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PETERSON, EDITH E.  
  EDITH ESTELLE PETERSON   Entered into eternal rest December 23, 2014. Beloved sister of Dorothy Crawford and Melvin Diggs. Also survived by many devoted nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Family and friends will receive visitors at First Baptist Church, 712 Randolph St., NW on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral 11 a.m. Officiant Elder Debra James. Arrangements by LATNEY'S
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 29, 2014
POLANT, BEVERLY H. - Saint Pete Beach  
  BEVERLY HOLLAND POLANT   At her home on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at age 71. Loving wife of Rear Admiral Ronald Polant, US Coast Guard (Retired); beloved stepmother of Laura Polant, David Polant and Mary Polant Hannam and husband Brian; wonderful "grandmother" to Travis and Phillip Hannam, Kathryn and Bailey Long and Lucas and Alexander Polant. Her viewing will be at JOSEPH GAWLER'S SONS, 5130 Wisconsin Ave. at Harrison St., NW, Washington, DC, Monday and Tuesday, December 29 and 30 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. She will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Montgomery Hospice, www.montgomeryhospice.org or Children's National Medical Center, www.childrensnational.org .    
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Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, 2014

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Patterson, Mary Loui  
  Mary Louise Patterson "Sis" (Age 94)   On Monday, December 22, 2014; the beloved wife of the late Thomas L. Patterson; mother of Margaret "Peggy" A. Poole; grandmother of Karen A. Poole; sister of Robert Ellis and the late James Ellis, June Montgomery and Jacqueline Anderson; also survived by many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews and other relatives that she loved. Relatives and friends are invited to Sis' Life Celebration on Friday, January 2, 2015 from 10 am until Mass of Christian Burial at 11am at St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church, 5416 Henderson Way, Camp Springs, MD. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Loyola on the Potomac, P.O. Box 9, Faulkner, Maryland 20632. www.KalasFuneralHomes.com  
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 28, 2014
PELT Sr., JAMES C. VAN  
VAN PELT JAMES C. VAN PELT, SR. D.B.A., Captain USN (SC) (Ret.) Passed away December 10, 2014 at age 93. He was born on May 23, 1921 and grew up in Marion, Kentucky, where he played several varsity sports for Marion High School. After graduating, he attended Columbia Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, Class of '44. He joined the war against Japan as a Naval Officer and served on the USS Purdy and the USS Perkins, having survived the sinking of that ship by a kamikaze attack in November 1943. Among many other military decorations he was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor for heroism as a ship's gunnery officer in 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa. He served in the occupation of Japan, the Korean War, and other assignments including Naval Supply Corps liaison to the Pentagon and Chief Logistics Officer of the U.S. Navy's 6th Fleet in Europe. He then taught at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and the Naval War College and retired with the rank of Captain. His name is inscribed at the United States Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. Having earned a master's degree from Stanford University and a doctorate at George Washington University, both in business administration, he served as a professor in that field at Old Dominion University and Christopher Newport College in Norfolk, Virginia. Afterward, he earned special recognition from the YMCA as a senior citizen for swimming in laps over a period of five years the distance across America (about 3,000 miles). Like his father and his grandfather he was proud to be a lifelong Democrat, and like them he was appointed an honorary Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of that state. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mary Avery "Mitzi" Van Pelt, originally of Baltimore. They are survived by three children: James C. "Jeff" Van Pelt, Jr. and his wife Jane Rudnick of New Haven, Connecticut; William T. "Tom" Van Pelt and his wife Mariella Van Pelt of Virginia Beach; and Amanda Van Pelt Scott of Roswell, Georgia; and by his sister-in-law Julia Connally and her husband N. Thomas Connally, MD, of Arlington; and also by eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, a nephew, and two nieces. His remains are to be interred beside those of his wife in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors (date to be announced). Donations in his memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army, the Carter Center, or the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 28, 2014
PEYTON, RYLAND A.  
    RYLAND A. PEYTON   On Saturday, December 20, 2014. Loving and devoted father of Antonio Peyton, Monae Scott and the late Jacquez Peyton; beloved son of Dorothy Peyton and the late James Peyton, Sr.; brother of Rita Nelson, Debra Holmes, Wanda Fisher and the late James Peyton, Jr. He is also survived by a host of other relatives and friends. Mr. Peyton will lie in state at the Peace Baptist Church, 712 18th St., N.E., Monday, December 29 from 10 a.m. until funeral services at 11 a.m. Rev. Michael Bell, officiating. Interment Washington National Cemetery. Services by STEWART FUNERAL HOME.
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 28, 2014

