Victor Schenk

Victor Schenk

February 20, 1936 - May 11, 2021
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    Friday, May 14th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Friday, May 14th, 2021 12:00pm
    Beth Tfiloh Cemetery
    5660 Windsor Mill Road
    Baltimore, MD 21207
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Donations are being accepted for:
American Cancer Society

405 Williams Court
Suite 120, Baltimore, MD 21220

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

101 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201

Beth El Congregation

8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208


Victor Schenk, of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Tuesday, May 11th, 2021 at the age of 85. He is survived by his cousins, Marjorie Schenk, Alvin Schenk, and Wayne Barber. He was predeceased by his beloved parents, Lillian and Morton Schenk.

Victor loved to travel and had a carefully-cultivated African artwork collection. In addition to his art collection, he was most proud of owning and running Morton Schenk & Co., after inheriting the business from his father. Known as the "House of Buttons," the company was a Baltimore institution. They provided dry cleaning and tailoring supplies in addition to buttons. Keeping many thousands of buttons sorted and organized was a perfect match for Victor, because he was fastidious and it was very important to him that things be done right. Victor will be remembered as a very private man who was charity-minded and kind.

A graveside service will be held at Beth Tfiloh Cemetery - Windsor Mill Road, on Friday, May 14th, 2021 at 12 pm. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 405 Williams Court, Suite 120, Baltimore, MD 21220 or The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, 101 W. Mt. Royal Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21201 or Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208.
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Marjorie Schenk

Posted at 09:10pm
My Dear Cousin Victor,
I wish you peace and tranquility.
I wish you ongoing spiritual growth.
I wish that you would look in on me occasionally and send your angel energy my way.
Only now that you have moved on, do I mourn what might have been.
Only now, in my later years, do I appreciate each person’s value.
Only now, do I grieve for our family who remained too separate from one another.
You, me, Barbara, and Wayne, all only children, all lonely children.
I hope that you found contentment in your life.
I hope that you lived as you wished.
I hope that you were at peace with life when you passed.
I will remember you. May you be blessed.

Arlene Sileiger Paul, Boyton Beach, FL

Posted at 06:38pm
Remembering Victor
Class of '53 Park School
Rest in Peace

Allan Rappoport

Posted at 02:38pm
My deepest condolences to Victor’s other Cousins whom I regrettably do not recall meeting! I’m stunned by Victor’s death as we have spoken by phone as recently as two weeks ago and he sounded strong and had no complaints! But he was a private and very caring person so would not have wanted to concern me! Aunt Lillian was particularly loving to my Sister Charlene and myself and we spoke of her often over the years. I spent a lot of time enjoying the Schenk’s homes and generosity! Victor and I hung out often after school at Aunt Lillian and Uncle Mortan’s Baltimore Street Store. We played on the Camden Yards railroad tracks… which was forbidden. The backstage door to the Hippodrome theatre was opposite the back door to the Schenk’s business. So we bought our Coke’s from the theatre's machine just inside their door. Occasionally the entertainers like Abbot and Costello would talk with us. Victor followed me to American University after I had graduated and we recently discover that we had taken some of the same unusual electives. I miss him dearly already!!!
Allan Rappoport

Frank Sapperstein

Posted at 08:01am
Sorry for Your loss remember Victor from back in the day that He serviced the Fabric Care industry, always fair, honest and reliable

Sharon Gresser Berg

Posted at 11:00pm
Victor was always a cousin everyone highly admired, always kind, always interesting, always a gentleman, always devoted to his family. May he rest in peace.

Sherwin and Marsha Yoffe

Posted at 01:30pm
Victor was related to Sherwin on his mother's side, the Gresser family. He took great pride in his art collection and loved to tell his travel stories. He was dedicated to his family and the business and was always a gentleman. May he rest in peace.

Penny Schwarz

Posted at 10:10am
Although I haven’t seen Victor for several years, I have many fond memories. My mother, Rose Ulman, was a dear friend of Victor’s mother, Lil. I enjoyed seeing Victor when I went to his home to take Lil to meetings and special luncheons. It was always a delight to chat with him about his travels and to see his wonderful artifacts . Mike and I extend deepest sympathy to his dear cousins . We hope that your special memories comfort you now.

Murray Resnick

Posted at 10:01am
Sorry to learn of Victors passing. I have not seen him in years but we were friendly in high school and my parents owned a retail store across from Victors on Baltimore St. and when I worked there I would see him often.RIP

Ilene Jacobson Wieselther

Posted at 08:34am
Dear Marjory,
So sorry for your loss. I think of you often. Hope you are well and safe. May HaShem grant you and your family the comfort and strength need for this time.

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