It is very difficult to write about the loss of so many wonderful friends!

We will miss them all!

Larry Miller

Larry Miller, who worked in the pricing department in the 1980-1990s passed away January 8, 2019. An obituary is here.

A photo of him with his children is here.

(Thanks to Keith Herrick for this information. 01/11/2019, updated 1/13/2019)


Vel Palfy

Velma ("Vel") Palfy passed away December 5, 2018. Visitation is December 9 (Sunday) from 12-2 and sharing of memories 2 - 2:30 at Witzke Funeral Home, 5555 Twin Knolls RD, Columbia, MD. More information is here.

Thanks to Rudy Baker for this information (12/08/2018)



Maureen Brash

We learned from Mary Brash Garcin that Maureen passed away Jan 16, 2018. No further information is available.



Robert Colgan

We learned that Robert Colgan passed away over the weekend of 8/18 - 8/19. A brief obituary is here.

Thanks to Grace Davis for this notification. (08/20/2018, revised 8/25/18)



Jonathan Norwig III

We recently heard that Jonathan passed away August 2, 2011. Some biographical information is here.

Thanks for Karen Skladany for this information (06/25/2018)



Herm Pierlionii

We recently heard the Herm passed away May 26, 2018.
Viewing - June 5, 6:00 to 9:00
Harry H. Witzke's Family Funeral Home
4112 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21043

Mass - June 6, 11:00
St. Louis Roman Catholic Church
12500 Clarksville Pike
Clarksville, MD 21029

An obituary and other information is here.

(Thanks to Walt Hendrix for this information) (06/02/2018)

Dan Yorkowski

We recently heard the Dan passed away May 1, 2018, at age 93. Some additional information is here.

(Thanks to Dan's son Michael for this information) (05/26/2018)


Lloyd Wainscott

Lloyd passed away on March 23, 2018.

A Celebration of Lloyd's life will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St. Paul's Waccamaw United Methodist Church in Pawleys Island, SC. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Lloyd's name to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE First Street, S-800, Miami, FL 33131 or online at

More information is here.

Thanks to Charlie Gideon for this information (0/29/2018)



Jerome (Louie) Louison

Louie passed away on March 9, 2018. A short biography is here.

Thanks to Butch Colby for this information (03/22/2018)


Opal Mitchell

Lynn Clark has informed us that Opal E. Mitchell passed away on March 9, 2018.

A Celebration of Mrs. Mitchell's Life will be held Friday, March 16, at 11 a.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Hwy, Lewes, where friends may visit beginning at 10 a.m. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Mitchell's memory to the Lewes Church of Christ, 15183 Coastal Hwy., Lewes, DE 19968, or to Delaware Hospice, 100 Patriots Way, Milford, DE 19963, the nonprofit whose outstanding compassion and care was instrumental in Opal and her family's comfort.

There is more information here.

There is an online guest book at



Bruce Aleshire


Bruce passed away on January 29, 2017.

There is a short notice here.

Thanks to Mike Patteson for this information (03/15/2018)


Glynda Naugle-Gregory


We heard that Glynda passed away, March 2, 2018 in Holy Cross Hospital, Silver Spring. She worked in marketing for many years. She was secretary to Bob Taggart. There will be a celebration of her life at a later date.
Thanks to Dixie Penner for this information. (03/10/2018)


Richard (Dick) Snyder

We heard that Dick passed away Jamuary 21, 2018. There is information on services here. Service is February 2, and burial February 3


Here is an obituary:


Snyder, Richard ("Dick") Gordon, 85, beloved husband, father and friend passed away on Sunday, January 21, 2018 after a spirited 23-year battle with Parkinson's Disease. Dick passed away peacefully with his daughter by his side. He is survived by his daughter Leslie Johnson (Christopher), son Bradley (Rosalie), grandson Hendrick (son of Bradley and Rosalie), and two sisters Joan Picone and Jean Stephens.

Dick and his twin brother, George, were born on December 8, 1932 to Richard and Sophie Snyder in Paterson, New Jersey. Their two sisters Joan and Jean (also twins) were born 11 years later. The Snyder family was raised in Hawthorne, New Jersey, where growing up, Dick and George worked at the family service station and automobile repair shop.

