Nancy J.E. Hannemann May


Nancy J.E. Hannemann May, 75, who retired in 1989 as a secretary at The Washington Post, died of pneumonia Feb. 25 at Holy Cross Hospital, where she was being treated for a broken hip.

Mrs. May, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Chicago and raised in Falls Church. She was a 1944 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School.

She attended Strayer University, studied music at Mary Washington College and took foreign language courses at the University of California at Berkeley.

She accompanied her husband, James A. May, to Foreign Service posts in France, Israel and Morocco before returning to Northern Virginia in 1953. Their marriage ended in divorce.

Mrs. May worked for law firms and in the Washington offices of Paramount Pictures and Warner Brothers Studios. She was secretary to a vice president at Capital Airlines before joining The Post in 1960. She was secretary to general manager and vice president John Sweeterman and then worked in the newsroom.

Mrs. May sang in the Sanctuary Choir of Friendship United Methodist Church in Falls Church and as a soloist, directed the Youth Choir and wrote music that was performed at services. She also was in charge of flowers.

Mrs. May's interests included sewing, biking, swimming and handcrafts. She was a volunteer at the Treasure Trove store in Annandale.

Survivors include two children, Marianne Rankin of University Park and Stephen May of Sun City, Ariz.; and a grandson.

Margaret Schrecengost

Irish Dance Club Co-Founder

Margaret Schrecengost, 74, a Washington area resident since 1961 who was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Landover Hills, died March 8 at her home in New Carrollton. She had cancer.

Mrs. Schrecengost, who attended College Misericordia in her native Pennsylvania, was a co-founder of the Blackthorn Stick dance club in Washington.

Over the years, she hosted Washington events for Irish educators who came to the United States to study at Kings College in Pennsylvania.

For her work in Irish culture, she received awards from the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Irish American Club of Washington.

Survivors include her husband, Harry Schrecengost Jr. of New Carrollton; five sons, Eric, of Bryans Road, Marc, of Ashton, John, of Olney, Hugh, of Bowie, and Harry III, of New Carrollton; a daughter, Maura Burrhus of Omaha; a sister; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Janet L. Berard

Executive Assistant

Janet L. Berard, 71, a Washington resident and retired executive assistant, died of a brain aneurysm Feb. 27 at a hospital in Pittsburgh. She was stricken while on a visit.

She worked in Washington and then McLean for what became the Dyn Corp. for 25 years before retiring in 1987 as an executive assistant to the company's board chairman.

Miss Berard, a Pittsburgh native and University of Pittsburgh graduate, came to the Washington area in 1960.

She served on the board of the Northern Virginia Community Foundation, a charitable group, and directed its Operation Santa Claus.

Survivors include a sister.

Mae Walton Myers

Purchasing Agent

Mae Walton Myers, 92, who had worked for the Justice Department for 30 years before retiring in 1973 as a purchasing agent for the U.S. Marshals Service, died of coronary artery disease Feb. 27 at a nursing home in Danville, Va.

Mrs. Myers, a native of Paces, Va., was a graduate of Averett College in Danville.

She came to the Washington area in 1930 and lived in Hyattsville, College Park and Mount Rainier before retiring to Danville in 1973.

She was a member of the Hyattsville and Riverdale Baptist churches. She was a past president of the Toastmistress Club at the Justice Department.

Her husband of 65 years, Cooper L. Myers, died in 1997. Survivors include a daughter, Ann Lunceford of Churchton; four grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.