Mary Jennison

Mary "Sue" (Lowe) Jennison, widow of the Whitney Jennison, passed away peacefully at her home in the McLean Assisted Living facility, Simsbury, CT, on November 22, 2018. Sue was born in Lafayette, IN on November 9, 1925. She was the oldest of four siblings born to Harry and Maude Lowe. Sue attended Hood College, Frederick, MD, and later attended Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, where she received her nursing degree. It was during her college years, that she met the love of her life, Whitney Jennison, a midshipman at the Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD. 
Upon graduation, they married in June of 1949. Following a tour of duty, spanning both coasts and the Hawaiian Islands, they arrived in New London, CT. Planning to start a family, they eventually settled in North Canton, CT in 1953, purchasing a historic home ca. 1760, which they renovated. It was here that they raised their 5 children. Sue was employed by the Canton Public Schools as the head school nurse, a position she held for 22 years (1968-1990). During these years, she would spend summers on Nantucket Island, MA, with her children, in a cottage built by the family. Sue remained in her North Canton, CT home, following the passing of Whitney in 2004, eventually moving to McLean in 2013. Sue enjoyed gardening, knitting, cross-stitching samplers, playing bridge, and collecting antiques to fill her North Canton home. She was an avid reader, always with a long list of books to be read. 
She was an active member of Canton Center Congregational Church. She participated in numerous community activities including, the Prime Timers, the Stich 'n Bitch group, the Madaket Ladies, a group of Nantucket Moms, known for their acronym MLBDLS (activities they regularly enjoyed together). She volunteered at the Canton Historical Museum and regularly participated in exercise classes at the Canton Senior Center. 
Sue was predeceased by her two sisters, Barbara Lentz, and Donna Thompson. She is survived by her brother, Richard Lowe of Lakeview, AR. She is survived by her 5 children, Robert Jennison (wife Maryann), Richard Jennison, Thomas Jennison (wife Lucy), Anne LeMaitre (husband Dan), and Edward "Ted" Jennison (wife Jackie), as well as numerous grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 
The family is extremely grateful to the McLean community for the excellent care and compassion they demonstrated during Sue's stay. Sue enjoyed the many activities that filled her days tremendously. "I just love it here", she would say. A private memorial celebration of Sue's life with burial in the North Canton Cemetery will be held at the convenience of the family. To share memories or express condolences online, go to

The Hartford Courant on Dec. 2, 2018                                    Posted: 2 Jan 2019

Richard Stephen Wolford
                                                    Richard S. Wolford, Captain, USN (Ret.) (Age 92), “Dick,” of                                                     Alexandria, VA passed away on December 19, 2018. Treasured                                                     husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 63 years                                                     Helen Wolford; children Allison Niedbala (Tom), Laurie Wolford                                                     (Raymond Cline) and Richie Wolford (Maureen); grandchildren Emily                                                     and Stephen Wolford, Jake and Sam Cline, and Lucy Niedbala. He was                                                     predeceased by parents Stephen and Ethel Wolford and sister Ruth                                                     Lowry.
                                                    Born January 20, 1926 in Columbus, OH, Dick enlisted in the Naval                                                     Reserve in 1944. He received a congressional appointment to the U. S.                                                     Naval Academy, entering September 8, 1945. He graduated with the                                                     Class of 1949 receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign                                                     in the regular Navy.
Shipboard tours included duty aboard USS Fox (DD-234), USS Harwood (DD-872), USS Columbus (CA-74) and USS Constellation (CV-64). He was commanding officer of USS Robin (AMS-53), USS Perkins (DD-872) and USS Washtenaw County (MMS-2). Shore duty tours included U.S. Naval Postgraduate School; NROTC instructor; Polaris Missile Program; Boston Naval Shipyard; Destroyer Modernization Program, Naval Seas Systems Command. Following his retirement from the Navy April 33, 1974, he was a consulting engineer at several area defense firms.
He was admired for his wisdom, sharp wit and devotion to family. Richard enjoyed golf, traveling, working with his personal trainer, reading Louis Lamour books, and cooking.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, January 12 at Demaine's Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will be scheduled for a later date.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Vernon Ladies Association, Attn: Development Office, PO Box 110, Mt. Vernon, VA 22121.

