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Therese G. Brendler
Viewing: October 25, 2018 (Thursday) from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Service: October 26, 2018 (Friday) at 10:00 a.m.
Location: St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD

Therese Georgiana Brendler, 65, of Rockville, MD, passed away October 16, 2018.

She was born April 6, 1953 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and was the fifth of six children born to Joseph Stephen Brendler and Marian Elizabeth Hanley Brendler.  Her family moved to New Jersey briefly, and then to Lake Charles, Louisiana where she graduated from St. Louis High School in 1971.  She majored in chemistry at the University of Texas, Austin, graduating in 1974 with Highest Honors and election to Phi Beta Kappa.  She was awarded the Spencer T. Olin Fellowship for graduate studies at Washington University, St. Louis, MO, receiving her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology in 1982.

She then moved to Rockville, Maryland, to begin a three year post-doctoral fellowship in the Heart and Lung Institute, National Institutes of Health, where she conducted research on DNA transcription.  She subsequently did research as a staff scientist at the National Cancer Institute, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research in Frederick, Maryland until 2012.  Her research was published in scientific journals and presented at international meetings.  She was a member of the Am. Assoc. for the Adv. of Science, the Am. Soc. of Microbiology, and the Assoc. of Women in Science, serving as secretary and treasurer in the local chapter. 

Since retiring she has devoted herself to several volunteer activities including tutoring English to a Korean student, teaching in the science lab at the National Museum of Natural History, information guide at the National Museum of Am. History, and teaching religious education and serving as president of her church sodality group.  She has also enjoyed ballroom dancing with her husband in the Arthur Murray dance programs.  Her greatest joy, however, has been to be a mother and participate in the nurturing and growth of her daughter, Christine. She eagerly attended every single dance and theater performance as well as every soccer game of Christine during her elementary, middle, high school and college days.

Survivors include her loving husband of 34 years, Edward Gale Movius, her daughter, Christine Marian Movius and her husband, Evan Jay Sanderson, her sister Ellen Brendler Kline and husband, Richard Kline, her brothers Joseph Stephen Brendler, Jr, and wife, Jeanette Dooley Brendler, Michael Desmond Brendler, and Thomas Brendler. She was predeceased by her parents and sister, Mary Ann Brendler.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD.

Mass of Christian Burial to be held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 917 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD on Friday, October 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery, Germantown, MD

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Friends of the Smithsonian.

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