Eileen Murphy (Butler) Roberts (Widow of Cal Roberts)
Eileen Murphy (Butler) Roberts died peacefully, surrounded by her family and the wonderful care team at the Rock Creek House in Kerrville, Texas on June 17, 2022. She was 97 years old. Born July 8, 1924, to Francis and Mary Ann (McGlynn) Murphy in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Eileen was their youngest daughter and the fifth of seven children. After high school she attended Cambridge City Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated in 1948 as a Registered Nurse and joined the US Navy, serving in Philadelphia, PA and Pensacola, FL.
Eileen loved travel, having visited many WestPac ports of call as a Navy wife and traveling internationally with her daughters and close friends. She and her husband Cal traveled throughout the US in their RV, including two fishing trips to Alaska when each was in their 80’s!
She also loved being part of the Navy Family and was a fervent, lifelong fan of all Navy sports, especially football, where she and Cal were regulars in the 49er seating section for many years. She was generous with her hospitality and loved always having a spare bed and enough food for the occasional Midshipman or Naval Aviator who showed up at her door.
Eileen is survived by her husband, Captain Calvin W. Roberts, USN (Retired) ‘49, her daughter, Gayle Butler, of Little Rock, AR and a son, Commander Dempsey Butler, III, USN (Ret.) ‘77, daughter-in-law, Jeanne Butler, two grandchildren, Karis (Nathan Havens) of Little Rock, AR and Dempsey (Johanna) Butler, IV, of Portland, OR and two great grandchildren, Reese Eileen Havens & Annie Claire Havens. She was predeceased by her daughter, Trudy Butler Start, of Kirkland, WA.
A Rite of Committal Service is scheduled for 1400 on September 29, 2022 at the US Naval Academy Columbarium followed by a reception at the Naval Academy Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the St. Jude Research Hospital in Memphis, TN.
. Jane Cecilia Baskervill Black (Widow of William Black)
Jane C. Black, 97, of Nashville, TN, passed away peacefully from natural causes on October 27, 2022. She was born April 4, 1925 in Atlanta GA, the daughter of William M. Baskervill, (publisher of the Baltimore News-Post and Sunday American) and Evelyn Lynch Baskervill. Jane was also a great granddaughter of the co-founder of Vanderbilt University, Bishop Holland McTyeire. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband William, youngest daughter, Barbara, and great grandson, Tristan. She is survived by her children, Suzanne, William and Martin, her grandchildren, Natalie, Bridgette, Klarey and Alexander and three great grandchildren.
Jane attended Mt. St. Vincent College in New York and married William A. Black, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, in June 1949. After he returned from Korea as a decorated 2nd Lt in the U.S. Marine Corp, they started their family. She was a devoted wife and loving mother, dedicating many years to raising her children. After her two oldest children completed high school, she moved to the Washington D.C. area, where she began her U.S. Government service, initially with the Department of the Army. She later joined the Agency for International Development, where she was promoted to Freedom of Information Officer and nominated for the Meritorious Honor Award for her professional competence, sound judgment and exceptionally pleasant and responsive manner over 19 years of outstanding government service.
She was also exceptionally pleasant outside of work and extremely considerate of others. She seemed happiest in the company of her family and friends but also found joy in daily life and rarely complained of anything. She was a lifelong Catholic, but never imposed her beliefs, religious or otherwise, on others.
After her retirement, she remained dedicated to her children, helping them raise their own. After her husband died in 2008, and his cremated remains were entombed at Arlington National Cemetery, she moved to Nashville, where Suzanne and her descendants were living. Jane was fortunate to enjoy good physical health until her final year and to retain a sharp mind until her last few days.
Memorial service will be on Wednesday November 9, 2022 at 10 AM at The Cathedral of the Incarnation 2015 West End Ave. Nashville TN 37203.
John Michael Donlon
Captain John Michael Donlon, USN, Retired, 95, of Groton, CT, died peacefully in the comfort of his home on December 26, 2022. Born in Amsterdam, NY on September 1, 1927, to the late Hugh P. and Frances Nadler Donlon, John was the second-oldest of four brothers. His three brothers – Charles, Thomas, and Edward – all predeceased him. John is also predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Anita Snyder Donlon.
John is survived by his children, daughter Michelle (Donlon) Buchanan and her husband, Howard Buchanan; son CDR Michael P. Donlon, USN (RET) and his wife, Rebecca (Zimmerman); son Patrick H. Donlon; son CDR Kevin C. Donlon, USN (RET) and his wife, Lori (White); son SGM Thomas F. Donlon, USA (RET) and his wife, Elizabeth (Barci); daughter Mary C. Donlon and her husband, Timothy D. Shafman; and daughter Kelly Donlon Hoy and her husband Randy A. Hoy. John is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and his sisters-in-law Mrs. Jeanne Donlon, Mrs. Maureen Donlon and Ms. Carole McAuliffe.
