Cassandra 'Cassie' George Marshall
Cassandra "Cassie" George Marshall, 17, a lifelong Reston resident, died Jan. 31, 2006 at Fairfax Hospital from complications of cerebral palsy.
She was a sophomore at Falls Church High School. Faculty, students and staff remember her as persistent, charming, vibrant, hard working and determined. She attended school in Fairfax County at Buzz Aldrin Elementary School. She is survived by her father, Steve, and sisters, Becca, 15, Herndon High School, and Caitlin, 20, College of William and Mary. Her mother, Meg Marshall, died of breast cancer in June 2001.
Cassie was diagnosed with impaired vision and brain lesions in early infancy and specialists predicted she would never see or comprehend well enough to be educated. But she proved the experts wrong.
Her vision and coordination enabled her to drive a power wheelchairat top speed whenever possible. Though unable to speak more than the word "Yah!" she let the world know what was on her mind by using her voice, gestures and a computerized talking device.
Emeril and Rachael Ray were favorites of hers on The Food Network. She enjoyed using a computer, reading with her family and helping mix ingredients for cooking. She was a frequent shopper at local malls, accompanied by her devoted personal-care attendant, Renee Bellamy of Herndon.
The Rev. Bill George, S.J., and the Rev. Tom Ferguson officiated funeral mass for Miss Marshall on Feb. 3 at St. Thomas a Beckett Catholic Church. She was eulogized by Shirley Beck, her longtime physical therapist, school social worker Kiran C. Shihani, longtime family friend Karen Warkentien and her father, Steve Marshall.
She was buried at Chestnut Hill Cemetery in Herndon, next to her mother.
Meredith S. 'Dee' Hackett
Meredith S. "Dee" Hackett of Herndon, died Jan. 23, 2006 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. She was born Dec. 31, 1950 in San Francisco, Calif. to Winant and Anne Brown Sidle.
Mrs. Hackett is survived by her husband Joseph J. Hackett of Herndon and daughter Erin Rutkiewic of Atlanta, Ga. She is also survived by three brothers, Douglas Sidle of Richmond, Peter Sidle of Alexandria, Andrew Sidle of DeKalb, Ill. and one sister Susan Callahan of West Chester, Pa.
A memorial service was held Jan. 28 at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon. Memorial contributions can be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 5335 Wisconsin Ave., NW, #300, Washington, D.C. 20015.
Elizabeth 'Betty' Butler
Elizabeth "Betty" Butler, 87, a longtime Herndon resident, died Jan. 30, 2006 at Inova Loudoun Hospital. She was born Sept. 10, 1918 in Goldsboro, N.C. to the late Noah and Bessie Bass. She served with the Navy Department in Washington, D.C. and held a lengthy tenure as a legal assistant to Herndon's town attorney, the late Mike Martin. She later retired from the law firm of Oden, Feldman and Pittleman.
Mrs. Butler is preceded in death by her husband, George F. Butler; brother Noah Bass; sister Kathleen Bickey; three daughters Faye E. Buckley of Pine Valley, Calif., M. Linda Martin of Sago, W.Va., and Barbara A. Starkey of Berryville, Va.; two sons, James B. Walters of San Antonia, Texas and William F. Butler of Berkley Spring, W.Va.; and 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon on Feb. 2. Burial service was private.
Sara Augusta Sharpe
Sara Augusta Sharpe, 58, of Leesburg, died Feb. 1, 2006 at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C.
She is survived by her husband, Howard A. Sharpe, her daughter, U.S. Navy Lt. Marie F. Sharpe, and her aunt, Irma Garcia Abad.
A funeral mass took place Feb. 8 at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Leesburg. Interment took place Feb. 9 at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington.
Loudoun Funeral Chapels, Inc., in Leesburg handled the arrangements.
Carrie Delores Sartor
Carrie Delories Sartor of Ashburn died Jan. 13, 2006. She was born Feb. 25, 1924 and was the fifth of nine children to the late Bonnie and Hettie Rogers. She grew up in Union, S.C. and graduated from Sims High School in 1942 as valedictorian.
