The obituary for Natalie Cecelia Donovan that ran Aug. 23 omitted a daughter, Rita D. Foreman, who died in 1988. Another daughter died in infancy. (Published 8/24/2005)
Richard Wentworth Dudley Sr.
Richard Wentworth "Dick" Dudley Sr., 89, a longtime postal worker in Silver Spring and Wheaton, died Aug. 11 of pneumonia at Eden Homes Bethesda, an assisted living facility.
Mr. Dudley was born in Washington and grew up in Takoma Park and Silver Spring. His grandparents were among the first settlers in Takoma Park.
Mr. Dudley graduated from the old Takoma-Silver Spring High School and attended the University of Maryland. In the 1920s, his father, F.E. "Doc" Dudley Jr., established Park Pharmacy in Takoma Park, where Mr. Dudley worked as a young man.
Mr. Dudley joined the Postal Service before World War II and was drafted in 1942. He served in the Signal Corps and participated in the Normandy and Ardennes campaigns, as well as the Battle of the Bulge.
After the war, he returned to the Postal Service and served as a letter carrier, window clerk and supervisor. He retired as chief accountant of the Silver Spring post office in 1973.
Mr. Dudley also spent 29 years as a volunteer firefighter in Silver Spring. He was a life member of the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department and, in 1990, received a governor's citation for his lengthy service. He received a superior accomplishment award from the Postal Service and was president of the National Association of Postal Supervisors.
He was a longtime resident of Silver Spring and a member of Woodside United Methodist Church. He lived in New Bern, N.C., from 1982 to 1997, when he moved to Leisure World in Silver Spring.
His first wife, Hazel Marie Nelson, died in 1990 after 49 years of marriage.
His second wife, Oramae Hester Davis, whom he married in 1991, died in 2004.
Three of Mr. Dudley's sons predeceased him: Robert Walter Dudley in 1973; Richard Wentworth Dudley Jr. in 1994; and Frederick Edwin Dudley III in 2001.
Survivors include four children, Mary Ellen Clagett of Holden Beach, N.C., William Nelson Dudley of Salt Lake City, Marjorie Dudley Brown of Silver Spring and Betsy Ann Dudley Herpel of Accident, Md.; a stepson, Daniel E. Davis of Silver Spring; a sister; 19 grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Gerard Vincent Yu
Gerard Vincent Yu, 51, a Beltsville native who since 1999 had been director of the podiatric surgical residency training for St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland and chief of its podiatric surgery department, died Aug. 15 at his home in Strongsville, Ohio. He had a heart attack.
Dr. Yu was a 1972 graduate of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School in Wheaton and was an accordionist and swimmer in his youth.
He was a 1976 graduate of the University of Maryland and a 1981 graduate of what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine, where he received his doctor of podiatric medicine degree. His did his residency in trauma and reconstructive surgery of the foot, ankle and lower leg at what is now the Northlake Regional Medical Center in Tucker, Ga.
Among his earlier positions, he was surgery department chairman of the Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine and the Cleveland Foot and Ankle Clinic.
Dr. Yu was an editor for peer review journals, including the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association and the Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery.
He was a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and a fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons. He lectured widely and contributed to numerous professional publications.
His avocations included fishing and gourmet cooking.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Barbara Alward Yu, and their five children, Jason Yu, Ashley Yu, Nicole Yu, Cheryl Yu and Sandra Yu, all of Strongsville; his parents, Michael and Maria Yu of Beltsville; two brothers, James V. Yu of Avon, Conn., and John F. Yu of Knoxville, Tenn.; and three sisters, Pattie Yu of Potomac, Bernadette Yu Kaiser of Highland and Angelita Yu Crowley of Abingdon, Md.
Pr. George's Program Director
Helene Husbands, 79, who served as director of the Prince George's County Department of Aging's Retired Senior and Volunteer Program, died Aug. 18 at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis of complications from a stroke. She was a resident of Crofton and formerly of the Lanham-Landover Hills area.
She worked with the Department of Aging's program from 1974 to 1991. After retiring, she worked as the volunteer coordinator for Community United Methodist Church in Crofton.
Mrs. Husbands, a native of Johnstown, Pa., came to Washington during World War II to work at the Department of Labor.
She was active with the Crofton Association of Retired Persons, Healing Journeys and with the 4-H service. Her interests included sewing, Internet surfing and traveling.
Her husband of 52 years, Stephen A. Husbands, died in 1998.
Survivors include four children, Elizabeth Gorham of Crofton, Stephen C. Husbands of Arlington, Tex., Carolee Duckman of Annapolis and James Husbands of Bowie; 11 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Sarah 'Sally' McGurn
TWA Flight Attendant
Sarah Tansey "Sally" McGurn, 64, who spent 37 years as a flight attendant for Trans World Airlines before retiring in 2000, died of cardiac arrest Aug. 11 at her home in Reston.
According to her husband, the highlight of Mrs. McGurn's TWA career was the day she had dancer Gene Kelley as a passenger. He said that on a dare she did a time step in front of him, and he replied, "Brava."
She was a native of Newark, where she was a graduate of a secretarial school. She did secretarial work in New Jersey early in her career. She settled in the Washington area in 1969.
She attended St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Reston and did volunteer work with Reston Interfaith, a charity.
Her hobbies included tennis, swimming and speed walking.
Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Terence McGurn of Reston; and a sister.
Natalie Cecelia Donovan
Natalie Cecelia Donovan, 96, a homemaker and longtime parishioner at Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church in the District, died of complications from osteoporosis Aug. 22 at her home in Washington.
She was born in Asbury Park, N.J., and moved to Washington in the late 1920s.
Before her marriage in 1932, she was a clerical worker with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. She also worked as a typesetter with the United States Daily, a Washington newspaper.
She was a homemaker for many years, taking care of her children and grandchildren. At Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, she was a member of the Sodality. In later years, she was a parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Georgetown. She loved reading, music and telling stories of her childhood on Deal Lake in Asbury Park.
Her husband, Paul V. Donovan Sr., died in 1993.
Her son, D.C. police Officer Martin I. Donovan, died in the line of duty in July 1964; another son, Dennis J. Donovan, died the next month.
Survivors include five children, Paul V. Donovan Jr. and Mary R. Lawson, both of Washington, Michael S. Donovan and Sharon M. Hickey, both of Arlington, and Nora E. Donovan of Alexandria; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Alma Davis Sisk
Alma Davis Sisk, 93, a homemaker and former volunteer in the office of Rolling Terrace Elementary School in Takoma Park, died Aug. 10 of congestive heart failure at her home in Leisure World in Silver Spring.
Mrs. Sisk was born in Johnstown, Pa., and moved to Takoma Park after her marriage in 1937. During the early years of her marriage, she was a Red Cross volunteer.
She was active at Trinity Episcopal Church in the District. After moving to Leisure World in 1992, Mrs. Sisk attended St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church in Silver Spring. In both congregations, she worked with the Altar Guild, and she also volunteered at St. Mary Magdalene's Thrift Shop.
Mrs. Sisk, a Pennsylvania state typing champion in her youth, was a volunteer office worker at Rolling Terrace in the 1990s. She also read to children at the Olney School Library. She played bridge throughout her life, and she was the source of names and pertinent dates for her large extended family.
Her husband, Robert Sisk, died in 1987.
Survivors include three children, Kathleen Rohrbaugh of Silver Spring, Mark Sisk of New York City and Anne Frey of Olney; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.