Joseph D. Klunder

Army Officer, Store Manager

Joseph Dominic Klunder, 89, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and manager at a Woodward & Lothrop department store in Washington, died Nov. 16 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria. He had complications from a brain tumor operation in September.

Col. Klunder, a native of New York City, served in the Army from 1941 to 1961, most of the time in the Transportation Corps. During World War II, he arrived at Normandy in the days after the invasion. He also participated in the Inchon amphibious landing during the Korean War.

His final active-duty assignment was adjutant of the 9th Logistical Command headquarters on Okinawa. His decorations include the Bronze Star.

Col. Klunder settled in the Washington area in 1961 and spent 20 years at Woodward & Lothrop, retiring as a manager in the rug and home furnishings department.

He was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria, where he lived.

His first wife, Lillian Wagers Klunder, died in 1958.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Ann Jordan Klunder of Alexandria; three children from his first marriage, Gretchen Raber of Alexandria, Joseph Klunder Jr. of New Carrollton and Mark Klunder of Las Cruces, N.M.; two sons from his second marriage, Navy Capt. Matthew Klunder of Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., and Loren Klunder of Alexandria; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Regina Mueller

Church Member

Regina Hunkele Mueller, 86, a member of St. Michael's Catholic Church in Annandale, where she did volunteer work and was active in the Legion of Mary, died Nov. 18 at her home in Alexandria. She had lung cancer.

Mrs. Mueller was born in Cando, N.D. During World War II, she served in the Women's Army Corps in Europe as a flight nurse. Her decorations included the Air Medal.

From 1945 to 1958, she was a San Francisco-based flight attendant for Pan American Airways and flew on the clipper service to the southern Pacific.

She moved to the Washington area in 1964 and did volunteer work through her children's activities in school, Scouting and sports.

Her husband of 35 years, John R. Mueller, died in 1994.

Survivors include three sons, John W. Mueller of Fredericksburg, Donald Mueller of Alexandria and Robert Mueller of Clifton; three sisters; a brother; and 12 grandchildren.

Paul Shen

AU Associate Professor

Paul Shen, 75, a former mechanical engineer who retired as an emeritus associate professor of accounting at American University, died of cardiac arrest Nov. 13 at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore.

Dr. Shen taught at AU from 1977 to 1998 and made business law a specialty. He was a resident of Leisure World in Silver Spring.

He was born Poh-Shun in what is now Malaysia. He was a 1955 graduate of the University of London, where he also received a doctorate in mechanical engineering in 1962. He received a master's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Birmingham in England in 1956.

He taught mechanical engineering in Canada while working on two master's degrees in business administration in the late 1970s. The first he received from York University in Toronto with a focus on accounting; the second was from the University of Toronto with a focus on finance.

He was also a graduate of American University law school and received a master's degree in law and a second master's degree in accounting.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Barbara Roe Shen of Silver Spring; a brother; and six sisters.

Sidney Levine

Electronics Engineer

Sidney Levine, 82, an electronics engineer who spent 23 years working on defense contracts at Westinghouse Electric Co. before retiring in 1988, died Nov. 23 at the Renaissance Gardens assisted-living unit of Riderwood Village retirement community in Silver Spring. He had complications from diabetes.

Mr. Levine was born in New York City. He served in the Army Air Forces as a B-17 tail gunner and radio operator in Europe during World War II. His decorations included the Distinguished Flying Cross and four awards of the Air Medal.

He worked as an electronics engineer in Brooklyn, N.Y., before settling in the Washington area in 1955.

At Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, he developed a support group for bereaved families and wrote a guide to Jewish funeral practices. He also was involved with ecumenical organizations in the Washington area.

Mr. Levine acted in, directed and produced theatrical productions for community theater groups in the Washington area. He was a founding member of the Fairfax Players and the Silver Spring Stage.

A longtime Silver Spring resident, he moved to Riderwood Village in 2000 and conducted Sabbath services and taught Bible study classes. He also held a weekly music and film appreciation group he called Sundays with Sid.

His wife of 54 years, Beatrice Solomon Levine, died in 1999.

Survivors include two daughters, Iris Katz of Westminster, Md., and Roberta Levine of Buffalo; and two brothers.

Steven Oristian

Silver Spring Surgeon

Steven Oristian, 82, a retired surgeon who had a private practice in Silver Spring from 1956 to 1989 and was an executive at Holy Cross Hospital, died Nov. 22 at his home in Auburn, N.Y. He had abdominal cancer.

Dr. Oristian was chief of general surgery at Holy Cross in the 1970s and 1980s. He was chairman of the medical staff in the late 1980s. He moved to Auburn, his birthplace, from Kensington in 1989.

He was a 1947 graduate of what is now Mount St. Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Md., and a 1951 honors graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at the old Providence Hospital in Washington.

During World War II, he served in the Navy in the Pacific and was a team leader with the "Scouts and Raiders" reconnaissance teams that were precursors to the Navy Seals.

An amateur golfer, Dr. Oristian won 10 club championships at clubs in the Washington area and Auburn.

His memberships included Ducks Unlimited, an organization dedicated to the conservation of wetland habitats.

A son, Paul Oristian, died in childhood in 1963.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Marjorie Rossi "Babe" Oristian of Auburn; five sons, Steven G. Oristian of Gaithersburg, Mark Oristian of Throop, N.Y., Karl Oristian of Gainesville, Va., and Dr. Eric Oristian and Peter Oristian, both of Rockville; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

James Wilson Blackwelder


James Wilson Blackwelder, 56, a caretaker for his mother and aunt, died Nov. 3 of an epileptic seizure at his home in Alexandria.

