Hartford E. Bealer


Hartford Ernest Robarts Bealer, 93, a Washington native who was co-founder and retired president of Chevy Chase Bank, died Jan. 9 at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He had lung cancer.

He founded the Brooklyn Coal Co. in Washington in 1927, selling it in 1961. As a real estate investor, he started the Hartford E. Bealer Development Corp. and Hartford E. Bealer Properties in 1951. In 1969, he co-founded Chevy Chase Bank, becoming its president. He retired from that post and from the bank's board of directors in the early 1980s when it was sold to Citizens Bank of Maryland.

Mr. Bealer, who lived in Chevy Chase before moving to Florida about two years ago, was a 1927 graduate of Central High School. He was a graduate of George Washington University law school, where he also received a master's degree in patent law.

He was a member of Congressional Country Club. His hobbies included chess, travel and raising exotic animals on his West Virginia farm.

His wife of 45 years, Elizabeth Anerson Bealer, died in 1980.

Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Bealer Parker of Potomac and Sally Bealer Kirchiro of Bethesda; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

William T. Joyce Jr.


William Thomas Joyce Jr., 53, who since 1988 had owned and operated Bill Joyce Woodworking from his home in Rockville, died Jan. 10 at his home. He had heart disease.

Mr. Joyce made such items as lecterns for area churches and custom armoires and coffee tables.

He was a Bethesda native and a 1968 graduate of Walter Johnson High School. He was a graduate of what is now Christian Brothers University in Memphis.

He started his own advertising agency in Memphis and did sales work in advertising in southern Florida before resettling in the Washington area in 1988.

He liked doing Elvis Presley impersonations.

His marriage to Karen Rodgers Joyce ended in divorce.

Survivors include his father, Dr. William T. Joyce of Kensington; and three sisters, Margaret Joyce of Cincinnati and Marilyn Murphy and Carole Joyce, both of Kensington.

Angela J. Kavruck

Newsletter Correspondent

Angela J. Kavruck, 87, who with her husband, Samuel, was a correspondent for the Washington Counseletter, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 1 at Suburban Hospital.

In 1976, she began her work as a correspondent for the Washington Counseletter, a newsletter for educators. She continued in this capacity until her death.

Mrs. Kavruck, a resident of Chevy Chase, was born in Watertown, Mass., and came to Washington in 1941. During World War II, she was a Red Cross worker. For a year, she was an allergist's assistant at a civil service clinic in North Carolina.

For three years in the early 1960s, she accompanied her husband to Rome on an assignment with the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization.

In addition to her husband of almost 63 years, of Chevy Chase, survivors include two children, Deborah Kavruck of Los Angeles and Barton Kavruck of Washington; and two brothers.

Winston W. Marsh Jr.

Business Owner, Marriott Official

Winston William Marsh Jr., 69, a retired Washington area business owner and former Marriott Corp. vice president of hospital food services, died of heart and kidney ailments Jan. 15 at the Casey House Hospice. He lived in Potomac.

After working for Marriott from 1959 to 1975, he owned Braun's Caterers and two Truffles and Flourishes stores, in Potomac and Lanham, until selling his businesses and retiring about 1990.

Mr. Marsh, who was born in Ohio, came to Washington in 1950. He was a graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and a 1956 graduate of the University of Georgia. He served on active Navy duty from 1956 to 1959 and retired from the reserve in 1967 as a lieutenant.

He was a member of Columbia Country Club.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Patricia, of Potomac; two sons, Winston III, of Rockford, Ill., and Christopher, of Gaithersburg; and two grandchildren.

Helen Stillwell Barnard

Church Member

Helen Stillwell Barnard, 95, who had been a deacon at Riverdale Presbyterian Church in University Park, died of a respiratory ailment Dec. 28 at a ManorCare nursing home in Wheaton. She had lived in University Park since 1954.

Mrs. Barnard, a native of Moundsville, W.Va., attended West Virginia University.

Her husband, John W. Barnard, died in 1969.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Lear of Bethesda and Sallie J. Rupard of Green Cove Springs, Fla.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Lauro Francisco Betancourt


Lauro Francisco Betancourt, 70, a former architecture and engineering professor who taught vocational courses at Professional Development Centers in Wheaton and Alexandria, died of cancer Jan. 1 at his home in Silver Spring.

He was a native of Cuba and a graduate of the Julio Antonio Mella University there. He retired from the university's faculty in 1993 and moved to Washington in 1995.

He volunteered at the Hispanic Senior Center in Washington and was a member of St. Camillus Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth del Rosario Marten Betancourt of Silver Spring; two children; a brother; two sisters; and four grandchildren.

J. Ross Hanson

Washington Businessman

John Ross Hanson, 78, a former Bethesda resident and founder of J. Ross Hanson Inc. international consulting actuaries in Washington, died Jan. 7 at a hospital in Peterborough, Ontario. He had congestive heart failure.

Mr. Hanson was a native of Highgate, Ontario, and a physics and pure math graduate of the University of Toronto. He served in the Canadian army in Europe during World War II.

He worked for an insurance company in Massachusetts before settling in the Washington area in the mid-1960s to start his business.

After leaving the area in 1982 -- the year he sold his company -- he became an international actuarial consultant to the insurance industry and lived in New Jersey and Massachusetts. At his death, he was a Peterborough resident.

He was a former member of Westmoreland Congregational Church in Bethesda and a former volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America's National Capital Area Council.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Muriel Lamothe Hanson of Peterborough; three children, Elizabeth Hanson of Kingston, Ontario, Kristin Hanson of Berkeley, Calif., and Erik Hanson of Peterborough; and three grandchildren.

Alma Keemer Shoemaker

Cafeteria Worker

Alma Keemer Shoemaker, 94, a food preparer in Montgomery County schools who worked at North Bethesda Junior High School in the 1950s, Woodward High School from the 1960s to mid-1980s and Walter Johnson High School in the late 1980s, died Jan. 12 at her home in Rockville. She had pneumonia.

Mrs. Shoemaker was born in Dayton, Ohio, and grew up on her grandparents' farm in Moravia, Iowa. She received a teaching certificate from Iowa Wesleyan College, and her early career was spent teaching at a one-room schoolhouse in rural Iowa.

She lived in California, Tennessee and Massachusetts before settling in the Washington area in 1950.

Her memberships included Bethesda Presbyterian Church, PEO Sisterhood and Pi Beta Phi social sorority.

Her husband, Frederic Berlin Shoemaker, whom she married in 1934, died in 1971.

Survivors include two children, Sandra Sonner of Rockville and Alan Shoemaker of Dunkirk, Md.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.