The July 28 obituary of Ada Rae Udell incorrectly listed the city where her husband and daughter live. Eugene Schwartzbart and Lauren Schwartzbart are residents of Germantown. (Published 8/1/04)
H.H. Wiechmann, 94, who spent more than 70 years in the pulpit as a Lutheran minister, died June 29 of a stroke at Renaissance Gardens, a nursing home in Springfield.
In a rare father-son arrangement, Rev. Wiechmann served 21 years as associate pastor of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Springfield, where his son, the Rev. Ralph Wiechmann, was senior pastor. The elder Rev. Wiechmann, who was known as "Pastor H.H.," retired in 1994, when he was 85, but continued to preach and lead education classes until three years ago, when he had a series of strokes.
Helmut Henry Gottfried Wiechmann was born in La Crescent, Minn. His father was a Lutheran minister, and the family spoke German at home. As a boy, he was known to stand on a chair and pretend he was in a pulpit, preaching to his 10 brothers and sisters.
He attended Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., and graduated at age 20 -- the youngest graduate to that point -- from Concordia Seminary, then in Springfield, Ill. He directed the seminary band and played piano for the choir. He remained a skilled musician throughout his life.
From 1930 to 1973, Rev. Wiechmann was pastor of Lutheran churches in Ellensburg, Wash.; Orange, Calif.; Freistadt, Wis.; and Hialeah, Fla. Between 1949 and 1960, when he was posted to the oldest Lutheran church in Wisconsin, he preached weekly sermons in English and German.
In 1973, he came to Prince of Peace in Springfield, which his son had founded in 1962. The elder Rev. Wiechmann led services, taught Bible studies and was especially popular with children.
He received awards from his seminary and from Concordia College in Bronxville, N.Y., for his long service to the Lutheran Church. At least 24 parishioners from his churches became ordained ministers.
Rev. Wiechmann's wife of 47 years, Ruth Wiechmann, died in 1979. His daughter, Ruthmary North, died in 2000.
Survivors include two sons, Dr. Gerald Wiechmann of Gainesville, Fla., and the Rev. Ralph Wiechmann of Leesburg, associate pastor of Our Savior's Way Lutheran Church in Ashburn; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters; and a brother.
Ada Rae Udell
NASA Headquarters Budget Officer
Ada Rae Udell, 51, who became NASA's deputy director for the Headquarters Business Management Division in 2002, died June 26 from complications of breast cancer at Casey House hospice in Rockville. She lived in Germantown.
Ms. Udall worked in the Office of Headquarters Operations. She was hired as a program analyst at NASA headquarters in 1988 and worked until the time of her death. She became the budget officer for NASA headquarters in 1999 and was responsible for managing all facets of its operations budgets.
She earned numerous awards for her leadership, dedication and performance at NASA. In June, she was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.
Ms. Udell was born in Baltimore and grew up in Severn. She graduated from Glen Burnie High School and became a hair stylist in Montgomery County and in Hawaii. Returning from Hawaii, she worked at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, as a secretary and then a computer programmer.
Ms. Udell also was active in school and community affairs.
Her marriage to James Udell ended in divorce.
Survivors include her husband of 21 years, Eugene Schwartzbart, and a daughter, Lauren Schwartzbart, both of McLean; her parents, Charles H. Newton of Pasadena and Marie E. Bauer of Glen Burnie; two brothers, Ross Newton of Mount Airy and Duane Newton of Phoenix, Md.
Charles D. Saunders
Charles D. Saunders, 79, an auto mechanic, died of cancer July 16 at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Washington. He was a resident of Hyattsville.
Mr. Saunders was born and raised in Baltimore and served in the Navy during World War II. He worked for a railroad in Baltimore and the Army's Harry Diamond laboratories before settling into his career as an auto mechanic. He worked at a variety of shops and retired in the 1970s.
Mr. Saunders loved big band music, especially Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey; dancing, smoking, drinking beer and eating hot dogs. He liked to drive his car, play with cats and birds, and watch television and music videos. He tinkered with electronics throughout his life and became a popular resident of Friendship Arms Apartments for the elderly in Hyattsville.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Georgia Saunders, of Hyattsville; three daughters, Judy Heyde of College Park, Joanne Parker of Palmer Park and Mary "Millie" Roehsner Faber of Owings; six grandchildren; and two great-granddaughters.
Charles Marvin Perkins
Air Force Lieutenant Colonel
Charles Marvin Perkins, 73, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel and security firm owner, died July 7 at the Department of Veterans Affairs nursing home in Washington. He had Parkinson's disease.
Col. Perkins, a Rockville resident, was born in Union County, Ohio.
He was a graduate of George Washington University, where he also did graduate work in international affairs. He received a law degree from Newport University in California in the 1980s.
He joined the Air Force in 1955. His first assignment was at Langley Air Force Base, where he was commander of the confinement center, which held prisoners.
He was then selected for the Office of Special Investigations and was assigned to the island of Crete in the Mediterranean. He later became chief of OSI's investigative division in Athens and then chief of OSI's operations division in Athens.
He returned to the United States to be assistant professor of aerospace studies at Denison University in Ohio in the late 1960s. From Denison, he led an OSI training team to Vietnam. He was commander of an OSI detachment at Osan Air Force Base, Korea, in 1971 and 1972.