Mrs. Sartor was employed by the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, but soon opted for specialized training by the National Youth Administration, Columbia, S.C. She was hired by the U.S. Civil Service Commission to perform defense work during World War II. Her skills as a machinist afforded her employment at McClellan Air Force Base, Sacramento, Calif., Rome Air Depot, N.Y., and Hickham Field, Honolulu.
Mrs. Sartor married her high school sweetheart, Eugene Sartor in 1947. They had three children, Gwendolyn Joyce, Eugene Edwin, and Cyril Ephraim.
Mrs. Sartor moved to Neptune, NJ, with her husband after he completed his studies in Electrical Engineering at A. and T. State University, Greensboro, NC. She was instrumental in bringing down the black employment barrier at Signallite, Inc. and worked there as an electronic assembler.
She enjoyed interior home decorations and landscape beautification with flowers and shrubbery.
Mrs. Sartor lived the majority of her life in Neptune, N.J. where she was a dedicated member of St. Stephen's A.M.E. Zion Church in Asbury Park, N.J. She and her husband moved to Ashburn in September 1999, to live with her son, Cyril, and his family.
She is survived by husband Eugene Sartor of Ashburn, her two sons, Eugene Edwin of Ashbury Park, NJ and Cyril Ephraim of Ashburn, as well as four grandchildren, one great-grandson, and her nieces and nephews.
John Charles Gonzales-Stanley
John Charles “Chuck” Gonzales-Stanley died Jan. 18, 2006, with his mother and father by his side at their home in Herndon.
He was preceded in his death by his maternal grandparents, Mary and John Gonzales, and his paternal grandparents, Elsie and James Stanley.
He is survived by his parents, Diane and David Stanley of Herndon; two brothers, David of Johnstown, Pa., and Todd of Herndon; three nieces Amanda, Emily, and Mary; and one nephew, Austin. Numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins also survive him.
Mr. Gonzales-Stanley was raised in Herndon. After graduating from Herndon High School in 1982, he attended Shenandoah Conservatory. He lived in the Northern Virginia area his entire life.
He was an actor and costume designer at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre in Woodbridge, Va, for the past 19 years. He began his career with a production of Fiddler on the Roof in 1987, and for eight years, he performed with his life-long friend, Steven Watkins, of New York City. His other roles at the theatre included technical operator, server, bartender and box office assistant.
Away from his theater life, he worked as a leasing agent at several apartment and senior living complexes in Northern Virginia where he also made many friends. He spent his quiet time writing original plays, listening to music, watching movies and writing in his journals.
A memorial service was held at Mountcastle Funeral Home in Dale City on Jan. 23, with interment at Woodbine Baptist Church Cemetery. A celebration immediately followed at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theatre. Donations may be made in his name to Hospice of Northern Virginia, 9300 Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22031.
Jeanne Franks Smithes
Jeanne Franks Smithes, 83, of Eustis, Fla. died Saturday, March 18, 2006 at her home. She was born in Washington, D.C. in 1922 and resided in Arlington County.
She attended Washington-Lee High School and graduated in 1940. She enlisted in the USMC Women’s Reserve in 1944. While there, she married Platoon Sgt. Robert B. Smithes, USMC in June 1945.
They lived in Bon Air, Va., Falls Church and Herndon before moving to Eustis, Fla. in 1979. She was the secretary for Navy Elementary School for 19 years, a member of the American Legion #0150 of Sterling Park for 27 years and was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mount Dora, Fla.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Agnes Franks, and her sister, Patricia Handy, who all resided in Virginia. She is survived by her husband, Bob “Smitty” Smithes of Eustis, Fla.; four daughters, Suzanne Keplinger of Fairfax, Donna O’Rourke of Kissimmee, Fla., Cyndy Dorn of Barboursville, Va., and Connie Thorn of Charles Town, W.Va.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral mass will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mount Dora, Fla. on Friday, March 24, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Lake & Sumter, 12300 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778. Online guestbook available at www.hardenpauli.com. Arrangements by Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis, Fla.
