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Birth: 1938-07-09 in Hays, Kansas
|Rosemary Shepherd, 75 of California, MD died August 27, 2013 at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital after a brief illness.|
Rosemary was born in Hays, KS in 1938 and was the school valedictorian her graduating year of 1956 at Ellis High School. She studied English and education at the University of Kansas, earning her degree in 1960 after three and a half years. She went on to teach English to high school students. This work included teaching at Bonner Springs, KS as well as a stint teaching Navy dependent children at the Argentia Naval Base in Newfoundland, Canada.
She and her husband Terry met at the base in Newfoundland and were married in 1963 in Norfolk, VA. She had a period of travel during her husband's service, which included stops in Monterey, CA and Annapolis, MD. In Annapolis she became the mother of a baby daughter, Jennifer.
Later Rosemary moved with her family to Quakertown, PA, where she lived for 26 years. There she became one of the highest performing sales representatives in her region for Avon, the cosmetics company. She retired in 1997 when she and her husband moved to Lusby, MD where her husband has been working at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station.
Rosemary was an avid reader and movie fan in addition to being a loving and devoted wife and mother. She is survived by her husband, Terry, her daughter, Jennifer from New Jersey and her sister, Jackie from Kansas.
Family will receive friends for Rosemary's Life Celebration on Saturday, August 31, 2013 from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be private.
Rosemary was charitably-minded and donated over the years to organizations as diverse as local food banks to the Salvation Army to children's charities. The family welcomes donations in her name to a charity of choice.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
|Altimus, Benjamin Howard
Birth: 1930-10-23 in Pennsylvania
|Benjamin Howard Altimus passed away on August 27, 2013 at the age of 82.|
Ben was a man with many names: Dad, Pops, PaPa, Uncle Ben, Old Man and brother. He was born in Pennsylvania and lived his adult life in D.C., Accokeek, Maryland and finally came to Mechanicsville, Maryland in 1993.
He married Madeline Mae Poloski in 1950 and always lived life to the fullest.
After years in the elevator business he retired and became one of the finest carpenters in Southern Maryland. He always said a hammer could fix anything.
He enjoyed time with his family and friends, camping in Indian Acres, hanging out at the Moose Lodge, pulling slots with his girls or just fishing on a river.
He was preceded in death by his wife Madeline and his daughter Karen Ann Goris.
He is survived by his daughters Kathy (Owens) Hayden, Kim (Ronnie) King, Kelly (Bruce) Stanley; son-in-law William Goris; sister-in-law Elizabeth Higgins; brothers Harry (Margaret), Oren (Dorothy), James (Kaye), William (Aggie), Richard (Helen); sisters Janet (Frank) Janosik, Jean Cusic (and sadly he lost his little sister Patricia on August 25, 2013); grandchildren Ryan (Kristy) Burrell, Casey (DJ) Garner, Julie Bast, Michael Hayden, Frankie Hayden, Dwayne (Sherri) King, Jeremy King, Blake (Jessica) King, Jessica (Michael) Wright and Paige Stanley; great grandchildren Taylor, Alex, Sadie Mae, Bryson, Haley, Jonathon, Sean, Shane, Drayce, Danika, Daimon, Adriel, Laila, Nathan, Corbin, Decklan, and Emma Kaye.
His grandchildren were his pride and joy and the great-grandchildren will be hearing great stories about their PaPa.
He loved all his nieces and nephews and was always there for them. We can't say Thank You enough to his friends Spence Hayden, Henry Hill and Tom Leymeister for helping him make the most of his days.
The family will receive friends at the Huntt Funeral Home Waldorf, Maryland on Saturday August 31, 2013 from 10am to 12pm. The funeral service will begin at 12pm at the Huntt Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens Waldorf, Maryland.
Arrangements provided by Huntt Funeral Home.
|Portzen, Joseph Richard
|Joseph Richard "Ricky" Portzen of White Plains, MD died on August 27, 2013 at Walter Reed Hospital in Bethesda, MD. He was 60 years old.|
Visitation on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 from 2-4PM and 6-8PM with a Wake Service at 7PM at Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646. Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday, September 5, 2013 at 11AM at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 3320 St. Peter's Drive, Waldorf, MD 20601 with Interment to follow at the church cemetery.
