Sykesville, Eldersburg area obituaries

Thursday, April 20, 2006






Billy E. Elswick

Billy E. Elswick, 76, of Westminster, died April 15, 2006, at the University of Maryland Hospital Center.

Born July 24, 1929, in Jenkins, Ky., he was the son of the late Ervin and Angeline Webb Elswick. He was the husband of Alta Marie Elswick of Westminster. They had been married for 54 years.

He was a retired electrical engineer in the aerospace division with the then Westinghouse Corporation in Hunt Valley.

He and his wife taught ballroom and country line dancing in the local community. He had been an auctioneer for more than 20 years.

He was the co-founder of Little League baseball in Winfield. He was a former member of the Taylorsville-Winfield Lions Club.

He was a United States Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of the Bethesda United Methodist Church in Sykesville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children James E. Elswick and wife Frances of Westminster, Debby M. Kent and husband Randy of Taneytown, Jane Elswick-Nelson and husband Dennis of Conn., Ervin N. Elswick and wife Lynda of Westminster and Judy Lynn Perkins and husband Chris of Sykesville. He is also survived by siblings Curt Elswick of Va., ‘Jimmie’ Chan Elswick of Pa., Leonard Elswick of Mich., 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were on April 19 at the Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home and Monument Company with the Rev. Rollins Johnson officiating.

Interment is in Lakeview Memorial Park.

Sympathy may be expressed in the form of contributions in his name to Bethesda United Methodist Church⁄ Parsonage Improvement Fund, 326 Klee Mill Road, Sykesville, MD.

Bradley J. Hagner

Bradley J. Hagner, 29, of Westminster, formerly of Baltimore County, died April 12, 2006, at his home in Westminster.

Born Feb. 16, 1977, in Baltimore, he was the son of John Hagner of Granite and Patricia Leonard Biernack of Catonsville.

His hobbies were cars, motorcycles, snow skiing and music.

Surviving in addition to his parents are grandmothers Catherine Vivian Hagner of Hanover, Pa., and Shirley Lohsen of Ocean City; sisters Valerie D. Hagner of Westminster and Alyssa Biernack of Catonsville; and nephew Shayne C. Wilson of Westminster.

Memorial services will be held at 6 p.m., today, at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home and Crematory, P.A., 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield, MD.

A reception will be at the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Hall, 10100 Liberty Road, Randallstown.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carroll County Long-term Residential Drug Treatment Facility, c⁄o the Brad Hagner Memorial Fund, 7509 Patapsco Dr., Sykesville, MD 21784.

Margaret Pauline Hildebrand

Margaret Pauline Hildebrand, 94, of Glenwood and formerly of Ocean City, died April 13, 2006, at Harmony Hall Assisted Living, Columbia.

Born Oct. 11, 1911, in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Paul Henry and Margaret Clara Debis Loeschke. She was the wife of the late Henry Hobart Hildebrand.

She was a homemaker for most of her life.

Surviving are son Frederick Paul Hildebrand and his wife Kimberly of Glenwood; daughter Gail Margaret Willey and her husband Elwood of Walpole, Mass.; grandchildren Amy Elizabeth Willey of N.H., Andrew Edward Willey currently serving in Saudi Arabia and Kristen Leigh Hildebrand and Laura Kathryn Hildebrand, both of Glenwood.

She was preceded in death by her brother Paul Henry Loeschke Jr.

A memorial service was held by St. Andrews Chapel.

Arrangements were by Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, Sykesville.

Matthew T. Leizear

Matthew Thomas Leizear, 21, of Woodbine, died April 13, 2006, in Dillsburg, Pa., due to injuries from an automobile accident.

Born Feb. 2, 1985, in Laurel, he was the son of Thomas Edward and Aileen Marie Fennell Leizear of Woodbine.

He was a 2003 graduate of South Carroll High School. He had been a biology major and had attended Carroll Community College and Frostburg State University, where he was on the Dean’s List.

He enjoyed fishing, music, motorcross racing and debating politics.

Surviving in addition to his parents are sister Megan Marie Leizear of Woodbine; grandmother Helen Fennell of Laurel; great-aunt Bertha Rushing of Laurel; aunts Kathy Fennell of Westminster, Tricia Harless of Georgia, Margaret Salisbury of Elkridge and Bridget Radford of Westminster; uncle John Fennell Jr. of Loganville, Ga.; and numerous cousins.

