ELIZABETH TATSPAUGH

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ELIZABETH LOUISE TATSPAUGH (Age 108) (nee DeMarr)

Elizabeth Louise Tatspaugh passed away peacefully on Monday, December 31, 2018 at Riverside Hospital in Williamsburg, Virginia. Her daughter, Catherine of Hampton, VA, cared lovingly for her for five years. Louise had resided in Hyattsville, MD from 1937 to 2014. Born in Washington, DC on December 10, 1910, the third of 10 children, Mrs. Tatspaugh was the daughter of Joseph A. DeMarr, of Aquasco MD, whose ancestors had settled in Maryland from France in the mid-1600's, and Elizabeth DeMarr (nee Roeder), of Upper Marlboro, MD. Louise's loving husband, Walter L. "Bill" Tatspaugh, of Laurel, MD, died in March of 1963. Louise and Bill were married in Frederick, MD in July 1935. Louise grew up in Mt. Rainer and Berwyn, MD. After graduation from Business High School in Washington, DC, Louise worked for GrayBar Electric and The Washington Daily News. In 1963 Louise joined the Assessment Department of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, Hyattsville, from which she retired in 1975. Louise enjoyed travelling, visiting almost every state in the USA, as well as more than 25 countries. She took her last international trip at age 103. She prepared carefully for each trip and kept detailed journals. Louise was very active in St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hyattsville between 1937 and 2014 and the Prince George's County Historical Society for many years. Louise leaves her daughters, Dr. Patricia Tatspaugh of London, UK; Elizabeth "Betty" Funk (Ralph) of Framingham MA; Margaret Whippee (Alfred) of Friendship MD; Catherine Bernstein of Hampton VA; and son, John Tatspaugh (Chou-Chi) of Berryville VA; as well as eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her son-in-law, Hyman "Bernie" Bernstein; her granddaughter's husband, John F. Heffernon; her brothers and their wives: Joseph A. Jr., James D. and Stella, William A., Paul H., Charles K., Creighton O. and Mary, Robert M. and Eileen, and Frederick S; and her sister, Virginia V. Straight. Family viewing at Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A., 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20781 on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 6 to 8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at St. Matthew's Parish, 5901 36th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782 on Saturday, January 19 at 10 a.m., followed by burial at 12:30 p.m. at Maryland National Memorial Park, 13300 Baltimore Ave. Laurel, Maryland 20707. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Louise to either St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 5901 36th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD 20782 or the Frederick S. DeMarr Library of County History, Prince George's County Historical Society, P.O. Box 1513, Upper Marlboro, MD 20773-1513.

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Gasch's Funeral Home, P.A.
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Hyattsville, MD 20781
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Published in The Washington Post from Jan. 13 to Jan. 15, 2019