Virginia Loryma 'Ginny' Wertz, 74, a retired art librarian for the D.C. Public Library, died April 9 at Sibley Memorial Hospital of
congestive heart failure and complications from a fall. She lived in Washington.
A Washington native, Ms. Wertz was born in the old Sibley Hospital and graduated from Paul Junior High School and Wilson
High School. She worked for 11 years in the directory division of the C&P Telephone Co. while attending night school at
American University. She received an associate's degree in 1958 and a bachelor's degree in communication in 1961.
Beginning in 1963, she worked at the Chevy Chase branch of the D.C. Public Library. While pursuing a master's degree in
library science at Catholic University, she worked part time in the arts library of the Kennedy Center, helping with research on
candidates for the Kennedy Center Honors.
After receiving her master's degree in 1983, Ms. Wertz served as the art librarian at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in
downtown Washington. She retired in 1993.
She had been a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Chevy Chase since 1961 and was a member of the Eastern Star.
She enjoyed the theater, movies and writing poetry.
Survivors include a brother, Melvin J. Wertz of Washington.
-- Matt Schudel