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Jan­ice Ann Ball

Jan­ice Ann Ball of Wal­dorf, MD, died on Tues­day, April 5, 2016 at the Univ. of MD Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in La Plata. She was 76 years old.

Born on Dec. 31, 1939 in Mun­cie, IN, she was the daugh­ter of the late Gla­dys Mae and the late James Wil­liam Aber­nathy. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing Cen­tral High School (Evansville, IN) in 1957, she moved to the D.C. area, where she was em­ployed for a num­ber of years by the Federal and Prince Ge­orge’s County govern­ments, and Au­to­mated Graph­ics Sys­tems. Later, Jan was an Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­sis­tant with the Na­tional Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion for 27 years un­til her re­tire­ment. She was a life mem­ber of the NRA and was a past mem­ber of the Marl­boro Vol­un­teer Fire Dept. Ladies Aux­il­iary and sev­eral bowl­ing leagues. She was also a fre­quent en­trant of cakes in the Charles County Fair, where she won a num­ber of rib­bons over the years.

Jan en­joyed spend­ing time with fam­ily and friends, trav­el­ing and other ad­ven­tures with her beloved “JR”, read­ing, play­ing cards and board games, knit­ting and cro­chet­ing, col­lect­ing recipes, cook­ing and bak­ing. She twice sur­vived breast can­cer, which she faced with her char­ac­ter­is­tic strength and hu­mor.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, she was pre­ceded in death by her sis­ter Bar­bara Aber­nathy.

Jan is sur­vived by her chil­dren Kim­berly Ball and her hus­band Wil­liam Righter, Ti­mothy Ball and his wife Leasa; James Ball and his fi­ancée Jen­nifer Savia, Robert Larsen and his wife Jen­nifer, and David Ball; her sig­nif­i­cant other James Rose; her grand­chil­dren Jade­lyn Ball, Lukas Righter, Tamra Hick­man (Richard), Ni­cholas Righter, Zachary Righter, Scar­lett Righter, Ge­orge “Alex” Righter, and Cas­san­dra Righter; and great grand­daugh­ter Skylee.

A ca­sual Cel­e­bra­tion of Life will be held on Sat., April 23 at First Bap­tist Church of St. Charles, 136 Stod­dert Ave., Wal­dorf, MD 20602, be­gin­ning at 1 p.m.

Ray­mond Fu­neral Ser­vices of La Plata has han­dled the ar­range­ments.

Reuben “Pop” Grover Blake

Reuben “Pop” Grover Blake, 88, of Nan­je­moy, MD, died April 10, 2016. He was a skilled car­pen­ter and a jack-of-all-trades who proudly worked his whole life.

Pop was born in West Vir­ginia on Feb. 22, 1928 to the late John Reuben Blake and the late Roberta Waid. He was also pre­ceded in death by his wife Kather­ine Hil­dred Blake, brothers Jor­dan and Charles Blake, sis­ter Lil­lian, sons Randy, Reuben and Dee Blake, and daugh­ter Joanna Crozier.

He is sur­vived by his sons Mike (Angie) and Wil­liam (Glo­ria) Blake and daugh­ter Pam (Mike) Robey. In ad­di­tion to his chil­dren, he was the proud Pop-Pop of 27 grand­chil­dren, 46 great-grand­chil­dren and 1 great-great grand­child.

A view­ing will be held on Satur­day, April 16, from 10-12 p.m. at Wil­liams Fu­neral Home in In­dian Head, MD. Burial will fol­low im­me­di­ately af­ter­wards at Nan­je­moy Bap­tist Church in Nan­je­moy, MD.

Robert (Bob) Stu­art Bur­dick

Robert S. Bur­dick was born Sept. 1, 1948. He en­tered the heav­enly gates at the age of 67 on Wed­nes­day, April 6, 2016. He was the son of the late Robert F. Bur­dick and Vir­ginia E. Tread­well Bur­dick. He grad­u­ated from North­wood High School in 1967. He worked for Bell At­lantic for 27 years. He sang for the Alexan­dria Har­mo­niz­ers Bar­ber­shop Cho­rus, S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. for years and won the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship. His most fa­vorite thing to do was sing in church choirs and play­ing the pi­ano for the chil­dren in Sun­day school. He loved to sing so­los for church.

Mr. Bur­dick is sur­vived by his wife Mary Jane Bur­dick, Sis­ter Linda Disha­roon, and chil­dren Re­bekah, Rachel, Mary El­iz­a­beth, Robert Matthew, and his wife Katie Ann. He has seven grand­chil­dren. Mr. Bur­dick al­ways had a pas­sion and love for his fam­ily and friends.

A me­mo­rial ser­vice will be held on Satur­day, April 16, 11 a.m. at Prov­i­dence Fort Wash­ing­ton United Methodist Church, 10610 Old Fort Road, Fort Wash­ing­ton, MD 20744. All are wel­comed to at­tend.

