Harold Schlenger

Harold "Hank" A. Schlenger

November 9, 1929 - January 10, 2021
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    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 12:00pm
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Jewish Museum of Maryland

15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland

1 Asquith Street, Baltimore, MD 21202


Harold "Hank" A. Schlenger, of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Sunday, January 10th, 2021 at the age of 91. He is survived by his children, Hal (Alison) Schlenger and Ilene Pyser; grandchildren, Zachary (Natasha) Schlenger, Daniel Pyser (fiancee, Ashley Seymour), and Tracey Pyser; great grandchildren, Caleb and Gia. He was predeceased by his wife, Carolyn S. Schlenger (nee Sachs); parents, Deana and Milton Schlenger; siblings, Jacob Schlenger, Julia Shulder and Mildred Discher.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 12 pm. Please use the webcasting button above to view the service. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 or Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maryland, 1 Asquith Street, Baltimore, MD 21202
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Nancy Fishel

Posted at 12:33pm
Ilene and Hal,
I was so sad to read of your dad’s passing. The closeness of the bridge girls and our family get togeathers were a central part of my childhood, and I believe, yours as well. Their care for one another along with memories they created will surely be missed.

Clarke Franke

Posted at 09:29am
Ilene, Hal and Family:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you with Hank's passing. He was a truly wonderful man and he and Carolyn were among our parents best friends. It is so sad that they are now gone, but we can all take solace in recognizing the tremendous impact they had on all of our lives - as well as on the lives of our children and grandchildren. My sisters Gail and Janice and I recently experienced what you are going through now as our mother passed away just a couple of months ago and while we miss her as much as you miss Hank and Carolyn we can all rejoice in the that they they were a part of our lives for as long as they were. Best wishes to you all.

Jim Adleberg

Posted at 02:59pm
Hal and Ilene,
Sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. As others have already mentioned- your Dad (and mine) were my first lacrosse coaches. Let's see- 4th grade so- a little over 50 years ago. I can still hear his voice-probably screaming at me to keep moving the ball and to get my back hand down scooping. He was a great guy and will be remembered fondly.

Lauren (Schlenger) and Eric Hirsh

Posted at 02:25pm
Dear Hal, Ilene, and Family,

I have such fond memories of seeing Uncle Hank at the Schlenger family reunions over the years. He always made me laugh. Eric is very glad to have had the chance to meet him as well. Our deepest condolences.
Love, Eric, Lauren, and Simone

Lon Goodman

Posted at 01:08pm
My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire family. Today is a day of sorrow and remembering. He will be remembered for all of the good times and positive influences on so many people.

Kent Hoffman

Posted at 12:46pm
I’m at a point in my life where I can, with better perspective, look back on the people in my life who influenced me. And certainly there are many people who I can recall who have had a positive impact on my life. But there are few who had more impact than Hank. Hank hired me right out of the Navy as an entry level engineer and immediately took me under his wing. Most of what I know about engineering, I learned from Hank. And to this day, I still hear members of my engineering team voice “Hankisms” about this engineering principle or another. But what I appreciated most was that he and Carolyn genuinely cared about me. They knew I was new to the area and didn’t know anyone or have family here in Baltimore. So in those early years, and quite often, I would have a conversation with Hank on a Monday morning about a girl they had met over the weekend with an offer to introduce me. And when I would call in sick, Hank would call me to see if I needed anything and if there was anything he or Carolyn could do for me. Those conversations, and the comfort they brought, have not been lost on me. Let me extend my condolences to Hank’s family, and let me say how blessed I think you’ve been to have Hank in your life. I know I was.

Rick Schlenger

Posted at 12:26pm
Uncle Hank was truly a gift to us.

Rick, Terri, Andrew, and Timothy

Jimmy C Cachola

Posted at 12:18pm
I have many fond memories of Hank from my time working with him at Schlenger/Pitz and Associates. He was a great mentor and teacher and taught me much of what I use today. Hank once told me to get to know as many people you could by the age of 40 because they would be your resources for the rest of your life. No truer words have impacted by professional and personal life.

Our children send their condolences and appreciate the time at the beach in OC with Hank and Carolyn.

you will be missed, Jimmy and Karyn Cachola

Rhoda Blackwood

Posted at 12:09pm

Hal and Ilene, please know that you are in my prayers, laying to rest our loved ones is never something we want to do and there is nothing easy about it at all. Mr. Hank has touch me in so many ways over the almost 9 years I was bless to be with the family as a Caregiver. We have a friendship that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
A life well lived is a precious gift, one of hope, strength and grace from someone who has made our lives a brighter, happier and more rewarding one. Mr. Hank lived a full and happy life filled with nothing but joy, pride, a loving and lasting memory of those great family treasures(you the family) his treasure who is now left behind. Hold tight to your memories and let those guide and strengthen you in the coming days and years.

Herta and Arthur Baitch

Posted at 11:10am
We are so very saddened to learn of Hank's passing. It was such a pleasure to be with him and Carolyn. Please accept our sincerest condolences.

