Obituaries 04-29-2021

Gage David Hames

9/18/1999 — 4/17/2021

Gage David Hames passed away on April 17 after a long and courageous battle with Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy.

The beloved son of Andrew and Jessica Hames, Gage David was the brother of A.J. Hames and Madison Hames, who was also one of Gage David’s primary caretakers, the grandson of Bruce and Janey Fox, Ruthie Hames and the late John Hames, Jr., the nephew of Patty Hames and Dan

Hibbard, John and Gina Hames, Maureen (Hames) and John English, and Desi and Deborah Hames; cousin of Nicholas and Ryan Hames, Courtney Dalton, Gabrielle, Desi Jr., and Gavin Hames and the  godson of Deanna Gigliello Cordes and the late Joseph Porter. Gage David is also survived by many more loving cousins, great aunts and great uncles.

In lieu of flowers, please make online donations to Kids First of Florida at with “Gage David Hames” in the special instructions section.

Claire Sheltry

The Last Popularly Elected Winthrop Town Clerk Who Served for over 25 Years

Claire (Yirrell) Sheltry, 84, of Winthrop passed away peacefully on April 21 surrounded by her family.

Claire retired in 2007 as the Winthrop Town Clerk, having worked in the office for over 25 years. She has the distinction of being the last popularly elected Town Clerk in Winthrop.

The beloved daughter of the late Catherine T. (Donovan) and Frederick W. Yirrell, Sr, and a lifelong resident of Winthrop, she  was the beloved wife of the late Joseph F. Sheltry, who she married in 1960. She was predeceased by her son, LCDR Joseph Francis, USN (Ret.) and daughter, Nadine and also by her brothers, Frederick W. Yirrell, Jr, Francis Yirrell, John J. Yirrell (all of whom served honorably in the military) and Richard Yirrell.

She leaves her children: Maureen C. Sheltry of Charlestown, MA, Kenneth F. Sheltry of Portsmouth, NH, daughter-in-law, Lorraine M. Sheltry of Gales Ferry, CT and sister-in-law, Katherine (Sheltry) Nolan of Randolph, MA. She is also survived by six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several loving nieces and nephews.

The funeral was conducted from the Caggiano-O’Maley-Frazier Funeral Home, Winthrop on Tuesday, April 27 followed by a Funeral Mass in St. John the Evangelist Church. Services concluded with the interment in the Cross Street section of Winthrop Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association at or to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House at

To sign the online guestbook, go to

Jean Mercier Rhoades

Retired Certified Nurse Assistant

Jean Alberta (Ford) Mercier Rhoades, 78, of Lexington Park, MD passed away peacefully on April 13 in Leonardtown, MD.

Born in Winthrop, the beloved daughter of the late Ralph and Augusta (Smith) Ford, she was a 1962 graduate of Winthrop High School. She obtained her Home Health Aid certification and dedicated her life to the care of others. Prior to her retirement, Jean was employed by Asbury Assisted Living Retirement Community in Solomons, MD for 21 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant.

Jean was a dedicated mother who completely cherished every moment with her immediate and extended family. She also valued all the friendships she formed throughout her life. She enjoyed BINGO, Crocheting, Lighthouses, Crabbing, the beach, swimming, cooking Lasagna or eating Lobster /Scallops/Clams. She loved watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, Victory Woods deer and birds with her friends from her “treehouse” and Breton Bay sunsets with family.

You will be forever with us MOM!

Jean is survived by her son, Timothy R. Mercier and daughter in law, Carey E. Mercier of Leonardtown, MD; her grandchildren, Ryan Mercier of Accokeek, MD, Lindsay Mercier of Sutton, MA, Marissa Mercier of Port Tobacco, MD, and Brendan Mercier of California, MD; her great grandchild, Korie O’Brien and many extended family members and friends. In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her son, Steven E. Mercier and her sisters: Norma Kelly, Alice Waldrop, and Peggy Boudreau.

The family received friends on Friday, April 23 at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650, followed by a Prayer Service celebrated by Rev. Greg Sylar of St. Georges Episcopal Church. A Graveside Service will be led by Father Walter Connelly of St. John’s Episcopal Church on Friday, April 30 at 1  p.m. at Winthrop Cemetery in Winthrop.

Condolences to the family may be made at

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A.

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