“In Remembrance,” Local Obituaries

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Marsha Santos Quidachay
August 27, 1970 - January 24, 2024

Lillian Stella Hoch
December 16, 1925 - January 24, 2024
Lillian Hoch (née Fialkowski), 98, of Easton, MD died at Homestead Manor in Denton on January 24, 2024.
Lillian was born in Baltimore, MD on December 16, 1925; the second oldest of eleven children born to Anthony and Mary Fialkowski.
Lillian married Henry Hoch and together with their two daughters, made homes in Baltimore, Pasadena, and Glen Burnie. Over the course of their beautiful 54 year marriage, Lillian and Henry enjoyed dancing (especially Polka!), traveling, entertaining and cooking for family and friends.
Lillian worked at Montgomery Ward for 33 years. After retiring, she and Henry moved to Easton in 1987. Living in Easton gave them many opportunities for volunteering. Some of her favorites were working with Art LeMay at the Waterfowl Festival each year, the Delmarva Blood Bank, and Meals On Wheels. Lillian also enjoyed working as an election judge for Talbot County.
Besides her parents, Lillian is predeceased by her husband, Henry; daughter, Elizabeth Rottman; grandson, Donald C. Rottman, III; three sisters; three brothers; and son-in-law, Richard Douma, Sr.
She is survived by her daughter, Gloria Douma; son-in-law, Donald C. Rottman, Jr.; grandchildren, Robert Rottman (Michal), Amy Yost (Dale Foster), Jen Noll (Robert), Richard Douma, Jr. (Ann), and Christine McCorkle (Peter); great-grandchildren, Victoria Turner (Matt), Henry and William Rottman, Grace and Grant Yost, Prescott, Oliver, Truman, and Eleanor Noll, Alex and Katie Douma, Logan and Amanda Kappus, and Mason and Nolan McCorkle; sister, Bernadine Schmidt (Joseph); brother, George Fialkowski (Carol); and many adoring nieces and nephews.

Dennis Kevan Dill
November 16, 1959 - January 26, 2024
Dennis K. Dill, 64 of Stevensville, MD., died at his home on Friday, January 26, 2024, from the effects of Alzheimer’s.
Dennis was born in Greenbelt, MD on November 16, 1959, the son of Floyd & Gladys Dill.
Dennis attended both Greenbelt Elementary and Mary Bethune Elementary, and eventually graduated from Parkdale High School. In 1977, Dennis joined the United States Navy, where he was stationed in Hawaii and served for 4 years. After his enlistment was up, he began working for the Prince George’s County School System in the maintenance division, eventually working his way up to supervisor and HVAC technician. Dennis retired on July 1st, 2012, and during his retirement kept busy working a part-time job at Food Lion. Dennis was very fond of being on the water and owned a 26’ Sea Swirl Fishing Boat. He participated in many trophies.
Dennis is survived by his loving wife Helena, his Brother-In-Laws Sean and Richard, and some extended family on the West Coast.

Morton "Tony" Gibbons-Neff III
April 26, 1939 - January 26, 2024
Morton (Tony) Gibbons-Neff, III, age 84, of Chestertown, Maryland died peacefully on January 26, 2024 surrounded by his family.
Tony was born in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania on April 26, 1939 to Florence and Morton Gibbons-Neff, Jr. He grew up on the family farm, Clovelly, in Devon, PA and graduated from The Haverford School in 1957. He attended Cornell University and transferred to Washington College when his parents moved the farm to Chestertown in 1959. There, he and his father operated a large grain and black angus operation. In the late 90s, his son Stormy joined the family business and expanded the operations to include a tree nursery and landscaping services.
A true patriot, Tony served proudly in the Maryland National Guard from 1960-1968 and was honorably discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He was a member of the American Legion Preston Ashley Post 228.
Throughout the years, Tony enjoyed sailing and racing with family and friends on the Chesapeake Bay and in New England and Florida. Tony loved the Eastern Shore life, including hunting, fishing, and, of course, crabbing. Born an Eagles football fan, he later held season tickets to the Baltimore Colts, and left us as a Ravens fan.
Tony served on the Board and as President of Kent & Queen Anne’s Hospital Foundation. He also supported countless conservation and agricultural organizations including Ducks Unlimited, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Chester River Foundation, Sultana Education Foundation, National Corn Growers Association, Maryland Farm Bureau, and American Nursery & Landscaping Association.
Tony married the love of his life and best friend Donna Pennington in 1965 in St. David’s, Pennsylvania. He is survived by wife, his daughter Amy Hitt (David), his son Stormy (Michelle), four grandchildren (Davis and Henry Hitt, Lauren and Spencer Gibbons-Neff); his brother Henry (Easton, Maryland) and a multitude of cousins, nieces, and nephews whom he loved dearly. He is predeceased by his parents and brothers Mitchell (Darien, CT) and Peter (Rosemont, PA).
The family would especially like to thank all the wonderful caregivers and friends who helped them navigate life’s challenges with dignity, faith, and humility.

