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Simon Salameh

Dec 13, 1933 - Dec 02, 2023

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Rockville, MD

Simon Asad Salameh on Saturday, December 2, 2023. Born in Palestine on December 13, 1933. Predeceased by his devoted first wife, Theresa Isseyegh Salameh; his parents, Asad and Hannah Salameh; and by his siblings, Josephine, Yousef, Marie Antoine, Annetta and Violetta. Survived by his current wife, Leila Matar; children Sameer (Daad), Muneer (Dora), Robert (Ana), Diana (Robert) and Ronny (Stephanie); 13 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way; and by his brother Ghassan (Jann...Read More

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Harriet Ward

Jan 30, 1929 - Feb 25, 2024

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Rockville, MD

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Michael Preston Bucheimer

May 14, 1959 - Feb 17, 2024

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Rockville, MD

Michael Preston Bucheimer, aged 64 and a Senior Mechanic in Montgomery County Transit, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024, following a brief illness. He was a lifelong resident of Rockville and Gaithersburg and was born on May 14, 1959, to George E. Bucheimer and Mary Patricia Atwood-Bucheimer, both of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his beloved wife, Christine Donati-Bucheimer, and a host of family and friends who loved him dearly. Michael was known for his kindness, compassion, fortitude, and love for those around him. He devoted his life to his loved ones, and his loss will be deeply felt by all who knew him. Michael is also survived by his daughter, Sara Knutson, and his grandson, Graham Knudson, in Portland, Oregon, as well as a niece and several cousins. A memorial lunch to celebrate Michael's life will be held at a later date with those who knew him well. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Michael's name be directed to the charity of one's choice.

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Teri Deneice Johnson

Jan 25, 1953 - Feb 19, 2024

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Rockville, MD

Teri Deneice JohnsonJanuary 25, 1953-to-February 19, 2024And He will raise you up on eagles' wingsBear you on the breath of dawnMake you to shine like the sunAnd hold you in the palm of His hand.(On Eagles’ Wings)There are people who claim devotion to children. And then there was Teri Deneice Johnson, 71. She was a special kind of advocate. Teri believed in the power of young people. She believed in their ability to achieve, learn, and succeed. Ultimately, though, Teri fought valiantly for the ceiling to be lifted off their dreams. But on Monday, February 19, 2024, she lost a very personal battle after a short and tragic illness. Now, the Montgomery County Public Schools community (MCPS), her dedicated friends, and her dutiful family are left to mourn her loss.For 18 years, Teri was the principal of Lake Seneca Elementary School in Germantown, Md., after serving as the acting principal. In an open letter to the Germantown school district, Betty Collins, acting deputy superintendent, wrote, “Ms. Johnson’s sudden death has left us all with a heavy heart and a deep sense of loss. She was an exceptional leader and an integral part of our school community.” No more accurate words have been written.The Spelman College and Johns Hopkins graduate worked for Montgomery County Schools since 1976, nearly 48 years, serving in a variety of teaching positions, from Rocking Horse Elementary, formerly in Rockville, Md., Viers Mills Elementary in Silver Spring, Md., to Waters Landing Elementary School, in Germantown, Md. She loved the classroom, spending 30 years as a teacher, shaping young minds and prodding them to reach beyond what they thought possible. She impacted generations, and her influence will be missed, but her daily lessons of kindness, fortitude, and achievement through good and consistent work will not be lost.While her employment in MCPS was lauded, what sustained Teri was her connection to her vast extended family, which included her loving mother, caring sister, two nieces, and nearly 60-plus godbrothers and sisters. She was passionate about them all, ensuring she attended their graduations, danced at their weddings, painstakingly selected the perfect Christmas and birthday presents, and tenderly counseled them when she felt trouble brewing. Born in Seattle, Wash., Teri had bonds to and with young people who spanned the continent, each knowing they were beyond well-loved. If you were Teri’s friend, you were her family, and she made that relationship a priority. Teri was easy to love, and she gave of herself unceasingly.Teri’s long-term boyfriend, John Miller, former MCPS school teacher, truly brought her joy. After nearly 40 years of life, labor, and love, they still called themselves boyfriend and girlfriend with a wink and a knowing smile. Whether at the beach in Ocean City, Md., or hosting friends for a crab feast and a day of fellowship, their partnership brought her contentment and enormous happiness.Teri Deneice Johnson will be missed beyond measure, so we thank the Maker of all things she passed our way and that so many had the gift of falling under the umbrella of her love. She fought a good and faithful fight. And now she will wear a crown. She is preceded in death by her father FJ Johnson, and is survived by her mother, May Joyce Johnson (Potomac, Md.), sister, Valerie Johnson (Gaithersburg, Md.), nieces Delaney and McKayla Johnson (Potomac and Gaithersburg, Md., respectively), boyfriend, John Miller (Ocean City, Md.) and a host of friends, cousins, and an incredible number godbrothers and sisters. Slumber in power, Teri, and may angels send you to your rest.* No official services will be held, but the community can honor Teri Deneice Johnson during visitation hours:Sunday, February 25, 2024Closed-Casket Viewing 4 to 6 pmRobert A. Pumphrey Funeral Homes300 W. Montgomery AvenueRockville, MD 20850301-762-3939

