“In Remembrance,” Local Obituaries


Samuel Robinson Leonard III
July 14, 1979 – August 27, 2021
Samuel “Robbie” Robinson Leonard, III of Royal Oak, Maryland, passed at the age of 42 on August 27, 2021, surrounded by his family. He was the son of Samuel R. Leonard, Jr. and Jean Leonard. A lifelong resident of Talbot County, Robbie graduated from St. Michaels High School and the school’s automotive program. He wrestled and played Little League baseball. Robbie worked in the family seafood business. He loved the outdoors and was happiest hunting, fishing, being on the water and working with the equipment on his family farm. He loved history, especially reading about the World Wars. Robbie will be remembered for his caring and generous spirit.
Robbie is survived by his son, Samuel R. Leonard, IV, Trappe, his parents, Bobby Leonard (Karen), Easton, and Jean Leonard (Bill Cornell), Royal Oak, his brother, Richie Leonard, nephews, R.J. and Ryan Leonard, Easton, his Uncle Larry and Aunt Kathy Callahan, Easton, cousins, Bobby and John Callahan, Easton, and many friends. He is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Sam and Doris Leonard, and maternal grandparents, James and Helen Sharp.

Ronald “Ron” Lee Gilbert Sr.
July 2, 1949 – August 28, 2021
Ronald Lee Gilbert Sr. died on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at the age of 72. He was born to Alonzo Gilbert and Gladys Lindsay in Chestertown, MD on July 2, 1949.
After graduating Henry Highland Garnet High School, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served from 1972 to 1976. He was honorably discharged and went on to work for the US Postal Service in Atlanta, GA for two years. He then re-enlisted and served again from 1981-1994. He lived in California, Guam, Philippines, and most recently Germany, before moving back to Chestertown in 1995 where he worked at Dixon retiring after 19 years.
Ron will be remembered as an amazing parent, raising his two children on his own as a single father. He was a member of the Chestertown Baptist Church and enjoyed photography, movies, model cars, traveling and loved music.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethellene McCormick Gilbert, in 1995 and his sister Virginia Hayden as well as his brother Robert Gilbert.
He is survived by his children, Ronald Gilbert Jr. of Chestertown, MD and Shenika Parker (James) of Fayetteville, NC; two aunts, Rosetta Johnson and Bessie Simms of Kent County, MD; his nieces, Michelle Brown Williams, Joy Brown Cowins and Glyniss Gilbert; two nephews Reginald Gilbert and Ernest Hayden as well as a host of cousins.

Crawford William Windsor Jr.
March 29, 1946 – August 29, 2021
Crawford William Windsor Jr. left this world to be with his savior Jesus Christ on August 29,2021 surrounded by his loving family.
Crawford William Windsor Jr was born March 29, 1946, in Crocheron Maryland to Crawford Sr and MaryLou Moore Windsor. He graduated from South Dorchester High School in 1964. He married Elaine Evans on October 9, 1966. She predeceased him in 1997. He married Karen Boyer on July 27, 2019. In addition to his wife, Crawford is survived by his three children and their spouses, whom he loved as his own as well as one stepdaughter: Michelle (Steve) Abplanalp, Michael (Heather) Windsor and Matthew (Erin) Windsor, and Debbie Turner. He is also survived by his 12 grandchildren who were the absolute loves of his life and he had special names for all of them: Hope Wright (Hopey) and her husband John, Drew Abplanalp (Zeke), Dylan Abplanalp (Woody), Maggie Eichler (Mags) and her husband Cody, Connor Abplanalp (Rufus), Grace Windsor (Gracie Pumpkins), Noah Windsor (NCW), Carson Abplanalp (Nosrac), Ellianna Windsor (El), Mac Windsor (MAC) Thompson Windsor (T), Corey Lambden. He was most proud of all of them, and they all brought him great joy! He is also survived by his siblings Jimmy Windsor, Cathy Mitchell, and Steve Windsor. He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Ann.
Crawford graduated from the Maryland State Police Academy in 1970 and was a trooper until 1978 when he helped capture and prosecuted the men who killed his Sergeant and good friend Wallace Mowbray. At that time, he decided to find another career. He went to work for Preston Trucking Company as their Safety Supervisor and remained there until 1986. At that time, he and Elaine opened C & J Marine to serve the local waterman community. His customers became great friends!! Crawford operated that marine supply business until 1997. His latest employment was with BOE Marine.
Crawford loved the Chesapeake Bay. He was a Waterman’s son and loved all things that came with it, especially crabs. He enjoyed his grandchildren and loved watching them participate in sports, theater, and many school events. His biggest hobby was antique collecting, and he could tell you anything about any antique you could find. He was hard to stump. He owned several antique shops/spots in the area.
Above all of these things, his faith in Jesus Christ brought him the most joy and he is celebrating in heaven with him today as a result.

