Carolyn Wolfe

It is with the deepest sympathy that the Parkville Precinct announces the unexpected passing of Ms. Carolyn Wolfe.  Ms. Wolfe passed away on 07/24/2021; she is the sister of Retired Officer John Chavis (Precinct 11) and the aunt of current members Cpl. John Chavis (Precinct 8) and Officer Kimberly Webster (Precinct 12). 

UPDATED FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS: Viewing: Sunday, August 1st, 20211400-1600 hours & 1800-2000 hours Bruzdzinski Funeral Home1407 Old Eastern Avenue Essex, MD 21221 Service :Monday, August 2nd, 2021 1100 hours Bruzdzinski Funeral Home Burial will take place immediately after service at Oak Lawn Cemetery, 7225 Eastern Avenue 21224.

L. Wayne Meeks

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of L. Wayne Meeks. Father of Retired Captain Kathleen Meeks.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Please keep the Meeks family in your thoughts and prayers.

Robert Edward Moran

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Robert Edward Moran, Grandfather of Officer Ryan Dickel of the Crash Team.

A viewing will be held on Wednesday July 7th from 3-5pm and from 7-9pm at Schimunek Funeral Home located at 9705 Belair Rd 21236. The funeral service will begin at the funeral home on Thursday July 8th at 10am. The burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery located at 7225 Eastern Ave 21224.

Please keep the Dickel and Moran families in your thoughts.

John Alexander Bylen

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of John Alexander Bylen, father of Officer Jim Bylen of the K9 Unit, and father-in-law to Lieutenant Andrea Bylen from Internal Affairs.

On June 28, 2021 John Bylen passed away. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Bylen (nee Blueford); devoted father of Jim Bylen and his wife Andrea, and Kate Bylen; cherished grandfather of Jacob Bylen and Luke Bylen; loving son of the late Olga and Alexander Bylen; dear brother of Kathy Garrett; loving uncle of Jimmy Garrett, and Lorrie Hoff. He is also survived by other loving family members and friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to visit at Schimunek Funeral Home Inc., 9705 Belair Rd. Nottingham, MD 21236 on Thursday, July 1, 2021 from 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM, where a Funeral Service will be held at 9:30 AM. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Baltimore County Police Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 9846, Loch Raven, MD 21284, or to The Harbour School, 1277 Green Holly Dr., Annapolis, MD 21409.

Barry L. Koch

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Retired Corporal Barry L. Koch.

Barry Koch, 72, of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania, passed away on June 29th after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Brother of retired BCoPD Officer Cary Koch. He was the husband of Kathleen (Ozarowski) Koch to whom he was married to for over 48 years.

Barry was born in Baltimore, MD to Lawrence Koch Sr. and Geraldine (Carr) Koch.

He was a U.S. Navy Reservist for six years and then a Baltimore County Policeman for 33 years. Barry was a member of the American Legion for 50 years.

He is survived by his loving wife Kathy, daughter Rebecca Smith and husband Tim, son Ryan Koch and wife Tina; grandchildren Oliver Smith; Natalie and Nora Koch.

Barry is also survived by three brothers: Lawrence Koch Jr., Garry Koch and wife Linda, Cary Koch and wife Anne plus a sister Terri Uematsu. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Gerald.

He was a family man who enjoyed spending his time with family and friends especially with his three adorable grandchildren. Barry and Kathy were avid travelers and enjoyed over 20 cruises.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at Hartenstein Funeral & Cremation Care, Inc.; 24 N. Second St. New Freedom, PA 17349.

In lieu of flowers, send memorial contributions to: Disabled Veterans of America, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

Ronnie Louis Jackson

It is with deep regret and sadness that the Internal Affairs Section announces the passing of Ronnie Louis Jackson, brother of Sergeant Cynthia Jackson-Booth, on Sunday, June 20, 2021.

Mr. Jackson passed away unexpectedly at his home in St. Petersburg Florida.

The service will be private and limited to family members.

Please keep their family in your thoughts and prayers.

George C. Oursler

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of George C. Oursler, father of Retired Officer George A. Oursler, 2nd.

George Carroll Oursler 86, of Upperco, MD, passed away Friday June 18, 2021 at home, surrounded by his family. Born December 6, 1934, in Baltimore MD, he was the son of the late, George A. and Mary Elizabeth (Slasman) Oursler. He was the husband of Edith “Kitty” VonGunten Oursler for 64 years.

George graduated from Gilman High School and attended Penn University and Johns Hopkins University.

