Leonora Summerfield, 90, government secretary


Leonora D. Summerfield, a longtime secretary for Baltimore County and state government agencies, died Wednesday at Stella Maris Hospice at Mercy Medical Center of complications from a stroke. The lifelong Baltimore resident was 90.

Born Leonora Delman, she graduated from Western High School in 1931. She worked as a legal secretary until World War II, when she worked as a secretary in the War Department.

In 1944, she married Emanuel Summerfield of Baltimore and devoted herself to raising their family. Mr. Summerfield died in 1973.

Mrs. Summerfield returned to work in 1960 as a secretary for the Baltimore County Office of Engineering. After several years with the county, she became a secretary for the state attorney general's office, where she worked until her retirement in 1979.

After her retirement, she moved to the Scarlett Place condominiums near the Inner Harbor, where she lived for 17 years until shortly before her death.

She was a longtime member of Temple Oheb Shalom.

Mrs. Summerfield learned to use the Internet at age 84 and appeared in chat rooms as "puzzler102." The name referred to her love for online games and crossword puzzles. She also enjoyed researching current events and facts about the nation's presidents.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Bill Clinton were her favorites, said her son, Pete Summerfield of Reisterstown. "She even kept a sort of shrine to Clinton on her wall," he said.

Services were last week.

In addition to her son, she is survived by a daughter, Rita Summerfield of Boston; a brother, Norman Albert of Baltimore; a sister, Ruth Andrews of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.

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