René Hubert Marie Gimbrère
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René Hubert Marie Gimbrère left this world on August 4th, 2020. René was 95 years old and, despite all of his best efforts, succumbed to complications from surgery for a broken hip. René, known as Jim to many of his friends and colleagues, was born in Tilburg, The Netherlands on July 15th, 1925 to Francois and Catharina Nolet Gimbrère. René and his five siblings were raised in Tilburg and his family lived through both the Nazi and Allied occupations of Holland during WW2.
The war made a lasting impression on him and as soon as he could, at the age of 18, he joined the Royal Netherlands Army. Although the war ended while he was still in training in England and it was too late for him to fight for his homeland, he eventually saw action in Indonesia under Dutch command and in Korea as part of a multi-national force under U.S. command. Upon his return from military service, René enrolled at Tilburg University where he pursued a master’s degree in sociology.
After he completed his degree, his life took an unexpected turn when he was chosen for a Fulbright Scholarship at Stanford University and moved to Palo Alto, California. It was there that he met Suzanne Briley and his life changed forever. Suzanne was a senior at Stanford when she first spotted René at a Foreign Students’ House party. Once she set her eyes upon him, his future was sealed - they were married a year later on May 10th, 1958.
Over the next six years, René and Suzanne had four children. The Gimbrère family (René, Suzanne, Kathreen, Michael, Marc, and Peter) first settled in New York City where René worked as the Director of Institutional Research for the City University of New York. During the evenings, René pursued his Doctorate of Higher Education at Columbia University while also trying to help Suzanne raise the four children. After twelve years in Manhattan, the family moved to Riverside, Connecticut, where the children completed their schooling. René and Suzanne remained in the same house on Lockwood Road in Riverside for the next 40 years. During that time, René continued his commitment to public education, holding positions at both Jersey City State College and Montclair State College, from which he ultimately retired in 1992.
René always had a love for classical music, Foreign Affairs Magazine, any history books about WW2, and good Dutch licorice - but it was in Connecticut where René discovered and developed his love for his true life passions: gardening and sailing. Rare was the summer weekend when René wasn’t torn between either sticking his hands elbow deep into the soil for hours or plying the waters of the Long Island Sound in the family sailboat. In late fall through late spring, the decision was much easier – since the boat was stowed away, his plants got all of the attention. René often got a major jump on the spring planting season by growing his seedlings in “hot boxes” in the basement and the downstairs bathroom. His gardens were beautiful: colorful, lush, varied, and organic – and somehow he always managed to have something in bloom. People used to stop right in the middle of the road to marvel at his garden, his stone wall (rebuilt by hand over many weekends), and his ‘Dutch Touch’ with all plants.
Those who knew René will remember him as a somewhat private man, yet a man of extreme dignity. Quiet and deliberate in his thoughts, he brought calmness, intellect, and thoughtfulness to every conversation. Full of energy, he would hike with his children for miles, garden from dawn to dusk, and sail well past the setting sun. René was a loving and faithful husband, a strong and steady father, and an honest and loyal friend.
He left this world just as he had lived it - with grace, strength and dignity, surrounded by love and ending in peace.
René is survived by his wife, Suzanne and his three sons - Michael, Marc and Peter. His daughter, Kathreen, passed away in 2010, a loss that weighed heavily on the entire family. He also leaves behind six grandchildren: Emma, Matthew, Camille, Oliver, Finn, and Tashi, as well as too many Dutch relatives to begin to name. His family will spread his ashes in the same waters as those of his beloved daughter, off of Port Townsend, Washington.
Edith June Luhn
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Edith June Luhn, 93, of Barnesville, MD, passed away on August 16, 2020.
She was the wife of the late Leslie T. Luhn.
Born on June 16, 1927, in Maryland, she was the daughter to the late Harold B. and Estelle M. (Jamison) Barr.
