December 6, 2012

Madelaine T. Husic, 98, who retired from the Bureau of Prisons in 1972 as an administrative assistant, died of congestive heart failure and respiratory ailments Nov. 21 at her home in Chevy Chase.

Her death was confirmed by a stepdaughter, Mary Kuta.

Mary Madelaine Trumper was born in Pana, Ill. She began her federal career in 1937 as a clerk typist at the Department of Justice. The next year she, transferred to the Bureau of Prisons.

During World War II, she served in the Women’s Army Corps in England. After the war, she was assigned for a year to the Nuremberg war crimes trials in Germany.

She attended George Washington University on the GI Bill and graduated in 1950 with a degree in sociology.

After retiring from federal service, she took art classes at Montgomery College, from which she received an associate’s degree in 1976. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Chevy Chase.

Her husband, William J. Husic, whom she married in 1959, died in 1998. Survivors include two stepchildren, Mary Kuta of Laytonsville and Mike Husic of Silver Spring; a sister; two brothers; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. A stepson, William J. Husic Jr., died in 2009.

— Bart Barnes

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