Nancy Jo Spring
Nancy Jo Spring, age 87, passed away peacefully on Thursday, August 5, 2021 in Derwood, MD. Born September 22, 1933, she was the daughter of Lewis and Nettie Mae (Norwood) Monard. On April 30, 1951, she married her loving husband of 64 years, Rupert Spring Jr., and together they raised five children.
For over 30 years, Nancy enjoyed a fulfilling career at the Sears Distribution Warehouse Center in Gaithersburg, where she worked her way to become manager of the Parts Department. In addition to serving as a supporting member of the Frederick Moose Lodge, Nancy also served as an active member and treasurer for Chapter 142 of the Korean War Veterans Association.
Nancy loved sunbathing by her pool or at the beach in Ocean City, riding motorcycles with her husband, playing cards, completing crossword puzzles, and relaxing with a classic western show on the TV. Above all, Nancy’s greatest joy was being surrounded by and spoiling her grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, her twin sons, David and Dennis, and her six siblings. Surviving are her children, Michael Spring (Sandy), Pamela Jo Jamison (Bill), and Steven Spring (Jody). She is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, August 12th at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD 20838. Interment will follow at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Church of the Ascension c/o Pastor Darryl Fitzwater, 73 Edmond Rd Ste 2 , Kearneysville, WV 25430.
Veronica La Mae Shawyer
Veronica La Mae Shawyer, 43, of Gaithersburg, MD, passed away on August 5, 2021.
Born on September 25, 1977 in Maryland, she was the daughter of Ernest Shawyer and the late Frankie Reedy.
Along with her father, Veronica is survived by her children; Alyvia Hoyos (James), Victoria Hoyos, Alana Hoyos, Makayla Stotler, the girls father; Miguel Hoyos, two sisters; Mary Stewart (Daniel), Jennifer Lizear, one brother; Ernest “Bo” Shawyer, II and numerous Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews and Cousins who loved
Veronica was preceded in death by one brother; Joshua Shawyer.
The family will be receiving friends on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 from 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, where a funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM.
Interment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20906.
Funeral arrangements were handled by her three daughters
Mary Jane Helton
Mary Jane Helton (Rodgers), beloved by so many, peacefully entered the presence of the Lord on Monday, August 9, 2021, with family by her side at her home in Gaithersburg, Maryland, after a courageous battle against ALS. She was born on October 21, 1947, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Frederick Russel Rodgers, an attorney, and Martha Burch Rodgers (Mastin), a registered nurse. Her parents had one additional child, her sister Louise, who came 5 years later.
Mary Jane met her husband, David Arthur Helton, while attending California Baptist College. They were married on June 2, 1968. After completing a B.A. degree, she spent several years as a social worker in Philadelphia, later working in libraries and taking some theological seminary courses. Subsequently she and her husband served as Southern Baptist missionaries in Mexico for a decade, engaged in university campus ministry. For the next 32 years, David taught college computer courses.
Mary Jane completed additional degrees in education-- the B.S. from Chadron State College, Nebraska, and M.A., at Northern Michigan University. She taught special education for 5 years at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and 14 years at the Au Train-Onota School in Deerton, Michigan. In addition, she instructed several Spanish classes at a Christian school and taught a university course in this subject.
Mary Jane and David were blessed with 5 children: Rebecca, twins Benjamin and Charity, Grace, and Sarah. In addition to her husband, children, and sister, those surviving her include 11 grandchildren: Jonathan, Joshua, Joseph, Josiah, Joel, Rachel, Karis, Jaxson, Anneliese, Corrin, and Lucy; and 3 nephews: Andrew, Eric, and Chris.
When she was 12 years old, at a children’s neighborhood bible class, Mary Jane accepted Jesus Christ’s forgiveness of sin through His Sacrifice on the Cross and entrusted her eternal destiny to Him. This changed her life forever.
Mary Jane became an ardent student of the bible, taught in Vacation Bible Schools and Sunday Schools, and personally shared her faith with others. It was not uncommon for her to listen to a dozen sermons and many hours of Christian music within a single week. She enjoyed the fellowship of her church family and attended church services in many other states and nations.
In terms of personality, Mary Jane considered herself to be somewhat shy. However, she felt comfortable among smaller groups of people who knew her well, where she could be quite witty. She was very sensitive to the feelings of others and an excellent listener.
