Honoring members who have passed away.

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Oliver W Clemons
September 23, 1939 – October 17, 1923 (Age 84)

Oliver “Ollie” W. Clemons, Jr., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, at the age of 84. Ollie was a hard-working professional engineer who provided a beautiful life for his family. Devoted husband of DeSales “Dee” Clemons and father of Oliver W. Clemons, III. He was born on September 23, 1939 to the late Oliver W. and Naomi Edna (nee Baumgartner) Clemons. He is survived by sisters Joan Gerke (Henry), Eileen Stephanus (Carl) and brother Calvin Clemons (Theresa).

A Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 7th at St. Francis Xavier Church, 13717 Cuba Road, Hunt Valley, MD 07932 at 11:00 am. (410-785-0356) Website: www.ccsfx.org

Contributions can be made in Ollie’s name to the Maryland Chapter of the National Kidney Foundation, 11307 York Road #232, Cockeysville, MD 21030 (410-494-8545) Website: www.kidneymd.org
Published by Baltimore Sun on Nov. 7, 2023.

Accessed 09NOV2023 at https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/baltimoresun/name/oliver-clemons-obituary?id=53525028

Allan Hughes
Friday August 18, 2023 (age 93)

Allan was president of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society 1999-2001

The following was accessed at: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/name/allan-hughes-obituary?id=52832780

Allan Hughes, age 93 of Hockessin and Wilmington, passed away peacefully, on Friday August 18, 2023. He was born on December 12, 1929, in Baltimore, MD, son of the late Clifford and Helene (Buhner) Hughes.

Allan graduated from Northeastern University in Mechanical Engineering and served in the Army Ordnance Corp. While working in the DuPont Company, Engineering Department for 34 years as a Principal Consultant, he earned many international patents.

Allan was an active member of Limestone Presbyterian Church, a Lexington Masonic Lodge Freemason, a Battle Green DeMolay ‘Chevalier’, Baltimore County Genealogical Society President, and served on the STLE International Board of Directors. His hobbies included hunting, boating, gardening, reading, European history, and travel. Allan had a continual thirst for knowledge.

Allan is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ellen Davis; his daughters: Arlene (Gary), Karen (Bruce), and Valerie (Peter); and his grandchildren.

Patricia Irene Czerniewski (Russell)
Thursday, February 6th, 1936 – Sunday, July 9th, 2023

It is with heavy hearts that we report to our readers that Patricia Irene Czerniewski passed away July 9, 2023. The daughter of John and Rose (Tremper) Russell, she was born February 6, 1936 in Baltimore and raised in Perry Hall.

Pat was our longest active member, serving the Society for more than forty years. She was our first librarian and continued assisting library patrons until late last year. As our collection of bible records grew, she was appointed chair of that committee and sought out family bibles from many sources including auctions throughout Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Pat also conducted free research for out of state members, the results of which can be found among our vertical file holdings. Other projects where she left her mark included the cemetery records committee which resulted in several of our early  publications. More recently, the War of 1812 Veterans project was  especially dear to her.

In 1992 the Edna Kanely Award of Appreciation was established to honor a member for their outstanding and long lasting contributions. It was no surprise that the first recipient was Patricia Czerniewski.

Those of us who have attended our Sunday meetings will also remember her wonderful homemade cakes and pies on the
refreshment table.

No doubt this kind and caring lady will be missed by all who knew her.

Surviving are Pat’s daughter, Karen (Kenneth) Tadkowski, granddaughter Kristen (Matthew) Moon and great-grandchildren Ayla and Mason Moon. Pat’s husband Stanley and daughter Theresa predeceased her.

Interment was at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church cemetery, Fullerton.

Charlotte LaMason
August 07, 2022

Charlotte was a founding member and president (2005-2008) of the Baltimore Genealogical Society.

The following was accessed at: https://www.currentobituary.com/member/obit/268148

On August 7, 2022, Charlotte R. LaMason, beloved wife of 77 years to the late Clifford LaMason and devoted mother of Richard G. LaMason, Julie R. Baugh and the late Robert LaMason, loving grandmother of David and Timothy La Mason, Barbara Criss and Stephen LaMason, great-grandmother of James L. Criss, Jr., Kaitlyn Criss, Henry, Annabel, and Warren LaMason.

