Kevin Joseph Cleverly Sr., 29, a resident of the Washington area since 1970 who operated his own home improvement business, Household Jobs Unlimited, in Rockville, died Feb. 26 in a traffic accident in Gaithersburg. He lived in Germantown.
A Montgomery County police spokesman said Mr. Cleverly was driving on Wightman Road near Brink Road when a vehicle crossed the center line and struck his pickup truck. The spokesman said Mr. Cleverly, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene. His 3-year-old son, Kevin Jr., who was a passenger in the truck and who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, authorities said.
Police said the driver of the second vehicle, a 22-year old Sikesville man, was not injured. They said that his failure to keep to the right of the center line and his car's excessive speed contributed to the accident and that charges were pending completion of an investigation by police and prosecutors.
Mr. Cleverly was born in Massachusetts. He was a 1976 graduate of Paint Branch High School in Silver Spring and had attended Montgomery Junior College. He had worked for private contracting and home improvement concerns in Montgomery County until starting his own business.
He was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Silver Spring.
In addition to his son, of Germantown, survivors include his wife, Donna Marie, and a daughter, Lynn, both of Germantown; his parents, John and Ellen Cleverly, and a brother, John Jr., all of Silver Spring; three sisters, Barbara Seura of Maynard, Mass., Gretchen Lincoln of Cohasset, Mass., and Karen Strotman of Willimantic, Conn., and a half-brother, Steven Baker of Cohasset.
Translator and Teacher
Marilyn Hirsch, 36, a former translator and language professor who had lived in the Washington area since 1973, died Feb. 28 at a hospital in Philadelphia where she was undergoing treatment for cancer.
Mrs. Hirsch, who lived in Potomac, was a native of New York City and lived in Baltimore before moving here. She was a graduate of the City College of New York and received a master's degree in modern languages at the University of Maryland.
She was a medical editor and translator with Johns Hopkins University from 1977 to 1979, and then was an assistant professor at Anne Arundel Community College until retiring in 1982.
Survivors include her husband, Emil Hirsch, one son, Andrew, and one daughter, Erica Hirsch, all of Potomac; her mother, Elsa Teppler of Ocean Township, N.J.; one brother, Steven Teppler of Washington, and one sister, Hedy Weiser of Oxford, England.
JOHN ALLEN SHOEMAKER
Navy Veteran and Bank Employee
John Allen Shoemaker, 59, a retired Navy chief petty officer who worked 20 years with United Virginia Bank, died Feb. 26 at Alexandria Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr. Shoemaker, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Bethesda and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School.
He joined the Navy in 1946 and served in the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. For five years he was stationed in Naples, and he also served in Norfolk and at the submarine base in New London, Conn.
After retiring from the Navy in 1966, Mr. Shoemaker went to work for what then was the United Virginia Bank. He retired in 1986 as a mail room supervisor.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Shoemaker of Alexandria; his mother, Anna Shoemaker of Bethesda, and three sisters, Jeanette Semuta of Bethesda, De Lois Beilstein of Washington and Janet Silvermoser of San Antonio.
ELLEN B. COFFEE
Avon Sales Person
Ellen B. Coffee, 59, a lifelong resident of the Washington area and an Avon sales person for the past 18 years, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Feb. 27 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mrs. Coffee, a resident of Oakton, was born in Washington and reared in Vienna. She was a graduate of Fairfax High School.
Because of her success in selling the Avon line of cosmetics and other products, Mrs. Coffee was a member of the Avon President's Club. In the late 1970s she also was a real estate agent for Century 21.
Mrs. Coffee was a former president of the Community Garden Club in Vienna and a supporter of the Washington Humane Society and other animal welfare groups.
Survivors include her husband, Arthur F. Coffee of Oakton; two children, Cynthia Roll of Centreville, and Lucretia Toth of Oakton; her parents, Betty and Martin Bicksler of Vienna; two brothers, William Bicksler of Vienna and David Bicksler of Nokesville, Va., and three grandchildren.
John Demestihas, 71, a retired accountant who had been active in Greek organizations, died of cancer Feb. 23 at Montgomery General Hospital.
Mr. Demestihas, who lived in Rockville, was born in Biddeford, Maine. He moved to the Washington area in 1935. He graduated from Benjamin Franklin University.
During World War II he worked as an accountant with the War Assets Administration, then became a self-employed accountant working in Washington and suburban Maryland. He retired in 1984 because of illness.
Mr. Demestihas was a member of St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Washington and the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association. He was treasurer of the Supreme Lodge of the Laconian Society of the United States and Canada.
Survivors include two brothers and two sisters.
ARCHIE GARTRELL SR.
Safeway Manager and Farmer
Archie Gartrell Sr., 85, a retired manager of the meat department at Safeway Stores and a Montgomery County farmer, died Feb. 24 at Montgomery General Hospital of pneumonia and Parkinson's disease.
Mr. Gartrell was born on a farm in Brookeville in the house where he was living at the time of his death.
He worked for Safeway for 40 years before he retired in 1967, and he also operated a cattle and grain farm.
Survivors include his wife, Eloise Gartrell of Brookeville; three daughters, LaDorne Hart and Ann Stabler, both of Brookeville, and Mary Ball G. Opie of Engelhard, N.C.; two sons, Archie Gartrell Jr. of Burtonsville and Benjamin F. Gartrell of Ednor, Md.; one sister, Virginia Hersperger of Poolesville; 13 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.
ALICE V. ARDEESER
Alice V. Ardeeser, 82, a retired Washington cosmetologist who moved to Florida in 1965, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 28 at a hospital in New Smyrna Beach, Fla. She lived in Holly Hill, Fla.
Mrs. Ardeeser was born in Washington and worked for Elizabeth Arden for about five years before moving to Hollywood, where she spent World War II. She then returned here and worked for a Georgetown beauty salon until retiring about 1960.
She was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Washington.
Survivors include her husband, Elmer B., and one stepdaughter, Anna Mae Hubbard, both of New Smyrna Beach; one sister, Doris L. Stone of Deltona, Fla., and one brother, Robert J. Saffell of Bradenton, Fla.