|Birth: ||May 20, 1911|
Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
|Death: ||May 27, 1980|
Anne Arundel County
Mr. Küenzel was born in 1911. He emigrated to the US on February 25, 1929 from Steinpleis, Werdau and was naturalized on June 12, 1939. His sister Ilse, preceded him here. She married Willie Kluge. He founded the German Radio Hour and together with his wife Elva Marie Brandt presented the programs every Sunday. He was the President of the German Radio Hour until his death. He also founded, in 1951, the German American Import Company. He presided over this company until 1973. He was also the President of the Fidelitas Club, Vice President and founding member of the Maryland Oktoberfest, Inc., Board member of the Maryland Bürgerverein, member of the Männerchor, the Baltimore Kickers and the Deutsches Haus Baltimore.
His services to the German American cultural life in Baltimore were countless. In addition to above, Kurt was an honorary member at the Washington Schuhplattler, Past Patron of the Eastern Stars, the Masonic Order. He was Master Mason of the Corinthian Lodge and Shriner in the Boumi Temple, where he served as Aide to the Potentate and Ambassador. In recent years he served as director at the International Human Rights Foundation.
He and his wife had one son, Paul Jr., and one daughter Karol (Manley).
Kurt was born in Steinpleis Germany to Bernhardt Kuenzel and his wife, Meta Von Luckner. His siblings were Lotte Brehmer, Walter (dec), and Isolde Kluge.
He was buried at Western Cemetery on May 31, 1980. His paulbearers were Francis Pramschufer (Education), Jr., Kurt Schulze, Charles Grimmer, Sherman and William Dahlgreen, Dandridge and William Brooke and Dave Rosenberg.
He received condolences from the Governor’s office, the City Comptroller, Louis Goldstein and many other dignitaries.
There is an obituary in the Washington Journal that was written in German.
Information courtesy of the Kluge/Kuenzel/Brooke/Jones Family
Elva Marie Thorn-Brandt Kuenzel (1915 - 1996)*
Karol Meta Kuenzel Manley (1941 - 2013)*
Maintained by: Carol Chakurda
Originally Created by: Dave Crouse
Record added: Jun 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 72017724
A wonderful Godfather. I miss you Uncle Kurt!|
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