ZESKIND

On February 25, 2016, FLORINE SUE (nee Schwartz), beloved mother of Richard Zeskind (Lynda Bender), Leslie (Philip) Schlossberg and Lynn (Chris) Babin; dear sister of the late Benton Schwartz; adored daughter of the late Jack and Annette Schwartz; loving grandmother of Amanda and Matthew Schlossberg and Taylor and Cassidy Babin. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Sunday, February 28, at 11 a.m. Interment at Mikro Kodesh Beth Israel Cemetery, 6700 Bowleys Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation, Attn: The Cancer Institute, 7601 Osler Drive Jordan Center, Suite 158, Towson, MD 21204. In mourning at 1360 Crows Foot Road, Marriottsville, MD 21104, through Tuesday.

SAKS

On February 26, 2016, HOWARD L., loving husband of Debra J. Saks (nee Rudolph); cherished father of Jennifer Saks (Donny Yankellow) and Kimberly Saks (late Brad Feigenbaum); devoted brother of Helene Maslan; loving brother-in-law of Jeffrey Maslan and Linda and Jerry Sapperstein; adored grandfather of Justin Andrew Yankellow; devoted son of the late Mollye and Ralph Saks. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Monday, February 29, at 11 a.m. Interment at Rudomer Verein Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. In mourning at 6524 Clarington Road, (The Parke at Mt. Washington), Baltimore, MD 21209.

PATZ

On February 26, 2016, JUNE ANITA (nee Sapp), devoted wife of the late Manuel Patz; beloved mother of Edward (Celeste) Patz and Eileen Patz Newman; loving sister of Howard (Sandra) Sapp and the late Mildred Greenwald; adored grandmother of Samuel, Aaron, Rachel Patz and Meredith Newman; dear great-grandmother of Chloe Patz and Cora Patz; devoted daughter of the late Ida and Sam Sapp. Funeral services and interment at Arlington Cemetery, Chizuk Amuno Congregation, 4450 N. Rogers Ave. on Sunday, February 28, at 10 a.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Madrichim Tutoring Program at Chizuk Amuno, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208. In mourning at the residence of Sheila Raskin, 4500 Chaucer Way, #206, Owings Mills, MD 21117, Sunday and Monday with services at 7:30 p.m.

JAKOBSON

On February 26, 2016, ITA (nee Shavlov), beloved wife of the late Elchanan Jakobson; devoted mother of Miriam (Alex) Krupitsky and Chana (Marik) Sherman; dear sister of Fivish Shavlov; loving grandmother of Jack (Candy) Krupitsky, Davida (Gabrial) Wollner, Aviva (Nemrod) Miller and Limor Sherman; also survived by six loving great-grandchildren. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Sunday, February 28, at noon. Interment at Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 1870 Autumn Frost Lane, Baltimore, MD 21209 through Monday.

DAVIDSON

On February 25, 2016, MICHAEL, beloved husband of Janet Davidson (nee Weiss); loving father of Erica (David) Stein (nee Davidson) and step-father of Alexis (Joseph) Anderson (nee Seibold); adored brother of Richard (Janet) Davidson and Marilyn (late Marvin “Sonny”) Belkin (nee Davidson); adored grandfather of Ariella Stein, and step-grandfather of Mirabel and Iris Anderson; adored son of the late Joseph and Anita Davidson. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Monday, February 29, at 2 p.m. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice. In mourning at 8028 Green Valley Lane, Owings Mills, MD 21117.

DANNENBERG

On February 28, 2016, MARGERY (nee Dopkin), devoted wife of the late Sanford Singer and Martin Dannenberg; beloved mother of Joan (Donald B.) Consul; beloved step-mother of Richard (MaryLee) Dannenberg, Betsy (Michael) Frahm, Alan (Amy) Eccleston; loving daughter of the late Lee L. and Sophie Dopkin; loving grandmother of Chelsa Consul Brooks (Robert Brooks), Matthew Consul, Lisa (Ross) Nochumowitz, Jonathan Dannenberg, Danielle (Ari) Ostrovsky, Jason (Adrienne) Eccleston, Jamie (Ari) Mossovitz, Andrew (Neena) Sachs, Morgan (Asher) Honick, Shaun Frahm and Grace Sachs; loving great-grandmother of Sydney Mossovitz, Samantha Mossovitz, Adrianna Sachs, Gray Ostrovsky, Lena Ostrovsky and Brandon Honick; dear companion of Joel Davis. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Tuesday, March 1, at 1 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to, the charity of your choice. In mourning at 3908 N. Charles St., Unit #1301 (The Warrington), Baltimore, MD 21218.

DAHNE

On February 27, 2016, JOSHUA BRYAN, beloved son of Jeffrey Dahne and Cynthia Dahne; devoted step-son of Donna Dahne; cherished brother of Ryan A. Dahne; loving step-brother of Lindsay (Michael) Umberger and Jason Bengough; cherished grandson of Bette and Herbert Dahne and the late Seymore and Carole Fryman. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Wednesday, March 2, at 3 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the National MS Society, Greater DC-MD Chapter, 2219 York Road, Suite 302, Timonium, MD 21093. The family will be receiving at 7111 Park Heights Ave., Apt. #512 (Park Towers East), Baltimore, MD 21215, Wednesday after services and Thursday from noon to 8 p.m.

