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Foster, L. Melvin
Birth: Saturday, October 13, 1928 in Albemarle County, Virginia
Residence: Callaway, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at the age of 82
Laid to Rest: Saturday, August 27, 2011 in the Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, Maryland
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L. Melvin Foster, 82 of Callaway, MD died on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born October 13, 1928 in Albemarle County, VA son of the late Henry Nelson and Ethel May Foster.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Joyce Blackwell Foster, five children, Deborah Knott of Ocala, FL, Anita Stevens and husband, Marin of California, MD, Jennette Foster of Callaway, MD, Kerry McKay of La Plata, MD and Lawrence Melvin Foster, Jr. and wife, Corey Anne of Great Mills, MD, a most special nephew, Greg Foster and his wife Diane and family, one brother, L. Eddie Foster and wife Jeanie of Brandywine, MD, three sisters, Marie Herring and Catherine Dudley of Charlottesville, VA, and Frances Morris of Crozet, VA. Also survived by eight grandchildren, Karen Siebert (Martin), Michael Peacher (April), Bobbie Jo Knott, Maggie Foster, Kevin McKay (Katie), Matthew Peacher (Katie), Joey Foster and Lisa Foster, eight great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was a horseman that always had a twinkle in his eyes. He enjoyed his lifelong trade. His horse trading extended through various states which provided him many good times and good friends. With his horse trading he was able to provide many children and families with the unique wonderful experience of horse ownership. He enjoyed participating and supporting local 4-H clubs. He frequently enjoyed competitive trail rides and horse shows with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Since 1974, he has been an avid member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA); however, he was never anonymous about his membership. He attributes AA to giving him his life back and always thanked Dr. Rene Grace for sending him there. The knowledge and support he received in AA enabled him to open his heart and home to help countless others. He leaves behind these treasured friends with the hopes they will carry on the tradition of helping others. Melvin most often chose the road less traveled which brought him great fulfillment and satisfaction during his life.

Family will receive friends for Melvin's Life Celebration on Friday, August 26, 2011 from 2:00 to 8:00 p.m. with prayers recited at 7:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Charles Memorial Gardens, Leonardtown, MD.

Serving as pallbearers will be Michael Peacher, Matt Peacher, Kevin McKay, Kris Foster, Martin Siebert, Richard Riche, Nathan Hedrick and Johnny Archer. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Lauren Siebert, Autumn Peacher, Brandon Peacher, Jack Siebert, Katelyn Rippeon, Olivia McKay, Olivia Peacher, and Ava Peacher.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jude House, Inc., P.O. Box 1057, La Plata, MD 20646 or Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.

Arrangements provided by Brinsfield Funeral Home.

Bowling, Mary Catherine
Birth: Tuesday, February 07, 1928
Residence: Bethesda, Maryland
Death: Friday, August 19, 2011 at the age of 83
Laid to Rest: Thursday, August 25, 2011 in the St. Mary's Catholic Church Cemetery, Bryantown, Maryland
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Mary Catherine Bowling, 83, Retired Cancer Researcher Bowling, Mary Catherine ("Kitty"), M.T. (ASCP)

On Friday, August 19, 2011, after a long illness.

A long time resident of Bethesda MD, she had lived with her nephew and his wife in Augusta GA since 2006. She was 83.

Miss Bowling served in various positions with the National Cancer Institute, NIH, Bethesda, the District of Columbia Society of Medical Technologists, the American Society for Medical Technologists, and the Alpha Mu Tau Honorary Fraternity for Medical Technologists. She was an author and co-author of numerous scientific articles, clinical reports and reviews. Miss Bowling's research interest was the development of histochemical procedures for research and for patient diagnosis. She is the author of Histopathology Laboratory Procedures for the Pathologic Anatomy Branch of the National Cancer Institute. She was Associate Editor of the American Journal of Medical Technology.

Miss Bowling was a native of Charles County MD. She graduated from Hughesville High School in 1944 and completed her B.S. in Zoology at the University of Maryland in 1948. She completed her training as a Medical Technologist at Doctors Hospital (Washington DC) in 1949. She worked in Washington DC, Asheville NC and Suffolk VA before going to the National Cancer Institute, NIH in 1954. She was a lover of animals, raising and keeping English Bulldogs.

