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last update: March 17, 2017

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2017

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ CALDWELL
Bill Caldwell We mourn the passing of our “Ehrenpräsident” Bill Caldwell who passed away on March 8 at the age of 86 after a long illness.
Bill, together with his wife Inge, became members and active singers of the Saengerbund in 1962. Over the years he served on the board of directors in various positions, and was elected president for 11 years. At the annual meeting on January 12, 1980 he was given the titel of honorary president in recognition of his outstanding service to the Saengerbund. Bill will not only be remembered for his many contributions to the club but also as a fun-loving singer during his many active years. He was instrumental in arranging for the publication in 1981 of the Washington Saengerbund History, written by Frank Pierce with research by Frank‘s wife Nancy Pierce.
Our sincere condolences to Inge Caldwell and the family.
We are awaiting further details about a memorial service.


HARLAN ‘HAL’ KELLY
Hal Kelly Our first-bass singer Hal Kelly passed away on February 21, 2017. He had been in the hospital and then committed to a rehab facility where he died at age 86.
He was a 1948 graduate of Gloucester High School and a 1953 graduate of Lehigh University in Bethlehem, PA. He served in the U.S. Army's 11th Security Agency Field Station 8611 in Baumholder, Germany from 1953 to 1956.
Hal was an avid music lover, especially classical and opera, and became a member of the Saengerbund in 1999. He played piano, guitar, wrote music. He was a computer programmer and also recorded audiobooks for the Blind.
Interment private in Haddonfield, NJ.
The Washington Post obituary Mar. 1, 2017.


MARIANNE S. WALKER
Marianne Walker With much sadness we heard that our long-time member Marianne Walker passed away at her home in Alexandria, Va on Tuesday, January 24, 2017. She died peacefully at the age of 95.
In her many years with the Washington Saengerbund she had become a dearly regarded friend, always with a smile on her face and a song in her heart. She was an active singer, and also served as a member of the board of directors for a total of twenty years, two years as vice-president and 18 years as recording secretary.
Our sincere condolences to the Walker family.
Memorial Service and Interment on March 8, 2017 at 11am
at Fort Myer‘s Old Chapel, and Arlington Cemetery.

The Washington Saengerbund had received permission to sing in the Old Chapel, and presented the ‘Sanctus’ from Schubert's Deutsche Messe under the direction of Herbert Traxler.
Obituary at Jefferson Funeral Chapel


2015

PETER M. SCHROEDER
Peter Schroeder We mourn the tragic and sudden death of Peter "Pete" Schroeder who died in a serious traffic accident on Saturday, September 5, 2015. He was 59. He and his wife Mary were hit in a front end collision about 16 miles from their home when a pick-up truck crossed the median and slammed into their vehicle. Sadly, Peter did not survive. Mary suffered serious injuries and was transported by helicopter to the Medstar trauma center in Washington, DC.
Peter and Mary, as well as Peter's parents Paula and Fred Schroeder, have been dedicated members of the Washington Saengerbund and the Concord Club for many years. It is with great sadness that we extend our deepest sympathy to the family.
The viewing will be on Thursday September 17 between 5:00 and 8:00 pm at Lee Funeral Home, 8200 Jennifer Lane, Owings, MD 20736, phone 301-855-0888. The Washington Saengerbund will sing at 7:00 pm Schubert's Sanctus and Über allen Gipfeln ist Ruh.
The Funeral and Burial is on Friday, September 25 at 12:30 pm at Jesus the Good Shepherd Church,
1601 W Mt. Harmony Road, Owings, MD 20736.


SIEGFRIED K. ROGALL
We have received word that Siegfried Rogall passed away on March 30, 2015. He sang in the chorus in the early 1960s, and later remained a member of the Washington Saengerbund. He and his wife Rose have in recent years helped at Saengerbund events. Our sincere condolences go to Rose and the family.
An obituary appeared in the Washington Post on Thursday, April 9, saying that ‘Siegfried Karl Rogall was preceded in death by his first wife Waltraud Rogall’.
Visitation Saturday April 11, 2015 from 1 p.m. until funeral time at 3 p.m. at Advent Funeral and Cremation Services, 7211 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22046 where the Washington Saengerbund is going to sing.


