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Dante L. Almonte Sr., 58, died Monday at home. Born in Sulmona, Italy, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Almonte of Rhode Island and the husband of Joyce M. Almonte. The family immigrated to the United States in 1938. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, he also served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Recently, he had retired from Westinghouse here and was a member of the Society of Professional Engineers. In addition to his parents and wife, survivors include a daughter, Dantena A. Bielke of Harford County; sons, Dante Almonte Jr. and Eric Almonte, both of Anne Arundel County; brother, Benny Almonte and sister, Elydia Corvese, both of Rhode Island, and one grandson.


Raymond E. Frye, 74, died Monday. He was the husband of Eleanor W.

Frye and the late Edith W. Frye. Employed by Etzler's Construction Co., he also was an accomplished musician, who played several instruments. In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Gloria Brady of Washington County; stepson, James Wilson of Texas; sisters, Catherine Carman and Sue Taylor of Baltimore, and Wanda Merchant of Florida; brothers, Peter and Carlee Merchant of Baltimore; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

today at the Union Bridge Funeral Home of D. D. Hartzler & Son.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Linganore Cemetery, Frederick County.


John R. Merryman, 77, died Friday at Baltimore County General Hospital. He was the husband of the late Emma S. Merryman and the father of the late Robert L. Merryman. Before his retirement, he worked for the former W. J. Dickey and Sons Co. Survivors include a daughter, Eldine C.

Angles of here; brothers, John M. Merryman and Wallace Merryman, both of Baltimore County and Charles Merryman of Woodbine; sisters, Hazel Frey of Kent County, Alverta Poe of Baltimore County, Helen Butts of Frederick County, Althea Speck of Anne Arundel County and Betty Richie of Howard County; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


Virginia A. Schwartz, 75, a Baltimore County resident, died Friday when her automobile struck a train on Route 30 in Hampstead. She was the wife of William R. Schwartz. A retired bakery manager for Giant food stores, she also was a member of the Stone Chapel United Methodist Church, Baltimore County. In addition to her husband, survivors include sons, Owen McFadden of Baltimore County, Theodore McFadden of Westminster, Charles McFadden of Pennsylvania, Royston Schwartz Jr. of Washington, and G. C.

Schwartz II of Eldersburg; daughter, Marlene Nolan of Harford County; sister, Grace Beck and brother, John Bosley, both of Kent County; 17 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.


Capt. Hugh N. Batten Sr., 67, died Oct. 24 while vacationing in New Orleans, La. He was the husband of Mary Ellen T. Batten. Commissioned in the U.S. Navy in 1943, he earned combat medals in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He also served on the staff of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Since his retirement, he participated in many civic organizations, recently serving as president of the Westminster Kiwanis Club. In addition to his wife, survivors include a daughter, Mary Lavinia Batten-Smith of Alaska; sons, Hugh N. Batten Jr. of California, Bruce Thomas Batten of Alaska and J. Christopher Batten of here; sisters, Frances Midkiff of West Virginia and Evelyn Spence of South Carolina; brothers, Floyd Batten of Michigan, Jack Batten of West Virginia and Hall Batten of California, and six grandchildren. In addition to memorial services here last week, the Navy will have an additional memorial at Arlington National Cemetery today.


Charles R. Powers, 62, died Sunday at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore County. He was the husband of Sandra L. Powers. Before his retirement, he was employed at Pritzker & Scherr Plumbing and Heating in Baltimore. In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters, Trixie Powers, Roberta Sine and Andrea LeCroy, all of Baltimore, Helen Powers of Baltimore County, Deena Stephan of Manchester and Raina Powers of here; brother, Carl Powers of Connecticut; sister, Addie Rice of Howard County, and 12 grandchildren. Services are at 11 a.m. today at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.


Stanley W. Bollinger Sr., 69, died Saturday at Carroll County General Hospital. He was the husband of Edna M. Bollinger. He had owned and operated an excavating business for 43 years. A member of Deer Park United Methodist Church, he also belonged to the Boumi Temple of Baltimore, the National Rifle Association and the Western Maryland Motorcycle Association.

In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Stanley W. Bollinger Jr.

of here; Linda B. Giles of Manchester; brother, George Bollinger of here; sister, Audrey Crist of Florida, and four grandchildren.

Ruby R. Stivers, 80, died Saturday at Carroll County General Hospital.

She was the wife of the late Henry D. Stivers. Survivors include a son, James M. Perry of here and three grandchildren. The family requests memorial contributions to the Maryland Trust of Retarded Citizens, 180 Kriders Church Road, here.

Charles E. Blacksten, 85, died Sunday at Hanover Hall Nursing Home in Hanover, Pa. He was the husband of Margaret A. Blacksten. A former farmer, he also had been employed with the State Roads Commission. A member of Linwood Brethren Church, he served as deacon. In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters, Olive S. Boone of here and Marion B. Devilbiss of Frederick County; son, Wayne E. Blacksten of New Windsor; brothers, Roger Blacksten and Ralph T. Blacksten, both of Linwood; sister, Dorothy I.

Myers of Uniontown; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services are at 10:30 a.m. today at the New Windsor Funeral Home of D. D.


Katherine W. Bushman, 72, died Monday at Carroll County General Hospital. She was the widow of Samuel Bushman. A registered nurse, she recently had done private duty. Survivors include a son, Charles W. Metcalf of here; daughter, Estelle G. Ament of Baltimore County; sisters, Eleanor Dove of Montgomery County and Caroline Clark of California; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services are at 10 a.m.

Thursday at Pritts Funeral Home and Chapel, 412 Washington Road, here. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today.

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