“In Remembrance,” Local Obituaries


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Dr. James P. Thompson
March 21, 1934 – April 25, 2020
Easton: James P. Thompson passed away peacefully in his home on April 25, 2020. He was 86. He was born on March 21, 1934 in Syracuse, New York. After high school, James studied at Hamilton College and then moved on to the Bowman Grey School of Medicine at Wake Forest in 1959. He proudly served in the United States Navy and was a flight surgeon from 1960 to 1964.
Mr. Thompson was a very active member of his community, he belonged to the Elks Club, Tred Avon Yacht Club, Talbot Country Club, Cruising Club of America, Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, and Storm Tri-Sail Club.
He is survived by his children, Holly L. Thompson of Easton, MD, and Ian P. Thompson of Reston, VA, his sisters, Joan Tarolli of Syracuse, NY, and Sue Velie of Norman, OK, and his grandchildren, Patrick P. Thompson of Reston, VA, and Bennett W. Thompson of Reston, VA.

Mr. Gerald P. “Jerry” Deosaran
August 3, 1937 – April 26, 2020
Gerald P. “Jerry” Deosaran, 82, retired business consultant for the Airline Industry and avid golfer. Beloved husband of Lou (Lou Anne Benson), father of John, Paul, and Scott, grandfather of three.

Mr. Charles Everett Baker
May 31, 1935 – April 27, 2020
Charles Everett Baker of Dover, DE passed away Monday, April 27, 2020 at Capitol Health in Dover, DE. He was 84. Charlie was born May 31, 1935 in Easton, MD the son of the late Charles Lewis Baker and Catherine “Everett” Baker. He served his country in the United States Army National Guard. Throughout most of his life Charlie was a privately contracted driver. He was a member of the Moose Lodge Chapter1546 in Camden Wyoming and enjoyed watching NASCAR.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his companion Jo Ann Starkey.
He is survived by his son Charles Mike Baker (Patti) of Magnolia, DE, two daughters, Vickie R. Fabiszak (Mike) of Smyrna, DE, Karen Weldon (Walt) of Hartly, DE, sister, Lois Ann Dixon of Cecilton, MD, brother, Richard F. Baker (Ella) of Dover, DE, two half brothers, William T. Blackiston Jr. of Chestertown, MD, Timothy (Esther) Blackiston of Sudlersville, MD, three step daughters, Debbie Warfield (Donald) of Dover, DE, Kim Copper (Robert) of Clayton, DE, Sandy Stubbs (Randy) of Millington, MD, step son, Charles Thomas Starkey (Patty) of Charlestown, WV, fourteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Jeremiah D. Behan
June 11, 1949 – April 28, 2020

Mr. George S. Oberg, Jr.
October 16, 1936 – April 29, 2020
George S. Oberg, Jr. passed away peacefully on April 29, 2020 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. He was 83 years old.
Mr. Oberg was born in Baltimore on October 16, 1936. He was employed at Acme Market in Easton where he had many friends and coworkers.
He is survived by his wife Nina Stevens Oberg, his step-daughter, Rhonda Maynard of Easton, his step-granddaughter Kristin and step-great granddaughter, Arianna of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.

Mr. Joseph G. Johns, Jr.
April 29, 2020

Mrs. Charlotte Ann”Shotsie” Roberts
June 26, 1932 – April 30, 2020
Charlotte Ann “Shotsie” Roberts, of Centreville, Maryland passed away at the Corsica Hills Center in Centreville on April 30, 2020. She was 87.
Born and raised at the Centreville Wharf, she was the beloved wife of the late Paul E. “Tennessee” Roberts (2005) and predeceased by her sister, Sarah “Molly” Dorrell and her daughter, Paula Sue; mother of Tom, Sue, Paul & Gary; grandmother of 5; great-grandmother of 6 and great-great-grandmother of 1.

