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Gates, Sarah Ellen
Birth: Monday, March 26, 1934 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: Mechanicsville, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the age of 85
Laid to Rest: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in the Queen of Peace Cemetery, Mechanicsville, Maryland
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Sarah "Sally" Ellen Gates, 85, of Mechanicsville, MD passed away with family at her side at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, MD, on May 15, 2019. Born March 26, 1934 in Washington, D.C., she was the loving daughter of the late Kinney Baxter and Sarah Allen. She grew up in Washington, D.C. along with her sister, Betty Daly. She attended Oxon Hill High School, where she met her high school sweetheart, and love of her life, Francis "Sonny" Gates, whom she married on June 28, 1952. Sonny and Sally were happily married for 56 years until his passing on June 5, 2008.

Sally, as she was known by her family and friends, was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend to all that knew her. She was employed with the Prince George's County Public Schools, and worked as a secretary at Oxon Hill High School for 19 years. After she and Sonny retired, they're favorite thing to do was travel the world on various cruises. Her favorite was their 40th anniversary trip to Hawaii. Sally enjoyed her summers with her family at their beach house in Mechanicsville, MD, which became their permanent residence after retirement. They would also spend their time in Myrtle Beach, SC at their home away from home. She loved her animals, especially her Shih Tzu, Candi. And it wasn't just the grandkids that got spoiled at Grandma Gates' house! All the dogs knew to go straight to Grandma for a tasty treat!!

Sally is survived by her five loving children; Frank Gates and wife Karen, of Mechanicsville, MD, Karen Sweeney, of California, MD, John Gates, of Mechanicsville, MD, James Gates, Sr., of MD, and Donald Gates and Tracey Young, of Mechanicsville, MD; eleven grandchildren, Stephen Gates, Kenney Gates and his wife, Diana, Sarah Gates, Tammy Hilburn and her husband, Michael, John Gates, Shannon Burroughs and her husband Kyle, James Gates, Jr., Barbara Gates, Brian Sweeney and Candace, Linda Gates, Shanley Young, and Steven Young. She is also survived by twenty two great-grandchildren, Bryton, Devon, Teagan, Colin, Hailey, Joshua, Haidyn, Gabby, JJ, Rylan, Logan, Kylie, Brandon, Mikayla, Justin, Destiny, Danay, Channing, Brasion, Lacey, Harleigh, and Tripp. Sally also leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to Sally's Life Celebration in the Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD on Monday, May 20, 2019 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. with prayers said at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Service will be offered on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., celebrated by Deacon Joseph Lloyd, at Brinsfield Funeral Home. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Queen of Peace Cemetery, 38888 Dr. Johnson Road, Mechanicsville, MD 20659.

Serving as pallbearers will be Stephen Gates, Kenney Gates, James Gates, Jr., Brian Sweeney, Kyle Burroughs, and Michael Hilburn. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 7, Hollywood, MD, 20636, the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD and the Mechanicsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 15, Mechanicsville, MD 20659. Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

Dickerson, Vincena Cecelia
Birth: Thursday, May 17, 1923 in Loveville, Maryland
Death: Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at the age of 95
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 in the St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Morganza, Maryland
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Vincena Cecelia (Somerville) Dickerson was born in Loveville, Maryland on May 17, 1923 to the late John Thomas and Mary Alberta Somerville. She was the youngest and last surviving of seven siblings, two brothers and four sisters. Our beloved Vincena (or "Vin" as she was affectionately known), was surrounded by family when she departed this earthly life and peacefully went home to be with the Lord on May 14, 2019, just three days before her 96th Birthday.

Vincena always reminisced about her fun childhood and growing up adjacent to the store/tavern that her father owned and operated during the early 1900's, which was located on the corner of Route 5 and Sunnyside Road, in Loveville. Vincena was passionate, energetic, and fun loving. One of her favorite childhood activities was roller skating. She once described a roller skating stunt gone wrong, which resulted in her breaking her leg. Nevertheless, after her leg completely healed, she laced up her roller skates and jumped back out there again!

On November 8, 1947, Vincena was united in holy matrimony to Paul Matthew Dickerson. From this union they were blessed with three loving children, Paula, Angelo (deceased), and Michelle, whom they raised in Loveville at her homestead. She was affectionately known to her children as "Mother." In her early days she earned a reputation as the dynamic "Press and Curl" hair stylist and the precise "Needle and Thread" ear piercer. Vincena was known for her fashionable sense of style and her warm loving smile and personality which lit up every room she entered. She had a divine ability to unite people together and she opened her heart and doors to many. Her home was a place filled with love, laughter, games, and delicious food and drinks. Every holiday was an elaborate celebration at her home surrounded with family, friends, and loved ones.

For over 50 years, Vincena was a devoted teacher for the St. Mary's County Public School System. She earned her credentials from Bowie State College and began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher at Oakville Elementary School in Oakville Maryland. Vincena was overwhelmingly loved by her students and they affectionately called her "Miss D." She later continued her love for teaching as a Para Professional at Leonardtown High where she retired in 2004 at the age of eighty one (81). Long after retirement, "Miss D," actively maintained many on-going relationships with her former students.

Vincena volunteered at Cedar Lane Senior Living Home, St. Mary's Nursing Home, and St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown and prided herself in sharing her light and warm spirit with the elderly. Vin never missed her soap operas, she even recorded them on VHS. She also, enjoyed putting puzzles together, word games, game shows, and bingo. Vin enjoyed her leisure time with her "GIRLS," Mary Frances (Mix) and Dorothy going to bingo and cabarets or just talking about the good old days. After nearly a half century of marriage, suddenly Vincena not only lost her husband but also her only son in 1997 to illness, within only months of each other. She remained the pillar of her family, and was a walking example of strength, endurance, faith, and love. Vincena was the true definition of a Matriarch.

She was a member of the St. Joseph's Parish Housing Project (1945-1960), which was a program that provided land and resources to built homes for less fortunate parish members, most of whom were African Americans. Her father supplied roofing and spouting for the homes, often times at no cost. Later, Vin became a member of the Unified Committee for Afro-American Contribution. In 2009, Vincena (age 84), gave a detailed oral history of the contributions she and her family made to the program, which is archived online at the St. Mary's College of Maryland.

Vincena was an active parish member of St. Aloysius Church, in Leonardtown. She attended Mass, and would visit the church regularly with her cousin Mary Frances, to pray the Stations of the Cross. When she became immobile, she was blessed to have a devoted prayer partner, Thelma Elaine Johnson who visited her at her home to pray regularly. She was also blessed to have her amazing daughters Michelle and Paula as caregivers, throughout her long battle with Alzheimer's.

In addition to her parents, Vincena was preceded in death by her husband Paul M. Dickerson, her son Angelo M. Dickerson Sr., and siblings John T. Somerville Jr., Francis Ennis Somerville, Margaret Elizabeth Frederick, Mary Virginia Hall, Agnes Theresa Thompson, Dorothy Clara Thomas; sister-in-law Devora Somerville; two brothers-in-law, Felix Hall , and Brent Thompson.

Vincena leaves to celebrate her long and love-filled life with her devoted children, Paula C. Mitchell, Michelle C. Veney (Aaron); seven grandchildren, Gary Mitchell (Sherrie), Meloney Holton (Kenny), Angelo Dickerson Jr. (Kia), Antione Dickerson, Vincena Mercedes Dickerson, Kristin Veney, Shelly Veney; seven great-grandchildren, Diamond (Kyle), Ziyah, Kennedy, Kenneth Jr., Jaden, Shandi, Angelo III, Jorden; 2 great great grandchildren, Brielle and Kyloni, a devoted son-in-law Aaron Veney, brother-in-law Harold Thomas, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 10:00AM to 11:00AM in St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Leonardtown, MD where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00AM with Father David Beaubien officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph's Catholic Cemetery, Morganza, MD. Pallbearers will be: Gary Mitchell, Angelo M. Dickerson, Jr., Damien Chase, Luchino Stewart, and Phillip Fenwick. Honorary pallbearers will be: Vincena M. Dickerson, Kristin Veney, Alison Veney, Diamond Mitchell-Hoey, Ziyah Dickerson and Kennedy Holton. Arrangements provided by the Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD

Milbrook, Charles Walter
Residence: Waldorf, Maryland
Death: Monday, April 29, 2019
Laid to Rest: Thursday, May 23, 2019 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Charles Walter Milbrook, age 82, of Waldorf, Maryland died April 29, 2019 at the Charles County Hospice House in Waldorf, Maryland. Charles was a Veteran of the U.S. Army where he earned a Bronze Star Metal for his service during the Vietnam War, retiring from the U.S. Army in 1979. He then began his career with the U.S. Secret Service and retired in 1996 as Chief of Voice Communications. He was born in Washington, DC, the son of Charles Ellery Milbrook and Dorothy May Gates, and graduated from Laurel High School. Children and grandchildren were most important. He enjoyed golf, reading, and westerns.

