Rose Prakas, media librarian

December 4, 2012

Rose Prakas, 88, who spent 20 years as a media librarian at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda before retiring in 1988, died Nov. 25 at her home in Silver Spring. She had hypertensive cardiovascular disease.

The death was confirmed by a daughter, Georgia Dandeneau.

Mrs. Prakas was a recipient of the Meritorious Civilian Service Award from the Navy Department.

Rose Zacharias was born in Newark and raised in Bridgeport, Conn. During World War II, she worked in Bridgeport for a munitions and war supply factory, where she trained other women to operate drills and lathes.

She and her husband owned and managed restaurants in southern Ohio before settling in the Washington area in the early 1960s. They owned and operated the Neptune Grill on Capitol Hill for several years.

Mrs. Prakas was a past president of the Daughters of Penelope, a Greek-American philanthropic organization, of which she was a member for more than 70 years and corresponding secretary at the time of her death.

Her other memberships included St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington and the Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society.

Her husband of 49 years, George G. Prakas, died in 1996.

Survivors include three children, Gregory G. Prakas of College Park, Georgia Dandeneau of Highland and Valerie Prakas of St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands; a brother; three sisters; and two grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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