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Last night I had a dream.  I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.  Across the sky flashed scenes from my life.  For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonged to me, the other to the Lord.

    After the last scene of my life flashed before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand.  I noticed that at many times along the path of my life, especially at the very lowest and saddest times, there was only one set of footprints.

   This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.  "Lord, you said  once I decided to follow you, You'd walk with me all the way.  But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life, there was only one set of footprints.  I don't understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me."

   The Lord replied, "My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of suffering, when you could see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

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Joan Carole Burkart

December 25th, 1931 - August 26th, 2017

Joan Carole Burkart, age 85, of Columbia, Maryland passed away at her home on Saturday August 26, 2017.

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Joan Carole Burkart, age 85, of Columbia, Maryland passed away at her home on Saturday August 26, 2017. She was a Christmas baby, born on December 25, 1931 to her parents, Jerry and Beatrice Bradley in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. 

She grew up in Stratford, Wisconsin. She is survived by her brother, Paul Bradley, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

Joan moved into the Longfellow community of Columbia in the Summer of 1968 and has lived in Columbia ever since. She worked full time for 23 years in the Howard County Public School system, with her first job at Wilde Lake Middle School from 1969 to 1971 and then Wilde Lake High School from 1971 to 1980 , and then on to the central office at the Board of Education until her retirement in 1992. 

After her retirement, she continued to work in a temporary capacity until 2001. She crossed paths with thousands of developing students and loved her extended family comprised of former students, teachers, and co-workers. 

Joan was married to Thomas Burkart, who predeceased her and is survived by her four children; Mari and Tom Whittelsey, Leah Ann and Roger Furr, Paul and Mary Kay Burkart, and Patrick and Kirsten Burkart. She was blessed with eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 

Joan will have a private burial and funeral. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be directed to the Howard Hospital Foundation, Inc.
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Kim Lockerbie (Joseph )

December 8th, 1960 - August 2nd, 2017

My cousin Kimberly passed away unexpectedly yesterday at 56. Just one of 6 of us kids on my father's side of the family. I will always remember her "running the pool as the lifeguard" in the early 70's and getting lots of goo-goo eyes from the young guys. My sincere condolences to her daughter Caitlin, husband Kevin, and the entire extended Joseph Family.

John Joseph  - August 3rd, 2017

Class of 1978

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Kimberly Joseph Lockerbie, 56, died August 2, 2017. 

The family will receive friends 3-5pm on Saturday, August 5th at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. Funeral service and burial will be in NY.

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From Dan Carlson on August 17th, 2017
 

Jon Jay Martin

July 26th, 1957 - May 21st, 2017

Jon Jay Martin, 59, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 21 at home. Jon was born July 26, 1957 in Goldsboro, N.C. the beloved son of Ruth Ann and Frank Martin, Jr.

Class of 1975

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Jon was born July 26, 1957 in Goldsboro, N.C. the beloved son of Ruth Ann and Frank Martin, Jr. He was baptized, confirmed and an acolyte in the Lutheran Church.

Growing up he played the trumpet and was an active member of the Boy Scouts. He earned the highest honor of the Boy Scouts of America, one of the most recognized steps of leadership – the rank of Eagle Scout. That experience became a part of his character. He was known for his very diligent and hardworking nature, determined to “get the job done”.

Jon was keenly interested in homebuilding and served as construction superintendent for several premier homebuilders. He was very talented in the construction industry having honed many trades skills necessary in the construction industry.

Jon was an avid outdoorsman and loved restoring cars. He enjoyed animals, raising chickens, vegetable gardening, power boating, sailing and building projects at home.

He will be sorely missed and remembered with much love.

Blessed be his memory.

A graveside service was held at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens 1911 Forest Drive Annapolis, Maryland 21401 on Thursday May 25, 2017 at 1 PM.

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Jon-Martin&lc=9716&pid=185597484&uuid=8079d2e7-e539-42d7-96e6-6d5faedf8826

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John Sipocz

June 28th, 1956 - April 30th, 2017

John M. Sipocz class of '74, brother of Joe Sipocz '73, passed away Saturday April 29, 2017. John was 60 years old.

"We have lost my husband's brother, John (on the left), and I ask that you keep Joseph, and our family, in your prayers during this time of sorrow. He will be missed by many and remembered by all!"
From Linda Dyer-Sipocz

Class of 1974
 

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John Michael Sipocz, Sr., passed away peacefully April 29, 2017 at UMMC. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Traci Sipocz.

Born June 28, 1956 in Flint, MI he was the son of the late Joseph, Sr. and June Campbell Sipocz.

He is survived by his children Jessica Whitehead and husband Derek, Sr., John Sipocz, Jr. and Kylee Sipocz and fiance Ian McMillen; grandchildren Derek, Jr. and Ryan; siblings Joseph Sipocz, Jr. and wife Linda, Jerry Sipocz and wife Patti, Jeff Sipocz and wife Cathy, Jolene Mollerick and husband Glen, Chris Mohns and wife Marie, Stephanie Dickerson and husband Mike and numerous nieces and nephews and special niece Sarah Familette. He will also be missed by his dog Gizmo. He is also survived by his mother and father in-law Inez and Frank Harpster and Robert and Janice Sikora.

John had a love for football and his team the Detroit Lions. He was a family man and loved his family more than anything.

He was predeceased by his two brother-in-laws William and Thomas Schrock.

The family will receive friends at Bast Stauffer Funeral Home, 7606 Old National Pike, Boonsboro, MD on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 11AM-1PM where a funeral will begin at 1PM. Pastor Alan Smith will officiate.

Interment will follow at the Brownsville Church Cemetery.

http://www.baststaufferfuneralhome.com/notices/John-SipoczSr

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James Gess (Moore)

1959 - December 24th, 2016

James (Squirrel) (Gess) Moore passed away Christmas Eve after a year long battle with cancer. He lived to see his adorable little boy Elfric be born and left behind his amazing wife Zed and their older magical son Pippin. Sad news, but they are a family who inspired me with their love and courage. 
Thea Feraci Klett '78

Class of 1977

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From Tosh Keune on May 9th, 2017
From roaming the halls and byways of Columbia to Broad Creek you were the man (and did an interesting rendition of  Gene Simmons).  Your bud aka - Peter Criss! 

Rock on!!
 

Donna Rowe (Box)

July 30th, 1960 - August 13th, 2016

Our classmate from the early days of Columbia left us August of 2016.

Class of '78

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Donna Carol Box, loving and beautiful wife, mother, sister, and daughter died Saturday, August 13th at the University of Maryland Medical Center after a long and brave struggle with aplastic anemia. Born July 30, 1960 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of William H. Rowe, Jr. and Gail Crawford Rowe. She was the wife of Larry Box. Donna was a financial secretary with Carroll County Public Schools. Donna was a joy and inspiration to all who knew her. There was no project too daunting for Donna to tackle singlehandedly, no emotion or detail she was not able to capture in her art, and no end to what she would do to help others. 

Donna carried on the love of crafts instilled by her grandmother, loved spending time with family and friends, enjoyed nature, exercise, reading, puzzles, and games. Donna's sense of humor and selflessness never waned, even during her life's most difficult challenges. 

She was an avid runner and a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. In addition to her husband, Donna is survived by daughter Caitlin and boyfriend Ben Ginty, brother Jason Eric Box and his wife Heather Odermatt-Box, siblings William H. Rowe, III and his wife Carrie, Denise Rowe and her wife Leslie, Susan Dreisch and her husband Frank, and Matthew Rowe and his wife Rebecca. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. 

A Memorial service will be held Friday, August 19, 4 PM at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 7538 Main Street, Sykesville, MD with pastor, Rev. Doug Tzan, officiating. There will be no public visitation. 

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a scholarship fund for her daughter Caitlin Box contributions may be made to a scholarship fund for her daughter Caitlin Box to Branch Banking and Trust, care ofCaitlin Box, 1300 Liberty Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784. Please contact Denise Rowe (rowede@yahoo.com) for additional information or any questions. The Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784 is assisting with funeral arrangements.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/carrollcountytimes/obituary.aspx?pid=181095394

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From Denise Rowe on April 16th, 2017
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In memory of Donna Carol Box (nee Rowe) all proceeds will go to the Aplastic Anemia MDS International Foundation. $85 fee includes 18 hole scramble includes cart, range balls, 1-3 prizes, door prizes...Please contact Denise Rowe (rowede@yahoo.com) if you would like to play, sponsor a hole or just make a donation.
 

Ronald Daughtery

March 30th, 1958 - March 12th, 2016

Ronald Daughtery, age 57 of Columbia Maryland died Saturday March 12, 2016 suddenly and unexpectedly from health issues.

Class of 1976

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Thank you to everyone for your heartfelt condolences upon the untimely passing of my father, Ronald Joseph Daughtery, at age 57 on Saturday, March 12th, 2016, in Laurel, Maryland. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly from recent health issues. I appreciate knowing that my father was thought of as a handsome, extremely intelligent, thoughtful, funny, and very good person, and that he was greatly loved. 

He was highly educated with technical, Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Information Science and Business Administration. He held a high government security clearance and worked at many technology firms as a highly sought after computer engineer, and most recently as a college professor and consultant. He was a natural at playing the saxophone and acoustic guitar. He was well read and well-traveled. 

The family will honored his wishes with a ceremony to release his ashes by the New Jersey Turnpike and waterway. This place is symbolic of his journey to and from various medical facilities throughout the country, including this area, where he installed and maintained new life-sustaining technology, that we know today as your standard MRI, CT, and PET Scanners. He was a wonderful and loving man and he will be deeply missed.

Jasmine Daughtery

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From Dan Carlson on April 17th, 2017
Image I really miss Ron. Knew him in school as a soft spoken, very talented musician. In recent years because of these reunions and Facebook, I got to know his intelligence and wit. Wish I could go back in time and start our real friendship earlier. 
 

Kim Forehand

1960 - August 18th, 2015

Kim Forehand, age 56 of Columbia Maryland died Tuesday, August 18, 2015 after a fight with cancer. 

Class of 1977 

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In celebration of Kim Forehand's life, in the hope of finding comfort with each other as we face the pain of her passing, and to make it a little easier for all to enjoy the marvelous treasures Kim left behind for us, several of her closest family and friends have all come together to launch this Facebook page located using the link below.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/840403516049673/

Anyone who already knows Kim and her music is keenly aware of her great wit, and I hope she would find it amusing and appropriate that since "Kim Forehand - Fans, Family, and Friends Forever" wouldn't even fit on the computer screen, I felt compelled to simply go with "Kim Forehand - Earthworm Brigade." Inspired by her clever, funny, and sentimental song about saving earthworms from drying out on the sidewalk after a big rain, I hope we can form a brigade of our own keeping alive the many treasures Kim gifted us through her unique sense of humor and insightful love of life.

Richard Niebaum

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From Dan Carlson on April 17th, 2017
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Mark Lyons

May 1st, 1957 - May 15th, 2015

Mark C. Lyons Class of 1975 passed away not long after his 60th birthday. Many from Wilde Lake had fond memories of Mark, and were surprised and saddened by news of his death.

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From Dan Carlson on April 16th, 2017
Image Mark had made this photo of the People Tree his Facebook profile spring of 2015. 

"Hey Melissa Greenlee and Traci Balter Tyo. Thanks for your comments. 

Melissa, next I see you, I'll explain the unique and lovely story behind the subject of my photo. I hope is well with you and your dogs. Is it 2 or 3 of those rascals?

Traci, it's always wonderful to hear from you. Your girls are adorable, just like their Mom! We celebrated Easter and my Mom's 82 birthday at Clyde's at Lake K. As we were leaving, I saw The People Tree with the tree limbs making a cool photo. The Tree is still where you remember. I believe it clearly represents Columbia, and James Rouse's unique vision. It is an iconic structure/sculpture."



 
 

Michele Carberry (Fujikawa)

November 2nd, 1960 - February 17th, 2015

Colleen Michele (Carberry) Fujikawa, 54, of Fort Ashby, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

Class of 1978 

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FORT ASHBY, W.Va. - Colleen Michele (Carberry) Fujikawa, 54, of Fort Ashby, died Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015, at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

Born Nov. 2, 1960, in Pasadena, she is the daughter of Barbara Lee (Nelson) and husband, Allan Singhass, Fort Ashby, and the late Kenneth Eugene Carberry. In addition to her father, she was also preceded in death by her grandmother, Beatrice Nelson; her sister, Francine Falconer; and her dog, Bailey.

Colleen had worked as a home health aide, unit secretary, in real estate and in the limousine service.

She enjoyed all kinds of music, especially rock-n-roll bands. Her favorite band was Styx and favorite singers were Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, and Garth Brooks; watching the The Price is Right, The Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy, Jimmy Fallon and Mob Wives.

Colleen had a sincere concern about people. She was a good listener who also stayed in touch with folks. Her kind and caring manner was probably why she had so many friends.

In her addition to her mother and stepfather, Colleen is survived by her step-grandmother, Myrtle Singhass; husband, Randy R. Fujikawa; her daughter, Shannon Morrill, and husband, Jason. Colleen loved spending time with her three grandchildren, Jordan, Alexis, and McKenna. She is also survived by her sister, Connie Jones; her brother, Michael Carberry; favorite cousin, Todd Titus; cousin, Charlie Titus; aunt, Marjorie Bovat; nieces and nephews, Paulette Wisnom, Richard Behrendt, Meghan Behrendt, Gregory Falconer Jr., and Rachel Falconer. Colleen had some special friends, Sandie Youngerman, Cumberland; Pauline Barber, Arizona; Sharon Dobkin, Ellicott City; Charlene Smelgus, Pennsylvania; Tina Chesser-Bennett, Westminster, Joe Kralicek, Illinois.

The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. Ranjithan, Dr. Poonai, Dr. Arrisueno, the Schwab Family Cancer Center, staff in the emergency room, ICU, 7N, 7S, HLC, home care, dietary, transport, lab, phlebotomy, everyone at the WAC, the phenomenal response and actions of the Fort Ashby Volunteer Fire Department, and the two pharmacist, both named Keith, from Pharmacare, Willowbrook Road. Those desiring to honor Colleen may do so by making a donation to the Ark of Hope Animal Rescue, 13400 Arctic Ridge Lane, Oldtown, MD 21555.

