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|Alfonte, Mary Alice
Birth: 1924-01-13 in Seattle, Washington
|Mary Alice Alfonte, age 89, passed away October 10, 2013. She was born January 13, 1924, in Seattle, Washington and adopted by William and Florence Serruys of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Her childhood was carefree and adventurous. On her father’s ranch she rode horses, participated in local rodeos, worked with prize-wining livestock, and famously insisted that her parents call a taxi for her every Sunday morning so she could go to church.|
Her favorite hobby was designing paper dolls. At the height of the Depression, when Mary was 13, her well-to-do parents took her on an around-the-world cruise (on the Scharnhorst, later sunk by the Allies during WW II). For the rest of her life she never forgot seeing China, Japan, India, Europe, and especially Germany in November 1936, on the eve of WWII. She graduated high school at St. Helen’s Hall (now Oregon Episcopal School) in Portland where Mary’s energetic and good-humored nature led to friendships she faithfully maintained until the last years of her life.
After a brief marriage to Lawrence Ray, which produced two sons, William and Thomas, Mary moved to Hollywood, CA to work as a color coordinator for Dutch Boy paints. She re-married to Hal Kornell in 1949. They had two children together, James and Lorelei.
Mary decided in 1960 to pursue her dream of designing and building houses. Over the next 22 years she designed and built three houses in Thousand Oaks, CA, providing her family with beautiful places to grow up and thrive.
In 1972, Mary met Bill Alfonte and found her true love. After divorcing their respective spouses Mary and Bill relocated to Washington D.C. and married in 1973. They purchased a home in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, and Mary obtained her Virginia Real Estate License. She was proud of the Jaguar sedan she purchased with her very first real estate commission check. Mary and Bill devoted every spare hour to bicycling, hiking, and traveling. In 1974, they bicycled across Denmark, Holland, and Belgium. They also took trips over the next few years to Nova Scotia, England, Germany, France, Bahamas, Greece, Canada, Japan, and many trips around the U.S.
In 1976, Bill suggested they take up sailing; after training at a sailing school in Annapolis, MD, they bought the first of their eight boats, a Cal 22 they named “Sunshine”. They took up the boating life and for the next 35 years sailed everywhere, circumnavigating the United States, sailing the Mediterranean around the Greek Isles, making an annual trip to the Bahamas, and making treasured friendships everywhere they went. Around 1986, they got a Maltese puppy and named her “Chessie”. From then on the trio were inseparable. In 1987, Mary and Bill designed and built their dream home on the Chesapeake Bay in Solomon’s Island, Maryland. Mary and Bill spent many happy years there, enjoyed their friends and having cocktails overlooking the Bay every evening.
Mary joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary and enjoyed the job, especially an assignment as lighthouse keeper. Mary volunteered as a reader at Solomon’s Nursing Home and was a faithful supporter of the Calvert Animal Welfare League, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, and animal welfare causes in general.
In 1997, Mary and Bill bought a condo overlooking the Bay in Solomon’s Island. They lived there devoted to one another until Bill passed away in 2011. Mary spoke and thought of Bill every day, and believed at the moment of her death that Bill and Chessie were coming for her on their boat and they would all sail away and be happy forever.
Mary is survived by her four children and by nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
If you would like to honor Mary’s memory, a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association would be a fine tribute. Arrangements provided by Lee Funeral Home.
|Haizlip, Katherine Teresa
|Katherine “Katie” Theresa Haizlip, 21, of California, MD passed away on October 10, 2013 in Lexington Park, MD. Born on May 10, 1992, she was the daughter of Mike Haizlip and Cindy Nelson and her husband Jay Nelson. |
Katie is survived by her boyfirend Saxson Simpson, sister Chelsea Haizlip, grandparents; Charles and Gail Thompson, Rod and Gerrie Haizlip, Shirley and Jim Gregory, and Lannie and Phyllis Nelson. Aunts and Uncles; Chucky and Renee Thompson, Jennifer and Chuck Schwartz, Josh and Lisa Maggio, Lori, and Lynn Haizlip, and Amy Nelson. Cousins; Zach, Jeremy, Melanie, Gracie, Mason, Olivia, Carlie, Benny, Grace, and Lawsen.
