Charlotte W. Kakel, 84, executive secretary

October 04, 2002

Charlotte W. Kakel, a former executive secretary and lifelong Towson resident, died of heart failure at her home Sept. 27. She was 84.

Born Charlotte Wilson, she was the daughter of William and Charlotte Wilson, who established Wilson Electric Co. in Towson in 1922.

A 1934 graduate of Towson High School, she attended Goucher College. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, she was an executive secretary at Black & Decker Corp.

After marrying Harry R. Kakel Sr. in 1941, she left Black & Decker to raise her family. In 1956, she returned to work as an executive secretary at Baltimore County Mortgage Co. She retired in 1970.

She was active in numerous organizations, including the Woman's Club of Towson Inc., the Baltimore County Historical Society, the Towson Recreation Council and the Fire Museum of Maryland.

She was a founder of Towson Presbyterian Church, and was active in Cub Scouts.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

Mrs. Kakel is survived by her husband and two sons, Harry R. Kakel Jr. of Cockeysville and William Wilson Kakel of Anchorage, Alaska; and five grandchildren.

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