Mildred Cluster Neuman

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Mildred Cluster Neuman, mother of Retired Sergeant John Cluster and grandmother of former Delegate Joe Cluster.

Mildred Cluster Neuman passed away on Sunday, September 19, 2020. Funeral arrangements are in the planning process.

Services will be held at:

Evans Funeral Chapel

8800 Harford Road

Baltimore, 21234

Thursday, September 24th at 3pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm.

Services Friday September 25th at 11:00am at Evans Funeral Chapel



William E. Purnell

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Retired Detective William Edwin Purnell.

On Wednesday, September 16, 2020 William Edwin Purnell, 97, of Salisbury and formerly of Cockeysville and Crisfield; Retired Corporal with Baltimore County Police Department; Funeral services will be Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2 PM at Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield where a viewing will be one hour prior. Interment with military honors will follow in Sunnyridge Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immanuel United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o 306 W. Main Street, Crisfield, MD 21817.

Wallace P. Mitchell

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Wallace P. Mitchell, father of Captain Craig Mitchell Precinct 11 Commander, and grandfather of Lieutenant Mallory Grantham of Pc06 and Sergeant Stuart Grantham of Precinct 01.

Services will be private.

Samuel Blackstone, Jr.

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Samuel Blackstone, Jr., beloved grandfather of Officer Sean Thomas on Thursday, August 27, 2020.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sean and his family at this difficult time.

A private ceremony for family members will be held in the coming days.

Vivian T. Fitch

The  lodge regrets to announce the passing of Vivian T. Fitch, wife of retired Sergeant Richard D. Fitch, mother of retired Corporal James M. Fitch, mother-in-law of retired Detective April P. Fitch and grandmother of Officer James M. Fitch Jr.

Vivian passed away Friday August 21, 2020 at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center at the age of 92.
A date for a memorial service is pending. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Baltimore County Police PAR Fund in Vivian’s name.

Catharine Cherry Micks

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Catharine Cherry Micks, mother of Retired Captain Kate Meeks, wife of Retired Lt. L. Wayne Meeks, sister of Claudia (Ittenbach) Peeples Retired Baltimore County Executive Office, sister-in-law of Retired BCFD CRT/Paramedic Charles Knight, aunt of Retired BCFD HazMat EMT William Knight and aunt of David Ittenbach, Baltimore County Recreation & Parks.

Catharine Cherry Meeks (Chinault) passed away at her Sarasota, Florida home Sunday, July 26th, 2020 surrounded by her loving husband of 62 years Louis Wayne and her daughters Kathleen “Kate” Cherry and Kimberly Cherry.  “Cherry”, as she was known, was born in Baltimore, Maryland April 5th, 1940 to William Clifford and Helen May Chinault (Cherry). As the oldest of their six daughters, she was naturally a maternal figure to Helen (Charles “Bucky” Knight), twins Claire (Charles Floyd) and Claudia (Gerald Ittenbach Sr deceased/Paul Peeples), Elizabeth “Bobbie” (Christopher Philipp) and Gail (Donald Watts). She often cared for her younger sissies while mom and dad worked. Keeping them all in line wasn’t always an easy task so she taught herself how to do the two-pinky finger whistle to get everyone’s attention.  The girls would often sit on the front porch of their home – with only one bathroom shared by all six daughters – chatting like sisters do and watching the cars drive for entertainment.  At the tender age of fourteen, Cherry noticed a handsome young man drive by in his 1946 Ford and thought she would use her special whistle to get his attention. Much to her shock and surprise, she got his attention and he turned around to come back. That was the day she met her eternal love and soul mate, L. Wayne. They began dating until her sixteenth Christmas when he gave her an engagement ring with the promise to marry when she turned 18. With her parents’ consent that they wait until she finished high school, on June 14th, 1958, one week after graduation from Towson High School, they married at Towson Presbyterian Church.

