Rose M. Foley

Church Member

Rose M. Foley, 77, a member of St. John's Catholic Church in McLean, where she also did volunteer work, died of pancreatic cancer May 13 at the home of a daughter in Centreville. She lived in McLean.

Mrs. Foley, who was born in Yonkers, N.Y., was a secretary in New York before coming to the Washington area in 1967.

Her husband, Peter J., died in 1996. Survivors include five daughters, Kathleen M. and Rosemary C. Torriero, both of Philadelphia, and Patricia F. Zuiker, Susan Foley Dolinger, and Margaret M. Foley, all of Centreville; a brother; four sisters; 13 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. A son, Christopher, died in 1953, and another son, Kevin, died in 1987.

James B. Cash


James Barrett Cash Jr., 77, a retired American Bankers Association lobbyist who was a former Capitol Hill aide and Federal Housing Administration deputy commissioner, died of cardiac arrest May 24 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

He came to Washington and began his government career in 1938 as an FHA clerk.

After serving on the staff of the Senate Banking Committee from 1955 to 1961, he returned to the FHA as deputy commissioner until leaving the agency in 1962.

He was a program chief with the Agency for International Development from 1962 to 1965 when he joined the Washington staff of Sen. J. William Fulbright (D-Ark.) as a legislative aide.

Mr. Cash then worked for the ABA from 1970 until retiring in 1984.

Mr. Cash, an Arkansas native, was a graduate of George Washington University and member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He was an Army Air Forces veteran of World War II.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Teresa O., of Alexandria; and a sister.

Harry Gibson Merryman

Customer Service Representative

Harry Gibson Merryman, 86, a retired Washington Gas Co. customer service representative, died of aspiration pneumonia May 24 at Woodside Nursing Home in Silver Spring. A former Greenbelt resident, he lived at the nursing home since the beginning of the year.

He was a native Washingtonian who joined Washington Gas as a meter reader and retired 39 years later in 1970.

Mr. Merryman, who quit school at an early age to work on the loading docks of a grocery store, served in the Army during World War II and earned his GED in the late 1940s. He then graduated from Southeastern University, where he also received a master's degree in business.

In the mid-1930s, he was among the first 50 new residents of the planned community Greenbelt. He helped to break ground for the Greenbelt Community Church and taught Sunday school there. He was active in the Greenbelt Golden Age Club and honored as a "pioneer" of the town at its semicentennial celebration.

He was a Mason, attaining the rank of Worshipful Master of Birmingham Lodge in Beltsville.

His wife, Dorothy Merryman, died in 1992. Survivors include three children, Betty Jean Merryman of Reno, Nev., Dixie Merryman Baker of Rockville and Harry G. Merryman Jr. of Seville, Ohio; a sister, Margaret Grzeszkiewicz of Brookeville, Md.; eight grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Frances Probey Berard

Elementary School Teacher

Frances Probey Berard, 94, a lifelong Washington resident who retired in the mid-1970s after about 30 years as a fourth- and fifth-grade teacher at John Eaton School, died of cardiac arrest May 28 at the Washington Home.

Ms. Berard, who began her career at Stoddard School in the mid-1930s, came from an old Washington family that was headed by her father, Robert Probey, a tailor shop owner whose business was on Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.

The last surviving sibling, she had three brothers and three sisters who lived their entire lives in Washington and pursued careers in government service and teaching.

Ms. Berard graduated from Western High School and Wilson Normal Teachers College. She took post-graduate courses at Cornell University and received a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown in the earlier part of her life and a member and active volunteer of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington for the past 50 years.

Her marriage to Vincent Berard ended in divorce.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Charles Arthur Sickle

UMW Pension Examiner

Charles Arthur Sickle, 73, who had been affiliated with the Washington offices of the United Mine Workers Welfare and Retirement Fund since coming to the Washington area in 1952, died May 28 at his home in Lanham. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Sickle, an Ohio native, was a pension examiner from 1952 until retiring in 1987. Since that time, he had been a consultant to the union.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rita, of Lanham; four sons, Timothy, of Bowie, Mark, of Frederick, Md., David, of Germantown, and Richard, of Stockbridge, Ga.; two brothers, Robert, of St. Leonard, and Bernie, of Cleveland; two sisters; and nine grandchildren.