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Date published: 9/11/2013

Dr. Gordon Rosenberger

On Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013, Dr. Gordon S. "Popi" Rosenberger, M.D., 93, went home to be with the Lord. After a long battle with cancer, Gordon died peacefully at his daughter's home in Orange County.

A longtime resident of Rockville, Md., Dr. Rosenberger graduated from Richard Montgomery High School in 1939. In 1942, he graduated from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, then continued his education at Georgetown Medical School, receiving his Doctor of Medicine in 1945. Except for a brief respite from his practice from 1953 to 1955, when he served as a captain in the U. S. Army, he practiced medicine as a general practitioner on West Montgomery Avenue in Rockville for 41 years, until his retirement in 1987.

Gordon married his high school sweetheart, Mary Richardson "Polly" Prescott, in 1943. They were blessed with two daughters, Mary Richardson Rosenberger "Ricki" Strachan and her husband, Michael, of Orange and Teresa Prescott Rosenberger "Teri" Holland of Baltimore. Their union lasted 60 years, until Polly's death in 2003.

In 2005, Gordon and Barbara Smith Veirs were united in marriage. They resided at Brook Grove Retirement Village in Olney, Md., until Barbara's passing in 2012.

In addition to his daughters, Dr. Rosenberger is survived by six grandchildren, Lisa Walter and her husband, Todd, of Albemarle, N.C., Brian Holland and his wife, Rachael, of Westminster, Md., Todd Holland and his wife, Mary, of Baltimore, Thomas Strachan and his wife, Rhonda, of Chesapeake, Tammy Norton and her husband, John, of Bristow and Michelle Brewer and her husband, Chad, of Westminster, Colo.; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service for Dr. Rosenberger will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, p.m. at Ashton United Methodist Church, 17314 New Hampshire Ave., Ashton, Md.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.

An online guest book is available at johnsoncares.com.