Gary J. Galbreath

Pipe Fitter

Gary J. Galbreath, 57, a retired pipe fitter and longtime member of the International Heat and Insulators and Asbestos Workers Local No. 24, died Sept. 5 at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va., after a heart attack.

A Winchester resident for the last 18 years, Mr. Galbreath worked on assignments for John Mansville and Performance Contracting, among other area companies. He also owned and operated a business in Winchester, Economy Food & Deli, from 1981 to 1989.

Mr. Galbreath was born in the District and grew up in Annapolis. An avid water-skier and aficionado of water sports during his youth, he graduated from Annapolis High School. He became a pipe fitter at age 18. He joined the Local No. 24 in 1960 and retired as a journeyman in 1995.

While living in Silver Spring in the early 1960s, he served with the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department.

His marriage to Frieda Kitsoulis of Winchester ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son and daughter, James C. Galbreath and Stephanie G. Renner, both of Winchester; a sister, Delores Angel of Olney; and a grandchild.

Elizabeth Jean Burkley

French Professor and Real Estate Agent

Elizabeth Jean Burkley, 78, a former French professor and retired real estate agent, died of pneumonia Aug. 25 at Arlington Hospital.

Mrs. Burkley, who lived in Arlington, worked as a real estate agent in Northern Virginia for nearly 25 years before retiring in February from Better Homes and Garden Metropolitan Homes Realtors.

She was a native of Ohio and a drama graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. She received a master's degree in French from Emory University, taught French there and at Spelman College in Atlanta and then at George Mason University for about 10 years until the early 1970s.

Her husband, retired Army Lt. Col. Jay Burkley, died in 1989.

Survivors include three children, Sherry Brindeau of France, Diane Burkley Alejandro of Fairfax and Jon Burkley of San Antonio; and seven grandchildren.