A Nov. 19 obituary gave the wrong first name for Donald R. Antonelli. (Published 11/20/2005)
Serilda E. 'Billy' Lango
Serilda E. "Billy" Lango, 80, a librarian at a Washington theology school, died Nov. 3 of a lung disease at her home in Riverdale Park.
Mrs. Lango was born in Doral, Ky., and grew up in southwestern Virginia. After graduating from Floyd County High School, she moved to Washington to work in the fingerprint division of the FBI.
After raising six children, she returned to work in 1970 as assistant librarian at the Dominican House of Studies in Northeast Washington. During this time, she attended the University of Maryland. She retired in 1990.
Mrs. Lango volunteered with Meals on Wheels in Riverdale Park, Hyattsville and University Park.
Her husband of 38 years, Alphonse Lango, died in 1987.
A son, Joseph M. Lango, died in 1996.
Survivors include five children, Lynn M. Hunter of Hanover, Dr. Therese M. Lango of Florence, Ala., Jeanne Echard of Clinton, D. James Lango of Beltsville and Tracie A. Lango of Philadelphia; a brother; and two grandchildren.
Joseph Carroll Roesser
Attorney, Army Colonel
Joseph Carroll Roesser, 82, a retired lawyer and lieutenant colonel in the Army, died of cancer Oct. 20 at his daughter's home in Frederick. He lived in Olney.
Mr. Roesser, a Catonsville native, graduated from Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore and served in the Army in the United States during World War II. He graduated in 1950 from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and in 1951 his reserve unit was called to active duty in the Korean War. Mr. Roesser became an assistant to the battalion aide surgeon with the Army's 5th Cavalry Regiment, First Cavalry Division. When his division was rotated to Hokkaido, Japan, he served as commanding officer of the Medical Service Company. In a later tour of duty, he served in Seoul with the U.N. command.
He was transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center, serving in the comptroller's office while attending the Georgetown University Law Center at night. He received a law degree in 1957 and transferred from the Army Medical Service Corps to the Judge Advocate General Corps, serving in Germany as a court observer until being assigned to the Pentagon. He taught evening legal and business classes at American University, the University of Maryland and Southeastern University. He retired from the military in 1968.
He began practicing law in Montgomery County in 1968 and opened a practice in 1972, specializing in insurance, negligence and family law. He retired a second time in 1997.
Mr. Roesser was a founding member of the Olney Lions Club and a member of the committee to standardize fiscal policies of U.S. military hospitals. He was also a member of Delta Theta Phi, the Rotary Club and several legal associations.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Elizabeth Louise Parke Roesser of Olney; seven children, Joseph Roesser Jr. of Carmel, Calif., Douglas Roesser of Monterey, Calif., Robert Roesser of Thurmont, Md., Thomas Roesser of Gainesville, Ga., Mary Beth Kotowski of Vienna, Laurie Shah of Tomball, Tex., and Leslie O'Connell of Frederick; a brother; and eight grandchildren.
Alice Mary Barloga Olsen
Special Education Tutor
Alice Mary Barloga Olsen, 63, a special education tutor who worked in Prince George's County elementary schools from 1992 to 1997, died of breast cancer Nov. 6 at her home in Waldorf.
Mrs. Olsen was born in Chicago and raised in Brookfield, Ill. She attended Kansas State University and worked as an administrative assistant in Fort Collins, Colo., for eight years until 1972, when she moved to Bowie.
She received a bachelor's degree in sociology from Bowie State University in 1990.
She was a member of the American Association of University Women and Kappa Delta social sorority.
Her husband of 40 years, John Leslie Olsen, died in 2003.
Survivors include two daughters, Jennifer Olsen Foster of Brandywine and Vanessa Olsen of Reston; a brother; and a grandson.
Gloria Beatrice Anne Mitesser
Gloria Beatrice Anne Mitesser, 77, a retired office manager, died Nov. 13 of complications from Alzheimer's disease at Montgomery Village Health Care Center in Gaithersburg. She was a longtime Rockville resident.
Mrs. Mitesser was born in Monessen, Pa., and graduated from the Douglas School of Business in Pittsburgh in the late 1940s. She moved to the Washington area in the 1960s and worked for MAR Inc., a Rockville-based firm that provides technical services to government agencies and commercial customers, from the late 1960s until her retirement in 1994.
She also was a recording secretary for the Bethesda chapter of the National Secretaries Association.
Her husband, Regis Mitesser, died in 1980.
Survivors include a brother and sister.
David R. Antonelli
Intellectual Property Lawyer
David R. Antonelli, 70, a partner in the intellectual property law firm of Antonelli, Terry, Stout & Kraus of Arlington, died of cancer Nov. 13 at Woodside Hospice in Pinellas Park, Fla.
A Chicago native, Mr. Antonelli graduated from Purdue University and received a law degree from the George Washington University School of Law in 1961.
While in law school, he worked as a patent examiner in the Patent and Trademark Office. After receiving his degree, he worked in patent prosecution and litigation at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory until entering private practice in 1963. He moved to Clearwater, Fla., in 1995.
His marriage to Ann Bennett Antonelli ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Linda J. Antonelli of Clearwater; two children from his first marriage, Lisa Ann Antonelli of Alexandria and Michael Bennett Antonelli of Annandale.
Barbara Hulfish, 82, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, died of cancer Oct. 31 at Keswick Multi-Care Center in Baltimore.
Dr. Hulfish held joint appointments in the neurology and psychiatry departments from 1958 until the 1980s, when she retired. She was a consultant to three Baltimore area hospitals and conducted neurology clinics in numerous settings. After her academic retirement, she maintained a neurology practice in Berlin, Md., for several years.
She was born in Alexandria and graduated from St. Agnes School and American University. She received her medical degree from the University of Rochester in 1952 and did postgraduate work at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Hulfish volunteered at a classical music radio station in Baltimore and was a member of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society and the choir at Govans Presbyterian Church in Baltimore. She was also a member of St. Paul's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City, where she was a lay reader and choir member, and on the vestry.
She also loved baseball and enjoyed watching the 2005 World Series while in the hospital.
She leaves no immediate survivors.
Daniel Edmunds Portwood
Daniel Edmunds Portwood, 87, a financial officer with the Department of Agriculture, died Nov. 10 of kidney failure at the Virginian retirement home in Fairfax City.
Mr. Portwood joined the Farm Security Administration in 1940 and traveled throughout the South, working with itinerant farmworkers. During World War II, he served in the Army.
In 1947, he joined the Agriculture Department's Farmers Home Administration (FHA), first in North Carolina and later in Montgomery, Ala. From 1953 to 1963, he was a budget analyst at FHA's regional headquarters in St. Louis.
He was transferred to Washington in 1963 and was budget director of FHA until his retirement in 1975. He then was a consultant and budget analyst for Arlington County until 1985.
Mr. Portwood was born in Cottontown, Tenn., and grew up in Nashville. He enjoyed golf and was a member of Westwood Country Club.
His wife of 64 years, Margaret White Portwood, died in 2004.
Survivors include four children, Dennis Portwood of Frederick, Robert Portwood of Fairfax County, Daniel M. Portwood of Sterling and Margaret Ann Fincher of Vienna; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.