Family and friends may call at The Johnson-Fosbrink Funeral Home P.A., 8521 Loch Raven Blvd. (beltway exit 29B) on Monday, August 15th from 6 to 8p.m. and at Oak Crest Chapel on Tuesday, August 16th from 9:30 to 10:00a.m. Funeral Services will be begin at 10:00a.m. Interment private. Donations may be made to the Oak Crest Benevolent Fund, 8820 Walther Blvd. Parkville, MD 21234.

Wayne R Schaumburg
Friday, July 22, 2022 (Age 76)

Born and raised in the Waverly section of Baltimore, Wayne R. Schaumburg graduated from Baltimore City College in 1964. He attended Towson University where he majored in both history and geography. Wayne also has a Masters Degree in history from Morgan State University, and a Masters of Liberal Arts Degree from Johns Hopkins University.

He taught social studies in the city school system for 39 years before retiring in June, 2007. Currently, Wayne teaches courses on Baltimore history part-time for Towson University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Johns Hopkins University, Community College of Baltimore County, and the Roland Park Country School.

Wayne has been giving tours and illustrated lectures on Baltimore history for decades covering a variety of topics from architecture to the Great Baltimore Fire. He has led walking tours through one of his favorite Baltimore landmarks: Green Mount Cemetery. His hobbies include collecting old postcards and photos of Baltimore as well as an on-going interest in the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.

In recent times, Wayne lived in Perry Hall and served on the boards of Baltimore Heritage, the Friends of Perry Hall Mansion, the Clifton Mansion Salon, and the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House. His son Tim is a graduate of both Goucher College and Loyola University of Maryland. He teaches for the Baltimore County school system. Wayne’s daughter Jennifer is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the University of Swansea in Wales. She currently works for a medical service company in Pennsylvania.

Loretta D. Rutkowski (Kahl)
Saturday, May 21st, 2022

The following was accessed 21MAY2022 at: https://www.lassahnfuneralhomes.com/memorials/loretta-rutkowski/4932654/obituary.php:

On May 21, 2022 Loretta D., (nee Kahl) Rutkowski, beloved wife of the late Charles L. Rutkowski; devoted mother of Lorrie A.E. Erdman, Diane P. Peters and husband John, Ronald J. Rutkowski and girlfriend Ranee, Joanne M. Gurley and husband David, Richard M. Rutkowski and girlfriend Sue; loving grandmother of Nicole, Dusty, Eric, Stephanie, Christina, Tara and Dave; dear great-grandmother of Dominic, Gabriella, Clementine, Clayton, Ender, Anna, Joey, Nataleigh, Chase, Killian and Camina; Sister-in-law of Lorraine Weinreich Kahl, also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Visiting at the E.F. Lassahn Funeral Home,,P.A., 11750 Belair Road in Kingsville on Tuesday, May 24, 2022 from 6:00pm -9:00pm, and on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 from 2-5 & 7-9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, 8420 Belair Road, Fullerton, MD, 21236 on Thursday, May 26, 2022 at 10:00 AM. Interment St. Joseph Church Cemetery. Donations may be made in her name to St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church www.stjoefullerton.org

Clinton D. Magsamen Jr.
November 15, 2021

The following was accessed 19NOV2021 at: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/baltimoresun/name/clinton-magsamen-obituary?id=31591344

The Magsamen family and many friends have lost a loving, caring and dedicated man, Clinton D. Magsamen Jr. (The Colonel/Bill) on November 15, 2021, at the age of 84. He was the son of the late Clinton D. Sr. and Dorothy Magsamen and loving husband of the late Patricia Leland Weber and brother to the late Wayne Magsamen. He is survived by his three daughters, Karen Sayler (Chuck), Stacey Velenovsky (Robert) and Melissa Kardash. Along with his seven grandchildren Angela Magruder (Patrick), Donald Olkowski IV, Nicholas Sayler (Courtney), Rachel Sayler, Cydnee Kardash, Gus Velenovsky (Christine), Tecla Velenovsky; and thirteen great grandchildren.