The Washington Post                                                 Posted: 8 Jan 2018

Donald Lister

                                                Donald Lister, 93, a longtime Roslyn Heights, NY resident, died                                                     January 7, 2019 of kidney failure. Born in Manhattan August 21,                                                     1925, Don was 17 when he enlisted in the Navy in 1943. He served as                                                     a waist-gunner in a PBY until receiving a congressional appointment                                                     to the U.S. Naval Academy. He was transferred to the Naval Academy                                                     Preparatory School to prepare for the entrance exams, which he                                                     passed. Graduating with the Class of 1949, he received as BS degree                                                     and was commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy. 
                                                    Don trained as a carrier pilot and was awarded his wings in 1951. He                                                     was assigned to the Navy’s Attack Squadron 55 and piloted single-                                                    seat AD-1 Skyraiders on 64 combat missions from USS Essex (CV-6) during the Korean War. One of his planes limped back to the carrier so riddled with anti-aircraft fire that Navy personnel pushed it overboard. 
Don knew the prickly tension of aerial warfare. His first child was born while he flew combat missions as the Korean War raged.
“The day I went to give birth, I read in The New York Times that four planes from his squadron were shot down,” said his former wife, Ellen Lister, of Rockville Centre, whom he married in 1950 while in flight school. “I didn’t know whether he was ok or not. It was very scary.”
A 1952 mission involved flying cover for a rescue helicopter as it flew to the aid of a downed pilot some 50 miles north of what is now the border between the two Koreas. The mission earned Lister a recommendation for the Distinguished Flying Cross, which is awarded for "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.” 
“Although opposed by intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, Lieutenant (Junior Grade) Lister repeatedly placed his own life in jeopardy while expediting the rescue of the stricken airmen,” read his medal citation. “By successfully carrying out daring and accurate attacks from low altitudes he assisted the helicopter in making a successful rescue of the downed pilot.”
Don later wrote of being puzzled after listening to a talk given aboard Essex by Admiral Joseph “Jocko” Clark. He quoted Clark as having said: “You men have had the privilege of meeting the enemy face to face.” Lister recalled he was able to appreciate Clark’s statement only after reading an account of coping with fear written by Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl.
“How wonderful it was that there was nothing he needed to fear any more except his God,” Don wrote of Frankl in papers provided by his family. “It was only then when I understood what Admiral Clark meant.”
Don also served as a flight instructor until he resigned his commission as a lieutenant May 27, 1955.
After working in the Garment District for his father’s women’s wear company, Don went into the real estate business in 1984, most recently as a broker in the Roslyn office of Prudential Douglas Elliman. He stopped working about two years ago.
He enjoyed golf, which he played even in winter at local courses, including Eisenhower and Bethpage parks. He remained active with Naval Academy alumni activities and served on the Executive Committee as a member-at large representing the New York/New England areas. 
After his first marriage ended in an amicable divorce, he married Phyllis Schwartz in 2000.
Don is survived by his wife, Phyllis, and daughters Beth Ann Scrivano, of Freeport, and Amy Sue Axen, of upstate Lake George. 
A funeral was held January 10, with Don being buried at Mt. Ararat Cemetery in Lindenhurst.
“He came alive when he talked about the Navy and his past,” Ellen Lister said. “He had a wonderful career.”

Philip Vladessa

                                                        CDR Philip Vladessa, USNR (Ret), 93, of Seabrook Village, Tinton                                                         Falls, NJ passed away Monday January 21, 2019 at Jersey Shore                                                            Medical Center. He was born May 20, 1925 and raised in Brooklyn,                                                         New York.  
                                                     Philip enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and was assigned to the submarine                                                      school in New London, CT. Then ordered to the U. S. Naval Academy                                                         Preparatory School, Bainbridge Naval Training Center, MD to com-                                                   pete for a Secretary of the Navy appointment to the U. S. Naval                                         Academy. He was one of 200 Navy and USMC enlisted receiving                                                         appointments. Entering in 1945 and graduating with the Class of 1949, he received a Bachelor of Science degree and was commissioned ensign in the regular Navy.
Soon after graduation, Phillip reported a destroyer where he qualified as an Officer of the Deck (OOD) underway. He then attended Submarine School in New London, CT earning his dolphins. He served in submarines during the Korean war. He resigned his regular Navy commission as a LT(JG) in August 1954, opting to serve in the Naval Reserve. He retired as a CDR, USNR July 1, 1975. 
Philip also worked for Texaco, New York, NY as a Lubrication Engineer for 30 years. He is formerly of Venice, Florida and has been a resident of Seabrook Village since 2012. 
He is predeceased by his beloved wife Elsie Kalinovich Vladessa in 2015. Philip is survived by his four loving daughters; Karen Mahoney, Teresa (Terry) Caprio, Ellen Velazquez and Christine Augenbraun. He is also survived by his nine cherished grandchildren. 
According to the family’s wishes, all services will be private. The family requests that donations in his memory be made to: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959.

