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Gladies Barker

Jul 30, 1926 - Dec 03, 2023

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Arlington, VA

Gaye passed away Sunday, December 3 after a long deterioration in her health. She was 97-years young and was born July 30, 1926, in Fries, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Vergie and Will Shupe, and her two brothers, Roy and Glenn. She is survived by her daughter, Elaine, and a niece, Sari Bottje, and her sister-in-law, Bunny Shupe.Gaye had a degree in English education from the University of North Carolina Greensboro (then UNC Women's College) and a Master of Education in a...Read More

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Robert A. Bligh II

Died : Feb 18, 2024

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Arlington, VA

Robert A. Bligh II, 92, of Arlington, passed away on February 18th, 2024. A complete obituary is forthcoming.

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Aurora D'Amico

Oct 04, 1947 - Feb 08, 2024

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Arlington, VA

Aurora D'Amico, age 76, of Arlington, Virginia passed away on Thursday, February 8, 2024. Aurora has loved animals all her life. While she was primarily a cat lover and was caretaker to many cats over her life, she donated to save the lives of many other animals. From dogs abandoned in Afghanistan, to horses abandoned after their racing career had ended. Angel was Aurora's darling. Then came Harmony and Peace of Heaven. POH passed from FIV so Peace of Mind came into our lives. After Harmony and Peace passed, Aurora moved from buying purebred cats to rescuing cats about 20 years ago. We drove down to North Carolina to rescue our first cat, Happy, from a kill shelter on the day before he was to be euthanized. The moment we walked in the door, Happy jumped up to greet her. He slept in her lap for the 6 hour drive back. That day we also transported 2 other cats to a rescue group in Richmond. Then came Mimi with her tiny paw (a birth defect they thought) who hopped like a rabbit deep into Aurora's heart. We rescued Spirit and Joy (brother and sister) next. Spirit and Happy were great pals until Happy passed to the Rainbow Bridge. During the Covid-19 pandemic Spirit died then Joy about a year later. So we were without cats. That's when Aurora found Homeward Trails. She wanted a bonded pair and came across Patches and Tuck who we adopted and rechristened Mercy and Glory. Both had teeth that needed removal which Homeward Trails paid to have done. Glory is an absolute angel and stole Aurora's heart. Mercy is more mischievous but extremely loving. We were grateful to have them both. Aurora made many donations to Homeward Trails before she passed and would smile down from heaven on anyone who follows suit and donates in her name. As a lasting memorial we have chosen to sponsor the Homeward Trails medical fund which will be named the Aurora Martinolich D'Amico Memorial Medical Fund. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Aurora Martinolich D'Amico Medical Fund - Homeward Trails Animal Rescue | Pet Adoption in VA, DC, MD www.mightcause.com/story/Auroradamico

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CDR Robert Treat Shultz, US Navy, Ret.

