Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Kim Brenegar Landscaping Business Owner

Kim Brenegar, 49, who owned the Ornamental Garden, a Capitol Hill landscaping business, died Oct. 9 in an automobile accident in Springport, N.Y. She was a passenger in a car driven by her daughter, who was injured in the accident.

Ms. Brenegar settled in Washington in the 1980s and worked in catering and restaurants before opening her landscaping business in 1992, after an internship at the National Arboretum. She often spoke to schools and youth groups about plants and gardening and was a member of the Landscape Contractors Association.

Ms. Brenegar had lived on Capitol Hill for more than 20 years and was well known in her community through her work and her many civic activities. She volunteered with Sports on the Hill, a nonprofit youth organization, and at the School Without Walls, a D.C. high school. She also was a volunteer with Community of Hope, a group that helps the homeless; the Capitol Hill Recycling Project; the Washington Humane Society; and D.C. Central Kitchen, which distributes food to the needy.

Kim Elizabeth Brenegar was born in Columbia, S.C., and was a magna cum laude graduate of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va.

Friends and clients plan to create a memorial garden on Capitol Hill in her honor.

Her marriage to Dan Strodel ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Allison A. Strodel and Julian D. Strodel, both of Washington; her mother, Jeanne Brenegar of Surry, Va.; her fiance, Joseph Ardizzone of Washington; a sister; and a brother.

-- Matt Schudel

Horace A. 'Al' Casner Systems Analyst

Horace A. "Al" Casner, 91, who retired in 1980 as a chief systems analyst for the old Community Services Administration, died Oct. 16 at his daughter's home in Woodbridge. He had lung cancer.

Mr. Casner, a Falls Church resident, began his federal career just after World War II working on vocational rehabilitation for the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia. Later, in Washington, he worked for the Army Department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture before joining in 1967 what was then the federal Office of Economic Opportunity.

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