• February 6, 2016

Cleveland Jewish News: Obituaries

Obituaries

Recent Obituaries

Friday 02/05/2016
Vogelsang-Coombs, Vera
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 10:02 am

Vera Vogelsang-Coombs, age 66, died Feb. 3, 2016. Beloved wife of Steven Coombs; devoted mother of Karen Deborah Coombs of New York City, David Hamilton Coombs of China and Ethan James (Maddie) Coombs of Chicago; dear sister of the late Philippe Vogelsang and sister-in-law of the late Douglas Hamilton Coombs; cherished cousin.  

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Davidovich, Josif
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 9:31 am

Josif Davidovich, age 90, died Feb. 4, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Seregi and Frumi Davidovich (deceased); devoted father of Malka (Mendy) Goffman of Israel, Sonya (Abraham) Katz of Beachwood and Goldie (Sam) Moskowitz of New Jersey; loving grandfather of Svi and Efrat Goffman, Eric and Michelle Katz, Martin and Lauren Moskowitz; loving great grandfather of seven.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
Community leader Deitz recalled for ‘caring’ in dealing with elderly
Updated: February 05, 2016 - 8:26 am

When Joel Fox was starting out in Cleveland as a graduate student in social work at Case Western Reserve University, he lucked out. As an intern on the commission on services to older persons of the old Jewish Community Federation, Fox met Robert Deitz, who was that commission’s incoming chairman.

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Malkin, Jean
Posted: February 03, 2016 - 10:02 am

Jean Malkin (nee Guzik) of Clearwater, Fla., died Jan. 19, 2016. She was 87.

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Kaplovitz, Gabrielle
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 2:58 pm

Gabrielle Kaplovitz, 27, of Fort Myers, Fla., died Jan. 31, 2016. She was born on May 24, 1988 to Marc and Elise Kaplovitz, who survive her. Gabrielle was a graduate of Bachman Academy in Tennessee and Cuyahoga Community College. Gabrielle was a member of Morning Star Church and the Center for Spiritual Learning in Fort Myers.

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Adelman, Alex
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 2:58 pm

Alex Adelman, 90 of Beachwood, died Feb. 1, 2016. Alex was a graduate of John Adams High School and served in the U.S. Army as a Sergeant in the Corp of Engineers during World War II. He was employed by Bobbie Brooks and involved in the real estate business until his retirement.

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Monday 02/01/2016
Bruml, Edgar J.
Updated: February 03, 2016 - 2:59 pm

Edgar J. Bruml, 93, died peacefully at his home in Sun City West, Ariz., on Jan. 28, 2016. Ed was born in Cleveland to Frieda and Maurice Bruml on June 3, 1922. He graduated from Cleveland Heights High School and from Antioch College. He was a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, serving as a navigator aboard a land and sea transport (LST) during the D-Day Invasion, and for many years he would get together with Navy buddies who served on his ship to attend reunions. Following his honorable discharge, he returned to school to earn his MBA from Harvard.

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Wednesday 01/27/2016
Roth, Irving
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:05 pm

Irving Roth was born in Cleveland in 1932. He was the son of Charles and Celia Rothenberg. Irv attended Cleveland Heights High School, where he was active in AZA, and the Ohio State University. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

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Stein, Sol
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Sol Stein, 86, of South Euclid died Dec. 24, 2015. He was a Jewish war veteran.

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Nowac, Ilene R.
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Ilene R. Nowac (nee Bregman) of Santa Monica, Calif., died Jan 19, 2016. She was 87.

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Deitz, Robert D.
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Robert D. Deitz died Jan. 13, 2016. He was 89. Bob spent his final years at Menorah Park, a facility he had served as president and life trustee during his many years of service to the Cleveland Jewish community. He made many friends in the Menorah Park community and he was outspoken with his love of the facility.

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Richman, Fred D.
Updated: February 01, 2016 - 8:52 am

Fred D. Richman, 84, died Jan. 23, 2016.

