John L. Burke Sr., 73, a retired vice president and controller of the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) who was active in Catholic organizations, died of congestive heart failure Sept. 16 at a hospital in Cape May Courthouse, N.J.

Mr. Burke, who lived in Silver Spring, was staying at his vacation home in Avalon, N.J., at the time of his death.

He came to the Washington area in 1940 and spent the next decade with the Reconstruction Finance Corp. and the Civil Service Commission. In 1951, he joined the Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), where he worked until 1968. He then joined Ginnie Mae, a government-owned corporation that purchases mortgages from private lenders and packages them into securities. He retired in 1971.

He was a past president of the St. Vincent de Paul Society of the Archdiocese of Washington and served on the boards of the Catholic Charities of the Greater Washington Area and the National Capital Area Big Brothers. He was a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring and was a past president of the church's St. Vincent de Paul and Holy Name societies.

Mr. Burke was a native of Rutland, Vt. He was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin University.

His first wife, Marguerite M. Burke, died in 1981. Survivors include his wife, Helen C. Burke of Silver Spring; six children by his first marriage, Eleanor Gage of St. Louis, Maureen McEntee of Wallingford, Pa., Michael W., of Alexandria, John Jr., of McLean, Chauncey E., of Seattle, and Brian M., of Gaithersburg; two stepchildren, Michael McGinniss of Paris and Nellie Kiesel of Canton, Mich.; three brothers, George J., of Las Vegas, James T., of Rutland, and Francis J., of Seekonk, Mass.; a sister, Joan Kenan of Florida; and 16 grandchildren.


Army Colonel and Real Estate Agent

Joseph H. Felter Sr., 72, a retired Army colonel and former Fairfax County Realtor and broker, died of cancer Sept. 15 at his home in McLean.

Col. Felter, a combat veteran of two wars, entered the Army in 1940. He was an artillery officer in Europe during World War II and commanded an artillery battalion during the Korean War. He held other artillery assignments in the United States and abroad. His last post, before retiring from active duty in 1972, was with the Defense Intelligence Agency, where he worked on strategic intelligence systems.

After retiring from the Army, he worked for Harper & Co. real estate in McLean until about 1985. He also served as head of the ethics committee of the Fairfax Board of Realtors.

Col. Felter was a native of New York City. He was a graduate of Fordham University.

His decorations included four awards of the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star and two Army Commendation Medals.

Survivors include his wife, Roseanne, of McLean; four sons, Joseph Felter Jr. of Vienna, Robert Felter of Akron, Ohio, John K., of Boston, and James, of Washington; five daughters, Patricia Muller Smith of Tulsa, Maryjane Lock of Woodbridge, Suzanne Lippe of Carlisle, Pa., and Diane Maestri and Christine Felter, both of Arlington; his mother, Rose Felter of New York City; and 20 grandchildren.


Business Consultant

Maxine H. Bishop, 71, a business consultant and former chief of employee development and utilization for the Bureau of Labor Statistics, died of cancer Sept. 17 at the nursing home facility at Goodwin House in Alexandria.

Mrs. Bishop, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Louisa County, Va. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, where she also received a master's degree in business administration.

She was a business consultant in San Francisco before moving to the Washington area and joining the staff of the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1970. She left that agency in 1974 and had worked since then as an independent business consultant.

She was author of a 1969 book, "Dynamic Supervision."

Mrs. Bishop was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Alexandria, the National Society of Colonial Dames of America, the Order of First Families of Virginia, the Order of the Crown in America, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Washington Club.

Her husband, Roy P. Bishop, died in 1963. Survivors include two brothers, Henry Hall Hardenbergh of Spring Grove, Va., and Brand Hardenbergh of Colonial Beach, Va.


Georgetown Biology Professor

The Rev. James L. Harley, 87, who taught biology at Georgetown University from 1959 until retiring in 1970, died of cancer Sept. 14 at Georgetown University Hospital. He lived with the university's Jesuit community.

He served as an Army chaplain in the China-Burma-India theater during World War II and was a member of the faculty of the Army and Air Force Chaplains' School at Governors Island, N.Y., during the Korean War. He contributed chapters to the Army Chaplains' Manual. He retired from the reserves in 1959 as a major.

Mr. Harley, who was a native of Philadelphia, joined the Society of Jesus in 1920 and was ordained in 1933. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Boston College and a theology degree and master's degree in teaching from Woodstock College in Woodstock, Md. He also did postgraduate work in biology at Fordham and Yale universities.

He taught in a Philadelphia Catholic school before serving on the faculty of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania from 1940 to 1950. From 1950 to 1957, he taught at Loyola College in Baltimore.

He leaves no immediate survivors.



Katherine J. Hepner, 74, an Alexandria volunteer who tutored children with learning disabilities and worked for the Red Cross, Meals on Wheels and the American Cancer Society, died of cancer Sept. 15 at Mount Vernon Hospital.

Mrs. Hepner, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Portland, Maine. She attended Farmington State Teachers College and taught learning disabled children in Maine. She joined the WACS in 1941 and served during World War II and for six years afterward in the United States and Europe. She was discharged as a major.

In 1951, Mrs. Hepner moved to the Washington area and worked as an administrative assistant at the Urban Land Institute until her marriage to Edward H. Hepner in 1956. They moved to Summit, N.J., in 1959 and later lived in Rocky Mount, N.C., and Sydney before returning in 1971.

In addition to her husband, of Alexandria, survivors include two daughters, Susan K. Hepner of Alexandria and Alma H. O'Connor of Medford, Ore.; and a brother, John H. Flaherty Jr. of Wilmington, Del.



Helen M. Price, 66, a volunteer and former secretary, died Sept. 16 at Fairfax Hospital after a stroke.

Mrs. Price, who lived in Annandale, was born in Hancock, Md. She moved to Washington as a child and graduated from McKinley Tech High School and Washington Business College.

She was a secretary in the office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the late 1940s. In the late 1950s she was secretary at Graham Road United Methodist Church in Falls Church. She was secretary to the United Methodist district superintendent for Alexandria from 1962 to 1965.

As a volunteer, she taught English to handicapped immigrants. She also was a Sunday school teacher and volunteer at Annandale United Methodist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph L. Price Jr. of Annandale; a daughter, Linda Price Brillhart of Burke; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.


Prince George's Teacher

Phyllis Mae Brnicky, 50, a Prince George's County schoolteacher who specialized in teaching the learning-disabled and children with special needs, died Sept. 14 at Fairfax Hospital after a heart attack.

Miss Brnicky, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Calumet City, Ill. She graduated from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. She moved to the Washington area and joined the Prince George's school system in 1977.

She had taught children with special needs for the past five years and was assigned at Glassmanor Elementary School. Earlier, she taught at Berkshire Elementary School.

She was vice president of Alpha Delta Kappa teachers sorority and a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include her mother, Victoria Brnicky, and a brother, Michael Brnicky, both of Calumet City.