William J. Fitzgerald

Electric Cooperative Official William J. Fitzgerald, 76, a former St. Mary's County resident who worked 23 years for Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative before retiring in 1992 as a senior right of way solicitor, died Nov. 29 at a hospital in Naples, Fla. He had cancer and leukemia.

Mr. Fitzgerald, a New York native, lived in Chaptico before moving to Naples in 1992. Before joining the electric cooperative, he ran Fitzgerald's Tavern in Waldorf and was a salesman for Churchill Wholesale Liquors.

He also was a D.C. firefighter who served in the Marines during World War II.

He was a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Alma F. Colburn, in 1984, and by two sons, Daniel J. in 1997 and Kevin B. in 1986.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Alma Fitzgerald of Naples; six sons, Patrick M., of Port Richey, Fla., John F., of Mechanicsville, Timothy F., of Easton, Md., and Dennis J., Michael J. and Billy Fitzgerald, all of Chaptico; three daughters, Kathleen Fitzgerald of La Plata and Judith A. Burroughs and Mary F. Collins, both of Mechanicsville; and 10 grandchildren.

Joyce Oneita Nordan

Administrative Assistant Joyce Oneita Nordan, 67, an administrative assistant for ACTION and the Peace Corps in the 1970s and 1980s, died of lymphoma Nov. 21 at Prince William Hospital in Manassas.

She had lived off and on in the Washington area since 1961, most recently in Gainesville.

Mrs. Nordan, a native of Akron, Ohio, was a graduate of Kent State University.

From 1968 to 1970, she was a teacher's assistant at Lorton Elementary. In the 1970s, she was an administrative assistant at the Federal Aviation Administration.

She was a member of P.E.O. and the Heritage Hunt Women's Club.

She also was a member of Truro Episcopal Church in Fairfax.

Her marriage to James Keener ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 18 years, Earl Nordan of Gainesville; three children from her first marriage, Katherine Hayes of Tucson, Karen Floyd of Clifton and James Keener of Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.; two stepchildren; and five grandchildren.

Robert Blair 'Buz' Childers

Logistician Robert Blair "Buz" Childers, 57, a retired Navy commander and a logistician for the Washington offices of the SyTech defense contracting firm since 1992, died of lymphoma Dec. 2 at the Chesapeake Hospice House in Linthicum.

He had lived in Annapolis since the late 1990s.

Mr. Childers, a native of Troy, N.Y., received a bachelor's degree from Defiance (Ohio) College and a master's degree in national security studies from Georgetown University.

He served in the Navy from 1962 to 1989. He served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and later was a surface warfare officer and was posted in London and served with the Defense Intelligence Agency.

Among his decorations was the Navy Commendation Medal.

His marriage to Kathie Ray Kott ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Courtney Van Orden of Annapolis; and two sisters.

Helen Alberta O'Malley

Registered Nurse Helen Alberta O'Malley, 73, a registered nurse who worked for the National Lutheran Home from 1973 to 1989, died Nov. 30 at her home in Montgomery Village after a heart attack.

Mrs. O'Malley, who was born in Moscow, Md., graduated from the Gallinger Nursing School in Washington and was a registered nurse at D.C. General Hospital in the 1950s. She took time off to raise her children until 1973, when she returned to work as a nurse for the National Lutheran Home, where she became nursing supervisor.

Her marriage to Joseph O'Malley Sr. ended in divorce.

Survivors include five children, Patricia O'Malley of Gaithersburg, Katherine O'Malley-Simpson of Port Tobacco, Sharon O'Malley of College Park, Edward O'Malley of Buckeystown and Joseph O'Malley Jr. of Germantown; two sisters; a brother; and three grandchildren.