As per her request, Colleen will be cremated. Services will be private.

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From Pauline BARBER on August 7th, 2017
My best friend I miss her everyday. I know that when I quit smoking Dec 2015, she is  my angel keeping from smoking any more. Love Michele.
 
 
From Dan Carlson on April 17th, 2017
Image Miss you Michele. Got so used to your great conversations on Facebook and email. You're not forgotten, that's for sure.
 

Sherri Jones

1962 - 2015

Sherri Jones passed away from heart complications at 53. Was included with classmates on the cover of Life Magazine featuring her class which would graduate college in 1984.

Class of 1980

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Tom Schultz

1963 - 2015

Class of 1981

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Gordan Smith

June 7th, 1960 - November 3rd, 2014

Gordan R. Smith, age 54 of Columbia Maryland died Monday, November 3, 2014 after a fight with cancer. 

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From Dan Carlson on April 17th, 2017
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John Cossentino

April 7th, 1956 - May 10th, 2014

John J. Cossentino
April 7, 1956 - May 10, 2014
Pasadena, Maryland

Class of 1974

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John was born on April 7, 1956 and passed away on Saturday, May 10, 2014.
He was a resident of Pasadena, Maryland at the time of passing.

John was married to Brenda Miller Cossentino.

Per John's request no services will be held. Contributions may be made to Dr. Alex Olivi for Neurosurgical research at Johns Hopkins.

http://www.tributes.com/show/101355513

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Cari Kiely (Condron)

October 8th, 1966 - May 5th, 2014

The daughter of Barbara G. Berry Condron and the late Joseph M. Condron, she was educated in Columbia, Md. schools and was a 1984 graduate of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Class of 1984

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1966 - 2014 DALTON Cari Condron Kiely, 47, of 81 Riverview Drive, Dalton, died Monday, May 5, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center. Born in Pittsfield on Oct. 8, 1966, the daughter of Barbara G. Berry Condron and the late Joseph M. Condron, she was educated in Columbia, Md. schools and was a 1984 graduate of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia.

Continuing her education, she graduated in 1988 from Tallahassee Community College in Tallahassee, Fla., where she earned a nursing degree. She returned to Maryland where she was a registered nurse in the Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. She also worked as a Medical Examiner there, and for the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Ms. Kiely was most recently employed by Berkshire Health Systems as a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Room at Berkshire Medical Center.

She enjoyed gardening, cooking, painting, and music. Besides her mother, Barbara Condron, of Columbia, Md., she leaves her daughter, Colleen V. Kiely, of Dalton; a sister, Colleen B. Schmiech of Pittsburgh, Penn.; a niece, Kathryn Schmiech; a nephew, David Schmiech; many cousins, aunts, and uncles, as well as her former husband, Timothy Kiely of Pittsfield.

FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services for Cari Condron Kiely will be Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 3 p.m. at DERY-FOLEY FUNERAL HOME in Dalton. Calling hours will precede the service beginning at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends of Renal Dialysis in care of the Funeral Home, 890 East Main Street, Dalton.

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Todd Eames

November 18th, 1955 - March 28th, 2014

Class of 1974

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Todd M. Eames, 58, of Fleming Island, FL passed away Friday, March 28, 2014. A Dignified Alternative-Hatcher Cremations (904) 260-2522

Florida Times-Union, The (Jacksonville, FL) - Sunday, April 13, 2014

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Gary Russell

February 9th, 1965 - February 10th, 2014

Class of 1983

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Family received friends at Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Rd., Columbia, MD 21045 on Thursday from 1 to 2pm, where services were held at 2pm.

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Chris Ludford

December 30th, 1961 - January 17th, 2014

Class of 1980

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James Blimmel

May 21st, 1957 - December 15th, 2013

Jim Blimmel, age 56,of Westminster died early Sunday morning, December 15, 2013 at Carroll Hospital Center. 

Class of 1975

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Born May 21, 1957 in Johnstown, PA, he was the son of James Q. Blimmel and wife Ann Davidson Blimmel of Columbia, MD and the late Barbara Irwin Blimmel. He was the husband of Karen Matthews Blimmel, with whom he celebrated 26 years of marriage on Thanksgiving Day.

Jim worked in construction for 30 years and was a much respected project manager for Consolidated Waterproofing Contractors, Inc. He spent his free time golfing and cheering on his Washington Redskins.

Surviving in addition to his parents and wife are children, James, Megan and Annie Blimmel at home; sisters and brothers-in-law, Roseann and David Dougherty of Glenwood and Jan Tingler of Glen Burnie; brothers and sisters-in-law, Chris Blimmel of Washington, DC and David and Janet Blimmel of Northern, VA; sister-in-law, Laura Blimmel of Pasadena; 5 nieces and 10 nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Mike Blimmel.

Funeral services were held at 8:00 PM on Thursday December 19th from the Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis Street, Westminster. Burial was private.

Consolidated Waterproofing Contractors, Inc. has established an educational fund for Annie Jo. Contributions may be made to the Annie Jo Blimmel College Fund and mailed to Consolidated Waterproofing Contractors, Inc., 10732 Hanna Street, Beltsville, MD 20705 Attn: Steve Daitch.

 

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From Dan Carlson on April 17th, 2017
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Nancy Hall McCoy (Pieranunzi)

August 18th, 1955 - November 24th, 2013

Nancy passed peacefully at the Dove House in Westminster, MD. 

Class of 1973 

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Nancy Hall (McCoy) Pieranunzi 58 of Sykesville, died Sunday November 24, 2013 at the Dove House in Westminster, MD

She was the spouse of Paul Pieranunzi of Sykesville, born August 18, 1955 in Raleigh, NC

The daughter of Herbert McCoy and Joan VanAnken, she was a Home Maker. Surviving in addition to her husband and Parents are Daughters Paige and Audra Pieranunzi of Sykesville. 3 Sisters Melissa January of Baltimore, Kristen McCoy of Columbia and Lauren Owens of Shrewsbury, PA.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Donations maybe be made to Relay for Life Online Condolence

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Lynn Collins

June 4th, 1944 - December 18th, 2012

Dr. Eleanor “Lynn” Collins, 68, of Glenwood, MD passed peacefully from this life on the evening of December 18th, 2012 in Arlington, VA. She died due to complications of lupus and kidney disease.

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Lynn was born on June 4, 1944 in Springfield, IL to parents Eleanor Elizabeth (Rachford) Miller and Robert E. Miller. She received her undergraduate degree from The College of New Rochelle, NY in 1968, followed by her Masters (1972) and PhD (1985) from University of Maryland, College Park in Mathematics Education.

Her most dedicated employment occurred with the Howard County Public School System as a Gifted and Talented Mathematics teacher for accelerated students for nearly 40 years. As an inspiring and passionate educator, she touched the lives of many students, families, teachers, and colleagues.

Dr. Collins was the first recipient of the Maryland State Math Teacher of the Year Award in the late 1970’s and proceeded to collect multiple awards on the local and state level. Lynn was also an active member of Alpha Gamma Chaper of Delta Kappa Gamma, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Maryland Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and American Association of University Women.

Lynn is survived by her daughters Kristen Sweet of Arlington, VA and Kara Collins of Durango, CO, and sister Kit Bilinski of Erie, PA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Lynn Collins Scholarship Fund, care of K. Sweet, 1111 19th St N, Apt. 2106, Alexandria, VA 22209. This award was established upon Lynn’s retirement in 2010.

A memorial service will be held in Lynn’s honor on Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 3PM in Claret Hall in River Hill Village Center, Clarksville, MD.

https://www.adventfuneral.com/services/dr-lynn-collins.htm

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Sharon Lee Farfaras

March 10th, 1959 - September 9th, 2012

Yet another wonderful woman has died of breast cancer we grew up with. Sharon Lee Farfaras is no longer with us passing away just a few days ago.

In high school she was on the cheerleading squad, took part in gymnastics, and was an aide in the front office. 

She listed in the year book that she enjoyed skiing, partying, living, O.C., Jeb. For her future she entered "To survive and to be happy"

Class of 1977

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Memorial Service - Friday, September 14, 2012
7:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike 
Ellicott City, MD 21043
 
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The Hepners - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are so sorry for your loss. Please do not hesitate to call if you need anything or just want to talk. With deepest sympathy, Bill, Michelle, Marissa and Matt
 
Carl & Laurie Townsend - I am very sorry to hear the news. we have nothing but good memories of Sharon, Michael and the boys. You will be missed. our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family through these difficult times. 

Pat Pickerell - I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Sharon a short time. We share alot of our health issues. My heart cries for your loss and the future you must deal with. I work at Calico Ind. 
 
Pam and Frank - So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family
 
Art Stewart - No words can express how sad I'm to hear this news. I work with Sharon for 8 years at Calico Industries, Inc. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Art Stewart & Family
 
Jess Benton - Heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We share lots of great memories, laughter and silly times with all of you! Your mom will be missed by all- Much love from the Jess,Tom, & Mike Benton
 
Lauren McCoy Owens - So sorry for your loss. I have very fond memories of Sharon. Our prayers are with you.

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From Kim Farnsworth Parmer on April 17th, 2017
From Kim Farnsworth Parmer on September 21st, 2012

I am shocked and so very sad - Sharon and I were dear friends for so long.  We moved to Texas together,  I stayed and she came back to Maryland.  We lost touch over the years.  Our lives took different avenues.  I ended up having a surprise 40th baby that looks so much like Sharon so I think of her almost everyday.  

Our worlds were so different as we aged but I love her very much.  This has rocked my world.  About two years ago I called her to apologize for making her turn that country music off of her car radio when we were younger so we could listen to top 40.  Now my kids love country music and since I married a true Texas, country music is a staple in my life.  

She laughed and accepted my apology.  I knew she had struggled with cancer many years ago but did not know it had returned.  I just found out a few days ago when I went to pay for the reunion.  Words can not describe my sadness at this time and heart goes out to her husband, children and siblings.  I hope to see them in October. Sharon will always be in my heart - I love her!!!  

I can not believe her and Bambi are now gone - so sobering - just shows we need to enjoy each day to the fullest and embrace the love we have for friends and family.
 

Elizabeth "Libby" Sailer (Burke)

April 17th, 1959 - May 11th, 2012

Libby Sailer Burke Wilde Lake Class of 1977 is no longer with us passing away last month as a result of her battle with cancer. I'll always remember her as a kind person, who would go out of her way to help somebody in need.

Class of 1977

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On May 11, 2012, Libby Sailer Burke, beloved wife of Dennis G. Burke; loving mother of Amy Elizabeth Burke; devoted daughter of Paul R. and the late Joan Sailer; cherished sister of Diana Leigh Taylor and David Wayne Sailer.

The family received friends at HARRY H. WITZKE'S FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, on Tuesday, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held Wednesday 1 p.m. at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church. Graveside service will be Thursday 1 p.m. at Nethkin Hill Cemetery in Elk Garden, WV. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Abiding Savior Lutheran Church.

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Thomas Cincotta

July 13th, 1962 - March 17th, 2012

Class of 1980

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Thomas "Tom" Charles Cincotta of Smithsburg, MD passed away on Saturday, March 17, 2012 at his residence, at the age of 49. Tom was born on July 13, 1962 in New York City, NY to Joseph John Cincotta and Elaine Margaret (Beck) Cincotta of Columbia, MD.

In addition to his parents Tom is survived by his two children, Tiffany Ann and James Thomas Cincotta and his two brothers, Jay Cincotta of Dayton, MD and Doug Cincotta of Columbia, MD. He is also survived by his extended family and friends.

The family will receive friends at Donaldson Funeral Home & Crematory, P.A., 1411 Annapolis Road, Odenton, MD 21113 on Friday, March 23, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Louis Catholic Church, 12500 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD 21029 on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at St. Louis Catholic Church Cemetery in Clarksville, MD.

Online condolences may be made at www.donaldsonfuneralhome.com

http://www.tributes.com/show/Thomas-Charles-Cincotta-93472393

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Jocelyn Berger

January 13th, 1961 - February 22nd, 2012

Jocelyn Berger is no longer with us passing away earlier this year.

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Jocelyn A. Berger
State of Issue:Maryland
Date of Birth:Friday  January  13, 1961
Date of Death:Wednesday  February  22, 2012
Est. Age at Death:51 years, 1 months, 9 days

Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - Sunday, February 26, 2012
Deceased Name: BERGER, JOCELYN ANN

On February 22, 2012, Jocelyn Ann Berger, Family and Friends are invited to call at the Witzke Funeral Homes Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road. Columbia, MD 21045 on Sunday from 3 to 7 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 12 noon at St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, 10431 Twin Rivers Rd., Columbia, MD 21044. Interment private. In lieu of flowers mail donations in Jocelyn's name to Small Miracles Cat Rescue, 10236A Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042. 

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Geoffrey Paytas

July 5th, 1957 - February 19th, 2012

Class of 1975

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Name: Geoffrey D. Paytas
State of Issue:    Maryland
Date of Birth:    Friday July 05, 1957
Date of Death:    Sunday February 19, 2012
Est. Age at Death: 54 years, 7 months, 14 days

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Bill Cookson

June 25th, 1961 - January 26th, 2012

Warren William Cookson Jr. died unexpectedly on Jan. 26, at home in Edgartown. He was 50.

Bill, as he was known, was born in Baltimore on June 25, 1961 to Warren William Cookson Sr. and Laura L. (Neilson) Lee. He went to high school at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., and then on to college at the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore Law School.

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Warren William Cookson Jr. died unexpectedly on Jan. 26, at home in Edgartown. He was 50.

Bill, as he was known, was born in Baltimore on June 25, 1961 to Warren William Cookson Sr. and Laura L. (Neilson) Lee. He went to high school at Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, Md., and then on to college at the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore Law School.

Bill was a lawyer for Zurich Insurance and had lived on the Island since 2007. Prior to this time he lived most of his life in Howard and Baltimore Counties in Maryland.

Bill had two loves in his life, the sea and the theatre. Sailing and windsurfing were his passion. In high school, he started acting, singing, and sometimes directing shows such as Man of la Mancha, Guys and Dolls, and Carousel, and later in Me and My Girl.

In college he discovered the plays of Shakespeare. When he moved to the Vineyard, he joined the Vineyard Playhouse for their productions and the Shakespeare for the Masses series.

Bill is survived by his mother, Laura Lee; his stepfather, William P. Lee, both of Edgartown; his stepbrother, William Corbin Lee of Huntsville, Al. and his stepsisters, Hannah Lee Spradling and Constance Lee Pullella both of Leesburg, Va., and their families. He is also survived by his former wife, Melanie (Kossoff) Cookson of Oregon and his father, Warren William Cookson Sr. of Howard County, Md. Bill was predeceased by his brother, Dawson L. Cookson in 1985.

A memorial funeral mass will be celebrated in St. Andrew’s Church, Edgartown on Saturday at 11 a.m. with a reception following in the hall. Donations may be made in his memory to St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 1287, Edgartown, MA 02539 or Vineyard Playhouse, Attn: Donations, P.O. Box 2452, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

http://mvgazette.com/obituaries/2012/02/02/warren-cookson-jr-50-loved-sea-and-theatre

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Eddie Harris

1964 - 2012

Class of 1982

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Kris King

August 8th, 1959 - November 26th, 2011

Still with an incredibly heavy heart it distresses me to share that in late Nov 2011, my older brother, the fiercely independent Kris King passed. Kris had clogged arteries, hypertension and an enlarged heart. Essentially it was a heart attack that happened quickly. 
 
He and I weren't quite a year apart, and ja, you knew we were sibs. He was a bit 'stealth' at WLHS and pretty much kept to himself. Some of you may have remembered him pitching for the baseball team. Ja, I still boast that Kris pitched to Cal Ripken, Jr. during his high school years, even if Cal won that 'battle.' 
 
High school was like 'jail' for the both of us, but Kris still excelled in his AP coursework, and was rabid about politics until the end. He always tried to prop me up and gird me on by telling me I was the smartest one in our family. Not true. Kris had it going on. 
 
Kris was my bond. I miss him, IMMENSELY...

Class of 1977

from Kim King '78

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Linda Wright (Conner)

1961 - October 16th, 2011

One-time banker who turned to teaching was a popular classroom figure
     
Linda W. Conner, a popular educator who had taught at Friends School and Jemicy School in Owings Mills, died Sunday, October 16, 2011 of breast cancer at her Towson home. She was 50. 
Linda Wright was born at what is now the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia and raised in Columbia. After graduating in 1979 from Wilde Lake High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1983 in international relations from the University of Delaware.

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Linda W. Conner, a popular educator who had taught at Friends School and Jemicy School in Owings Mills, died Sunday, October 16, 2011 of breast cancer at her Towson home.
She was 50.
 
Linda Wright was born at what is now the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Virginia and raised in Columbia. After graduating in 1979 from Wilde Lake High School, she earned a bachelor's degree in 1983 in international relations from the University of Delaware.
 
Ms. Conner worked in mortgage banking for the Bank of Baltimore before the birth of her daughter, eventually returning to work in 1999 when she took a job as an administrative assistant in the pre-primary office at Friends School in Baltimore.Ms. Conner was later promoted to an associate teacher in the school's initial prefirst-grade class.
"I was looking at a teacher observation form that I did of Linda … and she began her class by saying, 'I'm going to close my eyes, and when I open them, I want to see a very beautiful circle,'" recalled Michelle Holland who is lower school principal at Friends. "On her observation sheet, I wrote, 'Linda, it's great to watch you teach. You're quite a natural!' She had a vibrant, kind sprit, and she'll be missed," said Dr. Holland. "She was a ball of enthusiasm and loved being at school and loved the children," said Dr. Holland. "She could teach a wide age-spread of children. She was very kind, loved to have fun, and smiled and laughed a lot."
 
Meredith Schlow, a former Evening Sun reporter and a longtime friend of Ms. Conner's, worked with her at Friends in the pre-primary department.
"My husband, who was working at home then, would drive our kids to school — we live 10 minutes away — and I wondered where he was. He told me they were hanging out in Linda's office before school having a really good time," said Ms. Schlow, who now teaches in the pre-kindergarten class at Friends, where she also assists in coaching the school's cross country team. "She really was the most fun and the most engaging person in my life. Things were always better and brighter when she was around," she said. "There was nothing that Linda couldn't do. She loved teaching and had a gift for it. She was very creative and quick."
 
In 2008, Ms. Conner left Friends and joined the upper school faculty of the Jemicy School in Owings Mills, where she taught writing and directed the school's publishing class.
"This would have been Linda's fourth year at Jemicy. She was also responsible for our yearbook and literary magazine — I used to call her my 'utility infielder.' She was a jack-of-all-trades," said Marcia K. Walker, head of Jemicy's upper school. "She'd always say, 'I will do whatever I have to, and I'll make it work,'" said Ms. Walker. "Nothing was ever too hard for Linda, who was utterly empathetic and expected excellence. She said that 'learning could be fun.' With her, everything was positive." 
Ms. Conner was diagnosed a decade ago with the breast cancer that would eventually claim her life after being in remission for five years.
"Linda was very careful. She didn't walk around telling people how sick she was," said Ms. Schlow. "She was very courageous and remained herself until the end."
 
"Last Friday, students at Jemicy held a "Pink Day" and a bake sale in their former teacher's honor, collecting nearly $2,000 to be donated to breast cancer research," said Ms. Schlow."Their team, 'Conner's Crew,' will participate in Sunday's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Hunt Valley," she said. "The team's shirts were silk-screened by Jemicy students with an image of a cowboy hat, a nod to Ms. Conner's love of country music."
 
A woman of wide-ranging interests, Ms. Conner loved vacationing in Ocean City and "driving around in her old red Saab convertible," said Ms. Schlow.
 
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday for Ms. Conner at the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St.
Surviving are three daughters, Mary Clare Conner, a sophomore at Temple University in Philadelphia, Anne Elizabeth Conner, a senior at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, and Margaret O'Hara "Meg" Conner, a sophomore at Friends; her father, Charles Wright of Columbia; her mother, Barbara Botens Wright of Columbia; a brother, Dale Wright of Columbia; and her companion of nine years, Mark Teeters of Catonsville. An earlier marriage to Mark O'Neil Conner ended in divorce. 

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From Dan Carlson on April 17th, 2017
Image More recent photo of Linda.
 

Nora Hunt (Scanlan)

March 30th, 1940 - September 22nd, 2011

A teacher and a guidance counselor for more than four decades, including 30 years at Wilde Lake High School, Nora Scanlan died Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011, at the Gilchrist Center in Columbia after a long battle with cancer. She was 71.

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In an email to friends, Scanlan's husband, Ron Mayer, said Scanlan was pain-free and comfortable, and had spent her last day outside, enjoying the fall-like weather. The Columbia resident is survived by her husband, four children, one sister, two brothers and five grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.
 
A memorial service is being held Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m. at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center, in Columbia.
 
Born March 30, 1940, in Seattle, Scanlan attended Mundelein College in Illinois, and received her master's degree in guidance counseling from Queens College in New York City. From 1958-1968, she was a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a religious congregation of women in the Catholic church.
 
Sam Nissen, 75, of Columbia, worked with Scanlan for 27 years as a guidance counselor at Wilde Lake before retiring in 1999, three years before Scanlan retired. He said Scanlan had a special relationship with countless students.
 
"She was very close with the kids," he said. "We had an alphabetical list of which students would see which counselor, and students would always want to see Nora."
 
Nissen's wife, Anna, said Scanlan "was one of those bigger-than-life people. She had tremendous enthusiasm and an exuberance for life."
 
Friends say Scanlan enjoyed unique experiences such as climbing Mt. Rainier, rafting the Snake River, canoeing and cross-country skiing in the Boundary Waters Area in upper Minnesota, and traveling to such far-flung places as Tasmania and Alaska. She volunteered for eight years at Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, assisting park rangers.
 
Scanlan was first diagnosed with breast cancer 26 years ago, and helped lead the Howard County breast cancer support group, Reach to Recovery. Anna Nissen was with Scanlan when she learned the cancer had returned, and in turn, Scanlan was there for Anna Nissen when she learned she had cancer, as well.
 
"She called me so often this summer, asking how I was doing," she said. "She was so concerned. "That's the kind of heart she had, she was so concerned about me, and here she was dying of it." Scanlan had several reoccurrences of cancer over the years, and had been involved in a special trial study in New York City, said her friend Susan Connell. Connell remembered Scanlan as a "deep thinker and dear friend, always so concerned for everyone."
 
Connell first met Scanlan "20 or 30 years ago" when Connell was an editor with Patuxent Publishing Company, which publishes this newspaper, and Scanlan wrote the weekly column "Counselor's Corner" in the Columbia Flier.
 
Scanlan also was involved in the Columbia Foundation, the Howard Community College Nursing Board, the Claudia Mayer Cancer Center and the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County.
Connell described her friend as "an extraordinary woman, so intellectually curious and so adventuresome, full of mischief."
 
Anna Nissen had similar memories. Once, she recalled, their two families toured Central Europe together, and Anna had found a bed-and-breakfast in Poland that had been converted from an old jail. When asked if she'd like to stay there for a night, Scanlan's answer was, "Yes, absolutely," Nissen recalled. "She was always up for anything that was a little out of the ordinary," Nissen said.
 
Gifts in Scanlan's name may be sent to the Nora Scanlan Memorial Fund, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia, MD 21044. The scholarship fund will benefit students graduating from Wilde Lake.
 
http://www.baltimoresun.com/explore/howard/news/community/ph-ho-cf-nora-scanlan-0929-20110927,0,3569703.story

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Turbitt Brown

September 30th, 1954 - July 5th, 2011

Turbitt W. Brown of Fairfax, Va., died Tuesday, July 5, 2011. A graveside memorial service was performed 1 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in the Chesterfield Cemetery in Centreville.
 
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Mike Rehbein

May 8th, 1958 - June 10th, 2011

Mike died of a heart attack at his place of work. He left behind a son Joey & daughter Kimberly, plus 7 grandkids. Joey has 2 boys & twin girls, Kimberly has 1 son & 2 daughters. The youngest is just a year & was born the day after Mike died.

Class of 1976

....for a man , who was like a brother. I will always miss you.
Chris Bennett '77

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Michael Deets

September 12th, 1965 - March 2nd, 2011

MICHAEL JOSEPH DEETS, beloved son of Dan and Mary Joanne Deets, passed away. Loving brother of Stephen Deets; also survived by his aunts, Betty Sue Lolkes, Marlene Moore, Sandy Gesswein, Karen Huskey; and a host of other loving family and friends.

He graduated from Wilde Lake High School, and The College of William and Mary.

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DEETS , Michael Joseph On March 2, 2011, MICHAEL JOSEPH DEETS, beloved son of Dan and Mary Joanne Deets, passed away. Loving brother of Stephen Deets; also survived by his aunts, Betty Sue Lolkes, Marlene Moore, Sandy Gesswein, Karen Huskey; and a host of other loving family and friends.

He was employed by the Maryland Transit Administration as a Deputy Director and was active in the community with Charles North and the Midtown Benefit District to improve Baltimore City.

He graduated from Wilde Lake High School, and The College of William and Mary. He was active for many years in Howard County politics and served as Columbia council representative from Wilde Lake. He loved square dancing.

Graveside services will be held on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 2 p.m., Crest Lawn Memorial Park, 2150 Mount View Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at 2 PM at St. Marks Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, Maryland. A Michael J. Deets Scholarship Fund, is being set up at Columbia Foundation, 10227 Wincopin Circle, Suite G-15, Columbia, MD 21044

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/baltimoresun/obituary.aspx?n=michael-joseph-deets&pid=149097977#sthash.4fEyhgKD.dpuf

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Geoffrey Martin

February 22nd, 1958 - June 29th, 2010

Geoff Martin is no longer with us. He wrote for the yearbook that he enjoyed "lacrosse, basketball, football, skiing, traveling, writing, driving, talking, and most of all living!" For trivia he wrote: "WL is an easy place to keep a steady high."

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Geoffrey Alan Martin, 52, formally of 157 Corner Road, Mountain City, Tenn., passed away Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at the Life Care Center of Elizabethton following an extended illness. 
 
He was a self-employed painter/carpenter and a very loving dad. Mr. Martin was the son of Gruver H. and Lillian Jackson Martin of Catonsville, Md., and was born in Baltimore, Md.
 
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Kalina Monti, Raleigh, and Jessica Martin, Greenville, N.C.; and three sisters, Jacqueline Spear, Wilmington,  Pamela Covington, Chestertown, Md., and Joanne Martin, Fishkill, N.Y.  

Geoffrey A. Martin: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name:Geoffrey A. Martin
State of Issue:Maryland
Date of Birth:Saturday  February  22, 1958
Date of Death:Tuesday  June  29, 2010
Est. Age at Death:52 years, 4 months, 7 days
Confirmation: Verified
Last known residence:
City: Mountain City
County: Johnson
State: Tennessee
ZIP Code: 37683

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Harvey Silverstein

August 4th, 1956 - June 25th, 2010

Harvey Silverstein, class of 1974, passed away on June 25,  2010 from a massive stroke.  He was living in south Florida where he had relocated after attending Florida Atlantic University and was married to Abby Steinberg with two young boys.  
 
Harvey grew up in Running Brook in the early 70's and played football while at WLHS.  He was also a car nut, driving his orange 1971 Nova around Columbia and hanging up at the Longfellow Wawa long into the night with his friends.  Harvey had a great sense of humor and was the center of attention when in a group. Stories of Harvey are legendary to those who hung with him at the Wawa for many years.  He always looked older with his beard and when wearing a leisure suit, could be mistaken for someones father, as did happen on one of his blind dates.  Harvey also was a meticulous person with his car.  His orange Chevy Nova was always washed and anyone who dared to leave anything in the car when exiting remembered it.  Our many trips to OC while playing The Beach Boys on his cassette player the entire way,  left Harvey nervous as the salt air attacked his prized procession.
 
