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.
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