Richard Ray Colvin

Richard Ray Colvin was born February 21, 1927 in Huntington Park, Calif. As a child, Rick found and attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At 12, with his mother's approval, he made the decision to be baptized, then ordained a deacon. Now he could pass the sacrament. He graduated first in his high school class, attended a year at Pomona College in California on scholarship, but left to join the Navy during World War II. He went to boot camp at U.S Naval Recruit Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill, then via Camp Peary, VA to the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD in 1945. He graduated with the Class of 1949, receiving a BS degree and being commissioned an ensign in the regular Navy.
Rick served aboard multiple ships in the Navy, one of which was deployed to Bikini Atoll where he saw a Cold War atomic bomb test. While on submarine duty in San Diego, he met and married Ann Ruplinger. To Rick and Ann were born Christiana, (and Sukey, Dana and Davy who died at early ages). 
After he resigned his commission April 8, 1955 as a lieutenant came medical school and anesthesia residency at UCLA. Then Ghia was born and a move to Thousand Oaks, Calif., where Jason and Stephen were born. Beginning in 1966 Rick worked at Thousand Oaks hospitals until he was 70. 
There were two flights of stairs between the front door and the garage. Most mornings he had been on those stairs by 6:15 a.m. Until his children were grown, his recreation was centered around them: tennis, sailing, skiing, attending many concerts in downtown Los Angeles and performing "magic" shows. The birth of their 9th and 10th grandchildren (twin girls) came along the same year (2007) that Rick and Ann moved to Longview, settling 10 minutes from their daughter, Christiana Anglin. 
Brilliance, humor, generosity, a passion for classical music, being an extraordinarily great son, husband, father - and dancer - help to describe Rick's personality. True to the church he had chosen in his youth, he accepted many callings, served 10 years as a temple ordinance worker and attended Sunday meetings until the end of his life January 10, 2019.                                                               Posted:  23 Feb 2019

Martha Louise (Gabuzda) Cooper

                                                Martha Louise Cooper passed away October 25, 2018 peacefully with                                                 joy into God’s loving arms. Her husband, CDR Stanly G. Cooper, USN,                                                 predeceased her January 31, 1967. She was 95 years old. 
                                             Born November 28, 1922, Martha was blessed with a long full life loved                                             by family and those who knew her. She grew up with three brothers and                                               three sisters. In high school, she was involved with the Glee Club, drama,                                         a Drum Majorette, and Honor Society. She went on to train as a nurse at                                             Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in Philadelphia and served as a                                                 US Navy nurse from 1945-1949. 
                                            She met our father, Stanley Gibson Cooper, Sr. while stationed at the US                                           
Naval Academy Hospital in Annapolis from 1947-1949. Her life changed as a Navy wife, as my father served his country as a Naval Officer. We were blessed to live around the United States and the world, including the Philippines and Japan. After our father died, 52 years ago, our family settled in San Diego, CA.
She came to know Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and loved and served God for 50 years on earth.
Her love for books and reading provided her with a job she loved at Christian High School in El Cajon, California, for 12 years. In her retirement years, she kept her mind sharp and active by reading books covering her favorite topics including politics, religion, sociology, education and history. She also loved to solve cross-word puzzles and other challenging mind twisters. She was also a San Diego Padres baseball fan.
Martha leaves behind family: Daughter - Mary Cooper, Son - Stanley “Gibson Cooper, Granddaughters - Lola Cooper and Sara Cooper, Great-grandchildren - Elias Shook, Ezra Cooper and Coco Plaep, Sister - Marion Denion, Sister-in-law - Eileen Cooper Carl, and multiple nieces and nephews.

 Mary Cooper                                                                    Posted: 24 Feb 2019

