Robert Tronge Obituaries

-Beverly Bradsher

-Theryl Albaugh

-Robert Tronge 

-John W. Magyar

-Lola Turner

-Donna Box

-Charles Buckingham Jr.

-Charles E. Burkhart

-Joseph Burdis

-Donald Close Sr.

-Evelyn Cole

-Everett Cook

-Craig Edwards

-Garry Joseph Geelhaar


Beverly Bradsher

Beverly Anne Bradsher, 77, of Westminster, died Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at the Dove House. Born Oct. 23, 1938 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late Amy Hornberger Willey and Arthur Willey. Before retiring she worked for Carroll Gardens and was a homemaker. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Keith Stanley and wife Beate of Gettysburg, PA and Gregg Stanley and wife Trudy Glass of Westminster, a daughter Denise Stonesifer of West Virginia, brothers Ronnie and Dennis Willey, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Friday, August 19, 2016 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Cedric W. Moore, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in Crest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Marriottsville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner Ave., Westminster, MD 21157.


Theryl Albaugh

Theryl Fleming Albaugh, age 97, of Cumming, GA and formerly of Union Bridge, died Sunday, August 14, 2016 at her home. Born June 28, 1919 on the Slingluff Farm, New Windsor, she was the daughter of the late John Thomas and Romaine Ethel Blacksten Fleming. She was the wife of the late William "Ted" Thomas Albaugh, who predeceased her in 2000. Mrs. Albaugh was a 1936 graduate of Elmer Wolfe School and completed her nurse's training at Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore. She was formerly employed with Union Bridge Sewing Factory and then worked for Dr. J. H. Caricofe in his first office. In 2005 she moved to Cumming and was a member of The First Baptist Church. She enjoyed baking cakes for weddings and sewing her own clothes. Surviving are daughter, Mary Margaret Cain of Cumming; son and daughter-in-law, R. Wayne and Sue Albaugh of Westminster; two granddaughters, Michelle Esser of Philadelphia, PA and Debbie Poling of Littlestown, PA; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Charlotte Sipe of Union Bridge. She was predeceased by a sister, Derma Keefer. A private graveside service will be held in Pipe Creek Cemetery, near Linwood. There will be no public visitation.

Robert Tronge
Hillman, MI 49746
July 11, 1980 - Dec 26, 2014

Robert Tronge, 35, of Hillman Michigan was killed in a car accident on December 26, 2014. He married wife Jamie Thompson on July 3, 2001 and is survived by his loving wife of 12 years and 3 children, David Tronge, Paul Tronge, and Sara Tronge.

Robert was a member of the LIONS Club and enjoyed socializing with friends and volunteer in the local community. He enjoyed his time spent with friends and family and will be dearly missed by them all.

Funeral services for Robert Tronge were Jan 5, 2015 at Hillman Funeral home in Hillman, Michigan. Pastor John Smith officiated. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials for robert g tronge to the Lutheran Church. 


John W. Magyar

CLYDE - John W. Magyar, 66, of Clyde, died Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Stein Hospice Inpatient Unit in Sandusky. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 1, from 4 to 7 p.m., at Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St. in Bellevue. Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 2, at 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Veteran's Section of McPherson Cemetery in Clyde. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Clyde VFW and American Legion.


Lola Turner

CLYDE - Lola Turner, 82, of Clyde, died Thursday, May 19, 2016, at The Gardens in Clyde. Visitation will be held Sunday, May 22, 1 to 5 p.m., at Foos Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 504 E. McPherson Hwy. in Clyde. Funeral services will be held Monday, May 23, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Burial will be in McPherson Cemetery.


Donna Box (1960 - 2016)

Donna Carol Box, loving and beautiful wife, mother, sister, and daughter died Saturday, August 13th at the University of Maryland Medical Center after a long and brave struggle with aplastic anemia. Born July 30, 1960 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of William H. Rowe, Jr. and Gail Crawford Rowe. She was the wife of Larry Box. Donna was a financial secretary with Carroll County Public Schools. Donna was a joy and inspiration to all who knew her. There was no project too daunting for Donna to tackle singlehandedly, no emotion or detail she was not able to capture in her art, and no end to what she would do to help others. Donna carried on the love of crafts instilled by her grandmother, loved spending time with family and friends, enjoyed nature, exercise, reading, puzzles, and games. Donna's sense of humor and selflessness never waned, even during her life's most difficult challenges. She was an avid runner and a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church. In addition to her husband, Donna is survived by daughter Caitlin and boyfriend Ben Ginty, brother Jason Eric Box and his wife Heather Odermatt-Box, siblings William H. Rowe, III and his wife Carrie, Denise Rowe and her wife Leslie, Susan Dreisch and her husband Frank, and Matthew Rowe and his wife Rebecca. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will be held Friday, August 19, 4 PM at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 7538 Main Street, Sykesville, MD with pastor, Rev. Doug Tzan, officiating. There will be no public visitation. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a scholarship fund for her daughter Caitlin Box contributions may be made to a scholarship fund for her daughter Caitlin Box to Branch Banking and Trust, care of\Caitlin Box, 1300 Liberty Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784. Please contact Denise Rowe ( for additional information or any questions. The Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg, MD 21784 is assisting with funeral arrangements.


