Mercedes Lynch Casale


Mercedes Lynch Casale, 69, a volunteer, gardener and artisan, died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Sept. 2 at her home in Leonardtown.

Mrs. Casale was born in Norfolk and attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She settled in the Washington area about 1960.

She was a past president and fund-raiser of the Seton Guild of the St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home in Hyattsville.

She also did fund-raising for the Christ Child Society and the Anchor Mental Health Association.

Her arts and crafts work included painting and making wedding dresses for friends. She tended a flower garden.

Survivors include her husband, S. Arthur Casale of Leonardtown; four children, Paula Casale of Alexandria, Gina Cretella of Bellevue, Wash., Christopher Casale of Boca Raton, Fla., and Mark Casale of Arlington; and two grandchildren.

Dorothy A. Friedman


Dorothy A. Friedman, 86, who had been a volunteer with the Red Cross and the National Symphony Orchestra while living in Washington for 53 years before moving to Alameda, Calif., in 1998, died in a nursing home there Aug. 30 after a series of strokes.

Mrs. Friedman was a graduate of Washington University in her native St. Louis. In Washington, she had belonged to the Capital Speakers Bureau.

Her husband, Sanford S. Friedman, died in 1985.

Survivors include a son, Douglas Fielding of Berkeley, Calif.; a daughter, Lisa Friedman of Washington; and a sister.

Olga Merollini

Potomac Resident

Olga Merollini, 96, a Potomac resident for the last 23 years and a participant in activities at the Shady Grove Adult Day Care Center, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 31 at Shady Grove Nursing Home.

Mrs. Merollini was born in Italy, and she came to the United States with her family at the age of 20. She settled in Peckville, Pa., where she helped manage a family-owned miniature golf course. In 1974, she moved to Potomac to live with a daughter.

She knitted scarves for homeless persons.

Her husband, Alfredo Merollini, died in 1974.

Survivors include two children, Ada Marie Erat of Potomac and Jean McMahon of Peckville, Pa.; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.