Victor Lenzi, 87, a former chef at the U.S. Senate dining room and at the Officers Club of the Bethesda Naval Hospital, died of congestive heart failure Tuesday at the Kensington Gardens Nursing Home in Kensington.
Mr. Lenzi was born in Lucca, Italy, and came to the United States in 1914. He settled in Washington and learned cooking during apprenticeships at hotels here. Among the places he worked were the Shoreham, the Willard and the Mayflower hotels.
About 1943, he took charge of the Senate dining room in the U.S. Capitol and remained there for the next eight years. He then moved to the Officers Club at Bethesda Naval Hospital and remained there until his retirement in 1959. For some years thereafter he was retained by the River Road Country Club to supervise banquets on special occasions.
Mr. Lenzi and his wife, the former Margaret McClain, whom he married in 1921, lived in Washington until her death in 1970. He then lived with a grandson, Victor Saulsbury, in Bethesda until he moved to the Kensington Gardens home about 14 months ago.
In addition to his grandson, survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Louis Saulsbury, of Washington, a sister, Valentina Rudolfi, of Upper Marlboro, and four other grandchildren.