Donald E. Wight
Real Estate Firm Executive
Donald E. Wight, 80, who retired in the late 1970s after 30 years as an executive with the real estate development firm of Edward R. Carr & Associates in Annandale, died of a cardiovascular disorder Dec. 16 at his home in Silver Spring.
Mr. Wight, a native of Washington, graduated from Central High School and served in the Navy during World War II. He saw combat in the Pacific as a quartermaster on the submarine Bluefish.
After the war he received a degree in business administration from the University of Maryland and joined Carr & Associates, which specialized in residential developments in Northern Virginia.
In retirement he split his time between the Charles County community of Cobb Island, and St. Petersburg, Fla. He returned to the Washington area in 1991.
He was a member of Bethesda Country Club.
His wife of 34 years, Grace Elizabeth "Pat" Wight, died in 1980. Survivors include two children, Donna Thompson of Woodinville, Wash., and Dean Wight of Rockville; a brother, Richard B. Wight of Silver Spring; and four grandchildren.
Bernice L. Brudner
World War II Veteran
Bernice L. Brudner, 85, a longtime Rockville resident who came to the Washington area soon after serving as an Army nurse during World War II, died of liver disease Dec. 15 at Montgomery General Hospital.
Mrs. Brudner, a native of Syracuse, N.Y., was detailed to a hospital on the Hawaiian Islands during the war. She moved to Washington a year after her discharge in 1946 and devoted her time to raising a family.
She was a member of the Women's War Memorial Association.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Benjamin Brudner of Rockville; two children, Philip Brudner of New Market, Md., and Mibs Brudner Parker of Oakton; a grandson; and two granddaughters.
Samuel L. Katz
Samuel Louis Katz, 85, founder and former president of Katz Car Radio in Arlington, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 6 at his home in Laurel.
He retired in 1996 but continued with regular visits to the car radio and accessories retail store, which he started in the mid-1950s. At that time, it was in Alexandria. The store operated in Washington before settling in its Arlington location in 1966.
Mr. Katz, who was born in New Britain, Conn., came to the Washington area in 1930. He served in the Army in the Aleutian Islands during World War II.
He enjoyed world travel, owning racehorses and adventure outings with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Sara A. Katz of Laurel; four children, Rebecca Martinez and Neal Katz, both of Laurel, Gary Katz of Waldorf and Jane Messick of Bowie; a sister; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Nicholas Anthony Natoli
Nicholas Anthony Natoli, 61, a native Washingtonian who was a computer specialist for Montgomery College's computing services department in Rockville for about the last 20 years, died Dec. 17 at Shady Grove Hospital after a heart attack.
Mr. Natoli, who lived in Olney, graduated from Western High School and served in the Army Reserve from 1956 to 1964.
He was a member and past president of Georgetown Big Brothers Inc.
Survivors include his wife, Eileen M. Natoli of Olney; three children, Mary Teresa Raumann of Germantown and Karen Marie Natoli and Bryan Nicholas Natoli, both of Olney; and a sister, Nancy Dommel of Rockville.
Robert Blair Ruble
Luther Institute President
Robert Blair Ruble, 75, a former parish pastor who served as president of the Luther Institute in Washington from 1989 to 1998, died of respiratory failure Dec. 15 at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. He had lived in Frederick, Md., since 1990.
Dr. Ruble headed the Luther Institute, which conducts seminars to provide a forum for discussing public issues in the context of biblical theology, after retiring from First English Lutheran Church in Baltimore, where he had been a pastor from 1974 to 1982.
He was a native of Youngstown, Ohio. After serving in the Navy in the Pacific during World War II, he graduated from Thiel College in Greenville, Pa.. He received a bachelor of divinity from what is now Luther Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., and a doctorate in divinity from Thiel College.
He had pastored churches in Pennsylvania earlier in his career and later served as interim pastor at St. Luke's Church in Derwood, Peace Lutheran Church in Alexandria and St. John's Lutheran Church in Rockville.
After his departure from the Luther Institute, Dr. Ruble served as a consultant for the Washington Southeast Ministries and the Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Louise Arlene Rykhus Ruble of Frederick; two children, Alicia Ruble of Washington and Matthew Ruble of Frederick; a sister; two brothers; and two grandchildren. A son, Daniel Ruble, died in 1990.
Estate Liquidation Manager
Loretta Fayette "Faye" Morders, 91, who was a fifth-generation Washingtonian with an eclectic background that included assessing valuables at estate liquidations, died Dec. 16 at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Silver Spring. She had Alzheimer's disease.
Mrs. Morders, who was self-taught in business management, antiques and food service, headed the payroll office for the Hecht Co. in the 1940s and 1950s. In the mid-1950s, she helped run a grocery store in Washington and managed a Navy Department cafeteria.
From the 1960s to the 1980s, she worked in estate liquidation sales, assessing the value of antiques and other items.
A former Bethesda resident, she had lived at the Manor Care facility since 1991.
Her marriages to John W. Elliott and Lou Dinner ended in divorces.
Her third husband, Howard Morders, to whom she was married for 34 years, died in 1990.
Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Vivian Jean O'Neil of Derwood; two brothers; a sister; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Daniel F.X. Callahan
Daniel F.X. Callahan, 80, who was a Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent for 32 years before retiring in 1973 as supervisor of the domestic intelligence division, died of cancer Dec. 17 at his home in West Harwich, Mass., where he had lived since his retirement.
Mr. Callahan, a former Chillum resident, spent nearly all of his career at FBI headquarters in Washington.
He was a native of Dorchester, Mass., and he graduated from Boston College in 1941.
Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Dorothy M. Callahan of West Harwich; four children, Daniel F.X. "Sandy" Callahan Jr. of New Oxford, Pa., Sheila M. Callahan of Silver Spring, Lisa J. Callahan of Chadds Ford, Pa., and Barbara R. DePalo of Franklin, Mass.; a sister; nine grandchildren; and a great-grandson.