Lenore Genevieve Gift, 89
Memorial ServiceLenore Genevieve Gift, age 89 of Hollywood, MD, died at St. Mary's Hospital on June 2, 2012.
Born on August 7, 1922 in Vesper, Wisconsin, Lenore was the fourth child born to Mildred Warner Wipfli and Carl A. Wipfli. She was predeceased by her brothers, Donald, Gerald and Rollie Wipfli.
Lenore joined the ranks of over 10,000 women who served with the SPARs, a Woman's Reserve of the US Coast Guard from 1943 to 1945 and was honorably discharged. SPARs was created to free men from stateside service so they could fight overseas.
Lenore married John F. Gift and they lived in Washington, D.C. She worked for the Library of Congress for thirty years, from 1950 to 1980 when she retired. She was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C. from 1967 through 1997. Her only son, Nicholas A. Gift, died in 1975.
When her husband died in 1997, Lenore moved to St. Mary's county to live with her daughter, Geraldine. She then became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Lexington Park, MD.
She is survived by her daughter, Geraldine Marie Pharis (Jerry) of Hollywood, MD; her sister Marie Arnold of Rudolph, WI; two grandchildren Jeffrey W. Pharis (Genevieve) of Lexington Park, MD. and Jaime M. Canter (Aaron) of Piney Point, MD. and five great-grandchildren, Nicholas W. Pharis, Jonathan C. Pharis, Evelyn E. Pharis, Lillian M. Canter and Benjamin A. Canter.
A memorial service honoring her life will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 46707 Shangri-La Drive, Lexington Park, MD. 20653, on June 11, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., with Pastor Rev. Roger Schoolcraft presiding. Interment will be on Sunday June 10, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Fayetteville, PA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Lenore may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church-WARM at the above address or to the Kevin Arnold Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Stevens Point Area Catholic Schools, attn: Lori Schafranski, 1003 First Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.
Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.