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Monday 01/25/2016
Goulden, Sylvia
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Sylvia W. Goulden (nee Weisman), loving wife of the late Lee Goulden. Devoted mother of Steve (Miriam), Paula (Ben-deceased) Goulden-Naitove and Neil (Constance) Goulden. Cherished grandmother of Adam, Lia, Daniel, Sofia, Leila, Corey and David. Beloved aunt of Daniel and Jonathan Weisman, Marjorie (Dr. Jay) Robinow and Howard Golden. Dear sister of the late David Weisman. Sylvia spent her professional career as a school teacher at Arthur Road Elementary School in Solon.

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Cohen, Esther
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Esther Cohen (nee Kleinsztern), age 74, died Jan. 22, 2016 in Beachwood.

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Wednesday 01/20/2016
Bernzweig, Mel
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Mel Bernzweig, 80, of Beachwood died Jan. 7, 2016.

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Tuesday 01/19/2016
Smith, Abby
Posted: January 19, 2016 - 3:33 pm

Abby Gale Sheinbart Smith died peacefully at home from cancer on Jan. 14, 2016. She was surrounded by her husband of 37 years and their four children. Abby was born Jan. 6, 1957 in Cleveland. She graduated from Beachwood High School in 1975 and went on to Vanderbilt University where she met the love of her life, John Sloan Smith, II. They started their life together in Indianapolis where their four children, Jessica, Tyler, Lily and JB, were born. Once their children were on their own as independent young adults, John and Abby moved to Sarasota, Fla., where Abby continued to dedicate her life to her family, her friends, building an impressive shell collection, gardening to her heart’s content, and embracing all living things with kindness and compassion.

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Horn, William
Posted: January 19, 2016 - 3:36 pm

William “Bill” Horn of Gilbert, Ariz., died Dec. 12, 2016. He was 59.

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Monday 01/18/2016
Asch, Robert
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Robert Stephen Asch, 63, of Westlake, died Jan. 17, 2016.

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Wiseberg, Harvey
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Harvey A. Wiseberg, age 73, died Jan. 16, 2016. Beloved husband of Judy (nee Leger); dear brother of Arlene (Thomas) O’Connor of Boston; loving uncle of Chad O'Connor of Boston; cherished friend of many.

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Friday 01/15/2016
Zabell, Betty
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Betty J. Zabell (nee Joseph) age 92, died Jan. 15, 2016.  Beloved wife of the late Dr. Manny S. Zabell; devoted mother of Dr. Michael (Minda) Zabell, Cary (Debra) Zabell and David (Patti) Zabell; loving grandmother of Kurtis, Jeremy, Samantha, Allyson, Jason (Helen), Bryan (Megan), Parker (Julia), Elizabeth, Dominic, Dylan, Rachel and Taylor; loving great-grandmother of Owen, Olivia, Ryleigh, Jaycob, Leah and Bodhi; dear sister of Jerry Joseph and the following deceased: Phinney, Fred, Bill and Esther. 

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Wednesday 01/13/2016
Fien, Helene
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Helene Fien of Beachwood died Dec. 25, 2015.

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Tuesday 01/12/2016
Ellerin, Rosalyn
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Rosalyn Ellerin (nee Taich) of Beachwood died Jan. 1, 2016. She was 80.

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Nusbaum, Bertram Jr.
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Bertram Spagat Nusbaum, Jr., 91, played his final round of life on Jan. 2, 2016 with his loving family in the gallery.

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Wyner, Bernard
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Bernard “Budd” S. Wyner, 90, passed away on Jan. 6, 2016 in Philadelphia. Budd was the beloved husband of Frances (nee Hart), to whom he had been married for 62 years. He is survived by two daughters: Ferne Daney and her husband Lee of Wynnewood, Penn., and Lysa Schulte and her husband Ted of Newport Coast, Calif.  He was also the proud grandfather of Jordan Daney and Sarah and Brooke Schulte.  