June Pellis

Posted at 10:30am
Some of the best times in my life were driving down to Baltimore with my parents, Phil and Roz Schlenger, and my brother Richard, to see my cousin Hank and the family. The last time I saw my Cousin Hank was about a year ago Zooming with the help of our children, during Thanksgiving. I will cherish my memories of him. My Love and condolences to the family. June Pellis

Bill Pitz

Posted at 09:18am
Hal, Ilene and Family,

I started working with your Dad right out of college in 1976 and I got to know your Mom and you pretty soon after that. Little did I know at the time that the relationship would develop into your Dad and I becoming business partners and, more importantly, lifelong friends. I am forever grateful for the opportunity that Hank (took me a long time to be able to call him anything but Mr. Schlenger) gave me. But I am more grateful that we got to share a major part of each of our lives working together and that I got to know your Mom and you. I felt like I was a part of your family.

Donna and I share in your loss but are comforted by our memories of Hank and Carolyn and the many moments that we spent together.

Anthony Sarbanes

Posted at 07:54am
I was very sorry to read about the loss of Hank. From 1980 until 1989, I was responsible for the Wicomico County Board of Education schools. It was in this regard that I had contact with Hank who provided engineering services to the Wicomico County school system. he was an outstanding engineer but even on top of that he was a true gentleman in every sense of that word and I always enjoyed working with him or just having a discussion with him. I was most fortunate to get to know him over those years of service. I extend my deepest sympathies to his family at this time of great lost.

Robin L Berg

Posted at 05:09am
Ilene and Hal and the rest of your family,
My first memory of your father was right after our boys were born. Your father gave Eric a small baseball bat. We still have it. I'm sure you have many, many memories of of your father. Hold these close to your heart. May these memories be a blessing for all of you..

Lisa and Barry Yatovitz

Posted at 07:18pm
Barry and I are so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing.

Aunt Lou and Uncle Albert

Posted at 04:18pm
Dear Ilene and Hal,
We share so many wonderful memories over a lifetime which we hold dear. Your parents were truly special people. May the memory of Hank be for a blessing.

Bob Coplan

Posted at 12:36pm
Hal and Ilene,
I was very sorry to hear about Hank's passing. It was so nice of him to come to my mother's funeral in 2018. I certainly recall with fondness all the years living about 50 feet from your Mom and Dad through the backyard, and the many Saturday nights I babysat for both of you (although Hal didn't really need a sitter). My condolences to you.

Carole Glick

Posted at 11:24am
Ilene & Family,
So sorry to hear this sad news. May all the wonderful memories of the good times with your Dad carry you through this difficult time. Our thoughts & prayers are with you & may his memory be for a blessing. Sending our deepest sympathy & hugs,
Carole & Billy

Anne Berman

Posted at 10:48am
Dear Ilene,
I loved watching your gentle care for your dad when you brought him to services at Har Sinai. You were so protective and obviously loving. Your dad was a lovely man. His (and your mother's) dedication to Har Sinai Congregation set an example for me and many others! Your dad was a blessing to Har Sinai and to everyone who knew him. May he Rest In Peace at your beloved mother's side!

Andrew Franklin

Posted at 10:32am
Tracey and family

I wanted to send my heartfelt condolences out to the entire family. Tracey
I’m so sorry about your grandfather I know you were very close with him. May you always remember and cherish all the fun times and memories..

May his memory always be for a blessing.

Janet and Dennis Klein

Posted at 10:13am
Ilene and family......we are so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Hyll Krevolin

Posted at 08:30am
Ilene, Hal
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father. I have fabulous memories of your parents, they were always there for me to talk to! They always gave me good advise and were great listeners. My deepest sympathy to you and your families. May the memories of the wonderful times that you all had over the years be a comfort. May his memory be a blessing.

Myles Lichtenberg

Posted at 08:19am
Ilene, Hal & Family,
So sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad, our sincerest condolences to you all.

Stewart D Sachs

Posted at 07:41am
So sorry for your loss. Your father was one of the nicest men that I had the pleasure of know.

Sharon Martin

Posted at 07:35am
Ilene and family, I'm sorry to hear of your father/grandfather's passing. I hope his memory will be a blessing to all of you.

Murray Green

Posted at 06:12am
Your dad was my first lacrosse coach . What a nice guy and a great coach . So sorry for your loss . May he RIP! Sincerely Mean Lean Murray Green.

Jacky McCoy

Posted at 10:37pm
Mr. Schlenger hired me, a 19 year old African American woman, as a draftman in 1974. Back then women drafters and engineers were rare but Mr. Schlenger never hesitated guide me and challenge me with more and more opportunities. Though mentoring was not a part the lexicon of that time, Mr. Schlenger was an amazing mentor to me. I became a HVAC drafting-designer and went on to earn Mechanical Engineering degree from his Alma mater thanks to his confidence in me. Thank you, Mr. Schaeffer. I will never forget you.

Frankie Weil

Posted at 09:57pm
Dear Ilene,
When we came back to Baltimore after eighteen years in California, you and your Dad quickly included our family in your seder at Hank's apartment. Ilene, you were such a caring and devoted daughter to your father. It meant so much to us to celebrate with Hank. He will be greatly missed.