In lieu of flow­ers, con­tri­bu­tions may be made to Prov­i­dence Fort Wash­ing­ton United Methodist Church.

Robert Enos Gra­ham Sr., 84, of Cobb Is­land, MD, passed away on April 8, 2016 at his res­i­dence. He was born Aug. 29, 1931 in Wash­ing­ton, DC, to the late Turpin and Erma Pumphrey Gra­ham.

He was a gen­eral con­trac­tor and owner/op­er­a­tor of G&W Floor Cov­er­ing, Inc. He was a life mem­ber of the Lions Club. He was an avid Wash­ing­ton Red­skins Fan and loved to watch wrestling and spend time with fam­ily and friends. He was his wife’s right hand man and sup­porter of the Girl Scouts troop in which she was the troop Leader. Robert lived for his fam­ily.

In ad­di­tion to his par­ents, he is pre­de­ceased by his wife Nancy Carol Gra­ham and two brothers; Ken­dall Gra­ham and Richard Gra­ham.

He is sur­vived by two sons; Robert E. Gra­ham Jr. and wife Penny, and Glenn E. Gra­ham, two daugh­ters; Linda M. Hef­fron and hus­band Mark and San­dra G. Rouser and hus­band Steven, 15 grand­chil­dren, 28 great-grand­chil­dren, one sis­ter-in-law Norma Gra­ham and many nieces and neph­ews.

A Me­mo­rial Gath­er­ing will be on Satur­day, April 16, from 1 p.m. un­til time of Me­mo­rial Ser­vice at 2 p.m. at Ray­mond Fu­neral Ser­vice, P.A., 5635 Wash­ing­ton Ave., La Plata, MD 20646.

In lieu of flow­ers, me­mo­rial con­tri­bu­tions are re­quested to Cobb Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Dept., 17069 Cobb Is­land Road, Cobb Is­land, MD 20625 and/or Hospice of Charles County, 2505 Davis Road, Wal­dorf, MD 20603.

Con­do­lences may be left at www.ray­mond­fu­ner­alser­vice.com.

Robert “Bob” John Kutchi

Robert “Bob” John Kutchi, 74, of Bryans Road, MD, died Jan­uary 23, 2016 at the Univer­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in La Plata, MD.

Bob was an ed­u­ca­tor for 35 years with the Prince Ge­orge’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion and St. Mary Star of the Sea. He was a sub­sti­tute teacher at Thomas Stone High School and was a mem­ber of the Charles County Art Al­liance. He loved pho­tog­ra­phy and par­tic­i­pat­ing in craft shows with his son Ni­cholas. He en­joyed do­ing any­thing he could for fam­ily and friends.

He was the son of Stephen Kutchi and Anna Bed­nar Kutchi and was mar­ried to Ju­dith Bach­man Kutchi. He is also pre­de­ceased by his daugh­ter, El­iz­a­beth Kutchi and his brother, John Kutchi.

Be­sides his wife, he is also sur­vived by his sons, Robert (Niki) Kutchi, Steven (Julie) Kutchi, and Ni­cholas (Julie) Kutchi; his sis­ter-in-law, Dolores Kutchi; and his grand­chil­dren, Ai­dan, Calum, Zora, Leo, Sofia, Liam, Lu­cas, and Noah. He is also sur­vived by nu­mer­ous nieces and neph­ews.

Friends re­ceived on Satur­day, April 16, from 10 a.m. un­til Mass of Chris­tian Burial at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 4500 St. Joseph Way, Pom­fret, MD 20675. In­ter­ment at the church ceme­tery.

Pa­tri­cia “Elaine” McCon­key

Pa­tri­cia “Elaine” McCon­key, 69, of Wal­dorf, MD, passed away on April 10, 2016. Elaine was born on Nov. 23, 1946, the daugh­ter of the late Wil­liam Stanis­laus and Ethel (He­witt) Fer­rell, and was a life-long res­i­dent of Wal­dorf, MD.

Elaine worked for SMECO for 49 years. She en­joyed golf­ing, trav­el­ing for busi­ness and plea­sure with both her hus­band and her sis­ter, in­clud­ing her fa­vorite des­ti­na­tion, the South­west. She was a huge Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals fan, hold­ing sea­son tick­ets for many years and rarely missed a game.

In ad­di­tion to her par­ents, Elaine is pre­de­ceased by her hus­band, Al­bert Roger McCon­key Jr. She is sur­vived by her sis­ter, Jeanne Wheat­ley, nephew, Jeff Wheat­ley and his wife Carri; niece, Va­lerie Yea­ger and her hus­band Wayne; great nephew, Alec Wheat­ley and his fi­ancée Whit­nee McGowan, great nieces, Lily and Ab­bie Wheat­ley; and great great niece, Hay­den Wheat­ley.

