Bradley Albert Rogers Jr.

Liquor Salesman, Insurance Broker

Bradley Albert Rogers Jr., 90, a former East Coast representative for Hiram Walker Liqueurs and later an insurance broker, died of congestive heart failure July 9 at Manor Care in Bethesda. He was a Rockville resident.

Mr. Rogers was born in Buffalo and grew up in Bala-Cynwyd, Pa., near Philadelphia. After graduating from Lower Merion High School, he enlisted in the Army in 1940. He served under Gen. George S. Patton, in his tank and tractor division, and then was sent to officer's training school. After receiving his commission as a second lieutenant, he was sent to Hawaii and then to the Pacific theater, where he fought at Okinawa, Japan. He was awarded the Bronze Star, among other awards.

After the war, he became the East Coast representative for Hiram Walker. In the early 1960s, he joined a sister company, Gooderham and Worts Distillery, as the company's military liaison for the East Coast. He retired in 1970 and went to work for Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Co., first as a salesman and then as a broker. He retired again in 2000.

Mr. Rogers was a longtime member of Columbia Country Club, where he was an avid tennis player.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Patricia G. Rogers of Rockville; a daughter, Pamela Rogers Costello of Baltimore; three grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Jane Skean

School Cook, Baker

Jane Skean, 88, a cook and baker in the cafeteria of Kent Gardens Elementary School in McLean from the mid-1960s until 1973, died July 8 at Virginia Hospital Center. She had congestive heart failure.

Early on, Mrs. Skean did administrative work at a Woolworth's store in Shirlington and was in sales at a Woodward & Lothrop department store in the Seven Corners area of Fairfax County.

She was born Isabel Jane Tyson in Pottstown, Pa., and settled in the Washington area in 1946. She lived in McLean.

She did volunteer work with Meals on Wheels in the Falls Church area. She and her husband portrayed Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at schools and nursing homes.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Harold L. Skean of McLean; two children, Richard D. Skean of Rancho Mirage, Calif., and Judith Anne Frisoli of Pottstown; a grandson; and a great-grandson.

Angelika Christine Spears


Angelika Christine Spears, 45, who translated technical materials as the owner of a translation business, died June 30 of ovarian cancer at her home in Bowie.

Mrs. Spears was born and raised in Wuerzberg, Germany, and attended the University of Wuerzberg before becoming a U.S. citizen in 1980. She had lived in Bowie since 1983.

She founded the Spears German Language Service in 1985 and translated medical, pharmaceutical and technical patent materials for an international clientele. She was a member of the capital area chapter of the American Translators Association.

She was a Sunday school teacher at Cornerstone Assembly of God Church in Bowie. She also volunteered with her church's ministry to nursing homes and was a member of an ovarian cancer support group.

Mrs. Spears was a group leader for Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops and assisted with fundraising and other support for the music programs in the Prince George's County public schools.

She also was an accomplished painter.

Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Charles M. Spears of Bowie; four children, Owen Spears of Takoma Park, Timothy Spears and Ruthe Saucedo, both of Bowie, and Alisa Burks of Vienna; her father, Michael Gluecker of Wuerzberg; three sisters; and a brother.

Barbara M. Wise

Reading Teacher

Barbara Meleney Wise, 75, a native Washingtonian who taught reading at the Potomac School in McLean in the mid-1970s, died June 19 at her home in Kilmarnock, Va. She had lung cancer.

Mrs. Wise was a 1948 graduate of Sidwell Friends School, where she was a field hockey player. She was a homemaker before graduating from American University in 1971 and studying to be a master tutor at the Kingsbury Center in Washington.

She sailed along the Chesapeake Bay and contributed to a cruising guide to the bay. She also volunteered at the library in Kilmarnock.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Austin D. Wise of Kilmarnock; three children, Ellen Ausmus of Seattle, Tim Wise of Cambridge, Mass., and Carol Dalgarn of Greensboro, N.C.; two sisters, Jane Meleney Coe of Bethesda and Helen Meleney of Silver Spring; a brother, Peter Meleney of Bethesda; and four grandchildren.