Ann-Mari Gemmill


Ann-Mari Gemmill, 86, a teacher who retired in the early 1980s from the Foundry Methodist Church preschool in Washington, died Oct. 11 at her home in Washington's Thomas House. She had suffered a stroke.

Mrs. Gemmill, who also lived in Franklin, Maine, was a native of Stockholm, where she trained as a preschool teacher. After moving to Washington in the 1930s, she was a staff assistant at the Swedish legation and taught at the Friendship House settlement house.

She resumed her teaching career in the early 1960s at the Outdoor Nursery School and later taught at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church nursery school.

Mrs. Gemmill was a volunteer at Sibley Memorial Hospital and a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Washington, where she did fund-raising.

Her husband of 54 years, Henry Gemmill, former editor of the National Observer, died in 1994.

Survivors include three children, Elisabeth Izenour of Philadelphia, John Gemmill of Guilford, Conn., and Ann-Mari Gemmill of Takoma Park; a sister; two brothers; and five grandchildren.

Lois Duvall Flaherty


Lois Duvall Flaherty, 73, a volunteer in Charles County, died of lung cancer Oct. 9 at her son's home in Pomfret. She lived in Waldorf.

Mrs. Flaherty was a docent in the early 1990s at the home of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, who treated the injuries of presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth. She also was a hospice volunteer in the county.

Mrs. Flaherty was born in Alexandria. She was a 1944 graduate of George Washington High School.

She married in 1945, moved away and returned to the Washington area in the mid-1960s.

Her marriage to Thomas J. Flaherty ended in divorce.

Survivors include two sons, Thomas J. Flaherty Jr. of Pomfret, and Timothy P. Flaherty of Alexandria; two daughters, Denise Goldstein of Louisville, Colo., and Dawn Flaherty Knode of Charlestown, R.I.; a sister, Shirley Lummis of Alexandria; and nine grandchildren.

Margaret Reeves Richitelli

Washington Native

Margaret Reeves Richitelli, 72, a native Washingtonian and former nurse, died Oct. 4 at her home in Wilmington, Del., after a heart attack.

She was a graduate of Academy of the Holy Cross in Washington and Georgetown University. She worked at Georgetown University and Children's hospitals before moving to Newark, Del., in 1956.

Survivors include her husband, Edward Richitelli of Wilmington; four children, Gigi Fragomele of Landenberg, Pa., and Mary Margaret Shea, Edward A. Richitelli and Bette Purzycki, all of Wilmington; two sisters; a brother; and nine grandchildren.

John M. Reardon


John M. Reardon, 73, who retired in 1988 as chief engineer at American Satellite Co., died of congestive heart failure Oct. 8 at his home in Fairfax.

Mr. Reardon was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the Army during World War II and the Korean War.

He graduated in 1947 from Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He joined Western Union Corp. in 1951.

Mr. Reardon was the chief engineer for Western Union's government systems division when American Satellite bought it in 1986.

He was a member of Pender United Methodist Church in Fairfax.

His wife of 43 years, Gladys Barbara Reardon, died in 1994.

Survivors include a son, Mark C. Reardon of Denver; a daughter, Libbie Reardon Terwilliger of Atlanta; a brother; and five grandchildren.

Catherine Sullivan Rostan-Wrzos


Catherine Sullivan Rostan-Wrzos, 69, an Alexandria resident who was a neonatal nurse at Columbia Hospital for Women for nine years until retiring in 1993, died of pancreatic cancer Oct. 10 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Mrs. Rostan-Wrzos was born in Manila and came with her family to Washington as a child. She attended the Maret School and graduated from Mount Vernon Seminary High School and Mount Vernon Junior College.

From 1960 to 1982, she lived in Rio de Janeiro, where she was a nursing graduate of the University of Flumininse. She returned to Washington and worked at D.C. General Hospital for two years before joining the Columbia staff.

Her first husband, John J. Pimental, died in 1955, and her second husband, Conrad Rostan-Wrzos, died in 1974.

Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Louisa Turiel of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two children from her second marriage, Gustava T. Rostan-Wrzos Zimmer of Springfield and Adrianna Price Rostan-Wrzos of Alexandria; a brother, Gerald Sullivan of Alexandria; and five grandchildren.

Craig Michael Scott

Mental Health Social Worker

Craig Michael Scott, 39, a Washington native who did social work at mental health facilities in Falls Church and Dallas, was killed Oct. 11 when he was struck by a van while walking on an interstate highway in Atlanta. Atlanta police said his death has been ruled an accident.

Mr Scott had lived for two years in East Point, Ga., a suburb of Atlanta, and had been working odd jobs there.

He was raised in Arlington, where he graduated from Yorktown High School in 1978. He received a psychology degree from Winthrop College.

In the late 1980s, he worked at Dominion Psychiatric Treatment Center in Falls Church.

Survivors include his parents, Fred Scott and Anita K. Scott, both of Arlington; two sisters, Kimberly Scott of Washington and Kathryn S. Palombi of Falls Church; and his grandfather, Dr. E.F. Knipling of Arlington.

Luther Atkins Gilliam

Insurance Firm Partner

Luther Atkins Gilliam, 91, a partner at Graham & Ogden Insurance and Real Estate Co. who lived in Alexandria and served on commissions there, died of a heart attack Oct. 11 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.

He was a gradate of Farmville Business School in his native Farmville, Va. He sold insurance there before joining Graham & Ogden in 1935. He was selling real estate for the firm at the time of his death.

He was a former member in Alexandria of the Development and Housing Authority, Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission. He also belonged to Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Alexandria and Belle Haven Country Club and was a director of Alexandria National Bank and a member of the boards of St. Stephen's School, the Church Schools of the Diocese of Virginia and Virginia Episcopal Theological Seminary.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Mary Hopkins Gilliam, and a daughter, Ann Gilliam Sutton, both of Alexandria; a son, Luther "Rick" Gilliam of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a sister; a brother; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Kay Morris Roslyn

Volunteer and Artist

Kay Morris Roslyn, 63, a former freelance commercial artist who volunteered for the Democratic Party, died Sept. 16 at her home in Oakton. The cause of death is unknown pending completions of tests by the Virginia medical examiner.

Mrs. Roslyn was born in Hartwell, Ga., and graduated from San Jose State University. She worked in the advertising department of the Alexandria Gazette in the mid-1960s and then freelanced.

Mrs. Roslyn won a Virginia Poetry Society award in 1995. Her interests also included painting. She volunteered for several Democratic campaigns in Virginia and was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax.

Survivors include her husband, Albert Roslyn, and son, Jon M. Roslyn, both of Alexandria; a sister; and a brother.

Benjamin Mercer Barker

Dairy Company Supervisor

Benjamin Mercer Barker, 89, a route foreman for Embassy Dairy until he retired in the early 1970s, died of complications from a broken hip Oct. 13 at a nursing home in Brooksville, Fla.

Mr. Barker, who lived in Spring Hill, Fla., was born in the District and delivered milk for Embassy until World War II. He served in the Army in the Pacific theater and returned to Embassy as a route foreman for about 30 years.

After he retired, he lived on Cape Cod and in Columbia before settling in Florida nine years ago.

He was a member of Sons of the American Revolution.

His wife of more than 50 years, Eva Grayson Barker, died in 1986.

Survivors include his daughter, Joan Dempsay of Spring Hill; two sisters; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.