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Paul L. Earley, Sr.

Paul L. Earley, Sr., 77, of Point of Rocks, MD, died on April 29, 2016, surrounded by family.
He was the loving husband of Nancy Earley.
Born on June 16, 1938, in Greencastle, PA, he was the son of the late John Loyde and Alma (Smith) Earley.
Surviving besides his wife Nancy are his children, Anita McDaniels, of Summit Point, WV, Paul Earley, Jr. and Todd Earley, both of Point of Rocks, Robert Earley of Hagerstown, MD, Patricia Darby of Point of Rocks; one sister, Mary Long of Union Bridge; one brother, Russell Earley of FL; 17 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.
Paul was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Earley and one sister, Ethel Jones.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday May 3 from 1-3 and 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd., (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com), where funeral services will be held on Wednesday May 4 at 11 AM.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Frederick County, 516 Trail Avenue, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702 (hospiceoffrederick.org)



Charles Fairfield Pope

Charles (Charlie) Fairfield Pope born June 24, 1940, passed away on April 28, 2016 at Casey House Hospice, Rockville, MD.
Charlie was born in New York City on June 24, 1940, the son of James and Carol Pope. He was the brother of Beverly Hennessey, Pat Farrell and Jay Pope. He was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend.
Charlie was a 70 year resident of Rowayton, CT. He attended school in Norwalk and graduated from Norwalk High School. He worked in retail all his life rising to manager of several grocery stores including A&P. Later in life he worked at Toys R US. He enjoyed road trips to Canada and New England. He also enjoyed going to antique stores and looking for bargains at tag sales.
Charlie is also survived by nieces and nephews David Farrell, Jim Hennessey, Marie Jones, Jeff Hennessey, Linda Bryant, Lisa Kuzma, Carole Hennessey, Carolyn Winkler, Susan Woolley, Meg Hennessey, Jim Pope and Kacey Pope; their spouses and children.
A funeral Mass is scheduled at Church of the Little Flower, 5607 Mass Ave, Bethesda, MD 20816 at noon, Friday May 6, 2016. Visitation begins at 11:30. Remembrances at hiltonfh.com



Norman C. Miller

Norman Clarence Miller, Jr., 49, of Winchester, VA, died in his sleep on April 24, 2016.
He was the loving husband of Sandy Miller.
Born on August 23, 1966, in Washington, D.C, he was the son of Shirley Carol (Richards) Miller and the late Norman Clarence Miller.
Surviving besides his wife and mother is his son, Joe Miller, of Winchester, VA/Falling Waters, WV; two sisters, Shawna Miller of Berryville, VA and Melissa Howell (Marc) of Lake Elsinore, CA; two nieces, Hailey Woodward and Rowan Howell, along with one nephew, Damien Stone.
Norman was a retired deputy from the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, member of the Izaak Walton League, the NRA and was an Usher Guild at St. Peter's Episcopal Church.
Services will be held Saturday May 7, 11AM, at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 20100 Fisher Ave, Poolesville, MD 20837.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Peter's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 387, Poolesville, MD 20837 or Winchester SPCA, 115 Featherbed Ln, Winchester, VA 22601 (www.winchesterspca.org).





