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Lawrence A. Vagnoni Sr., 84; Alice Funk, 82

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Lawrence A. Vagnoni Sr. Store Owner

Lawrence A. Vagnoni Sr., 84, who retired in 1993 after 30 years as owner and operator of Enterprise Auto Glass, a repair shop in Wheaton, died April 12 at the Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Sandy Spring. He had Parkinson's disease.

Mr. Vagnoni owned and operated the Newton Market convenience store in Northwest Washington for about 15 years before running the auto glass repair business. As owner of Newton Market, Mr. Vagnoni often extended credit to hard-pressed families in the neighborhood, his family said.

He moved to Brooke Grove from Silver Spring in 2007.

Lawrence Anthony Vagnoni was a native Washingtonian and a 1944 graduate of Roosevelt High School. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

His hobbies included crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay. His family said he once pulled a man off the railing of the Taft Bridge on Connecticut Avenue NW and held the man until a police officer came to the scene.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Josephine Cuozzo Vagnoni of Silver Spring; three children, Lawrence A. Vagnoni Jr. of Edgewater, Anthony Vagnoni of North Caldwell, N.J., and Dana Vagnoni of Silver Spring; a sister; a brother; and six grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein

Alice Funk Insurance Clerk

Alice Funk, 82, a retired insurance clerk, died April 13 at Washington Hospital Center in the District of injuries received in a fall.

She worked for Geico Insurance and then, for more than 20 years, at Banner Life Insurance in Rockville before retiring in the mid-1980s.

Alice Marie Funk was born in Fremont, Iowa. The family moved to Washington when it was forced off its farm during the Depression. She was a 1945 graduate of Eastern High School.

She was a member of Ryland Epworth United Methodist Church in the District and treasurer of the church's chapter of the United Methodist Women.

She was the historian for a local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and for more than two decades, she was assigned to the C Street NW doors of Constitution Hall during the DAR's annual convention.

Survivors include a brother.

-- Emma Brown


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