Charles Buckingham Jr.

Charles M. Buckingham, Jr., 68, of Westminster, died Monday, August 15, 2016, at his residence. Born September 1, 1947 in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Carolyn Ruth Crim Buckingham and Charles M. Buckingham, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Richman Buckingham. He worked as a truck driver and was a member of the American Legion Carroll Post No. 31. He served in the Navy. Besides his wife, he is survived by a daughter Jodie Flurry of Grovetown, GA and a son Christopher Buckingham of Pasadena, MD, siblings and spouses, Michael Buckingham of Baltimore City, Evan Buckingham and wife Dale of Manchester, Mary Taylor and husband Lee of Westminster, Douglas Buckingham and wife Rosemarie of Bowleys Quarters and Theresa Wire of Westminster. Also survived by 5 grandchildren. Services will be held at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in November. Arrangements by Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services in Westminster.


Charles E. Burkhart

Charles Edward "Bud Lite" Burkhart, joined our Risen Lord, Sunday, August 7th. He was 85. Bud was born in Waynesboro, PA on September 15, 1930. His family moved to Pittsburgh, PA in the mid 1930's where he attended elementary through high school. He played many sports in his early life, tennis, basketball, football and golf. He also played in one of the largest high school marching bands in the county, where he was known for threatening to goose the majorettes with his trombone. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1950 and served in Korea for three years maintaining radar equipment before being honorably discharged in 1953. After the war, Bud moved to Washington DC in to start his 30 year computer maintenance career at the National Security Agency. His good looks and winning personality made him a popular guy with the women, but he only ever had eyes for his wife of 49 years, Jane Elizabeth (Pfohl), who he met on a blind date in 1960. They were married in Riverdale, Maryland on March 16, 1963. Bud was a long time member of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Lochearn, MD and Faith Lutheran Church in Eldersburg, MD. There he served in a variety of ways as Elder, Stewardship Chairman, trained ushers, accolytes, altar guild volunteers and teased a decade of church secretaries. He was president of the South Carroll Senior Center for a number of years and spent time gathering and delivering bread to Westminster's Shepherds Table along with a myriad of other volunteer activities. Following the death of his beloved, Jane, Bud moved in with his daughter and son-in-law where he lived happy and comfortably for the remainder of his life. His children and grandchildren enjoyed this special time learning many things about him along with sharing a lot of "I love yous". It took many women to fill Jane's shoes. His caretakers, Janell Halsey, Kristen Marinelli, Sonny Stillwell and Angie Grella, affectionately known as "Bud's Babes", filled his days with laughter, visits to the duck pond and trips to Wendy's for ice cream. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, David and Catherine (Mutzabaugh) Burkhart, his sister Margaret Louise Lloyd and the love of his life, his wife, Jane Elizabeth (Pfohl). He is survived by his children David Burkhart of Lusby, Cathey McGee and husband Walter of New Windsor, Charley, Jr. of Walkersville, Bob and wife Jill of San Jose, CA, Matt and wife Melissa of Frederick; daughter-in-law Carole Burkhart; grandchildren Timothy, Luke, Kaitlin, Kayla, Jessica, Ella, Owen and Ethan Burkhart. The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 4-8pm at Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 4pm at Faith Lutheran Church, 1700 St. Andrews Way, Eldersburg, MD 21784. Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 12:00 PM at Burns Hill Cemetery in Waynesboro, PA. The family wishes to thank Dr.'s Chitrachedu, Latha and Shankar Naganna and staff for their care and support along with the staff of Carroll Hospice.


