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Linda M. Fitch Meeting Planner

Linda M. Fitch, 66, who worked for about 30 years as a meeting planner, including the past 15 years at Lockheed Martin in Rockville, died Feb. 11 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville. She had breast cancer.

She had previously worked at Hewlett-Packard and several small local businesses.

Linda Mary McDermott was born in Ogdensburg, N.Y., and moved to the Washington area in 1970.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Montgomery Village.

Her marriage to John Fitch ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, Karen Newrones of Damascus and Bonnie Lane of Darnestown; one brother; and five grandchildren.

-- Emma Brown

Ilona S. Gants Photo Researcher

Ilona Sari Gants, 69, a former photo researcher at the National Geographic Society, died Feb. 19 of cardiopulmonary arrest at her home in Falls Church.

Ms. Gants worked in the illustrations library of National Geographic for more than 30 years, retiring in 2000.

She was born in Miskolc, Hungary, and moved to the United States as a child. She grew up in Wheeling, W.Va., and the District, and she graduated from Wellesley College. She was a lifetime member of the Humane Society and occasionally participated in demonstrations protesting cruelty to animals.

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