Henry Benesch

Henry Benesch

January 18, 1920 - January 11, 2021
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    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 | 9:30am
    Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 9:30am
    Virtual Funeral
    Please click the view the webcast link to watch the funeral service.
    To honor Henry "Zadie" Benesch's life, the family will host two nights of shiva. Shiva is a time to gather, to share stories and memories and to support the family members in saying the Kaddish Yitom, the memorial prayer. All are welcome to join, no previous familiarity necessary. The first 15 - 20 minutes we will conduct a brief service followed by virtual social time in which folks are invited to share their own memories and stories with the family and community present.

    Virtual shiva will be held on Wednesday and Thursday evening at 7pm

    Click here to join the virtual shiva

    Meeting ID: 829 6114 5015
    Password: 437911


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2111 Wilson Boulevard, Ste 1200, Arliington , VA 22201


Henry Benesch, of Owings Mills, Maryland, passed away on Monday, January 11th, 2021 at the age of 101. He is survived by his loving children, Michael (Sara) Benesch, Jerry (Martha) Benesch, Nadine Benesch Fox (Leon Fox), Barry Benesch (Debbie Corwin Benesch), grandchildren, Jeffrey (Jessica) Benesch, Brenda (Marc) Kouyoumdjian, Adam (Randi) Benesch, Justin (Julie) Benesch, Stefanie (Jordan) Stewart, Bryan (Fran) Stein, Eric Benesch, and Jared Benesch, great grandchildren, Arielle Kouyoumdjian, Jordan Stein, Alanna Stein, Jake Benesch, Mollie Benesch, Hudson Benesch, Naya Benesch, Brooklyn Stewart, Brennan Stewart, Grace Benesch, Sam Benesch, and Julian Benesch, and nieces, Lynne Johnson and Maggie Reese. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Leah Benesch (nee Medin), siblings, Phillip Benesch, Sally DiMatti, Rose Benesch, and Esther Benesch, and parents, Moritz and Catherine Benesch.

Henry led a meaningful and special life full of hobbies, passions and traditions.  He enjoyed Smoking Cigars, Drinking Good Bourbon, Playing Poker, watching the Orioles and Ravens, travelling the world, and most important of all, spending time with his family.  Henry enjoyed working at the race track, he liked to watch the ponies race. His most recent job was helping at his grandson Adam's brewery, Union Craft. He was known as Zadie to everyone he worked with at Union Craft and made every person he knew feel like his family. His birthday parties were considered the best parties in Baltimore and the folks that worked with him always loved his wisdom, sage and guidance.  Henry generously donated his time and energy to organizations he cared deeply for, including Jewish War Veterans, USO, Mason Yedz Grotto, and B'nai B'rith.  He will be remembered as a hardworking veteran of WWII and the Army Reserve, for his familiar presence at Union Craft, and the love he had for his family.  Henry will be missed by all who knew him.  May his memory be a blessing.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 9:30am. Please press the view webast button above to view the service. Interment will be private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to United Service Organizations (USO), 2111 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1200 Arlington, VA 22201, or the charity of your choice. 
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Philip & Marie

Posted at 04:03pm
Henry lived a great life. He really enjoyed working at the brewery, drinking his beer and smoking his cigars. The Wednesday night card group was a great way to get to know Henry and Barry and to watch his mind work as he bet on his poker hands. We had a wonderful time on our annual weekend getaways where we had a chance to kick back and enjoy the company of all of us playing cards, relaxing, eating. He will be greatly missed and his place at the card table will be hard to replace. Again he had a great life and our condolences to the family.

Nancy and Scott Propper

Posted at 11:43am
Dear Family:
Uncle Henry was so adored and honored as evidenced by the outpouring from all who knew him. The stories I heard at his funeral, at shiva and from other family member reminded me of my own memories of time spent at his home as a child. Having lived a full, long life will bring comfort to his family and friends. He will be missed.

Jen Whalen

Posted at 09:33pm
Our condolences to the entire Benesch Family

Nick Schauman

Posted at 11:53am
Sending Love and Hugs to everyone in the Benesch family... My grandfather Larry was a jockey and we used to spend a lot of time at Pimlico as well. I remember we would always take a bag of carrots to feed the horses. I'd like to think that Zadie and Popsie were acquaintances and friends. Cheers to a True Legend!

