Rena G. Hoffberger, 94, volunteer, philanthropistRena G...

February 01, 1997

Rena G. Hoffberger, 94, volunteer, philanthropist

Rena G. Hoffberger, a volunteer and philanthropist, died Thursday in her sleep at Manor Care Ruxton. She was 94.

Mrs. Hoffberger was vice president for 30 years of the Baltimore League for the Handicapped and, with her husband, Saul C. Hoffberger, donated $450,000 for a rehabilitation center that was named for them at the building's dedication in 1964.

A former Ashburton resident, she lived for many years at Park Towers East in Pikesville. In 1994, she moved to the nursing home.

Mrs. Hoffberger was a member of Hadassah and a longtime volunteer at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital.

She was born Rena Golboro in East Baltimore and graduated from Eastern High School.

In 1920, she married Saul C. Hoffberger, former president of the National Brewing Co.

At his death in 1963, he was the last of seven brothers who were known in Baltimore for their widespread industrial and philanthropic activities.

Mrs. Hoffberger was a member of Woodholme Country Club and avid bowler and golfer, participating in both sports well into her 80s.

She was a former secretary of the board and 80-year member of Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Ave., where services are planned for 2 p.m. tomorrow.

She is survived by two daughters, Jane H. Silberman of Pikesville and Charlotte A. Kursman of Philadelphia; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Sylvester G. Yurek, 84, Baltimore firefighter

Sylvester G. Yurek, retired city firefighter and outdoorsman, died Tuesday of complications after heart surgery at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 84 and lived in Parkville.

Mr. Yurek went to work for Baltimore Fire Department in 1933 and retired as a lieutenant from Truck 14 in 1965. He then became a supervisor for Baltimore County in records management and retired again in 1975.

He was born and raised near Fells Point.

Along with his wife of 57 years, the former Ida T. Matczuk, he enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Europe.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today at St. Ursula Roman Catholic Church, 8801 Harford Road, Parkville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, George Yurek of Flint, Mich.; a daughter, Doris V. Griswold of Severna Park; two sisters, Margaret Woods and Gertrude Murphy, both of Baltimore; and six grandchildren.

Pub Date: 2/01/97

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