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Mary B. Peterson
speech-language pathologist

Mary B. Peterson, an elementary school speech-language pathologist for the Montgomery County public school system from 1954 until her retirement in 1975, died June 24 at Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring. She was 98.

The cause was heart disease, said her daughter Barbara Furumori.

Mary Emma Broadbeck was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y. She was a 1936 graduate of Syracuse University and received a master’s degree in speech pathology from Columbia University in 1939. She was an English and drama teacher in New York before moving to Silver Spring in 1953.

She was a former officer of the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Her memberships included the Holy Cross Hospital auxiliary in Silver Spring, the Alpha Omicron Pi social sorority, the American Speech–Language–Hearing Association and St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Her first husband, Charles Reck, died in 1964 after 20 years of marriage. Her second husband, Earl Peterson, died in 1999 after 27 years of marriage.

Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Robert Reck of Albuquerque and Barbara Furumori of Silverdale, Wash.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough

Carmella Grynkiewicz
executive assistant

Carmella Grynkiewicz, who retired in 2000 as executive assistant to the president of the Brick Institute of America, a trade association in Northern Virginia, died June 17 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital. She was 77.

The cause was chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, said her son, Michael Miller. Mrs. Grynkiewicz was a longtime Falls Church resident and lived in Sterling at the time of her death.

Mrs. Grynkiewicz had worked for the Brick Institute for 25 years. She previously co-managed the Nova Coin and Stamp shops in Washington and Alexandria and worked in human resources at what was then Cafritz Memorial Hospital. She began her career as an administrative assistant to Washington builder Morris Cafritz in 1954.

Carmella Rose Turturro was born in Mount Vernon, N.Y., and came to the Washington area as a baby. She was a 1952 graduate of Anacostia High School in Southeast Washington.

She volunteered with the Fairfax County Police Department and belonged to the Lioness Club.

Her first marriage, to John G. Miller, ended in divorce. Her second husband, Earl F. Blaisdell, died in 1994 after 23 years of marriage. In 1996, The Washington Post published an article about Blaisdell’s struggle with multiple sclerosis and his wife’s efforts to care for him as he ended his life by forgoing food.

Survivors include her husband of 13 years, Eugene Grynkiewicz of Sterling; two children from her first marriage, Michael Miller of Vienna and Elaine Simpson of Centreville; two stepdaughters, Debi Pryor of Finksburg, Md., and Lynn Carpenter of Wilmington, Del.; a brother, Michael Turturro of Hamilton, in Loudoun County; a sister, Paula Molder of Memphis; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

— Emily Langer

Pauline D. Steuart
hospital researcher, volunteer

Pauline D. Steuart, a hospital researcher in the 1940s who later volunteered with the Red Cross’s Gray Ladies and at the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington, died June 22 at Knollwood military retirement residence in Washington. She was 88.

The cause was complications from a series of falls, said her son Charles Steuart.

Pauline Sarah Downey, a native of Cambridge, Mass., was a 1946 graduate of Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She then worked as a researcher at a general hospital in Cambridge. She moved to the Washington area in late 1940s and took a research position at what is now MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, where she worked on the development of the first artificial heart valve. She become a homemaker in 1951.

From the early 1950s to the early 1960s, Mrs. Steuart accompanied her husband on his CIA assignments in Frankfurt, Germany, and Paris. In 2011, she moved to Knollwood.

Her husband of 53 years, George Steuart, died in 2003. Survivors include two sons, Henry Steuart of Montclair, N.J., and Charles Steuart of Dickerson, Md.; a sister; and five grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough


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