine Guerra, Ashley Kundin and Gary Kundin. Also survived by many other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at the Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A., 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, Maryland on Sunday from 2...
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Thelma C. Mau

April 3, 1924 - March 16, 2014

Thelma C. Mau, a longtime resident of Laurel, died on March 16. Thelma Ngo Chun was born in 1924 in what was then the Territory of Hawaii, the third child of Ngit Bo Chun and Lillian Siu Chun. She was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she earned a bachelor's degree in liberal arts. After graduation, she worked for the US Air Force in Honolulu,...
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Phyllis E. Lenz

August 23, 1925 - March 15, 2014

Phyllis E. Lenz passed away at her home in Mt. Airy, MD on Saturday, March 15, 2014. She was born in Alexandria, MN, to the late Palmer and Erna Hanson, on August 23, 1925. Ms. Lenz was an owner and operator of a bed and breakfast and lived a very active life. She is survived by her daughter Lynnette K. Lenz, son Craig J. Lenz and her sister Janice Lubbers. She is also survived by 6 grandchildren...
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Andrew Michael Rendules IV

March 27, 1968 - March 15, 2014

On March 15, 2014, Mike Rendueles, IV of Laurel, Md., passed away peacefully at his home in College Park, Md. of natural causes. He was 45. Born in Tampa, Florida, he enjoyed country music, motorcycles, being outdoors and spending time with his family. He is the beloved son of Andrew Rendueles, III and Geraldine (Jeri) Witt, loving father of Nicholas and Mitchell Rendueles, dear brother of Tom...
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Nancy Joan Capps

June 30, 1935 - March 14, 2014

Nancy Joan Helmick Capps, 78, of Laurel, Maryland passed away Friday, March 14, 2014, in Laurel, following an extended illness. Nancy was born June 30, 1935 in Elkins, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Ralph Helmick and Zara Helmick Elliott. Nancy and her family moved to Washington, D.C. when she was a young girl, but Nancy remained a country girl at heart. Nancy was preceded in death by...
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DeAnne Cornelia Belcourt

December 31, 1945 - March 13, 2014

DeAnne Cornelia Belcourt, a resident of Upper Marlboro, MD, passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2014 at the age of 68. DeAnne is survived by her three loving children; Brian Belcourt (Deborah) of Laurel, MD, Lisa Takeuchi (Ichiro) of Laurel, MD and Kristen Belcourt of Washington, DC; four cherished grandchildren, Samantha Tsihlis, Grant Takeuchi, Allison Takeuchi and Hannah Belcourt; and beloved...
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Martin "Duke" Flemion, Jr.

December 24, 1928 - March 13, 2014

The family of Martin A. Flemion, Jr. wishes to express their gratitude to relatives and friends for their acts of kindness at the time of his death. The many expressions of sorrow and support continue to help us process the grief and celebrate his life. A special thanks to Pastor Kevin McGee and members of Bethany Community Church for handling the services, the Mayor and City Council and staff...
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Eileen Mary Rothenberg

August 15, 1929 - March 9, 2014

Eileen Mary Rothenberg, age 84, of Laurel, MD, died Sunday, March 9, 2014, at Hillhaven Nursing Center in Adelphi, MD. She was born on August 15, 1929 and was the daughter of Patrick Lenihan (deceased) and Margaret Lenihan (deceased). Eileen was born and raised in New York and received her Nursing Degree while working at Kings County Hospital. She moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1951 after...
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Paul Donald Johnston

January 17, 1949 - March 7, 2014

Departed from this earth peacefully on March 7, 2014. He was given to us on January 17, 1949 and has been a honorable member of the Laurel community for over half his time here. He dedicated his life to helping people with the Laurel Police Department as the Chief Communications Specialist, for over 35 years. He will be remembered for his many selfless acts of kindness, and his contagious laugh. ...
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Carl A. Marasco

August 5, 1933 - March 6, 2014

Carl A. Marasco, 80, of Westminster Maryland, passed away, Thursday March 6th 2014 after a 2 week battle with pneumonia. He was born on August 5, 1933 in Rochester, NY to Natale and Helena Marasco. He served his country proudly during the Korean War. He was a former resident of Laurel, MD and worked as a United States Government Contractor. He was preceded in death by his sister Arkie Canton;...
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George W. Henson