John spent his youth in Amsterdam during the Great Depression, raised by his father, after he lost his mother when he was 7. From an early age, John had a calling for the sea and the military. At 9, he became a Sea Scout; at 16, he entered Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, completing one year before he became old enough to attend the United States Naval Academy, where he graduated in June, 1949. Newly commissioned as an Ensign, he married his great love, the former Anita Snyder of Chadds Ford, PA, the very next day. Together they had 7 children. Theirs was a marriage spanning 60 years of deep love, faith, and commitment, marked by long navy deployments and 26 household moves, treasured annual family vacations at Wellfleet, Cape Cod, and travel with friends and family until Anita’s death in 2009. At John’s death, his lineal descendants numbered 64: 7 children; 28 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.
Captain Donlon’s distinguished and respected naval career of 30 years began aboard the destroyers VOGELGESANG and PUTNAM before he attended Submarine School in 1950 and served two tours of duty on submarines SENNET and SEA DOG before he returned to Submarine School in 1952 as an instructor in the Officer Course for two years. He resumed sea duty in USS BANG and a year later became Executive Officer of USS HALFBEAK. Captain Donlon completed the Advanced Nuclear Power Course at New London in 1960, whereupon he trained at the prototype reactor at Windsor, CT and at Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory, Pittsburg. He then served as Executive Officer of TINOSA at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, New Hampshire.
He assumed command of USS SHARK in 1963, during which time he was awarded the Legion of Merit and the ship received the Navy Unit Commendation. During his tenure, SHARK was also awarded the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award as first in battle efficiency in the Atlantic Fleet. After detaching from SHARK, he attended the Polaris Command Course at Dam Neck, VA then commanded USS WOODROW WILSON from 1966-68.
Captain Donlon commanded Submarine Division FORTY-TWO from 1968-69, and then reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, as Head, SSN Program Coordination Branch. He served as Commanding Officer of Submarine Tender L.Y. SPEAR from 1971-73, for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. He commanded Submarine Squadron SIX from 1973-75, and was awarded a second Legion of Merit. Captain Donlon then served his last tour of duty as Chief of Staff, Commander Submarine Group TWO until his retirement in July 1979, marked by an award of a third Legion of Merit.
After leaving active duty he served as a consultant for General Public Utilities in the wake of the Three-Mile Island incident before he spent 15 years as a logistics engineer for the Electric Boat Division of the General Dynamics Corporation in support of TRIDENT operational submarines.
A devout Roman Catholic, John was a communicant at Sacred Heart Church in Groton, where, in his later years, he attended daily Mass and formed many personal relationships among his fellow parishioners, becoming a fixture at funerals, baptisms, confirmations and school events. John also served for many years as a committee member for the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Norwich’s annual Red, White and Blue Mass honoring U.S. Military Veterans.
John was an avid student of naval history; a prodigious NY Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle devotee; a passionate croquet competitor against his brothers; a determined beach jarts player; a skilled whistler; a fan of limericks of questionable taste; a master at name jokes; a Scrabble and Trivial Pursuit champion; an avid watcher of Jeopardy; and a lifelong NY Giants fan. All who knew John were amazed by his encyclopedic memory; his fierce patriotism; his loquacity; his loud and impassioned defense of his opinions and his beliefs; his laughter; his stubbornness; and most enduringly, his big heart. His children will fondly remember his love for Anita and for his children, his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren; his pride of country and the U.S. Navy; his self-deprecating humor; his adherence to rules; the massive breakfasts he made us following Sunday Mass; his ice cream floats; his Christmas tree travails; and long, exciting trips in the family station wagon to visit our relatives.
After John’s health declined during the last four years of his life, his superbly skilled and devoted live-in caregiver Alice lovingly and respectfully made his dream of remaining in his home until the end of his life a reality. John’s family is forever grateful for Alice’s expert care and concern for him. We would also like to thank John’s entire care team from Lighthouse Home Health, especially his nurses, MaryElla and Sue, aides Kim and Barbella, and his physical therapist, Carolyn. John benefited immensely from their care and concern, and not surprisingly, he also enjoyed receiving the attentions of these talented and engaging women.
A visitation will be held on Friday, January 6th, from 4-6 p.m. at Byles-Groton Memorial Home, 310 Thames Street, Groton, CT. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, January 7th at 1 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 55 Sacred Heart Drive, Groton. Interment with Full Military Honors will take place at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Meals-on-Wheels in John’s memory at www.tvcca.com.
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H. Brock Barkley, Jr.
H. Brock Barkley, Jr., beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, died on January 11, 2023. He was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on April 5, 1927, the son of H. Brock Barkley and Thelma Maurine Dutt. He was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949, and received a second Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science Degree in Electronics Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1955.
He married his high school sweetheart, Edith Sumner Stowe, in 1950. During his 12 years of naval service, they lived in Rhode Island, California, Virginia, Idaho, and Massachusetts. Also during those years, their three children were born. Following their Navy years they lived in Michigan, Ohio, Idaho, and ultimately settled in Lynchburg in 1981.