William Sherrod Guthrie

                                                CAPT William S. Guthrie, U.S. Navy (Ret) died in Ashburn, VA March 9,                                                 2019, at the age of 92. He was May 19, 1926 in Punta Gorda, FL, the son                                                 of William Ezra Guthrie and Freddie Lee Roberts, who instilled in him the                                                  call to service for his country and his community. He attended Charlotte                                                High School, where he was very active in sports, music and student                                                 government. Bill was elected the Senior Class President, voted “Most                                             Likely to Succeed” (as well as “Best Looking Boy”) and graduated with                                                 Honors in 1944. He took to heart the class motto of “Within Ourselves Our                                             Future Lies”. Selected by the Navy for its V-12 college program, Bill                                             attended University of Miami for one year before receiving a Congressional                                                 appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, entering in 1945 with the Class of                                                 1949. 
Ensign Guthrie’s first assignment was to the USS Columbus, (CA 74) homeported in Plymouth, England. He then went to the USS Samuel B. Roberts (DD 823) via Electronics School in Great Lakes, followed by command of the PC 572 in Newport. After an assignment as an Electronics instructor at FADTC Dam Neck, he reported to the DESFLOT 4 Staff as Flag Secretary to Admiral Claude V. Ricketts. He attended the Naval War College in Newport, RI, both as a student and later an instructor. While there, he earned his Master’s Degree in Foreign Affairs from Boston University. His next assignment was as Executive Officer of USS Vesole (DD 872), which saw action in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Assigned for two years to the Amphibious Forces Atlantic, he later transferred to Saigon as Plans Officer on the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam staff. His next duty was as Commanding Officer of the USS Harwood (DD 861), followed by a two-year tour in the Plans Division of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. From the Pentagon, he attended the National War College, followed by command of the USS Austin (LPD 4). He then returned to the PHIBLANT Staff as Force Plans Officer; when the command consolidated into the Surface Forces Atlantic Command (SURFLANT), he was the Assistant Chief of Staff for Operations and Plans. 
His last at-sea assignment was as Commander, Amphibious Squadron SIX, highlighted by a Mediterranean tour as Commander, Amphibious Task Forces in the Sixth Fleet. During this tour, he had the privilege of serving as the Senior Officer Afloat for OPSAIL, the parade of sailing tall ships in New York Harbor to celebrate the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. Captain Guthrie’s final tour was as an Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel (PERS-8), where he retired from active duty in 1978. 
Upon retirement, he was elected Secretary of the Navy Relief Society where he served for six years. In 1985, he was one of the founding Officers of the Surface Navy Association, and served as its Secretary for seven years. 
Active in the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter in Vienna, VA, he was a Vestryman, Senior Warden, and a delegate to the Diocesan Council. He later served as the parish Administrator during a decade in which the Church experienced explosive growth and a major building program. Always a fan of choral music, he sang in the Church Choir as well as the Vienna Chorale Society. He was known for his sense of humor, his ability to cut straight to the point, his strong faith, his love of family and community gatherings, and his generosity.
CAPT Guthrie and Elizabeth Ann Haller met during his Naval Academy years and were married in June, 1952. Married for 63 years, they enjoyed traveling, lectures on current events, opera performances, cooking and, during their retirement years, trying to keep up with the grandchildren. 
Captain Guthrie is survived by his sister Mary K. Cooper of Tampa, FL, and his children; Melinda Adams (Jim) of Williston, SC, Susan (Peter) Spaulding of Hollywood, MD, Mitchell Guthrie (Dorian) of Virginia Beach, VA, Kimberly (AC) Russell of Garnett, KS, and Caroline Guthrie of Reston, VA, and by seven grandchildren. 
Memorial Services will be held at Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Rd, Vienna, VA on Friday March 22 at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, contributions to one of his two favorite charities would be appreciated, or please donate to your favorite charity in his memory:

​Jack Eikel Baltar

                                                Jack E. Baltar, 93, of Merritt Island, passed away at his home on Sunday                                                 March 17, 2019. Originally from Biloxi, MS, Jack was a retired NASA                                                        engineer, who moved to Brevard County in 1961. He was a graduate of                                                 the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1949, a member of The St.                                                 Johns Episcopal Church and a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and                                                 friend to many. 
                                               Jack was preceded in death by his wife Rowena. Survivors include sons:                                                  James (Catherine), William (Pamela), Robert (Dawn), David (Robyn) Baltar,                                              and 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. 
The funeral service will be Monday March 25th at 1pm at St Johns Episcopal Church, 610 Young Street, Melbourne. Memorials may be made in Jack's name to the Alzheimer's Foundation.

Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Mar. 20, 2019

Rowena Yerger Baltar

                                                Rowena Yerger Baltar, 75, died on Sunday, November 27, 2005 in Merritt                                             Island. Rowena was born in Biloxi, Miss. and came to Brevard County in                                         1961 from her birthplace. She was a wife, mother, and former pre-school                                                 teacher at The Beach Learning Center in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. She                                                 was also a volunteer at the Genesis House and for the Pro Life Movement.                                                     Rowena was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. 
                                                Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Jack; children, Jim (Cathy),                                                 Bill (Pam), Bob (Dawn), and David (Robyn); and nine grand- children. A                                                   Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. on Thursday, December 1st, at Immaculate                                                 Conception Catholic Church. Anyone planning expressions of sympathy are asked to consider Wuesthoff Brevard Hospice of Catholic Charities. 
Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home in Melbourne is serving the family, 321-723-2345.

