Henry Reches

Henry Reches

October 15, 1939 - March 31, 2021
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    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 | 3:00pm
    Thursday, April 1st, 2021 3:00pm
    Virtual Funeral
    Please click the view the webcast link above to watch the funeral service.
  • Shiva

    The family will be sitting Shiva at their home. Shiva hours will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1:30 to 4:30 PM, outdoors, weather permitting. Masks must be worn and the family asks that visitors please observe social distancing. Due to the pandemic, the family will not be receiving any visitors inside the house.
    The family also asks that people please respect their privacy during this difficult time and confine visits only to the hours above.


Donations are being accepted for:
Hatzalah of Baltimore

2930 Taney Road, Baltimore, MD

Jewish Caring Network

122 Slade Avenue
Suite 100A, Baltimore, MD 21208


Henry Reches, Baltimore, MD, passed away on Wednesday, March 31st, 2021 at the age of 81. He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Reches (nee Lerer), his children. Dr. Jodi Reches and Steven Reches, a sister-in-law, Susan (Reches) and her husband Rabbi Avraham Landesman, his nephews, Michael (Victoria) Reches and Jeffrey (Renee) Reches, and his niece, Rebecca (Chaim) Spero, and numerous loving great-nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Mark Reches and his parents, Saul and Clara Reches.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Thursday, April 1st, 2021 at 3:00 pm. Interment Agudas Achim Anshe Sfard Ahavas Shalom Cemetery. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Hatzolah of Baltimore or Jewish Caring Network. The family will be in mourning at the family residence.
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Gail Hoffberger Margolis

Posted at 01:01pm
My condolences to the family of Henry Reches. I taught Steven years ago and really enjoyed working with this lovely family. The article in the Sunpapers was amazing and heartwarming. I am so very sad and sorry for the loss of Henry. May all your fond memories bring you comfort at this most difficult time. My thoughts are with you!!

Hal Fox

Posted at 10:07pm
Dear Henry's Family,

Henry and I spent a year (1960) together at the Speigel House at the U of MD. He told me the history behind why he was so soft spoken. We studied together and enjoyed each others company. We lost track after that time but I have thought of Henry many times thru the years.

I am so saddened to learn of Henry's passing. May the many fond memories spent with him give you comfort during this time and forever.

Melissa Hyatt

Posted at 11:31pm
Charlotte, Jodi and Steven,
I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your husband and father. I have very fond memories of Henry growing up on Roxanne Rd. He was always very kind and friendly. May all of your wonderful memories give you some comfort during this most difficult time. Sending my deepest condolences.

Hannah Heller

Posted at 07:57pm
Wishing you great comfort on the loss of Henry. Henry was a wonderful person and a pleasure to be around. May your memories be an inspiration as you carry on his legacy. Beautiful speeches at the funeral and a great tribute to a great person.

Arnold Newman and Linda

Posted at 11:09am
Reches Family
We mourn with You in the loss of Henry. Even though we didn't personally know Henry, both my wife and I worked with Mark at Aberdeen Proving Grounds. We were astonished by the stories Mark would tell us about the plight of the Reches's Family. We wish to express our sympathy and offer condolences.

William G Johnson

Posted at 08:33am
I knew Henry in high school at BCC. We were in the same homeroom and shared many classes. A wonderful person!!

Josh Karlip

Posted at 02:58pm
Dear Jodi and family,
I was so sorry to hear about your loss. I know what a devoted daughter you were to your father and how much you enriched his life. I have fond memories from when I lived in Baltimore and when I would come back for visits of your father as gabbai of the 8 am minyan at Shomrei. In his quiet, gentle way, he always made me feel welcome and better for having interacted with him. Your father truly embodied the Jewish spirit: rather than succumbing to bitterness, fear, or anger based on his childhood in the Holocaust, he built a meaningful life based upon Torah, emunah, family, and community. May the knowledge of your father's success in this mission comfort you in the weeks and months ahead. HaMakom yenachem eschem b'soch avalei Tsion v'Yerushalayim.

Dina and Freddie Karlip

Posted at 02:45pm
Dear Jodi and family,
We were so sorry to read about your Dad. I remember him well when he came to talk to the boys at TA about his amazing and miraculous life story. When you talked about him to us. it was obvious how much you adored him, and we empathize with you and your family's loss. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may his memory be foe a blessing.

Jonathan Karp

Posted at 01:54pm
My condolences to the family of Henry Reches. I commuted to Washington with Henry for a number of years and enjoyed his company. May his memory be a blessing.

Anita & Frank Sapperstein

Posted at 10:19am
Reches Family and Friends
We mourn with You in the loss of Henry the both of Us have known Henry for many, many years a real Mensh He was , May his memory be a blessing to All.

Wendy (Wolfe) Miller

Posted at 08:41am
Charlotte, Jodi and Steven,
My deepest sympathy on the loss of Henry. My memories go way back to Roxanne Rd are of the kindest, gentlest, most soft spoken mensch. May his memory be for a blessing.

