Virginia Lee Stephanz


Virginia Lee Stephanz, 61, a French teacher at Annandale High School from 1961 to 1991, died of cancer Oct. 30 at her home in Annandale.

Ms. Stephanz directed the Governor's French Academy in Staunton from 1986 to 1988.

She was born in Portsmouth, Va. She graduated from what is now Radford University in 1959. She also received a master's degree in education from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University.

She taught at Mount Vernon High School from 1959 to 1960.

From 1981 to 1995, she sold real estate part time for Red Carpet Real Estate in Alexandria.

She was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an honor society for educators. She also belonged to the American Association of Teachers of French and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

Survivors include two sisters and two brothers.

Julia Ann Fryar

Nursery School Founder

Julia Ann Fryar, 93, a member of Israel Metropolitan C.M.E. Church in Washington who founded and directed its Sunday nursery school program in the 1960s, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 26 at Mary Immaculate Hospital in Queens, N.Y. She lived in Washington before moving to Queens four years ago.

From the 1950s to the 1970s, Mrs. Fryar also ran a nursery school from her home. She then led arts and crafts classes for senior citizens at community centers until the early 1980s.

She was born in Brookfield, Ohio, and was a cook and nutritionist in Pennsylvania before moving to Washington in 1949.

Mrs. Fryar was a member of the Voguettes bridge club in Washington.

Her marriage to Victor Furtado, who later changed his surname name to Ford, ended in divorce.

Her second husband, Paunette L. Fryar, died in 1973. A son from her first marriage, Frank Furtado Ford, died in 1992, and a grandson, Michael Harold Tate, died in the early 1990s.

Survivors include a son from her first marriage, Victor Furtado of Alexandria; a daughter from her first marriage, Florine Tate of Queens; two sisters; and a great-grandson.

William R. Shafer

Engineering Technician

William R. Shafer, 79, an engineering technician who worked on rocket and missile projects for the Navy Ordnance Laboratory before retiring in 1978, died of prostate cancer Oct. 31 at the Frederick Health Care Facility. He lived in Rockville.

Mr. Shafer was born in Blacksburg, Va. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and served in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II. He went to work for the Navy laboratory after the war.

His hobbies included bird watching.

His wife of 18 years, Hilda Hathaway Shafer, died in 1961.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Joyce Williams Shafer of Rockville; four sons from his first marriage; and a grandson.

Ethel Crawford Butts


Ethel Crawford Butts, 87, a secretary at the National Institutes of Health from the early 1950s until her retirement in the mid-1970s, died Oct. 29 at Kennedy Health Systems in Turnersville, N.J., after a heart attack and stroke.

She lived in Chevy Chase before moving to Washington Township, N.J., six years ago. Mrs. Butts was born in Washington and graduated from Central High School.

Her marriage to Roger C. Butts ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Roger C. Butts Jr. of Rockville; a daughter, Connie Hegel of Brigantine, N.J.; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.