Surviving are her daughters, Sandra Luhn Oden and Mary Ann Luhn; two grandchildren, Michael T. Oden, Sr., wife Michelle and Duane S. Oden, fiancé Stacie; three great grandchildren, Michael T. Oden, Jr., Sara V. (Oden) Markham, husband Kyle and Grace A. Oden; one great-great granddaughter, Virginia Rose and one step grandchild, Ray Randall. Edith also leaves a special daughter at heart, Elnora Caudell.
She was preceded in death by her two brothers, George W. Barr and Donald P. Barr.
The family will be receiving friends on Friday, August 21st from 10-11 AM at the Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Rd., Barnesville, where services will follow at 11 AM.
Interment will follow in Hyattstown Cemetery, Hyattstown, MD.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Barnesville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 69, Barnesville, MD 20838.
Eugene S. Kline
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Eugene (Gene) S. Kline, 86, of Rockville, MD, passed away on August 19, 2020. Gene was born on June 7, 1934, in Washington, D.C. to the late James Bernard Kline II and Avis Shurland Kline. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He and wife, Jean D. Kline, were happily married for nearly 61 years.
He is survived by his wife, their four children, and spouses, George & Vickie, Casey, Anne & Michael, Kenneth, and six adoring grandchildren, Forest, Hunter, Joseph, Julia, Stephen, and Matthew.
He is predeceased by his daughter-in-law, Carolina Usandivaras Marco, wife of Kenneth and mother of Matthew, and three siblings, James B. Kline lll and wife, Del Kline, George (Buddy) Rossiter, and Marie Morrison. Two siblings remain, Leo Rossiter and Patricia (Patsy) Bass.
Growing up, Gene enjoyed playing many sports including baseball and football. He was a Georgetown Big Brother where he mentored youth. He also coached youth athletics and lifeguarded. He played competitive fast-pitch softball as a pitcher into his 30s, for a team sponsored through his first mortgage banking employer, H.L. Rusk. He served our country in the Air Force, 801st Air Division, during the Korean War. He received the National Defense Service Medal for his military duty. He had a natural ability for mathematics and business. He graduated from American University and went on to work in the real estate and mortgage industry where he developed significant innovations that are industry standards today. For the greater part of his career, he was employed as a Director with Fannie Mae. In retirement, he played golf often and accepted a job as a course marshal at Falls Road Public Golf Course. He and his wife also enjoyed spending time with friends and his brother, Jimmy, at the Rockville Senior Center. He exercised regularly there, but had more fun at the card table where he and his brother organized a weekly pinocle game.
Throughout his life, he was also a devout Catholic, actively living by his faith and providing this example to his children. At 86, he still had his quick wit and was still formulating useful business solutions. Overall though, what brought him the most joy in life was his family. He will be greatly missed.
The family will be receiving visitors on Tuesday, August 25th from 11AM - Noon at St Mary's Catholic Church, 18230 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a Mass of Christian Burial will follow immediately after. Interment will be at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd, Germantown, MD 20876. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Eugene S. Kline may be made to a local youth sports program of the donor’s choice.
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Samuel ‘Clay’ McCarty, 57, of Poolesville MD, passed away on Monday, August 24, 2020 at Suburban Hospital. Clay was born in Lubbock, Texas on December 28, 1962 and lived in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and New Mexico, but spent most of his time in Gaithersburg, and for the last 26 years lived in Poolesville, Maryland. He is survived by his loving wife Maggie, with whom he spent 36 years together; son Jack; He is preceded in death by his mother Elaine "Gram" McCarty; survived by his father Ben "Papa" McCarty; brother Marcus and brother-in-law Rowel; sister Fay; nephew Colin; brother-in-law Tony DeSzily, sister-in-law Jeska; nieces Ilona andViola; 11 Aunts and Uncles and 22 first cousins. He absolutely loved his wife and was so very proud of his son Jack. His friends, family, and neighbors will remember him for the amazing pool parties, BBQs, Jimmy Buffett concert caravans, countless concerts, Maryland tailgates, March Madness poker parties, Turkey Bowls, a loyal Redskins and Nationals fan (even if they have a bad season), his love of golf, and as one of the best bartenders at Bassett’s. Clay was very involved in his son’s many activities including the Poolesville swim team (both summer and High School), Cub Scouts Pack 694 and Boy Scouts Troop 496, and everything that is University of Maryland! He also had many ‘adopted kids’ that he looked after and loved very much.