Kathleen Virginia Spangler
October 6, 1933 - January 26, 2024
Kathleen Virginia Spangler, 90, died on January 26, 2024, at the Pines in Easton.
She was born on October 6, 1933, in Port Chester, NY, she is the daughter of the late Everett K. Myers and Winifred M. Symes Myers.
Kathleen moved with her parents and brother several times in early childhood. She lived in Gumboro and Redding, DE as a child. They then moved to Chester, PA, and Brooklyn, Baltimore, MD. She and her late husband moved to Glen Burnie in 1984 and eventually moved to Parkview in Easton in 2003. Kathleen had lived with her daughter in Easton since 2020.
Kathleen worked in retail sales, commercial cleaning and eventually became a full time wife and mother. Kathleen’s interests were reading biographies and visiting the Atlantic Coast. She loved the water wherever it could be found. She adored her three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Kathleen attended Thrive Church in Hurlock, MD and did charity work for the Harvest of Hope/MD Food Bank for the last three years of her life.
Kathleen is survived by her daughter Margaret D. Kraeber Secrist, her son-in-law Carl Secrist of Easton, granddaughters; Bethany Kilmon Naccari (Frederick) of Preston, Emily Kilmon of Easton, and Jacob Kilmon of Preston; great granddaughters, Rylee Mast, Lillian Naccari, Callie Campbell and Laila Kilmon, and her brother, Tom Everett Myers of Cairo, GA. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Joseph W. Kraeber of California, and Earl F. Spangler of 42 years.

Ernest Thomas Oskin
December 29, 1927 - January 27, 2024
Ernest Thomas Oskin passed away peacefully on January 27, 2024, he was 96 years old.
Ernest Oskin was born in Chicago, Illinois, but as a teenager, the family moved to St. Petersburg, Florda. He was drafted in October 1944 for WWII, but they dropped the bomb in August, ending the war. Ernie graduated from the University of Florida in 1949, an all-male college at that time. As a chemical engineer, he worked for Olin Mathieson Corporation in Lake Charles, Louisiana.
For the Korean War, Ernie was status 1A, so he spent two years as a chemical engineer at the Edgewood Chemical Center outside of Baltimore. After the war, he worked for B. F. Goodrich in Marietta, Ohia.
Along with many others, he used the G. I. Bill and gained a fellowship to go for a master’s degree in Plastics Engineering at Princeton University. He loved the area and afterwards took a job at DuPont in the Plastics Center in Wilmington, DE. There he met and married his wife, Barbara.
Later, he was transferred to the Detroit area, where many molders were working for the automotive companies. He worked in technical sales and got to know many molders and their problems in the Midwest. During this time, Ernie and Barb had their two children.
After seven years with DuPont, Ernie was able to start a small molding company in St. Clair, Michigan, a small town across from Canada near Lake Huron. They became part of the community, as did the business, and they raised their family there. During this time, they traveled with the children on vacations or to see Barbara’s mother in Maryland.
When Barb’s mother passed away in 1981, they decided to keep the family farm on the Miles River across from St. Michaels. After 35 years, Ernie sold the business and their home in St. Clair and retired to Maryland. They lived on the farm most of the year but bought an apartment in Washington, DC, for the three winter months.
They enjoyed the advantages the city had to offer, the farm and the water and were able to travel often; but after being married 65 years, they realized it was time to come to Londonderry, where they moved in 2022.
Ernie is survived by his wife, Barbara, his daughter Mary Catherine Mueller of Easton, MD; a son John Bennett Oskin of Colorado Springs, CO; and 2 grandchildren.

