Honoring members who have passed away.

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John L Cain
January 17, 2020

Former Baltimore City Councilman, passed away Jan. 17, 2020 at the age of 80. John is survived by his loving companion of 36 years, Nadera Rezwi, and his sister, Ottsie McJilton, brothers James & Francis Cain, and several dear nieces and nephews. A memorial service honoring the life of John will be held Saturday, February 29th-11AM at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 7834 Eastern Ave. Balto., Md 21224

Published in Baltimore Sun on Feb. 23, 2020

Emily Jane Thursby
December 25, 2019

Emily Jane Thursby, 70, of Atlanta, GA, passed away on December 25, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. Born and raised in Baltimore, Jane graduated from Friends School of Baltimore and Washington University in St. Louis. When she retired from emergency management planning, Jane moved to Atlanta, Georgia to live with her daughter, Amanda Baxter, son-in-law, Ian Zabor, and two grandchildren, Zoe Thomas Zabor and Thomas Baxter Zabor. When not spending time with her grandchildren, she continued her avid interest in genealogy. Jane gave countless hours of volunteer and teaching time to numerous organizations including the Baltimore County Genealogical Society and The Shipleys of Maryland. She is predeceased by her brothers Roland Edward Thursby Jr., William Allen Thursby, and George Robert Thursby as well as her parents Roland Edward Thursby Sr. and A. Gloria Stinchecum. She will be interred at Druid Ridge Cemetery in the Thursby plot. A private memorial service has been planned which will include lots of Maryland crabs and Chesapeake oysters. Friends may send sentiments and condolences to 21 Northwood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30309.

Published in Baltimore Sun on Jan. 14, 2020

Walter Price
April 05, 1940 – October 17, 2019

The words “well done, thou good and faithful servant”, were uttered with praise once more as
Walter Price crossed over the bar and into heaven in the early hours of October 17, 2019. He lived
79 years.

Walter spent much of his life in service to others. After graduating from high school in Baltimore, he
served his nation for four years in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Little Rock and USS Galveston.
After the Navy, Walter served the citizens of Baltimore for 26 years as a Baltimore City Police
officer. He served in his community as an active member and deacon at Oak Grove Baptist Church,
along with being on the security team, clothes closet and food pantry ministries. He was also a
member of the Maryland Historical Society and Baltimore City Round Table. He served as a
Gettysburg Battlefield guide and loved talking about the Civil War.

Walter is survived by his brothers, Warren and William Price; two sisters, Harriett and Audrey; and
three special nieces.

Those who desire may send contributions to: Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2106 Churchville Road,
Bel Air, MD 21015.

Fair winds and following seas, Walter.

Alice Mary Ringger
March 22, 2019
Vice President, BCGS 2001-2002

On March 22, 2019, Alice Mary Ringger (nee Lochner); beloved wife of the late Frederick W. Ringger, Jr.; cherished mother of Donna C. Easton (John), Irene E. Spangle (R. Joseph), Frederick J. Ringger and George J. Ringger (Elaine); dear sister of Richard A. Lochner and the late George J. Lochner and Rev. Robert J. Lochner; loving grandmother of James Spangle, Julianne Antonello, Christin Johnson, Ryan Ringger, Devin Ringger and Kyle Ringger; also survived by 3 great grandchildren.Friends may call at the family owned Ruck Towson Funeral Home, Inc., 1050 York Rd. (beltway exit 26) on Sunday March 31 from 1-3 & 5-7 PM. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Church, Texas on Monday at 10:30 AM. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

Published in Baltimore Sun from Mar. 23 to Mar. 27, 2019

Harvey Howard Colburn, Jr
January 11, 1927January 16, 2019 (age 92)

On January 16, 2019; Harvey Howard Colburn Jr., United States Navy Veteran of Parkville; beloved husband of Angela M. Colburn; devoted father of Jane F. Slotter, Joseph W. Colburn and wife Lisa, John D. Colburn and wife Renee; grandfather of six; great grandfather of one; dear brother of Dorothy J. Trimble; also survived by nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will honor Harvey’s life at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services-8800 Harford Road-Parkville on Friday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM where a funeral service will be held 10 AM Saturday. Interment Gardens of Faith Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Harvey’s name may be made to Gilchrist Hospice Care or to the Knights of Columbus Cardinal Council Gibbons. 

Accessed 24 January 2019 at: https://www.evansfuneralchapel.com/notices/Harvey-ColburnJr

Margaret Isabelle Obert
August 11, 1944 – March 7, 2018

Longtime church member Margaret Isabelle Obert passed away on Wednesday March 7th, she was 73 .

Isabelle was born and raised in Baltimore City and attended Southern High School (class of 1962). She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University College, University of Maryland (where she attended night school for 8 years, while raising a daughter as a single mother); a Master of Science Degree in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College in Washington, DC; and a Contemporary Executive Development Certificate from the George Washington University in Washington, DC.

She retired in 1997 after a long career with the Federal Government. She began her career with the National Security Agency, serving as an Analyst and Cryptologic Staff Officer. In 1982, she transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington D.C., serving first as a Counterintelligence Research Specialist. She subsequently moved into management positions, serving as the Chief, Security Policy and Operations; and Chief, Security Awareness. She traveled extensively for the Government, providing counterintelligence and security support to military commands worldwide. She received the Defense Intelligence Director’s Award upon retirement.

