Natalie M. Brengle, volunteer, nurse's aide

The Baltimore Sun

Natalie M. Brengle, a volunteer and longtime Glyndon resident, died in her sleep Feb. 1 at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson. She was 89.

Natalie Munson was born and raised in Merion, Pa. After graduating from Chatham Hall School in Chatham, Va., she volunteered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

During World War II, she worked as a nurse's aide at the Greenbrier Hotel in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., which during wartime had been purchased by the Army and converted into a 2,000-bed surgical and rehabilitation center called Ashford General Hospital.

In 1946, she married Laurence J. Brengle Jr., general manager of the Manchester Marine Construction Co. He died in 1981.

The couple lived in Wenham and Manchester, Mass., where Mrs. Brengle volunteered with the Visiting Nurse Association and at Massachusetts General Hospital.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Mrs. Brengle was co-owner of the Cheese Shop in Beverly, Mass.

She moved to Glyndon in 1988 to be with her companion, J. Fife Symington Jr., with whom she lived until his death in 2007.

Mr. Symington had been a Pan American World Airways executive and had served as U.S. ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago during the administration of President Richard M. Nixon.

"For 20 years, she and Fife had a very full life together," said a son, George M. Brengle of New Bedford, Mass. "In particular, they enjoyed traveling the world, including Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and South America."

An avid gardener, Mrs. Brengle also enjoyed sailing, tennis, golf and playing bridge.

She was a member of the Green Spring Valley Hunt Club and the Elkridge Club.

Mrs. Brengle was a communicant of St. John Episcopal Church, 3738 Butler Road, where a memorial service was held Friday.

Also surviving are another son, Laurence J. "Laurie" Brengle of Salem, Mass.; and four grandchildren.

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