April 7, 1919 - March 4, 2014

George W. Henson, of Red Lodge, MT, formerly of Laurel, MD, passed away on March 4, 2014. He was born on April 7, 1919 to the late William and Lillian Henson. He is survived by his daughters Florence M. Fairfax (Sonny), Joanne G. Blyton (Don) and Charlotte P. Waggoner (Wayne); sister Shirley Lanning (Al); and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife Florence E....
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J. Stephanie Nichols

May 21, 1957 - March 2, 2014

J. Stephanie Nichols, 56, passed away on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Laurel Regional Hospital. She was born on May 21, 1957 to the late Stephen B. and Ella J. Harrell in Baltimore. She moved to Laurel 21 years ago. She served in the U.S. Air Force a little over 2 years. She enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her children then began working as an administrator for the Tabernacle Church of...
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Janet Lorraine Waters

March 14, 1945 - March 2, 2014

Janet Lorraine Waters, 68, passed away on March 2, 2014 at Howard County General Hospital. She was born on March 14, 1945 to the late William and Gladys Jenkins. She grew up in Burtonsville and moved to Colesville, MD in 1966. She recently became a member of Hope Bible Church in Columbia a little over a year ago. She loved to crochet , read, and spend time with her 7 cats. She worked with...
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Thomas "Tommy" William Beall

January 3, 1937 - March 1, 2014

Thomas William Beall, "Tommy" of Smyrna, DE, passed away on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Kent General Hospital in Dover, DE. He was 77. Tommy was born January 3, 1937 in Laurel, MD, the son of the late William G. and Anna Beall. He graduated from Laurel High School in Laurel, MD in 1955. He served his country with honors in the Army National Guard. Mr. Beall retired as a Supervisor from...
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Frank William Binder

January 22, 1934 - February 28, 2014

FRANK WILLIAM BINDER Frank W. Binder peacefully passed away on Friday, February 28, 2014. He was born at Sibley Hospital in Washington, DC on January 22, 1934 and lived most of his life in Laurel, Maryland. Frank is the beloved husband of his high school sweetheart, Sara Jean Luber. He was a devoted father to Pamela (Roy) Scalco of Rio Rancho, NM and Nancy (Bill) Mossburg of Kingsland, GA. His...
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Brenda Lee Laing

June 1, 1950 - February 27, 2014

Brenda Lee Laing, age 63, of Savage, MD, died Thursday, February 27, 2014, at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD. Brenda was born on June 1, 1950 in Washington, DC to the late James Frick and the late Lois (nee Jones) Frick. She was raised in the Oxon Hill and Suitland, Maryland areas. Brenda graduated from Suitland High School in 1968. Brenda moved to Savage, Maryland in 1971...
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Betty Jane Boyer

May 24, 1923 - February 26, 2014

Betty Jane Boyer, 90, passed away on February 26, 2014 at Sanctuary of Holy Cross in Burtonsville. She was born on May 24, 1923 in Ohio to the late William and Amanda Pence. She has been a Laurel resident since 1955. She worked for Baxter Inc. in Savage, MD and retired at age 65 as a circuit technician. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Dudley DeWitt Boyer...
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Edward Frazier

February 25, 2014

Edward Frazier, a lifelong resident of Savage, MD, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Mr. Frazier was born in Savage, on November 19, 1921, to the late Clarence "Dutch" and Evelyn Frazier. He was employed as a machinist, eventually becoming a supervisor, for the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda from which he retired. Mr. Frazier is survived by his wife of 67 years, Dorothy Ann...
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Jason Nicholas Mastroianni

April 12, 1989 - February 18, 2014

Jason Mastroianni died of unknown causes on Feb. 18 at age 24. An accomplished musician, Jason majored in Deaf Studies at Towson University and worked as a Quality Assurance Consultant for LRA Worldwide. His family and friends mourn the sudden absence of his joyful spirit, tender heart, quick wit and contagious laughter. Jason is survived by his parents, Rick and Laura Mastroianni, and his...
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Norma J. Lawrence

