The Dec. 1 obituary for Mary Francis Shaw gave an incomplete name for a surviving daughter. She is Merri Lea Shaw. (Published 12/02/1999) An obituary that appeared Dec. 1 for Mary Bridget Jacobs incorrectly stated her relationship to her godmother, Mary R. Long. (Published 12/03/1999)

Amelia Sandique-Owens

Law Librarian

Amelia Sandique-Owens, 66, an associate librarian who retired last year after 19 years with American University's Washington College of Law, died of cancer Nov. 28 at Arlington Hospital. A resident of the Washington area for more than 30 years, she lived in Gaithersburg.

Mrs. Sandique-Owens was a native of the Philippines and a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas. She received three master's degrees, the first in English from her alma mater, the second in linguistics from Georgetown University and the third in library science from Catholic University.

She was a member of St. Martin's Catholic Church in Gaithersburg.

Survivors include her husband, James Lawrence Owens of Gaithersburg; and three sisters, Alice S. Bautista of Daly City, Calif., Aida S. Magno of Richmond, Calif., and Dr. Judy A. Sandique of McLean.

Evelyn C.L. Witeck


Evelyn Callison Langvardt Witeck, 83, who volunteered with the National Genealogical Society to help others research their family histories, died Nov. 26 at the Arleigh Burke Pavilion in McLean. She had congestive heart failure and Parkinson's disease.

Mrs. Witeck was a native of Junction City, Kan., who moved to Washington in 1938. For several years, she was a clerk with what was then the Civil Aeronautics Board.

A longtime resident of Arlington, Mrs. Witeck was a member over the years of Catholic churches that included Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Agnes in Arlington, St. Anthony's in Fairfax and St. John's in McLean.

Her husband, John Witeck, died a year ago.

Survivors include seven children, Barbara A. Jeter of Lodi, Calif., Catherine W. Carter of Alexandria, Patricia M. Freeman of Silver Spring, Jeanne M. Jenkins of Fort Wayne, Ind., John J. Witeck of Honolulu, James Witeck of Fairfax and Robert V. Witeck of Arlington; a sister; a half sister; and 14 grandchildren.

Mary F.G. Shaw

League Volunteer

Mary Frances Gist Shaw, 79, a volunteer with Methodist churches and the League of Women Voters in the Washington area and in Wisconsin, died Nov. 28 at her Washington home. She had progressive supranuclear palsy, a neurological ailment.

Mrs. Shaw was a native of Arkansas and a graduate of Central Arkansas University. She taught home economics in Paragould, Ark., as a young woman.

After moving to Bethesda from Wisconsin in 1962, she was active with the Montgomery League of Women Voters.

She later was chairman of the Capitol Hill unit of the D.C. League, helping register and educate voters.

Mrs. Shaw also was involved in civil rights activities and helped revitalize Petworth United Methodist Church in Washington. She organized a clothing center there and helped repair low-income housing. She was a member of the finance and program committees of Dumbarton United Methodist Church in the District.

Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Rodney Shaw of Washington; three daughters, Jerri Lea Shaw of Columbia, Lea Shaw of Arlington, Mass., and Karen Pye of Landenberg, Pa.; a brother; five sisters; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Mary Bridget Jacobs

Business Owner and Manager

Mary Bridget Jacobs, 47, the owner and manager of the Inkwell Office Supply in Olney from the late 1970s to the late 1980s, died of heart disease Nov. 25 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

She had previously been a secretary for her father's law office in McLean. She stopped working about a decade ago because of her illness.

Mrs. Jacobs, who lived in Alexandria, was born in Fort Dix, N.J., grew up in the Washington area and graduated from Langley High School in McLean.

A Spanish speaker, she was a past member of Ayuda, a translation service. She also was a past member of the Parent Teacher Association of Sherwood High School in Sandy Spring.

Her marriage to John Jacobs ended in divorce.

Survivors include her companion of three years, John Keville, of Alexandria; a daughter from her marriage, Jacqueline Jacobs of Cardiff, Calif.; her parents, Raymond and Patricia Long of McLean; a brother, Patrick Long of Alexandria; and her grandmother, Mary R. Long of Indialantic, Fla.

Verna M. Rogers

DAR Member

Verna M. Rogers, 98, a member of the Great Falls chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, died of cardiac failure and complications from cancer on her birthday, Nov. 29, at Rockville Nursing Home. She had lived at the nursing home since moving to the area in 1991.

Ms. Rogers was born in Trenton, N.J., and graduated from Combs Conservatory of Music in Philadelphia. A violinist, she performed classical duets with her twin sister during the 1920s and 1930s in New Jersey and Florida. That sister, Evelyn R. Rogers, died in March.