She is survived by her brother James Hayden Bowling, Jr; two nephews, Benjamin (Patricia) and Michael (Linda) Bowling and a niece, Sally Bowling; and two great nephews Paul M. and Thomas J. Bowling. She is predeceased by her sister Martha E. Bowling.

Viewing (11 AM-noon) and Funeral (noon) on Thursday, August 25 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bryantown, MD. Burial in the church cemetery.

Arrangements by Arehard-Echols, LaPlata MD.

Swann, Joseph Sterling
Birth: Tuesday, August 12, 1958 in Washington, DC
Residence: Faulkner, Maryland
Death: Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the age of 53
Laid to Rest: Friday, August 26, 2011 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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Mr. Swann was a Chef for over 30 years with local restaurants and a member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church at Chapel Point, MD. He was a 1976 graduate of La Plata High School and a graduate of The Culinary School in New Jersey. He loved music and playing cards and was known as a loving son to his mother.

Son of the late Daniel John Swann and the living Dorothy Lucille Gray Swann.

Predeceased by his father; and brothers, David M. Swann, Daniel "Pee Wee" Swann, Jr.

Survived by his mother, Dorothy Swann; one daughter, Darlene Latrice Swann of King George, VA; three sisters, Janet (Thomas) Scott of Ft. Washington, MD, Linda (Gilbert Johnson, companion) Scranage of Faulkner, and Joan Swann of Faulkner; two brothers, Dwayne Swann and Rodney Swann, both of Faulkner, MD; sister-in- law, Patricia Jackson of Nanjemoy, MD. Also survived by two grandchildren, Taraisia Flynn and Akirah Shelton and many nieces, nephews, and soul-mate, John Yates of La Plata, MD.

Visitation: Friday, August 26, 2011 from 10AM until Mass of Christian Burial time at 11AM at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Chapel Point, MD Clergy: Fr. Edward Dougherty, S.J. Interment: Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, MD Pallbearers: Anton Wills, Charles Gross, Dwayne Swann, Jr., Troy Scranage, Thomas Scott, and David A. Yates.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society (801 Roeder Road, Suite 800, Silver Spring, MD 20910).

Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

Bluey, Raymond
Birth: Saturday, November 28, 1931 in Nanicoke, Pennsylvania
Residence: White Plains, Maryland
Death: Thursday, August 18, 2011 at the age of 79
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Raymond "Ray" Bluey, 79, of White Plains, MD, died August 18, 2011, in the loving presence of his youngest daughter Barbara and oldest grandchild Charles.

A Korean War veteran, Raymond resided in Charlotte Hall Veterans Home with Hospice care until a few days before death when he was moved to the intensely attentive tender-comfort and care of Hospice House of St. Mary's County in Callaway, MD. Born in Nanticoke PA on November 28, 1931. Raymond was the son of immigrant parents the late Wasyl Bluey (Ukrainian) and Mary Meko-Bluey (Austria/Hungarian). Wasyl a coal minor died of black lung when Raymond the youngest of eight children was in grade school. A handful for his mother the mischievous young Raymond was under the watchful care of his sisters. In fact, during his last months at home, his children and caretakers became used to responding to their names: Olga and Millie. Of his siblings, Anna Bukosi, Mary Matson, Michael, Theodore, Helen Krzyznieski, Olga Waganka, and Amelia Orlando, he is survived by brother Mike and sister Olga and brothers-in-law Joe Krzyzsnieski and Carl Orlando.

During military service in Korea he bravely served in the U.S. Army 5th Regimental Combat Team where he established a lifetime of unpleasant memories but a lifetime of blessed friendships especially that shared with JP (Jeanette) Bridges of NC. Ray looked forward to yearly attendance at his 5th RCT Reunions.

After his service Ray lived in Washington, DC and met his late wife Liz while driving a street car. Young Elizabeth worked at Peoples Drug downtown. They married in 1957 beginning a warm relationship with father and mother in-law the late Samuel and Hazel Booher Phillips, sisters Rosa (Harold "Red") Cox, Kate Phillippi, Joyce (George) Holmes, brothers late James (Bernice), late William (Eva Mae), Junior (Elsie), B.J. (Sue), Gene and Floyd.