Bruce Lessans

Posted at 11:44am

I want to extend my sincere condolences to you on the loss of your beloved father. I celebrate my birthday on the same day as he did.

Michael Koren

Posted at 11:10am
My condolences to Barry and the whole Benesch family. Although I hadn’t seen Henry for many years I still have some very fond memories of him going back to the 70’s. A life well lived and a tremendous example for all he left behind. May his memory be a blessing 🙏

Colleen and Nathan Merwitz

Posted at 10:27am
Dear Mike and Sara,

Our thoughts are with you and the whole Benesch family as you mourn the passing of your father. May his amazing legacy comfort you in your hour of sorrow. We wish you a long life.

Ruth Andrione

Posted at 10:24am
My condolences to the entire Benesch family. As a friend of Nadine’s, I only knew ‘Zadie’ from a distance until the birthday parties at Union Craft. The memorial service included and emphasized the most important parts of your father’s life and the legacy he leaves behind. He touched the lives a so many!

Randi and Larry Waskow

Posted at 10:19am
Jerry and the Benesch Family,
Our sincerest condolences on the loss of this amazing man.

Marlene and Bill

Posted at 10:03am
Your father was a amazing man. Both Bill and me send you and your family our prayers and thoughts are with you

The Medin Family

Posted at 09:40am

Knowing how much your Zadie was loved and how much he loved you all, Joanna,Dave, Callie, Alex and Mikayla send much love to you all.

The Zerivitz Family

Posted at 09:14am
Sending love to the entire Benesch family. Zadie will live forever in our hearts and minds.


Posted at 08:58am
To the Benesch family I wish to express my sincere condolences on the loss of your father, grandfather, and great grandfather. I never met Henry but from hearing so much about his amazing life from Jerry ( a fellow exerciser at the J), l wish I had the opportunity to know him. I hope your memories of him will help you
And provide solace at this difficult time.

Robert J Block

Posted at 08:40am
Jerry & Family:
May your father Rest In Peace in the kingdom of Heaven: Remember the many good times over the years, May these memories be for a Blessing: AMEN

Stan and Rona Karmiol

Posted at 08:37am
So very sorry for your loss. Stan and I spent many Summers at the Pomona pool watching Henry swim laps. We also enjoyed his stories and humor. He will be missed

Debbie Satisky Handelman

Posted at 12:02am
Dear Nadine and family,
Sending my deepest condolences on the loss
of your beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather. What an amazing guy! It's easy to see how loved he was by all of you. May all your precious memories comfort you as you mourn. I am so sorry for your loss.

James & Ilene Carroll

Posted at 09:59pm
Jerry and Martha, our condolences to you and the family on the loss of your Dad.

Shelley Goldberg

Posted at 09:25pm
Dear Nadine and family,
I'm sending sincere and heartfelt condolences on the passing of your beloved Zadie. I am happy that I got to meet him at the Zay Day birthday celebrations at Union Craft. Such an amazing person and a long life. Hoping all the wonderful memories will comfort you at this time and always. RIP Henry.

Mel Heitt

Posted at 08:15pm
Gerry, please accept my sincere condolences upon the loss of your father. May your memories always bring you comfort and continued love for your Dad and let his memory be a blessing to all.

Arlene Bekman

Posted at 07:14pm
A mentor to many generations! May his memory be a blessing.

Morris Armstrong

Posted at 05:31pm
I last saw Henry at my mother's funeral in 1964. Rose was his younger sister and then for whatever reason, became disconnected from that half of the family. I feel fortunate to have made some small connection over last 18 months or so, and was delighted to speak with him over the phone in January 2020 and call him Uncle Henry. Covid got in the way of travelling or my family would have met him in person. From speaking with him, and seeing how loved he is by so many people, I think that the world lost someone very special. My deepest condolences.


Posted at 04:25pm
Please accept my deepest condolences for the death of Henry Benesch. He was a wonder and
made memories for all who loved him and gave a legacy of the "joy of living" to his grandchildren
and his great-grands. "May he be a blessing, may his memory live on"

Ron & Joan Boris

Posted at 02:37pm
To All,
Spoke with Henry last week !! Said he felt ok & like all of us, wasn’t doing much.
We have been friends for years- lunch at Jilly’s, smoking cigars & being members at Jacob Sandy Knights of Pythias.
We will remember him as a wonderful person!!
Our deepest sympathies to the Family.

