Francis J. Litz
Advertising Agency Owner
Francis J. Litz, 69, who founded and ran an advertising agency in the Washington area that bore his name from 1960 until the early 1990s, died Dec 19 at Leesburg Regional Medical Center in Leesburg, Fla., after heart surgery. He had lived in Leesburg since retiring.
Mr. Litz was born in Washington and graduated from the old St. Paul's Academy Catholic High School in 1948.
In the 1950s, he worked in the publications division of the National Association of Letter Carriers and the National Rifle Association.
He was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington and participated in National Institutes of Health drama and choral clubs.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Jeannette Behrens Litz, of Leesburg, Fla.; two daughters, Theresa Litz of Rockville and Janice Harvill of Granite Bay, Calif.; two sons, Donald, of Camden, Maine, and Edward, of Raleigh, N.C.; his mother, Mildred Litz of Washington; two sisters, Gloria Litz of Washington and Margaret L. Ruppert of Vero Beach, Fla.; a brother, Thomas Litz of San Raphael, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
Mark Vaughn Ferris
Cook and College Student
Mark Vaughn Ferris, 25, a cook at the Dancing Crab Restaurant in Washington and a student at Randolph-Macon College, died of cardiopulmonary arrest Dec. 13 at his home in Bethesda. He had diabetes.
Mr. Ferris, who was studying environmental science, was scheduled to graduate from college in spring 2000.
He was born in Bethesda and suffered from a heart condition most of his life. He graduated in 1994 from the Landon School in Bethesda, where he participated in its glee club and chamber singing group. During his high school years, he also sang in a rock band called the Snowtires that performed locally.
He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order social fraternity and a former acolyte at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bethesda.
Survivors include his mother, Diana R. Ferris of Bethesda; his father, John W. Ferris Jr. of Cass Lake, Minn.; and a brother, John W. Ferris III of Sausalito, Calif.
Anna McClelland Stevens
Country Club Member
Anna McClelland Stevens, 76, a member of Hidden Creek Country Club in Reston since the late 1980s, died of multiple organ failure and pneumonia Dec. 18 at Inova Fair Oaks Hospital.
Mrs. Stevens was born in Philadelphia and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in education.
From 1943 to 1949, she was a junior engineer at what was then Chance Vought Aircraft in Connecticut. She was a homemaker in Texas and Massachusetts before moving to Reston in 1986.
Her memberships included the National Audubon Society.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, John E. Stevens, of Reston; three daughters, Susanna Hamme of Falls Church, Amy Saar of New York City and Barbara Weinberg of Poway, Calif.; a brother, Hugh H. McClelland of Wicomico Church, Va.; and six grandchildren.
The Very Rev. John Kuchta
The Very Rev. John Kuchta, 62, pastor of St. Mark Orthodox Church in Bethesda since 1991, died of a brain tumor Dec. 20 at his home in Bethesda.
Father John was also chancellor of the Washington diocese of the Orthodox Church in America.
He was born in Frackville, Pa., and graduated from St. Tikhon's Theological Seminary. Before his posting to the Washington area in 1991, he served at Orthodox parishes in Edwardsville, Charleroi and Old Forge, Pa., and was dean of the Wilkes-Barre deanery in Pennsylvania.
He was a member of the Fellowship of Orthodox Stewards and the Kenwood Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Helen Kuchta of Bethesda; a daughter, Christina Kuchta of Gaithersburg; his mother, Margaret Kuchta of Frackville; a brother; and a sister.
Music Director and Organist
John Balka, 51, the organist and director of sacred music at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington since 1997, died of liver cancer Dec. 16 at his home in Washington.
Mr. Balka was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and graduated with bachelor's and master's degrees in musical arts in the early 1970s from the University of Oklahoma.
He worked as an organist, choirmaster and music director at churches in Oklahoma, Ohio, Michigan and California--notably, St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco--and Texas before coming to Washington. From 1982 to 1985, he was an organ instructor at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.
In the late 1980s, Mr. Balka recorded "John Balka Plays the Great Organ of St. Mary's Cathedral," "Historic Organs of San Francisco" and "A Tribute to Olivier Messiaen."
He made two recordings last year, "The Angel With the Trumpet," in which he plays organ at the Morton H. Meyersson Symphony Center in Dallas, and "Queen of Angels," in which he directs the St. Mary's Cathedral choir in Austin.
He helped found the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians and was a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and American Guild of Organists.
Survivors include his mother, June Johnson, of Idaho Falls; a sister; and a brother.
