- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 11, 2004

Patricia P. Coontz, 76, real estate agent

Patricia Patrick Coontz, who sold real estate in Northern Virginia for three decades, died Nov. 4 of complications from pancreatic cancer at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She was 76.

Born in Bogalusa, La., Mrs. Coontz was raised during the Depression by family friends Fanny and Thomas Ford in Columbia, Miss. Her high school years took place during World War II, when many of the town’s young men were off at war.

After graduating from Columbia High School in 1945, she worked for a contractor and took night courses at Tulane University in New Orleans. While living in the old French Quarter, she met Robert J. Coontz at a party. They were married in 1955.

As a naval wife, Mrs. Coontz moved 12 times during her husband’s career — including four cross-country moves. Their children were born in naval hospitals in Annapolis and San Diego. Mrs. Coontz often was left with raising the children by herself when her husband’s sea duty required him to be away for tours ranging from six to 10 months.

She christened the guided missile frigate USS Coontz (DLG-9, later DDG-40) in 1959; the ship was named after her husband’s grandfather, Adm. Robert E. Coontz.

After the family’s move in 1968 to Alexandria, Mrs. Coontz volunteered as the corresponding secretary for the Society of Sponsors.

Curiosity about her ancestors blossomed into an interest in genealogy, and she later joined the Kate Waller Barrett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church for 35 years.

When her oldest son entered high school, Mrs. Coontz re-entered the work force in the early 1970s, as did many other former housewives. She relished her second career in selling real estate and was a top seller several years in a row, achieving the title of associate broker at Macklin-Hansen Realty in Alexandria. Her emphasis was on helping young families find and afford attractive starter homes.

Mrs. Coontz enjoyed traveling and visited Mexico, Japan, Scotland, Egypt, Germany, France and Alaska.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Robert J. Coontz Jr. of Alexandria and Kenneth Lee Coontz II of Toronto; a daughter, Constance Coontz Mazelsky of Andover, Mass.; a sister, Mary Katherine Evans; a half-brother, John Patrick; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Nov. 30 at Fort Myer’s Old Post Chapel on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery.

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