Louis F. Caretti

VA Official

Louis F. Caretti, 77, a retired Veterans Administration official who had lived in the Washington area since 1944, died Dec. 11 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital after a heart attack. He lived in Fairfax City.

Mr. Caretti, a Pennsylvania native, served with the Army in Europe before joining the Veterans Administration in 1944. He retired from the VA in 1980 as a procurement and supply specialist in its department of medicine and surgery.

He was a life member of both American Legion Post No. 177 in Fairfax and St. Leo's Catholic Church in Fairfax, where he also had been an usher. He had done volunteer work with the Fairfax City Museum.

His wife, Gertrude Strishock Caretti, died in 1983.

Survivors include a son, Ray Caretti of Chantilly; three daughters, Mary Caretti of Duluth, Ga., and Karen Caretti and Barbara Caretti Cassidy, both of Fairfax; and three grandchildren.

Jeanne Marie Bridgett


Jeanne Marie Bridgett, 75, a statistician who retired in the late 1970s after about 30 years with the Justice Department, died of pneumonia Dec. 12 at the Montgomery Village Care and Rehabilitation center. She lived in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Bridgett was a native of Washington and a graduate of Western High School. She began her career in the 1940s at the Post Office Department. She also was an usher for 25 years in the Opera House of the Kennedy Center.

Her husband of 50 years, Leonard Bridgett, died in 1998.

Survivors include three children, Sharon Hicks of Silver Spring, Leonard Bridgett Jr. of Gaithersburg and Kevin Keenan Bridgett of Laytonsville; and seven grandchildren.