George G. and Rosemary Kennedy Weth, both 58, who lived in McLean and were members of the parish of St. John Catholic Church, were killed Feb. 1 in the collision of a USAir jetliner and a commuter plane at Los Angeles International Airport.
They had flown to California for a visit.
Mr. Weth, a chemical engineer who worked at the Energy Department, was born in Queens, N.Y. He graduated from Mount St. Mary's College in Emmittsburg, Md. He worked for the Brookhaven Laboratory in New York before moving to the Washington area in 1973.
He worked for the Interior Department, the Energy Research and Development Administration and finally the Department of Energy, where he was senior program manager in the Office of Clean Coal Technology. He also was chairman of the Energy Source Board.
Mrs. Weth was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from St. John's University. A former employee of the New York Telephone Co., she joined the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. when she moved here. She was a senior account executive when she retired in 1990.
The Weths are survived by four children, Patricia, Daniel, Maureen and Kevin Weth, all of McLean. Mr. Weth also is survived by a brother, Robert Weth of Croton Falls, N.Y., and three sisters, Arlene Mazzetti of Highland, N.Y., Joan Kennedy of Boca Raton, Fla., and Maureen Bianco of Islip, N.Y.
Mrs. Weth also is survived by two brothers, James Kennedy of Old Greenwich, Conn., and Daniel Kennedy of Rockville Centre, N.Y.
Deanna "Dhea" Rae Bethea-Kearney, 22, a USAir flight attendant who was killed Feb. 1 when her plane collided with a commuter flight at Los Angeles International Airport Feb. 1, lived in Vienna and had worked for the airline since June 1989.
Mrs. Bethea-Kearney was assigned out of Washington National Airport. She had worked from 1986 to 1989 as a service manager for Bob's Big Boy restaurant in Alexandria.
Born in Cambridge, Ohio, she moved to Alexandria at the age of six. She graduated in 1986 from West Potomac High School.
She belonged to St. David's Episcopal Church in Georgetown.
Survivors include her husband, Timothy Robert Kearney of Vienna; her parents, Andrea Rae Bethea and Miles Bethea of Alexandria; two sisters, Dawn Lynette Bethea of Alexandria and Eugennia Mack of Washington; three brothers, Dale Richard Bethea and Rhomiel Delonte Bethea, both of Alexandria, and Kevin Bethea of Washington; and her grandmother, Bernice Edwards of Pittsburgh.
CATHERINE C. ROONEY
Widow of Congressman
Catherine C. Rooney, 85, the widow of the late Rep. John J. Rooney (D-N.Y.), died of a vascular disorder Feb. 4 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She lived in Bethesda.
Mrs. Rooney was a Washington native who lived here all her life. She attended St. Patrick's Academy and studied nursing at Georgetown University.
After her marriage in 1953 to Mr. Rooney, who served in Congress from 1944 to 1974, they also maintained a home in his Brooklyn district, where she frequently helped him campaign.
Mrs. Rooney was a member of the Church of the Little Flower in Bethesda.
Her first husband, Arthur Patrick Curran, died in 1938. Mr. Rooney died in 1975.
Survivors include a son from her first marriage, Arthur Patrick Curran Jr. of Washington; three stepchildren, Mary Ann Farrell of Annapolis, John J. Rooney Jr. of Washington and Edward Rooney of New York City; a brother, Dr. August Kramm of Washington; a sister, Margaret Costello of Bethesda; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
J. RAYMOND TENANTY SR.
J. Raymond Tenanty Sr., 74, a retired Navy captain and pharmaceutical trade group representative, died of a heart attack Feb. 6 at Fairfax Hospital. He had cancer.
Capt. Tenanty, a resident of McLean, served with the Navy for 30 years and retired in 1969. Until 1979, he was a management liaison representative with the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association.
Capt. Tenanty's last six years with the Navy were at the Pentagon. There he was special assistant to the chief of naval operations, director of the Naval Ship Characteristics Board, which plans for ship construction, and assistant director of Navy program planning.
He was a native of Waltham, Mass., and a 1939 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He served here and in Europe during World War II and in the Korean War. In addition to Washington, his assignments in this country included duty at Newport, R.I., and Norfolk.
Capt. Tenanty's military decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
He was a member of St. Luke's Catholic Church in McLean.
Survivors include his wife, Helen R. Tenanty of McLean; three sons, J. Raymond Tenanty Jr. of Montclair, Va., Robert M. Tenanty of Annapolis and John J. Tenanty of Arlington; two daughters, Patrica Anne Tenanty of Rockville and Gail Marie Tenanty of Fairfax; a sister, Mary Wilhelm of San Francisco and four grandchildren.
MARGARET KOSA BERTALAN
Hungarian Community Member
Margaret Kosa Bertalan, 65, a former teacher who was active in the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America, died Feb. 7 at Suburban Hospital. She had cancer.
Mrs. Bertalan, a resident of Rockville, was born in New Brunswick, N.J. She graduated from Douglass College and received a master's degree in education from Rutgers University. She was a chemistry teacher at New Brunswick High School for 10 years, and she also served on the New Brunswick City Council.
In 1980, her husband, the Rev. Dr. Imre Bertalan, a former pastor of the Magyar Reformed Church of New Brunswick, became president of the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America, and the family moved to Rockville at that time. Mrs. Bertalan helped her husband in his work here and elsewhere in the country, and she was a member of the Hungarian Reformed Church of Washington.
In addition to her husband, to whom she was married for 42 years, of Rockville, survivors include three children, the Rev. Imre A. Bertalan of Allen Park, Mich., Lillian Bertalan De Petrillo of Schenectady, N.Y., and Margaret Sarah Bertalan of Washington; a brother, Ernest Kosa, a retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Chaplains Corps, of Sparta, N.J.; and nine grandchildren.
