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Area Deaths - October 28, 2009

 Zigmund J. Radolinski

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Zigmund Joseph Radolinski, 93, passed away on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009.
Zig was born in Brooklyn, N.Y,, on July 17, 1916. He worked in the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, from 1936 until 1938, and joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1938, serving for 25 years. Zig served his country during World War II in the Pacific, the Korean War, and in operations in China, Cuba and other locations. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Zig continued service to his country as a pilot with Air America in Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, retiring from Air America in 1975.
Zig was predeceased by his beloved wife, Dorothy Louise Wolff Radolinski. Zig is survived by sons, John Michael and Stephen Joseph; his daughters, Mary Frances and Anne Marie; grandchildren Grace, Jesse, Lily, Zachary, Madeline and Sophia; great- grandson Jayden; sisters Marie Savage and Alice Rohan; and extended family and friends.
The family received friends Sunday, Oct. 25, at Mullins & Thompson Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel.
The funeral Mass was celebrated Monday, Oct. 26, at St. Mary Catholic Church, with burial to follow in Quantico National Cemetery.
Donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105, or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of America, Donor Services, Box 4072, Pittsfield, Mass. 01202.

Rose Mary Gray Heard

Rose Mary Gray Heard, 59, of Decatur, Ga., formerly of Center Cross, departed this life Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009.
She is survived by her husband, Barry J. Heard; one daughter, Twana Gray Mason of Baltimore; three sisters, Katherine Gray Bayton, Julia Gray and Emma Gray, all of Center Cross; and one brother, Ray A. Gray of Baltimore.
A viewing was held Friday, Oct. 23, at Washington Funeral Home, Tappahannock. A funeral was held Saturday, Oct. 24, at Angel Visit Baptist Church, Dunnsville, with the Rev. Carla Lightfoot officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to washingtonfh .com.

Gertrude D. Ferrell

Gertrude D. Ferrell passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 23, 2009, at Hearts at Home in King George after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mrs. Ferrell had just celebrated her 92nd birthday on Oct. 12. She was a life member of Round Hill Baptist Church, having joined in 1926. She was predeceased by her husband of 47 years, Bernard Ferrell. Together, they owned and operated the King George Body Shop.
She also served as postal clerk for the U.S. Post Office for 33 years and was a life-long member of the King George Volunteer Fire Department.
She is survived by two children, Joan B. Ferrell and Rodney B. Ferrell and his wife, Barbara, all of King George. She also leaves behind four grandchildren: Michael Motley, Anna Langrehr and husband Barry, Ernie Lopez and Shelley Ferrell; and five great-grandchildren.
A visitation was held  Sunday, Oct. 25, at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home, King George. The funeral was held at Monday, Oct. 26, at Round Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ted James officiating, and burial in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Round Hill Baptist Church Building Fund, Box 467, King George, Va. 22485; Sgt. Nicholas C. Mason Scholarship Fund, 9337 Hickory Lane, King George, Va. 22485; or the American Cancer Society, c/o Sonja Gallahan, 5504 Igo Road, King George, Va. 22485.
Over the years, Gertrude enjoyed cooking and baking, and spent many days handwriting her own cookbooks. She was a good and faithful friend to all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Online guest book is available at nashandslawfh.com.

Flossie Annella Ratcliffe

Flossie Annella Ratcliffe, 94, died Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009, at Sunrise Assisted Living in Alexandria.
Miss Ratcliffe was born Feb. 5, 1915, in King George County, to the late Benjamin U. and Flossie Harris Ratcliffe.
She graduated from College Height High School, where she was the valedictorian of her class. She earned a B.S. degree from Fredericksburg State Teachers College with a major in commercial education and minors in English and social science. She was a member of Alpha Phi Sigma National Honorary Society, Modern Portias and the Town Girls Club.
Miss Ratcliffe taught commercial classes in several Virginia school systems before being admitted to the University of Tennessee, where she received her master’s degree. She had additional training in her field at New York University. Her last teaching position was at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
After her teaching career, she was employed by the state department in Washington, D.C. in 1947. She spent several years in Vienna, Austria, as an instructor of secretarial subjects with the Troop Information and Educational Division of the U.S. Army. When she returned to Washington, she worked for the Agency for International Development until her retirement in 1977.
She was a member of the Episcopal church and the United States Daughters of 1812.
Survivors include two sisters, Anne R. Webb of Alexandria and Marjorie R. Morse of Fredericksburg; a brother, Raymond C. Ratcliffe Sr. of Alexandria; two nephews, Raymond C. Ratcliffe Jr. of Bowling Green and Cleland P. Ratcliffe of Franklin, Tenn.; and a niece, Anne Morse Stossmeister of Lexington, N.C.
A service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg Chapel, with the Rev. Scott Covington officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.

Robert John “Bobby” Emigh

Robert John (Bobby) Emigh, 51, of Greensboro, NC passed away, Saturday, October 24, 2009 at his home.  Bobby was an avid fan of all sports, but more so of football.
Born in Pittsburgh, PA, he was the son of Rheanell Day of King George and the late Robert Emigh and was the step-son of John Day of King George.
He is survived by one brother, David Emigh of Greensboro, NC, four sisters; Rheanell Emigh of Greensboro, NC, Cindy Lodhi and husband Farquan of Greensboro, NC, Pamela Hyles and husband Dave of King George and Suzanne Carbahal of King George.
A memorial service was held October 26, 2009 in Greensboro, NC.  Bobby’s ashes will be spread over his father’s grave at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, in Aspen Hill, MD.

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