Virginia McQuade, 86, medical secretary

April 27, 2004

Virginia McQuade, a retired medical secretary and homemaker, died Friday at Hospice of the Valley in Glendale, Ariz., of complications after a fall. She was 86 and had moved to a Phoenix retirement community last month from the Christ Church Harbor Apartments in Baltimore.

Born Virginia Broaddus in Dayton, Ohio, she was known as Ginger and moved to downtown Baltimore as a teen. After graduating from Western High School, she attended a business college.

She was a medical secretary and assistant to Dr. Marius P. Johnson, who practiced in the Medical Arts Building in Mount Vernon. She retired about 30 years ago.

In 1973, she moved to Christ Lutheran Church's apartment building on Light Street. She was a volunteer there and at the former John L. Deaton Medical Center nearby.

"She watched the whole harbor being built," said her daughter, Donna L. Lynch of Phoenix, Ariz. "They were just starting to build the promenade when she moved in. She enjoyed spending time at the harbor."

Her husband of nearly 21 years, John William McQuade, a retired civilian Navy dental technician, died in January. Her husband of about 15 years, Richard Galster, died in 1981.

Plans were incomplete for a memorial service at Christ Lutheran Church, where Mrs. McQuade was a member.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include two granddaughters and two great-grandsons.

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