Agnes Frenkil, 88, uniform maker Agnes Frenkil, who...

September 25, 2000

Agnes Frenkil, 88, uniform maker

Agnes Frenkil, who helped run one of Baltimore's largest uniform manufacturing companies, died Wednesday of cancer at her daughter's home in Baltimore. She was 88.

Born in England, Agnes Barkham met her future husband, Bernard Frenkil, while he was in the U.S. Army during World War II. At the end of the war, she came to Baltimore.

The couple moved to Pikesville and became involved in the uniform manufacturing and retail businesses begun by Mr. Frenkil before the war.

Mrs. Frenkil often designed and made uniform patterns for the company, which went by such names as Franklin Uniform and Classic Uniform. Mr. Frenkil died in 1970, and one of Mrs. Frenkil's daughters continues to run uniform stores under the names Washington Uniform and Frenkil Uniform.

After her husband's death, Mrs. Frenkil lived in North Baltimore. She was active at the Walters Art Gallery and Har Sinai Congregation, and she loved arranging flowers and won awards for her arrangements.

Services are planned for 3 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc. on Reisterstown Road, with interment to follow at Har Sinai Congregation Cemetery.

Mrs. Frenkil is survived by two daughters, Jeanne Frenkil Weitzman of Norfolk, Va., and Jane Frenkil of Baltimore; and a sister, Margaret Barkham Lowell of Baltimore.

Richard Henry Norair Sr., 71, builder, engineer

Richard Henry Norair Sr., a retired builder from Easton who helped construct Goddard Space Flight Center and the Smithsonian Institution's Museum of History and Technology, died Friday of cancer at Memorial Hospital at Easton. He was 71.

Mr. Norair was born in Meyersdale, Pa. He graduated from University of Maryland with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering in 1953. After serving in the Air Force from 1953 to 1955, he joined his family's construction business, Norair Engineering Corp.

He helped construct buildings at Goddard, the Smithsonian, the Navy's Deep Submergence Research Complex in Annapolis and several Washington Metro stations.

He was a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the Chief Executive Organization, Chesapeake Bay Yacht Club, Tred Avon Yacht Club and the American Arbitration Association.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mark's United Methodist Church in Easton. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Alice Boesch; two sons, Richard H. Norair Jr. of Bethesda and Stephen G. Norair of Fredericksburg, Va.; two daughters, Jill S. Norair of Falls Church, Va., and Patricia N. Green of Rockville; a sister, Rosemary Jaskiewicz of Upper Marlboro; and six grandchildren.

Frederick C. Kraus, 67, parks department worker

Frederick C. Kraus, a retired longtime Baltimore Recreation and Parks Department worker and well-known Hamilton resident, died Sept. 18 of a heart attack at the Armacost Nursing Home Inc. in Stoneleigh. He was 67.

Mr. Kraus retired in 1995 from the parks department, where he had worked in maintenance for 35 years.

Because he didn't drive and walked most of the time, Mr. Kraus enjoyed a wide acquaintanceship among his Hamilton neighbors.

He was an avid duckpin bowler at the Harford Lanes in Northeast Baltimore and faithfully watched the Orioles on television.

Born and raised in East Baltimore, Mr. Kraus attended Baltimore public schools.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a communicant and usher at St. Dominic Roman Catholic Church in Hamilton, where a Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

He is survived by an aunt, Eileen Mertel of Baltimore; three nieces, Madeline E. Wedemeyer, Dolores K. White and Michele E. Berrent, all of Perry Hall; and two great-nephews.

Carol E. McNeill, 61, secretary, enjoyed golf

Carol E. McNeill, an avid golfer and former longtime Dundalk resident, died Thursday of a heart attack at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. She was 61.

Born in Dundalk, Carol Amann grew up in Sparrows Point, graduating from the former Seton High School.

She began dating her future husband, Howard E. McNeill Sr., when she was 15, and they married when she was 19. They spent most of their 42 years of marriage living in Dundalk.

Mrs. McNeill worked briefly as a secretary and typist at Martin Marietta Corp. before devoting her time to raising their four children. She and her husband moved to Ocean Pines in 1997, after Mr. McNeill retired as technology manager at the Procter & Gamble plant in Locust Point.

Mrs. McNeill loved to golf, regularly playing with her husband and friends in Ocean City and Ocean Pines. She was a member of St. John Neumann Church.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. John Neumann Church in Ocean Pines.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. McNeill is survived by three sons, Howard E. McNeill Jr. of Ocean Pines, Scott C. McNeill of Cambridge and Christopher E. McNeill of Dundalk; a daughter, Jennifer E. McNeill of Las Vegas; and a brother, Henry J. Amann Jr. of Richmond, Va.

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