Henry M. Wiesenfeld, 97, businessman, veteran


Henry Mann Wiesenfeld, a retired printing company comptroller who had owned and operated a downtown sporting goods store, died of congestive heart failure Dec. 2 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson. He was 97 and had lived for many years in North Baltimore before moving to the Edenwald retirement community.

Born in the city and raised in Reservoir Hill, he was a 1924 graduate of Park School. As a child, he attended the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and had his picture taken with President Warren G. Harding.

His studies in political economy at the Johns Hopkins University were interrupted in 1928 by the death of his father, "Little Joe" Wiesenfeld, a well-known Baltimore merchant who owned a sporting goods and hardware store, Little Joe's, at Howard and Baltimore streets.

The son, not yet 21, took over the business. He had nearly completed his studies, and Hopkins later awarded him a diploma.

Mr. Wiesenfeld served in the Army during World War II, landed at Normandy on June 7, 1944, the day after D-Day, and fought in France and Belgium.

After the war he returned to the business, which he later moved to West North Avenue and turned into a mail-order saddlery operation. He sold it in the early 1960s, became comptroller of the Joseph W. King Printing Co. and retired in 1984.

He was a Towson library volunteer and belonged to the Service Corps of Retired Executives. He also was a donor to institutions of higher education, including Hopkins.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 17 at Edenwald, 800 Southerly Road in Towson.

His wife of 53 years, the former Elizabeth Pocock, died in 1990. There are no immediate survivors.

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