In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his wife, Theresa Lorraine Milbrook. He is survived by his sons, Charles (Steve) Milbrook and wife, Annette, and John E. Milbrook and wife Abigail; his daughter, Karen Deprey and husband, Dan; his grandchildren, Tyler Milbrook and wife Melanie, Brandon Milbrook, Rebecca Deprey, Kristine Marts and husband, Tom, Erica Milbrook, and Cheyanne Milbrook; and his sister, Doris M. Taylor and husband Ronald.

Visitation on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 3PM until time of Funeral Service at 5PM at Raymond Funeral Service Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, Maryland 20646. Interment on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 11AM at Maryland Veterans Cemetery, 11301 Crain Highway, Cheltenham, Maryland 20623. Memorial contributions in Charles' name are asked to Hospice of Charles County, 2505 Davis Road, Waldorf, Maryland 20603.

Wozniak, George , Sr.
Birth: Monday, April 07, 1930 in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania
Residence: La Plata, Maryland
Death: Sunday, May 12, 2019 at the age of 89
Laid to Rest: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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George Wozniak Sr., of La Plata, MD was at home surrounded by family when he passed away on May 12, 2019 at the age of 89. George was born April 7, 1930 in Burgettstown, PA. He was the 4th child born of eight children to John and Mary Wozniak, originally from Poland. He enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 18 and was stationed at Quantico, VA as a Staff Sergeant.

He is survived by Mary Frances (Long), his Valentine's Day bride of 66 years, whom he met at an Officer's Club dance. George and Mary were blessed with six surviving children: George Wozniak Jr., Janet Haskin (William Rex), Carol Barger (Harold - deceased), Sandra Fisher (Donovan), JoAnn Mohler (Timothy), and Elizabeth Solis-McGarry (Sean); further blessing them with 12 grandchildren: George Wozniak III, Tamela Molinari (Michael), William Jason Haskin, Jennifer Johnson (Clifford), Johanna Keena (Brendan), Stacey Stine, Amber Fisher, Jesse Mohler, Erin Lucci (Chad), Colby Mohler (Rachel), Emily Solis, Elena Solis; and seven great-grandchildren: Isabella Molinari, Matthew Benny, Gabrielle Johnson, Tara Keena, Rebecca Stine, Kristy Stine, and Wren Lucci.

After proudly serving the Marine Corps, he took employment with Artcraft Neon Signs where some of his signs can still be seen along Rt. 301 in Waldorf today. He later joined the IBEW Local 26 Union and worked the next 40 years as an electrician with Jack Stone Signs. He was a skillful hunter, enjoyed fishing in his stocked pond and 4 wheeling on the property where he built his family home. There was an almost constant rotation of friends and family over playing canasta in the sunroom, day or night. He enjoyed going to his grandkids' ball games and many family gatherings. He was the go to man for his friends and family, always willing to lend a hand. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, Council 5482 in Accokeek, a longtime member of the Accokeek Rod and Gun Club, and the American Legion, Post 82 in La Plata.

The family will welcome friends at Raymond's Funeral Home in La Plata, MD on May 28th from 5-8pm, prayers at 7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Church of La Plata on May 29th at 10am and then proceed to Cheltenham Veteran's Cemetery at 1pm. Memorial contributions are asked to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, (Memorial and Honor Program), 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1942.


Lane, Robert Annis
Birth: Tuesday, September 29, 1931 in Washington, D.C.
Residence: St. Leonard, Maryland
Death: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the age of 87
Laid to Rest: Thursday, May 30, 2019 in the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland
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Robert Annis Lane, 87, of St. Leonard, MD, formerly of Solomons, MD, passed away on May 15, 2019 at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. Born September 29, 1931 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late William Franklin Lane, Jr. and Gladys Virginia (Haig) Lane. Robert served in the U.S. Navy from January 29, 1952 until January 25, 1956, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Navy Occupation Service (Europe) Medal. Robert moved to Calvert County in 1992 from Lanham, MD. He was a lineman for PEPCO. Robert married Bessie Ann Peruzzi on May 3, 1952.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Lane Arnold and husband Thomas of St. Leonard, MD; grandchildren, Kelly and Amy Hysan of Chesapeake Beach, MD; and a special nephew, John Lane and his wife Maria of Owings, MD. He was preceded in death by his wife Bessie Ann Lane; and his son, Robert V. Lane.

A Graveside Service will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, MD. Arrangements by Rausch Funeral Home.

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