She was an avid genealogist and published books on the Board and Allen families of Maryland and Virginia. She won the Maryland Historical Society’s 1999 Parker Prize for her work on the Board family. She served as a volunteer in the Library of the Maryland Historical Society for many years.

Isabelle was a member of the Old Otterbein United Methodist Church for many years. She served as Chairperson of the Trustees, overseeing major restoration efforts of the church and parsonage; Treasurer; and Wedding Coordinator of the Church. She also served on the Board of Directors of the Star Spangled Banner Flag House; and as President of the Board of Directors of the Susanna Wesley House, which provides transitional housing for homeless women and children. She was previously active in the Girls’ Softball Division of the South Baltimore Little League, serving as Vice President, Player Agent, and Manager. She was also a member of several lineage societies, to include: Daughters of the American Revolution, United States Daughters of 1812 (where she served as National Registrar), National Society , Colonial Dames of America in Maryland (where she served as the President of the Maryland State Society) and several others. She was a member of the Maryland Historical Society; the Maryland Genealogical Society; the Baltimore County Genealogical Society; and the Virginia Genealogical Society. She served twice as President of the Maryland Genealogical Society.

Isabelle is survived by a daughter, Margaret Obert Berish, granddaughters Kathryn Isabel and Lauren Margaret Berish, and a son-in-law, Thomas Scott Berish; a brother C. Allen Board; a sister Nancy L. Swartwout; a brother-in-law, William Swartwout, a nephew Arthur Swartwout, and a niece, Jill Swartwout. A brother, Warren F. Board, predeceased her.

Accessed 08 March 2018 at:

Thomas Paul Bocek
February 20, 1932 – March 3, 2018

On March 3, 2018 Thomas “Tom” Paul Bocek passed away. He was the beloved husband of June M. Bocek (nee McHugh); devoted father of Dawn Bocek Schepleng and her husband Keith, and Lisa Bocek Vandervest and her husband Craig, and the late Timothy Mark Bocek; cherished grandfather of Victoria “Tori” Vandervest, Maggie Schepleng, Graham Vandervest, and Samuel “Sam” Schepleng; dear brother of Robert “Bob” Bocek and his wife Jean. Relatives and friends are invited to visit at Schimunek Funeral Home Inc., 9705 Belair Rd. Nottingham, MD 21236 on Wednesday from 3-5 and 7-9 PM, where a Funeral Service will be held on Thursday at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Gardens of Faith Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make memorial contributions to Zion United Church of Christ, 8701 Cottington Rd. Baltimore, MD 21236, or the Rosedale Senior Center, 1208 Neighbors Ave. Rosedale, MD 21237. Online tributes may be left at www.schimunekfuneralhomes.com.

Accessed 07 March 2018 at:

  • Tom Bocek spent many years assisting genealogists in the Baltimore area especial with discovering one’s Polish roots.
  • He was very active in the Baltimore County Genealogical Society (BCGS) and volunteered at the local Church of Ladder Day Saints Family History Center.
  • Tom was also the chairperson of the Eastern European Interest Group at the BCGS for many years where he readily shared his knowledge of genealogy.
  • Tom also gave a number of talks on Eastern European family history research in the Baltimore area.
  • He wrote the book Baltimore Street Name Changes 1730 – 2000.


From the Baltimore Sun

Joseph Lewis Simon
(August 8, 1927 – February 23, 2017)

Joe Simon, a beloved regular member of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society for many years, has passed away on February 23rd. He was 89 years old.

Joe participated in many projects and events while researching his family ancestry which includes family surnames; Baginski, Lewandowski, Simon, Zaczek Tohaszkiewicz, Golaszewski, and Schwarzkopf. He was introduced to the BCGS’s Eastern European Interest Group just after its founding in 1997 and contributed in its projects. His pride and joy was taking on the herculean task of digitizing the entire available interment records of the Holy Rosary Cemetery from 1889 to 1948 which included over 20,000 entries. The records were photocopied by volunteers with the permission of the Holy Rosary Church pastor and given to Joe for computer entry. The handwritten data on the copies had to be interpreted, formatted and indexed for a spreadsheet presentation. The entries were then verified by the EEIG personnel. Joe’s project lasted eight years and produced a CD for ancestry research by those interested. This afforded researchers a tool for easy access and screening capabilities.

Joseph L. Simon was born and raised in the Govans and Hamilton areas of Baltimore. After Poly High School, Joe served in WWII as a radarman on a Navy rocket ship. He married Marie Hild and raised their family, a daughter and four sons. Joe retired as a US Government broadcast engineer and pursued his interest in civic, religious and community activities. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and taught classes for the American Red Cross and the Lady Maryland Living Classrooms. Other then the BCGS, Joe, an eagle scout, devoted much of his time to the Boys Scouts of America as the Regional Chair for the NCCS. His scouting honors and positions are numerous. These include the Silver Beaver Award, District Award of Merit, Order of the Arrow, Archdiocesan Chair, District Commissioner, Council Member At Large and Ad Altare Dei, St. George*, Archdiocesan and OYM Metals of Honor.

* Joe Simon received the Silver St. George award in April 2012 for his lifelong work in scouting from The National Catholic Committee on Scouting. It is believed that this award is only the second ever given to a resident of the Baltimore Archdiocese at that time. The other was given to Cardinal Keeler.

12 March 2017