Allan Robert Wetzler, 92, clothing chain ownerAllan Robert...

June 25, 1999

Allan Robert Wetzler, 92, clothing chain owner

Allan Robert Wetzler, retired owner of a chain of women's apparel shops, died Wednesday at Sinai Hospital of a blood clot caused by a fall. He was 92 and lived in Pikesville.

From 1927 until 1982, he owned Wetzler's, a clothing store that he opened in the East Monument Street business district.

In 1948, he followed the trend of suburban shopping and opened a location at Belvedere Avenue and York Road. Others followed in Towson, Reisterstown, Westview, Eastpoint, Bel Air and Harundale.

"He was always gracious to his customers," said Richard A. Lidinsky, retired assistant city comptroller, whose family shopped at the Monument Street store. "He was always impeccably dressed and greeted everyone warmly."

Born in Bentleysville, Pa., Mr. Wetzler moved to Baltimore as a child. He was a 1924 graduate of City College, where he was business manager of the school magazine, the Oriole. He attended the University of Maryland School of Law.

In 1926, he married Edna Greenebaum, who worked with him during busy selling seasons. She died in 1970.

Mr. Wetzler was a past president of the Monument Street Business Men's Association, a member of the Rotary and a volunteer with the United Negro College Fund, the Red Cross and United Way.

In 1945 and 1954, he was elected president of Har Sinai Congregation, 6300 Park Heights Ave., where services will be held at 11 a.m. today.

He is survived by a son, Robert Wetzler of Reisterstown; a daughter, Bunny Singer of Lutherville; a sister, Jane Hamburger of Pikesville; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Dona S. Shurkin, 71, actress, property manager

Dona S. Shurkin, a former actress and property manager, died Saturday of liver disease at her Pikesville home. She was 71.

In recent years, she managed several properties that she owned in Mount Washington. She was an actress in the late 1940s and early 1950s on Baltimore radio and WAAM-TV. She also had owned Camp Merrily in Marriottsville.

Dona S. Cohen was born on Whitelock Street and graduated from Western High School. She attended the Johns Hopkins University and performed with the Johns Hopkins Playshop. In 1948, she married Saul Wallach, who died in 1953. She wed Isadore Danenberg in 1954; he died in 1968.

Services were held Monday.

She is survived by her husband, Sol Shurkin, whom she married in 1971; a son, Steven Wallach of Columbia; three daughters, Diane Cohen of Columbia, Nancy Rosenberg of Lutherville and Jane Alpert of Purchase, N.Y.; a sister, Myhra Klabens of Pikesville; a stepson, Allen Shurkin of Owings Mills; a stepdaughter, Harriet Charkatz of Stevenson; and 14 grandchildren.

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