Eileen T. Zbignewich, 88, a registered nurse in the Washington area for more than 35 years, died Dec. 24 of metastatic melanoma at her home in Silver Spring.

A daughter, Mary Hager, confirmed the death.

Mrs. Zbignewich worked as a public health nurse in Washington for 15 years, primarily at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, before retiring in 1983. She previously worked for Montgomery County private health practices and at a nursing home in Prince George’s County.

Eileen Theresa Murphy was a native Washingtonian and a 1942 graduate of the Academy of Notre Dame high school in the District. She received her nurse’s training at Providence Hospital in Washington and became a registered nurse in 1947.

She was a member of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Silver Spring. She volunteered with Meals on Wheels and Montgomery General Hospital in Olney, and helped administer health tests at Leisure World retirement community in Silver Spring.

Her husband of 43 years, Adam Zbignewich, died in 1994. Survivors include four children, Margaret Zbignewich of Rockville, Mary Hager of Bowie, Ann Jeffries of Eldersburg, Md., and Daniel Zbignewich of Finksburg, Md.; a sister, Mary Donohoe of Arlington; and eight grandchildren.

— Megan McDonough