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Frank Pumphrey

Nov 26, 1934 - Feb 20, 2024

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Rockville, MD

Frank Pumphrey, 89, a lifelong Maryland resident passed away on February 20, 2024. A U.S. Army Veteran, he served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 8 years. He was a U.S. Government employee and retired after 36 years of Federal Service. Frank was proud to be a Master Mason.He is survived by his 4 children Mark, Kevin, Cheryl and David Pumphrey; his 2 grandchildren Greg and Riley; his sister Nancy Kingsbury; and his best friend Norma.Relatives and friends will be received at PUMPHREY’S COLONIAL FUNERAL HOME, 300 W. Montgomery Ave., Rockville, MD on Thursday, February 29, 2024 from 3-5 pm.  A Graveside Service will be held at Neelsville Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 20701 Frederick Road (Rt 355), Germantown, MD 20876 on Friday, March 1, 2024 at 12 Noon.

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James

Jan 09, 1967 - Feb 17, 2024

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Rockville, MD

In lieu of flowers, please consider a tax deductible donation to these two excellent service organizations that were pivotal in caring for James the last 14 years of his life:Rosaria Communities:Rosario Communities builds and/or renovates houses (including the one where James has lived for the last 14 years) to provide independent living opportunities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities.http://www.rosariacommunities.org/donate/15400 Calhoun Drive, Suite 125Rockville, MD 20855301-279-2020The Jubilee Association of Maryland, Inc.:Jubilee Association of Maryland provides opportunities and support for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live in and enrich their community while fulfilling their personal, family, social, and spiritual needs.Jubilee has supported James with loving and professional care providers who are there around the clock helping him live a full, safe and enjoyable life.https://www.jubileemd.org/how-to-help/donate-to-jubilee/10408 Montgomery AvenueKensington, MD 20895301-949-8626

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Evelyn Lee McDonald Clary

May 06, 1949 - Feb 20, 2024

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Rockville, MD

Evelyn Lee McDonald Clary, 74, of Germantown, MD passed away Tuesday, February 20, 2024, at Collinsworth Rehab & Nursing Center, Rockville, MD. Mrs. Clary was born in Winchester, VA on May 6, 1949, a daughter of the late Robert Samuel and Minnie Otilla Oates. She worked in banking for many years and retired as a Vice President. Survivors include her children Sandy Sakala (Richard) of Hedgesville, WV, Cindy Gibson of New Windsor, MD, and Chris Clary of Germantown, MD; her grandchildren Anthony Gibson, Christina Yang (Ge), and Courtney Sakala; her great grandchildren Kaylee Gibson, Mackenzie Yang, and Gideon Yang; her sister Lea Girard of New Oxford, PA; a nephew Donnie Goglio (Tracy) and a niece Sheri Barbour (Steve). A graveside service for Mrs. Clary will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Lebanon Church Cemetery. You may sign the guestbook and submit your condolences to the family at www.stoverfuneralhome.com. Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Evelyn Lee McDonald Clary. To to the family or in memory of Evelyn Lee (McDonald) Clary, please