In the Navy, he served on the USS Valley Forge, then was selected as one of the first four officers in Admiral Rickover’s Nuclear Navy program to develop nuclear surface ships. He trained at the Nuclear Power Training Unit in Idaho in nuclear physics and engineering, and was involved in the construction and testing of the nuclear reactors for the Navy’s first nuclear-powered surface ship, the USS Long Beach. Once it was commissioned, he served as power officer, a key member of its first crew.
After leaving the Navy in 1961, he continued his scientific and nuclear career. He worked at Bendix as supervisor of the Space Power Section. He worked for NASA at the Plum Brook Station as Chief of the Reactor Division. He worked for Aerojet Nuclear Company, the prime contractor for the Department of Energy at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory, as the Assistant General Manager for Power Reactors. He then held several positions at Babcock & Wilcox, including Manager of International Business and Director of Space and Defense Systems. He ended his career as a consultant for Ebasco, in charge of all reactor systems.
He enjoyed visiting his family in the places they lived including California, Oregon, Wisconsin, Haiti, Mali, and Nepal. He enjoyed many world-wide tours and cruises after his retirement. He also regularly organized family reunions in interesting places around the country so the entire family could be together.
He served his community in many ways. He was church organist, served as deacon and elder in the Presbyterian church, served on school funding committees, community music organizations, and civic organizations. He was a member of the IEEE, the Rotary Club, and the American Guild of Organists. He loved being surrounded by family, listening to classical music and opera performances, skiing with family, sailing, and he never missed his daily crossword puzzle or Jeopardy. He was a life long cat lover.
He is survived by his three children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren: Daughter Margaret Barkley Byess, spouse Richard Byess, and their children: Abigail Byess; and James Byess, partner Meghan Dalton. Son H. Brock Barkley III, spouse Sebastiana Costello Barkley, and their children: Benjamin Barkley, spouse Rachelann McIntyre Barkley, and child Javonta McIntyre; Timothy Barkley and child Eevee Yard; Joshua Barkley; and Katherine Barkley Richardson, spouse Virgil Richardson, children Eleanor Richardson and Tobias Richardson. Daughter Jane Stowe Barkley and her children: Emily Barkley-Levenson, spouse Jeremy Kopman, child Rafael Barkley-Kopman; and Amanda Barkley-Levenson, spouse James Anderson.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the Westminster-Canterbury Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in his memory to sponsor a dog or cat at the Lynchburg Humane Society: https://lynchburghumane.org/donations/honor-memory/.
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Lynchburg, VA 24502
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Virginia Green Culwell (widow of Charles Culwell)
Virginia Green Culwell of San Antonio passed away on January 1, 2023, of natural causes. She was 95 years old.
Born to Albert and Hazel Green in San Antonio on February 4, 1927, Virginia loved to be active and outdoors with her older sister Kathryn. She played trombone in the marching band at Brackenridge High School, graduating in 1944. That summer she worked at Western Union transporting wartime telegrams as a roller skating messenger. Virginia attended San Antonio Junior College then UT Austin, graduating in 1948 with a degree in library science.
That year, Brackenridge classmate Charles Culwell, then a midshipman at the US Naval Academy, invited Virginia as his date to annual June Week festivities in Annapolis. Though friends since childhood at the First Baptist Church, this event kindled romance and led to their wedding in June 1949 in the FBC chapel.
Charles’ US Navy commission sparked decades of adventure together, relocating them at least 13 times over 30 years, including stops in Naples, Italy and Pearl Harbor, HI. Along the way they welcomed four sons. Virginia proved highly skilled and resourceful in her demanding life, acclimating to new cities, settling her family into new homes, schools, churches. For more than a year during Charles’ long deployment to Vietnam, Virginia single-handedly led her tribe of boys, ranging in age from 2 to 16, often from behind the wheel of her giant Pontiac station wagon. She loved to sew and made clothes for herself and the family. She loved music and could sing many of the old hymns by heart even near the end of life.
In 1976 Virginia and Charles settled in Huntington Beach, CA, where Charles pursued his civilian career. Retiring in 1988, they built a home in Escondido, CA as home base for adventurous RV travel. In 1999 they heard Texas’ siren song and returned, first to Austin then finally home to San Antonio in 2006. They enjoyed an active retirement community at The Towers, and relished their return to the First Baptist Church, reviving and building many friendships. Charles, her husband of 72 years, passed away in 2021.
Virginia leaves behind sons Andrew, Perry, Curtis and Travis and their spouses, ten grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Memorial events will take place on Saturday, January 21, with 10am visitation and 11am burial service at Mission Park South, followed by 3pm celebration of the lives of Virginia and Charles in the Wilson Chapel at First Baptist Church. The family expresses their deep gratitude to the caring staff at Franklin Park Memory Care Unit. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.