Bill grew up in Middle River, MD and stayed there most of his life until his move to Belcamp. He joined the Maryland Air National Guard when he was 19 years old and made it his career for 43 years. Bill worked his way up the ranks to Colonel hence his nickname. He was a very dedicated member and respected leader in the 175th Wing Maryland Air National Guard. He enjoyed spending time with his entire family and many friends. Having parties on holidays especially New Year’s Eve and going to dinner with his Guard group and dancing with anyone who would. Cruising and traveling to many states and countries including Florida, Hawaii, Germany, Italy and many family vacations in Ocean City, MD.

Family and friends will honor and celebrate Bill’s life at E.F. Lassahn Funeral Home, P.A., 11750 Belair Road, Kingsville, MD, with visiting on Tuesday, November 23, 2021 from 3-8 pm. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 11am. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MD 1850 York Rd D, Lutherville, MD 21093 in memory of Bill.

Published by Baltimore Sun on Nov. 19, 2021.

Sarah Jane Taylor
October 16, 1940 ~ August 19, 2021 (age 80)

The following online obituary was accessed 20AUG2021 at: https://www.fletcherfuneralhome.net/obituary/Sarah-Taylor

Sarah Jane Taylor was born on October 16, 1940 at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore City. She passed on August 19, 2021 at her home in Carroll Lutheran Village.

She was the daughter of Wm. Webster & Sarah Rutledge Mays Sauter. She spent many happy hours on the Sauter farm which was located in Woodlawn and dated back to 1837.

Sarah attended the Woodlawn Elementary School, graduated from the Milford Mill Jr.-Sr. High School in 1958 and West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1961 with a Bachelors and Masters Degree.

She taught at Lee High School in Fairfax, Virginia, Woodlawn Jr. High School, Woodlawn Sr. High School, Johnnycake Jr. High School.

In 1986 she married Robert George Taylor, also a teacher. Bob died in 2012.

Sarah attended worship and was active at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa and Grand View Christian Church in Fallston. They moved to Carroll Lutheran Village in Westminster, Md. in 2006 and she was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Finksburg.

She served on committees at CLV and had many interests including gardening where she had her own plot. Her hobbies included helping neighbors, delivering local papers at the Village, and especially genealogy. She was spontaneous about life and passionate about genealogy where she took many trips to the Library of Congress where she did research. She never met a historic cemetery that she didn’t want to visit. She belonged to the Maryland Historical Society and the Baltimore County Genealogy Society.

Sarah Jane was predeceased by her parents, her sister Ida Elizabeth “Betty” Garlock and survived by nephews Lee Garlock and David Garlock and cousins Louis Piel, Joyce Sauter Iglehart, Carole Scott and Karen Iglehart.

Her service of celebration will be held on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Krug Chapel on the campus of Carroll Lutheran Village, 300 St. Luke Circle, Westminster, MD. 21158. Safe health practices are observed, including masks.

She was loved beyond measure and will be remembered and missed by family and friends. Janie, as she was often called, was special.

Janice Lee Harding
February 12, 1937 – July 02, 2021

The following online obituary was accessed 04JUL2021 at: https://www.legacy.com/us/obituaries/carrollcountytimes/name/janice-harding-obituary?pid=199321593

