In Remembrance


… of our fallen Brothers and Sisters.

Robert Edward Rice 1949-2018

Robert Edward Rice, of Havre de Grace, passed away on April 13, 2018. He was 68.

Mr. Rice was born in Shiilingsfurst, Germany, to George Edward Rice and Marianne Bar Rice. He was the devoted husband of the late Norma Jean Rice, loving father of Jackie M. Montville and her husband Andy, of Perryville, and Renee L. Rice and her husband David Allen Benedict, Sr., of Perryville, and Jason Edward Rice, of Havre de Grace. He was the adored grandfather of Cameron I. Rice, David Allen Benedict, Jr., Erin Danielle Dixon, and Kirsten Briana Dixon. Mr. Rice was the dear brother of Leah Hammons and her husband Willard Hammons, and the uncle of Rachel Daugherty.

Mr. Rice was a paramedic at Aberdeen Proving Ground for many years. He then became an LPN at Perry Point VAMC until retirement. He was a Life Member of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps. and volunteered with Susquehanna Hose Company. Mr. Rice enjoyed camping and watching sports. His greatest love was being with and cheering on his grandchildren in their activities and sports.
A viewing was held on Thursday, April 19, from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m., at Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 S. Washington St., Havre de Grace, MD. A funeral service was held on Friday, April 20, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. Interment at Harford Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers were Jason Rice, Andy Montville, Dave Benedict, Jay Andrews, Kyle Presnell and Cameron Rice.
Contributions may be made in his memory to Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps., P.O. Box 465, Havre de Grace, MD 21078.

Larry Allen Krediet 1956-2014

Larry Allen Krediet, of Elkton, MD, passed away on Sunday, September 7, 2014. He was 58.

Larry Allen Krediet

Mr. Krediet was born in Monroe, Washington to Cornelia Crofton of Bridgeport, WA, and the late Clifford Krediet. He was the devoted husband of Marlene J. Krediet, loving father of Brandy Anne Graziosi and her husband Justin; of Elkton, MD, Erin Lynn Danaher of Frederick, MD, and the late Benjamin “Benji” Allen Krediet. He was the grandfather of Cody Tyler Fidler, and brother of Robert “Bob” Krediet of Portland, OR, Wayne Krediet of Arlington, WA, and Michael Krediet and his wife Susan; of Arlington, WA. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces and cousins.

Mr. Krediet served in the U.S. Army from 1974-77. He was a Corporal for the Havre de Grace Police Dept, where he worked for 10 years. He was working for Product Distribution.

He was a paramedic and life member of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps. He was a member of the Life Community Church in Newark, DE. When not serving his community, he loved to ride motorcycles.

A service will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:00 PM at Havre de Grace Ambulance Corp, 1601 Level Road, Havre de Grace, MD 21078.



Jean Harriet Mears, of Havre de Grace, MD, passed away on Saturday, September 7, 2013. She was 84 years old. She was born in Baltimore, MD to the late Charles H. and Florence A. Stephans. She was the wife of the late David N. Mears, who died in May 1982.
Mrs. Mears obtained her education in Baltimore Public Schools, having graduated from Western (Female) High School in 1947. At graduating she was awarded a certificate for having received 12 years of perfect attendance. After High School, she was employed with Allied Building Credits, a financial institution that finances Harundale Homes in Glen Burnie. ABC was a subsidiary of Bank of America, with the home base being in California. The office was on South Street in Baltimore, MD. In 1951, she moved to Havre de Grace with her parents. She continued to commute to Baltimore until 1953, when she became employed by Livezey Lumber Company in Aberdeen, MD. She late transferred to Chesapeake Lumber Company, on the property where City Hall is now located. Her husband to be, David, also worked for Livezey Lumber Company, and they met in 1956 and were married in 1957 after he was discharged from the United States Marine Corps.

In 1965 a construction company was formed known as Knight and Mears, Inc., which was at 623 Ontario Street. After the death of Mr. Mears’ partner, Dalet T. Knight, in 1971, the operation was moved to 629 Revolution Street, where she and her husband continued the business until her husband’s death in 1982. In 1983, the business was sold and in 1985 the property was sold to the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps.

Her proudest moment was when the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corp. made her an Honorary Member in 2000.

