Edythe K. Spitzberg, 67, a retired government employe who had been a volunteer worker with the Mental Health Association of Montgomery County since 1971, died of cardiac arrest Dec. 21 in Shady Grove Adventist Hospital. She lived in Gaithersburg.

She did volunteer work for the Mental Health Association at the Mark Twain School, A Woman's Place, and with the Red Cross.

Mrs. Spitzberg was a native of Chicago. She moved to this area in 1935 when she joined the Treasury Department as a secretary. She was an administrative assistant with the Rubber Development Corp. during World War II, and with the Federal Housing Administration from the mid-1940s to early 1950s, and the old Department of Health, Education, and Welfare from the mid-1950s to early 1960s. From the mid-1960s until retiring in 1971, she worked for the National Institutes of Health, where she was a research grants assistant.

She was an honor graduate of the Washington program of Lindenwood College of Missouri, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology. She earned a master's degree in family counseling and community development at the University of Maryland in June 1982. It was while attending Maryland that she learned that she had cancer.

Mrs. Spitzberg was a member of Temple Sinai in Washington.

Survivors include her husband, Maurice, of Gaithersburg; a son, John K., of Germantown, and two grandchildren.