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Simon Altz
On September 9, 2008. He is survived by his wife, Lois OBryan Altz; father of Lisa C. Becker; brother of Harold Altsitzer; grandfather of Meghan McKillip, Matthew, Samantha, and Ross Becker; great-grandfather of Elizabeth, Logan, Alley and Madison. Services were held September 12, 2008 at Jefferson Funeral Home.

Charles F. Bieber, Jr.
On Saturday, September 13, 2008, Husband of Christy Bieber, and stepfather of Ashleigh and Nicole Lehmann. Charles will also be missed by Rascal. Snuggles, Ozzy and Kitty. Services were held at Jefferson Funeral Chapel on September 17, 2008.

Eunice de Chazeau
On September 18, 2008, at age 103. She is survived by her daughter Marian Holmes, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Madame de Chazeau was the author of the novel Of Houses and Cats and a collection of poems, Born Permeable. Her poetry was featured in many publications.

Donald L Doc Clark
On August 17, 2008, age 85. Survivors include his wife Beryl Reppeto Clark, two sons, Kimball Clark and Jack Clark, and four grandchildren. During World War II, he was a medic stationed at Omaha Beach after the Normandy invasion. He was the founder of the Woodbridge Dental Study Group and a member of St. Marys Catholic Church and the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermens Association.

Arnold C. Elmendorf
On September 15, 2008 at the age of 81. He was the son of the late Roy and Lola Elmendorf; brother of Richard and Royal Elmendorf and Arlene Kelly; brother-in-law of Louise and Debbie Elmendorf. Services were held on September 19, 2008 at Washington National Cemetery.

Susan Lucas Fichter
On September 15, 2008. age 70.  Formerly of Old Town, she is survived by her husband, Robert A. Fichter, her children, Rebecca Hudson Waters, and Todd Hudson; four grandchildren and siblings Mary Lou Smalley and Robert C. Byers. Services will be held at Christ Church in Alexandria on October 3, 2008 at 11:00 am.

Robert R. Foley
On Wednesday, September 10. Husband of Dorothy M. Foley; father of Theresa L. McDaniel and Kimberly A. Therrien; brother of Ferne Foley; grandfather to three, and great-grandfather of four. Services were held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church on September 16, 2008.

Robert F. Foster
On Thursday, September 11, 2008, Husband of Mary D. Foster and father of Sean, Nancy, and Patrick Foster. Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Louis Catholic Church on Monday September 22, 2008

Robert Gates Hahl
On Friday, August 29, 2008 in Alexandria, Virginia. He is survived by his daughters, Mary Bracke and Sara Hahl; and sons John and Charles Hahl and eight grandchildren. A memorial service was held on September 20, 2008 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Eino Jenstrom
On September 16, 2008. He is survived by his wife Jean Jenstrom, daughter Kathleen Crumpton (William). He served 30 years in the Air Force during World War II and the Korean Conflict. After his retirement he graduated from Georgetown University with a law degree and he joined the Virginia Bar. Later he was a correspondent for the Finnish newspaper company UUTISET. Burial will be arranged at Arlington Cemetery at a date to be announced.

Col. Gerald K. Johnson (Ret)
On August 30, 2008. Husband of Dr. C. Elizabeth Palmer Johnson of Alexandria,  and father of Gerald K. Johnson Jr. (Dr. Ivy Kennelly), Stephanie A. Johnson, Esq. , and devoted grandfather of Io E. Ken. Susan Kellom, writing in a note to fellow Democrats after hearing of Col. Johnsons death said, Gerry was a gentle giant a giant not just in size, but a giant in spirit, in faith, in kindness, in humor and most of all in devotion to PJ and his family. Burial will be Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 1:00pm at Ft. Myer Memorial Chapel with interment with full military honors immediately after at Arlington National Cemetery.

Queen Esther Johnson
On September 10, 2008. She is survived by her children, Wendy, Kevin and Michael Johnson; Six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, three sisters, one brother and a daughter-in-law. Services were September 20, 2008 at the Mount Jezreel Baptist Church

Ernest P. Martone
On September 7, 2008 at age 81. Father of Belinda Higdon (Ronnie), Peter (Jacqueline) James, and John (Kathy) and grandfather of five. Martone was a World War II veteran. He joined Capital Airlines in 1948 and rose to the position of Assistant Personnel Manager for the carriers southeastern region. He stayed on when the airline merged with United Airlines. After he retired in 1984, he volunteered with Alexandria Public School activities and he was active in City civic affairs notably as chairman of the Alexandria Traffic and Parking Board. A Memorial Mass was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace on Monday, September 15, 2008.

Katharine S. Martyn
On July 14, 2008 at the age of 95.  Her husband, John Turner Martyn, Jr., predeceased her. She is survived by her three daughters, Katharine Martyn Smith, Elizabeth Turner Martyn, and Ann Henderson Martyn; her granddaughter, Julia Willoughby Nason; and her sister Ann Scoggin Morrison.

