Nancy Vincent O'Donnell

Sales Associate

Nancy Vincent O'Donnell, 70, an associate with Potomac Estate Sales, died of complications from cancer Nov. 1 at her home in Potomac.

She worked with Potomac Estate Sales for about 12 years before becoming ill. Mrs. O'Donnell was born in Pittsburgh and received a degree in interior design from what is now Carnegie Mellon University before moving to the Washington area in 1964. She moved to Potomac in 1987.

She was a longtime member of Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase and an active member of Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Potomac.

Mrs. O'Donnell, a 21-year resident of the Old Farm community in Rockville, enjoyed painting, cooking, golf, tennis and spending summers with family and friends at her "home away from home" in the Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, Del.

Her husband of 32 years, Dr. Edward T. O'Donnell, died in 1990; her eldest son, E. Michael O'Donnell, died in 2003.

Survivors include four children, Kevin Joseph O'Donnell of Potomac, Elizabeth Susan Larsen of Austin, Lisa Christine Davis of Kensington and Colleen Theresa Kivinski of Potomac; and 14 grandchildren.

John A. Cassedy

Shop Foreman and Drag Racer

John A. "Jack" Cassedy, 65, former shop foreman at Virginia Concrete, died of cancer Oct. 29 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He was a Falls Church resident.

Born in Alexandria, Mr. Cassedy lived most of his life in the Lincolnia section of Fairfax County. He attended both Fairfax and Annandale high schools and went to work in 1958 as a cement mixer at Virginia Concrete. He worked there 44 years, rising to shop foreman, overseeing the maintenance shop. Most of his career was spent working at the Edsall Road plant.

Mr. Cassedy also was a car buff and drag racer. From the 1960s through the mid-1990s, he raced at tracks up and down the East Coast and was a fixture at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, where he set several series records.

In later years, Mr. Cassedy could be found tinkering with lawnmowers or one of several antique vehicles he maintained. He also helped many friends with their cars. In the late 1950s, when he lived in Annandale, he was a member of the Annandale Volunteer Fire Department.

His marriage to Judith Cassedy ended in divorce.

Survivors include his daughter, Kathryne Cassedy of Sterling; two sisters, Virginia Harris of Annandale and Julia "Jill" Gerald of Alexandria; and two brothers, Robert Cassedy of Annandale and Stacy Cassedy of Thornburg, Va.

Rhoda Gloria Litwin Welt

AU Program Director

Rhoda Gloria Litwin Welt, 79, former director of the community studies program at American University, died Nov. 7 of cancer at Springhouse Manor Care Assisted Living in Silver Spring, where she lived.

She ran the now-defunct program that provided educational opportunities at the university for non-traditional and minority students, including Hispanics, African Americans, government clerical workers and the formerly incarcerated, from 1976 until 1991, when she retired.

She was born in Montreal and attended Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She married and lived in Connecticut and New York before moving to Arlington in 1953.

She became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1964. She also began working at the AU bookstore in the 1960s, taking classes and receiving her bachelor's degree in 1965 and her master's degree in reading technology in 1974.

She was a member of the Arlington Parent-Teacher Association, a volunteer for League of Women Voters and a volunteer for Meridian House, a welcoming center for international visitors. She was a member of the Arlington-Fairfax Jewish Center (now Congregation Etz Hayim) and worked in the synagogue library.

She moved to Silver Spring in 2001.

Her husband of 58 years, Isaac Davidson Welt, died in 2003. A son, Murray Ben-Zion Welt, also died in 2003.

Survivors include two children, Selman Irvin Welt of Lubbock, Tex., and Bernard Welt of Takoma Park; two brothers; a sister; and five grandchildren.

Emma Glick Tate Moore

Washington Native

Emma Glick Tate Moore, 87, a Washington native who worked in Alexandria, died Oct. 18 of congestive heart failure at a hospital in Pompano Beach, Fla., where she lived.

