Published in The Washington Post on July 2, 2012
OLGA M. REISS
Olga Havell Reiss died peacefully on June 30, 2012 at her
home in Fairfax, VA.
She was born on September 9, 1927 in Washington, DC, the
beloved daughter of Charles and Olga Havell of McLean, VA.
Olga attended Western High School (1946) in Washington, DC and graduated from
George Washington University in 1950 with a bachelor's degree in Education. Upon
graduating from college she married Robert S. Reiss of Arlington, VA.
In 1955 the Reiss family established Fairfax Brewster School, a private K - 6 elementary
school in Baileys Crossroads, VA. Olga was involved in the administration of the school
from 1955 to 1987.
Olga was a long time member and past president of The Womens Club of Falls Church
and The Sixty Carrots tap dancing group in Arlington, VA.
She and her husband traveled extensively all over the world and had many excellent
adventures together. Olga was an attractive, lively, warm, and caring person with a ready
smile for everyone.
She was predeceased by her husband Robert in 2006.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter and son in law, Janet and Kurt Johnson, her
grandson, Karl Johnson, her honorary sister and care giver, Helen Garrison, and all of her
extended family members and dear friends. She truly lived a full and happy life and is no
doubt, "tap dancing with the angels" in heaven.
There will be a viewing for family and friends on Wednesday, July 4 at National Funeral
Home, 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA from 2 to 4 p.m. and a funeral service and
burial on July 5 at National Funeral Home 11 a.m.