Audrey E. Kleppinger, active in the DAR

November 01, 2008|By Jacques Kelly

Audrey Elizabeth Kleppinger, who was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, died of complications from a stroke Oct. 23 at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington. The Tuscany-Canterbury resident was 85.

Audrey Elizabeth Blake was born in Baltimore and raised on Maryland Avenue in Charles Village. She was a 1940 Seton High School graduate and attended the College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

As a young woman, she was a buyer for the old O'Neill's department store. She was a volunteer for the American Heart Association and later worked at its state headquarters in downtown Baltimore.

Mrs. Kleppinger was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution for 38 years and served as Commodore Joshua Barney Chapter regent from 1979 to 1982. She did volunteer work at the Star-Spangled Banner Flag House.

An avid bowler, swimmer and lacrosse fan, she was a member of the Mount Washington Club, where she served for many years on its board.

She was a longtime member of SS. Philip and James Roman Catholic Church.

Her husband of 51 years, Henry S. Kleppinger, died in 1995.

A memorial service will be held at noon Nov. 28 at the Loyola Blakefield Chapel, 500 Chestnut Ave., in Towson. Mrs. Kleppinger's grandfather, George M. Blake, donated the property for school, named in honor of the Blake family.

Survivors include her daughter, Sara Kleppinger Fornaciari of Bethesda; a brother, Charles R. Blake of Bel Air; and two grandchildren.

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