Estelle L. Newman, 91, floral consultant for parties

September 28, 2005

Estelle L. Newman, a former bridal and party floral consultant, died of respiratory failure Monday at Ruxton Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pikesville. She was 91.

She was born Estelle Lipnick in Baltimore and raised on Holmes Avenue. She was a 1933 graduate of Western High School, and the next year married Sigmund Scheinberg, owner of the Calvert Lamp Co. on North Eutaw Street.

After her husband's death in 1964, she became a consultant on bridal and bar mitzvah and bat mitzvah parties for Register Flowers, and later for Flowers By Michael. She retired in 1988 but continued to help relatives and friends who asked her advice when planning events.

She was married in 1969 to Joseph Newman, owner of Vilma Lanes bowling alley in Northeast Baltimore, who died in 1988.

Mrs. Newman had lived for years in the city's Pimlico neighborhood, and for the past eight years in the Park Towers apartments. She was a twice-a-week mah-jongg player and had played poker with one card club for more than 50 years.

She celebrated her 90th birthday in Atlantic City, where she often enjoyed playing slot machines.

She was a longtime member of Beth Jacob Congregation.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

Surviving are three daughters, Suzanne J. Rudick of Pompano Beach, Fla., Mickie J. Sachs of Bel Air and Rita G. Weiner of Pikesville; a stepdaughter, Alma Minkove of Pikesville; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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