Catherine Ann “Cathy” Dill, 61, of Warwick, Maryland, passed away on December 18 after a valiant seven-year battle with breast cancer.
Cathy grew up in Timonium, Maryland. After graduating from high school, she attended Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York. She is also a graduate of the Maryland Banking School.
Cathy moved from the Baltimore area to Cecil County, Maryland in 1996. She worked at The Peoples Bank of Elkton and became the Vice President of Corporate Services at Columbia Bank in Elkton, serving her many local business clients.
She was very active in community organizations.
Cathy was named Elkton’s Citizen of the Year by the Elkton Alliance/Chamber of Commerce in 2010. She spent four years as President of the Junior Board of Union Hospital in Elkton and during her time leading this volunteer group, nearly $700,000 was raised for the hospital. She helped with auxiliary fundraisers and particularly enjoyed her many hours spent helping the other volunteers at the Junior Board’s “Good As New Shop,” located in downtown Elkton.
Cathy was on the Breeder’s Fair Board of Directors. She served on the Upper Bay
Counseling and Support Services board where she chaired the fund development committee. Cathy was named to the Cecil County Social Services Board by the Cecil County Commissioners. She was on the board for the Boys & Girls Club of Cecil County and on the board of the Friends of Mount Harmon Plantation. She was a member of St. Dennis Catholic Church in Galena, Maryland.
But most importantly, Cathy possessed a special zest for life that brought her many friends. A day with Cathy always held the promise of an adventure. She loved to travel
and also enjoyed gardening, searching for antiques and trips with her husband to local and state fairs. She has had a close bond with her family and joined them on many trips and at family celebrations. Cathy loved to exercise and participated in Jazzercise and once belonged to an intense bootcamp-style program. She adored her little Italian Greyhound, Lola, and both could often be seen hiking around her neighborhood. Cathy endured many years of treatment in an attempt to win her battle against breast cancer and her fighting spirit was never diminished. She will be greatly missed.
Cathy is survived by her husband of 17 years, Will N. Dill, Jr., as well as her parents,
Frederick M. and Teresa A. Valerino of Timonium. She is also survived by her five siblings, Ann Hays of Baltimore, Susan and husband Dennis Sheehan of Chatham, New Jersey, Fred and wife Susan Valerino of Parkton, James and wife Renee Valerino of Parkton, Mary and husband Joseph Gaultney of Pennsylvania, as well as nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles.
The family would like to thank all who helped their beloved Cathy during her illness and find comfort that her friends will continue to hold Cathy in their hearts.
Viewings for Catherine Dill will be held Monday, December 21at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road (Beltway exit 26) from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s at 100 Church Lane, Cockeysville on Tuesday, December 22 at 11 a.m. Burial will be private.
Instead of flowers, the family is asking for donations to be made in Cathy’s honor to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family.
Lois Lorraine Gatchell, age 94 of North East, MD, passed away Monday, August 3, 2015 at home.
Born in Kelleysville, WV, on February 16, 1921, she was the daughter of Oscar Byrd and Rosa Lee Caves.
Mrs. Gatchell enjoyed singing, playing the guitar, reading and gardening. She mostly enjoyed spending time with her family and caregiving for young children throughout her lifetime.
She will be dearly missed by her daughters: Nancy Justice, Linda Wiles (Harold) and Vicki Gibson of North East, MD; 12 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; sister: Zenith Chilco of Bluefield, WV; nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gatchell is preceded by her daughter: Brenda L. Rakes; nine siblings; and her husband Francis Gatchell.
Funeral service will be held Friday, August 7, 2015 at 11:00 am at Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., 127 South Main Street, North East, MD, where the family will receive guests beginning at 10:00 am until service time.
Interment will follow in North East Methodist Cemetery, North East, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Amedisys Hospice, in care of the funeral home.
