Henry Robert Fenzel, 82, freight car repair foreman

December 24, 2003

Henry Robert Fenzel, a retired railroad freight car repair foreman, died of cancer Dec. 17 at Northwest Hospital Center. The Lochearn resident was 82.

Born in Baltimore and raised on West Belvedere Avenue, Mr. Fenzel attended St. Ambrose Parochial School and was a 1939 graduate of Calvert Hall College High School, where he played on the varsity basketball and baseball teams.

He joined the Western Maryland Railway, where his father worked, and rose to become freight car foreman at Port Covington. He was responsible for the repair of damaged freight cars and engines.

He tried to join the Navy after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor but was rejected because he was color-blind. Because he had a knowledge of metals, he was called by the Navy's Seabees and became a shipfitter.

On a 30-day leave in October 1944, he returned home and married his childhood sweetheart, the former Jean Mary Thompson. After the war, he returned to his railroad job and retired in 1981.

He was a Eucharistic minister, parish council member and headed the finance committee of All Saints Roman Catholic Church in Forest Park, where a funeral Mass was offered Monday.

Mr. Fenzel also was a member and former commander of Monsignor Hugh J. Monaghan Post of Catholic War Veterans, and worked in its elementary school basketball programs.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a brother, Leo F. Fenzel of Ellicott City; a sister, Kathleen Elizabeth Kremer of Salisbury; and 30 nieces and nephews.

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