Louis E. Wack Sr.


Louis E. Wack Sr., 78, who worked as an auditor for the Navy Department for 26 years until retiring in 1983, died of cancer Nov. 15 at his home in Annandale.

Mr. Wack, a Northern Virginia resident since 1965, was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Michael Catholic Church in Annandale and the Northern Virginia Senior Softball League.

He was born in Conshohocken, Pa. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II and later graduated from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.

His wife of 51 years, Jeanne Pastva Wack, died in 1997. Survivors include seven children, Claire Matecko of San Antonio, Loretta Wack of Harrisonburg, Va., Cecilia Foley of Bridgewater, Va., Janet Schmidt of Arlington, Louis E. Wack Jr., of Annandale and Terri Liskey and Elaine Bacher, both of Virginia Beach; a brother; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

Evelyn Lightfoot Gregory

Church Member

Evelyn Lightfoot Gregory, 89, a choir member at Zion Baptist Church in Washington, died Nov. 16 at Northwest Health Care Center in Washington. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Gregory was born in Big Island, Va., and had lived in Washington since 1922. She graduated from Garnet-Patterson High School.

She had been a housekeeper at a private home in the late 1920s and early 1930s, a substitute teacher at Anthony Bowen Elementary School in Washington during World War II, and a child-care attendant at Washington City Orphan Asylum in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Her hobbies included sewing.

Her husband, Percy Brown Gregory, died in 1982, and a son, Percy Lloyd Gregory, died in 1991. Survivors include her daughter, Jean Robinson of Bladensburg; a son, Warren Gregory of Fort Washington; two brothers; a sister; 15 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Paulina C. Moss

Social Worker

Paulina C. Moss, 79, a Washington area native who retired in the mid-1980s after about 15 years as a social worker for the D.C. Department of Human Services, died of leukemia Nov. 11 at the Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Baltimore.

Mrs. Moss, who lived in Columbia, was born in Arlington and graduated from Dunbar High School in Washington.

She graduated with a degree in English from Howard University in 1940 and received a master's degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania in 1960.

She was a social worker in New York and Philadelphia earlier in her career. She then spent time with the Montgomery County Department of Social Services before joining the D.C. Human Services Department, where she was a case manager for the bureau of community services and editor of Synergy, a newsletter published for the staff of Forest Haven, the D.C. facility for the mentally retarded.

In retirement, she volunteered at the Howard County Center of African American Culture in Columbia as a docent, researcher and contributor to the museum newsletter, the Compass.

Her marriage to her first husband, William S. "Rip" Naylor, ended in divorce.

Her second husband, Henry C. Moss, died in 1982.

Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Barbara Kelley of Temple Hills; four sons from her second marriage, John I. Moss and James L. Moss, both of Columbia, and Robert H. Moss and Paul D. Moss, both of Chattanooga; a sister; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Christian Bell Hughes

AF Program Manager

Christian Bell Hughes, 56, an Air Force Department program manager who oversaw research grants to minority colleges, died Nov. 13 at the Washington Hospital Center's burn unit. The Fairfax County police and fire marshal's offices are investigating the death, which followed an argument with another man, as a homicide.

Mr. Hughes, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Washington. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Virginia in 1967 and a master's degree in biology from Florida International University in the mid-1970s.

He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and retired from the reserve as a colonel in 1997.

He joined the Air Force Department's logistics branch and moved to the Washington area in 1980.

His hobbies included fishing.

Survivors include his wife of three years, Elena Hughes, of Alexandria; his parents, retired Army Lt. Col. Marcellus C. Hughes and Carolyn Bell Hughes, both of Bethany Beach, Del.; and a sister.

Robinson P. Sandford

Store Manager

Robinson P. Sandford, 87, the former manager of Robinson's 5&10 store in Falls Church and Garrison's Toy & Novelty shops in Washington and Vienna, died of cancer Nov. 14 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Sandford worked at Robinson's from 1947 until the mid-1950s and at Garrison's for the following decade. He spent the next five years as a manager at a Giant Food store in Falls Church before retiring in the early 1970s.

He was born in Phenix, R.I., and served in the Army during World War II. He was in the Reserve until the mid-1950s, when he retired as a major.

His hobbies included woodwork.

His wife of 59 years, Mary Virginia Foster, died in March.

Survivors include three daughters, Robin V. Creel of Vienna, Mary Jean Campbell of Montclair, Va., and Sandra K. Beavers of Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Douglas, of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Cecilia Armelin

Insurance Agent

Cecilia J. Armelin, 94, a Washington native and retired insurance agent, died of congestive heart failure on Nov. 16 at her home in Chevy Chase.

Mrs. Armelin was a sales agent with Howard W. Phillips Insurance Agency for 44 years. She retired in 1988. Before her insurance career, she was a social worker for Catholic Charities and the D.C. government for 11 years.

She was a 1927 graduate of Washington's Trinity College.

She was a member of the Soroptomist Club of Washington for more than fifty years and a retired member of the Metropolitan Washington Association of Independent Insurance Agents.

Her husband, Louis T. Armelin, Sr. died in 1944. She is survived by two sons, Louis T. Armelin, Jr. of Bethesda, Michael J. Armelin of Washington; one daughter, Cecilia A. Armelin of Dublin, Ireland; and four grandchildren.

Margaret McKenzie Michaelson Vycital


Margaret McKenzie Michaelson Vycital, 93, a former D.C. public schools reading specialist, died of pneumonia Nov. 15 at Wilson Health Care Center of Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, where she lived.

Mrs. Vycital was born in Washington. She graduated from Central High School and Wilson Normal School. Around 1930, she began her career as a first-grade teacher, then became a reading specialist and a trainer of reading teachers. She retired around 1970. She was a member of the National Retired Teachers Association.

She had traveled extensively in the Orient, Europe, South America and Alaska.

Her husband, John R. Vycital, died in 1971.

Survivors include a daughter, Winifred Reed of Gaithersburg; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.