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Kenneth Bruntel was an expert in government contracts law.
Kenneth Bruntel was an expert in government contracts law. (Family Photo - Family Photo)
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His military decorations included the Bronze Star.

He was a volunteer at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in the District and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Regina Barbella Covington of Bethesda; four children, Tavia Covington of Bethesda, Page Ellison of Rockville, Courtney Covington of Indian Rocks Beach, Fla., and Platt Covington of Alexandria; and four grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Kenneth Bruntel Lawyer

Kenneth Bruntel, 60, a senior partner in the Washington law firm of Crowell & Moring, died Sept. 18 of pancreatic cancer at his home in Alexandria.

He was one of 53 founding lawyers at Crowell & Moring in 1979 and became a partner in 1985. An expert in government contracts law, he had been deeply involved in his firm's practice of health-care law since the early 1990s.

Kenneth Michael Bruntel was born in Yokohama, Japan, where his father was stationed with the U.S. military. He graduated from Falls Church High School in 1967, was a 1971 honors graduate of Dartmouth College and took graduate courses in anthropology at Yale University. He received his law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1978 and began his legal career as a law clerk at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in 1976.

Mr. Bruntel provided pro bono legal services in the Washington area and received Crowell & Moring's 2009 George Bailey Public Service Award for helping low-income elderly citizens navigate the maze of new Medicare benefits. He worked with the Washington Legal Aid Society, counseling the elderly on their Medicare options. He also took pride in being a mentor to junior lawyers at his firm.

Survivors include his wife of six years, Gail Coleman of Alexandria; and two sisters, Gail Glunt of Richmond and Sandy Miller of Spokane, Wash.

-- Joe Holley

Mary E. Artnak FBI Employee

Mary E. Artnak, 86, who did library work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1972 to 1980, died Sept. 4 at her home in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County. She had ovarian cancer.

Mrs. Artnak worked at the FBI Academy at Quantico and held the title of supervisor of research. Before settling in the Washington area in the late 1960s, she accompanied her husband on his Marine Corps assignments.

Mary Ellen Wilson was a Pittsburgh native and a graduate of the University of South Florida. She received a master's degree in justice from American University.

She was a charter member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, where she was a lector.

Her memberships included the American Association of University Women. Her volunteer work included the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

She enjoyed skiing, painting and ballroom dancing

Her husband, retired Marine Col. Edward J. Artnak, died in 1997.

Survivors include three children, Linda Carter of Poquoson, Va., Dr. Edward J. Artnak of San Angelo, Tex., and Donna Cohen of Miami; two brothers; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

-- Adam Bernstein


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