Monique Crasnier Wolfe

Homemaker, Saleswoman

Monique Crasnier Wolfe, 79, a homemaker and former J.C. Penney saleswoman, died of complications from ovarian cancer June 28 at her home in Centreville.

Mrs. Wolfe was born in Paris and spent her childhood in Brittany and Paris. After graduating from a boarding school in Lannion, Brittany, she studied law for a year at the Sorbonne. In 1945, she married an American soldier, and in 1947, she moved with him to the United States.

She and her husband briefly lived in Reading, Pa., before moving back to France, where Mrs. Wolfe's husband went to work as a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Embassy. She became a U.S. citizen in 1949.

She moved with her husband and family to the U.S. Embassy in Panama in 1955, to Rome in 1958, to Manila in 1960 and to Nairobi in 1963, at a time when Kenya achieved "Uhuru," independence from Great Britain. The family returned to the United States in 1965, settling in Alexandria.

After her children were grown, Mrs. Wolfe became an active member of the Rosehill Garden Club in Alexandria and from 1975 to 1990 worked off and on at J.C. Penney for extra income. She moved to the Greenspring Village Retirement Community in 2000 and to Centreville in 2004.

Her husband, Mack Curtin Wolfe, died in 2002.

Survivors include four children, Annik M. Wolfe of Seattle, Pierre P. Wolfe of Centreville, Harold J. Wolfe of Framingham, Mass., and Danielle W. Vaughn of Edgewater; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Beth Lookstein Jacobson

Political Activist

Beth Lookstein Jacobson, 90, a Democratic political activist, died June 29 at Rebecca House, an assisted living facility in Potomac. She had dementia.

Mrs. Jacobson moved to Leisure World in Silver Spring in 1992. There, she organized speakers' forums that brought such political and judicial figures as Hillary Rodham Clinton, Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and Maryland Sens. Paul S. Sarbanes and Barbara A. Mikulski, both Democrats.

Mrs. Jacobson also taught courses on current events in Leisure World's educational program and was active in Maryland and Montgomery County Democratic political groups. She was a member of Jewish Citizens of Leisure World.

She was born in Russia and moved with her family to Brooklyn, N.Y., when she was 7. She graduated from Brooklyn College in 1936 and received a master's degree in education from Brooklyn College in 1965. She taught English in New York City junior high schools for 25 years.

She moved from Leisure World to Potomac five years ago.

Her husband of 61 years, Jack Jacobson, died in 2000.

Survivors include two children, Eleanor Byer of Hollis, N.Y., and David Jacobson of Arlington; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Robert Lyle Werth

Real Estate Executive

Robert Lyle Werth, 90, a retired president of a real estate firm, died of gastrointestinal bleeding June 24 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring. He was a Rockville resident.

Mr. Werth was president of Woodbridge Realty and secretary-treasurer of Franklin Federal Savings and Loan Association. He also did bookkeeping for several produce houses in Washington. After retirement, he worked at two children's clothing stores.

Mr. Werth was born in Norwood, Mass., and moved to Washington in 1923. He graduated from McKinley High School and attended the University of Maryland. He left college to open an ice cream business, which he sold before he entered the Army during World War II. He served in the adjutant general's office in North Africa and Italy. After the war, he returned to the Washington area.

He was a member of Sherwood Presbyterian Church in Northeast Washington and later a member of Adelphi Presbyterian Church, Beltsville Presbyterian Church and Wallace Presbyterian Church in Hyattsville, where he was a trustee, elder, usher and choir member.

He helped establish Camp Hemlock, a church camp in West Virginia, where he delighted children with his ability to wiggle his ears.

He was a member of the Lions Club and sang bass for 20 years in the Rockville Chorus. He left the group about five years ago.

His wife, Margaret Holmes Werth, died in 1976.

Survivors include a daughter, Marguerite H. Wire of Rockville; a son, Robert H. Werth of Silver Spring; a brother; and a sister.