Katherine graduated from Leonardtown High School in 2010 and was a lifelong resident of St. Mary’s County, MD. Katie was known for her love of music, compassion for others, the love of her family was beyond words could ever say. She could always bring laughter to anyone around her; she will always be missed, and never forgotten.
The family will receive friends on October 16, 2013 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Funeral Service will follow at 5:00 PM with Deacon Bill Nickerson officiating. Interment will be private.
Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home.
|Abell, John Louis, III
|John Louis Abell, III, (Jackie) born October 10, 1940 of Hollywood, MD, died October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC, with his family by his side.|
On August 17, 1963 John married his beloved wife, Gloria Jean Johnson Abell. Together they celebrated 50 wonderful years of marriage.
In Jackie’s younger days of his life he liked to play baseball, coach little league, fishing, hunting, and playing golf. Late in life, Jackie enjoyed; traveling, camping, car shows, rock & roll music, concerts, and especially spending time with his grandchildren. Jackie also enjoyed doing a huge Christmas display every year.
Jackie served in the Army stationed in Germany. He was a truck driver working for Purolator, Embassy Dairy, Ink Company and WRA.
In addition to his loving wife, Gloria, Jackie is survived by his children; John L. Abell, IV of Hollywood, MD, and Stephen M. Abell, Sr. (Debbie) of Leonardtown, MD; his grandchildren; Stephen M. Abell, Jr. (Lindsay of Hollywood, MD, Nathalie K Walter and Kaitlyn R. Abell of Leonardtown, MD. He also is survived by his sisters Peggy Lacey of Hollywood, MD., and Linda Kirby (Bill) of Hollywood, MD.
He is preceded in death by his parents John L. Abell, Jr., and Henrietta (Jimmie) Abell formerly of Hollywood, MD; his siblings; Betty Lou Wathen (Richard) and Floyd Abell (Stephanie) of Hollywood, MD. Brother in law Francis Lacey.
The family will receive friends for John Louis Abell, III on Monday, October 14, 2013 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM with prayers recited at 7:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 10:00 Am in St. John’s Catholic Church, Hollywood, MD with Father Raymond Schmidt officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbeares will be; Stephen Abell, Jr, Mike Johnson, Billy Johnson, Brandon Johnson, Pat Woodburn, and Jon Eckardt.
Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD.
|Dement, Dale Lee
Birth: 1938-02-06 in Washington, D.C.
|Dale Lee Dement, 75, of North Beach, MD passed away October 10, 2013 at his residence. He was born February 6, 1938 in Washington, D.C. to Thomas William and Lena Mae (Thornton) Dement. Dale was raised in Washington and attended Hine Junior High School and graduated from Eastern High School. |
He was employed by PEPCO and later made his career as a sheet metal mechanic with the Washington, D.C. Sheet Metal Workers Local 100. After retirement, he worked part-time for the Calverton School as a bus driver, a job he loved.
He married Dana Swift on January 9, 1965. A resident of North Beach for over 50 years, Dale was a member of Grace Brethren Church of Calvert County, and the Old Crow Hunt Club in Chesapeake Beach. In his leisure time he enjoyed fishing and hunting.
Dale was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Thomas E. Dement and a sister Rose A. Smith.
He is survived by his wife Dana Dement, daughters Beth Ann Dement of Prince Frederick and Mary Katherine Krenkel and husband Mike of Dunkirk, a step-daughter Collene Miller and husband James of Brandon, FL, step-sons Daniel Swift and wife Sylvia of Austin, TX and Brian Swift and wife Jennifer of Roebuck, SC, grandsons Michael and Matthew Krenkel and six step-grandchildren. Also surviving are a brother Richard Dement and wife Kathleen of Solomons, a half-brother Robert Gilmore of Silver Spring, and nieces Vicki, Virginia, Linda, Carol and Deborah.
Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.
|Melody Rogers, 60, of Waldorf, MD passed away on October 10, 2013. |
Family will unite with friends on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:00 am until time of service at 11:00 am at Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, 2294 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD. Interment will be private.
Arrangements provided by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home.
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