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Earlier versions of this obituary for Alfred R. Ohtersen Sr. incorrectly referred to him at one point as Mr. Schwartz. This version has been corrected.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Alfred Rudolph Ohtersen Sr.Trucking Company Employee

Alfred Rudolph Ohtersen Sr., 78, who worked for several moving companies, died of sepsis, a complication of colon cancer, March 11 at the Veterans Affairs hospital in Washington. He lived in Bowie for 26 years.

Mr. Ohtersen was born in Jersey City and grew up in Hoboken, N.J. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University and served in the Army in Korea during the Korean War and at Fort Meyers.

He worked as vice president of commercial trucking for Hemingway Trucking of New Bedford, Mass., during the 1970s and then was employed by Davidson Trucking of Baltimore until 1985. He was last employed with Roberts Express, now part of Roadway Express, until he retired in the early 1990s.

Mr. Ohtersen, an Eagle Scout, was a member of the Shriners and the Freemasons in Bowie. He enjoyed spending time with his family, playing computer card games and the drums and listening to swing and jazz music while smoking cigarettes and sipping bourbon.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Theresa "Teddy" Eugenia George Ohtersen of Bowie; three children, Alfred R. Ohtersen Jr. of Bowie, Candace Isherwood of North Dartmouth, Mass., and Diana Ohtersen of Ocean View, Del.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Gwendoline Graham ReissReal Estate Agent, Volunteer

Gwendoline Graham Reiss, 88, a former real estate agent and volunteer with the National Republican Committee, died Feb. 17 of a heart attack at Heartland of Hyattsville, a convalescent facility. She was a resident of the District.

Mrs. Reiss was born in London and was a British civilian volunteer lent to the U.S. Army by the British Civil Service during World War II. In that capacity, she served in Frankfurt, Germany, as secretary to the Theater Chief of Ordnance, U.S. Forces, European Theater.

She immigrated to the United States in 1947 and took a job as an administrative assistant at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. In 1953, she moved to Washington, where she became a research assistant to the vice president and technical director of Reed Research Inc. and a real estate agent with H.A. Gill & Son. She also was a saleswoman and assistant vice president at Panorama Real Estate Inc.

Mrs. Reiss was elected to the D.C. Republican Committee in 1980, and she served as an executive administrative assistant for the 1981 Presidential Inaugural Committee. She also served on the executive committee of the D.C. Women's Caucus, on the board of directors of Cromwell Academy and as vice president for student concerns with the American University Faculty Women's Club.

She was a member of Washington National Cathedral and enjoyed visiting her native England.

Her marriage to Howard Reiss ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Stephanie Drake of Irmo, S.C., and John Reiss of San Ramon, Calif.; and five grandchildren.

John R. HanleyAdministrative Law Judge

John R. Hanley, 86, an administrative law judge at the Interstate Commerce Commission for 23 years, died of renal failure March 10 at his home in Riverside Estates near Mount Vernon.

Mr. Hanley worked for the ICC from 1957 to 1980, when he retired. He previously worked at the Navy Department and taught business law, part time, at a University of Virginia extension campus.

He was born in Washington, grew up in Arlington County and graduated from Washington-Lee High School. He worked on the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway and as an engineering draftsman in the Washington Navy Yard.

Mr. Hanley enlisted in the Army Air Force in 1942 and served as a radio operator in the European, African and Middle Eastern campaigns. He worked as an administrative officer at the Bureau of Ships in the Navy Department until he left for college at the University of Virginia in 1947. He received a law degree from the school in 1952.

He was past president of the Bucknell Heights Citizens Association, past treasurer of Little Hunting Park and for 20 years a Neighborhood Watch coordinator for Riverside Estates.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Ann Hanley of Riverside Estates; three sons, John Hanley of Fairfax Station, Mark Hanley of Alpharetta, Ga., and Matthew Hanley of Ligonier, Pa.; a sister, Gene Graham of Fredericksburg; and five grandchildren.

Philip William WehrmanNavy Captain

Philip William Wehrman, 76, a retired Navy captain, died March 7 of a heart attack at Castle Medical Center in Kailua, Hawaii, where he lived. He was a former resident of Forestville and Falls Church.

Capt. Wehrman was born in New York and entered the Navy after graduating from Brown University in 1952. He commanded several Navy ships, including the USS McCard, a destroyer that was visited by Princess Grace and her children in Monaco.

Capt. Wehrman was commanding officer of a naval station in Korea and of the Bureau of Naval Personnel at the Pentagon. He was a staff officer based at NATO headquarters in Brussels and also served as a naval attache in Morocco. During the Vietnam War, he served on the staffs of Army Gen. William C. Westmoreland and Army Gen. Creighton W. Abrams Jr.