Mr. Marion Franklin Welch, Sr.
February 23, 1939 – April 30, 2020

Ms. Mary R. Phillips
November 8, 1923 – April 30, 2020

Mrs. Mary Ann Amorose
July 12, 1934 – May 2, 2020

Mrs. Bobbie Jean Traylor
April 1, 1932 – May 2, 2020
Bobbie Jean Traylor of Millsboro, DE died on May 2, 2020 at Autumn Lake Nursing Facility in Chestertown, MD. She was 88.
She was born in Virginia on April 1, 1932, the daughter of the late Robert E. and Ella Lanningham Lee. She was a graduate of Patterson High School in Baltimore, MD.
On February 11, 1956 she married Joseph Jerome Traylor, they made their home in Baltimore. Mrs. Traylor worked as an administrative assistant with Davidson Transfer. Upon her husband’s retirement they bought a farm in Millsboro, DE and affectionately named it “The Ponderosa”. Her husband predeceased her in 2003. Mrs. Traylor enjoyed spending time with her husband at the American Legion and V.F.W. Posts.
She is survived by her children: Joe Traylor and his wife Linda, Cindy Murphy, DeAnna McKeldin and her husband Donald all of Baltimore, MD along with her youngest son John Traylor who lived in Delaware with her. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Mrs. Lavina Bowers Dulin
September 4, 1924 – May 2, 2020
Mrs. Lavina Bowers Dulin of Centreville passed away on May 2, 2020 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was 95. Born on September 4, 1924, in Barclay, Maryland, She was the daughter of the late Bryan Bowers, Sr. and Kate Bowers (Thompson). Lavina marred James C. Dulin and they moved to Centreville to raise their children. They were married 73 years before he passed in June 2018.
Lavina loved spending time with her family, cooking and attending the kids and grandchildren’s sports games. She also loved playing with her dog, R.J.
Mrs. Dulin is survived by her daughter; Connie Dulin, granddaughter; Kenda (Dale) Leager, grandson; Tommy Leager, sister; Katherine Ann Faulkner, God grandchildren; Kenny and Melissa Nash, Courtney and Ryder Nash and Justin, Sara and Alex Comegys. She was predeceased by her son; William James Dulin, daughter; Debbie Newton, sister; Ida Mae Supers, brothers; Bryan Sawmill Bowers, Jr. and Kenny Bowers.

Mr. Theodore William Landskroener
October 31, 1923 – May 2, 2020
Theodore William Landskroener, a former Navy pilot who owned and operated a successful window and door business in Queen Anne’s County for more than 40 years, died May 2, 2020. He was 96.
Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, on October 31, 1923, Ted was the middle son of Clarence and Myrna Smith Landskroener, originally of Saginaw, Michigan. The family moved to Merchantville, New Jersey, when the boys were young, and Clarence first opened the Delmarva Sash & Door Company (DSD) in Barclay in 1942. Ted joined the company at the end of his military service in 1945. He and Kathleen Bottomley of Merchantville, NJ, were married in 1947 and moved to Chestertown, where they raised five children. Although he had no formal business training, Ted built the company into a multi-million-dollar wholesale distribution center servicing builders throughout the Atlantic Seaboard region.
DSD suffered a devastating loss in 1978, when the largest fire in the history of Queen Anne’s County destroyed the manufacturing plant and warehouse. Several volunteer fire companies from surrounding Maryland and Delaware towns responded to the blaze, and before the smoke cleared DSD competitors had stepped forward to help the company remain in operation while the plant was rebuilt. Out of gratitude for the selfless sacrifices made by civic organizations and business associates alike, Ted took a leadership role in the Maryland State Fire Association and agreed to preside over the National Sash & Door Jobbers Association. Ted sold the company to Reeb Millwork in 2004 and lived out his retirement in Chestertown, where he enjoyed spending time with his large circle of friends and a growing family.
