Vincent Hughes Stafford of Ellicott City, a former resident of Catonsville, died of cancer June 19. He was 86.
Mr. Stafford, the son of the late Francis J. and Ella Bailey Stafford, was born in Baltimore in 1918. He was raised in Catonsville, where he attended St. Mark's Parochial School.
Upon graduating from Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, he joined his family's furniture business, which his father originally founded in 1900.
He eventually became the owner and president of Stafford Brothers Furniture Corporation.
In 1998, Mr. Stafford retired, through he enjoyed keeping in touch and visiting with former customers in Baltimore, Annapolis and Bowie, according to family members.
He was an usher at Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City, where he enjoyed greeting his fellow parishioners, family members said.
Surviving are his children and their spouses, Mark S. and Peggy B. Stafford of Ellicott City, Elizabeth S. Cone of Linthicum, and Ann S. and Marc L. Ebersberger Sr. of Ellicott City; six grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
Mr. Stafford was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth S. Stafford; and infant son, Vincent H. Stafford Jr.
Services were June 23 at Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City. Officiating were Mr. Stafford's nephew, J. Francis Cardinal Stafford of the Apostolic Penitentiary in Rome, the Rev. W. Francis Malooly, the Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore and Monsignor James O. McGovern of Church of the Resurrection.
Interment was in St. John's Cemetery in Ellicott City.
Paul J. Mignini
Paul J. Mignini, 82, of Ellicott City, died June 20.
Mr. Mignini is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Paul J. Mignini Jr. and Nancy Mignini; daughters and sons-in-law, Carolyn and Steve Vinovich, Connie and Duke Iampieri, Vicci and Jimmy Unglesbee, and Mary and Ted Keeley; daughter, Edith Mignini; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia L. Mignini.
Funeral services were held June 24 at St. Agnes Church in Baltimore.
Interment was in Baltimore National Cemetery.
Jules Robert Panneton
Jules Robert Panneton of Mount Airy died June 23 at Our Family Assisted Living in Mount Airy. He was 87.
Mr. Panneton was born Dec. 14, 1916, in Manchester, N.H. He was the son of the late Ovila and Clara Panneton.
He was a retired analyst for the National Security Agency. Mr. Panneton also was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Knights of Columbus.
He belonged to St. Michael's Catholic Church in Mount Airy and St. Luke's Catholic Church in Ocean City where he was an usher and lay leader.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Esther Annette Panneton of Mount Airy; sons, Robert J. Panneton of Houston and Paul E. Panneton of Sykesville; daughter, Annette Fleishell of Sykesville; sisters, Beatrice Gelinas, Eva Berube and Rita Werderman; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held June 26 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Mount Airy.
Interment will be in Parklawn Cemetery in Rockville.
Memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of Howard County, 5537 Twin Knolls Road, Suite 433, Columbia, MD 21045.
Harry D. Zink
Harry D. Zink, a former engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in North Laurel, died June 17 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring after a long illness. The Silver Spring resident was 79.
Born May 18, 1925, in Marion, Ohio, he earned a degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University in 1946. He was employed by the university's Antenna Laboratory from 1946 to 1948.
Mr. Zink was a general manager at the Antenna Research Laboratory in Columbus, Ohio, from 1948 to 1950, and a project engineer at the Radio Corporation of America in Rocky Point, N.Y., from 1950 to 1953.
In 1953, Mr. Zink moved to Silver Spring and accepted a position at APL, evaluating designs of antenna and radar systems for the Typhon and Triton weapons programs. He and other APL scientists created methods for measuring the Doppler frequency shift of the Russian Sputnik satellite in 1957, according to APL staff.
Mr. Zink left APL in 1961 to become director of research at the Frederick Research Corp. in Wheaton, Md. There, he studied radio frequency interference phenomena.
