Marie K. Wilson


Marie K. Wilson, 95, a longtime beautician, died Aug. 15 at her home in Washington of an apparent heart attack.

Mrs. Wilson was born Maria Alexandrovna Kotova in Moscow. Her father was distantly related to the Russian royal family the Romanovs and was executed with his wife and other members of his family during the Bolshevik Revolution. Mrs. Wilson was in school in Switzerland at the time.

In 1930, she married Kimber Sisson, an American who was training Russians to build tractors. They came to the United States and lived in Roanoke. After their divorce in the mid-1930s, Mrs. Wilson studied cosmetology in Roanoke and became a beautician.

During World War II, she worked in London as a nurse.

After the war, she moved to Washington and married a government employee whose last name was Wilson. He died in 1964. (His first name could not be learned. Within the past two years, a friend said, Mrs. Wilson had lost a bag containing most of her personal records.)

Mrs. Wilson worked for many years at Emile Beauvais's beauty salon on Connecticut Avenue, where the clientele included Mamie Eisenhower and the Duchess of Windsor. She later worked at the Norbert salon, where she styled the hair of many Washington socialites.

Since 1989, she had worked at Greatlengths Salon on M Street NW. She continued to work one day a week until two days before her death.

She leaves no immediate survivors.

Anne Nelson

Fairfax County Teacher

Anne Dodenhoff Nelson, 87, who retired from J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church in the early 1980s as chairman of the home economics department, died Aug. 12 at her home in Falls Church. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Nelson began teaching in Fairfax County in the 1950s at Mount Vernon High School and Falls Church High School. She joined J.E.B. Stuart in the early 1960s.

She was born in Blackville, S.C., and raised in West Point, Miss. She was a 1940 home economics graduate of what is now the Mississippi University for Women. She received a master's degree in home economics from Virginia Tech, where she did all but her dissertation in the same subject.

She married in 1942 and accompanied her husband on his military assignments until he retired on disability in 1954. They settled in the Washington area.

She was the former president of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Arlington; a Northern Virginia chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma educational honor society; the Northern Virginia alumnae chapter of Phi Mu social sorority; and the Woman's Club of Arlington.

Her memberships included First Christian Church of Falls Church, Daughters of the American Revolution and National Society of the Colonial Dames of America.

Her husband, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Harlan M. Nelson, died in 1977.

Survivors include two children, Harlan Nelson Jr. of Falls Church and Mary Anne Lamparter of West Point; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

John Vincent Duffy

Bureau of Engraving Worker

John Vincent Duffy, 87, a sheet metal worker for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing who was also a part-time butcher, died Aug. 14 at a hospital in Norfolk of complications from a fall. He lived in Virginia Beach.

Mr. Duffy, a native of Dover, N.H., served in the Navy during World War II and moved to Washington in the late 1940s. He worked at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for more than 30 years before his retirement in about 1980.

He also spent 17 years as a part-time butcher at a Giant Foods store in Southeast Washington.

Mr. Duffy lived in Hillcrest Heights for many years before moving to Dunkirk. He also had a vacation home in Chesapeake Beach and owned a restaurant there with members of his wife's family. He had lived in Virginia Beach since the mid-1980s.

He was a member of the American Legion and of Elks Lodge No. 2528 in Deale.

Three of his children preceded him in death: son Patrick Duffy in 1984, daughter Mary Teresa Walton in 2002 and infant son Joseph Duffy in the 1950s.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Mary Rose Duffy of Virginia Beach; five children, Bridget Duffy of Virginia Beach, Frances Duffy and Thomas Duffy, both of Norfolk, Timothy Duffy of Heathsville, Va., and William Duffy of Waldorf; a sister; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

G. Michael Bache

Foreign Service Officer

Gerald Michael Bache, 77, a retired Foreign Service officer, died Aug. 8 of pancreatic cancer at a hospice in Toms River, N.J. A former Washington area resident, he lived in Lavallette, N.J.

Mr. Bache was born in Bronxville, N.Y., and graduated from Yale University in 1949. He received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1954.

He moved to the Washington area for his first State Department training at the Foreign Service Institute in 1951. He later lived in Chevy Chase, from 1965 to 1969, and in Washington, from 1980 to 1992.

From 1951 to 1982, he served in the Foreign Service, working in Korea, Germany, the Ivory Coast, Sweden and Washington, as well as at the United Nations. He also worked in the financial arena with Bache & Co., a family business that became Prudential-Bache, until 1989. He worked with his son's financial management firm until two years ago.

He played cello throughout his adult life, including with the Garden State Philharmonic. He was a member of DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired).

Mr. Bache and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the Cosmos Club in 2004.

Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Eleanor Bache of Lavallette; three children, Stephen Bache of La Canada, Calif., Marion Bache of Jackson, N.J., and Vivian Quam of Lombard, Ill.; and nine grandchildren.

Leonard Donald Mitchell

Army Colonel

Leonard Donald Mitchell, 91, a retired Army colonel who served as assistant commandant of the Quartermaster School at Fort Lee, Va., died Aug. 10 of coronary artery disease at his home in Vienna. He had lived in Arlington for 20 years before moving to Vienna in 1981.

Col. Mitchell was born in Johnstown, Pa., and graduated from Penn State University in 1935. He received a master's degree in business administration from the University of Alabama in 1951 and was also a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College, the Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces.

His military career began in 1935 and included several assignments in the Washington area, including duty in the office of the quartermaster general with the Army General Staff during World War II, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and at headquarters of the Army Materiel Command. In addition to his duties at Fort Lee, he served with the U.S. Military Advisory Group in Nanking, China; with the 3rd Infantry Division during the Korean War; and with U.S. Headquarters Military Command in Europe, based in Paris. He retired in 1969.

His decorations included the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, a Bronze Star and the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.

From 1972 to 1975, he was a consultant with the Department of Labor.

His wife, Kathryn J. Rodgers Mitchell, died in 1997.

Survivors include two daughters, Judith Stockenberg of Oakton and Dona Tierney of Cleveland; a sister; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Paula M. D'Esopo


Paula M. D'Esopo, 63, a former teacher in Fairfax County, died of cancer Aug. 10 at her home in Springfield.

Mrs. D'Esopo came to the Washington area in 1968 and taught fourth grade at St. Bernadette School in Springfield for several years in the 1970s. Later, she was a substitute elementary teacher for Fairfax County Public Schools.

She was born in New York City and graduated from St. John's University there. She taught school in New York before moving to Northern Virginia.

Mrs. D'Esopo enjoyed cooking and playing the piano and, in recent years, attended most of the home games of the Washington Redskins. She was a member of St. Bernadette Catholic Church in Springfield.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years, John J. D'Esopo of Springfield; two children, Joan D'Esopo of Brookline, N.H., and John D'Esopo of South Riding; her mother, Mary Rubino of Springfield; and four granddaughters.