July 2, 1937 - February 9, 2014

Norma J. Lawrence, loving wife of the late Allan M. Lawrence, passed away at her home in Laurel on Sunday February 9, 2014. Norma was born in Williamson, WV, to Lewis and Ivory Davis, on July 2, 1937. Mrs. Lawrence is survived by her children Alison Gorthy and Erik Lawrence; siblings Christine Schultz, Loretta Jahnke and Robert Davis. She is also survived by her grandchildren Mason, Emily,...
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Jesse Benton Clark-Nugent

May 23, 1994 - February 9, 2014

Jesse Benton Clark-Nugent, 19, of Jessup, and formerly of Laurel passed away on Sunday, February 9, 2014. He was born on May 23, 1994 to Terry O'Roark and Noval Nugent. He attended Meade High School and Hammond High School. He worked as a mechanic/technician. Jesse's passion was working on small engine and dirt bikes. In addition to his parents, Jesse is survived by his brothers Pete Clark...
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Edna B. Wilson

May 28, 1939 - February 7, 2014

THIS SERVICE HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM AN EARLIER DATE Edna Belle Burton Wilson, born May 28, 1939 passed away February 7, 1914, from a short bout with cancer. Edna grew up in Burtonsville, MD and graduated from Sherwood High School. She spent her married life in Highland, MD and retired to Taylors Island on the Eastern Shore. Edna was predeceased by her husband, Theodore F. Wilson. ...
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Mary R. Keeney

April 19, 1917 - February 7, 2014

Mary Roberta Keeney, 96, died of natural causes on February 7, 2014 at Arden Courts Assisted Living Facility in Silver Spring, Maryland. Her husband Nelson L. Keeney predeceased her in July 1997. Ms. Keeney, born in Amissville, Virginia and was the daughter of Martha Nay and James Freeman. She is survived by her daughter Shirley Keeney who resides in Florida, and two sisters, Cornelia Knight in...
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Samuel Harry Wilkinson

February 16, 1933 - February 6, 2014

Samuel Harry Wilkinson, age 80, a 40 year resident of Laurel, MD, died Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Baltimore-Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie, MD. He was born on February 16, 1933 and was the son of the late Samuel Wilkinson and the late Alyce Wilkinson. Samuel was born and raised in Buckstown, PA. Mr. Wilkinson was drafted into the Army in 1953 and served in Korea. After being...
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James L. Skinner, "JL"

August 3, 1922 - February 6, 2014

James L. Skinner "JL", 91, of Laurel, MD passed away on February 6, 2014 at Laurel Regional Hospital. He was born on August 3, 1922 in Washington, D.C. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was a member of St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church and the American Legion Post #60. He worked as an Underground Utility Contractor. He enjoyed fishing, racehorses, and racecars. James was...
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Keith Edwin Palmisano

June 9, 1958 - February 5, 2014

Keith E. Palmisano, beloved father of Rose K. Palmisano and Jessica Cavalcante passed away on Wednesday, February 5th, 2014, at the age of 55. Keith was born on June 09, 1958 in Washington, D.C. to the late Rose (Allen) Palmisano and Marion (Mickey) B. Palmisano. Keith was a Laurel resident for 40 years, prior to moving to Milford, Virginia in 2002, where he realized his dream of building his...
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Bea Elizabeth Blanch Short

September 22, 1957 - February 5, 2014

Bea E. Short, age 56, of Lothian, MD, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014, at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD. She was born on September 22, 1957 and was the daughter of the late George Blanch, Sr. and the late Wanda Blanch. Bea was born and raised in Laurel, Maryland and resided in the Laurel area until moving to Lothian, Maryland about 7 years ago. She attended Arundel High...
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Shirley Tucker Grimes

June 2, 1931 - February 4, 2014

Shirley Tucker Grimes, 82, passed away due to a lingering illness. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband Charles L. Grimes, in 1998. She is survived by her beloved son Randy A. Grimes, daughter Karen D. Kurz, and son-in-law Donald P. Kurz. In Lieu of flowers, the family request contributions to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 or the...
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Jeannie M. Stewart