Dick was the first member of his family to attend college and earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Rutgers University in 1954, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and at the top of his class. He served two years as 1st Lieutenant in the Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Following the Air Force, Dick began a corporate career, working for the Kearfott Division of the Singer Company, which designed and produced guidance systems for aircraft and missiles. It was at Kearfott that Dick met his wife, Eileen June Valentine. They married in 1968 and moved to North Caldwell, New Jersey. The births of Leslie and Bradley completed their family. Dick's appointments with the Singer Company moved the family to Munich, Germany, back to New Jersey, and then to Maryland in 1985, where Dick served as President of the Link Division, which designed and manufactured training simulators for nuclear power plants.

In 1990, Dick accepted an offer to serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of Reflectone, a publicly traded company that designed and manufactured flight simulators for military aircraft. This brought the family to Tampa, Florida, and Dick lead Reflectone until his retirement in 1998. After retirement, Dick enjoyed traveling and relaxing at the family's beach condo until Eileen's passing in 2009.

The family will receive family and friends from 4pm to 7pm on Friday, February 2nd at Blount & Curry Funeral Home on Bearss Avenue. A memorial service will take place at the Blount & Curry Carrollwood Chapel at 10am on Saturday, February 3rd. The family wishes to thank Mikail Ebanks and Charles Gain, who were Dick's caregivers and friends during his last years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the National Parkinson's Foundation ( or the Michael J. Fox Foundation (



Dick’s sister put up the following Facebook post:

Sunday night my brother and my closest friend (Dick Snyder) passed away. He fought a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease and never let it slow him down to living a life of enjoying each day to the fullest. I will always cherish all the happy memories we had together and know within my heart he’s at peace. God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be. So he put His arms around you and whispered "Come to me".

(01/23/2018, more info 1/27/2018)


Bob Felker

We heard that Bob Felker passed away in December 2017. No further information is available. Thanks to Charlie Gideon for this information. (01/11/2018)


Bob Jones


We heard that Bob Jones passed away, date unknown. No further information is available. Thanks to Charlie Gideon for this information. (01/11/2018)


Bill Tessmer

We heard that Bob Tessmer passed away in March 2014. No further information is available. Thanks to Charlie Gideon for this information. (01/11/2018)




Vanra Decker

Vanra Mae Grimes Decker, 74, passed away on January 5, 2018, surrounded by her loving family at Florida Hospital, in Altamonte Springs, Florida.  Vanra was born September 2, 1943 in Charleston, West Virginia.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Mavournee and Joe Grimes of Paris, Kentucky.  Vanra received her Bachelor of Arts in Librarian Science from West Virginia University where she was a proud member of Chi Omega Sorority.  Following graduation she worked for the Department of Defense in Fort Meade, Maryland.  She was active with the National Society Children of the American Revolution, where she served on the National, State and Local Society level in Florida and Maryland.  She was also active in the Daughters of the American Revolution in both Florida and Maryland.  In 1981 she married Chuck Decker of Silver Spring, Maryland.  She loved traveling and was fortunate to visit many places. She was most happy when she was sailing on cruise ships playing the slot machines with her loving husband.  Vanra is survived by her husband of 37 years and her children Diana Decker Brokaw (Michael), Chris Decker Millender (Ron), Robert R. Smith IV (Christine) and Tish Smith Worrell and nine grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends at National Cremation and Burial Society on January 8, 2018, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Casual Dress Preferred
7565 Red Bug Lake Road
Oviedo, FL 32765

A funeral service will be held at St. Lukes Lutheran Church on January 9, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.  Casual Dress Preferred
2021 W. State Road 426
Oviedo, Florida

She will be interred next to her parents in Paris, Kentucky.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grammy’s Book Fund/Chase Bank
C/O Mr. Charles F. Decker
1540 Eagle Nest Circle
Winter Springs, FL 32708

Condolences may be sent to:
Chuck Decker
1540 Eagle Nest Circle
Winter Springs, Florida 32708









This file last modified on January 13, 2019