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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, March 20, 2013

By Mary McHale

Former Skyline resident celebrates her 99th

Dorothy Needham Stutz, who lived for years on Ridgecrest Drive in Skyline, turned 99 on March 18. Her son Dan Needham emailed me about this almost-a-century milestone. 

Dorothy and her husband Vincent used to own Clinton Restaurant in Clinton but sold it around1960. Then Dorothy worked at Skyline Restaurant. Sometime after her dear husband Vincent died, Dorothy married Bill Stutz of Leonardtown, quit her job and moved to Leonardtown.

She currently lives with her daughter and son-in-law, Edie and Jack Reeves, in Leonardtown and, Dan says, is “still in great health.”

In addition to her children, Edie and Dan, she has seven grandchildren and nine great-grandkids.

Happy birthday, Dorothy! I hope to write about you again on March 18, 2014.

Good Friday

Teens of St. Philip’s Parish will present “The Living Stations of the Cross” at 7 p.m. March 29. Year after year, this is a poignant reenactment of Jesus’s journey to Calvary. St. Philip’s is at 5416 Henderson Way, off of Auth Road, in Camp Springs. All are invited.

Surratt Society conference

The Surratt Society, of Clinton, held its 14th annual conference the weekend of March 15-17. The weekend kicked off with a tour of Washington on Friday, six excellent talks by Lincoln assassination era speakers and a presentation on the History Channel film, “Killing Lincoln,” on Saturday, and an abbreviated Booth Escape Route tour on Sunday.      

One of the talks was by Kenneth J. Heineman, PhD, author and professor at Angelo State University in Texas. He spoke on Tom Ewing, Jr., the attorney who represented Dr. Samuel A. Mudd at the trial of the conspirators, following the assassination of President Lincoln.

Notice of this talk brought my brother Tom Mudd, with his wife Evelyn, to Maryland for the conference, since he is a great-grandchild of Dr. Mudd. As am I. Tom and I and my grandson Conor McHale attended and enjoyed a remarkable day of history — and delicious meals.

Among the awards given out during the conference were to the four youngest attendees. Three are college students, but the fourth, and youngest, is Aaron Morphew who attends Piccowaxen Middle School in Newburg.


Central High Class of 1983 is holding a 30-year reunion on June 15. Alumni can email Lynda at or Pam at

Morningside memories — 60 years ago

In 1953, Mr. Gwynn of the Board of Education and County Councilman Dan Abbott informed the Morningside School Committee that the council had authorized the county to borrow money from the state to build a school in Morningside. Funds would be available after Nov. 1, and there was hope they could break ground around Christmastime 1953. The school would be “located off Morgan Road at the end of Ames Street,” according to the Morningside-Skyline Bulletin & Advertiser.

May they rest in peace

Father Paul J. Barry, 92, who grew up on Bye Street in Capital Heights, son of Annie and Anthony Barry, died Jan. 14 at Carroll Manor Nursing Home. He had been a priest for 65 years and was former archivist for the Archdiocese of Washington. His Funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 18 at St. Bernardine’s in Suitland with burial at Cedar Hill.

Peter Dintino, 67, of La Plata, formerly of Bradbury Heights and a 1963 graduate of Suitland High School, died March 11 in Clinton. He was born in Washington, son of the late Alfred and Mary Dintino. He has two brothers, Alfred and Joseph, and three sisters, JoAnne Pounsberry, Rose Jenkins and Madeline Pell.  Peter worked as a steamfitter and later for the D.C. government. He enjoyed music and the stock market, but also endured many health issues during his lifetime. Funeral services were at Sacred Heart Church in La Plata with burial at Cedar Hill.


Happy birthday to Ruth Anthony, my great-grandson Jack McHale and Hudson Murphy Glaubitz, March 23; Lewis Woods, March 24; Ken Kyser, Jay Rollins and Doris Bowers, March 25; Gina Foster, March 26; Walter Dimes, March 27; Robert Hay, Jr. and David Righter, March 28.

Happy anniversary to Morrine and Harold Wilson on March 22; my daughter Kathleen and Jim Shearer, their 23rd on March 22; and Terry and Gina Foster, March 26.

Happy 90th birthday to Time magazine! I’ve been subscribing for about 50 years and have enjoyed spending time with Time.

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