Frances Elizabeth Wagasky

Shopkeeper and Dance Teacher

Frances Elizabeth Wagasky, 75, who was assistant manager of Franklin Simon Women's Apparel shops in Glen Burnie and Bethesda during the 1970s, died of respiratory ailments June 5 at North Arundel Hospital.

Mrs. Wagasky, who lived in Odenton, was born in Dallas and attended Tyler (Texas) Junior College. She accompanied her husband, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Sylvester J. Wagasky to posts in Japan, the Philippines, California and other parts of the United States. They had lived in the Washington area for 40 years.

She had learned to speak Japanese, and she had taught courses in Japanese culture and language, and in ballet and ballroom dancing.

She was a docent at the William Paca House and Gardens in Annapolis, and she did volunteer work for the American Cancer Society.

In addition to her husband of 53 years, of Odenton, survivors include six children, John J. Wagasky of Denver, Stephanie Bothwell of Arlington, Paula Wagasky of Buffalo Grove, Ill., Claire Queisser of Knoxville, Tenn., Army Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Wagasky of Germany and Jan Wagasky of Odenton; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

John Thomas Davis

Safety Director

John Thomas Davis, 78, who retired in 1984 after about 10 years as safety director of Washington Gas Light Co., died of cancer June 7 at Fairfax Hospital.

He was a lifelong resident of Alexandria and a graduate of George Washington High School and Benjamin Franklin University. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

He began his career with the gas company before World War II and later was a street work foreman.

Mr. Davis was secretary of the Nocturnal Adoration Society at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria and a director of the St. Vincent de Paul Society there. He was also a member of the Old Dominion Boat Club.

His wife, Mary Louise Davis, died in 1991.

Survivors include three brothers, Stephen Davis of Hallieford, Va., Michael Davis of Newport News, Va., and Neal Davis of Baltimore; and three sisters, Frances Davis of Alexandria, Rosemary Powers of Mathews, Va., and Sandra Graham of Largo, Fla.

Kenneth A. Haines

USDA Official

Kenneth A. Haines, 92, who worked for the Agriculture Department from 1934 until retiring in 1976 as its international programs director, died June 7 at Arlington Hospital after a stroke.

He had lived in Arlington since coming to the Washington area in 1952 and had lived in the Jefferson retirement complex in Ballston since 1992.

Mr. Haines was an entomology graduate of Purdue University in his native Indiana and received a master's degree in agricultural research from Ohio State University.

He worked for the USDA in Massachusetts before coming to the Washington area. He was an official with the Agriculture Research Service in 1959 when he joined the department's international programs division.

The rest of his career included tours as head of the U.S. delegation to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.

He also traveled widely, particularly in Yugoslavia and Latin America.

Mr. Haines, a Mason, was a member of the Board of Science Education for the Greater Washington Area and the Washington Academy of Science. He also belonged to a Boy Scout council.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Helen, of Arlington; two sons, Kenneth, of Charlotte, and Thomas, of Seattle; four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Pamela Carol Fry


Pamela Carol Fry, 55, who retired in 1995 as a district auditor after 28 years with the General Accounting Office, died of an abdominal hemorrhage May 31 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

She was born in Washington and lived in Alexandria.

She was a graduate of George Washington High School and James Madison University.

She was president of the Alexandria Business and Professional Women's Club, director of the Virginia Federation of Business and Professional Women and a representative to the International Women's Year Congress of the Americas in Mexico City in 1975.

She volunteered with the Circle Terrace Hospital auxiliary and was a job placement coordinator with First Baptist Church of Alexandria, which she attended.

She was also membership chairman and office manager for the George Washington High School Alumni Association.

She volunteered at the GAO employee store.

Survivors include her parents, William T. Fry of Florence, S.C., and Thelma L. Bontz of Alexandria; and a sister, Sandy Runyan of Danville, Pa.

Joseph E. McAndrews

Tax Lawyer

Joseph E. McAndrews, 75, a tax lawyer who retired from private practice in Washington in 1993, died of congestive heart failure June 8 at Suburban Hospital. Helived in Chevy Chase.

Mr. McAndrews was a native of Scranton, Pa., and a graduate of Harvard University and its law school.

He served in Germany as a fighter pilot in the Army Air Forces during World War II.

Mr. McAndrews was awarded six Air Medals.

He moved to Washington in 1950 to clerk for Judge Wilbur K. Miller of the U.S. Court of Appeals. He also clerked for Judge Ernest H. Van Fossan of the U.S. Tax Court.

He later was a mergers and acquisitions tax lawyer and litigator at Ivins, Phillips and Barker. He retired as a senior partner.

