Marion C. Heffelfinger

Church Member

Marion C. Heffelfinger, 87, a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington, died of a cerebral hemorrhage June 22 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Boston and had lived in Washington since 1924.

Her husband, Ross A. Heffelfinger, died in 1968.

Survivors include five children, Jean Smith of Burke, Joan Jensen of Melbourne, Fla., Jane Baden of Lanham and Judith Lock and John Heffelfinger, both of Potomac; a brother, Frederick A. McGrath of Fort Washington; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Frank Derrickson


Frank Derrickson, 83, a retired clerk who handled military pay in the finance and accounting office of the Department of the Army, died of lung cancer June 22 at the Hospice Center in Arlington.

Mr. Derrickson, who lived in Chantilly, worked at the Veterans Administration for about 10 years and then worked 15 years with the Army before retiring in 1970.

During World War II, he served in the Army Air Forces in North Africa, Sardinia and Corsica. Shortly after the war, he moved to the Northern Virginia area from his native New York City.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Marjorie Derrickson of Chantilly; three sons, Ronald Derrickson of Annandale, Robert Derrickson of Centreville and Richard Derrickson of Oak Hill, Va.; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

John Joseph Curling

Construction Superintendent

John Joseph Curling, 79, who retired in 1985 as construction superintendent with the General Elevator Co., died of prostate cancer June 23 at his home in the Leisure World community of Silver Spring.

He was a Washington native and graduate of McKinley Technical High School. He began working for the elevator company before World War II. He served in the Army Air Forces in the China-Burma-India theater during the war and was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Medal.

Mr. Curling, who continued as a consultant to the company after he retired, was a member of the executive board of Local 10 of the International Union of Elevator Constructors.

He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, INN Flying Club of Gaithersburg, Montgomery Village Retired Men's Tennis Group, Holy Cross Post Cana Group and Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Leisure World.

His wife, Mary Curling, died in 1979.

Survivors include his companion, Joan Silver of Leisure World; three children, Thomas E. Curling of Manassas, Joanne Gibson of Bel Alton and John J. Curling Jr. of Gaithersburg; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Suresh Kwatra


Suresh Kwatra, 53, a Department of Veterans Affairs statistician, died June 21 at Cherrydale Healthcare Center in Arlington of respiratory complications after an asthma attack and cardiac arrest.

Mr. Kwatra had worked in the Office of Policy and Planning since 1994. Earlier, he was a planner with the National Cemetery System.

He also served on a task force of the Veterans Claims Adjudication Commission, which was established in 1995 to examine the processes and procedures for adjudicating veterans disability compensation claims.

Mr. Kwatra, who lived in Woodbridge, immigrated to the United States from his native India in 1969.

He was an accounting graduate of Delhi University who served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and later took graduate courses at Southeastern University. He began his career in 1974 with what was then the Veterans Administration, and over the years, he served in different capacities, including benefits counselor.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Shoba Kwatra, and their two sons, Sameer and Naveen, all of Woodbridge.

Paul Kobell

Manufacturer's Representative

Paul Kobell, 89, an electrical engineer who retired in 1975 as a representative of electronics manufacturers, died June 20 at the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington after suffering a stroke.

Mr. Kobell, a resident of Silver Spring, had lived in the Washington area off and on since 1953. He was born in Siberia. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated from Yenching University.

Mr. Kobell began his career in the 1930s as a manufacturing manager in China and worked for the Zenith and RCA corporations. He moved to New York in 1940 and then served with the Office of Strategic Services in China during World War II.

After the war, he did electrical engineering work for Navy and Air Force contractors. He was an aluminum furniture manufacturer's representative in the 1950s.

Mr. Kobell later represented companies that manufacturered televisions and other electronic products.

His marriages to Edythe Freidman and Katheryn Kobell ended in divorce.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Ruth Entorf Kobell of Silver Spring; a son from his first marriage, Robert Kobell of Florida; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson.