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Mary McHale

Published on: Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By Mary McHale

Morningside Volunteers’ Open House offers fun for the whole family

Hector the Fire Safety Clown will be at the Morningside Volunteer Fire Department Open House from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19.

There will also be a moon bounce, tours of the station and fire truck, face painting refreshments and demonstrations. One of their demos might be when they tear open a car with the Jaws of Life to show how they rescue people trapped after an accident. As a special bonus, smoke detectors and fire extinguishers will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis until supply is depleted.

The Morningside VFD is at 6200 Suitland Road. 

Gus Steinhilber, lawyer and Morningside coach, dies

August William “Gus” Steinhilber, Jr., of Waldorf and formerly of Skyline and Tantallon, an attorney and advocate for public education, who used to coach my daughter Kathleen’s softball team, died Aug. 20 at Charlotte Hall Veterans Home. He was 81.

Gus and my husband Jack coached the 15 and under girls’ softball team for the Camp Springs-Morningside Recreation Council back in 1966-67. The name of the team? McHales Navy.

Gus was born in Cleveland and attended Western Reserve University where he met Dolores Ables. In 1956, he graduated, became a U.S. Marine, and married Dolores on Nov. 3, a date they moved up so she could accompany him on assignment to Hawaii. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University in 1961, left the Marines in 1962, and moved to Goodfellow Drive in Skyline in 1963.

He was an attorney with the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare before becoming General Counsel and Associate Executive Director of the National Schools Boards Association, responsible — among other things — for representing public education interests before the Supreme Court.

He sang with choruses from the College of Southern Maryland and Grace Lutheran Church where he also served as president of the Board of Servant Leaders. For about 20 years he went annually to Montana with Mirco Snidero and Dal Dalpra to fly-fish. He was a hunter and a member of the NRA, with particular interest in hunters’ safety. 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Dolores; children, August III, Lisa Leadbeater and Paula Ann Beran; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Services were at Grace Lutheran Church of La Plata with burial at Resurrection Cemetery. His three children paid beautiful tributes to their Poppa.


Jody Bowman Nyers emailed several photos from the Foulois Junior High reunion on July 6. Among those pictured: Linda Douglas Butler, Pete Christensen, Debbie Gates, Dennis Hooker, Thomas Jennings, Jim Mauro, Jackie Emmer Niedermayer, Debbie Rosa, Jimmy Rosa, Rick Torrecarion, Rick Waldow, Gail Carruth Wells and Kristi Hall Wright.

Last week I ran an obit for Olive “Marie” Beall Suit and had an email from former Morningsider Sue Stine Mason, who said, “My parents were good friends with Marie Suit and her husband when they all belonged to our family church, Bradbury Heights Methodist. I was so surprised to see her name. Very nice lady as well as her husband.”  

Changing landscape

The Navy’s only blimp will be flying over the Washington suburbs for the next couple of weeks, carrying out an aerial mapping assignment. It is 178 feet long, is filled with helium, travels at about 55mph, and is based at Patuxent. 

Would the FBI move to Upper Marlboro? Bill Doherty, CEO of The Walton Group, which is developing Westphalia, spoke Sept. 11 at the Greater Prince George’s County Business Roundtable about the possibility of the FBI moving to Westphalia, which is located along Pennsylvania Avenue, across from Andrews.

A plan was approved for a Royal Farms convenience store and gas station in the southwest quadrant of Allentown Road and Route 5. Do we really need another gas station?

I checked out the ShopSmart, which is hosting its grand opening in Andrews Manor Shopping Center. I will say that it has a little bit of everything — groceries in bulk, clothing on racks and in boxes, rugs, you name it. It’s only open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

May she rest in peace

Lillian Louise Holmes, 73, of Hughesville and formerly of Pine Grove Drive in Morningside, died Sept. 3 in La Plata. She graduated from St. Anthony High School in Washington and worked for C & P Telephone. In 1963 she married Frank Holmes, now deceased, who was Morningside Chief of Police and also served on the Morningside Town Council. She is survived by her children, Janet Szabo, Michelle Simpkins and Stephen Holmes, and two grandchildren.


Happy birthday to Alice Lucke and Judy Hansel Waby, Sept. 27; Tim Ward, Sept. 28; my brother Tom Mudd, Morningside Town Clerk Janice Diggs, Sept. 29; Peggy Nanney and Jessica (Williams) Proctor, Sept. 30; Jasmine Wade, Nola Thomas and my grandson Sam Mudd, Oct. 2; and John Ihrig, Oct. 3.

Happy Golden Anniversary to André and Cynthia Jordan, Sept. 28; and happy 68th anniversary to Marvin and Lee Burkhart on Sept. 29.

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