Con Shanahan, age 68, of Elkton, MD, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 27, 2015. Born in Wilmington, DE, May 22, 1947, he was the son of the late Cornelius F. and Ethel Lundberg Shanahan. Owner of Master Plumbers in Elkton since 1971, Mr. Shanahan had built and owned Cherry Hill Plaza in Cherry Hill, MD. He had served on the plumbing boards for both Cecil County and the State of Maryland. An avid boxer and boxing instructor, Mr. Shanahan volunteered his facility and time to “Tip of the Sword,” an American Taekwondo Association Club. He was the 1984 AMA National Flat Track Champion and enjoyed riding motorcycles and pistol shooting. Survivors include his son, Dalton Shanahan; twin sister, Connie S. Riffle (Leonard), Deerfield, VA; brother, Frank P. Shanahan (Judi), North East, MD; niece, Julie Ann Rigg; and nephews, John, James, and Travis Rigg, and Tony Antonio. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m., Monday, August 3, 2015, at Hicks Home for Funerals, 103 W. Stockton Street, Elkton, MD. Funeral service will begin at 10 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, at the funeral home. Interment will be in All Saints Cemetery, Wilmington, DE. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216, or to the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077.
Wednesday, August 5, 2015, Derrick Lowe, died unexpectedly at Union Hospital at the age of 49. He is survived by his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Lowe, and his children, Webster and Emma Lowe. Mr. Lowe is also survived by his mother, Frances Lowe, and his brother Craig Lowe, of Elizabethton, TN.
Mr. Lowe was born and raised in Elizabethton, TN. After working as an engineer for Nissan Motor Company for a number of years, Mr. Lowe met and married Dr. Lowe. He was a graduate of Tennessee Tech with a BS degree in Industrial Technology. He then went on to East Tennessee State University where he obtained his MBA. After that, he earned a paralegal certificate at Widener University Legal Education Institute. He received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law in 2008. He was admitted to practice law in the State of Maryland in 2008. After graduating law school, Mr. Lowe served as Law Clerk to the Hon. O. Robert Lidums of the Circuit Court for Cecil County.
In 2010, Mr. Lowe was elected as the Clerk of Court for the Circuit Court of Cecil County. He was a member of the Maryland Circuit Court Clerk’s Association and served on several committees. He also represented the Clerk’s Association as a member of the Standing Rules Committee for the Maryland Court of Appeals. Furthermore, Mr. Lowe was a Master Mason and secretary of the Masonic Lodge, Union Lodge no. 48 in Elkton, MD.
In addition to his public service, Mr. Lowe was also active in the community, including serving on the Board of Directors for Mount Aviat Academy and as a lay Eucharistic minister for St. Augustine Parish. He was past president of the Elkton Rotary Club. As a Rotarian, he recently received a Distinguished Service Award as Chairperson of the Braintree Primary School project in Kampala, Uganda. Additionally, he chaired a Bluegrass Concert Fundraising committee benefitting local Cecil County charities. Mr. Lowe was also the Chairperson for the Cecil County Family Friends of Scouting and was an assistant Den Leader Cub Scout Pack 131. He was also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.
A visitation will be held from 6 to 8pm Sunday, August 9, 2015 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 259 E. Main St., Elkton, MD 21921. A service will be held in Mr. Lowe’s honor at 11am Monday, August 10, 2015 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 310 George St., Chesapeake City, MD 21915 where Rev. Jim Wolford will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Augustine Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Lowe’s memory may be made to the “Rotary Foundation – Bluegrass Concert” or “St. Augustine Parish” in Chesapeake City and sent in care to R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 259 E. Main St., Elkton, MD 21921.
Ethel J. Thompson passed away peacefully on July 28, 2015 at the age of 97 at Greenville Glen Assisted Living, Greenville, South Carolina.
Ethel was born in 1918 to Stanley and Dora Beers in Fair Hill, Maryland. After graduating from Calvert High School, Ethel attended Goldey Beacom Business College. Upon graduating, she worked as a secretary for the DuPont Company and married William Batten, Jr. of Wilmington, Delaware.
She is survived by two daughters, Phyllis Woodmansee (Don) of Simpsonville, South Carolina and Joanne Bramble (Ken) of Falcon, Colorado; four grandchildren, Lisa Wyatt (Ed) of Rising Sun, Maryland, Mark Woodmansee (Anh) of Houston, Texas, Michael Woodmansee (Aline) of Yuzhno-Sakalinsk, Russia, and Ken Bramble, Jr., of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She also has four great grandchildren. After 26 years of service, Ethel retired from the DuPont Company. She enjoyed traveling, dancing, playing the piano, gardening, sewing, and quilting. She was a lifetime member of the Newark Senior Center and the Red Hat Society.
