Gretchen Ring

Post Office Accountant

Gretchen Ring lived in three centuries, from her birth in 1898 to her death, from pneumonia, Aug. 4 in her Washington apartment. She was 106.

Miss Ring, a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation and Hadassah of Arlington, was born in Baltimore on Dec. 13, 1898. During her childhood, her family moved from Maryland to West Virginia and then to Virginia and Washington. She was confirmed at Washington Hebrew Congregation in 1914 and later taught classes there.

She graduated from Washington's Central High School and received a degree in chemistry from George Washington University in 1921. Miss Ring, the oldest of three siblings, worked as an accountant in the postal money order department of the old U.S. Post Office.

During World War II, she joined the Women's Army Corps and served at Fort Lewis in Washington state in administration. After her discharge, she returned to the Washington area, where she settled in Arlington and joined the Hadassah organization.

Miss Ring loved to travel, taking her first overseas trip in 1920 aboard a small freighter bound for Guatemala and Brazil. Later in life, after her sister settled in Bangkok, Miss Ring often visited Asia, eventually seeing more than 40 countries.

In Washington, she often joined her nieces in abortion rights marches and demonstrations. She also loved to play bridge, cook and grow violets.

She had no immediate survivors.

Edward J. Marrocco


Edward J. Marrocco, 73, the former owner of Marrocco's Italian Restaurant in Washington, died Aug. 15 of lymphoma at Georgetown University Hospital. He had lived in McLean for 39 years.

Mr. Marrocco was born in Cumberland, Md., and served in the Army during the Korean War. In 1952, he joined his family's restaurant, which had opened in 1949 at 1913 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

He owned the restaurant for 32 years with his father and brother. In 1984 he moved Marrocco's a few blocks to 1120 20th St. NW and operated the restaurant with his sons. He sold the restaurant and retired in 1998.

After his retirement, Mr. Marrocco enjoyed cooking at home for family and friends and playing softball with the Northern Virginia Senior Softball League.

He also volunteered as a polling official during elections in recent years and was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church in McLean. Mr. Marrocco also was well known in his McLean neighborhood of Evermay for dressing as the official bunny for the annual children's Easter egg hunt and as a clown at Halloween.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Adele Marrocco of McLean; four children, Edward P. Marrocco of Matthews, N.C., Mark J. Marrocco of Potomac Falls, Michelle Everton of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Mia N. Eisenbart of Manassas; one brother, Anthony "Mike" Marrocco of Potomac Falls; two sisters, Natalina Marrocco Rinehart of Winchester, Va., and Mafalda Marrocco French of McLean; and six grandchildren.

Mary F. Roman

Church Member

Mary F. Roman, 93, a member and volunteer at St. Nicholas Cathedral, died of congestive heart failure Aug. 23 at Suburban Hospital. She was a resident of Largo.

Mrs. Roman was born in Minneapolis and in 1940 moved to Washington, where her husband worked in the Roosevelt White House. She went to work for the Veterans Administration during World War II.

Mrs. Roman was one of the earliest members of St. Nicholas Cathedral, then called St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church, in Washington. She supported activities to build the current church and to start Sunday school and Russian-language lessons for the children in the parish.

Her husband, John Roman, an officer with the D.C. police force and at National Airport, died in 1984.

Survivors include three children, Catherine Roman of Largo and Rockville, Priscilla Britton of Montross, Va., and William Roman of Scottsdale and Tombstone, Ariz.; a brother; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Mary F. Roman was one of the earliest members of St. Nicholas Cathedral in Washington.Gretchen Ring enjoyed traveling the world, especially to Asia after her sister moved to Bangkok.