The Family of Martin Diener
Jun 26, 2019 1:58 PM
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Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah
Jan 8, 2019 05:40 PM
The congregation at MMAE offers our deepest condolences to our member Hinda Sokolow on the loss of her beloved brother, Martin Diener, z'l. We pray that warm memories of your brother provide you with a measure of comfort in this difficult time.
HaMakom yenachem etchem btoch shaar aveyley Tzion v'Yerushalaim
May G-d comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Jan 9, 2019 08:32 AM
Sorry to read of the loss of your father. Our thoughts are with you. Molly & Milton
Rae Sokolow Rossen
Jan 9, 2019 09:09 AM
Dear Hinda, So sorry to learn about your brother Marty's decease. Please try to maintain your strength by reliving pleasant memories.
Bonnie Ridge Apartments
Jan 9, 2019 12:04 PM
We are so very sorry for the loss of Mr. Diener. He was so loved and respected in his home community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. The staff at Bonnie Ridge will miss him dearly and were honored to service his home throughout the years.
Jan 9, 2019 12:40 PM
sorry to read of the loss of your brother. sincere sympathy.
Lenny and Sharon
Jan 9, 2019 12:58 PM
Heart felt condolences to you
and your family.
Adele & Bernie Taube, on behalf of ourselves and the Rachel Looban Family Group
Jan 9, 2019 01:12 PM
Dear Hinda & family,
Our deepest sympathies on your loss.
Wishing you all peace, comfort and pleasant memories.
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
Jan 9, 2019 02:59 PM
To all who mourn for
the Officers and Board of the
Baltimore City College Alumni Association
extend their condolences.
Jan 10, 2019 08:33 AM
I will always remember Mr. Diener praying for Passover Seders very fast, while we talked and enjoyed this time together. I also remember Alyce’s dad and my dad telling us to get off the phone because we saw each other in school and could not have anything to say. He did not know, we just sometimes made stuff up and laugh! I remember that he always liked me. I think it was because we would laugh and I listened to his jokes and I was Jewish.
Jan 10, 2019 08:40 AM
I send my condolences to Alyce, my best friend forever. I loved your dad and your entire family.
Gary and Carol Miller Fradkin
Jan 10, 2019 08:44 AM
Dear Hinda and family,
We're sorry for your loss. May good memories of your brother comfort you now and always.
Charlotte and Stanley Levin
Jan 11, 2019 10:18 PM
Dear Hinda and Family,
Very sorry for your loss. May fond memories comfort you in this difficult time.
Betty Sue Diener
Jan 13, 2019 11:53 AM
I thank everyone who attended my father’s funeral and who express their condolences. I also want to share some of my memories and thoughts on his passing. As the Rabbi and my sister Alyce expressed so eloquently during the service, my father appreciated good food, good entertainment, especially a good laugh, and he loved to travel. When I was 9 years old my mom and dad took me along on their 3-week trip to the cities of Rome, Italy; London, England; Paris, France and several cities in Israel – including Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. We even stayed at a Kibbutz for a couple of days and I got to ride a camel.
One thing that some of you may not know is my father’s appreciation for the theater – both dramatic and musical theater. I can remember when I was a little girl, maybe 5 or 6, going with him and my mother and my Aunt Annie to see Fiddler on the Roof when it premiered in New York City. My parents loved that City and many years later I wound up moving to New York myself to further my education in the arts and humanities (specifically musicology).
My happiest times were when my mother and father and other members of my family would visit me in New York and we would go for a meal and to the theater together. One of those times, I believe it was in 1985, my mom and dad and I went with Alyce and Jim to the Concord Resort in the Borscht Belt or Jewish Alps in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York before spending a few days in Manhattan. In Manhattan, Alyce and Jim stayed with me in my little studio apartment while mom and dad stayed at the Waldorf – it was quite a treat. Some of the places we went to during that trip were Tavern on the Green in Central Park, The Russian Tea Room, the 21 Club and Sardi’s. We saw La Cage aux Folles on Broadway with Van Johnson during that trip. It was a spectacular show.
Over the years that I spent in New York, mom and dad would come up occasionally and the shows we saw included 42nd Street, Gershwin’s Me and My Girl, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, Jelly’s Last Jam with Gregory Hines and Savion Glover, Neil Simon’s Broadway Bound with Linda Lavin, whom some of you may recall starred as “Alice” on TV, Driving Miss Daisy with Frances Sternhagen, And Jackie Mason’s The World According to Me. One particularly touching play we saw off Broadway was A Shayna Maidel, which translates literally as a pretty girl – the phrase describes inner beauty and is an expression of love and of yearning hope. The play tells the story of one family’s separation during the Holocaust and their reunion in America after World War II.
Jewish people will often describe a little girl as a Shayna Maidel, a pretty girl. Little girls and boys are our hope for the future. And love and yearning hope for the future, for a better world, are building blocks of character and strength.
A wise person once said that the only thing you can count on in life is change. My father and mother were emotionally supportive when I pursued a law degree and became an attorney. My father was a source of strength for his children when we lost our mother in 2002, and for me and my sisters when we lost our brother Howard in 2011. In his final years, I tried to return that strength by spending time with him every day, having dinners with him throughout the week and trying to make sure he had what he needed to remain as independent as he wanted to be.
I’m sure that my father and my mother’s belief in education, and their appreciation for the theater and the finer things in life – good food, good entertainment, travel, good company and family – have helped to fortify my character and have given me the strength to deal inwardly with any changes and adversity that have come and may continue to come my way.
Dad, thank you and mom for encouraging my education, my love of travel, my appreciation for great music, the theater, dance, a good laugh and of course, good food and family. And thank you for allowing me to help you and be there for you in your final years. I will miss you.
Jan 13, 2019 07:06 PM
I was sad to hear of Uncle Marty's death. Unusually, I was at a loss for words, but I kept coming back to the same thought: Where do I sign up?
Life is fickle. How fortunate to live 98+ years fully functional, living alone at home with the care and support of loving children, and die asleep. Condolences to my cousins. May his memory always be a blessing.