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Catherine Estelle Hess, 97, of Hollywood, MD formerly from Suitland, MD, passed away on November 22, 2012 in Leonardtown, MD. Born on March 15, 1915 in Washington, DC, she was the daughter of the late Karl Frederick and Maggie May Scheytt of Washington, DC. Catherine was the loving wife of the late Thaddeus Stevens Hess, Jr. whom she married on June 25, 1934 in Washington, DC. She is survived by her children: Joyce McCabe of Henderson, NV, Thaddeus S. Hess, III (Janet McGrane) of Newburg, MD, son in-law Merlyn Soukup of Laurel MD, five grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Catherine was preceded in death by a daughter, Gail Soukup; her siblings: Margaret Cooper, Frederick, Edward Scheytt, and granddaughter Karen Schavey. Catherine graduated from Eastern High School in 1933 and moved to St. Mary's County from Suitland, MD in 1976. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 8 at Patuxent River Assembly of God Church, 45020 Patuxent Beach Rd., California, MD.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 2, 2012
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