In and Around Morningside-Skyline 
by Mary McHale 301-735-3451

Virginia Stine dies, taught kindergarten at Bells Church

The Stine family was the first to move to Skyline Drive. That was back in 1945. Paul was an engineer at Naval Research, and they were active members of Bells United Methodist Church where Paul played the organ and Virginia taught kindergarten. Thirteen years later, when the McHales settled two houses away, the Stines welcomed us.  I recall that they, and a few other neighbors, made our first Christmas here special by caroling at our front door.

After Paul retired in 1974, the Stines moved to Wingate on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Paul died May 31, 1986 at the young age of 66. Virginia lived on there alone, making beautiful quilts, painting, crafting, and volunteering at Dorchester General and Dorchester Hospice. She was chairman of the Dorchester Center of the Arts, active with the Historical Society, Folk Museum, American Legion Post #91 and St. Paul’s U.M. Church where she helped serve meals and work the flower fair. On this New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, she died. She was 96.

Virginia was born in Butler Grove Township in Illinois, daughter of Herman and Bertha Young. She attended Eastern Illinois Teacher’s College where she met her husband Paul.

Her husband and seven siblings predeceased her. Survivors include daughter Sandra Nailos, sons Stephen P. and David A. Stine, two grandsons and two great-grandchildren. Services were at Thomas Funeral Home in Cambridge with burial later in St. Elmo, Illinois.

A few years ago my daughter Therese and I visited her and had a tour of her lovely home, filled with her beautiful quilts. She made crab imperial for our lunch.

Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Each year it starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. Each school celebrates it differently. If you have an interest in Catholic schools, contact the nearest one for details.

St. Philip’s in Camp Springs has an Open House on Sunday, January 28, beginning at 10 a.m. You are invited to “come by and check out our school and see all the great things we are doing here at St. Philip’s.” The school is at 5416 Henderson Way. Phone: 301-423-4716.

For what it’s worth, I’m a product of Catholic schools. All seven of my children graduated from St. Philip’s and now I have two great-grandchildren there, Mary McHale in 6th grade and her brother Wesley in 4th.


Members of the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department are celebrating the fact that they have been completely volunteer for four years now.

Jonathan Hutto emailed that adopting a dog in the summer of 2014 was a great idea for him in his new Skyline community. “By walking the dog,” he says, “I learned street names, met some neighbors, and learned what’s happening.”

Jody Bowman Nyers sends word that the Suitland High Class of ‘73 plans a 45th reunion in July at Sandy Point State Park. I’ll send more information as it becomes available.

Changing landscape

The Morningside Fire Department has been resurfacing its front parking lot, a section at a time. It is being replaced through the Capital Improvement Plan and backed by the County Fire Commission.

County Exec Baker delivered remarks Nov. 29 at the Groundbreaking for the Glenarden I Redevelopment Project.

Morningside Memories

Jan Stocklinski, who grew up in Morningside, now lives in Calabash, N.C. She has enjoyed a recent visit from her childhood friend, Patty Miller. They reminisced about those days back in the 1950s and sent me this item about Suitland Parkway:

“For nearly a decade the primary method was by limousine between Andrews AFB and DC. The Suitland Parkway was built before helicopters existed to connect Andrews Army Airfield with Washington. The road was intended to make a favorable first impression on visiting foreign dignitaries.

“In 1995 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and sections of it are to this day quite bucolic.”

Jan, whose mother June Stocklinski was elected Morningside’s first mayor back in 1949, has been emailing pages of the 1957 Morningside Directory and other Morningside history. I’ll be passing those bits and pieces on to you.

May they rest in peace

Donna Lee Crowley, of Bluemont, Va., who died Dec. 7, grew up in Suitland and graduated from Suitland High School. She went on to Shepherd College, later received a master’s degree, and taught in Maryland, Germany, and mostly Virginia. Her last positions were assistant principal at a middle school and constituent service for Congressman Frank Wolf. She was married for 44 years to Mark Crowley.

