Cecilia S. Poffel, a homemaker who lived for many years in Parkville, died of cancer Thursday at Harford Memorial Hospital. The Perryville resident was 76.
Cecilia Schroeder was born in Gdynia, Poland, a fishing village, and came with her family to East Baltimore when she was 13. Her family had fled the advancing Soviet Army and she lived in a displaced-persons camp in Germany for three years.
She was a 1955 graduate of Catholic High School.
In 1958, she married William A. Poffel Sr., who had a claw machine business. They lived in Parkville, where they raised their family.
Mrs. Poffel painted landscapes and flowers in oils and watercolors. She also enjoyed poker games with her family.
"We loved her German and Polish cooking, and she loved Maryland's crabs," said her son, Stephen Poffel of McKinney, Texas.
Several years ago, Mrs. Poffel moved to Perryville to be closer to family members.
A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Monday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 8501 Loch Raven Blvd., Baynesville, where she had been a member.
In addition to her son, survivors include another son, William A. Poffel Jr. of Panama City Beach, Fla.; two daughters, Elizabeth Streeter of Port Deposit and Teresa Kubin of North East; three brothers, George Schroeder and Edward Schroeder, both of Bel Air, and Ulrich Schroeder of Cleveland, Ga.; a sister, Elizabeth Slodzinski of Towson; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Her husband of 47 years died in 2005. A daughter, Karen Poffel, died in 1988.