AIKEN

On February 27, 2016, SIGMUND C., beloved husband of the late Rita A. Aiken (nee Schulman); devoted father of Paul R. (Erin) Aiken and Steven L. (Rachael) Aiken; dear brother of Herbert Aiken and the late Bernard, Melvin and Daniel Aiken; cherished grandfather of Natasha, Vanya, Greta and Rebecca. Funeral services and interment at Hebrew Young Mens Cemetery, 5800 Windsor Mill Road on Wednesday, March 2, at noon. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38015 or the Jewish War Veterans, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108.

Benjamin Wenglin: Serviceman, Postman, Everyman

Benjamin Wenglin poses for a photo with his great-grandson, Jacob, who was named after Wenglin’s brother, Jake.

Benjamin Wenglin poses for a photo with his great-grandson, Jacob, who was named after Wenglin’s brother, Jake.

Benjamin Wenglin, 92, was a proud serviceman, well-known postman and a devoted family man, but what connected with Wenglin’s loved ones the most is that he was an everyman.

Wenglin, who passed away on Feb. 3, was born and raised in the Catskill Mountains in Woodridge, N.Y. After working in the family bakery, he joined the Army in 1943.

“He identified as being in the Army throughout his whole life,” said Wenglin’s daughter, Marilyn Smith. “I think it was very painful and difficult, but he was very proud of having served in World War II.”

Wenglin served in the 5307th Composite Unit, Merrill’s Marauders, a long-range penetration unit that provided support for the Chinese army behind enemy lines in Burma. For his time with Merrill’s
Marauders, he earned a Bronze Star for meritorious service and a Presidential Unit Citation.

He also received a Gurkha Kukri knife in Burma, which he donated and is on display at the Jewish War Museum in Washington, D.C.

“Through the many memories, I will always remember you not only as my grandpa, but also as one of my best friends,” said Shayna Smith, Wenglin’s granddaughter, in a eulogy. “You played restaurant with me as a kid and took me to the ape and snake house at the zoo instead of going clothes shopping. [When I was a] teenager, you were always interested in what classes I was taking and how my sports teams were doing.”

Smith, and her sisters, eulogized Wenglin by writing letters to him, in honor of his 30 years as a letter carrier in the Sinai-Pimlico area.

“The outpouring of love that came from the people that he knew was unbelievable. Everybody loved him so much, for his personality and the way he was,” said Irene, Wenglin’s wife of 69 years.

Wenglin’s dedication to being a postman was felt both in the greater Baltimore Jewish community, where he personally knew many people on his route by name and address, and Camp Airy, where he served as the camp’s postman for 11 years alongside Irene, who worked in the camp’s main office.

“I went out for dinner with [Wenglin], just the two of us,” said Wenglin’s son-in-law, Barry Smith. “I asked him, ‘Do you have any regrets?’ His only regret was that he didn’t become a mailman sooner.”

After retiring, the couple traveled the world together visiting places such as England, Australia, and Vietnam. Altogether, they visited 80 countries and were particularly fond of Switzerland and Italy.

Many of Wenglin’s family said he had an ability to converse with anybody about any topic.

“He was able to build relationships with a multitude of people, from soldiers in the war to every resident on his mail route and hundreds of kids at Camp Airy,” said Elana Fine, Wenglin’s granddaughter. “He had a unique relationship with every single person. He didn’t talk about the same thing with anyone.”

Marilyn Smith, Wenglin’s daughter, added that the postman at Jewish summer camps is usually a popular person — since they deliver letters from home — but Wenglin knew many of the kids by name and would joke with them often.

“He had this magnetic personality, and we always knew it,” said Smith. “But with him passing, the outpouring of love from people has been unbelievable.”

Wenglin’s family deeply felt his loss, through all generations.

“We had him in our lives for a very long time, and there’s going to be an empty hole without his presence,” said Wenglin’s daughter, Joyce Wronka.

Benjamin Wenglin is survived by his wife, Irene Wenglin (nee Blumenfeld); daughters Marilyn (Barry) Smith and Joyce Wronka; sisters Joyce Braun, Esther Kaplan, Hilda Warren and Anne Montauk and brother Jack Wayne; grandchildren Elana (Sanford) Fine, Shayna Smith, Nina (Brian) Bonis, Matthew (Caitlin) Wronka and Loni (Ryan) Edwards; cherished great-grandchildren Ari and Julia Fine, Jacob and Allie Bonis and Julian Edwards.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Meyer Wenglinsky,

Wenglin was interred with military honors at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville.

jkatz@midatlanticmedia.com

TOLL

On February 24, 2016, ANITA (nee Atlas), beloved wife of the late Jeffrey Toll; loving mother of Curtis (Jacinta) Toll and Matthew (Leslie) Toll; cherished grandmother of Joshua, Sarah, Jacob and Merrick. Relatives and friends are invited to Graveside Services Sunday, 2:00 p.m. at Haym Salomon Memorial Park, 200 Moores Road, Frazier, PA. Shiva will be observed on Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Congregation Or Ami, 708 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill PA 19444. Shiva will also be observed on Monday night at the home of Matthew and Leslie Toll at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Irrevocable Merrick Nathaniel Toll Discretionary Trust c/o Zateeny Loftus, LLP, Two Bala Plaza, Suite 604, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.