Virginia Saegmuller Knull Navy Wife, TeacherVirginia Saegmuller Knull, 85, a Navy wife and former teacher, died of brain cancer Feb. 21 at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, an assisted living facility in Irvington.
Mrs. Knull was born in Rochester, N.Y., and grew up in Arlington County. After graduating from George Washington University with a degree in psychology in 1942, she worked for the National Child Research Center before becoming the first preschool teacher at the Rock Spring Cooperative Preschool in Arlington. In the mid-1940s, she received her master's degree in early childhood education from the University of Michigan and worked at the Merrill-Palmer Institute, a proponent of early-childhood education. She then moved to Hawaii to teach young girls to be teachers in a program sponsored by the University of Hawaii.
After marrying a young Navy submariner in Hawaii, she spent the next 26 years living in San Diego; Hawaii; New London, Conn.; Norfolk; and other Navy duty stations, while raising a family and making lifelong friends within the close-knit submarine community.
When her husband retired in 1970, the Knulls returned to the Arlington home they built on a farm that had been in Mrs. Knull's family for years. She renewed her involvement at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington, helping organize the church archives and planning the annual Strawberry Festival, among other activities.
She also joined other Navy wives in a Washington area tour guide service and contributed a number of family documents to Arlington County's archives. She enjoyed travel, visiting Europe, Japan and Mexico and taking numerous trips in the United States.
A painter who specialized in watercolors, she was a member and officer of the McLean Art Club. After moving to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in 2003, she was chairwoman of the activities committee and volunteered to help children at a nearby elementary school with their reading.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, retired Capt. William H. Knull Jr. of Irvington; two sisters, Jane S. Ames of Irvington and Barbara S. McAleer of Winchester; three children, William H. Knull III of Houston, Kenneth M. Knull of Lancaster, Va., and Barbara Cribbs of Roanoke; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Blanche R. Levenberg Court Reporter, DocentBlanche R. Levenberg, 98, a Northern Virginia court reporter in the 1950s and early 1960s who later became director of docent education at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, died Feb. 24 at Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads, a Falls Church retirement home. She had a stroke.
In the past year, Mrs. Levenberg had become a member of Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, but she had been a longtime member of Arlington-Fairfax Jewish Congregation, now called Congregation Etz Hayim. She was the founding president of the synagogue's sisterhood organization.
She also was a member of B'nai B'rith, Hadassah and other Jewish organizations.
Blanche Reinhart was born near Pittsburgh and attended George Washington University.
In the 1960s and 1970s, she lived in Thailand and Cambodia with her husband, a State Department employee. She wrote magazine articles and once interviewed the Dalai Lama when he visited Thailand.
After returning to Washington, she became a member of the Asian-American Forum and a docent at the Hirshhorn. She helped start a program for visually impaired children to have specially designed "touch" tours of Hirshhorn statues.
She moved to Goodwin House from McLean in 2005.
Her husband, Marvin Levenberg, whom she married in 1935, died in 1978.
Survivors include two children, Judy Rivkind of Mount Pleasant, S.C., and Steve Levenberg of Asheville, N.C.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
John Maurice Collins War Veteran, Sales Rep John Maurice Collins, 80, a veteran of World War II and the Korean War who later was a sales representative for a publishing company, died of sepsis Feb. 18 at Montgomery General Hospital. He was a resident of Ashton.
Mr. Collins was born in Arlington, Mass., the sixth of eight children. He attended Boston College High School for a year before enlisting in the Army in 1944. He fought in World War II with the 242nd Anti-Tank Regiment of the 42nd Rainbow Division in Europe until 1946. He also was a member of the force that liberated the Dachau concentration camp. Among his service awards were the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and a Purple Heart.
After returning home, he completed high school and reenlisted in the Army. He fought in the Korean War and later served in the Panama Canal Zone and Verona, Italy, with the Southern European Task Force. In 1966, he transferred to Washington to serve with the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon. While working as a logistics specialist, he attended school at night and graduated from the University of Maryland. He retired from the Army in 1970 at the rank of staff sergeant major.
