Jerrie Rutter Harr
CENTREVILLE — Mrs. Jerrie Rutter Harr, 81, of Centreville, MD, wife of James Willard (Will) Harr, passed away peacefully in her home on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, after a long illness. She was surrounded by her loving family.
She was born on Dec. 7, 1935, in Bristol, VA, the daughter of James and Frances Rutter.
She was preceded in death by her parents and by her step-mother, Mae Rutter; and brothers-in-law: C.D. Harr, Jerry Harr, Grove Winegar and Fred Wagner.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, James Willard (Will) Harr of Centreville; her sister, Joan Michaels (Mike) of Chesapeake Beach, MD; her step-sister, Annah Courts (Mark) of Knoxville, TN; three daughters: Denise Wolfe (Phillip) of War wick, RI; Cynthia Harr Beville (Earl) of Grasonville, MD; Regina Ellick (Niel) of Stevensville, MD; six grandchildren: Staci O’Neill (Conor) of Manassas, VA; Amanda Stokes (Joe) of Stevensville, MD; Brandon Drabczyk (Lindsey) of Pasadena, MD; Robert Knotts (Crystal) of Centreville, MD; Kara Drabczyk of Grasonville, MD; Michael Wolfe of Annapolis, MD; eight greatgrandchildren; special cousins: James B. Loggins of Crofton, MD; Tammye Keola and Justin Mahon of Davidsonville, MD; also survived by sisters-in-law: Dorothy Harr, Lucille Winegar, Sue Wagner, Rebecca Harr, Ann Mays (Charles); brothers-inlaw: Herman Harr (Betty); Wayne Harr (Vivian) of Blountville, TN; Dale Harr (Virginia) of Kingsport, TN; as well as many very special nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends and neighbors.
Jerrie and Will moved to Maryland in early 1959; Jerrie stayed at home raising their three daughters, and was an exceptional homemaker, mother and wife. As her daughters grew older, she began a career as a Dental Assistant and Dental Office Manager until retiring to Centreville, MD. In the early 1990s, Jerrie and Will built their dream home and enjoyed many years of traveling, gardening and spending time with their beloved family.
She loved warm weather, vacationing in Aruba, swimming in her pool and had an outstanding aptitude for growing plants. She took great care to create a warm and beautiful home for her family. Above all, she loved her family and they loved her. She was a devoted member of the Centreville United Methodist Church.
A memorial service will be held at the Centreville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 7. Internment will take place in Blountville, TN, at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Centreville United Methodist Church, 608 Church Hill Road, Centreville, MD 21617 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Judes Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (email@example.com).
Special thanks to Compass Regional Hospice in Centreville, MD. “Kitty” Kramer Gsell and William Henry “Henny” Gsell. Kay was a proud graduate of Chestertown High School and Goldey-Beacom College.
Kay drove a school bus for Kent County Public Schools for a few years, owned and opened a kindergarten class and for over 30 years was a social worker with the State of Maryland’s Department of Social Services. During her years as a social worker, Kay was a proud and passionate advocate for those that needed assistance in life’s journey. After retiring from the State of Maryland, Kay was a court commissioner and licensed Realtor for Champion Realty until her passing. Kay especially enjoyed helping first time home buyers.
Kay was a lifelong resident of Chestertown, and so very proud to call Chestertown home. Kay loved all activities that involved family, friends and community. She was a fixture on the sidelines or audience at any event in which her sons or grandchildren were involved. She especially enjoyed her beautiful home, gardening, cooking and, most of all, hosting family/ friends.
She was a longtime member of the Eastern Star and a lifelong member of Christ United Methodist Church of Chestertown. She also was a proud and active past member of the Kent County Board of Education.
Kay is survived by sons Gregory K. Starkey and wife Isabel of Stevensville, Gary S. Starkey and wife Lisa of Arnold and William H. “Hank” Starkey and wife Kim of Centreville; grandchildren Robert Applefeld, Rachel Starkey, Lauren Starkey, Sarah Starkey, Stephen Starkey and Bryan Starkey; great-granddaughter Brislin Moon Applefeld; sisters Joyce Hahnel and Deborah Carter; niece Trish Benton; and her beloved dog, Mei Leigh.
Service to be held at 11 a.m. April 8 at Christ United Methodist Church, 401 High St., Chestertown. Celebration reception to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Chester River Yacht & Country Club, 7738 Quaker Neck Road, Chestertown.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Compass Regional Hospice, 160 Coursevall Drive, Centreville, MD 21617.
Thank you to all friends, co-workers and caregivers. Our family sends our sincere thanks for your love, support, and friendship.
Kay lived her life by these three words: Passion, Strength, and Love.
Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, Chestertown.
www.fhnfuneralhome.com is survived by three daughtersin-law, 15 grandchildren and 23 nieces and nephews.
Born Dec. 16, 1934, and raised in Dundalk, Shirley attended and graduated from Patterson Park High School in 1952. Following her marriage to Vito at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in Dundalk, the couple moved to Chestertown in 1960. They together partnered to raise their family, while successfully owning and operating Chestertown Pharmacy. After her husband’s passing, she became the store’s sole proprietor, before its official closing in 2013. Shirley also was an active member of the Chestertown community, serving on many committees and social organizations.
She will be remembered best as a devoted wife and mother who put everyone’s needs and interests ahead of her own.
A mass will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, High Street, Chestertown. Relatives and friends may gather on Friday, March 31, between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. and again from 6 to 8 p.m. at Fellows, Helfenbein & Newnam Funeral Home, 130 Speer Road, Chestertown. Interment will be in Chester Cemetery, Chestertown.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Kent Center, 215 Scheeler Road, Chestertown, MD 21620.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www. fhnfuneralhome.com.
JERRIE RUTTER HARR
CATHERINE “KAY” GSELL STARKEY