As newlyweds, they settled in Randallstown, Maryland near Wayne’s parent’s farm. Cherry began work for Social Security in Woodlawn while Wayne joined his older brother Roger in the Baltimore County Fire Department. In 1962, they saved enough to purchase a home lot on Deer Park Rd and build a home to raise their little family. On Christmas day 1963, they welcomed their first daughter and named her Kathleen Cherry.  After a bit of searching they found their worship home at St Paul’s Lutheran Church. It was there they learned about the opportunity to adopt another child. In May 1969, they completed their family with the addition of a second daughter Kimberly Cherry. Wayne continued to work full time in the fire department and part time for Loring Byers Funeral home to enable Cherry to be a full time stay at home mom.

Being the oldest of six girls, Cherry always made sure she got the most use out of everything. She cooked wonderful meals and sewed clothing for the family. Despite their nearly six-year age gap, Kate and Kim wore many custom-made creations. Cherry was on the forefront of the matching Christmas PJs trend with custom matching outfits for the family photos. This frugal mindset extended to their vacations, when they purchased a used motorhome and began travelling. The love for Florida was established in a late 50s visit to friends near Orlando, by the mid-seventies they had friends in Cocoa Beach and Sarasota who welcomed their visits. Many weekends and long road trips were taken in the two, family motorhomes. In 1976 the family made the bold decision to pull their girls out of school and spend 45 days on vacation. They visited the east coast and went south to the keys to see Bahia Honda state park which they loved so much they spent the max 14 days and checked out for a night only to return for another 14 nights. Florida trips became the only destination and the goal for life after retirement.

During one of those family trips to Florida in 1982, they began to look for a plot of land to build their future home. To realize their dreams, Cherry went back to work first as a substitute aid for the Ridge School and later as a secretary to the Bishop at the Lutheran Synod. She and Wayne were able to carpool most days, saving every penny she earned for the next few years to pay off their piece of paradise. Many more trips to Florida occurred over the next few years to tour new homes and try to find a plan that would fit their new retirement lifestyle. Cherry combined her fine art skills with those experiences to design a custom home plan and Wayne found a good Amish contractor to build their dream home.

In 1985, Wayne retired from the fire department and moved the family to Sarasota, but they weren’t ready to relax just yet. In 1986, Wayne joined Sarasota County Schools as a bus driver and a year later Cherry decided to join him. The years following brought her beloved grandchildren, Christopher “Bubba” Joseph Herring (Rachel), Kaleigh Cherry Dale (Casey), Makenna Cherry Siefke, Trent Stephan Meeks-Hall and Tabytha Cherry Siefke. She beamed with pride watching her two great-granddaughters, Coraline Jo and Gemma Cherry, growing into little girls. Cherry was the quintessential doting grandma making them her special poodle shaped pancakes, swimming with them in her pool, painting palm fronds and reading them books in her overly animated way. She devoted her time to caring for her grandchildren and enabled her daughters to excel in their own careers.

Cherry enjoyed painting and filled their home with beautiful artwork featuring her favorite subject – birds of nature. With the guidance of her talented sister in law Jeanne S. Meeks (Roger R. Meeks Sr deceased) she expanded her body of work to include custom pieces for close friends and family. She was an incredibly strong and resilient woman. Surviving breast cancer and living with dementia through her later years, she remained the sweet ‘Cherry Berry’ everyone knew and loved, always welcoming with a warm smile and big hugs. She will be dearly missed by her large circle of family including many nieces and nephews, their spouses and extended family members.

A celebration of life at their home of worship, Faith Lutheran, will be held when church services resume. Final interment at Faith’s memorial garden will be delayed until the passing of her beloved husband then services will be completed with burial together.


Mary Kim Ward

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of retired Colonel M. Kim Ward on August 7, 2020.

Here are the funeral arrangements for Retired Colonel Kim Ward:


Monday August 10, 2020      2 pm – 8 pm (Open to Public)

Long Green Volunteer Fire Company, 4506 Long Green Rd, Glen Arm, MD 21057

Social distancing:  No more than 20 people will be allowed inside at one time. 

