Irving L. Garfinkle, 81, Sun advertising salesman

April 12, 2005

Irving L. Garfinkle, a retired advertising salesman for The Sun who earlier had owned a dry-goods store, died of cancer Friday at his Pikesville home. He was 81.

Mr. Garfinkle was born in Houston and raised in San Antonio, where his father owned and operated a dry-goods store.

He interrupted college studies at the University of Texas to enlist in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He was a bombardier in Europe and later flew relief missions. After the war, he returned to the University of Texas and earned a bachelor's degree in 1947 in journalism.

Mr. Garfinkle worked during the late 1940s for the Wall Street Journal and moved to Baltimore in 1951, when he took a job as manager of a Lerner's Shop, a chain of women's clothing stores. He later managed Lerner's stores in Delaware and Pennsylvania, and he returned to Baltimore in 1957 to open a dry-goods store on Washington Boulevard.

After selling the business, he went to work in 1962 as a solicitor in the advertising department of The Sun. He retired in 1989 as an account executive.

Mr. Garfinkle enjoyed golf, tennis, sailing and spending winters in Palm Beach, Fla.

He was a member of the Suburban Club and a longtime active member of Oheb Shalom Congregation.

Mr. Garfinkle's wife of 36 years, the former Ellen Abeshouse, died in 1988. In 1994, he married Sonia "Sunny" Sirkin, who died in 2003.

Services were Sunday.

Mr. Garfinkle is survived by a son, I. Louis Garfinkle of Gaithersburg; a daughter, Jan G. Franz of Lutherville; a stepson, Richard Wolman of Lancaster, Pa.; a stepdaughter, Lisa Haber of Timonium; and six grandchildren.

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