Charles Edward "Jim" Dampman, of Ellicott City, died Dec. 20, 2006, of cancer, at his residence. He was 72.
Born Nov. 22, 1934, in York County, Pa., to John and Emma Dampman, he attended Mt. Hebron High School, in Ellicott City, graduating in 1952.
Throughout his life, he helped his parents with the family farm, Dampman's Farm, in Ellicott City.
Mr. Dampman worked for 15 years as a supervisor for an electronics company, Watkins and Johnson, now defunct, in Gaithersburg. He retired in 1996.
He enjoyed fishing and hunting, said his wife.
Mr. Dampman is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nina V. Dampman, of Ellicott City; a daughter, Sharon K. Dampman, of Ellicott City; a son and daughter-in-law, J. Kevin Sr. and Lynn Dampman, of Ellicott City; a brother, Gene A. Dampman, of Ellicott City; and five grandchildren, Brandon, Jennifer, Julie, Kathleen and Kevin Dampman Jr., all of Ellicott City.
Funeral services were held Dec. 23, 2006, at Witzke's Family Funeral Home in Ellicott City. The Rev. Kip Smith presided.
Interment followed at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville.
Robert D. Dlesk
Robert Donald Dlesk, of Fulton, died Dec. 14, 2006, at his residence. He was 56.
He was born May 13, 1950, to Ernest R. and Hermine E. Hermann Dlesk.
Mr. Dlesk attended Duval High School, in Lanham, and worked as an electrician out of the International Brotherhood of Electric Workers Local 26 in Washington, D.C., for 32 years.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 16 years, Eileen Rusnock.
Funeral services and interment was private.
Memorial donations may be made to: Habitat for Humanity International, 121 Habitat St., Americus, GA 31709.
Daniel Exum, of Columbia, died Dec. 19, 2006, at his residence. He was 79.
He was born May 10, 1927, in Rocky Mountain, N.C., to Grant and Ester Draughn Exum.
For 50 years, he worked in construction as a laborer for George Hyman Construction Co., in Washington, D.C. Recently, he had been honored in Crystal City, Va., by the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations union for his service.
Mr. Exum loved gardening, studying the environment and tracking the weather. He also had an intense interest in history and politics and loved barbecuing, family members said.
He volunteered for Princeville Flood Relief through the First Baptist Church of Guilford. He also helped out with the church's food bank.
In the 1990s, the Women's Convention Auxiliary of the United Baptist Convention of Maryland recognized him for the missionary work he had done.
He was predeceased by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Kredelle Moore Exum.
Mr. Exum is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Jacqueline Exum-Petty and Elemuel Petty, of Columbus, Miss.; two sons and two daughters-in-law, Keith and Sharon Exum, of Sykesville, and Jeffrey and Valerie Exum, of Essex; a sister, Anna Marie Greene, of Baltimore; two brothers and four sisters-in-law, John and Janie Exum, of Montgomery, Ala., and Methuselah and Elsie Exum, of Norfolk, Va., Leola Dorsey, of Jessup, and Dorothy Moore, of Columbia; two goddaughters, Rev. Dr. Barbara Moore, of Columbia, and Vivian Denise and her husband, Mark Offer, of Baltimore; four grandchildren, Megan Exum, of Sykesville, Kimberly Dora Exum, of Sykesville, Jeffrey Rico Exum, of Sykesville, Lisa and her husband, Jason Nelson, of Sykesville; two nieces, Ester Drake, of Columbia, and Trina and her husband, Glen Rogers, of Melrose, N.J.; a cousin, Melvin Holland, of Columbia; and nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Funeral services were held Dec. 22, 2006, at the First Baptist Church of Guilford in Columbia. The Rev. John Wright officiated.
Interment followed at Meadowridge Memorial Park in Elkridge.
Memorial donations may be made to: The Gold Leaf Fund and/or The Brick Building Fund, First Baptist Church of Guilford, 7504 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21046.
Angelo J. Fazio
Angelo Joseph Fazio, of Columbia, died Dec. 17, 2006, due to complications from surgery and cancer, at Howard County General Hospital in Columbia. He was 85.
