JANICE BRINTNALL (1930 - 2019)

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Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, L.L.C.
9902 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA
22032
(703)-425-9702
Funeral Mass
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019
1:30 PM
Nativity Catholic Church
6400 Nativity Lane
Burke, DC
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Funeral Mass
Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019
1:30 PM
Nativity Catholic Church
6400 Nativity Lane
Burke, VA
View Map
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BRINTNALL JANICE O'NEILL BRINTNALL Janice O'Neill Brintnall was suddenly called to begin her eternal life on October 30, 2019. Predeceased by her husband of fifty-four years, BG Clarke M. Brintnall, and survived by her daughter, Julie Brintnall-Karabelas and William Karabelas, and her most cherished grandsons Thomas and Peter. Born in 1930, and raised in Bronxville, New York she later earned her B.A. from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. and her M.A. from Columbia University. She worked as a journalist for the New York Times, taught elementary school around the world and as a real estate agent in N. Virginia. Janice embraced being an Army wife dedicating her life to her husband's long and distinguished career, and except for Vietnam, was always by his side. Together, they traveled on numerous tours of duty including Defense Attache' and Army Attache' in Brazil becoming fluent in Portuguese. With her outgoing nature and infectious laugh, lavish parties for international leaders, she made lifelong friends everywhere, serving in clubs, organizations, and charities. President of the Army Officer's Wives Club (AOWC) at Fort Meyer, also serving on the board for years,was involved with the Army Wives Zip Code Group and famous for festive Christmas luncheons. An avid member of her "Brazil Group" and she adored her West Point family. Her many hobbies included playing bridge with various groups and she was the Chair of the AOWC of the Greater Washington Area bridge group. She enjoyed volunteering for health associations, her daughter and grandsons' schools and the White House. She was a member of the Cosmos Club and Nativity Catholic Church. A captivating writer, she had numerous articles published. She had a talent for telling fascinating and hilarious stories. Her many homes included: beloved "Eastway" in Bronxville, Maryland, the Canal Zone in Panama, Arizona, California, Rio de Janeiro and Brasilia, Brazil, FL, PA, and several tours in Washington D.C. She was an enthusiastic traveler and visited too many countries to list, from the upper Amazon to the Great Wall. She and her husband enjoyed cruising and visited hundreds of ports, citing St. Petersburg, Istanbul, Odessa, and Vancouver as favorites. Janice's greatest passion was her family. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Jeremiah F. O'Neill and Enez R. O'Neill, sister, Jeraldine Traxler, nephew Thomas, great-niece Elizabeth and goddaughter Pratricia Faviere. Also survived by her nieces and nephews, Janice Carr (Fred), Suzi Forgach (Jeff), Robert Traxler and William Traxler, nieces Susan Lamb (Jeff), Sandi Burk (Arlo) and Diane Scott (late John) and her great-nieces and nephews Jackie, Tina (Ben), Peter, and Anna Forgach, Kathleen Carr and great-niece Isabel Carr. A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on November 23 at Nativity Catholic Church in Burke, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke, VA immediately followed by a reception. Burial and interment will be held on a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Benedictine Monks at Benet Lake at St. Benedict's Abbey: 12605 224th Avenue, Benet Lake, WI 53102 or online www.benetlake.org. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.A Funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. on November 23 at Nativity Catholic Church in Burke, 6400 Nativity Lane, Burke, VA immediately followed by a reception. Burial and interment will be held on a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Benedictine Monks at Benet Lake at St. Benedict's Abbey: 12605 224th Avenue, Benet Lake, WI 53102 or online www.benetlake.org. It is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 17, 2019
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