Jerome Tobias

Structural Engineer

Jerome Tobias, 81, a structural engineer with the Department of Housing and Urban Development who retired in 1994, died of leukemia Feb. 28 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring.

Mr. Tobias, who lived in Silver Spring, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II, then graduated from the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University.

In 1948, he moved to the Washington area and for the next 16 years worked for the D.C. government as an engineering technician. He studied civil engineering at George Washington University and received a second bachelor's degree there.

In 1964, he became a civil engineer with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command. He joined the staff at HUD in 1971.

He received a HUD Departmental Certificate of Commendation in 1993.

In retirement, Mr. Tobias took courses at the University of Maryland in a variety of subjects.

Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Alison Tobias of Silver Spring; three children, Bruce Tobias of Frederick, Jennifer Tobias of New York and Keith Tobias of Silver Spring; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Dorothy R. Krabill

Teacher and Volunteer

Dorothy R. Krabill, 88, a substitute teacher in Montgomery County elementary schools in the 1960s and 1970s and a longtime volunteer with the American Cancer Society, died of congestive heart failure March 3 at Montgomery General Hospital. She lived in Olney.

Mrs. Krabill was a native of Marietta, Pa., and an English graduate of the University of Delaware. She received a teaching certificate from the University of Maryland. In the 1940s, she taught and was a counselor at the Montrose School for Girls in Reisterstown, Md.

In the 1970s and 1980s, Mrs. Krabill was volunteer coordinator for the Montgomery County chapter of the cancer society. She developed an inquiry and referral desk that was used as a model for other chapters across the country.

She was awarded the president's award of the society's Maryland division.

She was a member of the Tilden Woods Garden Club in Rockville, the Terrapin Club and the Olney Republican Women's Club.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Dr. Herman F. Krabill of Olney; three children, Cindy Krabill of Denver, Linda Asper of Chicago and David Krabill of Portland, Ore.; five grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.

Dorothy Perkins O'Brien

Church and Club Member

Dorothy Perkins O'Brien, 78, whose former memberships included Trinity United Methodist Church in McLean, the International Country Club in Fairfax and the Langley Swim and Tennis Club, died of cancer Feb. 6 at the Hospice of Northern Virginia. She lived in Sky Valley, Ga.

Mrs. O'Brien was a native of Bennettsville, S.C., and accompanied her husband on his assignments as a flight engineer for Trans World Airlines before settling in the Washington area about 1960.

She was a McLean resident when she moved to Georgia in the early 1980s.

Her husband of 59 years, Harry S. O'Brien, died in 1998.

Survivors include four daughters, Sandra L. O'Brien of Sterling, Zan Mustaine of Bradenton, Fla., Jill O'Brien-Jones of Providence Forge, Va., and Kelly Pendleton of Charlotte, N.C.; and four grandchildren.

Myrtle D. Wengel


Myrtle D. Wengel, 85, who had been secretary-treasurer of an electronics security business operated by her husband since the 1960s, died of congestive heart failure Feb. 22 at Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Mrs. Wengel, who lived in Annandale, was born in Milwaukee. She graduated from the Wisconsin Art Academy.

Before settling in the Washington area in 1963, she accompanied her husband, retired Air Force Col. Emil Wengel, to military postings in Thailand and Germany and across the United States.

Until her death, Mrs. Wengel was secretary-treasurer of Wengel Electronics home security.

In the mid-1960s, she was president of the Washington Bangkok Wives Club.

In addition to her husband, of Annandale, survivors include four children, Carolyn Mikeska of Annandale, Stephanie Watson of Haymarket, Robert Wengel of Sterling and Leslie Gilbert of Arizona; a brother; and three grandchildren.

Irving Lublin

Electronics Engineer

Irving Lublin, 83, a Navy Department electronics engineer who retired in 1984 as a section chief with the Geo-Navigation Systems Command in Arlington, died of a heart attack March 3 at a hospital in South Pasadena, Fla. He moved from Silver Spring to St. Petersburg, Fla., in 1995.

