Ida Lucille Asher, 87, stenographer, homemaker

October 28, 2003

Ida Lucille Asher, a homemaker and former FBI stenographer, died of respiratory failure Saturday at her Sherwood Forest home. She was 87.

Born Ida Lucille Lorenzetti in Washington, she attended George Washington University before joining the FBI and working briefly in 1930s. Family members said that on occasion she took dictation from FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover.

In 1939, she married Philip G. Asher, a federal government budget analyst.

She spent her summers in Sherwood Forest beginning in the early 1950s and moved there permanently in 1973. She was active in tennis, swimming, golf and bowling activities in the Anne Arundel County community.

A memorial Mass will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at St. John Neumann Church, 620 N. Bestgate Road, Annapolis, where she was a member.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three sons, Philip G. Asher Jr. of Sherwood Forest, Ralph B. Asher of Fort Collins, Colo., and Robert D. Asher of Chicago; three daughters, Patricia A. Gutierrez of New York City, Barbara I. Phillips of North Potomac and Beverly A. Russo of Reston, Va.; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

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