NANCY P. PIERCE
Nancy Pierce We have received word that Nancy Pierce quietly passed away on January 5, 2015 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Maryland. We mourn the passing of Nancy and extend our sincere condolences to daughter Marie and the family.
Nancy, together with her late husband Frank Pierce, was a longtime member of the Saengerbund not only as an active singer but she also at times served on the board of directors back in the 1980s. The Washington Saengerbund History book published around the 125th anniversary of the Saengerbund was authored by Frank with the help of extensive research done by Nancy. Together they were able to create an interesting picture of past Saengerbund history by finding, contacting and interviewing descendants of earlier members. Nancy herself spent many days at the Library of Congress reading old newspaper stories, with their son Frank IV (always called Hutch) doing translations of German publications. In recognition of her research in German-American history she was honored in October 1989 by the Embassy of Germany with the ‘Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande’ (Federal Cross of Merit).
An out-of-town burial service was held in Princess Anne on Friday, Feb. 6.
During a local Mass on Saturday, March 7 in memory of Nancy at St. John the Baptist Church, 12319 New Hampshire Avenue Northeast, Silver Spring, MD 20904 (301-622-1122) the Saengerbund sang from Schubert's Deutsche Messe "Introid" and "Sanctus".


2014

MARIE KADOR
We have been notified that Marie Kador passed away on December 28, 2014 at the age of 91. She was the mother of Peter Kador, who is Ehrenpräsident and a former president of the Washington Sängerbund before moving to Omaha, NE.
Marie was a non-singing member of the Washington Sängerbund.
Our sincere condolences to the Kador family.


GRETEL ELISABETH DAHNCKE
Gretel
Dahncke We are mourning the unexpected death of our singer Gretel Dahncke who passed away on Thursday evening October 9, 2014. She had been taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with cancer of the liver.
Gretel had been a singing member since 1997, and in recent years served on the board of directors as financial secretary. Until only a few weeks ago she was participating in all Sängerbund events. She loved to sing so much that she organized popular sing-alongs at the club house for members and guests, always laughing and enjoying life.
A memorial service was held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 2:00 to 3:30pm at the United Church, 20th and G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006. The Saengerbund sang "Im schönsten Wiesengrunde", "Frisch gesungen", and "Ave verum". There was a reception after the service at the Concord Club (above the Old Europe Restaurant).
Our sincere condolences to Gretel's family on the loss of their dear mother and Omi.


MANFRED 'FRED' LEINEMANN
Manfred
Leinemann We are in deep sorrow about the sudden death of our member, retired singer and good friend Manfred Leinemann. He was tragically killed on Saturday, August 30, 2014, in a freak accident at the home of one of their sons in Woodbine, MD when a large tree suddenly broke off and struck him causing fatal injuries. He was 76.
Manfred and his wife Elisabeth joined the Saengerbund in 1968, and were active singers for many years. They lived in Landover, MD at the time, and retired from singing when they eventually moved to Annapolis, MD.
The funeral service will be on Friday, September 5, 2014 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, Md 21037.
Funeral Home Phone: 410-956-4488.
Visitation hours on Friday are from 4 pm to 7 pm, with a service at 7pm where the Saengerbund is going to sing "Wanderers Nachtlied", "So nimm denn meine Hände", "Sanktus".
Our sincere condolences to Elisabeth on the loss of her dear husband, and to the family.
You may see the obituary for Manfred at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home website.


JULIENNE 'JULIE' SCHNABL
Julie Schnabl We are very sorry to report that Julienne "Julie" Schnabl, wife of Sepp Schnabl, passed away on Tuesday afternoon, April 8, 2014. She had a severe case of pneumonia which the doctors thought they had under control. But the pneumonia returned and caused further serious complications.
Julie was an outstanding supporter of the Concord Club and the Saengerbund for many years and she was a personal friend to many of us. She will be greatly missed.
Our deep sympathy goes to Sepp and his family on the loss of his dear wife.
The funeral service for Julie will be on Tuesday, April 22 at 2pm at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church, 3700 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA. Directly following will be a reception at Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center, 3740 Old Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA, which is about a block from the church; the Sängerbund is going to sing at the reception.


DAGOBERT RUETTEN
Dagobert
Ruetten We have received word that Dagobert Ruetten passed away peacefully on Friday morning, April 4, 2014 at about 3am. He was 83. Dagobert had been suffering from Alzheimers, and was just recently diagnosed with terminal throat cancer.
Dagobert, and his wife Anita, have been members of the Washington Sängerbund for many years, both, as singers and later as non- singing members after they moved to Elizabeth City, NC. They always were dedicated members ready to help at the many Saengerbund functions. In his professional career, Dagobert was a first rate stone mason. His specialty was not just putting stone upon stone but he made it an art to create appealing structures - like a true craftsman. He also loved to take care of his manicured flower garden.
Our sincere condolences go to Anita and the family.
The funeral will be on Friday, April 11 at 2pm at Holy Family Catholic Church in Elizabeth City, NC.


