Abraham Chasanow, 78, a retired Navy Department official, real estate broker and lawyer who also had been a poet, died of an aneurysm June 11 at a hospital in Atlantic City. Mr. Chasanow, who had homes in Wheaton and Aventura, Fla., was vacationing when he was stricken. A native of Philadelphia, he came to this area in the early 1930s. He graduated from what is now the American University law school. He spent 23 years with the Navy Hydrographic Office before leaving in 1955. He had spent 13 months of that time, until fall 1954, fighting a dismissal on security charges. Mr. Chasanow triumphed in a series of highly publicized hearings, showing that the Navy's case was based on rumor, incorrect testimony, shoddy investigative techniques and had possibly been tinged by anti-Semitism. Anthony Lewis, then a reporter with the old Washington Daily News who now works for the New York Times, won the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for a series of articles he wrote exposing the injustice of Mr. Chasanow's ordeal. Mr. Chasanow left his job as director of the distribution control office of the Hydrographic Office when the post was abolished after a management study. Mr. Chasanow told the news media that the job should be abolished. A Navy spokesman said that he had been offered another Navy job, but had decided to retire from the government. Assistant Secretary of the Navy Albert Pratt added, "The Navy is very appreciative of Chasanow's long and faithful service. We are sorry to lose him." Mr. Chasanow practiced law and became a real estate broker. He founded and operated the old Greenbelt Realty from the mid-1950s until retiring in the late 1970s. During the 1960s, he served as president of the Maryland Association of Real Estate Boards and chairman of the subcommittee on ethics and arbitration of the National Association of Real Estate Boards. He was named Realtor of the Year by the Prince George's County Board of Realtors in 1965. Mr. Chasanow had contributed a poetry column called "Today's Epitaph" to The Washington Post for a time. He was a past president of the Greenbelt Citizens Association. He was a member of Mishkan Torah Reconstructionist Conservative Congregation in Greenbelt, which he had helped build. His wife, Helen, died in 1988. Survivors include a son, Prince George's County Circuit Judge Howard Chasanow; three daughters, Phyllis Richman of Washington, Myrna Chasanow of Cheverly and Ruth C. Heitin of Alexandria; two sisters, Anna Goldstein of Philadelphia and Freda Goldfarb of California; and seven grandchildren. EDWARD A. DOW JR. Foreign Service Officer Edward A. Dow Jr., 76, a career State Department foreign service officer who served 30 years before retiring in 1970 as the U.S. charge d'affaires in Lesotho, died of cancer June 11 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived in Washington. Early in his Foreign Service career, Mr. Dow served in Belgium. During World War II, he worked for the State Department in Cairo. He studied economics at Princeton University, then served in Paris as an economic officer. In 1949, he was named U.S. representative on the United Nations Commission for Indonesia. Later assignments included posts in New Delhi, where he was first secretary for economic affairs from 1959 to 1964, and Morocco, where he was economic counselor and served from 1964 to 1969. Upon completion of his posting in Rabat, he was named a commander of the Order of Quissam Alaouite by King Hassan. Mr. Dow was born in Omaha. He was a graduate of Georgetown University and the National War College. He was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Washington. Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Virginia Burke of Washington; and a sister, Rose Mary Dow Moynihan of Lake Wales, Fla. IRENE V. HUNSAKER Department Store Clerk Irene V. Hunsaker, 89, who had been a salesclerk in the linen section of Washington department stores for more than 50 years, died of kidney failure June 10 at Holy Cross Hospital. She lived in Silver Spring. She worked for the old W.B. Moses store for 20 years until it closed about 1934. She then worked for Garfinckel's before joining the old Landsburgh's department store in 1940. She retired in 1970. Mrs. Hunsaker, who was born in Ohio, came to this area in 1905 and attended the old Business High School. Her husband, Floyd H. Hunsaker, died in 1963. Survivors include