Harry William Rose
Harry William Rose “Great Grandpa Oscar” of Great Falls died March 20, 2006 at his home. He was born March 6, 1927 in Herndon to Donald and Cora Rose.
He is survived by his daughters, Carolyn Silvi of Great Falls, Donna Nabors of Annandale, Sharan Jackson of Warrenton, Suzanne Madden of Warrenton and Joanne Rose of Herndon; his sisters, Carrie Runyon of Berryville, Va. and Pauline Humphrey of Great Falls; and his brother, Aubrey Rose of Great Falls.
He is also survived by eight grand children, Christopher Tinnell, Joshua Rose, Jerry Harris, Jennifer Silvi, Richard Harris, Kimberly Silvi, Lori Elkins and Michael Silvi, and three great-grandchildren, Dustin, Austin and Peyton Harris.
Mr Rose was preceded in death by his wife, Laura B. Rose and his grandson Jason Elkins. A funeral service was held at Adams-Green Funeral Home on March 23 with interment at Chestnut Grove Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Carolyn M. Higgins-Cobb
Carolyn M. Higgins-Cobb, 45, of Sterling died March 14, 2006 at Heritage Hall Nursing Center in Leesburg. She was born March 28, 1960 in Leesburg to the late James C. and Mildred Clark Higgins.
She was raised in Herndon and attended Herndon schools. She was the partner of 12 years of Steven Coffman of Sterling; mother of James Higgins of Arlington and Ashley Cobb of Richmond; and sister of Lawana Zink of Arlington, Patricia Martyn of Winchester, Va., Connie Hicks of Sterling, Christine Davis of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Donna Rorer of Springfield, Va., Tony Higgins and Annie David, of Murfreesboro, Tenn.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 25 at 11 a.m. at Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Herndon. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Virginia Division, Inc., Northern VA area, 24 Park Street, S.E., Vienna, VA 22180.
Arrangements by Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon.
Shay Morgan Allen
Shay Morgan Allen, 19, of Reston died May 30, 2006. He was the son of Paul (Josh) and Darcel Claxton Allen of Reston; brother of Ty Allen, Cain Allen and Sam Terban; and grandson of Sugar Claxton of Reston. He is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was a 2005 graduate of Herndon High School and a student at Northern Virginia Community College. He was also an avid Redskins fan.
A celebration of his life will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 11, at Meadowlark Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Garden Court, Vienna.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shay Morgan Allen Memorial Fund, C/O Alliance Bank, 12735 Shoppes Lane, Fairfax, VA 22033. Arrangements by Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon.
Mary Tanka Kish
Mary Tanka Kish of Winchester, Va. died June 25, 2006 at the Evergreen Rehabilitation Center in Winchester.
She was born June 6, 1921 in Hungary to the late Gyorg and Juliska Tanka. She was preceded in death by her husband Michael G. Kish Sr.
She is survived by her children, Helen Rinker of Winchester, Va., Maria Williams of Smyrna, Ga., Michael Kish Jr., of Hiram, Ga., Larry Kish of Tampa, Fla. and Frank Kish of Centreville. She is also survived by thirteen grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.
A mass of Christian burial was held June 30 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Herndon with interment at Sterling Cemetery. Arrangements by Adams-Green funeral Home in Herndon.
Floyd Ross Jr.
Floyd Ross Jr., 46, of Leesburg died June 23, 2006 at Loudoun Hospital. He was born May 20, 1960 in New York, N.Y. to Emma Ferguson Ross and the late Floyd Ross.
Along with his mother, he is survived by his wife Melinda L. Ross of Leesburg, daughter Savannah Ross and step-daughter Caitlin Yarber. He is also survived by one brother Anthony Ross and his wife Luisa; two sisters Sandra Muskelly and her husband Anthony, Marion Freeze and her husband Lee; stepbrother Ted Brown and his wife Leslie and stepsister Leslie Brown and her husband Eric. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services were held June 28 at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon.
Kenneth Elwood Hamilton
Kenneth Elwood Hamilton, 62, of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. and formerly of Loudoun County died Wednesday, June 28, 2006 in Charlestown, W.Va.
