June R. Kahl, 87

Beautification leader

February 02, 2007

June R. Kahl, a homemaker who ran a flower-arranging school, died in her sleep Sunday at the Blakehurst Retirement Community in Towson, her home for the past 15 years. The former Poplar Hill resident was 87.

Born June Elizabeth Robison in Baltimore and raised on Oswego Avenue, she earned a bachelor's degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1939.

While in college, Mrs. Kahl developed a lifelong appreciation for art, architecture and interior design. She was a past president of the Little Garden Club, Stony Run Garden Club and Roland Park Garden Club, and held numerous offices in the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland.

For nearly 20 years, she conducted flower-arranging classes in her home, and she wrote several instructional books on the subject. She also traveled to Japan to study the traditional flower arranging she advocated.

Mrs. Kahl was a founder of Beautiful Baltimore Inc., a civic group responsible for planting spring bulbs, trees and shrubs. She also volunteered to teach horticulture appreciation at city public schools in the 1980s.

About 20 years ago, she donated a weather vane to the restoration of Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, where she was a former member.

Her husband of 61 years, George Kahl Jr., who owned a steel firm, died in 2001.

Services will be at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Grace United Methodist Church, 5407 N. Charles St., where she was a member and sat on the administrative council.

Survivors include two sons, George A. Kahl of Baltimore and Stuart R. Kahl of Rye, N.H.; a daughter, June M. Schubert of River Falls, Wis.; four grandchildren; and two step-grandsons.

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