a son, Floyd Jr. of Silver Spring; and a daughter, Patricia M. Hunsaker of Washington. JOHN J. SHARP Lawyer John J. Sharp, 61, a government lawyer for 30 years before retiring in 1987 as chief of the enforcement counsel of the Small Business Administration, died May 27 at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He had cancer. Mr. Sharp, an area resident since 1954 who lived in Silver Spring, was a native of Lowell, Mass. He served with the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. A graduate of St. Michael's College in Vermont, he received his law degree at Georgetown University in 1957. He then joined the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he worked until transferring to the Small Business Administration in 1963. Survivors include his wife, Eileen Malloy Sharp of Silver Spring; eight children, Michael of White Oak, Md., Susan Anne King of Beltsville, Katherine Sharp of Olney, Theresa Sharp of Reston, and James, Kevin, John Jr., and Maureen Sharp, all of Silver Spring; and a brother, Robert C., of Baltimore. MARY E. BESSLER Schoolteacher Mary E. Bessler, 55, a member of the faculty of Lord Baltimore Middle School in Fort Washington who had taught in the Prince George's County Public Schools for the past 20 years, died of cancer June 19 at Bethesda Naval Hospital. She lived in Fort Washington. Mrs. Bessler, who taught history and social studies, began her career in Prince George's schools in 1969 at Harmony Hall Elementary School. She transferred to Eugene Burroughs Middle School in Accokeek in the early 1980s. She spent the past year at Lord Baltimore. She was a member of St. Mary's Piscataway Catholic Church in Clinton, where she served on the parish council and was a sodality officer. She had served as secretary and historian of the Shady Oaks Yacht Club in Shady Side, Md. Mrs. Bessler, an area resident since 1969, was a native of Minneapolis. She was a graduate of the University of Minnesota and received a master's degree in education from George Washington University. Before joining Prince George's schools, she had accompanied her husband to Army posts in the United States and Europe. She also had taught 13 years at schools in Minnesota, Kansas, North Carolina, Baltimore and Petersburg, Va. Survivors include her husband, retired Army Col. Lawrence H. of Fort Washington; a son, Lawrence II of Los Angeles; and a sister, Patricia A. Dee of Minneapolis. JERRY JOHN CARDARELLI CECO Corp. Executive Jerry John Cardarelli, 50, regional manager of the concrete construction division of The CECO Corp. in Landover, died of cancer June 11 at Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Springfield. Mr. Cardarelli was born in Huntington, W.Va., and moved to the Washington area about 1940. He graduated from Gonzaga High School and Villanova University. He joined CECO in 1961 as a civil engineer. He was at CECO's Richmond office from 1969 to 1979 before returning here. In 1985, he became a vice president for Form Work Services Inc., an Annandale construction firm. He returned to CECO in 1987. Mr. Cardarelli was a member of the Maryland Air National Guard from the early 1960s until 1970. Survivors include his wife, Carol O. Cardarelli, and three children, Ann M. Cardarelli, Mary T. Cardarelli, and Jerry A. Cardarelli, all of Springfield; and his mother, Kathryn Cardarelli of Upper Marlboro. HUBERT N. LACEY CIA Accountant Hubert N. Lacey, 71, a federal accountant for 42 years until he retired in 1980 as the CIA's deputy director of finance, died of cancer June 10 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He lived in Arlington. Mr. Lacey was a native of Kansas. He became an accountant with the Federal Land Bank in Omaha in 1938. He came to the Washington area in 1946 when he joined the Farm Credit Administration. He joined the CIA in 1956. His awards included the CIA's Distinguished Intelligence Award. He graduated from George Washington University in 1958. Since retiring, Mr. Lacey had been a consultant to the CIA and a volunteer with the American Association of Retired Persons. He was a past treasurer of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Arlington. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Jean Eleanore Lacey of Arlington; three children, Richard Lacey of Beltsville, Carl Lacey of Arlington and Linda Wallen of Houston; a sister; three brothers; and three grandchildren.