October 11, 1952 - January 30, 2014

Jeannie M. Stewart, a resident of Laurel, MD and a former resident of Harmony, PA passed away on Thursday, January 30, 2014. Mrs. Stewart was born in New Brighton, PA, on October 11, 1952, to Genevieve and the late Charles Leonburg. She was a member of the Savage United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and worked as a caregiver at the Cedar Lane School in Howard County, MD. In...
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Mary Elizabeth 'Mike" Boyce

September 24, 1929 - January 30, 2014

Mary "Mike" Boyce, 84, of Laurel, Md., died Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Laurel Regional Hospital after a long illness. Born in Howard County, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Alfred Edward Giddings, Mary Hobbs Giddings, and stepmother, Helen Giddings. In addition to her parents and stepmother, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Lee Boyce, two brothers, Leroy Giddings...
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Edward Henry Quint III

December 1, 1935 - January 30, 2014

On January 30, 2014, Edward henry Quint, III passed away at his residence. He was 78 years old and a former manager for United parcel Service. The family will receive friends at the Donaldson Funeral home, P.A. Chapel, 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, Md. 20707 on Sunday from 12 Noon to 2 PM. A graveside service will be conducted at a later date.
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Maureen Kane Steinecke

December 18, 1932 - January 29, 2014

Maureen K. Steinecke was born in Boston, MA, the daughter of Martin and Helen Kane. She received her bachelor's degree from Middlebury College in 1954 and Master of Library Science from Pratt Institute in 1956. That year, she married Charles Steinecke III. She worked in the Children's Department of the DC Public Library from 1956 to 1959, leaving when her first child was born. In 1973, in...
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Carol Ann Strahan

May 27, 1948 - January 26, 2014

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, Carol Ann Strahan passed away in her home in Montgomery Village, MD at the age of 65 years old. She is survived by her husband, Patrick Strahan and her two sons, Jamison and Jeffrey Strahan. Carol was born in the Panama Canal Zone to Edward and Jean Walters on May 27, 1948. She had three sisters, Rita Walters (deceased), Linda Denniston, and Donna Sinnott. She...
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George H. Shaw

March 2, 1929 - January 26, 2014

George H. Shaw, beloved husband of Reba M. Shaw for 32 years, passed away on January 26, 2014. Mr. Shaw was born in Clarksville, MD on March 2, 1929 to the late Charles and Hettie Shaw. Mr. Shaw was a graduate of the Clarksville High School. Mr. Shaw was a supervisor for road construction with F.O. Day Company and was a volunteer firefighter for the Riverdale Fire Department. In addition to his...
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Wylmoth "Billie" Kelsey

July 6, 1924 - January 26, 2014

On Sunday, January 26, 2014, Wylmoth B. Kelsey, known to all who knew and loved her as Billie, passed away at Knollwood Military Retirement Residence in Washington, DC. Formerly of Houston, Texas, born July 6, 1924 in Waukegan, Illinois, she was predeceased by her parents, Louis Curtis Kelsey and Wylmoth Kelsey Thompson and sister Frances Eloise Kelsey. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts...
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E. "Scottie" Wheeler

January 30, 1929 - January 25, 2014

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Melody Cheryl Arrington

August 1, 1950 - January 25, 2014

Melody Cheryl Titus Arrington, 63, of Laurel, MD passed away at her home in Maryland City on January 25th, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father Aubrey Titus and her niece Catherine (Catie) Thrift. She is survived by mother Bertha (Kitty) Titus, brother David Titus, sister Sheila Thrift (John), son Werter Arrington (Karen), daughter Cheryl Booth (Kent), grandchildren Alicia LeMaster ...
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John E. LaCarrubba

November 25, 1920 - January 23, 2014

John E. LaCarrubba of Laurel, Maryland, formerly of North Tarrytown, NY, passed away at home on January 23, 2014 surrounded by his lovIng family. John was born in North Tarrytown on Nov. 25, 1920 to Emanuel and Mildred (Zingaro) LaCarrubba and graduated from North Tarrytown High School in 1939. John's long career was dedicated to service to his country. From 1940 to 1947, John served as a...
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Elsie Aigner Margerum

April 6, 1921 - January 21, 2014

Elsie Aigner Margerum, 92, of Laurel passed away on January 21, 2014 at Glen Hill Assisted Living in Dayton, MD. She was born on April 6, 1921 to the late Rudolph and Fosa Aiger in Richmond, VA. She moved to Laurel over 50 years ago and became a member of First Baptist Church of Laurel. She volunteered at her church, organizations that helped the homeless, ministries for women's prison, and...
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Carl Kinsman

