G.E. Robert Meyer

Foreign Service Officer

G.E. Robert Meyer, 81, a Foreign Service officer who retired in 1976 as a commercial attache in Turkey, died Jan. 18 at Fairfax Nursing Center. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Meyer served 30 years in the Foreign Service with assignments in China, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand and what is now Malaysia.

He was born in Bottineau, N.D., and raised in Lowellville, Ohio. He graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., and entered the Foreign Service in 1946.

He retired to central Florida in 1976 but returned to the Washington area late last year for medical treatment.

His first wife, Mary Frances Meyer, died in 1993. His second wife, Hertha Meyer, died in 1998.

Survivors include two children from his first marriage, Nancy Meyer of Portland, Ore., and John Meyer of Annandale; and two granddaughters.

Rita Marie O'Donnell

Secretary and Educator

Rita Marie O'Donnell, 74, a retired Army Materiel Command secretary and a religious educator at St. Leo's Catholic Church in Fairfax, died of cancer Jan. 18 at Fairfax Nursing Center.

Mrs. O'Donnell, a resident of Vienna, was born in Masontown, Pa. Before moving to the Washington area in 1961, she had been a secretary and lived in Philadelphia, Broomall, Pa., Aberdeen, Md., and Huntsville, Ala.

She retired from the Army Materiel Command in 1986 after 20 years' service.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, Edward J. O'Donnell Sr. of Vienna; five children, Edward J. O'Donnell Jr. and Dennis O'Donnell, both of Vienna, Rita O'Donnell of North Potomac, Bryan O'Donnell of Manassas and Kevin O'Donnell of Ocean City, Md.; a sister, Patricia O'Laughlin of Alexandria; a brother, Joseph O'Laughlin of Deptford, N.J.; and eight grandchildren.

June Haller Gardner


June Haller Gardner, 79, a librarian who worked in the Anne Arundel County public library system for about 15 years before retiring in the early 1980s, died of congestive heart failure Jan. 18 at Prince George's Hospital Center.

Mrs. Gardner spent most of those 15 years at a branch library in Annapolis. Before she worked for Anne Arundel County, she was a librarian at the National Gallery of Art for about 10 years. She was a 35-year resident of Bowie.

Mrs. Gardner was born in New York City and raised in Scarsdale, N.Y. She graduated from Bernard M. Baruch College in New York City and received a master's degree in library science from Columbia University.

She was active in women's auxiliary Masonic organizations, including the Daughters of the Nile and Ladies of the Oriental Shrine.

Survivors include her husband, Marshall C. Gardner of Bowie, and their two children, David Gardner of Annapolis and Debra June Gardner of Bowie.

G. Louise Lassiter Perry


G. Louise Lassiter Perry, 71, who since moving to Washington in 1952 volunteered for various civic groups, died Jan. 17 at her home after a heart attack.

Among the organizations to which she donated her time were Neighbors Inc., the League of Women Voters and the National Consumers League. She also was a precinct captain in precinct 62 for District and presidential elections.

She was born in Chester, Pa., and graduated from what is now North Carolina Central University. She graduated from Lincoln Hospital nursing school in Durham, N.C., and was a nurse in Connecticut in the early 1950s.

Mrs. Perry was a member of Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington.

Her husband of 28 years, Charles Freeman Perry, died in 1978.

Survivors include her daughter, Karen Felice Perry of Manassas, and a son, Charles Freeman Perry Jr. of Rockville.

McHenry H. `Ken' Holt Jr.

Electrical Contractor

McHenry Holliday "Ken" Holt Jr., 54, an electrical contractor and former Arlington resident, died of cancer Jan. 14 at LifeCare health center in Seaford, Del.

Mr. Holt, a Rehoboth Beach, Del., resident for the past 10 years, lived in the Washington area off and on from 1962 to 1985. In that time, he graduated from Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, studied electronics at Northern Virginia Community College and was a self-employed electrical contractor.

He also was a past member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Arlington.

Mr. Holt, the son of a Navy officer, was born in Pensacola, Fla.

His marriage to Lea Goehringer ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Jaelea Jane Holliday Holt of Livingston, N.J.; his parents, retired Navy Cmdr. McHenry Holt and Carol Holt of Roanoke; and a sister.

Albert R. Cruz

Consumer Coordinator

Albert R. Cruz, 66, who retired from the Department of Labor as coordinator of consumer affairs, died Jan. 19 at home in Silver Spring after a heart attack.

Mr. Cruz was born in Mora, N.M. He graduated from New Mexico Highlands University, where he also received a master's degree in clinical psychology. He served in the Army during the Korean War.

Forty-two years ago, he moved to this area and began his career with the Labor Department, where he retired five years ago.

Mr. Cruz had played in amateur softball leagues, and he participated in the Maryland Senior Olympics.

Survivors include his wife, Patricia Cruz of Silver Spring; two sons, Albert Cruz Jr. of Burtonsville and John Cruz of Cary, N.C.; his mother, Gertrude Cruz of Santa Fe, N.M.; a sister; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Leonard Bachmann

Catholic Missions Director

Leonard Bachmann, 73, a member of the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity and former director of its missions in the United States and Central and South America, died of leukemia Jan. 20 at his sister's home in Alexandria.

Father Bachmann was also a fund-raiser and promoter for his Silver Spring-based order. He was also the national chaplain of the Catholic Daughters of America and had worked with the hospice movement.

He was a native of St. Paul, Minn. He studied at Holy Trinity Mission Seminary in Silver Spring and at Catholic University, where he received a licentiate in sacred theology.

He served in the Army during World War II, helping liberate the concentration camp at Dachau, Germany. He was awarded a Bronze Star.

Father Bachmann was pastor of parishes in Colonial Beach and Kilmarnock, Va., and director of a shrine in Stirling, N.J.

Survivors include his sister, Agnes Bachmann.

Paul Bereznak


Paul Bereznak, 66, a cartographer who retired from the Defense Mapping Agency in 1988 after 35 years of service, died Jan. 5 at home in Sterling after a heart attack.

Mr. Bereznak was born in Freeland, Pa. He moved to Washington and joined what then was the Army Map Service in 1951. He served in the Army from 1956 to 1958, then returned to the mapping agency.

He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Herndon.

His wife, Carol English Bereznak, died in 1989.

Survivors include a daughter, Diane Baker of Ashburn; three sisters, Eleanor Bereznak of Falls Church, Ceil Herbener of Pennsylvania and Mary Cerone of California; six brothers, George, Andrew, Thomas, Francis, and Edward, all of Pennsylvania, and Joseph, of California.

Constance M. Foley


Constance M. Foley, 85, a Realtor who retired in 1983 from Mount Vernon Realty, died of inanition, inability to assimilate food, in the health care center of the Falcons Landing community in Sterling.

Mrs. Foley worked for 20 years at real estate companies that included Merle Norman, Town and Country and Laughlin.

Mrs. Foley was a clerk, seamstress and baker in her native Providence, R.I., before her marriage in 1937 to William Foley. She later accompanied him to Army assignments that included Germany. Col. Foley died in 1988.

Her honors from the Northern Virginia Association of Realtors included Lifetime Top Producer and Lifetime Member of the Million Dollar Club. Her interests included gardening, golf, bridge and poker.

She was formerly a member of St. John's Catholic Church in McLean and St. Agnes Catholic Church in Arlington and of the National and Virginia associations of Realtors.

Survivors include three sons, Wayne M. Foley of Great Falls, Kenneth O. Foley of Vienna and George "Mike" Foley of Lovettsville, Va.; and six grandchildren.

A son, Gregory Foley, died in 1946.