Ted rarely left the house without his Navy ball cap, and he loved to share the story of how he came to earn his Navy wings. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Ted began to contemplate which branch of the service he should join. One day, he spotted a sharp-dressed Naval aviator on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post and decided right then and there that he would do whatever it takes to earn that uniform. Months later, during flight training school, Ted came face to face with that very officer, who had been shot down in the South Pacific and lived to tell about it.
Ted was undergoing carrier landing training, bound for the Pacific Theater, when President Truman dropped a second bomb to end the war. That bomb, he said, surely saved his life and the lives of countless other American military men.
Ted was a giant in the community—a faithful member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Past Master in the Chester Lodge, a member of Ellen’s Breakfast Club, and a Friday night regular at the Chester River Yacht and Country Club, where he always ordered what was dubbed “the Landskroener pour.” He played golf well into his 80s and played bridge until just months before his death.
Predeceased by his two brothers and his wife, Kathy, Ted is survived by his daughter Nancy; sons and daughters-in-law Chris and Marcia, Jim and Diane, David and Sue, and John; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Jeanne Thomas Wilson
November 5, 1929 – May 2, 2020
Jeanne Thomas Wilson, 90, of Chestertown, Maryland, passed away quietly on May 2 after a brief illness. Those who had the distinct pleasure of knowing and loving Jeanne knew her to be a devoted wife, doting sister, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Jeanne's large circle of friends always included a wide variety of characters, and to each and every one she was intensely loyal. Her professional life was one of service to others in the field of education, first as an administrator at Salem College and Wake Forest University and in her later years as a tutor to dyslexic children in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and Chestertown.
Jeanne was born in Shattuck, Oklahoma in 1929 and spent her later childhood in Gettysburg, PA, before her family returned to Stillwater, Oklahoma where she attended Oklahoma State University and met her husband Jim. Jim and Jeanne started their married life and family in Battle Creek, Michigan, lived for many years in Winston-Salem, then retired to Heron Point in 2003. Jeanne's wry sense of humor was a constant feature of her interactions with everyone, but she was just as willing to engage in passionate debates over literature, politics, women's rights, and even religion. Jeanne kept everyone who knew and loved her both laughing and on their toes.
She is survived by James C. Wilson, her husband of 69 years, of Chestertown Maryland; her brother Laurence E. ("Tommy") Thomas, Jr. of Sarasota, Florida and her‎ sister Alice Joan Thomas of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; her children Stephanie Wilson Havenstein (married to Peter Havenstein) and Bruce Sandness Wilson (married to Lisa Westfall) of Bethesda, Maryland; her seven grandchildren: Peter Fulton Havenstein Jr., of Kensington, Maryland; Patricia Havenstein Cartin of Columbia, South Carolina; Polly Havenstein Barbiasz of Washington, DC; Paul James Havenstein of Bethesda, Maryland; Jennifer Diane Wilson, of Los Angeles, California; Andrew Lawrence Wilson of Athens, Georgia; Julia Taylor Wilson of Atlanta, Georgia; a great grandchild, Polly Elizabeth Cartin of Columbia, South Carolina; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and generations of family who will miss her terribly‎.

