Max Gendelman
FUNERAL HOME
Goodman-Bensman Funeral Home
4750 N. Santa Monica Blvd.
Whitefish Bay, WI
Gendelman, Max Dear husband of 64 years to Doris (nee Neubauer) Gendelman. Father of Nina (Richard) Edelman, Lisbeth (Gary) Rattner and Bruce (Lori) Gendelman. Grandfather to David Taus, Sarah Taus, Arielle Edelman, Jessie Edelman, Benjamin (Ginny) Rattner, Dina Rattner, Joseph Gendelman, Jordan (Jeanna) Gendelman, Daniel Gendelman and Juliana Gendelman (Chris) Goldberg. Great-grandfather to Rosalie Goldberg. Brother to Sheldon (Dani) Gendelman and the late Esther (Jack) Spector. Son of the late David and the late Feigel (nee Zilberbrand) Gendelman. Further survived by other family members and friends. Graveside services to be held on Sunday, June 17, at 1:00 PM at Second Home Cemetery, 3705 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee. Max was born on August 14, 1923 in Milwaukee. He attended North Division High School and graduated from the University of WI, Madison. He enlisted in the 1st Army, Checkerboard Division 99th Infantry, Company L, 394th Regiment. Max was captured in the Battle of the Bulge. He escaped from a prison farm with the help of a young German Lufftewaffe pilot, Karl Kirchner, who also wanted to escape from the Nazi regime. They formed a successful mutual pact to escape together. After the war Max sponsored Karl's entry into the United States. They remained close for the rest of their lifetimes. Max recently wrote a book about their experiences which the family plans to publish in the near future. Among many military medals, Max was awarded the Purple Heart and in 2009 was named a "Chevalier" of the Legion of Honor by the French Government. Max was the Owner and President of Century Hardware Corporation. They were originally located on 3rd St. and in the 1950's he moved his business to Woolworth Avenue. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations made to The Jewish National Fund appreciated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home 4750 N. Santa Monica 414-964-3111 www.goodmanbensman.com
Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Jun. 16 to Jun. 17, 2012.
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please keep this on line as his story circles the internet. This is AMERICA!!!
July 11, 2012
With grattitude I sign this guest book of a stranger and mourn for the privelaged family who called him..husband,Dad and Grandpa. Thank you Max RIP
Candy Dahlke
July 7, 2012
Wonderful man - what a life! Inspiring, encouraging - never say no, never give up, no matter how difficult or how bad things are. The beauty of human friendship! They leave a lasting memory. Bless their souls.
Lois Schmidt
July 2, 2012
I was deeply moved by Max's book It is a real lesson in what is important in life. I was very touched that he called me and I was able to speak to him before his passing.
Robert Caplan
June 28, 2012
My wife Chris and I along with our four daughters are deeply sadden by the passing of our dear friend, of over sixty years.

My daughters refer to Max and his wife
Doris as "Uncle Max" and "Aunt Doris".

We will always fondly remember the
happy days we spent together as "Chef Max" toiled over his famous barbecues.
Phil, Chris, Charlene,
Karen & Carla Akwa
Ranho Mirage, CA
June 26, 2012
I would like to offer my condolences to the Gendelman family. Regrettably I never met Max, but I did interview more than 350 veterans of the 99th Infantry Division for "Once Upon A Time In War: The 99th Division in WWII." For those who would like to know what it meant to be a combat infantryman in WWII, take a look at the book, which is a powerful read. Robert E. Humphrey, Sacramento.
Robert Humphrey
June 21, 2012
MY WIFE AND I WERE SORRY TO HEAR OF THE PASSING OF MR. MAX. WE BOTH WORKED AT CENTURY HARDWARE AND ALTHOUGH I DID NOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH HIM ON HOW TO RUN THE SHIPPING DEPT. WE WORKED TOGETHER TO KEEP THE COMPANY STRONG. HE HAD A REMARKABLE LIFE AND LIVED IT TO THE FULLEST.

RON & KATHY HEIDER, NAPLES, FL
RONALD HEIDER
June 21, 2012
My family is priviledged to know David (Taus), a good friend of our son, and share in his, and your, grief. I am familiar with the history of Mr. Gendelman's unit in WWII, and as a veteran myself share the sadness at the loss of one of the 'greatest' generation. Please accept my family's condolences.
Mark Matranga
June 19, 2012
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Max, I did not know Max but Gary Rattner a friend of mine(teaching and coaching}talked about Max a lot. So the story of Maxs's life did not surprise me!
God Bless
Jefferey Potter
June 19, 2012
Heartfelt sympathies for all relatives and family! I have not known Max, but have just learned about his story via the JS. A very remarkable and amazing story. I am glad to find that he had a nice and long life. I hope he will find peace now and I wish extra strength in these hard times for his wife, Doris.
Wim Leydes
June 18, 2012
Mr. Gendelman was a dear man to me and I will miss him. He is in my prayers.
With Deepest Sympathy & Love to the family,
Nancy Preis
Nancy Preis
June 18, 2012
My sincerest sympathies. Blessings to all of your family.
Dawn (Jonas) Ritchie
June 18, 2012
I was very pleased that I was able to speak to Max before he passed. He was a remarkable man. Bob Caplan
Robert Caplan
June 17, 2012
With very heartfelt condolences to the whole family.
Debbie Brazner Paler
June 17, 2012
Dear Nina,