ANNA M. KOLB
Anna Kolb We have been informed by the family that our former singer Anna Kolb has passed away on Wednesday March 12, 2014. Anna joined the Saengerbund in 1974 and sang with the ladies until she decided to retire from singing. She did, however, continue to be active, and was helpful with club activities such as often selling tickets for Sängerbund functions. For her tireless efforts she had been awarded the Sängerbund Ehrennadel. Her late husband Patrick Kolb was also a member and served as the club‘s Treasurer for several years.
Her daughter Annemarie has notified us that friends and family are welcome to come and say goodbye at Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Home, 300 W. Montgomery Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850, on Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 3:00 to 5:00pm, or 7:00 to 9:00pm. The Sängerbund is going to attend the second viewing where we will offer to sing Schubert's SANCTUS; Herb Traxler has graciously agreed to conduct.


JOHN J. O'MALLEY
John O'Malley We have received word that our former singer and good friend John O'Malley has passed away on Thursday, February 27, 2014. He died peacefully at home at the age of 89. He had wished to reach his 90th birthday this coming September but it was not to be.
John joined the Sängerbund in 1985 when he came to Washington, DC. His love for the German language brought him to the Sängerbund and he continued to be an active singer until he and his wife Grace moved to Fredericksburg, Texas at the end of 1993 where he then sang with the Fredericksburg Männerchor. He had immersed himself into the Sängerbund family and stayed in touch by sending letters and emails, usually with his own German vocabulary and very often humorous and lighthearted.
As a US veteran it is his wish to be buried at Arlington cemetery. His body will come to DeVol Funeral Home on Wisconsin Ave when funeral arrangements have been made. The funeral at Arlington National Cemetery will be on April 1 at 1pm.


Dr. DEAN H. MARTIN
Dean Martin We are very sad about the passing of our good friend and fellow singer Dean Martin. He died at his home on February 7, 2014 at the age of 88.
He was known in the Saengerbund as “Dr. Dean” when he joined after his retirement from a long career as a medical doctor. One of his former nurses as well as one of his patients were members of the Saengerbund and encouraged him to attend rehearsals. He found camaraderie and became a dear friend of all with his quiet and pleasant personality. Always ready to tell a funny story from his professional career and his time in the military service made him good company to be around. Despite failing health he remained a dedicated bass until his final days.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 14 at 2 p.m. at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church on Nebraska Avenue NW, Washington DC. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Heart Association or the charity of your choice. The Washington Saengerbund is going to sing at the service.


2013

JOHN F. HEATH
John Heath We are saddened to announce the passing of John F. Heath on April 21, 2013 at the age of 84, husband of Evelyn "Schatze" Heath who has been a member since early childhood when her parents Alois and Gertrud Graef introduced her to the Saengerbund. She later sang in the alto section for many years. Together with Schatze, John attended Saengerbund concerts and other events, and was always ready to lend a helping hand. We are very grateful.
The following obituary appeared in the Washington Post on April 25, 2013:
Loving husband of 57 years to Evelyn B. Heath; beloved father of four children, adored by seven grandchildren and survived by one sister. Born in Proctor, MN on October 4, 1928, and at 14 moved to California. He graduated from Loyola University and Georgetown Medical School. He entered the Navy and became a distinguished Psychiatrist where he practiced in Fairfax and Prince William Counties until the age of 81. He co-founded the DC Masters Swimming Program and dedicated his life to helping others. A Life Celebration is planned for Friday, April 26, 6 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, McLean, VA. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Heart Association.


ERIC B. MILLER
Eric Miller The conductor and musical director of the Washington Sängerbund
Dr. Eric B. Miller suddenly passed away on Thursday, February 28, 2013.
According to his wife Barbara he suffered a fatal heart attack at home.
Dr. Miller had accepted the directorship of the Sängerbund in January 2011 and led the chorus for all the annual concerts and musical presentations. He put his whole energy into teaching and conducting. He was also the conductor of the Arion Gesangverein of Baltimore for more than 30 years.
During his career he had achieved many academic accomplishments, including studies at Peabody Conservatory, American University, Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, and doctoral studies at UMBC in musicology.
He was buried in a private ceremony.


