Paul Edward Sweeney


Paul Edward Sweeney, 76, a retired pharmacist who was active in the Washington chapter of the Prometheans, an organization of black World War II veterans, died of a cardiovascular disorder June 29 at Washington Adventist Hospital.

Mr. Sweeney, a native of Ohio, studied engineering at Howard University in a World War II program for soldiers.

He went on to serve in Saipan with the Army Ordnance Corps, and later returned to Howard, where he received a degree in pharmacology.

He worked for 25 years in Cincinnati, then retired and moved to Silver Spring in 1996.

Survivors include his wife, Patty Sweeney, and two daughters, Natalie Meyers and Nancy Meyers, both of Silver Spring; two brothers; and a sister.

Madonna Anne Seebach


Madonna Anne Seebach, 53, a Silver Spring resident and former bookkeeper at the Home Depot in Wheaton, died of ovarian cancer July 1 at a beach house in Bethany Beach, Del.

Ms. Seebach, who was born in Syracuse, N.Y., lived in a number of cities before coming to Washington from Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1995. She briefly worked as a bookkeeper and cashier at the Lowe's store in Fairland, then joined the Home Depot in 1995 and worked there until her health began to fail in 1998.

Earlier, she lived in Phoenix; Groton, Conn.; Blackfoot, Idaho; and Richmond.

She was a member of a Washington-Rockville lodge of the Elks, a Wheaton lodge of the Moose and St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rockville.

Her marriages to William Hustson, Ray Nelson and Thomas Collins ended in divorces.

Survivors include a daughter from her first marriage, Victoria M. Hutson of Clatskanie, Ore.; a daughter from her second marriage, Dawn Nelson Brous of Silver Spring; her parents, Henry F. and Rose Anne Seebach of Silver Spring; two sisters, Priscilla Anne Schwab of Silver Spring and Martha Seebach Scully of Rockville; and three grandchildren.

Charles Robert Keifert

Restaurant Manager and Realtor

Charles Robert Keifert, 49, a former restaurant manager in Northern Virginia who was an agent with Better Homes Realty in Arlington from 1989 to 1994, died of a liver ailment July 2 at Alexandria Hospital. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Keifert managed Three Chef restaurants and was a district manager for the franchise company from 1972 to 1989.

He was born in Pensacola, Fla., and raised in Arlington. He was a graduate of Wakefield High School and Northern Virginia Community College. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute in Florida.

He was a member of Northern Virginia Road and Gun Club.

His marriage to Mary Langston ended in divorce.

Survivors include three sons, Robert Langston Keifert, David Thompson Keifert and James William Nielsen Keifert, all of Salt Lake City; his parents, Robert Keifert and Jane Keifert, both of Falls Church; two sisters, Ginger Campos of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Peggy Gardner of Phoenix; and a half-sister, Linda Chase of Indianapolis.

Carl Walter Kirk

General Contractor

Carl Walter Kirk, 85, a retired New Jersey general contractor who had lived in Takoma Park since 1992 and was a member of the vestry and choir at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Adelphi, died of congestive heart failure June 21 at Washington Adventist Hospital.

Mr. Kirk, who was born in Olyphant, Pa., attended the University of Pennsylvania. Until his retirement in 1992, he operated construction and tile companies in New Jersey.

His interests included the Civil War, poetry, running and horseback riding.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Muschette-Kirk of New York; two daughters, Judy Kirk and Susanne Welter, both of New Jersey; two sisters, Marion Bell of Chevy Chase and Frances Rotwein of Bethesda; and three grandchildren.

James L. Hobbs


James L. Hobbs, 77, an Oxon Hill resident who retired in 1989 after 35 years as a carpenter, died of congestive heart failure July 3 at Fort Washington Medical Center.

Mr. Hobbs, a native of Rose Hill, Va., served in the Army in North Africa during World War II.

He then worked for various companies as a carpenter, including about 15 years with home builder Miller Construction in Rockville.

His wife, Lena Hobbs, died in 1989. Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Bentley of Fort Washington; six sons, Herbert Hobbs and Kenneth Hobbs, both of French Creek, W. Va., Gerald Hobbs of Harwood, Md., Clarence Hobbs of Waldorf, Rocky Hobbs of Smithfield, Va., and James Hobbs of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister; 17 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

J. Stuart Rich

Printing Officer

J. Stuart Rich, 86, a longtime Wheaton resident who retired in 1978 after about 28 years as a printing officer at the Baltimore offices of the Social Security Administration, died of pneumonia June 23 at Holy Cross Hospital.

Mr. Rich, who was born in Hector, N.Y., graduated with a degree in industrial-vocational education from what was then Oswego State Teachers College in Oswego, N.Y., and served as a Navy petty officer during World War II.

He was a Mason.

His wife of 54 years, Helen Rich, died in 1998. Survivors include two children, James Stuart Rich Jr. of Chevy Chase and Jacquelyn Sue Rich van Ommen of New Delhi; and two grandchildren.

Marjorie Fryckberg Morton


Marjorie Fryckberg Morton, 87, a longtime Bethesda resident who worked as a writer in the 1940s for the American Cancer Society and the Agriculture Department, died July 2 at the Arden Courts, an assisted living facility in Potomac. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Morton was a native of St. Paul, Minn., and a graduate of the University of Minnesota.

She was active in Alpha Chi Omega social sorority, Woman's Democratic Club, Bannockburn Swimming Club, Minnesota State Society and American Swedish Institute. She also was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church in Bethesda.

Her husband, Raymond Morton, died in 1985. Survivors include a daughter, Elaine M. Hurst of Port Republic, Va., and two grandchildren.