Arneta G. Molley, 82, a retired D.C. public school teacher and the former principal of Mott Elementary School, died of cancer Sept. 18 at her home in Washington.

Mrs. Molley was born in Washington. She attended Miner Teachers College and Howard University and received a master's degree in education administration at George Washington University.

She retired as principal of Mott in 1973 after 31 years in the D.C. school system.

Before her appointment as principal of Mott, Mrs. Molley had taught at Birney, Richardson, Perry and Slater elementary schools.

She was a member of St. Luke's Baptist Church in Washington.

Her husband, Elward C. Molley Sr., died in 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Elward C. Molley Jr. of Mitchellville, Md., and Marion Molley of Washington, and two grandchildren.


Transportation Specialist

Richard E. Baltrotsky, 59, a retired civilian transportation specialist at the Department of the Air Force and a retired chief master sergeant in the D.C. Air National Guard, died of a heart attack Sept. 17 at a hospital in Newark, Del. He was stricken while driving a car in Newark.

Mr. Baltrotsky, who lived in Berlin, Md., was born in Baltimore. He grew up in Silver Spring. He entered the D.C. Air National Guard in the late 1940s.

He served on active duty during the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired from the Air National Guard in 1988.

He became an air traffic controller at National Airport in the early 1960s. About 1964, he transferred to the Department of the Air Force at the Pentagon. He retired in 1987.

Mr. Baltrotsky was commander of the Wicomico County Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. He also was a past president of the Damascus Lion's Club and a member of the American Legion.

Survivors include his wife, Marianne Baltrotsky of New Market, Md.; three children, Jennifer Anne Baltrotsky of Damascus, Karen Rouch Baltrotsky of Germantown and Michael Baltrotsky of Berlin; and his mother, Goldie Baltrotsky, and a brother, Martin P. Baltrotsky, both of Bethesda.


Hardware Merchant

Alvin T. White, 77, a former partner in Hunter Hardware store in Silver Spring, died of congestive heart failure and pneumonia Sept. 18 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.

Mr. White, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Salisbury, Md. He served in the Navy during World War II.

He moved to the Washington area and worked as a wholesale salesman for three hardware companies, Belknap, May Hardware and J.B. Kendall, before going into the retail hardware business at Hunter Hardware in 1972. He retired in 1978.

Mr. White had been a member of the parish council at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda, where he also assisted in the distribution of communion and accompanied nuns on visits to sick parishioners.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His wife, Catherine D. White, died in 1985.

Survivors include three children, Stephen A. White and Patricia M. White, both of Bethesda, and Richard T. White of Silver Spring; a sister, Elizabeth Phillips of Towson; and three grandchildren.


Government Lawyer

Frederick B. Steen, 41, a lawyer with the Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission since moving to the Washington area in 1976, died of a pulmonary embolism Sept. 11 at LaSalle General Hospital in Jena, La.

Mr. Steen, who lived in Washington, was born in Jena. He graduated from Louisiana State University, where he also received a law degree.

He served in the Army in South Korea in 1970 and 1971.

Survivors include his parents, Dan and Mavis Steen of Jena, and a sister, Donna Steen of Texas.


IRS Branch Chief

Robert Pratesi, 86, a retired branch chief in the individual income tax division of the Internal Revenue Service, died of cardiac arrest Sept. 17 at a hospital in Coconut Creek, Fla.

Mr. Pratesi was born in Naples. He immigrated to the United States at age 3 and grew up in New York and Connecticut.

He graduated from New York University and Fordham Law School. He also received an accounting degree from Benjamin Franklin University in Washington.

Before moving to the Washington area in 1944, he worked in the legal departments of New York banks and for the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms tax unit of the Treasury Department.

In Washington, he worked for the IRS from 1944 until retiring in 1972.

A former resident of Silver Spring, Mr. Pratesi moved to Coconut Creek in 1978.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Nancy Pratesi of Coconut Creek; two daughters, Gloria Rorro of Glen Rock, N.J., and Elaine Castle of Rockville; and seven grandchildren.


Administrative Assistant

Barbara J. Crawford, 60, a retired administrative assistant to senior Air Force officials, died of cancer Sept. 16 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Crawford, who lived in Washington, was born in Detroit.

She moved to the Washington area and began working for the Department of the Air Force in 1951.

She retired in 1988 as administrative assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for command, control, communications and computers.

Earlier she had been administrative assistant to the deputy assistant secretary for data automation, the assistant secretary for financial management and the secretary of the Air Force.

In retirement, Mrs. Crawford had been administrative assistant to the vice president of Lockheed Missile and Space Co. in Fairfax.

Her marriage to Jack Crawford ended in divorce.

Survivors include her mother, Mabel N. Johnson of Okmulgee, Okla.