The June 14 obituary of Phyllis Norris Durek misspelled the name of Dunbarton College of the Holy Cross, from which she graduated. (Published 6/15/2005)
Phyllis Norris Durek
Music Teacher, Organist
Phyllis Norris Durek, 81, a music teacher in Montgomery County public schools for 28 years and an organist at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Washington for more than 50 years, died after a heart attack and gastrointestinal bleeding June 9 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
Mrs. Durek played the organ for the 7:30 a.m. Mass at the Shrine until an illness about a month ago. her. A native Washingtonian, she had attended the church's school before graduating from Holy Cross Academy High School and the old Dumbarton College of the Holy Cross. In 1957, she earned a master's degree in piano and organ from the Peabody Institute of Baltimore.
She taught English at Holy Cross Academy High School from 1958 until 1965. She then went to work for the public schools in Montgomery County until 1993, when she retired. She also gave private piano lessons for many years.
She was a member of the Friday Morning Music Club and Delta Chapter, a professional teachers' honorary society, as well as Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Potomac.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas A. Durek of Bethesda.
Marvin H. 'Buzz' Fenno
Marvin Harrison "Buzz" Fenno, 89, who was born on his family's tobacco farm in Upper Marlboro and worked there through his seventies, died June 10 at Civista Hospital in La Plata. He had diabetes.
Mr. Fenno, who lived on the property, also spent many years as a hunter and guide employed by Edgar Merkle, the publisher and conservationist.
His wife of 69 years, Mildred Wines Fenno, died in 2004. A son, Harry Fenno, died in 2002.
Survivors include a daughter, Jean Locantore of Mechanicsville; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Ann Halliday 'Annie' Linkins
Government Contract Specialist
Ann Halliday "Annie" Linkins, 65, a former contract specialist with agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services, died of pancreatic cancer May 22 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She lived in Rockville.
Mrs. Linkins worked at the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases as a contracting and grants specialist in the 1980s.
She then worked at the Health Resources Services Administration for about 10 years until retiring in 2003. In retirement, she volunteered with the Montgomery County Democratic Central Committee in Kensington.
Mrs. Linkins was born in Washington and raised in Silver Spring. She graduated from Montgomery Blair High School in 1958 and the University of Maryland in 1962.
She was a member of the Gamma Phi Beta social sorority.
She briefly taught at Silver Spring's Highland View Elementary School in the early 1960s and served as a team representative for the Olney swim team from 1971 to 1976.
Her interests included perennial gardening, traveling and eating out at the Rockville International House of Pancakes.
Survivors include her husband of 43 years, F. Dahn Linkins of Rockville; three daughters, Sally Morningstar of Rye, N.Y., Susan Stansell of Damascus and Melinda Conti of Rockville; a brother, Malcolm Halliday of Potomac; and 10 grandchildren.
Madelyn C. Marzani
Middleburg Newspaper Executive
Madelyn Colombo Marzani, 77, the retired general manager of Middleburg Life, a monthly tabloid-size newspaper covering hunt-country life in Loudoun and Fauquier counties, died June 11 at her home in Warrenton. She had cancer.
Mrs. Marzani joined Middleburg Life in 1986 as advertising manager, and her duties quickly grew. As general manager, she oversaw the business and community relations side of the publication. She also contributed to some editorial-side matters and took news photographs.
She was born in Scranton, Pa., and settled in the Washington area in 1957 with her husband, a steeplechase jockey and trainer. Early on, she gave riding lessons to children and participated in other horse activities.
She began her journalism career in the early 1970s, writing a column for the Piedmont Virginian newspaper. Within a few years, she became advertising manager of the Fauquier Democrat newspaper.
She was a member of the Middleburg Business and Professional Association.
Her marriage to Daniel Marzani Sr. ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, Daniel Marzani Jr. of Berryville, Va., and Stephen Marzani of Chino Valley, Ariz.; three brothers; and a sister.
Patricia L. Meachum
Benefits Manager, Church Member
Patricia Lou Meachum, 77, a retired benefits manager of a union's pension fund and active member of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase, died May 14 at her home in Washington after a heart attack.
Mrs. Meachum was a native of Evansville, Ind., and an economics graduate of Duke University.
She moved to Washington in 1949 and worked until 1951 as a copy editor with what then was the American Automobile Association and now is AAA. In the late 1960s, she worked as a bookkeeper for the Broad Branch Market, a well-known mom and pop family market at Northampton Street and Broad Branch Road NW.
She then worked 19 years for the Central Pension Fund of the International Union of Operating Engineers in Washington before retiring as its benefits manager in 1989.
At All Saints' Episcopal Church, Mrs. Meachum was a member of the vestry, the Altar Guild and the Women of All Saints.
She was a founder of the church's Lydia Evening Guild and the Friends of the Chevy Chase Library.
Her marriage to Roy Meachum ended in divorce.
Survivors include four children, Thomas M. Meachum of Cooksville, Roy N. Meachum of Washington, Susan L. Stonesifer of Rockville and Michael A. Meachum of Silver Spring; a sister; and six grandchildren.
Hoa Van Nguyen
Hoa Van Nguyen, 89, a Vietnamese architect who designed commercial buildings and other large-scale projects in Saigon before moving to the Washington area at the end of the Vietnam War, died of stomach cancer and pneumonia May 26 at Shady Grove Hospital.
In 1975, Mr. Hoa settled in Montgomery Village in Gaithersburg to be close to two of his four children.
Since then he enjoyed leisure activities, fishing on the banks of the Potomac River, spending time with his grandchildren and gardening. Occasionally, he drew up architectural plans for friends planning additions to their homes.
Mr. Hoa was born on a family farm in Can Tho, Vietnam. He graduated from a high school in Saigon and pursued architectural studies at the Ecole Superieure Des Beaux-Arts in Hanoi. Early in his career, he was selected to design a hunting lodge for Emperor Bao Dai in Ban Me Thuot, a city in the highlands of South Vietnam.
Mr. Hoa also was responsible for the interior decoration of the emperor's yacht, known as Huong Giang.
In the mid-1950s, Mr. Hoa started a private practice in Saigon with two other architects. The firm flourished, designing the Caravelle Hotel in Saigon as well as a number of pharmaceutical laboratories, factories and villas.
He was an avid golfer and president of the Saigon Golf Club.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Hoa Thai Nguyen of Montgomery Village; four children, Tam Nguyen of Kensington, Bich Huong Simek of Montreal, Phuong Nguyen of Austin and Thanh Nguyen of Gaithersburg; and five grandchildren.