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Melville E. Edwards
76, of Frederick
Melville E. Edwards, 76, of Frederick, formerly of Westminster, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, at Northhampton Manor Nursing Center, Frederick.
Born Nov. 10, 1920, in Bridgeport, Conn., he was the husband of the late Claire Edwards.
He was an active ham radio operator. He was a member of the Church of the Open Door, Westminster. He recently attended Life and Liberty Baptist Church, Frederick.
Surviving are daughter and son-in-law Jane L. and Lee E. Cannon of Frederick.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Church of the Open Door, Westminster, with the Rev. John Campbell officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Super Sixties Choir, c/o Church of the Open Door, 550 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster, Md. 21157. 

Agatha P. Fletcher
81, of Westminster
Agatha P. Fletcher, 81, of Westminster, formerly of Cape Cod, Mass., died early Monday morning, Oct. 6, 1997, at Long View Nursing Home, Manchester.
Born April 12, 1916, in Uniontown, she was the daughter of the late Pierce and Mary Anne Graham Zile. She was the wife of the late Russell A. Fletcher.
She and her husband owned and operated several restaurants in Cape Cod. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Masonic Chapter 134, South Dennis, Mass.
Surviving are sisters Leta Zincon of Westminster and LaRue Cookson of Hanover, Pa.; a niece; and several grand nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Myers Funeral Home, 91 Willis St., Westminster, with the Rev. Donald Llewellyn, interim pastor of Calvary United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will follow in Pipe Creek Cemetery, Union Bridge.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. An Eastern Star service will be held at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Leon D. Heltibridle
70, of Littlestown, Pa.
Leon D. Heltibridle, 70, of Littlestown, Pa., died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at Hanover Hospital, Hanover, Pa.
Born Feb. 12, 1927, in Carroll County, he was the son of the late Lee Garland and Lula Myers Heltibridle. He was the husband of Delores Sterner Heltibridle, his wife of 48 years.
A graduate of a Carroll County high school, he retired from Black & Decker Inc., Hampstead. He was a member of St. Mary's Lutheran Church, Silver Run.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are daughters Sandi Myers and Debbi Vonella, both of Westminster; brother Robert Heltibridle of Westminster; sister Janet M. Machesney of Tampa, Fla.; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Little's Funeral Home, Littlestown, Pa., with the Rev. H. Lee Brumback II, his pastor, officiating. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Silver Run.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary's Lutheran Church, Littlestown Pike, Westminster. 

Minnie M. Mays
79, of Glenelg
Minnie Mae Mays, 79, of Glenelg, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at her home.
Born Nov. 20, 1917, in Farmville, Va., she was the daughter of the late George and Minnie Dunkum Phaup. She was the wife of the late Alvin G. Wassmann, the late Stanley R. Kernan and the late Vance W. Mays.
She was a registered nurse most of her life.
Surviving are sons William W. Wassmann of Derwood and Robert L. Wassmann of Berwyn Heights; stepdaughter Janell Madden of Crofton; stepson Brian Mays of Mt. Ranier; brother George R. Phaup of Farmville, Va.; and nine grandchildren.
She was predeceased by sons Alvin G. Wassmann Jr. and Donald L. Wassmann.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Glenelg United Methodist Church, Glenelg. Interment will be in Ft. Lincoln Cemetery, Bladensburg.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, Md. 32, Sykesville.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Smyrna Methodist Church, c/o Rev. George R. Phaup, Rt. 4, Box 437, Farmville, Va. 23947. 

Sophia K. Reott
100, of Westminster
Sophia K. Reott, 100, of Westminster, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at Carroll Lutheran Village Health Care Center.
Born Nov. 5, 1896, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late William and Mary Etzel Schneider. She was the wife of the late Clayton H. Reott Sr., who died July 13, 1987.
She was a member of St. John Catholic Church, Westminster.
Surviving are son Clayton H. Reott Jr. of Lutherville; daughters Virginia Otter of New Jersey, Rosalie Spetzler and Margaret Johnson, both of Florida; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by daughters Catherine Langen and Marie Bornhorn.
Funeral arrangements by the Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster, are incomplete. 

Gertrude L. Ross
91, formerly of Sykesville
Gertrude L. Ross, 91, of Frederick, formerly of Sykesville, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997, at Frederick Health Care Center.
She was born Sept. 1, 1906.
She had been a homemaker for most of her life. She was the last of her immediate family.
Graveside services will be held today at St. Andrew's Cemetery, Blossburg, Pa.
Arrangements are by Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, Md. 32, Sykesville. 

