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|Johnston, James Joseph
Birth: 1942-01-22 in Washington, D.C.
|James Joseph Johnston, lovingly known as Buddy by his family, passed away Saturday evening, February 28, 2015, at his home in Chaptico, MD, surrounded by his family who loved him. Born in Washington, DC, Jimmy grew up the seventh of sixteen children in Mt. Rainier, MD. He lived in Brentwood, Rockville, and Gaithersburg before moving to Chaptico in 1993.|
Jimmy served in the United States Army as a member of the Signal Corp in Germany and finished his service in 1965 at the Pentagon; the same year he met the love of his life, Veronica. They married in April of 1966.
He worked for Safeway as a meat cutter from 1966 to 1970 which is when he became a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union, Local 100. In 1997, Jimmy opened his own sheet metal fabrication shop, JCJ, Inc., closing its doors in 2005 in a much celebrated retirement.
Jimmy loved strong coffee, working in his yard, eating tomatoes right off the vine, ketchup as a food group, the beach, Thanksgiving bonfires, and spending time with his family. He was an inventive and creative problem solver and enjoyed meeting new people. He had a gift for making any stranger feel like a long lost friend. His grandchildren were a special gift to him and he enjoyed being a kid again with them. For most of his working life, Jimmy set his alarm a half an hour early so that he could enjoy a cup of coffee and write a "Good Morning" love note to his wife.
Preceding James in death are his parents, William and Agnes (Sullivan) Johnston, his sister Dorothy, and his brothers, William, Richard, Paul, and Thomas.
He is survived by the wife he adored, Veronica Lee (Brooke), his daughters, Veronica Lee Johnston (Germantown), Roxann Marie Mejia (Mechanicsville), Theresa Lynn Murnane and husband John Murnane (Walkersville), and Jamie Christy Dawson and husband Mitch Dawson (Brunswick), his son, Luis Mejia (Mechanicsville), his grandchildren, Katharyn, James, Matthew, and Wyatt Mejia (Mechanicsville), his furry children, Corky, Sophia, Namee, and Pyewacket, and his siblings, Helen Williams, Jean Simmons, Robert Johnston, Joseph Johnston, Joanne Murry, Michael Johnston, Alton Johnston, Kathleen Westmoreland, Eileen Hayden, and Frederick Johnston.
Family and friends are invited to James' Life Celebration on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Service will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday at the funeral home. Interment is private.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Humane Society of Calvert County because Jimmy believed that every dog deserved a biscuit. Arrangements provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home.
|Swann, Kathy Gaye
Birth: 1952-09-27 in Washington, D.C.
|Kathy Gaye Swann was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who cherished spending time with her beloved family and friends.|
Kathy was born September 27, 1952 to Warren Franklin Adams and Frances Theresa Adams in Washington, DC. She grew up in Oxon Hill, Maryland, and attended Oxon Hill High School. On February 28, 1970 she met the love of her life, Allen Rodney Swann, and they married the following year.
Kathy and Allen moved to Mechanicsville, Maryland in 1983, and Kathy was a committed and nurturing homemaker. She never missed any of her kids' countless sports games, school concerts, and other events. Kathy and Allen built such a caring household that there were frequently kids from other families who would stay at their home for extended periods of time. After her kids finished high school, Kathy began working for Prince George's Public County Schools, where she served as a teacher assistant for 18 years. The Swann's annual beach vacation and annual Christmas gathering were among her favorite times of the year.
She passed away on February 28, 2015 at her home in Mechanicsville, Maryland, after a year-long battle with cervical cancer.
Kathy is survived by her husband, Allen, her three children, Amy Marie Swann, Brian Allen Swann, and Kelly Diane Morgan; her son-in-laws David Edward Scheig and Jared Ashley Morgan; her daughter-in-law Brooke Steuart Swann; and her father Warren Franklin Adams. She is also survived by her siblings, Faye Adams, Kaye Sohns (David), Darrell Adams (Elizabeth), Paul Adams (Christine), and Robin Adams (Rose). She is preceded in death by her mother, Frances Theresa Adams.
Kathy's greatest wish was to be remembered fondly by her family, especially her ten grandchildren, Corin, Kira, Alexa, Lillian, Brady, Ruby, Talmadage, Reagan, Rivers, and Cody.
