Valiant, Neal Anthony
Birth: Monday, May 19, 1924 in Windber, Pennsylvania
Residence: Port Tobacco, Maryland
Death: Monday, April 11, 2011 at the age of 86
Laid to Rest: Monday, April 18, 2011 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Mr. Valiant was a dance instructor, teaching dance in many venues in Southern Maryland for 50 years and a veteran of the United States Army OSS, having served during World War II. He was a member for 41 years of the American Legion Post in La Plata, MD and a life-time member of the DAV, VFW, and the Moose Lodge. He was also a liquor salesman for many years in Southern Maryland. He was also known for serving as a DJ with many functions throughout Southern Maryland. He enjoyed photography and boating.
Son of the late Anthony Valiant and the late Nellie Ricci Valiant.
Predeceased by his parents.
Survived by his wife of 55 years, Pauline May Valiant; two daughters, Rosemarie Toni (Bill) Evatt of FL and Catrina (William) Pavlik-Keenan of Waldorf, MD; one brother, Joseph Valiant of FL; and one sister, Rose Bente of NY. Also survived by four grandchildren, Lindsey, Brian, Anthony, and Eric and six great- grandchildren.
Visitation: Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 2-4 and 6-8PM with Funeral Service at 7PM at Raymond Funeral Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646.
Clergy: Rev. Mark Roberson.
Interment: MD Veterans' Cemetery - Cheltenham, MD on Monday, April 18, 2011 at 11AM. Honorary Pallbearers: United States Army Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Southern Maryland Office, PO Box 1889, La Plata, MD 20646 OR Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. (Company 3), 3245 Old Washington Road, Waldorf, MD 20602.
Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
Hope, George Bernard
Birth: Friday, November 15, 1946 in Washington, DC
Residence: Lusby, Maryland
Death: Monday, April 11, 2011 at the age of 64
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George Bernard Hope of Lusby, Maryland, formerly of Riverdale, Maryland died at his home on Monday, April 11, 2011. He was 64 years old.
George Bernard Hope was born on November 15, 1946, in Washington, D. C. He was the son of the late George H. Hope and Gloria Sorrentino Hope.
He graduated from Suitland High School in 1966 and attended Niagara University. He was a Vietnam War veteran and served in the United States Navy from 1968 1974 and 1978 1994. He was retired and honorably discharged in 1994 after twenty three years of service as Chief Petty Officer at Anacostia Navy Yard, Washington, D. C. He was a Vietnam battlefield Corpsman and a decorated war veteran. His military honors include the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one bronze star, Good conduct, and Navy Achievement.
He married his beloved wife Kathy Lynn Hope on July 10, 1976 at Mt. Calvary Catholic Church, District Heights, MD.
Mr. Hope moved to Calvert County in 1991 from Wheatfield, NY. He was employed at Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD as an Emergency Room Technician and Hospital Technician for thirteen years. He was a member of CALS (Calvert Advance Life Support).
Mr. Hope was an avid Redskins fan, enjoyed showing dogs, golfing and fishing with his son.
George Bernard Hope is survived by his wife of 34 years, Kathy Lynn Hope of Lusby, MD, his son Jon George Hope and his wife Sarah of La Plata, MD and his two granddaughters Layla and Kallie Hope.
A Service Celebrating his life will be held on May 7th at 3:00 PM at Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, 13150 HG Trueman Rd., P.O. Box 189, Solomons, Md. 20688. Military honors will be rendered by the United States Navy. Interment is private.
Should friends desire contributions may be made in Mr. Hope's memory to the The American Cancer Society, 1041 Rt #3 N, Bldg A, Gambrills, Maryland 21054. www.cancer.org
Arrangement by the Rausch Funeral Home, P. A., Lusby, MD.
Sterling, Marion Dunbar
Birth: Wednesday, March 20, 1918 in Baltimore, Maryland
Residence: Compton, Maryland
Death: Saturday, April 09, 2011 at the age of 93
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in the St. Aloysius Catholic Church Cemetery, Leonardtown, Maryland
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Marion Dunbar Sterling died peacefully in her home in Compton on Saturday, April 9, 2011. She was 93 years old. Born in Baltimore on the first day of spring in 1918, Marion May Dunbar Sterling was the youngest child of Lucy May Beal and Paul Waldron Dunbar.
