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Marvin Leonard Venick, a longtime Giant Food Inc. pharmacist and Northwest Baltimore resident, died of complications from Parkinson's disease Nov. 2 at Courtland Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 76.

Mr. Venick, the son of a Western Union telegrapher and homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised on North Pulaski Street. He was a 1950 graduate of City College and earned his pharmacist's degree in 1955 from the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.

He served in the Navy as a pharmacist's mate in Norfolk, Va., until being discharged in 1957.

Mr. Venick began his pharmacy career with Read Drug and Chemical Co. while attending pharmacy school, and then joined Giant Food Inc. in 1963.

During his 25-year career Mr. Venick had worked at the Parole Shopping Center, Dundalk, Northeast Baltimore, and ended his career in 1988 at the St. Thomas Shopping Center on Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Venick, who had earlier lived in Pomona, enjoyed jogging, travel and gardening.

He had been a member of Beth Israel Congregation.

Graveside services were held Nov. 3 at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, the former Joan Helen Scherr; two daughters, Barbara E. Varga and Adrienne Slovsky, both of Baltimore; a sister, Rhona Leher of Randallstown; and five grandchildren.

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