Michael Wengrow, 89, insurance salesman

April 02, 2003

Michael Wengrow, a retired insurance salesman and former Glen Burnie resident, died of respiratory failure March 26 at the James River Convalescent Center in Newport News, Va. He was 89.

Mr. Wengrow was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y. After graduating from high school and attending Brown's Business College in New York, he opened a sporting goods store in Brooklyn.

A combat Marine, he fought in the Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima campaigns during World War II.

After being discharged in 1946, he went to work for the Maryland Casualty Insurance Co. He later joined Philadelphia United Life Insurance Co., from which he retired in 1977.

Mr. Wengrow, who enjoyed flower gardening, had lived for many years in Pasadena before moving to Glen Burnie in 1990. He had been a resident of Newport News since 1995.

One of his cherished memories, family members said, was seeing Babe Ruth play baseball during the 1930s. Later, he became an avid Orioles fan.

In 1943, Mr. Wengrow married Sylvia Parshall, who died in 1966.

Services are private.

Survivors include a son, David M. Wengrow of Glen Burnie; three daughters, Vicky J. Colfer of Baltimore, Kathy P. Williams of Newport News and Jerianne Frye-Cooper of Michigan; a sister, Hilda S. Wengrow of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren.

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