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 Mrs. Joyce R. Kersh

Joyce Ramsey Kersh, beloved wife of Rear Admiral John M. (Jack) Kersh USN (Ret.), passed away on January 25, 2016, following a three-year battle with cancer.  She was born in Washington, PA, on February 11, 1935 to Lester H. and Iva A. Ramsey of Eighty-Four, PA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Penn State University in 1957 and received a Master of Arts in Reading Science from The Citadel in 1981. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Fraternity and President of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary Society at Penn State.  Joyce taught in elementary and high schools in Norfolk, VA, Groton, CT, and Charleston, SC. Also, she worked as a counselor and registrar in continuing education at George Mason University.

Joyce was a Navy wife raising three children while living in Norfolk, VA, Groton, CT, Charleston, SC, Key West, FL, Monterey, CA, Vallejo, CA, Saratoga Springs, NY, Dunoon, Scotland, Albuquerque, NM, Fairfax, VA, Boulder, CO, and Annapolis, MD.

Joyce was a voracious reader and a member of the Submarine Officers’ Wives Book Club for over 50 years. She loved flowers and was a gifted flower arranger. She was a member and officer in the Naval Academy Wives’ Garden Club and the Wardour Garden Club. As a member of the Naval Academy Chapel Altar Guild, Joyce arranged flowers for the Chapel worship and wedding services every 4 to 6 weeks for over 15 years. For over 10 years, she was in charge of coordinating the Annapolis Area Garden Clubs in decorating the State Circle with wreaths each Christmas. She also loved playing bridge with her many friends.

Joyce is survived by her loving husband and family of three children and their spouses: John and Pam Kersh, Christopher and Sharon Kersh, Elizabeth and Tom Brasek; and five grandchildren: Ethan Kersh, Graham and Chloe Kersh and Jack and Harlan Brasek. Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, February 8 at the John M. Taylor Funeral Home, Inc. 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, MD 21401 in Annapolis. Memorial services will be held at the U.S. Naval Academy Main Chapel at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 9,followed by inurnment at the U.S. Naval Academy Columbarium. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the USNA Foundation, USNA Chapel Pastoral Care Fund 913900.

Online condolences may be made at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com .


CAPT James Pickens Adams II, USN, Ret.

9 JULY 1955 - 20 JANUARY 2016

CAPTAIN JAMES PICKENS ADAMS II, USN, of Jacksonville, FL died on 20 January 2016 after a long battle with cancer, fighting with the same stubborn tenacity with which he lived his life. Born 9 July 1955 in Asheville, NC to the late James W Adams, and Bella Adams of Florida. A graduate of Asheville Country Day School, Jim was a proud Eagle Scout with Order of the Arrow status. He went on to attend the US Naval Academy to graduate with honors from the Class of ‘77 28th company. He dedicated 30 years to serving his nation aboard the Andrew Jackson, George Bancroft, USS Ray, and as Commanding Officer USS Pittsburgh SSN720. He also served multiple assignments supporting the Fleet, and as a Consultant upon military retirement.
As a hobby, Jim did extensive research on the family lineage, becoming a member of the Sons of the American Revolution, and took great pleasure in connecting generations of family lineage together.
Jim was a great leader and mentor, touching many with his words of wisdom, leaving all who dealt with him no doubt about where he stood. A loving husband, proud father, who valued his God, his Nation, and his family. 
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Cheryl Porter Adams, their two sons J. Michael Adams and Matthew Adams of Virginia, his sisters Kim Cort (Mike) of Georgia, and Alice Gaye Williams of S. Carolina, a younger brother Gary Adams (Cindy) of Tennessee, nieces (Jesse, Kelsey) and nephews (Jeremy, Jake, Michael, Glenndon, Nicholas, Noah).
There will be a private burial at Riverside Cemetery in Asheville. A memorial service will be held at Nimmo United Methodist Church in Virginia Beach at a later date. The family welcomes all who knew and loved Jim to share their memories or pictures in his Book of Memories at http://integrityfuneral.com
In lieu of flowers, the family requests gifts in memory of Jim Adams (CAPT USN) be designated for cancer research at Mayo Clinic. Memorials can be made online at www.mayoclinic.org/development or mailed to Department of Development, Mayo Clinic, 200 First St. SW, Rochester, MN 55905.