Mrs. Martyn came to Alexandria in 1939 as Head of the Alexandria Library. She was a member of St. Pauls Episcopal Church, the Alexandria Library Company, the National Society of Colonial Dames and served for many years on the Board of Governors of St. Agnes Episcopal School. For thirty years she taught a French class at the Campagna Center. A memorial service was held on September 20, 2008 at St. Pauls Episcopal Church.

Bernice Bittle Miller
On September 11, 2008. She is survived by her daughters, Lillie Mae Finklea, Bernice Miller Golden, and son, Henry Miller. She is also survived by five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Services were at the Russell Temple CME Church on September 17, 2008.

Anna B. Pang
On September 6, 2008 at the age of 80.  Wife of the late Chu Linn Pang and mother of nine children.; Carol Woods, Linda Rudnick, Lillie Pang, Maryann Foxwell, Juanita Wilson, Charles King, Tony Pang, John Pang and Anthony Pang. She is also survived by fourteen grandchildren. A mass of Christian Burial was held September 12, 2008 at St. Louis Catholic Church.

Thomas A. Pianka
On September 11. 2008, at the age of 73. He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Ann and he is survived by his sons, Robert Edward (Kathleen Argires), and Thomas Joseph (Amy Chen), and four grandchildren, James, Mary Ann, Sean and Kurt Pianka. He also is survived by his companion, Judith Cluverius and her children. Col. Tomas was career Army, a distinguished intelligence officer and specialist in Middle Eastern affairs. While on special assignment to the Department of State he helped establish the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO). After his retirement he continued to work on Middle Eastern issues as a researcher. Burial with Full Military Honors will take place on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 9 a.m. at the Arlington National Cemetery.

Joseph A. Pistone
On September 12, 2008.  He was the husband of the late Marie Pistone. He is survived by his children, Richard A. Pistone, Annamarie Pistone and her husband Jerry Proctor and Telemaco Bonaduce. He was the owner of Pistones Italian Inn, a landmark restaurant on Arlington Blvd at Seven Corners Virginia. Services were September 16, 2008 at National Memorial Park.

Oscar E. Pitts
On September 23, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Juanita, his children Alan Pitts, Susan Pitts-Crow and Linda Pitts-Guthrie; his six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services were held at the First Baptist Church on September 16, 2008.

Mildred E. Potter
On Sept
ember 8, 2008. Survivors include two nephews, Walter B. Potter and Robert M Potter, a sister-inlaw, Alice Kay Potter, a niece-in-law and two great nieces. Mrs. Potter taught in Alexandria schools for 29 years, at Robert E. Lee Elementary School and James K. Polk and John Tyler Elementary schools. She was active in teacher and civic organizations and belonged to the professional honor society of women educators, the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. She was active as a member of Christ Church prior to her retirement in Naples, Florida. Services were held September 20, 2008 in Naples.

Eric D. Rudert
On Thursday, September 11, 2008. Father of Melissa R. Vinaya, Savannah L. and Christian E. Rudert; brother of Joel and Brian Rudert, Cheryl Wurzbacher, Michelle Carpenter and the late Jeremy Rudert. Services were held on Wednesday, September 17, 2008.

Erwin H. Schiff
On August 15, 2008 at age 84. Colonel Schiff is survived by his wife Charlene Schiff, his son Dr. Stephen F. Schiff, a sister and two grandchildren. Col Schiff was a career Army officer who later became a military aide-de-camp to then Virginia Governor Mark Warner. Upon retirement he became director of procurement for what became the National Defense Industries Association. Among his military honors were two Legion of Merit awards and three Bronze Stars.

Edward Schnug
On September 5, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances L. Schnug. He is survived by his daughter Jody Hughes; son-in-law, John and grandson Bob. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on September 12 at St. Marys Catholic Church.

William O. Sherzey, Jr.
On September 15, 2008. Formerly of Alexandria, he is survived by his wife, Sue Sherzey, four daughters; Susan Wright, Karen Morris and her husband Chuck, Teresa Sherzey, and Mary Katherine Sherzey., and two grandsons. Mr. Sherzey retired from the Federal Government and joined the National School Boards Association before retiring to Richmond. Services were held in Richmond on September 18, 2008.

Rosemary S. West
On September 14, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S. West, Sr. She is survived by their children; Robert Spencer West, II, Ronald S. West, Sr and his wife Lee, Lawrence M. West and his wife, Lynndy and Mark T. West; grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of five. West worked for the Federal Government for 32 years, retiring in 1989 from the Pentagon. She was an avid bowler and a member of the Red Hat Society. Services were at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church on September 18, 2008.

Louis E. Weiners
On Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at age 84. Formerly of Alexandria, Mr. Weiners is survived by his wife, Patricia Bryant Weiners, stepdaughter Lea Ann Kaufmann and four grandchildren. Mr. Weiners was an accomplished oarsman who competed at the national level. He coached high school rowing crews for over 35 years in Alexandria. A funeral Mass was celebrated at St. Marys Catholic Church on September 22, 2008.

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