Otto Ungar, 84


Otto Ungar, 84, died Jan. 1 in Washington, D.C. He was born Feb. 27, 1927, to the late Gertrude and Herman Ungar in Vienna, Austria. His parents divorced before he departed for America. His father, stepmother, brother and sister were killed by Hitler.

Otto was a 1945 graduate of Warren Seipp Vocational School. He worked for the United States Federal Government in the Patent Office, retiring after 34 years of service.

He also volunteered for the United Sates Congress, the council of the District of Columbia, churches, charities, professional organizations, the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice and the United States Postal Inspection Service.

A member of All Souls Church, Unitarian, Washington, D.C., Otto served as an usher and was a greeter-host during coffee hour.

A previous marriage ended in divorce, and in 1991 he met Genevieve Knowles, marrying her in 1993. He enjoyed music concerts at the Kennedy Center, traveling to conferences, conventions and seminars in various cities across the United States. He is one of the original contributors to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Otto is survived by his beloved wife, Genevieve Knowles-Ungar, god-daughters Olivia Nwosu of North Carolina and Cassandra Fleming Hayes of Hackettstown, N.J., two grandchildren, three sister-in-laws –Carolyn Colvin, Sharon Hall and Valerie Watts – one brother-in-law Floyd Watts, special friends John Fleming III, John and Joyce Fleming and a host of nieces and nephews.

Otto Ungar, 84

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