January 13, 1991


Charles H. Haven Sr., 79, a New Jersey resident, died Jan. 6 at Carroll County General Hospital. A retired insurance broker, he was the husband of the late Pauline A. Haven. He is survived by a son, CharlesH. Haven Jr. of Westminster, and four grandchildren.


Gerald M. Patterson, 46, died Tuesday as the result of an automobile accident. He was the son of Lester S. and Hilda Null Patterson of Gamber. A graduate of Western Maryland College, he formerly taught foreign language at Francis Scott Key High School. Recently, he had been employed in sales. In addition to his parents, survivors include a brother, Stewart Patterson of Gamber; sisters Vivian Alvrus of Florida and Patricia Patterson of New York City; twonephews and three nieces.


Florence H. Tressler, 69, died Wednesday at Gettysburg Hospital in Pennsylvania. Bornin Hampstead, she was a Frederick County resident. She was the wife of the late Jonah Tressler and a member of the Friends Creek Church of God. Surviving are her children, Donald J. and Thomas S. Tressler, both of here, Ruth E. Winfield of Frederick County and Cathy Ann Bowers of Washington County; two brothers, Elmer S. Hale and Charles E. Hale, both of Finksburg; sister Ada M. Shaffer of Upperco; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Diabetes Association, Middletown, MD 21769 or to the American Heart Association, 116 E. Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701.


Sarah R. Merson, 79, died Tuesday at her Howard County home here. Twice widowed, she was the wife of Clarence W. Stonesifer and Bernard Merson. She had been a homemaker for most of her life. Surviving are her sons, Clarence Stonesiferof Manchester, Herbert Stonesifer, John, James, and Robert Merson, all of Howard County; daughters Dorothy Selby of Howard County and Mary Graft of Alabama; sister Dorothy Musgrove of Woodbine; 15 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.


Vernon M. Aldridge, 87, died Jan. 5 at his Baltimore home. Born in Westminster, hewas the husband of Viola A. Aldridge. In addition to his wife, survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, William V. and Betty Aldridge of Westminster; daughters and sons-in-law Wilbur and Ila Phyles ofBaltimore and Gretta and Richard Stause of Virginia; stepdaughter Betty Perrera of Baltimore County; brothers Woodrow and Arthur Aldridge, both of here; sister Leafy Grimes; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mount Airy

Mary Catherine Gue, 83, diedTuesday at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She was the wife of Arthur G. Gue. In addition to her husband, survivors include daughters Addie K. Conaway and Betty R. Slick, both of Montgomery County; brothers Wilbur Brashear of New Windsor, Alton Brashear of Union Bridge and Lester Brashear of Pennsylvania; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.


Mary EllenDull, 64, a former resident here, died Tuesday at Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore. She had been employed as a tailor by the JosephA. Banks Clothing Co. in Baltimore. Surviving are a daughter, Jean Rickett of Nevada; sister Ethel Reed of Washington County; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Union Bridge

Harold L. Dodson Sr., 58, died Jan. 6 at Hanover General Hospital in Pennsylvania. He was the husband of Janet P. Dodson. Employed as a loader operator for a gravel company, he was also a licensed minister for Evangelical Christian Church. In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Harold L. Dodson Jr. of here; daughters Marguerite G. Foster of Pennsylvania, Dawn O. Eader and Holly J. Peay, both of Montgomery County; sister Rita Hill of Keymar; brothers Gerald Dodson of New Jersey, Carroll and Paul Dodson, both of here, and John Dodson of Virginia; and four grandchildren. The family requests memorial donations be made to Keymar Evangelical Christian Church, 1011 Francis Scott Key Highway, Keymar, MD 21757, where he was a member.

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