Monday's obituary about David Seymour Wertheim misstated the cause of his death and the length of his government career. He died of lung disease and he worked 40 years for the government. (Published 11/02/1999)

Robert C. Coakley

Systems Analyst

Robert C. Coakley, 80, a retired systems analyst, died of cardiovascular failure Oct. 26 at his home at the Knollwood retirement community in Washington.

Mr. Coakley lived in the Washington area off and on for about 40 years. He worked here for the Navy, Commerce and Treasury departments and Potomac Electric Power Co. He was employed by the South Dakota education department in the 1980s and 1990s.

Mr. Coakley was born in Indianapolis. He was a graduate of Marshall University and received a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University. He served in the Army Air Forces in Europe during World War II and was awarded an Air Medal.

He began his career as a clerk with the Chesapeake & Ohio Railroad in the 1940s and later was a legislative liaison for the Brotherhood of Railroad Workers. He worked for Pepperell Manufacturing in New York before moving to Washington.

At Commerce, where he was an international trade specialist, he received a Presidential Citation.

Mr. Coakley volunteered with the Democratic Party in Montgomery County and as a computer instructor for the unemployed. He was a member of Mensa.

His wife, Nancy MacNeill Coakley, died in 1993, and a son, Robert Justin Coakley, died in 1977.

Survivors include a daughter, Carol L. Coakley of Millis, Mass.; a brother; and two grandsons.

David Seymour Wertheim


David Seymour Wertheim, 79, a retired government economist who lived in Washington since 1939, died of liver disease Oct. 27 at Sibley Memorial Hospital.

During a 24-year civil service career, he worked for the Census Bureau, Agriculture Department and the Civil Aeronautics Board. He spent about 15 years at the Justice Department before retiring in 1980.

Mr. Wertheim was a native of New York City and a graduate of George Washington University.

He enjoyed folk dancing and playing tennis. He also was a member of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington.

His wife, Anita Wertheim, from whom he was separated, died in 1995.

Survivors include two children, Alexander Wertheim of Brookeville and Sybil Wertheim of Albuquerque; a brother; and a grandson.

Rebecca Loube

Grocery Store Owner

Rebecca Loube, 96, who in the 1920s and '30s helped her husband run a small grocery and delicatessen in Washington, died Oct. 28 at a nursing home in Baltimore. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Loube, who devoted most of her time to raising a family, settled in Washington soon after immigrating to this country from her native Ukraine in 1920.

In later years, she frequently hosted and played poker with a group of women in Washington and Montgomery County.

She lived in the Washington area for more than 60 years before moving to the Baltimore nursing home in the mid-1980s.

Her husband, Harry Loube, died in 1979, and a son, Sidney Loube, died in 1997.

Survivors include three children, Dr. Samuel Loube of Sanibel, Fla., Gerald Loube of Baltimore and Sandra Strum of Larchmont, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

Francis Marion Garner

Supply Management Officer

Francis Marion Garner, 74, who retired in 1985 after more than 30 years as a supply management officer at the Pentagon, died of complications from cancer Oct. 9 at the Casey House Hospice in Rockville.

Mr. Garner, a Rockville resident since 1952, was born in Pine Bluff, Ark. A former railroad worker, he served in the Army Transportation Corps during World War II and participated in the fighting at Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.

He began his civil service career with the Veterans Administration and started his career with the Army Department in 1950.

He received undergraduate degrees and a master's degree in accounting and financial administration from Benjamin Franklin University.

Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Nanabell Q. Garner of Rockville; five children, Francis M. Garner Jr. of Front Royal, Brenda J. Beglin of Mount Airy, Paul W. Garner of Washington, Robert A. Garner of Gaithersburg and Thomas C. Garner of Studio City, Calif.; two sisters, Olivia Amiss of Wolftown, Va., and Thelma Garner of Springfield; and four grandchildren.

Gladys Harlow West

Convention Coordinator

Gladys Harlow West, 96, a retired convention coordinator for the American Association of School Administrators, died of pneumonia Oct. 20 at the Randolph Hills Nursing Center in Wheaton, where she had spent the past five years. She was a former Silver Spring resident.

Mrs. West, who was born in Pennsylvania, came to Washington in 1911. She was a 1921 graduate of Central High School and attended George Washington University and Strayer Business College.

She joined what became the association in 1923 as a clerk. She became its convention coordinator in 1929, holding that job until retiring in 1973. Over the years, she edited speeches given at the convention and convention programs.

Mrs. West received keys to the cities of Dallas and Atlantic City for her efforts in organizing conventions in those cities. She also was named a "distinguished alumna" of Central High.

She had been a member of Swedenborgian Church of the Holy City in Washington. She had sung in the church choir and served as its music committee chairman. She also was a member of the Abracadabra Club, a social group.

Her husband, Robert W. West, whom she married in 1941, died in 1988. She leaves no immediate survivors.

Robert L. Von Gerichten

Navy Officer

Robert L. Von Gerichten, 74, a retired Navy captain who was an aviator and aeronautical engineer, died of respiratory failure Oct. 27 at Alexandria Hospital.

Capt. Von Gerichten, a native of Columbus, Ohio, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1946 with the Class of 1947. He served on aircraft carriers in the Pacific and later became involved in airplane design.

His military assignments as an aeronautical engineer took him to the David Taylor Model Basin and Naval Air Systems Command. After 30 years, he retired from the Navy in 1976 and went to work for Delex Corp. in Fairfax. He spent eight years with his own consulting firm before retiring in 1989.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret S. Von Gerichten of Springfield; and a brother.

Andrew A. Mandjuris

Business Executive

Andrew A. Mandjuris, 79, a Washington area native who worked for Ginn's Office Products for 16 years before retiring in 1984 as vice president-treasurer, died of pulmonary disease Oct. 29 at a hospital on Marco Island, Fla. A former Potomac resident, he lived on Marco Island for the past five years.

Mr. Mandjuris was also an avid horseman who maintained business ties with Murmur horse farm in Darlington. In 1983, his horse, "I Am the Game," ran in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

Born in Washington, he spent his childhood in Riverdale and Hyattsville. After studying journalism at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., he opened Wynn's Steak House in Hyattsville and operated the restaurant in the 1950s.

He was a member and past treasurer of Christ Lutheran Church in Bethesda.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Mandjuris of Marco Island, Fla.; a daughter, Winnie Boothe of Potomac; and a granddaughter.

Marcella Broderick Furlong


Marcella Broderick Furlong, 88, a teacher at St. John Baptist de la Salle Elementary School in Chillum from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s, died of cardiac arrest Oct. 29 at Carriage Hill Nursing Home. She lived in Bethesda.

Mrs. Furlong was born in Shenandoah, Pa., and graduated in 1931 from what is now Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She taught at elementary schools in Pennsylvania before moving to the Washington area in the mid-1950s.

She was a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Bethesda.

Her husband of 55 years, George T. Furlong, died in 1997. She leaves no immediate survivors.