ZHELENKO

On December 1, 2015, ANDREY, beloved husband of the late Fanya Zhelenko (nee Glickberg); devoted father of Leonid (Alla) Zhelenko and Luba (Alex) Korotitsky; loving grandfather of Natalie Barg, Lena (Vlad) Friedman and Vlad (Natalie) Zhelenko; cherished great-grandfather of Sasha and Roman Zhelenko and Remy and Max Friedman. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Thursday, December 3, at 2 p.m. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers.

GOLDSTEIN

On December 2, 2015, SYLVAN MORTON, beloved husband of Sheila Goldstein (nee Lipsky); cherished father of Stacy Friedman and Linda (Jeffrey) Gerber; devoted brother of the late Ann (Joseph) Becker, Yetta (Samuel) Zuskin, Samuel Goldstein; loving grandfather of Jason (Angela) Mudd, Ryan Mudd, and Evan Gerber; adoring great-grandfather of Ava, Isla and Tyler Mudd; beloved son of the late Jacob and Sarah Goldstein. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Sunday, December 6, at noon. Interment at Bnai Israel Cemetery, 3701 Southern Ave. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Beth Tfiloh Congregation, 3300 Old Court Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 or the Camp Swift Youth Foundation, 7950 E Acoma Drive #106, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. In mourning at 1 Marcie Woods Court, Pikesville, MD 21208.

County’s First Mensch on the Bench ‘Nothing was ever too hard’ for Judge I. Marshall Seidler

Obit.Seidler,-I-Marshall_600_bwWhen the lights are turned off, one might walk past Leah Seidler’s late husband’s office without a second glance. But when the room is illuminated, among the various plaques, certificates and awards adorned on each of the surrounding three walls, an ornate name plate sits center on the desk. It reads: Judge I. Marshall Seidler.

Seidler, 80, passed away earlier this month from cancer, but his legacy remains as a family man, golfer, public speaker, life-long Baltimorean, attorney, jurist and all around go-to guy when it came to helping his friends and family.

“If there is one piece of advice repeated again and again in Judaism’s values, ethics and guidance, it is this: ‘When you leave this world, make sure you leave it with the invaluable gift of a good name,’” Rabbi Chaim Landau said during his eulogy for
Seidler. “Judge Marshall Seidler, of blessed memory, went exceedingly better. He leaves the world of his dearest passions: his family, his profession, his golf, his close friends and colleagues. He left them all with the invaluable gift of a great name.”

Although Seidler’s career was filled with many honors and accomplishments, one of his greatest achievements was being appointed the first Jewish judge in Baltimore County District Court by the late Gov. William Schaefer.

Seidler’s investiture took place on Feb. 7, 1989 at the Maryland National Guard Armory in Towson.

“You do what the law tells you is right. The facts of every case stand up for themselves,” Seidler told the JT at the time. “My goal is to be ultimately fair. … I want to be a good judge no matter who the litigant is. I want him to know that he had his day in court.” Seidler’s investiture was filled with firsts, not the least among them being his devoted wife and partner of 55 years, Leah, singing a personalized
version of “I’ll Be Loving You Always” by Irving Berlin, which she continued to do on different occasions including at Seidler’s 80th birthday party. Seidler would sit on the bench until his retirement on March 1, 2003 and continue to hear cases, as a retired judge, for six years.

“We went to him for everything, including business matters,” said Shari Koman, Seidler’s daughter. “The excuse in business when people are trying to harm someone is ‘it’s just business.’ To him, it was never just business; a person should be a mensch in all dealings in life.”

This attitude and commitment to doing what was right is just one thing that makes Seidler’s personal life equally as incredible as his professional.

“Nothing was ever too hard for him,” said Leah Seidler. Six months out of the year, the couple lived in Florida. When Koman and family went to visit, there were times when she and her husband would need to leave early.

If this was the case, Seidler would board a plane back to Maryland with his grandchildren, drop them off with Koman and then fly back to Florida, all in one day. In terms of being a grandfather, Seidler’s family described him as hands-on.

“As my kids got older, [Seidler] developed special relationships with each one,” said Koman.

Seidler would lovingly tell Koman’s daughter, Sophia, who was his only granddaughter “You’re my best granddaughter.”

With her son, Ben, Seidler had a mutual love of sports, and they would bond over that common ground. Seidler’s sport of choice was golf, which he not only taught his grandchildren how to play, but also had hit two hole-in-ones.

Koman’s other son, Alex, had a particularly unique relationship with Seidler.

“My father could get Alex to do anything he asked, including trying new food,” said Koman. “I couldn’t understand the control he had over him, but it was a special relationship. Alex called him ‘my best friend.’”

Seidler’s ability to guide those around him makes his loss that much more impactful to his loved ones who saw him not only as a father, husband or friend, but also as a leader.

“He was the person everyone went to. His friends, his neighbors, his family and, of course, his immediate family, and [he] guided us even as adults,” said Koman. “Which makes his passing such a huge loss over and above just losing your father. This was a person who was a foundation for our family, a leader and an adviser.”