Mr. Fazio was born Oct. 12, 1921, in Bristol, Pa., to Francesco and Francesca Fazio. He attended high school in New York City.
The Fazio family relocated a few times during Mr. Fazio's life. During his youth, the family moved to Brooklyn. He later relocated to Baltimore and finally, to Columbia.
In 1942, he joined the Army Air Corps 332nd Airdrome Squadron, based in England. He served as a corporal and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal before being honorably discharged in 1945.
Mr. Fazio and his wife, Carmela, got married in 1946.
After serving in the Army, Mr. Fazio worked as a delivery driver for five years for Bond Bread, located in Baltimore.
He then spent 15 years working as a tailor and quality inspector of uniforms and men's fine suits, including for London Fog, then in Virginia. He also worked in New York City and Baltimore, visiting factories in order to do inspections.
After that, he returned to working as a delivery driver for the next 15 years for Frito Lay, located in Baltimore, making deliveries to local supermarkets. He retired in 1980.
He was active with Ateaze Senior Center, in Dundalk, for 20 years, where he started the yearly holiday party and ran the games rooms. Mr. Fazio also took trips to Las Vegas and Atlantic City with the senior center.
Family members recall that he was a very helpful, likeable person and a joy to know.
He was predeceased by his wife of 35 years, Carmela Fazio.
Mr. Fazio is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Theodore LoPresti, of Columbia; a son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Rose Fazio, of Elkridge; a brother and sister-in-law, Anthony and Millie Fazio, of Virginia Beach, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Biondo and Fran and her husband, Emil Shott, all of Baltimore; and five grandchildren, Christina and her husband, Ronald Bates, of Apalachin, N.Y., Jason LoPresti, of St. Peters, Mo., Nicholas LoPresti, of Laurel, Samuel LoPresti, of Elkridge, and Christopher Fazio, of Elkridge.
Funeral services were held Dec. 21, 2006, at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Elkridge. The Rev. Gerry Bowen presided.
Interment followed at Holly Hill Cemetery, in Baltimore.
Shirley C. Harding
Shirley Catherine "Toots" Huber Harding, of Laurel, formerly of Baltimore, died Dec. 16, 2006, at Laurel Regional Hospital. She was 71.
Born in Baltimore, on March 19, 1935, to Harry R. Sr. and Margaret Miller Huber, she attended Saint Mary's of the Mill School in Laurel.
In 1953, she married James L. Harding at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Laurel. The couple renewed their wedding vows on their 50th anniversary.
Since 1979, Mrs. Harding co-owned and co-operated with her husband a bus contracting company, called Harding Bus Service, in Laurel, for Howard County Public Schools.
Mrs. Harding was a member of the Howard County School Bus Contractors Association. She was also a lifelong member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Laurel.
She enjoyed children and animals, especially horses, family members said. She also liked gardening, camping and crabbing, and caring for her husband. She was a two-time cancer survivor.
Mrs. Harding was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Adams and Eileen See; and three brothers, Harry Huber Jr., Kenneth Huber and Franklin Huber.
She is survived by her husband of 53 years, James L. Harding, of Laurel; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan D. and Wayne Miles Sr., of Laurel; two sons and a daughter-in-law, William L. and Mica Harding, of Edgewater, and Michael James Harding, of Laurel; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Margaret "Belle" Cole, of Laurel, Merl and Phil Phillips, of Laurel, Nancy and John Salzman, of Frederick, and Elizabeth "Betty" and Dennis Merson, of Odenton; a sister-in-law, Patricia A. Harding, of Laurel; a brother and sister-in-law, Elger Huber Sr., and Lillian of Laurel; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Dec. 20, 2006, at Donaldson Funeral Home in Laurel. The Rev. Mile Wilson of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Laurel presided.
Interment followed at Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Brentwood.
Memorial donations may be made to: American Cancer Society, 11331 Amherst Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20902.
Stephen J. Foriska
Stephen John Foriska, of Ellicott City, died Dec. 17, 2006, at Frederick Villa Nursing Center, in Catonsville. He was 90.
He was born July 28, 1916, in Shoaf, Pa., to Martin and Veronica Mastihuba Foriksa.