February 21, 1930 - January 20, 2014


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Lucretia Naylor Israel

August 12, 1946 - January 18, 2014

Obituary – Lucretia Naylor Israel Lucretia Naylor Israel was born in Baltimore, Maryland on August 12, 1946 to Thomas Beale Israel and Virginia Lee Israel of Laurel, Maryland. With family nearby she passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Larkin Chase Center, Bowie, Maryland at the age of 67. Two sisters in law, Elizabeth and Patricia, who had cared for...
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Alice Beachum

January 18, 2014


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Ella Elizabeth Leishear

January 17, 2014

Ella Elizabeth Leishear (Betty Merson Leishear) On January 17, 2014. Born in Elk Ridge, MD to the late John O. and Mary Ann Merson. Beloved wife of the late Maynard B. Leishear. Devoted mother to Mary & Patrick Stroop, Nancy & Matthew Myers, Cathy & Brendan Hoffman and Wendy & James Vorce. Treasured grandmother of David & Julie, Kevin & Jessica, & Brian Stroop. Bradley & Brandy Myers,...
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Peggy C. Henson

February 20, 1933 - January 17, 2014

Peggy C. Henson, of Laurel, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014. She was born on February 20, 1933, in Tupper Lake, NY, to the late Camilla LaDue. Mrs. Henson was a crossing guard for Prince George's County before retiring to become a homemaker. She was a big Dallas Cowboys fan and loved to watch football on tv. She also loved to bowl and played on several leagues. Mrs. Henson is survived by...
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Charlotte Goodwin Krouse

November 4, 1931 - January 15, 2014

Charlotte Goodwin Krouse, 82, loving mother and brilliant musician, passed away Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, MD. Charlotte was born on November 4, 1931 in Washington, D.C to George W. Goodwin, Jr. and Ethel Smith Goodwin. She attended University of Maryland, College Park and received a BA in English. Charlotte married Navy Lt. Philip Carlyle Krouse...
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Anthony Lee Allen

July 22, 1971 - January 15, 2014

On January 15, 2014, Anthony Lee Allen, beloved son of Mary Reeley and Stanley E. Allen, Jr.; loving brother of Stanley Allen, III and his wife Melissa, dear uncle of Arik Allen, Alycia Allen, Macayla Allen, Jaxsen Allen and Gage Allen. Also survived by his grandparents, Margie and Stanley Allen, Sr. and many other relatives and friends.
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Rosetta Augusta Raduazo

October 8, 1914 - January 14, 2014

Rosetta Augusta Raduazo, nee West, died peacefully on 14 January at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She was born on 8 October 1914 in Amherst, New Hampshire and is survived by 8 of her 9 children, 21 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren. Her husband of 58 years, Henry F. Raduazo, died in December 1997. They moved to Maryland in 1942 and resided in Greenbelt, Riverdale, and Sharpsburg. ...
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Son S. Sorrentino

June 27, 1961 - January 11, 2014


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Hazel P. Ritter-Pitzer

April 12, 1923 - January 10, 2014

Hazel Polly Ritter-Pitzer, 90, a resident of Ellicott City passed away on January 10, 2014 at Gilchrist Hospice Center. She was born on April 12, 1923 to the late William and Lanta Dickman in West Virginia. She attended Huntington Central High School in Huntington, West Virginia. She enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951 and served in the Korean War. Hazel moved to Laurel in the 1960's and...
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Faye Elizabeth Turner

January 9, 1937 - January 7, 2014

Faye Elizabeth (Bailey) Turner, 76, beloved wife of the late Charles Edward Turner Sr. and a Laurel Maryland resident of 44 years, slipped the bonds of this earth to be with the Lord on January 7, 2014. She was born January 9, 1937 in Little Rock, Arkansas to the late Marion Betton (Bailey) Booker also a Laurel resident who was married to the late Fitzgerald Booker. Known to all as a friendly,...
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Carol A. Meehan