WALTER BURKARDSMAIER
We mourn the passing of Walter Burkardsmaier. Walter
Burkardsmaier He died peacefully on February 23, 2013 in Saarbrücken, Germany at the age of 79. He had suffered a brain hemorrhage.
Walter was a very active member of the Washington Sängerbund for more than 50 years. He sang in the bass section while he was an active singer.
Among his many contributions as a professional graphics artist he was instrumental in designing and supervising the renovation of the Concord Club rooms in the 1970s. Later he also developed the plans for renovating the outside of the Concord Club building.
After retirement he and his wife Erika decided to spend their time in Leesburg, Virginia and Saarbrücken, Germany to be close to their daughters Karen and Annette, and their grandchildren. Whenever they came for a visit to Leesburg they made a point of meeting their many friends in the Sängerbund.
There won't be a funeral in Germany. The family will celebrate Walter's life in the US this Spring with his friends, family, and his WSB family. That's what he would have wanted.


2012

CHARLOTTE L. BEERS
Charlotte
Beers It is with regret that we must announce the passing of Charlotte Beers. She died on September 17, 2012 at the age of 92. She was one of our long-time members who joined the Saengerbund in 1976; she sang in the 1st Sopran section. She was also known to show up at our masquerade balls with the most ingenious and funny costumes. When she was no longer able to participate as a singer she continued to regularly attend the Saengerbund concerts. Charlotte originated from Berlin, Germany and showed her Berliner spirit wherever she went. As she said at one of the concerts: "Tears come to my eyes when you all sing "Das ist die Berliner Luft! So mit ihrem holden Duft!". We shall miss her smiles and her fun loving enthusiasm.
The services are private. A reception remembering Charlotte will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 4 to 6 pm at Chez Andree Restaurant, 10 East Glebe Road, Alexandria, VA (the intersection of East Glebe and Commonwealth). Unfortunately, this date conflicts with the Saengerbund's participation at the Oktoberfest in Lovettsville, Va. That committment was made months ago and for that reason we, as a club, won't be able to sing for her as is our tradition. We sincerely regret this conflict and are asking members who are not working on that Saturday to drop by at Chez Andree to pay their respects to Charlotte.


Carl Zimmet KARL W. ZIMMET
It is with sadness to report that Karl Zimmet passed away on January 9, 2012 after a battle with bladder cancer. Karl and his wife Hilde joined the Sängerbund in 1977 and were active singers until health forced them to become inactive. Karl was a loyal singer and, for a time, served as music chair. He was always available to help out on any project or activity in which the club was involved.
The Sängerbund will honor Karl at a memorial service on February 4, 2012 at 11:00am in the New Apostolic Church located at 21 North Quaker Lane at the intersection with Duke Street (Rt. 236) in Alexandria, Virginia.


2011

Martin
Schaller MARTIN K. SCHALLER
Our long-time friend and Ehrenmitglied Martin Schaller passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2011. He had recently undergone gallbladder surgery and appeared on the way to recovery. Then the situation worsened and he returned to the hospital where he died on Sunday afternoon.
As a representative of the government of the District of Columbia under Mayor Walter Washington, Marty knew of the Sängerbund's historical significance as one of the oldest organizations in the city, and also the only remaining German Choral Society. His own family's connection with German ancestry inspired him to become an active supporter. While he never was an active singer he still lent much advice and assistance on many occasions to help organize public musical and cultural events of the Sängerbund. He and his wife Leni (Helene) enjoyed many evenings at our Concerts where he frequently brought greetings from the mayor. He was a wonderful public speaker and for several years acted as the Master of Ceremonies at our Masquerade Balls in Fairfax.
For all his contributions over the years Marty had been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz by the German government, and he became an Honorary Member of the Washington Sängerbund.
We deeply regret his passing. Our sincere sympathy goes to the Schaller family.

The Family will receive friends on Sunday, November 27, 2011 from 5 to 8pm at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Rd., Fairfax, Va. A funeral service will be held on Monday, November 28, 2011 at 11am at Hope Lutheran Church, 4604 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale, Va.



Manfred Knoop MANFRED KNOOP
We are very sad to hear that our good friend Manfred Knoop of Newark, NJ has passed away on Monday, February 14, 2011, at the age of only 62 years. He had stomach cancer, his family said. He is survived by his wife Birgit, and 13-year-old twins Kira and Nicholas.
While Manfred was not a member of the Washington Sängerbund many of us remember him from Sängerfests and other singing events, where he appeared with his Sängerchor Newark singers and often invited us to join in the singing. Most recently he was one of the two Festdirigenten at the 50th Sängerfest in 2009 here in Washington, DC, which was sponsored by the Washington Sängerbund.
We shall miss this wonderfully good natured and spirited chorus leader.



