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Shields, Ronald Max
Birth: Friday, September 20, 1935 in Bloomfield, Indiana
Residence: Midway, Tennessee
Death: Friday, December 02, 2011 at the age of 76
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Ronald Max Shields, 76, of Midway, TN, formerly of Scotland, MD, died December 2, 2011 at his home in Midway, TN. Born 20, Sept., 1935 in Bloomfield, Indiana, he was the son of Ester Wilson and Maxel Shields.

Ron retired as a Captain in the US Navy in 1981 after 24 years of distinguished service as a Test Pilot. During his Naval Career, he graduated from the US Naval Academy (1957), US Naval Test Pilot School (1963), and the Naval War College (1964) among other specialized schools. He served two tours in Vietnam. He received the Air Medal 9 Strike/Flight Air Medals; Navy Commendation Medal; Navy Unit Commendation Medal; National Defense Service Medal; and Vietnam Service Medal. He was listed in the 1970 Who's Who Outstanding Young Men of America. After retirement from the Navy, he was an executive and program manager for his remaining years with various Government support contractors, ending his career with the Computer Science Corporation.

Ron is survived by his wife, Sheryl Stamey Shields, of Midway, TN; his children, Marc Shields of Kirby, Texas; Scott (Debbie) Shields of West Palm Beach, FL; Derrick (Ally) Shields of Fairfax, VA; and Mei Shields (Pat Harrington) of Chesapeake Beach, MD. His grandchildren: Daniel and Shayne Shields and Brittany Carames of West Palm Beach, FL; Spencer, Calvin, and Emma Shields of Fairfax, VA; and Great Grandchildren: Kyle and Ryan Carames of West Palm Beach, FL.

Services will be held Friday, Dec 9, 2011 at the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. A Gathering of Friends will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Ron to Bible's Chapel Church, 1280 Bible's Chapel Rd., Midway, TN 37809.

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

Hamilton, Lester Roderick
Birth: Friday, November 11, 1932
Residence: Bel Alton, Maryland
Death: Thursday, December 01, 2011 at the age of 79
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 in the St. Paul's Episcopal Piney Church, Waldork, Maryland
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Lester Roderick Hamilton (Ronnie), 79, of Bel Alton, MD passed away at Civista Medical Center in La Plata on December 1, 2011.

Ronnie is preceded in death by his parents; John R. Hamilton and Thelma L. Hamilton, and by a brother; Shelby L. Hamilton.

Ronnie is survived by his wife; Joy A. Hamilton. Son; John Z. Hamilton (Deborah). Brother; John L. Hamilton. Sister; Mary Anne Simonds. Grandchildren; Kris and Laura Hamilton, and Great-Grandchildren; Ezra Montgomery, and Kaitlyn Hamilton.

Ronnie enjoyed hunting, fishing, NASCAR, and being with his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Viewing will be on Monday, December 5, 2011 from 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm at Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, P.A. in La Plata, MD. The service will be on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 10 am at the funeral home. Interment will be at the St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Piney Parish in Waldorf, MD. Pallbearers will be Kris Hamilton, David Hamilton, Donnie Hamilton, Joe Hamilton, Tom Hamilton, and Brian Hamilton.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home-29449 Charlotte Hall Road-Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.

Arrangements provided by Echols Funeral Home, P.A.

Chichester, Frederick Skinner, Jr.
Birth: Friday, August 08, 1924
Death: Thursday, December 01, 2011 at the age of 87
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, December 07, 2011 in the Old Fields Episcopal Church Cemetery, Hughesville, Maryland
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Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., Charlotte Hall, MD
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
American Legion Prayers @ 7:00PM

Old Fields Episcopal Church
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
11:00 AM
Funeral Service

Farrall, Judith Shorter
Birth: Thursday, February 22, 1951 in Saint Michaels, Maryland
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Thursday, December 01, 2011 at the age of 60
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 in the St. Thomas Cemetery of St. Ignatius Church, Chapel Point, Maryland
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Judith Shorter Farrall, 60, of Saint Michaels, Maryland, formerly of La Plata, passed away on December 1, 2011. She was born February 22, 1951 in La Plata, Maryland to Donald and Rita Shorter of Bel Alton, Maryland.

She was married October 23, 1971 to the late Leo K. Farrall, III. Judy and L.K. shared a passion for life and together built a loving family.

She is survived by her mother, Rita Shorter, of Bel Alton, Maryland; four daughters, Kimmel F. Konka and her husband, Mark, of Davidsonville, Maryland, Kyle F. Villagran and her husband, Daniel, of Annapolis, Maryland, Cassie F. Brennan and her husband, John, of Davidsonville, Maryland, and Britt F. Murphy and her husband, Matthew, of Jersey City, New Jersey; four grandchildren, Mackenzie Konka, Jake Konka, Riley Brennan and Leo Villagran; and two sisters, Lynn Nalley, of La Plata, Maryland, and Margorie Earnshaw, of Newburg, Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Shorter, and her husband, Leo K. Farrall, III.

Judy's true love in life was her family. Her grandchildren brought her such pride and joy. She enjoyed spending her time outside, whether it be on the beach, in the garden or fishing on the pier.

Visitation will be on Monday, December 5 from 4-7pm at St. Ignatius Church, Chapel Point. Services will be on Tuesday, December 6 at noon at St. Ignatius Church, Chapel Point. Burial will take place at St. Thomas Cemetery of St. Ignatius Church, Chapel Point. Pallbearers will be John Brennan, Richard Earnshaw, Mark Konka, Matthew Murphy, Wayne Nalley and Daniel Villagran.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73123-1718.

Arrangements are being handled by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata.

