Anna Podnos, 84, a resident of the Washington area since the 1930s who was active in Jewish organizations, was found dead Tuesday in her home in Silver Spring.

A spokesman for the Montgomery County Police said that Mrs. Podnos was strangled during an apparent robbery attempt. Donald Ray Buckley, 27, of Washington, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with murder in connection with the slaying, police said.

Mrs. Podnos was a pianist and had attended the Boston Conservatory of Music. She had been a fund-raiser and was a past president of the Hebrew Home. She also had been president of the Hativka Club of the Pioneer Women.

She had been a member of the sisterhoods of the B'nai Israel and the Ohr Kodesh congregations in Chevy Chase.

Her husband of 61 years, Alexander Podnos, died in 1975. Survivors include two sons, Selim Seymour, of Silver Spring, and Theodore, of Teaneck, N.J.; a daughter, Arona Cheskis of Chicago; a sister, Selma Chidel of Bethesda; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form contributions to the Anna Podnos Memorial Fund at the Hativka Club of the Pioneer Women in Washington. Anna Podnos, 84 ---

Anna Podnos, 84, a resident of the Washington area since the 1930s who was active in Jewish organizations, was found dead Tuesday in her home in Silver Spring.

A spokesman for the Montgomery County Police said that Mrs. Podnos was strangled during an apparent robbery attempt. Donald Ray Buckley, 27, of Washington, was arrested Wednesday night and charged with murder in connection with the slaying, police said.

Mrs. Podnos was a pianist and had attended the Boston Conservatory of Music. She had been a fund-raiser and was a past president of the Hebrew Home. She also had been president of the Hativka Club of the Pioneer Women.

She had been a member of the sisterhoods of the B'nai Israel and the Ohr Kodesh congregations in Chevy Chase.

Her husband of 61 years, Alexander Podnos, died in 1975. Survivors include two sons, Selim Seymour, of Silver Spring, and Theodore, of Teaneck, N.J.; a daughter, Arona Cheskis of Chicago; a sister, Selma Chidel of Bethesda; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form contributions to the Anna Podnos Memorial Fund at the Hativka Club of the Pioneer Women in Washington.