Family and friends are invited to Kathy's Life Celebration on Thursday, March 5 from 4:00 to 8:00pm (prayers at 5:30pm) at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, Maryland. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday, March 6 at 11:00am at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 4590 St. Joseph Way, Pomfret, Maryland. Interment at church cemetery and reception will follow.
Donations in tribute to Kathy can be made to Hospice of St. Mary's. Arrangements provided by Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home.
|Fred Reitz, 80, of La Plata MD, formerly of Baltimore, MD passed away peacefully at the Charles County Hospice House on February 28, 2015 after a long battle with COPD. He was surrounded by his wife and family members. |
Fred moved to La Plata 30 years ago and worked in sales most of his life. He retired from Liberty Office Supply in Lexington Park in 2003. He enjoyed bowling and scuba diving in his early years. In retirement, he enjoyed gardening, travel and watching cooking shows on TV.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Pat; his daughter, Lori Bowles and her husband, Mickey; their son, Steven of Glen Burnie and eight grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Church, La Plata, MD and burial at Sacred Heart Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Hospice of Charles County Inc., 2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, MD 20603 or to Sacred Heart Church, 201 St. Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646. Arrangements being handled by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, La Plata, MD.
|Clough, Catherine R.
Birth: 1930-08-03 in Clarksburg, West Virginia
|Catherine R. (Cole) Clough, 84 of La Plata, MD passed away on February 27, 2015. Catherine was born to Roy and Hazel Cole, farmers in Clarksburg, WV on August 3, 1930. |
She learned to work hard and take on responsibilities at an early age. Her three brothers were in the military because of WWII and her father was disabled after an auto accident, so she and her sisters ran the farm (milking cows, planting, raising chickens, cutting hay, etc.).
At the age of 17 Catherine went to Mt. Vernon Academy for her senior year and was named Valedictorian of her Class (1949). She earned a scholarship to CUC. She graduated from nursing school in 1953 and married her soul mate, Les. During their 45 years of marriage they were active in church, community and family life. They were blessed with a daughter, Pam in 1953. She married and gave them two grandsons, Brandon and Peter, and a granddaughter, Alysia, who are now grown and have children of their own, giving her five beautiful great-grandchildren, Brandon, II, Madison, Trey, Jaxon and Wyatt.
Catherine worked as a nurse for 45 years, 27 of which were at Hadley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC. In 1995, she retired and cared for Les as he suffered from Alzheimer’s, diabetes and multiple strokes. Les worked as a nursing home administrator for many years and later as a real estate agent. He passed away in June of 1998.
Catherine enjoyed singing, playing guitar, gardening and spending time with her family. She was also very active with her church, Waldorf Seventh Day Adventist Church. She will be missed by her family and friends.
A visitation will be held on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at 3:00 p.m. at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, 211 St. Mary’s Ave., La Plata, MD. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA) at ADRA International, 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Arrangements provided by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home.
|Janssen, Lloyd Frank
|Lloyd Frank Janssen, 96, of Waldorf, MD, died on February 27, 2015 at his residence with Hospice.|
Colonel Lloyd F. Janssen joined his beloved and wonderful wife of over 65 years, loyal friend and great companion, Della, in eternal rest and peace. Colonel Janssen served with the Army Air Force in the China, Burma, and India Theater during World War II. He retired as civilian Chairman at the Army/Air Force Clemency and Parole Board, Office of the Secretary of the Army, in June 1973 and from the US Army Reserve in September 1978.
He is the son of the late George Frank Janssen and the late Mildred Catherine Lippert Janssen. He is also predeceased by his wife, Della Marie Lambert Janssen and sister, Mildred Bellister.
He is survived by his daughter, Mildred Kathleen Cooke and her husband William; his son, Randolph Janssen and his wife Irene; his grandchildren, Joel Janssen and his wife Tish, Tyler Janssen, Marilisa Janssen, and Catherine Gibson and her husband Michael; and his great-grandchildren, Daryan, Emily Rose, Lilly, Aubrey, Noah, and Luke.
Friends received on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9AM until time of Funeral Service at 10AM at the Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646. Interment will be private at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery. Memorials are asked to Hospice of Charles County, 2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, MD 20603 OR the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, Inc., 3245 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD 20602. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
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