Emma Louise Allio, born September 24, 1931, peacefully passed away on October 22, 2018, at the age of 87.
Louise or “Lou” as many called her, was born in Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and was raised in Washington, DC, by her beloved mother, Elizabeth Collier and step-father, Ernst Collier. Louise grew into a beautiful young woman and had begun modeling when, at age 19, she met her husband, Dennis Allio, who was serving in the Air Force in Washington, DC.
Louise had a passion for traveling and entertaining during the 25 years she and Dennis spent overseas during his career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service. Louise and Dennis’ foreign posts included Kaiserslautern, Germany and Seoul, Korea. With their three children they traveled throughout Europe and Southeast Asia, enjoying local cuisine and collecting artwork and antiques. Louise especially enjoyed teaching conversational English to many adoring students during her 10 years in Seoul, Korea.
Louise was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who loved her family and “The Farm,” her home in Charlotte Hall, MD. She was a second mother to many of her children’s friends. Louise was happiest when friends and family gathered at The Farm, especially during the holidays where her gift of decorating was at its finest. Her passion of making homemade breads, desserts, and Italian favorites made those family gatherings memorable.
Louise loved her animals, enjoyed collecting cookbooks and growing fresh herbs and vegetables in her garden. One of Louise’s hobbies was shopping the local antique stores. She could make the cheapest little trinket look like an expensive treasure. Her floral arrangements were one of kind, but she made them look effortless. Louise was a joy to be around, with her gift of gab and sense of humor. She was a stranger to no one and offered everyone who crossed her path a sense of comfort, love and true friendship.
Louise was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Dennis Anthony Allio Sr.; her mother, Elizabeth Collier; and her step-father, Ernst Collier.
She is survived by her sons: Dennis Allio Jr. and wife Gail Allio, of Chantilly, Virginia; Joseph C. Allio and wife Jan Allio, of Parkton, MD; and her daughter, Lisa Wathen and husband Frank Wathen, of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren: Dennis Allio III, of Chantilly, Virginia; Jason Allio, of Reston, Virginia; Christopher Allio, Lauren Allio, and Angelina Allio,of San Diego, California; Frank Wathen III, Meredith Wathen, and Elizabeth Wathen, of Houston, Texas; and great grandchildren: Natalie Allio, of Chantilly, VA; Tylar and Sloane Allio, of Reston, Virginia; and Kendall and Reagan Allio, of San Diego, California.
Visitation on Thursday, October 25, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at Ruck Funeral Home, 1050 York Road, Towson, MD. Funeral Mass on Friday, October 26, 12 p.m. at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 18310 Middleton Road, Parkton, MD.
Jerry D. Foster, died peacefully on October 21, 2018 at Sunrise Senior Living, Richmond, VA, after a valiant fight with Parkinson’s Disease and its many side effects. He was 73. He was born on Nov. 29, 1944, in Florence, Alabama, where he graduated from Coffee High School in 1962. In 1966, he graduated from University of North Alabama, Florence, with majors in Biology and Military Science. He was commissioned into the U.S. Army on August 14, 1966 as an Armor Officer, He served two combat tours of duty in Vietnam as an Attack Helicopter Pilot, from Jan. 1968 to Jan. 1969 and a second tour from Sept. 1971 to March 1973. He was a Senior Army Aviator and his service was recognized by his receipt of two Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart, six Meritorious Service Medals, 35 Air Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, and others for his service. Following Vietnam, he served two tours in Germany, two tours in the Pentagon, a year in Sinop, Turkey, and one year in Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands, South Pacific. He retired in August 1992 as a Lieutenant Colonel, having served our country for 26 years. He then was employed by Synoptics, Inc. a Ft. Lee, Virginia contractor. In August 1999, he was employed by the Federal Civil Service and worked with the U.S. Navy as a Program Manager at Pax River, MD and retired in Nov. 2010.
He enjoyed being with family and friends, flower gardening, and anything related to “cars”: repairing, maintaining, viewing, and perusing car magazines.
He is preceded in death by his father, James Henry Foster Sr. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Sharon Barkley Foster; his mother, Pauline Swinford Foster; his brother, James and sister-in-law Glenda; his daughters: Amy Clabough (Robert), Ashley Foster, Lesley Foster (Scott Storey); stepchildren: John Simko (Cathy), Leslie Currle (Jonathan); nine grandchildren: Madeline, Kelly, Phillip, Jack, Katalin, Allison, Michael, Lucy and Finn.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 11 a.m. at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad St., Glen Allen, VA, with a reception to follow. Future interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery.