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Thomas Jr., J. L "Tommy"  
J L "Tommy" Thomas, Jr., age 84 of Eldersburg, passed away and was promoted to heaven to be with his Savior on January 27, 2015 at his home. Born February 18, 1930 in Seguin, TX, he was the son of the late J L Thomas Sr. and the late Margaret Wilma Shannon Thomas. He was the devoted husband of Carlene M. Thomas of Eldersburg. He was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy Thomas. He enjoyed spending time with his family and was a devoted friend to many. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in the Korean War. He had been a cross country bus driver with Continental Trailways for 30 years. He was an active member and Deacon of Riverdale Baptist Church for several years; South Shore Baptist Church; and Grace Independent Baptist Church, and was a member of The Church of The Open Door in Westminster since moving to Carroll County. He was a short term missionary for over 20 years, making 18 trips to Russia, Ukraine and China. He also enjoyed bowling, golf, and worldwide travel. Surviving in addition to his loving wife are son and daughter-in-law John and Cathy Thomas of Ellicott City, daughters and sons-in-law Helen and Henry Lederer of Falls Church, VA, Carol and Mike King of Huntingtown, Debbie and Steve Magnotto of Gambrills, and Sheila and Daniel Dugan of Fulton, stepdaughter Cheryl Maurer and her husband Christopher of Rota Naval Base in Spain, stepson Craig Owen and his wife Annelise of La Mesa, CA, 14 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He was predeceased by his sister, Janice Thompson. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11:30 am at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Rd., Sykeville with Dr. John Campbell officiating. Interment in Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, Crownsville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 pm on Friday and on Monday from 10:30am until the time of services. Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Global Aid Network (GAIN), 1506 Quarry Rd., Mount Joy, PA 17552. "His Lord said to him, well done, good and faithful servant, thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord." - Matthew 25:21 (KJV)
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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 30, 2015
Thompson, Lawrence E. "Pap-Pap"  
Lawrence Edward "Pap-Pap" Thompson, 85, of Finksburg, Maryland died peacefully Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Carroll Hospital Center in Westminster. Born September 3, 1929 in Sykesville, he was the son of the late William and Anna Merryman Thompson. He was the husband of the late Kathleen Barnhill Thompson, to whom he was married for 52 years. Lawrence was a meat cutter for Acme Markets in Carroll County for more than 30 years. He was a veteran of the United States Army during the Korean War, achieving the rank of Sergeant. He enjoyed raising and showing rabbits and was a life-member of the Carroll County 4-H and the Rabbit Breeders Association. He was a recipient of the Jefferson Award in 1980 for outstanding service to the community, and a member of the National 4-H Hall of Fame. He is survived by daughters, Debra Rupp and husband Brad of Finksburg, MD; Sandra Syed and husband Dr. Hafeez Syed of Reistestown, MD, and Sharon Waldrup of Dover, PA; twin sister, Louise Stierhoff of Reisterstown, MD; faithful companion, Nancy Rhoten of Manchester, MD; grandchildren, Jennifer Gibson of York, PA, Stacy Tawney and husband Alan of Westminster, Zarina Sholl and husband John of Bear, DE, Hina and Zayn Syed of Reisterstown, MD, Shannon Waldrup of Spring Grove, PA, and Kayla Waldrup of Akron, PA, and Cory Gogel of Dover, PA; great-grandchildren, Emily and Jacob Gibson, Cameron and Peyton Tawney, Addison Killen, and Ashlyn Swope; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by daughter, Rebecca Thompson, and brothers, Marvin, Charles, and William "Hon" Thompson. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the Carrollton Church of God, 1901 Carrollton Rd, Finksburg, MD with Pastor Dave Meador officiating. Burial will follow in the Carrollton Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. Monday at Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis St, Westminster, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Carrollton Church of God Cemetery Fund, 1901 Carrollton Rd, Finksburg, MD, 21048, 4-H of Carroll County, 700 Agriculture Center, Westminster, MD 21157, or to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.myersdurborawfh.com .