Mr. Foriska worked as a loan officer for Fraternity Federal Savings and Loan for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Eleanor Foriska, of Ellicott City; a daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Leslie Hose, of Ellicott City; three grandchildren, Catherine Davidson, of Sykesville, Karen Watson, of Ellicott City, and Christine McClure, of Ohio; and nine great-grandchildren, James von Hagel, of Ellicott City, Carrie Lagasse, of Ellicott City, Haley McClure, of Ohio, Jennifer Davidson, Kristin Davidson, Katie Davidson and Sarah Davidson, all of Sykeville, and Mitchell Watson and Bradley Watson, both of Ellicott City.
Funeral services were held Dec. 19, 2006, at St. Augustine Catholic Church, in Elkridge, with the Rev. Gerald Bowen officiating.
Interment followed at Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens, in Marriottsville.
Jean T. Jennings
Jean Tookey Jennings, of Sykesville, formerly of Ellicott City, died Dec. 20, 2006, at Fairhaven Retirement Community in Sykesville. She was 81.
Born May 24, 1925, in New Haven, Conn., to William F. and Gertrude Tookey, she attended high school in New Haven, graduating in 1942. She also attended a two-year college in New Haven, where she acquired secretarial skills.
She married John Albert Jennings Jr. in 1947, and became a homemaker.
Family members said she enjoyed bowling.
Mrs. Jennings was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, John Albert Jennings Jr.
She is survived by five daughters and three sons-in-law, Joyce Jennings, of Cary, N.C., Susan and Ken Braley, of Lima, Ohio, Patricia Jennings, of Keymar, Barbara and Marcellino Albuerne, of Ellicott City, and Nancy and Timothy McClanahan, of Columbia; and two sons and a daughter-in-law, Robert Jennings, of Fairfax, Va., and Richard and Elizabeth Jennings, of Ellicott City.
Funeral services were held Dec. 23, 2006, at Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City. The Rev. James McGovern presided.
Interment followed at St. John's Cemetery in Ellicott City.
Memorial donations may be made to: Church of the Resurrection Building Fund, 3175 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042.
Walter James "Pat" Patterson, of Dayton, died Dec. 19, 2006, of respiratory problems, at Montgomery County General Hospital in Olney. He was 81.
Born July 21, 1925, in Baltimore, to Walter J. and Agnus E. Sauers Patterson, he attended the then-Vocational High School in Baltimore.
In 1943, Mr. Patterson enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman second class. He was based in Jacksonville, Fla., and was honorably discharged.
He married Charlotte Mae in 1956.
He worked as a hydraulic mechanical technician, also testing equipment and working with sheet metal for the former Westinghouse Corporation for 42 years. He retired in 1990.
He was a lifetime member of the Sykesville American Legion Post No. 223.
According to family members, Mr. Patterson loved working in his vegetable garden, of which he was very proud. He also enjoyed traveling; he and Mrs. Patterson drove through every state in the United States, and throughout Canada, as well. He also visited Alaska, Hawaii and Mexico.
He was predeceased by his wife of 44 years, Charlotte M. Patterson; a son, Ronald K. Brown; a brother, Donald Patterson; and a sister, Mary A. Patterson.
He is survived by a son, William "Eddie" Brown, of Dayton; two daughters and two sons-in-law, Shirley J. and Bryan Kendell, of Westminster, and Patricia D. and Mark Metzger, of Waldorf; a brother, James J. Patterson, of Glenelg; two sisters and a son-in-law, Dorothy and John Easter, of Glenelg and M. Helen Purcell, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y; nine grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 23, 2006, at Haight Funeral Home in Sykesville with the Rev. Romand "Bud" Brown officiating.
Interment will follow at Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville.
Memorial donations may be made to: Sykesville American Legion Post No. 223, Attn: Commander John Jones, 7327 Slacks Road, Sykesville, MD 21784.
Garland W. Shamer III
Garland Warren "Ed" Shamer III, of Finksburg, died Dec. 17, 2006, from injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident. He was 39.
He was born July 14, 1967, in Sykesville, to Garland W. Shamer Jr., of Finksburg, and Patricia Conrad, of Port Angeles, Wash.
