Beatrice Reichman, 85, `angel lady'

July 30, 2006

Beatrice R. Reichman, a homemaker who loved to pass out angel and flag pins wherever she went, died of pneumonia Wednesday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. She was 85.

Born in Baltimore, the former Beatrice Bloom was a graduate of Forest Park High School. She attended McCoy College, a division of the Johns Hopkins University.

Her marriage to Bernard Rogers ended in divorce. She later married Bernard Reichman, who died in 2004. Until April, Mrs. Reichman lived in her Lutherville residence of 35 years. She then moved into a nursing home in the area.

Mrs. Reichman was a bridge master and homemaker, an avid baker and a gourmet cook. She also enjoyed making collages and baskets. She was a member of the True Sisters, a charity organization.

Because she gave angel pins to everyone from friends to grocery store clerks to waitresses, Mrs. Reichman became known as "the angel lady." After Sept. 11, 2001, she also began passing out flag pins. She kept a bag of the pins in her pocketbook even when she moved to the nursing home, said her daughter.

Services were held Thursday in Pikesville.

Mrs. Reichman is survived by a daughter, Anne Rogers Mee of Timonium; a son, Charles "Randy" Rogers of Pikesville; two stepdaughters, Judith Mathwin of Rockville and Lee Sandler of Linthicum; and three grandchildren.

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