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LaRue E. Jett,
87, of Olney, MD died on April 11, 2014.
She was the wife of the late Vernon L. Jett.
Born on February 26, 1927 in Altoona, PA, she was the daughter of
the late Roy and Viola Irvin.
Surviving is one son, Rodney Jett and 3 grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one daughter, Sheila Koval and one
sister, Evelyn Blakeley.
There are no services scheduled at this time.
U. Santucci, 91, of Poolesville, MD, peacefully passed away at home
on April 9, 2014. Daughter of Manuel and Elizabeth (Parsley) DeMeza.
Beloved mother of Daniel and Bryan Santucci, Joyce McCartin, Arlene
(Peg) Leonard, Jennine Cornell; Sister of John DeMeza, Marguerite
Smead; grandmother of 19 and great grandmother of 23. Jenny was
preceded in death by one son, Gary Santucci, one Grand Daughter,
Denise Leonard LeGrand
5 brothers and 1 sister.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 AM on Monday
April 14 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville,
Inurnment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice,
1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 (www.montgomeryhospice.org)
William Joseph Roberts, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on April
2nd, following a long battle with brain cancer. He was born in Washington,
DC on January 8th, 1956 to Russell Roberts and Dodie Roberts. He
grew up the youngest of three brothers, often working with them
for his father on golf courses. He attended Gaithersburg High School
and received his BA from Allegheny College in 1977 and his Juris
Doctorate from Catholic University in 1981. He married his high
school sweetheart, Lisa Maria Engborg, in 1977, and they lived together
in Darnestown, MD, before moving to Poolesville, where he built
a home, in 1983. Bill (or Billy Joe), as his friends called him,
was an attorney by trade, and a member of the American Bar Association
since 1981. He formed his own private practice in 1986 in Poolesville,
so that he was never far from home. Bill was also involved in the
Barnesville School community, where he served on the Board of Directors
and in 1987 received a Distinguished Service Award for his dedication.
He served as President of the Poolesville Area Chamber of Commerce
from 1990 to 1991 and was honored by the Council of Chambers of
Montgomery County in 1991 for outstanding contributions to the business
community of Poolesville. That same year he received a governor's
citation for impressive commitment to the people of Montgomery County,
contributing to a strong and productive economic climate for Maryland,
as demonstrated by his quality business practices and record of
caring and community service, which earned him the respect of his
peers and the public at large. He represented the Sugarloaf Citizens
Association and the town of Barnesville for whom he fought valiantly
in protecting the integrity of the Montgomery County Agricultural
Reserve and preserving the beautiful landscape of Upper Western
Montgomery County. He represented the town of Washington Grove,
which, in 2011, recognized that without his "untiring efforts,
focus, and advice
the town would not have been able to protect
[their] historic nature." In addition to his work for local
municipalities, Bill served as Hearing Examiner for the Montgomery
County Board of Education for many years. In 2013, he received an
AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to the
fact that his peers ranked him at the highest level of professional
excellence. Above all else, Bill was a loving husband and father,
and took great pride in all that he did. Never one to shy away from
a challenge, he built his family's home with his own two hands and
was always striving for improvement. An avid fan of the outdoors,
nary a day went by where he would not be seen mowing the grass,
chopping firewood, or finding a reason to get on a tractor to accomplish
a chore. He loved the Outer Banks of North Carolina where he and
his family shared many cherished memories. His work ethic was infectious,
inspiring all those with whom he interacted. Bill is survived by
his wife, Lisa; his daughter, Sarah; his son, William Jr.; his two
brothers, Jack (Joyce) and Jimmy (Donna); his brother-in-law Rick
(Becky), his three nieces Amy, Amanda, and Jessica, and his two
loyal golden retrievers, Kobe and Grace, all of whom he loved dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made the to
"Rhodes Runners for Life" team at the Angels Among Us
Walk to benefit the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke
A memorial service will be held to celebrate his life at 11:00 am
on Saturday, April 12th, at Poolesville Presbyterian Church, 17800
Elgin Rd., Poolesville, MD.
Morningstar, 82, of Poolesville, MD, died on April 1, 2014. He was
the husband of Nancy Morningstar. Dick and Nancy were married in
December, 1961 in Poolesville and were married for 52 loving years.
Born on May 28, 1931 in Poolesville, MD, he was the son of the late
Murrel Jesse Morningstar and Emma Marie Julia (Reich) Morningstar.
Dick was the father of Julia Bellet and son-in-law Marc, of Charlotte,
NC, and Patrick Morningstar and daughter-in-law Karri, of Poolesville,
Md.; grandfather of Blair, Emma, and Samuel Bellet, Kyle and Kaysie
Morningstar. Brother to Dorothy Hightman (deceased), Elizabeth Morningstar
(deceased) and Gerald Morningstar, sister-in-law Peggy, of Poolesville,
MD. Dick was also uncle to Bramwell Hightman (Stephanie) of Bethesda,
MD and 7 additional nieces and nephews.
Dick owned and operated Morningstar Welding from 1952 until his
son, Patrick, assumed management of the business in recent years.
Morningstar Welding has been a family owned business operating in
the same location of Poolesville, Maryland for 94 years. "The
Shop", as it is locally known, is the oldest continuously run
business in the town of Poolesville. Morningstar Welding was formally
Morningstar Blacksmith Shop. Dick's father, Murrel "Mike"
Morningstar opened the blacksmith shop at 17612 Elgin Road in 1920.