Nancy Currens
December 13, 1932 - January 27, 2024
Nancy Currens, 91, passed away on January 27, 2024, at Denton Nursing and Rehab in Denton, MD. Born on December 13, 1932, in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Charles Currens, Sr., and Cora Currens.
Nancy worked as an RN at Greater Baltimore Medical Center until her retirement. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ, and was a member of the Red Hat Society.
She is survived by nephew Frank Currens (Carol) and great-niece Glenda Griffin (Charles). Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Cora Currens, her brother Charles Currens, Jr., and her nieces Carolyn Goodman, Barbara Currens, and nephew Charles Currens III.

Patsy Sterling Nelson
December 21, 1929 - January 28, 2024
Patsy Sterling Nelson (“Pat”) passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024, at her St. Michael’s home. She was born on December 21, 1929, in Crisfield, Maryland, the daughter of Maurice and Dora Sterling. After graduating from Crisfield High School, she continued her education in Baltimore and subsequently was employed in public relations at Capitol Airlines in Washington D.C.
She returned home to Crisfield in 1951 to marry James G. Nelson and raise a family. She was also employed by the Chamber of Commerce at that time. In 1970, she moved with her family to Queenstown, Maryland where her husband served as President of the Wye Institute, a non-profit organization committed to economic and educational development on the Eastern Shore. She was directly involved in many of the Institute’s programs. After her husband’s death in 1996, she moved to St. Michaels and resided there until her passing.
She is survived by three sons, Michael, Mark, and Maurice, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She will be remembered as a voracious reader and an informed, opinionated observer of her times. She possessed strong affection for animals as well as family and was known to feed raccoons and stray peacocks at her kitchen door. It is said that she once walked onto a frozen Wye River to free geese trapped in the ice.

Jason Stewart Ferreri
October 22, 1994 - January 29, 2024
Jason Stewart Ferreri, 29, of Cordova, MD died on January 29, 2024.
Jason was born in Easton on October 22, 1994 to Stacey and Paul Ferreri. He was the grandson of George and Mary Ferreri (both deceased) and Stewart (deceased) and Barbara Ann (Bobbi) Nash. He attended Chapel District Elementary School, Saints Peter and Paul Middle School and Easton High School where he played football and lacrosse.
When not participating in sports, Jason loved watching sports. The Baltimore Orioles, Baltimore Ravens, Florida State Seminoles and the Washington Capitals were among his favorites. However, the Las Vegas Raiders was “his team." To him, the NFL Draft was like Christmas and Mardi Gras rolled into one. He reviewed stats for the eligible players carefully and would write analyses and recommendations for draft strategies which sadly, the Raiders failed to adopt.
Jason is survived by his parents, Paul and Stacey and siblings: sister Heather Nash Ferreri (Jack Parkinson); a brother, Paul Ferreri, Jr. and niece, Ella Parkinson. In addition to his immediate family, Jason enjoyed family gatherings with his 9 aunts and uncles and 13 cousins.

