In Memoriam - Page 2

Memorial Day – Penn Branch residents who served

We salute all of those who served.   Several former residents of Penn Branch are interred at Arlington National Cemetery.   Here’s a few facts about some our residents who served:

Bob Strickland was a mentor for aspiring minority journalists.Chief Master Sargent Bob Strickland (1931-2008) USA 9 Reporter,  3 time local Emmy winner, 20 year career in the Air Force; Born Rupert Strickland in Rainbow City, Panama Canal. He co-founded with the late ABC broadcaster Max Robinson a mentoring program for aspiring minority journalists, which launched numerous broadcasters on their careers.   Spouse of Penn Branch resident Janet Strickland.   Janet Strickland is chair of the PBCCA hospitality committee.


Lt. Col. Buffington E. FallsLt. Colonel Buffington E. Falls. (1928-2014)  Spouse of Penn Branch resident Janet Falls.  Lt. Falls was a mentor an strong supporter of youth in DC public schools and youth in the Penn Branch Community.  He and his wife Nita (deceased) moved to Penn Branch in 1965, and purchased his home from the developer  After Nita’s death, he later married Janet Falls is still active in the community.


Master Sargent Ludwig Seitz (1905-1988) – Spouse of Veronica Kosco Seitz (1910-1999); The Seitz family built their home on the 3600 block of Highwood in the 1940’s.  Ms. Seitz was known for garden which was featured in several garden magazines.  She was a strong supportor of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church.  The Seitz family came from a strong military family which included nephew General Edward C. Meyer, former Chief of Staff US Army.




Deaths: We regret to announce the passing of our neighbor and former DC MPD police officer Lawrence “Larry” Coates who lived on S Street.   Larry was a long-time Penn Branch resident.  A celebration of his life will take place on Tuesday, February 16 at Peace Baptist Church 712 18th Street, NE. Viewing 9:30 am – 11:00 am. Services 11:00 am.


Mrs. Carrie Bell Freeman
Mrs. Carrie Bell Freeman

Deaths – We regret announcing the passing of long-time Penn Branch resident, Mrs. Carrie Bell Freeman. Mrs. Freeman was the wife of Bishop Robert O. Freeman and lived on Nash Street. The wake will be held Sunday, January 17 from 6-9 pm at the Spirit of Faith Christian Center, 2261 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills, MD. The funeral service will be Monday, January 18 at 11:00 am; viewing begins at 10:00 am.

The Freeman’s are long-time residents of Penn Branch and owners of Freeman’s Funeral Services.

In Memoriam: Pamela Bridgewater Toure


Penn Branch Resident Pamela D. Bridgewater Toure (July 22, 1969 – Dec. 27, 2014) passed away on December 27, 2014 at the age of 45.  Pamela Bridgewater Toure Pam was an active member of the Penn Branch Citizens Civic Association (PBCCA) and wife of past president, Kweku Toure.   Pam produced the Penn Branch newsletter, lead a valuable PBCCA seminar on wills and trusts and senior issues, as well as helped organize host the 2014 community inner dance.  Pam never let cancer slow her down.

Pamela was also an activist lawyer and legal scholar specializing in issues related to reproduction, sexuality, identity, poverty and women’s health. As a lawyer, Pamela provided legal defense of reproductive health care clinics, service providers and activists, and also provided pro bono legal service and consultation on matters such as estate planning for poor people and people living with HIV/AIDS, as well as legal services for peace activists and activists within the fair trade and globalization movements. As a professor, she inspired students at Northeastern University’s School of Law and at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she became a tenured law professor by the age of 35. Until illness made continuing at AU impossible, she taught property law, inheritance law, and reproduction and the law.

Pam & Kweku - NewsletterPam who took such an active role in some many venues was a friend, advocate and inspiration to many; she will truly be missed.

A memorial services were held at the Woman’s National Democratic Club, located at 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036, on Sunday February 1, 2015 .. 

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In Memoriam: Lt. Colonel Buffington E. Falls

Buffington E. Falls
Lt. Colonel Buffington E. Falls

The Penn Branch community celebrates the life and mourns the loss of long-time resident, Lt. Colonel Buffington E. Falls.

Buffington Falls was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. We extend our sincere condolences to his loving wife Janet and their many family and friends.

The family has provided this list of Colonel Falls’ favorite charities for any one who wishes to make a donation in his honor.

  • Breast Cancer Research
  • Wounded Warriors
  • Veterans of Foreign Affairs
  • Feed The Children
  • Red Cloud Indian School

Please forward any condolences to the family at:

Penn Branch Civic Association
P.O. Box 6730 SE Washington, DC 20020-2325