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|Grove, John Axtell, II
Birth: 1943-05-28 in Newton, Kansas
|Captain John Axtell Grove II, USN(Ret), of Milton Florida, formerly of Leonardtown, MD was born 28 May 1943 in Newton, KS to Dr. John Axtell Grove and Mary Ida (Fitch) Grove. John graduated from Newton High School in 1961. He received his BA from Bethel College in 1966. |
John joined the United States Navy in 1966 and received his wings of gold through the AOCS program the same year. While in Pensacola, he met and married his wife of 45 years, Phyllis Joy (Addison) Grove.
His first squadron was HS-2 followed later by tours in HS-10, HSL-37, and command of HSL-32. Shipboard tours included the USS Hornet, USS Independence, USS Rathburne, and USS Guadalcanal where he served as Air Boss.
Shore tours included the Naval War College, The Pentagon; where he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff for the Chief of Naval Operations, NAS Norfolk; where he served as Executive/Commanding Officer. His final tour was Commanding Officer of the Alcohol/Drug Rehabilitation Center for the Navy. His awards included the Legion of Merit and Meritorious Service Medal with three gold stars.
After nearly 30 years of dedicated service, John retired from active duty in 1994 and successfully transitioned into the corporate world for 12 years prior to his move to Milton, FL.
John was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many. He enjoyed gourmet cooking, fishing and had a profound appreciation for the outdoors.
Memberships included the Military Officers Association of America, the Order of Daedalians, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Sons of the American Revolution, Navy Helicopter Association, Naval Aviation Museum Foundation, First United Methodist Church of Milton, Florida Supreme Court Mediator Beta Theta Pi.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. John A. Grove and a sister, Margie Grove.
He is survived by his wife, Phyllis (Penny), a son Joshua Leon Grove, daughter-in-law Julie (Curl) Grove, granddaughter, Reagan Olivia Ann Grove and grandson, Gavin Brock Grove of Front Royal, Virginia. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Grove Sizemore, brother-in-law, Herbert Hadley Sizemore of McPherson, Kansas and nephews, Jay and Adam Sizemore.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Santa Rosa County Chapter of Military Officers of America Scholarship Fund, the First United Methodist Church of Milton Elevator Building Fund or the Wounded Warriors of America Fund.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 19th at the First United Methodist Church of Milton beginning at 3:30 P.M., followed by services at 5:00 P.M.
Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery for a date yet to be determined.
Arrangements provided by Lewis Funeral Home.
|Woods, John Roger
Birth: 1918-10-28 in Woodside, New York
|John Roger Woods of Waldorf, MD died on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Prince George's General Hospital Center in Cheverly, MD. He was 94 years old. |
Mr. Woods was a Deputy Chief Underwriter with the Federal Housing Authority and was a man of great integrity whose lifelong motto was “Honesty is the best policy.” He was also a man of great warmth, humor, and wit with a constant twinkle in his eye.
He was born during the Spanish Flu epidemic and grew up in Woodside, Queens, NY. At the age of 19, he became the youngest manager of a Ralston’s Grocery Store, a New York City chain. Soon after, he had the opportunity to come to Washington, DC to serve as messenger for Madame Frances Perkins, the first woman Cabinet member, serving Franklin Delano Roosevelt as Secretary of Labor. It was she who sent Mr. Woods back to New York to serve in the Department of Labor until World War II intervened. He was sent to Europe working in military administration for the Army Air Force.
He was later stationed in Germany during the Korean War and was put on alert for the Cuban Missile Crisis. Upon return from Europe, he transferred to the Federal Housing Authority, now HUD, from which he retired as Deputy Chief Underwriter for the New York Metropolitan Office. After retirement, he held positions at several banks as Vice President of Mortgages. He married Dorothy Farmer while on leave during the same weekend as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s funeral. The jewelry store owner had to be called to open his store so that the young couple could buy their wedding rings.
He retired to Daytona Beach with Dot where they lived for 25 years. Most of their time was spent serving South Daytona Christian Church as elder, teacher, and committee chairpersons. In 2000, he and Dot came to Maryland to live with their daughter and her family. His highest calling was as a son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
Son of the late Bernard Woods and the late Catherine Brady Woods.
Predeceased by his parents; and his wife, Dorothy Farmer Woods.
Survived by two sons: John (Betty) Woods of Aquebogue, NY and Stephen (Dale) Woods of Sarasota, FL; one daughter: Barbara (Clay) Woods-Miazza of Waldorf, MD; grandchildren: Sean (Amanda) Woods, Stacey Woods, Joshua Woods, Todd Woods, Benjamin (Nikki) Woods, Luke Woods, Sara Woods, Katelyn Woods, Chad Woods, Jonathan Miazza, and Emily (Josh) Miazza-Esparza; and great-grandchildren: Garrett, Cora, Alyssa, Aubrey, Aniya, Jaxon, and Zachary.
Memorial Service: Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 10:30AM at South Potomac Church (4950 Crain Highway, White Plains, MD 20695). Clergy: Rev. Mike Clark. Interment: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 10AM at MD Veterans Cemetery in Cheltenham, MD. Honorary Pallbearers: United States Army Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to Johnson University (7900 Johnson Drive, Knoxville, TN 37920).
Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
|Alu, Sheryl Jones
Birth: 1953-01-07 in Emmaus, Pennsylvania
|Sheryl Jones Alu, Esq. of Solomons, MD passed away on January 15. Born and raised in Emmaus, PA she was the daughter of Lloyd and Blanche Jones of Allentown PA. She was married to Richard Alu.|
She was a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College where she was part of the first women’s graduating class at the College. After graduation she began her extensive law career as a para-legal for Elias Matz Tiernan of Washington DC. She subsequently received her JD from Emory Law School in Atlanta, GA and returned to Elias Matz as an associate and eventually became Of Counsel. Her early legal career centered on banking and security related practices and was also General Council for Perpetual Federal Savings & Loan.
