Elizabeth Stecklein Farah

May 21, 1929November 30, 2018

Obituary: Elizabeth Stecklein Farah (Age 89)

On November 30, 2018, Betty passed away surrounded by her family. She was a loving, charming, witty, and funny lady to all who knew her. Betty’s family was her most prized achievement. She was the strong and devoted matriarch of six children, their spouses, fifteen grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. Married for 49 years, she was the light of her late husband Johnny’s life, fondly nicknamed, his “Bride”.

Those left to cherish her memory include her children; John Farah Jr. (Debbie DiMaggio), Michael Farah, (Maggie) Kathleen Farah Cahill (Sean), Janine Farah Groff (Mark), Tina Farah Logsdon (Keith), Gregory Farah (Jill), her brother; Albert E Stecklein Jr. (Kathleen), her grandchildren; Michael Cahill (Kaley), Andrew Farah (Dori), David Farah, Kevin Groff, Meghan Cahill, Meredith Cahill, Brian Groff, Philip Groff (one of our angels), Kirsten Groff, Mia Logsdon, John G. Farah, Jeffrey Groff, Clay Logsdon, Mitchell Farah, Conor Farah, Ellis Farah, Great grandchild; Tenley J. Cahill, and many Stecklein and Farah nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

She cherished her extended family; her cousins, nieces, nephews and the countless friends she made in life.

A native Washingtonian, Betty attended the Academy of the Holy Names High School. She went onto the Washington School for Secretaries. After graduation, Betty worked at the National Retail Lumber Association where she met the love of her life. Betty moved on to work for the Government in the Alcohol Tax Division of the Internal Revenue Association. Subsequently, she held the role of Executive Secretary for the Office of Price Stabilization in the Office of Information, where Betty worked with journalists and reporters for magazines, newspapers, TV and Radio. She especially loved this job, but left to raise her family in Bethesda, Maryland. For many years, Betty also resided in Naples, Florida, summered in Meredith, New Hampshire with her late husband Johnny. She finally relocated to Lansdowne, Virginia with a view of the Potomac she treasured and loved sharing with others.

She had a full life of worldly travels, activities, family and friends. Betty was an avid Washington Redskins fan, who rarely missed a game. Those who played Mahjong with her often sent her home with a few extra coins in her pocket!

Betty was gifted with a quick wit and the ability to tell vivid stories that engaged her listeners, many culminating in laughter by all in the room. She will be greatly missed.

God Bless and cherish this special woman we have had the honor to hold dear Family and Friends are invited to visit the Gawler’s Website for more information. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Parkinson’s Foundation in honor of Betty

Betty will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery alongside her late husband John Farah, at a later date.

Additional Notes about Elizabeth S Farah: Her smile and bright blue eyes were engaging. Her strength was immense Her wisdom was captivating and far reaching Her sense of style was spot on and something she continued to maintain Her love, kindness, devotion were immeasurable Her desire for her family to remain connected, together and bound by love was of utmost importance Her love for her spouse was amazing, their bond a solid example to all of us May God Bless and cherish this special woman we have had the honor to hold dear


  • Elizabeth Stecklein Farah Memorial Mass Thursday, December 27, 2018

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Nabil & May Khouri

December 21, 2018

My heart goes out to all the family in this time of sorrow.

Peggy Moats

December 16, 2018

I met Betty one day at Physical Therapy and she always made my visits brighter with that smile and her many stories we shared. I call our meeting a God wink as I learned at one of our visits that one of her son's lived in the same town as my mother and after further questioning we discovered that he lived right across from a ball field that backed up to my mother. Delightful lady that so graciously shared her memories, thoughts and life's philosophy. You could not help but to come to smile and love this woman for her strong will and determination. She loved to chat about her family. The children and all of their interesting adventures or jobs kept us busy with life's chatter. Love for her husband and how she missed him was a topic we shared often. I shall miss her terribly but know that she has risen to the challenge of life in it's greatness and now is in a much better place. God Blessed me with her friendship and I will be forever grateful. To her family, I pray for your peace in knowing that your mother loved you dearly and that she is forever in your hearts.


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Lucy Rota-Keller

December 13, 2018

I will miss Betty very much, her shining blue eyes, her smile, her MahJong's. She always took my quarters, that is for sure. We were all very lucky to have her with us for such a long time. God bless Betty, she has gone to a better place.

Pamela Valentine

December 10, 2018

I loved watching the way Betty was with her grandchildren. She always had time to sit and talk or comfort them in Kathleen's kitchen. Later, I ran into her in my Aunt and Uncles building at Lansdowne and she was so excited to recognize a face coming into the building. I especially loved the exceptional bond she had with her late husband John. It was great watching the interaction they had with each other and you could see the love they shared. The Cahill house was always a great place to hang out and they were a true example of what a marriage should be. I will love and remember Betty always. She is back with her Johnnie and I know John will have a big smile on his face to see those beautiful blue eyes and her smile again! Love to all of the family...she will be missed.

Roza Jafer

December 8, 2018