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Obituaries

Lola Demma Journalist

Lola Demma, 67, a Montgomery County journalist and volunteer, died of a heart ailment May 5 at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Demma reported and copy-edited for several local newspapers, including the Montgomery Journal, Gaithersburg Gazette, the Silver Spring Record and the Silver Spring/Takoma Park News, which she founded and published in the 1980s before it closed several years later.

Lola Maxine Godsey, a Washington native, was a 1959 graduate of Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. In 1980, she received a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland.

She taught journalism at area high schools, served as an election judge and poll worker, and volunteered for the Democratic Party.

Her marriage to James Demma ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Charlie Demma and Donna Anderson, both of Silver Spring; three brothers, Tommy Godsey of Silver Spring, Gene Thompson of Merritt Island, Fla., and Jay Thompson of Cary, N.C.; a sister, Jan Thompson of Melbourne, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

-- Alexander F. Remington

William E. Dove Jr. Park Police Officer

William E. Dove Jr., 70, who spent 25 years in the U.S. Park Police before retiring in 1985 as the lieutenant of the criminal investigations division, died May 25 at Washington Hospital Center of complications from a fall.

At times during his career, Mr. Dove served in patrol operations, the horse-mounted unit, the dive team and the presidential motor escort. He graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy for police executives in 1980.

William Emory Dove Jr. was born in Washington and raised in Hyattsville, where he graduated from Northwestern High School. He graduated with honors from American University with a bachelor's degree in administration of justice. He served in the National Guard early in his career. He was an Upper Marlboro resident.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Sharon Balzarini Dove of Upper Marlboro; four children, Mary Jameson of Crofton, William Dove III of Lusby, Jennifer Rackey of Huntingtown and John Dove of Upper Marlboro; two brothers, Jeffery Dove of Riverdale Park and Jan Dove of Olney; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A daughter, Sarah Mills, died in 1994.

-- Adam Bernstein


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