View­ing will be on Thurs­day, April 14, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with prayers re­cited at 7 p.m. at Brins­field-Echols Fu­neral Home, 30195 Three Notch Road, Char­lotte Hall, MD. Fu­neral Ser­vice will be on Fri­day, April 15, 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 3320 St. Peter’s Dr., Wal­dorf, MD. In­ter­ment will im­me­di­ately fol­low.

Do­na­tions in Elaine’s mem­ory can be made to: Hu­mane So­ci­ety or Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety.

Au­drey Agnes Hartz, 86, peace­fully passed away on April 8th, 2016 of nat­u­ral causes. Au­drey was born Nov. 10, 1929 in Wash­ing­ton, DC, to the late Fred and Marie Chris­tian­son. Au­drey at­tended High School in DC and stud­ied ad­min­is­tra­tive skills at the War Col­lege at McNair. She mar­ried twice, had two chil­dren Gary March (pre­de­ceased) and Carole Hartz-McCul­lough of Shady Side, MD. She lived in Vir­ginia, Cal­i­for­nia and Hawaii be­fore set­tling in Bryans Road, MD in 1962. She re­tired as para­le­gal from the pro­cure­ment of­fice at the Navy Yard

She at­tended Grace Bap­tist Church in Bryans Road, 60 & 70 clubs, en­joyed time with fam­ily and friends, play­ing cards and bingo. In the later years, she resided at Man­resa and Fu­ture Care in the An­napo­lis area.

She loved spend­ing time with her sur­viv­ing grand­chil­dren, An­gelia Lansinger-Sim­mer­man, El­iz­a­beth Lansinger-Fisher, Rem­ing­ton McCul­lough and great-grand­chil­dren Evan, Annabelle, Mia and Ryan.

Vis­i­ta­tion will be held on Thurs­day, April 14, from 10-11 a.m. with a ser vice be­gin­ning 11 a.m. at Christ Church, 220 Owensville Road, West River, MD 20778. In­ter­ment Cedar Hill Ceme­tery, 4111 Penn­syl­va­nia Ave., Suit­land, MD 20746.

Do­na­tions are wel­come to St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal, 501 St. Jude Place, Mem­phis, TN 38105.

If folks can­not make the trip to ceme­tery fol­low­ing the church ser vice, they can gather at West River Sail­ing Club for re­fresh­ments un­til a late lun­cheon at ap­prox. 3 p.m. at 4800 River­side Road, Galesville, MD 20765.

On­line con­do­lences can be made at www.hard­esty­fu­ner­al­home. com.

Karen Nolan Scopp

Karen Nolan Scopp, 66, from White Plains, MD, passed away un­ex­pect­edly on April 9, 2016 at her res­i­dence. Born on Jan. 25, 1950 in Delaware, PA, to the late Lawrence Nolan and the late Eleanor Lee Nolan. Karen is sur­vived by her sons, Stephen Scopp and his wife, Corie, Christo­pher Scopp and Michael Scopp; sis­ter, Kim­berly Wel­niak and her hus­band, Ed­ward; nieces, Rachel Crow­ley and Sa­man­tha Wel­niak; and grand­chil­dren, Ti­mothy, Mark, Grace, Han­nah and Noah.

Karen grad­u­ated from Wild­wood Catholic High School in New Jersey and at­tended the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia Nurs­ing School. She moved to South­ern Mary­land and be­came em­ployed as an Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­sis­tant at the Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in LaPlata, MD, where she re­cently re­tired. Karen en­joyed spend­ing time with her chil­dren and grand­chil­dren who will miss her dearly.

The fam­ily will re­ceive friends at the Are­hart-Echols Fu­neral Home (211 St. Mary’s Ave., LaPlata, MD) on Wed­nes­day, April 13, from 6-8 p.m. with prayers start­ing at 6 p.m. A Me­mo­rial Ser­vice will be held at Sa­cred Heart Catholic Church (201 St. Mary’s Ave., LaPlata, MD) on Thurs­day, April 14, 10 a.m. A Pri­vate In­ter­ment will fol­low.

On­line con­do­lences to the fam­ily may be made at are­harte­chols.com. Robert Broadus, 31, of Bowie, MD passed away on April 3, 2016. Danna Marie Clark, 56, of Cal­i­for­nia, MD (for­merly of Lan­ham, MD), daugh­ter of Beverly A. Clark, died April 6, 2016. Con­tact Ray­mond Fu­neral Ser­vice (301-934-2920/www.ray­mond­fu­ner­alser­vice.com) for fu­neral de­tails.

Bessie Adeleen Ni­chols, 97, died on April 10, 2016 at Sage­point Gar­dens in La Plata. On­line con­do­lences may be made at www. ray­mond­fu­ner­alser vice.com. To place an obit­u­ary in the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, call a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive at 443-231-3387. Cus­tomers may also email obits@ches­pub.com to place an obit­u­ary.

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