Sunday, November 21, 1999

Wife killed, husband hurt in crash

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Butler County lawyer Carl Morgenstern was critically injured and his wife, Marilyn, was killed in a two-car collision at Ohio 4 and Kyles Station Road in Liberty Township Friday evening.

        Mr. Morgenstern, a former Union Township trustee, was driving his car west on Kyles Station Road at 6:10 p.m.

        As he crossed Ohio 4, his car was struck by another car heading south on Ohio 4, said Dispatcher Doris Rowland of the Butler County Sheriff's Office.

        Mrs. Morgenstern, 74, of West Chester, was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital Hamilton.

        Mr. Morgenstern, 78, was flown by helicopter to University Hospital, where he was in critical condition.

        Two passengers in the car that struck the Morgensterns' car, Brenda O'Conner, 32, and her 14-month-old daughter, were treated and released from Mercy Hospital Hamilton.

        The accident is under investigation, said Dispatcher Rowland.

        Mrs. Morgenstern, whose full name was Marilyn Estelle Shaberman Morgenstern, surmounted numerous health problems throughout her life and enthusiastically supported her husband in his political and career endeavors, said her daughter, Barbara Morgenstern Krumbein of Wyoming.

        Mrs. Morgenstern, born and raised in Cleveland, was a registered X-ray technician who first worked at the Cleveland Clinic and later worked part-time at Fort Hamilton Hospital in Hamilton in the 1950s.

        When Ms. Krumbein and her brother, Michael, were toddlers, Mrs. Morgenstern contracted polio. She overcame polio, but underwent many leg surgeries in later years.

        She overcame lymphoma in 1980 and breast cancer last year, Ms. Krumbein said. “Courage was a big theme of my mom's life,” she said. “She wasn't the kind of person to dwell on her health problems. She just pushed on. In her own quiet way, she overcame these tremendous obstacles.”

        Mrs. Morgenstern was a member of the board of directors of the Butler County Youth Services Bureau and was a founding member of Congregation B'nai Tikvah in West Chester.

        She and her husband, who has a law practice in Hamilton, were married for 49 years.

        Besides her husband and daughter, Mrs. Morgenstern is survived by a son, Michael, of Potomac, Md.; and four grandchildren.

        The service will be 1 p.m., Monday at Weil Funeral Home, 3901 Reading Road in North Avondale. Burial will be at the United Jewish Cemetery in Montgomery. The family will be receiving callers at the Morgenstern residence in West Chester 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Memorial services will be each of the three evenings at 7 p.m.

        Memorials can be made to the Marilyn Morgenstern Memorial Fund, c/o B'nai Tikvah, 6219 Hedgerow Drive, West Chester, OH 45069.


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