RUTH CHALMERS PRENTICE
Gospel Mission Volunteer
Ruth Chalmers Prentice, 93, a volunteer at the Gospel Mission at Fifth and H streets NW in Washington for almost 40 years, died of kidney failure Feb. 3 at a hospital in Venice, Fla.
Mrs. Prentice, who lived in Venice, was born in Chicago. She attended the Moody Bible Institute there, and she moved to Washington in 1920.
Her husband, Harvey V. Prentice, was superintendent at the Gospel Mission. From 1922 until Mr. Prentice's death in 1960, Mrs. Prentice coordinated programs for women and children at the mission, arranged food and clothing drives for the needy, invited the wives of presidents to attend special programs, and played the piano.
She also was a member of Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church in Washington, and taught a Sunday school class there.
In 1960, Mrs. Prentice moved to Mayo, Md., and about 1968 she moved to Florida.
Survivors include two sons, John M. Prentice of Bartlesville, Okla., and Harvey Prentice of Arlington; three daughters, Ella Jean Scott of Venice, Ruth Wornardt of Houston, and Mary Moore of Orleans, Mass.; two sisters, Margaret Mostellar of Venice and Jean MaCoumber of Miami; 22 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.
AUGUSTIN D. SPOTTSWOOD
World Bank Administrator
Augustin D. Spottswood, 92, a retired technical projects administrator for the World Bank, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 5 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Arlington.
He worked in technical assignments at the World Bank from 1947 to 1971, when he retired as assistant director of the projects department. After his retirement, he continued as a special consultant to the projects director.
Mr. Spottswood was a native of Mobile, Ala. He was a civil engineering and economics graduate of the University of Alabama. He served in the Army in World War I. From 1921 to 1943 he worked as a civilian for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Alabama and for the Tennessee Valley Authority. He was an engineering chief and transportation and industrial economics chief.
He reentered the Army in 1943, and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel during service in Europe during World War II. From 1945 to 1947, he was assigned by the Army to the Allied Control Commission in Austria as chief of the industry branch.
He moved here to join the World Bank. Mr. Spottswood's projects at the bank included a number of public utilities proposals and preparation of procurement loan guidelines. He negotiated loans for power, water and communications projects and was responsible for project appraisals in dozens of countries.
He belonged to the American Society of Civil Engineers and the U.S. Committee on Large Dams. He also was a member of the Kiwanis of Leisure World, the Silver Spring community where he lived from 1973 to 1989.
His wife, Mildred Burnham Spottswood, died in 1983. Survivors include a daughter, Burnham S. Morse of McLean; a brother, John S. Spottswood of Mobile; and two grandchildren.
ELBERT Y. OLNEY
D.C. Schools Teacher
Elbert Y. Olney, 89, a retired teacher and administrator with the D.C. public schools who had been active in credit union organizations, died Feb. 6 at a nursing home in Charles Town, W.Va. He had Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Olney came here and joined the D.C. schools in 1933 as an administrator. From 1936 until he retired in 1971, he taught commercial business courses at what became Kramer High School.
He was one of the founders of the D.C. Teachers Federal Credit Union and had served as treasurer of the organization. He was a president of the D.C. Credit Union League and had been a member of the board of the Credit Union National Association.
Mr. Olney received a bachelor's degree in economics from Columbia University and a master's degree in education from George Washington University. A native of Iowa, he worked in banking in New York and for a retailer in the Midwest before coming here. He lived in McLean before entering the first of several nursing homes about six years ago.
He was a Mason.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Helen A. Olney, and a daughter, Carolyn Bousman, both of Leesburg; and three grandchildren.
LYNWOOD L. GIACOMINI
Lynwood Laurin Giacomini, 78, a retired book executive with Harper & Row Publishers, died Jan. 30 at a hospital in Columbus, N.C. He had emphysema.
A former Chevy Chase resident, Mr. Giacomini lived in the Washington area from 1961 to 1976. At the time of his death, he lived in Tryon, N.C.
He joined Harper & Row after World War II. He held sales posts in New York before coming here to do liaison work between the book publisher and prospective authors who were Washington political officials. He retired in 1973.
Mr. Giacomini was born in California and grew up in Tulsa. He worked in banking in Tulsa and Seattle before serving in the Army during World War II.
His hobbies including collecting books.
His wife, Marion Buck Giacomini, died in 1989. Survivors include a daughter, Jean L. Egan of Key West, Fla.; a brother, Connell L., of Seattle; three sisters, Lyndell S. Mays of Ferndale, Calif., Patricia L. Elliott of Bellevue, Wash., and Jo-Ann Giacomini of Eugene, Ore.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Joanne Clark Hudson, 51, a legal secretary with the Washington law firm of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, died of breast cancer Jan. 26 at Arlington Hospital.
Mrs. Hudson, who lived in McLean, was born in Wilson, N.C. She moved to the Washington area as a child and graduated from Washington-Lee High School. She had worked for Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson for about the last eight years, and most recently had been assigned to assist the transition team of D.C. Mayor Sharon Pratt Dixon.
Previously she had worked at the Arlington law firm of Tolbert, Smith, Fitzgerald & Ramsey.
She was a member of First Baptist Church of Clarendon, where she sang in the choir and worked in children's programs. She played piano and did tap dancing and roller skating.
Her marriage to David Hudson ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband, Donald M. Spoon of McLean; two children by her first marriage, Catherine Meek of Alexandria and Christian Hudson of McLean; and her mother Estelle Taylor of Arlington.