She spent her early years living in a row home in Baltimore where her father worked in the shipyards. When she was five years old, her family returned home to the First District in St. Mary's County, living on Timber Neck Farm in Dameron and later in St. Inigoes. She graduated from St. Michael's School in 1934.
She was a Registered Nurse, graduating from Georgetown University School of Nursing in 1945. She worked at St. Mary's Hospital, Newton D. Baker Veteran's Hospital in Martinsburg, WV and the Patuxent River NAS Hospital. She served in the Naval Reserve during World War II.
While in high school, she met a handsome young baseball player from Leonardtown who pursued her relentlessly until she finally agreed to marry him when he returned from Europe after World War II. On November 11, 1950, she married William O.E. Sterling, an attorney and later the first Judge of the St. Mary's County District Court. In 1952 they moved to Compton to the house she would call home for the rest of her life. She affectionately named it "Redbud Thicket," and spent the next 59 years there raising her family and tending her beautiful gardens. She also had a "winter home" in the Wildewood Retirement Village where she made many friends and enjoyed traveling with the group on their many local adventures. Her constant companion there was her Pembrooke Welsh Corgi, Bonnie Prince Charles of Redbud, better known as "Chuck."
Her talents were endless. She was an incredible cook. She made the best crabcakes and fried chicken in the world, and her "Blonde Brownies" were a favorite among the Sterling clan. An avid gardener, she could grow anything, anywhere, anytime, and specialized in Black Eyed Susans and English Boxwood which she cultivated herself. She was a proud supporter of the gardens at Tudor Hall and on St. Clements Island. She loved St. Mary's County and its history and spent many days as a docent at Historic St. Mary's City sharing her knowledge of the rich history of the mother county with school children from across Maryland. She traveled the world in her later years, but always said that her favorite trip was to England with a group from the St. Mary's County Historical Society where they visited Maryland's origins.
She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Church and helped stuff many a ham with the ladies for the Christmas bazaar. She was one of the founding members of the St. Mary's County Association for Retarded Citizens, now the ARC of Southern Maryland, and served on its Board of Directors for many years. Her love of local history was evidenced by her support of St. Mary's County Historical Society and many other local historical organizations.
Nothing was more important to her, however, than her family. She joins her husband and two of her children, William O.E. Sterling, Jr., and Lucy Ann Sterling, in heaven. Also waiting for her there were her siblings, Alexander "Buster" Dunbar, Paul "Dilly" Dunbar, Mary Edna Dunbar, and her big sister and best friend, Lucie Ann Abell.
She is survived by her two daughters, Christine Senese and Ruth Heinssen; her sons-in-law Gary and Bobby, and her daughter-in-law Judi Hewitt Sterling. She has nine grandchildren (Will, Tom, and Christina Sterling; Gary and Christopher Senese; Katherine and Michael Heinssen; and Scott Paul); and one great-grandchild, John Baylen Dean, who was the only one she ever let steal a bite of her crabmeat when she was picking crabs.
Her family will welcome friends at St. Francis Xavier Church in Compton from 5 until 8 PM on Tuesday, April 12, with prayers at 7 PM. A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Wednesday, April 13 at 11 AM, with interment to follow at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Leonardtown. Fr. Brian Sanderfoot will officiate and Fr. John Mattingly will co-officiate.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to the St. Mary's County Historical Society, P.O. Box 212, Leonardtown, MD 20650.
Arrangements provided by Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A.
Morgan, Margaret Louise
Birth: Thursday, April 07, 1927 in Oakley, Maryland
Residence: Bushwood, Maryland
Death: Saturday, April 09, 2011 at the age of 84
Laid to Rest: Thursday, April 14, 2011 in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church Cemetery, Bushwood, Maryland
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Margaret Louise Morgan, 84, of Bushwood, MD, and formerly of Leonardtown, MD where she resided with her daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Bobby Guy, died April 9, 2011 in Calvert Memorial Hospital, Prince Frederick, MD surrounded by her loving family. Born on April 7, 1927 in Oakley, MD, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Ashby and Nellie Eleanor Farrell Quade.
She was the loving wife of the late James Roy Morgan, Sr. whom she married on October 19, 1944 in Morganza, MD, and preceded her in death on September 3, 1988.
