August 24, 1934 ~ September 15, 2019
Born August 24, 1934 to Germaine Jouin and Robert Tetedoie in Paris, France. Monique Colette Tetedoie died at home in Oakton, Virginia on September 15, 2019.
Monique grew up in the 11th arrondisement of Paris where her parents owned and ran a boucherie (butcher shop). She had vivid childhood memories of German-occupied Paris, and was grateful for her loving mother's efforts to expose her to the arts, music and theater despite the hardships of war.
Monique's education took her to London where she learned administrative skills and perfected her English, though spoke with a heavy French accent that didn't fade with time. Back in Paris she found employment with Time Life and the U.S. Army where her bilingual skills were highly valued.
Love and marriage took Monique to Conakry, Guinea, West Africa and later Brussels, Belgium where she had her son, Patrice. The family settled in McLean, Virginia with daughter Danielle. She worked for The Mitre Corporation for more than 30 years, thriving in a busy office with lively colleagues, retiring in her 80s.
She is survived by her daughter Danielle Kunitz (husband Daniel), son Patrice Sawicki (wife Michelle) and four beloved grandchildren; Joseph, Rachel, Zachary, and Erica.
Monique's life was marked by a love of France, culture, history, travel, and in later years, adoration for her grandchildren. She will be remembered for being a true Parisian, elegant, with a sharp sense of humor and fierce independence.
Monique's daughter, Danielle Kunitz, is hosting an informal open house at her home to share memories, gratitude and hugs.
Saturday, September 28th
1811 Belvedere Blvd.
Silver Spring, MD 20902
These are such beautiful photographs. I love seeing her as a younger woman, and the really lovely older woman she became. You chose the perfect words to describe her. I only got to meet her a time or two, but I thought she was elegant, and with a sly wit. And the fierce independence and love of France I take for granted. It is imbued in her daughter, as well. Much love. sbk