Marion K. Kuehnle, Naval Reserve officer

November 13, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Marion K. Kuehnle, a homemaker who had served in the Naval Reserve during World War II, died of complications from Alzheimer's disease Nov. 5 at the Heron Point retirement community in Chestertown. She was 90.

Marion Kotko, the daughter of Russian immigrants, was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Freehold, N.J., where she graduated from high school.

She earned a bachelor's degree in 1940 from Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pa. She joined the Naval Reserve in 1942 and during the war years was a chemist. She was discharged with the rank of lieutenant in 1944.

A longtime Annapolis resident, she was married in 1944 to Christian Albert Kuehnle, who later owned Kuehnle Painting Contractors in Baltimore.

The couple later lived in Royal Oak in Talbot County until moving to Heron Point in 1992. Mr. Kuehnle died in 1995.

Mrs. Kuehnle enjoyed gardening, reading, fishing and sailing. She also was a gourmet cook who liked entertaining.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wesley Hall at Heron Point, 501 E. Campus Ave.

Surviving are two daughters, Jennifer Farrington of Everglades City, Fla., and Gail Rowley of Willow Springs, Mo.; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Christine Hayes, died in 1990.

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