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Schoeberlein, Loretta  
Loretta Lillian Schoeberlein, 96, died November 23, 2014 at the Gettysburg Retirement Village, Gettysburg, PA. Born April 7, 1918 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late William and Marie Carrie Gray. She was the wife of the late John Arthur Schoeberlein. Surviving is a daughter, Loretta Mislak of Hampstead and a son, John Charles Schoeberlein and his wife Judy, of Collierville, TN. Also survived by a sister, Lorraine MacDougal of Baltimore, three grandchildren, and five great grandchildren. She was predeceased by sisters Marie Drumgoole and Edith Walters. The family will receive friends from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 1, 2014 at ELINE FUNERAL HOME, 934 S. Main Street, Hampstead. A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Gary A. Hawkins officiating. Interment will be in Oak Lawn Cemetery, 7225 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21224. If desired, memorial donations may be made in memory of Loretta to The Maryland School for the Blind, 3501 Taylor Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21236.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 25, 2014
Shafer Jr., Lewis W.  
Lewis W. Shafer, Jr. 96, of Westminster, died November 21, 2014 at Carroll Lutheran Village Health Care Center. Born February 13, 1918 in Westminster, he was the son of the late Lewis W. Shafer, Sr. and Blanche Lindsay Shafer. He was the husband of the late Mabel Shafer, who died August 11, 1986. Mr. Shafer was born on the family farm, and continued the family tradition as a farmer all his life in Westminster at the Shafer Brothers Farm. He had been a former member of the Farm Bureau. He had been a member of the Pipe Creek Methodist Church. Surviving is nieces and nephews Jolene Shafer of Westminster, Larry and Pam Shafer of Westminster, Lee and Donna Shafer of Big Piney, WY and Rev. Linda Shafer of Silver Spring; and cousins in the Lancaster, PA area. He was predeceased by brothers Lindsay and Joseph Shafer. The family will receive friends on Sunday, November 23 from 2-4 pm at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 4 pm at the funeral home with Rev. David Carter-Rimbach, officiating. Graveside services will be held in the Berlin I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Berlin, PA at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster, MD 21158 or to the Alzheimers Association, 1850 York Rd., Suite D, Timonium, MD 21093.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 23, 2014
Shilling, Jeffrey Todd  
Jeffrey Todd Shilling, 54, of Cambridge, Md., died peacefully in Jacksonville, Fla. on Sunday, November 16,2014, after a long and courageous battle with a rare disease, polyarteritis nodosa. Todd was born on March 29, 1960 in Baltimore, Md., to Joseph L. and Joan Backhaus Shilling. Todd was a devoted family man. He is survived by his siblings and their families, Sallyn S. Pajcic, Jennifer R. and James Berkman, Jhan S. and Anthony Tangires, Jon Scott Shilling, and Synthia S. and Steven Kucner. He cherished and leaves behind 11 nieces and nephews, all of whom adored him. He had the undying love of and will be missed by his grandmother, Ruby W. Shilling, of Westminster, and aunts and uncles, R. Edward and Dory Shilling, also of Westminster, Sandra Shilling Davis, of Deland, Fla. and Charles and Dorothy Bramble, of Cambridge, and their families. Todd was preceded in death by his parents, his stepmother, Lora Lee Shilling, his grandfather, Richard L. Shilling, and brother-in-law, Gary Pajcic. Todd was an accomplished businessman, and leader in his community. He founded Bay Country Communications in 1989, and built a diverse company, with his brother, Scott. They brought many services and infrastructure to the Eastern Shore, city of Cambridge, and its surrounding communities. Todd and Scott leveraged their business to become philanthropists who supported many community projects and activities, improving the community and the quality of life of its citizens and youth. His employees became devoted friends. Todd's accolades as an athlete were many. He excelled in many sports in high school. His love of football took him to Shippensburg University, where he was an integral part of the football program from 1978-81, plaing defensive end. As a senior he helped the team become the first sport in Red Raider history to reach the NCAA playoffs. He still hold records there today. He founded Pop Warner Football in Cambridge and coached and supported the athletic programs in his community. As a proud and avid Eastern Shoreman, Todd enjoyed athletics, time on the water crabbing and fishing, gardening, traveling, and a love of history. He loved parenting his dogs, Valentine and BamBam, who gave him companionship and great joy. He joins them in heaven. Always giving of himself, Todd believed in organ donation. He was able to give the gift of sight by donating his beautiful eyes. Family will receive all whose lives were touched by Todd from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the Dorchester Center for the Arts, 321 High Street, Cambridge, Md. 21613. Further arrangements for a celebration of his life, well-lived, are forthcoming.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 20, 2014
Smelser, Samuel E. "Buzz"  
