Harold Edwin Boesch

Telephone Company Supervisor

Harold Edwin Boesch, 88, a supervisor with Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. for 37 years, died July 22 at the health care facility at Asbury-Solomons Island retirement community in Solomons. He had myelodysplastic syndrome, a malfunction of red blood cell production.

At the telephone company, he held supervisory positions in the plant, coin and public relations departments in the District and Northern Virginia until his retirement in 1977.

Mr. Boesch was born in Washington and graduated from Western High School and Wilson Teachers College.

He was an ordained elder and served several terms on the session of Warner Memorial Presbyterian Church in Kensington. He also served as president of the Kensington View civic association and was active in PTA and scouting activities.

After his retirement, he and his wife moved to a home he had been building in Stratford Harbor, Va., where he was active at Andrew Chapel in Montross and in several charitable efforts, including the Red Cross and utilities assistance to the needy. In 1995, the couple moved to Solomons and attended Patuxent Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Lois Judge Boesch of Solomons; two children, Harold Boesch Jr. of Bristow and Kathryn King of Towson, Md.; two brothers David Boesch of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Philip Boesch of Bethany, Del.; three sisters, Helen Haight and Ruth Fulton, both of Easton, Md., and Alice Norair of Annapolis; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Ilse G. Irish

Grocery Store Manager

Ilse G. Irish, 79, former manager of a Magruder's grocery in Vienna, died of congestive heart failure July 9 at her home in Fairfax City. She previously lived in Vienna.

Mrs. Irish was born in Munich and came to the United States shortly after World War II, when she was married. With her husband, an Army noncommissioned officer, she lived in Michigan, Kentucky and California, as well as several cities in Germany, before settling in Vienna in 1972.

Mrs. Irish began to work at Magruder's in 1973 and retired as store manager in 1996. After her retirement, she traveled extensively with her husband.

She enjoyed cooking, bridge, reading and music. She was also fond of animals, particularly golden retrievers.

Her husband of 56 years, Walter A. Irish, died in 2003.

Survivors include three sons, Gerald Irish of Richmond, Thomas Irish of Lisse, the Netherlands, and Richard Irish of Santa Cruz, Calif.; one sister; and three grandchildren.