Patricia Patrick Coontz, 76, a real estate saleswoman in Northern Virginia for three decades, died of respiratory failure Nov. 4 at Inova Alexandria Hospital. She had pancreatic cancer.
Mrs. Coontz relished her career in real estate, her family said, entering the field in the early 1970s after her children were grown. She was a top seller several years in a row at Macklin-Hansen Realty in Alexandria and became an associate broker there. She especially enjoyed helping young families find and afford starter homes.
She was born in Bogalusa, La., and raised in Columbia, Miss. She attended Tulane University in New Orleans while working for a contractor. She married a naval officer in 1955 and embarked on 12 moves in 13 years. A small compensation for that work, and for raising her children alone while her husband was away on sea duty, came in 1958 when she christened the guided missile frigate USS Coontz, named after her husband's grandfather, Adm. Robert E. Coontz.
When the family settled in Alexandria in 1968, Mrs. Coontz volunteered as corresponding secretary for the Navy's Society of Sponsors and joined the Kate Waller Barrett Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. She also was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Alexandria.
Survivors include her husband of 49 years, retired Navy Capt. Robert J. Coontz of Alexandria; 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; a half brother; and three grandchildren.