Mary Jane enjoyed many activities in her spare time. She was an avid reader, collecting hundreds of books, particularly in religion, history and children’s literature. As for cinema, she took special pleasure in viewing musicals, religious themes, and classics from the 1930s-1960s. She loved cooking, taking care of pets, gardening, and shopping for bargains.
Mary Jane traveled extensively with family throughout the USA and to various countries on 5 continents. She never tired of historical sites and museums. She also had a passion for camping and hiking in beautiful settings, especially enjoying seeing animals in the wild. Her favorite places to visit within our nation were Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, and Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. Her children’s families usually lived far from her, but she always was willing to fly any distance to see them. She was loved dearly and will be missed by those she left behind.
In lieu of flowers, please consider providing Bibles and New Testaments to be distributed around the world, for free, by donating to the Gideons International, at https://www.gideons.org/donate or PO Box 140800, Nashville, TN 37214-0800.
The memorial service for Mary Jane Helton will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 16, at Poolesville Baptist Church, located at 17550 W. Willard Road, Poolesville, Maryland. There will be visitation before the service at 10:00 AM, a luncheon at noon, and graveside commitment at 2:00 PM, nearby, at Monocacy Cemetery, Beallsville, MD.
Hilton Funeral Home of Barnesville, MD, is in charge of arrangements.
Jonathan G. D'Agostino
Jonathan G. D’Agostino, 64, of Monrovia, MD, died suddenly on August 10, 2021.
He was the loving husband of Bonnie Slawson.
Born February 3, 1957 in Washington, DC, he was the son of the late John Peter and Sue Carter (Gardner) D’Agostino.
He is also survived by one son Eric Galinsky.
Jonathan D’Agostino was the kindest person and the best, most thoughtful, husband and step dad. He was a blessing in our lives. He made every day “date” day. He always made us laugh and we shared a truly happy and silly home. He joked that he was only silly to fit in with us. Death might separate us physically, but your love will always be here with us, your consistent half glass full attitude making us better people. I thank God that he sent you to me. Now you’ve gone to rest with Jesus… and now you and Bill will get to have that cigar together! Might I say to you my dear, kindhearted Jon…a few decades too soon.
Graveside services to celebrate Jonathan’s life will be held at 1:00 pm on Sunday August 15 at Norbeck Memorial Park, 16225 Batchellors Forest Rd, Olney, MD 20832.
Mary "Libby" Elizabeth Gilmore
Mary “Libby” Elizabeth Gilmore, 81, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on August 16, 2021.
She was the loving wife to the late Robert E. Gilmore.
Born on November 6, 1939, in Rockville, MD she was the daughter of the late Brown Joseph and Ruth Marie (Calhoun) Strawderman.
Mary is survived by her three sons; Robert “Jimmy” J. Gilmore, Edwin “Teddy” I. Gilmore, Randy J. Gilmore; two sisters; Betty Reed, Dorothy Osborne, five grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Mary was preceded in death by one brother; Joe Strawderman.
A graveside service will be held at noon at Parklawn Memorial Park, 12899 Veirs Mill Rd, Rockville, MD 20853.
Gertrude "Trudy" Meissner, 96, originally from Barnesville, MD, passed away on June 15, 2021. She was born on February 9, 1925 in Washington, D.C. to Charles Everett McNabb and Elizabeth Elliot McNabb. She was the loving wife of Paul Meissner for almost 70 years and was survived by her husband, Paul Meissner, and children, Charles Meissner and Paul Scott Meissner and two grandchildren; Laura Meissner and Erich Meissner.
Paul Meissner, 94, passed away two months later on August 26, 2021.
Paul was born on August 29, 1926 in NYC, NY and moved to Washington, D.C. as a child. He is survived by his children and grandchildren and one sister; Mary C. Leizear.
The family will be receiving friends on October 9th from 10:00-11:00 AM at the Barnesville Baptist Church, 17917 Barnesville Rd, Barnesville, MD 20838, where a funeral service will follow at 11:00 AM. Interment will be at Boyds Presbyterian Church Cemetery, 19901 White Ground Rd, Boyds, MD 20841. A luncheon will be provided back at the Barnesville Baptist Church following the graveside.