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Edward S. Briggs
Vice Admiral Edward S. Briggs, USN (Retired) died peacefully at his home in Escondido, CA in the presence of his family on November 22, 2022.
Born in St. Paul Minnesota, he was the second of three sons of Charles W. Briggs, prominent attorney and member of the Briggs and Morgan Law Firm, and Lois Johnson Briggs. He committed his lifetime to his family, naval service, and the nation. He was a Pacific Fleet sailor for most of his career with wartime experience as both a naval aviator and surface warfare officer; intervening assignments in England, the Pentagon, and the Atlantic Command punctuated his 39 years of service. An advocate of superior education for the nation's youth and an apprentice author, he dedicated his retirement years to both avocations. As an avid golfer (MN HS Champion 1944), he was known to smell the roses on the links along the way.
Briggs attended the University of Minnesota High School and Sullivan School in Washington DC before entering the United States Naval Academy in 1945. Upon graduation in June, 1949, he married his high school sweetheart, movie actress Nanette Parks, daughter of Superior Court Judge Clayton and Evelyn Parks of St. Paul. Ed and Nan began their 35 years of Navy life together as he entered naval flight training in Pensacola, Florida, earning his wings there in 1951.
A member of Fighter Squadron 192, Briggs flew the F4U-4 Corsair and the F9F-5 Panther jet during and following the Korean War, operating from the aircraft carriers Princeton and Oriskany. His naval aviation career continued in 1954 with subsequent tours as a basic and advanced flight instructor, Air Intelligence Officer in the carrier Ranger, and Heavy Attack Squadron 124 for training and qualification in the nuclear capable A3D Sky Warrior in 1961.
Then a Lieutenant Commander, Briggs left naval aviation in 1962 and began a new naval career as Executive Officer of the destroyer USS Harry E. Hubbard (DD 748). Following assignments in England at the Joint Services Staff College and U.S. Naval Forces Europe Command, he took command of the destroyer USS Turner Joy (DD (951) during two deployments to the Vietnam War Theater, 1966-1968. Immediately upon relief as Commanding Officer was a tour as Surface Operations Officer for Commander Attack Carrier Striking Force, U.S. Seventh Fleet. After a Pentagon assignment, Captain Briggs became Commanding Officer of the guided missile frigate USS Jouett (DLG/CLG 29) in 1971 and then Deputy Commander and Chief-of-Staff U.S. Seventh Fleet. Beginning in 1973 he served as Fleet Operations Officer for the Commander-in-Chief U.S. Pacific Fleet. He was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral in 1975.
In flag officer billets Vice Admiral Briggs served as Commander Cruiser-Destroyer Group Three, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Commander Navy Recruiting Command; Commander Naval Logistics Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet; Commander Naval District Pearl Harbor; and Deputy Commander-in-Chief and Chief of Staff U.S. Pacific Fleet. His last assignment was as Commander Naval Surface Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet, retiring in 1984.
In retirement, Admiral and Mrs. Briggs made their home in Escondido, California where he was soon engaged as a member of the county school districts' Curriculum and Instructional Development Committees at San Diego Unified and Escondido Elementary and High School levels. He was chairman of the latter committee for four years, 1985 to 1998. At the same time and until his death he remained an active supporter of the Navy and Armed Forces through the Navy League, San Diego Military Advisory Council, the Recruiting District Advisory Council, and as a mentor of the NJ ROTC Unit at Orange Glen High School in his hometown.
As an apprentice author he wrote his family history and a series of dissertations that included A
Return To Liberal Education, The War We Are In, The Promised Land, A Case For National Security, A Civics Lesson --- The Constitution, and The Afghanistan Challenge. In 2014 he co-authored the policy paper Climate Change, Energy Policy, and National Power published by Heartland Institute of Chicago.
Vice Admiral Briggs is survived by his wife Nanette, son Jeffrey, grandchildren Kathryn Lee Daly and Edward Shannon Briggs, and two great grandchildren.
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Published by San Diego Union-Tribune on Jan. 29, 2023.
CAPT Alexander (Al) Dingwall Thomson, USN, Retired, of Lorton, passed away peacefully at age 97 on January 19, 2023. He was born in Scotland and immigrated to the USA at a young age. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1949 and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy. He married Elinor Mae Ufer on June 11, 1949. Al was a veteran of WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War. After retiring from the Navy, he worked as a defense contractor before permanently retiring.
Alexander is preceded in death by Alexander Deas Thomson (father), Elizabeth Dingwall Thomson (mother), Betty Thomson Westhoven (sister) and Elinor Ufer Thomson (wife).
Alexander is survived by CAPT Alan Douglas Thomson, USN, Retired (son), Judy Hall Thomson (Alan's wife), Linda Susan Thomson (daughter), Aaron Daniel Thomson and Gregory Alan Thomson (grandsons), Allison Mathis (Gregory's wife), and Caroline Elizabeth Thomson (great granddaughter).
