WASHINGTON (AP) _ Abner W. Sibal, a former two-term Republican member of the House from Connecticut, died Thursday of a heart attack at his home in nearby Alexandria, Va. He was 78.

Sibel served in Congress from 1961 until his defeat for re-election in 1964. He practiced law in Washington until becoming general counsel of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 1975, serving until 1978.

Survivors include his wife, Marjorie, two children and five stepchildren.