Rita Zelloe

Legal Secretary, Paralegal

Rita Fellin Zelloe, 70, a legal secretary and paralegal at area law firms who also was a businesswoman, church member and volunteer, died Sept. 25 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She had congestive heart failure and renal failure.

Mrs. Zelloe was born in Hazelton, Pa., and settled in the Washington area in the late 1950s. She was an Alexandria resident.

She did legal secretarial work for the law office of Henry Thomas in Alexandria in the early 1960s. She did administrative work for People's and other banks in the late 1960s and personnel work at Fort Belvoir in the 1970s.

In the 1980s, she was a paralegal for the Legal Center and for her son James's law practice in Tysons Corner.

With her husband, she owned and operated Pop-Pop's Ice Cream Shop in Dumfries in the 1980s.

She was a volunteer at Gadsby's Tavern museum in Alexandria in the late 1990s. At her death, she had done public relations volunteer work at the White House.

She was a member of Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Annandale.

In the late 1960s, she was a Cub Scouts den mother in Alexandria.

Her husband of 42 years, John J. Zelloe, died in 1997.

Survivors include six children, Sherri Asaro of Hagerstown, Joseph J. Zelloe of Marblehead, Mass., James T. Zelloe of Alexandria, Suzanne Daniels of Andover, Mass., Cynthia Sandridge of Ruckersville, Va., and Jaclyn Burr of Myersville; two sisters; and 12 grandchildren.