An old neighbor from Pimlico

Posted at 09:43pm
I remember Henry when I was about 8 yrs. old. I used to come into his Dad’s little grocery store on Oakley Ave. back in the 50’s.
He worked there with his brother, mom & dad whom I remember fondly. Henry was a tall, dark, & very handsome young man. Every time I came into the store I would ask him if he would marry me. He would say by the time I was old enough to be married he would be an old man! My condolences to the
Reches family and know that I will always have that memory of Henry, who was not only tall and handsome, but so very sweet and kind!

Ita Rosenblatt

Posted at 07:56pm
Baruch Dayan Emes to an extraodinary man. We were so sorry to hear of this news. May your family have nechama during this challenging time. Sincerely, Ita and Eddie Rosenblatt

Marc and Elaine Lowen

Posted at 07:20pm
Henry was a sweet person and I always remember a wonderful expression when he greated us and always from the heart. Special person with a special family

Jane & Allan Kaufman

Posted at 06:39pm
Charlotte and family,
We are so sorry to hear of Henry’s death. Please take care of yourselves during this difficult time.

Mary Joan Levin

Posted at 06:29pm
Dear Reches Family. I met Henry at a Hadassah meeting where he talked about how he an his family had to hide during the war because of the Germans killing the Jews. This stuck in my mind how lucky we are but some don’t believe this. I admired how he was able to speak about this even though he was very little. These stories should be taught in every school. May he Rest In Peace an the family find comfort.

Sondra Willner

Posted at 05:27pm
Dear Charlotte, Jodi, and Steven'
Our friendship has grown over 48 years from December 1973 in Randallstown to the present in the Greenspring area.
We shared many simchot and Shabbos lunches together over the years with many warm and loving memories. Henry,zl, had a very warm and calming demeanor which was very relaxing and comforting and always made you feel welcomed. He was always appreciative of small kind gestures extended to him. If you did not see each other for long periods of time when you reconnected, it was as if it was yesterday with warmth and kindness. He will be missed by all who knew him! May he be a "gutta shaliach in shamayim for all of you!
With much sadness,

Karen K Egprin

Posted at 04:18pm
Dear Charlotte and family
My deepest sympathy to all of you. The loss of Henry is something that hearts and memories will heal. May you all be warmed by the great love you shared.

Baltimore City College Alumni Association

Posted at 03:55pm
To all who mourn for
Henry Retches
the Offices and Board of the
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
extend their condolences.

Leslie B. Papel

Posted at 03:12pm
May your memories be a blessing and comfort to you during this sad time.


Posted at 03:07pm


Shoshana Kruger

Posted at 02:59pm
So sorry for your loss....המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
Shoshana Kruger

Francine Roberta Bray

Posted at 02:46pm
To Rebecca Spero and the entire family of Henry Reches there are no words to say except that it is a time when just knowing people are there for you ...can be G d's greatest reminder of Judaism in our life. May his soul rest at peace and his memory always be for a blessing.

Tami and Alan Levitas

Posted at 02:41pm
My husband Alan and Henry commuted to DC together for about 30 years. When our daughter was writing a college paper on the Holocaust, Henry graciously agreed to be interviewed. Henry was the quintessential definition of 'mensch.'

Irvin J. Lustman

Posted at 02:09pm
Irvin J. Lustman
Dear Charlotte, Jodi, Steven....A very sad loss....We go back many years in friendship....I will always cherish the seders you invited me to share with you....Irv

Susy and BarryGreen

Posted at 01:58pm
Henry and Charlotte were our neighbors on Roxanne Rd. Henry was a wonderful family man, and a great neighbor. Charlotte and I spoke often, and Jody played with our daughter, Sheri. Although we have not seen them in many years, we have fond memories of our days as young couples in Randallstown. May you find comfort in your many wonderful years together.

Evy and Hersch Block

Posted at 01:41pm
Dear Charlotte, Jodi, and Steven,
Reaching out from Chicago to say how sorry we were to hear about Henry's passing. We have such fond memories of your family from the Randallstown days, and hope that you find comfort from all of us who knew Henry and what a special person he was. He will be missed!

Gary Eisner

Posted at 01:41pm
Henry was a co-worker and friend for many, many years. He was always a calming influence on me and I always respected his advice in and out of the workplace. I enjoyed his company especially when we had luncheon outings and talk about anything that entered our minds. I will miss this kind, gentle soul. Rest in peace!

Gil Zemlak

Posted at 01:11pm
So very sorry on your loss. Had not seen Henry in many years. I remember him as a fine gentleman.May he Rest in Peace!

Barry and Judie Bach

Posted at 12:30pm
Dear Charlotte, Jodi and Steven,
We were so upset to learn of Henry’s passing. He was a kind and gentle man- a true mensch- who adored his family. Hopefully your wonderful memories will help to get you through this unbearably difficult time. May he Rest In Peace. Sending love to you all.

