An Oct. 29 obituary of Edward Charles Nykwest incorrectly stated that he covered the Washington Senators for the Washington Star. He was not a sportswriter for the Washington Star. (Published 11/7/2005)

Denise Marciano D'Agostino


Denise Marciano D'Agostino, 60, a former business owner and director of operations for an equipment rental business in Upper Marlboro, died of cancer Oct. 25 at Capital Hospice in Arlington. She was a resident of Washington.

Ms. D'Agostino, who lived in Washington for 41 years, was born in Aliquippa, Pa., and moved to the District to attend the University of the District of Columbia. She owned and operated McMahon Plumbing and Heating with her second husband, working there from 1977 to 1996. In 2003, she went to work for Kelly Generator and Equipment Inc. in Upper Marlboro.

Ms. D'Agostino was a member of the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. She enjoyed gardening and gourmet cooking and was a six-year member of a women's book club.

Her marriages to Rockne Krebs and Richard "Buddy" McMahon ended in divorce.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Bouley of Washington, and a daughter from her first marriage, Heather Krebs of Washington.

Edward Charles Nykwest

Writer, Newspaper Owner

Edward Charles Nykwest, 62, a former Washington Star reporter who later owned weekly newspapers in the Midwest, died Oct. 13 of a heart attack at his home in Stanley, Va.

Mr. Nykwest came to Washington in the 1960s and covered the Washington Senators baseball team for the Star. In 1974, he moved to Mount Vernon, Iowa, to run a small-town paper. When an agreement to buy the paper fell through, he and his wife started another weekly paper, the Mount Vernon Sun, which is still published.

In 1976, they purchased the Limestone Independent News in Bartonville, Ill., which they operated until 1984.

Mr. Nykwest lived in Alexandria from 1984 to 2004 and worked as a freelance writer and handyman. He also had an online service, WriteQuest, which offered assistance with resumes and other writing projects.

He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., as Edward Welling and was adopted by his mother's second husband, Clarence Nykwest. He attended Princeton University, where he was a member of the school's traveling theater troupe. He served in the Coast Guard, sailed around the world twice and spent six months in Antarctica.

His wife of 34 years, Beverly Cardwell Nykwest, died in July.

Survivors include two daughters, Rebecca Nykwest of Denman Island, B.C., and Katherine Nykwest of Alexandria; a sister and a brother.

Thelma C. Neuworth

Synagogue Member

Thelma C. Neuworth, 89, a former teacher and longtime member of a Washington synagogue, died Oct. 18 of pneumonia at Autumn Hill assisted living center in Fulton. She had Alzheimer's disease.

Mrs. Neuworth was born in Pittsburgh and was a 1937 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University. She taught commercial education in high schools near Pittsburgh and Trumbull, Conn., before coming to the Washington area in 1974.

She lived in Chevy Chase for about 25 years and was a member of Washington Hebrew Congregation. She enjoyed international travel and theater.

Her husband of 41 years, Martin Neuworth, died in 1986.

Survivors include two sons, Richard Neuworth of Baltimore and Robert Neuworth of Ellicott City; and nine grandchildren.