Obituaries | Feb. 14, 2019


William Sager

William (Bill) Sager, of Arlington, died on Jan. 12. He was 99.

He was a major in the Marine Corps from 1939 to 1960. He studied at the University of Virginia where he received his JD degree and master’s in economics and accounting.

He was the director of inheritance and gift taxation for the Virginia Department of Taxation and the director of practice and chief counsel for revenue sharing for the U.S. Treasury Department, among other positions. He also was an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Virginia Law School.

He was a member of the Virginia State Bar and was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. He was author or co-author of more than 50 articles in law reviews and accounting and tax journals

He enjoyed giving lectures locally on the history of the Jews of the South in addition to oral histories of World War II to the community and Marines in Quantico and Henderson Hall.

His Marine Corps orders and other memorabilia have been donated to the National Museum of American Jewish Military History.

He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Elizabeth Mopsik Sager; his children, Dr. Rebecca Ashery, Dr. Phillip (Ruth) Sager and Sandy (Dr. Norman) Magid; his grandchildren, Elie Ashery, Barak Ashery, Victor Sager, Sarah (Sager) Slater, Ben Sager, Eli Magid, Yehuda Magid, Rafael Magid, Gabi Magid and Yael Magid; and his 13 great-grandchildren.

Leslie R. Sax

Leslie R. Sax died on Feb. 9. He was the beloved husband of Ronnie Sax; devoted father of Rachel Ramos, Jared Sax and Emily Bende; loving brother of Charles Sax and Debra Sax Annes; and cherished grandfather of Isaac Ramos. Contributions may be made to Suburban Hospital. Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

Sheldon Joel Shapiro

Sheldon Shapiro, of Silver Spring, died on Feb. 7.

Graduating with a bachelor of science degree in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park, he began his career working as a field apprentice in 1993 for his father’s mechanical contracting company. He and his brother, Jerry, expanded Shapiro and Duncan to more than 400 employees and together they grew the company into one of the preferred mechanical contracting firms in the region.

A man with an enormous heart and a great sense of humor, he was more than just a businessman. He was a strong supporter of the HVAC and plumbing apprenticeship programs, sponsored engineering scholarships locally and actively served on various boards. An avid Terps fan and active alumni he could be seen at many Terrapin events.

He is survived by his parents, David and Marica Shapiro; siblings, Gerald (Geri) Shapiro, Linda (Richard) Groveman and Julie (Charles) Ayres; nieces and nephews: Joseph (Ashley) Groveman, Aubrey (Andrew) Ginn, Scott Groveman, Amanda (Colin) Whitaker, Aaron Shapiro, Jacob Ayres and Joshua Ayres; and a grand-nephew, Gavin Ginn.

Contributions may be made to the Sheldon Shapiro Charitable Foundation Inc, c/o Shapiro and Duncan, Inc, 14620 Rothgeb Drive, Rockville, MD 20850. Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

Shirley Weiser

Shirley Weiser, of Silver Spring, died on Feb. 4. She was the beloved wife of Herbert Weiser; devoted mother of Rachelle and Stefanie; and bubbe of David, Brooke, Ari, Eric, Tali and Samantha.

Contributions may be made to FIDF, Jewish Burial Society, or St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Services entrusted to Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

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