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Paula M. 'Peggy' Matz, administrative assistant

Paula M. "Peggy" Matz was an administrative assistant who worked for The Associated: The Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Paula M. "Peggy" Matz was an administrative assistant who worked for The Associated: The Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.

Paula M. "Peggy" Matz, a retired administrative assistant who worked for The Associated: The Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore for more than four decades, died of heart failure Nov. 9 at Northwest Hospital in Randallstown. The longtime Northwest Baltimore resident was 82.

The daughter of Harry Matz, a deputy sheriff and cap maker, and Sarah Matz, Paula Mildred Matz was born one of 10 children in Baltimore and raised on North Patterson Park Avenue and in East Baltimore.

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Miss Matz attended Baltimore public schools and worked for 44 years as an administrative assistant for The Associated: The Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She retired in the late 1980s.

"A child at heart, Peggy never had an unkind word to say about anyone," said a nephew, Allan Charles, a Baltimore public relations executive. "Her face would light up every time she saw her nieces, nephews and their families."

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"My Aunt Peg was a true Baltimore character, who embodied the spirit of the city and overcame a lot in her life," said another nephew, Ron Matz, a WJZ-TV reporter. "She had a keen insight into people and had a heart as big as Baltimore itself."

Miss Matz had lived with her sister Esther Matz in Northwest Baltimore. The two sisters, who were inseparable, enjoyed walking several miles a day.

For the last five years, Miss Matz had lived at Atrium Village in Owings Mills.

"She was funny and smart and loved being independent," said a niece, Sareva Racher of Randallstown.

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Services were held Nov. 12 at Sol Levinson & Bros. in Pikesville.

In addition to her two nephews and niece, Miss Matz is survived by her brother, Jack Matz, a Pikesville attorney; and many other nieces and nephews.

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