Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village area obituaries

Wednesday, April 26, 2006






Williamina T. Beery

Williamina ‘‘Billy” Thompson Beery, 89, of Montgomery Village, formerly of Solomons, and Pittsburgh, died April 10.

Born Sept. 9, 1916, in Massachusetts, she was the wife of the late Donald W. Beery.

Mrs. Beery graduated in 1937 from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in chemistry and was a chemist, scientific writer and technical editor.

At one time a competitively ranked chess player, her other hobbies included playing duplicate bridge, music, reading and traveling.

Survivors include a daughter, Susan Dunton of Montgomery Village; brother Richard Thompson and wife, Sarah Younglove of Los Angeles; sister-in-law Patricia Thompson of Fresno, Calif.; brother-in-law Arthur ‘‘Jack” Beery and wife, Rose of Tampa, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Nancy Hutchins.

A memorial gathering is planned for Saturday at the home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Montgomery Hospice Society, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.

Going Home Cremation Services, Clarksville, handled arrangements.

Simone Bender

Simone Bender, 66, of Gaithersburg, died April 22, at her home.

Born Nov. 14, 1939, in Cairo, she was a daughter of the late Georges Abdelnour and Marie Haddad.

She was the wife of Donald Bender for 44 years.

Survivors in addition to her husband include two daughters, Patricia Cohen of Bethesda and Paola Arbow of Leesburg, Va.; two sisters, Lizette Bashour and Jacqueline Taza, both of Montreal; one brother, Pierre Abdelnour of Paris; and five grandchildren.

A funeral service was Tuesday at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg. Burial followed in All Souls Cemetery, Germantown.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Simone Bender Cancer Research Fund, c⁄o Donald Bender, 8808 Mourning Dove Court, Gaithersburg, MD 20879.

DeVol Funeral Home, Gaithersburg, handled arrangements.

Lee H. Berman

Lee H. Berman, 74, of Gaithersburg, died of cardiac complications Feb. 15, at home.

He was born in Louisville, Ky., Oct. 21, 1931.

Before his retirement, he was associated with several floor-covering companies.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, Joan P. Berman, of Gaithersburg, he is survived by three daughters, Holly Fink and Julie Davis, Louisville, Ky., and Sally Murek, North Potomac; one son, Jack Berman of Alexandria, Va. and two grandchildren.

Internment was in Gardens of Remembrance in Clarksburg.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Heart Fund.

Edward Sagel Funeral Direction Inc. of Rockville was in charge of arrangements.

Ralph C. Chandler

Ralph Chase Chandler, 45, of Frederick, formerly of Gaithersburg, died suddenly April 24, at his home.

Born May 8, 1960, in Olney, he was the son of the late Ross C. and Marian Brown Chandler.

He was the husband of Carol Lee Chandler and the former husband of Debra Chandler of Germantown.

Mr. Chandler served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of Moose Lodge 371.

Survivors in addition to his wife include a daughter, Valerie R. Chandler of Damascus; two stepchildren, Anna M. Bridgett of North Carolina and Ashley N. Bridgett of Frederick; one sister, Pamela Ritchie of Indiana; and one grandchild.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Parklawn Memorial Park Chapel, 12800 Veirs Mill Road, Rockville. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service. Interment will follow in the cemetery.

Hilton Funeral Home, Barnesville, handled arrangements.

Leatha M. Neide

Leatha M. Neide, 97, of Gainesville, Va., formerly of Gaithersburg, died April 22, in Gainesville, Va.

Born Sept. 24, 1908, in Brownsville, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Sheldon and Margaret Bullis.

She was the wife of Samuel S. Neide, who died in 1962. They had been married for 35 years.

Mrs. Neide attended school in a one-room schoolhouse and worked on the family farm plowing the fields with a horse-drawn plow and milking cows and doing all other jobs associated with farm life. She moved to New York City in her late teens to find a better job and worked there for a few years, then moved back to the North Country. She and her family moved to Gaithersburg in 1949 and became members of Epworth United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Neide became active in church and community functions. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, she and her husband were members of the church’s building fund. She was the first woman on the church’s board of directors.

She was the chairwoman of the church’s annual turkey dinner and the church food booth at the Montgomery County Fair for several years. She became a lifetime member of the fair. In 1962, she earned a real estate license and worked as a real estate agent for a few years. In 1968 she went to work at Gaithersburg City Hall and held numerous jobs for the city between 1968 and 2003, when she retired at the age of 95.

Survivors include one son, Samuel David Neide and wife, Joyce of Gainesville, Va., and two granddaughters.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today at Epworth United Methodist Church, 9008 Rosemont Ave., Gaithersburg. Burial will follow in Forest Oak Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Foundation, Development Dept., 27001 Agoura Road, Suite 150, Calabasas Hills, CA 91301.

DeVol Funeral Home, Gaithersburg, handled arrangements.

Laurie B. Oliver

Laurie Brown Oliver, 43, of Damascus, died April 15, of kidney cancer at Montgomery Hospice Casey House.

Born Sept. 9, 1962, in New Jersey, she was the daughter of Karen S. Brown of Potomac and the late Robert D. Brown.

She was the wife of Patrick J. Oliver.

Survivors in addition to her husband and mother include a son, Michael P. Oliver; stepfather, Parke L. Brown Jr. of Potomac; a grandmother, Emma J .Brown of Illinois; three brothers, David A. Brown of Rockville, Richard E. Brown of Rockville and Christopher M. Brown of Gaithersburg; three stepsisters, Linda C. Brown of Rockville, Sarah B. Steuteville and husband, Rob of New York and Rachel A. Brown of Mount Airy; a half-brother, Andrew P. Brown of Pennsylvania; and a half-sister, Julie B. Allanach and husband, Sean of Germantown.; and three nieces.

A memorial service was Saturday at St. James Episcopal Church in Potomac. Interment was private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Patient Advocate Foundation, (Co-Pay Relief Program), 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd, Suite 201, Newport News, VA 23606-4531, or Action to Cure Kidney Cancer, 150 West 75th St., No. 246, New York, NY 10023.

Going Home Cremation Services, Clarksville, handled arrangements.

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