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|Davis, Bruce Elbert
Birth: 1934-01-09 in Hurican, Ashe County, North Carolina
|Bruce Elbert Davis, 77, was born on January 9, 1934, in Hurican, Ashe County, N.C. to Walter Worth and Birdie Bell (Hartsog) Davis. Bruce passed away on Monday, September 12, 2011.|
Bruce attended Lansing school until about 1948 when his family moved to Washington, D.C. where he graduated from Eastern High School. Bruce began working and taking night classes to study Architecture, when he was drafted into service. It was while stationed in Germany that he received a letter from a pen pal which led to a storybook romance and marriage to Eleanor E. Krause. They made their home in La Plata where they raised their children, Sue, Lisa and Sally. September 12 marked their fifty second wedding anniversary. Early in Bruce’s career, he found that he had a talent for estimating which led to a life long profession as a General Contractor.
He started his business, Bruce Davis, Inc. with his wife, Ellen, in the den of their home. With the addition of his brother, Mack, they formed The Davis Corporation which built some of the area’s most prominent buildings including the Charles County Courthouse, several buildings at the College of Southern Maryland, numerous schools, the Richard Clark Senior Center and the Fine Arts Center at St. Mary’s College in which the theater is named in his honor. Though officially retired, he couldn’t stay away and offered his broad experience and knowledge to “his girls” in their businesses. Bruce also believed in a commitment to his community as he served as president of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce and first president of local United Way chapter, on the Board of Hawthorne County Club and the Board of Maryland National Bank. With his brother, he established the Melwood Golf Tournament, which continued to benefit one of his favorite charities for many years.
Bruce loved to play golf, watch baseball, and took great pride in caring for his yard. What he loved most was spending time with his family: his wife, Ellen Davis and children, Sue Ellen Davis (Mike McCook), Nanjemoy, MD; Lisa (George) Holmes, La Plata, MD; and Sally Davis, La Plata, MD; Grandchildren, Christine Dennery Hill, Kerry (Petia) McCook, Rexford George Holmes and Sarah Wescott Holmes; Sister, Barbara (Fred) Stevens; Nieces and Nephews, Beth Davis, Douglas (Jill) Davis, Stacey (Timmy) Fennell, Christopher (Candy) Stevens, Gabrielle (Julie) Stevens, Stephanie Stevens, Michael (Alexandra) Brainerd, Cynthia (Richard) Grove, Aaron (Jennifer) Mosberg. Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Worth and Birdie Bell; brothers, Mack Davis and Ansel Jack Davis; Son-in-law, George Holmes.
Visitation will be Friday, September 16, 2011, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Raymond Funeral Home, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD with a prayer service beginning at 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Saturday, September 17, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Church, Durham Parish, Ironsides, MD.
The family prefers donations to Durham Church Cemetery Fund, St. Mary’s College of Maryland or Civista Medical Center.
Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
|Gateau, John Anthony, Sr.
Birth: 1923-07-06 in Washington, DC
|John Anthony Gateau, Sr., 88 of Hollywood, MD died peacefully, September 12, 2011, surrounded by his family. Born July 6, 1923, in Washington, DC; he was the son of the late George J. Gateau and Amy I. Gateau. |
He married the love of his life, Winifred M. Hill of Altoona, PA on September 14, 1938. They were to celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary on September 14, 2011.
He was an Auxiliary Fireman for the Metropolitan Area of DC in the early 1940's, then he served in the United States Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky and held the title of Lance Corporal; separating from service in 1945. Following his service in the military, he devoted 24 years of service to the DC Fire Department from which he retired as Sergeant and moved from Clinton, MD to his home in Hollywood, MD where he resided for over 48 years. In his earlier years, he also owned and operated a furniture repair business known as John's Furniture Service. He was also a long time parishioner of St. John's Church in Hollywood, MD.
John is survived by his wife, Winifred (Wink) and six children, John Jr. (Linda) of Ocean Pines; George of Edgewater; Angel Judd (Craig) of Hollywood; Robert (Beth) of Hughesville, Patricia Muchow (Dan) of Leonardtown; and Sandra Wathen (Robert Reece) of Mechanicville.
He is predeceased by five brothers and sisters (George, Emily, Bucky, Rita, Billy), with one surviving sister, Frances Gates of Golden Beach. He was also predeceased by two grandsons, John A. Gateau, III and Frederick Simeon III.
He was blessed with 15 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 13 great - great grandchildren and 7 step grandchildren. He had a great love for the work of the firefighters and the sacrifices they make for saving others. But his greatest and endless love was his family, friends and special companion "Tammy" his pet poodle. His belief in families was obvious as he established the legacy for the Gateau family traditions. In addition to his family, he enjoyed being close to the Patuxtent River and the beauties it offered.