Mrs. Morgan is survived by her children; Roy Morgan, Jr. (Barbara) of Clearwater, FL, Dennis Morgan (Sandy), Sandy Nelson (Donnie), and Stevie Morgan (Cindy) all of Mechanicsville, MD Gail White (Roger) of Abell, MD, Glenn Morgan of Bushwood, MD, Kathy Guy (Bobby) of Leonardtown, MD, Kevin Morgan of Chaptico, MD, eleven grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings; Alberta Farrell of Oakley, MD, Lawrence Quade of Charlotte Hall, MD, Bobby Quade, Jr. of Prince Frederick, MD, Theresa Gardiner, Aloysius Quade, and Sonny Quade all of Hughesville, MD.
She was preceded in death by her siblings Jimmy Quade, Nora Quade, and Mary Helen Morgan.
Mrs. Morgan graduated 8th grade at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Bushwood, MD. Margaret was a homemaker and a lifelong resident of St. Mary's County. She was a devoted wife to her beloved Roy for 44 years, loving mother, adored grandmother, treasured great grandmother, wonderful sister, and Aunt Margaret to many. Mrs. Morgan was a devout Catholic whose faith was evident in the way she lived her life. She was soft spoken, kindhearted, caring and gave generously of herself to those in need. She was an amazing cook and you could find her in the kitchen on Saturday afternoon preparing one of her many feasts. Family and friends would travel for miles just to eat the best fried chicken and homemade biscuits in southern Maryland, and there was always plenty for all.
She loved playing bingo or sitting down to an all night game of pitch. In the quiet times, she prayed the rosary, sat on her front porch waving a friendly hello, and worked in her "Search a Word" books. But what made her the happiest in this world and gave her the greatest joy was to be surrounded by her children and the family she loved so much, she cherished their visits. Mrs. Morgan lived to have a little one cradled and cooing in her arms and to get lots of hugs and kisses from her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She looked forward to the time spent with her sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews reminiscing about the "good ole days." Mrs. Morgan lived a long and good life. A golden heart has stopped beating. A beautiful soul will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew and loved her.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 13, 2011 5:00 PM 8:00 PM in the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home where prayers will be recited at 7:00 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM in Holy Angels Catholic Church, Avenue, MD with Fr. William Gurnee celebrating and Fr. Lawrence Young Concelebrating. Interment will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Bushwood, MD. Pallbearers will be nephews; Donald Quade, Shawn Morgan, Robby Quade, Joseph "Bubba" Quade, David Farrell, Allen Gardiner and Dale Quade. Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren; Carrie Ann Greenwell, Leslie Morgan, Christi Morgan, Jason Guy, Miranda Carter, and Michelle White.
Contributions may be made in memory of Margaret Louise Morgan to the Seventh District Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 7, Avenue, MD 20609 and/or Seventh District Optimist Club, P.O. Box 53, Coltons Point Road, Bushwood, MD 20608.
Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A, Leonardtown, MD.
Chaney, Bertha Elizabeth
Birth: Friday, August 09, 1946 in Prince Frederick, Maryland
Residence: Prince Frederick, Maryland
Death: Saturday, April 09, 2011 at the age of 64
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Bertha Elizabeth Chaney, age 64, of Prince Frederick, MD died April 9, 2011 at Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore. She was born August 9, 1946 in Prince Frederick, MD to Burgess H. and Clara Mae (Klein) Chaney.
Bertha was a 1965 graduate of Calvert High School and attended Strayer University. She was employed by Associated Investors Mortgage Company until 1995 when she opened her own company, Countryside Lending Inc. in Prince Frederick, MD.
Bertha was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and taught Sunday school there for a number of years. She was known for her work ethics and always keeping her client's best interest in mind. In her leisure time she enjoyed working in her yard and tending to her flowers. Bertha was a loving mother and grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents Burgess H. and Clara Mae Chaney.
Surviving are her sons Ronald G. Wood and Burgess C. Wood and his wife Denise, granddaughters Clara Marie Wood and Tessa Lynn Harrell all of Prince Frederick, MD, a brother George Chaney and his wife Sara Lee of Owings, MD and a niece Georgia Kay Ladd and her husband Kenneth of Shady Side, MD.
Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.
April 12, 2011
2:00-4:00 P.M. and 7:00-9:00 P.M.
Location: Rausch Funeral Home - Owings, MD
April 13, 2011
Location: Trinity United Methodist Church