Frank Marti

Actor and Singer

Frank Marti, 66, an actor and singer who performed in Broadway plays and television shows before moving to the Washington area in 1989, died June 4 at Georgetown University Hospital of complications from leukemia.

Mr. Marti, a District resident, was born in North Bergen, N.J., and was a theater graduate of Columbia University.

He was in the midst of a hiatus from his career, according to his companion of 14 years, Kurt W. Wubbeana. His career included a record album in the 1960s, which led to a two-year cabaret singing tour in Mexico and South America.

Earlier, he had roles in Broadway and off-Broadway productions, including the stage show "Mr. Wonderful." In 1973, he moved to Beverly Hills, Calif., where he acted in television shows such as "Love, American Style" and "Harrigan & Son." He also performed with a theater group in Los Angeles.

In addition to his companion, of Washington, survivors include two sisters.

Andrew Joseph Peloquin

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel

Andrew Joseph Peloquin, 59, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and Vietnam War veteran who also worked on satellite communications and control simulators for a defense contractor, died of metastatic bladder cancer June 5 at his home in Fairfax.

Col. Peloquin spent 21 years in the Air Force before retiring on medical disability in 1984. His final assignment was as chief of the military assistance program and Air Force attache to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

For about 11 years until 1997, he worked on the technical staff of American Systems Corp. in Chantilly and Crystal City.

Col. Peloquin, who was born in St. Paul, Minn., received a commission as an Air Force officer upon his graduation from the University of Minnesota. He flew 100 combat reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Later assignments took him to bases in the United States and England.

His military honors included the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with nine oak leaf clusters.

Survivors include his wife, Celeste Eileen Peloquin of Fairfax; two children, Stephanie P. McKelvain of Ocoee, Fla., and Keith A. Peloquin of Wichita; and two grandchildren.

Mildred Stoneman


Mildred Stoneman, 75, an artist who specialized in watercolor paintings on rice paper, died June 4 at Prince George's Hospital Center of complications from heart surgery.

Mrs. Stoneman, a native of Gaithersburg, attended the University of Maryland and maintained an art studio at her home in Riverdale, where she lived since 1965.

Her paintings were part of larger exhibits held at the Torpedo Factory art center in Alexandria and the National Arboretum in Washington, and they were entered in juried shows in the Washington area.

Her other interests included genealogy.

Her marriages to Abdul Khalek Mehta and Lester Steube ended in divorces. Her third husband, Harry Stoneman, died in 1992.

Survivors include two children from her first marriage, Lee Lowery of Olney and Rick Mehta of Miami; a sister, Ruth Berghers of Potomac; a half-brother, Carl Wheeler of Hagerstown, Md.; and four grandchildren.

Andrew J. Howard III

Former Resident

Andrew J. Howard III, 77, who grew up in the District and graduated from Dunbar High School in 1938 and Howard University in 1942 before leaving the Washington area, died of hepatitis June 3 at a Veterans Affairs hospital in Roseberg, Ore.

Mr. Howard, who was born in Denver, served with the Army in the Mediterranean theater in World War II. After that, he moved to California, received a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University, and became a store manager with Emporium department stores. He retired in 1980 and moved to Ashland, Ore., where he had lived since 1992.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth, and a son, Andrew IV, both of San Francisco; a daughter, Maere Ward of Albuquerque; a brother, John, of Washington; and four grandchildren.

William Edward KirbyConsulting Engineer

William Edward Kirby, 60, a consulting engineer since 1978 who was a former master plumber and Fairfax County plumbing inspector, died June 10 at his home in Sterling after a heart attack.

He was a plumber with F.W. Harris of Annandale from 1960 to 1969, then was a plumbing inspector until becoming a consulting engineer in Sterling.

Mr. Kirby was born in Charlottesville and was raised in Alexandria. He was a graduate of Annandale High School and Northern Virginia Community College.

He was a past president of Westwood Country Club and past chapter president of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers. He also was a Mason.

His marriage to Delores Kirby ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Doug, of Linden; a daughter, Jackie Cruse of Wilmington, N.C.; his mother, Reba Kirby of Centreville; two brothers, Jack, of Chantilly, and David, of Honolulu; and four grandchildren.

Faye M. Jones

Telephone Operator

Faye M. Jones, 62, a telephone operator for 28 years before retiring in 1993 from Bell Atlantic, died of kidney cancer June 5 at her home in Springfield.

Mrs. Jones was born in Elizabeth City, N.C. She came to the Washington area and settled in Springfield in 1959.

She was a 17-year member of the Whirling Squares Club of Springfield, where she sat on the board and had served as secretary and treasurer.

Mrs. Jones also had served on the board of the Virginia Square and Round Dance Association.

Survivors include her husband, Garland, a son, Gerald, a daughter, Sharon Nitschke, and a brother, Roger Wilson, all of Springfield; and three grandchildren.

Eppie J. Penwell


Eppie J. Penwell, 83, a welder with Penn & Martin contractors in Arlington for 35 years before retiring in 1980, died of cancer June 12 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. He had lived in Falls Church since settling in the Washington area 55 years ago.

Mr. Penwell, a native of Keystone, W.Va., was a Navy welder at the torpedo factory in Alexandria during World War II.

He had done volunteer work for area churches.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary V. Penwell of Falls Church; three daughters, Susan Burrows of New Bern, N.C., and Nancy Welch and Paula Rae Mann, both of Falls Church; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.