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Gardiner, Darlene Lynn
Birth: Friday, March 08, 1968 in Cheverly, Maryland
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Monday, March 07, 2011 at the age of 42
Laid to Rest: Friday, March 11, 2011 in the Heritage Memorial Cemetery, Waldorf, Maryland
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Darlene Lynn Gardiner, 42, of La Plata, MD passed away on March 7, 2011 at Civista Medical Center in La Plata, MD. She was born March 8, 1968 at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, MD to Earl Floyd and Connie Rivenbark.

She graduated from Surrattsville High School. She then attended the College of Southern Maryland and became a Registered Nurse, employed with Georgetown University Hospital in the PACU Department. Darlene was also a faithful attendee at Calvary Gospel Church in Waldorf, MD.

Darlene loved her family and they always came first in her life. She enjoyed movies, reading, and talking on the phone to her mother and sister. Family was everything to her. During Darlene's illness, she was always surrounded by her loved ones, co-workers from Georgetown, family and friends. She was never alone, not even for a minute.

Daughter of Connie (Jim) Rivenbark and the late Earl Floyd.

Predeceased by her father.

Survived by her husband, Robert Gardiner, Jr.; one son, Justin Gardiner of La Plata, MD; three daughters, Christina Gardiner of Waldorf, MD, Lauren (Glenn) Posey of La Plata, MD, and Shannon Gardiner of La Plata, MD; two grandchildren, Sadie Lynn and the soon-to-arrive Matthew; parents, Connie (Jim) Rivenbark of Clinton, MD; one brother, Michael Floyd of Leonardtown, MD; and one sister, Patsy Collins of Charlotte Hall, MD.

Visitation: Friday, March 11, 2011 from 10AM until service time at 12 Noon at Calvary Gospel Church, 11150 Berry Road, Waldorf, MD 20603.

Interment: Heritage Memorial Cemetery, 13472 Poplar Hill Road, Waldorf, MD 20601.

Clergy: Rev. Tim Woods.

Pallbearers: Kevin, Glenn, and Brooks Posey, Michael and Albert Collins, and Caleb Bailey.

Memorial Contributions are asked to

Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

Bennett, Wanda Fay
Birth: Wednesday, March 12, 1941 in Rapides Parish, Louisiana
Residence: Lusby, Maryland
Death: Sunday, March 06, 2011 at the age of 69
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Wanda Fay Bennett, 69, passed away peacefully at her residence in Lusby, MD on March 6th, 2011. Wanda was born on March 12, 1941 in Rapides Parish, LA to the late Clara Dunn and Herman Bennett.

She is survived by her loving children Deborah Thomas Cella of Lusby, MD; Rhonda Kay and her husband Cameron Grose of Roanoke, VA and Ronald Bruce and his wife Lisa Freeman of Martinsburg, WV; four beloved grandchildren Daniel and his wife Keyonna, John, Ashley and Ronnie; four devoted great grandchildren Shania, Serenity, Steven and Ariyonna and her special guardian angel Reba Thomas Miller. She is also survived by nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.

Services and interment are private.

Should friends desire memorial contributions may be made in Wanda's memory to Calvert Animal Welfare League, C.A.W.L., P. O. Box 1660, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

Arrangements were by the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., Lusby, MD.

Coombs, Joyce Marie
Birth: Tuesday, July 25, 1944 in Indian Head, Maryland
Residence: Montross, Virginia
Death: Sunday, March 06, 2011 at the age of 66
Laid to Rest: Thursday, March 10, 2011 in the All Faith Episcopal Church Cemetery, Mechanicsville, Maryland
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Joyce Marie Coombs, 66, of Montross, VA, formerly of Indian Head, MD, passed away on March 6, 2011 at her residence.

Born July 25, 1944 in Indian Head, MD she was the daughter of the late Thomas J. and Catherine V. Unkle Colona.

Joyce moved to Montross, VA nine years ago. She was a Preschool Teacher for KinderCare. Joyce also taught Sunday school, she was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Joyce is survived by her beloved husband, James "Sid" Coombs of Montross, VA, children, Daniel (Vicki) Coombs, of Lusby, MD, Patricia (Tim) Treat of Marietta, GA, Stacy (Christina) Coombs of Lusby, MD, and Candy (Todd) Treat of Suffolk, VA, siblings, Charles Colona of Pasadena, MD, Betty Frey of Cocoa Beach, FL, Barbara (Ronnie) Prasser of Indian Head, MD, and Vivian (Bobby) McMeans of Crofton, MD, Also survived by 11 grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild. In addition to her parents Joyce was preceded in death by three siblings, Thomas "Harry" Colona, Anne Piper, and Evelyn Barry.

Family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 9, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD A Funeral Service will be conducted on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 11 a.m. in All Faith Episcopal Church, Mechanicsville, MD with Reverend Catherine Swann officiating.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Arrangements provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

Menard, Victor Alfred, Sr.
Birth: Monday, April 26, 1948 in Worcester, Massachusetts
Residence: Great Mills, Maryland
Death: Sunday, March 06, 2011 at the age of 62
Laid to Rest: Monday, March 14, 2011 in the Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Lexington Park, Maryland
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Victor Alfred "Vic" Menard, Sr., 62, of Victor Alfred "Vic" Menard, Sr., 62, of Great Mills, MD and formerly of Worcester, MA died March 6, 2011 at his residence. Born on April 26, 1948 in Worcester, MA, he was the son of the late Victor Anthony and Georgette T. Carreau Menard.