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PIERCE, LEVAR D.  
    LEVAR D. PIERCE   On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, LeVar went home to be with the Lord. He is survived by his loving parents, Diana Stephens and Zachary (Carolyn) Pierce; two sisters, Tameka and Zalika Pierce; grandmother, Marie Stephens, aunts, Ira J. Farmer, Janet Stephens, Andrea Jackson and Deborah Pierce; uncles, Larry, Raynard and Nathan Pierce, Horace Stephens and Thomas Shannon; and a host of other relatives. Visitation on Saturday, December 27 from 9:30 a.m. until time of service 11 a.m. at Brown Memorial AME Church, 14th St. & Constitution Ave., NE. Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery. www.briscoe-tonicfuneralhome.com  
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Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 21 to Dec. 26, 2014
PINKETT, LUVENIA G.  
    LUVENIA G. PINKETT (Age 96)   On December 19, 2014, peacefully at her residence after a brief illness. She is survived by her two sons, Enoch W. Pinkett and Alvin S. Pinkett; two daughters-in-law, Delores Pinkett and Barbara Pinkett; two grandchildren, Valerie Bland and Dustin Pinkett. Family will receive friends on Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. until hour of service at 11 a.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 621 Alabama Ave., S.E., Washington, DC.
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 26, 2014
PRUSHINSKI, CLARA B.  
  CLARA BARBARA PRUSHINSKI   (Age 97)   On Monday, December 15, 2014; formerly of Cheverly Manor, MD; beloved mother of John (Mary Kay), Robert (Evelyn), Mary Crandall (Paul) and Anthony (Paige); grandmother of Tracie, Michael, Matthew and David; great-grandmother of Brendan; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband John E. Prushinski and son Joseph. Services will be held on Saturday, December 27 at Fort Lincoln Funeral Home, 3401 Bladensburg Rd., Brentwood, MD. Viewing 10 a.m. until Services at 11 a.m. Interment Fort Lincoln Cemetery.
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 26, 2014

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PETERS, KARL I. - Burtonsville  
  KARL IRENEUSZ PETERS (Age 90)   On Monday, December 15, 2014 of Silver Spring, MD, beloved husband of Sophie Miskiewicz Peters for 13 years. Karl was born in Poland, took part in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 and was taken as forced laborer to NAZI Germany. After escaping from prisoner camp, he was picked up by the 181st Airborne and served for 11 months with the US Army in Germany and France. After discharge he returned to Poland to join his parents and 3 sisters. He immigrated to the US in 1966 and worked as Electronics Engineer for a contractor to NASA. He was especially proud that he worked on the Apollo space program. He lived in Queens, NY supporting his wife and four children in Warsaw. In 1996 he moved to Silver Spring, MD. Karl is survived by Sophie, sister Olga Wolski (Warsaw), daughter Eva J. Peters (New York) and three grown children in Warsaw: Maximilian Peters, Joanna Peters, Ditta Peters Czapla, and grandsons Jan and Antoni Czapla. Friends may call at the Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 New Hampshire Ave., Silver Spring, MD where a memorial service will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 2 pm.
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Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 22, 2014
PETROS, MARIETTA - Washington  
  MARIETTA PETROS   With loving family at her bedside, Marietta Petros of Washington, DC passed away peacefully and entered into the kingdom of God on her 93rd birthday in the early morning hours of December 20, 2014. Born on December 20, 1921 in Apiranthos, Naxos, Greece, Marietta Glezos immigrated to the United States in 1941 in her role as a caregiver to an infant of a Greek diplomatic family. She settled in Washington, DC, where she married her husband, Matthew Petros, in 1945 and raised four children. She devoted her entire life to serving her family with her compassion, her love and her Christian values. Marietta is survived by her children, Evelyn (Paul), George, Irene (Eftihios), Vasilios Bill (Janice); six grandchildren, Matthew, Kristen (Marco), Stephen, Peter Pavlos, and Aphrodite Marietta, and her great-grandson, Gabriel. Family, relatives and friends are invited to call at JOSEPH GAWLERS SONS, LLC., 5130 Wisconsin Ave. NW (corner of Harrison St.), on Monday, December 22, 2014, from 6 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2815 36th St. NW, Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 23 at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Fort Lincoln Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Philoptohos Society of Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral.    
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Published in The Washington Post from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23, 2014
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