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Benjamin WinegradFormer aldermanBenjamin B. Winegrad, a former...


Benjamin Winegrad

Former alderman

Benjamin B. Winegrad, a former Annapolis alderman who had been in the restaurant and hotel businesses, died June 25 of heart failure at his home in Annapolis.

Mr. Winegrad, who was 79, was elected as a Democrat to the City Council in 1977 and represented the 4th Ward until 1985. He then served as a member of the city's Board of Appeals until 1989.

Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, who said he and Mr. Winegrad had been friends since the late 1940s and had served on the City Council together, said that, as an alderman, Mr. Winegrad "looked out for the senior citizens."

He also said of Mr. Winegrad, "His fun in life was helping people."

A son, state Sen. Gerald W. Winegrad of Annapolis, also spoke of his father's willingness to help people and said that recently a man returned to Annapolis to repay a 15-year-old $80 loan and to thank his father.

The elder Winegrad retired in 1984 from the Dockside Restaurant, which he had managed for three years.

When he moved to Annapolis in 1946, he and a brother owned and operated Wally's Hotel, a restaurant, tavern and hotel on West Street. They sold the business in 1964.

He then worked as a wholesale food salesman to restaurants and similar institutions for the Lundardi-Central Distributing Co.

Born in Baltimore, he was a graduate of the Polytechnic Institute and served in the Navy on destroyers and destroyer escorts as an electrician's mate during World War II.

In 1989, he organized a reunion for the crew of one of the destroyers, the USS Rodman.

He also served as commander of the Annapolis Post of the Jewish War Veterans and was a frequent visitor to veterans' hospitals such as Fort Howard.

He had also served as vice president of the St. Mary's High School Parent Teacher Association and was active in the Annapolis school's Athletic Association.

Long interested in sports, racing, the Orioles, the Colts and other teams and sports, including those his children were in, he felt the fan had a duty to perform, said Mr. Hopkins.

He had also organized a community watch program in the Hilltop Village neighborhood where he lived.

In addition to his son, his survivors include his wife of 50 years, the former Eleanor D. Messick; three other sons, Lawrence E. Winegrad of San Diego, Daniel L. Winegrad of Annapolis and Kenneth Winegrad of Lexington Park; a daughter, Anne Marie Dammeyer of Annapolis; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services for Mr. Winegrad were held June 27 at the Hardesty Funeral Home in Annapolis.

The family has suggested memorial contributions to Congregation Kneseth Israel in Annapolis or to the St. Mary's Athletic Association.

Jerome F. Ziegler


Jerome F. Ziegler, a printer, died June 4 of cancer at his Westminster home. He was 56.

At his death, he was employed as a printing instructor anproduction manager with Maryland State Use Industries, where he taught printing to prison inmates. He had been with the state agency since 1989.

He began his printing career as a 13-year-old growing up in the Pimlico section delivering newspapers and working as a printer's devil for Creative Printing, where he was paid 3an hour to clean type.

He was in Merganthaler Vocational Technical High School's first graduating class, in 1954. After service in the Air Force from 1954 to 1958, he went to work as a Linotype operator at Diamond Press.

He later worked for Dulany Vernay Printing Co. aboard a railroad car that had been specially outfitted as a print shop and shuttled between Pimlico and Laurel racetracks meeting their daily printing needs.

From 1965 to 1970, he was a compositor and Linotype operator for The Baltimore Sun. After leaving the newspaper company, he went to work for printing companies throughout the state. He was also active in the Litho Club of Baltimore, a professional printing organization.

He was president of the Reisterstown Democratic Club, a member of the Knights of Columbus and held offices in the Sons of Italy. He also was a volunteer basketball referee for recreation councils in Reisterstown and Westminster. He also enjoyed golfing.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, the former Rosemary Doskus; two sons, Keith Ziegler of Mount Airy and Kurt Ziegler of Westminster; a daughter, Julie Bowman of Westminster; two brothers, Joseph Ziegler of Woodlawn and Wayne Ziegler of Baltimore; six sisters, Diane Swanner of Hanover, Pa., Franny Freedy, Barbie Ziegler, Jackie Hough, Marcie Bryan and Carol Ziegler, all of Baltimore; his mother, Anna Ziegler of Baltimore; and four grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Glyndon June 7.

Charlotte T. Bertsch


Charlotte Tickner Bertsch, a volunteer and member of women's groups, died Monday of an apparent heart attack in her sleep at her home in Edenwald, the Towson retirement community. She was 88.