Linda Faye Archer
September 17, 1943 - January 29, 2024
Linda Faye Archer, beloved wife of 53 years to the late Earl Russell Archer Jr., passed on January 29th, 2024. She is survived by her cherished children: Russell B. Archer and wife Cyndi, Glenda L. Denny and husband Randy, Daniel B. Archer and wife Karen, and the late Robin L. Shives. Linda was a loving grandmother to Joshua Denny, Courtney Denny-Colvin and husband Daniel, Clara Thomas and husband James, Samantha Hutchison and husband Darcy, Jordan M. Deaver, Kayla Abner and husband Justin, and Taylor M. Archer. Her legacy further extends to her great-grandchildren Abbi, McKenzie, Renee, George, John, J.T., Odin, Allani, Azaiah, Lauryn, Londyn, Nygel, Cameron, Wesley, Tatum, and Turner. Linda is also survived by her dear siblings Melvin B. Howell and his wife Gisela and Douglas W. Howell and his wife Linda. She is predeceased by her siblings June H. Johnson, Paul R. Howell, and David Howell.
Linda's warm heart extended beyond her human family to include her beloved pets, cats Coco and Zoe. Her love for animals was evident in her care for birds, the fish in her pond, and her special attention to the squirrels she lovingly fed. Linda touched the lives of many with her kindness and compassion.
A dedicated professional, Linda served as a school bus driver for Anne Arundel County for numerous years, ensuring the safe transportation of countless children. She later continued her commitment to the community by driving for the Department of Aging, helping seniors maintain their independence. For 25 years, Linda was a valued employee of Homestead Gardens, where her green thumb and passion for plants shone through.
Linda found joy in the simple pleasures of life, from tending to her garden and birdwatching to camping and spending time at the beach. Her adventurous spirit extended to the thrill of drag races. Above all, Linda treasured moments spent with her family, and her love for them knew no bounds.

John Ray Dulin
April 21, 1950 - January 30, 2024
John “Buddy” Ray Dulin died peacefully on his farm in Centreville, Maryland, on January 30, 2024. He was 73.
Born on April 21, 1950, in Centreville, to the late John and Pauline Dulin, on his family farm. He was one of seven children.
Buddy, a third-generation farmer, started farming at 15. Raising his son, John Scott Dulin, Sr. "Scott", Buddy's farming legacy lives on. Scott, now the fourth-generation farmer, continues to live on the family farm with his wife, Kristy.
Buddy loved the outdoors. When he wasn’t farming you could find him hunting or crabbing. He was a member of the FFA, FSA board member, and the second class to graduate Queen Anne’s County High School in 1968. He also won the Queen Anne's County family farm award in 2018.
His greatest achievement was the love of his family. He leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Betty, as well as his son Scott, daughter-in-law Kristy (Pumphrey), and three grandchildren; John Jr., Emma and Gretchen.
He was preceded in death by his sister Barbara (South), parents John and Pauline, and brother-in-law Ron Degano.
Buddy is survived by his siblings; Ann Degano, Jeanette Darling (Alton), Linda Dicus (Earl), Sharon Haddaway (Skippy), Brother-in-law David South, and Mike Dulin (Christine). Along with many nieces and nephews.

Gerald "Jerry" J. Pettit
August 14, 1941 - January 31, 2024
Gerald J. (Jerry) Pettit, 82, of Easton, MD died peacefully in his sleep, at Talbot Hospice House on January 31, 2024.
Jerry was born in Philadelphia, PA on August 14, 1941, the son of Jeremiah Pettit and Alice (Bell) Pettit. Jerry graduated from North Catholic High School in 1959 and later in life attended Holy Family College for Accounting. He worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer for 45 years, starting as a mail clerk in 1959 and retiring as a Finance Accountant in 2004. He married the love of his life, Edna, on the winter solstice, December 21, 1963.
Jerry was an avid golfer, going on many trips with “the guys” to Myrtle Beach. After retirement, Jerry and Edna moved to Easton, MD where they enjoyed group bus trips, playing bocce, shuffleboard and meeting new friends. Jerry was a passionate bowler, holding positions as Secretary, Treasurer and President of many leagues, and both continued to enjoy their shared hobby together. In 2016, Jerry was the Senior Champion of USBC Talbot County Tournament. He volunteered as a tax preparer for a few years, which he enjoyed immensely. Jerry loved to cheer on the Philadelphia 76ers, the Flyers and the Phillies however, the E-A-G-L-E-S, were his all-time favorite to watch.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Edna; daughter, Denise (Rob); son, Gregory; granddaughter, Allison; his sister, Patricia (Thomas); his niece Heather and his nephew Thomas.