Laurie, Sylvia Pastora
Birth: Friday, March 06, 1942 in Bronx, New York
Residence: Owings, Maryland
Death: Thursday, December 01, 2011 at the age of 69
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Sylvia Pastora Ojeda Laurie, age 69 of Owings, MD passed away at Calvert Memorial Hospital. December 1, 2011 She was born in the Bronx, March 6, 1942 to Bernard Pastore and Mildred (Battle) Ojeda.

Sylvia spent her early life in NY and Florida before settling in the Bronx and Brooklyn, NY for late elementary school and beyond. She commuted from Brooklyn to The City College in Manhattan, part of the City University of NY, where she received a BA in Sociology, met her future husband, Dennis, also a student there, and many of her long-time friends. After graduation, she worked for the City of New York as a Social Worker, and later a Social Work Supervisor out of the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn.

She and Dennis Laurie, a teacher in the NYC School System, were married in the spring of 1969. Both continued working until the birth of their first child, Alison, in February of 1970. Sylvia then left Social Work to become a full-time mother and home-maker, though she worked as a Craft Director at a YMCA camp along with her husband in the summers. Their second child, Kim, was born in June of 1972.

Never one to be idle, Sylvia was continuously involved in volunteer activities. As her children entered school, she took leadership in the Parents' Associations of her children's schools, and was a Sunday-School teacher at the Riverside Church. Always deeply religious, she, with some local friends, founded a Sunday-School in a local struggling Lutheran Church in northern Manhattan. She was instrumental in the revival of that church and its return to influence in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights/Inwood.

The family moved to Yonkers, NY, in 1977, and Sylvia immediately became involved with the 300 year old St. John's Episcopal Church,Getty Square, in the Home-School association of the children's new elementary school, and was instrumental in founding a new Girl Scout troop in north-west Yonkers. She also founded a 4-H Sewing Club in north Yonkers, and helped develop a Community Garden for youth along with Cornell University Cooperative Extension. In these areas Sylvia often took leadership roles – becoming Director of Girl Scout summer Day-Camps in Yonkers and nearby Eastchester, and, along with Dennis as business manager, Director of Camp Ludington, one of the resident camps of the Girl Scouts of Westchester*Putnam, for several years. She participated in a national panel of Girl Scout leaders which established the original criteria for the Girl Scout's Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. At the same time, she also became President of the Home–School Association of Yonkers' Gorton High School (of "Grease" fame,) which both of her daughters attended.

As Alison graduated and headed off to college, Sylvia re-thought some of her own life goals, and decided to head to school herself. On the basis of her long-time love of sewing and related textile crafts, she decided to commute to the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. There she earned an Associates Degree in Textile Development and Marketing, along the way discovering a new interest: product market development. This interest culminated in her leadership of a group of advertising majors to a first-ever school victory in an annual national marketing competition!

To help with college expenses for both herself and the girls, Sylvia worked the next decade in New York's Fashion District. After the family moved into their first house in Peekskill, NY, and Dennis had retired from teaching to join the staff of The New York Times, she continued to apply her expertise in retail. Still deeply interested in volunteer activities, Sylvia was instrumental in developing the Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Sewing Guild for which she served as President and as Editor of its Newsletter.

Dennis retired from the NY Times in 2004, and Sylvia from Jo-Ann's in 2006. Daughter Alison, now with a career in DC, asked her mom and dad to join her, her husband Jason and their 4 girls in Calvert County. A move was planned for early 2007, but was interrupted when an infection in a sore in Sylvia's ankle proved intransigent, and Sylvia lost her right leg in a below the knee amputation. The move, which also included youngest daughter Kim, was made in June, 2007, but again interrupted because of the persistence of that same infection - luckily handled in Maryland at AAMC, but resulting in an above the knee amputation of that same leg.

The collapse of the housing market slowed sale of the Peekskill house, but in October of 2009, her family was able to move into their own home in Owings. Of course, in the interim, Sylvia had made certain to find a church in which she and the family could become involved – All Saints' Episcopal in Sunderland. There she volunteered with the Episcopal Church Women, for a while publishing a newsletter for the ECW. She also worked in the Vacation Bible School, sewed for the Relay for Life and for some needed Altar vestments and helped with the organization and running of the annual Christmas Market. She always volunteered for the annual Wine & Arts Fest, running activities for children attending, and participated with the Thursday knitting/sewing group. Outside of the church community, she joined and was active with the Calvert County Quilt Guild. In all things she was firmly committed to the importance of passing along hand skills to a younger generation and to honoring and valuing the work of all hand crafters.

Sylvia died on December 1, 2011 while a resident at the Rehabilitation Center of Calvert Memorial Hospital recovering from several related problems. She is survived by her husband, Dennis Laurie; daughters, Kim Laurie and Alison K (Laurie) Fields and Alison's family - husband Jason and four daughters, Hannah, Maya, Sara, and Teya – all of Owings; brothers, Bernard P. Ojeda, Jr. and Manuel Lee Ojeda of Brooklyn Park and Minneapolis, MN respectively.

At her request, she was cremated. There will be a celebration of her life at Rausch Funeral Home, 8325 Mt. Harmony Lane, Owings, on Tuesday evening, December 13, from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. A Memorial Service of Thanksgiving will be held at All Saints' Episcopal Church, Sunderland– at the intersection of Rte. 2 and 4 on Wednesday, December 14, 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to any of Sylvia's favorite charities: Episcopal Church Women, c/o All Saints' Episcopal, PO Box 40, Sunderland, MD 20689 or United Thank Offering (at the same address above) or Turnabout, Inc., PO Box 40, Owings, MD 20736.

Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.

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