Ann M. Veith, 86, a retired registered nurse who worked for more than 40 years in the Washington area and who was the mother of 17 children, died Oct. 3 of congestive heart failure at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington.

Mrs. Veith worked at Georgetown University Hospital from 1948 to 1968. She later worked as a night nurse at the Chevy Chase Retirement Home in Washington and as a private-duty nurse for nearly 10 years before retiring in 1988.

Ann Marie Scanlon, a Chevy Chase resident, was born in Washington and was a graduate of Immaculate Conception Academy in the District. She was a 1948 nursing graduate of Georgetown University.

She was a member of the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Washington.

Her husband of 39 years, Anthony Veith, died in 1988. A daughter, Ann Veith, died in 1954, and a son, Michael Veith, died in 2011.

Survivors include 15 children, Anthony Veith Jr. of Mount Airy, John Veith of Clarksburg, Theresa Montgomery of Glade Spring, Va., William Veith of Kensington, Barbara Cassidy and MaryAnn Adkins, both of Gaithersburg, Catherine Whalen of Rockville, Margaret Maher of Jacksonville, Fla., Bridget Wagner of Ellicott City, JoAnn Hughes of Bardstown, Ky., Eileen Hoefer of Silver Spring, and Patrick Veith, James Veith, Daniel Veith and Susan Lively, all of Chevy Chase; a brother, James Scanlon of Annapolis; 57 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough