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March 8, 1940 ~ October 10, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old
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Germán Venegas Maldonado, 83, of Olney, Maryland, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.
Germán was born in Bogota, Colombia on March 8, 1940 where he graduated from Bogota's Colegio Nueva Granada. At the age of 15, he moved to Washington, D.C. with his mom and brothers and graduated from Western High School. He was the son of the late Maria-Alicia Maldonado Garzón Mortimer and stepfather George Mortimer, late father Ramón Venegas, and brother of the late Leonardo Venegas and Pedro Venegas.
Germán is survived by his companion of 30 years, Agnes MacKay (“Etta”), his former wife Guity Dowlatshahi and their two sons, Amir Germán Venegas (spouse Joanne) and Reza Germán Venegas (fiancé Keyace), his grandchildren, Kendall Leong Venegas and Benjamin Leong Venegas; and extended family members, Jennifer Rusiecki (Raj), grandchildren, Calum and Iona Jagannathan, David Rusiecki (Jenny) and Rashon Hines.
Germán served proudly in the Army 101st Airborne Division for four years in the early 60’s. Ever the entrepreneur, he was a cartographer for the Organization of American States, built sailboats on the Potomac River, founded and operated Boxframe Inc., produced an alternative fuel newsletter in the 1980’s, inspired the creation of U.V. One a company promoting Internet security in the 1990’s, worked for MCI, WorldCom and EDS, and helped run Salmonlady.
Germán rejoiced in the success and achievements of his grandchildren, children, family and extended family, celebrating their awards, recognitions and endeavors. The things that mattered most to him were integrity, civility, kindness, compassion, helping others, health, and enjoying life. He was deeply cherished and will be remembered as the most kind and loving father, partner, grandfather, neighbor and friend.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 4 at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3427 Olney Laytonsville Rd, Olney, MD 20832 with a reception to follow in the parish hall.