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Loretta Hooe, past president of Capitol Heights VFD Auxiliary, dies at 79

I never met Loretta Hooe. But I often received emails from Loretta Hooe, of District Heights. She sent announcements of Suitland’s Class of 1952 reunions, family deaths and other news. But on July 7 she died, at the age of 79. I’ll miss those emails.

Her friends called her Loretta; her family called her Maw. But she was born Frances Loretta Ennis, in Washington, to Harvey E. and Gretchen Carter Ennis, on Christmas Day 1934. Her father was in the Navy and her mother worked at Fannie May Candies. Loretta and her two brothers were raised in Capitol Heights.
She attended Capitol Heights Elementary, Lyndon Hill, Maryland Park High School for grades 9 10 and 11, and graduated in 1942 from the brand new Suitland High School, in the first graduating class. Then she married her true love, James I. Hooe. He served in the Air Force so for a time she lived overseas. After returning stateside, the Hooes settled in District Heights.
Loretta was past president of the Capitol Heights Fire Department’s Ladies Auxiliary and was current president of the Rebecca’s Lodge in Forestville.
She was a homemaker, but had many enthusiasms. At her funeral a table display featured many of them: an unfinished crossword puzzle, playing cards, Elvis CDs, a menu from Captain D’s, a stack of magazines. She liked bargains, so she clipped coupons and visited yard sales. She crocheted, played bingo, and loved spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include her husband of 61 years, James, son Donald Hooe and his wife Donna, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter, and her brothers Ralph and Carter Ennis. Her son Jimmy Hooe died in 1987. Pastor Jeremy Robinson, of Chesapeake Church, presided at her service at Lee Funeral Home and burial at Cheltenham. A reception followed at Odd Fellows Hall in Forestville.

Applause
U.S. News & World Report has released its annual “Best Hospitals” list, and MedStar Southern Maryland was named a 2013 “Best Regional Hospital.”
Overall, it was ranked 21st in the State of Maryland and 14th in the Washington metro region, and was recognized as a “high performing hospital” in neurology and neurosurgery.

Neighbors
The Maple Road home where Mayor Jerry and Jean Glaubitz lived for so many years is being emptied out. Jean died last March and Jerry in 2005. It’s sad to think that they are not here any more and soon their house will be empty.
Morningside Councilwoman Sharon Fowler was among those who attended the annual Maryland Municipal League Conference in Ocean City last month. She writes in the Morningside Sun newsletter, “I took many classes and gained so much knowledge and made wonderful contacts with other agencies.”
Sharon also mentioned, “I have worked alongside of the council in preparing the annual budget which included not raising town taxes.” I’m sure Morningsiders are happy about that.
My granddaughter, Leah Mudd, is taking classes this summer at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea. She is living in an international dormitory.
Condolences to Bill Teletchea, formerly of Auth Village, on the death of his wife Martha, July 12 in Seaford, Del.

Coming up
National Night Out Against Crime, on Tuesday, August 5, will be celebrated with picnic food, police partnership, elected officials, music, and more, in both Skyline and Morningside.
St. Philip’s is holding its annual Crab Feast on Saturday, Aug. 9, from 1-5 p.m. For information, call Suzy Giroux  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Changing landscape
From the Heart Ministry, in Andrews Manor Shopping Center, has apparently merged with Church of the Great Commission, and has taken over more of the parking lot they share. The large sign at the front of the churches has been changed and now announces From the Heart Ministry rather than Church of the Great Commission.
A new roundabout is planned for the accident-prone intersection of Floral Park Road and Piscataway Road in Clinton.

Priest served at the White House
Father Michael Blackwell, 81, priest of the Washington Archdiocese for more than 40 years, died June 14. He was a native of Cleveland, served in the Navy for 13 years, earning 10 combat medal, and achieved the rank of lieutenant commander. Before leaving the Navy, he served as a White House social aid for Presidents Johnson and Nixon.
In 1973 he entered the seminary and was ordained in 1973. In the years since then he was assistant pastor at a number of parishes, including St. Philip’s in Camp Springs, 1976 to 1978. He also served in prison ministry at the Detention Center in Upper Marlboro, chaplain to the Maryland Knights of Columbus, and as chaplain to Divorced and Separated Catholics of the Archdiocese.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl celebrated his funeral Mass at Resurrection Parish in Burtonsville. Survivors include a brother and two sisters.

Milestones
Happy birthday to Bill Curcio and Dr. Thomas DeGraba, July 25; Florence Cray, Agnes Koch, Jennifer Booth and Dottie Erhardt, July 26; Floyd Shields, Patricia Rosetta and Connie Robbins, July 27; Matthew Gryskewicz, Kenny Hunt and Jason Nichols, July 28; Gary Barnes, July 29; Helen Rawlett and Helen Cordero, July 30; Johnny Short, Paula Boxley and Howard C. Booth, July 31.
Happy anniversary to Lawrence and Helen Majors, for their 39th on July 26.
A special greeting to the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington which was founded seventy-five years ago, on July 22, 1939. Before that, Washington was part of the Baltimore Archdiocese.

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