Mrs. Mears’ volunteer activities were extensive. She served on the Christmas Committee for 10 years, with a host of other volunteers, making live greenery wreaths and placing them on all of the buildings in downtown Havre de Grace. She and Richard Tome were instrumental in placing luminaries down Union Avenue, which is a ritual, even today. She was charter President of the Venture Club, an organization for young business women. She was President and Past President of the Soroptimist Club of Havre de Grace, serving on many committees. In 1987, the Soroptimist Club honored her with the distinctive award of “Woman of the Year”, and at the same time, then Mayor David Craig honored her with the proclamation naming her Honorary Citizen of Havre de Grace. She was on the Board of Directors of the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce. In 1984 she was asked to be the fund-raiser chairperson for the Havre de Grace Police Training and Community Center. In light of this, she was asked to serve as the Secretary for the Havre de Grace Law Enforcement Association, a group formed to oversee the planning and construction of the building now known as the Havre de Grace Community Center Lagaret Lane. Ms. Mears had the task of raising $100,000.00 so a matching grant could be obtained from the State of Maryland. Doing this, the addition funding came from the Mayor and City Council of Havre de Grace to complete the building. Each window in the hall was in memory/ honor of a loved one and has a plaque inscribed indicating the window of their choice. The building was completed and dedicated in 1989.

Her volunteerism remained with her having been named on the Board of Directors for Job Corps., Chairperson of the Tree Committee, which placed memorial trees on Union Avenue. In 1993 she received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Havre de Grace Chamber of Commerce for her dedicated service. She was employed part-time at various jobs, but in 1994 she accepted a position as the coordinator for the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. Her position got her involved in a host of outside activities, which she pursued in the name of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce. She was later named Director of the Chamber, the position she held until her retirement in 2004. She volunteered for the Ripken Stadium, supporting their projects, promoted the Ripken Museum, and was a member of the Cal Ripken Sr., Foundation. In 2004, the Aberdeen Mayor and City Council presented her with a commemorative plaque of Aberdeen for her 10 years of service to the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce and for her volunteer work for the community of Aberdeen.
After her retirement, she volunteered at the Havre de Grace Visitor’s Center, which was an important job to her, especially promoting the City of Havre de Grace. She supported many activities and organizations in Havre de Grace and became a member of the Young at Heart.
Mrs. Mears was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Havre de Grace, and served on the Board of Trustees for many years. She enjoyed gardening and decorating her home, as well as reading and completing word puzzles. She was also fond of volunteering.

She is survived by her daughter, Melanie Diane Werst and her husband Christian of Punta Gorda, FL, her niece, Joan Harrison Jackson and her husband Terry of Colorado, a nephew John A. Harrison, III, and his wife Joann of Westminster, MD. She was predeceased by her sister, Charlotte D. Harrison and her brother-in-law, John Harrison.


Robert Martin – 1938-2013


Robert Harris Martin, 74, of Moreland, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. He was the husband of Lee Martin.

Born Dec. 13, 1938, in Asheville, N.C., he was the son of the late Robert James and Betsy Martin. He was a United States Navy veteran and retired engineer for the federal government. He enjoyed boating and watching football. Robert loved his family and volunteering, he was a former Big Brother, worked with the American Red Cross and most recently he volunteered with the Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts.

Along with his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Lisa Martin Cushing of Danville, Laura Martin (Kevin) Brown of Maryland, and Lynn Martin (John) Lombino of Moreland; a son, Bobby Martin of Lexington; 11 grandchildren, Brittany, Matthew, Delaney, Madelynn, Courtney, Carter, Blake, Chandler, Dominick, Emory and Caden; three nephews, Richard Finnerty Nuthall, John Tweed and Robert Tweed. He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Finnerty Nuthall; and a son-in-law, Mike Cushing.

Robert was an dedicated and active member of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps for 5 years.



James Carroll Vancherie, Jr., of Havre de Grace, MD, passed away on November 2, 2013, with his loving family beside him. . He was 90.

Mr. Vancherie was born in Havre de Grace, to the late James Carroll Vancherie, Sr., and Jessie E. Fadely Vancherie. He was the devoted husband of 69 years to the late Gussie Irene Vancherie, loving father of James Carroll Vancherie, III, Jesse Calvin Vancherie and wife Deborah, Nannette DeLuca Martin and husband Samuel and Constance Ann Vancherie. He was the adored grandfather of Tamara Lynn Derrickson, Denise DeLuca, Anthony DeLuca, Angela Vancherie and Jesse “Jay” Calvin Vancherie. He was a loving great-grandfather to Nicholas Hayes, Peyton Hayes, Dean Maida and Gianna DeLuca.

Mr. Vancherie was predeceased by his parents, a grandson Vincent Vancherie, and a sister Elizabeth Doukas.

Mr. Vancherie owned and enjoyed operating Vancherie’s Restaurant in Havre de Grace for 62 years. He also owned and operated the Inter-County Bus Line. He loved jet-boating on his Chris Craft Boats. He served on the Havre de Grace City Council for 4 years and was an Honorary Life Member of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps.