Joseph Burdis (1924 - 2016)

Joseph Burdis, Jr., 92 years old of Columbia, Maryland, died on Monday, August 15, 2016 in Hampstead, Maryland. Born in Pittsburgh in 1924 to Joseph and Helen (nee Bowers) Burdis, Sr., Mr. Burdis graduated from Turtle Creek High School in 1942. Upon graduation, he worked as a machinist with the Union Railroad in East Pittsburgh. He then enlisted in the Army Air Corp in October, 1942. Mr. Burdis became a Technical Sergeant, Radio Operator-Gunner on the B-17 Flying Fortress. He was stationed in Thetford, England from whence he participated in the European Campaigns over Normandy, Northern France, the Balkans as well as the eastern front. His unit of the 3rd Bombardment Division was cited by the president for its shuttle mission and was also part of the Mighty Eighth Air Force's first eastern-front mission to Russia where an oil refinery outside Berlin was bombed. Mr. Burdis's unit was part of some of the European Theatre's most important battles against Axis forces. Mr. Burdis was highly decorated and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, four Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Good Conduct Air Medal. His citation for the Distinguished Flying Cross states, "The heroic determination and disregard of personal safety displayed by Sergeant Burdis on all of these occasions reflect the highest credit upon himself and the military forces of the United States." He was inducted into the "Lucky Bastards" Club for successfully completing the required 25 missions. He went on to fly ten more missions over Europe. This was a rare accomplishment as the average B-17 crew member had a less than 30% chance of surviving any given mission. After his Honorable Discharge from the Army Air Corp, Mr. Burdis attended the University of Pittsburgh and entered the automobile industry where he worked in a multitude of roles for automobile companies including Ford Motor Company, Saab, Datsun and Toyota. Mr. Burdis moved to the Columbia, Maryland from Pittsburgh in the early 1970s where he worked for Mid-Atlantic Toyota. During the 1980s, he served as Chairman of the Board for the Anne Arundel County chapter of the American Red Cross. He retired in 1993 as the Vice President of Central Atlantic Toyota, and enjoyed many years in his home in Columbia, MD. Mr. Burdis's induction into the Hall of Valor at Soldiers' & Sailors' Memorial Hall in Pittsburgh, PA was recognized by the U.S. Senate through a motion of then Senator Santorum of Pennsylvania on October 2, 2000. Mr. Burdis was a longtime member of the Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church in Columbia. Mr. Burdis lived a life of bravery and strength and provided well for his family. He had a deep love for his wife, Blanche, and enjoyed big band music as well as spending time with his family. Mr. Burdis was preceded in death by his wife Blanche (nee Wilson) Burdis and his sons Richard John Burdis, Sr. and Joseph William Burdis. He is survived by his remaining ten children: Raymond Burdis and wife Toni; Karen Burdis, daughter-in-law; Rita Gable and husband Wayne; Ronald Burdis; Roxanne Burdis; Renee Lenart and husband Jim; John Burdis and wife Janie; Roberta Norris and husband Ken; James Burdis and wife Erin; Kimberly Woodsmall and husband Michael; and Tracy Broccolino and husband Victor. He is also survived by more than 21 grandchildren and more than 10 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Joe and Blanche Burdis Memorial Fund for the Poor c/o Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., Columbia, MD 21046 OR the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, P.O. Box 1992, Savannah, GA 31402, Family will receive visitors at the Witzke Funeral Homes, Inc., 5555 Twin Knolls Road, Columbia, MD from 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 on Sunday, August 21, 2016. The funeral service will be held on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM at Christ Memorial Presbyterian Church, 6410 Amherst Ave., Columbia, MD. Interment Crestlawn Memorial Gardens.


Donald Close Sr. (1952 - 2016)

Donald Lee Close, Sr., 64, of Westminster, died Monday, August 15, 2016, at his residence. Born February 29, 1952 in Hanover, PA, he was the son of the late Florence (Erb) Close and Russell Close. He worked various labor jobs and was a member of the Littlestown Eagles No. 2226. He enjoyed watching NASCAR. He is survived by children and spouses Laura Close-Matthews and husband Dewey of Hanover, PA, Donald "Donnie" Close, Jr. of Hanover, PA and Tanya Close and husband Jamaal Muhammad, Sr. of Littlestown, PA, a brother Ronald "Ronnie" Close, sisters June Rittase, Elaine Brown, and Patsy Brown. Also survived by 5 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by 2 brothers Russell "Sonny" Close and Eugene "Bud" Close. The family will receive friends on Monday, August 22, 2016 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fletcher Funeral & Cremation Services, 254 E. Main St., Westminster. The Littlestown Eagles will hold a memorial service at 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery in Silver Run. Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help the family defray funeral expenses


