Marguerita 'Peggy' Widman


Marguerita Marie "Peggy" Widman, 83, a former Marlow Heights resident who retired in 1976 after eight years as a teacher at James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Camp Springs, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 7 at her home in Hollywood, where she had lived since 1978.

Earlier, Mrs. Widman taught at Holy Family grade school in Hillcrest Heights and at Seat Pleasant Elementary School.

Mrs. Widman was a born in Johnsonville, N.Y., and raised in Valley Falls, N.Y. She graduated from State University of New York College at Oneonta, N.Y., and taught in one-room school houses before settling in the Washington area in the early 1940s.

She was a member of the American Association of Retired Persons and an avid gardener.

Survivors include her husband, Joseph William Widman of Hollywood; two children, Jake Widman of San Francisco and Mary Beth Widman of Marlow Heights; and a grandson.

William A. 'Bill' Fleming

Aerospace Engineer

William A. "Bill" Fleming, 78, a retired NASA senior executive who was a pioneer in jet engine research during the 1940s and '50s, died of cancer Aug. 11 at his home in Bethesda.

Mr. Fleming, who was born in Battle Creek, Mich., graduated from Purdue University. He began his career in the early 1940s as a researcher with NASA's predecessor agency, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. At the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, he engaged in research on ramjet and turbojet engines and jet engine afterburners, which enabled supersonic flight.

Later, with the formation of NASA and the shift in research emphasis from aircraft engines to rocket propulsion, Mr. Fleming was given responsibility of managing the chemical rocket research in the laboratory's altitude test chambers and supersonic wind tunnels.

He came to NASA's headquarters in Washington in 1960 and shortly became director of NASA's Manned Lunar Landing Task Force and aided the development of the blueprint for the Apollo lunar landing program. He received the Apollo Achievement Award for his efforts. He held other executive positions, including director of the program review division, before retiring in 1973.

From 1974 to 1985, he worked in Washington as a management consultant with Systems Consultant Inc., and later with Arthur D. Little Inc. He also volunteered at the National Air and Space Museum, where he helped prepare a book called "The History of North American Small Gas Turbine Aircraft Engines."

He was an associate fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a member of the Pi Tau Sigma honorary mechanical engineering fraternity.

Survivors include his wife, Evelyn L. Fleming of Bethesda; two children, Jack W. Fleming of Irvine, Calif., and Janice L. Fleming of Arlington; a brother; and two grandchildren.

John S. Konoza

Intelligence Officer

John Stanislaus Konoza, 77, a retired intelligence officer who served with the Army and the Central Intelligence Agency, died July 28 in a hospital in Raleigh, N.C. He had emphysema and heart disease and had been hospitalized after breaking a hip.

Maj. Konoza lived in Springfield while working for the CIA in the 1960s and 1970s. He moved to Garner, N.C., in the 1980s.

He served with the Army in Europe during World War II and in Korea and Vietnam during the wars there. He taught Russian for the Army in his native Philadelphia in the early 1950s.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His marriages to Carol Konoza, Sophia Konoza and Kathy Konoza ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Penny Konoza of Garner; five children from his second marriage, Geraldine Zeithammel of Clifton, Patricia Cornnell of Centreville, Barbara Morris of Port Republic, Va., Michael Konoza of Springfield and John Konoza of Warrenton; a sister; a brother; and 11 grandchildren.

Eugene Maruszewski Sr.

Air Force Sergeant

Eugene Thomas Maruszewski Sr., 80, an Air Force master sergeant who retired from the Office of Special Investigations, died of cancer Aug. 11 at his home in West Springfield.

Mr. Maruszewski was born in Pittsburgh. He retired from the Air Force in 1960 after 20 years of service that included duty in the Caribbean and Alaska. During his military career, he graduated from the University of Maryland. He settled in the Washington area around 1950.

After retiring from the Air Force he was a procurement staff officer with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He retired from NASA in 1976.

His marriage to Marie Auth ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Maruszewski of West Springfield; two children from his first marriage, Eugene T. Maruszewski Jr. of Petaluma, Calif., and Camilla Olson of Palo Alto, Calif.; five stepchildren, John A. Fredricks Jr. of Dover, Del., Linda E. Budreika of Gainesville, Laura A. Lane of Crofton, Erin Jean Cope of Fairfax and Nancy L. Fries of Woodbridge; two brothers, Joseph A. Maruszewski of Pittsburgh and Chester Maruszewski of Oakton; and 15 grandchildren.

Clarence Hutchinson Jr.

Commerce Official

Clarence Hutchinson Jr., 76, who retired from the Commerce Department in 1980 as deputy director of the foreign trade division, died of cancer Aug. 11 at his home in Suitland.

He was a native of Pittsburgh and a graduate of Howard University. He received a master's degree in economics from the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the Army in Okinawa during World War II.

Mr. Hutchinson began his career as a file clerk in the 1950s at the Census Bureau and later became a supervisory statistician. He transferred to the Commerce Department in the late 1960s.

He was a member of the men's club and men's chorus at Campbell AME Church in Washington, and Phi Beta Sigma social fraternity. He also was an election judge in Prince George's County and a volunteer in Democratic campaigns.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Helen Marshall Hutchinson of Suitland; two children, Frederick Hutchinson of Fort Washington and Clarence Bryan Hutchinson of Suitland; a brother; a sister; and three grandchildren.