Those years with Harvey before his move to Florida to attend FAU were memorable for the group who hung out at the Wawa and hit the clubs of College Park and Route 40.  His 70's light blue leisure suit and platform shoes were a sight to behold, as was his disco dancing which was delivered with a serious and Travolta worthy style.  I visited Harvey at FAU once with Brady Hoeck and then later was able to see him again when in Boca for a business conference years later where Harvey had settled working in the real estate business with his attorney wife where they ran two settlement offices.  We spoke by phone once or so a year and I could never get him to come up for the two reunions which occurred.  When I last spoke to him a year or so before his sudden passing, he was enjoying life with his two boys who were playing sports and also struggling somewhat with the the real estate crises which had added pressure on him.  Harvey's keen wit, intelligence, National Lampoon magazine collection and friendship will be missed forever.

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Darien Turnage

January 26th, 1961 - March 5th, 2010

Darien DeLeon Turnage of Northfield and Montague died Friday, March 5, 2010.  Darien was born January 26, 1961 in Wilmington, N.C., to Sarah and Theodore Turnage.  He grew up in Columbia, Maryland with his parents and four sisters, spending vacations at the family cabin in Northfield. 

Darien graduated from Wilde Lake High School in 1978, learned carpentry and briefly pursued an engineering degree before departing the east coast to explore a life of travel and adventure.

As a teenager, Darien's combination of tremendous strength, natural athleticism, and love of being outdoors led him to pursue activities such as BMX bicycle racing (ranking fifth on the east coast as part of Team Hutch) and sailboat racing, competing on the Chesapeake Bay circuit, winning two races to Bermuda, and sailing with an America's Cup team.  While working for Barbarossa in Milan, Italy, he designed the "air block", a type of winch that is now found on all sailboats.

Darien was a progressive thinker and a man of many interests, including alternative energy, bicycle touring, electric cars, natural health, world and roots music,  photography, design, non-violent communication, personal growth, volunteering, living food, vipisanna meditatin and juicing!

Darien lived in California and Arizona for much of his 20s before returning to Maryland where his son, Aidan O'Brien Turnage, was born in 1997.  From the moment of his birth, Aidan was the light of Darien's life, a sturdy boy to whom Darien loved to refer as "the new model."   Darien enjoyed discussing ideas with his son and teaching him the many practical skills at which Darien was so adept, from car mechanics to chopping and stacking wood and more.

Darien and his family moved to Northfield in 1999 where Darien designed and built a small well-insulated house on the Turnage cabin property.   In 2002 he broke his right leg and began transitioning his livelihood from carpentry to design and project development.  He earned an associate's degree in engineering technology from Springfield College in the early 2000s and began working at the Australis fish farm in Turners Falls, where he helped design and build their West Side expansion.  Darien was working as a consultant for Australis at the time of his death.

Darien was an inspirational person who will be remembered always for his generosity, warm heart, charm and radiance.   He leaves behind his beloved son, Aidan O'Brien Turnage of Putney, Vt., his mother Sarah of Columbia, Md., four sisters, Caroline Turnage of New York City, Doree and Thea Turnage of Columbia, Maryland, and Ellen Carias-Sanchez of Westminster, Md.,  as well as two nieces and one nephew.  

From Thea Turnage on September 28th, 2012  

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John Clayton

January 28th, 1960 - January 28th, 2010

I grew up with and was friends with John Clayton, and he is no longer with us from the class of 1978.He was always easy to get along with, and had a great sense of humor.
-Dan Carlson (Frederick, MD)

My thoughts and prayers go out to John's family and friends. We all have fond memories of our time with John and we will miss him. It seems like yesterday we all shared our love of film together."
- Tim Davis (Stafford, VA)

"We were so shocked to hear about John's passing. John and I have known each other for nearly 20 years, and shared a love for movies. We even had several discussions about screenwriting, something John loved as well. Rest in peace, my friend. -Mitch"
- Mitch Kelly and Anya Klein (Columbia, MD)

"So sorry to hear of your loss. RIP John."
- Ted A. Bohus (Park Ridge, NJ)

"I reconnected with John for a short time about 5 years ago. It was nice seeing him then and I'm sorry we didn't keep up the connection. In an odd turn, I suppose, when I met him it was the first time I'd ever heard of the Jemicy School. My daughter..."
- Mike Field (Baltimore, MD)

Words fail me....he was a gentle soul. We will meet again."
- Charlie Wittig (Dundalk, MD)

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John Charles Clayton , born January 28, 1960, died January 28, 2010 in Neptune, NJ. Formerly of Columbia, MD; survived by mother Sally W. Clayton and the late Philip S. Clayton; step father Les Graef; brothers Robert and Douglas; sister-in-law, Akiko; two step brothers Tom and Ted Graef. 

Memorial gathering 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 6, 2010 at Divinity Lutheran Church, 1220 Providence Road, Towson, 21286. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Sandtown Habitat for Humanity, 1300 N. Fulton Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217.

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/baltimoresun/obituary.aspx?n=john-charles-clayton&pid=139256172&fb_source=message

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From John Gardner on April 17th, 2017
From John Gardner on October 9th, 2012
I used to ride my bike to John's house and he had this gigantic box of comics books which he would let me go through and just hang out and read.  Charlie said "he was a gentle soul" and that just about says it all. 
 

Moises M. (Lefty) Carrasco III

1961 - January 24th, 2010

One of my best friends ever, Moises “Lefty” Carrasco is no longer with us. He passed away a few years ago. We hadn’t been that close in recent years due to us living in different parts of the country….him in New England, me in south Florida, that is until the unfortunate occurred…..he came down with leukemia. Then I rediscovered the bond we had, and similar interests which never went away.

The first time I had met Lefty was at Slayton House in the Wilde Lake Village Green, I had just finished a performance with the Maryland Youth Symphony on a Saturday afternoon. All of a sudden this bright faced enthusiastic guy was at the edge of the stage trying to get my attention. It was Lefty, he was at the performance and thought it was great. He mentioned that he played music and wanted to be in the orchestra. I told him how to go about it, and we hit it off right from the start. It’s like certain people you meet in your life, and you know that there’s something more there.

He started at Wilde Lake High my sophomore year, and his presence with the music program gave the entire place the feeling of coolness. Just by being there close friendships got closer, and we began to have the time of our lives from that point on. He was the guy you went to when you didn’t have a bottle opener for one (they didn’t use to twist off). He would just bite the top off in a second! We tried just about every beer that ever existed, and it was great!

We also had the same tastes in girls, which conflicted a bit at times since we were trying to get the same ones….at the same time, which didn’t usually work so well.

Lefty was at Wilde Lake High for two years through spring of 1977. When those in the class of 1978 started our senior year he had moved with his father to Adelphi starting at High Point High School. My wife ironically is a ’74 graduate of High Point High. That ended up working out well, since when I met my wife in ‘82 and moved in together, I was near Lefty again. Right away we were over the Golden Dome at Beltway Plaza plugging massive amounts of quarters into the pin ball and video games! We hung out for several years around the Beltsville area, then he moved to Dallas. We kept in touch of course. That’s where he met Judy, moved to Massachusetts, and got married.

It’s not easy sometimes thinking about people who are gone, but I think Moises Carrasco III (Lefty) would want us looking at photos of him having fun, and remembering all the good times, not being down about his passing. He was about good time, not about bad times. Right to the end Lefty stayed positive and in good humor. No doubt he’s somewhere in spirit, still looking on the bright side of everything, and giving a big fat moon to anyone who has a problem with that.

Good to remember you buddy, you’re not gone because we’re thinking about you and keeping the legacy going.

Dan

Class of 1979

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HAVERHILL, Mass. — Moises M. Carrasco III, 48, of Haverhill, Mass., died January 24, 2010, after a two-year battle with leukemia.

He was born in San Antonio, Texas, on September 14, 1961. Moises graduated from High Point High School in Beltsville, Md., and attended the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md.

He married his wife, Judy, on September 22, 1990, in Newburyport, Mass., and they had a son, Moises IV, born on September 12, 1994. Survivors include his wife and son of Haverhill, Mass.; his mother and stepfather, Danielle and Edwin Gibbard of Brentwood, Essex, England; and his father and his wife, Moises and Inez Carrasco of Georgetown, Texas; as well as several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. In addition, he is survived by his mother-in-law, Evelyn O. Davis of Rutland, Vt., as well as Judy's sisters and brothers and their spouses and families.

Music was his passion and he started his working career at Lewis & Hitchcock in 1980 as an organ builder. In 1983, he uprooted from the D.C. area and headed to the southwest to his native state of Texas and worked for Schudi Organ Co. in Dallas, Texas. He worked in many capacities at Schudi from 1983 to 1986. While doing an installation in Hamilton, Mass., in 1986 for Schudi, he fell in love with New England and decided he wanted to stay in the area. He worked for various organ builders in the area, Noack Organ Co., George Bozeman and Andover Organ Co. until 1998. At the age of 40, he did a complete career change and went to work for Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages (currently known as Idearc Media) and worked in their IT department. Although he left organ building, music continued for him with his beloved tuba(s). He played with various orchestras in the area, Phillips Andover Academy Orchestras, Merrimack Valley Philharmonic and Reading Symphony, as well as various freelance projects when called upon.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Moises M. Carrasco IV college education fund, in care of NMTW Credit Union, 110 Newbury St., Danvers, MA 01923; or to the Massachusetts General Hospital Development Office for Leukemia Research, 155 Cambridge St., Suite 600, Boston, MA 02114.

Arrangements are under the direction of Berube-Comeau Funeral Home, 47 Broadway, Haverhill, MA 01832.

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From Tosh Keune on April 17th, 2017
From Tosh Pott on October 9th, 2012
Lefty was da man.  As much at the center of the Band scene as I was at its edges.  You will be missed!!
 

Nancy Hipp (Hansen)

February 15th, 1964 - July 4th, 2009

Class of 1982

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Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities (Minneapolis, MN) - Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Deceased Name: Hansen, Nancy Lee
Hansen, Nancy Lee, Beloved wife of David Alan Hansen of Brooklyn Center passed away July 4, 2009 at North Memorial Hospital.
 
She is survived by her husband, Dave; father, Charles Richard Hipp; sister, Linda (Keith) Twillman; brother, Chris (Diane); three nieces, Hannah, Leah and Kelsey. Preceded in death by mother, Judith; maternal grandparents, Clyde and Alberta Taylor; paternal grandparents, Lee and Norma Hipp. Nancy was born in Silver Spring, Maryland on February 15, 1964. She and David were married April 28, 1995 in LaCrosse, WI.

Nancy was not only a loving woman, but loving wife, daughter, sister, aunt and daughter- in-law. She will forever and always be missed by her family and friends. Memorial service Wednesday 6 PM at Gearty-Delmore Robbinsdale Chapel, 3888 West Broadway with visitation beginning at 4 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to the Humane Society. Gearty-Delmore 763-537-4511

Edition: METRO
Page: 6B
Copyright (c) 2009 Star Tribune: Newspaper of the Twin Cities

Name:    Nancy Lee Hansen
State of Issue:    Maryland
Date of Birth:    Saturday  February  15, 1964
Date of Death:    Saturday  July  04, 2009
Est. Age at Death:    45 years, 4 months, 19 days
Last known residence:
    State:     Minnesota

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Theodore "Ted" Millison

October 6th, 1963 - May 26th, 2009

Theodore Stuart Millison, 45, of Tampa, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, after a two and one half year battle with mela- noma.

Class of 1981

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Tampa Tribune, The (FL) - Thursday, May 28, 2009

Deceased Name: MILLISON, Theodore Stuart

MILLISON, Theodore Stuart, 45, of Tampa, died Tuesday, May 26, 2009, after a two and one half year battle with mela- noma. He was the founding partner of the law firm Millison & Millison, P.A. (currently Carey & Millison, P.A.), along with his wife, Gayle S. Millison, in 1994. He is survived by his wife of eighteen years, Gayle S. Millison; son, Harris Millison; daughters, Marina and Noa Millison; brother, James H. Millison (wife, Jill); nephew, Jacob; and niece, Rachel Millison, brother, Robert D. Millison (wife, Tracey all of Maryland; brother-in-law, David Evan Sobelman (wife, Tanner Gilreath Sobelman) and niece, Joan Mabry Sobelman of Tampa; and mother-in-law, Goldie Lang of Delray Beach, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl Edward Millison; his mother, Anita Betty Millison; and sister-in-law, Dayna Lynne Sobelman, of blessed memory. He served on the Executive Council of the Family Law Section of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, was a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar, served on the Grievance Committee for several years and as the Committee Chair in 2003, was a Master in the prestigious Family Law Inns of Court of Tampa, was an active leader in community services, including serving as president of the Board of the Hillel School of Tampa 2003-2005, participating on the Board of Directors of the Hillel School of Tampa from 1999-2006, serving on the Community Board of the Tampa JCC/Federation 20032005, and was an active member of Congregation Kol Ami, most recently serving on its search committee to retain new rabbinic leadership.

In November, 2008, Mr. Millison was honored by his colleagues of the Family Law Inns of Court with the naming of the "Ted Millison Professionalism Award." A plaque was unveiled at a courthouse ceremony in the presence of members of the Bar and judiciary as well as Mr. Millison's wife, their three children and other extended family members. In May 2009, the Family Law Inns of Court voted Mr. Millison as the 2009 recipient of this most prestigious award. The plaque is currently displayed on the fourth floor of the Hillsborough County Court House to inspire others to emulate Mr. Millison's professionalism and dedication to the practice of family law. Funeral services will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road, Tampa with interment following at Gan Shalom Cemetery, Tampa. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to LifePath Hospice in care of Blue Team, 11150 N. 53rd St., Temple Terrace, FL 33617, or a charity of the donor's choice. Online guest book at www. segalfuneralhome.com

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Robert Webb

March 1st, 1963 - March 25th, 2009

Class of 1981

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Oregonian, The (Portland, OR) - Thursday, April 2, 2009
Deceased Name: Webb, Robert Ross 'Bob'

03/01/1963 03/25/2009 He was born in Portland Bob worked as an office manger for a law firm He is survived by his wife, Jill; and his daughters, Nicole and Robyn. A celebration of life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 2009, in Portland Center of Self Realization. Arrangements by Westside Cremation & Burial Service.