Lynne Meredith Van Horn
September 16, 1940 – August 29, 2021
On August 29, 2021, Lynne Meredith Holtzclaw Van Horn died peacefully. Lynne was born September 16, 1940, in Buffalo, New York to the late William Meredith and Marion Eugenia Osborn Holtzclaw. Lynne attended Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where she was Sweetheart of Sigma Chi, and majored in Home Economics. On August 31, 1963, Lynne married Ray Leroy Van Horn, relocating to Chicago, Illinois for Ray to complete his MBA. While in Chicago, Lynne attended the Ray Vogue College of Design, specializing in Retail Merchandising. Lynne and Ray moved 20 times to advance Ray’s career and added 2 children to their marriage: Lawrence (Larry) and Katherine (Katie).
Lynne found her passion helping others and while living in Simsbury Connecticut. Lynne became an Emergency Medical Technician. She especially enjoyed being a part of the volunteer ambulance team and taught the class to others wanting to pursue this career. While in Chicago Lynne was able to further her desire to help others by working as a nurse's aid in a pediatrician’s office, where she loved not only the people she worked with, but also the kids she helped. On the next stop in Rogers, Arkansas, Lynne took classes at the community college so that she could work as an Oncology nurse's aid, helping many people in their battle with cancer.
Retirement was a welcome change as Lynne and Ray relocated to Annapolis, Maryland. They were fortunate Katie also chose to live in Maryland, creating many family events. Lynne enjoyed entertaining, and was a skilled mate on the family sailboat, “Scimitar”. They enjoyed travelling the country in their motorhome with Lynne’s beloved English Setter “Freckles”, visiting many National Parks and making new friends along the way. Lynne was an excellent bridge player, loved to garden, becoming a Master Gardener, and loved making chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren.
Another fun fact was Lynne was an avid sports fan from PGA golf, The Washington Nationals (attending a game whenever possible with her family), The Washington Capitals and the Washington Redskins (yes, when she was watching they were still called the Redskins!).
After Larry and Katie married, Larry’s children: Leland, Madeline, Harrison, and Meredith; and Katie & Gem’s sons: Kevin and Bryan, added much vitality and love to Lynne’s and Ray’s lives as “Nana” and “Papa”. For their fiftieth wedding anniversary, Lynne and Ray invited the entire family to a cruise and land trip to Alaska. Annual family reunions are an integral Van Horn tradition.
In 2014 Lynne and Ray relocated to Bayleigh Chase Retirement Community in Easton, where Lynne played bridge, was a member of the Choir, started a “Color Me Calm” weekly art class, and participated in most community outings, Most important were daily walks throughput the Community with Freckles. One lasting achievment was marrying two of her friends. One ceremony was especially challenging— being new residents of the Eastern Shore Ray learned how challenging the Bay Brige can be to making scheduled activities-,they made it -but it was close! They joined Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Oxford in 2017.
In addition to her husband Ray, Lynne is survived by their son Larry of Franklin TN, and his children: Leland, Madeline, Harrison, and Meredith; and by their daughter, Katie Gurcan and her husband Gem of Gaithersburg MD and their sons Kevin and Bryan. Lynne is also survived by a brother, Barry, of Seattle Washington, and his son, Tim and daughter Susie. She also leaves her Bayleigh Chase family.
The family wish to thank the staff of the Memory Care Unit at Bayleigh Chase for their genuine caring assistance to Lynne during the past several years, and the Talbot Hospice staff, who provided additional care the last week of Lynne’s life.

