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Robbins, Sandra Leigh
Birth: Saturday, November 03, 1951 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: Great Mills, Maryland
Death: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the age of 65
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Sandra Leigh Robbins, 65 of Great Mills, MD died Thursday, July 27, 2017 at Med Star St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. She was born on November 3, 1951 in Washington, D.C. to the late John Elmer Hancock and Mary Leigh Hewitt.

Sandy was employed at St. Mary's College in St Mary's City, MD as an administrative assistant from 1995 until her death. She will be remembered for her willingness to help everyone who needed her services no matter how big or how small. One of her favorite experiences while working there was when she was able to go to The Gambia in Africa with other staff/students from the college. She even stayed in touch with many of the people she met there.

She was a member of the St. Mary's County Camera Club where her avid love of photography took her to many places and events. She was able to meet other enthusiasts who shared her love of taking nature and wildlife photos. She and one of her best friends, Brenda Thompson, would go away for a day or sometimes even weekends to enjoy nature and have taken many beautiful pictures. Some of these are currently hanging in Kent Hall at St. Mary's College. She also enjoyed gathering information on her family history. She went to many websites and even combed graveyards trying to complete the family tree. Her other loves were crocheting, going to the movies, and spending time with her pets.

Sandy is survived by her husband Charles Thomas (Chuck) Robbins of Great Mills, MD; son, Robert D. Scholten of Milton, FL; daughter Rachel N. Hawkins of Leonardtown, MD; two sisters, Pamela Goewey of Valley Lee, MD, Lynn Castleberry of Mentone, AL and one half-sister Stephanie Hancock of MD. She is also survived by five grandchildren, four great grandchildren, an uncle, aunts as well as many nieces and nephews.

Family will receive family and friends on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD. A private family interment will follow at a later date. If you wish to honor Sandy, in lieu of flowers, you can make a donation to the St. Mary's College Foundation, 18952 E. Fisher Road, St. Mary's City, Maryland 20686. Checks can be made out to "SMCM Foundation", or you can give a gift by credit card by calling 240-895-4282 or visiting Please make sure they know that you are donating on Sandy's behalf. A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's College at a later date. Arrangements by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

O'Connell, Beverly
Birth: Friday, March 25, 1938 in Simsbury, Connecticut
Residence: Lusby, Maryland
Death: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the age of 79
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Beverly O'Connell, who spread her unconditional love across a large family, her husband of 48 years, countless friends in several states and the wildlife that wandered into her yard, died on July 27. She was 79 and had been living in Lusby, MD. Beverly O'Connell was born on March 25, 1938, in Simsbury, Conn., the daughter of Frederick and Ardella (Mirick) Mildren. She attended Simsbury High School. She married Dan on Aug. 13, 1960, and they raised their family in Wethersfield, Conn., and, later, in Cocoa Beach, Fla. In Florida, Bev and Dan also lived in Melbourne, Fort Myers and in the Great Outdoors in Titusville.

Bev was always there for her six children, and she was happy to spoil her six grandchildren and her two great grandchildren. She loved to socialize, and leaves behind a long trail of friends from Connecticut to Florida to Maryland and beyond. She enjoyed watching and talking about the NFL, and for many years played in a football pool. She loved watching the birds and other animals in her yards, and maintained a wide variety of bird feeders for her feathered friends. Bev and her husband, Daniel O'Connell, traveled extensively, and especially enjoyed relaxing on the island of Bermuda. She worked for many years as a secretary for Dan, and also in the Cocoa Beach school system. Bev moved to Solomons Island, Md., in 2013, and later to Lusby, Md., where she enjoyed life on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Beverly is survived by six children: Marc O'Connell (and Nancy Lieffort) of Southbury, Conn., Jo-Ann Lizon (and Ned Lizon) of West Hartford, Conn., Joyce O'Connell of East Hartford, Conn., Linda Spahr (and Alan Spahr) of Lusby, Md., Brian O'Connell (and Nancy O'Connell) of Lino Lakes, Minn., and Kevin O'Connell (and Leigh Wade) of Gainesville, Va.; her brother, Raymond Mildren (and Barbara Mildren) of Montgomery, Texas; six grandchildren, Dan Lizon (and Amanda Maloney), Bryan Lizon, Kelly O'Connell, Gabrielle Burns (and Andrew Burns), Brendan O'Connell and Emily O'Connell; two great-grandchildren, Layla and Nolan; and three nephews. Bev was predeceased by her husband, Dan, and her sister, Karen. Bev requested that her remains be joined with Dan's at sea, off Port Canaveral, Fla.

A memorial and celebration of Bev's life will take place on Saturday, August 12, at 1 p.m., at the Lighthouse Restaurant and Dockbar, 14636 Solomons Island Road South, Solomons Island, Md. Please don't send flowers, but donations in her name may be sent to the Hospice of St. Francis in Titusville, Fla. ( or to the wildlife organization of your choice. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home.

