Obituaries for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001

John R. Griffin

John Robert Griffin, 71, of Wicomico Church, formally of Manassas, died Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2001, at his home.

Born in New York, he graduated from LaSalle University with a law degree. He was a detective for Nassau County Police Department and worked as an agent for Drug Enforcement Agency. He retired in 1981. He was a World War II veteran of the Army and served as a magistrate for Prince William County. He was a member of and served as a consultant for the National Sheriffs Association. Griffin was a member of All Saints Catholic Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus George Bent Council. In 1992 he retired to Wicomico Church, where he enjoyed sailing.

He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia Ann, and one grandson, Michael Abel.

He is survived by five daughters, Lorraine M. Hegi of Fredericksburg, Diane P. Trapp of Manassas, Barbara J. Ward of Haymarket, Joan R. Dellinger of Wicomico Church, and Patricia A. Tomsey of Atlanta; two sons, Michael J. Griffin and John F. Griffin, both of Wicomico Church; two sisters, Audrey Woodward of Phoenix and Lynne Tappen of Florida; and 13 grandchildren.

Visitation at the Blasius-Baker Funeral Home, 9320 West St., Manassas, on Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at All Saints Church on Stonewall Road and Center Street in Manassas.

Interment will be at Quantico National Cemetery with military honors.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of a donation to National Sheriffs Association, 1450 Duke St., Alexandria, VA 22314.

Mable C. Cooper

Mable C. Cooper, 77, of Manassas, died Sept. 13, 2001, at her home.

Cooper was a member of Leesburg Seventh Day Adventist Church, Leesburg.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Lynne Michelle Scott.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence E. Cooper, of Manassas; one daughter, Gloria J. Lee of Manassas; two sons, Lawrence R. Cooper of Manassas and David W. Cooper of Glasgow; three sisters, Laura Sutton of Vienna, Alberta Thomas of Warrenton, and Shirley Howard of Manassas; two brothers, Albert Brooks of Leesburg, and Thomas Brooks of Chantilly; 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 7 to 9 p.m., Sunday, at Ames Funeral Home Inc., 8914 Quarry Road, Manassas, and 11 a.m. Monday, at First Baptist Church, 9258 Center St., Manassas, where funeral services will be conducted at noon with the Rev. Willis Hogan officiating with eulogy by Pastor Phil Hammon. Interment will be at Mount Olive Baptist Cemetery, Lincoln.

Arrangements are by Ames Funeral Home Inc., Manassas.

Lea Romani

Lea Romani, 84, of Stafford died Monday, Sept. 10, 2001, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, she was a member of St. William of York Catholic Church.

Preceded in death by her husband Mario Romani, she is survived by one son, Edoardo Romani of Stafford; one daughter, Vanda Adam of Stafford; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon today at Mullins & Thompson Stafford Chapel. Graveside services will be held at noon at Stafford Memorial Park, with interment to follow.

Kenneth Eugene Lewis

Jennifer Gore Lewis

Kenneth Eugene Lewis, 49, and his wife, Jennifer Gore Lewis, 37, both of Culpeper, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, on American Airlines Flight 77 as a result of a senseless act of terrorism.

A memorial service will be offered at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Culpeper Baptist Church.

Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is in charge of the arrangements.

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Ray E. Wilson

Ray Edward Wilson, 61, of Woodbridge died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001. For more information or to send condolences, visit

Dusty J. Lawson

Dusty J. Lawson, 20, of Oyster, originally of Woodbridge, died Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001 at Fort Meade, Md.

He was a ranger in training for the Army. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Woodbridge.

He is survived by his parents, Lester G. Lawson and Duanna Piper Lawson; one brother, Josh Lawson of Charlottesville; his maternal grandmother, Celia Piper of Oyster; and his paternal grandmother, Rose B. Lawson of Arlington.

The family received friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Wilkins-Doughty Funeral Home in Cape Charles. The funeral will be at 2:30 at Full Gospel Church.

William C. Bain

William C. Bain, 61, of Woodbridge died Tuesday, September 11, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served two tours of duty in Vietnam. A resident of Woodbridge since 1969, he was a member of VFW post 7916.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Bain of Woodbridge; two sons, Mark Bain and B.J. Bain, both of Woodbridge; one daughter, Carrie Bain of Woodbridge; one brother, James Bain of New Hampshire; and one grandson.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Monday at Marsh Road Baptist Chrich, 1510 Marsh Road, Woodbridge, where funeral services will follow at 11:30, the Rev. Billy Shepard officiating.

Interment will follow at Quantico National Cemetery in Triangle with full military honors.

Margarida G. Neimo

Margarida G. Neimo, 88, of Woodbridge died Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001, at Bethesda Naval Hospital.

Born in Brazil, she had lived in the United States since 1947 and had been a resident of Woodbridge since 1965. She was a member of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, U.S. Navy Capt. Peter J. Neimo. She is survived by two daughters, Diana Munck of Arlington and Rosemary Piriak of Woodbridge; two sons, Peter J. Neimo Jr. of Fairfax and Kenneth Neimo of Gaithersburg, Md.; two sisters, Gilda Costa and Maria Antoinette Gesteira, both of Brazil; nine grandchildren and four great-grandsons.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 at Our Lady of Angels Catholic Church with the Rev. Daniel Gee officiating. Inurnment will take place at 3 p.m. on Sept. 25 at Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to the Parents and Associates, Northern Virginia Training Center, 9901 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032.

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