Mr. Shamer's business, G.W.S. Lawn Care, served areas in Carroll and Howard counties, including Glenelg, West Friendship and Columbia. He was also a driver for Fogle's Refuse, in Sykesville.
His family said he enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and boating.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by two daughters, Kiersten Albaugh Shamer and Cindy Shamer, both of Finksburg; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Sherrie and Bill Hevey, of Hedgesville, W.Va., Lissa Davis, of Millers, and Dinah Deibal, of Finksburg; a brother, Dallas Davis, of Finksburg; two nieces, Rachel Davis and Taylor Davis, both of Millers; two nephews, David Shamer and William Hevey, both of Hedgesville; and a friend, Paula Barnes, of Finksburg.
Funeral services were held Dec. 22, 2006, at the Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, in Eldersburg.
Interment was private.
David M. Kohl
David Michael "Dave" Kohl, of Baltimore, died Dec. 17, 2006 as a result of an accident at his residence. He was 29.
He was born on Dec. 20, 1976, in Mooreland, Okla., to Lonnie Kohl and Sandra J. Coney.
Mr. Kohl attended Mt. Hebron High School, and worked as a retail sales manager at Aeropostle.
Family members said he was involved in softball and touch football leagues, and also played soccer.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his former wife, Christina R. Kohl, of Owings Mills; a son, Colby Kohl, of Visalia, Calif.; two sisters, Krista Fletcher, of Smithsburg, and Amanda Coney, of Ellicott City; and a stepmother, Stephanie Kohl, of Surprise, Ariz.
Funeral services were held Dec. 21, 2006, at Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home, in Ellicott City, with the Rev. Robert Haas officiating.
Mary L. Smith
Mary Louise Roth Smith, of Ellicott City, died Dec. 4, 2006, of natural causes, at her residence. She was 94.
Born Jan. 25, 1912, in St. Louis, to Frederick and Mary Roth, she attended high school in St. Louis and graduated in 1930.
She traveled with her parents, visiting every continent, except Antarctica.
After high school, she took some business and secretarial courses in New York City. She also took voice lessons with a private teacher. According to family members, she sang in Chattaqua Music Festival, in which she participated in an opera chorus.
Mrs. Smith volunteered as a plot clerk in the 1940s during World War II with the Aircraft Warning Corps, in Seattle.
Later, for about five years, she worked for JCPenney in Manhattan in the company's administrative offices.
She married Marcus Elon Smith in 1940 in Jackson Heights, N.Y. The couple moved to Seattle in April 1941 and Mrs. Smith became a homemaker.
She volunteered in the reading room and nursery of her church, Twelfth Church of Christ Scientist, in Seattle, for 25 years.
After moving to California, she was also a member of several Bridge clubs and a former resident of Lesiure World in Laguna Hills, Calif.
Mrs. Smith was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Marcus Elon Smith; a sister, Ellen Dunn; and a brother, Frederick J. Roth.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marylen T. and Raymond Vern Bartlett, of Columbia; two grandchildren, Raymond Marcus and his wife, Leana E. Bartlett, of Los Angeles, and Andrew Dale Bartlett, also of Los Angeles; and a nephew, Charles Gibbs Roth, of Wenatchee, Wash.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Dec. 31, 2006, at The Meeting House, Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. The Rev. Beth O'Malley will preside.
Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, Calif.
Memorial donations may be made to: The Salvation Army Maryland and West Virginia Division Baltimore Area Council, 814 Light St., Baltimore, MD 21230.
Wilson D. Staubitz Sr.
Wilson Donald "Bud" Staubitz Sr., of Sykesville, died Dec. 15, 2006, at his residence. He was 71.
Born Oct. 19, 1935, in Henryton, to Wilson Thomas and Dorothy Frances Redmond Staubitz, he attended Sykesville High School, now South Carroll High School, in Sykesville.
When he was 14, he started working for Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City through a contractor. He left when he joined the Army in 1958.
During the Korean War, Mr. Staubitz served until 1960 as a specialist and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal. He was based at Fort Dix, N.J.
Following his time in the service, Mr. Staubitz returned to his work as a heavy equipment operator for Turf Valley Resort, where he worked on and off until he retired in 1995 at the age of 60.