Lois M Schworm

Posted at 02:13pm
Our condolences to the family. Henry was a great man and over the years we got to know him since he sometimes joined the Rodger C .Snyder Aux in some of our activities.Although we havent been able to see him recently we will miss him. May his memory be a blessing.

Carl & Sandy Markowitz

Posted at 01:59pm
We always had admiration for your Dad, as a friend and father. He merited due respect for his service to our country during World War II and was part of our greatest generation. Our sincere condolences to Michael, Jerry, Nadine, and Barry and to their family. He will always be remembered.

Bruce Kobin

Posted at 12:44pm
So sorry for your loss.
Shirley and Bruce

Baltimore City College Alumn i Association

Posted at 12:35pm
To all who mourn for
Henry "Zadie" Benesch
the Officers and Board of the
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
extend their condolences.

Susan Goldscher-Belle

Posted at 12:30pm
Dear Jerry, Martha & family,
May the wonderful memories that you have of your dad & grandfather be a comfort to you at this most difficult time. Barry & I send our deepest sympathy.

Ruth Strauss Stahl

Posted at 12:13pm
Dear Nadine,
I am sorry to read about your your dad. I remember him (& your mom) fondly from when I used to come to your house in our teens. Thinking of you & sending condolences.

Betsy and Lou Narrow

Posted at 12:08pm
Dear Randi and Adam and the entire Benesch family, our deepest condolences on the passing of who sounded like a fantastic father, grandfather, great-grandfather and all-round wonderful human being. May you have only the most beautiful memories to guide you through this difficult time and always.

Miriam Stern

Posted at 11:57am
Jerry, You always spoke so fondly of your Dad. He sure was an amazing man to his entire family. I always enjoyed whatever you said about your Dad, especially him helping out his grandson at the brewery. Please accept my sincere condolences upon the loss of your Dad. May your memories always bring you comfort and continued love for your Dad,

Martha, Nina, and Mike

Posted at 11:32am
To the Benesch family from Martha, Nina, and Mike: our thoughts are with you as you mourn the loss of the extraordinary Zadie Henry. We feel very lucky to have known him. Watching Zadie live was a gift to us all and we will never forget him. May his memory bring you comfort; may his memory be a blessing.

Manny Eisenstadt

Posted at 11:30am
Sorry to lose Henry...Was a true friend.. Will miss our Friday Lunches and cigars at his condo..Rest in peace friend...Manny

Frank & Jackie Segall

Posted at 11:13am
Sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Looks like he lived a long and meaningful life. May you take comfort from your warm memories of him.

Diane and Joe Breslow

Posted at 10:52am
Jerry, Martha, Stefanie, Jordan and family:
We are sorry for your loss.May his memories be a blessing!

Martin Shifrin

Posted at 10:15am
Jerry, so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Our sincere condolences.

Dennis and Janet Klein

Posted at 10:10am
Dear Martha, Jerry & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy. I know he was a good friend of my Dad, Ray, and served proudly in the Army Reserve with him for many years.

Frank Sapperstein

Posted at 09:53am
Benesch Family Sorry for Your loss I served with Henry in the Army Reserve He was Good Officer and a Gentleman, May His Memory Be A Blessing , RIP Henry

Iris and Gary Ingber

Posted at 09:44am
Jerry, Martha and Family
Your father left quite a legacy for his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren! May his memory be for a blessing.

Eileen Baylin

Posted at 09:26am
So sorry to hear about your father. I remember him from Loyola Northway. You will always have beautiful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Paul & Sandy Sacks

Posted at 09:22am
Dear Mike, Nadine, Barry and all,
God Bless your family. We remember the times we visited as kids. Such a blessing to have had your dad for so many years.

Ira Wexler

Posted at 08:42am
Barry - Sorry for your loss. His memory for a blessing.

Jordan Levine

Posted at 08:27am
Dear Benesch family,

I got to know Henry through my father Ron Levine. He used to pick him up and drive him to work at the brewery and other various other places and appointments. My father always talked about his days driving Henry around. Even when my father was sick with leukemia he did not want to miss one of Henry’s birthdays at the brewery. My father was unable to drive at that point so I drove him to the brewery and Henry came right out so my father could wish him happy birthday in person. I am very sorry for your loss.

