|Barbara Elaine Wolin Sincoff
Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 19, 2018
BARBARA W. SINCOFF
Barbara W. Sincoff, age 84, of Potomac, MD, died at her
home on Monday, December 17, 2018, from ovarian
Born Barbara Elaine Wolin, in Washington, DC, on June 2,
1934, to Frank and Linda (Glaubach) Wolin, she grew up
in Washington and attended public schools there. She
graduated in June 1952 from Calvin Coolidge High
School, where she was active in student activities,
serving on the student council and as editor of the Coolidge yearbook, the Corral. She
attended The George Washington University on scholarship, and there continued her
participation in University activities. She was selected for the national women's
honorary society, Mortar Board, and in June 1956, received a degree with highest
distinction in education.
Days after graduation, she married her classmate, Richard J. Sincoff, and became an
elementary school teacher in Montgomery County, MD. She taught second grade in
Silver Spring for five years before leaving to raise her daughters. She founded, taught
in, and was president of a nursery school in Aspen Hill. She was also president and
teacher of the Rockville Co-op Nursery School and founded and taught in the nursery
school of the Montgomery County Association for Retarded Citizens, now known as
the Arc of Montgomery County, where she was involved since 1963. She also set up
and organized the first area Girl Scout troop for developmentally handicapped girls.
She served for 12 years as a Sunday school teacher at Temple Emanuel in
Kensington. As an active member of Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac, MD, she
served as president and board member of its Sisterhood.
After her children had grown, Barbara became the campaign manager of Democratic
County Council candidate Ruth Spector, and after the election, Mrs. Spector's
principal assistant and office manager as an employee of the Montgomery County
Government. After her County Council employment, she transferred to the County's
personnel (human resources) department as a human resources specialist and was
instrumental in the hiring of employees for various departments. She retired in 1997,
after 20 years of local government service.
She leaves to mourn her husband of 62 years, Dick, three daughters, Carolyn Sincoff
and Joan Weill, both of Silver Spring, MD, and Andrea (Brian) Turner of Erie, CO, two
granddaughters, Margo Weill and Alexandra Turner, her sister, Leslie (Robert) Neff, of
West Chester, PA, brother-in-law Michael (Kathleen) Sincoff, sisters-in-law Ellen
Rudin and the late Janet (surviving, Irving) Torchinsky, as well as numerous nieces,
nephews and family members.
Graveside funeral services will be held on Friday, December 21, 2018, 10 a.m. at
King David Memorial Garden, Falls Church, VA.
After the interment, the family will receive relatives and friends from 11:30 to 2 p.m. at
the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, 11810 Falls Rd., Potomac, MD.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Arc of Montgomery County, CHI Centers
in Silver Spring or to the charity of your choice.
Arrangements entrusted to TORCHINSKY HEBREW FUNERAL HOME,
202-541-1001.Shalom in Potomac, MD.
Torchinsky Hebrew Funeral Home
254 Carroll St. NW
Washington, DC 20012