2010

Ruth Christian RUTH DeLONG CHRISTIAN
Ruth Christian slipped quietly into death on Sunday morning, December 19, 2010. She suffered with Alzheimer’s for several years and has finally found release. Ruth is survived by her loving husbund of 50 years, Don. While Don has been an active singer of the Saengerbund for more than 50 years, Ruth has always provided a helping hand in the background.
Her ashes will be returned to Nova Scotia and scattered in the community where she was born.



JAQUELINE “JACKIE” ELLISON
Jackie Ellison Jackie Ellison passed away on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 as a result of a tragic car accident. Jackie joined the Sängerbund in 1982 and was singing in our alto section. In 1988 she became a member of the Board of Directors and served as Corresponding Secretary. She really enjoyed being part of the chorus until she had to discontinue her participation because of an ailment that curtailed her physical activities. For her own safety she was only allowed to drive short distances to go shopping or visit in her neighborhood. The accident happened on May 1 when she went to the grocery store. Our sincere condolences go to her son Kurt Ellison and family.
The funeral service is scheduled for Friday, May 14 at 2:00pm at St. John's Episcopal Church, 6701 Wisconsin Ave, Chevy Chase, MD 20813. The Sängerbund will participate in the service.


ELSIE MESSINA
Elsie Messina Elsie Messina, a long-time member and supporter of the Washington Sängerbund passed away on Saturday, April 24, 2010.
Elsie was the daughter of Marie and Louis Busse who had been very active members of the Washington Sängerbund. She grew up experiencing the family atmosphere of the Sängerbund and recalled many of the happenings in her early years. Together with her husband Joe, she raised a family in the area and continued her close relationship with the Sängerbund. She and her husband Joe became members and dedicated supporters of the Sängerbund’s many functions and activities. Elsie eventually served for a number of years as Recording Secretary, as Treasurer and as Comptroller of the Sängerbund.
In 2005, when the Washington Sängerbund was featured in the July 17 Washington Post nationally syndicated series called “Flashbacks” by cartoonist Patrick Reynolds, Elsie donated the funds to purchase the original drawing from the artist; it is now on display in the Concord clubrooms.
Elsie spent her later years living with her daughter Susan Fleri. The Sängerbund extends sincere sympathy to the family.

The viewing will be on Thursday, April 29, 2010 from 2 to 4pm and 7 to 9pm at Borgwardt Funeral Home, 4400 Powder Mill Road, Beltsville, MD 20705. Funeral services on Friday, April 30, 2010 at 10am at St.Joseph’s Catholic Church, 11007 Montgomery Rd, Beltsville, MD 20705, followed by burial at Fort Lincoln Cemetery, 3401 Bladensburg Rd, Brentwood, MD


WALTER MUELLER
Walter Mueller
Walter Mueller in 2005 at
Shirlington rainy Oktoberfest
Walter Mueller passed away at his home on Monday, April 12, 2010.
Walter had joined the Washington Sängerbund in 1952 and was a faithful member for more than 58 years. He was an active singer in the bass section until just a few years ago when Alzheimer's disease prevented him from attending the weekly rehearsals which he enjoyed so much. Over the years he became one of the most active members offering his help whenever help was needed. He is remembered for working long hours on weekends of the Sängerbund’s annual Oktoberfest. At Sängerbund partys he would bring along his accordion which, with a grin on his face, he called his “squeeze box” to strike up a tune for sing-along. He served on the board of directors in various capacities and for years, with the help of his wife Renate, was the editor of the newsletter “Quarternotes”, which was published every three months with Walter’s words of wisdom and funny lines. He received the Sängerbund’s "Honorary Membership" for his many years of outstanding service.

The funeral services will be on Friday, April 16, 2010 at Ascension Lutheran Church in Landover Hills, MD. It was Walter’s wish that the Sängerbund sing “Das Morgenrot” as a final farewell. May he rest in peace.


