Anna J. E. Skenders, 79, who was a dentist in Latvia and a dental assistant in Falls Church from 1952 until her retirement in 1976, died of bronchial pneumonia July 12 at the Powbatan Nursing Home in Falls Church.

Dr. Skenders was born in Latvia. She lived in Vladivostok, Siberta, during World War I and then in Japan. She spent a year in Chicago and returned to Latvia in 1922. Ahe earned her dental degree at the University of Latvia in 1936 and Practiced in Riga.

After World War II, she was in a displaced persons camp in Fishbach, Germany. She came to the United States in 1950 and lived in Pittsburgh. She moved to this area in 1952 and became a dental assistant to a daughter, Dr. Nina Podnicks-Eglitis.

In addition to her daughter Nina, of the home in McLean, survivors include her husband, Bruno, also of the home; another daughter, Amalda Putnins, of Falls Church; a son by a previous marriage, Konstantins Rozenieks, of Riga, and four grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Latvian sorority DZINTRA, c/o lize Black, 1416 Laburnum St., McLean, 22101 CAPTION: Picture, ANNA J. E. SKENDERS