CAPT Colin Saari, USN, Ret.

Captain Saari died after a lengthy battle with cancer at Seattle, WA on January 19, 2016.  Obituary to follow.  Condolences may be sent to his widow, Trish Saari, at 12503-9th Avenue NW, Seattle, WA  98177.

CAPT Richard J. Schleicher, USN, Ret.

It is with great sorrow that we report the passing of our friend and fellow submariner, Captain Richard J. Schleicher, USN (Retired), on Wednesday, January 13.  He was the most recent past president of the NSL PACSW chapter.  His obituary from today’s San Diego Union-Tribune is attached.

Richard J. Schleicher 

July 7, 1934 - January 13, 2016

SAN DIEGO— Captain Richard J. Schleicher, USN (Ret) was born in Baltimore, MD on July 7, 1934 to Richard L. Schleicher and Marie Rose Fraatz. He died on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Dick grew up in Inglewood, CA, and earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University.

His 30 year career in the US Navy included command of the nuclear powered submarine USS Tecumseh (SSBN 628) and command of the Service Schools at the Naval Training Center.

He served as Chief Staff Officer as well as Center Commander until his retirement in 1987. He served as president of the Naval Submarine League Pacific Southwest Chapter. Captain Schleicher taught chemistry and physics for five years at the Navy’s Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training followed by four years as Director of Education at the San Diego Model Railroad Museum. He played a major role in California Operation Lifesaver, promoting safety around railroad tracks, and was president of the Santa Fe Railway Historical and Modeling Society. He was a member of the NTC Foundation during the transition to Liberty Station. He served St. Charles Borromeo parish as school board president and chairman of the finance council, and was Grand Knight of Point Loma Council 3947, spending many Sunday mornings serving pancakes.

He organized college fair representation among the San Diego Alumni for the past 17 years, resulting in an average of 13 students attending Villanova fromSan Diego County each year.

He leaves his wife, Margaret, of 51 years, and son Ray, daughter-in-law Lori, and four grandchildren, Liam, Damien, Gemma and Gavin.

A funeral Mass will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Church on Monday, January 25 at 11:00 a.m. preceded by a Viewing at 9:30 and a Rosary at 10:20. Military honors will be rendered on the church patio following the Mass. Burial will be at the Miramar National Cemetery at 10:30 on Tuesday the 26th.

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Sean Edward Lotring

To Friends of Arnie and Kathy Lotring, very said news.  Son, Sean, died unexpectedly this past weekend.  Obituary below.  


Groton - Sean Edward Lotring, 27, of Groton Long Point, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015.

He is survived by his parents, Arnold and Katherine (Morrow) Lotring.

Funeral services will be held in early January and will be announced in a complete obituary in The Day.

The Dinoto Funeral Home, 17 Pearl St., Mystic, is assisting the family. 


CAPT. Arthur F. Rawson, Jr., USN, Ret.

Capt. Arthur F. Rawson, Jr., USN Retired Bethesda resident Arthur F. Rawson, Jr. entered eternal rest on Saturday, November 28, 2015. Born March 26, 1919 in Roanoke, VA, he was the oldest of three children of Arthur F. Rawson, Sr. and Catharine Deaterley Rawson. He is survived by his children: Arthur F. Rawson, III (Arlene) of Derwood, MD; Catharine Prezzano of New York, NY; Patricia Bent (Rex)of Albita Springs, LA; Kevin Rawson of Cordova, TN; and Lee Pantuso (Tony) of San Mateo, CA; 19 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife of 69 years, Patricia O'Toole Rawson, who passed away six weeks earlier on October 17, and his daughter Margaret Tomlinson of Pittsburgh, PA. Art was a graduate of US Naval Academy class of '42. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, that class graduated in December 18, 1941. His first assignment was to the USS Lea, a four stack, open bridge destroyer doing North Atlantic convoy duty in January. After 3 months, Art volunteered for the submarine service and spent the rest of the war patrolling the Panama Canal Zone and the Pacific Ocean. He was one of a very small number of naval officers who served on ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. He met Patricia at the end of the war at Mare Island, CA where she was a Navy LTJG. Art went on to command a number of submarines, including the USS Hammerhead out of Pearl Harbor, HI and USS Conger out of New London, CT. He was the Operations Officer on the battleship USS Iowa and Captain of the destroyer USS Stribling in two different deployments to the Mediterranean out of Norfolk, VA during the height of the cold war. He was the Captain of the troop transport USS Magoffin during the Vietnam War out of San Diego, CA. He was Commanding Officer of the Military Sea Transportation Services - Mediterranean, stationed in Livorno, Italy. He retired from the US Navy after 30 years of outstanding service to our country. He was a very active member of St. Jane de Chantal Church, The Knights of Columbus, Potomac Chrysanthemum Society, Boy Scouts of America - DC Council, US Submarine Veterans of World War II, and the Naval Academy Alumni Association. Art enjoyed golfing, gardening and being the "mayor" of Camberley Avenue. He will be greatly missed by his family, neighbors and friends. Art and Patricia will be interred together at Arlington National Cemetery, both with full military honors at future date. Arrangements by Robert A. Pumphrey Funeral Homes. Please sign the guest book and check the website for the date and time of the service when it becomes available.www.pumphreyfuneralhome.com.    See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=arthur-f-rawson&pid=176789247&eid=sp_ommatch#sthash.tlJb98FR.dpuf


