80, a resident of the Washington area since 1941 who was active in service groups, died of heart ailments Dec. 12 at her home in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Fuller was born in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. Before moving here she was a secretary for the Home Owners Loan Corp. in Illinois.

During World War II, she was a Red Cross Gray Lady and a volunteer with the Red Cross Blood Bank and the Selective Service System. She was a past president of the Washington chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority and a member of the Washington Club, the Capital Speakers Club and the Woodside United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Nathan F. Fuller of Silver Spring, and one sister, Marjorie Cooke Smith of Cortland, Ohio.


88, retired owner and operator of the old Del Ray Drug Store in Alexandria, died Dec. 16 at Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Alexandria.

Mr. Hamilton was born in Charlotte Court House, Va. He moved to the Washington area in 1920 and opened his store a short time later. He retired about 1972.

He was a Mason and a member of Del Ray United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Virginia Hamilton of Alexandria.


84, the president of Shapiro Inc., a real estate and development firm in Rockville, died at Suburban Hospital Dec. 17 after a heart attack.

Mr. Shapiro, a Potomac resident, was born in Russia. He came to this country in 1909 and settled in Washington. During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific.

In 1927, he went to work for Shapiro Inc., a family business.

Mr. Shapiro was a member of the Washington Board of Realtors and a Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy M. Shapiro of Potomac, and one sister, Rose Bildman of Hollywood, Fla.


78, a former New York social worker who had been a hospital volunteer in the Washington area, died of pneumonia Dec. 16 at Alexandria Hospital.

Mrs. McCahon, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Pittsfield, Mass. She graduated from Wheaton College.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1944 she was a social worker for the Westchester County Department of Child Welfare and at a home and school for dependent children in Yonkers. Later she did volunteer work at Fairfax Hospital and other hospitals.

Her husband, William H. McCahon, died in 1982.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Jarman of Springfield, Va.; one son, David McCahon of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, and five grandchildren.


76, a retired Army veteran of three wars and a former administrative officer with the Army's Office of the Chief of Information, died Dec. 15 at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Arlington. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Bush was born in Plainfield, N.J. He graduated from the University of Maryland. During World War II, he served in the Army in Europe. He was recalled to active duty to served in the Korean war and later also served in the war in Vietnam. He was assigned to the Office of the Chief of Information when he retired in 1971.

His military decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, and the Army Meritorious Service Medal.

His wife, Constance Kinne Bush, died in 1976. He leaves no immediate survivors.


75, retired treasurer at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, died of cancer Dec. 16 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital.

Miss Brewer, who lived in Gaithersburg, was born in East Boothbay, Maine, and she had lived in the Washington area for more than 50 years. During the 1940s she worked in the office at Fort Lincoln Cemetery and later worked as an accountant with the Washington law firm of Alvord and Alvord.

She had been treasurer at Wesley Theological Seminary, on the American University campus, for 25 years when she retired in 1978.

She was a member of the National Association of Accountants and the American Society of Women Accountants. In retirement Miss Brewer did volunteer work at the Asbury Health Care Center in Gaithersburg.

There are no immediate survivors.


62, a senior executive with the federal marketing office of the IBM Corp., where he had worked for 41 years, died Dec. 16 at his home in Potomac after a heart attack.

Mr. Rankin was born in New York City. He graduated from Dartmouth College. During World War II, he served in the Navy in Europe. He joined IBM in New York in 1946 and later worked in New Jersey before moving to the Washington area in 1960.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac, where he had been a baseball coach.

Survivors include his wife, Grete S. Rankin of Potomac; four daughters, Holly Wagner of Rockville, Linda Wildman of Fort Collins, Colo., and Patricia Vasco and Beth MacDonald, both of Potomac; two sons, Thomas Rankin of Bethesda and Russell Rankin of Boyds, Md.; one brother, William Rankin of Falls Church, and eight grandchildren.


62, a retired postal clerk, died of cancer Dec. 16 at George Washington University Hospital.

Mr. Bell, who lived in Washington, was born in Muskogee, Okla. He served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, and he came to Washington after the war to attend Howard University.

He joined the Post Office Department in 1949 and worked 35 years as a railway mail clerk and later as a clerk at the Main Post Office in Washington before he retired in 1984.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Carol Collins Bell of Washington; a daughter, Sondra A. Shepard of Adelphi; a son, Michael David Bell of Washington; two sisters, Launelia Cabiness and Merciel Dixon, both of Washington, and five brothers, Charles H. Bell of Sacramento, Calif., Dr. S. Aaron Bell of Mount Vernon, N.Y., Beauchamp Bell of Washington, and Gerald R. Bell and Clyde P. Bell, both of Los Angeles.


53, comptroller and partner with her husband in the Charlottesville-based career counseling firm of George F. Helfenstein and Associates Inc., died of a heart attack Dec. 13 at her home in Charlottesville.

Mrs. Helfenstein was born in Washington. She graduated from Georgetown Visitation preparatory school and Smith College.

She moved to Charlottesville in 1974.

She had done graduate study in finance at the University of Virginia and had worked with her husband's company since it was formed about five years ago.

Mrs. Helfenstein was a former president of the Charlottesville Welcome Wagon and a member of St. Thomas Catholic Church in Charlottesville.

Survivors include her husband, George F. Helfenstein of Charlottesville; three daughters, Karoline Maria, of Baltimore, and Dorothy Lee and Virginia Ann, both of Charlottesville, and one sister, Dorothy Lee Walshe of Bethesda.


61, a retired Army colonel who later had worked as a consultant in this area, died of complications of diabetes Dec. 16 at his home in Arlington.

Col. Ritter was born in Baltimore and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He was an infantry officer for most of his military career, and he served in Korea and in Vietnam during the wars there.

He also served at several posts in Europe and the United States, and he earned a master's degree in business administration at Syracuse University. Col. Ritter retired from the Army in 1974 after having served as chief of staff of the computer systems command at Fort Belvoir.

His military decorations included the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and the Joint Services Commendation Medal.

In retirement Col. Ritter had been a consultant with the Arlington-based National Systems Management Corp. until he retired a second time about two years ago.

He also had been treasurer of the Fort Belvoir Credit Union.

Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Marjorie C. Ritter of Arlington; two daughters, Carol R. Thorn of Vienna, Austria, and Elise R. Gibson of Arlington; a sister, Emily Ritter of Baltimore, and three grandchildren.