Mr. Blackwelder was born in Los Angeles and raised in Alexandria, where he graduated from Hammond High School. He attended Old Dominion College and George Mason University.

His marriage to Janice Blackwelder ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Michelle Place of Marshall, Va.; his mother, Louise Blackwelder of Alexandria; a brother, William Blackwelder of Alexandria; a sister, Bettie Cox of Haleiwa, Hawaii; and three granddaughters.

Ethel Dunieff Raphael


Ethel Dunieff Raphael, 90, who did volunteer work for the League of Women Voters and was active in the Naval Dental Wives Association, died Nov. 22 at Suburban Hospital after a stroke. She lived in Silver Spring.

Mrs. Raphael was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from Hunter College. She married a Navy dentist and traveled with him to his various postings. She was a teacher while living in Newfoundland.

She and her family moved to the Washington area in 1964. She tutored reading in her home.

Her husband of 40 years, retired Navy Capt. Alfred L. Raphael, died in 1974.

Survivors include three children, Dr. Jeff C. Raphael of Sharon, Mass., Ellen Raphael Collins of Los Angeles and Jill S. Raphael-Terry of Laurel; and seven grandchildren.

Dorothy Archibald Savage

Navy WAVES Member

Dorothy Archibald Savage, 92, who served in the Navy WAVES during World War II and was a Navy wife, died of congestive heart failure Nov. 16 at a retirement community in Newville, Pa.

Mrs. Savage lived in the Washington area from 1944 to 1967, including Arlington, Alexandria and McLean. She was a member of the Naval Officers Wives Club in Washington.

She was a native of San Jose and a 1939 German graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.

She accompanied her husband on his military assignments. They spent three years in Egypt, where she once danced with King Farouk.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, retired Navy Capt. Robert W. Savage of Newville; three daughters, Susan S. Cavenagh and Caroline E. Savage, both of Carlisle, Pa., and Julie P. Mhyre of Aiken, S.C.; a sister; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Clarence M. Zens


Clarence M. Zens, 87, the first managing editor of the Catholic Standard and a retired Commerce Department trade magazine editor, died of a heart ailment Nov. 16 at a nursing home in Racine, Wis., where he moved about two months ago. He had lived in the Washington area for 50 years.

Mr. Zens worked for the National Catholic Welfare Conference News Service from 1948 to 1951. He was managing editor of the Catholic Standard from its establishment in 1951 until about 1960.

From 1960 to 1985, he worked for the Commerce Department as editor of International Trade magazine and as a member of the secretary of Commerce's public affairs staff.

He received the Washington Archdiocesan Order of Merit in 2002, the year the award was established by Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick.

Mr. Zens was born in Racine and graduated from the journalism school at Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1940. He was an Army Air Forces pilot during World War II.

After his military service, he moved to the Washington area, living first in Alexandria and then on Capitol Hill for 45 years.

He was active in the National Press Club for 48 years.

He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church on Capitol Hill, serving on the Parish Council and other advisory committees.

He was awarded his college's "Byline Award" in 1961 for alumni who have distinguished themselves in their field.

His wife of 61 years, Mildred Larson Zens, died in 2004.

Survivors include two children, retired Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Zens of Omaha and Karen Zens of Mexico City.

Mary Louise Murphy

Club Officer

Mary Louise Murphy, 93, a volunteer and former president of the Holly Hill Garden Club in McLean, died Nov. 11 at the Fairfax Nursing Center after a stroke. A former resident of McLean, she had lived in Bethany Beach, Del., since 1978.

She was born Mary Louise McDonough in Boston, and she moved to Alexandria in 1946 with her husband and a daughter.

Active in community affairs, she also was a member of the St. John Catholic Parish Women's Council in McLean.

In Bethany Beach, Mrs. Murphy was one of the first social writers for the Wave newspaper, writing the "Beach Brume" column. She also was a founding member of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer in several organizations.

Her husband, John H. Murphy Jr., died in 1964.

Survivors include five children, Paula M. Gallagher of Bethany Beach, Barbara M. Piontkowski of McLean and Bethany Beach, Lynda M. Connolly of Boston and Falmouth, Mass., John F. Murphy of Oak Hill and Bethany Beach, and Mary Esther Woehlk of Tampa and Bethany Beach; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Helen 'Kitty' DuBois Huntington

Club Member

Helen Catherine "Kitty" DuBois Huntington, 90, a Washington debutante in her youth who returned to the area in 1977 and was active in several clubs, died Nov. 21 at her home in Alexandria. She had Alzheimer's disease.

The daughter of a Naval officer, Mrs. Huntington was born in Berkeley, Calif., and raised in Annapolis and Washington. She was a 1932 graduate of the Holton-Arms School and was active on the social scene.

She was a member of the Junior League of Washington and worked as a social secretary to Mildred Bliss, who owned the Dumbarton Oaks property in Georgetown with her husband.

Mrs. Huntington did secretarial work at the War Department. During World War II, she served in an administrative role in the Office of Strategic Services, the wartime precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency. Assignments took her to Europe, North Africa and the Mediterranean region.

In 1945, she married an Office of Strategic Services official and spent several decades in Connecticut, New York and Arizona. She was a 1969 cum laude graduate of Columbia University and received a master's degree in French literature from the University of Arizona in 1972.

After returning to the Washington area, she was a member of the Sulgrave and Chevy Chase clubs as well as the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America. She was also a docent at the historic Carlyle House in Alexandria.

Her husband, Ellery C. Huntington Jr., died in 1987. Two stepdaughters died: Hester McClintock in 2003 and Susan Hanmer in 2004.

Survivors include a son, Frederic DuBois Huntington, an Episcopal priest, of Burke; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.