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ZAIDMAN

On November 25, 2015, REVEREND IRA, beloved husband of Claire Zaidman (nee Shaffer); cherished father Aleeza (Dovid) Kinzer, Deena (Jason) Ermine, Shmueli (Chana Rivky) Zaidman, Sheera Zaidman Shar, Devorah Drebin; devoted son of the late Isadore and Miriam Zaidman; also survived by many loving grandchildren. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Thursday, Nov. 26, at noon. Interment at Beth Jacob Cemetery, Finksburg, MD. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Ahavas Yisrael Charity Fund, c/o Janine Chapman, 2723 Woodcourt Road, Baltimore, MD 21209. In mourning at 6007 Baywood Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209. Thru Wednesday with services at 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

ROSENTHAL

On November 30, 2015, BERNICE “BUNNY” (nee Sachs), beloved wife of the late Bernard Rosenthal; devoted mother of Roy Rosenthal, Lynn (William) Jungreis and the late Edward Cohen-Rosenthal and Joyce Rosenthal; loving mother-in-law of Ellen Cohen-Rosenthal; dear sister of Leonard (Lainy Lebow-Sachs) Sachs and the late Rabbi Moshe Sachs; cherished daughter of the late Jacob and Mollie Sachs; adored grandmother of Janna Cohen-Rosenthal (Steve Laferriere), Mollie Cohen-Rosenthal, Jacob (Lulu) Cohen-Rosenthal, Jocelyn (Ehud) Kupperman, Benjamin Jay Rosenthal, David Brandon Rosenthal, Jessica (Azi) Cutter, Natanya (Meir) Milgraum and Brian (Jacquelyn) Jungreis; beloved great-grandmother of Eden, Zoe, Cobi, Avra, Elan, Atara, Leora and Daniella. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Lubawitz Nusach Ari (Ner Tamid) Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to, Ner Tamid, 6214 Pimlico Road, Baltimore, MD 21209. In mourning at 3041 Fallstaff Road, Apt #406D (The Towers), Baltimore, MD 21209, immediately following interment Wednesday, Thursday and Friday morning, with services 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The family will continue observing shiva at the home of Lynn and (Bill) Jungreis, 2105 Aqueduct Lane, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 through Monday evening and Roy Rosenthal will finish observing shiva at his residence, 123-60 83rd Ave, Apt 8A, Kew Gardens, New York 11415, Sunday and Monday.

SCHNEIDER

On November 30, 2015, DOLORES (nee Taylor), beloved wife of Dr. Leonard S. Schneider; devoted mother of Lynne Shifren (Karen Hamilton), Sherri (Thomas) Giancola, and the late Neil Ira Shifren; loving sister of Marcia (late Morton) Hahn; dear sister-in-law of Myra (Richard) Husk; cherished daughter of the late Irving and Lily Taylor; adored grandmother of Melissa B. Giancola (fiance Brian J. Carruthers), Thomas J. Giancola, Brandon Hiken, Ryan Hiken, Eric Schneider and Holly Schneider. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Wednesday, December 2, at 10 a.m. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation, 7500 Travertine Drive #104, Baltimore, MD 21209. In mourning at 3 Stanson Court, Owings Mills, MD 21117, through Thursday.

 

FELDMAN

On November 29, 2015, VLADIMIR, beloved husband of Jane Feldman (nee Goldman); loving father of Neil Feldman; devoted brother of Sara (Anatoli) Lapushner; devoted brother-in-law of Liliya Goldman; loving son of the late Mihail and Tsilia Feldman. Also survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Wednesday, December 2, at 1 p.m. Interment at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Bon Secours Baltimore Health Systems Foundation, 2000 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21223. In mourning at 22 Emerald Ridge Court (Summit Chase), Baltimore, MD 21209, Wednesday and Thursday.

BAUMOHL

On November 30, 2015, HAROLD E., cherished brother of Bernard (Anna Lee) Baumohl and the late Bernice Berkowitz, Florence Jacobs and Norman H. Baumohl; devoted son of the late Jacob and Lillian Baumohl; adored uncle of Abbe (Steve) Cutair, Jill (Steele) Scott, Harry (Randee) Baumohl, Barbara (Mark) Rose, Jay (Diana) Baumohl and Jeffrey (Lisa) Baumohl; also survived by many loving great-nieces, great-nephews and many dear friends. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Sunday, December 6. Time of funeral is not yet scheduled. Interment Tzemech Tzedek Cemetery, German Hill Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031. In mourning at Pikesville DoubleTree by Hilton 1726 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, MD 21208, Sunday immediately following interment, then continuing at 3903 Village Lane, Roswell, GA 30075 Tuesday and Wednesday.

WINSTON

On November 23, 2015, VICTOR, beloved husband of Belle Winston (nee Jaroslaw); cherished father of Robert Winston and Ted Winston; devoted grandfather of Henry and Benjamin Winston. Funeral services are private at Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney, MD. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Autism Services Center, 929 Fourth Ave., Huntington, WV 25801.

SMULSON

On November 28, 2015, JUDITH R. (nee Albom), loving mother of Jason (Jill) Smulson; devoted sister of Arlene (Chick) Veditz and Ronnie Albom; adored daughter of Marvin and the late Yetta Albom. Funeral services and interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, North Rogers Avenue, on Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to American Cancer Society, 8219 Town Center Drive, Baltimore, MD 21236. In mourning at 6401 Sedgwick Street, Elkridge, MD 21075, Tuesday following interment and Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. with services each evening at 7 p.m.