Theresa Josephine Gaidis, 70, of Olney, MD passed away on April 6, 2017. Daughter of the late Nicholas and Rheata Roschinsky. Survived by her husband, Henry L. Gaidis; as well as her daughter, Amber D. Cummings (Matthew) of Frederick, MD; and two grandchildren, Mackenzie and Madison. Also survived by two sisters, Marcia Bihun and Kimberley Polo of Michigan; and three brothers, Walker S. Roschinsky of Pennsylvania, Nicholas Roschinsky, Jr. of Pennsylvania, and David Roschinsky of Michigan. Predeceased by a sister, Denise Zielinski. Terry’s parents were born and raised in the Reading, Pennsylvania, area. Nicholas was the son of a Polish immigrant. Rheata was the daughter of Pennsylvania Dutch parents who were decedents of German immigrants who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1741. Terry’s relatives fought in the American Revolution, Civil War, and Spanish-American Insurrection. Her parents’ marriage, like many couples who wed during the World War II years, ended in divorce during the immediate post war period. Nicholas then resettled in Detroit where he remarried and started a new family. Rheata and her three children continued to live with her relatives in the Reading, Pennsylvania, area. Although raised in Reading, Pennsylvania, Terry would periodically visit and reside with her father in Detroit. While living in Detroit with her father, Terry worked for the local telephone company and Peoples Restaurant. It was there that she met Henry who was serving as an FBI Special Agent in the Detroit Field Office. They soon were engaged. When Henry was transferred to San Francisco, they continued a yearlong romance via the telephone and periodic visits. The young couple married in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1968 after which the couple returned to San Francisco. While living in San Francisco, Terry returned to work at the local telephone company and later held a number of receptionist and telephone switchboard operator positions with various business firms.
Terry began her university studies at the University of San Francisco, but her education was interrupted by the birth of her daughter, Amber, in 1973. After Henry was transfer to the Baltimore FBI Field Office in 1976, Terry resumed her university studies earning a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology with a minor in Political Science from the University of Maryland, in May 1978. Prior to her more to Maryland, Terry was attending the University of San Francisco. It was here that Terry became active in political activities and served as the University of San Francisco Campus Campaign Manager for one of her Professors, Samuel Ichiye “S.I.” Hayakawa, who was elected and served as a U.S. Senator for California from 1977 to 1983. This was the start of her love of politics.
In Maryland, as a student at the University of Maryland, Terry served as a volunteer and later a paid aide in the office of Senate Hayakawa for about two years. She left this political position to accept an appointment as a Special Agent with MVM Incorporated, in Fairfax, Virginia. This was a private security company which provided Secret Service protection to non-covered foreignofficials and their families. For approximately two years, Terry served as a body guard for the daughters of King Hussein of Jordan who were then residing in the Washington, D.C., area. For many years Terry preformed volunteer work in a number of civilian and political organizations. She was a Stephanie Roper Maryland Victim’s Rights Committee volunteer; a Judge Recruiter for Montgomery County, Maryland State Board of Elections; and the Office Manager for the Montgomery County Republican Headquarters Office 2001-2002. She also served as the Maryland Office Manager for the 1984 Reagan-Bush Re-Election Campaign Headquarters; the Montgomery County Chairman for Chris McCabe for Maryland State Senate; the Campaign Manager for the 1994 Citizens for Patricia Faulkner for Maryland State House Delegates Campaign; and the during the 1987 through 2003 period on the U.S. House of Representatives, Maryland 8th Congressional District Campaigns of Congresswoman Connie Morella. Terry was very active in the Olney Women’s Republican Club where she served as the President of the club for multiple terms as well as other positions. Terry took great pride in having been a Maryland Republican Delegate to the 1984 Republican Presidential Convention in Dallas, Texas, where she cast a vote for President Ronald Reagan. Terry’s political campaigning led to appointment positions on the Reagan Presidential Transition Team and in his White House Personnel Security Office for several years.
Her non-political activities consisted of having been a Security Officer for Woodward & Lothrop, Inc., Lake Forest Mall, Gaithersburg, Maryland 1986-1988; as a Maryland State Parole and Probation Agent and Pre-Release Center Coordinator from 1987-1992 and again from 1993-1999 supervising many major criminal offenders; a Maryland State Commissioner - 6th District Court of Maryland, Montgomery Country, Maryland, from 1992-1993, and a Commissioner on the Maryland Criminal Injuries Compensation Board 2004-2010.
One can safely say Terry has had a long and distinguished career, but there is no question that her most cherished accomplishments were being a beloved spouse, mother, and grandmother.
Relatives and friends may visit on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm at the Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Rd., Laytonsville, MD 20882. A Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 12pm at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 2900 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney, MD 20832. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Silver Spring, MD.