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Melitta “Mickey” Augusta Hetzl Gallagher,

91, Marbury, MD

Melitta “Mickey” Augusta Hetzl Gallagher,

91, of Marbury, Maryland, formerly

of Reston, Virginia, died Sunday,

September 15, 2013, at the University of

Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center,

LaPlata, Maryland.

Mickey was born March 15, 1922 in

Anthering, Salzburg, Austria, to the late

Alexander Hetzl and the late Therese

Stecher Hetzl.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband

of 57 years, George Merlin Gallagher, and her sister

Hilde Hetzl

At the end of WWII, during the liberation of the Republic

of Austria, she worked for both the British Army forces

in Germany and the U.S. Army forces in Salzburg, Austria.

She met her husband George at a USO Donut Social

and was married in Salzburg on October 25, 1947, by the

42nd Infantry “Rainbow” Division’s senior chaplain. She

enjoyed sewing, needle point, and photography. She

enjoyed being the Colonel’s Lady, as she supported her

husband in both his career and many aspects of his

volunteer work with MOPH Purple Heart, including being the unofficial photographer.

She was a long-time member of Unity of Fairfax

church, as well as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary

Military Order Purple Heart, Arlington Memorial Chapter

and the Gold Stars Wives, Potomac Chapter.

She is survived by her daughter Sheron-Rose (Sheri)

and husband Charlie Gould, son Dan and wife Jane,

grandchildren, Leandra Gallagher, Gabriel Gallagher (and

wife Liz), Adam Gould, Amy Gould, great-grandchildren,

Jacob, Sophia, Elijah, David, Leah, and Sarah, sister Alexandra

and husband Helmut Gehweiler, sisters-in-law

Lorine and husband Del Caldwell, and Betty Cox; and

many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (memorial service

will follow at 5:00 p.m.) on Saturday, September 21,

2013, at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden Street,

Herndon, Virginia, and interment at Arlington National

Cemetery. Additional information and condolences

at www.adamsgreen.com. G