Sarah Frazer Prestemon

Sarah Frazer Prestemon, 43, of Chiswell's Inheritance, Poolesville, MD died on Sunday, April 24, 2016 after a long and happy life with her beloved fiance, Edward Lunsford, her close family, friends and Sasha the cat. She was born in Washington, DC and lived most of her life on her family's farm near Poolesville.
She attended Goucher College and received a electronic imaging prepress degree from Montgomery College after deciding she preferred writing and editing to working full-time in historic preservation. Nonetheless, her interest in historic preservation continued throughout her life as a member of Historic Medley District, Inc. She and Ed were for many years the docents at the Seneca Schoolhouse Museum and John Poole House Museum. Her publishing and research skills benefited Medley Press and various writers. She was also employed to do legal research and at the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission.
Born with spina bifida, which meant a life as a wheelie, she took active interest in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act and in the failure of Poolesville to provide navigable curb cuts for their sidewalks.
She traveled as much as possible all around the United States and to Canada, Europe and the Caribbean including one memorable summer spent crossing the U.S. in a RV with her mother, stepfather, stepbrother, a large Bouvier, a golden retriever and a Yorkie puppy named Marley. Her favorite mode of travel was aboard her grandfather's sailboat, "Sarah Frazer" where she was free of the wheelchair and could soar across the water in the Chesapeake Bay and the Mediterranean and from Venice through the Adriatic to Croatia and Turkey.
Sarah was a devoted member of the congregation of St. Peter's Parish whose minister, Rev. Ann Ritonia, provided spiritual sustenance throughout her last illness. Sarah's friends in the parish family stayed close to her and were an important part of her life. Her greatest joy was her faith in Jesus Christ.
She is lovingly survived by her mother, Elizabeth Perry Kapsch and her stepfather, Robert; her father, David Lee Prestemon and her stepmother, Kary; her brothers, William, Robert and Patrick; her grandmother, Elizabeth Prestemon, her beloved cousin, Overton Kephart Brown; her Kephart, Prestemon, Brown and Griffith aunts, uncles and cousins, especially her aunts Ann Brown and Nancy Claggett. She has gone to join her grandparents, George and MaryAnn Kephart and her grandfather, Robert Prestemon. Sarah leaves behind with love her fiance, Edward Lunsford, and his parents, Robert and Laura Lunsford.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2:00 at St Peter's Parish, 20100 Fisher Avenue, Poolesville, MD with a reception to follow at her family's farm at 18200 Beallsville Road, Poolesville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Peter's Episcopal Church (P.O. Box 387, Poolesville, Md. 20837) or Historic Medley District (PO Box 232, Poolesville, MD 20837).




Ralph S. Connelly

Ralph S. Connelly, 76, of Boyds, Maryland, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 22, 2016.
Mr. Connelly was born in Rockville, MD on November 10, 1939, a son to the late Lewis D. and Dorothy Lowe Connelly. He was the loving husband of Judy Roberts Connelly for 56 years.
Ralph was a master brick mason and devoted his life to a trade he loved. He enjoyed fishing and hunting in his younger years and spent his life of retirement enjoying his family.
Ralph was preceded in death by brothers, Jim Connelly, Lewis Connelly, Pete Connelly, Robert Connelly and John Rankin.
Aside from his wife, Ralph is survived by two sons, Keith M. Connelly and wife Kathy of McConnellsburg, PA, Bruce L. Connelly and wife Beverly of Clarksburg, MD; grandchildren, Randell M. Connelly and partner Juan Vega of Stafford, VA, Holly C. Fellows and husband Jason of Knoxville, MD, Gregg M. Connelly and wife Jamie of McConnellsburg, PA, Heather M. Blache and husband Eric of Libertytown, MD, Russell D. Connelly of McConnellsburg, PA, Valerie D. Hagberg and husband Steven of Clarksburg, MD, and Branden M. Connelly of Clarksburg, MD.
Ralph is also survived by 5 great grandchildren, Jaiden, Jenna, Jenson, Herbert, and Russell Jr. who were his true pride and joy. He is also survived by one sister, Janice Butt of Germantown, MD, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Monday April 25 from 1-3 and 6-8pm at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109) Barnesville, MD, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday April 26 at 11am.
Interment will follow in Darnestown Presbyterian Cemetery, Darnestown, MD.




Hubert Leon Carlin

Hubert Leon Carlin, 91, of Boyds, MD, died on April 18, 2016.
He was the husband of the late Emily B. Carlin.
Born on February 18, 1925, in Boyds, he was the son of the late William Melvin and Virgie (Beall) Carlin.
Surviving is one daughter, Nancy Carlin of N. Potomac, MD; one sister, Emily Jean Easter of FL; five grandchildren, Danielle, T.J., Steven, Emily, Malia and 3 great grandchildren, Hailey, Oliver and Dempsey.
Leon was preceded in death by one son, Patrick Warren and two brothers, James Harold and William Douglas Carlin.
The family will be receiving friends on Thursday April 21 from 6-8 P.M. at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD (hiltonfh.com).
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 A.M. on Friday April 22 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville. Directions
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church, P.O. Box 67, Barnesville, MD 20838.



