Blanche P. Van de Ree
School Board Member
Blanche P. Van de Ree, 97, a real estate broker who served on the Prince George's County school board from 1958 to 1969, died April 15 at a hospital in Pembroke Pines, Fla. She had fractured a hip.
Mrs. Van de Ree owned State Realty in Clinton, a company that sold residential and commercial property and was in property management, for about 20 years before she retired in 1973.
A Democrat who was generally regarded as conservative, she was appointed to the school board by Maryland Gov. J. Millard Tawes and served during an initial period of school desegregation in the county. Shortly before she retired, she abstained when the board approved new boundaries to integrate 17 schools to comply with a federal order.
She had lived most recently in Plantation, Fla.
Mrs. Van de Ree was a native of Jersey City, N.J., who attended Pace College. She was a bookkeeper and office manager in New Jersey as a young woman. She owned restaurants in Jersey City and Palisades Park, N.J., before moving to Clinton in 1951. She was a newspaper advertising saleswoman in Upper Marlboro before going into the real estate and insurance business.
She served on the Southern Maryland Board of Trade and the board of Cafritz Hospital. She was a member of Christ Episcopal Church in Clinton, the Clinton Lions Club auxiliary and the Prince George's Democratic Club.
Her husband, Andries Van de Ree, died in 1983.
Survivors include two daughters, Carol Dutton of Westport, Conn., and Margaret Van de Ree of Weston, Fla.; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.
Dario Bragale Sr.
Brazilian Army Liaison Officer
Dario Bragale Sr., 83, who worked for the Brazilian Army Commission in Washington from 1950 to 1989 and did procurement and liaison work with U.S. defense agencies, died April 16 at Brighton Gardens assisted-living facility in Bethesda of complications from a stroke in January. He was a Bethesda resident.
From 1960 to 1982, Mr. Bragale represented Brazil at the Inter-American Defense Board of the Organization of American States.
After retiring, he did consulting work for U.S. defense contractors.
He was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and attended Seton Hall University in New Jersey. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in North Africa and later transferred to the Brazilian Army to fight at Anzio, Italy. He became a U.S. citizen in 1992.
In the late 1940s, he was a Brazilian Military Commission representative in New York.
He was a member of St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Bethesda.
His wife of 32 years, Ivonne Comegna Bragale, died in 1992.
Survivors include three sons, Dario Bragale Jr. of Rockville; and John P. Bragale and Charles A. Bragale, both of Bethesda; a sister, Nancy Bragale of Washington; and six grandchildren.