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OBITUARY

Adrienne Metil (Adrienne Mitchell)

November 13, 1960November 24, 2019

Adrienne Metil, known professionally as Adrienne Mitchell to millions of radio listeners around the country, died November 24, 2019 at the Washington Hospital Center after a nearly year-long battle with endometrial cancer. During her four decades in radio, Adrienne entertained and informed listeners under several names for a range of radio stations, including a five-year stint in the Washington, D.C. market from 2002 to 2007 as an anchor on WTOP. At the time of her death, Adrienne was a business reporter with Bloomberg Radio and was heard on many radio stations around the country, including weekday afternoons on KNX, Los Angeles.

When she was not in a radio studio, Adrienne was an avid cook and traveler. In 1999, she and her husband, Andy, took what amounted to a mid-life sabbatical and spent several months over the course of two years traveling the U.S. by car. In their travels over the years, they visited 49 states (never having made it to Alaska) and all 30 active Major League Baseball ballparks (plus several stadiums that have since been retired, as well as numerous spring training facilities and minor-league parks).

Adrienne was both a gourmet and gourmand. She and her husband loved to eat at restaurants everywhere they traveled. Then, once home, Adrienne would frequently replicate, and improve upon, the dishes they had enjoyed. In recent years Adrienne also became much appreciated for the Irish soda bread that she would serve at the annual St. Patricks Day party at her home.

Adrienne is survived by her husband, Andrew Metil; mother, Patricia O'Keeffe; brother, John O'Keeffe; and sister-in-law Mary Grove and her husband, William. She will also be particularly missed by her husband's cousins and their families in Switzerland.

Her remains will be interred in the All Souls Memorial Garden on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral. As the memorial garden is open to the public, those who knew and loved Adrienne will be able to visit with her at any time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Planned Parenthood.

Services

  • No public services are scheduled, interment will be private

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Linda and David Moreno

December 4, 2019

We are so grateful for having spent time with Adrienne. She and Andy introduced us to fabulous foods, restaurants and places. She was a walking Bon Appetite magazine and would create divine eating pleasures and adventures. She unselfishly shared her knowledge of places she and Andy had visited. She was so happy and proud of the places they had gone. Adrienne made all visitors feel welcomed and very comfortable. Our time in Bethesda was immeasurably made better by her friendship and kindness. She always brought a brightness to every room she entered. Adrienne will always be in our thoughts.

Amy O’Keeffe

December 4, 2019

I am Adrienne’s Aunt Amy. Although I haven’t seen her recently, I have warm memories of her dancing in our yard at one of our summer parties when she was a young girl. Her mother has kept me up to date on all her accomplishments and experiences. It was a shock to hear of her passing and my prayers and love are with Patt, John and Andy.

Lisa Mednick

December 4, 2019

Adrienne was my cousin, our fathers were brothers. I remember being a kid and visiting her family on Long Island which was “the country” to a Brooklyn girl. She would take me bike riding to a nature preserve and we would bring bread to feed the ducks at a local pond. I attended her beautiful Ukrainian wedding and then she was off living her life and I was off living mine. We connected again in Washington 6 years ago when I visited the city with my husband and twin girls. It was wonderful to see her again and to see she had not changed. She looked just the same and she was just as smart, perky and bright as ever. I’m glad she got to meet my girls and my husband and that we got to spend an evening catching up and reminiscing. She will be missed by all who knew her. I know I will think of her often.

Aunt Patt, John and Andy, you are in my prayers.

Mary Ann O'Connor Barrett

December 3, 2019

I am so sorry to hear this news. Adrienne was an amazing person and loyal friend. I regret losing contact with her after Fordham but she will always be in my heart and I am pleased to hear about her fun exploits and professional accomplishments. Heartfelt love and prayers to you, Andy and all of her family.

Alisa Parenti

December 3, 2019

I miss Adrienne so much. She was an avid Dodgers fan. She went to my daughter’s middle school musical and was always picking up gifts for friends’ kids. She knew the best places to go to in NYC or LA or really any city. She loved Morpho butterflies, and she would tell me when the back of my hair was jacked. She fixed all of our tangled, messed up jewelry.
Adrienne made me a better radio person because she was so damn good at it. She made me laugh thousands of times. And her passing is making me cry and cry. I know she’s in a better place, but I miss her. I’m selfish. I don’t want to walk into work and see her empty booth. I don’t want to think about this world without her in it.
My heart is breaking for her husband Andy. He and she are all the way on the right in this picture - always close to each other and sweethearts for decades. Please pray for her, for Andy and for all of us.
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Joan Lee

December 3, 2019

Adrienne and I met the first day of high school. We were sitting at the same table so we were made lab partners and survived Sr. Theresa Angelo's dreaded Earth Science as a team. We were inseparable throughout high school, and got to spend more time together when I transferred to Fordham. I was privileged to be part of that incredibly hot June day when Adrienne and Andy were married. Each year, when the weather forecasters say it's going to be a hot one in June, I think, well not as hot as the day Adrienne and Andy got married! It always brought a smile to my face to hear her voice on the radio. I would hush the kids as soon as I heard her to listen, always recognizing her amazing voice, and then would tell the kids, "I knew her when ...."

Jennefer Witter

December 3, 2019

Adrienne was a beautiful person, inside and out. I remember when I first moved to DC, and had no furniture. She leapt into action and loaned me an air mattress and gave me dishes and glassware. The last time she saw me was when I was walking down the street with my fiancé in Bethesda, and she didn't want to interrupt us because we "looked so happy." That was Adrienne. Her kindness, warmth and most of all her friendship, will be so missed.

Joanna Widzer

December 2, 2019

Adrienne was my neighbor, and it was a joy whenever I ran into her in the hallways, because she was one of those people who was always happy. It was hard not to smile around her. I still remember hearing her voice on the radio for the first time and being so impressed. On the bus one time, which she was on the way to pick up her cousin a few Christmases ago, she shared a funny story about working at the radio station about eating peanuts during one of her commercial breaks and then suddenly finding her mouth too dry to talk when she got back on air. I didn't know her well but her love of family, friends, her work, and good food was always clear. Thanks for teaching me how to make those parmesean crisps, Adrienne. I'll miss seeing you around. Wishing Andy strength at this most difficult time.

Shawn Anderson

December 2, 2019

A wise radio head long ago said to me that in our business you end up working with the same 100 people throughout your career.

Adrienne was one of my 100 as we worked together at both the AP and WTOP.

Adrienne was a pro’s pro, gifted with a wonderful voice, a strong sense for news and just the right amount of healthy skepticism all good journalists need. You could count on her.

Outside the job, she was opinionated, curious and quick with a quip. A conversation with her about anything was always worth your time. And she had a love and knowledge of baseball that could match any of our sports guys, as she
and Andrew had traveled to most major league and minor league ballparks.

She and Andrew made a great couple.

RIP, Adrienne

Joan Doniger

November 30, 2019

Adrienne 's passing has hit so hard....it's like losing a sister.....even though we all realized how much she had to fight. I'll always be grateful for her kindness and generosity in helping me settle in when I started at MarketWatch. There was so much to learn and she helped me do that...I used her diagram to "take the network" for at least a month....

Adrienne was my jewelry show buddy. I'll probably go again..but it won't be as fun ..it certainly won't be the same...

FROM THE FAMILY