He was born Jan. 1, 1944 to the late Charles W. and Lillian M. Baker Hamilton in Leesburg. His sister, Kathleen Costello, and two brothers, James and Charles Hamilton, also predeceased him.
Mr. Hamilton served his country in the U.S. Army from 1963 to 1965. He was a heavy equipment operator with S.W. Rodgers, William A. Hazel, and self-employed at one time. Mr. Hamilton attended the Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry, W.Va. He was a Harley Davidson enthusiast, collecting and riding all of his life.
Mr. Hamilton is survived by his wife of 12 years, Mrs. Barbara J. Hamilton of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; four children, Kathy Kresge of Leesburg, Kenneth E. Hamilton II of Roundhill, Timothy M. Hamilton of Harpers Ferry and Sara F. Hamilton of Martinsburg, W.Va.; two stepchildren, Ralph E. Bolin of Crofton, Md. and Ellen E. Bolin of Martinsburg, W.Va.; three brothers, Edgar Hamilton of Frederick, Md., Bruce Hamilton of Harpers Ferry and Roy Hamilton of Falls Church; three sisters, Shirley Duley of Leesburg, Dorothy McGaha of Leesburg and Virginia Newcomb of Leesburg; eight grandchildren and a host of other relatives of friends.
The family received friends at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel June 30 with services following July 1 with the Rev. Jeffery Witt officiating. Interment at Hillsboro Cemetery in Hillsboro, Va.
Memorial contributions may be made to DAVITA 280 Hatcher Ave. Purcellville, VA 20132. Arrangements by Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg.
Douglas Paul Toxopeus
Douglas Paul Toxopeus, 65, a retired management analyst with the General Accounting Office, died May 27, 2006 of a heart attack. He lived in Reston.
A native of Muskegon, Mich., Mr. Toxopeus grew up in Grand Haven and graduated from Hope College in Holland, Mich., in 1964 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era.
Prior to his retirement in 1995, Mr. Toxopeus worked as a management analyst in the International Division of the U.S. General Accounting Office. He traveled all over the world as he gathered data to report to the United States Congress on the effectiveness of various international government-funded programs.
More recently, he chose to share his talents as a skilled woodcrafter by teaching others at the Woodcraft Stores in both Springfield and Leesburg.
He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Ruth Francisco Toxopeus; two sons, Matthew David and Nathan Paul, both of Northern Virginia; two sisters, Jackie (Mrs. Hayden) Smith of Muskegon, Mich., and Sharon Anthony of Grand Haven, Mich.; and seven nephews and five nieces.
A memorial service was held June 2 at Adams-Green Funeral Home in Herndon. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the American Heart Association, Greater Washington Region, 7203 Poplar Street, Annandale, VA 22003; and/or the Hope College Hope Fund, 141 East 12th St., Holland, MI 49423.
James "Jamie" Paul McRee
James "Jamie" Paul McRee, 35, of Hamilton, Va. died Monday, July 3, 2006 in Reston.
He was born March 2, 1971 in Arlington. He grew up in Alexandria and graduated from Hayfield High School. He was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church of Alexandria.
He moved to the Herndon-Reston area in 1992 and worked as a bartender, soux chef and server. He worked at Bistro Bistro in Reston Town Center from 1998 to 2002 and the Ice House Café in Herndon from 2002 to 2005. He loved sports, was an excellent cook and recently had taken up a love for gardening.
Mr. McRee is survived by his parents, Mr. Daniel P. and Mrs. Judith A McRee of Hamilton, Va.; one sister Tracey Snead of Leesburg; three nieces Brittani, Caitlin and Jourdan Snead of Leesburg; 14 aunts and uncles; 13 first cousins; 33 second cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends at the Loudoun Funeral Chapel, 158 Catoctin Cr. in Leesburg Friday July 7 from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Funeral services be at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 8 at the Church of the Nazarene, 17667 Roxbury Hall Road in Leesburg with the Rev. Gary F. Smith officiating. Interment will be private at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to Loudoun Soccer Association P.O. Box 1358, Leesburg, VA 20177.