Feb 10, 1928 - Feb 14, 2024

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Arlington, VA

CDR Robert Treat Shultz, US Navy, Ret., age 96, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, and friend passed away surrounded by his family in his home in Arlington, Virginia on February 14, 2024. He was born in Frederiksted, St. Croix, US Virgin Islands on Feb. 10, 1928 – the son of the late Rear Admiral John Henry Shultz USN (retired) and Martha Merwin Shultz. At the time of his birth, his mother was staying with her parents, who were longtime residents of St. Croix while his father, a naval officer, was assigned to the destroyer REUBEN JAMES on patrol off the coast of Nicaragua during an insurrection there. He attended schools in Annapolis, MD; West Roxbury, MA; San Diego, CA; Coronado, CA; West Roxbury, MA (again); Washington, DC (Alice Deal JHS); Coronado, CA (again); Baltimore, MD (St Paul’s Episcopal School) and then graduated from Coronado High School in 1945. He enlisted in the U. S. Naval Reserve in July 1945 and was undergoing recruit training (boot camp) at Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, MD, when World War II ended. Upon completion of boot camp, he was assigned to the Classification Section of the Personnel Department at Bainbridge, and then the Naval Academy Preparatory School also at Bainbridge, where he underwent a course of instruction preparing him to take the entrance examination for the Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. He passed the exam in the spring of 1946 and received a Fleet appointment from the Naval Reserve for entry into the Naval Academy in June 1946. Upon completion of the Naval Academy in June of 1950, he reported to the aircraft carrier LEYTE in the Mediterranean in July 1950. However, the ship was sent to combat operations off the coast of Korea shortly thereafter, returning to Norfolk, VA in the spring of 1951. LEYTE was awarded the Navy Unit Commendation for performance of Korea. He was the Signal Officer while assigned to the LEYTE. In May 1952, he reported to the destroyer CONY in Norfolk where he was the Gunnery Officer. He was detached from the CONY in May 1954. On May 29, 1954 he married Margaret Belle Edmiston in her hometown of Arlington, VA and the newlyweds spent their honeymoon driving to Panama City, FL where he assumed command of the minesweeper BRAMBLING. Upon the decommissioning of the BRAMBLING in May of 1955, he reported to the Bureau of Ships in the Main Navy Building in Washington, DC where he was responsible for a program to reduce acoustic noise in minesweepers. That tour was followed by taking command of the tank landing ship ST CLAIR COUNTY in Long Beach, CA in July 1957. The ship made two deployments to the Western Pacific before he relinquished command in May 1959. Next came a tour as the Amphibious Placement Officer in the Officer Detail Branch in the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, VA from June 1959 to July 1961, reporting in July 1961 to the Naval War College, Newport, RI as a student at the Command and Staff School. Upon completion of the War College, he reported aboard the destroyer TAYLOR (homeport Pearl Harbor, HI) in Pago Pago, American Samoa as Executive Officer in July 1962. In July 1963, he assumed command of the radar picket destroyer escort LANSING, also based in Pearl Harbor, where he participated in fourteen one month early warning barrier patrols off the Aleutians before the ship was decommissioned in Bremerton, WA in June 1965. Duty in Strategic Plans Division (OP-60) in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in the Pentagon from July 1965 to July 1967 was followed by a year as a student at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Base, Montgomery, Alabama. His last sea duty was as the Commanding Officer of the destroyer AGERHOLM from July 1968 to March 1970. During this period the ship was deployed to Viet Nam and fired 8000 rounds of five inch ammunition destroying numerous enemy installations in support of ground forces. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and the Vietnamese Navy DSO 2nd Class Medal in recognition of the superb performance of his crew off Viet Nam. Upon completion of the Viet Nam tour the ship returned to it’s homeport of San Diego by way of the Manus Island, Papua New Guinea; Brisbane, Australia; Auckland, New Zealand; Pago Pago, American Samoa and Pearl Harbor. His naval service ended with a second tour in the Pentagon where he was head of Strategic Defense Systems in the Office of Offensive/Defensive Systems in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal upon his retirement from the Navy January 31, 1972. He went to work immediately as a Financial Consultant handling investments for individual investors at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith where he started training in December of 1971 while on terminal leave from the Navy. His office was at 1100 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC from 1972 to 1989, when he moved to the Tysons Corner office in Vienna, VA, where he worked until March 1998 when he retired as a Vice President of Merrill Lynch Private Client Group. He was a licensed real estate agent and had owned, managed, and maintained investment property in Fairlington and Rosslyn, Arlington, VA; and the Countryside development in Sterling, VA. He was also part owner and Vice President of the Robert L. Merwin Co., a commercial real estate company in Frederiksted, St. Croix, USVI, established by his grandfather in 1892. He continued to live in Arlington, VA since early 1970. He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Margaret Edmiston Shultz; daughters, Holly Yummit (Mike) of Sterling, Virginia, Lisa Hargrave (Rusty) of Williamsburg, Virginia, and Malia Garman (Art) of Leesburg, Virginia; son, Bobby Shultz (Julia) of Fairfax, Virginia; brother, John M. Shultz of Austin, Texas; 13 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date; future burial at Arlington National Cemetery when assigned.