He was the president of H.E. Koontz Creamery for over 20 years. He then ran Bandag of MD, a tire retreading business, until retiring to become a full-time beef cattle farmer. George loved sports, both playing and attending them. He played baseball and football for Gilman and enjoyed playing tennis for many years. He rarely missed a Baltimore Colts home football game. He attended many Clipper ice hockey games and he loved the Orioles to this day. He also loved music and attending church at RUMC.

He is survived by his daughters, Amy (Randy) Hart, Beth (David) Johns, his son, George (Cherie) Oursler and his grandchildren: Allison Johns Geiman, (Adam), Matt Hart, Andy Johns, Christie Hart, Tyler Oursler and Ryan Oursler.

Arrangements are entrusted to Eline Funeral Home 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136. There will be a viewing on June 22nd from 6:00-8:00 pm and a service will be held on Wednesday June 23rd at 11:00 am. Interment in Reisterstown United Methodist Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in ​George’s memory to Reisterstown United Methodist Church, 246 Main Street, Reisterstown MD. 21136 or Bridging Life/Carroll Hospice 292 Stoner Ave.,Westminster, MD 21157.

Gary P. Michael

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Retired Corporal Gary P. Michael.

On June 8, 2021, Gary Paul Michael passed away.  He was the devoted son of Leonard and Maureen Michael; loving brother of Carol Mosberg and her husband Rob and Tony Michael and his wife Margaret; cherished uncle of Sarah and Stephen Mosberg and Colin, Sophia, and Henry Michael; also lovingly survived by his cousins here in the US and abroad in England.

Family members and friends will gather in the Arbutus location on Tuesday from 3-5 & 7-9PM where a funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 10AM.  Interment will immediately follow in the Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed in Gary’s name to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Donate | National Multiple Sclerosis Society (

Albert J. Kappes, 3rd

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Retired Officer Albert J. Kappes, 3rd, father of Retired Officer Albert (Jim) Kappes, 4th.

Albert James Kappes III passed away on June 2, 2021 at his home. Born December 9, 1945 in Waynesburg, PA, he was the son of the late Albert James Kappes, II and Anna Mae Kappes. He was predeceased by his wife of 38 years Gail Lee Kappes.

He was veteran who served in the Army in Vietnam where he earned numerous medals. Following his service in the military, he was a police officer with Baltimore County Police Department until his retirement in 2003. Jim loved baseball and had visited every major league stadium in the country as well as 100s of minor league stadiums.

He was predeceased by his son, Mickey. He is survived by his son and daughter in law, Jim and Christina Kappes, grandsons, Joey, Jake and Josh, daughter in law Lura Kappes, sister and brother in law Bonnie and Bob Pruim and nephews Mark and Scott and their families, beloved aunt Mary Jane Patton, her husband Bill and their family.

The family will receive friends on Friday, June 11, 2021 from 1-3 pm and 5-7 pm at Haight Funeral Home and Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Rd., Sykesville, MD. Burial will be private.

Ralph A. Bridges

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of retired Detective Sergeant Ralph A. Bridges. The father of Det. Dominic Bridges and Pfc. Andrea Palmerino and father-in-law of Pfc. Scott Bockstie, Sergeant Bridges was a dedicated member of the BCoPD from 1973 – 2011 and also proudly served in the United States Navy from 1967 – 1971. Sergeant Bridges worked in the following assignments during his career: Precincts 7,8,9,11,12 and 13 (Edgemere) as well as the COPE Unit, the Affirmative Action Unit and the Employment Unit. Sergeant Bridges was also a long-standing member of the department’s HEAT Band.

On May 30, 2021, Ralph A. Bridges, Sr. unexpectedly passed away. He was the beloved husband for 38 years to Mary Theresa “Tisa” (nee Mazzella) Bridges; devoted father of Mindy Bockstie and her husband Scott, Andrea Palmerino and her husband Scott, Ralph Bridges, Jr., Gina Petr and her husband Mike, Dominic Bridges and his wife Marie, Veronica “Ronnie” Bridges and the late Diana Lynn Bridges; loving grandfather of Scott, Ciarra, Mason, Payton, Travis, Jacob, Maya, Austin, Chase, Theo, and Giuliano; son of the late Edward W. and Veronica P. Bridges; brother of the late Edward L. Bridges; and cherished son-in-law of Hannah M. Mazzella and the late Silverio J. Mazzella.

Ralph dedicated his entire adult life to the service of others. He was a proud United States Navy Veteran, retired as a Detective Sergeant after 38 years with the Baltimore County Police Department, and continued to serve as a security officer with Stevenson University for over 22 years.

The family will receive friends at the E.F. Lassahn Funeral Home, P.A. 11750 Belair Road in Kingsville on Monday, June 7, 2021 from 4-7pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Joseph Catholic Church 8420 Belair Road in Fullerton on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 10:00am. Interment Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you have Masses offered for the repose of the soul of Mr. Ralph A. Bridges, Sr. or send memorial contributions to Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

Edward Wisniewski

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Edward Wisniewski, father of Detective Matt Wisniewski.