Helen Skipper
February 21, 1942 – August 31, 2021
Helen Meta Sump Skipper passed away peacefully in her sleep August 31,2021. Although she battled numerous health issues she loved and lived life to the fullest; not a day went by that she did not cherish every blessing in her life. Helen leaves behind her loving husband, Charles, sons Aaron (Jaime), Kurt (Leanne), and daughter Kimberly Marvel (Scott), grandchildren Camden, Amelia, Charlie Grace, sister Marian Davis and many loving extended family and friends.
Born in Ridgley, and raised in Cordova, Helen moved to Easton after meeting Charles more than 54 years ago. She raised 3 children and valued her role of mother above all else. She created a welcoming home to gather in and create memories; her dear family and friends were a joy to her. She loved a good book. She especially loved the time spent with her children, grandchildren and family. Her greatest satisfaction was the success of her children and their families. Anyone who knew Helen knew that her children were the light of her life. She remained an active and dedicated member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cordova where she was baptized, married and celebrated 54 years of marriage.

Billy Keith Paul
August 16, 1931 – August 31, 2021

Peggy Karen Shores
September 6, 1954 – August 31, 2021
Peggy Karen Shores of Easton, MD died on August 31, 2021. She was 66.
Born in Easton on September 6, 1954, he was the daughter of Walter Jack Shores and Peggy Loretta Mullikin Shores. Peggy was a 1974 graduate of Easton High School. She worked as a nurse’s aide at William Hill Manor for over 20 years, and at the UM Shore Medical Center in Easton for several years. She loved listening to the music of Elvis Presley, and in her spare time she enjoyed reading and solving crossword puzzles.
She is survived by her mother, Peggy Loretta Shores of Cordova, MD, and her brothers: Jack G. Shores (Claudette Alcalde) of Warrenton, VA, Robert L. Shores (Gayle) of West Palm Beach, FL, and Dwight J. Shores (Virginia) of Easton. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Jack Shores.

Charles Allan Crouch
November 30, 1952 – September 1, 2021
Charles “Poony” A. Crouch of Rock Hall, MD died on September 1, 2021 at his home. He was 68.
He was born in Yorktown, VA on November 30, 1952, the son of the late Walter Allan and Betty Jane Elburn Crouch. He was raised in towns up and down the east coast while his father served in the U.S. Navy. They settled in Rock Hall, where he was a graduate of Rock Hall High School class of 1971. On December 4th of that same year he married his high school sweetheart Flora Lee Elbourn.
Mr. Crouch worked as a self-employed waterman operating the “Miss Lee” out of Rock Hall harvesting oysters, clams, fish, crabs, and eels. He also worked as a Hunting Guide with Swan Point Farm for 35 years. Mr. Crouch was attended Calvary Bible Baptist Church in Rock Hall and was a member of the Maryland and Kent County Waterman’s Association, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the Oyster Recovery Partnership, and the Sons of the American Legion. He also assisted with the DNR crab reports. He was instrumental in bringing the crab dipper concept to Rock Hall where is was refined and utilized to this day by most crabbers. He enjoyed anything having to do with the outdoors including hunting, fishing, or just being on the water.
In addition to his wife Lee, he is survived by two daughters; Betsy Jane Crouch Lloyd and her husband Andy and their children: Andi Beth, Ally Jane, Brian, Aryn, and Shawna and Lana Lee Crouch Brand and her husband Dave and their children: Layla and Angel Lee. He is also survived by a brother Graham F. Crouch and his wife Susan.