Author: UNPAID OBIT
Edition: Sunrise
Copyright (c) 2009 Oregonian Publishing Co.

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Morna Berdit

1956 - September 11th, 2008

My sister  passed away on 9/11/08. She was a survivor and fighter. She graduated from WL in 1974. I love you Mo. You will always be my hero.

Class of 1974

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From suzanne bierer on April 17th, 2017
Image From suzanne bierer on July 1st, 2012
                                Out beyond ideas
         of wrongdoing and rightdoing, 
      there is a field.  I'll meet you there.

      When the soul lies down in that grass,
           the world is too full to talk about.
           Ideas, language, even the phrase 
      "each other" doesn't make any sense. 
                                                                             
                                                                            ~Rumi.
                        
                                      I miss you Morna.
 

Yvette Brooks

1960 - April 5th, 2008

Yvette Brooks sister of Eric Brooks WLHS class of 1976 is no longer with us passing away April 5, 2008. 

Class of 1977

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Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Deceased Name: BROOKS, YVETTE D.
 
On April 5, 2008, YVETTE D. BROOKS, beloved daughter of Mrs. Lorraise Brooks. The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 10, 2008 at Howell Funeral Home, 10220 Guilford Rd, Jessup, MD, Howard County from 3 to 8 p.m. Funeral Service will be held in the Sanctuary of St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1440 Dorsey Rd, Hanover, MD. Wake 11 to 11:30 a.m. Service will follow. Interment Saint Rest Cemetery. Inquiries to: 1-301-604-0101.
 
Edition: Final
Copyright (c) 2008 The Baltimore Sun Company

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Terry Morgan

December 23rd, 1962 - February 23rd, 2008

Class of 1980

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Name:    Terry C. Morgan
State of Issue:    Maryland
Date of Birth:    Sunday  December  23, 1962
Date of Death:    Saturday  February  23, 2008
Est. Age at Death:    45 years, 2 months
Confirmation:     Verified
Last known residence:
    City:     ArlingtonRosslyn
    County:     Arlington
    State:     Virginia
    ZIP Code:     22209

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Leila Dunsmore

1960 - September 22nd, 2007

"It is with great sorrow and a deep sense of loss that University of Maryland Department of Resident Life staff members announce the passing on September 22, 2007 of our beloved colleague and friend Leila Dunsmore."

Class of 1978

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Leila joined the Department of Resident Life on January 8, 2001 as a Public Inquiry Coordinator in the Assignments Office.   Previously, she had worked for the Department of Art History and Archaeology here at the university.  She was a proud alumna of the University of Maryland receiving both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts degree from this institution.  She was a lover of the arts and also quite fond of her cats and her canine friend Rudy.  She spoke of her partner Michael, her friends Emily and Patrick, and her family with special fondness and affection.
 
As a member of the Assignments Office, Leila was known for her continuous desire to improve her skills and knowledge of the position and to help her fellow staff members. “She was always willing to put her own duties aside to help me or the other coordinators,” recalls one friend and colleague. Leila could often be found after the office closed completing some of the days’ tasks that had been placed on hold to help another. She served as an advocate for her fellow Public Inquiry Coordinators to insure they received all the necessary information and support to perform their job duties.
 
Leila was characterized by the quiet competence she brought to her work. Never one to seek attention, she excelled in building rapport with her colleagues by her positive demeanor, her commitment to service, and her desire to personally help each student, parent or fellow staff member she came into contact with on a daily basis. Those of us who worked and interacted with Leila on a regular basis had nothing but respect for her approach to work and the kindness and gentleness she displayed in her interpersonal relationships.
 
We, as her friends and colleagues, are saddened by the untimely passing of Leila Dunsmore, but are thankful and better for the experience of having had an opportunity to get to know this special individual. Our sympathies and positive wishes go out to those 
closest to Leila and may they find comfort in the positive way she
touched those around her during this most difficult time."

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Mary Bork (Karcha)

1961 - May 14th, 2007

Mary Bork Class of 1979 is no longer with us losing her fight with breast cancer several years back. She was a member of the Wilde Lake drill team. We went to the Wilde Lake High 1976 homecoming dance together.
Dan

Life Story as posted in her profile on Classmates.com
"I graduated in 1984 with my nursing degree from University of Delaware. I married Bob Karcha in January of 1985, and moved to Amherst, Massachusetts for 5 years. We moved back to Delaware (between Newark and Wilmington) in 1989, and have lived here ever since. I work as a pediatric registered nurse at the DuPont Hospital for Children here in Wilmington, and Bob is a high school chemistry teacher. We have a daughter, Beth (14), and a son, Jamie(12)." (written in 1994)

* Mary died from metastatic breast cancer on May 14, 2007.

Class of 1979

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Mary Bork Karcha of Elkton, formerly of Columbia, died of cancer May 14 at her home. She was 44.

Born in Yonkers, N.Y., she and her family moved to Columbia in 1969. She was a 1979 graduate of Wilde Lake High School and earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from the University of Delaware in 1984. She was nurse manager of Kids Health on Call at the A.I. duPont Hospital in Wilmington, Del.

Surviving her are her husband, Robert Karcha; a daughter, Elizabeth Karcha; a son, James Karcha; her parents, Theodore and Wilma Bork of Columbia; three brothers, Paul and David Bork of Columbia, and Jon Bork of Chandler, Ariz.; and two sisters, Linda Bork of Boston and Carol Viney of Westminster.

A memorial service was held in Elkton May 20.
 

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From Tosh Keune on April 17th, 2017
From Tosh Keune on October 9th, 2012
Mary was one of the straightest most squared away people I ever knew but somehow she ended up hanging in the other circles of the Sarah Fisher/Liz Neiman crowd within which many many characters (freaks and geeks) thrived.  Being a Nurse sounds like about the perfect gig for Mary.  Sorry about those times when my risk taking at spades caused you chaos. I try to be chaotic good but it doesn't always work.  

Rest in Peace 
 

Bambi McCauley

1959 - March 20th, 2007

I remember Bambi from the middle and high school bands. She was one of the kindest people I've ever known. She would go out of her way to think of others rather than herself.

It hit me hard when I heard that Bambi had passed away in March 2007. I hadn’t seen her in 30 years, but in my view the world has lost a bit of light with her gone.
Dan

Class of 1977

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Bambi L. McCauley, 47
Longtime bartender
March 31, 2007

Bambi Lynn "Bam-Bam" McCauley, a longtime bartender, died of breast cancer March 20 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 47.

Ms. McCauley was born in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of a Navy test pilot. She spent her early years on several military bases before moving to Columbia with her family.

She was a 1977 graduate of Wilde Lake High School and earned a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1982.

Ms. McCauley worked in computer sales before becoming a bartender.

She had waitressed during college and loved being around people. She was a much-loved bartender who was known for her outgoing personality and quick wit," said a sister, Dianne M. Carlson of Ellicott City. She was also called "Bambino" and "Sparky."

Ms. McCauley worked for about 15 years at the now-closed Phineas in Rockville, and for the last decade had bartended at That's Amore, an Italian restaurant, in Rockville and Shady Grove.

The former longtime Olney resident enjoyed shopping, gymnastics and listening to music.

Ms. McCauley was a member of Kittamaqundi Community Church in Oliver's Carriage House, 5410 Leaf Treader Way, Columbia.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the church.

Also surviving are her mother, Gerry L. Landrum, and stepfather, Randolph G. Malm of Columbia; three other sisters, Dawn E. McCauley of Columbia, Christa M. Guzzo of Tampa, Fla., and Chantel C. Smith of Leesburg, Va.; maternal grandparents Joseph H. and Evelyn A. Bowdle of Belle Center, Ohio; her former stepfather Dallas D. Landrum of Stockton, Calif.; three stepbrothers, Stephen M. Landrum of Gaithersburg, David C. Landrum of Farmville, Va., and Michael A. Landrum of New Zealand; and three stepsisters, Margaret L. Schraff of Charlotte, N.C., E. Rebecca Allen of Apex, N.C., and Rachel L. Crumble of Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Kermit Wheeler

1960 - November 24th, 2006

Class of 1978

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John Rehbein

May 5th, 1955 - September 11th, 2006

John Rehbein is no longer with us, passing away September 11, 2006.

Class of 1973

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REHBEIN, JOHN W.: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice
 
Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - Wednesday, September 13, 2006
 
Deceased Name: REHBEIN, JOHN W.
 
On September 11, 2006, JOHN W. REHBEIN beloved son of Peggy E. (nee Schneider) and the late William F. Rehbein, brother of Michael J., and William E., and his wife Valerie M. He was also an uncle of four and a great uncle of two. A prayer service will be held Thursday, 7P.M at HARRY H. WITZKE'S FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City, where friends are welcome to visit with the family until 9 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Edition: Final
 
Copyright (c) 2006 The Baltimore Sun Company

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From Suzanne Jacobs Jones on April 17th, 2017
From Suzanne Jones (Jacobs) on September 12th, 2012
I remember meeting John.  He was so excited about an Elton John concert, talking about how this fellow had been all over the piano  and wore some very strange sounding clothing  What did I know?--I was only age 11 or 12 at the time.  We became friends that summer and spent an awful lot of  time playing games out on the cul-de-sacs near our houses in Running Brook.  Years later, I recall seeing him at the Double-T after-hours--we'd all been out clubbing and were grabbing a bite to eat.  So sorry to hear that John & his brother Mike have passed on. 
 

Donald Bogdanski

July 4th, 1960 - April 30th, 2006

Growing up Donald Bogdanski was one of my best friends in Faulkner Ridge. I picked up the Tenor Sax to play  in Faulkner Ridge elementary band, he started on drums. We were both heavy into flying gas powered Cox planes launching from the Faulkner Ridge baseball field. Went into playing complex military board games such as Blitzkrieg, and joined the Civil Air Patrol together, and read in depth about military combat.

We managed to increase the transmission power of several sets of walkie-talkies and radios using transformers, which would reach around Faulkner Ridge to avoid having to use phones. We were major electronics freaks, always repairing tvs, radios, etc and testing the limits of electric trains.

Rode all over Columbia on the bikes, and overall just had a great time. He was a good friend growing up. Unfortunately he was too sick for our first reunion in

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Donald Frank Bogdanski Jr. of Columbia died from complications of diabetes April 30 at his residence. He was 45.

Born July 4, 1960, in Arlington, Va., he worked in television production at Howard Community College.

Surviving him are his parents, Donald F. and Marita A. Katalinas Bogdanski; a brother, Brian T. Bogdanski; and two sisters, Erin M. Cuddington and Leigh A. Scott.

Funeral services were held May 5, 2006 at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Columbia. Interment was in Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring.

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Sherri Purvis

February 15th, 1962 - April 24th, 2006

Class of 1980

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Mike Blimmel

1958 - March 15th, 2006

Mike passed away March 15, 2006 of colon cancer at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. 

Class of 1976 

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Michael Robert Blimmel 47 of Pasadena, died March 15, 2006 of colon cancer at Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. He was 47

His family said he would be remembered for his love for his family, job, golf and the Washington Redskins.

Surviving him are his wife, Laura Blimmell; a daughter, Alyson Blimmel of Pasadena; a son, Michael Blimmel of Pasadena; his parents, Jim and Ann Blimmel of Columbia; three brothers, Jim Blimmel of Westminster, Christopher Blimmel of Washington, D.C., and David Blimmel of Silver Spring; two sisters, Roseann Dougherty of Glenwood and Jan Tingler of Glen Burnie; a grandmother, Elizabeth Davidson of Damascus; and his father- and mother-in-law, Bob and Maryanna Sturdevant of Pasadena.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Irwin Blimmel.

Funeral services were held March 18 at Our Lady of the Chesapeake Catholic Church in Pasadena

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Cathy Lauer (Maynard)

April 13th, 1959 - March 27th, 2005

Cathy Lauer Maynard passed away April 13, 2005

Class of 1977 

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) - Wednesday, March 30, 2005Deceased Name: 
MAYNARD, CATHERINE (nee Lauer), Sunday, March 27, 2005; mother of Lorne Lauer, Paul and Sabrina Lauer-Klein; daughter of Bruce Lauer; sister of Denise (Scott) Pedrotti and Brad Lauer; aunt of Vicki and David Briley and Carolyn Fischer. A private cremation was held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Edition: Five Star Late Lift
Copyright, 2005, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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From Beth Green Williams on April 17th, 2017
From Beth Williams on July 5th, 2012
I was not close to  Cathy, but we did have some classes together, and I believe were in gymnastics in middle school(?)   I remember her as always being a pleasant and friendly person with a great smile and sense of humor.  I did not realize she had passed away.  God bless her, her sister Yvette and their famiy for having to endure the loss of two daughters.
 
From Beth Williams on July 8th, 2012
My mistake, Cathy's sister was Yvonne.    Does anyone know when Cathy died?  So sorry to hear this.
 
From Karen Breeden on September 30th, 2012
I was friends with Cathy in school and would see her occasionally over the years.  I had moved back to Maryland by the time she was diagnosed with cancer. Sue (Herman) and I would visit her in the hospital.  She had brain cancer. 

From Sabrina La Rochelle on October 18th, 2012
Hello my mom died Easter March 27, 2005.
 

Andrew Berger

July 21st, 1962 - February 22nd, 2005

Class of 1980

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Columbia Flier (MD) - Thursday, March 3, 2005

Deceased Name: Andrew S. Berger

Andrew S. Berger of Columbia died Feb. 22. He was 42.

Born July 21, 1962, in Hermosillo, in Sonora, a state in northwest Mexico, he was the son of Emma S. and Clarence S. Berger of Columbia.

Mr. Berger majored in biochemistry at Tulane University.

He was a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Columbia and the Knights of Columbus.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Berger is survived by his sisters, Jocelyn A. Berger of Columbia and Jennifer L. Berger of Atlanta.

The Rev. Richard Tillman of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church presided over services Feb. 26 at the Wilde Lake Interfaith Center.

