Regina B. Friedel, 89, widow of congressman

September 30, 2004

Regina B. Friedel, a homemaker and widow of Samuel N. Friedel, who represented a Baltimore district in Congress for 18 years, died of emphysema Sept. 23 at a nursing home in Bedford, Texas. The former Cross Keys resident was 89.

She was born Regina Bradley Johnson in Baltimore, the daughter of a Pennsylvania Railroad official. She was raised on 34th Street in Hampden and was a graduate of Baltimore public schools.

In 1939, she married Mr. Friedel, who served in the House of Delegates and on the City Council, and represented the 7th Congressional District until being defeated in the 1970 primary by Parren J. Mitchell.

For years until moving to Cross Keys in the 1970s, the couple had lived on South Road in Mount Washington. Since 1996, she had lived in Bedford.

"Being the wife of a politician in itself dictated her activities. She enjoyed campaigning and liked to travel," said Dennis Nichols, a nephew in Park City, Utah. "They also had owned a racehorse or two and enjoyed going to the Maryland racetracks."

Mrs. Friedel also liked raising Scottish terriers and reading.

Services were held yesterday.

Mrs. Friedel is also survived by her sister, Margaret E. Nichols of Arlington, Texas, and another nephew, Timothy Nichols of Loveland, Ohio.

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