Herta Clara Riehl


Herta Clara Riehl, 89, a self-employed seamstress, died June 14 at the Holy Cross Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Silver Spring. She had pneumonia following a stroke and had been in a coma for a week.

Mrs. Riehl, who was born in Frankfurt, Germany, came to this country in 1929. She settled in Hyattsville in 1936 and worked as a seamstress at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington in the 1940s. She later did tailoring work out of her home.

She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Laurel and the Sarah Circle prayer group.

Her husband, Philip A. Riehl, died in 1969, and a son, Kurt Riehl, died in 1996.

Survivors include three children, Margaret Schanne-Riffe of Hague, Va., Philip "Mike" Riehl of Bethesda and Richard Riehl of Burtonsville; 11 grandchildren; and 37 great-grandchildren.

Margaret Rose Wrathall

Personnel Manager

Margaret Rose Wrathall, 91, a retired General Services Administration personnel manager, died of pneumonia June 12 at Suburban Hospital. She lived in Washington.

She was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Eastern High School.

In her working life, she was a statistical typist for private businesses and government agencies, then joined GSA, where she retired as a personnel manager in the early 1960s.

She was a member of the Altar Guild at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington, and she did volunteer work for Martha's Table.

Her husband, Tom Wrathall, died in 1973.

Survivors include a daughter, Lois Smith, of Chestertown; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Helen Lee Pfeiffer Coglan

Bookstore Manager

Helen Lee Pfeiffer Coglan, 83, who worked at the Georgetown University Bookstore for 21 years before retiring in 1980 as manager of the textbook department, died of cancer June 9 at the Washington Home.

Mrs. Coglan, who was born in Annapolis, grew up in Washington, where she attended Western High School.

She served on the Ladies Board of Georgetown University Hospital and volunteered with the hospital's surgical family waiting room and patient relations departments.

Her husband, Frank Coglan, died in 1959, and a son, Tim, died in 1994.

Survivors include a sister.