Interment was at Columbia Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Howard County chapter of National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, 8775 Cloudleap Court, Suite 227, Columbia, MD 21045, or Catholic Relief Services, 209 West Fayette St., Baltimore, MD 21201-3443.

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Melanie Stagg (Brunner)

1956 - July 24th, 2004

Melanie Stagg Brunner Wilde Lake High Class of 1974 passed away July 24, 2004

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On July 24, 2004, MELANIE J. (Stagg) BRUNNER, of Columbia; beloved wife of John C. Brunner; loving mother of Christine M., Katherine M. and John J. Brunner, II; daughter of the late Beatrice Jean and Stewart E. Stagg; sister of Carole Dail; daughter-in-law of John J. and L. Helene Brunner; sister-in-law of Sharon and John Skozilas, Barbara and Walter Marshall, Rosanne and Steve Terman and Teresa and Michael Guercio. Family will receive friends Tuesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. at HARRY H. WITZKE'S FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, INC., 4112 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City. Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday 11 A.M. at St. Louis Catholic Church. Entombment Columbia Memorial Park. 

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Reggie Fletcher

1961 - 2004

Class of 1979

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David (Buffalo) Dixon

December 5th, 1957 - December 3rd, 2003

I feel our friend Buffalo would want us to remember him for this event. There have already been quite a few people who have written on Facebook how they remembered and loved the guy.

In my experience Buffalo was one of the coolest guys I knew, and an excellent musician. He played in the Wilde Lake High Soul Band and Jazz Band. In fact, if we ever needed  somebody to play bass for us within the music dept or a party outside....he was there to help. He didn't get caught up in a black vs. white thing, he just loved music and  played it well.

Buffalo Dixon is somebody I would say is an excellent representation of what Columbia Maryland says to the world about the vision of Jim Rouse. Move away from hatred  and learn to live with each other Mr. Rouse might say, and have a great time doing it. Don't get caught up in just serving yourself, help others because in the end it helps  you.

So...it's been a few years I know, and maybe I'm late in writing this. Just want his spirit to play on within this reunion. No doubt he would give me a hand if I asked him to lay down a heavy bass line for us this fall.
Dan

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Columbia bassist, 45, remembered for `electric' onstage presence
By Jennifer Surface

Posted 1/08/04

Bass guitar provided both a passion and career for Yerby David Dixon. He pursued his love of music as a member of several bands and passed that interest on to his children. "He had a truly funky thumb. He would thump and pick the guitar - he was the funkiest bass player in the tri-state area," said Mr. Dixon's wife, Judie Dixon.

David "Buffalo" Dixon of Columbia died of heart failure Dec. 3 at Howard County General Hospital. He was 45.

Mr. Dixon was the son of Vivian L. Dixon of Columbia and the late Yerby A. Dixon. He was born Dec. 5, 1957, in Buffalo, N.Y.
He received his first bass guitar lessons from his father's best friend, whom he referred to as "Uncle" Elmon Wilder.

A 1976 graduate of Wilde Lake High School, he was proud to serve as the school's first homecoming king, according to his wife. During high school, he was a member of the school's jazz ensemble as well as the band, Local Dust, which performed at the Other Barn.

Greg Fenlon, a drummer and Wilde Lake graduate, recalled after-school jam sessions in Mr. Dixon's mother's basement. "We were kind of like an unshakable foundation that would drive the band and make people dance," said Mr. Fenlon, who went by the name Austin in high school. "It was something that came so natural to us. We were so tight it was more like an extension of ourselves."

The bass and drum duo also travelled and performed together after high school, with the Sammy DelBrocco Show, a Las Vegas-style showband, and After Dark and Good News, both top-40 dance bands. "When we were onstage, he had this explosive personality," Mr. Fenlon said. "He was really electric and the crowd would respond."

Mr. Dixon also attended Morgan State University, where his slim 5-foot-9 frame managed to play tuba in the marching band.As a professional musician, Mr. Dixon played with a variety of bands. He played the top-40 nightclub circuits in New York and the Washington, D.C. area with Classified, Touch and Applause, among others.

From 1987 to 1990, he joined the back-up band for the Flamingos, a 1950s doo-wop group, famous for songs including "I Only Have Eyes For You." During his career, he toured major U.S. cities and played alongside the likes of Chuck Berry, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Cadillacs and the Delfonics, his wife said.

"He just loved to entertain people, to go out and perform so people could dance, party, just have a good time," Mrs. Dixon said.
"He was paid well for what he did. He never had to get a second job to make ends meet," she said. "His talent carried us through."

Mrs. Dixon recalled a show in Erie, Pa., at which Mr. Dixon serenaded his daughter, Meagan, who was 5 at the time, with "Stuck On You." "He could sing the hell out of Lionel Richie," she laughed.

Mr. Dixon passed his love of music on to his children and their friends. He invited them into his small studio, full of assorted instruments, for impromptu jam sessions, his wife remembered. "Man, there would be some noise coming out of that room. But that was his way of getting the kids interested in music," she said.

In 2002, Mr. Dixon cut the album "Break Out" in his home studio. The one-man album, which he had planned to release, featured him on vocals, backup vocals, keyboards, drums, and of course, bass. After recording, he mixed and burned the album and even designed the label. "He did it all. He was really a man of many talents," his wife said.

"I was astounded by how many people he knew," Mrs. Dixon reflected, adding that he played at summer jam sessions at Lake Kittamaqundi. "People just flocked to him - he owned this town." In addition to his musical talents, he was a skilled chess player, a fantasy football enthusiast and a faithful Buffalo Bills fan, according to his wife.

He will be remembered for his bright smile, and warm, genuine nature, according to Mrs. Dixon and Mr. Fenlon.

In addition to his wife of 20 years and mother, Mr. Dixon is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Kathryn McLaughlin of Columbia; sons, David "DJ"

McLaughlin-Dixon of Columbia and Eric Domon of Buffalo, N.Y.; daughter, Meagan Dixon of Columbia; four grandchildren; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Carol Cole of Buffalo; brother, Richard Dixon of Columbia; sisters and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Larry Aughtry of Buffalo, and Alexis and Tony Porter of Jessup; sister-in-law, Mary Lou McLaughlin of Buffalo; brother-in-law, James McLaughlin of Florida; and extended family.

The Rev. Porter L. Lawson Jr. presided over services Dec. 9 at Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church in Columbia.

Interment took place in King Memorial Park in Baltimore.

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From Chris Bennett on April 18th, 2017
From chris bennett on August 5th, 2012
When I heard Buffalo's passing I was taken aback. I thought, what a loss. He was good people & will be missed.
 
From Tosh Keune on May 9th, 2017
I'm rightfully sure Buffalo has got a good gig in Heaven.  I remember seeing him and the WL Soul Band (Ithought he was in the WL Rock Band too) perform as a 9th grader.  He was teh man a musical demigod I feel privileged to have seen play!
 
 

Daniel Robertson

August 5th, 1960 - August 6th, 2003

Class of 1978

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Daniel L. Robertson
State of Issue:Maryland
Date of Birth:Friday  August  05, 1960
Date of Death:Wednesday  August  06, 2003
Est. Age at Death:43 years, 1 days
Confirmation: Verified
Last known residence:
City: Dundalk; Baltimore; Dundalk Sparrows Point
County: Baltimore
State: Maryland
ZIP Code: 21222

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Wally Caldwell

March 30th, 1962 - October 14th, 2002

Walter "Wally" Caldwell, Jr. son of Walter Caldwell our Vice Principal at Wilde Lake passed away nearly 10 years ago. Most no doubt remember him as a guy with a quick wit and great sense of humor.

Class of 1979

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Caldwell Jr., Walter: Newspaper Obituary
Sun, The (Baltimore, MD) - Thursday, October 17, 2002
Deceased Name: Caldwell Jr., Walter

On October 14, 2002, WALTER WALLY CALDWELL, JR., of Columbia, MD. Beloved son of Albertha (nee Johnson), and the late Walter Caldwell. Devoted brother of Cherie Monique Caldwell.

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD, on Thursday, October 17, 2002 at 1 P.M. Please direct inquiries to the Slack Funeral Home, P.A., 410-465-4400.

Published in the Baltimore Sun on 10/17/2002. 
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Copyright (c) 2002 The Baltimore Sun Company

Walter Caldwell: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
Name:Walter Caldwell
State of Issue:Maryland
Date of Birth:Friday  March  30, 1962
Date of Death:Monday  October  14, 2002
Est. Age at Death:40 years, 6 months, 14 days
Confirmation: Proven
Last known residence:
City: Columbia
County: Howard
State: Maryland
ZIP Code: 21044

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Theodore (Teddy) Morris

July 12th, 1961 - September 13th, 2002

Class of 1979

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Name:    Theodore Morris jr
State of Issue:    Maryland
Date of Birth:    Wednesday  July  12, 1961
Date of Death:    Friday  September  13, 2002
Est. Age at Death: 41 years, 2 months, 1 days
Confirmation:     Verified

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David DeLawder

January 4th, 1959 - March 23rd, 2002

Class of 1977

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David Lee "Bean" Delawder, 43, of Ellicott City died March 23. Born in Olney on Jan. 4, 1959, he was the son of the late Ira Dolen and Mae Edna Strawderman Delawder. 
 
Mr. Delawder owned a lawn care service. 
 
He is survived by his brothers, Edward Earl and Howard Lee Delawder, and sisters, Rose M. Fant and Dora B. Boinovych. 

Services, officiated by the Rev. Dan Miller, will be held at 11 a.m. on March 29 at Slack Funeral Home, 3871 Old Columbia Pike, 
 
Ellicott City. Burial will be at True Gospel Cemetery in Lisbon. 
Copyright, 2002, Columbia Flier (MD). All Rights Reserved.

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Dennis Breeden

January 15th, 1957 - March 8th, 2002

Class of 1975

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March 12, 2002
Dennis P. Breeden, of Zion, IL and formerly of Maryland, beloved husband of Karen; loving father of Timothy, Christopher, Melinda and Kelly; fond brother of Diane Breeden of Frederick, MD, Earl (Jane) Breeden III of Manchester, PA and Kathleen (Daniel) Holmes of Ellicott City, MD; nephew of William Smith of Sykesville, MD. Born Jan. 15, 1957 in Portsmouth, VA. Employed at WorldCom-MCI, Park Ridge.

Was a member of Yorkhouse United Methodist Church of Waukegan, enjoyed ham radio and was an active Boy Scout Leader. Funeral Wednesday, March 13, 2002 at 8 p.m. at Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion. Interment Saturday at Loudon Park, Baltimore, MD. Visitation Wednesday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials to Yorkhouse United Methodist Church or Boy Scouts of America have been suggested. 847-746-1234 .

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Deborah Wills (Hallford)

August 12th, 1964 - October 14th, 2001

Class of 1982

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Deborah Marie Hallford, a homemaker from Columbia, died Oct. 14 at Howard County General Hospital of breast cancer. She was 37.

Mrs. Hallford was born Aug. 12, 1964, in Alexandria, Va. She was a 1982 graduate of Wilde Lake High School and attended Howard Community College. She loved animals and enjoyed horseback riding.

Mrs. Hallford worked for Columbia Dental Associates, the accounting department of Busch Gardens in Tampa, Fla., and spent the last eight years raising her children. She was active in the Clemens Crossing Elementary School PTA, Boy Scouts of America and South Columbia Baptist Church.

Mrs. Hallford is survived by her husband of 14 years, Douglas S. Hallford of Columbia; son, Andrew J. Hallford; daughter, Heather M. Hallford; grandmother, Mary F. Wills of Beckley, W.Va.; parents, William R. and Verna L. Wills of Columbia; brother, William R. Wills III of Timonium; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Freddie and June Hallford of Tyrone, N.M.

Services were held Oct. 18 at South Columbia Baptist Church. Arrangements were made by Witzke Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Breast Cancer Foundation, 1055 Taylor Ave. Suite 201A, Baltimore, MD 21286.

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Doug Pritchard

1958 - August 25th, 2001

I went to school with Doug at Bryant Woods Elementary the first year it opened. I can see  Doug now standing in front of the Orange Team one day happily  describing the rabies shots (eight of them I think) he had had to get after being bitten by a rat while climbing around the Wilde Lake waterfall.

In later years at Wilde Lake High, I remember talking with him morning after morning in 9th grade science class.  He was always friendly and I think of him with fondness.

Rest in Peace Doug Pritchard.
Thea Turnage '76

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Robert Meyer

March 20th, 1964 - June 7th, 2001

Class of 1983

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Columbia Flier (MD) - Thursday, June 14, 2001

Deceased Name: Robert M. Meyer

Robert M. Meyer, 37, died June 7 at his home in Columbia. He was a painting contractor.

Mr. Meyer was born in Illinois and moved to Columbia in 1972, where he attended Wilde Lake High School.

According to family members he loved to play disc golf and was active in other athletics.

He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Sheryl Meyer; children Nathaniel, Heather and Elsa Meyer; stepchildren, Chastity and Justin Sollmer; mother and stepfather, Dora and Brian Hartford; father, Ronald E. Meyer; brothers, David Boyd, William Boyd and Kevin Meyer; and sisters, Joann Lorch and Megan Meyer.

Funeral services were held June 11 at Bishop Cummins Memorial Church in Catonsville, with burial at Loudon Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Robert M. Meyer memorial fund at any Bank America, account 31920939331.

Copyright, 2001, Columbia Flier (MD). All Rights Reserved.

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Karen Las Casas (Matthews)

1959 - 2001

Karen Las Casas Matthews is no longer with us passing away in 2001 just a few years after attending our 20th reunion at the Columbia Hilton.

She lived in Australia leaving behind two daughters. The older got married a year ago and recently gave birth to a baby girl. Karen's younger daughter is still single.

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Joseph London

April 12th, 1962 - June 22nd, 2000

Class of 1980

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Joseph Michael London - Baltimore man killed on 1-70: Newspaper Obituary and Death Notice

The Frederick News-Post, (MD) - Friday, June 23, 2000
Deceased Name: Joseph Michael London - Baltimore man killed on 1-70

A Baltimore man died Thursday afternoon when his vehicle slammed into a tow truck on I-70.

