Helen Frances Renick Welty
Day-Care Provider, Volunteer
Helen Frances Renick Welty, 72, a former day-care provider and volunteer, died of respiratory failure Sept. 22 at Suburban Hospital.
Mrs. Welty operated a licensed day care in her Bethesda home from the late 1960s until 1978. She had a background in child care, after running the nursery at Frederick Memorial Hospital in 1955 and 1956.
She was born in Pittsburgh and graduated from the University of Rochester's nursing school in 1955. She moved with her husband to the Washington area when he was transferred to Fort Detrick. After working in the hospital's nursery, she taught biology at Hood College in Frederick for a year. The couple moved to their Bethesda home in 1960.
She was a member of Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, where she volunteered.
Survivors include her husband, Carl G. Welty of Bethesda; three children, Linda Welty Wood of Westminster, Md., David Welty of Lovettsville and Steven Welty of North Potomac; two sisters; two brothers; and 18 grandchildren.
Floyd William Kester
Floyd William Kester, 77, a minister and missionary who worked in the former Belgian Congo and Ghana before starting a church in Takoma Park, died of cancer Sept. 13 at his home in Sweet Valley, Pa.
In 1952, Mr. Kester graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, N.Y., with a bachelor's degree in biblical theology and was ordained for ministry by the Independent Protestant Church of Shickshinny, Pa. He and his wife then were commissioned as missionaries under the Baptist Mid-Missions.
The next year, the couple traveled to Brussels for French language training and began establishing churches in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They were evacuated out of the Congo in 1960 to Ghana, in West Africa, where he served as a church planter and field administrator until 1967 and was a co-founder of the Wa Baptist Bible Institute.
Two years later, the family moved to Takoma Park, where Kester started Good Samaritan Baptist Church. He pastored the church until 1986, when he moved to Sweet Valley, where he continued his ministry work.
While in Takoma Park, he also served as an election official and as a Montgomery County soccer referee officiating high school and college games. He also volunteered at Montgomery County schools during the years his children attended.
Mr. Kester was an accomplished saxophonist who "could make that horn sing as he 'submissively' played for the glory of God," family members said. He also demonstrated a gift for languages. He learned Latin in high school and was trained in the biblical languages of Hebrew and Greek. For ministry in the Congo, he learned French and the local dialect of Kituba. In Ghana, he learned Ga. He also spoke Spanish and Polish.
A daughter, Judith Kester, died in 1995.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Evelyn Beaujon Kester of Sweet Valley; seven children, David Kester of Adamstown, James Kester of Oxford, Mich., Paul Kester of Kingsley, Pa., Debbie O'Keefe of Moscow, Pa., Peter Kester of Springfield, Samuel Kester of Peyton, Colo., and Ruth Campbell of Silver Spring; 26 grandchildren; a sister, Mary Lee Smart of Silver Spring; and a brother, Eugene Kester of Crestview, Fla.
Thomas A. Sidman
Certified Public Accountant
Thomas A. Sidman, 81, a retired certified public accountant with the Federal Reserve Board, died of cancer Sept. 23 at Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center in Arlington. He lived in Annandale.
Mr. Sidman was born in Middletown, Pa., and served during World War II as a naval aviator stationed in the United States.
He graduated magna cum laude from Western Reserve University in Cleveland and began working as an accountant there in a CPA firm, Card, Palmer & Sibbison. In 1955, he worked as treasurer of Saunders, Stiverd Co. in Ohio.
In 1962, he became a CPA with the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington. Three years later, he joined the Federal Reserve Board as a CPA. In 1967, he was appointed assistant director of supervision and regulation at the Fed, retiring after 20 years of service.
Mr. Sidman was a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale.
He enjoyed golf and watching baseball and football. He coached his son's Little League games in Falls Church. He loved completing the New York Times crossword puzzles "and always got them all," his wife said.
His first wife, Mary T. Sidman, died in 1971.
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Sandra M. Sidman of Annandale; one son from his first marriage, Thomas J. Sidman of Round Hill; and two granddaughters.