Obituaries
Aug. 7, 2002




Frederick K. Johnson

Frederick K. Johnson, 90, of Frederick, died Aug. 3 at the North Hampton Nursing Home.

He was born in Weirton, W.Va., on Sept. 27, 1912, but spent most of his life in Takoma Park, Wheaton and the last 20 years in Frederick.

He was the husband of the late Bertha Johnson.

Mr. Johnson retired from the Milk Drivers and Dairy Employees Union Local 246 in the early 1960s. His hobbies included carpentry and watching the Washington Redskins. He was instrumental in the construction of the Pentagon and Naval Yard.

He is survived by his children, Fred Johnson of Gaithersburg, Mary Pitrone of Gaithersburg, Barbara Tompkins of Frederick and Norma Sullivan of Frederick; and 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was the uncle of Baltimore Orioles Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Steve Barber and the nephew of Richard Barber.

He was also the father of the late Linda Davis.

Services were held Tuesday at DeVol Funeral Home in Gaithersburg. Burial was in Parklawn Cemetery in Rockville.

James G. King III

Dr. James G. "Jim" King III, 51, of Gaithersburg died of cancer Aug. 1 at his home.

He was the son of James and Francis King Jr.

He was the husband of Hyacinth King.

Dr. King graduated from the College of Dentistry at Howard University in 1998. He was a local Realtor for many years.

Surviving besides his parents and his wife are two children, Jay King and Joey King, both of Gaithersburg; two sisters, Francis King of New Jersey and Dianne Franklin of Bethesda; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family will receive friends 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Interdenominational Church of God, 19201 Woodfield Road in Gaithersburg. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. The Rev. Joseph Trammel will officiate. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to The King Family, 25113 Hickory Ridge Lane, Gaithersburg, Md. 20879.

Arrangements were made by Snowden Funeral Home in Rockville.

Sister Clarissima Novosatko

Sister Clarissima Novosatko, 91, a Bernardine Sister of St. Francis, died June 15 of a heart attack while in residence at the Transitional Living retirement home at St. Jude Convent in Aspen Hill.

Born in Shenandoah, Pa., in 1911, she spent 73 years as a Catholic nun. She earned a bachelor of science degree in education with a concentration in mathematics and history from Villanova University in Philadelphia and a master's degree with a concentration in political geography and climatology from Clark University.

Sister Clarissima spent her life as a teacher, principal and superior at many elementary schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland. She taught for 15 years at Little Flower High School in Philadelphia and at La Reine High School in Suitland. She also taught courses at Alvernia College in Reading, Pa.

Sister Clarissima was principal at St. Jude School from 1967 to 1974, during which time she endeared herself to parents and students of the parish. During her tenure at St. Jude, the school reached its peak enrollment of 1,200 students in grades one through eight.

She will be most fondly remembers for the annual school musicals for which she composed the scripts and directed the productions. Every student appeared in the musicals, and she often drew inspiration from the annual Radio City Music Hall productions in New York City.

In retirement, Sister Clarissima chose to spend her last 11 years at St. Jude Convent, in the parish and among the people she loved so much.

Even at 91, she did all of the computer work at the convent, handled the finances and wrote all thank-you notes. Even with failing eyesight, she was an avid reader and crossword puzzle enthusiast.

A mass was celebrated June 17 at the Shrine of St. Jude, followed by a funeral mass and burial in Reading, Pa., later that week.

Laurence C. Eklund

Laurence Conrad Eklund, 97, died of kidney failure June 20 at his home in the Greenwich Forest neighborhood of Bethesda.

He was born May 16, 1905, in Tomahawk, Wis., and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a journalism degree in 1927.

Mr. Eklund had a 43-year career with the Milwaukee Journal, and was the paper's Washington, D.C. bureau chief from 1947 to 1970. He covered nine presidential elections, the so-called McCarthy hearings into alleged communist activities, and much more.

A high point in his career, however, was when Sweden awarded him the country's highest civilian honor, the Royal Order of the Northern Star, in 1975 for his reporting on issues related to that country. His father immigrated from Sweden in 1888, and Mr. Eklund visited the country in 1949, 1959 and 1965 for reporting projects that examined the rebuilding of Europe after World War II.

He also received the Excellence in Journalism Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, and in 1990 was inducted into the Milwaukee Press Club Hall of Fame. He was a member of the National Press Club, and the Gridiron Club, which is a group of newspaper reporters known for its annual dinner featuring roasts of top elected officials.

Ethel Eklund, his wife of 51 years, died in 1982. He is survived by a son, John Eklund of Bethesda.

Pumphrey Funeral Home in Bethesda handled the arrangements.

Raymond Allan Jensen

Raymond Allan Jensen, 75, of Potomac, a longtime senior executive employee of the U.S. Department of Interior, died July 28 at the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville, Md.