By 1963, Mr. Zink had returned to APL to conduct systems analysis for the Gemini, Apollo and Skylab space programs. He later served as a program manager for the NASA Ground Terminal at White Sands, N.M., and provided technical leadership for the Tracking Data Relay Satellite System.
Prior to his 1990 retirement, he was a systems engineer for the Midcourse Space Experiment satellite beacon receiver. Mr. Zink held a patent for a binary divider, according to APL staff.
His hobbies included sports cars and crafting model World War II airplanes.
Mr. Zink is survived by his brother, Jim Zink of Rockville; a niece, and two nephews.
Services were June 21 at the Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home.
Interment was June 23 at the Alliance City Cemetery in Alliance, Ohio.
Dee H. Oden
Dee H. Oden, a former resident of Alabama, died June 23 at Sunrise Assisted Living of Columbia. She was 98.
Born May 13, 1906, in Athens, Tenn., she was a homemaker.
Mrs. Oden is survived by her son, Stephen Francis Oden of Laurel; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles M. Oden; and two sisters.
Services will be held at a later date.
Gerhard W. Pakulla
Gerhard W. Pakulla of Columbia died June 23 at Howard County General Hospital. He was 84.
He was born in Germany and came to the United States at age 6.
Mr. Pakulla attended Liberty High School in Bethlehem, Pa.
In 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Burma-China-India campaign from 1942 to 1945 while he was stationed in India.
Mr. Pakulla had an entrepreneurial spirit, family members said. After serving in World War II, he delivered snacks to stores and bars for the Charles Chips company. He also was previously employed by Bethlehem Steel.
He later moved to the Washington, D.C., area to become a stripe oak hardwood floor layer.
In 1953, Mr. Pakulla and his wife, the former Irene Hudak, bought 6 acres of land and built their house with only the instructions of a builder's manual, according to family members.
Mr. Pakulla also worked as a machinist at the Airco Flight Refueling Company. After a construction accident severely injured his hand, Mr. Pakulla was forced to change his career.
He became a taxi cab driver and eventual owner of Union Cab Company in Bladensburg, Md.
In later years, Mr. Pakulla worked for General Electric's assembly plant in Columbia until his 1984 retirement.
During the 1980s, he earned a real estate license and worked with Hugh T. Peck Realtors.
He continued his involvement in the U.S. Army Reserve, reaching the rank of staff sergeant.
Mr. Pakulla enjoyed travelling with his wife, camping in the Maryland and Virginia Appalachian areas, visiting Florida during the winter, and traveling to Alaska and the western regions of the United States.
He was a member of the St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Crownsville, the Gambrills Athletic Club and volunteered with the Boy Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Club of Green Meadows, Md.
He also belonged to the Seniors Plus program in Owen Brown and the Maryland chapter of the World War II group BASHA, which includes veterans from the Burma-China-India campaign.
His hobbies included watching football and baseball, and following horse racing.
Family cookouts, gardening and dancing were also among his favorite activities, according to family members.
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Lynn Pakulla of Ellicott City; daughter and son-in-law, Joan and John Braaten of Annapolis; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
James Mervin Shifflett Sr.
James Mervin Shifflett Sr. of Ellicott City died June 23 at Howard County General Hospital. He was 77.
Born Oct. 28, 1926, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Reuben David and Ann Virginia Mobrey Shifflett.
Mr. Shifflett was a bus driver for a charter bus service.
He is survived by his wife, Alice May Biddinger Shifflett; sons, James M. Shifflett Jr. and Leon "Lee" F. Shifflett; brothers, Melvin P. Shifflett and William Howard Shifflett; sisters, Christine A. Scott and Mary Shifflett; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Services and interment were June 28 at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Ellicott City.
Mary Scudellari Ravitts
Mary Scudellari Ravitts died June 22 at her home in Columbia after a year-long struggle with adenoid-cystic carcinoma. She was 67.
Born Jan. 28, 1937, in Long Island, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Erman and Gladys Elizabeth Havens Scudellari.