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Allan Derrick Williams

Jul 09, 1938 - Feb 11, 2024

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Arlington, VA

Allan Derrick Williams, loving husband and father, passed away at his home in Arlington, VA on February 11. He was 85. Allan was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Bala-Cynwyd, PA. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy and attended Lafayette College for one year before enlisting in the Air Force. He was sent to the Defense Language Institute in Monterrey to study Russian and then to Japan, where he spent 2 years. Upon his return to the U.S., he completed a masters degree at Syracuse University. While there he met his first wife Nannette Gertrude Ladwig. They spent 2 years at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. Later, Allan transferred to the Army and was deployed to Vietnam twice, but he finished his career in Washington, working at the Defense Intelligence Agency. One of his last assignments was writing reports for the Chief of Staff at the Pentagon. Allan's passion was military history. He knew the details of every battle in the Revolution and Civil War and he was a particular expert on the airplanes of World War II. He knew which planes had been used in every mission whether British, American or German, and when presented with a model could identify the squadron, date it had been flown, and the type of weapons it carried. He constructed at least 40 models himself. Allan was predeceased by his first wife, Nannette and is survived by his wife of 25 years, Ginnie Luster; his two children, Allan Derrick Williams III (wife, Zhanna) of Albuquerque, NM and Michelle Williams (husband, Sam Chagani) of Auckland, New Zealand; and his two grandchildren, Nannette Williams and Diana Madsen (Anders and son Oscar). A private family service will be held in March.

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Stephen A. Burke

May 18, 1974 - Feb 12, 2024

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Arlington, VA

Stephen A. Burke, 49, of Arlington, VA, formerly of Roseland, NJ, passed away suddenly in his sleep on February 12, 2024 at his Potomac Towers apartment. His family, friends, and colleagues will dearly miss his sunny gregariousness, and will always remember his gentle smile and caring nature. Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation on Tuesday, February 20, 2024 from 4-8 pm in the Shook- Farmer Funeral Home, 45 Roseland Ave., Roseland, NJ 07068, shookfarmer.com. A Funeral Mass will be offered by his cousin, the Rev. Thomas P. Quinn, on Wednesday 11 AM at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Roseland, NJ with entombment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in East Hanover, NJ. Born and raised in Roseland, he received his Bachelor’s Degree from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH. After graduating, Stephen began his career working for NJ Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen as his District Outreach Representative at the NJ office. He then moved to the Washington, DC area after his promotions to become the Congressman's Assistant Press Secretary. Stephen also assisted in the NH Presidential Primaries of Pat Buchanan and Steve Forbes, NY Congressman Rick Lazio’s Senate seat campaign against Hillary Clinton, and NJ Congressman Tom Kean, Jr.’s first bid for Congress. He later ventured into public relations and eventually became Vice President of the Pinkston Group, in Falls Church, VA. There he headed an organization that composed articles, essays, press releases and Op Ed pieces for the many projects of Pinkston's clients, including the projects of Steve Forbes. In addition, he conducted numerous interviews via video podcasts on YouTube, called "Coffee with Closers.” They included face-to-faces with clients, like bestselling authors Brian Kilmeade of Fox New and Brad Thor, writer of espionage thrillers. Stephen was an avid runner and participated in many mainstream marathons, including those in Dublin, Ireland, New York City, and in Washington, DC’s Marine Corps Marathon. He had a passion for trains and always used Amtrak when traveling to Roseland and to historic sites in Virginia, West Virginia and out west. For a brief period prior to the Covid quarantines, he became a weekend volunteer for Amtrak's Rails and Trails joint venture with the National Park Service, providing train passengers with historical commentary about various spots along Amtrak's Northeast Corridor. Stephen also loved attending baseball and football games at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA and Army football games at West Point, NY. He also was quite a pickle connoisseur, and it was his favorite snack of choice. He never married and is predeceased by his mother, Theresa K. Burke. Surviving is his beloved father, Edward A. Burke; devoted brother, Edward L. Burke and his wife Mary K. Burke; cherished nephew, William P. Burke. Also surviving are a host of extended relatives and dear friends. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Stephen’s memory to The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter, als-ny.com or to the Semper Fi and America’s Fund, thefund.org.