George Magnus Benas Jr.

Mr. George Magnus Benas, Jr, 93, passed away in his sleep Monday, April 8, 2019, at Buckingham's Choice Retirement Community, Adamstown, MD. He was the loving husband of the late Marie Elizabeth Badecker, who he married on June 4, 1949.
Born in Utica, New York, on November 10, 1925, he was the son of the late George Magnus and Mabel Mae (Hitchcock) Benas. George was a 1949 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and Commander of the twenty-second company First Class year. His wife, Mary Elizabeth, was Color Girl for Class of 1949. 
George served in the Navy as a fighter pilot on aircraft carriers Antietam and Princeton. He served two tours during the Korean War flying missions earning several commendations, including the Purple Heart. After discharge, George worked for communications equipment firms in Iowa, New York, Massachusetts and Maryland before owning and managing a distribution company in Gaithersburg, MD that provided materials primarily to military and government agencies. He retired in 1987, and greatly enjoyed winters in Naples, FL with his wife before she passed away in 2012.
Surviving are his sister Carol Jean Benton of Gardner, MA; and seven children: Midge Desimone (Thomas) of Swampscott, MA, George M. Benas III (Jill) of Georgetown, MA, Timothy M. Benas (Emily) of Rockville, Christopher P. Benas (Louise) of Yarrowsburg, Gregory M. Benas (Kelly) of Frederick, Mark A. Benas (Heather) of Clarksburg and Julie M. Crain (Walter) of Falls Church, VA. Another child, Elizabeth A. Henry (William) passed away in 2017. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. He will also be missed by his companion of the last several years, Fran Dover.
A private funeral service for family will be held next week and George will be interred with his wife at Saint Rose of Lima Cemetery in Gaithersburg, MD. A memorial service will be held at Buckingham's Choice Retirement Community.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Hospice of Frederick County, P.O. Box 1799, Frederick, MD 21702.
The Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, 106 East Church Street, Frederick, is in charge of arrangements.


                                                Fred George Baur, 91, died on April 12, 2019 in West Windsor, NJ.                                                    Predeceased in 2000 by his wife, Audrey Reed Bigelow. He is survived by 3                                             sons Frederick K. (Dallas), Kurt C. (Princeton Junction) and John E.                                                      (Phoenix), 4 grandchildren, Katie Davis and husband Christian (Pennington,                                                 NJ), Kelly Maidl and husband Tobias (San Diego), Lindsey and Jared                                                Baur (Calif.), 3 great grandchildren, Abigail, Hannah and Gracie, daughter-                                                in-law Kristi, sister Carolyn Gilliland and her family.

                                        Fred was born July 10,1927 in Pittsburgh, son of Fred C. and Caroline                                         Reichold Baur. His father was a baking company executive and city magistrate. When Fred visited a friend at Annapolis in 1939, it was the shot of Navy Blue and Gold that remained with him. He loved sports and played football, baseball, and basketball in high school, making up for his lack of size and athletic ability by sheer determination. Fred and Audrey graduated from Peabody High. 

Fred was appointed to the Naval Academy, Class of 1949. He served as Class Secretary, sports writer for The Log periodical and sports editor of the Class Lucky Bag. He and Audrey became engaged at the Naval Academy Class of 1949 Ring Dance. They married a week after graduation. 

Fred became an Aviator in 1950 and was decorated for combat missions with Patrol Squadron Nine and as staff anti-submarine warfare officer during the Korean conflict. Missions included dropping parachute flares to illuminate enemy supply convoys for interdiction by Marine attack planes and along enemy lines to support UN ground troops. 

After the military, Fred lived in Falls Church, VA, Morristown, NJ, Valley Forge, PA, and Yardley, PA. Fred entered business in 1956, but continued flying in the Ready Reserve. He advanced to Lieutenant Commander and participated in search missions along the Cuban coast prior to the Cuban Missile Crisis. He worked for Engelhard Industries, and later general manager of environmental businesses. In 1974 he became VP-General Manager of Oxy-Catalyst, subsidiary of Research-Cottrell.

After retiring in 1987, Fred assisted businesses in corporate development. He volunteered for churches, hospitals and other non-profit organizations. He was devoted to his loving family and its heritage.  

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Diamond Blackfan Anemia Foundation, (honoring Lindsey M. Baur) or The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, (honoring Katie Davis)

Private burial was in Pittsburgh, PA.