Your dad's WWII story is a remarkable aspect of a man I simply remember from Santa Monica Boulevard (you) and Reynard Road (us) days. I hope that you'll all be comforted by great memories and the knowledge that he lived a rich, textured and lucky life in which his family was certainly the reward. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Linda Grossman Frank
June 17, 2012
To the Gendelman Family,
Ellen and I were so sorry to learn of Max's passing. Ellen's parents were great friends of Max ans Doris. We will never forget Jules' humongous workshop which was basically all
purchased from Century Hardware. We were interested in reading Max's war story which was told to us by Jules many times. Please accept our sincere sympathy at this time.

Ellen & Jess Levin
June 17, 2012
With deepest love and sympathies to all of you. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Your cousin, Mindy
Melinda Rand-Kenefic
June 17, 2012
With our deepest sympathies to the Gendelman family. Our father worked many years at Century Hardware, spending many evening hours talking with your dad. There was a strong connection and respect shared between two wonderful men. Know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers. The Daughters of Robert Bellmann
June 17, 2012
I knew Max most of my life because he was the father of friends of mine. He was always generous and personable to the very end. Our sincere condolences.
Steve and Gail Becker
June 17, 2012
My deepest sympathy on the passing of Max. I had the pleasure of working for him at Century Hardware in the 1970's.
Susan Gouge-Engl
June 17, 2012
Beth,
Bill and I are so sorry to hear about your dad. Please know we are thinking of you. Love
Caroline and Bill
June 17, 2012
I'm honored to be related to such a remarkable man - he's adored and will definitely be missed by all of us on the Israeli branch of the family.
Please accept our deep condolences.
Nirit Rosentein
on behalf of Harvey & family
Tel-Aviv, Israel.
Nirit Rosenstein
June 17, 2012
Our condolences to you family.
Gary & Susy Sennett
June 17, 2012
May you rest in peace Max!
Wendy Hemplet
June 16, 2012
CONDOLENCES TO THE GENDELMAN FAMILY ON THE PASSING OF MAX. ALTHOUGH IT'S BEEN OVER 30 YEARS SINCE I LEFT MILWAUKEE, ------ AFTER WORKING IN BROADCASTING FOR 7 YEARS (1955-62), IN 1962, I APPLIED FOR AND WAS ACCEPTED TO JOIN THE MILWAUKEE POLICE DEPARTMENT. ONE OF THE "PERKS" OF BEING A POLICE OFFICER, WAS HAVING THE ABILITY OF MAKING PURCHASES FROM CENTURT HARDWARE. HAVING PURCHASED MY FIRST HOME IN 1963, AND HAVING A "YIDDESHE KOP AND GOYESHE HENT", I WAS ALWAYS THE "HANDS ON" REPAIR GUY ON MOST REPAIRS AND INSTALLATIONS WHICH OPENED UP OTHER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN MY PROFESSIONAL BROADCASTING CAREER. I WAS ALSO QUITE INVOLVED AT THE JCC WITH THE THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS AND GOT TO KNOW SHELDON AND THE VERY ATTRACTIVE DANI GENDELMAN. WOW, I SPENT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS AT CENTURY HARDWARE. I REALLY APPRECIATED THEIR KINDNESS. AFTER 43 WINTERS IN MILWAUKEE, CREATING A POLICE TELEVISION NETWORK WITH STUDIOS AT THE THEN NEW POLICE ACADEMY ON N.TEUTONIA, AND AFTER HAVING VISITED LOS ANGELES IN 1978, I FOUND THERE WERE OTHER WAYS TO LIVE BESIDES BEING IN SNOW AND COLD, AND MOVED MY FAMILY TO LOS ANGELES IN 1980. AFTER A FEW SHORT TERM JOBS AT NBC BURBANK, I WAS FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO BE HIRED BY THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK, AND REITRED FROM THERE IN 2005 AFTER 22 + YEARS, AND RETIRING TO LAS VEGAS,.........AND STILL SINGING THE "STANDARDS"

DONALD H. PINSKER, FORMER MILWAUKEE POLICE OFFICER (1962-1980)
RETIRED BROADCAST ENGINEER, CBS TELEVISION NETWORK-LOS ANGELES 1982-2005
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DONALD PINSKER
June 16, 2012
Our deepest sorrows to everyone, especially Doris, during this very difficult time. Max epitomized what it means to live a life well lived. He will be greatly missed, but we like to think that he and Karl are smiling broadly and hugging each other somewhere right now... Tom and Laura Kirschner and family (San Luis Obispo, CA)
June 16, 2012
Dear Bruce,
my deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father.
peter newberger
June 16, 2012
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