Benjamin WinegradFormer aldermanBenjamin B. Winegrad, a...

July 17, 1994

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.

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