Abraham Nathan Hopman, 70, a former foreign service officer and retired lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserves, died of cancer Jan. 1 at his home in Washington.
He joined the Foreign Service in the late 1940s as a public affairs officer in Salzburg, Austria. He later served as a cultural affairs attache, public affairs officer and embassy first secretary. Overseas assignments took him to France, Spain, West Germany, and finally, Uruguay.
Col. Hopman, who had made his home here since retiring from the Foreign Service in 1979, was a native of New York City. He was a graduate of the City College of New York and earned a master's degree in history at George Washington University. He entered the Army during World War II and served in Europe. He retired from the reserves in the mid-1970s.
After retiring from the State Department, he did volunteer work with the Smithsonian Institution. He became docent chairman of the American Revolution section of the American History Museum, where he demonstrated weapons and clothing of that era to visitors.
He was a member of DACOR (Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired).
His marriage to the former Marcia Elizabeth Evert ended in divorce.
Survivors include a son, David, of Dallas; a daughter, Ellen Hopman of Belchertown, Mass., and two sisters, of New Jersey.
MABELLE L. MUNCH,
92, a retired Defense Department accounting clerk who had served on the Riverdale Town Council from 1970 to 1974, died Jan. 1 at Leland Memorial Hospital after a heart attack. She lived in Riverdale.
She began her government career with the Army in 1941. In the mid-1940s, she transferred to the Air Force Department, from which she retired in 1961.
In addition to her years on the town council, Mrs. Munch had been Riverdale's beautification chairman and had been active in gardens and parks work with the Civic Improvement Association of Riverdale. She also had lobbied in Annapolis on transportation issues for the association.
She was a member of the Riverdale Presbyterian Church, where she had been Sunday school superintendent.
Mrs. Munch was a native of Rantoul, Ill., and a graduate of what is now Illinois State University. She taught school in Illinois before moving here in 1920.
Her marriage to James C. Munch ended in divorce.
Survivors include two sons, William, of Detroit, and Neil, of Gaithersburg; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.
73, retired owner of a Washington liquor store who received a humanitarian award in 1956 for donating a kidney to his twin brother, died Dec. 31 at the Washington Hospital Center of complications following heart surgery. He lived in Washington.
Mr. Heilman was born in Washington and graduated from Eastern High School. He attended George Washington University. He opened the Kennedy Liquor Store in about 1939 and retired in 1964. In later years, he was in the real estate development business.
In 1956 Mr. Heilman donated a kidney to his twin brother, Louis, in what was said to have been the second time in medical history that a kidney had been successfully transplanted. His brother died in 1964.
As a result of the operation, Mr. Heilman was selected in 1957 to receive the Chaplain Alexander D. Good Humanitarianism Award by Post No. 386 of the Jewish War Veterans.
He was a member of the Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, the Amity Club of Washington and the Indian Spring Country Club.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Norma, of Washington; one son, Richard A. Heilman of Potomac; one brother, Dr. Charles Heilman of Chevy Chase, and two grandchildren.
HARRIET D. FENIMORE,
77, a retired employe of the National Institutes of Health who was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Garrett Park, died of a heart ailment Jan. 1 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Garrett Park.
She spent 19 years with NIH's National Cancer Institute, where she was a secretary and statistical analyst, before retiring in 1977. Mrs. Fenimore attended St. John's College in her native Brooklyn, N.Y., and worked as a secretary in New York City before moving here during World War II.
Survivors include her husband, Watson Fenimore of Garrett Park; a son, Robert, of Stuttgart, West Germany; a daughter, Patricia Bennett of Atlanta; a sister, Joan Heffernan of Southold, N.Y.; a brother, Edward A. Devine of East Meadow, N.Y., and five grandchildren.
ELIZABETH MAY FAHRINGER,
86, an area resident since 1966, died Jan. 2 at Montgomery General Hospital after a heart attack. She had lived at Rossmoor Leisure World in Silver Spring.
She was a member of the Inter-Faith Chapel at Leisure World and of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Fahringer was a native of Pennsylvania and moved here from Clarksville, Va.
Her husband, Victor T., died in 1973.
Survivors include two sons, Victor Jr., of Alexandria, and Donald F. Sr., of Springfield; two daughters, Margaret Shea of Cockeysville, Md., and Ruth Potterfield of Savannah, Ga.; nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
JOSEPH MICHAEL KONIE,
75, who worked for the old Civil Service Commission for 35 years before retiring in 1973 as a claims examiner in its retirement division, died of cardiac arrest Jan. 2 at Arlington Hospital. He lived in Arlington.
He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Washington, where he was an usher. Mr. Konie attended a business school in his native Massachusetts before moving here in 1938. He served with the Army in Europe during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Patton B. Konie of Arlington, and a daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Ann Laposata of Philadelphia.