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Hope, Helen Patricia
Birth: Friday, March 29, 1935 in Bronx, New York
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Sunday, May 01, 2016 at the age of 81
Laid to Rest: Friday, May 06, 2016 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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Helen Patricia Hope, 81, of Mandeville House, Waldorf, MD and formerly of Bryans Road, MD passed away on May 1, 2016 in La Plata, MD. She was surrounded by love from her family and friends through her final hour, as she found peace after many months of sickness.

Helen was born on March 29, 1935 in (Bronx) New York to the late Thomas Joseph Patrick Cavanaugh and Nellie Bellsion. She is also preceded in death by her sisters, Josephine and Nancy; and husbands, Richard Donahue and Edward Hope.

Helen is survived by her daughter, Alice Pickett (Larry); sons, Randy Donahue (Paula), Anthony Donahue (Janet) and Scott Donahue (Susan); grandchildren, Allison Folks (Dusty), Terri Nicolau (Tim), Nichole Garner (Brent), JR Donahue, Audrey Donahue and Jon Jon Donahue; nine great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren; sister, Margie Birrittella (nephew, Michael and nieces, Tracy, Kelly and Linda); brother, Johnny Cavanaugh; and her 30-year sister-like friend, Bea Feducia.

She was loved and cherished by all to include her many friends over the years in Maryland where she lived for almost 40 years, her 20-year retirement home in Merritt Island, Florida and across the country as she and Ed traveled many times in their travel-trailer days. Helen had a spontaneous personality and a wonderful laugh; she enjoyed people and just having a good time playing Bingo, Red Hat outings, church gatherings, charity functions, plays, etc. The list of things she enjoyed is vast but they all centered around people.

Helen was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, American Legion and Loyal Order of the Moose for many years and was very active in their activities to benefit veterans and various charitable causes to include under-privileged children. She was a past president of VFW Post 1800 (Indian Head, MD) Auxiliary and very active in the VFW's National Home for Children Charity in those years. In addition, Helen was a member of North Merritt Island's (Florida) United Methodist Church Women's group and very active in their charitable causes for that community.

Helen loved "Country and Western" music and none more so than singer George Jones. In all, whether family, friends or the community Helen exemplified a song by Jones in the words, "She loved a lot in her time . . . she stood in the shadows so others could shine . . . [her] work is done and now she has gone home."

The family will receive visitors on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 11:00 AM at the Arehart-Echols Funeral Home, 211 St. Mary's Ave., La Plata, MD where a Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 Noon. She will be laid to rest at Trinity Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum, 3221 Mattawoman-Beantown Rd., Waldorf, MD that same day followed by a repast at the American Legion Post 238, Brandywine MD, where refreshments will be served.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Helen's memory by giving a donation to Hope4Nichole at PO Box 344, Newburg, MD 20664, a non-profit breast cancer advocacy group formed in honor of Helen's granddaughter. Arrangements provided by Arehart-Echols Funeral Home.

Adams, William Horace
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Saturday, April 30, 2016
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, May 10, 2016 in the Trinity Memorial Gardens, Waldorf, Maryland
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William "Horace" Adams, 63, of La Plata, Maryland died April 30, 2016 at Charles County Hospice House in Waldorf, Maryland.

Horace was an assistant superintendent at Potomac Ridge Golf Club as well as other golf courses for 35 years. His hobbies include fishing and woodworking and activities with the family.

He was the son of George Carroll Adams, Sr. and Rosie Viola Pickeral Adams. In addition to his parents, he is also predeceased by his sister-in-law, Hilda Adams.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Elizabeth "Liddie" Ann Hoffman Adams; his daughter, Patricia Redding and husband Jason; his brothers, Bobbie Adams and wife Doris, Sam Adams and wife Linda, and George Adams; his sisters, Susie Henson and husband Jerrell, Shirley Pickeral and husband Kenneth, and Betty Ann Welch; and his grandchildren, Alexandra Redding and Jason Redding, Jr.

Friends received on Monday, May 9, 2016 from 5-8PM and where Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 11AM at Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, Maryland 20646. Interment to follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, 3221 Mattawoman-Beantown Road, Waldorf, Maryland 20601.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Charles County, 2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, Maryland 20603 or Humane Society of Charles County, PO Box 1015, Waldorf, Maryland 20604. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

Kasten, Dianne Joyce
Birth: Friday, January 23, 1948
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the age of 68
Laid to Rest: in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church Cemetery, Pomfret, Maryland
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Dianne Joyce Kasten, 68 of Waldorf, Maryland died April 30, 2016 in Arlington, VA.

Dianne was a library media specialist for 35 years with the Prince George's County Board of Education. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and with a Master's in Library Science from the University of Maryland in 1974. She taught elementary school in Annandale, Virginia from 1971-1973 and then in Prince George's County from 1974-2012. She was nominated Prince George's Teacher of the Year in 2010 and winner of My Favorite Teacher Award in 2011.

She enjoyed time with Facebook, daily breakfast at Panera, riding in a convertible on a nice day, and traveling with her husband and dining out daily at local restaurants. She was an avid reader and hosted a book club and was a long-time member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pomfret where she served as a Eucharistic minister.

