It is with deep sadness to let you know that our longtime member Fritz Buscher died on Thursday, October 19, 2023 at his home in Leisure World. He was 94.
Fritz joined the Saengerbund as an active singer in 1958, one of the last ones whose membership reaches back to the 1950s. A few years later he met his wife Marita at their workplace. Both loved to sing, and she too quickly became part of the Saengerbund. They got married in June 1962.
Both have been unforgettable members of the Saengerbund, as well as of the Concord Club.
They were not only active singers for many years, but also were most helpful when it came to club activities. With Marita always at his side,
Fritz and Marita could be found among the participants having a good time. Eventually age and medical issues caught up and they had to slow down their activities.
The funeral service will be on Tuesday November 7 at 11:00am at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 15661 Norbeck Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906. Phone 301-924-0067. The Saengerbund is going to sing.
Flowers may be sent through Aspen Hill Florist, phone 301-460-4900; they make deliveries to the church.
We are sad having to say goodbye to Fritz, and extend our deepest sympathy to his loving wife Marita.
UPDATE: If you plan to attend the post-funeral reception at Leisure World, please email email@example.com to get on the list for the security gate.
It is with sadness to announce that Margaret Moeller unexpectedly died on July 21, 2023 after surgery. She was 73. She and her husband Werner Moeller became members of the Saengerbund in 1994. They were also members of the Concord Club of Washinton D.C. Margaret did not sing in the chorus but was always available when the Saengerbund needed a helping hand.
Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD, (Valet Parking), Sunday, July 30, 2023, from 2 to 4 pm and at St. Andrew Apostle Church, 11600 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD, on Monday, July 31, 2023, from 9:30-10:30 am where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 am. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery.
Our condolences and sincere sympathy for Werner and the family.
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our wonderful member and friend Josef ‘Sepp’ Schnabl on Saturday, July 8th 2023. He passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at his home in Fairfax, VA. He was 90 years old. Sepp was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Julienne (Julie) Schnabl.
Sepp was born in Sudetenland and, via Canada, immigrated to the United States in 1964. He settled in Fairfax, VA where he made his home.
He made certain to be part of the German community and found it in his beloved singing society, the Washington Sängerbund, and in the Concord Club of Washington, DC. He made lifelong friendships and kept traditions alive. He loved to sing and enjoy a good German beer at many Concerts, Oktoberfests, Faschings, and Christmas parties.
His never ending energy made him a stalwart in both, the Saengerbund and the Concord Club, where he served on the Saengerbund board as Hausmeister (caretaker), and as Trustee of the Concord Club continuously since 1985. He was also a member of the board of the former German Orphan Home in Upper Marlbor, MD until it closed its doors. As one member noted "The world is a poorer place without Sepp!" He shall be missed dearly!
See Sepp‘s obituary.
With our deepest sympathy to his daughters Rita and Susanne and families.
There will be a memorial celebration on Friday, August 18th 2023 at 2pm, Stacy Sherwood Community Center, 3750 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax, VA 22030. In lieu of flowers, Sepp desired that contributions be made to the Washington Sängerbund, 2434 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20007, or the website www.saengerbund.org
epp and Julienne will be laid to rest in a private service at Prospect Hill Cemetery on August 20, 2023.
We mourn the loss of an active singer. Camilla Rudolph died unexpectedly on February 18, 2023. She was 80. She suffered heart failure during a medical procedure, lost consiousness and went into a coma. She never recovered and died the next day.
Camilla joined the Washington Saengerbund in 2013 and became an active singer with the sopran section. She was an artist and had a great interest in German choral music.
With our sincere condolences to her sister Garcia and the family.
We share with deep sadness that Mary Stradley tragically passed away on February 10, 2023 at Fairfax Hospital. She was 68.
Mary has been a long-time, faithful member of both the Washington Saengerbund and the Concord Club. She sang with the chorus, but also served as Membership Chair and Entertainment Chair on both boards of directors.
We shall miss her dearly.
We were notified by Steven Caldwell that his mother Inge Caldwell peacefully passed away on December 6, 2022 at home where she resided with her son Steve and daughter in-law Robin; Inge was 86. She and her husband Bill were long-time members of the Washington Saengerbund and the Concord Club. Both were very active and well liked, especially during their singing career with the Washington Saengerbund.
Memorial service for Inge Caldwell will be on Sunday, May 28, 2023 at 4pm at United Church/Vereinigte Kirche, 1920 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20006. The Washington Saengerbund is going to sing.
With sadness we report that Art Lord passed away after a brief stay in the hospital on November 1, 2022 at the age of 83. Art and his wife Sieglinde were members of the Washington Saengerbund (Sieglinde as an alto in the chorus), the Concord Club, and the Washingtonia Schuhplattlers (as dancers). Art most recently served on the board of directors of the Concord Club as financial secretary.
A Memorial Service for Art Lord will be held on Saturday, December 17, 2022 at 10:30am
at Christ The King Catholic Church, 2301 Colston Dr, Silver Spring, Md 20910.
With our sincere condolences to Sieglinde.
We have been notified by daughter Kristin Anderson that her mother Marga Anderson died on July 21, 2022 after a lengthy stay in hospice care. She was 90 years of age.
She was a member of the Washington Saengerbund since 1971 as an active singer for many years. During the 1970s she served as corresponding secretary on the board of directors.
Marga also became a member of the Concord Club in 1971. During the years 1981 to 1986 she served on the board of the Concord Club as secretary, and then as vice-president. Her predeceased husband David had also been a member of both clubs.
Funeral Home visitation on Tuesday, August 23, from 3 to 5pm at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, MD 20901.
Burial at Arlington National Cemetery on Wednesday, November 2 from 3-5pm at the Old Chapel. Visitors must fill out a pass form to be admitted. Click here to Apply for Pass , then click “Apply for Visitors Pass.” Enter 45 minutes early at the Hatfield Gate, Second St S., Arlington, VA 22214. Their phone number is 703-969-0186.
Facemasks required while in the Chapel.
Our sincere condolences to Kristin and the family.
We have received the sad news from Jackie Rowland, the daughter of the Schroeder's, that her father Fred passed away on Sunday, April 10, 2022. He was 93. He had medical complications and was in the hospital. His entire family was at his side.
Jackie tells us that it is their wish to be buried together. That means Fred will be cremated and later, once Paula passes, they will be placed together in one casket in their plot in Calvert County, MD.
The family will have a private memorial family dinner for Fred.
Paula and Fred have been long-time members of the Washington Saengerbund and the Concord Club and were deeply involved in club activities for many years. They cherished both organizations, and made wonderful friends, with whom they had so many great times.
We extend our deepest sympathy to Paula and the family.