The Rev. Lawrence Wempe, 80, a retired Catholic priest who had served as pastor of five parishes in the Washington area, died of heart and lung ailments July 16 at Carroll Manor Nursing Home in Hyattsville.
Father Wempe retired in 1980 after having served six years as pastor of St. Columba's Church in Oxon Hill. Before that he had been pastor of St. Thomas More Church in Washington, St. John's Church in Hollywood, Md., St. Mary's Church in Landover Hills and St. Mary Star of the Sea Church in Indian Head.
A native of Cumberland, Md., Father Wempe attended St. Charles College in Catonsville, Md.
He studied for the priesthood at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, where he received a licentiate degree in sacred theology.
He was ordained to the priesthood in 1936, and served for the next 16 years as associate pastor at Sacred Heart Church in Washington.
Survivors include a brother, Leo Wempe, and three sisters, Helen Wempe, Josephine Coleman and Mary L. Minke, all of Cumberland.
CHARLES V. McFADDEN
Charles V. McFadden, 77, a retired director of the graphics arts department at the Naval Oceanographic Office in Suitland, died of an aneurysm July 18 at Fairfax Hospital.
Mr. McFadden, who lived in Burke, was a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts. He came to the Washington area in 1940, when he went to work for the Navy as a draftsman. He retired in 1971.
He was a past president of the Washington Lithographic Club and the Lithographic Technical Foundation, and a member of the research engineering council of Graphic Arts Industry Inc., a professional organization.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Jean McFadden of Burke; three children, Gail Beitzell of Boca Raton, Fla., Denise Tuck of Alexandria and Charles McFadden Jr. of Springfield; a sister, Helen McFadden of Washington; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
BERNARD G. HARLESS
Bernard G. Harless, 77, a retired management analyst with the Army Materiel Command, died of pneumonia July 11 at Wake Memorial Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.
Mr. Harless was born in Clifton Forge, Va.
He graduated from Washington and Lee University.
He moved to the Washington area at the beginning of World War II and served in the Army in the Pacific during the war.
After the war, Mr. Harless joined the staff of what became the Army Materiel Command, and he continued working there until retiring in 1970.
A former resident of Alexandria, he had lived in Beaufort, N.C., since retiring.
Survivors include his wife, Marianne Harless of Beaufort; a son, Richard Harless of Springfield; three sisters, Elsie Kidd and Tess Saum, both of Clifton Forge, and Doris Harless of Richmond; and two granddaughters.
PATRICK M. O'MEARA JR.
Patrick Marquette O'Meara Jr., 62, an architect with the Army Corps of Engineers in Washington, died of a heart attack July 10 at his home in Washington.
Mr. O'Meara was a native of St. Louis, where he graduated from Washington University. During the Korean War, he served in the Navy as a lieutenant.
He operated an architectural firm in St. Louis from 1955 until about 1965, when he became an educational consultant with the Catholic Archdiocese of New York City.
In 1970, he came to Washington as an educational and management consultant with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, a Georgetown University research group.
He went to the Army Corps of Engineers about 1975.
Survivors include two sisters, Marian Evans of St. Joseph, Mich., and Sister Virginia O'Meara RSCJ of St. Louis.