George Ford Berry Jr.

Howard University Official George Ford Berry Jr., 65, who worked at Howard University from the mid-1980s to late 1990s and retired as business manager in the art department and as a business management teacher in the continuing-education school, died Oct. 13.

Mr. Berry, a Suitland resident, had a heart attack while attending services at Kendall Baptist Church in Temple Hills and was pronounced dead that same day at Greater Southeast Community Hospital.

He was a native of Nashville and a 1958 graduate of Tennessee State University. In 1979, he received a master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.

He served in the Navy doing administrative work from the late 1950s to late 1970s. He retired as a petty officer first class.

In the early 1980s, he did administrative work for the Afro-American studies program at the University of Maryland.

He was a Mason.

His marriage to Joanah Berry ended in divorce. Two children from that marriage predeceased him, Valrie Berry about 1980 and George Berry III in the early 1990s.

Survivors include his wife, Grace Merritt Berry of Suitland; four stepchildren, Hilton Mills Jr. of Silver Spring, Stephon Mills of Spring Hope, N.C., Kevin Mills of Suitland and Melony Gibert of Clinton; his mother, Frances Berry Wiggins of Nashville; a sister, Dr. Mary Frances Berry, chairman of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, of Washington; a half brother, the Rev. Troy Merritt of Nashville; and six grandchildren.

Aubrey E. Cadle

Employment Counselor

Aubrey E. Cadle, 89, who retired in 1975 as an employment counselor with the Maryland Department of Employment Security, died of renal failure Oct. 21 at Montgomery Village Care and Rehabilitation center. He had lived in Montgomery Village since 1973.

Mr. Cadle was born in Washington and raised in Annapolis. He attended Annapolis High School and was a graduate of American University. He served in the Army Air Forces in New Guinea during World War II and was awarded a Bronze Star.

Early in his working life, Mr. Cadle was a manager and buyer at Woodward and Lothrup's Chevy Chase store, with assignments in home furnishings, small electronics and the garden center. He was later a self-employed carpenter, and built his own house in Garrett Park. He did building contract work in Panama. He became an employment counselor in 1962 and helped start a special summer program to find jobs for youths.

Mr. Cadle was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. He spent 25 years working on his own single-engine wooden plane and nearly completed it before losing his sight to eye disease five years ago.

His first wife, Catherine Shroyer, died in 1970. They were married for three decades.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Martha L. Cadle, of Montgomery Village; three children from his first marriage; three stepsons; nine grandchildren; and three great-granddaughters.

Nina Holman

Computer Programmer

Nina Holman, 65, a computer programmer and systems analyst who retired in 1991 from Data Inc., a Contel Computer Agency, died of respiratory failure Oct. 20 at her home in McLean.

Mrs. Holman was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Hood College. She moved to the Washington area in 1960 and began her career with Data Inc., which was based in Arlington and then in McLean.

She was a past president of the Colonies Condominium Association in McLean.

Survivors include her husband, Edward B. Holman of McLean; four stepchildren, Mary Ohlfs of Lancaster, Calif., Laura Herron of Gaithersburg, Timothy Holman of Nebraska and Doris Marion of Emmitsburg; and 11 grandchildren.

Viola Iwaniz Sniegoski


Viola Iwaniz Sniegoski, 97, who in the 1920s and 1930s was a typist for the Agriculture Department and the Interstate Commerce Commission, died Oct. 21 at her home in Adelphi. She had cancer.

Mrs. Sniegoski, a native of Mount Tom, Mass., moved to Washington in 1924. She lived in Mount Rainier from 1933 to 1996, when she moved to Adelphi.

She had been a member of the Woodbridge Garden Club.

Her husband, John P. Sniegoski, whom she married in 1927, died in 1957.

Survivors include a son, Stephen, of Adelphi; a sister; and four grandchildren.

John Francis Miller


John Francis Miller, 56, a carpenter who retired from work on commercial construction projects two years ago, died of cancer Oct. 20 at George Washington University Hospital. He recently moved from Waldorf to Harwood.

Mr. Miller was a native of Jersey City who served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam.

He became a carpenter in the early 1970s, working initially in New Jersey. He worked in Ohio and Florida before moving to the Washington area in the 1980s.

He was a member of Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in Waldorf and Carpenters Local 1590.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Miller of Harwood; two children, Lisa Marie Trump of Upper Marlboro and John Francis Miller II of Harwood; a sister; and a grandson.

Jessica Blair Szymanski


Jessica Blair Szymanski, 18, a graduate of George Mason High School who was a freshman at East Carolina University, died Oct. 15 when the car in which she was riding was hit by a truck on Interstate 95 near Emporia, Va. The car's driver, Dana Denise Wood, 18, also was killed. The two were returning to the university after visiting their families in Falls Church.

Virginia State Police reported that Miss Wood swerved to avoid an animal and that the car hit a guardrail and was spun into traffic, where it was struck by a tractor-trailer.

Miss Szymanski was born in Fairfax and raised in Falls Church. At George Mason, she was a member of the girls' varsity basketball team, softball team, cheerleading squad, dance team, SADD chapter and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

She also competed as a member of the Lee Graham Swim Club diving team in the Falls Church Recreation Leagues and was a member of the Cornerstone Fellowship Group.

She had worked at summer jobs at the Lee Graham club, Washington Golf and Country Club and Garrett, Yu Hussein, McCabe and Reis public relations firm in Washington.

Survivors include her parents, Kathleen T. and Dennis Szymanski, and sister, Lauren M. Szymanski, all of Falls Church; and her grandmothers, Rita C. Boucher of Lanham and Rita Szymanski of Syracuse, N.Y.