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June 02, 1996


Helen Berger Siegel, 89, bookkeeper, bridge player

Helen Berger Siegel, a former bookkeeper in a New York accounting firm whose only son became rabbi of the Columbia Jewish Congregation, died in her sleep at the Owen Brown Place senior housing apartments Friday. She was 89.

A well-known tournament bridge player who traveled the globe in search of a game, she played in Israel, Spain and England in her later years before moving to Maryland from her home in Brooklyn to be near her son and his family.

Born in Manhattan in 1906, she met a young accountant named Samuel G. Siegel when they were working for the Homes & Davis firm in New York. The couple married in 1930 and three years later had a son, Martin, who early on professed his intention to become a rabbi.

On the strength of a book he wrote -- "Amen, The Diary of Rabbi Martin Siegel" -- Mrs. Siegel's son was approached by the Columbia Jewish Congregation to be its rabbi and moved to Maryland in 1972.

Her husband died in 1968. Mrs. Siegel moved to Columbia a decade ago. She was active in the Torah Study Group of her son's congregation and in Owen Brown Senior Housing organizations.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Oakland Mills Interfaith Center -- The Meeting House -- 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Room 100, Columbia, followed by burial at Har Sinai Congregation Cemetery, Garrison Ford Road.

In addition to her son, she is survived by her sister, Fannie Miller, of Las Vegas; her brother, Sol Berger, of Palm Beach, Fla.; and two granddaughters.

Anne Byrd Nixdorff, 85, secretary, volunteer

Anne Byrd Nixdorff, a former secretary at Johns Hopkins Hospital who volunteered even as she raised two children, died Thursday of cancer at Edenwald Retirement Community in Towson. She was 85.

A lifelong resident of Roland Park, she graduated from Notre Dame Preparatory School and spent 15 years working at Johns Hopkins Hospital for various administrators, including the late Dr. Edwards A. Parke.

In 1935, she married Louis Stoll Nixdorff, a commercial real estate broker, and left her secretarial job to be a homemaker. She continued to donate hundreds of hours to various charitable activities, including the women's auxiliaries of Johns Hopkins and Union Memorial hospitals.

For 18 years, she drove delivery rounds for Meals on Wheels until her illness recently forced her to leave the group.

Mrs. Nixdorff was a charter member of the Johns Hopkins Club and enjoyed playing bridge. She and her husband, a member of the 1928 Johns Hopkins lacrosse team, were avid fans of the sport.

He died in 1992.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10: 30 a.m. tomorrow at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Mount Washington, 5800 Smith Ave., where she was baptized and married. Survivors include a son, John S. Nixdorff of Roland Park; a daughter, Powel B. Harding of Bethesda; and two grandchildren.

Pub Date: 6/02/96

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