Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Jane Gude

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Jane Callaghan Gude, 86, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Rockville and Chevy Chase, died March 24, 2008, at her home.

Born in 1922 in Baltimore, she was the wife of the late Gilbert Gude, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who died in 2007. They had been married nearly 59 years.

Mrs. Gude attended Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School and earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Trinity College (now Trinity University) in 1945. She worked with Irish Catholic and Protestant mothers organizing to end the violence. She visited Belfast at the height of hostilities as part of the peace effort.

She was a Girl Scout leader, a leader of the National Society of Colonial Dames, a founder of the sodality at The Church of the Little Flower, a Dame of Malta, a member of the John Carroll Society, the Christ Child Society, the Chevy Chase Women’s Republican Club and the International Neighbors Society.

Mrs. Gude is survived by five children, Sharon of Rockville, Adrienne of Washington, D.C., Gilbert Jr. and Gregory, both of Bethesda, and Daniel of Cabin John; one brother, Rear Adm. William Callaghan of Rockville; and three grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 27 at The Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda.

DeVol Funeral Home in Washington, D.C. handled arrangements.