He was a member of American Legion Post No. 223 in Sykesville for more than 30 years. Mr. Staubitz was also a member of Veterans of Foreign War in Ellicott City.
He was predeceased by a brother, George Staubitz.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Wilson Donald and Joanne Staubitz Jr., of Fort Benning, Ga.; a daughter, Patricia Ann Johnson, of Columbia; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Robert T. and Eliose Staubitz, of Bakersville, N.C., Wallace Staubitz, of Monroe, Va., and Charles and Frieda Staubitz, of Hanover; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Dorothy Armstrong, of Baltimore, Betty and William Wright, Jane and Howard Ferguson and Gloria and Larry Seal, all of Sykesville, and Frances Staubitz, of Sabillasville; and four grandchildren, Brian Wilson Creamer, of Columbia, Jerry M. Creamer Jr., of Columbia, Katelyn K. and Kayla K. Staubitz, both of Fort Benning.
Funeral services were held Dec. 20, 2006 at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel in Sykesville.
Interment followed at Lake View Memorial Park, also located in Sykesville.
Helen K. Streaker
Helen Katherine Streaker, of Ellicott City, died Dec. 17, 2006 of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at Gilchrist Hospice Center, in Towson. She was 82.
She was born July 7, 1924, in Lynchburg, Va., to Roy Lee and Margaret Louise Tyree Blankenship.
Mrs. Streaker attended high school in Lynchburg, and worked as a head teller at Commercial and Farmers Bank, in Ellicott City, now known as Citizens National Bank.
She was predeceased by her husband, Aquilla Shelby Streaker; and a son, James Shelby.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Shawn and Frank Lane, of Ellicott City; a grandson, R. Shelby Lane, of Ellicott City; and a sister, Wanda M. Watland, of Lynchburg.
Funeral services were held Dec. 22, 2006, at Slack Funeral Home, in Ellicott City, with the Rev. Luther Starnes officiating.
Interment followed at Good Shepherd Cemetery, in Ellicott City.
Ben D. Walters, of Catonsville, formerly of Ellicott City, died Dec. 13, 2006, due to complications from a stroke at the Charlestown Retirement Community located in Catonsville. He was 86.
Born March 30, 1920, in Mahanoy City, Pa., to Ben and Gwenllian Walters, he attended Mahanoy Area High School and the McCann School of Business.
Mr. Walters enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 during World War II and served as a radar observer, with a rank of second lieutenant, aboard B-29 bombers. He flew out of the Marianna Islands in the South Pacific.
Honorably discharged in 1946, Mr. Walters received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign, American Campaign and Meritorious Service medals.
Mr. Walters worked with the Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore district, until his transfer to Headquarters 1st Army at Fort Meade in 1948, where he worked as a budget officer until his retirement in December of 1980.
During his career, he received the Department of Army Citation and the Commander's Citation for Meritorious Service.
At Fort Meade, Mr. Walters was also on the Board of Directors of the Fort Meade Credit Union Insurance Corp., serving as president, and then treasurer.
He was a member of Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City, where he volunteered as a deacon, elder and financial secretary from 1976 until 2001.
In 2002, he moved from Ellicott City to the Charlestown Retirement Community in Catonsville.
Mr. Walters belonged to Lodge 357 of the Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge 695 of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks and Lodge 14 of the American Legion, Mahanoy City.
He also held membership in Post 219 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at Charlestown.
Mr. Walters enjoyed gardening, building model ships and playing golf, tennis and bridge.
He was predeceased by a sister, Ruth; and a brother, Paul.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruth Ann Everett Walters; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Jane and Gregory Philipowitz, of Catonsville, Nancy and Anthony Makara, of Fairfax, Va., and Barbara Walters, of Columbia; two grandsons, Michael and Matthew Makara; and a niece and nephew.
A funeral service was held Dec. 18, 2006, at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel on the Charlestown campus.�
Interment took place in Crestlawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville.
Memorial donations may be made to: Benevolent Care Fund, Charlestown Retirement Community, 719 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228, or to: Mt. Hebron Presbyterian Church, 2330 Mt. Hebron Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21042.