Karen Melton 1975 – 2013

November 17th, 2013  Paramedic Karen Melton was a full-time ALS Provider with the Foundation. Her final assignment was PM1 D-shift. May she rest in peace


From her obituary

Karen Anna Melton, (April 25, 1975 – November 17, 2013) succumbed to leukemia after a three-month battle. She is survived by her husband Timothy and newborn daughter Kinzey of Aberdeen, her 13-year-old son, Mathew Markowski, her parents John and Mary Markowski of Jarrettsville; her brother Kevin Markowski and his wife Tessa of Boonsboro, MD and two nephews and one niece. She was 38 years old. Karen was a paramedic for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Foundation and a Volunteer ALS Member of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps. She was an avid reader, music lover and talented seamstress and crafter.


Norma Jean Rice 1953 – 2011

Norma Jean Cole Rice, of Havre de Grace, Maryland, passed away on Sunday, October 16, 2011. She was 58 years old.


She was born in Richlands, Virginia, to Ulise Cole and the late Betty Jean Keen Cole. She was the devoted wife of 38 years to Robert E. Rice. She was the beloved mother of Jason Rice of Havre de Grace, MD, Jackie Montville and her husband Andy Montville of Havre de Grace, MD, and Renee Rice and her fiancé David Benedict, of Perryville, MD. She was the adored grandmother of Cameron Rice, of Perryville, MD Erin and Kirsten Dixon of Port Deposit, MD and David Benedict Jr of Oxford, PA. As well as the dear sister of Leonard Cole of Brentwood, CA, Charlie Cole and his wife Kimberly of Joppatown, MD, Bonnie Andrews and her husband Richard Andrews, Sr., of Shenandoah, VA, Judy Poling and her husband Daniel, and Janice Schwartz and her husband Michael of Port Deposit, MD, and the late Bertha Sample. She is also survived by her brother-in-law Charles Sample of Perryville, MD, sister-in-law Leah Hammons and brother-in-law Willard Hammons, of Darlington, MD, as well as 13 nieces and nephews, and several great-nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Rice was a nurse for Harford Memorial Hospital and Upper Chesapeake Medical Center. She also worked for Amedysis Home Healthcare and she loved teaching others CPR and First Aid.

Mrs. Rice was a 30 year member and former treasure of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps., and the Susquehanna Hose Company Ladies Auxiliary. She loved camping, reading and going to yard sales. She also enjoyed crocheting and collecting antique aluminum. Most of all, she loved taking care of her family and friends. She always had a compassionate smile and would help anyone in need.

Larry A. Schnakenberg, Jr. 1973- 2010

Larry “Hank” Allen Schnakenberg, Jr., of Havre de Grace, MD, passed away on Sunday, October 17, 2010. He was 37. He was the husband of Heidi D. Schnakenberg and the father to Larry “Tres” Allen Schnakenberg, III.


Hank was born in San Antonio, TX to Helen “Mickie” F. Owen and the late SGM Retired Larry Allen Schnakenberg, Sr.

Hank is survived by his Brothers Timothy Allen Schnakenberg, the late Rodney Carol Bain, and Russell Eugene Bain and his wife Denise. He is also survived by his sister Becky Renea Stowe and her husband Robert. He was predeceased by his maternal grandparents Walter and Olive Owen, his paternal grandparents Raymond and Elva Schnakenberg and his Aunt Mildred Foster. Hank is survived by Errol and Sue Hoch, his In-laws, many family members and friends.

Larry “Hank” A. Schnakenberg was a Driver/Medic for the Harford County Volunteer Fire & EMS Foundation, INC. Hank was a graduate of the Buckeye High School in Deville, LA. He loved playing sports. Hank was a baseball player for the USA team in Germany. He played football and wrestled. Hank was also a coach for the Havre de Grace Youth Football Team. He was also a volunteer for the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corp. He also volunteered for Susquehanna Hose Company from1998 to 2005. He was currently a student at the CCBC at Essex campus. He loved racing Micro Sprint cars with his son Tres and serving his community.

Roger Wagoner 1956- 2010

He was born on June 19, 1956 in Havre De Grace, MD, the son of Evelyn and the late Clay C. Wagoner of Aberdeen, MD.


He worked for the Harford County Department of Public Works at the Abingdon water treatment plant facility as a Supervisor / Management Specialist for over 15 years. Previously he was employed by the City of Havre De Grace working at the Water Treatment Plant for approximately 17 years, working his way up to Supervisor.

Mr. Wagoner was also employed by the Bel Air Drive in Big M Restaurant for over 30 years, and the old Havre De Grace Movie Theater as a protectionist.

He was a devoted life member of the Susquehanna Hose Company and Havre de Grace Ambulance Corp. Holding numerous elected positions Such as Chief of the Ambulance Corp., and Captain of the Fire Company, and many more.

His hobbies included hunting, fishing, car shows, watching the Ravens, and spending quality time with his family and friends.