Patricia Rosalie Hastings
December 4, 1949 - February 1, 2024
Patricia Rosalie Hastings, 74 years old, of Rock Hall, MD passed away at Golden Rule Assisted Living on February 1, 2024.
Pat was born in Chestertown, MD on December 4, 1949, the daughter of the late Andrew John Powhida, Sr. and Amy Higgins Powhida. After graduating from Rock Hall High School with the Class of 1968, she worked for the Walt Voelker Insurance Company and was later employed by Southern States in both Chestertown and the Milford, DE location as an administrative assistant and bookkeeper. She was known for her dedication and thoroughness in her work until her retirement in 2017. Pat was married to Jackie Luike for seven years and was later married to Donald Fisher Hastings for 25 years until his death in 2010.
Pat volunteered at the Kent & Queen Anne’s Hospital gift shop as well as the Nearly New Shop. She was a member of both Raum Chapel and the Cannon Mennonite Church. She enjoyed going to yard sales, bowling, collecting Longaberger baskets, and had a great love for her pet cats.
She is survived by her sisters: Jean E. Spence, Rebecca L. Glenn, Karen P. May, and Faye Robinson; brother, Andrew John Powhida; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Vincent DeSanctis
July 13, 1941 - February 1, 2024
Vincent DeSanctis of Tilghman, MD died on February 1, 2024, at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Easton, MD following a brief illness.
Vince was born in Paterson, NJ on July 13, 1941, to Vincent and Helen (Ruocco) DeSanctis of Fair Lawn, NJ.
He attended school in NJ earning a bachelor’s degree in history, master’s degree in administration, and Doctor of Education in administration.
Vince married Francine (Barone) in 1967 and raised two children. A son Greg, with whom he shared a love of sports and a daughter Stephanie, with whom he shared a love of books.
An avid bird watcher Vince actively pursued this interest until his death and was a member of the Talbot County Bird Club. Vince also volunteered as an umpire for St. Michael’s Little League and Election Judge and poll watcher in Talbot County. He also served on the Communicator Committee of the Talbot County Democratic Forum as a member and active letter writer on political issues.
A lifelong educator and advocate for community college education, Vince served as CEO of Penn State University Campus, Shenango Valley, PA and President of Warren County Community College until his retirement.
Vince is survived by his wife, Francine of 56 years, son Greg of NJ, daughter Stephanie (Stahler) and her husband Scott of MD, grandson Jack Stahler, sister Rosemary of FL, brothers Joseph of FL and Michael of MN, and several nieces and nephews.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Walsh Redmond
February 21, 1948 - February 1, 2024
Elizabeth Walsh Redmond, affectionately known as Betsy, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2024, with her love, Leroy Baynard, by her side, having visited with family and friends all throughout the day.
Born February 21, 1948, in Wilmington, DE, Betsy was the daughter of Michael J. and Edna Walsh. After attending high school at John Dickinson High in Wilmington and graduating from George Washington High in Alexandria, VA, Betsy married William Redmond and they operated Carousel Riding Stables for many years, creating lifelong friendships. In 1981, the family moved to Trappe, MD, where they operated Hostetter Grain, which later became Mountaire Farms, and that is where she worked until retirement.
Betsy spent the last ten years with Leroy Baynard, who she called the love of her life. Day in and Day out, the two were inseparable. They were homebodies that would take the occasional day trip, but primarily enjoyed time at home on the computer, time in their recliners, or time with friends and family, but always together!
In addition to Leroy, Betsy is survived by her four loving sons, Christopher, Patrick (Susan), William (Joanna), and Timothy Redmond, her grandchildren Daniel, Jessica, Ezekiel and Emily Redmond, two brothers, Michael Walsh III (Barbara) and Thomas Walsh (Linda); Leroy’s family who cherished her as well, son Leroy Baynard Jr (Kelly), grandchildren Cheyenne Foster (Johnny), Sheridan Schultz (Nate), great granddaughter Kaycee Foster, and many cherished nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Eileen Mahoney (Jerry), and her best friend, Shirley Baynard.

