Amy Jane Brauninger

Nurse, Volunteer

Amy Jane Mulford Brauninger, 86, a registered nurse who was a volunteer and church member, died of complications from cancer July 31 at her home in Arlington.

Mrs. Brauninger was born in Philadelphia. In 1935, the family moved to Lodi, N.Y. She graduated from the nursing school at the Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia in 1941.

In 1942, she enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Sampson, N.Y., Norfolk and Trinidad. She married in 1945, and after she and her husband were discharged from active duty they moved to Arlington and raised a family. In 1970, Mrs. Brauninger began working part time as a nurse at Barcroft Nursing Home. She retired after 12 years.

A founding member of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church of Arlington, Mrs. Brauninger taught Sunday school, served on the vestry, was a member of the altar guild, was wedding reception chairman for 10 years, was treasurer of Women of St. Andrew's, helped at the annual church bazaar and chaired St. Ann's Guild for four years. She also was reservation chairman for the dinner theater for 20 years.

She learned to fly an airplane and loved to travel. She was a member of the Women's Overseas Service League, and her name is on the World War II veterans memorial in Lodi, N.Y. She was a Cub Scout den mother, a Girl Scout leader, an Arlington election official for decades, a Red Cross volunteer and a member of the Ashton Heights Women's Club. She worked as a nurse with the Daughters of the American Revolution for many years.

Mrs. Brauninger also participated in a duckpin bowling league for 40 years and was a member of several bridge groups. All her life, she enjoyed reading and playing piano.

Her husband of 50 years, Glen G. Brauninger, died in 1996.

Survivors include three children, Don Brauninger of Haymarket, Janey Cartmell of Arlington and Roger Brauninger of Kensington; and five grandchildren.

Albert C. Bauer

Navy Department Physicist

Albert Charles Bauer, 84, a civilian physicist who retired in 1973 as supervisory ordnance engineer at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory's air and surface evaluation department, died of leukemia Aug. 21.

He died at Buckingham's Choice retirement community in Adamstown, in Frederick County.

Mr. Bauer was a native of Hammond, Ind., and was a physics and math graduate of the University of Maryland. He took additional courses in physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He settled in the Washington area in 1941, when he joined the Navy Department as a civilian. He served in the Navy at the Washington Navy Yard during World War II, then returned to civilian duty.

He received the Navy's Meritorious Civilian Service Award.

In the 1940s and 1950s, he played trumpet in a dance band at the Shoreham Hotel's Blue Room. He was a member of the American Federation of Musicians.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Mary Kessner Bauer of Adamstown; three daughters, Janice Seaman of Monrovia, Carole Shaffer of Stevensville, Md., and Jeanne Padgett of Gambrills; a sister; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Louis Sneiderman


Louis Sneiderman, 99, a retired federal engineer, died of complications of Alzheimer's disease Aug. 24 at the Springhouse ManorCare assisted living center in Bethesda.

He was born in New Haven, Conn., and graduated from Yale University in 1926 with degrees in civil and electrical engineering. He was chief of survey for the Connecticut State Highway Department and laid out one of the nation's first auto parkways in the 1930s.

During World War II, he was stationed at the Pentagon as a civilian and worked on the development of radar.

After the war, he worked for the Civil Aeronautics Administration on the omnirange radio navigation system, which remains the backbone of today's airplane navigational systems, and he designed the first computerized air traffic control display system for the Federal Aviation Agency in the 1960s, many aspects of which are still in use. He retired in 1973.

His wife of 61 years, Mildred Sternschuss Sneiderman, died in 2002.

Survivors include his son, Dr. Charles Sneiderman of Bethesda.

Helene Jacober Siegel


Helene Jacober Siegel, 80, a Washington resident and volunteer, died of congestive heart disease Aug. 22 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Born in New York, Mrs. Siegel graduated from Middlebury College in 1946 and worked for several years as a bilingual secretary. She married and moved to Washington, where she worked briefly for the Securities and Exchange Commission until she resigned to start a family.

She and her husband, Gerald Siegel, who worked for then-Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson (D-Tex.) until 1958 and then became a vice president and legal counsel with The Washington Post Co., bought their home from Johnson after he became vice president of the United States.

Mrs. Siegel worked steadily as a volunteer, most frequently for the National Symphony Orchestra's women's committee and its annual decorators show house.

She was a member of the Kennedy Center Golden Circle and the Cosmos Club.

Her husband of 52 years died in 2000.

Survivors include two children, Robin Siegel of Silver Spring and Bob Siegel of Chevy Chase; a sister; and two granddaughters.

Oscar Joseph Sarracino

Real Estate Appraiser

Oscar Joseph Sarracino, 48, a real estate appraiser, died of liver cancer at his home in Dumfries, where he had lived for 25 years.

Mr. Sarracino was born in Miami and moved to Arlington as a child. He graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1974.

He began a career in construction after high school and had worked as a real estate appraiser for the past 14 years. He was co-president of the National Association of Independent Fee Appraisers.

He enjoyed fishing and boating. As a Spanish speaker, he also enjoyed playing Santa Claus for Hispanic youth groups in Arlington.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, June Goodwin Sarracino of Dumfries; his parents, Oscar and Maria Sarracino of Fort Myers, Fla.; two sisters, Diana Jenkins of Bowie and Laura Taylor of Albany, N.Y.; and a brother, Raymond Sarracino of Fort Myers.

Richmond H. 'Dick' Curtiss Jr.

Private School Official

Richmond Hodges "Dick" Curtiss Jr., 71, who handled financial and other administrative duties at two Alexandria private schools, St. Agnes School in the early 1980s and then Browne Academy until the early 1990s, died Aug. 24 at Williamsburg Community Hospital. He had cancer.

Mr. Curtiss held administrative positions at the Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pa., and the University School in Milwaukee before settling in the Washington area in the early 1980s.

A former Alexandria resident, he lived at his death in Deltaville, Va., on the Chesapeake Bay.

He was a native of New Haven, Conn., and a 1954 graduate of Yale University, where he swam under coach Bob Kiphuth.

He served in the Air Force in the mid-1950s.

Early in his career, he was a disc jockey in Beckley, W.Va.

He enjoyed sailing and swimming.

His marriage to Georgia Riddel Curtiss ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife, Alice Duncan Montague Curtiss of Deltaville; three children from his first marriage, Margaret Carmine of Bena, Va., Richmond Curtiss III of Palm Springs, Calif., and Thomas Curtiss of Williamsburg; four stepchildren, Katharine Smeallie of Alexandria and Laura Cross, Caroline Boone and Hill Montague, all of Reston; a brother; a sister; and 13 grandchildren.