He was chairman of the taxation committee of the American Bar Association. He was a member of Burning Tree Club and Columbia Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Elizabeth Cox McAndrews of Chevy Chase; five children; two sisters; and 10 grandchildren.

John A. Leitch

GAO Official

John A. Leitch, 65, who retired in the early 1990s as assistant director of the General Accounting Office, died June 5 at the Washington Hospital Center after a heart attack. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Leitch was an engineer who worked for Westinghouse Corp. and the Air Force contract management office and Systems Command early in his career.

He joined the GAO as a senior analyst in 1972. He worked on productivity study projects for much of his career and was a consultant after he retired.

He was a native of Otsego, Mich., and an industrial engineering graduate of the University of Michigan. He received a second bachelor's degree, in business administration, from the University of Georgia.

Mr. Leitch was president of the board of deacons at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington.

He was board vice president of Robert Pierre Johnson Housing Corp., a low-income housing organization of the National Capital Area Presbytery.

He was also a member of the Capitol Hill Garden Club, St. Andrews Society and the Alexandria Association.

Survivors include his wife, Jennie Wren Leitch of Washington; his mother, Mary E. Leitch of New Port Richey, Fla.; two brothers; and two sisters.

Betsy Sullivan Del Coma


Betsy Sullivan Del Coma, 81, a painter who lived in the Washington area since the early 1950s, died of a heart attack June 7 at her home in Potomac.

Her oil paintings were exhibited through the Potomac Art League, of which she was a member. She also was a member of the Congressional Country Club and was an avid golfer.

Mrs. Del Coma, a Potomac resident for 35 years, was a native of New York and a graduate of Drexel University. She studied art at American University, the Corcoran and at schools in Chicago, Cincinnati and London.

During World War II, she worked at the U.S. Embassy in Rio de Janeiro as an adminstrative assistant with the Foreign Economic Administration.

Her husband, Louis E. Del Coma, died in 1997.

Survivors include two children, Michele Marra of Thurmont, Md., and Michael L. Del Coma of Silver Spring; and a sister, Jessie Franco of Chevy Chase.

Roland L. Weeks

Army Lt. Col.

Roland L. Weeks, 90, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who later served 12 years as executive director of the Mid-Atlantic section of the Professional Golfers Association, died May 17 at Mariner Health in Silver Spring. He had cancer, heart ailments and strokes.

He was born in Schroon Lake, N.Y. He began his Army career during World War II, and he served in infantry units in Europe during the war. He participated in combat operations during the Battle of the Bulge.

Later he helped plan Nike missile defense in West Germany and France. He was a NATO missile training officer in Paris, and he also served in the Far East. His decorations included a Silver Star, Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

On retiring from the Army in 1965 he settled in this area and worked for 12 years for the PGA. He was an avid golfer.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Annie P. Weeks of Silver Spring; and a son, Roland L. Weeks Jr. of Columbia.

Sally Freehof


Sally Freehof, 92, who retired in 1970 after about 20 years with the National Bureau of Standards as an editor of external publications, died of cardiovascular disease June 7 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mrs. Freehof, a native of Philadelphia, lived in Washington for 66 years before moving to Rockville in December.

She did charity work and served on the boards of Hadassah, Organization of Rehabilitation through Training and Technion University in Israel.

Her husband, Hyman B. Freehof, died in 1963.

Survivors include two daughters, Joan Dreifus of Pacific Palisades, Calif., and Scotty Chaconas of Ocean City, Md.; a sister; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Ines M. Bonanni

Church Member

Ines M. Bonanni, 90, a former member of St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Cheverly and a Washington area resident since 1947, died June 7 of a stroke at the Villa Rosa Nursing Home in Mitchellville, where she has lived for the last two years.

Mrs. Bonanni, a native of Ovindoli, Italy, came to this country in 1947 with two of her sons. They settled in Washington, where her husband, Ignazio, was working in the construction industry.

Her husband died in 1965, and a son, Angelo, died in 1992.

Survivors include three sons, Pasquale Bonanni and Mario Bonanni, both of Kent Island Estates, Md., and Benny Bonanni of Davidsonville; a sister; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Helen Mae O'Brien

Washington Native

Helen Mae O'Brien, 87, a D.C. native who worked in the 1960s as a teller at the U.S. Public Health Service Credit Union in southwest Washington, died June 6 at a nursing home in St. Petersburg, Fla., after a heart attack.

Mrs. O'Brien, who spent most of her life in Washington, was also active in the Ladies Oriental Shrine of North America. She performed as a clown in the organization's charity events.

In 1997, she and her husband, Edward, moved from their home in Deale to Palm Beach Garden, Fla.

In addition to her husband, of St. Petersburg, survivors include a son, David O'Brien of Lutz, Fla., four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.