Funeral:  By Invitation Only

Tuesday  August 11, 2020

Private Mass

Private Viewing:  8:30 am to 9:30 am

Private Mass: 9:45 am to 10:45 am

Location: Long Green Volunteer Fire Company, 4506 Long Green Rd, Glen Arm, MD 21057

Internment: Public Prayer Service and Eulogies

11:30 am

Location: Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 E. Padonia Road, Timonium, MD  21093

Flowers can be sent to the Long Green Volunteer Fire Company starting on Monday August 10, 2020 at 8am.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to:

Johns Hopkins Hospital Sidney Kimmel Cancer Research Center:

401 N. Broadway St

Baltimore, MD 21287

The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Maryland:

NAMI Maryland

10630 Little Patuxent Parkway

Suite 475

Columbia, MD 21044


Michael J. Edenfield

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Michael J. Edenfield, son of Retired Officer Charles Edenfield, Jr.

On August 2, 2020, Michael J. Edenfield passed away in Gainsville, Florida. Michael is survived by his wife, Mary (Libertini) Edenfield, his parents Charles and Carol (Faulstich) Edenfield, he is also survived by his sisters, Christine Johnson and Erin Fowkes, and his nieces Caytlin Johnson and Ellie Fowkes.

Friends may call at the family owned Leonard J. Ruck, Inc Funeral Home 5305 Harford Road (at Echodale) on Monday from 2-4 & 6-8 P.M. A funeral mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Church on Tuesday at 10:00 A.M. Interment Parkwood Cemetery. If you wish you can make a donation in Michael’s name (class of ‘93) to the McMullin program of Calvert Hall College High School.

In accordance with Maryland Law, face masks are required prior to entry into the funeral home and social distancing will be followed.  Due to gathering size limits, there may be a wait to enter the building.

Francis E. Banahan

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Francis Edward Banahan, father of Retired Officer William Banahan.

Francis Edward Banahan (97) of Westminster, MD passed away on July 20, 2020. Born November 23, 1922 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late William and Minnie (Hoffman) Banahan and the devoted husband of the late Marie Elizabeth Banahan; who passed away in 2012 after 66 years of marriage.

Francis enlisted in the U/S/ Navy during WWII. He served in the Pacific Theater from 1941-1946 aboard the USS Crescent City (APA-21) and the USS Venus (AK-135). Francis served the City of Baltimore for 27 years as a Police Officer, retiring with the rank of Sergeant. In retirement he continued to assist the Department as a Pretrial Investigator. Francis was a member of the American Legion, Knights of Columbus and a faithful member of St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Francis is survived by two daughters: Harriett A. Bishop of Westminster, MD, Deborah L. Novotny of Westminster, MD; two sons: William F. Banahan of Hampstead, MD, Raymond T. Banahan of Ocean City, MD; 11 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

Due to the current health crisis all services will be private; however a live webcast of the service will be offered at on Wednesday, August 12th at 12:00pm. Private family interment at Garrison Forest VA Cemetery.

The family is accepting “Live Floral Arrangements” from Petals Flowers & Gifts (410-239-1931) or contributions to St. Bartholomew Catholic Church – P.O. Box 448, Manchester, MD 21102

Online condolences may be made at

Charles J. Cocnavitch

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Retired Sergeant Charles J. Cocnavitch.

Charles J. Cocnavitch, 76, of Havelock, North Carolina passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, at Carolina East Medical Center.

Arrangements are incomplete.

Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

Charles E. Ludwig

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Retired Officer Charles E. Ludwig.

On June 12, 2020 Charles Edward Ludwig, 91 years old, passed away. He was the beloved husband of the late Anna E. Ludwig (nee Reider); devoted father of Edward Ludwig and his wife Bonnie, and the late Donald Ludwig; cherished grandfather of Jamie Shaw and her husband Wade; loving great-grandfather of Ethan and Devin; beloved son of the late Charles and Helen Ludwig; dear brother of the late L. Richard Ludwig. Charles was retired from the Baltimore County Police Department. He was also a member of the Masons and the Tall Cedars.