Mr. Lublin was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and a graduate of Brooklyn College. He did graduate work in electronics engineering at Ohio State University while working at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, and later studied art at Montgomery College.

He served in the Army Air Forces as a radar instructor during World War II, and in the Air Force during the Korean War. He retired as a reserve colonel in 1984.

Mr. Lublin worked for American Bosch Arma Corp. in New York before joining the Navy Department in 1965. He worked on the development of primary navigation systems, including the international system called Omega, and was president of a government-private industry group called the Omega Association.

He was a consultant after he retired.

Mr. Lublin was vice president of Temple Emanuel in Kensington and a member of its retreat group. His interests included painting, gardening, fishing, wine-making and bridge. He received the distinguished alumni award of Brooklyn College.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Betty Lublin of St. Petersburg; four children, Glen Lublin and Peter Lublin, both of Silver Spring, Joann Lublin of Ridgewood, N.J., and Toni Lublin-Zaglin of Atlanta; a brother; and two grandchildren.

Mark Carlin

Music and Fashion Consultant

Mark Weldon Carlin, 47, a tennis pro in the 1980s at Crystal Gateway Racquet Club in Crystal City and thereafter a freelance music and fashion consultant for Washington area disc jockeys and bands, died Feb. 24 at his home in Washington.

The D.C. medical examiner's office was awaiting test results to determine the cause of death, a spokeswoman for the office said.

Mr. Carlin was born in Alexandria and attended the Hawthorne School in Washington.

At 14, he began importing clothes from England and then spent about five years in London as an apprentice tailor at Deborah and Claire.

He returned to the Washington area in the late 1970s and was an assistant tennis pro at Skyline Racquet Club.

Survivors include his mother, Harriet Carlin, and a brother, Chip Carlin, both of Alexandria.

Samuel Joseph 'Sammy' Zepka

Alexandria High School Graduate

Samuel Joseph "Sammy" Zepka, 42, a 1979 graduate of Mount Vernon High School, where he was co-captain of the varsity football team and also played varsity baseball and basketball, died Feb. 18 at his home in Melbourne, Fla.

The Brevard County medical examiner's office was awaiting test results to determine the cause of death, a spokesman for the office said.

Mr. Zepka was born in Windber, Pa., and grew up in Alexandria. He won many awards during his high school athletic career. He was a graduate of Towson University, where he was co-captain of the football team.

He then settled in Florida, where he was a health club physical trainer, owned a sports bar and managed night clubs. At his death, he was a sales representative for a magazine.

Survivors include his wife, Isabella Zepka, and their son, William Zepka, both of Melbourne; two stepdaughters, Brenda Berys and Barbara Hamilton, both of Miami; his parents, William and Janet Zepka, of Satellite Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Victor Zepka of Fort Lauderdale and Kevin Zepka of Melbourne; and two sisters, Betsy Mathes of Alexandria and Candee Terry of Melbourne.

Mary Easley Tarpley


Mary Easley Tarpley, 90, a librarian who retired in 1974 as chief of the children's room at the Westover branch of the Arlington library system, died of pneumonia Feb. 27 at Inova Alexandria Hospital.

Ms. Tarpley, a resident of Alexandria, was born in Pittsylvania County, Va. She graduated from Mary Washington College.

She did postgraduate study in library science at the University of North Carolina and received a master's degree in library science from Rutgers University. She was a high school librarian in Pittsylvania County, a schoolteacher in New Castle and a legal secretary in Danville, Va., before moving to the Washington area in 1953.

For one year, she taught at Page Elementary School in Arlington, then joined the Arlington public library system, initially as a children's librarian at the Central Library.

She was a member of Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, the Women's Committee of the Arlington Symphony, and the Committee of 100 in Arlington.

For more than 70 years, she had corresponded with a pen pal in Nova Scotia, to whom she had first written when she was in the third grade in Pittsylvania County. They met face-to-face after several decades of correspondence.

Her avocations included gardening, reading and travel.

Survivors include two sisters, Elizabeth Tarpley Pollok of Danville and Eleanor Tarpley of Alexandria.