Sunday, May 19, 2013
Mr. Quinn was active in community theater.
Mr. Thomas J. Quinn, of Burke, passed away this week. He is survived by his wife of 38 years. Mr. Quinn was active in community theater and crossword puzzles, according to his obituary posted on the Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home’s website.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
First Lt. Robert J. Hess, a Robinson High graduate, died April 23.
WTOP reports Sunday that Fairfax County will fly its flags at half-staff Monday in honor of a Robinson High School graduate who died in Afghanistan. First Lt. Robert J. Hess of Fairfax was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan and will be buried Monday at Arlington National Cemetery, according to the radio station report. In an email update to residents, Braddock District Supervisor John Cook asks residents to honor Hess by flying their personal flags on Monday as well. First Lt. Robert J. Hess, 26, had only just this month been deployed to Pul-E-Elam in Afghanistan to support efforts of Operation Enduring Freedom when he was killed by indirect enemy fire, WUSA 9 reported. According to NBC Washington, Hess was an Army Blackhawk pilot…
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The team leader for Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates died in a car crash last week.
Sarah Mae Jones of Woodbridge, 29, will be remembered at a gathering of Jones' family and friends at Covenant Funeral Service in Stafford from 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. Jones died in a car crash on Interstate 95 on Thursday, Sept. 6. Jones was a team leader for Chesapeake Veterinary Cardiology Associates in Springfield. Previously she worked at Woodbridge Animal Hospital. She is survived by her parents, Roscoe and Joan Jones of Stafford, brothers Jesse and John, grandparents Phyllis R. Davis and Donald Lee Davis and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Jones, a graduate of Brooke Point High School and student at Northern Virginia Community College, was popular with co-workers, many of whom wrote touching tributes on Patch …
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Tell us your thoughts on the death of the man who took those historic first steps.
His family called him "a reluctant American hero," who was just doing his job. But Neil A. Armstrong, who died Saturday in Cincinnati at age 82 of complications from heart bypass surgery, was a hero. He was just shy of his 39th birthday when he lumbered down the ladder from the Apollo 11 spacecraft and stepped onto the stark lunar landscape on July 20, 1969. "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind," he said, as Americans around the country watched in awe at the live footage from dark space, so far away. Local residents can explore that historic moment at the National Air and Space Museum in Dulles and in D.C. That step fulfilled a challenge President John F. Kennedy issued in the early 1960s —to put a man on the moon by …
Monday, July 16, 2012
She will be buried alongside her son at Arlington National Cemetery.
A local woman who sought to help others with Lou Gehrig's Disease died last week. Sandy Stuban, 55, wife to Steve and mother to the late Nick, passed at her home on Thursday. She served as a U.S. Army Nurse Corps Officer from 1981 until 1995, during which time she earned awards, filled assignments and tours, and made early promotion to Lieutenant Colonel. Stuban retired when she was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's). The Fairfax resident then went public in her struggle with the disease, writing an "Advice from the Trenches" column for veterans with ALS and an autobiography called "The Butcher's Daughter: The Story of an Army Nurse with ALS." She also lobbied alongside American Legion for support for disabled …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Kathryn Lily Kitchener died of natural causes.
Kathryn Lily Kitchener died on May 22, 2012, while at the Northern Virginia Academy of Early Learning in Burke. She turned 1 on May 11. Fairfax County Police responded to the day care center at about 4:20 p.m. on May 22 for a report of a baby in medical distress. "The baby was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital where she was pronounced dead," said Lucy Caldwell, Fairfax County Police Public Information Officer. "Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Bureau responded and conducted their investigation," said Caldwell. "Their investigation did not find any signs of criminal or suspicious activity, and it is my understanding that the baby’s death was due to pre-existing medical issues," she said. "Due to HIPPA issues, neither police nor …
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
John C. Pratt, from Springfield, died from injuries sustained in a helicopter crash.
A soldier originally from Springfield, Va. was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon release. Chief Warrant Officer 5 John C. Pratt was 51 years old. He died over the weekend in Kabul from injuries he received during the crash. Pratt was in an AH-64 Apache helicopter made by Boeing. The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but it does not appear enemy fire was a factor. Another soldier, 26-year-old Capt. John R. Brainard from Maine, was also killed. More than 1,850 people have died in the conflict in Afghanistan since it began. According to the U.S. casualties database run by icasualties.org, 134 of those who have died are from Virginia. An additional 679 Virginia natives have been injured.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Barry Gorodnick lost his battle with cancer over the weekend.
Beloved husband, father, and Robinson Secondary School coach Barry Gorodnick passed away Saturday after a two-year-long struggle with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He leaves behind his wife, Jen Gorodnick and three children Kaitlyn, 11, Taylor, 10 and Ryan, 7. Gorodnick’s family and friends had set up a fundraising page to help pay for treatments. On Sunday, the page was updated to inform supporters of his passing. “Thanks everyone for your support throughout Barry's illness. Jen and the kids really need us now more than ever. We will continue this fundraiser to honor him and help the Gorodnicks,” read a comment from Cathy Velis, who helped start the fundraising efforts. As of Tuesday, supporters had raised $55,000 for the family. Robinson …
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Senior Anhely (Angie) Garcia died suddenly on April 8.
West Springfield High School Principal Mark Greenfelder announced Tuesday the sudden death of Senior Anhely (Angie) Garcia. She "died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, April 8," Greenfelder said in an email to the school community. "This morning [Tuesday] a school-wide announcement was made, and a moment of silence dedicated to Angie," he wrote. Angie’s family shared the funeral arrangements. "They wanted to be sure that students would be able to attend if they so desired," said Greenfelder. Wake/Viewing Wednesday, April 11, 6 - 9 p.m. Cunningham Funeral Home 811 Cameron Street Alexandria, Virginia 22314 703-549-1800 Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, at 3 p.m. St. Raymond of Peñafort Catholic Church 8750 Pohick Road Springfield, …
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Lesansky was a founding member of Northern Virginia Community College.
"Helene T. Lesansky, 89, a retired economics and sociology professor at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) died of complications related to Parkinson’s disease Jan. 9 at her home in Burke," reported The Washington Post. Lesansky was a founding member of NOVA, teaching there from 1965 until her retirement in 1986. Her survivors include three sons, Henry R. Lesansky of Mount Airy and Lewis Lesansky and Mendel Lesansky, both of Burke.