Les Vogel

Posted at 12:30pm
Dear Charlotte, Jodi, and Steven,
News of Henry's passing is painful to hear. I first met Henry sharing a Friday carpool into D.C. We would meet up on Liberty Road around 5:00am in the morning, and all but the driver would immediately fall asleep. Henry was always a quiet and reassuring presence. It was only after your move to the Greenspring neighborhood that during one Shabbat morning at Shomrei I turned around and spotted Rabbi Gerald Lehrer standing next to Henry. Rabbi Lehrer was a man I esteemed, and who, perhaps more than any other person (except for my parents), was responsible for setting my course in life and to whom I felt a special sense of gratitude for his assistance and encouragement for me to attend YU, which led to my meeting my late wife Sandy a"h, and setting my course in life that seemed to grow in unexpected accomplishments. It was only after davening that morning, when I went to greet and offer my heartfelt thanks to Rabbi Lehrer that I learned that Henry was his brother-in-law! After that morning, I appreciated the quietness of Henry's solid demeaner even more so. He was a rock; always good natured, always pleasant, always sincere. May you, his family, always find comfort and bracha in his very special memory. Yehi Zichro Baruch.
Les Vogel (formerly of Linco Ave., soon to be a resident of Jerusalem, im yirtsa Hashem)

Wendy and Steve Grodnitzky

Posted at 11:26am
To the Reches Family,
It was our pleasure creating such wonderful memories being your neighbor on Roxanne Road. May Henry’s memory be for a blessing and May he Rest In Peace.

raya reches

Posted at 11:11am
I m so sorry. l liked henry very much. he was very nice and my only left 1st cousin on earth. his death is painful but I hope he is in peace now. charlotte, Jody and Steven, be strong and may he soul be with you forever.

Stu Sporn

Posted at 10:59am
Such sad news; I'm sending my condolences to the Reches family and friends. Soon after coming to the IRS HQ offices, Henry whispered... "could you attend a minion." I looked up and he said you heard me right and we proceeded to a small synagogue across the street. It was 1987 and I'll never forget how Henry led the prayer with his beautiful voice. He was a friend and mentor for the following 18 years. I'll never forget him.

Bev & Alan Gersh

Posted at 10:38am
To the Reches Family, we are so sorry to hear of Henry’s passing. We were neighbors on Roxanne Road and Henry was always a kind and caring gentleman!!! May his memory be for a blessing

Michael Simons

Posted at 10:32am
Dear Charlotte..I was saddened to read of Henry’s passing. May your many wonderful memories of times spent with Henry help you get thru this very difficult time. May e Rest In Peace

Herschel BUDLOW

Posted at 10:11am
I want express my condolences to the entire Rrches family. I was a classmate of Henry at T.A. More than 74 years ago and I have memories of him being the fastest during the recess free-fior-all’s at lunch time. Never ever saw him angry all the years at T.A. And at City College where he was on the soccer team all 3 years at City. I would occasionally see him during the 1970s and 80s. Always greeted me with a big smile and hello. I hope the Reches family will gain comfort and solace from the many wonderful memories of a true mensch who exhibited a quiet strength and warmth.

Susan Amernick Finkelstein

Posted at 08:49am
I am so very sorry for your loss. Living next door to the Reches family for many years was truly a wonderful experience and knowing Henry was an honor. May he rest in peace.

Larry Zwagil

Posted at 08:46am
I have many fond memories of our childhood days when you lived upstairs in our Oswego Avenue house. At this time , I remember the seder meals our families shared together.
We wish to extend our deepest condolences to the family.
Larry and Liz Zwagil

Howard Kurman

Posted at 08:13am
Roz and I send our deepest condolences to the entire family on this profound loss. We know that Henry was a true gentleman and he will be sorely missed by everyone with whom he had any contact during his righteous life.

Miriam Robbins

Posted at 02:41am
Charlotte, Jodi & Steven
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר עבלי ציון וירושלים

Debbie Meisels

Posted at 01:48am
Having known Henry Reches my entire life, I can say with certainty that he was a man of integrity, of fine moral character, a true family man, and a man of great faith, strength, and humility. He was a man of few words, but when he spoke, it was with words of wisdom and kindness. I don’t know anyone who ever had a negative thing to say about Henry Reches. From Poland to Greenspring, from Randallstown to D.C., he was a credit to whatever community or organization he joined. From his continuous display of Hakaras HaTov to the Polish family that saved him during the Holocaust to his devotion and love for the family that he built in America, he was a giant of a man. He will be missed. May his family and friends be comforted in the knowledge that his time on this Earth was well spent.

Chomily Kushner

Posted at 12:41am
Mr. Reches was a man of true respect in our family. Besides having the zechus to be a close friend of his very special daughter, five of my daughters had a high school report to interview and write about a Holocaust survivor. Who would be better suited for such a project?? Mr. Reches was an exceptional individual who loved peace, harmony and lived his life as such. May he Rest In Peace and the family should know of no more sorrow.

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