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Monday, May 9, 2012 

Diana Janice Richards of Centreville, Va. passed away peacefully from cancer on May 9, 2012. She was born in 1939 in upstate New York, daughter of John R. Schmidburg and Rose Hornick. She grew up in New York and married her husband, William Bruce Richards, in Switzerland while he was stationed in Germany with the American Red Cross. Upon returning to the States, they adopted three boys while living in Washington, D.C. and Prince Georges County, Md. In 1972, they moved to Burke, where she remained for over 35 years. Diana was very active in the community.

Monday, April 22, 2012 12:20 AM

BETTY HYLAND wrote often about mental illness because she had a son who was schizophrenic. Her young adult novel, The Girl with the Crazy Brother, w as developed by CBS-TV into an After-School special directed by Diane Keaton and starring Patricia Arquette.

A Thousand Cloudy Days is a creative-nonfiction account of a period during which a schizophrenic takes himself off medication, told from the point of view of the mother.

She was a member of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, Society of Children’s Book Writers, Writers of Chantilly, Sisters in Crime, and P.E.N. USA West.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Claude Jennings ("Pete") Hale Jr., formerly of Baton Rouge, passed away Thursday, March 1, 2012, at Fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax, Va., at the age of 90.

Mr. Hale was born in Hosston, La., attended Louisiana Tech in Ruston, and graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a degree in chemical engineering. During World War II, he served as a naval officer, commanding a patrol craft in anti-submarine service in the Aleutian Islands.

     He spent his entire 39-year career with Exxon Pipeline Co., holding the position of division manager, Louisiana-Mississippi Division, when he retired in 1986. His career took him to Shreveport, La., Magnolia Ark., Brookhaven, and finally to Baton Rouge. He loved the game of golf, fueled by making a hole-in-one soon after learning to play.

     He was a member of the Broadmoor Presbyterian Church for 43 years. For the past three years he had been living in Fairfax, Va., with his daughter and family.

Friday, February 17, 2012 4:00 PM

Former Herndon Rotary Member Don Vetter died on February 17, 2012. Visitation and memorial will be held at Adams-Green Funeral Home on Friday, February 24 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. For more information visit and click on "Families Currently Being Served" and then on Don's name.

Monday, January 9, 2012 9:56 PM

Ilse Williams, who passed away this morning around 11:00 a.m. was mother  a mother, friend and wonderful caregiver. . She passed away on Heinz Richnovsky's birthday (her brother). Which if you got the chance to know Ilsa was poetic. 

She was an artist also.  Her works with pencil of her clients portraits were heart stopping.  She was able to capture the sadness of illness that they had in their eyes. 

She was stern, and funny.  And there wasn't one client that didn't make Ilsa part of their family.  She will be missed dearly. 

Friday December 9, 2:38 PM

Eula "Cootie" was born August 5, 1915 in Manassas, VA and was a lifelong resident of Arlington, VA. She went to be with the Lord on December 1, 2011. Her husband, Stanley J. Keys preceded her in death in 2001. She is survived by her daughter, Dianne Keys Grinder and her husband, Michael; granddaughter, Tammy F. McHenry and her husband, Michael; grandson, Stanley Todd Schaaf and his wife, Allison; and five great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. Friday, December 9 at EVERLY-WHEATLEY FUNERAL HOME, 1500 W. Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA with services immediately following at 1:30 p.m. Interment to follow at Ivy Hill Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy can be made to Capital Caring, 209 Gipson St., Suite 202, Leesburg, VA 20176.

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