The obituary of William A. Ahlberg, 63, an official of the suburban Journal newspapers and a former assistant sports editor of the Washington Post, which appeared in yesterday's editions of The Post, incorrectly stated the date of his death. He died May 4.

William A. Ahlberg, 63, the executive production editor of the suburban Journal newspapers and the first managing editor of the Montgomery Journal who also was a former assistant sports editor of The Washington Post, died April 4 at Holy Cross Hospital. He had a heart ailment.

Mr. Ahlberg moved to this area in 1942 when he joined The Washington Post. He worked at this newspaper as a make-up editor and as its assistant sports editor until the mid-1960s. He then joined the Army Times Publishing Co., where he worked until June 1973.

He helped found and became the first managing editor of the Montgomery Journal. He held that post until becoming executive production editor of all five daily Journal newspapers in 1982. Founded as a weekly newspaper, the Montgomery Journal now has a daily circulation of about 40,000. The five suburban dailies sell more than 150,000 copies five days a week.

Robert Horowitz, the editor of the Montgomery Journal, said after learning of Mr. Ahlberg's death, "He was a super newspaperman, a meticulous observer of deadlines" and an editor highly respected by his staff.

Mr. Ahlberg, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Napa, Calif. He attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., and served with the Army in Europe during World War II.

He was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Silver Spring.

Survivors include his wife, Marian, of Silver Spring, and a daughter, Judith Ahlberg of Cincinnati.