Jacqueline A. Wagener
Jacqueline A. Wagener, 95, a former department store sales associate who was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington, died of cardiopulmonary arrest May 5 at the Iliff Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dunn Loring.
Mrs. Wagener, who lived in Vienna, was born in Washington and raised on a 105-acre family farm outside of what is now Fairfax City.
She was a 1928 graduate of Oakton High School.
Mrs. Wagener served on the church council of Faith Lutheran and, in the 1960s, worked for a Montgomery Ward department store in the Seven Corners area of Fairfax County.
In earlier years, she did office work for Chestnut Farms Dairy, a bottling plant in Washington.
Her interests included baking cakes, gardening, traveling and crochet.
Her husband, Wilbert E. Wagener, died in 1966 after 31 years of marriage.
Survivors include two children, Joanne A. Bevins of Vienna and James R. Wagener of Orangeville, Calif.; two brothers, Marcel Pfalzgraf of King George, Va., and Didier Pfalzgraf of Fredericksburg; and two granddaughters.
Dorothy Ida Sisson
Dorothy Ida Sisson, 75, an administrative assistant who worked for the unit at Andrews Air Force Base that flew the presidents, died of arrhythmia from an enlarged heart May 6 while visiting a rental house she owned in Oxon Hill.
Mrs. Sisson met several presidents and many foreign dignitaries, her daughters said, but adored the Air Force One and Marine One pilots. She was their administrative support, handling phone calls and paperwork. She also organized the annual Sam Fox Reunion of retired veterans, and they called her their honorary director of operations.
Mrs. Sisson was born in West Quincy, Mass., and moved to Oxon Hill after she married. She began working in 1958 as an assistant to the director and assistant director of the National Arboretum. She also worked for a cytogeneticist in a research lab.
In 1962, she transferred to the Defense Department at Andrews, where she worked for 20 different deputy commanders of operations. She retired in 1988.
She was an Upper Marlboro resident, and after retirement she did secretarial work for the town clerk and Stump Insurance Agency.
She was a past president of the Mount Airy Claybreakers Garden Club, a Sunday school teacher at Camp Springs Community Church and Evangel Assembly of God. She was a charter member of Christ Church in Washington, and more recently of the Faith Assembly of God in Lothian.
Her husband of 50 years, Harold Russell Sisson, died in 1997.
Survivors include three daughters, Donna J. Jeffrey of Roswell, Ga., Dianne L. Vogel of Fairfax Station and Sandra Stump of Gaithersburg; four sisters; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Alexander Bernard Smith Jr.
Air Force Colonel, D.C. Engineer
Alexander Bernard Smith Jr., 82, who spent more than 20 years designing sensitive communications systems for the Air Force before becoming a civil engineer for the District of Columbia, died May 19 of cancer at Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge. He lived in Triangle.
His military career began shortly after Pearl Harbor, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces. As a young lieutenant, he commanded troop trains and led construction crews building airfields in the Pacific islands.
After the war, he returned to his native Philadelphia, where he sold cars for several years. As a member of the reserves, he was recalled to active duty with the Air Force in 1950. From then until 1966, he served as an engineering officer, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He worked at several U.S. air bases, managing technical operations and assisting in the development of offshore radar units.
While stationed in England at the height of the Cold War, Col. Smith was transferred to the U.S. Security Service, which included representatives from several branches of the armed forces. As base engineer, he supervised the building of top-secret listening posts and communications facilities.
After retiring from the Air Force, he became a civil engineer for the District of Columbia government. Among other projects, he helped manage projects to build D.C. General Hospital, the FBI Building, schools, police and fire department buildings and correctional facilities. He served as a volunteer member of the Washington Architectural Commission, a long-term planning agency. He retired in 1985.
His wife of 47 years, Phyllis Higgins Smith, died in 1994.
Survivors include two children, Lorraine Chesler of Sterling and Alexander B. Smith III of Houma, La.; four grandsons; and a sister.
Robert Michael Barrett
IRS Appeals Officer
Robert Michael Barrett, 76, a retired senior appeals officer with the IRS, died of cardiac arrest May 31 at Anne Arundel Medical Center.
He was born in Dunmore, Pa. and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Scranton in 1949. That same year, he joined the Internal Revenue Service. He retired in 1984.
Mr. Barrett moved to Bowie in 1961.
His wife of 44 years, Shirley Ann Barrett, died in 2000.
Survivors include his companion, Nancy Henry, of Arnold; five children, James R. Barrett of Eldersburg, Md., John M. Barrett of Mechanicsville, Deborah A. Porter of Gaithersburg, and Colleen M. Burgin and Margaret A. Mercer, both of Churchton; and 20 grandchildren.
Robert Arthur Reinhold
USIA Investigations Specialist
Robert Arthur Reinhold, 69, former chief specialist for investigations with the U.S. Information Agency, died after a heart attack May 30 at Memorial Medical Center in Las Cruces, N.M. He was a resident of Deming, N.M.
Mr. Reinhold was born in Passaic, N.J., and moved to the Washington area as a child. He was a Marine during the Korean War. After his discharge, he moved to Boyds and went to work for the USIA, where he stayed for more than 31 years until retiring in 1990. He moved to New Mexico about 14 years ago.
He was a member of the Montgomery County Sports Association, and coached a boys baseball team through the association for 19 years.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Maryellen Reinhold, of Deming; five children, Julie Ann Elseroad of Olney, Edward D. Reinhold of Evans, Ga., Tracy A. Reinhold of Canton, Minn., and Shawna J. Reinhold and Nancy Clayshulte, both of Mesilla, N.M.; two sisters; and five grandchildren.