Mr. Wagoner is survived by his beloved wife of 37 years, Lou Ann Wagoner;

a son Eric R. Wagoner and his wife, Jamie, of Seaford, Delaware, and a

daughter Cynthia D. Bolyard and her husband Loye, of Aberdeen, MD; two sisters,

Deborah L. Simons of Aberdeen, MD, Karen L. DeHaven and her husband Joe, of Havre De Grace, MD, one brother Kenneth R. Wagoner of Aberdeen, MD. Five grandchildren, Tyler, Danielle, Ryan, Kayla Wagoner, and Miranda Bolyard. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends.

In addition to his father he was predeceased by two brothers Gary and David Wagoner.

 Edward (Ed) Rosenkrans 1948- 2010


Edward A. Rosenkrans of Havre de Grace, MD passed away with his family by his side on January 28, 2010 at Harford Memorial Hospital. He was 61.

Mr. Rosenkrans was born in Havre de Grace, MD to the late Paul L. and Maxine (Perry) Rosenkrans. He was the beloved husband of 41 years to Linda T. Rosenkrans. He was the devoted father of Amy Rosenkrans, Kristen Gardiner and her husband Rich and Megan Lingenfelter and her husband Glen. He was a loving grandfather to Brittany Rosenkrans, Joshua and Colin Gardiner, Bethany, Andrew and Ava Lingenfelter. He was predeceased by his grandson Caleb Gardiner. He is survived by his brother John Rosenkrans, a sister Linda Lovering, many nieces and nephews and special friend Mary Frances Walker. He was predeceased by a brother Paul Rosenkrans, III.

Mr.Rosenkrans was Past Chief of Susquehanna Hose Company and a Life Time Member of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corp., he was also a member of the Society of the First Infantry Division. He was also a member of the First Christian Church of Havre de Grace. He loved Blue Grass music, Christmas and his grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Richard Gardiner, Glen Lingenfelter, Paul Taylor, Paul Rosenkrans, Brandon Taylor, and Andre Fournier. A visitation will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2010 from 5 to 8 PM at the Zellman Funeral Home, P.A., 123 S. Washington Street, Havre de Grace, MD 21078. A service will be held on Monday, February 1, 2010 at 10 AM at the Zellman Funeral Home, P.A. Interment will be at Harford Memorial Gardens, where Military Honors will be given.

Vincent L Way 1947- 2007

Vincent L. Way of Havre de Grace died January 3, 2007 at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 59.


Vince was born to Arthur and Margaret Way on September 23, 1947, and was the husband of Deborah Angelucci Way. Raised in Havre de Grace, he proudly followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the U.S. Army in July 1967. He served two tours of duty with Army Intelligence in Vietnam between 1968 and 1970. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant in 1971, and was decorated with the Vietnam Campaign Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

After completing his military service, he returned to Havre de Grace and continued to serve his community as a member of the Havre de Grace Police Department. He later went on to work for the U.S. Government Department of Defense, retiring in 2004 after 32 years of service.

Vince’s passion for his community led him to join the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps in 1971 where he was fondly known to all as “Vinny” or “Pops”. Throughout his 35 years with the Corps, he held the positions of President, Lieutenant, Captain, and served on the Board of Directors. For 11 years, from 1991 through 2002, he was Assistant Chief. He was Vice President of the Harford County Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Association And for 10 years served on the Board of Directors for the County Association and the Medical Advisory Board. He was also a trustee to the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association. Vince was a friend and mentor to many people in the Ambulance Corps. His service as an EMS provider for the citizens of Havre de Grace and surrounding communities continued to be a priority until his illness started progressing in late Summer of 2006. He was also a Life Member of the Susquehanna Hose Company where he was a 20-year member. He was honored when asked to fill a vacancy on the Havre de Grace City Council and was in that position from 2005-2006, serving on the Public Safety Committee to further protect the citizens of Havre de Grace. His special passion this past year was as a dedicated volunteer for the Disabled Veterans at Perry Point transporting disabled veterans to their medical appointments.

Michael Bowman 1948 – 1998


Mike Bowman was an active Member and a past EMS Captain.

Richard W. Deaner, Jr. (Dickie) 1941 – 1996

Dickie Deaner was a Havre de Grace Police Lieutenant and an active Member of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps in the 1960’s.Richard Deaner







EMS is more than a job,
it’s a dedication, a lifestyle, a commitment.
It’s the hope that we may make a difference in someone’s chance for life.
Regardless of the struggles
or how hard the strife.
It’s a dedication to your patients,
for their health and well-being.
It’s a hand to catch their fall,
without them even seeing.
It’s a lifestyle we chose to live,
no sleep and half eaten meals,
it’s time given up with our families
so your wound we may heal.
It’s the commitment that we will be there,
when you’re hurt, scared, and all alone,
it’s the hope your life may be better
through the compassion that we’ve shown.

Thank you for your service…

The Officers and Members of the Havre de Grace Ambulance Corps