Florence Garten, 102, helped raise 10 siblingsFlorence...

July 16, 1996

Florence Garten, 102, helped raise 10 siblings

Florence Garten, who helped raise 10 sisters and brothers as the oldest child of Russian immigrants in New York, died of heart failure Sunday at North Oaks Retirement Community in Pikesville. She was 102.

Mrs. Garten's family celebrated her centenary two years ago with song and poetry, and she was greeted by Willard Scott on NBC's "Today" show.

The former Florence Jacobson was born in New York in 1894 and grew up on the Lower East Side, where she helped raise 10 siblings. The family lived in several locations in the New York area. In 1914, she married Irving Garten, the son of Austrian immigrants, who operated a chain of men's hat stores and later was in the real estate business. He died in 1958.

As a young woman, Mrs. Garten worked in a sweat shop in New York's garment district. "She had vivid memories of the conditions," said her son, Herbert Garten of Baltimore. "To save money for lunch, she'd go way out of her way to walk to work through the Italian district and buy a tomato for a couple of cents."

Her early memories included hearing as a teen-ager of the calamitous 1911 New York Triangle factory fire, which killed 145 people, and walking across the Brooklyn Bridge. "She thought ++ the bridge was about the grandest thing she'd ever seen," Mr. Garten said. He said the family didn't discover until she was 90 that she had altered her birth year so as not to appear older than her husband.

After she married, Mrs. Garten helped her husband in his hat stores. She had only an elementary school education, but she was an avid reader and traveled the world. In her later years, she divided her time between Miami, Baltimore and New York.

Other survivors include a daughter, Lynnore Moss of North Miami Beach, Fla.; three sisters, Pearl Levy, Shirley Rubin and Rhoda Kantor, all of Long Beach, N.Y.; a brother, Sidney Jacobson of New York City; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Graveside services are set for 2: 30 p.m. today at Montefiore Cemetery in Queens, N.Y.

Peter George Zouck, a decorated wartime flier who later headed the state aviation administration and co-founded Alloy Cladding Co. Inc., died Sunday at Johns Hopkins Hospital after suffering from pneumonia. He was 77 and lived in Roland Park.

Born in Glyndon, Mr. Zouck attended Gilman Country School and graduated with a degree in civil engineering in 1941 from Harvard University, where he played lacrosse. He took post-graduate engineering courses at the Johns Hopkins University.

Mr. Zouck was first in his class at the Navy flight-training school in Florida, and was commissioned in 1942 as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He served two campaigns in the South Pacific on dive-bombing missions during World War II, attaining the rank of captain. He returned in 1945 with three Distinguished Flying Cross awards and 10 Air Medals with four Gold Stars.

In 1944, Mr. Zouck married Katharine Symington.

In 1946 and 1947, Mr. Zouck was first the airport engineer and then director of the Maryland State Aviation Commission, as well as executive officer of the Marine Corps Reserve fighter squadron at Anacostia.

From 1948 to 1954, he taught physics at the Naval Academy, then became a sales engineer for two years at Koppers Co.

In 1956, Mr. Zouck and Hugh Y. Rienhoff founded the Alloy Cladding Co. Together, they held patents for equipment and a process for stainless-steel cladding -- lining thick-walled vessels such as pulp-mill digesters with stainless steel. They sold the company, now based in Fort Myers, Fla., and Mr. Zouck retired in 1980.

Mr. Zouck enjoyed golf, bridge and sailing, and once owned and raced sailboats from Gibson Island. He belonged to the Gibson Island Club, Elkridge Club, Maryland Club and Bachelors Cotillon, and kept a winter residence in Naples, Fla., where he belonged to the Royal Poinciana Club and the Hole-in-the-Wall Club.

Funeral services will be held at 10: 30 a.m. today in the chapel of the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 N. Charles St., Baltimore.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Nina P. Z. Waite of Los Altos, Calif.; two sons, Peter G. Zouck Jr. and Thomas R. S. Zouck, both of Baltimore; two sisters, Eleanor Z. Winkenwerder and Marian Z. Harvey, both of Baltimore; and five grandchildren.

Pub Date: 7/16/96

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