2009

MAURICE GRESS
Maurice Gress passed away on the afternoon of December 24, 2009. Carol and Herb Traxler called Maurice and Oksana following the Christmas Eve service at United Church, where his ilness was mentioned, to talk and share Christmas wishes. They learned from Oksana that Maurice had died that very afternoon. Maurice died at home after a long illness.
The funeral mass will be at 1:30 on Tuesday, December 29 at Saint Thomas More Catholic Church in Arlington, VA with the burial to follow at Columbia Gardens cemetery.


ALAN E. LUEHRMANN
Alan Luehrmann Alan Luehrmann passed away on Monday, December 21, 2009. Alan was one of our very enthusiastic singers in the bass section. Despite suffering from cancer for many years he came back so many times after fighting his illness and returned to rehearsals, concerts and Sängerbund functions. He participated with the Kammerchor when called on and really enjoyed his knowledge of the German repertoire. We will miss him as a singer, and also his positive outlook on life and good humor.
Obituary in The Washington Post Dec. 25, 2009:
Alan E. Luehrmann died on Monday, December 21, 2009. Beloved husband of Phyllis Dobin; devoted father of Naomi Luehrmann (Greg) Madsen and Owen Luehrmann; dear brother of Carol Painter and David (Joan) Luehrman; loving grandfather of Olivia and Max. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 27, 2009, 1:30 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20015. Interment following at National Memorial Park, Falls Church, VA. After the interment, the family will receive relatives and friends at the home of Kenny and Marsha Dobin. Memorial contributions may be made to the Temple Sinai Cantor''s Discretionary Fund. Arrangements entrusted to TORCHINSKY HEBREW FUNERAL HOME.


RICHARD GILLIAM
Passed away on August 23, 2009 at Age 79, as a result of injuries suffered from a fall in July. He is survived by his wife Gloria, his daughter Carolyn and her husband Jim, his son Richard W., a sister Betty and her husband Raymond and many grandchildren and great grandchildren who adored him. He was a Steamfitter and a member of Local 602 for over 55 years. He volunteered at the New Carrollton Public Library and also volunteered over 10,000 hours at Doctors Community Hospital. He was an avid gardener and loved music, baseball and beer. He was a lifetime member of the Washington Sängerbund; after his years as an active singer he continued to volunteer his help at Oktoberfests. Members of the Washington Sängerbund visited at Gasch's Funeral Home in Bladensburg, MD on Wednesday, August 26 and sang Schubert’s “Sanctus” and “Wanderers Nachtlied” in memory of Richard.


KARIN HALUSA
Karin Halusa Our long time member Karin Halusa passed away on Friday, May 22, 2009, after a long illness. Karin had been a singing member of the Washington Sängerbund for many years, and recently served on the board of directors. She had been looking forward to be part of the Sängerfest 2009 in Washington, DC but her illness gradually worsened and it became apparent that she might not be able to be there. She died on the opening day of the Saengerfest. Her husband Gerd is also a member of the Sängerbund.
She was buried on Tuesday, May 26 at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Washington, DC.
Members of the Washington Sängerbund attended the burial at Prospect Hill and sang Schubert’s “Heilig, heilig, heilig”, “Wanderer’s Nachtlied”, a canon “Abendstille überall” and “Hab’ of im Kreise der Lieben” in memory of Karin.


ANNE FRANCES MOELLER
Anne Moeller Anne Moeller suddenly passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at the age of 68 after suffering a severe heart attack. She was a longtime member and active singer of the Washington Sängerbund, together with her husband Karl Moeller. Our condolences go out to Karl and his family. Anne also was the sister-in-law of Sängerbund members Werner and Margaret Moeller.
Sängerbund members attended a memorial service on Monday, April 27 at Oakdale Emory United Methodist Church in Olney, MD and sang Schubert's “Heilig, heilig, heilig” and “Wanderer’s Nachtlied”, and also Silcher's “So nimm denn meine Hände”.


2008

LYSLE SEXTON
Lysle Sexton Lysle Sexton passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2008. He was an honorary member of the Washington Sängerbund and a long-time member of the Concord Club. Over the years his Lysle Sexton Orchestra played at countless concerts, dances, Oktoberfests and Sängerfests of the German community and always brought fun and merriment to these functions. All of us will miss Lysle very much.
The Sängerbund members sang at his funeral on Nov. 30 at DeVol Funeral Home in Gaithersburg. He was buried on Monday, Dec. 1 with military honors at Park Lawn Memorial Park.