Janice Lee Harding, 84, of Parkville, MD, passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021. Born on February 12, 1937 in Baltimore, MD, she was the daughter of the late Leslie Hiram Debelius, Sr. and Ethel May Ayres Debelius. She was the beloved wife of the late Walter R. Harding, Jr. Janice was a member of Millers United Methodist Church and a past National President of the Auxiliary to Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. She enjoyed many hobbies, including ballroom dancing and genealogy research. She took great pride in sharing a birthday with Abraham Lincoln and had a great connection to his ideals. Janice is survived by her daughter: Andrea Jean Farmer and husband Edward of Catonsville, MD, grandson: Benjamin, great-granddaughter: Caitlin, and brother: Leslie “Les” Debelius, Jr. and wife Jeane of Manchester, MD. The family will receive visitors on Wednesday, July 7 from 10:30 to 11:30 am at Millers United Methodist Church, 3435 Warehime Rd, Millers, MD 21102, where a funeral service will begin at 11:30 am. Interment to follow in Millers United Methodist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Janice’s name may be offered to Millers United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or Gilchrist Hospice. Arrangements are by the ECKHARDT FUNERAL CHAPEL, P.A., Manchester, MD, and online condolences may be offered at www.eckhardtfuneralchapel.com

Olive I. (Kniesche) Jones
July 13, 1919 ~ April 19, 2021 (age 101)

Olive Jones was a charter member of the Baltimore County Genealogical Society.

The following online obituary was accessed 22APR2021 at: https://www.feiserfuneralhome.com/obituary/Olive-Jones

Olive I. (Kniesche) Jones, 101, died Monday, April 19, 2021 at her home. She was the wife of the late Calvin L. Jones, who died in September 1999.

Olive was born July 13, 1919, in Baltimore, MD, the daughter of the late Harry F. and Nellie I. (Myers) Kniesche.

Olive was a member of Grace Methodist Church in Hanover, and the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of PA. She was a past Worthy Matron in the Order of The Eastern Star, a past Regent in the Daughters of The American Revolution, and a volunteer in the Pennsylvania Room at the Guthrie Memorial Library in Hanover. Olive was an outstanding genealogist, and a member of several genealogy societies, and she was a docent at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Olive is survived by a daughter, Janet A. Orland of Abbottstown, a son, Jeffrey A. Jones of St. Petersburg, FL, 10 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Jeanne Miller, and a son-in-law, Herbert P. Orland, Jr.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 3 PM, at Feiser Funeral Home, Inc, 302 Lincoln Way West, New Oxford, with Pastor Todd Christine officiating. A viewing will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 2-3 PM. Burial will be on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 11 AM at Parkwood Cemetery in Baltimore. Memorial contributions may be made to the Theodore Burr Covered Bridge Society of PA, 3012 Old Pittsburgh Rd, New Castle, PA 16101. Memories may be shared at www.feiserfuneralhome.com.

Robert Barnes
March 22, 1939 ~ January 19, 2021 (age 81)

Bob Barnes conceived and founded the Baltimore County Genealogical Society in 1977.

The following was accessed 25 JAN 2021 at: https://www.evansfuneralchapel.com/notices/Robert-Barnes

Robert “Bob” W. Barnes passed away at the age of 81 on January 19, 2021, after a long and full life. Bob, a beloved husband and father, is survived by his wife of 60 years Catherine Barnes, his four children Robert Jr., Jo Anne, Nancy, and Sue, his five grandchildren Cate, Robert, Grace, Jared, and Hannah, and his great-granddaughter Luthien. Bob was always at the center of any gathering, with his laugh, conversation, and caring heart. He was a lover of history, and retired from teaching history after 36 years. He is a former President of the Maryland Genealogical and the Baltimore County Genealogical Societies, and worked as the verifying genealogist for many lineage societies. He published numerous books delving into the history of families in Maryland. His passion was to connect people to their past.

Bob had a beautiful baritone voice and feet that loved to dance. He sang for many years in the church choir, and even more importantly, encouraged others to sing. He loved to waltz and polka and always thought it important to be a gentleman.

Bob served his God faithfully throughout the years, as an elder and leader of the church. He made new visitors feel welcome and got to know people quickly. He had a special way of connecting with many people. Though his family rejoices that he is with God in heaven, he will be missed, along with his smile, love of bad puns and word puzzles, passion for his hobbies, memory of obscure movie facts, and love for his family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks any who wish to honor Bob’s memory to donate either to Perry Hall Presbyterian Church (perryhallpc@gmail.com) or the Maryland Historical Society (https://www.mdhistory.org/donate/) in his name.

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