Maryland State Police reported that Joseph Michael London, 38, of Baltimore, was traveling in the left lane of eastbound I-70 at Mount Tabor Road when he drove off the left side of the road as he approached the emergency crossover.

The 1999 Honda Civic Mr. London was driving rammed into the right side of a Grimes tow truck that was parked in the emergency crossover.

Employees from Grimes Towing were not in the tow truck, police said. They were helping in the correction of a toppled tractor-trailer earlier in the day.

Name:    Joseph M. London
State of Issue:    Maryland
Date of Birth:    Thursday  April  12, 1962
Date of Death:    Thursday  June  22, 2000
Est. Age at Death:    38 years, 2 months, 10 days

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Cheryl Snope

December 4th, 1957 - October 23rd, 1999

Cheryl Snope is no longer with us passing away October 23, 1999

Class of 1976

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Cheryl L. Snope: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
 
Name: Cheryl L. Snope
State of Issue: Maryland
Date of Birth: Tuesday  December  24, 1957
Date of Death: Saturday  October  23, 1999
Est. Age at Death: 41 years, 9 months, 29 days
Confirmation: Verified
Last known residence:
City: Columbia
County: Howard
State: Maryland
ZIP Code: 21044
Latitude: 39.2119
Longitude: -76.8793

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Carlos Sylvia

January 21st, 1957 - April 11th, 1999

Carlos Sylvia is no longer with us passing away in 1999.

Class of 1975

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Carlos Sylvia: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record

Name:Carlos Sylvia
State of Issue:Maryland
Date of Birth:Monday  January  21, 1957
Date of Death:Sunday  April  11, 1999
Est. Age at Death:42 years, 2 months, 21 days
Confirmation: Verified
Last known residence:
City: Myrtle Beach; Surfside Beach
County: Horry
State: South Carolina
ZIP Code: 29587

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Sherri McKinnon (West)

May 1st, 1962 - January 27th, 1999

Class of 1980

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Sherri McKinnon West
State of Issue:    Maryland
Date of Birth:    Tuesday  May  01, 1962
Date of Death:    Wednesday  January  27, 1999
Est. Age at Death:    36 years, 8 months, 26 days
Confirmation:     Proven

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Jeffrey Montague

1956 - 1999

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Karen Vanhorn

November 4th, 1962 - October 23rd, 1998

Class of 1980

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Mike Henrich

April 1st, 1960 - June 16th, 1997

Mike Henrich a good friend of mine from the past is no longer with us passing away in 1997. I'll always have a memory of Mike laughing and having great times.
Dan

Class of 1978

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Tracy Carroll

August 13th, 1959 - June 13th, 1997

Tracy was my best friend through high school and beyond.  We shared so much adventure, laughter, good times, births, and marriage, as well as the difficult times in later years.  She was a true  friend who was always there, until her death in 1997 from breast cancer. I miss her and cherish the memories.

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Name:Teresa E. Carroll
State of Issue:North Carolina
Date of Birth:Thursday  August  13, 1959
Date of Death:Friday  June  13, 1997
Est. Age at Death:37 years, 10 months
Last known residence:
City: Ellicott City; Daniels; Ellicott; Ilchester; Oella
County: Howard
State: Maryland
ZIP Code: 21043

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Paul Hill

1956 - 1997

Class of 1974

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Valorie Steese

1955 - 1997

Class of 1973 

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Michael David Hendrix

July 20th, 1960 - September 14th, 1995

The Washington Post
September 17, 1995

Michael David , 35, a network engineer and Ijamsville, Md., resident who was aboard a commuter plane that crashed and burned near Carrollton, Ga., on Aug. 21, died Sept. 14 at a hospital in Atlanta. He died of injuries received in the crash.
Flight No. 529, flown by Atlantic Southeast Airlines, a feeder carrier for Delta Airlines' Delta Connection service, was flying from Atlanta to Gulfport, Miss., when its captain reported engine trouble. The plane -- a twin-engine, turboprop Embraer 120 -- then crashed with 29 passengers and crew members, killing five people outright and sending the rest to hospitals in several states.

Mr. Hendrix had worked for Science Applications International Corp. of Falls Church for only six days before the crash. He was traveling to Kessler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., to install a computer.

Before joining SAIC, he had worked since the mid-1980s for Bechtel Power Corp. as a start-up engineer in Massachusetts, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and New Jersey.

He was born in Texas and was a 1978 graduate of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia. He received a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Maryland and a Federal Aviation Administration airframe and power plant license from Trident Technical College in South Carolina.

In his youth, he had been a competitive cyclist.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Agar-Hendrix, and a son, William Andrew, both of Ijamsville; his parents, Harold R. and Gwendolyn J. De Berry-Hendrix of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother, Mark R. Hendrix of Stewartstown, Pa.; his maternal grandmother, Ola Mae De Berry of Sumter, S.C.; and his paternal grandmother and stepgrandfather, Helen and Marshall Brown of Bullhead City, Ariz. MILDRED MOTT WEDEL Research Associate 

http://www.nytimes.com/1995/09/17/us/man-who-walked-from-air-crash-dies.html

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From Mark Malcolm on April 18th, 2017
From Mark Malcolm on August 21st, 2012
Can't believe it has been so long since Mike's passing. We were friends, neighbors and he will be truly missed.
 

Anne Goldhirsh (Dulcinea)

1961 - 1995

Anne Goldhirsh lost her fight with cancer in 1995 at age 31.

Anne had earned a PhD in psychology and was a practicing therapist in Boston.

Class of 1979

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Bray Kelly

February 9th, 1965 - June 8th, 1994

Class of 1984

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Dane Damkoehler

1960 - April 26th, 1994

One of our friends from the neighborhood Dane Damkoehler died back in the 90's, but we should still remember him as part of this class reunion.

Dane first lived with his family in a set of townhouses on the southwest side of Faulkner Ridge Circle near the creek. He started 4th grade with me at Faulkner Ridge Elementary when it first opened in fall of 1969. We both headed to Wilde Lake Middle after 5th, than onto Wilde Lake High as part of the Class of 1978.

At some point in the early 70's his family bought a house across from Wilde Lake Park just a bit west of the boat docks, moving out of Faulkner Ridge and into the small but active neighborhood of The Birches.

We were both in the music dept at Wilde Lake, with him over in the chorus room adjacent to the band room. Of course since he was in choir we were in slightly different worlds, but I saw him around fairly often, and some of my best friends were in the choir so we inevitably managed to be at the same parties around Columbia.

During the later years of high school and into the college years there would be parties at his parents’ house, since it was a custom house designed for just that....parties, and what a great location it was being across from Wilde Lake!

We went separate ways after high school and the early college years. I heard about his passing while living here in Florida from another friend of his from the choir. It was hard to take Dane passing away so young.
Dan

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Dane D. Damkoehler
Retired airman

Dane Douglas Damkoehler, a retired airman, died April 26, 1994 of AIDS-related complications at his home in Columbia. He was 33.

Mr. Damkoehler, who joined the Air Force in 1985, was an honor graduate of Lackland Air Force Basic Training School and Kessler Air Force Base Information Systems Operations School.

He was assigned to Chicksands Royal Air Force Base in England and Langley Air Force Base in Virginia before he retired in 1987 on a medical disability. He lived in Los Angeles for several years before he returned to Columbia in 1993.

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David Leibowitz

1966 - 1994

Class of 1984

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Ronald Coleman

1956 - 1994

Class of 1974

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Orlando McGruder

1963 - June 22nd, 1993

Class of 1981

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Rev. Orlando McGruder Jr., 29, dies of heart attack in Wisconsin He was graduate of Wilde Lake

June 29, 1993|By Sherry Joe | Sherry Joe,Staff Writer

Early on, the Rev. Orlando McGruder Jr.'s mother knew her son had a gift.

"He was dedicated to helping anyone at any time," said Alberlena McGruder, of her son, a former associate minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church.

Mr. McGruder, a 1981 Wilde Lake High School graduate, died of a heart attack June 22 at his Madison, Wis., home. He was 29.

Mr. McGruder apparently suffered a series of minor heart attacks but mistook them for indigestion or gas, family members said. He did not seek treatment, said his wife, Felitia Nesbary McGruder.

Mr. McGruder was an associate minister and co-director of the youth ministry at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Madison. He was also an engineer at Wisconsin Power and Light.

Alberlena McGruder recalled how she would overhear him counseling classmates, late at night over the telephone. Once, he dissuaded a friend from committing suicide, she said.

"Even when Orlando was in high school, friends and classmates brought him their problems," Alberlena McGruder, of Harper's Choice Village, said, "and he would talk for hours."

Felitia McGruder said her husband was so sensitive to others' needs that "he would feel their pain or feel that something was wrong."

He often called home to say he would be late for dinner because he needed to counsel someone or teach a group of youngsters, she said.

He was a Dale Carnegie instructor, and was a founding member of the African-American Ministers Clergy Association, which explores the issues and concerns of African Americans and other minorities. He was also involved in the Madison Urban League, and the Big Brothers & Big Sisters organization.

"Every day he was working for the Lord," Felitia McGruder said.

The Rev. J. C. Wright, pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church, said the former associate minister befriended youngsters easily.

"He was a young man himself," Mr. Wright said. "He just had a gift for relating to other people. That seems to have been his calling. He could talk with them about any subject."

Mr. McGruder will be buried at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Starr, S.C., about 120 miles north of Atlanta, Ga. A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow at Calvary Baptist Church, 3911 Garrison Blvd. in Baltimore.

In addition to his wife and mother, Mr. McGruder is survived by his father, Orlando Sr. of Harpers Choice Village; and a sister, Shawn McGruder of Washington.

http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1993-06-29/news/1993180067_1_mcgruder-zion-baptist-mount-zion

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Walter Caldwell

February 7th, 1935 - April 13th, 1993

I’ll always remember Mr. Caldwell as the guy who kept Wilde Lake High School in line. He was the dude to worry about if you were thinking about doing something you shouldn’t. He was the grand papa of our school, but was always in good spirits and ready to chat when meeting him in the hallway.

Walter Caldwell will always be remembered as being a strong backbone for our school, and providing a role model as we were growing up in Columbia Maryland.
Dan

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April 20, 1993| By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen, Baltimore Sun Staff Writer

Walter Caldwell Sr. loved children. The longtime Howard County educator had two of his own and spent most of his life teaching others, touching the lives of many.

Mr. Caldwell -- "Poppa Bear," as he was known -- was buried yesterday at Christ Episcopal Church in Columbia. He died Wednesday of a heart attack, about a month after his 63rd birthday. More than 300 friends, colleagues and former students attended his funeral service at the Oakland Mills Meeting House in Columbia.

A Howard County educator for more than 22 years, he was Hammond High School's first principal, and later held the same job at Glenelg High. He had recovered from a 1989 stroke to return to Glenelg, then moved to the central administration offices. Two months ago he went back to the classroom as interim principal at Owen Brown Middle School.

"He knew the only thing that lasted in this world was love, and he gave a lot of it," said Terry Turner, an Owen Brown Middle School student whom Mr. Caldwell tutored in math.

"I was in awe of his wisdom and knowledge," he said. "I shall miss him."

Mr. Caldwell grew up in the small town of Pulaski, Tenn., where he played high school football and basketball. Although his school didn't have a track team -- or a track -- he won a track scholarship to attend Tennessee State University, where he was respected by the faculty and a consultant to the university's president, said John Finch Nelson, a childhood and college friend.

"Walter Caldwell was a scholar, an athlete and a gentleman in school and in the community," said Mr. Nelson. "Walter was the standard by which we were all measured."

Mr. Caldwell joined the Howard County school system in 1971 at Wilde Lake High School, where he taught math and coached football, becoming assistant principal two years later.

"I just wanted to teach math and coach," Mr. Caldwell said in an interview three years ago. "I didn't ever want to be principal."

He left Wilde Lake in 1977 to become Hammond High School's first principal. He remained there until 1985, when he was transferred to Glenelg High School. He was Glenelg's principal for five years until he left to work in central administration. He suffered a stroke in late 1989.

At Glenelg he was so well known for his trademark triple "Good mornings," his "I can be nice to you longer than you can be nasty to me" and other expressions that the student newspaper dubbed them "Walt Caldwellisms."

Colleagues said that while he worked at central administration, he would always make an excuse to go out in the schools to be among children.

"He lived his life with joy because of what he could do for others, especially for the kids," said Superintendent Michael E. Hickey, who remembered that parents and students picketed the Department of Education for the first time when Mr. Caldwell was transferred to Glenelg.

Parents say Mr. Caldwell always talked about the love he had for his family.

"He was very warm, and he was the kind of person that you could tell him anything, and you just knew he understood because he loved his family so much," said Betsy Haney, whose son graduated from Glenelg five years ago.

Ms. Haney's son had emotional and behavioral problems during high school, and Mr. Caldwell "got through to him when nobody else did," she said. "For months, Walt would wait outside the classroom, and he would walk with him from class to class and talk to him. Not only did he turn him around, but my son will graduate from college next year. "I feel we've lost a saint," she said. "He was a real saint."

Mr. Caldwell is survived by his wife, Albertha Johnson Caldwell; a daughter, Cherie M. Caldwell of Atlanta; a son, Walter Caldwell Jr. of Los Angeles; and a sister, Ruth Caldwell Patterson of Pulaski, Tenn.

The family asks that contributions be made in Mr. Caldwell's name to the United Negro College Fund, 700 13th St. N.W., Suite 1180, Washington, D.C. 20003.

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John Skidmore

August 14th, 1964 - March 31st, 1993

Class of 1982

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Marie Caine

- - 1993

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From Tosh Keune on May 9th, 2017
Ms. Kaine and I had an interesting student-teacher relationship.  As a 9th grader she was annoyed when I didn't take notes in class yet still did as well as anyone.  Eventually after lots of nagging I started taking notes.  In 11th grade she reluctantly let me take the qualifying test for AP European History which I went on to crush scoring highest at WL (I cheated by reading a coule European History Books over the weekend before the test). She was certain I'd get a 5 on Euro (I got a 3) yet still she let me into AP US. 