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Wednesday 01/06/2016
Gerdy, Corrinne
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Corrinne Gerdy (nee Horsens), 89, passed away Jan. 3, 2016; beloved wife of the late Kenneth Gerdy and former wife of the late Leonard Horowitz; loving mother of Lynne Stauffer (Dave), Bruce Horowitz (Lisa) and Heidi Phillips (Danny); cherished grandmother of Michael, Loni, Jesse, Krystal, Allison, Erin and Amber and great grandmother of 13; loving sister of Betty Lou Morris and Richard Horsens (Carol).

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Dr. Kowal recalled as geriatric medicine pioneer
Updated: January 07, 2016 - 2:41 pm

In his professional life, Dr. Jerome Kowal was an accomplished medical researcher and a pioneer in the field of geriatric medicine. But in his personal life, Kowal was a dedicated husband and father, an avid tennis player, a lover of classical music, and always eager to tell a joke or share a humorous story.

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Schuman, Howard
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Howard Schuman, 73, of University Heights, passed away Dec. 3, 2015.

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Kramer, Anita
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Anita Kramer (nee Weinberg) of University Heights died Dec. 29, 2015. She was 91.

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Tuesday 01/05/2016
Paller, Aaron
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Aaron R. Paller was the senior district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration for the state of Ohio until ill health caused him to retire on disability in 1974. Paller died on Dec. 27, 2015 as a result of heart failure.

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Bayer, Ronald
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Ronald “Roland” J. Bayer died Dec. 25, 2015. He was 86.

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Kowal, Jerome
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Jerome Kowal, M.D., Amasa B. Ford Professor Emeritus of Geriatric Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, passed away on Dec. 23, 2015.

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Monday 01/04/2016
Stern, Bruce M.
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Bruce M. Stern, Cleveland’s Advertising “Mad Man,” died on Jan. 2 at age 86. As executive vice president of Stern Advertising, Stern gave The Front Row Theater in Highland Heights its name, because at this theater-in-the-round, he said, every seat was like sitting in the front row.

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Wednesday 12/30/2015
Squires, Mae Betty
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Mae Betty Squires (nee Fliegel) of Beachwood died Dec. 10, 2015. She was 91.

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Stang, Fredda Levy
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Fredda Levy Stang of Pittsburgh died Dec. 20, 2015. She was 87.

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Simon, Sylvia
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Sylvia Simon (nee Broidy) passed away peacefully in New York City with her family at her side. Mrs. Simon is predeceased by her beloved husband, Henry A. Simon. She is survived by her adoring and cherished daughter Ruth Simon (Tom Polton) of New York, N.Y.; her loving grandchildren, Michelle Polton Simon and Alison Polton Simon; dearest sister of Edward Broidy and the late Muriel Broidy.

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Lavin, Mary Ruth
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Mary Ruth Lavin (nee Feldman) of Orlando, Fla. died on Dec. 26, 2015, days before her 82nd birthday. Mary was born on Jan. 5, 1934 to Sylvia and Nathan Feldman in Cleveland. She was the beloved wife of Lloyd; dear mother of Jeffrey (Debbie) of Beachwood, Steven (Carol) of Amelia Island, Fla., and James (Virginia) of Jacksonville, Fla. She was the dear grandmother of Brian (Kara), David (Holly), Michael (Korynn, fiancee) and Kevin (Catherine) and great-grandmother of Jackson, Ethan and Madison. Mary is also survived by her sister, Lois (Mark) Silverberg, and many nieces and nephews. She graduated from Cleveland Heights High School.

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Protus, Sandra
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Sandra Protus (nee Fisher) of Beachwood died Dec. 21, 2015 at age 75.

