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Thompson, Fred Wolford
Birth: Sunday, August 25, 1929
Residence: California, Maryland
Death: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the age of 84
Laid to Rest: in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
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Fred Wolford Thompson, 84, of California, Md., died September 19, 2013 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

Mr. Thompson was born Aug. 25, 1929 to George and Ella (Wolford) Thompson, and was reared in Birdsboro, Pa. Fred attended Virginia Polytechnic and State University in Blacksburg, Va., where he earned a degree in ceramic engineering in 1952. Following college, Fred began a professional career with the DuPont Corporation that was interrupted when he was called to active duty with the U.S. Navy. Following active duty, Fred proudly served as an officer in the U.S Navy Reserve, retiring with the rank of commander. After retiring from DuPont, Fred worked as a private consultant to numerous companies in the field of ceramic engineering.

Throughout his college, professional, and military career, Fred was the recipient of numerous awards and citations, serving in leadership roles and as an officer in several academic and professional organizations. He was a member of First Saints Community Church, St. Paul's Campus in Leonardtown, Md., where he enjoyed singing in the choir. He also enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and was an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, Margaret Chambers Thompson; three children, Fred W. Thompson Jr. of Leonardtown Md., Mark C. Thompson of Alexandria Va., and Karen Thompson Herring of Hurlock Md.; and grandchildren Katherine and Andrew Thompson, and Anna and Allison Herring.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at First Saints Community Church, St. Paul's Campus, 25550 Point Lookout Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 or at

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

Tononi, Gertrude Louise
Birth: Monday, March 07, 1932
Residence: Nanjemoy, Maryland
Death: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the age of 81
Laid to Rest: Thursday, October 10, 2013 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Gertrude Louise Tononi, 81, of Nanjemoy, MD passed into everlasting life on Sept. 19 2013 at University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center. She was born on March 7, 1932 in Young Twp., Indiana Pennsylvania to the late John Nagg and Anna Sabo.

In addition to her parents she is predeceased by her husband Victor Tononi and first husband John Zagrodnichek: sons Richard Zagrodnichek, Leonard Zagrodnichek, Michael Zagrodnichek: daughter-in-law Mary Zagrodnichek and grandson Tracy Bandy.

She is survived by her sons John Zagrodnichek of Florida, James Zagrodnichek and wife Sherrie King Zagrodnichek, Anthony Tononi and wife Shawn Jones Tononi all of Maryland; step children Diana Tononi Wyatt and husband Tommy Wyatt of Texas, Pam Tononi Bandy and husband Billy Bandy of Kentucky and Victor Tononi and wife Peggy Tononi of Pennsylvania; daughter-in-laws, Debbie Dean of Florida, Deborah Zagrodnichek and Connie Wilburn Zagrodnichek Riggs of Maryland; grandchildren John Ream, Angela Zagrodnichek Sypher, Richard Zagrodnichek, Michael Zagrodnichek, Matthew Zagrodnichek, Pricilla Berkele, Tonae Tononi and Victoria Tononi all of Maryland, Tiffany Tononi and Ruben (Bink) Blake of Virginia, Milissa Zagrodnichek of Florida, Jonnie Zagrodnichek of Louisiana; step grandchildren Eva Hess Midkiff, Mary Hess Coleman, Kristie Hess Cunningham, Larry Hess all of Texas, Paul Tononi, Lisa Tononi and Michele Tononi all of Pennsylvania and 21 great-grandchildren.

She was a homemaker that loved and enjoyed all of her family and friends, word search puzzles, bingo, dancing, coffee, eating crabs and listening to her sons play music while drinking a cold beer.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday September 25, 2013 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata, MD. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on September 26, 2013 10 AM at the Sacred Heart Church La Plata, MD.

