Alfred E. 'Ace' Adams Engineer
Alfred E. "Ace" Adams, 81, an engineer who worked in the semiconductor business, died of bone marrow cancer Oct. 24 at Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton. He was a Morrisville resident.
Mr. Adams was born in Burlington, Iowa, and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He became a Navy fighter pilot and flight instructor, serving from 1946 until 1957, including a tour in the Korean War.
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After he left the military, he worked for Texas Instruments in Dallas as the invention of the integrated circuit was sparking the creation of the pocket calculator, the fax machine, the personal computer, the cell phone and satellite television. For the next 45 years, Mr. Adams worked in research, development, sales and marketing for General Instruments Corp., Microdesign and Harris Corp.
In 1971, he moved to Fairfax County, where he lived until he moved to Morrisville. He retired from full-time work in 1988 but continued to consult until last year.
Mr. Adams also volunteered with Fauquier Hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Judith E. Adams of Morrisville; a daughter, Kimberly E. Adams of Emerald Hills, Calif.; and a sister.
Fernando O. Gonzaga Bank Analyst
Fernando O. Gonzaga, 73, formerly a financial analyst at the Inter-American Development Bank, died of lymphoma Oct. 28 at his residence in Potomac.
Mr. Gonzaga was born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and received his bachelor's degree in economics from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, in 1959. He also studied at George Washington University.
He worked as an economist in Rio de Janeiro from 1959 to 1969, when he joined the Inter-American Development Bank. He traveled extensively during his career with the bank and was active on the Pension Plan Committee. He served as treasurer of the IDB Credit Union in 1979 and was its president in 1980.
He retired in 1992 and was active with his neighborhood retiree association and walking group. He also loved to cook; his specialty was Brazilian-style barbecue. He enjoyed the beach and was an avid gardener.
Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Araceli Gonzaga of Potomac; and three children, Alda Maria Gonzaga of Pittsburgh, Rodrigo Gonzaga of Gaithersburg and Araceli Andrea Gonzaga of Potomac.
Martha Haislip Knapp Homemaker, Volunteer
Martha Haislip Knapp, 85, a homemaker and volunteer, died of cancer Oct. 31 at her sister's home in Sharon, Conn. She was an Arlington resident.
Born in Rosemont, W.Va., Mrs. Knapp sang on the radio as "Kay Neville" for several years in the early 1930s before attending Carnegie Mellon University.
She joined Eastern Airlines as one of its first saleswomen in the area around 1942 but surrendered the job to the man who would become her husband two years later, when he returned from an overseas posting.
She had lived in Arlington since the mid-1940s. She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Arlington and served on its altar guild. She was president of the Inner Wheel, the Rotary Wives of Washington, D.C.
Her husband of 38 years, Harrison Knapp, died in 1981.
Survivors include a son, Harrison H. Knapp of Bartlett, Ill., and two sisters.
Carmelo Paul LaFalce Foreign Service Officer
Carmelo Paul LaFalce, 86, a Foreign Service officer for almost 30 years, died Oct. 22 at Mount Vernon Nursing Home in Alexandria. He had a brain tumor and other illnesses.
Mr. LaFalce joined the Foreign Service in 1954 and spent his career with the U.S. Agency for International Development. He was posted to Liberia, Iran, South Korea, Brazil and Nigeria, as well as to two cities in Vietnam, Da Nang and Saigon.
After a tour of duty with the State Department in Washington, Mr. LaFalce served in west Africa and the Middle East in the 1970s before his final overseas posting in Egypt from 1976 to 1978. He completed his service with the Foreign Service in Washington before retiring in 1981.
He was born in Albany, N.Y., and attended Siena College near Albany. He enlisted in the Army in World War II and served as a medical specialist with the 786th Tank Battalion in Europe.
He graduated from the University of Denver and received a master's degree in public administration from Syracuse University. He was manager of a Knights of Columbus hall in Denver before joining the Foreign Service.
Mr. LaFalce had lived in Alexandria since 1971 and was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria. In retirement, he worked with the Knights of Columbus and received a paralegal certificate from George Washington University. He enjoyed cooking, reading and opera. Until a few months before his death, he enjoyed smoking a cigar every day.
His wife of 46 years, Elizabeth Pederson LaFalce, died in 2001. A son, Francis LaFalce, died in 1961. Another son, Thomas LaFalce, died in 1992.
Survivors include two sons, John LaFalce of Fairfax County and Stephen LaFalce of Alexandria; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.
Patti-Rose Goodman Lieblich Needlepoint Artisan, Gardener
Patti-Rose Goodman Lieblich, 86, a needlepoint artisan and gardener, died of a stroke Oct. 30 at the Westminster-Canterbury retirement center in Winchester, 11 days after the death of her husband, Jerome F. Lieblich, a lawyer and retired Air Force colonel.
Mrs. Lieblich was born in Little Rock, where she graduated from high school. After her marriage in 1942, she lived at various Air Force postings around the world, including ones in Germany, the Netherlands, Kansas, Florida and Virginia on several occasions, when her husband worked at the Pentagon.
After he retired in 1963, the family moved to Fairfax, where they lived for 30 years. Mrs. Lieblich and her husband moved to Winchester in 1992.
Mrs. Lieblich was a longtime member of the Church of the Apostles in Fairfax. Her needlework won several awards over the years in such venues as the Woodlawn Plantation Art Festival. In addition to her gardening, she spent much of her time, with her husband, raising and showing Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. Their dogs won several trophies.
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia Campbell Calvert of Burke and Patti Shields Lieblich of Alexandria; a brother; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Marguerite C. Momyer Air Force Wife, Church Member
Marguerite C. Momyer, 90, an Air Force officer's wife and a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Arlington, died of a heart attack Oct. 19 at her home in Melbourne, Fla. She had lived in Arlington for 31 years.
Mrs. Momyer, a native of Salt Lake City, traveled with her husband, Gen. William W. Momyer, retired commander of the U.S. Air Force Tactical Air Command, on his inspection of military bases and units.
She was involved in charitable projects sponsored by the Air Force Officers' Wives Club. While her husband was in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968, she worked with the Red Cross in Arlington.
Mrs. Momyer moved to Melbourne in 2003. An artist and talented pianist, she was active in both activities almost to the time of her death.
In addition to her husband of 65 years, survivors include a daughter, Billie Jean Pilipovich of Merritt Island, Fla.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.
Andrew L. Nedorolik Sr. Air Force Master Sergeant
Andrew L. Nedorolik Sr., 92, a retired Air Force master sergeant, died of cardiovascular arrest resulting from blood clots Oct. 2 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria.
Born in Streator, Ill., Mr. Nedorolik grew up on South Dakota farms. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1939, serving for six years in the Panama Canal Zone and in the United States. He was discharged in 1945 but reenlisted in the Air Force, serving in the European theater and in the United States until he retired as a master sergeant in 1960. He graduated from the Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Westover Air Force Base in 1959. Mr. Nedorolik was a member of the Air Force Reserve until 1970.
He worked as an air-conditioning and refrigeration technician at Bolling Air Force Base from 1968 until his second retirement in 1976.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion.
His marriage to Lillian Nedorolik ended in divorce.
Survivors include six children, Andrew L. Nedorolik Jr. of Cabot, Ark., Thomas F. Nedorolik of Mililani, Hawaii, Charles E. Nedorolik of Manassas, Dolores M. Klouser of Ephrata, Pa., Barbara A. Roberson of Fredericksburg and Mary Ann Pryor of Woodbridge; a half brother; 12 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.