Peggy L. Frankel, home­maker

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - OBITUARIES -

Peggy L. Frankel, a World War II war bride who later be­came a Bal­ti­more home­maker, died Thurs­day from pul­monary fail­ure at her Pikesville home. She was 97.

The for­mer Peggy Lenore En­gel, the daugh­ter of Nathan En­gel, a gro­cery store owner, and his wife, Dorothy En­gel, a home­maker, was born in Bal­ti­more and raised in the city’s Pim­lico neigh­bor­hood.

She was a 1941 grad­u­ate of For­est Park High School. While vis­it­ing At­lantic City, she went on a blind date with Dr. Vic­tor Frankel, a bac­te­ri­ol­o­gist.

“He was from Philadel­phia,” said a son, Stu­art Frankel, of Cock­eysville. “He had just re­turned from serv­ing with Gen­eral Pat­ton in Europe and was be­ing as­signed to de­part from Cal­i­for­nia for the war in the Pa­cific. She trav­eled cross-coun­try on a train that was filled with sol­diers. The only other woman on the train was a nun who took in my mother.”

Af­ter she ar­rived in Cal­i­for­nia, the cou­ple wed in 1942, and Dr. Frankel was spared Pa­cific war­fare.

“The atomic bomb was dropped, and the war ended be­fore he had to go over­seas,” her son said.

Af­ter re­turn­ing to Bal­ti­more, the cou­ple lived briefly in Pim­lico be­fore mov­ing to Mount Wash­ing­ton and fi­nally Pikesville, where they were long­time res­i­dents.

For sev­eral years, she worked in her hus­band’s med­i­cal prac­tice as busi­ness man­ager, sec­re­tary and re­cep­tion­ist.

Mrs. Frankel vol­un­teered at Levin­dale He­brew Geri­atric Cen­ter.

She was a mem­ber of the Wood­holme Coun­try Club and en­joyed play­ing bridge and mahjong.

Mrs. Frankel was an ac­com­plished cook and baker and en­joyed en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily and friends.

She was also an in­vet­er­ate Ori­oles fan and, in re­cent years, sel­dom missed a game, her son said.

Mrs. Frankel was a mem­ber of Bal­ti­more He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion.

Grave­side ser­vices are pri­vate. In ad­di­tion to her son, Mrs. Frankel is sur­vived by an­other son, Bob Frankel, of Pikesville; a daugh­ter, Cynde Frankel, of Monk­ton; six grand­chil­dren and nine great­grand­chil­dren.

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