Pallbearers will be James Zagrodnichek, Anthony Tononi, Michael Zagrodnichek, Richard Zagrodnichek, Matthew Zagrodnichek, Michael Burch, John Ream and Scott Hurley. Honorary bearers are Robert Scott, Jr., Dickie Smith and Richard Sypher.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association P.O. Box 1889 La Plata, MD 20646.

Arrangements provided by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home.

Nowlin, Marjorie Ruth
Birth: Friday, April 06, 1928 in Sunderland, Maryland
Death: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the age of 85
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 in the Harmony Memorial Park, Hyattsville, Maryland
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Marjorie Ruth Nowlin was born in Sunderland, Maryland on April 6, 1928 to the late Ashby Rawlings Sr. and Sarah Morsell-Rawlings, in Calvert County, Maryland.

She was preceded in her journey by her siblings Stanley Rawlings (Zelma), Ringgold Clayton (Landon), Ashby Rawlings, Jr. (Edna, Evelyn), Eva Smith (Arnett), Charlotte Burriss (Caleb), Landaus Smith (Clarence), Blanche Ward (Benjamin), Sadie Gray (Joseph) and Henry Rawlings.

Marjorie went to eternal rest on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at Prince George's Medical Center.

Marjorie was the ninth child of thirteen children. She attended Calvert County Public Schools. Mt. Hope United Methodist Church was her Alpha and Omega earthly church home.

Marjorie was united in marriage to the late Calvin W. Nowlin. They did not have children of their own, however, Marjorie had her pet dogs Lance, Princess, Lucky and Blue. She loved them dearly. Whenever friends or family stopped by, she asked if you want something to eat. Laughing she would say, "I have some dog food", surprisingly to the visitors the food was baked chicken, ham or roast beef, the exact same offerings she provided her prized pets.

Marjorie and Calvin had a printing business. Calvin was a Capital Cab owner/driver, Cab Number 210. Their company printed the cab driver manifest forms for all taxicab companies in Washington, DC for many years. Capital Cab also hosted many events at the Marshall Hall Amusement Park and Marjorie assisted in preparing the food.

Marjorie was very generous. When she visited family in Calvert County, Marjorie came there rich but returned home poor, meaning that she gave her all to her family. She would bring food for the family, such as fresh fish, macaroni and cheese, corn bread and clothes.

When relatives graduated from high school, she took them in and made them pay rent. As a good money manager, Marjorie would deposit the money in a savings account unbeknown to them. When they left her home, she gave them the bankbook with the money she saved.

Marjorie also loved gardening. When you asked her what was the name of a flower in her yard, she would respond, it is pretty flower and that was enough. She kept her yard neat and beautiful. She would also help keep her neighbor's grass cut, plant flowers in their garden and remove snow from their driveway when needed. She loved her neighbors and was an outstanding member of the 44th Street Neighborhood Association. Marjorie was also the neighborhood chauffeur. She would take others to the shopping mall, to their doctor's appointments and wherever else one needed to go.

Marjorie was employed at the United States Supreme Court as a Chef for many years. She was known to prepare personal meals for the Supreme Court Justices at their request, especially for Justice Clarence Thomas. She was highly recognized for her work ethic.

Marjorie leaves to cherish her memories, sisters Emma Kent (Jewell), Mildred Wills (Calvin) and Ida Rice (Stephen), brother-in-law Benjamin Ward (Blanche); loving niece and nephew-in-law, Thelma and Joseph Spriggs; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home.

Dorsey, John Elvis
Residence: Lexington Park, Maryland
Death: Thursday, September 19, 2013
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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John Elvis Dorsey, 56 of Lexington Park, MD, passed away on September 19, 2013. John was born on May 31, 1957 to parents George C. Dorsey and Frances C. Dorsey. He graduated from Great Mills High School in June, 1977.

John enlisted in the U.S. National Guard and the United States Marine Corp, touring such places as Okinawa, Japan, Paris Island, S.C., Camp Pendleton, CA and finally honorably discharged from Quantico, VA.

