Edna J. Newstead



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Newstead, Edna J. (Wietz) Rochester: Thursday, November 26, 2015 at age 95. Predeceased by her beloved husband of 75 years, Raymond H. Newstead; her parents, William and Edna Wietz; sister, Wilma DeMarco. Survived by her cherished children, Raymond Jr. (Karen), James (Mary Lou) and Velora Rice; precious Nana to, Julie (John) Schade, Robert (Rosalina), James, Kevin, SSG Jeffrey (Celina) and Michael (Sara); many great-grandchildren; loving sisters, Dorothy McFaul and Ellen Barton; many dear friends, including Scottie Rae, Nancy Tierson, Gene Preston, Patricia Feeney & Betty Arch. Edna was the secretary at Mother of Sorrows School for several years in the 1950’s and 60’s. She was an accomplished vocalist, organist, and doll and art collector. At age 17 she sang with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. She was often requested by churches in Baltimore Maryland to sing her beloved ‘Ave Maria.’ No prior calling. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday (Dec 12th) 9:30 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Church, 5000 Mt. Read Blvd. Entombment, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Mother of Sorrows Church in her memory. For more information or to visit Edna’s online guestbook, please visit www.MeesonFamily.com.


  1. velora rice on January 12, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Nana was a beautiful and unique woman. She always made you feel special…like you were the only one in the room when you were talking with her. She had compassion for anyone, no matter what the circumstances. She had a special place in her heart for all animals. They made her smile and laugh. Her husband, Ray and children, Ray Jr., Jim and Velora were the love of her life. She would do anything to make sure they had a happy life. Heaven and everyone there are blessed to have her as the newest angel. We love you mom, and you are still here with us and always will be! Love, Sis xxx –

  2. Velora Rice on October 2, 2021 at 1:49 am

    Happy Birthday, mom. We love you and miss you lots. Sis. X

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