Funeral services were held at Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, with the Rev. Warren Litchfield officiating. Interment is in Ivy Hill Cemetery, Laurel.

Jackie Lee Petry

Jackie Lee Petry, 59, of Westminster, died April 14, 2006, at his home.

Born Jan. 18, 1947, in Dakota, W.Va., he was the son of the late Donald and Dorothy Challis Petry.

He was a member of a group home with Flying Colors.

He is survived by siblings Edith Naill and Edna Robbins, both of Westminster, Betty Jones of Hanover, Pa. and Gladys Naill of New Windsor and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by brother Donald Petry.

Services and interment were private.

Arrangements were made by the Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home and Monument Company, Eldersburg.

Jonathan P. Pruitt

Jonathan P. Pruitt, 17, of Sykesville, died suddenly on April 14, 2006, at his home.

Born Oct. 9, 1988, in Washington, D.C., he was the son of Richard A. and Sharon Nevitt Pruitt of Holland, Pa.

He had been a student. He had worked for Fogle’s Septic and William Schneider Co. both of Sykesville.

He was enrolled to join the United States Army.

Surviving in addition to his parents are brothers Richard A. Pruitt Jr. of Seattle, Wash., and Stephan M. Pruitt and Mark E. Pruitt, both of Holland, Pa. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A funeral service was held at Sunset Memorial Park, Chapel of Peace, Feasterville, Pa.

Local arrangements were by the Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, Sykesville.

Fred W. Schulte

Fred W. Schulte, 86, of Mount Airy, died April 18, 2006, at Britton Woods Rehabilitation and Nursing Home in Winfield.

Born April 24, 1919, in Terre Haute, Ind., he was the son of the late Henry Schulte and the late Maude Schulte (nee Walker).

He was the husband of Christel K. Schulte (nee Kleinschmidt) of Mount Airy, and the father of Brian P. Schulte of N.J. He was also the brother of Lawrence H. Schulte and Helen Terstegge, both of Terre Haute, Ind.

He is also survived by four grandchildren and several great-granchildren.

He was a retired farmer. He attended Calvary Bible Church.

A funeral service will be held on Friday at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home and Crematory, P.A., 1212 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield, with the Pastor Charles Buettner of Calvary Bible Church officiating.

Interment will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Mount Airy.

Friends may call at the Burrier-Queen Funeral Home and Crematory, P.A. from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m., today.

Arrangements were made by Burrier-Queen Funeral Home and Crematory, P.A., Winfield.

Pierce W. Sturdevant

Pierce Waddell Sturdevant, 79, of Sykesville, died April 8, 2006, at Pleasant View Nursing Center, Mount Airy.

Born May 25, 1926, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Frank P. and Ethel Waddell Sturdevant. He was the husband of the late Mary Grace Gardner Sturdevant.

He served with the United States Navy during World War II. He had been a draftsman for many years.

Surviving are stepson William Gardner and his wife Barbara of Sykesville, step grandsons Brent and Shane Gardner and step great-granddaughter Taylor Gardner.

Funeral services were held at the Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, Sykesville, with the Rev. Charles Acker officiating.

Interment is in Woodlawn Cemetery, Baltimore.

Betty Jo Smith Watts

Betty Jo Smith Watts, 67, of Upperco, Md., died April 13, 2006, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Mount Airy. She was the spouse of the late Martin Watts

Born Dec. 12, 1938, in Boomer, W. Va., she was the daughter of the late Randall Smith and the late Effie Griffeth Smith

She was retired from Jubilee Foods in Hampstead where she had worked in the deli. She enjoyed doing crafts.

Surviving her are cousins and caregivers Brit and Mary Weber and family, John and Sherrie Turrall and family and dear friend Audrey Warren. She is also survived by many family and friends.

She was preceded in death by daughter Tanya Williar.

Memorial services were on April 17 at Burrier-Queen Funeral Home and Crematory, P.A., Winfield, with the Rev. Carol Yocum of Reisterstown United Methodist Church officiating.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Carroll Hospice, 95 Carroll St., Westminster, MD 21157.

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