JOE HAMMONDS
Our long-time singing member Joe Hammonds passed away on September 16, 2008.
The following obituary appeard in the Washington Post:
JOE W. HAMMONDS (Age 66) Of Clearville, PA, previously of Annandale, VA died Tuesday, September 16, 2008. He was born a son of the late Colonel and Lily Hammonds. His wife, Barbara survives; along with a brother, Don Hammonds, a niece, two nephews and two sisters-in-law, Jeanne Lee Nienhuis of Atlantic Beach, FL and Nancy B. McCarthy, of Vienna, VA. He was a 1964 graduate of the Virginia Tech with the corps of cadets, then entering the U.S. Army as a 2nd Lieutenant stationed in Ansbach, Germany, honorably discharged in 1966. Joe then worked as a CPA with Price Waterhouse in Alexandria, was a partner with a small CPA firm, and later trained with the IRS, serving as an agent, and then worked at the Federal Dept. of Labor, managing the Federal Black Lung Benefits accounting program until retiring. Joe was a member and past president of the German American Society of Bedford County, who enjoyed singing with the Washington Saengerbund, traveling throughout Germany and the UK, and was a talented woodworker, guitar and banjo player.
Joe and his wife Barbara joined the Washington Sängerbund because of their wonderful memories during Joe's army time in Germany. They both sang with the Sängerbund for many years until they decided to move to Pennsylvania upon their retirement.



IRMEL FUCHS
On Friday, February 1, 2008 at Holy Cross Hospital. Irmel had been a long-time singing member of the Washington Sängerbund where she met, and married, her husband Peter Fuchs who also became an active singer of the chorus. Peter passed away in 2007.


2007

PETER FUCHS
On July 7, 2007 at his home in Wheaton, MD. Peter came to Washington from Germany in 1973. He married Irmel Ellerman, an active singer with the Washington Sängerbund, and Peter who had been an active choral singer in Germany, immediately joined the chorus. He loved to play Skat and also continued his passion of training and competing for the annual "Deutsches Sportabzeichen", a German award for athletic achievements.


2006


FRANK HUTCHES PIERCE III
Frank Pierce
On December 24, 2006, at his home in Silver Spring, MD. Frank had been operations manager in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations before his retirement. As a student at Salisbury University, Frank played a saxophone and fronted a band, and was also a DJ on the local radio station, talents that would later foretell his long association with the Washington Sängerbund. An accomplished photographer and writer, Frank published works about genealogy and history on the Eastern Shore and "A Boy's Eye View of World War II," and is the author of the indispensable "History of the Washington Sängerbund". It was his idea in 2005 to suggest the Washington Sängerbund story to cartoonist Patrick Reynolds, who made it the subject of his nationally syndicated "Flashbacks" cartoon published on July 17, 2005, the original of which is on display in the Concord clubrooms. Up to the time of his passing, Frank had been writing a weekly column on America for Franz Kadell's newspaper Volksstimme, in Magdeburg, Germany. (Franz Kadell sang with the WSB in the early 1980s.) He was cremated and set to rest in the family plot in Salisbury, Maryland.
Frank is survived by his wife of 54 years. Nancy Seville Pierce of Silver Spring; two children, Frank Hutches Pierce IV of Silver Spring and Marie Rundquist of Gaithersburg; and one grandson. Those of us who were fortunate to know Frank even briefly will always have fond memories of his warmth and good humor, and his passionate commitment to the Sängerbund. He will be greatly missed by all.



ALFRED J. LORENZ (Age 83)
Alfred
Lorenz On Saturday, November 4, 2006, at his residence. Beloved husband of the late Johanna Lorenz; beloved brother of Marianne Walther; loving father of Helmut (Christine), Angelika, Guenter (Linda) and James; beloved grandfather of William and Amanda Lorenz. Friends may call on Friday, at the Lutheran Church of St. Andrew at the Cardinal McCarrick Center Archdiocese of Washington at 12247 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD on Friday, November 10 from 9 a.m. until time of funeral Mass at 10 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Washington Sängerbund.



Wilhelm Wenzel
On September 3, 2006, of Falls Church, VA. He is preceded in death by his first wife, Else Wenzel and daughter, Waltraud Rogall. He is survived by his wife, Inge Sander Wenzel; one son, Bernhard H.A. Wenzel; one step-daughter, Ilona S. Savage; two grandchildren, Denise K. Rogall-Lauman (Joseph C. Lauman) and Kirk S. Rogall (Melissa M. Rogall); and three great-grandchildren, Curtis Lauman, Kendall Rogall, and Macie Rogall. A memorial service will be held Tuesday October 3, 2006, at 12:30 p.m. at NATIONAL FUNERAL HOME, 7482 Lee Hwy., Falls Church, VA 22042. Private interment at National Memorial Park Memorial Contributions may be made to Capital Hospice, Attn: Development Office, 6565 Arlington Blvd, Suite 501Falls Church, VA 22042.
Published in The Washington Post on 10/1/2006.