April 7, 1935 - January 7, 2014

Carol A. Meehan, a lifelong Laurel resident passed away on January 7, 2014 at Doctor's Hospital. She was born in Laurel on April 7, 1935 to the late Russell Wassowski and Anna Rose Fairall. Mrs. Meehan was a homemaker and a loving mother to her children Cheryl Simmons, Cynthia Ammon, Rick Meehan, Russell Meehan, Robert Meehan and Stephen Meehan. In addition to her children, she is also survived...
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Joel Xavier Celestine

February 20, 1995 - January 6, 2014

Joel Xavier Celestine, 18, of Laurel, MD passed away on January 6, 2014. He was born on February 20, 1995 in Brooklyn, NY to Kurt Joel and Monica Celestine. He was a recent graduate of Reservoir High School and was attending Howard Community College. He attended the Tabernacle Church in Laurel. Joel enjoyed making people laugh, he was extremely confident and very intelligent. Joel had a...
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Gregory Lee Bergren

September 11, 1946 - January 5, 2014

Gregory Lee Bergren, 67, passed away on January 5, 2014 at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. He was born on September 11, 1946 to the late Gerald and Alberta Bergren in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was raised in Bay City, Michigan. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1966 where he operated Nuclear Powered Submarines and was honorably discharged after 6 years of service. He received his bachelor's...
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Leslie Carol Reynolds

May 19, 1959 - January 1, 2014

Leslie Reynolds, a lifelong Laurel resident, passed away on January 1, 2014. Ms. Reynolds was a welcoming and loving person who welcomed many people to the Old Country Buffet where she worked. She was born on May 19, 1959 to Mary Gross and the late Jackie Reynolds. In addition to her mother, she is also survived by her children Melissa Moss, Amy Kelly and Jerome Jones; sisters Vera Saville and...
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Lawana L. Wolcott

March 28, 1938 - December 30, 2013

Lawana L. Wolcott, a resident of Laurel for 36 years, passed away at the Laurel Regional Hospital on Monday December 30, 2013. Ms. Wolcott was born in Richmond, VA, on March 28, 1938, to the late Earl and Mary Edwards. Ms. Wolcott is survived by her daughter Debra Ray Gibala; brother Earl M. Forrester; granddaughter Shannon Gibala; great-granddaughter Hailey Macon and her niece Shelly. A...
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Melvin F. Beach

April 8, 1945 - December 30, 2013

Melvin F. Beach, 68, died peacefully in his home on December 30, 2013 with his daughters by his side. He was the devoted father of Kristen Beach and Amber Burke and her husband, Daniel. He was also a loving grandfather to Grace and Anna Burke. Melvin was a lifelong resident of Laurel and longtime employee of Percontee, Inc. (formerly Contee Sand & Gravel , Inc.) Family will receive friends...
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Nellie Dodson

December 23, 1935 - December 30, 2013

Nellie Dodson, beloved wife of the late Lawrence Dodson, passed away at the Howard County General Hospital on December 30, 2013. She was born on December 23, 1935, in Kensington, Maryland, to the late Doc and Katie Riley. Mrs. Dodson was a resident of the Burtonsville and Laurel areas for 52 years, was a member of the Laurel Moose Lodge and worked as a cashier at the Laurel Meat Market for 30...
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Charlotte Marion Mills

November 1, 1940 - December 30, 2013

Charlotte Marion (Giddings) Mills, 73, native resident of Laurel died December 30, 2013 at Lorien Nursing Home in Columbia, Maryland. She was born November 1, 1940 in Laurel, Maryland. Daughter of the late Norman and Ruth Giddings of Laurel, Maryland. Mrs. Mills was preceded in death by her husband Charles Louis Mills, Jr. She is survived by her two daughters Sherry( Mills) Gallagher and...
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Gerard H. (Jack) Marcotte

June 24, 1942 - December 27, 2013

Gerard H. (Jack) Marcotte, 71, died Friday, December 27, 2013, with his family by his side at his home in Hyattsville, Maryland. He was born on June 24, 1942, in Palco, Kansas, to Henry and Olive (Brin) Marcotte. He graduated from Codell High School in 1961 and from Kansas State University in 1965. He served in the United States Army at Ft. Benning, GA; Ft. Sill, OK; Korea; and Ft. Meade,...
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Frances Ramona Astlin

