Mary Lynne Cross

Occupational Health Nurse

Mary Lynne Cross, 65, a longtime registered nurse who recently became a board-certified occupational health nurse, died of a stroke Sept. 20 at Prince William Hospital in Manassas. A Gainesville resident for the past two years, she formerly lived in Oakton.

Mrs. Cross, the youngest of 10 children, was born in the District and graduated from McLean High School and the Lutheran School of Nursing in Baltimore. In the late 1950s, she became a nurse in the intensive care unit at Fairfax Hospital. After five years at Fairfax, she became an occupational health nurse in the Merrifield Post Office health clinic, often working nights to be with her daughters when they were growing up. She retired as head nurse in 1992.

She became a certified occupational health nurse in 2003. After her retirement from the post office health clinic, she worked as an occupational health nurse with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, retiring again this year.

Survivors include her husband of 43 years, Douglas Thomas Cross of Gainesville; two daughters, Christine Varela of Ashburn and Carrie Zimmerman of Stanley, Va.; two sisters, Janet Broaddus of Leesburg and Ethel Henry of Woodstock, Va.; and four grandchildren.

John W. Gaffney

Air Force Colonel

Col. John W. Gaffney, 90, a retired Air Force officer, died Sept. 23 of complications from sepsis at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. He was a longtime McLean resident.

Col. Gaffney was born in Wilkinsburg, Pa., and grew up in Johnstown, Pa. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1940 and was commissioned an officer in 1942. He served with the 20th Air Force on the Pacific island of Tinian during World War II.

After the war, he served in various military assignments, including tours of duty in Alaska; Florida; Labrador, Canada; and the Washington area. His commands included three districts of the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. He retired in 1968 as deputy director of the office.

After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at George Washington University, where he coordinated off-campus programs. He retired again in 1979.

Col. Gaffney was a member and volunteer at St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in McLean.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Mary W. Gaffney of McLean; three children, Michael Gaffney of Oakton, Mark Gaffney of Oakland, Calif., and Matthew Gaffney of Rehoboth Beach, Del.; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

John W. Hollingsworth Sr.


John William Hollingsworth Sr., 79, a retired Temple Hills automobile upholsterer, died of cancer Sept. 19 at his daughter's home in Gretna, Va.

Mr. Hollingsworth was born in Texarkana, Tex., and served in the Army during World War II. After the war, he worked as an auto upholsterer with his father-in-law in Arlington before starting his own business, Temple Hills Auto Upholsterer, in the early 1970s. He retired in the early 1980s.

Mr. Hollingsworth was an avid hunter, fisherman and crabber.

His wife, Helen Pounds Hollingsworth, died in 2002.

Survivors include three children, Nancy Kelly of Gretna, John Hollingsworth Jr. of Waldorf, Mary Susan Creasy of Prince Frederick; three brothers; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Lillian G. McAteer

Homemaker, Supervisor

Lillian G. McAteer, 83, a homemaker who worked about eight years for Computax in Merrifield, died of cancer Sept. 22 at her daughter's home in Cary, N.C. Mrs. McAteer, a Vienna resident, was a supervisor with the tax firm until the late 1990s.

Born Lillian G. Duddy in Medford, Mass., she was known as Lill.

She lived in the Washington area for about 40 years and was active in her community. She was a member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Vienna and a member and past president of the Sultanas. She had a special place in her heart for those participating in the Special Olympics and often volunteered with the organization.

Mrs. McAteer enjoyed traveling the East Coast and visiting family and friends.

Her husband of 52 years, Joseph E. McAteer, died in 1997. A daughter, Suzanne Watson, died in 1981.

Survivors include four children, L. Patricia Erkkila of Rensselaer, N.Y., Arthur P. McAteer of West Melbourne, Fla., Sheila M. Reaves of Cary, and Edward J. McAteer of Richmond; a sister; a brother; 15 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Linda King Scheffer

Teacher, Counselor

Linda King Scheffer, 52, a counselor for seventh- and eighth-grade students at James W. Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax County for the past 17 years, died Sept. 19 at Georgetown University Hospital of complications of breast cancer treatment.

Mrs. Scheffer was born in Metter, Ga., and graduated with honors from the University of Georgia in 1975 with a degree in history and education. She taught in a Monroe, Ga., junior high school from 1976 to 1982 and in a Norfolk junior high school from 1983 to 1985.

She received a master's degree in guidance and counseling from George Mason University in 1988 and began working at Robinson the same year. An advocate for her students and a counselor who sought ways for young people to help each other, she established a peer assistance group at Robinson and a program called GOAL, for Go Out and Learn. GOAL paired at-risk seventh- and eighth-graders with student tutors who were members of Robinson's Junior National Honor Society.

Her family and friends have established the Linda King Scheffer GOAL Scholarship, to be awarded annually to a Robinson Secondary School senior who is a "regular kid" (rather than a scholastic star) and who demonstrates citizenship, hard work and a desire to achieve.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, Stephen Howard Scheffer of Springfield; and two brothers.