Helen Duncan-Peters Homemaker, Business OwnerHelen Duncan-Peters, 88, a Potomac homemaker and former dress shop owner, died Sept. 26 after a stroke at the Washington Home in the District.
Born Helen Politis in New York City, Mrs. Duncan-Peters spent a portion of her childhood in Greece. Returning to New York as a teenager, she worked at her father's tobacco shop, Levas and Politopulos, and at Barricini Chocolates. From 1943 to 1945, she and her sister owned Vanity Modes, a dress and millinery shop on Broadway.
After her marriage, she accompanied her husband, Foreign Service officer Stephen Duncan-Peters, on assignments to Greece, Libya, Finland, Sweden and India. At each of her husband's postings, she participated in a number of charitable endeavors, including Project Hope.
A Potomac resident since 1975, she enjoyed bridge, sewing and baking and also served as a mentor to several young women. She was a member of the Senior Living Foundation of the American Foreign Service.
Her husband died in 1989.
Survivors include two children, Stephanie Duncan-Peters of the District and Gregory Duncan-Peters of Bethesda; two sisters; and one grandson.
Paula Swarthe Van Hyning Research Assistant, Volunteer Paula Swarthe Van Hyning, 88, a research assistant who volunteered at Gallaudet University in the late 1980s, died Oct. 24 of cancer at her home in Bethesda.
Mrs. Van Hyning was born in Minneapolis and moved to New York at 5. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Swarthmore College in 1939 and did graduate studies at the New School for Social Research in New York and at American University in Washington.
She was a research assistant for New York University's educational film institute, a script girl for "Valley Town" -- a 1940 documentary on the effects of industrial automation on a steel town -- and worked with the Cooperative League of the USA in New York.
She moved to Washington in 1941 and worked with the War Department and the Office of Price Administration. During World War II, she worked at the Office of Strategic Services, where she did research, writing, and editorial and liaison work for special reports to high-level staff. Her fluency in German and French was a plus.
She left the workforce from 1946 to 1960 to devote time to her family and volunteered with a special education program in Montgomery County school system during the 1955-1956 school year.
In 1956, she moved with her family to Puerto Rico when her husband took a job there. From 1960 to 1985, she worked in Mayaguez with the Puerto Rico Department of Commerce, the University of Puerto Rico and the Medical Sciences Campus, where she coordinated research grants.
Returning to the Washington area in 1985, she moved to Bethesda. She volunteered at Gallaudet in the late 1980s and did research for a National Institutes of Health biochemist, Dr. Makio Murayama.
Her husband, Sam J. Van Hyning Jr., died in 1981. A son, John Paul Van Hyning, died in 2004.
Survivors include three sons, Mark William Van Hyning of Chicago, Eric James Van Hyning of Bartlesville, Okla., and Thomas Edward Van Hyning of Florence, Miss.; and five grandchildren.
Ann Mann School Bus DriverAnn Walters Mann, 86, a Montgomery County public schools bus driver for 28 years who retired in the early 1980s, died Oct. 31 at her son's home in Rockville after a heart attack.
Mrs. Mann, a native of Bradford, Pa., settled in the Washington area in the 1940s and was a longtime Rockville resident.
She spent her retirement years between her main residence in Gainesville, Fla., and her son's home in Rockville.
Her marriage to Philip Taylor ended in divorce. Her second husband, Bernard Mann, whom she married in 1945, died in 1975.
Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Judith Weber of Gainesville; two children from her second marriage, Barbara Kinsey of Gainesville and Glenn "Butch" Mann of Rockville; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Mary Josephine Rice Adler Artist, Museum DocentMary Josephine Rice Adler, 84, an artist and longtime docent for the Smithsonian Institution's Hirshhorn Museum and the National Museum of American History, died Oct. 15 of cardiac arrhythmia at her home in Falls Church.
Mrs. Alder lived in McLean from 1953 until 2005 in a modern-design house featured in the April 25, 1954, Washington Post and Times Herald. A homemaker and artist, she turned part of her living room over to a potter's wheel and studio, launching a lifelong passion for art and art history.
She studied with local potters, including Vally Possony, and took art classes at local colleges, including printmaking at the Corcoran School of Art. In 1989, she received an associate degree in art from Northern Virginia Community College.
To show their four children how people in other parts of the world live, Mrs. Adler and her husband moved the family to Rawalpindi, Pakistan, from 1967 to 1969. While there, the family traveled extensively through Asia and Africa.
She was born in New Haven, Conn., and during World War II served for three years with the Women's Army Corps in Belgium and Germany. She entered the Army with her twin brother, Thomas E. Rice.
After the war, she returned to her family's home in Roslindale, Mass., and graduated from Radcliffe College in 1951. A newspaper clip from her college days starts out, "Old-timers in the Harvard community swallowed hard today when still another barrier between men and women disappeared. Mary J. Rice, a Radcliffe Junior, has been elected chairman of -- of all things -- the University Chapter of the American Veterans Committee."
Before and on a part-time basis after the war, she worked as a bookkeeper, stenographer and secretary for the Boston Consolidated Gas Co.
When she lived in McLean, she was active in the League of Women Voters. She gave tours at the Hirshhorn from the mid-1970s until the early 1990s and at the American History museum from 1974 to 1982.
Her husband of 54 years, Hans Arnold Adler, died in 2005. A son, Michael J. Adler, died in 1996.
Survivors include three children, Joan Adler of Greenfield, Mass., Kenneth J. Adler of Falls Church and Tina Adler of Cabin John; one brother; and five grandchildren.
Clifton Lee Sheppard Vibration AnalystClifton Lee Sheppard, 53, a longtime employee of R. R. Donnelly and Sons, a Chicago-based printing firm, died Oct. 19 of a heart attack at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va. He had moved back to the Shenandoah Valley last month after living in Estes Park, Colo., for a number of years.
Mr. Sheppard, a resident of Mount Solon, Va., was born in the District and grew up in Silver Spring. He was a basketball player at Springbrook High School and graduated in 1971. He attended James Madison University, where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and then took a job as a vibration analyst with Donnelly. He was with the company for 25 years, both in Harrisonburg and Estes Park.
His marriage to Nancy Sheppard ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 17 years, Dianna Sheppard of Mount Solon; his parents, Harold and Dorothy Sheppard of Silver Spring; a daughter from his first marriage, Crystal Sheppard Lewis of Winterville, N.C.; a son from his second marriage, Cory Sheppard of Mount Solon; and two grandchildren.