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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 30, 2015
Thompson, Mary Ann  
Mary Ann (Kern) Thompson, age 63, of Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania died peacefully on Friday, January 30, 2015 at home. Born June 4, 1951 in Owings Mills, Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Walter Lindberg and Mary Anna (Cool) Kern. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Cleveland Russell Thompson. She loved shopping at Wal-Mart and spending time with her family. Surviving in addition to her husband are children, Debra Marie Sheaffer and husband Warren of Cornwall, PA, Cleveland Russell Thompson, Jr. and wife Georgia of Hanover, PA, Sabrina Roxanna Veronica Thompson and husband George Sanchez of York, PA, Mark Thomas Sawyer Thompson and wife Sharanda of Glen Rock, PA, Princess Christina Lynn Schultze and husband Craig of Loganville, PA, Melony Marie Kern of York, PA, and Lisa Dawn Kern and husband Jason Fields of Hanover, PA; granddaughter, Samantha Dawn Thompson Thacker and 19 additional grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren and 1 on the way; brothers, William Kern of Westminster, Eugene Kern of Hanover, PA, Ronnie Kern of Coolville, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by son-in-law, Hiram Rivera; and brothers, Steven and Carl Kern. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of a funeral service at 12:00 p.m. at the Myers-Durboraw Funeral Home, 91 Willis St, Westminster, MD, with Celebrant John C. Morrill officiating. Burial will follow in Meadow Branch Cemetery in Westminster. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help defray final expenses.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Feb. 1, 2015
Watson, Francis  
Francis Wilbur "Pappy" Watson, 91, of Union Bridge, died January 29, 2015 at Carroll Hospice Dove House. Born January 23, 1924 in Westminster, he was the son of the late David W. and Ida Horning Watson. He was the husband of the late Phylis Ann Bosley Watson, who died August 12, 2013 and the late Eleanor Eury Watson, who died September 17, 1978. Mr. Watson had been an Equipment Maintenance and Operator for Thomas, Bennett and Hunter for 28 years. He enjoyed making furniture and refurnishing antiques out of his home. He graduated from Union Bridge High School in 1942 and then he served in the Sixth Marine Division from 1943 until 1946 in the Pacific. He was a member of Linganore United Methodist Church and the American Legion, Carroll Post 31. Surviving are son and daughter-in-law Benton and Alice Watson and daughter and son-in-law Sharon and Daniel Fritz, both of New Windsor; siblings Edna Warrenfeltz and Clarence Watson of Westminster; grandchildren Jeffrey and wife Diana Fritz of Westminster, Jessica and husband Jeff Little of New Windsor, Matthew and wife Stacy Watson of Wilmington, DE, Shelly Kreit of Westminster and Kim Kreit of Taneytown; great grandchildren Sawyer and Cooper Little and Emily, Ella and Addison Fritz. In addition to his wives, he was predeceased by siblings David, John, James, Richard, Charles, Sterling, Monroe, Laroy, Elizabeth, Marie and Dorothy Watson, Ruth Sterner, Lillian and Gladys Carr, and Mabel Shaefer. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the PRITTS FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10 am at the funeral home. Officiating will be Pastor David Coakley of Linganore United Methodist Church. Interment with military honors will follow in Linganore United Methodist Church Cemetery in Unionville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675 ( www.woundedwarriorproject.org ) or to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be offered at www.prittsfuneralhome.com
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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 31, 2015
Wehrenberg, Frederick  
Frederick Henry Wehrenberg died Sunday, January 18, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. His paternal grandparents were from Liebenau, West Germany. His parents were John Martin Wehrenberg, from Baltimore City and Inez Lille Wants Wehrenberg, from Carroll County in Maryland. In 1933 the family moved to the Pimlico area where he spent his early childhood. He graduated from Forest Park High School in 1942 and was immediately employed by the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company. He spent three years in the Air Force during World War II. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant as a radio operator and his tour flying with the 311th Troop Carrier Squadron covered most of the Pacific Ocean area. He married Virginia Jarosinski from Chicago, Illinois while he was a member of the Air Force. He was discharged in 1946 and returned to his job with the telephone company in Baltimore City. In 1952 he was promoted to manager and assigned as Plant Wire Chief in the Westminster area. In 1960 he was reassigned to the Elkton-Bel Air area. He was assigned to the Equipment Engineering District in Baltimore City in 1963 as was transferred to the Transmission Engineering District in 1966. From 1970 to 1974 he was assigned to the plant staff as Staff Manager of Transmission and Noise Investigation. From 1974-1976 he was assigned to the Fundamental Planning District and from 1976 to 1980, he was the Project Director for Electro-Mechanical Switching Control Center Implementation in the State of Maryland. He was transferred to the C & F Headquarters Electro-Mechanical Switching Staff in Bethesda, Maryland in 1981 and in 1982 was assigned as Staff Manager responsible for the implementation of Inter-Office Facilities Control Centers in the four C & F Companies. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1985. His main hobby was operating his Amateur Radio Station "W3MAI". He was always active in community affairs. He served as Scout Master of Troop 108 for many years in the Pimlico area and also as a local Neighborhood Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America in Carroll County Maryland. He served as Carroll County Chairman of the Easter Seals Campaign and was also a Past President of many civic organizations, including The Westminster Civitan Club, The Westminster Little League, The Westminster Parent Teachers Association of Westminster High School and the St. Paul's Men's Brotherhood. While living in the Pikesville area, he served as President of the Pikesville Lion's Club in 1972. Subsequently he also served the International Association of Lion's Clubs as Zone Chairman, a Deputy District Governor, a Cabinet Secretary and as Governor of District 22-A in 1978. In 1979 he was awarded the Governor's Citation from Harry Hughes, Governor of the State of Maryland, for his outstanding service to the citizens of the state. He also served as as officer of the German Society of Maryland from 1975-1981 when he was elected President of the Society. He remained in the office until 1983. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for the History of Germans in Maryland. After the death of his wife Virginia, he moved from Sykesville, Maryland to Chicago, Illinois. In 1988 he married Beverly Smigiel and established residence in the Wildwood Community northwest of Chicago. He is survived by his wife Beverly and one daughter Inez Anders, who are residents of Glenview, Illinois. A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Colonial-Wojciechowski Funeral Home of Niles, Illinois is entrusted with arrangements. Info 847-581-0544 or www.colonialfuneral.com
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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 27, 2015
Wirtz, Hazel  
Hazel Virginia Wirtz, 90, of Sparks, died on Saturday January 24, 2015 at Stella Maris Hospice. Born December 17, 1924 in Phoenix, MD, she was the daughter of the late Nearmon and Pearl (Byrd) Barrett. She was the wife of the late Vernon Willis Wirtz, Sr.. She loved having visits from family and especially loved their hugs. She also enjoyed flower and vegetable gardening and collecting teddy bears. Surviving is a daughter, Mary P. Wirtz of Sparks, MD; son, Vernon W. Wirtz, Jr. and wife Susan of Sparks, MD; grandsons, Vincent W. Wirtz, and Spenser Twigg-Wirtz; granddaughter, Shelby Twigg-Wirtz. She was predeceased by a son, Walter E. Wirtz, and brothers Nearmon E. Barrett, Jr., Milton A. Barrett, Sr. and W. Luther Barrett, Sr. Friends may call on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at ELINE FUNERAL HOME, 934 S. Main Street, Hampstead. Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm with Rev. Troy Hart officiating. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the charity of one's choice.
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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 26, 2015
Wood Jr., Ralph Wilson "Woody"  
Ralph Wilson "Woody" Wood, Jr., 72, of Finksburg passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at the Carroll Hospital Center. Born July 20, 1942, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Ralph W., Sr. and Bridget (Welsch) Wood Rose. He was the loving husband of Valerie J. (Williams) Wood, his wife of 33 years. He was a graduate of Baltimore City College and served in the United States Navy during Vietnam. He worked as a Federal Security Officer for the Social Security Administration. Woody was a life member of the Westminster Elks, B.P.O.E. #2277, V.F.W. Post#751, Randallstown and American Legion Post 0297. He was also a proud member of the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE), Chapter #2306. He was an avid sports fan, especially auto racing and of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. For many years he was active in drag and stock car racing as a driver and mechanic, and as an owner in the ARCA series. He used to breed and show cats and dogs. He enjoyed crafting, especially woodworking and photography. Surviving in addition to his wife are God-daughter Nicole Miller Overholtzer, her husband Chris and their son Seth, all of Westminster; Close friends Robert and Helen Miller of Westminster; Sister-in-law Sharon Stoegbauer and husband Gary and brother-in-law Stan Williams all of Chattanooga, TN and brother-in-law Dr. Edwin Williams and wife Susan of Columbus, OH; niece Heather Bush of Sharpsburg and nephews Ryan Nusbaum of Littlestown, PA and Jason Nusbaum of Abbottstown, PA. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm at the Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Rd., Westminster. Funeral service will be held on Friday at 11:00 am at the funeral home with Rev. Art Monroe, Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Wesley Freedom Cemetery, Sykesville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Guide Dogs for the Blind, Donations Department, P.O. Box 3950, San Rafael, CA 94912-3950 or to the Cornell Feline Health Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, Box 39, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.prittsfuneralhome.com .
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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 28, 2015
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