A visitation will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, followed by service at 2:30 pm at R.T. Foard & Jones Funeral Home, 122 West Main St., Newark, DE 19711.
LTC Joseph Carl Bruncsak, (RET) of Elkton, MD, passed away at 2:20 am on July 28th in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand and Fifteen.
He is survived by his sister: Joyce, of PA; his four children: Joe and his wife Karyn, Corey and his wife Kelley, Sybil, Jonathan and his wife Ashley; and three grandchildren: Taylor, Riley and Max.
He lived a life full of love and compassion and gave aid to anyone who needed it. The love of his life, Paula Bruncsak passed away five years hence. He joins her now at the gates of heaven, once again united.
The laughs, cries, trials and rejoicements that he shared with his family and friends are probably the best epitaph that anyone could ask for. Unfortunately, because of the sheer quantity of those moments, they can’t all be listed here. He is missed greatly and will be remembered as a kind, gentle and loving brother, husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Funeral service will be held Friday, July 31, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., 127 South Main Street, North East, MD, where the family will receive guests beginning at 10:00 am until service time.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Wounded Warrior Project in care of the funeral home.
Robert Taylor McMullen, 76, of Chestertown, formerly of Rising Sun, MD, passed away July 3, 2015. Mr. McMullen was born March 11, 1939 at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace, son of the late Ivan and Thelma McMullen.
He attended school in Perryville, MD. He served in the Marine Corps from 1956-1960, receiving an honorable discharge. He graduated from the Military Institute of the Marine Corps. He worked out of the Carpenters Union 626, New Castle, DE, and was the maintenance supervisor at the VA Medical Center, Perry Point, MD.
He will be remembered as a devoted and loving family man and will be missed by many.
He is survived by his long time fiancé Ellie Dugger; two sons, Robert of Newark, DE; and John and wife Melissa of Rising Sun; two brothers, Merritt of Rising Sun, MD, and Gary of Nordingen, Germany; three granddaughters, Cassidy of Elkton, Carolyn of Rising Sun, and Courtney Cronis of Rising Sun, and one grandson, Sean of Newark, DE.
Services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday July 10, 2015 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911 with a visitation 1 hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors and mailed to the funeral home.
Jacqueline D. Russell, 86 of North East, MD, died Saturday, July 4, 2015 in the Union Hospital, Elkton, MD.
A lifelong resident of Cecil County, she was born in Bay View, on November 13, 1928, the daughter of the late Ralph and the late Myrtle (Russell) Deamond. She was the wife of the late Harry C. Russell who died in 2004.
Jackie was a lifelong member of Hart’s UM Church, Elk Neck, MD. She enjoyed the Elk River and all the many activities associated with it.
She is survived by her children: David K. Russell (Betty), of North East, MD, Stephanie R. Ziegenhorn (Tom) of Wilmington, DE, Lynn R. Wnenchak of Newark, DE; 2 granddaughters: Sarah Wnenchak and Melanie Gutierrez (Mario); 1 great granddaughter: Rosie Gutierrez; and her late brother: H. Terry Deamond
Memorial services will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 11:00 am at Hart’s United Methodist Church, 3203 Turkey Point Road, North East, MD, where the family will receive guests beginning at 10:00 am until service time.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to Operation Smile or Hart’s UM Church, both in care of Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., 127 S. Main Street, North East, MD 21901.
H. (Homard) Terry Deamond, known to many as Terry, 71, of North East, MD, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, July 5, 2015 at Calvert Manor Healthcare Center, Rising Sun, MD. Pat, his loving wife of 43 years and caregiver was by his side, holding his hand.
Terry, a lifelong Cecil County resident, was born on March 4, 1944 in Bay View, MD to the late Ralph Dewey and Myrtle Russell Deamond.
Terry was a 1962 graduate of North East High School. He was a 1965 graduate of Goldey Beacom School of Business in Wilmington, DE where he received an Associate’s Degree with Honors. Terry had also attended Towson State College.
Terry was employed as a computer programmer by E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. for more than 25 years and retired from Computer Sciences Corporation. While working for DuPont in 1991, he was selected to travel to Singapore to establish a data center.
