Maryland’s Steve Koenigsberg Passes Away


The industry has lost another of its veterans in the passing of Maryland’s Steve Koenigsberg at his home in Towson, Maryland, on Friday, Nov. 5, after a battle with lung cancer. He was just three weeks shy of his 75th birthday.

Steve was best known in this industry from his years running the Baltimore-based dealership, State Sales & Service, as well as from when he was president of the AAMA (1993-1995). Of that time, wrote Betson Baltimore’s Nick Sarioglou, “many in the industry will remember when Steve testified before Congress over video game violence.” He added that Steve was “a gifted person and incredible human being who was recognized with many awards over his career.” Nick also shared that Steve retired as Vice President of Clinical Service, Orthopedics, Surgery & Anesthesiology at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital.

Steve is survived by his wife Eileen and children Nina (Jason) Levy and Sarah Valenziano (Miles Widstrom); brother Dr. Edward Koenigsberg; grandchildren, Max Widstrom, Charlotte Widstrom, Temper Levy and Livia Widstrom; and beloved nieces, nephews and cousins. Steve was predeceased by his parents, Anita and David Koenigsberg; brother, Dr. Herbert Koenigsberg; and sister-in-law, Beverly Koenigsberg.

Services will be held at noon today, Nov. 8, at Beth Am Synagogue, 2501 Eutaw Place, Baltimore, MD 21217 (the family will be receiving from 11 until about 11:45). Interment will be Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, 430 Berrymans Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136. The family will be in mourning at 1212 Robin Hood Circle, Towson, MD 21204. After the interment, friends and family are welcome to attend any of the Shiva services on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Visit for details. (Vaccine and mask requirements will be required.)

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Steve’s memory to an organization of your choice is welcome.

Group photo from 1986

In this file photo from 1986, Steve Koenigsberg is pictured seated between Kentucky Coin’s Harvey Weingarten and Betson’s Rick Kirby (then of New England Coin). Standing in the back row (with their company affiliations at the time) are Bob Haim (Belam Southeast Distributing), Jon Brady (Brady Distributing), Paul Russell (Active Amusement Distributing), Joe Cirillo (Betson Enterprises), Dave Gilfor (Active) and Jolly Backer (Bally Sente).


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