Funeral services will be at Fort Meyer Chapel followed by interment at Arlington National Cemetery; date to be determined.
Published by The Washington Post on Jan. 29, 2023
Peter John Sarris, of Deerbrook, died on March 2, 2023 at Rosalia Gardens Assisted Living. He was 97 years old. He was born on January 13, 1926 in Antigo, a son of John and Sylvia (Tsiboris) Sarris. Peter's father and uncle started the Sarris Brothers Sweet Shop in Downtown Antigo which operated from 1920 to 1961.
Peter graduated from Antigo High School in 1944 and received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. Mr. Sarris was a World War II era and Korean War veteran having served in the United States Navy.
Peter married Norma Grant on January 8, 1955, at Peace Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on June 21, 2015.
After his military service, he received his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
He had a long career as a stockbroker with Merrill Lynch in Detroit and Green Bay. He enjoyed spending the summers at Bass Lake with his family and friends.
Peter was a lifelong athlete who played high school football and basketball and later in life enjoyed running and golf.
Survivors include two daughters, Robin Sarris of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Terri (Frank Pahl) Sarris of Ann Arbor, Michigan; two sons, John (Elizabeth Rathke) Sarris of Madison, Grant (Adriana) Sarris of Leawood, Kansas; four grandchildren, Olivia, Sofia, Peter, and Emma Sarris.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Peter Hallop; brother, Arthur Sarris; and sister, Betty Demopoulos.
A memorial service may be held at a later date.
Burial will take place at the Elmwood Cemetery in Antigo.
Memorials in Peter's name may be directed to LeRoyer Hospice.
A special thank you to the staff at Rosalia Gardens, Hands with Hearts, and LeRoyer Hospice for their loving care.
Bradley Funeral Home
1550 Neva Rd
Antigo, WI 54409
Emma Marie Wynne (widow of Bill Wynne)
“Mickey” Wynne of Short Hills, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at Lantern Hill in New Providence, New Jersey, January 28th. Mickey was a devoted and beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt, grandmother, and friend. She would have turned 96 this Spring.
Mickey is survived by son Michael Wynne and wife Louise of New Jersey; daughter Melissa Wynne and husband David Foster of Illinois; daughter Alison Wynne and husband John Nerges of Utah; son William Wynne Jr., of Florida; sister Ann Heuer of California; grandsons Michael C. Wynne, Jr.; Brian T. Wynne and wife Olivia Whalen; Matthew Wynne Foster and fiancé Jenna Wolfenson; and granddaughter Caroline Wynne Foster.
She was predeceased by her husband of 67 years Captain William E. Wynne, USN; older sister Aline Heuer; and youngest sister Edwina Zengerle.
Raised in Irvington, New Jersey, as the second of the four daughters of William and Emma Heuer, Mickey was extremely close to her sisters who forever affectionately called themselves “The Heuer Girls”. She worked as a teenager and young adult in her family’s floral business in Newark, New Jersey, leading to a lifelong love of flowers.
Mickey met the love of her life at Bradley Beach, New Jersey in 1946. They were married in April of 1950, launching on the adventure of being a Navy wife. Travelling the world as a devoted mother raising 4 children, Mickey engaged in service wherever it was needed. In Thailand she volunteered with indigenous Hill Tribes; in Hawaii she assisted in the resettlement of Vietnamese orphans; After returning to New Jersey she became a multi-decade volunteer with the Overlook Hospital Axillary and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008.
She was a lifelong patron of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City; The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra; and a member of the Central Presbyterian Church of Summit.
A visitation will be held on Thursday, February 2nd from 3-8 pm at the Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home, 299 Morris Ave. Summit, New Jersey.
A funeral service will be held on Friday, February 3rd at 10 am at the Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple Ave. Summit, New Jersey.
She will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband Bill at Arlington National Cemetery.
To send the family a condolence, please visit, www.bradleyfuneralhomes.com.