Vice Adm. Kenneth M Carr, USN (Retired)

It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Vice Adm. Kenneth M. Carr on Sunday, November 15, 2015. He was 90 years old. Admiral Carr is a U.S. Navy Submarine Force icon and longtime champion of Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN 571) and the Submarine Force Museum. Born on March 17, 1925 in Mayfield, Kentucky, Admiral Carr was predeceased by his wife Molly in 2014.
Vice Adm. Carr enlisted in the Navy during World War Two, serving on an assault landing craft in the Pacific Theater. During the war he earned an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating as a member of the class of 1949. After serving as the Assistant Gunnery Officer onboard USS Eversole (DD 789), he entered Submarine School at the New London, Connecticut Submarine Base in 1950. He served on the diesel submarines USS Flying Fish (SS 229) and USS Blackfin (SS 322) until 1953 when he was assigned to the pre-commissioning crew of USS Nautilus (SSN 571) submarine, the world?s first nuclear-powered ship.
Vice Adm. Carr was first assigned as the Gunnery Officer, in charge of Torpedo Division, on Nautilus. As a young Lieutenant on the ship?s crew, he was credited with coining the popular phase “The sun always shines on Nautilus,” after the cloudy skies parted just before the submarine's launching in 1954. With the exception of twelve months spent at nuclear power training from June 1956 to May 1957, he served in a number of billets on the ship, including as the ship's engineer during her first overhaul. He transferred in December 1960. He had the distinction of being the only officer who was both a Nautilus plank owner (member of the commissioning crew) and a “PANAPO” (member of the 1958 Nautilus crew who traveled to the North Pole. He was on watch as the ship's conning officer when USS Nautilus made history on August 3rd 1958, as the first ship to voyage under the North Pole. The submarine proceeded to Portland, England where her crew received the Presidential Unit Citation, the first ever issued in peacetime.
Following his service on Nautilus, Vice Admiral Carr served as the Executive Officer of USS Scorpion (SSN 589) and USS James Monroe (SSBN 622) and as the first Commanding Officer of USS Flasher (SSN 613) and USS John Adams (SSBN 620) (Gold Crew). Shore assignments included the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (Research and Development) and as a senior member of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board. In 1972 Admiral Carr was assigned as Chief of Staff to the Commander, Submarine Force of the U.S. Atlantic Fleet. Promoted to Rear Admiral in 1973, he assumed the duties of Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense.
From June 1977 to May 1980, he commanded the U.S. Atlantic Fleet Submarine Force (COMSUBLANT). As COMSUBLANT he returned to USS Nautilus on March 3rd, 1980 as the keynote speaker for the ship's decommissioning after 25 years of service. He served as Vice Director of Strategic Target Planning at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, before assuming duties as Deputy and Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief, U.S. Atlantic Command in April 1983. Vice Admiral Carr retired from the U.S. Navy in May 1985.
In 1986 Vice Adm. Carr was appointed a Commissioner with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and in 1989 he became the Commission?s Chairman. He retired from the NRC in 1991.
Vice Adm. Carr's decorations include, two Defense Distinguished Service Medals, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with one Gold Star, the Meritorious Service Medal, a Presidential Unit Commendation with Gold “N”, Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation and the American Campaign Medal, Asiatic and Pacific Campaign Medal with two Engagement Stars, the World War II Victory Medal, the National Defense Medal with one Bronze Star, the Korean Service Medal, the Korean Presidential Medal, and the United Nations Service Medal.
The Historic Ship Nautilus (SSN 571) and Submarine Force Museum, located on the Thames River in Groton, Connecticut, maintains the world's finest collection of submarine artifacts. It is the only submarine museum operated by the United States Navy, and as such is the primary repository for artifacts, documents and photographs relating to U.S. Submarine Force history. The museum traces the development of the "Silent Service" from David Bushnell's Turtle, used in the Revolutionary War, to the Ohio and Virginia class submarines. The museum's collections include more than 33,000 artifacts, 20,000 significant documents and 30,000 photographs.

