Peggy L. Frankel, a World War II war bride who later became a Baltimore homemaker, died Thursday from pulmonary failure at her Pikesville home. She was 97.
The former Peggy Lenore Engel, the daughter of Nathan Engel, a grocery store owner, and his wife, Dorothy Engel, a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised in the city’s Pimlico neighborhood.
She was a 1941 graduate of Forest Park High School. While visiting Atlantic City, she went on a blind date with Dr. Victor Frankel, a bacteriologist.
“He was from Philadelphia,” said a son, Stuart Frankel of Cockeysville. “He had just returned from serving with General Patton in Europe and was being assigned to depart from California for the war in the Pacific. She traveled cross-country on a train that was filled with soldiers. The only other woman on the train was a nun who took in my mother.”