Terry was a 50 year honorary lifetime member of the North East Fire Company. He held the offices of Chief, President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director, Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief and New Apparatus Committee Chair. He also served on various other committees and as a Delegate to the MSFA Convention, Cecil County Firemen’s Association and Harford/Cecil Fireman’s Association. Terry was inducted into the Harford/Cecil Firemen’s Hall of Fame in 1995. He was also a lifetime member of the Maryland Fire Chief’s Association. In addition, Terry served as Cecil County Firemen’s representative on the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Advisory Board for the MFRI North East Regional Training Center at APG, MD.
He served as Election Board Chairman for the Town of North East and was a Cecil County Chief Election Judge. Terry also had belonged to the Rogues Harbour Hunting Club where he became an associate member after becoming ill.
In January 2000, Terry began his journey through early onset Alzheimer’s disease. By his side every step of the journey was Pat, his wife of 43 years and caregiver. Pat remained faithful through the end.
Survivors include his wife: Patricia (Pat); 2 nieces; a nephew and special friends: Linda and Willard Slicer, Janet Patchell, Nora Ryan; and his North East Fire Co. brotherhood.
Terry was predeceased by his parents, Ralph D. and Myrtle Deamond; parents-in-law: Amos A. and Martha Lockard; sister, Jacqueline D. Russell who died July 4, 2015; and brother-in-law: Harry Russell.
Visitation for family and friends will be held Thursday, July 9, 2015 from 2-4pm and 6-8 pm at Crouch Funeral Home, P.A., 127 South Main Street, North East, MD.
Funeral services, with full Fire Dept. Honors will be held on Friday, July 10, 2015 at 11:00 am at North East Fire Company, 210 South Mauldin Ave., North East, MD.
Interment will follow in North East Methodist Cemetery, North East, MD.
Flowers are welcome; however donations may be made to H. Terry Deamond Old 38 Fund, in care of the funeral home to help maintain the antique fire truck which was near and dear to his heart.
Scott C. Tice, 40, of Rising Sun, MD died unexpectedly of natural causes at his home with his wife and son, Friday, June 26, 2015.
Scott was born in West Chester, PA on January 20, 1975. He graduated from Perryville High School in 1993. He was a singer/songwriter and a lover of music. In his younger years, he spent summers at the beach and followed the Grateful Dead with his dearest of friends. He worked in several upscale restaurants in Cecil County when he returned home. His final place of employment was the Cecil County Health Department assisting their addiction counselors, concentrating on the youth population in the County. He had multiple speaking engagements at various schools, organizations, rehab centers and was actively involved in helping those in need.
He met his wife, Sarah Carroll and her son, Ethan Carroll in 2008. They made their union official on June 18, 2011. He dedicated the last 7 years of his life to raising Ethan as his own, in a healthy, happy home and was the most loving, honest, loyal husband anyone could hope to find. His sense of humor will be greatly missed. He spent the last few years home with Ethan and taught him everything from how to read (at 4), ride a bike, pitch no-hitters, and most importantly how to be a genuinely good person. All of his wonderful qualities will live on through Ethan, Sarah and everyone whose lives he has touched.
All that knew Scott would say he was known for his sense of humor, his honesty (even if you didn’t like what he had to say) and his integrity. He was always willing to help others and was kind to everyone. He was definitely one of a kind, there’s no one else out there like him. Those who had the pleasure of knowing him, surely feel blessed.
He was an avid sports fan, his favorite sport being baseball and as Ethan would say “He taught me everything I know about baseball.” He loved spending time at Orioles games with his family and obsessively tracking the standings! This stems from his time as a child going to Phillies/Pirates games with his father.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Sarah Carroll and their son, Ethan Carroll. He is also survived by his father, Robert Tice, Sr.; his mother, Maureen Kyle; his brothers, Jason Tice, Robert Tice, Jr. and his wife, Amanda; and there will be many nephews that will miss their Uncle Scott. He also leaves behind his mother-in-law, Linda Brown and sister-in-laws, Lori Schnick-Ryan and Penelope Schnick-Shevenell. He was preceded in death by his dear brother, Brian Kyle.
A Service will be held in his honor at 3pm Friday, July 3, 2015 at R.T. Foard Funeral Home, P.A., 111 S. Queen St., Rising Sun, MD 21911, where family and friends may visit beginning at 1pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made payable to the Ethan Carroll Education Fund and sent in care to the funeral home.