Known for her expertise in mergers and acquisition she was often sought to litigate for corporate finance and securities law and handled Blue Sky security matters. Her recent legal practice was as chief counsel for Jones Alu Law and recently Of Counsel with the Prince Frederick firm of Davis Upton Palumbo & Dougherty.
She was affiliated with the District of Columbia Bar, Maryland State Bar Association, and the American bar Association and was licensed in the District of Columbia and the State of Maryland. She was previously recognized by Cambridge’s Who’s Who for demonstrating dedication, leadership, and excellence in law.
Ms. Jones Alu had been a Calvert County resident for over 30 years. She was committed to the betterment of Calvert County, and served on several Boards, Commissions, and Committees, where she gave freely of her time and talents to assist local government, private non-profit organizations, and the business community. She served on the Ethics Commission from 1996 through 2011, and as its Chair from 2005 to 2011. She was a member of the Compensation Review Board, the Annmarie Garden Board of Directors, the Calvert County Lighting Task Force, and the Redistricting Committee. She served as the President of the Calvert County Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Board Member of the Safe Harbor, Inc. Board of Directors. In 1997, she was recognized as Republican Woman of the Year.
Sheryl served on the Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation Board from 2001 through 2006. She served one term as Foundation treasurer and four years as President of the CMH Foundation Board. During her tenure she made many contributions to the hospital, including serving as Foundation President during the Capital Campaign that raised funds for the expansion of the emergency department and the construction of the new ICU and outpatient concourse at CMH.
She was a devoted animal lover and was especially fond of basset hounds. She was supportive of animal rescue and welfare, and was a regular contributor to Basset Hound rescue and rehoming efforts. Two of her Bassets, Dudley Do-right and Sadie Lady, competed in the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York City.
Sheryl lived life to the fullest, and was devoted to her friends and family. She was always there to unhesitatingly lend a helping hand to anyone with a problem. She was quick to laugh and had the ability to find humor in daily life.
She is survived by her parents, husband, brother Lloyd H. Jones of Emmaus, PA, niece Stephanie Berdik of Boston, and nephew Collin Jones of New York City.
Services will be held Monday January 21 at Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., 20 American Lane, Lusby, Maryland 20657. Visiting hours are at 10AM followed by a memorial service at 11AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Sheryl Jones Alu Memorial Fund c/o Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation at CMH Foundation, Inc., PO Box 2127, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.
Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home.
|Willett, Samuel Patrick
Birth: 1939-05-07 in Washington, DC
|Samuel Patrick "Pat" Willett of White Plains, Maryland, died on January 15, 2013 at St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown, MD. He was 73 years old. |
Mr. Willett was a carpenter by trade, first working for his father, W. A. Willett and Sons, then James R. Willett, Builder, and later he was self-employed.
Pat was a talented man who loved nature. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He was known for the knives he crafted, the air boat and ultra-light plane he built. He was never without his camera. A man of strong beliefs, he lived his life to the fullest, HIS WAY.
Son of the late Walter A. Willett and the late Opal M. Henderson Willett.
Predeceased by his parents; his brothers: Anthony L. Willett, Claude T. Willett, Milton F. Willett, John Walter Willett, and Wayne E. Willett; and his sister-in-law: Linda L. Willett.
Survived by one son: Christopher K. (Penny) Willett of Port Tobacco, MD; one daughter: Stephanie (Thomas) Potter of Faulkner, MD; two brothers: James Raphael (Kathy) Willett of White Plains, MD and David R. Willett of White Plains, MD; two sisters: DaOnne (Joe) Lucas of La Plata, MD and Susan C. (Mike) Legagneux of White Plains, MD; three sisters-in-law: Alice Willett of White Plains, MD, Catherine Willett of White Plains, MD, and Effie Willett of Dowell, MD; and four grandchildren: Brittany Potter, Courtney Potter, Nick Potter, and Marc Potter. Also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Thursday, January 24, 2013 from 2-4PM and 6-8PM with Prayers at 7PM at Raymond Funeral Chapel (5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD 20646). Mass of Christian Burial: Friday, January 25, 2013 at 11AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (4590 St. Joseph Way, Pomfret, MD 20675). Clergy: Fr. Robert Kosty. Interment: Trinity Memorial Gardens in Waldorf, MD at 12:30PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary’s Nursing Center (21580 Peabody Street, Leonardtown, MD 20650).
Arrangements by Raymond Funeral Service, P.A.
|Conner, LeRoy Norfolk
Birth: 1925-09-04 in Adelina, Maryland
|LeRoy Norfolk “Boots” Conner, 87 of Charlotte Hall, MD passed away on January 14, 2013 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, Charlotte Hall, MD. He was born on September 4, 1925 in Adelina, MD to the late Harry D. Conner and Elizabeth V. Wood Conner. |
LeRoy enlisted in the United States Army on June 12, 1945 at Baltimore, MD. While in the Army, LeRoy was stationed in Germany. He received the World War II Victory Ribbon and the Army Occupation Medal (Germany). He was honorably discharged on the 19th of August, 1946 at the separation center Fort George G. Meade, MD.
LeRoy is survived by his daughter Janice Nicholson of Orlando, FL; grandchildren Dwayne Nicholson, Donnel Nicholson, Brian Van Devander, Steve Van Devander and Terry Wilson; niece Sara Beth Ogle; nephews Clarke Rawlings, Ronnie Conner, Donnie Conner, David Conner and Timothy Conner.
Services and interment are private.
The family request contributions to be made in “Boots” memory to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements provided by Rausch Funeral Home, P.A., Lusby, MD.
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