John V. Del Vecchio, 82, a retired suburban Maryland developer and former co-owner of the Tick Tock Lounge in Langley Park, died of complications from a stroke Feb. 11 at his home in Golden Beach, Md.
He moved to St. Mary's County from Silver Spring in 1975.
A native of New York City, Mr. Del Vecchio attended Seton Hall University.
He was involved in commercial and residential construction after he moved here in the mid-1930s. He began his own building firm, The John's Co., in the mid-1940s.
For 20 years, Mr. Del Vecchio was the developer of subdivisions in the Plyers Mill, Northwood and Lewisdale neighborhoods of Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
He was a partner in the Tick Tock from 1950 to 1972.
He belonged to St. Michael's Catholic Church in Silver Spring, the Alhambra and the Rosensteel Council of the Knights of Columbus and the Loyal Order of the Sons of Italy.
His first wife, Vivian E. Mears Del Vecchio, died in 1974.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Bryant Langley Del Vecchio of Golden Beach; two children from his first marriage, John V. Del Vecchio Jr. of Gaithersburg and Jacqueline D. Virtue of Rockville; a stepdaughter, Diana Rock of Mason Neck; six grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
STELLA LEONA PICKETT
Stella Leona Pickett, 65, a retired bakery clerk at the Giant food store in Laurel, died of heart ailments Feb. 8 at a hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Mrs. Pickett was born in Ivanhoe, Va., and moved to the Washington area in the 1950s.
She worked at the Giant store in Laurel for about 15 years, from the late 1960s until the early 1980s.
She moved from Laurel to Austinville, Va., in 1984 and had lived there since.
Survivors include her husband, Ben Pickett Sr. of Austinville; eight children, John T. Pickett Sr. and Dwayne Pickett, both of Laurel, David Pickett Sr. and Sara Jane Goodson, both of Austinville, Edmund Roger Pickett Sr. of Glen Burnie, Priscilla Diane Fiala of Ellicott City, Md., Vicky Lucas of Hanover, Md. and Pamela Ford of Columbia; and 21 grandchildren. A son, Ben H. Pickett Jr., died in 1990.
S. RUSSELL McILWAIN
S. Russell McIlwain, 64, branch sales manager at the Vienna facility of Yale Industrial Trucks of Maryland, died of cancer Feb. 8 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.
Mr. McIlwain, who lived in Vienna, was born in Pittsburgh. He served in the Army Air Forces in Europe as a bomber squadron crew chief during World War II. He later attended Grove City College.
He had worked 25 years in Erie, Pa., and Youngstown, Ohio, for Clark Equipment Co. before moving to the Washington area and going to work for Yale Industrial Trucks 10 years ago.
His marriage to JoAnne Ucker ended in divorce. His second wife, Ingrid S. Wright, died in 1980.
Survivors include two daughters from his first marriage, Claudia McIlwain of Herndon and Patricia Aaron of Arlington, Mass.; two children from his second marriage, Jennifer Wright Adams and Gregory Wright McIlwain, both of Youngstown; and three grandchildren.
PETER A. REICHEL
German Embassy Employee
Peter A. Reichel, 47, a clerk at the German Embassy since 1964, died of cancer Feb. 12 at Washington Hospital Center. He lived in Falls Church.
A native of Hadamar, Germany, Mr. Reichel came to this country in 1964.
He worked in the teletype, press and information sections of the embassy.
Mr. Reichel served in the D.C. National Guard from 1966 to 1971 and belonged to the Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Fairfax.
Survivors include his wife, Evelyn A. Reichel of Falls Church; a daughter, Karoline K. Reichel of Blacksburg, Va.; a son, Peter A. Reichel Jr. of Falls Church; and his mother, Karoline Reichel of Bad Homburg, Germany.