Rosa Henley Jones
Rosa Henley Jones, 95, a former teacher and principal who retired in 1966 after 11 years as director of special education for D.C. public schools, died of respiratory failure Sept. 21 at Washington Hospital Center. She lived in the District.
As director, Mrs. Jones was responsible for the administration of classes for mentally handicapped children and students with behavioral problems. It was an arduous task at the time because of the growing demand for the program's services and lack of facilities and bus transportation.
Born in Chillum, she grew up in Washington. She received a teaching certificate from Miner's Teachers College, graduated from Howard University and received a master's degree in public school administration from Columbia University.
She had taught at Lennox, Crummel, Walker Jones and Van Ness elementary schools and was principal of Giddings Elementary School before she became special education director in 1954.
In retirement, she lectured on special education at Catholic University and conducted summer workshops at Grambling State University in Grambling, La.
She was a life member of the National Education Association and a member of the Washington Urban League, the Council for Exceptional Children and Phi Delta Kappa, a professional teachers sorority.
Her marriages to Ransellear Shorter and Albert Jones ended in divorce. Her son, Ransellear Shorter Jr., died in 1983.
Survivors include a brother, Stewart Henley of Washington; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Rolfe Robertson Jr.
Rolfe Robertson Jr., 76, a co-founder and retired president of the Quarles-Robertson Oil distribution company of Fairfax, died Sept. 23 at Inova Fairfax Hospital after a stroke. He lived in Fairfax.
He helped found Quarles-Robertson in 1949 and was its president until retiring about 1984.
Mr. Robertson, a Fairfax resident for 38 years, was born in Haymarket. He served with the Coast Guard in the Pacific during World War II and was an Army Reserve first lieutenant from 1948 to 1953. He was a 1948 graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where he had been Cadet Corps commander, boxing team captain and member of the Omicron Delta Kappa Society.
He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Haymarket and a former Shriner. He also belonged to the Virginia Society of Sons of the American Revolution's George Washington Chapter in Northern Virginia and was a descendent of Virginia pioneer John Rolfe. His hobbies included cooking, gardening, canning, camping and fishing.
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Nancy Gilpin Robertson of Fairfax; six children, Rolfe III, of Baltimore, Caroline Cross of Gainesville, Va., Peyton Procaccini of Green Brook, N.J., Nancy McNerney of Vienna, Charlotte Kettler of McLean, and James Wyndham Robertson of Falls Church; three brothers; two sisters; and 18 grandchildren.
Francis Joseph DiFabio
Defense Purchasing Agent
Francis Joseph DiFabio, 84, a Silver Spring resident who retired in 1970 after 15 years as a Defense Department purchasing agent, died Sept. 13 at Holy Cross Hospital after a stroke.
Mr. DiFabio, a native of New York, came to Washington after graduating from Fordham University in 1938. He began his civil service career with the Agriculture Department and served in the Army during World War II.
He later spent 11 years with the U.S. Maritime Commission and became a specialist in petroleum procurement.
He was a past president of the Silver Spring Italian Club and a member of the Fordham Club of Washington and Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife, Edith R. DiFabio of Silver Spring; four children, Anna C. Smith of Columbia, Vincent E. DiFabio of Frederick, Janet M. Coren of Vienna and Yolanda E. DiFabio of Lake City, Mich.; a brother; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.
Janet Josephine Anderson
Janet Josephine Anderson, 95, who retired in 1971 as records supervisor in the import-export division of the Census Bureau, died of pneumonia Sept. 23 at the Wilson Health Care Center of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg.
Mrs. Anderson was a native of Staunton, Va., and a graduate of what is now Mary Washington College. She taught in Fairfax County elementary schools in the 1930s and began working at the Census Bureau in 1940.
She was a member of Hughes United Methodist Church in Wheaton, where she lived before moving to Asbury in 1992.
Her husband, Frank Anderson, died in 1966.
Survivors include three children, Janet Woodside of Warminster, Pa., Lois Anne Sejen of North Bethesda and Frank T. Anderson of Savannah, Ga.; 13 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and a great-great grandson.
G. Geraldine Michael
G. Geraldine Michael, 76, a retired government administrative assistant who had served as treasurer of the Organized Women Voters of Arlington County from 1989 until retiring in June, died of cancer Sept. 21 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She lived in Arlington.
Miss Michael, who was born in Berkeley Springs, W.Va., came to the Washington area during World War II. She worked briefly for Noland Plumbing Supply in Arlington and on Capitol Hill before becoming a secretary with the Judge Advocate Generals Corps in the 1940s. She later transferred from the Defense Department to the Office of Education, from which she retired in the 1970s.
She had been a member of Arlington Baptist Church since 1951 and had served on its teller committee. She also had served on the board of the Columbia Heights Veterans Cooperative housing complex.
Survivors include a brother, Henry Leroy Michael of Laurel; and a sister, Marie M. Wachter of Berkeley Springs.
Stanley William Johnson Jr.
Hardwood Floor Contractor
Stanley William Johnson Jr., 74, a lifelong Highland resident who retired in 1992 after more than 40 years as a self-employed hardwood floor contractor, died at Montgomery General Hospital on Sept. 23 after a series of strokes and a heart attack.
After graduating from St. Louis Catholic High School in Clarksville, he enlisted in the Army and served with the infantry in Europe during World War II.
His marriage to Mary A. Johnson ended in divorce.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Yvonne Peters of Lisbon and Brenda Dianne Foote of Potomac; two sisters, Rose Jones and Cecilia Watson, both of Laurel; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.