Roxana Fye Johnson

Tax Preparer

Roxana Fye Johnson, 79, who worked as a tax preparer during the 1970s and 1980s, died Sept. 11 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at the nursing facility at Greenspring Village retirement community in Springfield, where she lived.

Mrs. Johnson was born in Oaklandon, Ind. She graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in chemistry and math in 1947 and a master's in math in 1949. From 1948 to 1953, she was an instructor in Purdue's math department.

Mrs. Johnson lived in the Washington area for 41 years -- 39 years in Alexandria and two in Springfield.

She prepared taxes at H&R Block during the 1970s and at Bruner, Kane & McCarthy Ltd., an accounting firm in Alexandria, during the 1980s.

She was a member of the Waynewood Citizens Association in Alexandria and a recipient of its Distinguished Citizen award. She also was a member of the American Association of University Women and Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Sidney Johnson of Springfield; five children, Andrew Jay Johnson and Thomas Lee Johnson, both of Carmel, Ind., Sherry Johnson Hunter of Brentwood, Tenn., Judith Johnson Demeter of Chesapeake, Va., and Daniel Dee Johnson of Richmond; a brother; and 12 grandchildren.

Anita Ballenger

Church Member

Anita Peyton Ballenger, 80, a member of Pohick Episcopal Church in Lorton, died Aug, 29 at the Fairfax retirement community at Fort Belvoir after a heart attack.

Mrs. Ballenger was born in West Liberty, Ky., and attended the University of Kentucky. She accompanied her second husband on his military assignments and settled in the Washington area in the late 1960s.

Her first husband, Navy Lt. Larry Campbell, an aviator, was killed at sea in 1944. Her second husband, a retired flight surgeon, Navy Capt. Murray W. Ballenger, whom she married in 1946, died in 1985. A daughter from the second marriage, Peyton Ballenger, died in 1992.

Survivors include a son from the second marriage, John M. Ballenger of Alexandria; a brother; a sister; and two grandsons.

Martha P. Ballenger


Martha P. Ballenger, 74, a founder of a direct mail business in Cheverly, died of lung cancer Aug. 31 at her home in Dunkirk.

Mrs. Ballenger was one of the founders of Saturn Corp., which opened in 1981. She ran the company's data entry department until retiring in 2000.

Earlier, she worked in Washington as a waitress. After taking courses in Washington, she got a job doing data entry work in Landover.

Mrs. Ballenger, a native of Roseboro, Del., lived in Philadelphia before moving to Washington in the late 1940s.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, John W. Ballenger of Dunkirk; two daughters, Susan Ballenger of Owings, Md., and Linda Brock of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Louise O'Dell Park

Secretary and Church Member

Louise O'Dell Park, 82, a secretary for government agencies and the Marriott Corp. and a longtime church member in Silver Spring, died Sept. 15 of a lung ailment at Montgomery General Hospital in Olney. She lived in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Park came to the Washington area in 1941 as a secretary with the former Bureau of the Budget. After leaving to raise a family, she resumed her career in 1952, becoming secretary to the chief dietitian at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She left that position in 1958.

In 1982, she became a part-time secretary with Marriott in Silver Spring. She retired in 1987.

Mrs. Park was born in Central Lake, Mich., and moved as a girl to Lynden, Wash. She attended a business school in Washington state.

She had lived in Silver Spring since 1946. She was a founder of Grace Episcopal Day School's cooperative nursery in Silver Spring and had been a member of Christ Congregational Church in Silver Spring since 1950.

She enjoyed golf and was a member of the Needwood Women's Golf Association in Rockville, serving as its president, treasurer and tournament planner. She also was a student of genealogy, tracing her family's lineage to the Netherlands.

Her husband of 26 years, Charles A. Park Jr., died in 1969.

Survivors include four daughters, Kathleen Culkin of Middlebury, Conn., Elizabeth "Betsy" Marciniak of Macungie, Pa., Christina Ventura of Riva and Amy Kemp of Clarksville; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Wayne Ellsworth Fichtner

Geological Survey Official

Wayne Ellsworth Fichtner, 84, an administrative officer with the U.S. Geological Survey, died Sept. 15 of congestive heart failure at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg, where he lived.

He had lived in the Washington area since 1946. From 1950 to 1981, he worked for the Office of Geochemistry and Geophysics with the Geological Survey, retiring as administrative officer.

Mr. Fichtner was born in Durham, Mo., and attended business school in Quincy, Ill., before joining the Army during World War II. He served in France as a master sergeant and received three awards of the Bronze Star.

After settling in Washington, he received a bachelor's degree in business administration from American University in 1949. He lived in Kensington for many years before moving to North Bethesda in 1972. In 2001, he moved to Gaithersburg.

In his retirement, he enjoyed traveling to Europe and South America and made an annual trip to Arizona. He was a deacon at St. Mark Presbyterian Church in Rockville. He enjoyed camping, golf, gardening, walking and the Washington Redskins.

Mr. Fichtner's first wife, Eleanor Lindstrom Fichtner, whom he married in 1946, died in 1969.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Doris Van Iderstine Fichtner of Gaithersburg; two children from his first marriage, Linda Avery of Deephaven, Minn., and Sandra Fichtner of Corvallis, Ore.; four stepchildren, Robert G. Brewer Jr. of Chevy Chase, Laura Brewer-Heilig of Hyattsville, Susan Hammes of Chesapeake, Va., and Megan Brewer of Nome, Alaska; and six grandchildren.