The following words were used to describe Clay these past few days which certainly shows how many lives he touched: big heart, charismatic, generous, legendary, larger than life, amazing, wonderful friend and neighbor, warm, friendly, thought of others before himself, nicest, kindest, one of a kind, a smile and heart as big as himself, wonderful personality, genuine, best example of how to be a great dad and loving husband, cool guy and good man, an amazing person who made everyone feel welcome, feel like a friend within minutes of meeting him, kind soul, bigger than life itself, gracious, made everyone feel special, he always made me laugh, warm and welcoming, Big Ole Teddy Bear, one of the best humans known to me, made me feel safe, one of the most vibrant people I know, class act, always full of energy and jokes, one of God’s favorites, the best ‘Santa’ that pack 694 ever had, loved life and lived it to the fullest every day, an exceptional man who touched many lives, fiercely loyal and always there for us, the man could enter a room and talk with anyone - a pauper or a billionaire - no difference, the sun comes up every morning and everyone moves on with their lives but I promise you this one changes people, the light in Poolesville is shining a little less bright with Clay not being here.
Clay’s life was taken away too soon, but we know he is in heaven telling everyone about ‘my boy’ Jack, how much he loved his wife, and partying with his two best friends Raf and Billy!
A celebration of Clay's life has been scheduled for Sunday, September 27th. Details will be posted on Facebook.
In lieu of flowers, monetary or food contributions can be made in Clay’s name to WUMCO. Please go to for donation information. For the Poolesville folks there will be several drop-off locations, including Bassett’s.
Sandra E. Cassell
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Sandra E. “Nanny” Cassell, 73, of Gaithersburg, died on August 25, 2020 surrounded by her family.She was the wife of Joseph Franklin Cassell, Jr..Born on October 28, 1946, in Maryland, she was the daughter of the late Warren H. and Annie Belle (Nestor) Belcher.Surviving besides her husband are her children, Darryl, Donna and Dana Elliott, Lesa Cassell and Devin Hancock; two sisters, Becky Taylor, Carol Duffy; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.Sandra was preceded in death by one brother, her twin, Sam Belcher.The family will be receiving friends on Friday, August 28th, from 10 to 11 AM at the Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Rd. (Rt. 109), Barnesville, MD. Funeral services will start at 11 AM.Interment will follow in the Pleasant View Cemetery, Monrovia, MD.In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice, 1355 Piccard Drive, Suite 100, Rockville, MD 20850.
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Emma Navajas-Souffront, age 73 of Rockville, MD, beloved wife of the late Christopher Rozek entered eternal life after receiving her Last Rites in Mt. Airy, Maryland on Saturday, August 29, 2020. Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico on March 26, 1947. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Arts in Humanities and Juris Doctor from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico. She began her law career at the U.S. Department of Justice. Emma was the first woman to lead the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration (PRAFA) in Washington, D.C. under the governorship of Hon. Carlos Romero Barceló. She served as an immigration lawyer and headed the Office of Migration and Refugee Services for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Emma was an avid reader and among her many passions were painting and listening to the Three Tenors, particularly Andrea Bocelli, whom she enjoyed live in concert as recently as 2017. She mastered five languages, loved to cook and received great joy distributing muchos besos to family, including her nieces, nephews and granddaughters.
She leaves behind her sister Wanda Navajas-Souffront, son Alex Buffett Rozek and his wife Sarah (Mimi), granddaughters Luna and Remy Rozek, nieces Wanda Goyco, Frances Cooke, Mae Rupert, Joanne Deynes-Baez, nephew, Jose D. Navajas, cousins Dr. William Wys- Souffront and Roberto Wys-Souffront, and many loving relatives.
Following her wishes, her remains were cremated and will rest with her husband Chris Rozek in Boulder, Colorado.