Melissa Silver-Ward, 55, who died Dec. 26, was remembered in a service at VFW Post 9619, Morningside, on Jan. 4. Survivors include sons Hiram and Zachary Ward, her mother, Catherine Silver, and two sisters.

Lewis Edgar Holland, 91, of Hillside, died January 3. A native Washingtonian, Lewis served in the Navy in WWII. He worked for Jumbo Food and Shoppers Food Warehouse. He was preceded in death by his wife Nancy whom he married in 1950, and daughter Mary Russell. Survivors include children Robert Holland, Patricia Defayette and Teresa Dodson, 12 grandchildren, 20 great-grands, and his brother Walter. Services were at Lee’s with burial at Cedar Hill.


Happy birthday to Dennis Seaman, on his 70th, and Linda Cullinan, Jan. 19; June Nicholson and Gina (Glagola) Hull, Jan. 20; my great-grandson Jason Shearer, Jan 22; Mark Foland, Jan. 23; Claire Kennedy, Jan. 24; Kenneth Brown and Michelle Willis, Jan. 25.

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by Audrey Johnson 301 888 2153  


Happy Birthday to Stephen Carter, Veronica Quarm, Davion Dorsett, Dr. Sandra Jones, Khadija Hakim-Hinton, Nurbert Hughes, Jr., Walter Joiner, Janice Patterson, Jermiya Stevenson, Ian Williams, Bernestine Bryan, Mavis Turnbull, Nicole Falby, Beatrice Chapman, Abu Davies, Brandon Holmes, Lawrence Omoregbe, Jordan Joseph, Roseline Omoregbe, Yannick Bourne, William Terry, Donovan Cain and Florella Wallace who are all Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating birthdays during the month of January, 2018.


Happy Wedding Anniversary to Nurbert and Carol Hughes, Buddy and Betty King, Walter Joiner and Theresa Lindsey who are Clinton United Methodist Church members celebrating Wedding Anniversaries during the month of January, 2018.


St. Philip’s Church, Baden Parish will be having their Annual ‘Super Bowl Spaghetti Dinner’ on Sunday, February 4, 2018 immediately following their morning worship service. Dinner will be $5.00 for adults and $2.50 for children (5-10 years). ‘Free for children (4 years and under). Dinners will include Good ‘Ole’ Homemade Spaghetti or Chili, Tossed Salad, French Bread, Water, Fruit Cup and a Desert. Pre-orders and payments are always appreciated. Points of contacts regarding this Dinner are Shirley Ann or Doretha Ann. Church telephone is 301-888-1536. Benefit St. Philip’s Church.


Clinton United Methodist Church is soliciting applications for a Part Time Church Custodian, 20 hours per week. Hours are flexible and will be negotiated with the successful applicant. The minimum applications require experience with custodial work, preferably in a church setting.

Responsibilities include general cleaning and maintaining the church property. Preparing the church for Sunday Worship and other special activities. Work includes cleaning, vacuuming, mopping, taking out trash, maintaining inventory of supplies, reviewing and reporting any operating deficiencies or security concerns and ensuring the building is concerned.

Clinton United Methodist Church is soliciting a Men’s Choir Director. The Men’s Choir sings on the fourth Sunday of each month at the 8:00 AM and 10:30 AM services. The successful candidate will be required to schedule rehearsals at least twice per month, and direct the Men’s Choir in Sunday Services and any special event.

The Men’s Choir Director should be able to play the piano and read music. The ability to play the piano by ear will be considered a bonus. Prior experience with conducting a Church Choir is preferred.

Clinton United Methodist Church is soliciting applications for the position of Gospel Choir Director. The Gospel Choir sings on the third Sunday of each month at the 10:30 AM service. The successful candidate will be required to schedule rehearsals at least twice per month, and direct the Gospel Choir in Sunday Services and any special event.

The Gospel Choir Director should be able to play the piano and read music. The ability to play the piano by ear will be considered a bonus. Prior experience with conducting a Gospel Choir is preferred.

Please submit resumes to email , web:, or mail: 10700 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735. For more information, call the Church Office: 301-868-1281. Reverend Dorothea J. Belt-Stroman, Senior Pastor Clinton United Methodist Church.



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