Albert "Butch" Boulter
July 11, 1940 - February 2, 2024
Albert “Butch” Boulter of Preston, MD went home to be with the Lord on February 2, 2024. He was 83 years old.
He was born in Skinner’s Neck on July 11, 1940, the only son of John Henry and Frances Naomi Boulter. He grew up in Skinner’s Neck, attending Skinner’s Neck School and graduating from Rock Hall High School in 1958.
He worked with his father as a waterman and at Acme in Rock Hall until he got a job transfer to Acme in Laurel, MD and moved to Langley Park for the position. In 1962, he was employed by the United States Postal Service in Laurel and retired from there in 1992.
He enjoyed gardening, playing the organ, spending time with family and friends, and joking around with people. He also loved his desserts – especially ice cream.
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Jean Dowling and Ethel Toulson.
He is survived by his wife Gerda (Mary) Boulter; sister, Nelda LeCompte; daughter, Pam (Kelly); son, James (Kelly); grandsons, Kurtis and Luke; as well as many nieces and nephews, and his dog, Molly.

Rita C. Dowling
June 18, 1937 - February 3, 2024
Rita C. Dowling, long-time resident of Annapolis, Md., wife of the late Dr. John A. Dowling, M.D., and beloved mother of five, died on February 3, 2024 at her assisted living residence in Crofton, MD after surviving many years with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 86.
Born June 18, 1937, in Norwalk Connecticut, she graduated from Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, NJ and then attended Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York where she received a B.A. in mathematics. She pursued a career as a Technical Representative for the Burroughs Corporation and then later worked for IBM as a Systems Engineer in New York City.
She met John A. Dowling while both were living and working in New York City and they were married in a Catholic ceremony on Sept. 30, 1961 at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, NJ. The couple moved multiple times due to his medical residency training in plastic and reconstructive surgery, but eventually settled in Potomac, MD where they resided for almost 20 years raising five adopted children.
In 1977, Rita began a 40 year career in personal property/real estate management in which she directed the investment, renovation, interior design, rental, sales, and construction of over 25 houses, apartments, flats, condominiums, and even a farm. She researched and invested in locations that over time proved lucrative hot spots: Nantucket Island, MA, Eastern Shore of MD, Annapolis, MD, St. Simon Island, GA, Mercersburg, PA, Connemara and Dublin, Ireland, London, England, Key West, FL, and NY, NY. Her specialty was identifying properties with spectacular waterfront views.
Real estate investment was both a career and hobby for Rita. She enjoyed sharing her properties with family, friends, and renters alike. She loved being with friends and loved ones in the outdoors, hiking, gardening, golfing, swimming and sailing. She was an avid and enthusiastic world traveler and had friends all over the globe. Over her lifetime, Rita became a prolific and talented water color painter often painting the views from her properties.
She is predeceased by her beloved husband of 32 years, Dr. John A. Dowling, her two brothers Dr. Paul J. Cannon and Kerry J. Cannon, and her son, Thomas Matthew Dowling.
Rita is survived by her four children, David (Jovanny), Sean (Wendy), Anne (Matthew) Auer, and Elizabeth (Christopher, deceased) Hale and six grandchildren, Hayley, Eric, John, Emma, Madison and Michael.

Margaret Montgomery Ford
February 23, 1948 - February 3, 2024
Peggy Montgomery Ford passed away February 3rd, 2024, at her home. She was 75 years old.
Born on February 23rd, 1948, in Chester PA, she was the daughter of the late Roland Montgomery and Anna Jacobs Montgomery. She graduated from Garnet Valley High School in Glen Mills, PA in 1966.
In 1988 she started a professional photography studio in Wilmington, DE where she met and married, Michael Ford. Together they ran a successful business, Montgomery/Ford Photography, specializing in weddings, family portraits, and boudoir.
Upon retiring from photography in the 2010s, she became a travel agent while living on Kent Island and planning cruises.
She was Neil Diamond’s biggest fan having seen him 8 times in concert!
Peggy is survived by her loving husband Michael Ford, and her daughter Lynn Riley, son-in-law Shawn, grandsons Shawn and Sam Riley.