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Thursday, February 2, 2023. 3 pm to 8 pm
Friday, February 3, 2023. 10 am. Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple Ave. Summit, NJ
Arlington National Cemetery
Friday, May 12, 2023. 11 am
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415 Morris Ave
Springfield, NJ 07081
Marilyn "Molly" Barrow Marilyn Barrow (Widow of John C Barrow)
Marilyn Anne Cookman "Molly" Barrow, 96, of Somerset, Virginia, died Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at her home. She was born May 9, 1926, in Glendale, California, the daughter of the late Alfred and Rebecca Clark Cookman. She married John Curtis Barrow on June 4, 1949, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and he preceded her in death in 1987, as did her son John Christopher Barrow in 1955, and two sisters, Elizabeth Cookman Ainscow and Dorothy Cookman Sprague. Survivors include her five children, Patricia Rios (Francisco) of Puerto de Santa Maria, Spain; Mary Barrow of Gordonsville, Virginia; Jeffrey Barrow of Columbia, Missouri; Sarah Hurlbert (Dan) of Stanley, Virginia; and Rebecca Forencich (Sam) of Lake Oswego, Oregon; as well as six grandchildren, Carlos and Alexandra Rios-Barrow; Christopher and Jessica Hurlbert; Alex and Travis Forencich; and four great-grandchildren, Daniel and Adrian Garcia-Rios and twins Elena and Gianna Rios-Lopez. She also is survived by her sister Sylvia Cookman Hnat of New Jersey, and her sister-in-law Evelyn Barrow Jackson of California, and many nieces and nephews. Molly graduated in 1945 from Vail Deane Girls School in New Jersey and studied singing at the Juilliard School in New York City. After meeting her husband at the U.S. Naval Academy and their subsequent marriage, she worked as a Navy wife supporting her husband's career during 32 years of active service, rearing their five children and moving to more than a dozen duty stations on both coasts of the United States. She served as leader of Navy wives organizations, including two combat tours in Vietnam with jet fighter squadron VF-32 in 1966 and aircraft carrier USS Oriskany (CVA-34) in 1972. The couple retired in 1981 to the antebellum house "Frascati" in Somerset, Virginia, designated a state and national historic landmark. They joined Christ Episcopal Church in Gordonsville, Virginia, where she joined the Episcopal Church Women's Group, sang in the choir and became a Daughter of the King. She was a member and past president of the Dolley Madison Chapter of the Garden Club of Virginia, a member of the Montpelier Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Friends of Montpelier, and the Orange County Historical Society, and she valued her association with the Somerset Social Society. Molly enjoyed tennis, swimming and gardening. She was skilled at sewing, knitting, needlepoint, cooking and flower arranging. She loved to travel and she always focused on family, making numerous side-trips to visit her extended family and hosting family get-togethers in the 20 houses where she lived with her beloved husband. She also took many trips to Europe and Asia to visit her husband on his naval cruises, often following the ship from port-to-port. When he reached the rank of Rear Admiral and served as the Naval politico-military director at the Pentagon, she accompanied him to embassies in Washington, DC, and joined him on diplomatic trips to South America and Mexico. After her husband's death, Molly took several pleasure cruises to Europe, Asia and the South Pacific with her daughter Mary, and she enjoyed traveling to family reunions, weddings and anniversaries. The family is grateful to the staff of Legacy Hospice and especially to Heartfelt Care and the team of caregivers for the professional, compassionate and loving care they provided our beloved mother. Molly had a beautiful and long life, and we are grateful she passed away peacefully in her home. We will always cherish her precious memory and we hope to follow her example of generosity, kindness and love. A service in Celebration and Thanksgiving for the Life of Molly Barrow is scheduled at 2:00 pm, Saturday, January 7, 2023, at Christ Episcopal Church, 310 North High Street, Gordonsville, Virginia.
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Lemond DeKern Lang
On March 2, 2023, God called Lemond “Deke” Lang of Worthington home to heaven after 95 years. A native of Russell, Kentucky, Deke attended school at Berea College before attending and graduating from the US Naval Academy in 1949. In 1950, Deke married Ironton, Ohio, native JoAnne Kurtz, and the two of them began a journey together that would last 70 years. Deke was a proud Navy Seabee and served in Korea and Japan during the Korean War. After his service in the navy Deke and his wife JoAnne returned to Ohio to raise their family. In Columbus, Deke worked for North American Aviation (later Rockwell) and Ashland Chemical Company (from which he retired in 1991). Deke was known for his kindness, his sense of humor, his creativity and his dedication to his family. Deke and his wife were very social and had many friends who they loved dearly. Deke loved his country, was a master woodworker, building many beautiful pieces of furniture, and was an avid reader his whole life. Deke and wife JoAnne also traveled extensively, visiting many locations though out the U.S., Canada, Australia/New Zealand and western Europe. Deke was also very interested in military history, loved the Christmas season and was a lifelong photographer. Deke’s photos include his time at the U.S. Naval Academy, his years in the Navy, literally many thousands of family photo, 8mm home movies and vacation photos of the many locations that he and JoAnne visited. Photos of particular interest include photos of midshipmen assigned to the U.S.S. North Carolina taking a swim in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, panoramic photos of war-torn Seoul, South Korea, photos of historic sites in Britain and polaroid photos that were manipulated to look like water color paintings. He was an active member of Worthington Presbyterian Church, the Worthington Historical Society, VFW Post 2398 and a Riverside Hospital volunteer. He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, JoAnne, and by his parents Adam and Clara Lang and his three sisters. He is survived by daughter Linda (Bill) Yost, son Robert Lang, granddaughter Michelle (Eric) Anderson, grandson Alan (Jean) Yost, great-grandson Henry Anderson, nephew William Hackworth and niece Dawna Boehmer. Calling hours are Thursday March 9, 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Worthington Presbyterian Church, 773 N High Street. Service will follow at the church at 2:00 PM, followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Local VFW Post 2398 at PO Box 243 Worthington, OH 43085 or a charity of your choice.