Mr. Jensen created and managed a nationwide database that allowed states to share current research about water resources. He retired in 1994 from the U.S. Geological Survey after more than 40 years in federal service.

A native of south Portland, Maine, he was the only child of Edward and Bertha Jensen, and a 1948 graduate of Bowdoin College. He came to the Washington area immediately after graduation. One of his first jobs was writing abstracts for the Library of Congress. It was there he met Thelma Hollis, whom he married on Feb. 4, 1956, in All Souls Church in Washington, D.C.

In 1966, they moved to Potomac where Mr. Jensen became active in Fox Hills Civic Association, Tally Ho Swim Club, and several PTAs. He was a past president of the Maine State Society of Washington, D.C., and the local chapter of the Bowdoin Club, the school's alumni organization. He frequently served as a polling judge at Cabin John Middle School.

He earned a master's degree in mathematics from George Washington University while working full-time during the day at the National Bureau of Standards. He is remembered for his tireless work ethic, both in federal service and home where he could fix most everything that went wrong -- from bad engine belts to one of his son's splintered Tinkertoys.

He was a fan of science and preferred tours of the Smithsonian to visiting the White House. He read voraciously, kept back copies of Popular Science, Smithsonian, Scientific American, and many other magazines, and read at least three newspapers each day. He loved to go fishing on the Chesapeake Bay or on a lake in his native Maine, watch the Redskins on Sundays, and drive to Baltimore for an Orioles game once in a while.

Mr. Jensen moved to Charlestown's nursing unit last year after he fell into ill health. He died from an infection and complications from heart disease almost exactly 10 years after his wife died of a heart attack following surgery.

He is survived by three sons, Allan Hollis Jensen of Ann Arbor, Mich., Peter Edward Jensen of Timonium, Md., and David Nils Jensen of Laurel, as well as four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 3 at Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, Bethesda. Burial is at Parklawn Memorial Park, Rockville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association at www.americaheart-donate.org or by calling 1-800-AHA-USA1.

Rachel M. McCutcheon

Ms. Rachel M. McCutcheon, 48, of Greencastle, Pa., died Aug. 3, 2002, at Georgetown University Hospital, Washington, D.C., following a long illness. Born June 24, 1954, in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of Robert D. and Ruth (Blackhurst) McCutcheon of Greencastle.

Ms. McCutcheon was a 1972 graduate of Gaithersburg High School, a graduate of Montgomery College, Rockville, and Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee, Wash. She worked as a respiratory therapist at hospitals in Washington and Oregon before retiring in 1982 because of her health. After retiring, she was a self-employed artist.

Ms. McCutcheon was a member of the Washington Grove Methodist Church, where she was active in youth groups and choir. She was queen of Jobs Daughters in Gaithersburg. She was a volunteer at the Pregnancy Ministries Inc. of Chambersburg, Pa.

Surviving in addition to her parents are one sister, Suzanne Ney and her husband, Don, of Mt. Vernon, Wash.; one brother, Robert D. McCutcheon II and his wife, Debra, of Frederick; three nieces and three nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Liberty Presbyterian Church in Greenbank, W. Va., with the Rev. Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will be in Arbovale Cemetery, Arbovale, W.Va.

Memorial donations may be made in her memory to the Lupus Foundation of America, P.O. Box 79583, Baltimore, MD 21279-0563.

Arrangements were made by Harold M. Zimmerman & Son Funeral Home Inc., 48 South Carlisle St., Greencastle, PA 17725.

David C. Stolz

Mr. David C. Stolz of Gaithersburg died Aug. 5, 2002. He was the son of Joseph E. and Virginia Stolz Sr.

Survivors besides his parents include one sister, Barbara A. Engle; three brothers, Joseph E. Stolz Jr., Stephen A. Stolz and Paul M. Stolz; two nieces, six nephews, one great niece and one great nephew. He was preceded in death by one brother, John M. Stolz.

Friends may call 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 E. Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Martin's Catholic Church, 200 S. Frederick Ave., Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice.

Arrangements were made by DeVol Funeral Home.

Dorothy Sullivan

Dorothy "Dot" Sullivan Hill, 98, of Louisville, Ky., died Aug. 2 at Brownsboro Hills Nursing Center, Louisville. She was the wife of the late James Stuart Hill.

Born Feb. 29, 1904, in Shelbyville, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Conn Sullivan and Mayme DuBourg Sullivan.

Mrs. Hill was a homemaker. She had also worked as a secretary for Judge George Willis.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary Jean Kinsman of Kentucky and Dorothy Blake Fardon of Dickerson; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Hill was a member of the Catholic Church of the Annunciation.

Funeral services were held Monday at Grove Hill Cemetery. Deacon John Shoulta, Catholic Church of the Annunciation, officiated.

Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville.

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