Pearl Umansky, 93, owner of Va. grocery, homemaker

January 10, 2003

Pearl Umansky, a homemaker and former Northwest Baltimore resident, died of respiratory failure Monday at Beth Shalom Nursing Home in Richmond, Va. She was 93.

Born Pearl Baron in Stav, Russia, she came to Baltimore in 1922 with her parents, and they settled on the city's Corned Beef Row.

She attended city public schools, and was married in the late 1920s to Paul Umansky. The couple operated a grocery store in Roanoke, Va., for more than 20 years before returning to Baltimore in the early 1950s. Mr. Umansky died in 1965.

Mrs. Umansky, who lived on Park Heights Avenue until moving to Richmond in 1996, enjoyed playing poker.

She was a member of Har Sinai Congregation and the Royal Sisters Society.

Services were held Wednesday in Richmond.

Mrs. Umansky is survived by three sons, Robert I. Umansky of Lancaster, Pa., Samuel W. Umansky of Simi Valley, Calif., and Gilbert Umansky of Memphis, Tenn.; a daughter, Betty L. Baer of Richmond; 16 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren. Another son, Benjamin Umansky, died in 1960.

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