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Mary McHale

Published on: Thursday, November 01, 2012

By Mary McHale

Emma Witczak, founding resident of Morningside, dies

Emma Louise “Maw” Witczak, a longtime and founding resident of Morningside, died Oct. 23 at her son George’s home in Chesterfield, S.C. She was 86.

She was born June 18, 1926, in Southwest Washington, D.C., daughter of Edward and Clara Ebert Richards. She married Florian “Beco” Witczak, and they moved to 14 Marianne Drive in Morningside, even before the town became a municipality in 1949.

She was a homemaker, and she loved to play bingo. As one of her grandchildren wrote in the memorial guestbook, “I'll never forget the time you took us to bingo with you and the dirty looks you gave all the women who yelled ‘bingo!’ before you got that last number you were waiting for. I know you are winning big in heaven.”

Emma’s husband Beco died in 1972. One sister and nine brothers also preceded her in death. Sur- vivors include sons George Witczak and Jeff D. Needham; daughters Mary Lou Entwisle and Helen Kay Emanuel; brothers Vincent and Ralph “Pete” Richards; 12 grand- children and 20 great grandchildren.


Florence and Jim Cray have moved from Skyline after 52 years on Elmendorf Drive. I wish them well in their new home in Owings Mills.

Former Morningside Council- woman Carol Kline DeGraba emails news that her children, Maria, Thomas and Nicholas, are performing in “The 1940s Radio Hour,” playing at the Sandy Spring Friends School Performing Arts Center Nov. 2-4 and Nov. 10. Tickets on sale at or by calling at 1-866-967-8167.

Crafters and vendors, welcome!

Bells United Methodist Church, located at 6016 Allentown Road, is holding its famous Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Food will be for sale in the Holiday Cafe. Table rental is $25. To re- serve or for information, contact Sis Chandra at 301-455-0337 or, or call the church office at 301-899-7521.

Coming up

Opera singer Denyce Graves will perform at the Annabelle Ferguson Auditorium at Suitland High School at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets cost $35 (adult orchestra), $25 (adult balcony), and $10 for children.

McNamara High School, in Forestville, has its Open House from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11.

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 7400 Temple Hills Rd., invites you to their concert series featuring The Eclectic Guitars at 6:30 p.m. Sun- day, Nov. 11. Call 301-868-0082 for more information.

Morningside memories

The first Directory of Morningside was published by the Citizens’ Association 70 years ago, in 1942, when the town had 109 fami- lies. Sixty years ago, in 1952, the Women’s Civic Group was organized, and they published the sec- ond directory, listing 458 families. Dallas Bragunier was editor, Earle Erhardt did the map shown on the cover, Claire Brunsdson provided the history, and Jas. C. Wood, Inc. printed the directory.

May they rest in peace

Father Thomas W. Pollard, 72, a priest of the Washington Archdiocese for 45 years and longtime pas- tor of St. John’s Parish in Clinton, died Oct. 4. A native Washingtonian, he graduated from Gonzaga High School, St. Charles College in Catonsville and St. Mary’s Semi- nary in Baltimore. In addition to St. John’s, he has been pastor of Holy Spirit in Forestville and parochial vicar at St. Mary’s in Upper Marlboro. Survivors include his sister, Mary Samuel.

Police Officer First Class Kevin Donnell Bowden, 28, a six- year member of the Prince George’s County Police, was killed Oct. 18 when his marked cruiser crashed into another vehicle and struck a utility pole at the intersection of Branch Avenue and Surratts Road in Clinton. He was assigned to District IV (Oxon Hill) and off duty at the time. He was born and still lived in Clinton and graduated from Surrattsville High in 2002. Officer Bowden was the son of Roy and Lendora Bowden, of Clinton; broth- er of LaSharn, Dwayne, Roy and the late Sheril Marie Bowden; and father of two.


Happy birthday to Jean Bohannon and Carl McKlveen, Nov. 2: my son-in-law Luke Seidman and Flossie Keck, Nov. 3; Bella Cordero, Nov. 4; Brandon Wood and Bob Elborne, Nov. 5; Steve Call, Linda Beatty and Dennis Waby, Nov. 6.

Happy anniversary to Dolores and Gus Steinhilber, their 56th on Nov. 3; Al and Debbie Callison, Nov. 4; and John and Dineen Whipple, their 37th on Nov. 8.

A special greeting to VFW Post 9619 on the 65th anniversary of its founding, Nov. 4, 1947.

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