In the mid-1970s, Col. Perkins became vice commandant of the Air Force OSI School of Special Investigations in Washington. He was chief of counterterrorism and attache security with the Defense Intelligence Agency from 1976 to 1981, when he retired from the Air Force.
In 1985, Col. Perkins joined the Washington Metropolitan Police Reserves. He became a captain and reserve commander of the 2nd District, where he served until 1993.
After retiring, he formed Perkins Protective Services Inc., a private security firm. He handled more than 1,000 cases, including an investigation into a generic drug scandal at the Federal Drug Administration. He consequently appeared on the television program "20/20."
He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.
He formerly taught criminal investigative courses at the University of the District of Columbia and Montgomery College.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Sarah Georgene Finkbone Perkins of Rockville; two children, Charles Brian Perkins of Gaithersburg and Catherine Perkins of Rockville; two brothers, Dorance Duane Perkins and Luther Gale Perkins, both of Richwood, Ohio; a sister, Harriet Ann Perkins of Hagerstown; and two grandchildren.
Ernest Joseph Simpson
Ernest Joseph Simpson, 65, a union electrician, died of respiratory arrest July 18 at his home in Alexandria.
Mr. Simpson was a top craft electrician who received a U.S. flag that had flown over the Capitol for his work in the Rayburn House Office Building about seven years ago, his family said.
He worked as a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in the Washington area from the time he got his union card in 1969 until he retired in 1998.
He was born in Shipman, Va., and moved to the Washington area as a youth, graduating from Fairfax High School. He served in the Army's honor guard from 1958 to 1960.
He was a member of Mount Vernon Unitarian Church, IBEW Local 26 Retirees and the National Rifleman's Association.
His marriages to Judy Simpson and Delores Simpson ended in divorce.
Survivors include his wife of 19 years, Anastatia Walsh of Alexandria; a son, Steven Walsh Simpson of Alexandria; a stepdaughter, Stacey Ann Nordwall of Oakland, Calif.; his mother, Katherine Simpson of Shenandoah County; a brother; and a sister.
Frank Eugene Henry
Phone Company Official
Frank Eugene Henry, 82, a retired assistant vice president of what is now Verizon, died of heart disease July 20 at the Brooke Grove nursing and retirement center in Sandy Spring.
Mr. Henry was born in Baltimore. After graduation from Forest Park High School, he went to work in the cable department of the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. He enlisted in the Army Signal Corps in 1942 and served in North Africa and Europe during World War II.
After his discharge in 1945, he returned to the telephone company and worked in installation and repair. He later worked in the commercial department in Southern Maryland and Baltimore and held various positions in Washington. In the 1960s, he became assistant vice president for training, and he retired in 1982.
He was in community organizations in Silver Spring, where he lived for 22 years, and in Ellicott City for the past 19 years. He also was a member of Colesville United Methodist Church in Silver Spring and Glen Mar United Methodist Church in Ellicott City.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Olevia Eitemiller Henry of Ellicott City; two daughters, Nancy H. Lewis of Columbia and Deborah H. Carty of Kensington; and three grandsons.
William Cowen Driscoll
William Cowen Driscoll, 82, retired chief of agency evaluation in the U.S. Civil Service Commission's Bureau of Executive Management, died of liver disease July 22 at the Manor Care nursing home in Fairfax.
Mr. Driscoll retired from his position in 1979, after a 45-year career in federal personnel management. In addition to the Civil Service Commission, he worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Office of Price Stabilization, the Defense Supply Agency and the Selective Service System.
Mr. Driscoll was born in Syracuse, N.Y. He graduated from John Carroll University in Ohio in 1942 and served in the Army in World War II.
After retirement and until 1986, he operated Driscoll Associates, a personnel management consulting business. He also imported, made and sold toy soldiers as a hobby. He lived in Fairfax.
His son, Mark S. Driscoll, died in 1995.
Survivors include his wife, Muriel B. Driscoll of Fairfax; two grandchildren; and a brother.
Frances Tewes Webster
Frances Tewes Webster, 72, a nursery and preschool teacher in Washington and Bethesda for 18 years, died of cancer July 21 at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda.
Mrs. Webster taught in the early childhood program at St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School in Washington and Washington Episcopal School in Bethesda.
She was born in San Antonio and had lived in Bethesda for the past 52 years. She graduated from the Fairfax Hall boarding school in Waynesboro, Va., and Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington.
She was a member of the Junior League. Her marriage to Sherwood F. Webster ended in divorce.
Survivors include three children, David S. Webster of Bethesda, Karen W. Chapman of Richmond and Katherine W. Upton of Shepherdstown, W.Va.; a brother; and two granddaughters.
Antoinette 'Toni' Smith
Antoinette Colin "Toni" Smith, 79, who did secretarial work at the Agriculture Department from the early 1950s to the early 1980s, died July 24 at Civista Hospital in La Plata. She had septicemia.
Mrs. Smith, a Waldorf resident, was born in Tarentum, Pa. She helped install airplane windshields at Pittsburgh Plate Glass during World War II. She settled in the Washington area about 1950.
Her interests included dancing to big band music, sewing and gardening.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, William Edward Smith of Waldorf; two children, Mary Gallo of Waldorf and Timothy Smith of La Plata; a brother; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.