Mona C. Brussat, 76, a retired teacher in District public and private schools and an actor in community theaters in the area, died of cancer Oct. 25 at her Alexandria home.

In the District, Mrs. Brussat taught at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School and at the Sheridan School until retiring in 1994. She moved from her longtime home in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington to an Alexandria condo in 1996.

She had appeared in scores of stage shows since 1978. In 2001, she received a Washington Area Theatre Community Honors award as outstanding featured actress for her role in "Anastasia" with the Great Falls Players.

She always played strong women, often with strong accents. She last appeared in Dominion Stage's "Tale of the Allergist's Wife" in Arlington in January. A reviewer in The Washington Post said her character "begins to detail her intestinal problems graphically every time Marjorie is about to eat, but Brussat adds an edge that keeps the old woman from being a one-joke, passive-aggressive character."

In 1996, another reviewer said: "Mona Brussat offers a tour de force as Ouiser, the eccentric, cantankerous senior-citizen neighbor who complains about everything but manages to maintain the affections of the regulars down at Truvy's" in a Foundry Players production of "Steel Magnolias."

Her husband, William Kenneth Brussat, died in 1978.

Survivors include three sons, David Brussat of Providence, R.I., Guy Brussat of Rockville and Tony Brussat of Alexandria; and a sister.

Mona C. Brussat received an award for her supporting performance in the Great Falls Players' "Anastasia."