Alberta D. Willenz


Alberta D. Willenz, 85, who served about 10 years as a librarian at Adas Israel Synagogue in Washington, died Aug. 14 of complications from a back injury at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington in Rockville.

Mrs. Willenz was a native of New York City and attended the City College of New York.

In Indianapolis, where she lived for many years while raising a family, Mrs. Willenz served for 10 years as co-head of the Great Books Club, for which she organized readings and discussions of novels, biographies and other literature, old and new. While there, she also was a volunteer for the 1968 presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy.

Mrs. Willenz moved to the Washington area in 1968, living in Silver Spring and then Rockville.

She was an avid traveler, visiting foreign and domestic destinations alike. She also loved nature and taking walks along the C&O Canal in Potomac and at Wheaton Regional Park.

Her marriage to Herbert L. Green ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband of 31 years, Dr. Erik Willenz of Rockville; two sons from her first marriage, Joseph H. Green of Lake Worth, Fla., and Eric A. Green of Arlington; and two stepdaughters, Pamela Willenz of Arlington and Nicole Gardner of Vienna.

Deborah Kay Leckliter

Office Administrator

Deborah Kay Leckliter, 52, who worked in the direct mailing business for more than 20 years for several Washington area companies, died Aug. 27 after a horseback riding accident in Montgomery, Tex., where she had lived for the last five years. She is a former resident of Shady Side.

Mrs. Leckliter had worked in office administration in Texas since 2000. She was a member of the Montgomery Cowboy Fellowship.

She was born in Washington and graduated from Crossland High School in Temple Hills. Mrs. Leckliter was a former member of Shadyside Baptist Church.

Her marriages to Lindsey Manges and Ronald Thompson ended in divorce, as did her first marriage.

Survivors include her husband of 16 years, John Leckliter of Montgomery; a son from her second marriage, Wayne Manges of Montgomery; a daughter from her third marriage, Nicole Leckliter of Willis, Tex.; two children from her fourth marriage, Tammy Bishop of Catawba, S.C., and John Leckliter Jr. of Annapolis; eight sisters, Doris Langley of Temple Hills, Diane King of Camp Springs, Charlotte Dove and Joanne Ridgley, both of Benedict, Geraldine Myers of Clinton, Linda Willett of Oxon Hill, Sharon Dunlap of Gore, Va., and Betty Jones of Fort Washington; two brothers, Dale Southard of Benedict and Matthew Southard of Glen Burnie; and three grandchildren.

Elizabeth E. Lange

Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth E. Lange, 85, a Capitol Hill real estate agent, died Aug. 27 of congestive heart failure at her home in St. Marys, Ga.

Mrs. Lange was born in Fairfax County. She was a partner in her husband's real estate firm, Henry A. Lange and Son, from the 1940s to 1972. She was a licensed real estate agent and worked with residential and commercial properties. From 1965 to 1970, she owned Elizabeth Antiques on Capitol Hill.

She and her husband, Henry A. Lange, lived on Capitol Hill and in Chevy Chase and Annapolis before his death in 1972. Mrs. Lange later moved to Naples, Fla., and Mexico before living in Bethesda from the late 1990s to 2004, when she settled in Georgia.

Her interests included travel, antiques and visiting friends and family.

Survivors include two children, Michael D. Lange of St. Marys, Ga., and Patricia O'Donnell of Stevensville, Md.; a sister, Gene Moreland of Edgewater; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Herman Hsien-Chang Liang

VOA Editor

Herman Hsien-Chang Liang, 72, a senior editor with the Voice of America's China branch, died Aug. 29 of complications from a stroke at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

Mr. Liang also was an expert simultaneous translator and interpreter who occasionally worked for the State Department and provided services for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as other high-level officials.

He was born in Beijing and graduated from Beijing Teachers' University, where he studied English, Russian and Chinese. The Cultural Revolution interrupted his personal and professional life, but he ultimately became an associate professor in the English Department of the former Beijing Institute of Foreign Trade.

Mr. Liang wrote and published "Techniques of Translation." He also translated articles for major Chinese publishing houses, served on the board of editors for Reportage of the Times, a major Chinese periodical, and translated English to Chinese for Beijing radio and television.

He immigrated to the United States in 1980 and began working at Voice of America the next year.

He was an avid gardener and nature lover, and he most enjoyed his translation missions for the Fish and Wildlife Service in China and the United States.

He had no immediate survivors.

Jon H. Breslar

USAID Officer

Jon H. Breslar, 56, a Foreign Service officer, died of lung cancer Sept. 3 at his home in Fairfax County.

Mr. Breslar was born in Ware, Mass. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa. He received a doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1981.

He began working for the U.S. Agency for International Development in 1983 and had overseas assignments in Nepal, Mali and Lebanon. He retired in January because of illness.

Survivors include his wife, Bonita Suzanne Breslar of Fairfax; four children, Zoey Breslar of Washington and Jerusha Sarah Breslar, Reuben Samuel Breslar and Tirzah Rachel Breslar, all of Fairfax; his mother, Josephine Breslar of Northampton, Mass.; and a sister.

Patricia M. Bruch McKie

Real Estate Broker

Patricia M. Bruch McKie, 80, a residential real estate agent for about 30 years before becoming a broker, died of heart disease and kidney failure Aug. 12 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. She had worked for Faye Cobb Inc. in Bethesda.

She was born in White Plains, N.Y., and worked for a while as a fashion model in New York after completing studies at the Art Students League of New York. During World War II, she was a worker in New York inspecting airplane engines. She also attended American University.

She had lived in the Washington area since her marriage in 1946, spending most of those years in Bethesda, where she raised her family. For about two years in the mid-1950s, she and her husband lived in St. Croix, Virgin Islands.

In the early 1970s, she was named to the board of directors of Capital Films Laboratory, which her husband, Alfred E. Bruch, started in 1963 and ran until his death in 1971.

She was an active member of several community groups including the PTA at Wood Acres Elementary School, Western Junior High School and Walt Whitman High School. She also belonged to an organization for disabled children and the Kiwanis.

Mrs. McKie also was interested in antiques and was instrumental in forming the A to Z Investment Club of Washington.

Edward Foss McKie Jr., whom she married in 1994, died in 2003.

Survivors include five children from her first marriage, Karen C. Snow of Roanoke, Alfred E. Bruch Jr. of Woodbridge, Peter T. Bruch of Washington, Eric R. Bruch of Damascus and Christopher A. Bruch of Kensington; a brother; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Beverly D. Dove

Truck Driver

Beverly D. "Bob" Dove, 75, a former truck driver for Faught Construction Co. in Woodbridge, died of liver and colon cancer Aug. 27 at his home in Titusville, Fla. He previously had lived in Alexandria and Fairfax.

Mr. Dove was born in Alexandria and attended George Washington High School. Beginning in 1970, he worked for Washington Frosted Foods, Washington Linens and Safeway in various positions. In 1988, he became a truck driver for Faught, working until 1993, when he moved to Titusville.

In Florida, Mr. Dove worked as a security guard for several cruise ship lines.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Olga Dove of Titusville; three daughters, Carol Hakenson of Franconia, Peggy Rowe of Titusville and Patti Bridges of Stafford; three sisters; a brother; and three grandchildren.