Mrs. Donna Marie Parsons
November 3, 1963 – May 3, 2020
Donna Marie Parsons of Chester, Maryland died Sunday May 3rd, 2020 at her home in the arms of her loving husband, she was 56.
Donna was born in Washington, DC on November 3rd, 1963, she was the daughter of Joan Marie D'Ambrosio Baker of Millersville, MD, and the late Richard Ford Baker. Most loving and caring wife will be forever missed as she touched everyone's life with whom she knew. She had a deep faith in God. She loved spring time, as everything comes to life again. She loved living life!! She loved walking, biking, gardening, cooking, Loved the beach, and the long drives to whatever adventures await. She loved working as a hospice nurse and in home compassionate care for elderly and kids with cancer. She loved her rescued Yorkies as she showed them love, kindness and compassion.
I miss my Love and best friend of a lifetime!!
In addition to her mother, Donna is survived by her loving husband, Robert Parsons of Chester, Md.

John Shortall, Sr.
January 7, 1950 – May 3, 2020

Mr. David R. Hill
June 12, 1944 – May 3, 2020

Col. Louis Guy Michael
April 11, 1930 – May 3, 2020

Mrs. Barbara P. Lipscomb
May 19, 1934 – May 3, 2020
Barbara P. Lipsccomb of Centreville, MD passed away peacefully on May 3, 2020. She was 85. Born on May 19, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Andrew Frank Iswak and Barbara Irene Lesosky Iswak. On October 12, 1957, she married Frederick Dale Lipscomb and the couple made their home in the College Park area. Mr. Lipscomb dedicated her talents to raising her family. After Mr. Lipscomb’s retirement, the Lipscombs moved to Centreville, where they made their home for 23 years. Mr. Lipscomb preceded her in death on November 28, 2017.
Mrs. Lipscomb is survived by her children: Barbara Matney (Ricky), Fred Lipscomb (Kathy), Marianne Mason (Richard) and Steve Lipscomb (Sherrie); a sister, Marianne Orsargos; a brother, John Iswak; 6 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ms. Hilda Cornelius
November 15, 1929 – May 3, 2020
Clara Hilda Cornelius of Rock Hall, MD past away on May 3, 2020 at Autumn Lake Nursing Center. She was 90 years old.She was born in Rock Hall on November 15, 1929 the daughter of the late Miller Cornelius and Bessie Taylor Price. She was a graduate of Lackey High School Charles County, Indian Head, MD. Ms. Hilda worked with the Ben Franklin Department Store as a clerk and took night courses. She then worked with Noxell Corporation, a division of Proctor and Gamble Corp. She worked her way up to Administrative Supervisor. She later worked with the State of Maryland Tax Division in Baltimore from which she retired at the age of 62. Ms. Hilda moved back to her beloved Rock Hall where she and her sister remodeled the Taylor Homestead . She loved Rock Hall, gardening, traveling, and spending time outdoors. She and her sister cared for the residents of the local nursing home delivering “We Care” packages which always brought smiles to the residents faces. Ms. Hilda and her sister served as grand marshals of the Rock Hall 4th of July Parade in 2008, which a highlight of her life. She is survived by her brother: Butch Price of Rock Hall, MD , five nieces : Chrissy Stickland and her husband Kevin of Rock Hall, MD , Jackie Geras and her husband Chris of Fairlee MD, Julia Haynes and her husband Learie of Worton MD, Willa Scharch and her husband Tom of Denton MD and Ashley Cornelius of Rock Hall MD. 7 Great nieces and nephews : Olivia and Pheobe Smith, Kimberly & Thomas Cahall, Brittany Haynes, and Tristan & PV2 Lane Scharch (US Army) and two great great nieces : Alyssa and Kayden O’Callaghan whom she loved as her own. She touched all of their lives in so many ways and each has so many precious memories that will not be forgotten. She will be greatly missed by all. She was predeceased by her brother, Harold “Jack” Cornelius and her sister Nora Ruth Taylor.

Mr. Alonzo C. Burris, Jr.
February 15, 1953 – May 4, 2020
Alonzo Clare Burris Jr. of Chestertown, MD died Monday May 4, 2020 at Autumn Lake Healthcare in Chestertown, MD. He was 67.
Mr. Burris was born Feb 15, 1953 in Chestertown, MD the son of the late Alonzo C. Burris Sr. and Olivia E. “Wilson” Burris. He graduated from Galena High School in 1972. He worked as a cook for Howard Johnson’s and the Old Wharf restaurant for a number of years and most recently worked for ACME market in Chestertown. He loved to cook and spend time with his family.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Marvin Burris, a sister, Arnita Fields, 3 brothers in law, William Valentine, Jones Fields, Marshall Field, a nephew, Kevin Burris and niece, Marsha Fields. Alonzo Burris is survived by one son, Timere Burris, 8 sisters, Debra Wilson (DE) Thelma Wilson of MD. Phyliss Ozene (CA) Doretha Burris (MD) Sharon Valentine (DE) Nettie Wilson (DE), Jocelyn Jones (MD) and Ercyln Green of (DE), one brother, Claude “Peanut” Burris (DE) 3 brothers in law, George H. Ozene (CA), Randy Hynson (MD) Joseph Wilson (DE) Also a host of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great great nieces and nephews.

Ms. Virginia “Ginny” Belle Watson
September 10, 1936 – May 5, 2020
Virginia “Ginny” Belle Watson passed away peacefully on May 5, 2020 at Talbot Hospice House in Easton, Maryland. She was 83.
Ginny was born on September 10, 1936 in Tilghman, MD to the late Ormond Ellis Jones and Lelia Virginia Jones. Virginia attended St. Michaels High School and was in in the graduating class of 1954.
Virginia was an avid member of Tilghman United Methodist Church and Sherwood United Methodist Church P.A.L. Class.
She is survived by her sister, Lora Elizabeth Sewell-Wildasin (Newton) of Easton, her niece, Lelia Marie Wildasin of Easton, her nephew, John Edward Wildasin (Lindsay) of New Market, MD, her grand-niece, Cassidy Noel Wildasin, and grand-nephew, Britton Edward Wildasin.
Along with her parents, Ginny is preceded in death by her Beloved Aunt, Nettie Marie Jones.