Raymond and Elizabeth raised three children who survive him Ann Marie, Patricia Lynn (Robb Bergett) and Barbara Jean (David Molina). Grandsons Charles, Christopher, Nicholas and Anthony Hair, Michael (Mikey) and Marcos Bluey-Molina and step-grandchild Matthew Molina survive. He is also survived by Godsons Ron (Sharon) Orlando and Jefrey Ramirez a DC policeman.

The bulk of his working life he served as a foreman at Ceco Steel Corporation in DC. He was responsible for the group of men who cut huge steel rebars to order. Elizabeth became resident manager of apartment buildings; this was Raymond's second job. He was of course on-call for emergencies but did minor repairs to the buildings, painted and kept the grounds neat.

Raymond was a member of Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Parish for over 50 years and devoted much of his time after retirement serving in whatever capacity needed but most enjoyed was the Wednesday evening Bingo fundraiser. As a Knights of Columbus member he served to better not only his church community but his world community. He oriented his grandsons to this service and set a fine example. He was a member of the American Legion.

Ray loved his neighbors in White Plains. When no longer able to keep the house and lawn and do the bulk grocery shopping he enjoyed sitting outside with all the neighborhood and local traffic activity. He continued to show his independent streak riding his "scooter" (electric wheelchair) down the street. He is survived by his dog-companion little Darla who was with him always and though up in years is adapting to his absence. He was an avid and faithful Washington Redskins fan. Caretaker and friend to "Pop- Pop" Raymond is survived by his caretaker for the year before his passing Tina Hale who stepped in with initiative and energy. Tina blessed him with the company of her children Martina, Briana, Ruby, and DJ as well as their father Jerome "Charlie" who brought many laughs and good happy times.

Visitation will be on Thursday, August 25, 2011, from 3-5 PM at Raymond Funeral Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646.
An additional viewing will be on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 11 AM to 11:45 AM at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family, 4250 Harewood Road, NE, Washington, DC 20017. Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at 12 Noon at the Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family. Rev. Robert Hitchins will officiate and Charles Hair will be altar server. Interment will be at 2PM at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, MD. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Christopher, Nicholas and Anthony Hair, Michael Bluey-Molina, Matthew Molina and Jefrey Ramirez. Honorary Pallbearers will be the United States Army Honor Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to The Raymond Bluey Memorial Fund, c/o NRL Federal Credit Union, P.O. Box 1026, Oxon Hill, MD 20750.

Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

Higgs, Ina Marie
Birth: Saturday, March 18, 1950 in Riverdale, Maryland
Residence: Avenue, Maryland
Death: Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the age of 61
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Ina Marie Higgs 61, of Avenue, MD died at St. Mary's Hospital, Leonardtown, MD on Saturday, August 20, 2011. Born in Riverdale, MD on March 18, 1950 she was the daughter of the late William and Jane Colclaugh (Jones) Dove.

Always and forever a free spirit with an open heart and open mind with a kind word for everyone. She loved the outdoors, fishing and camping and was dedicated to family and helping others.

Dedicated worker for 30 years in the printing office on Capitol Hill and 15 years at Congressional Printing in LaPlata, MD. She had worked last as a clerk at IAA in Brandywine, MD before becoming disabled.

Surviving her children Kathy Higgs of Colton Point, MD, Wendy Harris (Jeremy) of Mechanicsville, MD, Laura Lee Bennett (Chris) of Fayetteville, NC, Jay Higgs of Tampa, FL, Jerry Higgs of Colton Point, MD Robert Lee Norris, Jr. King George, VA. Siblings Cindy Dove of Lexington Park, MD and William Dove of Benedict, MD. Also survived by three grand children Briona Stauffer, Devon Stafford and Collin Norris.

She was predeceased by a son Joseph Higgs and a brother Robert Dove.

Family and friends are invited to Ina's Life Celebration on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 5 to 8:00 p.m. at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD with prayers offered at 7:00 p.m. Interment will be private.

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

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