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Norman William Marshall Sr

Oct 08, 1947 - Jan 27, 2024

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Arlington, VA

Norman William Marshall, Sr Affectionately called ‘Ron’Born on October 8, 1947 at Freedman Hospital in Washington,D.C. and reared in Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia; the fourth oftwelve children born to the late Joseph, Sr. and Lauretta Marshall.Norman received his education in the Fairfax County PublicSchool system, attending James Lee, Lillian Carey Elementary andLuther Jackson High School. He was employed with the FairfaxCounty Department of Transportation for several years until hishealth began to fail. His passion/hobby in life was working on cars;fondly known as the family mechanic, and enjoyed working withhis dad as a ceramic tile-setter.He met and married the late Ethel Pearl Johnson on May 6, 1972(she departed this life on February 22, 2018). From this union theywere blessed with six children—three daughters: Barbara Johnson,Maryann Marshall, Lucretia Marshall; three sons: William A.(deceased), Norman W. (Jr.), and Eric D.L. Marshall; 21grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, 5 great-great grandchildrenand a host of nieces, and nephews.In 2010, Norman accepted Christ into his life and joined New Mt.Zoar Baptist Church, Fairfax, Virginia, Reverend Spencer F. Isaac,Pastor. Norman attended church until he was unable due to hisillness.Norman departed this life on Saturday, January 27, 2024. He alsoleaves in God’s care to cherish his memory, twobrothers—Leonard (Louise), Stanley; five sisters—JosettaMarshall Hampton (Ronald); Lydia Yates (Stan); Jacqueline Parker(James); Marion Harris; and Laura Marshall-Norris (Milton), ahost of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends – all will miss himdearly.To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Norman William Marshall Sr, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial DonationPhoto Album $(function () {$('#ugallery').unitegallery();});

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Billy Edward Billingsley

Dec 18, 1936 - Feb 01, 2024

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Arlington, VA

Billy Edward Billingsley MSgt, USAF (Ret), age 87, passed away peacefully on February 1, 2024, at his home in Arlington, Va. Born in Buffalo Valley, Tenn., on December 18, 1936, he was the son of John Andrew and Emmalene Billingsley. Bill joined the Air Force following high school. He attended basic training at Lackland, AFB Texas. After completion of basic training, he had a variety of assignments during his career including F. E. Warren AFB, Wyo., Ft. Benjamin Harrison, Ind., Elmendorf AFB, Alaska, MacDill AFB, Fla., The Republic of South Korea, Andrews AFB, Md., and the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. In 1968 he did a tour of duty in The Republic of Vietnam where he was assigned to the Military Assistance Command Vietnam (MACV). While in the Pentagon he served in the Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He received numerous medals and awards during his career to include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Office of the Secretary of Defense Identification Badge and Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge. He was an avid reader, confidently did crossword puzzles in ink, and loved growing vegetables in his garden and sharing his crop with friends and neighbors. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and cooking where he would add special touches to make people happy. His fried pork tenderloin and potato salad are family favorites. Bill is survived by his loving family – wife Jean of 63 years; sons Mike (Mary Lou) of Pendleton, S.C. and Kevin (Mary) of Alexandria, Va.; five grandchildren; four great grandchildren and his sister Linda. Bill is preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Joe, Scott and Hal. Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on a future date (to be determined). Details on the service will be forthcoming. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bill’s name to the charity of your choice.

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Ernest Joseph Donatto

Mar 18, 1934 - Feb 03, 2024

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Arlington, VA

The Life of Ernest Joseph Donatto Ernest Joseph Donatto was born in 1934 in Opelousas, Louisiana. He was the third child of Ernest and Antoinette Donatto. He attended Holy Ghost Catholic School. Later, he married Ruby Rachal, and they moved to Alexandria, Virginia. They had two sons, Jerome and Gregory. Ernest began his military career in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War period and continued in the reserves. He then worked for the Federal Government for 36 years. Using his excellent skills in carpentry, auto mechanics and electrical work, he lent a helping hand in most any way. In fact, Ernest used his carpentry skills to build the house he and his family lived in. Ernest is predeceased by two sisters, Willie Mae and Celeste and his oldest son, Jerome. He is survived by his wife, Ruby Donatto, son, Gregory Donatto, nephews and nieces, and other family and friends.To send a flower arrangement or to plant trees in memory of Earnest Joseph Donatto, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store. Memorial Donation