Theodore Albert Curtin
Age 97, in Duxbury, Massachusetts, March 19, 2023.
Commander, U.S. Navy (retired), of Plymouth, formerly of Norwood, loving husband of the late Grace (Sansone) of Plymouth, devoted father of Theodore J. and Leonard T. of Plymouth, and the late Mary Catherine Curtin; loving son of the late Dr. Timothy J. and Albertine (Mailhiot), and stepson of the late Olive (Poirier) Curtin of Norwood; brother of Timothy J., Jr. of Stamford, CT, and the late Peter M. of Chula Vista, CA. A native of Norwood, Ted was a 1949 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1969 including aboard the USS Juneau in the Korean War and as commanding officer of the submarine ARGONAUT (SS475) during the Cuban missile crisis. Following his naval career, he returned to his hometown and became a history teacher at Norwood High School from 1970-80. Retiring to Plymouth, he worked as a historical role-player aboard the Mayflower II for 17 years through 1997; and was active in social and political causes.
The most important event in Ted’s life was his marriage, in 1954, to Grace Sansone, his high school classmate. Their 68-year partnership of love, service and friendship touched many lives through their generosity and kindness.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 547 Washington Street, Norwood on Tuesday March 28th, 2023 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, Norwood. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are welcome in memory of Ted to a charity of one’s choice, or an act of kindness that gives someone great happiness.
Gillooly Funeral Home
126 Walpole Street
Norwood, MA 02062
Grace Louise Curtin (widow of Ted Curtin)
After graduating Norwood High School in 1943, she immediately supported the war effort, working in a company that manufactured shearling linings for Air Force jackets. She later worked with Sansone Motors in Norwood and for the Continental Baking Company in Boston. With her sisters Marie and Jean, she was part of a harmonizing ensemble, the “Sansone Sisters,” performing on radio and at local venues, including the famous Totem Pole.
On February 20, 1954, she married childhood friend Theodore A. Curtin of Norwood, a naval submarine commander, and embarked on a close-knit, loving partnership of 68 unbroken years. They raised a family of three children while stationed at the Norfolk, VA naval base. During those 12 years, Grace was involved in the civil rights movement, becoming a committed and lifelong advocate for social justice, political activism, and peace.
After returning to Norwood, Grace achieved what local papers called an “historic first,” becoming the first woman appointed as a court officer in Massachusetts. Serving at Stoughton District Court, she characteristically refused to handcuff juvenile offenders and made sure they had a good meal before delivering them to detention.
Following their active protests against the Vietnam War in the 1970s, the Curtins sponsored two related families of Vietnam refugees and adopted them wholeheartedly as members of their own family. Grace was the compassionate center of her community wherever the location. After moving to Plymouth, MA in 1980, she and Ted became beloved friends of their Morton Park neighbors. From Plymouth, they embarked on cross-country and global travels for years, visiting friends around the world, including trips to Ted’s relatives in New Zealand and Grace’s ancestral roots in Sicily.
Raised a devout Catholic, Grace encountered a circle of human rights advocates while in Virginia and developed a more questioning faith with respect for all religions. She later became a leader of the Boston-area Emmaus Community, a splinter Catholic group, until it eventually disbanded. Her spiritual life evolved when she decided to join the Unitarian Universalist Church and became a member of Plymouth’s First Parish Church. In 2003, she was recognized for her dedication to the life and work of First Parish with an Unsung Unitarian Universalist award.
A joyful homemaker, Grace’s great gifts were in caring for others and maintaining a large and loving extended network of kinfolk and friends. She died peacefully, holding hands with Ted, the partner of her heart.
She is predeceased by her daughter Mary and son Joseph Marshall and survived by her husband; sons Theodore J. Curtin and Leonard T. Curtin of Plymouth, MA, and Louie Duc Nguyen of Cupertino, CA; daughters Maryanna Williams of Charlottesville, VA and Judith Kerr of Plymouth MA; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the National Memorial Meeting House, Town Square, Plymouth, MA on Sunday, July 17th at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, Grace wished to be remembered by acts of love and kindness to bring joy to the lives of others.
James H. Scott
Jim was born January 1, 1927, in Birmingham, Alabama, to Anthony and Louise Scott. He grew up in Jasper, Alabama, with his brother Wiley. When he was about seven or eight years old, his fondest wish for Christmas was a red bicycle. When he came down the stairs on Christmas morning to see his gift from Santa, he said, "I got a g#& d#@% blue tricycle!"
As he grew, he proudly became an Eagle Scout and worked in his mother's flower shop. He loved playing football, and once ignored an injury to his collarbone because his mom was watching, and he knew she would pull him from the game. If that happened, he would not have been able to earn his letterman's jacket.