Mrs. Phyllis Schneible Whittle

Phyllis Schneible Whittle passed peacefully on November 3, 2015 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington following a fall at home. Phyllis was the daughter of the late E. Raymond and Lee Schneible. She was born in Saratoga Springs, NY on December 15, 1925. She resided in Ballston Spa, NY until August 1935 when her parents moved to Sag Harbor, NY. Phyllis had many talents. In high school she was a violinist in the school orchestra, sang in the school choir, and also performed duets with her sister, Nancy, at their church. She graduated Pierson High School as valedictorian in June of 1943 and entered Plattsburgh Teachers College. She was first violin in the college orchestra and graduated in three years as salutatorian. After college she taught home economics in Bayside NY. Later in life she taught school in Arlington, Virginia and was successful in the real estate business in Charleston, South Carolina. In June of 1947, she married Ensign Alfred J. Whittle Jr. Phyllis was the sponsor for the USS Cushing (DD-985) and remained an active member of the Society of Sponsors. Following retirement, Al and Phyllis explored the eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida and back on their sailboat. Her husband, Admiral Alfred J. Whittle Jr. passed away in 1993. For many recent years, Phyllis split her time between her home in the Washington DC area, a condo in Naples, FL, and traveling. Phyllis enjoyed exploring the world … she traveled to 59 countries and 11 territories or city-states during her life. Her traveling companion for many of her later years was her great friend, Pat Hannifin of Solana Beach, CA, a retired Navy Vice Admiral. Unfortunately, Pat passed away in January 2014. Her friend Susan Twitchell continued visiting Phyllis in Naples, as well as spending time with her in Arlington and was a wonderful friend and companion. Phyllis loved being at the Army Navy Country Club playing golf, dining, and spending time with her pool friends. She had a strong relationship with her family and recently became a great grandmother with the birth of Eloise Marie Whittle. She leaves behind her two sons, their families, her brother, and many friends: her son AJ and his wife Cindy, her grandson Jason, her grandson Rogers and his wife Katherine, her grandson Blake and his wife Caitlin, her great granddaughter Eloise, her son Jeff and his wife Peg, and her brother Seth and his wife Barbara. Her faith was unwavering and strong, and we are sure this comforted her as she passed onward. Phyllis wanted to be with her husband Al at the Naval Academy Columbarium. She will join him there this coming spring after a memorial ceremony at the US Naval Academy. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis' name may be made to the Dolphin Scholarship Foundation (4966 Euclid Road, Suite 109 Virginia Beach, VA 23462; dolphinscholarship.org). - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/CapitalGazette/obituary.aspx?pid=176459980#sthash.H3KhymKf.dpuf

RADM Joseph W. Russel, USN, Ret.

October 15, 1924 - September 09, 2015

In memory of Joseph Wolcott Russel, “Papa Joe”, 90 of Kirkland, died peacefully surrounded by family on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 of acute respiratory failure and pneumonia. Joe was born October 15, 1924 in Los Lunas, New Mexico, the son of the late Wolcott Lord and Madge (Nix) Russel.