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Lisa Lau Bretscher

Dec 24, 1961 - Feb 11, 2024

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Rockville, MD

Lisa Lau Bretscher, of Rockville, MD, passed away in her sleep, at peace and without pain, on February 11, 2024, due to complications from cancer. Lisa stayed positive and joyful to the end, leaving everything in God’s hands, with Carl, her husband of 35 years, at her side. Her greatest love and joy were for her children – her daughter Samantha Fei Lamson, her husband Brandon Lamson, and daughter Mia; her daughter Laura Bretscher with Miles Rader; and her son Nathan Bretscher.Lisa was born on Christmas Eve (December 24), 1961, in Sacramento, California, to John and Mary (Wong) Lau. As first-generation Americans born to Chinese immigrants, Lisa and her family celebrated the Lunar New Year and other holidays with a rich, joyful mix of Chinese and American traditions. Lisa graduated from McClatchey High School in 1980, where she competed successfully in speech and debate. Lisa then attended Sacramento State University and the University of the Pacific, where she earned her B.A. degree in communications in 1984. She is survived by three siblings, Jan, Eddie, and Jeff Lau.Lisa discovered her passion lay in elementary education, so she headed east for graduate school. She earned a Master of Education in Reading from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1985 and Master of Elementary Education from Lesley College, Cambridge, MA in 1987. She taught in public and private elementary schools in Sacramento, California and Bethesda, Rockville, and Silver Spring, Maryland. Even while raising her own children, Lisa continued to be active in their education by volunteering in their schools, creating lessons for a homeschool cooperative, organizing field trips and classroom activities, and serving as Nathan’s Cub Scout co-leader with her husband Carl. After her children were grown, Lisa returned to teaching as a private teacher, focusing on reading and writing for elementary age children, including children with learning issues. She was a strong advocate of Orton-Gillingham’s multi-sensory approaches to learning, which she used to great effect in her own lessons.Lisa’s greatest pride and joy was her family, for whom she worked tirelessly to create a house filled with love, joy, and adventure. She loved planning family vacations and always made sure everyone had a good time. Lisa loved to travel, and felt blessed to be able to visit California, Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Park, Pennsylvania, and the American Southwest while she was able. She previously traveled to London, Ireland, Quebec, Costa Rica, China, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Lisa loved cooking, cross-stitching, calligraphy, and training and caring for her dogs.Lisa’s visitation will be on Friday, February 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Pumphrey’s Funeral Home in Rockville, Maryland. Lisa’s funeral will be at Pumphrey’s on Saturday, February 24, at 10 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be sent to a charity close to Lisa’s heart, such as Project Linus (https://www.projectlinus.org/donate.php), the Orton-Gillingham Academy (https://www.ortonacademy.org/get-involved/make-a-donation/), Suburban Hospital (https://donate.suburbanhospital.org/give/541517/#!/donation/checkout (we suggest “oncology” or “area of greatest need”)), or another charity of your choosing.

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Samantha G. Lynn

Mar 26, 1970 - Feb 17, 2024

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Rockville, MD

Samantha G. Lynn, 53, of Hyattsville, Maryland, passed away on Friday, February 17, 2024, at Casey House – Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Maryland.Born March 26, 1970, in Chicago, Illinois, Samantha was the daughter of Richard and Judy (nee Hipsley) Kunz. She grew up in Chicago, graduating from Alverina High School and attending Shimer College. She was a member of the Windy City Knitters Guild in Chicago. Samantha could knit anything, mittens, hats, gloves, even lace. She was also an avid writer. She enjoyed writing science fiction and science fantasy stories and posting them online. In 2021 she moved to Maryland and continued her hobbies.Samantha is survived by her loving mother, Judy Kunz; and sister Sarah Emrys & Sarah’s spouse Ruthanna; as well as cousins: Kristin, Kimberly, Cairn, and Heather. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard and grandparents Richard and Dolores Hipsley.A private service will be held at a later date.Schuette-Daniels Funeral Home & Crematory625 S. Browns Lake DriveBurlington, WI 53105(262) 763-3434www.danielsfamilyfuneral.com