His fascination with flying started when Jim was about fifteen years old during his first plane ride on a Barnstormer Biplane. During the flight, the engine began to quit and the pilot had to find a safe place to land, which ended up being in a cornfield. Luckily no one was injured, but the plane got pretty banged up, which caused the propeller to break off. Once the plane was towed away, Jim ran over to the site of the wreck and took one of the propellers, which he kept until this day. He was obviously not deterred and began flying lessons at the age of 16.
Jim graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1949, and received his Naval Aviation wings in 1950, and joined Fighter Squadron 112, where he flew a F9F-2 Panther Jet during the Korean conflict. Following this tour, he flew as an exchange aviator on the HMS Eagle in the Royal Navy, where he had the unusual privilege of participating in the Royal Navy flyover for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
He spent the next two years as an instructor in the basic and advanced air training commands. After completing the General Line Course at the US Naval Postgraduate School in 1958, he received orders to the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal as Flight Deck Officer, followed by other duties aboard USS Intrepid, USS Enterprise, USS Shangri La, and USS Saratoga.
In 1966, Jim attended the School of Naval Warfare, Naval War College and then reported to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C., for a year as the NATO Plans Officer. In 1969, he flew the A-4 Skyhawk as the Commander of Attack Carrier Wing Twenty-One on the USS Hancock off Vietnam, and then returned to Washington, D.C., as the Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations for Prisoner of War and Missing in Action (POW-MIA) matters.
Jim then returned to Vietnam, taking command of the ammunition ship USS Butte. In 1974, he became the Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal, and in 1975, as a Rear Admiral, became the Commander of Tactical Wings, US Atlantic Fleet at the Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia. In 1977, he was commander of NATO Iberian Atlantic Area in Portugal, and in 1979, he was the commander of the Norfolk Naval Base in Norfolk, Virginia.
He retired from the Navy in 1980. In his 31 years of proud service to his country, he was awarded three Legions of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star, five Air Medals for Valor, Two Navy Commendation Medals, and several Korean and Vietnam campaign medals. Although he was always proud of his service, he couldn't share all of his stories from the Navy, because according to Jim, "they were too classified to tell."
Jim was married to Jean Seevers Scott for 55 years. They met on a blind date while Jim was in flight training at NAS Corpus Christi. Before their date, Jean had undergone oral surgery, which meant she had difficulty eating and speaking. After their date ended, Jim said, "she was the cheapest but also the best date he'd ever had!" They enjoyed traveling and seeing the world together, and made wonderful memories during the military moves throughout Jim's career. He deeply loved his family and taught their three children to finish what you start and to always do your best.
In his free time, Jim loved dove hunting, reading, collecting model cars, building model trains - complete with landscapes, and barbequing. He always said he made the best chili in the world. He enjoyed a good meal of steak or ribs, and all of Jean's gourmet cooking. With his sweet tooth, he liked banana pudding, Blue Bell vanilla ice cream or a Snickers candy bar, washed down with tea, Coke, or the occasional martini.
He loved listening to Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Herb Alpert, and Tijuana Brass. In fact, one of the family's most cherished memories of Jim was when they lived in Rhode Island in the mid 1960s. There were several feet of snow on the ground, and it was so cold outside. Jim opened all the windows and danced and sang to Herb Alpert's music while barbequing outside. He loved watching football and rooted for the Cowboys, but especially enjoyed Alabama and Navy games. His family will remember him rooting, "go Navy, beat Army!" They will also fondly recall him saying, "Roger that," "Good on ya," and imitating the Pillsbury Dough Boy's giggle every time he was poked in the tummy.
Jim was a very generous and humble man. He had a compassionate heart and was passionate about helping others. This along with a love of good BBQ, led Jim to found the Corpus Christi Mustangs, a group of local businessmen and community leaders who have banded together to provide Texas-sized barbeques for worthy charity causes, in 1988. To date, the Corpus Christi Mustangs have raised over nine million dollars for various charities. He was a member of the USO of South Texas, the Navy League, Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Club, and the Kiwanis Club. He also played a crucial role in bringing the USS Lexington to Corpus Christi. Currently, the "Blue Ghost" museum is one of the biggest attractions in South Texas.
Jim leaves behind his daughter Nina Manville; his son James Scott, Jr.; his daughter and son-in-law Margie and Severo Garza; his grandchildren Jason (and Cindy) Mulkey, Victoria (and Tommy) Evans, and Micaela Garza; and his great-grandchildren Sierra Mulkey and Thomas "Little Man" Evans. He is reunited with his beloved wife Jean, his parents Anthony and Louise Scott, and his brother Wiley Scott. His family would like to thank his caregivers, family, friends, and the Corpus Christi Mustangs.
To honor the life of Rear Admiral Scott, a memorial service will begin at 11 am followed by Final Military Honors on Saturday, March 25, 2023, at the Church of the Good Shepherd. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Corpus Christi Mustangs, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Corpus Christi, or the YWCA of Corpus Christi.