Lester A. Levine

Coast Guard Captain

Lester A. Levine, 81, a retired Coast Guard captain who later served 10 years in the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, died of lung cancer Dec. 13 at his home in Severna Park.

Capt. Levine was born in New York and graduated from Brooklyn College. He joined the Coast Guard in 1941. During World War II, he was a patrol boat commander assigned to anti-submarine duty. Later duty included sea and shore assignments, including as commanding officer of the ocean station patrol cutter Absecon, director of rescue operations in Puerto Rico, chief of operations of the Great Lakes district and captain of the Port of Baltimore, from which he retired in 1970.

His civilian positions with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources included chief of the wetlands division and acting chief of the water management administration. He retired from state service in 1980.

He was a former president of the Chartwood Community Association in Severna Park. His avocations included woodworking and furniture refinishing.

His wife, Lucille E. Levine, died in 1992.

Survivors include a daughter, Leslie L. Schneider of Arnold.

Karen Elain Woody-Williams

Homemaker, Navy Reservist

Karen Elain Woody-Wiliams, 57, a Springfield homemaker and retired member of the Naval Reserve, died of cancer Dec. 12 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia.

Mrs. Woody-Williams was born in Peoria, Ill., and moved to the Washington area 22 years ago.

She was a member of the Navy Enlisted Reserve Association.

Survivors include her husband, Ronald Williams of Springfield.