Gene Walker WALKER, DeMELT EUGENE, COL. USAF (Ret.)
On Sunday, July 30, 2006 at his home in Alexandria, VA. Husband of Marianne S. Walker of Alexandria, VA; father of Louisa Woodward of Los Angeles, CA, Mark G. Walker of La Plata, MD and Jill M. Reinhart of Millersville, MD. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 1, 2006 at 9 a.m. at Fort Myer Chapel. Interment in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Capital Hospice, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 501, Falls Church, VA 22042. Arrangements by DEMAINE FUNERAL HOME, 520 S. Washington St., Alexandria, VA.
Published in The Washington Post on 8/6/2006.



2005

ED SMITH
Ed
Smith On Thursday, November 10, 2005 at 5:45pm surrounded by family and close friends. Ed had been a long time singing member of the Washington Sängerbund and acted as librarian in charge of all printed music for many years. Viewings were at Everly Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road in Alexandria on Sunday, November 13, from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm. The Washington Saengerbund sang at 7:30 pm on Sunday, November 13, at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home. The Funeral was held at Del Ray Methodist Church at 100 E. Windsor Ave. in Alexandria at 1 pm on Monday, November 14, with a graveside service immediately following at Ivy Hill Cemetery, in Alexandria.
The obituary below ran in the Washington Post on 11/13/2005:
EDWARD "Ed" BUREL SHMITH (Age 59)
After a sudden illness with complications, on Thursday, November 10, 2005. He was a long time resident of Alexandria, VA. He is survived by two daughters Reba Winstead (George) and Stephanie Smith; two grandchildren; a large extended family and many caring friends. Family will receive friends on Sunday, November 13, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the EVERLY WHEATLEY FUNERAL HOLME. A funeral service will be held Monday, November 14, 1 p.m., at Del Ray United Methodist Church, 100 East Windsor Ave, Alexandria, VA. Interment will follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery. Contributions may be made in his name to the Del Ray United Methodist Church.



Johanna

JOHANNA LORENZ
on Saturday, July 30, 2005. Survivors include her husband, Alfred, and their children Angelika, Helmut, Guenter, and James, and their families and the grandchildren. We all will miss our longtime singer with the Washington Sängerbund.
At the funeral service on Saturday, August 6, 2005, 9:30am at St. Anne's Catholic Church at Wisconsin and Nebraska Avenues, NW the Washington Sängerbund sang music from Schubert's Deutsche Messe. Following the service was burial at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, 13801 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.
Following the burial, friends and guests gathered in Johanna's memory at the Concord Clubhouse, above the Old Europe Restaurant, 2434 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington. According to Christine Hambach, Angelika likes the idea of honoring her "Mutti" with coffee and cake. Angelika said, "Mom would say - Kaffee und Kuchen, vonderful !" Members of the Washington Sängerbund and the Concord Club brought food.


2004

Nancy NANCY TODD BRES MULENEX
May 25, 1951 — July 15, 2004
This notice appeared in The Washington Post on 7/18/2004:
Nancy Todd Mulenex (nee Bres), 53
On Thursday, July 15, 2004, of Alexandria, VA. Daughter of the late COL Edward S. Bres, Jr., USA (Ret.) and Frances Griffin Bres; sister of Edward S. Bres, III and his wife Susan of Arlington, VA, John P. Bres and his wife Lori of San Antonio, TX and Robert A. Bres of San Antonio, TX; niece of Elizabeth Bres Robbins and her husband Dr. Gwin Robbins of Tennessee and Nancy DuBois and her husband Fran DuBois of California. She also leaves her nephew, Daniel; her niece, Emily and six cousins. Family will be receiving friends at the Murphy Funeral Home of Arlington, 4510 Wilson Blvd., on Saturday, July 24 from 4 to 6 p.m. Memorial service will be held at the All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20008 on Sunday, July 25 at 3 p.m. A private interment will be held at Rock Creek Cemetery. The family would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr. Richard A. Binder for the compassionate care that he has given Nancy over the past 19 years. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Nancy's name to All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church or Capital Hospice, P.O. Box 1576, Merrifield, VA 22116.


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