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41590 Fenwick Street
P.O. Box 270
Leonardtown, MD 20650
Phone: (301) 475-8500
Fax: (301) 475-8909
Marica Townsend

Marica Kucko "Mary" Townsend

Wednesday, February 23rd, 1938 - Wednesday, June 16th, 2021
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Marica (Mary) Kucko Townsend, age 83, passed away peacefully June 16, 2021. She was born February 23, 1938 in Croatia (Yugoslavia). She was preceded in death by her husband, James Townsend, in 2009 and her son, Rickey Townsend, Sr, in 2004.

Marica is survived by her beloved companion, Ted; her sister and brother-in-law, Anica and Slavko Jelecki of MI; her daughter and son-in-law, Sue Ann and Dan Lass of CO; son and daughter-in-law, Thomas and Dawn Townsend of FL; 4 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; along with her extended family and friends.

She grew up during times of war in a small village. Life was not always easy, she worked by hand on the family homestead. Whenever there was a dance, Mom was there. After fleeing communist Yugoslavia, she became a U.S. Navy wife and was devoted to her adopted country.

She loved people, no one was a stranger to her. She was “Grandma” to everyone around her. She was an excellent seamstress, loved to knit, and volunteered in her community.

Please join us in celebrating Marica’s life on Thursday, June 24th at Mattingly-Gardner Funeral Home, 41590 Fenwick St, Leonardtown, MD. Family visitation is at 8:30 am, the public from 9:00-10:00, immediately followed by a service.

In lieu of cut flowers, the family will accept living flowers for her memory garden.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, June 24th, 2021 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    Thursday, June 24th, 2021 9:00am - 10:00am
    Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. and Crematory
    41590 Fenwick Street
    P.O. Box 270
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, June 24th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Thursday, June 24th, 2021 10:00am
    Mattingley-Gardiner Funeral Home, P.A. and Crematory
    41590 Fenwick Street
    P.O. Box 270
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Robert McNutt
  • Interment

    Arlington National Cemetery
    1 Memorial Drive
    ARLINGTON, VA 22202
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    Interment will be held at a later date


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Raymon & Barbara Lising

Posted at 12:01pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.Love,
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Antonella Volpe

Posted at 10:33am
I am so sad to hear this news. Many childhood memories from Georgia, to Virginia, then Maryland flood my thoughts. Beaches, camping, BBQ's and laughter. RIP sweet Lady. No doubt you were met by lots of love and hugs.

Elizabeth and Rebecca O'Keefe

Posted at 08:22am
The photograph of Marica in the car is perfect, she loved traveling by car. She drove up with Ted to visit us in New Jersey, and later, in Rhode Island, helped us celebrate our mother’s 96th birthday. In turn, we came down to California for several visits, where we were taken around to all the local attractions and entertained royally by Marica, Ted, and her grandson’s wonderful family. Her garden was beautiful, a work of art, which she clearly loved cultivating. In the evenings, she Introduced us to “Doc Martin,” “Lord of the Glen,” and other favorite British tv comedies. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

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