After serving in the military, he maintained several different jobs in Philadelphia, PA, Jacksonville, FL and in Maryland, until his health warranted his retirement.

John was predeceased in death by his mother, Frances C. Dorsey; father, George C. Dorsey and brother, Joseph A. Whalen.

He leaves behind to cherish his memories, one daughter, Kia Hebb (Terrence); two granddaughters, LaDrea and Alisa; one grandson, Darrell Jr.; one brother, James (Vietine) Dorsey, of Lexington Park, MD; six sisters, Evelyn Holford, of Memphis, TN, Lorraine Williams, of Baltimore, MD, Betty A. Goforth, Jussell T. Johnson (Wayne), V. Elena Ball, of Lexington Park, MD and Phyllis M. Griffith (Tony), of Hagerstown, MD and a very special friend, James Chase.
Official Pallbearers will be Greg Whalen, Frank Bennett, Edward Whalen, Joseph Greenwell, Kenneth Thomas and James Chase.

Visitation will be on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 11:30 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 12 noon at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 22375 Three Notch Road, Lexington Park, MD. Interment will be on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 10:00 am at Cheltenham Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD.

Arrangements by Briscoe-Tonic Funeral Home, Mechanicsville, MD.

Bowler, Clara Mae
Birth: Monday, May 01, 1922 in Chesapeake Beach, Maryland
Death: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at the age of 91
Laid to Rest: Friday, September 27, 2013 in the Rock Creek Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
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Clara Mae Plater Bowler departed this life on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, Clinton, Maryland, after a good fight.

She was born May 1, 1922 to Elizabeth Earle and Jesse Plater in the town of Chesapeake Beach, Calvert County Maryland. The youngest of three (deceased brothers Alvin and Elzie Eugene), she resided with her grandmother and grandfather (Maggie and Reverend David Earle) until she joined her mother in Washington, D.C. as a teenager. She attended District public schools where she met her life-long friend Edith Tombs (for 76 years), who went to be with the Lord in May of 2012.

In her young adulthood, Clara met and married her late husband, Ernest H. Bowler of Gordonsville, VA, who passed away in May of 2001. This God-ordained union produced three children, Eurcelle, Ernest Jr., and Earl.

Clara grew in grace and was a dedicated member of St. Edmonds United Methodist Church in Chesapeake Beach, MD from a very early age. She and Ernest later joined Park Road Community Church in Washington, DC, where they both actively participated in various church ministries.

Clara was a devoted employee of the Federal Government for over 30 years, retiring from the Department of the Army as a clerk typist on March 5, 1978. As an employee, she made many friends, received numerous commendations for outstanding service, and had a reputation for being efficient, hard working and pleasant. During her early employment, she attended the School for Secretaries and Cortez Peters School for Typing, where she learned to type over 100 words per minute.

Some of her favorite pastimes included entertaining (she loved setting a beautiful dining room table), visiting family and friends, talking with people, reading the newspaper, watching sports, going on trips away from home, playing cards, dancing, riding out in the city with family while eating a large dish of frozen custard (her favorite all-time dessert), and playing the piano while trying to sing (she took piano lessons and singing lessons after she retired and would chuckle whenever she still made a boo-boo while trying to play her favorite hymns). She also took driving lessons late in life and could be seen by some flying down the city streets on her way to work at the Pentagon in Virginia with her hair flying in the wind.

She will also be remembered for being God-fearing, kind, outgoing, generous, honest, a servant to the sick and needy, and having a larger than life persona. Being as full of life as she was, needless to say, it cramped her style to have been confined to the bed for the past five years.

She is survived by one daughter, Eurcelle Aurita Lewis, two sons, Ernest Hastings. Jr. (Lillian) and Earl Avery (Carolyn); grandchildren Jocelyn Berthay, Joseph Lewis Jr., Eric Bowler and April Bowler; nine great grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Arrangements provided by Sewell Funeral Home.

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