Mrs. Moore was born in Washington and attended Eastern and McKinley high schools. In 1935, when she obtained a license to drive a motorcycle, she became the only woman in the District with such a license, her family said. She rode an Indian Scout motorcycle until she was married in 1940.

In the 1950s, she moved to Alexandria and worked as a clerk with the Alexandria Health Department and with the Newton Asphalt Paving Co.

In 1961, Mrs. Moore moved to Pompano Beach, where she lived the rest of her life.

Her first husband, Roy A. Tate, was killed in action in 1944 while serving in the U.S. Army.

Her second husband, William Moore, whom she married in 1961, died in 1975.

Survivors include a son, Roy Allen Tate of Pompano Beach; and a sister, Mildred Glick White of Warrenton.

Douglas Carlyle Wallace

Metro Mechanic

Douglas Carlyle Wallace, 61, who went from maintaining the president's planes to repairing the public's trains, died Nov. 5 at his home in Hernando, Fla. He had a brain tumor.

Mr. Wallace was born in Savannah, Ga., and enlisted in the Air Force at age 18. He served for 20 years, retiring as a senior master sergeant in 1983. His duties for 17 of those years were with the 89th presidential squadron, which maintains Air Force One and Air Force Two.

After leaving the military, Mr. Wallace went to work for the Metropolitan Transit Authority as a mechanic, working on Metro for 20 years. He moved to Florida in 2003.

His marriage to Phyllis Wallace ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 28 years, Linda Wallace, of Hernando; two children from his first marriage, Mark Wallace of Mountain View, Calif., and Douglas M. Wallace of Waldorf; three stepchildren, Marie Gray of Waldorf, Raymond Hagerhorst of Herndon and David Wallace of Waldorf; a daughter from his second marriage, Farrah Morgan of Leonardtown; two brothers; and six grandchildren.

Charles Roeder Grant

Insurance Company Founder

Charles Roeder Grant, 81, founder of the Charles R. Grant Insurance Agency in Rockville, died Nov. 5 of congestive heart failure at Suburban Hospital. He lived in Chevy Chase.

Before establishing his agency in 1953, he worked for Washington Loan and Trust Bank, Travelers Insurance Co. in Baltimore and Howard & Hoffman Insurance Agency in Washington.

Mr. Grant was born in Washington and grew up in Chevy Chase Village. He graduated from Sidwell Friends and the University of Maryland.

He served on the boards of Suburban Hospital and Chevy Chase Village. He was active with his alma mater, serving in the President's Club, the Colonnade Society, the Terrapin Club and as a trustee of the Maryland Educational Foundation.

He also was a member of All Saints Church in Chevy Chase and the Chevy Chase Club, where he served as chairman of the Insurance Committee.

His wife, Tempe Curry Grant, died in 2001.

Survivors include his five children, Ridgely Grant of Rockville, Elise Brown of Potomac, Tempe Thomas of Bethesda, Charlotte Sears of Chevy Chase and Granville Grant of Easton, Md.; and 15 grandchildren.

Elsie Plant Principato

Avon Representative

Elsie Plant Principato, 85, an Avon sales representative and a member of Falls Church Presbyterian Church and its choir for 40 years, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 2 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She also had Parkinson's disease.

Mrs. Principato, a resident of Falls Church, sold Avon for 30 years.

She was born in Cincinnati and grew up in Highland Park, Ill. She married during World War II and lived in Wilmington, N.C., Hampton, Va., and Lowell, Mass. She then moved to the Buckingham area of Arlington and then Falls Church. She lived in Northern Virginia for 52 years.

Mrs. Principato enjoyed gardening and collecting Depression glass. She also was active in various charity, community and civic projects. She helped organize one of the first area teen centers at Westlawn Elementary School in the 1960s, and she worked the polls as an election officer.

Her marriage to Joseph Principato ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Tom Principato of Falls Church.