Thomas Oliver Crown
Thomas Oliver Crown, 96, of Gaithersburg, passed away at his home on August 28, 2021, after a battle with serious medical issues in recent years. Mr. Crown was a life-long resident of Montgomery County, Maryland, having been born in Chevy Chase on November 22, 1924, and was a resident of Gaithersburg until his death.
Upon graduating high school in 1943, Mr. Crown enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, where he earned his wings and served as a bomber pilot until the war’s end. In the decade following World War II, Mr. Crown was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, an auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force. Also, during the decade after World War II, Mr. Crown worked for Montgomery County in the County’s Surveying Department, where he established the County’s tax map system.
Upon leaving his employment with Montgomery County, Mr. Crown began a successful 50+ year construction business, specializing in custom home building. There are many examples of his home building throughout Montgomery County.
He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golf. He also enjoyed team sports, particularly baseball, and was a member of the Rockville Red Sox in the 1950s.
Since his days in the military, flying provided one of his biggest enjoyments. He owned several general aviation aircraft during his life, which he used for travel and pleasure.
Mr. Crown was devoted to his family and is survived by his wife of 79 years, Mary Louise (“Johnnie”) Crown; his son Kevin M. Crown and daughter-in-law Jamie E. (“Packie”) Crown of Gaithersburg; his grandson T. Marshall Crown and grand-daughter-in-law Sarah D. Crown of Charleston, SC; two great-grandchildren, Turner Wyatt Crown, and Ashby Jane Crown, also of Charleston, SC; sister, Donna L. (“Cookie”) Amoroso of Clarksburg, MD; brother, Gerald D. Crown of Hampstead, NC; sister-in-law Dolores J. Crown of Germantown, MD; and nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews, and great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Oliver Crown and Helen Virginia Collins Crown; brother David L. (“Dick”) Crown and sister-in law Lois Crown; brother Aubrey E. (“Bunky”) Crown; sister Betty Lou (“Sissy”) Kimball and brother-in-law George Kimball; brother William T. (“Buzzie”) Crown; sister-in-law Bonnie R. Crown; and brother-in law Michael Amoroso.
The family will be receiving friends on September 10th from 10:00-11:00 AM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD where a funeral service will begin at 11:00 AM. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery in Beallsville, Maryland.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Darnestown Presbyterian Church in Darnestown, Maryland, the Wounded Warrior Project or Saint Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
James Michael Royal
James Michael Royal, 21, of Poolesville, MD, passed away on August 29, 2021.
Born on January 15, 2000, he was the beloved son to Michael Joseph and Elizabeth “Betsy” Royal.
Along with his parents, James is survived by one brother; Joseph, grandmother; Elaine Tibbs, numerous aunts and uncles; Becky Royal and Guy Quallich, Ellen and John Brinsko, Barbara and Terry Walsh, John Royal and Marylin Morehead, Margaret “Daud” Dempsey and the late Bob, Jimmy and Kim Tibbs, Richie Tibbs and Cathy Jacques, Tom and Lisa Tibbs, Garth and the late Aunt Mary “Dietze” Rowcliffe and numerous cousins; Paul Royal, Ben Royal, Jeremy Royal, Dan Royal (wife Megan), Michelle Walsh, Megan Swauger (husband TJ), Michael Brinsko (wife Christine), Sara Brinsko, Mallory Quallich, Bobby Dempsey, Heidi Dempsey, Ryan Dempsey (wife Sam), Jimmy Tibbs, Nick Tibbs (wife Sarah), Kaitlyn Tibbs, Sarah Tibbs, Tommy Tibbs, Meghan Brown (husband Andrew), Alexandra Harrington (husband Adam), and Ryleigh Hinkson (husband Garth).
James had an incredible number of close friends. He was a gifted student and was studying finance at the University of South Carolina. He was the current President of his Fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau where he acted as a mentor to his Fraternity Brothers. He enjoyed golf, snowboarding, working out, and socializing with his friends. James had an infectious smile and has been described as a person who lit up the room when he entered.
The family is receiving friends on Monday, September 6th from 2:00-4:00 PM and 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Hilton Funeral Home, 22111 Beallsville Road, Barnesville, MD. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 7th at 11:00 AM at the Poolesville Baptist Church (in the Gymnasium), 17550 W Willard Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837. Interment to follow at Monocacy Cemetery, 19801 W. Hunter Road, Beallsville, MD 20839.
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 www.wumcohelp.org 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.