Jacob UmanskyFled Russian revolutionServices for Jacob...


June 21, 1992

Jacob Umansky

Fled Russian revolution

Services for Jacob Umansky, a retired tailor who was born in Russia and emigrated to North America after the 1917 Russian revolution, will be held today at 2 p.m. at the Sol Levinson & Bros. Home, 6010 Reisterstown Road.

Mr. Umansky, who had lived with his son, Paul, in Baltimore for the past 25 years, died Friday of heart failure at Baltimore County General Hospital.

He was 93.

Born in the Russian town of Berezovka, Mr. Umansky learned his trade at his father's knee. When the revolution broke out, he packed up his sewing machine and carried it across Europe and caught a boat to South America with his brother.

He later sold the sewing machine and migrated to Montreal, where he met Mary Kalatzowa, a woman who happened to be from his small Russian hometown. They were married in 1930.

In 1947, the couple and their two children moved to New York, where Mr. Umansky continued his trade. He retired in 1954 and moved with his wife to Los Angeles, where they resided for 13 years before coming to Baltimore.

In addition to Mr. Umansky's wife and son, survivors include his daughter, Pearl Umansky of Pittsburgh; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren, including twins born 40 minutes before he died.

The family suggested memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Foundation or the Save A Heart Foundation.

Benjamin A. Ring

Philosophy professor

Benjamin Arthur Ring, a Catonsville native and retired University of North Dakota philosophy professor, died Jan. 30 of acute leukemia at his home in DeSoto, Wis. He was 66.

Mr. Ring attended Catonsville High School, the University of Maryland and the Johns Hopkins University.

He taught at the University of North Dakota from 1961 until his retirement in 1990. He was the philosophy department chairman for many years.

Mr. Ring was active in the Democratic Party and ran unsuccessfully for the North Dakota House of Representatives in 1982. His daughter, Jennifer Ring of Grand Forks, N.D., is serving her second term in the North Dakota House.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include his wife, Beatrice Thornton Ring of DeSoto; another daughter, Abigail Ring of LaCrescent, Minn.; a brother, Edwin P. Ring of Annapolis; a sister, Hazel R. Johnson of Baltimore; a niece, Sylvia J. Eggleston-Wehr of Baltimore; and a granddaughter.

Mr. Ring asked that a wake be held in his memory next year.

The family suggested contributions to a tree fund created in his memory in care of Patricia Sanborn, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, N.D. 58202.

Wanda E. Brooke

Retired bookkeeper

Wanda E. Brooke, a bookkeeper at G. Fava Fruit Co. more than 30 years, died of a stroke at her East Baltimore home on May 28. She was 81.

In the mid-1930s, Mrs. Brooke started working for the Fava company, a fruit wholesaler that at the time was located at the present site of the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. She retired from the company, which has since moved to Jessup, in 1969.

Her work career began in the late 1920s with a now-defunct department store on Broadway in East Baltimore and for United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co.

The former Wanda Urbanski was born in Baltimore, the youngest of eight children of Elizabeth and Wladyslaw Urbanski, a founder of the Polish Home on South Broadway.

She graduated from Eastern High School and from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. She played the piano for the pleasure of her family, as well as at the Polish Home Hall.

Her husband, Casimir Brooke, a longshoreman also from Baltimore, died in 1980. Their son, Robert C. Brooke, died in 1989.

She is survived by a granddaughter, four great-grandchildren, two nieces and a nephew.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered June 1 at St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church in Canton.

Alice E. Cleveland

Wife of president's son

Alice Erdman Cleveland, the wife of a son of President Grover Cleveland, died June 12 of a severe kidney infection at Huggins Hospital in Wolfeboro, N.H. She was 88.

Mrs. Cleveland's late brother-in-law, Richard F. Cleveland of Roland Park, was a civic leader and an attorney with the Baltimore firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes. He died in 1974.

Her daughter, Marion C. Cohen, lives in Baltimore.

In 1931, Mrs. Cleveland and her husband, Francis G. Cleveland, started the Barnstormers Theatre in Tamworth, N.H. Mrs. Cleveland sold tickets and served as treasurer for many years.

She also taught Sunday school at the Tamworth Congregational Church and was a member of the Tamworth Community Nurses Association and the Tamworth Garden Club.

Mrs. Cleveland was born in Germantown, Pa.

In addition to her daughter, her survivors include her husband of 67 years, who lives in Tamworth, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held this summer at the Barnstormers Theatre. The family suggested memorial contributions to the Barnstormers Theatre, Tamworth, N.H. 03886, or the New Hampshire Humane Society, Meredith Center Road, Laconia, N.H. 03246.

Reuben Rice

Car wash entrepreneur

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