Patricia M. Krehnbrink, a homemaker who was a longtime member and volunteer at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Anne Arundel County, died Wednesday at Heron Point retirement community in Chestertown. She was 91.
The daughter of Carl Gordon Kirwan, a businessman, and Margaret Beck Kirwan, an artist, Patricia Marie Kirwan was born and raised in North Baltimore.
She was a 1941 graduate of Notre Dame of Maryland High School, which shared the Charles Street campus of what is now Notre Dame of Maryland University. She later attended Westhampton College of the University of Richmond.
In 1944, she married Thomas Edward Krehnbrink, a Marine. During World War II, she sold war bonds and worked for the rationing board.
Mrs. Krehnbrink and her husband, who later attained the rank of major, lived for more than 30 years in Pasadena in a home on the Magothy River.
The couple were longtime communicants of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Pasadena and were instrumental in creating the Memorial Garden at the church. She also had been a member of the vestry.
Mrs. Krehnbrink was appointed to the Governor's Board of Transportation by Gov. Harry R. Hughes and participated in decisions in regard to Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.
In 1992, Mrs. Krehnbrink and her husband moved to Heron Point in Chestertown, where she served as accountant for the retirement community's gift shop and the Chester River Medical Center gift shop. She also volunteered at Garnett Elementary School and became an active parishioner of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.
She enjoyed sailing and powerboating with her husband. The couple enjoyed taking their boat, the Patricia, down the Intracoastal Waterway to Marathon, Fla.
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From 2007 until his death in 2011, Mrs. Krehnbrink enjoyed a "loving partnership," family members said, with William Herbert Maxwell, a retired advertising executive who lived at Heron Point.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Wesley Room at Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Ave. A funeral service and the spreading of Mrs. Krehnbrink's ashes will be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 29 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7859 Hog Tick Road, Pasadena.
Mrs. Krehnbrink is survived by her son, Thomas Edward Krehnbrink Jr. of Longneck, Del.; a daughter, Kathleen Kirwan Krehnbrink Polk of Annapolis; five grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.