The July 10 obituary of Hannah Jean Ismer Vitale gave an incorrect cause of death. She died of kidney failure. (Published 8/1/04)
Charles Scott Marple
Retired Coast Guard Officer
Charles Scott Marple, 79, a retired Coast Guard captain who lived in Annapolis, died July 1 at North Arundel Hospital of complications of pneumonia.
During his long career in the Coast Guard, Capt. Marple, a civil engineer, designed numerous ships, including 52-foot and 95-foot patrol boats, a 210-foot cutter and a trawler for inner coastal waters that was capable of repairing aids to navigation more quickly than before.
Capt. Marple was chief engineer on the Coast Guard cutter Campbell in July 1956 when the vessel was diverted to assist the Stockholm and Andrea Doria after the two passenger liners collided in the North Atlantic. The Campbell escorted the gravely damaged Stockholm back to New York.
As chief of staff at the Coast Guard's 5th District in Portsmouth, Va., between 1973 and 1976, Capt. Marple and his unit were responsible for the first seizure of a Russian fishing trawler in U.S. waters.
Capt. Marple was born in Philadelphia. In 1943, he entered the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, graduating in 1946 with a bachelor of science degree in engineering. In 1953, he received a master's degree in naval engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, graduating with honors.
Major shore duty included assignments at a Long Range Aid to Navigation Station in Hawaii; the Coast Guard yard in Curtis Bay, Md., where he designed ships during a first tour of duty and later served as industrial manager; and Miami, where he was chief of vessel repair for naval engineering. He also worked as chief of engineering for the Coast Guard's 14th District in Honolulu.
In addition to service aboard the Campbell, Capt. Marple served aboard the buoy tender Mariposa, breaking up ice on the Hudson River. His final sea duty assignment was as commanding officer of the cutter Mendota, which participated in major combat operations in Vietnam. Capt. Marple received the Bronze Star.
He retired from the Coast Guard in 1976 and went to work for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. As chief hydrographer, he was responsible for charts of the Chesapeake Bay and was in charge of buoy tenders and ice breakers. He also designed and supervised construction of the third ship in the fleet, the A.V. Sandusky; named after a former Baltimore Colts lineman, the ship is capable of breaking through 12 inches of ice.
In retirement, Capt. Marple enjoyed travel, playing tennis and tooling around Annapolis in his yellow 1969 Datsun roadster.
Capt. Marple's first wife, Barbara Ryder Marple, died in 1992.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, Helen I. Marple of Annapolis; three sons from the first marriage, C. Scott Marple Jr. of Naperville, Ill., Christopher Marple of Yorktown, Va., and David Marple of Annapolis; two step-daughters, Laura Sheldon and Danielle Sheldon of Annapolis; six grandchildren; a brother; and a sister.
Hannah Jean Ismer Vitale
Nurse, Company Co-Founder
Hannah Jean Ismer Vitale, 81, a former emergency room nurse who with her husband founded a suburban Maryland plumbing company, died of cancer June 24 at her daughter's home in Seabrook.
Mrs. Vitale worked as an emergency room nurse at Prince George's Hospital Center from 1950 to 1958 and then co-founded John Vitale & Sons Inc. in Seabrook. From the beginning until 1990, she did bookkeeping and worked in the office of the company, which started as a plumbing and mechanical contracting firm and now also provides underground utility contracting services throughout the Washington area.
Hannah Jean Ismer was born and raised in Washington, like both her parents. She graduated from St. Rose's Catholic High School on California Avenue NW, which later became the Cathedral Latin School and St. Ann's Infant Home. In 1941 she completed the Providence Hospital nurses training program through Catholic University.
In 1942, she met her future husband, John Vitale of New York City, at Providence Hospital when she was a student nurse and he was a patient who had been injured working as a plumber on the construction of the Pentagon.
She became a registered nurse in 1943 and worked in obstetrics and the emergency room at Prince George's Hospital, which then was a 300-bed hospital.
Mrs. Vitale volunteered with the Red Cross during the 1950s. She also helped organize and administer one of the first home health care programs in Cheverly. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she was a volunteer guide for the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.
Her husband, whom she married in 1946, died in 1995.
She had lived in Croom since 1996, moving there from Seabrook.
Survivors include five children, Martha A. Vitale of Seabrook, John Vitale Jr. and Frank H. Vitale, both of Croom, Thomas F. Vitale of Sunderland and Catherine V. Tyeryar of Bowie; and 10 grandchildren.
Karen Rose Boyko Wingate
Karen Rose Boyko Wingate, 52, a homemaker and volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, died of complications of multiple sclerosis July 6 at her home in Vienna.
Mrs. Wingate was born in Washington and raised in Vienna. She graduated from James Madison High School in Vienna and James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.
In the mid-1970s, she worked as a substitute teacher in the Fairfax County school system.
Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Steven A. Wingate of Vienna; two children, Lisa Rose Wingate and Marcus Steven Wingate, both of Vienna; a sister, Joni Boyko Hynes of Oakton; a brother, Steve Boyko of Columbia; and her parents, Frank and Rose Boyko of Vienna.