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Linda Firrell Lucido

Jul 26, 1940 - Feb 17, 2024

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Rockville, MD

Linda Firrell Lucido, age 83, of Rockville, MD, passed away peacefully in the early morning of February 17, 2024. She leaves behind a legacy of love, kindness and thoughtfulness that will be forever cherished by her family and friends.Linda was born on July 26, 1940, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late James and Dorothy Firrell. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 61 years, Chet Lucido; son Brad Lucido, his wife Denise and their children Caitlin and Justin of Suffield, CT; daughter Kristen Ward, her husband Steve and their children Joey, Lindsey and Lucy of Potomac, MD; daughter-in-law Barbara Lucido and her children Christopher and Sarah of Austin, TX; sister Joy Newcomer and her husband Tom of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA; along with many nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Linda was predeceased by her beloved oldest son, Chet Lucido, sister Nancy Wurster and brother James Firrell.Upon graduation from Bethel Park High School, Linda became the first in her family to attend college, joining the love of her life and future husband Chet, at Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated early with a degree in education. Following graduation, Linda and Chet returned briefly to the Pittsburgh area to be married as Linda started her career as a local school teacher. While she eventually put her teaching career on hold to raise her family, education and teaching was a passion she returned to throughout her life.While traveling with Chet across the country in support of his career in the publishing industry, Linda took the lead in raising their three children, Chet, Brad and Kristen, creating a home of love and support, and instilling in her children a deep work ethic, perseverance, and love of learning. Along the journey Linda established deep and lasting friendships that she treasured throughout her life. Her warm smile, sense of humor, thoughtfulness, and caring nature will be remembered by all who had the privilege to call her a friend.Her greatest joy though was reserved for her role as “The Grandmother” or “Gaga” to her seven grandchildren. She lived her later years as her grandchildren’s biggest cheerleader, advocate, and supporter, cheering them on at their events and activities, and freely sharing her love and wisdom.Services will be held Friday, March 1, 2024, at 1:00, at Potomac Presbyterian Church, 10301 River Road, Potomac MD. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made in Linda’s memory to the American Cancer Society.

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Sheila Kathleen O’Neill

Nov 04, 1937 - Feb 06, 2024

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Rockville, MD

Sheila Kathleen O’Neill, born in Newton Massachusetts on November 4, 1937 passed away at the age of 86 after a valiant fight with cancer on February 6, 2024. The second of three children of Leo Jeffrey O’Neill and Eleanor Sullivan O’Neill, Sheila was a confident self-assured woman who never stopped taking on challenges, learning and contributing to the world. After a childhood in Lima Peru, Sheila graduated from Stoneleigh-Prospect Hill School in Massachusetts and went to Connecticut Women’s College, graduating in 1959. After a few years working in New York and a few more studying Latin America at Georgetown University, Sheila began working for the State Department, living and working in Washington D.C and all over Latin America including Ecuador, Uruguay, Venezuela, Colombia, and Brazil. Retiring from the Central Intelligence Agency after 30 years in 1994, Sheila taught English as a second language in Montgomery County Maryland for the next 25 years. A life-long lover of horses, Sheila and Gladiator, Magnum, Fairfax and Vodermus (to name a few) competed in cross-country and dressage. She remained a fixture at the barn after she hung up her stirrups after a few to many broken bones (in her late 70s). Her love for horses was only exceeded by that for standard poodles who shared her life all over the world. (Peppine, Toby, Lucas, Teddy, and Alice were true companions and most were also competitors in obedience and agility). Cats also shared Sheila’s household and she was known for walking her two poodles around her Bethesda neighborhood with the cats trailing along. Amazingly fluent in languages, Sheila spoke Spanish and Portuguese and was teaching herself Italian even over the last two years when cancer had given her a limited timeline. A guitar player for more than 50 years, she continued to advance those skills as well, taking lessons and attending concerts with friends until the last few weeks of her life. A life-long Catholic, Sheila was active in her church and Bible study and both a friend and an inspiration to the many people she touched there and in all of the other activities in which she participated. She helped find homes for rescued poodles and contributed to charities devoted to serving the least fortunate throughout the world. Predeceased by her two brothers, Jeffrey Stephen O’Neill and Hugh O’Neill, Sheila is survived by her sisters-in-law, Barbara Gascon O’Neill and Loretta Hoerman, her nieces Carol O’Neill and Kathleen O’Neill and her nephews Stephen O’Neill and Brian Dawson, as well as her grandnieces and grandnephews.

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