The Aug. 31 obituary for Patricia Louise Guarnieri incorrectly implied that she had been waiting for a liver transplant for one year. Also, the number of years she was married to Frank Guarnieri was incorrect. The Guarnieris were married 43 years. (Published 9/1/04)

Suzanne Hinson Chase

USAID Editor

Suzanne Hinson Chase, 56, who held several positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development, died Aug. 20 of lung cancer at Mount Vernon Nursing Center in Alexandria. She lived in Arlington.

She began working for USAID in 1984 as a writer-editor and spent many years as editor of the agency's internal newsletter while also editing numerous other publications. At various times, she was acting director of the public liaison office, the publications office and the office of external affairs. She received an Outstanding Career Service Award upon her retirement in 2003.

Ms. Chase was born in Greenville, S.C., and came to the Washington area in 1959. She graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Fairfax County and from the College of William and Mary, where she was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She worked for the Justice Department before moving to California in the 1970s. She received a master's degree in European history from San Diego State University.

Her interests included reading and traveling.

Her marriages to Michael Chase and Philip Bonifacio ended in divorce.

Survivors include her parents, Helen and C. Randolph "Randy" Hinson of Alexandria; a sister, Betsy Triplett of Alexandria; and a brother, C. Randolph "Randy" Hinson Jr. of Richmond.

Agnes Lorene Lowe Bell

Restaurant Hostess

Agnes Lorene Lowe Bell, 86, a hostess and waitress at Northern Virginia restaurants, died Aug. 27 of cancer at Sleepy Hollow Manor, a nursing home in Annandale.

Mrs. Bell worked for about 25 years at several restaurants in Northern Virginia, most notably at a Hot Shoppes in Fairfax County, before retiring in the late 1970s.

A native of Galax, Va., she moved to the Washington area in the late 1930s. She lived in Alexandria and Manassas before settling permanently in Alexandria in 1969.

She was married and divorced two times from her husband, Enoch Bell.

Survivors include four daughters, Sandra Salkcow of Manassas, Sharon Clayborne of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Debbie Hemphill of Satellite Beach, Fla., and Becky Richmond of Roca Raton, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Edythe Layne Lenchert


Edythe Layne Lenchert, 79, a home economics teacher in Northern Virginia schools, died Aug. 23 of cancer at Capital Hospice in Arlington. She lived in McLean.

Mrs. Lenchert taught at James Fenimore Cooper Middle School in McLean and Joyce Kilmer Middle School in Vienna from 1969 to 1990. She continued to work as a substitute teacher until her death.

She was born in Cullen, Va., and came to the Washington area in 1946. She graduated from James Madison University and did graduate work at Virginia Tech.

She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Vienna for more than 40 years. She was a Sunday school teacher and a Girl Scout leader. She was a member of the National Education Association and several teaching organizations, including the Potomac Home Economists.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Zygmund Lenchert of McLean; two children, Linda Gwynne of Ashburn and Zygmund Lenchert Jr. of McLean; two sisters; and three grandchildren.

Leon Reiskin

Architect, Builder, Volunteer

Leon Reiskin, 76, an architect active in Jewish charities, died Aug. 29 at George Washington University Hospital after a heart attack. He had had lung and Alzheimer's diseases for several years. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Reiskin was born in the District and graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School. He received a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Michigan in 1951 and, after two years in the Coast Guard during the Korean War, returned to Washington. He started his own firm in 1957.

With his father and two partners, he designed and built apartment buildings and townhouses in Maryland and Virginia. Merrill House, named for his mother, Mary, won a City of Falls Church award for landscape design in 1964. In the early 1960s, he designed and built his family's brick and redwood house in Bethesda, highlighting the minimalist style that first attracted him at the University of Michigan.

From the 1970s through the 1990s, Mr. Reiskin was active in Jewish and other philanthropies. He played a key role in building an apartment complex for families of modest means in Jerusalem under the auspices of the United Jewish Appeal. In honor of his father, he endowed a major architecture prize for outstanding students at the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He was vice president of the Jewish Community Center in Rockville and also gave to the University of Michigan architecture school.

His marriage to Wenda Dubb Reiskin ended in divorce.

Survivors include three sons, Jonathan S. Reiskin of Alexandria, Jeremy N. Reiskin of Bethesda and Matthew A. Reiskin of Los Angeles; a sister, Janice Broner of Potomac; and three grandchildren.

Patricia Louise Guarnieri

Airline Reservations Agent

Patricia Louise Guarnieri, 65, a former reservations agent for Piedmont Airlines/US Air and a volunteer for Telecommunications for the Deaf Inc. (TDI), died Aug. 27 at Lifecare Hospital in Pittsburgh of liver disease. A longtime Great Falls resident, she had been awaiting a liver transplant for more than a year.

Mrs. Guarnieri was born in Ambridge, Pa. She graduated in 1956 from Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio, where she was the school's first female student body president. She attended Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio, in the late 1950s.

She married Frank Guarnieri in 1961. With five children, she was a homemaker until the family moved to the Washington area in 1978, settling in Great Falls after a year in Falls Church. She went to work as a reservations agent in 1984.

Mrs. Guarnieri began working as a TDI volunteer in the early 1980s.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years, of Great Falls; five children, Carlyn Guarnieri of Arlington, Craig Guarnieri of Round Hill, David Guarnieri of Oakton, Lisa Guarnieri of Great Falls and Kevin Guarnieri of Burbank, Calif.; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Rosa Youngblood Lawrence

Teacher, Principal

Rosa Youngblood Lawrence, 94, an elementary school teacher and principal in Prince George's County, died of pneumonia Aug. 20 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville.

Mrs. Lawrence spent 35 years in Prince George's schools, teaching at Riverdale and Hyattsville elementary schools before being named principal of Mount Rainier Elementary School. She was later principal of Berwyn Heights Elementary School, from which she retired in 1972.

She was born in Milledgeville, Ga., and graduated from Georgia State College for Women, now called Georgia College and State University. She received a master's degree in education from the University of Maryland and did additional graduate work at Columbia and Syracuse universities.

Mrs. Lawrence lived in Hyattsville from 1934 to 2003, when she moved to Gaithersburg.

She was a member of Prince George's County Country Club, Chesapeake Country Club, St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Hyattsville and several teachers organizations and social clubs. She enjoyed golf and volunteered in programs for the mentally handicapped. For several years, she and her husband had a second home in Breezy Point Beach.

Her husband of 67 years, Hiram L. Lawrence, died in 1997.

Survivors include two children, Rosemary Lawrence of Largo and Hiram L. Lawrence Jr. of Gaithersburg; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.