Throughout the 1970s, Mr. Collins worked for W.H. Sadlier Publishing Co. as a sales representative for Catholic schools in the Washington and Maryland regions. He also volunteered at Montgomery General Hospital and was an avid fisherman.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Jane Blunt Collins of Ashton; and three stepsons, Tim McGrath of Comus, Thomas McGrath of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Samuel McGrath of Ashton.
Stanley Freedman Diplomat Liquors Co-OwnerStanley Freedman, 88, a native Washingtonian who co-owned Diplomat Liquors at 17th and Q streets NW for 13 years until his retirement in 1970, died Feb. 9 at Montgomery General Hospital of complications from a heart attack and pneumonia.
He had lived in Silver Spring since 1989 and before that in Chevy Chase and Coconut Creek, Fla.
Mr. Freedman was a 1937 graduate of McKinley Technical High School, where he played baseball and basketball. That same year, he joined his father's grocery store business. The two men owned several stores before becoming the proprietors of Diplomat Liquors in 1957.
A longtime Mason, Mr. Freeman was a member of Samuel Gompers/Benjamin Franklin Masonic Lodge No. 45 and its Fellowcraft Club. He also was a 32nd-degree Scottish Rite Mason and a past monarch of Fudda Nabi Grotto, another Masonic organization.
He belonged to Sigma Alpha Rho, a Jewish high school fraternity, Indian Springs Country Club in Silver Spring and Ohev Shalom Talmud Torah Congregation in Washington.
In his youth, he worked as the chief press box attendant for the Washington Senators.
A daughter, Francine Freedman, died in 1984.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Bella Freedman of Silver Spring, and a son, Steven Freedman of Gaithersburg.
Virginia H. Jarboe IRS Tax ExaminerVirginia Henrietta Jarboe, 85, who joined the Internal Revenue Service in the early 1940s and spent about 25 years as a tax examiner, died Feb. 23 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Leonardtown. She had a heart ailment.
Ms. Jarboe was a Leonardtown native and a 1939 graduate of Margaret Brent High School in Helen. She attended the former Strayer's Business College in Washington.
She was a Hyattsville resident much of her IRS career. She later returned to St. Mary's County, and where she was member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Leonardtown.
Her avocations included reading poetry. She was a descendant of early Maryland settlers.
Survivors include three sisters, Ann E. Kurz of Oakland, Calif., Margaret T. Tippett of Leonardtown and Mary L. Stone of Waldorf; and two brothers, John L. Jarboe Sr. of Charlotte Hall and Joseph D. Jarboe of Lincoln, Neb.
Alton Marshall Kramer VolunteerAlton Marshall Kramer, 82, a retiree from Massachusetts who volunteered at Montgomery County public libraries after moving to the Washington area in 1999, died Feb. 18 at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville of pneumonia and other complications associated with strokes and Alzheimer's disease.
Mr. Kramer, who had lived at the Rockville Nursing Home since 2004, volunteered for several years at the Chevy Chase and Little Falls libraries as well as the Bethesda library on Arlington Road.
He was a native of Middleboro, Mass., and a World War II Army veteran. He served first as a private and then as a sergeant in the 414th Infantry Regiment of the 104th Infantry Division and received a Purple Heart after being badly wounded during the Battle of Huertgen Forest in Germany.
He later took part in the liberation of a Nazi concentration camp near Nordhausen.
Mr. Kramer, a graduate of Tufts University, and his wife, A. Eunice Kramer, owned and operated a clothing store in Middleboro for about 40 years until his retirement in 1987.
His wife, to whom he had been married for 44 years, died in 1993.
Survivors include five sons, Steven Kramer of Bethesda, A.J. Kramer of Kensington, Mark Kramer of Cambridge, Mass., Matthew Kramer of Cambridge, England, and David Kramer of Washington; and three grandchildren.