Marti Frumhoff, a real estate agent and founder of the St. Louis Rehabber’s Club, died Wednesday (May 16, 2007) of natural causes at her home in the Tower Grove Heights neighborhood of St. Louis. She was 50.
Ms. Frumhoff was born in Kansas City. Her family moved to the St. Louis area when she was young, and she graduated from University City High School. Ms. Frumhoff earned a bachelor’s degree in photojournalism from the University of Kansas in Lawrence.
After graduation, Ms. Frumhoff pursued a career as a photojournalist. For one story, she lived with the homeless in Colorado.
"That was Marti," said her brother, Brian Frumhoff of University City. "She was an advocate for those that needed a voice: the homeless, animals and eventually the city of St. Louis."
For the past 16 years, Ms. Frumhoff was active in real estate. Ms. Frumhoff also became an advocate for the revitalization of St. Louis. She organized and founded several groups that educate agents and prospective home buyers about city living.
She founded the St. Louis Rehabbers Club in 2000. The organization helps people network and share information about renovations and remodeling in the city.
Ms. Frumhoff was also a member of the "We Love the City" Realtors Breakfast Club. The "Big, Big Tour," an annual tour of city neighborhoods highlighting homes for sale in various price ranges, grew out of that group.
Ms. Frumhoff was a board member of Metropolis St. Louis and a member of Save the Century, an effort to prevent the demolition of the Century Building downtown.
A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. today at Central Reform Congregation, 5020 Waterman Boulevard. Interment will be at Chevra Kadisha Cemetery, 1601 North and South Road.
In addition to her brother, among the survivors are her parents, Marvin and Carol Frumhoff of University City; two more brothers, Scott Frumhoff of Maywood, N.J., and Mark Frumhoff of Maryland Heights; and a sister, Lisa Frumhoff of University City.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Diana’s Grove Dog Rescue at www.takeafriendhome.org.