Memorials to Catholic Charities of Charles County.
Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
|Harrison, Joseph Alexander
Birth: 1920-10-20 in Morristown, Tennessee
|Joseph Alexander Harrison of La Plata, MD left this life and entered into the joy of his Savior's presence on August 27, 2013. He was preceded in death by parents Pressley and Ruth Harrison, and his beloved wife Ruby. He was born October 20, 1920 in Morristown, TN and raised in Knoxville TN, and graduated Knoxville High, Class of 1939B. |
He began a commended 34-year career with the FBI, Ident Division in 1941, interrupted only by WWII service in US Army in the Pacific theater as an MP in the 466th MPEG Co.
He married Ruby "Scoots" Strickland of Barboursville, VA on Feb 26, 1944, and they celebrated 60 years together. They raised three sons, and niece Jan as their daughter.
Joe was active in church, local politics, PTA, Boy Scouts, the American Legion, NRA and the International Association for Identification. He was saved by the grace of GOD through his faith in the LORD Jesus, Christ, March 8, 1953, and ordained as deacon at Temple Hills Baptist Church in 1970. Joe and Ruby retired to La Plata, MD where he continued community service as Beautification Commission chairman and Town Farmers' Market Master until civic retirement as "Market Master Emeritus" in 2012. During his twenty six years of volunteer service in La Plata he accomplished many lasting improvements.
He is survived by sons, Michael (Carolyn), Louisville TN; Robert, Baltimore MD; Kevin (Sherrie), Stafford Va; grandsons Craig, (Nichelle and great-grandson Malcolm), Paul (and great-granddaughter Rosalynn); and niece Janice Strickland Sapp (John), Melbourne, Fl.
A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of La Plata, Pastor Wendell Stokes officiating, with a private military honor guard interment at Cheltenham National Cemetery at dates to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of La Plata, 9070 Hawthorne Rd., La Plata, MD 20646.
Arrangements are being made by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata, MD.
|Smith, Josephine Mary
Birth: 1917-04-08 in Hudson, Massachusetts
|Josephine Mary (Banis) Smith, 96, of Charlotte Hall, MD and formerly of Ocean City, MD passed away on August 26, 2013 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home where she had been a resident since January 21, 2013.|
She was born on April 8, 1917 in Hudson, MA, daughter of the late Joseph Alfred Baniewicz and the late Stephanie (Poreda) Baniewicz.
Josephine's first job was working in a wool factory at the age of 12, making 2 cents an hour. You could buy a loaf of bread for 5 cents and butter for 7 cents. She survived the polio epidemic and the 1918 Spanish Influenza. While attending Thayer High School, she held numerous jobs in factories, waited tables and was a lifeguard. She graduated in 1935.
After her marriage in 1940, she and her husband moved to Washington, DC. In 1955 she opened the Accokeek Bake Shoppe. A few years later she moved to Bryans Road and worked for North Indian Head Estates Development. Josephine moved to Ocean City, MD in 1976 and enjoyed gardening and crabbing off her pier.
In addition to her parents, Josephine was predeceased by her beloved husband, Michael Joseph Smith; her son, Jeffrey; her 2 brothers, Steven and Theodore; and 3 of her sisters, Sophie, Ronnie, and Veronica.
Josephine is survived by her children, Philip Smith of La Plata, MD, Jacqueline & husband Eugene St. Clair of Compton, MD and their daughters, Michelle & husband Robert Negro of West Virginia, Stephanie & husband Robert Murphy of California, MD, Jeannine & husband Dave Embree of Navarre, OH, his son, Eugene St. Clair, II and fiancÚ Melanie Amoss of Arlington, VA; great grandchildren, Caitlin & Haley Murphy, Garrett & Alyssa Embree, Philip's son Jeffrey and his girlfriend Amy; and nephew, Theodore W. Banis, Jr. and family.
Arrangements are being handled by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A private Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends at a later date.
In Lieu of Flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to: Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.
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