Martha Mae Leitzel of Mashpee, who had a 30-year career as a hair stylist, died September 2. She was 90.
She was the wife of Ralph D. Leitzel.
Ms. Leitzel was a cafeteria worker for the Bourne Public Schools for many years before opening Nice + Natural Hair Design in Falmouth.
During an interview with the Enterprise at her salon on Spring Bars Road upon her retirement in 1998, she said she had been interested in hair styling since she was a young girl. She said her father was a barber and always wanted to open a combination barber and beauty shop, but he died before she became a hair stylist.
“I was just always good with hair,” Ms. Leitzel said. “I did my girlfriends’ hair in high school whenever we had a dance or a party, and with the money they saved, we could all go out and get a bite to eat afterward.”
Ms. Leitzel started in the hair styling business in 1968 after graduating from the Girard School of Hair and Fashion, which was then in Falmouth. She won the largest trophy of her graduating class for hair styling. However, because her husband was in the US Air Force the couple moved to as many as five different states and “I would just get my clientele built up and it was time to move again,” Ms. Leitzel said.
She opened her business in 1979 on Dillingham Avenue in Falmouth and moved it to the Spring Bars Road location in November of 1983.
Her then-daughter-in-law, Susan M. Leitzel, who had been working in the salon for 19 years and running the operation for the previous four years, took over ownership of the business that she has since moved to Driftwood Plaza in Teaticket.
After Ms. Leitzel retired, she and her husband cleaned the Trading Post Lounge for 20 years. They also traveled in their motor home, and she enjoyed spending time on her hobbies including arts and crafts and drawing.
In addition to her husband, she leaves two children, Michael E. Leitzel of Monument Beach and Connie M. Leitzel of Mashpee; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and extended family.
A graveside service will be Tuesday, September 14, at 10:30 AM at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.