She was the daughter of Henry Buczynski and Sophie Gaca Buczynski. She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Paul Kasten; her daughter Elizabeth; her son Gregory and his wife Isabel; her brother Henry "Hank" Buczynski and wife Kathi; her nephew, Eric; her niece Andrea; and many cousins.

Friends received on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 2-4PM and 6-8PM with Wake Service at 7PM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church Hall. Friends will also be received on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 10AM until Mass of Christian Burial at 11AM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Pomfret, Maryland. Interment in the church cemetery.

Memorials are requested to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, American Heart Association Building, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

Ragsdale, Paul Edwin
Birth: Friday, July 26, 1940
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the age of 75
Laid to Rest: Monday, May 09, 2016 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Paul Edwin Ragsdale, 75 of Waldorf, Maryland died Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, Maryland.

Paul was a supervisor of preventive maintenance for 31 years at D.C. Public Works. He loved golf and was a little league coach. He was a devoted husband and father.

He was the son of Hobart E. Ragsdale and Velma B. Muston Ragsdale. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Serpil Ragsdale; his sons, Jeanpaul and wife Beverley, Sean E. and wife Amy, and Paul A. and wife Zehra; his brother, Jim Ragsdale; his sister, Diane Ball; his grandchildren, Garrett, Tyler, Parker, Kylie, and Maya; and his great grandchildren, Garrett, Sophie, and Dacian.

Friends received on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 5-8PM with a Memorial Service at 7PM at Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, Maryland 20646. Interment on Monday, May 9, 2016 at 1PM at MD Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, Maryland 20623. Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.

Thompson, Benedict Drury
Birth: Friday, January 13, 1939 in Leonardtown, Maryland
Residence: Walkersville, Maryland
Death: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at the age of 77
Laid to Rest: in the St. Johnís Catholic Cemetery, Hollywood, Maryland
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Benedict ("Dick", "Buddy") Drury Thompson, DDS, 77, of Walkersville, MD died Saturday, April 30th 2016 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was the beloved husband of Sheila Thompson, his wife of 48 years. Born in Leonardtown, MD on January 13th, 1939 he was the son of Joseph Upton and Miriam Thompson. Dick was predeceased by his parents, his brother Upton Thompson Jr. and sister Patricia Suit.

Dick was the second of nine children and grew up on a tobacco farm in Hollywood, MD. He attended St. John's Catholic School in Hollywood and St. Mary's Ryken High School in Leonardtown. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve while still in high school. After earning a Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Catholic University, he attended Marine Corps Officer Candidate School and accepted an officer's commission in the US Marine Corps. Following regular duty, Dick joined the US Marine Corps Reserve and worked as an engineer at Vitro Corporation. He met Sheila in 1966 while preparing for enrollment in Dental School at the University of Maryland. They married in 1967 and spent their early years with summers at Camp LeJeune, NC and the academic year in Baltimore. Following graduation, Dick began a thirty year dental career in Walkersville, MD.

Dr. Thompson, as he was known to much of Walkersville, was constantly involved with community and church. Some of these activities include 43 years of service to the Glade Valley Lions Club, where he was about to serve his third term as president. He was a PTA president, a charter member of the WHS boosters, GVAA Football Commissioner, Frederick County Dental Society president, and any activities supporting his three children as they were growing up. His volunteer work grew after he was retired, and he was able to serve Meals on Wheels, Rebuilding Together, Planting Hope, St. Peter's Youth Group work in Appalachia, as well as various 5K fundraisers. He was a faithful friend to friends who were sick or unable to be home. He cherished weekly visits with his mother at his childhood home, helping to care for her until her death at age 99. A favorite activity of late was regular coffee with the Boys at McDonalds.

Dick Thompson was a man for all seasons; he never stopped learning, reading, building, fixing cars, crafting a sailboat, helping Catholic University plan Reunion activities, and traveling wherever his wife decided they should go, including annual family reunions in Minnesota or Wisconsin. His involvement with his faith and church was never-ending. He participated in Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration, attended the "Following Christ" program, was a greeter for Mass, and did extensive work for maintenance projects on the St. Peter's Church campus.

Above all, Dick was devoted to his family: wife Sheila, son Patrick of St. Paul, MN, daughter Maureen (Doug) of Gambrills, MD, son Michael (Debra) of Clarksburg, MD, grandchildren Kieran, Bridget, and Maeve Sevec and Nora, Elena, and Kelly Thompson, sisters Franny Thompson (George), Elizabeth Blackwell (Alan), brothers Wayne Thompson (Joan), G. Michael Thompson (Barbara), John Thompson (Elise), Sam Thompson (Susan), sister-in-law Marylou Thompson, brother-in-law Steve Suit, and in-laws Kathleen and Jerry Dillon, Eileen and Steve Richter, Michael and Peggy Whalin, and Mary Whalin.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Libertytown, MD on Saturday, May 7th at 11:00 am. Officiating will be Rev. Jason Worley and Rev. Eugene Nickol. A private burial will take place at St. John's Cemetery in Hollywood, MD at a later date.

The family will receive visitors at Stauffer Funeral Home on Opossumtown Pike on Thursday, May 5th from 6-8 pm and Friday, May 6th from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 with Msgr. Richard Murphy presiding. In lieu of flowers, donations made be made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, Friends of Meals on Wheels of Frederick County, or the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

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