Evelyn Cole (1916 - 2016)

Evelyn Florence Cole, 100 of Hanover, PA passed peacefully Sunday, August 14, 2016 at Homewood at Plum Creek. Born May 8, 1016 in Baltimore County, MD she was the daughter of the late Howard Cleveland and Lula Belle Thompson Bull. She was the wife of the late Elmer Preston Cole who died in 1999. Years ago, she was a Laundress. She was a member of the 4-Square Methodist Church Club, the Homemakers Club and Falls Road Methodist Church. She is survived by her god-daughter; Linda Ann Anderson of Sparks, MD, siblings; Doris Layesman of Stewartstown, MD, Edith Martin and Anna Rosier both of Parkton, MD. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by siblings; Grover, Arthur and Harvey Bull. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9pm. at the ECKHARDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, P.A. 3296 Charmil Drive, Manchester, MD where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 10:30am. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Church Cemetery, Parkton, MD. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Carmel U. M. Church, 17036 Pretty Boy Dam Rd., Parkton, MD 21120.


Everett Cook

Everett Dean Cook, Sr. of Gamber, MD died Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at the Dove Hospice in Westminster, MD. Born on June 17, 1935 in Bakersfield, North Carolina he was the son of the late Lonnie H. Cook and Ella Mae Cook. He was the loving husband of Virginia Arlene Cook for 61 years. Everett was involved with construction work most of his life and before retiring worked with HTI, Inc. Contractors. He also owned his own trucking service and was awarded several Million Miles safety awards. He was a longtime member of Northwest Baptist Church and served his Lord in many capacities. He is survived in addition of his wife Virginia by daughter Debra Ogan and husband Larry, daughter Kathy Schuerholz and husband Leroy, son Everett D. Cook, Jr. and wife Debbie, son Robert Leroy Cook and wife Biena and son William J. Cook. Grandchildren Brandi Taylor, Jade Reider, Sherri Wilkerson, Britni Downey, Breanna Cook, Zek Cook, Angie Ogan, Dustin Ogan, William J. Cook, Jr., Anna M. Cook, Amber L. Cook, David Wiley, Jennifer Bennett, Carrie Miller, Vincent Schuerholz, brothers Dudley and James Cook and 9 great grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Marvin Cook. Family will receive friends on Friday 3-5 & 7-9pm at the Eline Funeral Home, 2901 Bloom Road (at Rt. 91), Finksburg. Funeral service on Saturday, 10am at the Northwest Baptist Church, 300 Westminster Pike, Reisterstown. Interment in Evergreen Memorial Gardens. For additional information visit


Craig Edwards

Craig Michael Edwards, 25, of Westminster, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Born September 10, 1990 in Westminster, he was the son of Robert and Kristi (Crabbs) Edwards of Westminster. Craig was a 2011 graduate of Winters Mill High School. He was an avid fan of the Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Orioles, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and being outdoors. He also enjoyed listening to music, playing guitar, and spending time with his friends. Surviving, in addition to his parents, is a brother, Cole Edwards, of Westminster; paternal grandmother, Virginia Edwards of Westminster; maternal grandparents, Gary and Linda Crabbs of Westminster; maternal great-grandmother, Bonnie Crabbs of Westminster; aunts and uncles, Sandy Buchanan of Westminster, Donna and Eric Rosensteel of Rocky Ridge, Patty and Rick Stouffer of New Windsor and Wanda and Reggie Gillis of Tampa, FL. He was predeceased by paternal grandfather, Jessie Edwards, great-grandparents, Frank and Virginia Suffern and Keith Crabbs; and an uncle, Brian Crabbs. A Funeral Service will be held at 7:00 PM on Monday, August 22, 2016 at MYERS-DURBORAW FUNERAL HOME, 91 Willis Street, Westminster, MD, 21157. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends on Monday from 1:00-3:00 and 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to help defray funeral expenses may be made to the funeral home at the above address.


Garry Joseph Geelhaar

Garry Joseph Geelhaar, 55, of Westminster passed on August 11, 2016 at his residence. Garry was born June 29, 1961 in Baltimore and was the son of William Russell Geelhaar Jr. and the late Margaret Jewel Geelhaar (nee Tucker). In addition to his father, he is survived by siblings Kimberly Ruby, William R. Geelhaar, III, Martin Geelhaar, Richard Geelhaar, and Lori Cunningham. Memorial services to be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society , P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 or Carroll Hospital Foundation, 200 Memorial Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157



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