Marie F. Gnadt

Marie Gnadt, 86, of Frederick, MD, died peacefully on April 15, 2016.
She was the wife of the late John F. Gnadt.
Born on July 20, 1929, in Wisconsin, she was the daughter of the late Edwin and Mary (Nunke) Anderl.
Surviving are two daughters, Ann (Jonathan), MaryJane (Christopher); one son, John (Nicole) and her grandchildren Daniel, Mitchell, Olivia, and Julia.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Monday, June 27, at St. Gregory the Great Church, Milwaukee, WI.
Visitation from 10:30 AM until time of Service.
Interment to follow at Arlington Park Cemetery, Milwaukee.



John W. Davis, III

John W. Davis III, better known as "Jack," born 7/29/1924, passed away on 4/12/2016. He was the son of Margaret (VanSise) Davis and John W. Davis Jr. Following graduation from Frederick High School, he attended the University of Maryland for a year, anticipating becoming a veterinarian. WW II intervened, and when his two older brothers were called up for service, Jack returned to help work the farm on Davis (now Thurston) Road. Over the years, Jack worked selling and installing Surge milking equipment, earned a certificate in welding, and worked for several machine shops rising up to foreman. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Poolesville, active in the Monocacy Lions Club for many years, and a charter member of the American Bluebird Society.
Following multiple "retirements" Jack kept himself busy repairing furniture and working around the house and yard. He was married to Frances (Ray) for 50 years before she passed in 1999, and then to
Elizabeth (Daniel) Painter who passed in 2013. He was also pre-deceased by his sister Harriet, older brothers Tom and Walter Magruder, twin sister Margaret (Davis) Angevine and grand-daughter, Maria
Krebs, and great grandson, Ethan Yoder. He leaves a younger brother Leonard (Ike), children John W. Davis IV and Vikki, Charles and Judy, daughter Amelia Krebs and Paul, son Alan, and stepson Dan Painter.
Grandchildren: Lauren (Davis) & Darren Lloyd, Cameron Davis; Isaac & Desha Davis, Benjamin Davis, and Anna (Davis) & Ken Yoder; Andrew Krebs; Brendan & Hannah Davis, Aiden, and Caity Davis, step granddaughters Danielle Painter, Susan (Constable) & Scot Shealer, and 14 great grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St Peter's Episcopal Church (2100 Fisher Ave.,
Poolesville, Md. 20837) or Monocacy Lions Club (c/o Gary Burdette, 22711 Mt. Ephraim Rd., Dickerson,
Md., 20842).
A Memorial Service will be 6/11/2016 at 11 AM at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Poolesville, Md.
A luncheon will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the service.




Catherine Evelyn Woodard Wolfrey

Catherine Evelyn Woodard Wolfrey, 79, of Poolesville, MD, passed away at home in the care of Hospice on April 8, 2016.
Evelyn was born in Lee County, Virginia, to Ransom and Mary (Oliver) Woodard on May 12, 1936.
Her beloved husband of 59 years, John Fyfe Wolfrey, passed away on October 13, 2013. John was from Poolesville, where they made their life together.
Evelyn leaves to morn, her sister, Della (Woodard) Snodgrass of Holmes Mill, KY; one niece, Marsha (Snodgrass) Meadows (Loren); one great nephew, Bill McDonald (Emily); one great niece Samantha McDonald; two great great nieces, Hailee Shea and Harper Grey; one great great nephew, Roman Joseph all of Dayton, OH.
Evelyn also leaves many friends, neighbors, relatives and her adopted family, Paige, Lin, Zach and Mackenzie Kovach who have shared their family with Evelyn and John for 18 years and have been a constant joy.
The family will be receiving friends on Monday April 11, from 10 - 11 am at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD. Funeral services will start at 11 am.
Interment will follow in Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to WUMCO Help, Inc., P.O. Box 247, Poolesville, MD 20837 or Second Chance Wildlife (scwc.org).




