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Rosa M. Chapa
Rosa M. Chapa was born on 6 April 1938 in San Antonio, Texas. Following her graduation from Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio, she attended the Incarnate Word University in San Antonio, Texas, where she studied personnel management.
Rosemary began her federal career in 1970 as a clerk-typist at Ramey Air Force Base, Puerto Rico. She held several positions in the federal government, working her way up to her position as a senior management officer in the Office of the Deputy Comptroller for Force Structure and Management, Office of the Comptroller, Defense Intelligence Agency. She was responsible for ensuring that critical manpower information flowed smoothly from the Force Structure Evaluation System into the position management module of the agency’s human resources system. Prior to her arrival in DIA in 1997, she served as a civilian with the Department of Air Force, the Defense Logistics Agency, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. During her 31-year career, Rosemary received numerous awards and honors, but according to her family, the shining star of her awards was the Joint Meritorious Civilian Service Award, awarded by the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff (JCS) for her service in the JCS. Rosemary and her husband, Jose, were married on 26 November 1955 in San Antonio, Texas. Rosemary’s family will remember her for her love; as they recalled, “she loved her family more than anything, including her two dogs, Penney (a beagle) and Luckey (an all-American). Despite her busy career, her family always came first, and at Christmas she never failed to be persuaded by her kids and husband to make homemade tamales.”
Ms. Chapa is survived by her husband, Jose, and their children Grace, Julie, Elza, Roger, and John; her father, Manuel Faz; sisters, Mary Gomez and Elza Guajardo; brothers, Gerald and Cesar Faz; and five grandchildren, Kelley Ellis, Jennifer, Monica, Karisa, and Daniel Chapa.
Sandra K Foster
Sandra Nadine Foster was born on 10 June 1960 in Washington, DC. to Barbara E. Hill and the late Lawrence W. Hill. Sandra grew up in Washington, DC. and graduated from Dunbar Senior High School in June 1978.
Sandra started her career with the federal government in 1977 working as summer aid for the Federal Power Commission. She returned the following summer to the Department of Energy. On 27 August 1978, she accepted a position with the Defense Intelligence Agency. Throughout her career, Sandra was devoted to excelence demonstrated through the numerous awards that she received for her outstanding performance. She was a senior management officer assigned to the Office of the Deputy Comptroller for Force Structure and Management, Office of the Comptroller. Her contributions to the agency will be missed. Sandra and her husband, Kenneth, married on 9 March 1991. To Sandra, her family was the most important thing in her life. In the words of her husband: “March 9, 1991 was the most special day of my life. I will never forget that day and that special moment when those church doors swung open, and she was escorted by her brother to me. When she walked through that door, my life changed. She never wore makeup. Her beauty was natural. Her radiance could light up a room or a heart. Our girls on the basketball team knew her as Ms. Coach. She was a pillar of strength and she shared that strength. She was royalty, so I called her ‘Dutchess.’ She was better than a queen and more valuable than a princess. A fun lady, full of love for all, but special love for me.”
Ms. Foster is survived by her husband, Kenneth, her mother, Barbara Hill, brother, Lawrence Hill, stepsons Kyle and Kellen and a host of family and friends.
Robert J. Hymel
Robert Joseph Hymel was born on 13 August 1946 in New Orleans, Louisiana, one of three children of Elsie and the late Sidney Hymel. After graduating from high school, Bob attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1969.
Bob began his distinguished military service with the U.S. Air Force in December 1969 and was awarded his coveted Air Force pilot wings in 1970. He flew B-52 bombers while assigned to the Strategic Air Command and was a decorated Vietnam combat pilot. In 1974, while on active duty with the Air Force, Bob earned a master of business administration degree from Western New England College. During the course of his 24-year military career, Bob was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Purple Heart, and the Meritorious Service Medal, among others. He was a veteran of two campaigns, Vietnam and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. He retired from the Air Force in September 1993 after obtaining the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Bob began his civilian career with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) on 7 March 1994. He served as a senior management officer in the Office of the Comptroller, Deputy Comptroller for Force Structure and Management. He was responsible for DIA joint manpower issues that focused on military human intelligence management and organization. Bob and his wife, Pat, were married on 31 July 1971. They have one daughter, Natalie, and one granddaughter, Lauren. He was an active supporter of and participant with his church and the Knights of Columbus. Bob loved to play golf and was an avid Redskins’ fan. He loved to tinker around the house and beamed each time he completed a project, large or small. Bob’s legacy can be found in his deep abiding love for his wife, his family, and his country.
Mr. Hymel is survived by his wife, Pat; daughter, Natalie, and her husband Patrick Conners; granddaughter, Lauren; mother, Elsie; brother, Clyde; and sister, Mary.
Shelley A. Marshall
Shelley Ann (Farr) Marshall was born on 16 November 1963 in Washington, DC. She grew up in Vienna, Virginia, and graduated from Oakton High School where she was on the honor roll for 4 consecutive years. Shelley started her undegradate studies at Mary Washington College and then transferred to George Mason University where she graduated in 1987 with a bachelor of science degree in public administration.