The family will receive friends for John's Life Celebration on September 15, 2011 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home, 22955 Hollywood Road, Leonardtown, MD 20650. Prayers will be recited at 7:00 p.m. A mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dignan on September 16, 2011 at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood, MD at 11:00 with interment immediately following at St. John's Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Robert Gateau, George Gateau Sr., George Gateau Jr., George Gateau, III, John Wathen, Jr., and Joel Wathen. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dan Muchow, Craig Judd, Robert Reece and Donald Finch, Sr; along with the DC Fire Department Honor Guards.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice House of St. Mary's, P.O Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650; the American Cancer Society, 1041 Route 3 N, Bldg. A, Gambrills, MD 21054, the Hollywood Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 7, Hollywood, MD 20636 or the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 79, Hollywood, MD 20636.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.
Birth: 1939-07-03 in Gaffney, South Carolina
|Madeline Badovinac, 72, of Waldorf, MD, died September 12, 2011, at her residence with Hospice. Born July 3, 1939, in Gaffney, SC, she was the daughter of the late Haskell Bryant Thornton and the late Connie Duncan Thornton. |
Mrs. Badovinac owned and operated Quality Carry-Out in Waldorf, MD from 1979-1982 and owned and operated Madeline’s Catering throughout the late 80's and early 90's. She retired from the Department of Social Services after 29 years of service as a Child Support Enforcement Agent. She attended Pfeiffer College in Misenheimer, NC from 1958-1961 before relocating to the Washington metro area.
She enjoyed spending time cooking for her family, visiting with her friends and writing in her personal journals depicting life's events and her courageous battle against ALS. Her radiant smile warmed the hearts of everyone that she came into contact with. We will miss her immensely.
Predeceased by her parents; one brother, Dennis Thornton; and one sister, Elaine Ransdall.
Survived by her husband of 49 years, George Badovinac, Jr.; two sons, Brian Badovinac of Mechanicsville, MD and Allan Badovinac of Upper Marlboro, MD; one daughter, Georgiana Badovinac-Vernon of Leonardtown, MD. Also survived by four grandchildren, David Nicholas Badovinac, Sara Caroline Badovinac, Michael Charles Vernon, Jr. and Lily Maria Schirmacher.
Visitation will be Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 2-4PM and 6- 8PM with a Wake Service at 3PM at Raymond Funeral Chapel, 5635 Washington Avenue, La Plata, MD. Mass of Christian Burial will be Monday, September 19, 2011 at 11AM at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 3320 St. Peter’s Church Road, Waldorf, MD 20601-2359. Fr. Rudolfo Salinas will officiate. Pallbearers will be Brian Badovinac, Allan Badovinac, Michael Vernon, Jr., Scott Chatham, James Thompson and David Anderson. Interment will be Monday, September 19, 2011, following service at St. Peter’s Catholic Church Cemetery.
If desired, memorial contributions may be made to ALS Foundation, 7507 Standish Place, Rockville, MD 20855.
Arrangements provided by Raymond Funeral Service.
|Herd, Wesie Leola
|Herd, Wesie (Age 82 ) of Waldorf, Maryland. On Monday, September 12, 2011 at Southern Maryland Hospital Center in Clinton, Maryland.|
Her viewing will be held on Saturday, September 17th, 9:00am until Mass of Christian Burial, 10:30am at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 201 St. Mary's Avenue, La Plata, Maryland 20646.
Arrangements entrusted to Thornton Funeral Home, P.A., Indian Head, Maryland.
|Wheeler, Dorothy Aline
Birth: 1935-08-04 in La Plata, Maryland
|Dorothy A. Wheeler, 76, of Waldorf, Md. died September 12, 2011 at Washington Hospital Center in Washington, D.C. Born August 4, 1935, in La Plata, Md. she was the daughter of the late Archie Lyles and the late Eleanora Winters. |
Mrs. Wheeler was a housekeeping supervisor for thirty-five years at Andrews Air Force Base in Camp Springs, Maryland. She enjoyed being with family and friends. She loved visiting the casinos and watching game shows especially Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of forty-four years, Francis Wheeler. Her sister, Mary E. Douglas of Oakville, Md.; brother, James and his wife, Helen of La Plata, Md.; sister-in-law Lucille of La Plata, Md. and brother-in-law Jeremiah Mason of Leonardtown, Md.
She is survived by her daughter, Frances Diane Wheeler of Oxon Hill, Md.; granddaughter, Kristy Carlette Savoy of Oxon Hill, Md.; sisters, Mamie Mason of Leonardtown, Md. and Loretta and her husband, David Coombs of Mechanicsville, Md.; brothers, Jerome and his wife, Frances of Bryans Road, Md., Frederick and his wife, Mary and Leroy and Lawrence Lyles, all of La Plata, Md.; special aunt, Hildergarde Winters of La Plata, Md.; brother-in-law, Charles A Douglas of Oakville, Md. and many nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 19, 2011 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 201 St. Mary’s Avenue, La Plata, Md. Father John Reutemann will officiate. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Church Cemetery, La Plata, Md.
Arrangements are being handled by Thornton Funeral Home, P.A., Indian Head, Md.
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