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Genevieve LaGrua Timpane

Jun 24, 1935 - Feb 04, 2024

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Arlington, VA

There is a special place in heaven for the mother of four boys. Genevieve LaGrua Timpane, of Arlington, Virginia, passed away peacefully on February 4, 2024, to take her place there with her husband and soulmate Mike (2022), and her son Joe (2016). A life full of love, laughter, and friendship is to be celebrated and remembered, and Gen’s life was full of all of that and more. Throughout the many locations Gen lived with Mike over the years, each was always a home, not only to her family but to all who entered. Warmth, welcome, and well-being energized all who knew Gen and her deep wellspring of giving and kindness. Genevieve LaGrua was born on June 24, 1935, to Michael Vincent LaGrua and Elizabeth Kelly LaGrua, known to all as Mick and Did. Gen (called “Jim” as a child) grew up in Union City, New Jersey, and although an only child grew up surrounded by a large family. She attended St. Michael’s Elementary and the Holy Rosary Academy for high school. In her own words, Gen loved “everything” about her parents, and had a young life “full of fun”. Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers films, summers at the Jersey shore, and the “Let’s Pretend” radio show were favorite pastimes. As a high-achieving young woman, in 1952 Gen attended The Catholic University, and in 1953 began dating Mike. They wed on November 30, 1957, and were married for more than 64 years. The young couple began their lives in Tacoma, Washington, where son Michael was born, then moved to Arlington, Virginia, where sons Joe (deceased), Paul and David were born. The family’s Montana Street home was the epitome of the warm, welcoming, and energized life and upbringing that Gen gave to her husband and children. She later made wonderful homes in Tenafly, New Jersey (a house she never saw pre-purchase), Manhattan, Spring Lake, New Jersey and then back in Arlington. Even a staid Teachers College president’s house was transformed into one of Gen’s homes for family and friends visiting New York City. Outside of all these amazing homes, Gen re-commenced her professional career in the early 1970’s, working in nursing and guidance counseling in Virginia before two unique jobs in New Jersey-one organizing a World Day of Prayer and the other running Broadway music into high schools. Gen was also deeply involved with Arlington politics, and she was one of the first women to serve as chair of her Nova Catholic community. A talented artist, Gen was a sculptor, sketch artist and cross-stitch master. A fantastic knitter, Gen passed this passion on to both of her granddaughters. Gen is survived by her sons Mike, Paul and David, cherished daughters Jane, Sharon and Anne, grandchildren Veronica, Michael, Brandon, Marcus, Rob, Julia and Peter, and close cousins Mark, Patti and Mary Levins. Gen also joins in heaven her close friends Donna Courtney, Midge and Joe Wholey, and Delores and Tom Leckey. There will be a wake for Gen on Thursday, March 14, from 5-8 PM at the Murphy Funeral Home on Wilson Boulevard in Arlington. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, March 15, at 11 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace on S. 17th Street also in Arlington, to be followed by an interment and reception at Columbia Gardens cemetery on Route 50 in Arlington. In lieu of flowers, please send any memorial donations to The NOVA Catholic Community.

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Alan I. Herman

Jan 01, 1936 - Feb 10, 2024

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Arlington, VA

Alan I. Herman, 87, an attorney living in Arlington, VA, passed away on February 10, 2024 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Irene Szopo, two children, Cynthia Herman and Gregory Herman, as well as an abundance of friends. A second son, David Herman, predeceased him. He also leaves behind four grandchildren, Audrey Herman, Caroline Morin, Samantha Morin, Benjamin Morin, and his brother Seymour Herman. Alan was born in NYC in 1936, received a B.S. degree in accounting from New York University, a J.D. from Syracuse University and an LLM from Yale Law School. He enlisted in the United States Air Force as a Judge Advocate, his career taking him to Germany, the Philippines, and five years each as a professor at the Air Force Academy and as an Appellate Judge on the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals, among other assignments. After retiring from the U.S. Air Force, he was employed as the Clerk of the D.C. Court of Appeals and later worked for AARP’s Legal Counsel for the Elderly. Since 1989, he was an active mediator for the D.C. Superior Court Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division and helped train new mediators. A strong proponent of low bono legal services, he assisted in founding DC Refers, a network of affordable lawyers who represent modest-means clients at below-market rates. He was also a member of the Alexandria Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society and the Arlington Philharmonic. A voracious reader, he appreciated the arts, traveling, and museums. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and at his cabin in the mountains. He was a lifelong animal and wildlife lover. He was an avid tennis player at the ANCC, where he was a member. We will forever miss his great sense of humor and positive outlook on life. A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alexandria Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, or the Arlington Philharmonic.

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