Samuel Earl "Buzz" Smelser, 92, of Westminster, died Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Carroll Hospice Dove House. Born June 27, 1922 in Carroll County, he was the son of the late Samuel Earl Smelser and the late Lillian Blanche Wagner Smelser. He was the beloved husband of the late Doris Marie Smelser, to whom he was married for 67 years. Buzz, as known by friends, learned the plumbing and heating business in Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked on new housing developments and businesses, also working on the first 100 Octane Plant built at Standard Oil Refineries following its completion in 1944. He was drafted into the Army in March, 1944, leaving his young wife and two small boys. Shipped to Europe in November, 1944, he sailed on the Edmund B. Alexander with 15,000 troop replacements to England. From there he was sent across the English Channel to France where he was assigned to the 89th Infantry Division, 347th regiment serving on the left flank of Patton's 3rd Army. He fought in France, Belgium, at the Battle of the Bulge, Luxembourg, and in Germany, meeting the Russians at the end of the World War II in Czechoslovakia. He was discharged on November 11, 1945 from Ft. Meade as a disabled veteran. He returned to working in the plumbing and heating business in the Baltimore metro area, becoming a sales rep with Eastern States and later employed by B.C. Herman & Co. for 43 years, retiring in 1995. He was a life member of Old Glory Post 22 and Carroll Post 31, American Legion, and a member of VFW Molleville Farm Post 467. Being a charter member of Piney Branch Golf and Country Club, and one of the original stockholders, he served on the Board of Directors from 1964-1997. He also served as vice-president and co-chairman of the building committee, as well as chairman of the construction committee. He was an avid golfer, and devoted Orioles and Ravens fan. He was a life member of the Westminster Elks Lodge 2277, a charter member of the Westminster Civitan Club and a lifelong member of St. John's Catholic Church, serving as an altar boy for 8 years. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Thomas Jeffrey and Nicky Smelser, Michael and Dinah Smelser, both of Westminster, and Patrick and Linda Smelser of Mt. Dora, Fla. He had five grandchildren: Robin, Matthew, Taylor, Christie, and Stephanie; 10 great-grandchildren: Jessica, Mickey, Kyle, Hayden, Jake, Casey, Courtney, Spencer, Scout, Slade, and two great-great grandchildren: Jackson and Charlotte. He was predeceased by two sisters, Emily Lindsay and Mary Danner, and great-granddaughter Hailey Mae Smelser. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 28, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the PRITTS FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 412 Washington Road, Westminster. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 29, 2014 at ll:00a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St. in Westminster, with Father Jaime Garcia as celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Finksburg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157, or to St. John's Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 24, 2014
Spealman Barnes, Linda  
Linda Lee Spealman Barnes, age 63, of Westminster, died Saturday, November 22, 2014, at the Carroll Hospital Center. Born June 25, 1951, in Baltimore, MD she was the daughter of Marion Steffe Parks of Baltimore and the late Carl Parks. She was the wife of James Richard Barnes of Westminster. Linda was predeceased by her first husband, the late Guy William "Nick" Spealman who died February 17, 1994. Linda had retired from the Baltimore County Public School System. She loved animals, traveling and spending time with her family. She had been active years ago in the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Department, Auxiliary. Surviving in addition to her mother and husband are daughter, Marion "Katie" Spealman of Littlestown, PA; brother, Larry Parks of Carlisle, PA; sister, Elizabeth Hough of Finksburg and grandchildren; Kasey Nichole Robertson and Nicholas William Robertson. She was predeceased by brothers, Carl and Wayne Parks and great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Nichole Davis. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 7pm at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville where a service will follow at 7 PM Wednesday. Interment will be private. Those desiring may make memorial donations to The Humane Society of Carroll County, c/o: Nicky Ratliff, 2517 Littlestown Pike, Westminster, MD 21158.
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Published in Carroll County Times from Nov. 24 to Nov. 25, 2014
Steinebrunner, Hella M.  
Hella Magdalena Steinebrunner, age 85, of Sykesville, died Friday, November 21, 2014, at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital. Born February 9, 1929, in Zell im Wiesental, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Ernst Diesslin and Louise Schneider Diesslin. She was the wife of the late William F. Steinebrunner who died in 1999. Hella had worked as a beautician in Germany prior to moving to the U.S. in 1957. In addition to being a homemaker, she had worked along with her husband for many years in their family business, W.H. Pattern Company. Hella enjoyed music, cooking, gardening and especially, spending time with her family. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Hella and James Stevenson, son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Cindy Steinebrunner and daughter and fiance, Rosemary Hannas and Steve Merson; sisters, Dorli Diesslin and Vreni Rummele; grandchildren, Cheryl Wieland (Donald), Jennifer Brown (Jaime), Richard Hannas (Jeannie), Natalie Steinebrunner (Kresmir Tokic), Richard Steinebrunner, Jessica Stevenson, William "Tommy" Steinebrunner and Michael Steinebrunner; step-grandchildren, James, Kevin and Keith Stevenson and great-grandchidlren, Brooke, Jordan, Jacob, Colby, Juliana, Corey, Jaxsen, Ryan and Lily. She is also survived by 5 step-great-grandchildren; former son-in-law, Richard Hannas, former daughter-in-law; Kathleen Craven and many extended family members and friends. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 1 PM.. Interment will be in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Seasons Hospice Foundation, 6934 Aviation Blvd., Glen Burnie, MD 21061 or to the Lewy Body Dementia Assoc., 912 Killian Hill Rd., SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Nov. 23, 2014
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