Lee Wilner

Social Security Administration claims adjuster

April 03, 2010|By Jacques Kelly

Lee Wilner, a retired Social Security Administration claims adjuster and World War II veteran, died of cancer March 24 at Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital Center. The Owings Mills resident was 90.

Born Tillie Jacobs in New York City, she was a graduate of James Monroe High School in the Bronx. She used the name Lee and volunteered for service in the WAVES, or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, during World War II. She was a bookkeeper for the Navy and was stationed at Norfolk, Va.

"She was a strong, stubborn, independent woman who served her country as a WAVE during World War II and was ready to tell everyone of her pride," said her daughter, Suzanne Grumbacher of Wilmington, Del.

After marrying Lou Wilner in 1945, she moved to Baltimore, raised a family and later worked at the Social Security Administration in Woodlawn. She also earned an associate's degree at what was then Catonsville Community College.

A member of the Baltimore Tuberculosis Aid Society, Pioneer Women, the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training and Hadassah, she also was a volunteer secretary at Temple Emanuel and tutored students in reading at elementary schools.

She also helped drive older women on errands and to medical appointments.

In 1983, she and her husband took their trip of a lifetime by flying the Concorde to England, taking the Orient Express through Europe and sailing home on the Queen Elizabeth II. She also enjoyed reading, ballroom dancing, bridge and duckpin bowling.

Services were held March 28 in Owings Mills.

In addition to her daughter, survivors include a son, Larry Wilner of Owings Mills; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1993.

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