Bledsoe, Sally Gambrill
Birth: Sunday, May 10, 1936
Residence: Dunkirk, Maryland
Death: Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the age of 81
Laid to Rest: Saturday, August 05, 2017 in the Southern Memorial Gardens, Dunkirk, Maryland
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Sally G. Bledsoe, 81, of Dunkirk, MD formerly of Huddleston, VA, passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Prince George's Medical Center. Sally enjoyed gardening. Growing vegetable and flowers brought great joy to her. She also enjoyed traveling and seeing new places and meeting new people.

Her main passion was reading the bible. Many a day she could be found reading God's word and lived her life according to it. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro and a former member of the Palestine Baptist Church of Huddleston, VA and Calvary Baptist Church in Upper Marlboro.

For over 60 years she was the beloved wife of Frank Bledsoe. She was the loving mother of Barbara Boykin, Kenneth Bledsoe, Cynthia Barge, Stephen Bledsoe and the late Davis Bledsoe; and the devoted grandmother of five grandchildren. She is also survived my numerous other family and friends.

Family invites friends to the First Baptist Church of Upper Marlboro, 7415 Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, on Saturday, August 5, from 10 am until start of Funeral Services at 11 am. Interment will follow at Southern Memorial Gardens, Ward Road, Dunkirk, MD 20754. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Sally's name to the: BGED – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201. Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home.

Gryskewicz, Albert Benjamin, Sr.
Birth: Wednesday, August 06, 1924 in Plymouth, Pennsylvania
Residence: Prince Frederick, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the age of 92
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Albert Benjamin Gryskewicz Sr., 92, of Prince Frederick, MD passed away with his loving family by his side on Wednesday, July 26, 2017. He was born on August 6, 1924 in Plymouth, PA to the late Benjamin John and Helen (Jago) Gryskewicz.

Albert, fondly known as "Al," joined the U.S. Navy just two weeks out of high school and then spent the next three years in several major WWII battles. He served on the USS Hambleton (DD455) as a Fire Controlman in the Invasion of Normandy (D-Day), Bombardment of Cherbourg, Invasion of Southern France, and Invasion of numerous islands and Okinawa. During all this conflict, the USS Hambleton survived numerous torpedo hits, a kamikaze hit and she rode out four typhoons with 60-foot waves.

After his Naval service, Al received his Funeral Director's license from the American Academy of Embalming and Mortuary Science, New York City, NY. After working for a period of time in the funeral business, he moved to Washington, DC and joined the C&P Telephone Company, where he worked his way from a Lineman to a Foreman/Supervisor. After 35 years of service, he retired and began a new trade making and designing prosthetics for the next several years.

In 1950, Al married his bride of 67 years, Susan (Matisko) Gryskewicz. "Pop" loved his family more than anything! He was predeceased by his son Albert Benjamin Gryskewicz II. Pop is survived by his beloved wife Sue, son Paul (Kim); grandchildren Stacie Moore (Matt), Vickie Kegley (Daniel), James Gryskewicz (Jessica), John Gryskewicz (Nikkie), Abby Gryskewicz (Casey); great grandchildren Liam Kegley, Jackson Moore and soon to be baby Gryskewicz. He is also survived by his brothers Chet Gryskewicz (Josephine), Leonard Gryskewicz (Josephine) and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Family invites friends to Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736, on Sunday, July 30 from 3 to 5 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 31 at 10:30 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 105 Vianney Lane, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Interment will be private. Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home.

Abelende, Ellen Marie
Birth: Wednesday, December 08, 1937 in Newark, New Jersey
Residence: Dunkirk, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the age of 79
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 in the Resurrection Cemetery, Clinton, Maryland
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Ellen Marie Abelende of Dunkirk, MD passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the age of 79. She was born on December 28, 1937, in Newark, NJ to Elizabeth(Teare) and Edward Smith. Ellen was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed raising her family. She loved playing bingo, music, dancing and she was a huge Washington Nationals and Redskins fan.

She was the beloved wife of the late Venancio P. Abelende and the loving mother of Armando Abelende (Janet), Ellen M. Fernandes (Marc), Venancio P. Abelende, Jr., Edward F. Abelende (Christine), Esmee Lavinia Hoyle, John V. Abelende (Clarissa) and Carlos P. Abelende (Theresa). She was the devoted grandmother of 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter Elizabeth and a granddaughter Christina.

Family invites friends to Lee Funeral Home Calvert, 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736, on Monday, July 31 from 4 to 8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 8816 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach, MD 20714, on Tuesday, August 1 at 10:30 am. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery, Woodyard Road, Clinton, MD 20735. Memorial contributions may be made in Ellen's memory to the Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area Chapter, 3701 Pender Drive, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22030 or Calvert Hospice, P O Box 838, Prince Frederick, MD 20678. Arrangements by Lee Funeral Home.

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