Mark Weil

Posted at 09:40pm
Dear Ilene and Hal,
I was so sorry to hear about Hank's passing, Your Dad was a very special person and probably my best friend. Our friendship goes back to 1957 We served together on the board of Har Sinai and were involved in the planning of the school addition to the temple on Park Heights Avenue and the new temple in Owings Mills. We'll always remember the holidays that celebrated together and the fun we had when the eight of us got together to bake Chanukah cookies almost every year. Your Dad will be greatly missed and I am sorry that I didn't get to spend more with him these last few years.
Mark Weil

Marcie Cissell

Posted at 08:44pm
We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad and grandpa was a very special man. We will all always be connected by so many shared years and memories. It is our hope these memories will help you through the most difficult days.

Randi Green

Posted at 08:02pm
Ilene and Hal - So sorry for your loss. May his memory be of a blessing.

Joel Franklin

Posted at 06:54pm
Hal, I remember your father on the sidelines cheering us on. May his memory be a blessing.

Sheila Mentz

Posted at 06:46pm
Dear Ilene,
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father. I have wonderful memories of him and your mother from my days at Har Sinai. He was a true gentleman and I always enjoyed talking with him. My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy. May the memories of the wonderful times that you had over the years be a comfort. May his memory be a blessing.

Neil Kahn

Posted at 06:16pm
Mr. Schlenger (He is still "Mr." to me) was my first lacrosse coach over 50 years ago. Wood sticks were the thing back then. Even playing lacrosse through the college level I can still hear his voice and know his gentle but firm approach made us all better at more than lacrosse. I hope the family has great memories and knows that these small influences count for a lot.

Neil Kahn

Stephanie Ferber

Posted at 06:11pm
Dear Ilene & Family,

I am so sorry to learn about your father’s passing. Comparing notes on our dad’s ... and having lost mine after a twenty year battle in 2019, I truly understand your feelings. My thoughts are with you and your family. Hopefully, knowing he is no longer struggling, and he is with your mom, will bring peace to you and your family.

Nancy Miller Levine

Posted at 05:42pm
Dear Hal and Ilene- I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear father! I have so many wonderful memories of your parents from our childhood. Please except my deepest condolences.

Emily Kishter

Posted at 05:30pm
Dear Ilene,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. We shared great memories growing up in your house. You’ve been an unbelievably devoted daughter. I know he will sorely be missed. I’m thinking of you and sending much love and strength.

Terri & Mel Lorden

Posted at 05:26pm
Ilene and family......we are so very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.

Jeff Smelkinson

Posted at 05:20pm
Sorry to hear of the passing of Hank. He introduced me to one of the great loves of my life, Lacrosse. He convinced my parents to let me play on his team when I 8 years old, 50 years ago. Since then I've played, watched and coached more than any other activity in the last 50 years, thanks to him. My condolences to Hal and Ilene

Carol, Joel, Hanna and the rest of the Fiddle family

Posted at 04:59pm
Ilene, Tracey and family, we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved dad. We are sending thoughts and prayers from our family to yours during this difficult time.

Jackie Schlenger Conover

Posted at 04:57pm
So sorry to hear about Uncle Hank. I remember his sense of humor and laugh. Our dad was so proud of him. Sad that generation is now gone. Our deepest sympathy.
Love, Jackie, Kevin, Sara, Megan, and Ryan

Wendy Berkow

Posted at 04:52pm
Dear Ilene, Hal, and Family, My heart just sank upon seeing this. You both know how I adored, and admired your family growing up. What stand - up, remarkable, friendly parents you had! As your long - time babysitter, I regularly heard stories of their adventures, genorosities, tenni tales,, Har Sinai, our dogs, and all the meaningful, tedious projects for others that they spearheaded or worked on, with, and without you both. Your Dad was the first Engineer I ever met, and I thought his job was just fascinating! They were also great mentors to me during my teenage years. As Larry said, playing everything in Diana Ct. was the best! You have my deepest sympathies at this very, sad time.


Posted at 04:38pm
Hal & Ilene & families
We are very sorry to hear about the passing of Dad I had fond memories of the family & your dad growing up in Diana Ct. I remember going fishing with my dad & I was supposed to drop of 1 of the fishes & your dad asked what he was supposed to do with it. It wasn't scaled or clean just the fish
Larry & Dawna

Bobbie and Alan Orman

Posted at 02:43pm
Our deepest sympathy to all of his family from Colorado. He was a wonderful man who in spite of his physical ailments always had a smile on his face and always provided his wisdom to anyone willing to listen. He was a wonderful friend and we will miss him.

Joel Oppenheimer

Posted at 02:39pm
Ilene and Hal--My sincere condolences for your loss. I will miss a fellow Jewish engineer. I also enjoyed playing tennis with him at Silver Birch Swim Club (I let him win on purpose). It was always great to see him at Har Sinai all of these years.
Very sincerely, Joel Oppenheimer

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