By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun
5:31 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
Neila Block, a retired Baltimore County recreation center supervisor who had been a Pimlico Hotel hostess, died of lung disease March 30 at her daughter's home in Santa Fe, N.M. She was 82 and had lived in Randallstown and Mount Washington.
Born Neila Beal in Minneapolis, she earned a degree in recreation from the University of Minnesota.
She became a civilian employee of the Army and set up and managed military recreation centers in France and Germany in the 1950s. While working with the military, she met her future husband, Fred Block, a Hochschild Kohn department store buyer who later owned women's clothing stores, including the Fashion Post.
She moved to Baltimore and joined the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks. She was supervisor of a recreation center at Church Lane Elementary School near Randallstown.
Mrs. Block also managed the Pikesville Hilton's tennis club and was a hostess at the old Pimlico Hotel on Park Heights Avenue.
She was active in the Maryland Democratic Party. She also played tennis and skied.
No services are planned.
Survivors include a son, Brian Block of Orlando, Fla.; two daughters, Heather Block of Lewes, Del., and Lisa Block of Santa Fe; a brother, Dan Beal of Wisconsin; a sister, Jennifer Hagen of Minneapolis; and a granddaughter. Her marriage ended in divorce.
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