Carl R. Barry

March 9, 1933November 16, 2020

Carl R. Barry (age 87) of Silver Spring, MD passed away on November 16, 2020. Carl was born on March 9, 1933 in Donaldson, PA to Elmer Charles Barry and Hilda Updegrove Barry Stinner (Robert Stinner). After losing his father at the age of six, Carl elected to attend Girard College- a boarding school in Philadelphia for fatherless boys. After graduation, Carl worked for the US Navy on experimental aircraft armament. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force and was stationed in Germany. During that time in 1954, he met the love of his life, Gerda Stronzik, at a dance. Carl quickly learned German, proposed to Gerda, and they married the following year. Carl and Gerda raised three wonderful children, Henry, Ralph, and Sandra. After the service, Carl worked in areas that allowed him to expand his skills, which led to his career as a scientific instrument maker for the National Bureau of Standards (now called the National Institute for Standards and Technology). Throughout his years of service, he was recognized and awarded numerous times for his performance and contributions to the field. After his retirement in 1986, he and Gerda moved from Silver Spring, MD to Alpine Lake Resort, WV. Carl and Gerda spent their retirement playing cards with friends, golfing, and traveling extensively before moving back to Silver Spring in 2015.

Carl is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Gerda; son Henry (Terrie); daughter Sandra (Joseph); 7 grandchildren- Vanessa (Andrew), Melissa (Peter), Jeremy (Annie), Christopher, Elizabeth (Alex), Thomas (Rachelle), and Matthew; and 3 great grandchildren- Lucas, Alex, and Cameron. He is preceded in death by his son Ralph (Laura) and sister Marian.

Carl will be remembered as a loving husband and caring father/grandfather/great grandfather. His family was the joy of his life. His many friends will remember Carl as an engaged and generous community and Church member and a loyal friend with a penchant for vibrant storytelling.

A memorial service will be held for immediate family only on Thursday, November 19, 2020. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Shepherd’s Table in Silver Spring, MD at or the YMCA (San Diego County Chapter in honor of Carl’s son, Ralph) at



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skip&dottie Creamer

November 22, 2020

many memories from alpine days. great family .we had alot of laughs along the way.when we get to heaven carl can tell us many more tales. god bless

Daryl Barry

November 21, 2020

I have many fond memories of Carl, Gerda and the kids at the various family gatherings over the years and when they came "home" and visited my parents in Donaldson. I will miss you cousin, and we are praying for strength and peace for your the lovely family during this difficult time.

Nicole Stroncik

November 18, 2020

Dear Uncle,
where ever you are now I hope you are in peace and among people who love you. I always will remember the great times I had with you as a teenager in Silver Springs helping you to do woodwork for your house at Alpine Lake or visiting you and aunty at Alpine Lake with my small familiy. The wonderful day when you showed us the swamps near Alpine Lake or tasting funnel cake with you at the parade will for ever be burned into my memory. I remember vivid discussions about politics and your wonderful sence of humor.

xxxxoooo Nicole

Nancy Wessling

November 17, 2020

I met Mr. Barry only a handful of times but he was the kind of person with whom you immediately felt at ease. I will remember his warm personality, smiling face and sense of humor. I know where his daughter gets her kindness, compassion and love of family from. Rest In Peace, Mr. Barry and don’t worry, I know your children and grandchildren will take good care of your wife.


Nancy Wessling

David & Wendy Miller

November 17, 2020

We have so many wonderful memories of things that Uncle Carl had said or done . We spent many vacations with him and Aunt Gerda playing cards until all hours of the night and them teaching us new games like rummikub which remains one of our favorites. Celebrating their Love for each other at their anniversary celebration was awesome because their Love for each other was a beautiful thing to see. as was his love for family & friends. Coming to PA just to go to the Gratz auction for a sausage sandwich and going home with scrapple, pudding & ring bologna. Rest In Peace Uncle Carl We Love you❤️


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