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LaRue E. Jett

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.



Genevieve U. Santucci

Genevieve "Jenny" 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, MD.
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 "Bill" Roberts

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 University (AngelsAmongUs) 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.



Richard "Dick" Morningstar

Richard "Dick" 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 your choice.



Sharon R. Kemp

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



Rhonda D. Burriss

Rhonda Dale Burriss, 53, of Boyds, MD died suddenly on March 28, 2014 at her residence.
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

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) 662-3312.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Al's memory to Casey Hospice House montgomeryhospice.org.




Elizabeth Martin

Mrs. Elizabeth 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, MD.
She was also grandmother of eight and great grandmother of five.
There will be a private service and burial.




Louise Hyre

Louise Hyre, 84, of Poolesville, MD, formerly of Wheaton, MD, died on March 20, 2014.
She was the wife of the late Donald L. Hyre.
Born on June 22, 1929 in Detroit, MI, she was the daughter of the late David and Blanche (Post) Lynch.
Louise was the mother of Donetta (Fred) Swick, Kathryn (David) Swick; grandmother of Andrew (Christina) Swick, Kelly (Ted) Gardiner, Katie (Brad) Henry, Allee Swick and great grandmother of Madeline, Brady and Emelia Gardiner, Liliana, Rhett and Wyatt Swick.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday March 24 from 1-3 and 5-7 pm at the Memorial United Methodist Church, 17821 Elgin Road, Poolesville, with funeral services starting at 7 pm.
Interment will take place in Good Hope Masonic Cemetery, Good Hope, WV on Tuesday March 25 at 3:30 pm.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850 (www.montgomeryhospice.org)



Irma M. Byrd

Irma Byrd was born Nov. 25, 1927 in Vienna, Austria; daughter of Josef and Josefine Hochmeister Jansky, and sister of Josef Jansky. Growing up in Wolkersdorf, Austria during World War II, Irma came to the U.S. in 1950 as an au pair for a U.S. military family. Here she met Edward B. Byrd of Dawsonville, MD. They married in February of 1952 and Irma became a U.S. citizen in 1957. The Byrds were married for 58 years until Ed's death in November 2010.
Irma was many things to many people and became widely known, respected and loved in her community. Through the years, people flocked to the Byrds' farm for Irma's warm hospitality, generosity and loving nature. She was a true magnet and had legions of devoted friends. While having no children of her own, Irma was a second mom and grandmother to dozens of her lucky neighbors and their children.
Irma was an active and giving member of the Darnestown Presbyterian Church for more than 50 years, and contributed in countless ways to the church and her community. Her husband Ed was a lifetime farmer in the Dawsonville-Poolesville area of Montgomery County where they raised Angus, wheat, corn and other crops on their farm. Irma worked alongside Ed in every respect and would often bottle-feed those calves born in the winter months, bringing them into the basement and giving them her own special concoction of whiskey and warm milk--which worked, she reported!
Irma's range of interests was wide--she enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, gardening, sewing (especially for the church bazaars and baby quilts for new family additions), quilting, and swimming as well as reading and current events. She was swimming and cooking up her infamous and delicious homemade rolls just a week or so before her death. During her lifetime Irma also worked as a bookkeeper for Calbiochem, a pharmaceutical company with an office in Gaithersburg during the 70s and 80s.
But her true love was Ed and the many, many loyal and wonderful friends she cultivated and cared for over the years. Hers is a place in all hearts she touched that can never be filled.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday March 18 at the Darnestown Presbyterian Church, 15120 Turkey Foot Road, Gaithersburg, Maryland, with friends being received one hour prior to the service.
Interment will follow on the family farm.



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