She was treasurer of the auxiliary at the Rosewood Center where she had done about 6,000 hours of volunteer work.

She was a member of the Woman's Club of Roland Park, the Maryland Chapter of the PEO Sisterhood, the Baltimore Country Club and the Three Arts Club of Homeland.

The former Charlotte Tickner was born in Baltimore and graduated from Western High School and what is now Towson State University. She later taught in Baltimore schools.

In 1931, she married George Tracy Bertsch, who retired in 1966 as general manager of The Sunpapers and as secretary of the A. S. Abell Co., then the publisher of The Sun and The Evening Sun.

In addition to Mr. Bertsch, survivors include three daughters, C. Elizabeth Bertsch Loppacker of Ridgefield, Conn., Nancy B. Ratchford of Annapolis and Barbara B. Cox of Staunton, Va.; and eight grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Thursday at the Second Presbyterian Church.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the church.

Hilda Hahn Cohen

Civic, religious activist

Hilda Hahn Cohen, who was active in civic and religious groups, died Wednesday of cancer at her Annapolis home. She was 69.

She was a former president of the Annapolis chapter of Hadassah and a board member of the Annapolis chapter of the American Cancer Society.

She was also a member of the Sisterhood of Congregation Kneseth Israel, the Council of Jewish Women, the Caritas Society of St. John's College and the American Red Magen David for Israel. She was a former member of the Annapolis City Human Relations Committee.

She moved to Annapolis in 1950 after marrying Robert Lee Cohen, who survives her.

The former Hilda Hahn was a native of the Johnstown, N.Y., area and graduated from high school there in 1941. She later graduated from Anne Arundel Community College. She continued to take courses there and at the University of Maryland.

In the 1950s, she was a draftsman at J. R. McCrone Co., an Annapolis engineering company. In the 1970s, she was an agent for several real estate firms.

She painted and did pencil sketches and sculptures.

Other survivors include two daughters, Beth Cohen Gross of Teaneck, N.J., and Jo Anne Cohen Petrillo of Cupertino, Calif.; a son, Ross Nathan Cohen of Chicago; and eight grandchildren.

Services were held Friday at Kneseth Israel synagogue in Annapolis.

Clemens W. Gaines

Retired health official

Clemens W. Gaines, former chairman of the Maryland Public Health Association and a retired official with the state Health Department, died Wednesday of cancer at his home in Chestertown. He was 73.

Mr. Gaines worked for the Health Department from 1948 to 1969, during which time he chaired the public health association.

He was associate dean of the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee from 1969 to 1973. He returned to the Maryland Health Department in 1973 and, from 1976 until his retirement in 1981, he was executive director of Upper Shore Aging in Chestertown.

As director, he helped establish housing projects for the elderly in several Maryland counties.

Born in Edgewood, Mr. Gaines graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in business.

He enlisted in the Army and served as a staff officer at the Pacific Headquarters in Hawaii during World War II. After his discharge from active duty, he joined the 175th Infantry Reserve and was regimental adjutant for five years until his retirement from the Reserve in 1968.

As a member of the American Public Health Association, he lectured at the Johns Hopkins, Columbia and University of North Carolina schools of public health.

Mr. Gaines was a member of the vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Chestertown and served as treasurer for both the Chester River and Rock Hall yacht clubs.

A memorial service was set for noon today at Emmanuel Church.

Survivors include his wife, the former Thelma Bowman; three sons, Christopher C. Gaines of Aurora, Ill., Clemens W. Gaines Jr. of Bowie and Gary R. Gaines of Arbutus; a sister, Helen Patterson of Fair Haven, and three grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be made to the church.

Alexa Marie Foggan

Millersville child

Alexa Marie Foggan, a 3-year-old who loved the outdoors, died at home June 29 of cancer. She had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in January.

She had planted daisies and daffodils in the yard of her Millersville home early this spring.

"She tended to her flowers with great care," said her mother, Anita Foggan.

She said Alexa, who was fond of everything pink, loved to be outside, even in thunderstorms.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today at North Baltimore Mennonite Church, 4615 Roland Ave.

Other survivors include her father, John Foggan, and two sisters, Samantha and Nicole Foggan, all of Millersville; her maternal grandparents, Walter and Ethel Juhnke of Moundridge, Kan.; and her paternal grandparents, John and Eleanor Foggan of Deer Park, N.Y.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alexa Marie Foggan Memorial Fund at Maryland National Bank, 491 Jumpers Hole Road, Severna Park 21146.

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