Melvin D. `Swanie' Swan
73, of Finksburg
Melvin D. ``Swanie'' Swan, 73, of Finksburg, died Monday, Oct. 6, 1997, at his home, after an extended illness.
Born July 4, 1924, in Finksburg, he was the son of the late Edward Franklin and Mary Virginia Bloom Swan. He was the husband of Dorothy Louise Turnbaugh Swan.
He was a retired heavy equipment operator. He served in the European Theater in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons David H. Coursey of Weathersfield, Conn., Randy Swan of Virginia, Fred Anderson of Bel Air and Rick Anderson of Arnold; sister Pauline Lang of Hampstead; brother Harry Swan of Finksburg; and nine grandchildren.
He was predeceased by son Ricky Melvin Swan.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, with the Rev. Timothy P. Feaser, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church, officiating. Interment will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Finksburg.
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Joseph L. Weidenhan
90, formerly of Hampstead
Joseph Louis Weidenhan, 90, of Catonsville, formerly of Hampstead, died Saturday, Oct. 4, 1997, in Catonsville.
Born June 22, 1907, in Maryland, he was the husband of the late Dorothy S. Weidenhan.
Before retiring, he was a manager at Baltimore Gas and Electric.
Surviving are daughter Clare W. Sutton of Wilmington, Del.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. today at Charlestown Chapel, Catonsville, with the Rev. Leo Larrivee officiating. Interment will be in Hampstead Cemetery, Hampstead.
Friends may call from 12:30 p.m. until time of services today at the chapel.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolent Fund, c/o Charlestown Retirement Village, 715 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, Md. 21228.
Arrangements are being handled by the Eline Funeral Home, Reisterstown. 

Jennie N. Blazowski
82, of Westminster
Jennie Nellie Blazowski, 82, of Westminster, died Sunday, April 26, 1998, at Carroll County General Hospital. 
Born Sept. 22, 1915, in Ambridge, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Paul and Nellie Kwiatanowski. She was the wife of Joseph Blazowski. 
She was an active member of St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church in Manchester, and the first woman lector in the Baltimore Diocese. She also played the organ. 
She graduated from the Ambridge Senior High School in 1933, and from Slippery Rock State Teachers College in 1937 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. She taught school in Ambridge for ten years. 
After she married, she and her husband resided in Baltimore, where she was employed by the William and Wilkens Publishing Company. After moving to Catonsville, she was a substitute teacher and then a permanent teacher in the Oella and Catonsville Elementary schools for several years. 
She then worked as a reporter for the Herald Argus Newspaper in Catonsville and the Community News in Randallstown. While at the papers, she was circulation manager, an assistant editor and wrote Across the Line, a column on auctions. 
Shortly after moving to Westminster, she served as YMCA secretary. She volunteered at the tourist center in National Bank building lobby. 
An active member of the Hillsdale Homemakers Club, she held several offices. 
During World War II, she served with the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps. 
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are brother Edwin Kwiatanowski of Ambridge; nieces and nephews. 
She was predeceased by brothers Edward, Leo and William; and by sisters Helen Solero and Regina Kwiatanowski. 
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church, Manchester. Interment will follow in the church's cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. 
Memorial donations may be made to St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church, P.O. Box 448, Manchester 21102, or to American Cancer Society, Carroll County Unit, P.O. Box 824, Westminster 21158-0824. 

Caroline B. DeVese
80, of Pikesville
Caroline Burnett DeVese, 80, of Pikesville, died Sunday, April 26, 1998, at her daughter's home in Taneytown after an extended illness. 
Born in Frederick on May 5, 1917, she was the daughter of the late George O. and Lillian Lowe Grossnickle. She was the wife of Leroy ``Snooks'' DeVese, who died in 1977. 
A housewife, she had been employed by the American Diabetes Association, and had been a clerical worker for the Baltimore County Board of Education. She was a life member of Ionic Chapter No. 73 Order of the Eastern Star. 
Surviving, are daughters Linda D. Brown of Taneytown, and Joan R. Sherman of Parkville; brother David ``Merle'' Grossnickle of Ohio; four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday at the Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, 11605 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, with the Rev. Jack H. Cassel of Stone Chapel United Methodist Church officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Frederick. Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
If desired, contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to Carroll Hospice, Inc., 95 Carroll St., Westminster 21157. 

William ``Randy'' Hohmes
56, of Sykesville
William Randall ``Randy'' Hohmes, 56, of Sykesville, died Saturday, April 25, 1998, at Carroll County General Hospital as the result of a heart attack. 
Born April 22, 1942, in Maryland, he was the son of Ralph Kenneth Hancock of Eldersburg, and the late Jane Hancock. He was the husband of Shar A. Hohmes. 
He was a member of Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, where he served on the property committee. He was also on the board of directors of Sykesville Little League. 
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons Chad R. Hohmes and Brad E. Hohmes, both of Sykesville. 
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, Md. 32 Sykesville, with the Rev. Eugene Alexander officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Park, Sykesville. 
Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Those desiring may make contributions to the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society or Holy Spirit Lutheran Church, 2205 Old Liberty Road, Sykesville 21784. 