Charles Wayne Hughes
Charles Wayne Hughes, 73, a former lawyer and Capitol Hill aide who worked for the AFL-CIO for 27 years before retiring in 1991 from its information department, died of emphysema Dec. 19 at the St. Agnes Nursing Home in Ellicott City. He lived in Silver Spring.
In addition to his union duties, he produced and hosted a weekly national radio show, Labor News Conference, for the Mutual Network from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s.
He also had served as chairman of the AFL-CIO unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild and as president of the local. He received the local union's Guildsman of the Year award in the mid-1970s.
After retiring in 1991, he did consulting work and taught at the AFL-CIO's George Meany Center. He also had worked on the campaign of Ron Carey for president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and did volunteer work for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Mr. Hughes was born in California and raised in Oregon. He joined the Navy at the age of 16 and served in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he returned to Oregon, where he attended the University of Portland and graduated from Willamette University's law school. He then moved to Alaska, where he was a commercial fisherman before opening a law practice, becoming a judge and working for Alaskan statehood.
He came to Washington in the 1950s and served for a time as an aide to Rep. Ralph J. Rivers (D-Alaska). Mr. Hughes worked on the 1960 Kennedy presidential campaign in Alaska and then served in Washington as concession division director of the 1961 Inaugural Committee. After that, he served briefly on the staff of Rep. Edward R. Finnegan (D-Ill.) before joining the AFL-CIO.
His marriages to Mary Hughes and Charlotte Hughes ended in divorce.
Survivors include a daughter from his first marriage, Katie O'Connor of Annapolis; two children from his second marriage, Ellen Boswell of Gambrills and Timothy Charles Hughes of Columbia; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
Gilbert G. Brinckerhoff
Gilbert G. Brinckerhoff, 94, a retired Army colonel and resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring, died Dec. 17 at Suburban Hospital of injuries suffered in a Nov. 23 automobile accident near Montrose Road and Route 270 in North Bethesda.
Col. Brinckerhoff settled in Leisure World in 1990. He was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Olney.
He was born in New York, graduated from New York University and served in the Army from 1940 to 1960. His military service included duty in Japan and an assignment as assistant district engineer in Washington.
He was an engineering consultant in Pennsylvania after his military retirement.
His wife of almost 70 years, Evelyn Ross Brinckerhoff, died in 1998.
Survivors include two children, Karen B. Lerner of Bethesda and Dr. Gilbert D. Brinckerhoff of Centerville, Mass.; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Rosalind M. 'Linda' Black
Page School Administrator
Rosalind M. "Linda" Black, 72, who retired as an administrator with the Capitol Page School, died of lung cancer Dec. 18 at her home in Arlington.
Mrs. Black was born in Washington. She was a graduate of Stuart Hall in Staunton, Va., and the old Marjorie Webster Junior College and National Art School, both in Washington.
As a young woman, she was a decorator with Top Recker Interiors in Alexandria. She went to work on Capitol Hill in 1963 as a legislative assistant to Rep. John H. Dent (D-Pa.). She retired from the office of the doorkeeper of the House in 1990, after working for 12 years with the teenagers who serve as congressional pages.
Mrs. Black was a member of the National Capital Democratic Club.
Her marriage to Robert Manly ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband of 36 years, Martin P. Black of Arlington; two daughters from her first marriage, Nicole I. Hanawalt of Washington and Sidney J. Benner of Greeley, Colo.; a brother, H. Arthur Lamar of Titusville, Fla.; and four grandchildren.
Robert H. Deyerberg
Robert H. Deyerberg, 43, a computer salesman with the government sales subsidiary of Micron Electronics, died of lymphoma Dec. 20 at his home in Vienna.
Mr. Deyerberg was in computer sales for 20 years, starting with PRC Inc. and later with Unisys. He also worked for Digital Equipment Corp. and Inacom.
Mr. Deyerberg was born in Hackensack, N.J., and raised in McLean and Potomac. He was a graduate of Churchill High School and American University.
His interests included music composition, guitar and piano.
Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Lisa Long Deyerberg, and a daughter, Laura Deyerberg, both of Vienna; his mother, Cecelia Deyerberg of McLean; and two sisters, Janet Deyerberg of Silver Spring and Louise Dugan Weaver of Bethesda.
Red Cross Volunteer
Catherine Prescott, 96, a longtime Chevy Chase resident who was a volunteer with the Red Cross and Crippled Children's Society, died of a respiratory ailment Dec. 19 at Suburban Hospital.
Mrs. Prescott, who also had a home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., was a native of Atlanta. She attended Hollins College in Roanoke before settling in the Washington area in 1925.
Her husband, former banker and Montgomery County commissioner William H. Prescott, died in 1989.
Survivors include a daughter, Carter Perry of Chevy Chase; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.