Bernice M. Goldenberg, a retired manager and cashier for her family's variety store chain, died of complications of old age Thursday at her home in the North Oaks Retirement Community. The former Pikesville resident was 93.
Born Bernice M. Salganik in Baltimore and raised in Walbrook, she was a 1929 graduate of Western High School and earned a bachelor's degree in history from Goucher College.
She was briefly a substitute teacher in the Baltimore school system, and in 1935 married Joseph O. Goldenberg, whose family owned the Goldenberg variety stores. She worked for many years at the chain's Eutaw Street store near Lexington Market.
After her years of raising a family and working, she earned her master's degree in liberal arts from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in 1978.
Her family and friends later established the Bernice M. Goldenberg Academic Achievement Award at Notre Dame, given to the graduating liberal arts master's degree student with the highest grade point average.
Mrs. Goldenberg was a past president of True Sisters, a Jewish women's philanthropic organization, and helped write its annual shows.
Services were held Friday at Temple Oheb Shalom, where she was a member.
Survivors include a son, Jack Goldenberg of Denville, N.J.; three daughters, JoAnn Stolley of Columbia, Lorraine Schapiro of Owings Mills and Barbara Gamse of Baltimore; a brother, Alvin Salganik of Baltimore; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1988.