Obituaries of residents from the District, Maryland and Northern Virginia.

John M. Rowland, bakery supervisor

John M. Rowland, 82, a bakery supervisor for Mrs. Smith’s Pies in Silver Spring, Md., died Nov. 23 at a veterans hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va. The cause was stomach cancer, said a daughter, Kathleen Foy.

Mr. Rowland was a Silver Spring native and longtime resident. While serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in the Korean War, he suffered serious injuries that almost cost him the use of his right arm, and he underwent extensive treatment and rehabilitation.

He retired from Mrs. Smith’s in 1992 after 40 years with the company. In the 1980s and 1990s, he played Santa Claus at American Legion Christmas parties in Silver Spring. He was a member of the Silver Spring Moose Lodge and in 2006 was its “Moose of the Year.”

Mark S. Greenberg, lobbyist

Mark S. Greenberg, 70, a lobbyist who specialized in municipal, educational, transportation and defense issues, died Nov. 28 at a hospital in Reston, Va. The cause was pneumonia, said a daughter, Erin Greenberg.

Mr. Greenberg, a resident of Reston, was born in Coraopolis, Pa., and came to the Washington area in 1983. He retired about four years ago from FBA, a government-relations firm. He had also worked for Jefferson Government Relations, the National Rifle Association and various other lobbying organizations. He was a special assistant in the Reagan White House and worked in the Senate and House offices of Paul S. Trible Jr. (R-Va.).

Jay S. Fein, NSF weather expert

Jay S. Fein, 79, a weather and climatology specialist who retired in 2012 as a program director at the National Science Foundation, died Nov. 7 at a hospital in Alexandria, Va. The cause was sepsis caused by a bacterial skin infection, said his wife, Sara Fein.

Dr. Fein, a resident of Alexandria, was born in Brooklyn. He was an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma before moving to the Washington area and joining the staff of the National Science Foundation in 1976.

He was the author or co-author of several books, articles and papers and was consulting editor for meteorology and climatology for McGraw Hill’s Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. He served on the governing board of his neighborhood swimming pool.

Amy Alexander, nurse

Amy Alexander, 91, a retired nurse at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, died Nov. 28 at a hospice facility in Midland, Mich. The cause was pulmonary arrest, said a daughter, Cathy Yanacek.

She was born Amy Turner in Portland, Maine, and settled in the Washington area during World War II. She served as a ward nurse, ward supervisor and ward instructor at St. Elizabeths before retiring in 1984.

A longtime resident of Fort Washington, Md., she was active at Oxon Hill United Methodist Church and was a volunteer with the Boy Scouts in her neighborhood. She was an amateur painter and sculptor.

Joan A. Scheuring, office administrator

Joan A. Scheuring, 82, a former clerk and office administrator at various businesses in the Washington area, died Nov. 18 at a care facility in Yucaipa, Calif. The cause was cancer, said a daughter, Carla Artuso.

Ms. Scheuring was born in Washington and lived in Ardmore, Md., before moving to California in 2012. For about 25, years she worked in various offices and businesses, including Dart Drug and Douglas Stereo.

Kathern Oddenino, nurse, health writer

Kathern Oddenino, 85, a nurse at various medical facilities in the Washington area who later wrote self-published books on health and personal growth, died Nov. 20 at her home in Pittsboro, N.C. The cause was congestive heart failure, said a daughter, Lynn Oddenino.

She was born Kathern Heskett in Marion County, Ill. From 1951 to 1991, she was a nurse at Georgetown University Hospital, the National Institutes of Health, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Sibley and Arlington hospitals and Kaiser Permanente.

Since 1991, she had written books and conducted seminars on preventive health care, nutrition and natural healing. A former resident of Arlington and Annapolis, she moved to North Carolina in 2004.

Nancy F. Bush, public affairs officer

Nancy F. Bush, 89, a former press officer for the Library of Congress and other federal agencies, died Nov. 27 at a retirement and care facility in Charlottesville. The cause was Parkinson’s disease, said a granddaughter, Nancy Goodman.

Mrs. Bush was born Nancy Ferguson in Point Pleasant, W.Va., and moved to the Washington area in 1958. She was a press officer at the Library of Congress from 1981 to 1992. Earlier in her career, she was president of the nonprofit American Council for the Arts and public affairs director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In 2005 she moved from Washington to Charlottesville.

Florence ‘Cris’ Swenson, homemaker, Girl Scout leader

Florence “Cris” Swenson, 95, a homemaker and former Girl Scout leader in Arlington, Va., died Nov. 10 at a nursing home in Lake Ridge, Va. The cause was dementia, said a daughter, Wanda Swenson.

She was born Florence Crisp in Saratoga, Tex. She settled in the Washington area during World War II while serving in the Navy WAVES. She was a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher and volunteer at Rock Spring Congregational Church in Arlington. Her vocational activities included crocheting, quilting and sewing. She moved to Lake Ridge in 1991. 

Harry A. Bacas, journalist

Harry A. Bacas, 94, a former reporter and editor at the old Washington Star newspaper, died Nov. 17 at a hospital in Santa Rosa, Calif. The cause was sepsis, said a daughter, Hilary Vos.

Mr. Bacas was born in Washington. He joined the Star as a copy boy in 1950 and held a variety of reporting and editing jobs. He was an editor on the city desk when the Star closed in 1981. In 1958, as chairman of the paper’s unit of the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, he led a strike at the Star. From 1981 until he retired in 1988, he was a special assignment reporter at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Nation’s Business magazine.

Mr. Bacas competed in road rallies from the 1960s to the 1980s. After living in Arlington, Va., for 50 years, he moved to California in 2007.

— From staff reports