On May 30, 2021, surrounded by the love and presence of his family, Edward passed away peacefully at his home.  He leaves behind his beloved wife of 51 years, Cherlynn Wisniewski, children Donna Budny and her husband Ian, E. Matthew Wisneiwski and his wife Whitney, and Amber Wisniewski and fiancee Keith Pickett, 5 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren, sisters Catherine Benjamin, Doris McLaughlin and her husband Charles, and Mildred Balsis.  He is predeceased by his father, Edward Peter Wisniewski Sr, mother Mary Wisniewski, and brother-in-law William Balsis Jr.

After graduating from Sparrows Point High School, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served in the Vietnam War.  Upon his honorable discharge Edward began a career as an electrical contractor.  He was an active member of the VFW for many years and held many offices in the local and district level.  His hobbies included spending time with his family, fishing and crabbing.

The Family will receive friends at the family owned Duda-Ruck Funeral Home of Dundalk Inc. 7922 Wise Ave on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8 PM.  A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Saint Lukes Catholic Church 7517 North Point Road Edgemere, MD 21219 on Friday at 10 AM.  Interment Sacred Heart of Mary Cemetery.

Aman Sihota

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Aman Sihota, father of Officer Amneet Sihota.  He passed away last week.

For those interested in attending, the viewing/cremation will be on Thursday June 3rd at March Life Tribute Center –  7601 Sandy Spring Rd, Laurel, MD 20707.  The public viewing starts at 1:30 PM.  There are no restrictions on attendance, but the funeral home asks that attendees wear masks.

Sandra B. (Hicks) Davis

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Sandra B. (Hicks) Davis, mother of Retired Officer Kim Hicks-Wright on May 17, 2021.

 Funeral services will be held at: 

Huber Community Life Center

5700 Loch Raven Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21239

 Wednesday May 26, 2021, at 10:30 am.


A viewing will be held from 9:00 am to 10:30 am, prior to the service at the Church.


Cards/condolences may be sent to:  8413 Pleasant Plains Rd. Towson, MD 21286

Kathy L. Crouch

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Kathy Lee Crouch, wife of Retired Officer Robert Crouch.

Kathy Lee Crouch, 70, of Hampstead, passed away Saturday, May 15, 2021 at her home.

Born May 15, 1951 in Baltimore, she was the daughter of the late George and June (Kendall) Thomas. She was the wife of Robert A. Crouch, her husband of 50 years.

Kathy was a homemaker and a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She enjoyed flowers, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are her daughters and sons-in-law, Kendall and Frank Riegert of Manchester and Kerrie and Kevin Schwender of Hanover, PA; grandchildren, Kelby Schwender, Robert Riegert, Bethany Riegert, Kara Schwender, and Emily Riegert.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 20, 2021, 3:00 pm – 5:00 p.m. at ELINE FUNERAL HOME, 934 South Main Street, Hampstead, where a funeral service will begin at 7:00 p.m. Following the funeral service, the family will continue to receive friends until 9:00 p.m. Private interment will be at a later date.

Memorials are suggested to the Crohn’s-Colitis Foundation, 1201 South Sharp Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 1850 York Road, Suite D, Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093.

John J. Holthaus, Jr.

The lodge regrets to announce the passing of Retired Officer John T. Holthaus, Jr.

John James “Jim” Holthaus, 77, of Big Island passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021. He was born in Baltimore, MD on August 18, 1943, a son of the late John James Holthaus, Sr. and Mildred Steurnagle Holthaus. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Williams Holthaus; brother, Joe Holthaus; and sister, Marcella Halverson.

He was a highly decorated retired police officer in Baltimore County Maryland and a member of Hunting Creek Baptist Church. Jim was an avid Baltimore Orioles and Baltimore Ravens fan. He was the best daddy and pop around and would do anything for anyone.

Jim is survived by a daughter, Libby Lowery and husband Ronnie; a son, John James “Jim” Holthaus, III; grandchildren, Zachary Owens and fiancée Brie Taylor, Matthew Owens and fiancée Samantha Craig, Aaron Lowery, Ronnie Lowery III; great-grandson, Lucian Lowery; sister, Mildred Brummett and husband Butch; brother, Don Holthaus and wife Shelly; brother-in-law, Jim Williams and wife Taffy; sister-in-law, Roberta Wheeler; and many nieces, nephews, and other family members.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 21, 2021 at Hunting Creek Baptist Church, with Rev. Ken Bledsoe officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street, Bedford.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or American Diabetes Foundation.