- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 5, 2007

Ann Van Herpe, 75, master gardener

Ann Dieffenbach Van Herpe, a lifelong Washington-area resident, died of cancer June 25 in her home in Potomac. She was 75.

Mrs. Van Herpe was born in the District and graduated from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in 1948.

After earning an associate degree from Marjorie Webster Junior College in 1950, she was a secretary at the Department of Interior, where she worked until she married Leo B. Van Herpe in 1955.

After her husband completed his residency in orthopedics, the couple moved to Somerset, then Bethesda and finally Potomac Falls in 1969.

Mrs. Van Herpe’s hobbies included reading and gardening, and she was an active member of the Master Gardeners of Montgomery County.

For 45 years, she dedicated much time and energy to the Outreach Program at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Potomac.

She was also a member of the Arlington County Physicians Wives Association.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Dr. Leo B. Van Herpe; two sons, Michael A. Van Herpe of Potomac, and Christoph L. Van Herpe of Cazenovia, N.Y.; three daughters, Sandra A. Christian of Gaithersburg, Leslie L. Van Herpe-Shockley of Owasso, Okla., and Pamela G. Bohner of Mill Valley, Calif.; twin brothers, Paul Dieffenbach of Littlestown, Pa., and Philip Dieffenbach of Urbana, Md.; and eight grandchildren.