James Bentz
91, of Sykesville
James Bentz, 91, of Sykesville, died Monday, Nov. 30, 1998, at Springfield Hospital Center, Sykesville. 
Born June 9, 1907, in Maryland, he was the son of the late Arthur and Mary Edwards Bentz. 
He had been a resident of Springfield Hospital Center since 1957. 
Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Springfield Cemetery, Spout Hill Road, Sykesville, with the Rev. Stanley Janaites officiating. 
Arrangements are by Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. 

Carolyn L. Duke
64, of Finksburg
Carolyn L. Duke, 64, of Finksburg, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, at Carroll County General Hospital. 
Born Oct. 17, 1934, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Mildred Fitzberger Voss of Baltimore and the late William D. Voss Jr. She was the wife of Edwin Francis Duke, who died in 1997. 
She was employed with B.J.'s Warehouse in the Customer Service Department. 
She was a former member of the Christ Lutheran Church in Baltimore. 
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are son and daughter-in-law John and Susan Duke of Finksburg; brothers Donald Voss of Finksburg, William Voss III and Thomas Voss, both of Baltimore; sister Shirley Cumberland of Linthicum; and two grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Pritts Funeral Home, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. A funeral service will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. John DoBranski officiating. 
Interment will be private. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Baltimore, 6601 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21204. 

Leon W. Lehem
89, of Sykesville
Leon William Lehem, 89, of Sykesville, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, at Golden Age Guest Home. 
He was born July 27, 1909, in Baltimore. 
He attended City College and graduated from Strayer's Business College. He was a Federal Immigration Officer for the federal government for 40 years. He was a member of Elder's Baptist Church in Eldersburg. 
He was the husband of Gertrude Dallas Lehem, who died March 26, 1995. 
Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law Janet and Bernard Becker of Eldersburg, Loretta and John Greer of Marriottsville; son Howard Lehem of Florida; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Lake View Memorial Park with his pastor, the Rev. Jim Edmonson, officiating. 
Friends may call from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg. 
Sympathies may be expressed in the form of flowers or by contributions to the American Heart Association, Carroll County Branch, P.O. Box 550, Westminster, MD 21158-0550. 

Catherine A. Mullikin
20, of Manchester
Catherine Anne Mullikin, 20, of Manchester, died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at Carroll County General Hospital. 
Born Jan. 20, 1978, in Baltimore, she was the daughter of Capt. Philip W. and Cynthia M. Morris Mullikin. 
She was a 1995 graduate of North Carroll High School, and was a member of the Sea Scouts No. 320 of Manchester. 
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are sisters Alexandria and Rebecca Mullikin, both of Manchester; and grandparents J. William and Catherine O. Hagert of Westminster. 
A funeral service will be held at 8:30 p.m. at Eline Funeral Home, 934 S. Main Street, Hampstead, with the Rev. David Remington officiating. 
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Sea Scouts Ship No. 320, c/o Steve Swam, 2815 Ebbvale Road, Manchester, MD 21102. 

Clarence L. Ray
83, of Westminster
Clarence L. Ray, 83, of Westminster, died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, at Westminster Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, after a long illness. 
Born Sept. 15, 1915, in Baltimore, he is survived by daughter and son-in-law Nancy Ann and Ronald L. Bowen; and two grandsons. 
He was a veteran of World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of Carroll Post 31 of the American Legion. 
The Cremation Society of Maryland is in charge of arrangements. A memorial service will be held at the American Legion Post 31 in Westminster at a later date. 

Louellen G. Rooks
57, of Reisterstown
Louellen Genevieve Rooks, 57, of Reisterstown, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, at Gilchrist Center of Hospice Care in Towson, after an extended illness. 
Born Oct. 1, 1941, in Sykesville, she was the daughter of Dorothy Dorsey Costley and the late James E. Costley. She was the wife of Paul Rooks, who died in 1964. 
She had been a processer at Maryland National Bank for many years. 
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are daughter Pamela Barnes of Reisterstown; sons Michael Shorter of Woodlawn and Steven Shorter of Baltimore; stepson Tyrone Hazel of Randallstown; brothers Ralph Costley of Catonsville and Earl Costley of Baltimore; and four grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 901 Academy Ave., Reisterstown. Interment will be private. 
Arrangements are by Eckhardt Funeral Chapel, Owings Mills. 

