Gertrude G. DeBlasis, judge’s wife

July 13, 2013

Gertrude G. DeBlasis, a former clerk for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon and widow of former Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Samuel DeBlasis, died June 23 at a hospice in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 89.

The cause was a stroke, said her son Samuel DeBlasis II.

Gertrude Violetta Gallagher was born in Waukon, Iowa. She moved to the Washington area in the early 1940s to accept a clerical position with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, where she worked for about a decade before leaving to become a homemaker.

Mrs. DeBlasis’s memberships included the old lawyers’ wives association through the Prince George’s County Bar Association and what is now the National Golf Club in Fort Washington.

Since the late 1990s, she split her time between Fort Washington and a home on Jupiter Island in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Her husband of 49 years died in 1997.

Survivors include four children, Patricia DeBlasis of Boca Raton, Fla., Michael DeBlasis of Delray Beach, Fla., Mary Jo DeBlasis of Columbus, Ohio, and Samuel DeBlasis II of Fulton; and five grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough