Obituaries

Thursday, February 8, 2007

Stephen Joseph HunterSupervisor, Skater

Stephen Joseph Hunter, 92, a former professional roller skater who retired as supervisor in the Small Business Administration's tabulating section, died Jan. 29 of respiratory failure at his home in Annandale.

Mr. Hunter was born in Washington and served in the Navy from 1929 to 1933. His assignments included the cruiser USS Louisville, the ammunitions ship USS Nitro and the battleships USS Wyoming and USS Arkansas. He became a member of the Domain of Neptunus Rex after crossing the equator Feb. 6, 1930.

He met his wife at the Silver Roller skating club of Silver Spring, and they became a roller-skating team. After they won first prize in a "fancy skating" contest in 1935, they became professional skaters. They performed "Death on Wheels" on the carnival circuit and were in the cast of the third "Going Native Revue" at Loew's Fox Theater in Washington.

They were known in news stories as "two of Washington's best fancy skaters," and they performed until 1941.

Beginning in the early 1940s, Mr. Hunter worked for the Interstate Commerce Commission for nearly 15 years. He then was a supervisor in the tabulating section of the Small Business Administration, where tabulations were performed using Hollerith cards, a punched card data processing method. He retired in 1973.

Mr. Hunter and his wife were founding members of the Washington Area Square Dancers Cooperative Association and together directed the eighth annual festival held at the Sheraton Park Hotel in 1967.

His wife, Myra Adcock Hunter, whom he married in 1935, died in 1995.

Survivors include five children, Myra Anne Martin of Palm Coast, Fla.; Stephen R. Hunter of Fort Valley, Va., Nikki Hunter McDonald of Pittsville, Va., Elaine "Lane" Hunter Coward of Pocomoke City, Md., and Carolyn Hunter Freeman of Springfield; 16 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Ruby EdmondsCredit Union Employee

Ruby Edmonds, 88, a former Arlington resident who did administrative work at the Pentagon Federal Credit Union from the mid-1950s to the early 1970s, died Feb. 2 at the Heritage Hall nursing home in Front Royal. She had Alzheimer's disease.

In retirement, Mrs. Edmond volunteered for Meals on Wheels and the American Cancer Society. She was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arlington.

Ruby Culler was born in High Point, N.C., and settled in the Washington area in the mid-1930s.

Her husband of 70 years, Johnny E. Edmonds, died in April 2006.

Survivors include two sons, James A. Edmonds of Berryville, Va., and William E. Edmonds of Lexington Park; five grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.

Gladys V. RhodesCafeteria Worker

Gladys V. Rhodes, 92, who was a cafeteria worker with Montgomery County public schools for more than 16 years until 1974, died of complications from colitis Jan. 29 at Montgomery General Hospital.

Mrs. Rhodes, a Rockville resident for 70 years, was born in Washington County, Md.

Her husband of 28 years, Harry D. Rhodes Sr., died in 1965.

Survivors include two sons, Harry D. Rhodes Jr. of Silver Spring and Charles R. Rhodes of Brunswick, Ga.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

John Love GerrityArmy Major General

John Love Gerrity, 91, a retired Army major general who was principal architect of the Army's position for all issues addressed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the late 1970s , died of lung cancer Jan. 18 at Hospice of Naples in Florida.

As Army planner, Gen. Gerrity dealt with, among other issues, military strategy, the structure of the armed forces, the last year of the U.S. engagement in Vietnam, the turnover of the Panama Canal and Cold War matters.

He was born in Santa Fe, N.M., and graduated from the U. S. Military Academy in 1947. He served in Germany, the United States and Vietnam, where he served two tours. In Vietnam, he commanded the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in 1970.

Among his military honors, he received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, five Legions of Merit, two Bronze Star Medals and 13 Air Medals. He received a master's degree in international affairs in 1967 from George Washington University.

Gen. Gerrity retired from the Army in 1979 and for the next 20 years worked as a defense analyst with the BDM Corp. and the Institute for Defense Analyses in Northern Virginia. He lived in Alexandria before moving to Florida.

His wife of 38 years, Nancy Ann Bowker Gerrity, died in 1990.

