Obituaries for March 27, 2002

Theresa D. Gendreau

Theresa Dorothy Lemire Gendreau died Monday, March 25, 2002 at her home after a long illness.

She was born Nov. 3, 1921 in Lowell, Mass. During World War II she served as a munitions assembler for the Remington Arms Company. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis Paul Gendreau.

Survivors include her sister, Rita Martin of Lowell; five children, Robert Gendreau of Las Vegas, Denis Gendreau of Winlock, Wash., Suzanne Jones of Woodbridge, Donald Gendreau of Woodbridge, and Paul Gendreau of Fontana, Calif.; and 11 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and approximately 100 foster children.

She will be cremated at the Mountcastle Funeral Home in Dale City and her ashes will be taken to her birthplace in Lowell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Home Call Hospice Services Inc., 8245 Boone Blvd., Suite 403, Vienna, VA 22182.

Peggy H. Groff

Peggy Hopkins Groff, 74, of Fairfax died Friday, March 22, 2002, at the Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.

She was born Oct. 30, 1927 in Kalamazoo, Mich. She was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. She was preceded in death by her father, George Dewey Leffel.

Survivors include one daughter, Roxanne A. Giovannini of Stafford; one son, Craig S. Groff of Manassas; one sister, Marie E. Richards of Forestport, N.Y.; one brother, George D. (Jack) Leffel Jr. of Broadway and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at Mullins & Thompson Stafford Chapel. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Quantico National Cemetery.

Lessie M. Swanner

Lessie “Montez” Swanner, 72, of Dale City, died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at her residence.

She was born in Palo Verde, Ariz. She grew up in Wiekiup and in 1988 moved to Washington, D.C., to help open “Yesterday’s Books,” a used and rare bookstore she co-owned and operated with her daughter. In 1997 she moved to Dale City to be with her daughter. She loved music, playing guitar and piano and reading and dancing.

Survivors include her daughter, Katina Stockbridge of Dale City; sons, Gary Swanner of Phoenix, and Marcus T.J. Swanner of Scottsdale, Ariz.; sisters, Velma Williams of Kenniwick, Wash., and Gail Coursey of Cottonwood, Ariz. Also surviving are five grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be held Thursday at Mountcastle Funeral Home, 4143 Dale Blvd., Dale City, beginning at 4 p.m.

Frances O. Meyer

Frances O. Meyer, 82, of Spotsylvania, died Tuesday, March 26, 2002 at her residence.

She was born July 6, 1919, in New York, N.Y.

She was a retired administrative assistant and held a degree from New York University and was an avid horticulturist and craftswoman.

Survivors include her husband, James S. Meyer of Spotsylvania; two sons, Matthew J. Meyer of Spotsylvania and Peter D. Jordan of New Britain, CT.; one daughter, Nancy J. Lewis of Wyckoff, N. J. and two grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Arrangements by Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.

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