It is in deep sorrow and faith in the Resurrection that we announce the passing of the following St. Katharine Drexel parishioners. Please remember these parishioners and their families in your prayers.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.
And let perpetual light shine upon them.
May they rest in peace.
May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.
October 30, 1929 – June 16, 2017
Jean Herr (Age 87), beloved mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend,
passed away on Friday, June 16, 2017. Born on October 30, 1929, in Andover, MA, Jean
lived the majority of her life in the Manassas, VA area. She was preceded in death by her
parents, George M. Ballantyne and Helen T. (Carroll) Ballantyne, and brother, George C.
Ballantyne. Jean devoted her life to her family, her faith and her community, and was
loved by all who knew her, especially her five children. Jean was their teacher, counselor,
advisor, coach, chauffeur, driving instructor, cheerleader, match-maker, family historian,
spiritual leader and prayer warrior, and she passed on to them her Scotch-Irish heritage,
her love of God and deep Catholic faith.
Jean also was a pillar of the Manassas community. A member of All Saints Catholic
Church since 1955, she helped plan, organize and support the building and expansion of
the church on Stonewall Road. She helped raise money to build Prince William Hospital,
served as the first President of the Manassas Park PTA, established the Manassas Park-
Yorkshire Little League and the Manassas Park Fourth of July Parade. More recently,
Jean organized happy hours and began the annual St. Patrick’s Day gathering at her
condominium building for her friends and neighbors. Always the life of the party, Jean
loved to laugh and was quick with a joke or a story, enjoyed winning card games,
dominoes and Trivial Pursuit, and she dearly loved dancing, any style – line, tap, swing,
jitterbug and Jazzercise.
Matriarch of her loving family, Jean is survived by her children: sons Charles and wife
Jackie; Bill and wife Terri; George and wife Roxanne; daughters Ellen (Herr) Guptill and
husband Brian; Patsy (Herr) Fullerton and husband Sam; 15 grandchildren Andy Herr,
Carroll (Herr) Salgado, David Herr, Scott Guptill, Jean (Guptill) Anderson, Shannon
Dempsey, Erin (Fullerton) Tracy, Sam Fullerton, Alison (Fullerton) Duncavage, Ryan Herr,
Meghan Herr, Shane Herr, Brady Herr, George Herr, Jr., and Kelly Herr; 11 greatgrandchildren
Elle, Aidan and Andrew Herr; Patrick and Miranda Salgado; Kelly and
Caitlin Anderson; Zoe Zimmer, Dryden Dempsey, Rachel and Jake Tracy, and many dear
The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 6-8 PM at Pierce Funeral
Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held
Thursday, June 22, 10 AM, at All Saints Catholic Church, 9300 Stonewall Road,
Manassas, VA, followed by interment at Stonewall Memory Gardens, 12004 Lee Highway,
Flowers or a donation to Catholic Charities are welcome expressions of sympathy.
DAVID HUGH GEDDES
September 4, 1934 – May 31, 2017
A resident of Heritage Hunt in Gainesville, VA, died on May 31, 2017, at the Alder Center for Caring. He was born in Greenfield, MA on September 4, 1934, son of Dorothy and Hugh Geddes. Dave was raised in Providence, RI, graduated from Providence College and received a Master’s Degree from Boston College. He earned a Doctorate in Business Administration from GWU. Dave’s 35-year Federal career included the IRS and the Commerce Dept.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kathleen Malone “Kate” Geddes; six children, Patrick Geddes (Angela), Peter Geddes (Diana), Daniel Geddes, Maura Gross (Jon), Claire Geddes and Erin Stamp (Michael) and three grandsons.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Mary of Sorrows Historic Church, Fairfax Station and Ox Roads, Fairfax, VA 22039 at 11 a.m., on June 5, 2017, followed by a celebration of his life at Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton, VA. Donations in Dave’s memory may be made to Capital Caring Adler Center for Caring, 24419 Millstream Drive, Aldie, VA 20105.
REAR ADMIRAL JAMES SEELY
October 15, 1932 – June 3, 2017
Rear Admiral James Michael Gleason Seely, USN Ret., 84, of Haymarket, passed away June 3, 2017 at the Novant Health – UVA Haymarket Medical Center.
Born October 15, 1932 in Los Angeles California, he was the son of Louis and Mary Seely. On July 13, 1957 in Culver City, CA, he married the former Gail Margaret Deverman Seely, who preceded him in death on April 22, 2015.
RADM Seely attended UCLA, was a member of the Sigma Pi fraternity and graduated in 1955. He proudly served in the United States Navy for more than 34 years, retiring in 1989. He has been a resident of Haymarket for the last 12 years, and has run a successful defense consulting firm until his untimely death.
Survivors include one daughter, Nina Dunleavy and her husband Daniel of Stephens City; one son, Ted Seely and his wife Susan of Centreville; three grandchildren, Brandon and Michael Seely; and Jared Dunleavy. He is also survived by several extended family members and many loving friends and colleagues.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 10001 Nokesville Road, Manassas. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at Holy Trinity Catholic Church 8213 Linton Hall Road, Gainesville on Monday, June 12, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. Please join the family following the Mass of Christian Burial at Regency Club House, 15351 Championship Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169.
Graveside and interment services will Full Military Honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorial contributions may take the form of a donation to the Haymarket Regional Food Pantry, 6611 Jefferson St, Haymarket, VA 20169.