Joe married Marianne Knudsen on October 28, 2006 at Holy Family Church in Kirkland. He was an active member of Holy Family Catholic Church and served as Chair of the Parish Council and then moved to the Finance committee. Joe was a huge supporter of both Holy Family School and Parish.
Joe graduated from the US Naval Academy and served in the Navy for 31 years retiring as a Rear Admiral in 1976. His long and successful career included command of the USS Nathan Hale, briefing President Gerald Ford, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and other members of the National Security Council, and implementing many changes to both hardware and procedures for missile testing and launching which remain in use still today. Joe worked at Boeing Aerospace Company for 14 years as a Systems Analysis Manager and then as a Defense Consultant. After Boeing he worked at H & R Block finally retiring in his seventies.
Joe was an avid horseman and the proud owner of “Dusty”, an American Quarter horse he owned for 16 years. Joe enjoyed playing bridge and was a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks and the Mariners.
He is survived by Marianne, his wife of 9 years; son David Wolcott Russel and wife Theresa; daughters, Laura Pendergraft and husband Kelly, Jeanine Russell, Susan Russel and Madeline Russel; step sons, Kevin Lamb, William Lamb and wife Tina, and Patrick Lamb and wife Sherry; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren and a brother Dan Russel and wife Flora.
He is preceded in death by his daughter, Colleen Russel, great-granddaughter Olivia Hudson, brother, Mark Russel, and his wife of 57 years, Margaret “Peggy” (Van Hecke) Russel.

Funeral Information: A memorial mass will be held at 11 am, Friday, September 18, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Kirkland, WA.

Donations Information: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a contribution to the Olivia Hudson Foundation www.oliviahudsonfoundation.org.

Donations Link: Olivia Hudson Foundation

CAPT John Benton Orzalli, USN, Ret.
YORK, Maine — John Benton " Captain Jack " Orzalli, 85, of Scotland Point Road and Bruce St. Matlach,a Fla., died on Saturday, October 3, 2015, following a period of failing health.

Born on September 4, 1930 in Sutter California, the son of John Alvin and Ruth Vivian (Greathouse) Orzalli. He graduated from Yuba City High School before entering the University of Colorado as a Naval Reserve Officer Corps Midshipman. Upon graduation in 1952, he was commissioned in the United States Navy and 9 days later married his high school sweetheart Myrtle Josephine Hamilton. He served on board USS Noble (APA 218) which saw service in the Korean War, USS Leray Wilson (DE 414), and was a plankowner on USS Henry B. Wilson (DDG-7). He received a Masters Degree in Electronics/Acoustics from the Naval Postgraduate School. Following an interview with Admiral Rickover, he transitioned to Submarine duty serving on USS Barb (SSN 596), and USS Abraham Lincoln (SSBN 602) before taking command of USS Sam Rayburn (SSBN 635). Following retirement from the Navy in 1974, he worked for almost twenty years supporting the US Navy’s Submarine Silencing Program including three years as the Head of the Ship Trials Division of the David Taylor Research Center. He supervised over 200 submarine submerged acoustic trials over those years in almost every submarine in the US Navy where he continued to train generations of submarine officers in submerged ship control.

Jack and his loving wife of over sixty three years, Myrtle enjoyed homes in many duty stations before settling in York. He was an outstanding marksman – from his days hunting before school in Sutter, through college on a championship pistol team and shooting skeet competitively – he earned his CB handle of Hawkeye as it seemed like he never missed. He was also an avid fisherman. Many of his friends and family spent time with Captain Jack fishing all around the world. He always had a fishing story – and they were all true! He volunteered his time and talent as a docent in the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, and repairing computers. He also was an AARP tax advisor for many years.

He and Myrtle were members of the York / Ogunquit Methodist Church. Together they enjoyed many years of wintering in Florida where they were active members of the First Congregational Church in Cape Coral.

He will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him, especially his loving family, Myrtle his wife of York/Matlacha, son RADM J. Clarke Orzalli USN (Ret) and his wife Dale, daughter Diana Hunter and her husband Alan Cyr, Son-in-Law James P. Dwyer III; grandchildren: Sarah Orzalli, Ian Orzalli and his wife Megan, Robert Orzalli, Megan (Dwyer) Capewell and her husband Robert, and James P. Dwyer IV; great grandchildren: Cadence, Amalia, Kyra and Lacey Capewell. He was predeceased by his daughter Amy Ruth (Orzalli) Dwyer.

SERVICES: A memorial service celebrating his life will be held onOctober 24, 2015 at York Ogunquit United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. On-line condolences may be made by visitingwww.jspelkeyfuneralhome.com . Donations may be made in honor of Jack's love for his daughter Amy to the ALS Association. Care for the Orzalli family has been entrusted to the JS Pelkey Funeral Home.

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