May 28, 1931 - December 27, 2013

Frances Astlin, age 82, of Edgewater, MD, died peacefully on December 27, 2013 with her family by her side at the Tate Hospice House in Linthicum, MD. Born to the late Frank and Maggie Strickler of Staunton, VA, Frances married and started her own family in Maryland. Frances worked for the C&P Telephone Company for more than half of her career and went on to become a Telecommunications...
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Ann Lee Jackson

September 18, 1913 - December 27, 2013

Ann Lee Jackson, 100, a resident of Laurel, MD for 56 years passed away on December 27, 2013 at Laurel Regional Hospital. She was born on September 18, 1913 to the late Stephen V. and Anna Lee in Speedwell, NJ. She was a member of St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church and was a lifelong democrat. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years William J....
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Eustace R. Harper

November 11, 1931 - December 26, 2013

Eustace R. Harper, 82, a resident of Laurel for the past 17 years passed away on December 26, 2013 at Patuxent River Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born on November 11, 1931 to the late Stanley and Cleo Harper in St. Michael, Barbados where he spent most of his life. He attended Poly Tech Institute and worked for Barbados Port Authority for 36 years. He then moved to Brooklyn, NY and...
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Mary Elizabeth Sherman

February 2, 1925 - December 21, 2013

Mary, or "Liz" as she was known to friends and family, died at age 88 surrounded by family on December 21st in Edmond, Oklahoma, where she lived the two previous years with Michael and Cathleen Sherman and their children. Born February 2, 1925 in Woodstock, Virginia, to Bessie Sherman, Liz was raised in a loving family by her mother and grandparents, Mary Lussippi and Wheeler Isaiah Sherman. ...
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Stephen Garfield Smith

August 25, 1930 - December 19, 2013

On December 19, 2013, Stephen Garfield Smith, born to the late Netty Canning and F. Elwell Smith and raised in Patterson, N.J. He graduated from Patterson High School Class of 1948. He was an Aerial Photographer for the U.S. Navy from 1948-1952 and worked for Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory as a technical illustrator from 1952 until his retirement 1992. He was greatly loved...
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Douglas L. Francisco

April 6, 1942 - December 15, 2013

Died on December 15, 2013 at Sunrise of Columbia Assisted Living Residence with family at his side. Beloved husband of 49 years to Betsy Phelps Francisco, he is also survived by three sons: Paul (Monica), Carl (Beth), and Jeffrey, three grandchildren: Emily, Julia, and Kyle, as well as a brother, David. Doug's career in Washington included service to two Members of Congress, followed by work...
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Evelyn Lillie Michael

May 9, 1944 - December 15, 2013

Evelyn Lillie Michael, age 69, of Beltsville, MD, died Sunday, December 15, 2013, at Heartlands Health Care in Adelphi, MD. Evelyn was born in Rockville, Maryland on May 9, 1944 to the late Dock Riley and the late Katie (nee Jordon) Riley. Soon after birth Evelyn moved to Burtonsville, Maryland where she resided until 1962 when she married Alvin R. Michael Jr. and they moved to Beltsville,...
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Sun Sook Kim

July 8, 1915 - December 15, 2013


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Gerald Albert Mauri

January 10, 1942 - December 14, 2013

Gerald Albert Mauri, a resident of West Laurel, Maryland died peacefully at Stella Maris Inpatient Hospice on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 following a courageous battle against cancer. Jerry, as his friends and family knew him, was born January 10, 1942 in Buffalo, NY. He is survived by his wife D. Elaine Mauri, daughter Guilia Elisa Murray of North Carolina and many beloved cousins from...
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Edward Charles Haffner

March 23, 1941 - December 14, 2013

Edward Charles Haffner, 72, a resident of Laurel for 30 years passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at his residence. He was born on March 23, 1941 in Philadelphia, PA to the late William and Esther Haffner. He graduated from Olney High School in Philadelphia and Loyola University in Baltimore. He was a member of the Freestate Happy Wanderers Walking Club. He was also a Historic Buff,...
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Steve Robert Dolce, Sr.

