Sophie M. Choumenkovitch

Teacher, Volunteer

Sophie Mayer Choumenkovitch, 81, a longtime Arlington resident who taught French at the Maret School in Washington in the early 1960s, died July 30 at the Fairfax Nursing Center. She had emphysema.

Ms. Choumenkovitch was born in St. Gallen, Switzerland, and raised in a small, rural village called Vitznau on Lake Lucerne. There she helped care for children orphaned during World War II.

She immigrated to the United States around 1950 and settled in Washington, where she lived with her aunt, Helle Bonnet, and uncle, Henri Bonnet, then French ambassador to the United States.

Ms. Choumenkovitch volunteered as a nurse's aide at Children's Hospital and later took a teaching position at the Maret School.

She moved to Mexico City in 1964 and returned to the Washington area 12 years later. She became a U.S. citizen in 1976 and worked as a sales clerk at Garfinckel's department store in Falls Church for about 10 years until the mid-1980s.

Her marriage to Milorad Choumenkovitch ended in divorce.

Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte Choumenkovitch de Loyzaga of Mexico City.

Dorothy F. Gwinn

Capitol Hill Secretary

Dorothy Ford Gwinn, 80, who did secretarial work on Capitol Hill for North Dakota Republicans until retiring in the late 1970s from the office of then-Rep. Mark Andrews, died July 29 at Anne Arundel Medical Center. She had respiratory failure.

Mrs. Gwinn, a resident of Davidsonville, was born in Menominee, Mich., and raised in Casselton, N.D.

After attending a North Dakota business school, she settled in the Washington area in 1943 and did secretarial work for Sen. William Langer until his death in 1959. She then worked for his successor, C. Norman Brunsdale. She worked for Rep. Hjalmar Nygaard from 1961 until his death in 1963 and then for Andrews, who served in the House before winning election to the Senate.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Davidsonville and former president of the Republican Women of Anne Arundel County and a Knights of Columbus ladies auxiliary chapter in Prince George's County.

Her husband of 47 years, Thomas E. Gwinn Sr., died in 1993.

Survivors include three children, Dennis F. Gwinn of Davidsonville, Thomas E. Gwinn Jr. of Edgewater and Anne Marie Gerber of Baltimore; three sisters; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Judith N. Heintz

Child Care Center Founder

Judith Nusbaum Heintz, 64, founder and executive director of Children in the Shoe Inc., a child care center with three locations in Montgomery County, died July 29 at Suburban Hospital. She had sepsis.

Mrs. Heintz had looked after thousands of children since founding her center, then called the Shoe, in Washington in the late 1970s. She was named Employer of the Year in 1996 by the Montgomery County Private Industry Council Inc.

She was born in Rochester, N.Y., and attended the University of Buffalo. She settled in the Washington area in 1964 and did organizing work for the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. At her death, she was a Chevy Chase resident.

Her avocations included gardening and caring for dozens of pets.

Survivors include her husband, H. Theodore "Ted" Heintz Jr., whom she married in 1968, of Chevy Chase; four children, Jon Heintz of Los Angeles, Geoffrey Heintz of Chevy Chase, Nina Heintz of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Linda Heintz of Gaithersburg; her mother, Ruth Nusbaum of Chevy Chase; a sister, Fern G. Garofalo of Takoma Park; and three grandchildren.

Rose Thomas

Personal Care Assistant

Rose Thomas, 39, a personal care assistant for families and nursing homes, died July 28 at Holy Cross Hospital. She had cancer.

Ms. Thomas, a Silver Spring resident, was born in Haiti and worked there as a beautician. She settled in the Washington area in 1990 and was a room attendant at Holy Cross Hospital and Suburban Hospital through the mid-1990s.

She attended Haitian services at Shrine of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Washington and played a leading role in organizing the annual Haitian independence day celebrations. She also helped families organize weddings, baptisms, funeral receptions and other community gatherings.

Her marriage to Jean-Robert Merveille ended in divorce.

Survivors include a son, Robertjo Merveille of Silver Spring; a sister, Marlene Clermont of Silver Spring; and four brothers in Haiti.