Marc Diamand

Posted at 08:26am

Condolences on the loss of your father.

Abby Scherr

Posted at 02:54am
Barry, Nadine and the rest of the Benesch family, I’m really very sorry to hear about the passing of Henry. Even in his older years, he still had that spark in him. RIP Henry, you will be missed by your family, and many friends.

Sue and Phil Rabin

Posted at 11:06pm
Jerry we are so sorry to hear about your amazing dad. May his memory be for a blessing.

Hanna Sacks

Posted at 10:45pm
Dear Jerry, Martha and Family,
Know my thoughts are with you during this difficult time in your lives.


Posted at 09:42pm
Dear Nadine and Barry,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this difficult time. RIP Henry.

Randi F Green

Posted at 08:10pm
Henry and my dad, Warren Green were close friends for many, many years. He will be dearly missed. May his memory be of a blessing.

Carol & Marshall Asher

Posted at 07:29pm
Dear Martha, Jerry & Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy.

Marc and Nancy Medin

Posted at 07:09pm
Nancy and I are so sorry for your loss. I have known uncle Henry my entire 66 years of being alive. When we were young I lived at your house so much and was scared to death of uncle Henry. But he never raised his voice. As I got older he treated me with nothing but respect. Uncle Henry was one of the nicest and finest human beings I ever knew.
Uncle Henry was a true American hero serving his country his wife his family his grandchildren and great grandchildren with all the dignity anybody could ever ask for. I truly loved uncle Henry. And I am so sorry for your loss and I am so happy to have been there in the last few years of his life. If there was anybody that ever need to be celebrated it would be uncle Henry I love them dearly.

Sheila, Mark and Marshall Mentz

Posted at 06:33pm
Dear Benesch Family,
We were so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved father, Henry. He was one of a kind- a wonderful and kind man, full of energy, always smiling and loved chatting with everyone. He lived a long and great life and you have so many memories to comfort you. Our deepest and most sincerest sympathy. May his memory be a blessing.

Rodger C. Snyder Memorial Post #117 Jewish War Veterans

Posted at 06:28pm
Rodger C. Snyder Memorial Post #117 Jewish War Veterans regrets the passing of our beloved Commander Henry Benesch. He was a devoted and dedicated leader and will be truly missed by all. He was one of a kind, a true gentleman. Our deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to the family. May his memory be a blessing.

Barry and Pearl

Posted at 05:55pm
From Barry, Pearl, Ari, Helaine, Casey and Melissa to the Benesch family: we send condolences on the loss of Henry. He and Leah were very kind and generous with their love. We spent many happy occasions together and also shared some sad times. May Henry’s life be a lasting example of a life well lived to all of the family.

Diane & Larry Macklin

Posted at 05:38pm
We are so very sorry for the loss of such a wonderful, kind person and wanted you to know how very special “Zadie “ was to us. We always enjoyed chatting with him and visiting him at the brewery where he absolutely loved his job. He couldn’t wait to get back to work during this pandemic when we talked but he remained upbeat and positive. He will always be remembered fondly with his amazing sense of humor. He lived a beautiful life filled with many people (friends and family) that loved and adored him. May your memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. He will never be forgotten. 💜

Judy & Bob Schwartz

Posted at 05:27pm
Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of your dad & grandfather. May your memories bring smiles always.

Mona and Bruce Barr

Posted at 05:24pm
We are so sorry for your loss. It’s always difficult, but in time your sadness will be replace with loving memories. Condolences to you and your family.

David S. Cohen

Posted at 04:55pm
Jerry, Michael , Adam and Family: As neighbors in lower Park Heights and T.A. classmates with Michael for many years, I knew “The Colonel” from little up. He was truly a special person who lived a long, fulfilling life, and I am very sorry for your loss.

Marty Burke

Posted at 04:35pm
Jerry and Martha, so sorry to hear about the loss of your Dad. He was a special person. Prayers to you and your family. Marty Burke(formally from the Atrium)

Karen and Marty

Posted at 04:27pm
Dear Beneath family,
We send our condolences to all of you. Many of our memories from our youngest days are linked to Henry. His booming presence on Loyola Northway was a touchstone. May all his memories and love for all of you warm your hearts forever.

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