Malcolm Abraham Neifeld, a co-founder of a wholesale kitchen cabinet and appliance business, died Sunday at St. Joseph Hospital of adult respiratory distress syndrome. He was 79 and lived in Parkville.
Services for Mr. Neifeld were being held todayat Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 9833 Harford Road, Cub Hill.
A graduate of Towson High School, the Parkville native married the former Violet M. Schwandtner in 1933.
For more than 30 years, he was vice president and general manager of the Harry C. Weiskittel Co., manufacturer of Real Host gas ranges.
In the mid-1960s, with one of his sons, Mr. Neifeld founded Northfield Sales Co. Inc., a wholesale distributor of kitchen cabinets and appliances. He remained in that business until the mid-1980s.
Mr. Neifeld also was active in banking. From 1942 to 1950, he was chief executive officer and director of the Cowenton Savings and Loan Association in White Marsh. From the late 1930s through the mid-1980s, he was chief executive officer and director of the Perry Hall Building and Loan Association.
From the mid-1960s through 1985, Mr. Neifeld was president and director of the Northfield Savings and Loan Association. He also was a director of St. James Bank in Highlandtown, which merged with First National Bank of Maryland.
Mr. Neifeld was a life member of the Kiwanis Club of Parkville, to which he belonged for 47 years. He was a member of its Legion of Honor and was twice past president. He was also a member of the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation.
For 70 years, Mr. Neifeld was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church of Parkville. More recently, he was a member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, of Parkville; three sons, Malcolm Allen and Roland Maynard Neifeld, both of Parkville, and Terry Lee Neifeld of Perry Hall; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.