She was legendary as teachers go and surely influenced plenty of us Wilde Cats.
 
 

Karl Coffman

June 29th, 1963 - December 23rd, 1992

I first met Karl in Mr. Hudson's music class in 6th grade at Wilde Lake Middle School. At some point we started hanging out. Along with Mary McCarthy, Heidi Demers and Meg Walter, he was part of a circle that helped keep me sane in middle school.
In some ways, Karl was waaaaay ahead of me. He was the first vegetarian that I knew. I'd swap my cheese sandwich for his school hamburger, but Karl would admonish me not to take that for granted, as he had similar arrangements with other students, too.
I don't know if his claims of orgy attendance were true or not, but they certainly were entertaining. I had never considered the therapeutic value of smashing a box full of antique dishes, but this account was also thought provoking. As well, he and some of our eighth grade friends had a laugh because I couldn't quite figure out what was happening in those underground comic books we were looking at in home room...

He once entertained me by playing "Tubular Bells" on his living room piano via telephone. If I could make him laugh, that was a victory of sorts. I did this once by singing the words to Don McLean's "Wonderful Baby"; he lost it when I got to the line "Where babies float by / just counting their toes." "I just can't get that image out of my head," he laughed.
After WLMS we went to different high schools, so we didn't stay connected. I wasn't freaked out that he had come out as gay (also the first person I knew personally to do so; even in progressive Columbia, that took a lot of self confidence in the late 1970s) but I supposed that he was probably running with a more sophisticated crowd than me, so I make an effort to get back in touch.

During a summer after high school I ran into Freddie Fuller at the Mall. (Freddie had been the tall leprechaun to my brother Scott's short leprechaun in WLHS's production of -Finnian's Rainbow-.) We got to talking, and he was able to fill me in on almost everyone I knew on the Wilde Lake side that I was wondering, "Where are they now? It was cathartic and helped me to wrap up one life chapter and get a cleaner start on the next. Except I don't think he knew about Karl. So I'd reflect on him from time to time, but didn't know much. It wasn't until the modern internet era where so much information is online that I discovered that Karl had died just before Christmas 1992. I didn't find an obituary, so I don't know much more than that. I hope that he had the opportunity to live as fully and as adventurously as he did during the dark days of middle school.

Here's raising a glass of Catawba to you, Karl.

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Mary Louise Ortenzo

1935 - September 2nd, 1992

Mary Louise Ortenzo, 57, Dies; Educator, AT&T Board Member

In 1972, she moved to the Washington area to join the faculty of Wilde Lake High School in Columbia, which opened that year. From 1978 to 1983, she was a senior research associate of the Center of Studies in Social Policy in Washington, which is run by the University of Southern California. One of her major interests was curriculum needs of developing countries. 

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Mary Louise Ortenzo, 57, Dies; Educator, AT&T Board Member
Article from: The Washington Post | September 5, 1992
 
Mary Louise Ortenzo, 57, an official of George Washington University who served on the board of directors of the American Telephone & Telegraph Co. as a representative of people with communications disorders, died of cancer Sept. 2 at the Hospice of Washington.
 
Miss Ortenzo was a teacher and a former member of the religious order of St. Joseph. After working in parochial schools in western Pennsylvania in the 1950s and 1960s, she went to Israel as a volunteer and taught for a year in Haifa. She later taught in Norway and Luxembourg.
 
In 1972, she moved to the Washington area to join the faculty of Wild Lake High School in Columbia, which opened that year. From 1978 to 1983, she was a senior research associate of the Center of Studies in Social Policy in Washington, which is run by the University of Southern California. One of her major interests was curriculum needs of developing countries.
 
While working at the social policies center, Miss Ortenzo also was eastern regional director of the American Institute of Foreign Studies, which makes housing and other arrangements for foreign students in this country and also helps Americans studying abroad.
 
In 1983, she joined the education faculty of George Washington University, where she instituted a "second career" program in which retired professionals become teachers of mathematics and science. At the time of her death, she was director of admissions for the GWU graduate school of education.
 
In 1982, Miss Ortenzo lost the ability to speak when her larynx was removed because of cancer. Her voice was restored through the use of a pioneering device developed by Dr. Eric Blom, of Indiana University, in whose work she took part. It was because of these experiences that she was elected to the AT&T board of directors.
 
A resident of Washington, Miss Ortenzo was born in Pittsburgh. She graduated from Mercy College, where she majored in biology, and received a master's degree in biology from American University. 

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Antonio Weaver

September 8th, 1963 - March 14th, 1992

Class of 1981

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Name:    Antonio F. Weaver
State of Issue:    Maryland
Date of Birth:    Sunday  September  08, 1963
Date of Death:    Saturday  March  14, 1992
Est. Age at Death:    28 years, 6 months, 6 days

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Rossice Haith

February 28th, 1959 - December 24th, 1991

Rossice Haith is no longer with us passing away from a battle with liver cancer.

Class of 1977

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Rossice F. Haith

State of Issue:Maryland
Date of Birth:Saturday  February  28, 1959
Date of Death:Tuesday  December  24, 1991
Est. Age at Death:32 years, 9 months, 26 days
Rossice Haith is no longer with us passing away from a battle with liver cancer.

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From Tosh Keune on May 9th, 2017
Always an enigma wrapped in a riddle.  Rossice seemed like one of the straightest people in the WL community but ended up working at Merriweather for a long time and helping with local bands if I recall corrently.  Not nearly as strait laced as I always guessed.  Wow! a flash in time.
 

Lawrence Bewley

March 8th, 1914 - December 23rd, 1990

Baltimore Sun Article published a month before Mr. Bewley passed away.

November 28, 1990
WILDE LAKE HIGH PLANTS SEEDS OF THANKS TO JANITOR
 
For 15 years, Lawrence Bewley mopped and vacuumed and dusted and cleaned toilets at Wilde Lake High School. Then he got sick.
 
Bewley's sister Shirley Bailey, who is speaking for him, doesn't want to reveal the nature of her brother's illness. But the 76-year-old custodian is seriously ill; he has been unable to report for work for the last two months and it is doubtful that he will ever return to his job.
 
Owen Donley knew about the situation, so when the Howard County Association of Student Councils planned to plant trees as a community service on Election Day, the Wilde Lake High School student had a suggestion.
 
Why not solicit pledges for the tree-planting work and donate the money to Bewley?
 
Nov. 6 was cold but bright and sunny, perfect tree-planting weather. Thirty-two students, a couple of kid brothers, student activities coordinator Richard Wright and his son, joined by workers from the county Department of Recreation and Parks, headed out at 8:30 a.m. with shovels and seedlings.
 
The group planted more than 300 trees, reported Parag Desai, the Atholton High School student who heads HCASC's community service committee.
 
The seedlings were set out on county-owned land near the Enchanted Forest Shopping Center. The students will not know how much money they have raised until they collect the pledges, Desai said, but they hope to be able to donate approximately $500.
 
Bewley is a bachelor who still lives in the house off Rolling Road in Baltimore County where he was born and raised, his sister reported. He was one of 13 children, and had 10 brothers and two sisters, although his oldest sister and three brothers are dead. "He's just a wonderful guy," Bailey said.
 
Apparently, the students who knew him at Wilde Lake agree.

 

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Lawrence M. Bewley: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
 
Lawrence M. Bewley
State of Issue: Maryland
Date of Birth: Sunday  March  08, 1914
Date of Death: Sunday  December  23, 1990
Est. Age at Death: 76 years, 9 months, 15 days
Last known residence:
City: Catonsville; Baltimore
County: Baltimore
State: Maryland
ZIP Code: 21228
Latitude: 39.2711
Longitude: -76.7461

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Arthur Horn

1957 - 1990

Class of 1975

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From Mark Lyons on April 20th, 2017
From mark lyons on June 23rd, 2012
arthur...   you always had my back !!  I love you.
 

Scott Henderson

1955 - 1989

Class of 1973

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Eric "Lou" Johnson

September 9th, 1958 - December 15th, 1987

Class of 1977 

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Eric L. Johnson: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record

Name:Eric L. Johnson
State of Issue:California
Date of Birth:Tuesday  September  09, 1958
Date of Death:Tuesday  December  15, 1987
Est. Age at Death:29 years, 3 months, 6 days
Confirmation: Verified
Last known residence:
City: Columbia
County: Howard
State: Maryland
ZIP Code: 21044
Latitude: 39.2119
Longitude: -76.8793

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Dawson Cookson

November 7th, 1963 - February 10th, 1985

Class of 1982

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Name:    Dawson L. Cookson
State of Issue:    Maryland
Date of Birth:    Thursday  November  07, 1963
Date of Death:    Sunday  February  10, 1985
Est. Age at Death:    21 years, 3 months, 3 days
Last known residence:
    State:     VA

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Douglas Toomer

November 25th, 1955 - 1985

Class of 1973

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Douglas Toomer: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record

Name:Douglas Toomer
State of Issue:District of Columbia
Date of Birth:Friday  November  25, 1955
Date of Death:February 1985
Est. Age at Death:29 years, 2 months

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From Tosh Keune on May 9th, 2017
Doug was a monster Football hero when he and I share Advisory (Ms. Reddinger or Mandler).  I remember seeing him slimming down to wrestle at 140ish and concluded there was no conceivable way I'd ever be competitive so I left the Aux Gym to Ferdie Acle.
 
 

George Brewer

- - 1983

WLHS Industrial Arts Instructor

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From Tracey Benson on September 16th, 2017
Mr. Brewer was one of those teachers they make after school specials about. He always had time to listen if you were having a bad day and would leave you laughing. I thank him for teaching me how to create jewelry and all things made of wood. He's been gone a long time but I still think of him often.
 

Roberta Tresner

1956 - 1983

Class of 1974

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Roger Parrish

1964 - 1983

Class of 1982

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Donald McBee

- - 1983

WLHS Drama Instructor

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Nicholas Landolina

1958 - May 3rd, 1982

Class of 1976

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Mark Mulchansingh

March 30th, 1959 - October 5th, 1980

Class of 1976

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Name:Mark Mulchansingh
State of Issue:Maryland
Date of Birth:Monday  March  30, 1959
Date of Death:October 1980
Est. Age at Death:21 years, 6 months
Location of Last Benefit Paid:
City: Ellicott City; Daniels; Ellicott; Ilchester; Oella
County: Howard
State: Maryland

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Marion Kim

1961 - 1980

Marian Kim passed away in 1980 not long after graduating Wilde Lake with the class of 1979. Let's remember her as we get together for our homecoming.

Class of 1979 

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Colleen McNeeley

1956 - 1980

Although it has been over 30 years since my sister, Colleen, died of breast cancer not a day goes by that I don't think of her and miss her terribly! Colleen's life was cut short though she lived it to its fullest -  a reminder to all of us to enjoy what we have and make the most of every day.  

Colleen left a beautiful daughter, Cherell , who now has two beautiful children, Trevon  and Colleen -- grandmom would be very proud!

From Nora McNeeley-Claudias on August 28th, 2012

Class of 1974 

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Yvonne Lauer

1958 - 1979

Class of 1976

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Yvonne Chaki Lauer
Class of 1976 

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Maya Sagawa

1955 - 1979

Class of 1973

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Renee Eberhart

1964 - 1979

Renee would have graduated in 1982 but passed away in an accident when we were in Colorado during the summer of 1979.

Mark Eberhart

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June Yvette Thomas

1959 - December 18th, 1978

Class of 1977

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Guthrie "Poop" Bright

1959 - 1977

Class of 1977

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Guthrie Bright: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
 
Name:Guthrie Bright
State of Issue:Maryland
Date of Birth:Tuesday  June  30, 1959
Date of Death:February 1977
Est. Age at Death:17 years, 7 months
Last known residence:
City: Fairfax
County: Fairfax City
State: Virginia
ZIP Code: 22030
Latitude: 38.8379
Longitude: -77.3450

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Clark Young

May 12th, 1956 - February 15th, 1976

Class of 1974

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Clark Young: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) Death Record
 
Name:Clark Young
State of Issue:Maryland
Date of Birth:Tuesday  May  15, 1956
Date of Death:February 1976
Est. Age at Death:19 years, 9 months

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James Garner

1956 - 1976

Class of 1974

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Tony Valenzia

1958 - 1976

Class of 1975

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Elmer "Lee-Lee" Davis

1956 - 1974

Class of 1974

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Tom Myers

1955 - 1973

Class of 1973

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Geneva Horton

1956 - 1973

Class of 1974 

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Tiitania Griffin

Class of 1973

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Frederick "Freddie" Fuller

I remember Freddie Fuller as being a guy so full of musical talent, for him it was like breathing. He played Tuba in the concert band, sang in the chorus, was in theater, and was an apprentice conductor.
 
Would have liked for him to still be around to come to the reunion this fall, which most likely he would have done...loved having a good time. He was Class of 1975. By us remembering Freddie he’ll be there!
Dan

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From Eileen Hayes on August 11th, 2017
I am so sorry to learn of Freddie's passing.  His was an enormous musical talent.
Eileen Hayes
 

Brian Hoeck

Class of 1974

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Joe Scott

1960 - -

People talking about the life of Joe Scott. Click the link below to view on Facebook.

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Class of 1978

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Mark Tyson

Class of 1979

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Keith Garrett

1959 - -

Class of 1977

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Carol Harding

1956 - -

Class of 1974

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Christopher Duncan

1962 - -

Class of 1980

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Mark Jones

1959 - -

Class of 1977

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From Tosh Keune on May 9th, 2017
Yikes!  Over the years I have occasionally watched the Academy Awards or Movie Credits wondering if I'd ever see the name of my long ago friend from WL Mark.  I guess not. 

I got back into playing Trumpet Spring of 10th grade because Mark needed musicians for the classic Musical that he was dreaming up for us.  He eventually talked Sarah Fisher into Directing it and cast a wide range of our friends and group members in the play.  I may still have the program in my personal files.  The band didn't happen so I joined the WL band for 2 years. 

I'm guessing you are making fabulous costumes in Heaven my friend.  Cheers.
 

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Janet Gaillard

1956 - -

Class of 1974

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Gerald "Peanut" Johnson

1956 - -

Class of 1974

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