I am still stunned about this and have been for years because Patricia was one of the few white "girls" who was immediately kind and welcoming to me. She became a favorite, a friend. I was so excited to see her the last time I came to a reunion, which I think was the year she died. Hope she knows what a difference she made in my life when I was feeling so confused and unwelcomed.
Linda Susan Whiting-Cohen, 51, who owned and operated with her husband Lanham Pet Groomers since the mid-1980s, died Dec. 5, 2000 at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore of complications from heart surgery in October. She lived in Bowie.
She was a native Washingtonian and grew up in Cuba, N.Y. She lived in Florida and did lawn-care work before returning to the Washington area in the early 1980s.
Survivors include her husband since 1972, Martin Cohen of Bowie; two children, Karen duCellier and Nathan Cohen, both of Bowie; her mother, Doris Whiting of Glen Burnie; a sister, Connie Richards of Laurel; and two brothers, Jeffrey Whiting and John Whiting, both of Greenbelt
Sharon died of colon cancer. She was a CPA from University of MD. She also was completing an elem. teaching degree when she became ill. She was a substitute in PG Co. schools and loved helping elem. students. From http://www.duvalalumni.com
Sharon had earned a degree in accounting at UMD after graduating from high school. It was later on when she decided she did not want business and decided she wanted to teach students. I came across the date she died when going through my old yearbook. It was on February 4, 2009.
Ronald "Ronnie" Goddard age 65 formerly of Seaboard, NC passed away from cancer at Rocky Mount Rehad Center in Rocky Mount, NC. This information was provided by Charlene (Charlie) Wright class of 1966.
Sara lost her fight with breast cancer on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013. She was a friend to everyone and we will miss her dearly. So glad she was at our mini-reunion in October 2012. She will be missed. Provided by Ivy Grey class of 1967.
Chris and I played music together for years. He was a "Senior Superlative" at DuVal, voted one of the school's two Most Talented students. The attached photo is from 1970, backing Chris' brother Mike as the Mike Harris Trio, openiing for Charlie Byrd at Prince Georges Community College. We played as the Mt. Pleasant Street Blues Band with Fallen Angels alumnus Charlie "CJ" Jones, at the Crosstown Lounge in the Mt. Pleasant section of DC. We backed a Calypso-style singer from Haiti named Emile Volel for more than a year. Chris played music all his life; he was working as a bass player in Belliingham, WA. He was married for a while but had no children.
George "Robb" Lee passed away after a heart attack. He lived in Calvert County and was a friend and member of Darryl Schenk's church. He leaves a wife, three grown children and many grandchildren. This information provided by Charlene (Charlie) Wright.
I met you at Duval. Kathy and I spent considerable time with you during high school. I drank beer with you; Kathy helped decorate your motorcycle for a parade and joined you for her first motorcycle ride. You also helped Kathy get her first job. I remember you once pulled down my gym shorts right in the middle of the gym full of boys and girls. You were one of our groomsmen’s when Kathy and I got married. We last saw you, and your family, in the mid 1980’s when you brought your family up from Florida and visited us; we lost touch and now are very saddened to fine your name on the list of departed classmates. Please rest in peace. Kathy & Jim Elder
I think our 3rd grade class with Miss Metzger was one of the best experiences of my life. It was a sort of “coming-out” event for me. Perhaps this was because, as the picture shows, you sat directly behind me. I must have been in the front row due to my bad behavior. And Miss Metzger put you behind me to keep me in my place. I know we were also in the same 6th (See memorial to William Robinson) and 9th grade classes.
I remember you as friendly, a great competitor and just fun to be around. You were certainly memorable a person. I’m sure that’s why everyone who ever was around you misses you now. Please watch over me now as you did in 3rd grade. Also in this picture are the following. I apologize if I have miss-labeled anyone. Thanks to Peggy Griffith (Lyons) for help in filling in the names. Interestingly, Peggy became a school teacher and for her very first teaching job she rejoined Miss Metzger who had become a principal.
Front Row: 1. Jeffrey (?) 2. Joy Becker 3. Barbara Adams 4. ? 5. James Elder 6. Charlotte Ishey (sp?)
Second Row: 1. Richard Williams 2. Neal Campbell 3. Roy Roberts 4. Peggy Griffith 5. John Smith
You are remembered fondly by me. I remember you being in several of my grade school classes often sharing the same “reading group”. You were always kind to me. We grew up just two long blocks away from each other. I recall a bad experience being picked on by a group of other boys, you helped me out. I pray for you; rest in peace.
I have attached our sixth grade class picture at Parklawn Elementary. Many of these kids graduated with us. Pam Sabatino is in the next to bottom row, second from the left. See a separate tribute to her. She is also beautiful person.
Here’s a list of classmates that Calvin Robinson, Peggy Griffith (Lyons) and I can remember.
Front row: Kevin Colbert, Jim Elder, John Smith, Donnie Sorrell, Norman Foote
Second row: Lynn Dickie, Pam Sabatino, Debbie Clinton, Joy Becker, Betty Rice, Karen Myers(?). Lizabeth Mosser, Gail Beaver
Third row: Amy Simmons, ?, Kathy Humphrey, ?, ?, Janet ?, William Robinson, Calvin Robinson, William Hudson
Top row: Tom ?, Jack Holland, Richard Williams, John Ott, Neal Campbell, Mike O’Connor, James Tull
Passed Nov. 11, 2001 of cancer. She is survived by her husband Richard Smith Sr., 2 sons Richard Jr and Reginal and 1 daughter Stephanie, 2 daughters-in-law Lori and Doreen and 5 grandchildren, Avante`, Karyn, Emmanual, Joshua and Stephen.
KATHLEEN WADE Accountant Kathleen Ann Wackerle "Kathy" Wade, 40, a Marriott Corp. accountant for the past eight years, died of cancer Aug. 13 at her home in Silver Spring. Mrs. Wade was born in Alexandria and was a graduate of DuVal High School in Lanham. She had held a variety of jobs, including that of professional jockey, before becoming an accountant.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Edward Wade of Silver Spring; her mother and stepfather, Charlotte and Benjamin Everett of Adelphi; a sister, Margaret E. "Mardy" Jackson of Augusta, Ga.; a brother, Anthony R. "Tony" Wackerle Jr. of Frederick, Md.; two stepsisters, Judith Sober of Annapolis, and Elizabeth Carey of Olney; and two stepbrothers, Stephen Everett of Valdosta, Ga., and Daniel Everett of Gaithersburg.