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Joan C. Wertheimer
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Thursday, March 26, 2020
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PO Box 17369
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The Family of Joan C. Wertheimer
Mar 30, 2020 3:42 AM

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Roland deVasher
Mar 25, 2020 04:41 PM

Dear Wertheimer family. Please accept my condolenses on the passing of Mrs. Wertheimer. We were blessed enough to have both of the Wertheimers here at Edenwald and will remember them fondly.

Alan Shecter
Mar 26, 2020 11:58 AM

A bright, sweet woman with a very dear family. I am sorry for your loss.

Bridget A Jones
Mar 26, 2020 12:01 PM

Dear Dr. Wertheimer, I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. What a lovely description of your mom's life and the many accomplishments and interests she had and the warm and wonderful wife, mother and grandmother she was! Treasure your memories! I hope and pray they will bring joy to your heart at this time of loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Take care

Debbie, Ned, Ross, Ian & Lance Greenberg
Mar 26, 2020 03:55 PM

Pelle, Joe, Jacob and Ely,
We are very sorry for your loss. We are thinking about you with love. Please take care during this difficult time.

Ellen Seaman Glasser
Mar 26, 2020 08:08 PM

Dear Pelle and Wertheimer Family,
I am so sorry to read of the passing of your wonderful, kind and beautiful mother. I have such fond memories of being next door neighbors on the otherside of the alley! I will always remember your mother's beautiful long blond hair neatly done in a braid down her back. Please know that I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
Love, Ellen Seaman Glasser

Debbie Roffman
Mar 27, 2020 11:32 AM

I'm so sad for your whole family over the loss of such an amazing mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. So many of her wonderful qualities are reflected in you, Pelle, a beloved colleague at Park School. The write up so vividly captures Joan's essence, I could picture her doing all the things she loved. With my encouragement, my grandchildren will continue the Wertheimer family tradition of singing Happy Birthday to the world.

John Trout
Mar 27, 2020 02:32 PM


We are so sorry to hear of your loss and at this very difficult time. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

John and Becky Trout

Joyce Levy
Mar 28, 2020 07:28 AM

Debra and Pell,
Steve and I were so sorry to see that your mother died. She was a lovely woman and the picture that you chose is so spirited! She and your Dad were a terrific duo and such good friends of Ruth and Stanley. Our thoughts are with you and your family at this time. A special hug to Josh from me and let him know that his grandparents were so proud of him when he started his bicycle shop!!

Jenny Sorel
Mar 28, 2020 04:15 PM

In addition to being beautiful, Joan was always warm and welcoming when I showed up at your family events. How lucky you all were to have her in your lives. I know you will miss her dearly.


Joan C. Wertheimer

Joan Carol Wertheimer (nee Tonkonogy) was born in Brooklyn, New York on March 19, 1927 to Samuel Tonkonogy and Sadie Held Tonkonogy. On March 9, 1947 she married Gunther Wertheimer, the beginning of a long and happy marriage that ended after seventy-one years when her beloved died in 2018. After studying fabric arts, she worked in fabric design for several years in New York City. Moving to Baltimore in 1949, Joan became involved in CORE (Congress of Racial Equality), working throughout her life for justice for all people. Later she studied jewelry design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, creating jewelry for family members. Joan surrounded herself with items of beauty, her particular interests included Early American Folk Art and furniture, as well as decorative items from many cultures.
In 1951 with the birth of her first child Joan threw her energy into the lives of her four children, ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She created a beautiful family home in Mt Washington, where all of her grandchildren remember going into the backyard and singing Happy Birthday to the World on Rosh Hoshanah. Surviving her are her four children: Debra Wertheimer (Baltimore, MD), Susan Wertheimer David (Philadelphia, PA), Samuel Wertheimer (New York, NY), Pelle Wertheimer (Baltimore, MD). She was predeceased by her sister Edith Darvick.

Funeral services and interment are private.

Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Maryland Food Bank, PO Box 17369, Baltimore, MD 21297.

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