On April 15, William Loew of Mt. Airy at 96. A Holocaust survivor, he was born in 1925 in Lwow, Poland (now Lviv, Ukraine). After decades of working to recapture his memories of the aroma and flavor of his family’s honey wine, he finally succeeded, not only in developing a recipe but also in establishing a successful vineyard and winery. Making wine had been in his families’ legacy,
and in the chaos of WWII almost everything was lost. By 1941, when he was 14, the Jews of Lwow were forced into two ghettos and he was put to work in a tar paper roofing factory. His two older brothers perished, and his mother was killed shortly after the liquidation of the ghetto. All the family wineries were also destroyed. He was liberated on April 23, 1945. He was the sole survivor of his family. He made his way to the United States, became an electrical engineer and worked for the Food and Drug Administration. He married Lois (née Hendrickson) in 1964. He is survived by wife Lois Loew (née Hendrickson); children Jennifer (Daniel) Mendelson, Amy (Stephen) Lipman and Karen (Steven) Boden; and grandchildren Rachel Lipman, Sophie Lipman, Alex Lipman, Claire Mendelson, Eliana Mendelson, Dora Mendelson, Carly Boden and Michael Boden.
Contributions may be sent to Beth Sholom Congregation, 1011 North Market St., Frederick, MD 21701 or U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington, DC 20024.