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Joan Walen Sobkov
Date of Funeral:
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time of Funeral:
1 pm
Funeral Location:
305 Overhill Road
Baltimore, MD 21210
Shiva Details:
Services Sunday and Monday at 7 pm.
Contributions in her memory may be made to:

Sam and Minnie Sobkov Family Fund
c/o Jewish Community Services
5750 Park Heights Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21215

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The Family of Joan Walen Sobkov
Nov 18, 2017 5:19 AM

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Ruth & Howard *Hap" Fader
Jul 13, 2017 12:32 PM

OMG....I can't believe it! We didn't know Joan was not well. When I was in Baltimore in April, we lunched and caught up on happenings in our lives. Joan was a special lady, a REAL lady. Smart, articulate, attractive, caring. She was so proud of her family, most especially Max and Sam. She will be missed. Our love and heartfelt sympathy extended to Liz & Eric, Howard & Michelle and Max and Sam

Chizuk Amuno Congregation
Jul 13, 2017 02:41 PM

On behalf of the Chizuk Amuno synagogue community we express our sincere condolences on the passing of Joan Walen Sobkov, mother of our member, Howard Sobkov. We extend our sympathy to your entire family.

Jul 13, 2017 04:54 PM

OMG, I am speechless. I am going to miss our friendship so much. My condolences to everyone.

Alisa & Steve Meizlish
Jul 13, 2017 05:28 PM

Howard -- We are so very sorry to hear of your loss.We pray for her soul. May her memory be a blessing for you and all that knew her. Alisa & Steve Meizlish

Ronnie Footlick
Jul 13, 2017 05:36 PM

My heart is aching for the whole family. I so loved traveling with Joan because she so bright and so curious about everything. What a divine lady and I send my deepest condolences to her wonderful family.

Joanne & Alan Shecter
Jul 13, 2017 11:37 PM

Joan was remarkable and impressive. We express our condolences to her family.

Marjie Goodman
Jul 14, 2017 05:53 AM

Howard and Michele,
I'm so sad for the loss of your mom. I really admired her and enjoyed being with her. You've had such a tough year-I'm sorry.

Edie & Stan Brown
Jul 14, 2017 08:25 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with youat this sad time

Beverly and Arnold Feldman
Jul 14, 2017 08:42 AM

Our thoughts are with you . Both mom and dad have been friends for years.

Arlene Klaff
Jul 14, 2017 09:21 AM

Howard and family,
Joan and I would share our miseries when your dad and my husband were in the stages of dementia. We go back a long way......when Fort Garrison Elementary opened and we taught there. My deepest condolences and may the memories of your mother serve comfort to all of you.

Anneliese Monden
Jul 14, 2017 11:06 AM

Dear Howard and family,

I am deeply touched to read about the loss of your mom. It has been a very long time ago but I will always remember her as a very special lady. She made me feel welcome in the US when I was far away from home. Indirectly, she also inspired me to go further on the path of coaching through the many conversations we had about the psychology behind the world of politics...Your mom's curiosity for life will stay with me forever. Sincere condolences to you, your wife, your sons, Liz and all your family.

Amanda Kodeck
Jul 14, 2017 01:27 PM

Howard - I knew your mother through her involvement with the Walters. She was such a kind and dedicated woman and a gifted teacher. I have such fond memories of her and she will be missed.

Jan Thorman
Jul 14, 2017 02:33 PM

Joan was such an important person to me both in my life as a docent at the Walters and in my personal life. She was gracious, generous, fascinating, creative, endlessly curious, supportive, and fun. I feel very fortunate to have known her. I interviewed her for the docent story project last year. I'm so happy to have that and so sad it's the only way I will ever hear her voice again. My deepest sympathy to her family on this terrible loss.

Helen Saltzman
Jul 14, 2017 06:07 PM

I am shocked to hear of Joan's passing. She was a sharp lady and I had no idea she was ill. My condolences to the family

Rona & Michael Balenson
Jul 14, 2017 07:54 PM

Dear Howard & Liz,
Michael & I were shocked to learn of Joan's passing. We have shared many memories and wonderful times with her and your father.
Our deepest condolences to your families.
Your Mom was a very special and lovely woman.

Bunny Dwin
Jul 15, 2017 02:39 AM

Dear Elizabeth , Howard, and your families
I am currently in England with friends whom I met at Oxford University Summer School and all knew Joan from the years she and I went to Oxford together
Everyone is devastated by her passing and for me this is a huge personal loss. I was 12 years old when Teddy introduced our family to Joan. I started out as Larry's little sister but in time we became close life long friends. I will be in touch when I return as I have so many memories I want to share with you. I know Joan is in a better place and I like to think that she and Ted and Larry are together again
My thoughts are with you during this sad and difficult time
With love and caring thoughts

Leslie Shapiro
Jul 15, 2017 09:49 AM

Dear Harry,

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your sister Joan. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness. May you take comfort in all the wonderful memories you have shared with her through the years.

Craig and Katya Smith
Jul 15, 2017 07:49 PM

Howard, we are so sorry for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

Jamie Nathanson Miller
Jul 16, 2017 08:08 AM

I still remember my teacher who really taught and cared about her students. I was in her first class at Fort Garrison. Mrs. Sobkov was classy and truly smart. I was privileged to teach Max as a preschooler. I am sorry to hear of her passing.

John Shields
Jul 16, 2017 11:41 AM

Joan was one of the finest Docents at the Walters Art Museum and served for over 20 years. Joan passionately loved art and shared it with hundreds and hundreds of museum visitors. She quickly became a good friend and made me feel most welcome when I moved here alone in 1992. I fondly recall our recent spring trip to see the tulips in Sherwood Gardens and a delightful lunch. You all are in my prayers and your family was blessed to have such a fine, intelligent, opera- and art-loving mother and grandmother. I'm envious!

Anne Keyser
Jul 16, 2017 08:10 PM

I'm in shock. Joan was a wonderful neighbor when I lived in the St James and the smartest, always prepared member of the Monday Night Book Club. I'm sending love and condolences from Palo Alto. She truly was one of the best!

Pat Bernstein
Jul 16, 2017 09:41 PM

Joan touched my heart. Our friendship was't noteworthy for its length or its depth. But it is flooded with meaningful memories. I recall touring with her at the Walters, having lunches and dinners, and chatting together in Florida She inspired, informed and modeled. Her values shined, needing to be duplicate. The noted example was her devotion to her family. I really miss her.

Cynthia & Eph Lewis
Jul 20, 2017 09:58 PM

We're so sad, yet so grateful for the memories of Joan and Teddy, our fellow adventurers in the Far East.


Joan Walen Sobkov

On July 12, 2017, Joan Walen Sobkov; beloved wife of the late Dr. Theodore Sobkov; devoted mother of Howard Sobkov (Dr. Michele Shermak) and Liz (Eric) Rabaskas; cherished sister of Harry Walen; loving daughter of the late Michael and Diane Walen; adored grandmother of Samuel and Max Sobkov.

Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Sunday, July 16, at 1 pm.

Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Sam and Minnie Sobkov Family Fund, c/o Jewish Community Services, 5750 Park Heights Ave, Baltimore, MD 21215.

In mourning at 305 Overhill Road, Baltimore, MD 21210, with services Sunday and Monday at 7 pm.

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