The original building was a weatherboard building later rebuilt
in 1947 to a cinder block building which is still in use today.
Murrel was the town smithy and mainly based his income on farrier
services, wagon and wagon wheel building. Murrel had a 9 foot square
forge with a hand blower that Dick would operate for him. Dick recalls
as a child having to stand on a box to crank it. Morningstar Blacksmith
Shop was an integral part of the Poolesville community servicing
the horses and farm equipment for many years. At Murrel's failing
health and eventual death, Dick transitioned the business to meet
the new needs of modern machinery.
Murrel discouraged Dick from entering the blacksmithing business
as it was a hard life and a dying industry becoming one for horse
racing and pleasure riders mainly. Dick saw an opportunity in the
welding business and his sister, Dorothy, bought him his first welder
in 1952. This welder and Murrel's anvil are surviving family relics
still on the shop property today. Dick was self-taught and began
primarily working on farm equipment when it was suggested he take
his business on the road and enter the commercial construction business.
With a name change to Morningstar Welding, in 1960 he bought his
first portable welder and entered the lucrative world of erecting
buildings and high rises. He was known to travel as far as Ocean
City, Maryland but mainly worked within a one hundred mile radius
of Poolesville. Morningstar Welding participated in the building
boom in the Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia region. He subcontracted
with the largest construction companies of the tri-state area. Dick,
however, never forgot the farmers and locals and always made time
to fix and repair the odds and ends that came into the shop at all
hours (undercharging many times, if at all). Dick was a down to
earth and humble man and a much loved member of the Poolesville
community as well as the construction community. He always received
respect and admiration from his peers as well as his business acquaintances.
Morningstar Welding did experience growth, and Dick brought in employees,
including his son Patrick. He taught the trade, fair business ethics,
and the rewards of hard work to many local and not so local boys.
Dick, like his father, worked 10-12 hour days 6 days a week for
well over half a century, and recently enjoyed retirement in sunny
Florida. He handed the reins over to Patrick who continues the family
business tradition today.
A private family burial will take place on Wednesday, April, 9th.
Following will be an Open House at The Shop to celebrate Dick's
life, 17612 Elgin Road, Poolesville, Md 20837 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to Tidewell
Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238 or a charity of
Ms. Sharon Renee
Kemp, 49, lost her battle with cancer and died peacefully in her
sleep Sunday, March 30, at her home in Poolesville. Born February
21, 1965, in Cheyenne, WY, she was the third daughter of the late
George M. and JoAnn Kemp. Surviving are two children, Cheyenne B.
Wolitzky and Gage A. Wolitzky of Poolesville; five siblings, Diane
M. Stidham (Eddie), Brian L. Kemp (Robbin), all of Poolesville;
Karen L. Howell (Ralph, Jr.) of Dickerson, Susan R. Kemp of Germantown,
Stephanie A. Papa (Mike) of Oakland; 16 nieces and nephews: Patrick
(Barbie), Melanie, Nicolas, and Jonathan Stidham; Olivia, Colleen,
Allison, and Garrett Howell; Hailey, Kaitlyn, and Jackson Kemp;
John, Caroline, and Isabella Vissari; and Derek and Brandi Papaone;
great niece: Annabelle Stidham. A Mass of Christian Burial will
be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Friday, April 4, at St. Mary's Roman
Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Road, Barnesville MD. Celebratory
luncheon will take place at the church pavilion directly following
the mass. In lieu of flowers, donations are being accepted on behalf
of Sharon and her children at gofundme.com
Burriss, 53, of Boyds, MD died suddenly on March 28, 2014 at her
She was the wife of Matthew W. Burriss.
Born on March 31, 1960 in Olney, MD, she was the daughter of Charles
J. Martin and the late Neula Bartee Covey and the granddaughter
of the late Bertha Bryte Bartee.
Surviving besides her husband and father are four children, Paul
D. Brown, Charles J. M. Burriss, Matthew W. Burriss, II, Amanda
(Peaches) Hagan; one sister, Resha Layman, one niece Brooke Ariana
Bryte Ahault and two grandchildren, Thomas Brown and Lily Hagan.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday April 4 from 1-3
and 6-8 pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt.
109), Barnesville, MD.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday April 5 at
the Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hilton Funeral Home
to offset funeral expenses.
Albert E. Taylor,
64, of Gaithersburg, MD, died at Casey House Hospice on March 27,
2014 after a long and valiant battle with cancer.
Born on September 10, 1949 in Cheverly, MD, he was the son of the
late Harry Earl and Marguerite S. Taylor.
He is survived by his devoted husband, Kenneth R. Lewis, sisters
Martha Dzioba (Ed) of New Bern, NC and Nancy Bailey (Scott) of Ft.
Thomas, KY as well as five nieces and two nephews and five great-nieces
and six great-nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, April 5, 2014
at Grace United Church of Christ, 25 East 2nd Street, Frederick,
MD. grucc.com (301)
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Al's memory to Casey
Hospice House montgomeryhospice.org.
Martin, 87, of Comus, MD, died March 27, 2014 at her residence.
She was the loving wife of Oscar Clifton Martin.
Born on November 19, 1926 in Macon, GA, she was the daughter of
the late Harold and Ida (Sharp) Hilliard.
Surviving are her children, James Martin and Theresa Wohl both of
Clarksburg, MD, Lawrence Martin of CA and Stephen Martin of Dickerson,
She was also grandmother of eight and great grandmother of five.
There will be a private service and burial.
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