This is one of six posters that Jill put together for Frank’s memorial service. In this one, Frank gets started in his father’s store, Indiana Dry Goods, Gas City, Indiana.
Frank learns how to take advantage of a disaster, showing the acumen that characterized his business life.
He has the realization that in the future he doesn’t want to work for someone else, only himself.
How Frank came to marry Nanette, the “little rascal next door”.
Frank’s service in World War II.
Frank begins a happy second marriage in 1981.
Marion Chronicle tribute to Frank after his death.
Frank’s obituary in the Marion Chronicle.
This is booklet put together by Reed, full of wonderful photos and remembrances. Milt and Irma were married Feb. 19, 1939, in Indianapolis. The 50th was celebrated in 1989 at the Standard Club in Chicago.
Reed’s song about the A-frame was sung at Frank’s memorial. Jill to Reed: “I believe you wrote this song in Bloomington in 2012. Dad had just died. Judy (Fitzgerald) and I were pulling together a memorial gathering. We had said we needed a song. You sent this that same afternoon! We looked at each other and said, there is our song.”
Reed to Jill: “I remember you telling me after I had sent the rough original version (with lyrics, that I had recorded into my cell phone at Roc and Barb’s) to your phone, you played it in the van on the drive down from Madison with Richie, Michael, and Zachary, and you were singing along! That made me happy.”
Tributes to Frank from family and friends at the memorial service.
The business had just been sold. Jill recalls her many visits, what they meant to her father, and what it revealed about him.
The tribute recognizes Frank and the longtime manager of the company, Judy Fitzgerald
Akron Beacon Journal page one obit on Ben. Ran three pages, plus an editorial.
Editorial of praise for Ben the man, the journalist, and the community leader known as “Mr. Akron”
The Marion obit mentions the 1970 bombing of Ben’s house in Akron, an incident not mentioned for some reason in the Beacon Journal obit.
Story in the Akron Beacon Journal. Missing the “jump”. Ben stepping down Dec. 15, 1975
Classic headline: “A roaring volcano with a heart of mush”
Al Fitzpatrick was an African-American reporter at the Beacon Journal. These two reflections on Ben are telling, both of Ben’s working style and his generosity.
Transcript of a terrific speech by Knight entitled “The Ben Maidenburg I Know.” It recounts an exchange between Knight and Ben when Ben joined the Air Force. Why in hell did you do that? Knight asks. Ben’s reply: “If the Jews don’t help win this war, we will have no place to live and won’t deserve one either.” Knight concludes that Ben “has my affection, complete respect and enduring admiration”—high words indeed from a giant in the newspaper industry.
Chatty letter to the boss, in which Ben mentions more bomb threats, and that he would be poisoned if he went out to dinner. Ben also grouses about expenses.
Written Dec. 24, 1999 by a Dave White, evidently for a collection of memories. White recollects bookies, “us Jewish boys” and Ben’s deterioriating health. He concludes: “What a great man.”
Marion Chronicle page one story about David Maidenberg’s death. The “leadership” attribute is striking. He is identified with both Sinai Temple, the Reform congregation, and “the orthodox synagogue”. Sister Esther is still in Canada.
“Under the Influence of Uncle Ben” – Mike’s column in the Grand Forks Herald. Personal reflections on Ben and his meaning to Mike growing up.
Ran March 24, 1969. Also an editorial tribute to “Mom”.
Compiled by Tony, David and Jill in honor of their father’s 80th birthday in 1994. Great commentary, with many references to life in Marion. The book also contains lengthy excerpts of Frank’s oral history conducted in 1990. Similar excerpts appear in the displays set up at Frank’s memorial service.
The obit appeared in both the Marion and Indianapolis papers. At the end of the obit are links to Irma’s artwork, posted by both her granddaughter Johna and her son Reed.
Irma Maidenberg’s death brought a flood of condolences from around the world. They are collected here.
As she was dying, her son Reed composed a beautiful poem which you can read here: “For Irma at the end of her days”
Her grandson Dan called his grandmother when his son Avi was born on April 12. Irma was able to whisper to him, “One comes, one goes.”
A heartbreaking memoir entitled “Irma Maidenberg’s Last Months” can be viewed here.
A memorial celebration of Irma Maidenberg’s life was held in Marion on June 6, 2009. Prepared remarks by Toby, Mike and Johna can be viewed here, along with the poem “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep”, read by her grandchildren Emma Rose, Dan, Ted, Joe, David and Johna.
Irma Valinet Maidenberg (1915-2009) was the wife of Milt, Line of David. As her obituary and tributes (see above) show, she was beloved for her flair, her personality and her artistic talents. Read more.
Obituaries that ran in the Marion and Indianapolis papers. A touching eulogy was delivered by Rabbi Marianne Gevirtz.
A perceptive appreciation in rhyme: Goes mad over fruit in season–loses his reason, and more…
Editorial in the Marion paper keyed to the “Enemies List.”
The two children of Sveta and Dima decided—on their own—to have a joint Bat Mitzvah and Bar Mitzvah. In their speeches, and in remarks by their parents, can be seen the evolution of Jewish consciousness, emotionally and historically, as well as a commentary on America. Dima set the stage with a telling comment:
“…when we came to America we suddenly became ‘the Russians’, and not Jews, even though nobody in their clear mind would call us Russians back in Russia.” Read more
Sue Greenberg: “I put this collage together for my mother’s 80th birthday, celebrated over the same weekend as my niece Anna Kern’s Bat Mitzvah, in May 2003. Without today’s multiple apps to crop, adjust, and scan, I went old school: glue-sticking original photos on poster board and schlepping it with me in a mailing tube from San Diego to a Knoxville, Tennessee, Kinko’s for printing. I disassembled the poster after she passed, but its digital life—and her beauty—remains.” See the poster here. See the poster with identifications here.
These were collected by Reed, who wrote the song and recorded it.
There are notes on the song, memories from Mark and Kathryn, sheet music, lyrics, mp3 and high quality wav versions.
This is the book put together by Mark, David and family in honor of Joyce’s 80th birthday in 2007.
As I wrote in the introduction to this website, “In 1981, Amnon, Joseph’s brilliant, multilingual son, stepped into the role of chief correspondent, communicating regularly with Milt, Sylvia and several other family members.
“In 1990 I began an intense correspondence with him, seeking in my journalistic way (I had a long career in the newspaper business) to get dates, facts, stories. What happened to each of the five siblings who did not emigrate? Where are their families, and what do they do? What happened during World War II? What more do we know about Solomon and Perel?
“I traveled to Ukraine and Moldova in May, 1996, visiting the ancestral shtetl of Dzygivka, seeing the grave of David’s father Solomon, and meeting Amnon in person, along with other family members.”
Amnon and I continued a sporadic correspondence after I returned. When he died in 1999, an obituary in Russian was sent to me.
David Harris Maidenberg obituary, tribute by Sierra Club, remarks at Celebration of Life
David died on March 4, 2022. Here is his obituary, and a tribute from the Hoosier Chapter of the Sierra Club.
On April 3, a Celebration of Life for David was held in Indianapolis. Family and friends spoke movingly of him:
Ben Maidenburg Jr. and Vera Maidenburg obituaries
Ben and Vera lived in Chico, California, but their closest ties were to Westbrook Village, outside Phoenix