Albert Rathner

Financial Officer

Albert Rathner, 75, for more than four decades the top financial officer of Maloney Concrete Co., died of a heart ailment July 23 at Washington Adventist Hospital, while visiting this area. He had moved to Netanya, Israel, from Silver Spring after he retired in 1985.

Mr. Rathner, who was born in Philadelphia and reared in Washington, began working for Maloney as a teenager.

He was a graduate of Roosevelt High School and Benjamin Franklin University, where he also received a master's degree in accounting.

He served in the Army in Europe during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he rejoined Maloney in Georgetown as a bookkeeper.

Mr. Rathner was president of the Kiwanis Club of Georgetown, the Credit Association of Washington and Ohev Shalom Congregation in Washington.

He was vice chairman of the United Jewish Appeal of Washington.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Helen Kurland Rathner of Netanya; three children, Barry of San Pedro, Calif., Debra Mann of Valrico, Fla., and Jeffrey of Bethesda; a brother, Herbert of Fairfax; and three grandchildren.

John A. Gilson Sr.

Fire Inspector

John A. Gilson Sr., 95, a retired Naval Ordnance Laboratory fire inspector who also had served in the late 1940s as chief of the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department, died of renal and circulatory ailments Aug. 1 at the Villa Rosa Home in Mitchellville.

Mr. Gilson, a life member of the volunteer fire department, had worked at the Naval Ordnance Lab for 25 years before retiring in 1972.

He was a life member of the Rosensteel Council of the Knights of Columbus and a member of St. Bernadette's Catholic Church in Silver Spring.

Mr. Gilson, who was born in Washington, lived in Silver Spring from 1933 until he moved to Mitchellville in 1996.

His wife of 57 years, Helen May Gilson, died in 1985. Survivors include two sons, John Jr., of Silver Spring, and Michael J., of Wheaton; three daughters, Margaret G. Hobbs of Monrovia, Theresa G. Barlow of Bethesda, and Paula G. Hunter of Silver Spring; 21 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Edward S. Collins

PBX Installer

Edward Stone Collins, 90, who worked for the C&P Telephone Co. for 43 years until retiring in 1969 as a PBX installer, died July 31 at a hospice in Edgewater, Md., after a stroke.

Mr. Collins, a Washington native, had lived in Leonardstown, Md., for the past 29 years.

Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Elsie Perry Collins of Leonardstown; a daughter, Beverly C. Kammerer of Newnan, Ga.; two sons, Edward Perry Collins of Edgewater, and Richard Brian Collins of Glendale, Ariz.; a sister, Reba C. Swain of Washington; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Carol Henderson Wivel


Carol Henderson Wivel, 61, who worked as a writer and editor on publications of Sidwell Friends School and the Council for Private Education in the 1970s and 1980s, died of cancer July 31 at her home in Philadelphia. A former resident of Kensington, she lived in the Washington area for 25 years.

Mrs. Wivel created computer databases for the Applied Physics Laboratory of Johns Hopkins University before moving away in 1996.

She was a native of Pleasant Hope, Mo., and a graduate of the University of Missouri, where she also received a master's degree in history. She was a copy editor for Time and Sunset magazines, McGraw-Hill publications and a British company earlier in her career.

Mrs. Wivel was a member of the session, or governing board, of New York Avenue Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Dr. Nelson Wivel of Philadelphia; two children, Mark Wivel of Chestnut Hill, Pa., and Dr. Askley Wivel of Philadelphia; her parents, Carl Henderson and Mary Henderson, both of Marshfield, Mo.; a sister, Anne Natale of Bellmore, N.Y., and a brother, Case Henderson of Rockville.

Kenneth John Sutton

Ford Salesman

Kenneth John Sutton, 35, a Ford salesman who worked at Battlefield Ford in Manassas and other agencies, died of a heart attack Aug. 1 at Prince William Hospital. He lived in Manassas.

Mr. Sutton was born in Falls Church. He had worked for Tyson's, Sheehy and Koon's Ford.

He was a member of Calvary Road Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Survivors include his wife, June E. Sutton, and son, Sean Kenneth Sutton, both of Manassas; his parents, Ronald E. Sutton of Towson and Joan D. Sutton of Springfield; two brothers, Ronald E. Sutton Jr. of Falls Church and Richard D. Sutton of Springfield; and his grandparents, Kenneth E. Sutton and Louise M. Sutton, both of Pittsburgh.

Helen Hunt Garges

Retirement Specialist

Helen Hunt Garges, 82, a retirement specialist who retired in 1979 after 12 years with the Agency for International Development, died of a lung ailment Aug. 1 at her Chevy Chase home.

She was a native of Washington and a graduate of St. Paul's High School.

She was a secretary at the Bureau of Indian Affairs from the 1930s to 1950.

Mrs. Garges was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels and St. Ann's Catholic Church in Washington.

Her husband, Thomas Smith Garges, died in 1967.

Survivors include three daughters, Ann Jones of Sugerloaf Key, Fla., Susan Garges of Bethesda and Mary Caruso of Cherry Hill, N.J.; two brothers, William J. Hunt of Atlanta and Edward R. Hunt of Villa Park, Calif.; and seven grandchildren.