William R. Bell
William R. Bell, 78, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 29, 2016, surrounded by his three children, at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was born Feb. 26, 1938 in Binghamton, NY, to the late McDuff D. Bell and the late Leila Johnson Bell.
Bill graduated from Northwestern High School in 1956. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served from 1961-1963. He retired from WSSC, having worked from 1956-1983, where he made lifelong friendships with many of his co-workers. After retirement, he still worked in construction for many years.
Bill is survived by his wife Marilyn, sister Nancy Bell, children Daniel Bell, Andrea Underwood, and Nicole Spargo, grandchildren Darren, Allyson, and Nathan Bell, Madalyn Adams, William and Nicolas Underwood, Kira and Dorian Spargo.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7 at Raymond Funeral Home, 5635 Washington Ave., La Plata. Visitation at 1 p.m. and service at 2 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, 29449 Charlotte Hall Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622 in gratitude for their attentiveness and loving care.
Stuart Lee Geisbert Jr.
Stuart Lee Geisbert Jr., 88, of Charlotte Hall, MD, passed away peacefully at the Hospice House of Charles County on Monday, May 2, 2016. Born on July 18, 1927, in Frederick, MD, he was the son of the late Stuart Lee and Mabel Elizabeth (Stup) Geisbert.
Stuart enjoyed hunting for Indian artifacts, camping, gardening, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed working crossword puzzles, watching old Western movies, playing poker monthly with his friends and Nationals baseball. Most of all, he enjoyed sharing his life with Billie, his wife of 62 years and his family.
Preceded in death by his parents, grandson, Joshua Geisbert, and brother, Richard E. Geisbert, Stuart is survived by his wife, Billie Joan (Inglis) Geisbert; son, Stuart L. Geisbert III (Shirley) and daughters Sandy Ondrejcak (Jack) and Stacey Wilson (Bobby); five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Stuart is also survived by his sisters, Annabelle Wright and Francis Fouche.
Stuart was a decorated Korean War Veteran having served from 1950 to 1953. After military service, he married the love of his life, Billie Inglis, on Jan. 1, 1954. He owned LaPlata Farm Supply for 30 plus years until his retirement. He and Billie remained involved in the community until his death.
He was adored by all of his family and will be loved and missed by everyone.
The family will receive friends on Friday, May 13 for a Memorial Gathering from 5-7 p.m. with a Memorial Life Celebration at 7 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622, with Pastor Ann Strickler officiating.
In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution in Stuart Geisbert’s name to: Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 27108 Mt. Zion Church Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659, Smile Train, P.O. Box 96231, Washington, DC 20090-6231, or Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Dianne Joyce Kasten, 68, of Waldorf, MD, died April 30, 2016 in Arlington, VA.
Dianne was a library media specialist for 35 years with the Prince George’s County Board of Education. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1971 and with a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Maryland in 1974. She taught elementary school in Annandale, VA, from 1971-1973 and then in Prince George’s County from 1974-2012. She was nominated Prince George’s Teacher of the Year in 2010 and winner of My Favorite Teacher Award in 2011.
She enjoyed time with Facebook, daily breakfast at Panera, riding in a convertible on a nice day, and traveling with her husband and dining out daily at local restaurants. She was an avid reader and hosted a book club and was a long-time member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pomfret, where she served as a Eucharistic minister.
She was the daughter of Henry Buczynski and Sophie Gaca Buczynski.
She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Paul Kasten; her daughter Elizabeth; her son Gregory and his wife Isabel; her brother Henry “Hank” Buczynski and wife Kathi; her nephew, Eric; her niece Andrea; and many cousins.
Friends received on Thursday, May 5, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. with Wake Service at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church Hall. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, May 6, 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Pomfret, MD. Interment in the church cemetery.
Memorials are requested to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, American Heart Association Building, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
Carterrys Donnell Orr
Carterrys Donnell Orr, 43, of Bryans Road, was born May 29, 1972, in Washington, DC. The son of Gloria Simmons and Pleaz Orr, he attended schools in Southern Maryland and graduated from Lackey High School in 1991. He continued his education at the College of Southern Maryland where he received training for his commercial driver’s license (CDL).
Carterrys is survived by his daughter, Paris Orr, parents, Gloria Simmons and Pleaz (Gloria Ann) Orr, maternal grandmother, Callie Brown, two brothers, Mario and Sanchez Orr, and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Viewing 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10 at Pisgah Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 5830 Bumpy Oak Road, Bryans Road, MD 20616.
Online guestbook at thorntonfuneralhomepa.com.
Grady Carl Eugene Ramey
Grady Carl Eugene Ramey, 57, of Mechanicsville, MD, passed away on Friday, April 29, 2016 at Medstar Washington Hospital Center.
Born Sept. 26, 1958, he was the son of Grady Aary Ramey and Patricia Anne Ramey.
Grady was a successful small business owner who loved the outdoors and spent most of his time in the woods or on the water. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who loved teaching others how to be a “great white hunter” as he would call himself. He had a relationship with his son that many father’s will never know. His sense of humor was legendary and he always had an air of confidence around him where ever he went. He could tell a joke that wasn’t even funny or no one understood but everyone would be laughing.
Grady is survived by his parents, wife Carol Ramey; son Shawn Carl Ramey (Chelsea); grandchildren, Shawn Carl Ramey Jr. and Isabella Skye Ramey: siblings Loretta Anne Graves, Steven Douglas Ramey and Barbara Lynn Shawyer.
Family will welcome friends on Thursday, May 12, for Grady’s Memorial Life Celebration from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed by a service at 7 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622.
Joseph Thomas “Daddy Joe” Thompson Jr., 73, of Fredericksburg, VA, passed away Friday, April 29, 2016 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Joseph was a commercial waterman, avid fisherman and crabber. He enjoyed coaching and watching his children and grandchildren play sports; and he was a fan of NASCAR #88 Dale Earnhart Jr.
Joseph is survived by his wife of 38 years, Vida Ruth Thompson; his sons and daughters-in-law, Todd and Teasha Thompson, Kevin and Shelia Shadle, Barry and Lanette Thompson, Kristopher and Jessica Thompson, Brent and Renee Thompson, and James and April Thompson; his father and stepmother, Joseph and Mary Thompson Sr.; brother, David Thompson; sister, Judy Jones; 16 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his cat, Baby Kitty.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Madeline Thompson.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 9 at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Fredericksburg.
In lieu of flowers, Joseph’s family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 10719 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407.
Online condolences may be expressed to his family at foundandsons.com.
Pauline May Valiant
Pauline May Valiant, 84, of Port Tobacco, MD, died May 2, 2016.
Pauline was a bookkeeper for 15 years with Central Charge Business in Washington, DC. She was a former dance instructor for Arthur Murray Dance Studios. She served as a USO Volunteer during World War II in Washington, DC, where she was known for her singing with the band. She enjoyed her flowers and being a grandmother.
She is the daughter of Cecil E. McDevitt and Abbie Lee Seal. In addition to her parents, she is also predeceased by her husband, Neal A. Valiant.
She is survived by her daughters, Rosemarie Toni Evatt and husband Bill, and Catrina Keenan and husband William; her brother, Donald McDevitt; and her grandchildren, Lindsey, Brian, Anthony and Eric. Also survived by six great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.
Friends received on Friday, May 6, from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Ave., La Plata, MD 20646 and where Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 7, 10 a.m. Interment on Tuesday, May 10, 1 p.m. at MD Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD.
Memorials are requested to the Alzheimer’s Association.