She was a visiting nurse and hospice volunteer for St. Agnes Healthcare in Baltimore.
Previously, she was a family ombudsman for a U.S. Navy submarine to which her husband was assigned. While living in Illinois, she helped to establish a pro-life organization and a hospice group, according to family members.
Surviving are her husband, Joseph Richard Ravitts; daughter and son-in-law, Annemarie and Anthony Martinez of Colorado; and one grandchild.
The Rev. Martin Burnham presided over services June 28 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Clarksville.
Interment was in St. Louis Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be sent to Bill Rudge Ministries, P.O. Box 108, Sharon, PA 16146-0108.
Ryan Daniel Raines
Ryan Daniel Raines, 4, died June 24 at his home in Elkridge after a long-term illness.
Born Sept. 24, 1999, he was the son of Raymond Raines and Tammy Ferguson.
In addition to his parents, Ryan is survived by his brother, Steven Ferguson; sister, Jenefer Ferguson; and grandparents, Janice Hall, Reggie Hall, Raymond Raines Sr. and Elizabeth DaCosta.
The Rev. Rebecca Richards presided over services June 26 at Kaufman Funeral Home at Meadowridge Memorial Park in Elkridge.
Interment was private.
Catherine L. Maletz
Catherine L. Maletz of Ellicott City died June 24. She was 88.
Mrs. Maletz is survived by her sister, Rita Miller; brother, James Loebach; daughter-in-law, Cathy Maletz Cope and her husband Wayne G. Cope; two grandchildren; one great-grandson; and extended family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert N. Maletz; and son, David M. Maletz.
A funeral service was held June 28 at St. Pius X in Baltimore.
Interment was in Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Timonium.
Memorial donations may be sent to Ivy Mount School, 11614 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, MD 20854 or the Arc of Howard County, 11735 Homewood Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
Joe Louis Bolder
Joe Louis Bolder died June 17 at his home in Columbia. He was 55.
Mr. Bolder was born Dec. 6, 1948, in South Carolina. He was the son of the late E.F. Bolder and Lucille Bolder.
He was a production sanitation supervisor for Dominos Pizza.
Surviving are his wife, Evangeline Bolder; daughter, Joselyn Bolder; and son, Evan Bolder, all of Columbia.
Services were June 22 at St. John the Baptist Church in Columbia.
Interment will be in Columbia Memorial Park in Clarksville.
Rose M. Nasiatka
Rose M. Nasiatka of Jessup died following a stroke June 24 at Howard County General Hospital. She was 74.
She was born July 7, 1929, in Pennsylvania.
Mrs. Nasiatka owned Three Nines Tavern and the Greenway Motel in Jessup.
She was a member of St. Lawrence Church in Jessup.
Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Thomas Slezak of Jessup, and Blanche and Richard Dymond of Elkridge; son and daughter-in-law, Stanley and Linda Nasiatka of Marriottsville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Nasiatka was preceded in death by her husband, Stanley Nasiatka.
Services were June 28 at St. Lawrence Church. The Rev. John Dorn officiated.
Interment was in Meadowridge Memorial Park in Elkridge.
Dennis Graham Clark
Dennis Graham Clark, a former resident of Columbia, died June 18 at his home in Centre Hall, Pa., after a long struggle with addiction to alcohol and drugs. He was 38.
Born May 2, 1966, he was the son of Ben and Joanna Clark of Columbia.
He was a blues musician, poet and songwriter. Mr. Clark also worked as a carpenter for construction companies in State College and Scranton, Pa., and Columbia.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Ben Clark and sister, Sarah Clark, both of Columbia; and grandfather, retired Maj. Gen. James O. Frankosky of Arlington, Va.
A memorial service took place June 25 at the Hawthorne Community Center in Columbia.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Columbia Church of Religious Science, P.O. Box 191, Columbia, MD 21044.
Condolences may be entered into Mr. Clark's guest book at www.heintzelmanfuneralhome.com.