Helen Golla Traut
December 14, 1914 – June 11, 2014
Charles Traut, Jr.
August 6, 1915 – June 15, 2014
Helen was born and raised in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. Her parents were Bertha Golla Johnson and William Johnson. Helen was an only child and was raised by her mother and aunt, Elizabeth Golla. A lifelong Episcopalian, she served in many capacities within the church including the Altar Guild, visiting the homebound and sick along with volunteering for three decades at the Mad Attic Thrift Shop run by St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Thousand Oaks, CA. Helen was an advocate for animal rights and supported many organizations that shared her passion for animals. She believed in being of service and was generous with her time and energy in helping others.
Charles was born and raised in the Queens & Brooklyn neighborhoods of New York City. His parents were Charles Traut, Sr. and Mary Lomax Traut. A graduate of Brooklyn Technical High School he went on to a career as a Maritime and Safety Engineer. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from the Navy Reserves as a LCDR. After a career in commercial insurance he pursued various interests in retirement. Along with earning his pilot's license at the age of 69, he was a volunteer at Port Hueneme Naval Station and assisted at many service-related events in the area. He was an active member of the Episcopal Church and served the church in many ways. Charles was preceded in death by his brother, Raymond Thomas Traut of Alexandria, VA.
Helen and Charles were married on December 20, 1941 in New York City. Their 73 years of marriage took them from New York City to Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Atlanta and Providence. They were living in Thousand Oaks, CA when Charles retired in 1980 and lived there for over 30 years before moving to Maryland. Their retirement years were full of volunteering and travel.
They had two sons, Michael Andrew Traut and John Phillip Traut and a daughter, Ann Damon. John died in 1985 leaving their only grandchild, Rachel Traut Cortes, to help ease the loss.
A memorial service will be held August, 14 at 11 a.m. at Ingleside at King Farm, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville, MD.
Arrangements under the direction of Joseph Gawler's Sons LLC, Washington, DC.