During World War II, Ms. Rogers was in the Women's Army Corps and spent the next four decades with Evelyn as a fashion designer in Trenton after graduating from the Berte School of Design in Philadelphia.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

William J. Summers


William J. Summers, 88, a salesman at Hearn Insulation & Improvement Co. in Silver Spring from the early 1940s to 1986 who became president of the company, died of prostate cancer Nov. 16 at the Groves Center nursing home in Lake Wales, Fla. He was a Silver Spring resident until moving to Florida 13 years ago.

Mr. Summers was born in Harrisonburg, Va., and worked in the Washington area beginning in the 1930s as a shoe salesman, among other jobs.

An avid golfer, he was a member of the old Brook Manor Country Club in Olney and received the Johnnie Walker International Hole-in-One award from the club.

He also belonged to the Optimist Club in Silver Spring.

A daughter, Alice Lee Summers, died in 1954.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Geraldine C. Summers, of Lake Wales; a son, William Jr., of Centreville; and a sister, Nancy Lee Coakley of Richmond.

Benjamin F. Davis


Benjamin F. Davis, 83, a salesman at the U.S. Capitol Historical Society from 1970 to 1984, died Nov. 26 at Woodbine Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Davis, an Alexandria resident, was a salesman at several area furniture and optical firms from the late 1940s until joining the historical society.

He was born in Walhalla, S.C., and served in the Navy during World War II.

He was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Falls Church.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Dorothy Davis of Alexandria; a daughter, Donna Vail of Lawrenceville, N.J.; a brother; a sister; and two grandchildren.

Walker Givan

Foreign Service Officer

Walker Givan, 79, a Foreign Service officer who was posted to Italy and the Philippines and who was a senior negotiator with the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in Geneva, died Nov. 26 at his home in Charlottesville. He had a neurological ailment.

After he retired about 1980, Mr. Givan was a consultant to United Nations nuclear disarmament talks in New York and Geneva.

Mr. Givan was a native of Los Angeles who lived in the Washington area off and on from 1950 to 1996. He was a graduate of Yale University, where he also received master's and doctoral degrees in history. He was assigned by the Army to the Office of Strategic Services in Europe during World War II.

He taught modern European history at Duke University before joining the State Department's Foreign Service in 1950. He was a political officer in Trieste, Rome and Manila. In Washington, he was assigned to the Italian desk and worked in personnel.

Mr. Givan was a member of Washington's New York Avenue Presbyterian Church and Phi Beta Kappa.

Survivors include his wife, Christine Cadigan Givan of Charlottesville; three children, Christopher Givan of Guthrie, Okla., Margaret Miles of Fair Oaks, Calif., and Gail Thorburn of Fairlie, Scotland; and four grandchildren.

Katherine Beresford Hobbs


Katherine Beresford Hobbs, 89, a longtime Georgetown sculptor, died of pneumonia Nov. 25 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Ms. Hobbs, who lived in Great Falls, was born into a military family at Fort McPherson, Ga. She grew up in Washington and elsewhere across the world. She attended Holton-Arms School and studied at the New York Art League and at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, where she worked with the sculptor Heinz Warneke.

She did special work in animal sculpture with the noted horse sculptor, Kathleen Wheeler. Her awards included a first prize in sculpture given by Ivan Mestrovic and a Prize and Purchase Award from the Baltimore Museum of Art for a sculpture of a giraffe in 1952.

Ms. Hobbs was a founding member of the Artists Mart in Georgetown.

Her sculptures had been exhibited at Corcoran Gallery, the Folger, the Smithsonian, the Phillips Collection, the Fort Worth Art Center, Rehoboth Art League, Veerhoff Galleries and the Chevy Chase Gallery and were included in private collections around the country.

She taught private classes in sculpture in her studio and at the National Zoo.

She was active in conservation and environmental organizations, including the Nature Conservancy and the National Zoo.

Survivors include three brothers, Horace P. Hobbs Jr. of Lincolnville, Maine, William B. Hobbs of Oxnard, Calif., and Edward Hobbs of Cambridge, Md.

John Clarence Stargel Jr.

Warehouse Foreman

John Clarence Stargel Jr., 73, a decorated World War II Army veteran who worked about 30 years for Safeway before retiring in 1976 as a warehouse foreman, died of complications from cancer Nov. 21 at Montgomery Village Care and Rehabilitation Center in Gaithersburg.

Mr. Stargel, who lived in Wheaton, was born in Gainesville, Ga. After his parents died, he lived on his grandfather's farm. He concealed his true age and entered the Army at 15.

He turned 16 while serving in the infantry in North Africa during World War II. He also served in Europe, and for his war exploits, earned the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

He came to Washington after the war and served about 40 years in the Army Reserve, mainly in the civil affairs division before retiring with the rank of master sergeant in 1986.

His wife, Teresa Stargel, died in August.

Survivors include four children, John L., of Olney, James C., of Mount Airy and Joann J. Figgers and Diana T. Bowser, both of Gaithersburg; a brother, Eugene T. Stargel of Annapolis; two sisters, Jewel Smith and Nell Williams, both of Gainesville; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.