Dennis B. Funk

Dennis B. Funk, 62, of Beallsville, MD, died suddenly on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.
He was the son of the late Paul and Ruby Funk.
Denny was born on May 20, 1953, in West Virginia.
He is survived by his former wife, Reneta Funk of Poolesville, MD; daughter, Ashley B. Funk and boyfriend Eric Backus of Poolesville; two brothers, Jerry Funk (Mary) of Woodsboro, MD, Robert Funk (Patty) of Charles Town, WV; two sisters, Karen Plemmons (Larry) of Frederick, MD, Janet Miller (Edward) of Middletown, MD; two uncles, Keith Wiles of OH, Don Wiles of VA and numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Sunday, April 10, from 2-3 PM, at the Poolesville Baptist Church, 17550 West Willard Rd, Poolesville, where services will be held at 3 PM. Following the service, friends are welcome for a reception at the church hall.
In lieu of flowers family is requesting donations to Hilton Funeral Home for funeral expenses.




Thomas G. Schaefer

On Monday, April 4, 2016, Thomas G. Schaefer, 48, of Adamstown, MD, passed away peacefully. He was a life-long Maryland resident, attended Dematha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, MD, and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. Tom worked in project management for various corporate and non-profit agencies in the technology and healthcare sectors.
Tom was born on May 2, 1967, in Alexandria, VA. He was the devoted son of Helene (Ligorio) Keefner and the late George H. Schaefer. He is survived by his loving wife of 16 years, Ursula O'Donnell Schaefer, and their three children, Carson, Andrew and Katharine Schaefer; one sister, Lynne (Schaefer) Schneider, and many cherished sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received on Thursday, April 7, from 4-8 PM, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, Maryland. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 AM on Friday, April 8, at St. Joseph on Carrollton Manor, 5843 Manor Woods Rd., Frederick, MD. Interment will immediately follow at All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, MD. Following the interment, friends are welcome to a lunch reception at St. Mary's Pavilion, Barnesville, MD. Directions
Flowers may be sent to Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, MD, or contributions in the name of Thomas Schaefer may be made to the ALS Association - DC/MD/VA Chapter, 7507 Standish Place, Derwood, MD 20855.




Karen M. Payne

Karen M. Payne, 57, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed suddenly on April 3, 2016.
She was the loving wife of Randy Payne.
Born on June 17, 1958 in Anchorage, AK, she was the daughter of Paul Hawkins and the late Virginia M. Hawkins.
Surviving besides her husband and father is one daughter, Virginia M. Roos; one granddaughter, Alexis N. Roos; two brothers, Kenny and Johnny Thayer and one sister, Angie Connelly.
Karen was preceded in death by one sister, Donna Frank.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday April 8 from 6-8 PM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD.




Barbara Jean Lewis

Heaven received a very special angel on 29 March 2016, as Barbara Jean Lewis passed on to be with God and Jesus.
Born in Olney, MD on 30 December 1931, she is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Doyle, and four children, Elaine Cuthbertson (and husband Rand), Allen Jr. (and wife Becky), Larry (and wife Teresa), and Gary. Through her loving spirit, the world was also blessed with 5 beautiful grandchildren, and 9 wonderful great grandchildren.
There was never a more loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She blessed her family with a happy, loving home. Saddened by her absence, our spirits are lifted by memories of her soft voice, the twinkle in her eyes, and the deep and endearing love she had for all of us. She will watch over us until we meet again. Our hearts have been broken, but will forever be filled by the memories of her love, which touched each of our lives, and left us, and the world, so much better.
In lieu of flowers the family suggest donations be made to the Upper Montgomery County Volunteer Fire Department, 19801 Beallsville Rd., Beallsville, MD 20839 or a charity of your choice.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

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