Services and interment will be private.

Brandon Scannell

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Brandon Scannell, son of Retired Officer David Scannell and grandfather of late Captain James Scannell.

Brandon will be laid out at Sterling-Ashton-Schwab-Witzke Funeral Home, located at 1630 Edmondson Avenue, Catonsville, Maryland on Monday, July 6, 2020.  Viewing times will be from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

On Tuesday, July 7, 2020 there will be 10:00 am service, then will proceed to Meadow Ridge Memorial park, 7250 Washington Blvd., Elkridge, Maryland.

Please keep the Scannell family in your thoughts and prayers.

Marie Delores Miller

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Marie D. Miller, wife of Retired Lieutenant Norman Miller.

On Thursday June 4, 2020 Marie D. Miller (nee Gerasinovich) died suddenly at home at the age of 84, due to complications related to Diabetes and Dementia.

Marie was born on February 5, 1936 to Anna and Peter Gerasinovich in Frackville PA, where she grew up and lived until moving to Dundalk MD in 1958. Marie was a homemaker who sought employment after her children were all school age. She worked at Sears Surplus store on Merritt Blvd for over 20 years. While at Sears she made many friends whom she enjoyed spending time with playing BUNCO, and traveling to New York City to see Cats on Broadway, the holiday displays and the Rockettes Christmas Show. She loved her trips and cruises to Bermuda and Hawaii.

Marie got her wish to “lived by the water” and she enjoyed many years and family parties while living on Turkey Point Run off Sue Creek. She and Captain Norman enjoyed cruising on the Chesapeake Bay and Hart-Miller Island on their boat the “Marie D”. In later years Marie enjoyed puzzling and shopping for the family.

Marie is survived by her husband of 62 years, Norman P. Miller, her children and their spouces; Roxann and Edward Gordon, Chris and Krissy Miller, Michael and Jill Miller and Matthew Miller. She was also blessed with 13 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

We are grateful and blessed to have had such a loving, giving, wonderful wife and mother who will be greatly missed XOXO


Pascal Bailone, III

The  lodge regrets to announce the passing of Retired Officer Pascal Bailone, III.

Pascal Bailone, III, 73, a 3 year resident of Brooklyn Park, MD and formerly of South Carolina, passed away on June 30, 2020 at the MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore.

Mr. Bailone was born on September 22, 1946 in Baltimore, MD to the late Pascal Jr. and Bertha Bailone. After graduating from City College High School in the mid-1960s, he served honorably as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War. Pascal later became a police officer with the Baltimore County Police Department and ultimately retired from there in 2006 after 30 years of service. During retirement, he enjoyed golfing, playing computer games, gardening, and visiting the beach. He was also a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Linthicum, MD.

Mr. Bailone is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Barbara Bailone; son, Christopher L. Bailone of Towson; daughter, Juliet Russell of New Freedom, PA; sister, Sherron Grauer of Baltimore; and 1 granddaughter, Kiera Russell.

Funeral services and interment are private.

Debra Lee Agudelo

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Debra L. Agudelo, mother of Police Officer Robert Agudelo.

On June 23, 2020 Debra Lee Agudelo (nee LaRocca) passed away; beloved mother to Robert Stephen Agudelo and Zachary Michael Agudelo, loving sister to Michelle Palleschi and the late Stephen LaRocca; cherished aunt to Gabe Papadopoulus. Debra loved her cat “Astro” and her late doggie “Duncan”. She was known as the “Queen of Parkville” and “Champion of Phone Games”. Debra loved to cook and sing for her family and friends. Her latest passion was making jewelry.

Memorial service arrangements are as follows:

Saturday, June, 27 2020 at 1:00 PM

Connelly Funeral Home of Essex

300 Mace Ave. 21221

Flowers are welcome, as well as donations towards helping animals.!/donation/checkout