Mr. Menard was the loving husband of Lois A. Menard whom he married on December 12, 1969 at Patuxent River, MD.

He was also survived by his children; Victor A. Menard, Jr. and Jennifer A. St. Germain both of Park Hall, MD, three grandchildren; Jesse M. Marsh, Sydney R. Davis and V. Brady Menard, and his siblings; Jeanne Zaleski of North Oxford, MA, Elaine Fornari of Worcester, MA and Sandra Menard of West Boylston, MA.

Mr. Menard graduated in 1967 from Holy Name of Jesus Central Catholic High School in Worcester, MA before enlisting in the United States Navy in 1967 serving four years before his separation in 1971. He was stationed in Patuxent River, MD, Alameda, CA and Barbers Pt, HI during his four years of service. He moved to Southern Maryland in 1971 during his active duty for the United States Navy. He attended the St. Mary's College of Maryland, St. Mary's City, MD and earned his Associates Degree. Mr. Menard worked at Patuxent River, MD for the U.S. Government as an Engineering Technician for 36 years before his retirement in October of 2010. He was a Little League Umpire and belonged to the Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout, Order of the Arrow, Scout Master, and Eagle Scout Coordinator.) Mr. Menard was also a member of the Knights of Harmony Barbershop Quartet in Bowie, MD.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 13, 2011 from 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD where prayers will be recited at 3:00 PM. A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, Leonardtown, MD. Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Lexington Park, MD. Pallbearers will be Fredrick St. Germain, Joshua Marsh, Scott Mathews, Jesse Marsh, Victor Menard, Jr. and Matt Scassero. Chris Rubenstahl will be an Honorary Pallbearer.

Contributions in memory of Mr. Menard can be made to Boy Scout Troop 1203 c/o VFW Post 2632, 23282 Three Notch Road, California, MD 20619, American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA, 22312 and/or The American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123-1718.

Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.

Showalter, Joseph William
Birth: Wednesday, March 03, 1915 in Dale Enterprise, Virginia
Residence: Scientists' Cliffs, Maryland
Death: Sunday, March 06, 2011 at the age of 96
Laid to Rest: Saturday, March 12, 2011 in the Weavers Mennonite Church Cemetery, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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Joseph William Showalter, age 96, and one of the first permanent residents of Scientists' Cliffs, died on March 6, 2011. Mr. Showalter was born on March 2, 1915 at Dale Enterprise, VA near Harrisonburg where he spent his early years. He was the youngest of seven children and his parents were Reuben Swope Showalter and Verdie Miller Showalter. He graduated from King College in Bristol, TN and received a Master's degree in plant pathology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service and came to Scientists' Cliffs in 1946 at the request of Flippo Gravatt, one of the founders of Scientists' Cliffs, to manage Mr. Gravatt's agricultural interests. Mr. Showalter also became a building contractor in the area and built thirty-nine homes at Scientists' Cliffs. He was the founder and owner of Bending Bough Nursery.

Mr. Showalter was well known in the county for his volunteer work with many civic, cultural, educational, and religious organizations. In the early years he held the presidency of the Prince Frederick Elementary School PTA and the County Council of PTA and later became president of the Maryland Congress of Parents and Teachers and a regional vice-president of the National Congress of Parents and Teachers. He served on the Calvert County Board of Education. He was regional vice-president of the Maryland Heart Association, Southern Maryland Chapter. He was a member of the Calvert Memorial Hospital Board for twenty-five years and served as its chairman for five years. He also served as chairman of the Calvert Nursing Home Board. Mr. Showalter was a member of the Calvert County Historical Society and member and president of the Calvert County Historic District Commission. He served on the Calvert County Commission on Aging, the Calvert Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the One Room Schoolhouse Board, and was a volunteer with Project Echo and the Calvert Marine Museum. He had a great interest in classical music and enjoyed participating in the Men's Music Group at Scientists' Cliffs. In early years he was a member of Cook's Creek Church of the Brethren in Dayton, VA and later became a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and served as a Sunday School teacher and as a member of the Administrative Board. Mr. Showalter was a part of a committee that was instrumental in securing Linden as the headquarters of the Calvert County Historical Society and he supervised the restoration of two historic barns in the county.

Mr. Showalter enjoyed traveling and with his wife, Ruth, he visited ninety countries and all seven continents. They participated in mission trips to Russia and the Aleutian Islands. He was very knowledgeable of family history and maintained contact with his relatives in the Shenandoah Valley.

He was predeceased by his wife of sixty seven years, Ruth Howell Showalter, and one great grandchild. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, David and Sally Showalter, and daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Danny Price of Kilmarnock, VA, seven grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Calvert Hospice, PO Box 838, Port Republic, MD 20676.

The family received friends on Thursday March 10, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, Prince Frederick, MD. Funeral services were held on Friday 2 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church. Interment was held on Saturday March 12, 2011, 2 PM in Weavers Mennonite Church Cemetery, Harrisonburg, VA.

Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

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