Kathleen McCarty Unti
July 7, 1944 – September 2, 2021
Kathleen McCarty Unti passed away on September 2, 2021, at her home. She was 77.
She was born on July 7, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the daughter of the late William and Frances Brinker McCarty.
Kathy married Walter Unti in 1965 and they made their home in Ann Arbor, Michigan where his was going to school.
Kathy received her Dental Hygiene Degree from the University of Detroit and used it to work in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Florida.
After graduating from Aquinas College with a business degree in 1985, she started her own real estate firm in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Kathy was a hospice volunteer for 35 years, starting in Grand Rapids, MI, then Harrisburg, PA, then Sonoma, CA, and finally at Talbot Hospice in Easton, MD. She also enjoyed volunteering as a docent at the Sonoma Bouvier Preserve where she took fifth graders on hikes.
Her sister, Patricia was an Adrian Dominican Sister, so she became an Adrian Dominican Associate and worked with other associates to support the communities work with the needy.
Kathy is survived by her husband of 56 years, Walter Unti of Easton, children; Patricia Healy (Robert) of Wayne, PA, Michael Unti (Evangeline) of Mechanicsburg, PA, and Susan Yingling of Charlotte, NC; seven grandchildren, Ryan, Thomas, Olivia, May, Jake, Charlotte, and Skylar. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Patricia McCarty, brother, William McCarty and son-in-law, Craig Yingling.

Mary Littell Wilkinson
February 18, 1940 – September 2, 2021

Paula Sue Wagner
April 13, 1959 – September 3, 2021

Paula F. Miller
October 4, 1957 – September 3, 2021

Mrs. Barbara Ann McCurdy
August 18, 1934 – September 5, 2021

Mrs. Geraldine Caravello Aus
January 24, 1939 – September 5, 2021
Geraldine Caravello Aus died Sunday, September 5, 2021, at her home. She was 82.
Born on New Battle Grove Circle Dundalk, Maryland on January 24, 1939, she was the daughter of the late Vincent Caravello and Margaret Nadolny Petruccy.
Gerry (as she was known by her family and friends) grew up in New Battle Grove Circle and graduated from Sparrows Point High School in 1957, where she was a baton twirler in the marching band, and met the love of her life, Al. They were married in 1957, and shortly after were stationed in Germany where they had their first child Pam in 1960. They returned to Dundalk, MD in 1961 shortly before giving birth to their second child Al, Jr. In 1967 her second son Kevin was born. They enjoyed many summers at Taylors Island camping, crabbing and fishing. Gerry was a homemaker until 1985 when then she and her husband started Alason Electrical Contractors Inc. where she was the Secretary/Treasurer. In 1988 they built their dream home on the Wye River on the Eastern Shore of MD where they still reside.
Gerry was an active member of the Ladies Auxiliary Unit 296 where she served as treasurer, baked for the American Legion, and was an avid shuffleboard player until she succumbed to her illness. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends at their home: crabbing in the Wye River, swimming in the pool, watching Hallmark Christmas movies with her girls and annual Cornhole Tournaments.
Gerry is survived by her husband of 64 years, Alfred Aus of Queenstown, MD; daughter Pamela Newman (Ray) of Glen Burnie, MD sons, Alfred Aus, Jr.(Linda) of Chester, MD and Kevin Aus of Centreville, MD ;. Brothers Vincent and Michael. Six grandchildren, Christina, Jamie (Teddy), Laura (Josh), Andrew (Jen), Cady, and Rachel. Eight great-grandchildren: Olivia, Robert, Alyssa, EJ, Cole, Madison, Luca, and Gabriella.

Zachary Carroll Minion
May 9, 1957 – September 5, 2021