William Gerald Bunting
William Gerald Bunting, 68, a restaurant owner, died of renal failure Sept. 15 at his home in Oakton.
Mr. Bunting was born in Newport News, Va. He moved in 1974 to Northern Virginia, where he was a founding partner in the Chesapeake Bay Seafood House restaurant chain, which now operates Chili's and On the Border restaurants in Virginia and Maryland.
He was an avid boater and a member of the Old Dominion Boat Club of Alexandria.
His first wife, Joyce Majette Bunting, died in 1984.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Sylvia M. Bunting of Alexandria; a stepdaughter, Terry Meyers of Oakton; a brother, Edward Bunting of Alexandria; and three granddaughters.
Frank N. Gentile
Frank N. Gentile, 73, a certified underwriter who worked for New York Life Insurance Co., died Sept. 6 at his vacation home in Mayo, in Anne Arundel County. He had primary lateral sclerosis resulting in Lou Gehrig's disease. He lived in Alexandria.
Mr. Gentile worked in the trust department at the Washington Loan and Trust Co. and with Broadcasting magazine, before becoming an agent with New York Life in 1964. He represented New York Life for more than 40 years, never fully retiring. He was a life member of the Million Dollar Round Table.
He was born in Montclair, N.J., to Italian immigrant parents. He joined the Marine Corps at age 17 and served during the Korean War. Mr. Gentile graduated from Georgetown University's business school.
He was a past president of the Lincolnia Lions Club, twice president of the Lincolnia Civic Association and past president of the Lido Civic Club of Washington, D.C. He was a member of the Potomac River Sailing Association and skipper of the sailing vessel Lacedonia and motor yacht Testa Dura. He was a member of the Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria.
He also sponsored and coached Little League baseball teams in Annandale. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Washington.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty E. Gentile of Alexandria; seven children, Stephan F. Gentile of Mount Jackson, Va., William D. Gentile and Mark A. Gentile, both of Woodstock, Va., Andrew S. Gentile of Edinburg, Va., Shannon Gentile-Meagher and Matthew S. Gentile, both of Alexandria, and Rose Gentile-Varca of Vienna; a brother; two sisters; and two grandchildren.
Gardener and Homemaker
Martha Kaslow, 78, a gardener and homemaker, died Sept. 17 at her home in Chevy Chase. She had lung disease.
Mrs. Kaslow, a resident of Rock Creek Hills in Kensington for 53 years before moving to Chevy Chase last year, won many awards for her flowers and arrangements at area garden shows. She had hundreds of rare orchids and bromeliads growing in a greenhouse at her home, and the gardens around her house overlooking Rock Creek Park were considered showpieces.
She was a native of New York City, attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., in 1948. She worked as a buyer for better women's wear at Gimbels department store in New York City before she was married.
As a member of the Woodmont Country Club in Rockville, she was known for her behind-the-scenes committee work, planning parties and events for golf tournaments. She was an avid golfer herself. She was a member of the Garden Club of Kensington and of women's clubs in Kensington and Chevy Chase. She was a member of the Washington Hebrew Congregation. She also had a home in Longboat Key, Fla.
Her husband of 52 years, Clifford C. Kaslow, died in 2002.
Survivors include her son, Andrew Kaslow of Baltimore; two daughters, Barbara Kaslow of New York and Amy Kaslow of Bethesda; a brother; and two grandchildren.
Lawrence T. 'Larry' Kumitis
Business and Industrial Specialist
Lawrence T. "Larry" Kumitis, 64, a business and industrial specialist with the Navy Department, died of a stroke Sept. 12 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital. He lived in Alexandria.
Mr. Kumitis worked for 40 years with the Naval Sea Systems Command, retiring in 2003.
He was born in Edwardsville, Pa., and graduated from Wilkes College in Pennsylvania. He served four years in the Army before joining the Navy Department.
He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was a volunteer, coach and past president of the Woodlawn Little League for 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Kumitis of Alexandria; three children, Linda Quigley and Larry Kumitis, both of Alexandria, and Dawn Kumitis of Bristow; eight grandchildren; two sisters, Alice McGroarty of Riverdale and Karen Kumitis of Edwardsville; and a brother, Frank Kogut of Enfield, Conn.
National Cathedral Volunteer
Kamennia Meliani, 87, a longtime volunteer at Washington National Cathedral and the wife of a former Italian diplomat, died Sept. 9 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig's disease, at her home in Casablanca, Morocco.
Mrs. Meliani was born in Milan and was educated in Naples. She lived in Sicily during the 1940s and moved to Alexandria in 1951, when her husband, Majid Meliani, was assigned to Washington to deal with immigration issues. When he became deputy chief of missions in 1963, the family moved to Northwest Washington.
Mrs. Meliani, a dedicated water colorist, volunteered at Washington National Cathedral throughout her time in Washington. She moved to Morocco in 1994, when her husband retired. He died in 2001.
Survivors include three sons, Mustapha Meliani of the District and Majid Meliani Jr. and Anthony Meliani, both of Casablanca; two daughters, Heria Meliani and Badia Meliani, also of Casablanca; and five grandchildren.
Joseph E. Rankin
Joseph E. Rankin, 84, a psychiatrist and longtime professor at George Washington University School of Medicine, died Sept. 14 of congestive heart failure at his home in Annapolis.
Dr. Rankin taught at GWU from 1956 to 1982. He also had a private practice in Annapolis, where he had lived since 1962.
He was born in Washington and grew up in Baltimore. He attended the University of Notre Dame for two years before transferring to Catholic University on a football scholarship. He also was active in drama at Catholic, from which he graduated in 1942. He received his medical degree from GWU in 1946. From 1946 to 1950, he was a doctor with the U.S. Navy.
After training in psychiatry at St. Elizabeths Hospital, he was a psychiatric counselor on the staff of Catholic University from 1953 to 1956.
He endowed a chair of psychiatry at George Washington's medical school in honor of his wife, Eunice Rankin, and former GWU professor Leon Yochelson. He also endowed an athletic scholarship at Towson University in memory of two of his brothers.
Dr. Rankin was a member of the American Psychiatric Association and was a founding member of the Psychiatric Institute of Washington.
His wife of 36 years, Eunice Cameron Rankin, died in 1979.
Survivors include three sons, Stephen Rankin of Fulton, Mark Rankin of Alderpoint, Calif., and Gregory Rankin of Greenbelt.