May 25, 1951 - December 13, 2013

Steve Robert Dolce Sr., of Laurel, MD died Friday December 13, 2013 after a long battle with cancer. He was born May 25th 1951 to Matthew and Beulalys Dolce in Laredo, TX. His family moved to Laurel in 1967 and he graduated from Laurel High in 1969. Steve enlisted in the Army the same year, specializing in communications and served one tour of duty in Vietnam. He ended his service at Fort Meade,...
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Katherine Ann Belknap

October 10, 1957 - December 13, 2013

Katherine Ann Belknap, 56, a resident of Silver Spring for 24 years passed away on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Holy Cross Hospital. She was born on October 10, 1957 to John and Anneliese Belknap in Michigan. She received her Master's Degree from Eastern Michigan University. She enjoyed poetry, reading, baseball, football, crafts, and trips to Disney. Katherine worked for ICF International...
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William Earl Bryant, Sr.

December 18, 1933 - December 12, 2013

William Earl Bryant, Sr., age 79, of Laurel, MD, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at his residence. Mr. Bryant was born in North Carolina on December 18, 1933 to the late William Henry Bryant and the late Mary Boyette Bryant. After graduating high school, Mr. Bryant entered the U.S. Army and served faithfully for 22 years before retiring with the rank of Master...
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Waldo B. King

May 28, 1919 - December 10, 2013

Waldo B. King, 94, passed away on December 10, 2013, at Montgomery County General Hospital. He was born on May 28, 1919, to the late Gladys H. Suttle in Harper, West Virginia. He was a decorated Veteran having served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge, European theater. Waldo was a longtime resident of Greenbelt, MD. There he was a Charter member, and ultimately...
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Marshall Lloyd Ginter

August 24, 1935 - December 9, 2013

On Monday, December 9, 2013, Marshall Lloyd Ginter, beloved husband to Dorothy Spencer Ginter for 56 years, passed away at his home in Laurel. Mr. Ginter earned a PhD from Vanderbilt University and Post Docs from the University of Chicago as well as receiving an Honorary Doctorate from California State University, Chico. Teaching at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1966 until 2008,...
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Margaret L. O'Rourke

December 14, 1926 - December 8, 2013

Margaret L. O'Rourke "Peggy", 86, passed away on December 8, 2013 at Howard County General Hospital. She was born on December 14, 1926 to the late Harry and Polly Poland in Mount Savage, Maryland. She was a Laurel resident for over 50 years. She was a graduate from Allegany High School and West Virginia University. She was a member of St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church, Ladies of Charity,...
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Douglas P. Connell

April 15, 1917 - December 3, 2013

Douglas Palmerlea Connell, , age 96, of Seaford, DE, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at his residence in Seaford, DE. Mr. Connell was born and raised in Burtonsville, MD and moved to the Guilford area of Howard County at the age of 7. He attended Laurel High School from the years of 1930-1934. Doug started his own Building/Construction business, Connell Construction, in 1949 and continued...
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Patricia Ann Peacock

November 24, 1933 - December 2, 2013

Patricia Ann (nee Merchant), 80, of Upper Marlboro, MD passed away on December 2, 2013 at her son's residence in Laurel. She was born on November 24, 1933 in Washington, D.C. to the late Olin and Defiance (Fitzgerald) Merchant. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Elbert Fae Peacock; brother Olin, Jr. and sister Margaret. She is survived by her children Jo Ann,...
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Mary S. Morgan

August 12, 1929 - December 2, 2013

Mary S. Morgan (Mary Joe), age 84, died Monday, December 2, 2013, at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD. Mary Joe was a longtime resident of Laurel, MD, most recently living at the Riderwood Community in Silver Spring, MD. Mary Joe spent her entire career with the National Security Agency Signals Intelligence Directorate and its predecessor agency. Mary Joe retired from NSA after 38...
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Everett Delano Burner, Sr.

December 11, 1932 - December 1, 2013

Everett Delano Burner, Sr., age 80, of Jessup, MD, died Sunday, December 1, 2013, at Laurel Regional Hospital in Laurel, MD. Mr. Burner was employed as a Agricultural Technician (Farmer) by the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center and later by Maple Lawn Farms in Fulton, MD. He was the son of the late William Burner and the late Clara Burner Everett is survived by his wife of 60 years,...
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