John Senda

John R. "Jack" Senda

September 17, 1934 - August 29, 2020
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John R. “Jack” Senda, 85, a 30-year resident of Arnold, MD lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on August 29, 2020. Born September 17, 1934 in Grindstone, PA to the late Michael and Mary Senda, Jack joined the US Navy after high school where he rose to the rank of Chief Petty Officer. The Navy provided Jack the opportunity to see the world via his tours on such ships as the USS Bailey, the USS Hamner and the USS Whippoorwill. His final duty station was at Patuxent Naval Air Base and it was during this tour that he met the love of his life, Louise, on the dance floor. Jack retired from the Navy in 1974 and after a long courtship with a love of dancing at the core, Jack and Louise married in 1984 and danced together until her death in 2003. Jack truly lived life to the fullest and saw every day as a new adventure. Jack was a member of Saint Andrew by the Bay, the American Legion, The VFW, the Moose, DC Hand Dancers and the Delmarva Hand Dancers. After Louise’s death Jack traveled the US to attend reunions for the various ships on which he served and rekindled many former Navy friendships. In addition to his wife and parents, Jack was preceded in death by his siblings, Michael Senda and Marge Wisely. He is survived by his stepdaughter, Bonnie Stein of Edgewater; his sister, Betty Sindicic of Lanham; his grandchildren, Kelly, Hannah, Ava, Cara, Elizabeth and Samantha; his godson and nephew, David and his children, Rachel, Madison and Andrew as well as his nieces and grandnieces, Amy, Susan, Pam, Karen, Valerie, Amanda and Jessica. Friends are invited to celebrate Jack’s life at St. Andrew by the Bay Catholic Church, 701 College Pkwy., Annapolis, MD on Thursday, September 3 from 10 am until a Mass of Christian Burial is offered at 11 am. Interment with military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Condolences may be made by using the Memory Wall tab on this page.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Andrew by The Bay Catholic Church
    701 College Parkway
    Annapolis, MD
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  • Service

    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, September 3rd, 2020 11:00am
    St. Andrew by The Bay Catholic Church
    701 College Parkway
    Annapolis, MD
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  • Interment

    Arlington National Cemetery
    Memorial Drive
    ARLINGTON, VA 22211
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Donna Krause

Posted at 04:45pm
I always looked forward to the dances, whether they were at Alibi's, Perry's, The Elks, American Legion or the DC Hand Dance Club's monthly dance, because I knew I would dance many times with John. He was such a good dancer and he always made it easy to follow him. I remember his constant smile and extraordinary good disposition. Demonstrating the gentleman he was, he always walked his partners back to their table. There wasn't a woman around who didn't want to dance with John. He spoke so lovingly about his wife and recalled many of his military experiences. He was the kind of person you wanted to know. The dances will never be the same without John, and I will forever miss him.
Donna Krause

Rose A. Manriquez

Posted at 10:51pm
John was such a lovely man. So kind, always smiling and loved to dance. He was so quiet, but his smile let you know you were important and liked by him. May God bless and keep him safe in his new Heavenly Home where I'm sure his loved ones will greet him with open arms. My sincere condolences to John's family and all of us who will miss a good man. Rose Manriquez

Amanda Wisley

Posted at 10:15pm
Uncle Jack was always such a 'cool' uncle! We always enjoyed his stories from the past, especially the ones from when he was working at animal control! He really lived life to the fullest and wasn't afraid to get out on the dance floor and enjoy himself. He will be greatly missed!!!!

Maddie Zimmerman

Posted at 09:12am
I knew this lovely gentleman from the DC Hand Dancing Club, always admiring of his love of dancing, and his gallantry. He was the first on the dance floor and always the gentleman to every lucky lady he asked to twirl the floor with him. It was clear to all of us his love of life, of music, of his friends. John will be missed but I know wherever he is, he is tapping his foot to the tunes in his head, , smiling that wide smile and picking out his spot on the dance floor to show his stuff!!
In great admiration, John, and in sympathy to his family for their loss, Maddie Zimmerman

Cindy C

Posted at 11:33pm
A dancing friend with a kind smile, a quiet but generous manner. He loved his sports and dancing. Thank you, John, for the many moments of dancing pleasure. You will be greatly missed by many. Cindy C.

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