Capt. Wehrman received the Legion of Merit and retired from the Navy in 1982. He then moved to Hawaii and served with the Oahu Civil Defense Agency. He also worked as the captain of cruise boats on daily cruises near Honolulu.

He enjoyed racing sailboats and often sailed on Lake Barcroft in Falls Church. In the Navy, he once served as navigator of a 100-foot sailboat in a race in the Greek islands. He was a member of the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington and occasionally performed in amateur theatricals.

His first wife, Carol Ryan Wehrman, died in 1955.

His second marriage, to Connie Wehrman Connor, ended in divorce.

Survivors include his third wife, Susan Jin-Wha Wehrman of Kailua; a son from his first marriage, William T. Wehrman of Merritt Island, Fla.; two children from his second marriage, Philip Gibson Wehrman of Forestville and Holly Kitchen of Haymarket; and two grandchildren.

Frances 'Sally' PeckRestaurant Hostess

Frances "Sally" Peck, 83, the longtime hostess at Famous Bob's Beef House in Falls Church, died March 15 of cancer at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She lived in Falls Church.

Mrs. Peck was born in Oakland, Md., and moved to Falls Church in 1949. She worked as a hostess at the Fairfax steakhouse for more than 30 years, until her retirement in the early 1980s.

She was a member of National Gardens Baptist Church in Falls Church.

Her husband of 42 years, Everett "Bub" Peck, died in 1987.

A son, Dennis Peck, died in 1975.

Survivors include a daughter, Patty Blevins of Falls Church; two brothers, Raymond McRobie of Fairfax and Hobert McRobie of Hereford, Tex.; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Alma Francina StonesiferNavy Commander

Alma Francina Stonesifer, 87, a Navy commander who later worked for the Navy Relief Society, died of breast cancer March 16 at her home in Charles Town, W.Va.

In 1942, Cmdr. Stonesifer was selected to be a part of the first class of female officers trained for the Navy WAVES. She attended the Naval Midshipmen School at Smith College in the last months of 1942 and was commissioned an ensign in January 1943.

She served for more than 20 years, assigned variously to the Naval Communications Office in Washington, the Naval Air Station in Oakland, Calif., a recruiting office in New York and the U.S. Embassy in Oslo.

After retiring in 1963, she became a director of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and during the next 23 years traveled to Naval and Marine bases to teach volunteers how to assist needy military personnel.

She returned to her West Virginia home town in 1986 and lived at her family home, becoming active in local affairs. She drove to Washington regularly, working as a docent at the Kennedy Center for 15 years.

Survivors include a sister.

Laura JoAnn DanielsonSorority Member

Laura JoAnn Danielson, 76, who was active in a sorority in Montgomery County in the 1980s and 1990s, died Feb. 15 at the Manor at Bluewater Bay in Niceville, Fla. She had Alzheimer's disease.

A member of the Xi Rho sorority for 30 years, she held several positions, including president in 1984-85.

She was born in Litchfield, Minn., and attended Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. She moved to Minneapolis and became a secretary for the Minnesota Cities Park Service. After marrying in 1954, she traveled with her husband on his military assignments until settling in Derwood in 1980.

While living in Derwood, she managed a concession stand at Baltimore Orioles baseball games.

She and her husband moved to Niceville in 1998.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, James Danielson of Niceville; two daughters, Jeannine Danielson of Reston and Jill Beresford of Fredericksburg; and a sister.

Carmen Maldonado HostetlerElementary School Teacher

Carmen Maldonado Hostetler, 70, who taught third grade for more than 25 years at Brown Station Elementary School in Gaithersburg, died March 3 of metastatic carcinoma and colon cancer at her home in Montgomery Village.

Mrs. Hostetler was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where she attended the church her father founded, the Hato Rey Presbyterian Church. As a student at the University of Puerto Rico, she spent her junior year at the State University of New York's New Paltz College of Education. After returning home and graduating, she followed her mother into the teaching profession in Puerto Rico. She later moved to Miami, where she worked about two years for the U.S. Immigration Service.

In 1963, she moved to Washington and attended the National Presbyterian Church, where she met her future husband. She taught at Tanglewood Elementary School in Prince George's County for several years before joining the faculty at Brown Station. She retired in 1995.

Mrs. Hostetler, embracing her sense of adventure, vacationed with her husband in more than 30 countries in North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and the Far East. She enjoyed elegant dining, classical concerts and classical and contemporary theater.