Survivors include his wife of 15 years, Barbara Ann Gerrity of Naples; three children from his first marriage, John Love Gerrity III of Palo Alto, Calif., Kathleen Frances Petersen of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Jean Marie Gerrity of Alexandria; a stepdaughter, Sherry Herbert of Houston; and five grandchildren.

Rachel L. CritesStudent

Rachel L. Crites, 18, a freshman at Montgomery College in Rockville and a 2006 graduate of Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, was found dead Feb. 2 in Loudoun County with a 16-year-old friend who attended Wootton.

They had been missing since Jan. 19, and their bodies were found in the front of the Crites's family car in a wooded area off Route 9 near the West Virginia border.

A Fairfax County-based spokeswoman for the Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner said the cause of death was carbon monoxide poisoning, and the deaths were ruled a suicide.

Rachel Lacy Crites, a Gaithersburg resident, was born in Alexandria and moved to Montgomery County as a high school sophomore. She ran varsity cross-country and acted in school productions.

She volunteered at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital as a high school senior and was studying nursing at Montgomery College. She recently started working as a dog washer at a PetSmart animal products store in Gaithersburg.

She attended St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Gaithersburg and sang in a choir there.

Survivors include her father, Troy A. Crites of Gaithersburg; her mother and stepfather, Kathryn Cornelius and Norberto Bastia of Lodi, Italy; her stepmother, Regina E. Dugan of Rockville; a brother, Trevor C. Crites of Gaithersburg; a half-brother, Gianluca Bastia of Lodi; and her maternal grandparents, Mary Ellen Cornelius and Leo Cornelius of St. Marys, Ga.

Robert A. GingellLawyer

Robert A. Gingell, 83, a Washington area lawyer who specialized in estate and property law, died Feb. 3 at his home in Silver Spring. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Gingell was in private practice from the 1950s to 2006 and had a series of partners over the years. He had an office in Wheaton from 1962 to 2003.

He formerly chaired the American Bar Association's committee on significant probate and trust decisions and served on the Maryland Bar Association's executive committee.

He was a charter member and fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.

Robert Arthur Gingell was born in Alexandria and, after his parents died, he was raised by relatives and parents of a friend. Mostly, he grew up in Washington with the family of a Marine Corps officer, Merritt A. Edson, who went on to receive the Medal of Honor for action during the defense of Guadalcanal during World War II.

After graduating from Western High School in 1942, Mr. Gingell served in the Marine Corps in the Pacific and saw active duty during the Korean War. He retired from the reserves in the late 1950s at the rank of captain.

He was a 1948 graduate of George Washington University and a 1949 graduate of its law school.

He was a former president of the Olney Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International. He was a former Bethesda resident and had been president of the Kenwood neighborhood citizens association. He moved to Silver Spring in 1999.

He was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring and was parish lawyer for more than 40 years.

His marriage to Grace Noffsinger Gingell ended in divorce. His second wife, Marianne Bell Gingell, whom he married in 1980, died in 1999.

Survivors include two sons from his first marriage, Robert Gingell Jr. of Sunnyvale, Calif., and Gentry Gingell of Gaithersburg; four stepchildren, Dr. John McConnaughey of Spokane, Wash., David McConnaughey of New York and Robert McConnaughey and Terry McConnaughey, both of Bethesda; and a brother.

Margaret Leary GutierrezVolunteer

Margaret Leary Gutierrez, 94, a past president of the Holy Cross Hospital auxiliary in Silver Spring, died Feb. 5 at Sibley Memorial Hospital after a heart attack.

Mrs. Gutierrez was born in Mills, N.C., and moved to Washington in the 1930s. She worked as a secretary on the House Banking and Currency Committee until retiring in the mid-1960s.

She enjoyed world travel and was a volunteer at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring, where she lived.

Her first husband, Robert C. Leary, died in 1967. Her second husband, Jorge Gutierrez, died in the early 1970s.

Survivors include three children, Elizabeth Schumacher of Chevy Chase, Robert Leary Jr. of Annapolis and Daniel Leary of Old Fields, W.Va.; and two grandchildren.

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