Dorothy V. Silsbee
80, of Sykesville
Dorothy Vandermade Silsbee, 80, of Sykesville, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 1998, at Copper Ridge, Sykesville. 
Born April 13, 1918, in Charlevoix, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Peter and Gail Cruikshank Vandermade. She was the wife of the late Frank Johnson Silsbee Jr. 
She was a graduate of the University of Toledo and had been a social worker with the Lucas County Welfare Department. She was a longtime member of the First Congregational Church. 
Surviving are son Frank J. Silsbee III of Toledo, Ohio; daughter Gail S. Walton of Columbia; sister Jean Wetzler of Sylvania, Ohio; and seven grandchildren. 
She was predeceased by son Peter Silsbee. 
Memorial services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, Toledo, Ohio. Interment will be private. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Episcopal Ministries for the Aged, 7200 Third Ave., Sykesville, MD 21784. 
Arrangements are by Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. 

John J. Spenner Sr.
68, of Hanover, Md.
John Joseph Spenner Sr., 68, of Hanover, Md., died Saturday, Nov. 28, 1998, at North Arundel Hospital, after an extended illness. 
Born Oct. 19, 1930, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Robert Joseph and Catherine Elizabeth Engels Spenner. He was the husband of Leila Robinette Spenner. 
He was employed in the field of aluminum fabrication, working for Liskey Aluminum from 1958 to 1987, and Bettinger West/Nello Wall Systems from 1987 to 1998, where he served as a shop leader. He was a member of the United Steel Workers Union, and had served as financial secretary of District 8, Local 7070, in excess of 20 years. He was a past ambulance driver with the 104th Medical Battalion of the Maryland National Guard and a scout master for the Boy Scouts of America. He enjoyed spending time at his second residence in Shellsburg, Pa., where he fished, did woodworking and leather crafts, and worked with computers. 
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons and daughters-in-law John and Pam Spenner of Hampstead, Steven and Lynn Spenner of Baltimore; daughters and sons-in-law Mary and Howard Neugebauer of Pasadena, Sharon and Michael Waters of Edgewood, and Barbara and Henry Jones of Baltimore; sister Dorothy Kowalski of Baltimore; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. 
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at George J. Gonce Funeral Home, 169 Riviera Drive, Riviera Beach, with the Rev. Charles Klein officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Cemetery, Baltimore. 
Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. 

Mary E. Stottlemyer
70, formerly of Rocky Ridge
Mary Elizabeth Mehring Stottlemyer, 70, formerly of Rocky Ridge, died on Sunday, Nov. 29, 1998, at St. Catherine's Nursing Home, Emmitsburg, after an extended illness. 
Born Feb. 17, 1928, near Rock Ridge, she was the daughter of the late John M. and Lura K. Fogle Mehring. She was the wife of Elmer C. Stottlemyer of Thurmont. 
For years she worked the family dairy farm. She was an active life-long member of Oak Hill Church of God in Legore, where she enjoyed singing at church services. She was a graduate of Emmitsburg High School. She enjoyed her flower garden. 
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are sons and daughters-in-laws Robert C. and Janis Stottlemyer of Woodsboro, John M. and Debra Stottlemyer of Rocky Ridge; daughters and sons-in-law Sue and Fred Flohr of Rocky Ridge, Bonnie and John Renard of Cascade; brother Paul A. Smith of Fairfield, Pa.; sister Anna Davis of New Midway; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. 
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Church of God, Oak Hill and Legore Bridge Roads, Legore, with her pastor, the Rev. Paul W. Moore, officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. 
The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at Stauffer Funeral Home, 104 E. Main Street, Thurmont. Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the service. 

Mary L. Wilhelm
90, of Sykesville
Mary Lydia Wilhelm, 90, of Sykesville, died Friday, Nov. 27, 1998, at Carroll County General Hospital after a long illness. 
Born Sept. 28, 1908, in Lineboro, she was the daughter of the late George Edward and Mandella Agnes Strevig Warner. She was the wife of the late William F. Wilhelm Sr. 
She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church, and the Methodist Women group of the church. She served as Key Women from Salem to the Wesley Home for many years. She was the founder of Wilhelm Heating Oil and Energy Service and was a life member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company. Since 1996 she had been a resident of Carroll Lutheran Village Health Center. 
Surviving are daughter Mildred E. Leppert of Hampstead; sons and daughters-in-law William F. Jr. and Alva L. Wilhelm of Eldersburg, Dale L. and Peggy E. Wilhelm of Owings Mills; brothers Samuel Warner, and John Warner; sister Beulah Zepp; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 
She was predeceased by daughter Helen L. Mentzel. 
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Loring Byers Funeral Directors, 8728 Liberty Road, Randallstown, with the Rev. HiRho Y. Park of Salem United Methodist Church in Hebbville, officiating. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Park. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 7509 Windsor Mill Road, Baltimore, MD 21244.


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