Shortly thereafter, she joined the Defense Intelligence Agency as a human resources manager in the Manpower and Position Management Operations Division, Office for Human Resources. Shelley was selected for an administrative officer position in April 1993 in the Counterdrug Analysis Office, Transnational Warfare Group, and stayed there until May 1999 when she accepted a position as a senior management officer in the Comptroller’s office. Throughout her career with DIA, Shelley received numerous awards for her distinguished performance. Shelley and her husband, Donn, met while they both worked in the Office for Human Resources. They married on 20 May 1994 in Leesburg, Virginia, and have two children, Drake, 3, and Chandler, 1 1/2. Shelley and Donn had a happy 7 year marriage. She enjoyed making scrapbooks, cataloguing her memories, and having tea parties. Shelley was passionate about life, work, and her family. She was a kind person and a devoted mother who read to her children every night after a long day at work. She would do anything for her kids. Donn held a tea party after Shelley’s memorial service and organized story hours at local libraries in her honor. He plans to keep her memory alive in every way he can.
Ms. Marshall is survived by her husband, Donn, their son, Drake, and daughter, Chandler. She is also survived by her parents, Mack and Nancy Farr, and two brothers, Mark and Robert.
Patricia E. Mickley
Patricia E. Mickley was born Patricia Elizabeth Dillaber on 15 October 1959 in East Chicago, Indiana. She was one of three children born to Philip and Jacqueline Dillaber. Later her family moved to Dale City, Virginia, where she grew up. After graduating from high school, Patty attended the Virginia Polytechnic Institute, where she excelled in math, business, and marketing.
In 1980, while still working on her undergraduate degree, Patty began her civilian career with the federal government as a “summer hire” for the U.S. Air Force in a clerk-typist position. After graduating in 1982 with a bachelor of science degree, she accepted a full-time civilian position with the U.S. Air Force. In August 1998, after 18 years of service with the U.S. Air Force, Patty transferred to the Defense Intelligence Agency as a senior financial resources manager, Office of Deputy Comptroller for Program and Budget, Office of the Comptroller. She was responsible for the development, presentation, and execution of detailed budget estimates and justification data for assigned programs and appropriations. The primary focus of her job was infrastructure financial management and the program/budget interaction process. Patty and her husband, Joe, were married 11 November 1991. Their daughter, Marie Jacqueline, was born 6 June 1996. Patty took a special interest in all of her daughter’s school and extra curricular activities. She was also an active supporter and participant with her church. Family members depict Patty as a nurturing mother, a loving daughter, a devoted spouse, a loyal sister, a caring aunt, and a very special family member. They say that she held a deep belief in God, family and country. She was a selfless person, and always thinking of others first. Those who worked with Patty say that she was a supportive friend and a dedicated professional.
Ms. Mickley is survived by her husband, Joseph (Joe); daughter, Marie Jacqueline; father, Philip; mother, Jacqueline; sisters, Anne and Katherine; and brother John.
Charles E. Sabin
Charles Edward Sabin was born on 31 July 1947 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. He attended the Drexel Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma fraternity and the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). Chuck was on the Dean’s List all 4 years, and after graduating with a bachelor of science degree in 1969, he began his federal service career as an accountant with the Army Audit Agency.
He was commissioned in January 1970 and served on active duty with the U.S. Army until May 1972. Chuck continued his civilian career with the U.S. Army. He received a masters degree in business administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University and the U.S. Army Commander’s Award for Civilian Service. He joined the Defense Intelligence Agency on August 1981 as an accountant, and went on to become DIA’s Senior Financial Resources Expert as a Defense Intelligence Senior Level appointee. Chuck received the Director’s Award for Meritorious Service in 1984 and the Director’s Award for Exceptional Service in 1991. He was a key DIA senior manager, and his incisive analysis and outstanding leadership led DIA’s financial policy and accounting office through major organizational and systemic changes of the 1980s and 1990s, providing expert council to senior leadership, and personal mentoring to many employees. Chuck’s family said he was planning to retire in a year and a half and moving to Asheville, North Carolina to be near streams, lakes, mountains, and good fishing. Before he passed, however, he changed his mind and decided he would stay in Washington, DC. He felt that all of his friends were here. His family felt that his life was peaking; he loved life, and he had many good friends.
Mr. Sabin is survived by two sons, Charles E. Sabin, Jr., Charles’ wife Tara, and their children, Raven and Sydney of River Ridge, Louisiana; and Paul M. Sabin of Mobile, Alabama; two brothers, Martin Sabin and his wife, Debbie, of Havertown Pennsylvania; and Frederick Sabin and his wife, Chris, of Ocean View, Delaware.
Karl W. Teepe
Karl William Teepe was born on 24 September 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, the older of two sons of Ruth and the late Wilmer Teepe. He graduated from Riverview Gardens High School in Bellefontaine, where he was a member of the golf team. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor of science degree in 1967, and entered on active duty as an air defense artillery Army officer.
After 2 years on active duty, he left the service, but reentered the Army in April 1971, where he served with distinction for more than 20 additional years. He received a masters degree in business management from the University of Missouri in 1975. Karl is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and served in both Germany and South Korea. Among his military decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Bronze Service Star, and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. He retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel on 1 October 1991, and immediately joined the Defense Intelligence Agency as a civilian financial resources manager in the Office of the Deputy Comptroller for Program and Budget. Karl and his wife, Donna, were married on 9 June 1967. They have two children, Wendy and Adam, both of whom are graduates of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was clear to anyone who knew Karl that his family was the most important thing in his life. Karl particularly enjoyed the Smithsonian Institution and other activities on the Mall. He would take the Metro from the Pentagon to the Mall on his lunch break, just to get away and enjoy the beauty. He was always engaged in a variety of projects at home, anxious to share his progress with Wendy and her husband.
Mr. Teepe is survived by his wife, Donna, son Adam, daughter Wendy Green and her husband Derek; his mother Ruth; and brother, Kenneth, and his wife, Lynda.
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