Mr. William Robert Baldt
October 16, 1935 – May 6, 2020
William Robert Baldt, 84, of Chestertown, MD, formerly from Wilmington DE, Santa Fe, NM, and Charlottesville VA, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2020 of natural causes.
Bill deeply cared for people and made a distinct impression on everyone with whom he encountered. He was genuinely interested in both the mundane and the monumental events in other’s lives. His ability to make real connections with everyone he encountered was remarkable. Always generous with both gifts and his time. He was most proud of his three children.
He loved horse racing, tending to his gardens, his standard poodles and keeping up with all things Republican on Fox News. He was a proud brother of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Always a snappy dresser, he had an exquisitely keen eye for details. Bill and his wife Shelia traveled the world making new friends and delving into the cultures of the countries they visited. He was a devoted Roman Catholic and enjoyed attending weekly mass with his wonderful friend Tom Martin in Chestertown, MD.
Born in Upper Darby, PA, he and his family moved to Delaware shortly thereafter. He was a graduate of PS duPont High School and got his Bachelor of Art degree in History and a Masters in Counseling Education from the University of Delaware. He was preceded in death by his wife Shelia Cunningham Baldt in 2015 and his sister, Jane in 2019. He is survived by his three children : Morganne Ashlie (Kimberly Baldt) of Crozet VA, S. Erin Baldt of Warwick RI, Christopher and his wife Jan of Millsboro, DE., his brother Leonard and his wife Beverly, a neice and nephew and grand nephew in Delaware. His professional career started at the University of Delaware where was an admissions officer from there he went on to Brandywine College and then on to Goldey-Beacom College where he was president for 19 years. Goldey Beacom awarded him an honorary Doctorate in Education. A respected member of his community, he served on numerous boards throughout his career.

Mr. Ronald Edwards Roland
October 20, 1927 – May 7, 2020

Mrs. Elizabeth “Betty Jean” Knight
July 17, 1938 – May 7, 2020
Elizabeth “Betty Jean” Knight of Smyrna, DE passed away Thurs May 7, 2020 at her home.
She was 81.
Betty Jean was born in Philadelphia, PA the daughter of the late Edward Fellows and Mae Elizabeth “Shallcross”. She graduated from Goldey-Beacom College and worked as an Administrative Assistant for a number of businesses in the area. She enjoyed puzzles, word searches, cats and church dinners and functions.
She is survived by her husband John E. “Jack” Knight of Smyrna, DE, daughter Gwen E. Heverin of Annapolis, MD, two brothers, Howard Fellows and wife Sue of Newark, DE, Gary Fellows and wife Gail of Millington, MD and four step children, John H. Knight and wife Sue of Rehobeth, DE, C. Dawn Davis of Newark, DE, Anette Sawyer of Smyrna, DE and Brian W. Knight and wife Rhonda of Smyrna, DE.

Kim Brian Klopcic
December 30, 1954 – May 7, 2020
Kim Brian Klopcic passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at his home in Easton, MD. He was 65. Kim was born on December 30, 1954 in Wisconsin to the late Richard Klopcic and Betty Middleton Klopcic.
Kim worked in the restaurant business; he was the owner of the Yin Yankee Café in Downtown Annapolis.
He is survived by his wife, Paula Lynn Klopcic; daughters, Lily and Hanna Klopcic; sisters, Kerry Gorny and Lisa Gdaniec; a brother, Rick Klopcic; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Catherine R. Knessi
July 9, 1919 – May 7, 2020
Catherine Rose Kneessi of St. Michaels, died peacefully on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at Talbot Hospice House, Easton, Maryland. She was 100 years of age and was preceded in death by Robert W. Kneessi, Sr., her beloved husband of 68 years.
Catherine is survived by two sons, Robert W. Kneessi, Jr. and his wife Nancy, Donald Kneessi, and his wife, Sharon, six grandchildren, Jeni Kneessi, Kristie Kneessi Conway, Michelle Iturrate, Ryan Everett Kneessi, Robert A. Kneessi, and Donald F. Kneessi, Jr., and eight great-grandchildren.
After high school, Catherine joined the chorus line at the Fox Theatre in Washington D.C. She chose not to move with the theatre to New York and took a position at the Treasury Department. In 1941, Catherine married Bob and had two sons. After the boys were grown, Catherine worked for many years at the University of Maryland Library. In 2001, she and Bob moved to St. Michaels. Catherine's favorite pastimes were gardening and bridge; she was an active member, for many years, of the St. Michaels Women's Club.

Beverly A. Kessler
December 17, 1945 – May 7, 2020

John C. Harding
January 25, 1920 – May 8, 2020

Mrs. Doris Marie Santamour
July 15, 1030 – May 10, 2020
Doris Maries Santamour, 89, entered into larger life on May 10th, 2020, at Compass Regional Hospice, Chestertown. The daughter of Hormidas and Juliette (Langlais) Salvas, of Lowell, MA. Doris taught elementary education in several states and retired after thirty years with the D.C. Public Schools. She was predeceased by her husband, Dr. Frank Santamour, Jr., Research director at the National Arboretum in D.C. and is survived by their son Frank and his wife Sue.