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Hammer, Francine
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Francine Hammer, 61 of Parkland, Fla., passed away Dec. 22, 2015. Francine

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Fenberg, Gertrude
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:13 pm

Gertrude Fenberg, 96, died Oct. 25, 2015 at the home she shared with her daughter and son-in-law in New York where she lived for the past 4 ½ years.

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Tuesday 12/29/2015
Kaplan, William
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

William Kaplan, 77, died Dec. 27, 2015 after a lengthy illness. Beloved husband of Paulette Kaplan (nee Wroblewski); devoted father of Daniel (Mitali Banerjee) Kaplan of Manhattan, N.Y.; dear brother of the late Marilyn Harris; loving son of Ida and Daniel Kaplan (both deceased); cherished uncle of Scott (Amy) Harris, Hallie (Bianca Bellis) Harris-Friedman and Jodi Harris; dearly loved cousin of many.

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Monday 12/28/2015
Kane, Sally D.
Updated: January 20, 2016 - 1:11 pm

Sally D. Kane, beloved wife of the late Marvin Earl Kane; devoted and adored mother of Janice Kane, Stephanie Willoughby (Ed) and William Kane; dearest sister of the following deceased, Betty Brightman (Al), Albert Sussman (Pauline), Milton Sussman (Esther), Rose Stein (David), Belle Lesowitz (Nathan), and Faye Pelzer (Howard).

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Oscar winning cameraman Haskell Wexler dies at 93
Updated: December 28, 2015 - 4:03 pm

LOS ANGELES — Haskell Wexler, one of Hollywood's most famous and honored Jewish cinematographers and one whose innovative approach helped him win Oscars for "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and the Woody Guthrie biopic "Bound for Glory," died Sunday. He was 93.

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Wednesday 12/23/2015
Astrov, Bernard
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Bernard D. Astrov, 82, of University Heights passed away Dec. 20, 2015.

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Blum, Harry
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Harry Blum, 95, of Mentor, died on Dec. 16, 2015. He was a World War II veteran.

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Nagusky, Rita
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Rita F. Nagusky (nee Federman) of Moreland Hills died Dec. 9, 2015 at age 91.

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Platzer, Robert
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Robert Platzer, Oct. 5, 1931-Dec. 19, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Barbara Platzer; dear father and father-in-law of Cynthia Becker and James (Heather) Platzer; dear grandfather of Lawrence Jacob “Jake” Becker and Aliyah Becker; dear father-in-law of Ed Becker; dear friend to many.

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Tuesday 12/22/2015
Klein, John
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

John I. Klein, age 84, of Shaker Heights, passed away Dec. 21, 2015.

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Wednesday 12/16/2015
Einstein, Edith
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Edith Einstein, 88, passed away Dec. 10, 2015, at her home in Sun City, Ariz. Edith was predeceased by husbands, Ralph Tucker and Louis Einstein, and sister, Sandra Hydorn. She is survived by son, Ronald Tucker, and daughter, Paula Slotkin, grandchildren, Rebecca Spence and Alex Tucker, and great-grandson Ethan Tucker Spence, as well as sister, Rachel Fink, nieces and great-nieces.

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Gross, Sheldon
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Sheldon Gross (aka Shelly) had an incredible life. He was born on May 12, 1929, in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Helen Gross on Dec. 24, 1951, and had three sons: Bruce, partnered to Rob Vance, and a granddaughter Jaime; Mickey, and his wife Ann and grandchildren Heather, Jarred, and Tanya and great-grandchildren, Jordan, Nikolis and Kiley; and David, and his wife Kirsten and grandchildren Katlin and Jeremy. He also leaves behind his sister, Cyrel Bandy.

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Levine, Ralph
Updated: January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

Ralph Leon Levine, of Las Vegas and formerly of Cleveland, died on Dec. 8 at age 84 at the Hospice of the Valley, Sherman Home in Phoenix. He was born on July 31, 1931, in Cleveland, the son of Jack and Sarah Bluma (Mendelson) Levine.

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