She loved entertaining, fashion and home decorating and brought a unique and colorful flair to each, her family said. She had a wide circle of friends and easily made new ones.

After moving to Montgomery Village in 1965, Mrs. Hostetler helped organize El Grupo, a group of Spanish-speaking women, many of whom remain friends to the present. She volunteered with the Salvation Army and was active in the National Symphony Orchestra Women's Committee.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Robert Hostetler of Montgomery Village; a brother; and two sisters.

Andrew GutowNavy Engineer

Andrew "Andy" Gutow, 74, a Navy engineer for 31 years, died March 2 of a stroke at his home in Highland.

He was born in Wichita Falls, Tex., and grew up on a family dairy farm outside Prattsburg, N.Y. He served four years on active duty in the Air Force and was a major in the Reserve. He was a mechanical engineering graduate of the University of Maryland.

After retiring from the Navy Department in 1988, Mr. Gutow indulged in his passions: drawing, skiing, furniture building, flying his open-cockpit biplane and traveling the world with his wife. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association.

Skilled at the craft of woodworking, Mr. Gutow built four "Welcome to Highland" signs that marked the corners of the small Maryland town where he had lived for the past 41 years.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Ellen Gutow of Highland; four children, Natalie McManus of Potomac, Drew Gutow of Highland, Ellen Gaye Masman of Wichita Falls and Anne Frost of Ijamsville; a sister; four brothers; and three grandchildren.

Barbara Fagan ThomsonForeign Service Officer

Barbara Fagan Thomson, 85, a retired Foreign Service officer who served as an international economist, died March 3 of cardiovascular disease at the Washington Home's rehabilitation center. She had suffered injuries in a fall.

Mrs. Thomson was an economic officer in U.S. embassies and an international economist in the State Department. She served in what then was Saigon, in Vietnam, and in Rome. At State, she worked on economic policy involving the European Common Market and on economic research.

She was born in Pittsfield, Mass., and grew up on Long Island, NY., and in North Carolina. She graduated in 1941 from Duke University and served during World War II with the Red Cross in India and China. Continuing her education, she received a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University in 1951 and a master's in economics from Harvard University in 1958.

Her Red Cross service awoke a lifelong interest in foreign cultures and international relations, leading to her being commissioned a Foreign Service officer in 1952, when relatively few women were selected. She moved to Washington and, except for tours of duty abroad, remained a resident for the rest of her life.

She married another Foreign Service officer in 1965 and resigned her commission, as then required by departmental policy.

Mrs. Thomson accompanied her husband to Kabul. On their return, the policy was liberalized, and she resumed her career with an assignment in personnel management. She retired in 1980.

During retirement, she participated for more than 10 years in the State Department's Freedom of Information program. She was a member of Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired, or DACOR.

Survivors include her husband, David R. Thomson of Washington; a daughter, Connie Blatchford of Hanover N.H.; two sisters, Constance F. Russe of McLean and Penelope F. Young of Richmond; and two granddaughters.

Patricia A. Balster ScalcoChurch Member

Patricia Ann Balster Scalco, 79, a former choir member at Queen of Apostles Catholic Church in Alexandria, died Feb. 24 at her home in Hanover, Va. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Scalco was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Western High School.

In the 1940s, she studied home economics at George Washington University while doing clerical work at the Washington Star.

She lived in Alexandria from 1956 until 2002, when she moved to Hanover.

Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Nicolo V. Scalco of Hanover; two children, Lisa Morgan of Mechanicsville, Va., and Nicole Willison of Tulsa; and five grandchildren.

Julio C. SilvaOAS Official

Julio C. Silva, 76, a retired Organization of American States official, died March 17 of complications of kidney disease at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Florida.

He had lived in the Washington area for nearly 40 years before moving to Sarasota in 1994.

Mr. Silva was born in Santiago, Chile, and attended Chile's naval academy and the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago before transferring to Syracuse University in New York, where he studied journalism.

Mr. Silva, who began his career as a journalist in Chile, had a long and varied career with the Organization of American States beginning in 1955. Among other assignments, he served tours of duty as the OAS's representative in Honduras, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic and Haiti. He retired from the organization's press office in 1987.

Mr. Silva had an unbridled love of the sea, the environment and animals. He was especially fond of and knowledgeable about birds.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Maria Cristina Silva of Sarasota; three children, Christina Silva of Woodbury, Conn., Marusa Silva of Santiago and Samuel Silva of Washington; two sisters; and four grandchildren. A daughter, Monica Silva, died in 1994.

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