• May 3, 2015

Cleveland Jewish News: Obituaries


Recent Obituaries

Friday 05/01/2015
Flesher, Marc
Updated: May 01, 2015 - 10:25 am

Dr. Marc Flesher of Boynton Beach, Fla., died April 28, 2015 at 58 years old.

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Thursday 04/30/2015
Rothschild, Edmund
Updated: April 30, 2015 - 9:27 am

Edmund W. Rothschild, beloved husband of Mayor Beryl Rothschild. Loving father of Margaret (Brian) Slesnick, and Daniel Rothschild. Cherished grandfather of Alec and Madeleine Slesnick.

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Wednesday 04/29/2015
Goodman, Natalie
Posted: April 29, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Natalie H. Goodman (nee Haiman) of Macedonia died April 22, 2015 in Macedonia. She was 90.

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Coven, Hortense
Updated: April 29, 2015 - 9:44 am

Hortense "Horty" Coven (nee Markowitz), beloved wife of Jack Coven. Loving mother of Larry (Liza) Coven, Marcia (Steve Joseph, fiance) Coven and Kenny Coven. Devoted grandmother of Brad (Sara) Coven, Steve (Melissa) Coven, Bryan (Kristen) Shea, Michael Ward, Alex Coven and Robbie Coven. Adored great-grandmother of Olivia, Ava, Noa, Drew and Emma. Dear sister of the late Howard Marken and Ruth Goldman. Services will be held at 2 p.m. April 29 at Berkowitz-Kumin-Bookatz in Cleveland Heights. Interment Mayfield Cemetery.

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Tuesday 04/28/2015
Longtime minyan attendee, helped Holocaust survivors
Updated: April 28, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Julius Abrams was a man of warm heart and iron grip who helped bind the community that is B’nai Jeshurun Congregation through his steadfast minyan attendance and welcoming attitude.

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Goodman, Pearl
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Pearl Goodman (nee Dorfman) died April 24, 2015 in Sarasota, Fla. She was 95.

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Frank, Beatrice
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Beatrice Frank (nee Susskind) of University Heights died April 22, 2015. She was 93.

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Chyette, Muriel L. (nee London)
Posted: April 28, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Beloved wife of the late Sidney R. Chyette; devoted mother of Harvey Chyette (Barbara), Cary Chyette and Lois Chyette Bernzweig (Ray); cherished grandmother of Rose Kaye (Toby), Haim Gabay (Elyse), Denise Chyette Larsen (Eric) and Lisa Chyette; loving great-grandmother of Akiva, Rochel, Chaya, Yisroel, Eli, Noam, Esai, and Tanner; dear sister of Ruth Nidetz (Jay) (both deceased).

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Friday 04/24/2015
Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois & Bram fame has died
Posted: April 24, 2015 - 2:30 pm

TORONTO — Canadian musician Lois Lilienstein of Sharon, Lois & Bram fame has died at age 78.

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Siegel, Florence
Updated: April 24, 2015 - 9:49 am

Florence Siegel (nee Fishman) died April 23, 2015, in Santa Fe, N.M. She was the beloved wife of Norman (deceased); devoted mother of Andrew (Sylvana) Siegel of Santa Fe, N.M., and the late Robert Siegel; dear sister of Irwin Fishman, Dr. David Fishman and Min Siegel (all deceased); loving grandmother of Danielle Siegel; and cherished “auntie” of Leslie, Marcia (deceased), Betsy and Sarah.

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Wednesday 04/22/2015
Reuven, Faye
Posted: April 22, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Faye Reuven (nee Rosen), loving mother of Elaine (Allan Koptish) Plummer and Bonnie (Donald-deceased) Black. Devoted grandmother of Tova (Philip) Shirah, Joshua (Adriane) Black, Leah Black and Ahron Black. Great-grandmother of six. Dear sister of the late Ida Horwitz, Anne Smith, Abe, Sidney and Isadore Rosen and the late Norman Reuven.

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Abrams, Julius
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 1:43 pm

Julius Abrams, beloved husband of the late Mildred “Mickey” Abrams (nee Horwitz). Loving father of Louise (Robert Fuerst) Abrams and the late Bennett Abrams and Allen Abrams. Dear brother of the late Harold Abrams, Nathan Abrams, Edith Steinsapir, Israel “Ike” Abrams, Betty Frank, Sylvia Steinberger, Lillian Hart and Bernard “Bud” Abrams. Cherished uncle, great-uncle and great-great-uncle.

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Monday 04/20/2015
Rivin, Raymond
Posted: April 20, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Raymond Rivin died peacefully March 26, 2015, three days after his 95th birthday. His loving family was at his side.

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Kohn, Jerome
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 3:33 pm

Jerome (Jerry) Kohn of Valrico, Fla., died April 10, 2015. He was 72.

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Silverberg, Lillian
Updated: April 22, 2015 - 3:26 pm

Lillian Silverberg (nee Weissburst) of Cleveland died April 11, 2015. She was 87.

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Longtime Rome rabbi who welcomed John Paul II dies at 99
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 3:25 pm

ROME — Elio Toaff, the longtime chief rabbi of Rome who helped set Judaism and the Catholic Church on the path to reconciliation after centuries of distrust, has died. He was 99.

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Renowned rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein dies at 81
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 8:53 am

Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein, among the most prominent rabbis in Modern Orthodoxy and the Israeli national-religious movement, died on Monday at the age of 81.

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Wednesday 04/15/2015
Updated: April 15, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Diane Marie Zorman-Jones, 69, a resident of Cape Coral, Fla., passed away Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Hope Hospice of Cape Coral. She was born May 24, 1945 in Cleveland to William and Betty Deckman, now deceased.

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Updated: April 15, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Itzak Zvi Zamir, a 40-year resident of Greater Cleveland, died April 9, 2015, in Tucson, Ariz. He was 92.

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Updated: April 15, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Eugene Wolsky of Beachwood passed away in Cleveland on April 2, 2015 at age 81. Eugene was born Jan. 19, 1934 and lived in Cleveland his entire life. He attended John Marshall High School and The Ohio State University. He worked at Magnus Distribution Center and belonged to the Jewish Community Center men’s club.

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Updated: April 15, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Vicki Margolis passed away on April 13, 2015. She was 50.

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Updated: April 15, 2015 - 10:24 pm

Frederick “Fred” T. Stein, 80, of Shaker Heights, passed away April 4, 2015 in Cleveland. Fred was born in Cleveland Jan. 19, 1935. He graduated from Heights High School in 1954 and from The Ohio State University in 1957, and he received his master’s degree in education from Kent State University in 1992.

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Updated: April 15, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Evelyn Litt (nee Simon), 87, of Chicago, died on April 12, 2015. Evelyn was born at Mt. Sinai Hospital on Aug. 12, 1927 and lived in the Cleveland area most of her life. She was the youngest child of Frank and Edna Simon (nee Paley).

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Updated: April 15, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Ted Fisher, 91, died April 9, 2015 in Atlanta, Ga. Ted was born in Cleveland. He graduated from University School and attended Cornell University. He was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Guam.

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Bonder, Evelyn Darnovsky
Updated: April 20, 2015 - 4:11 pm

Evelyn Darnovsky Bonder, who worked as a legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Howard Metzenbaum, passed away April 15, 2015. She was 96.

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Updated: April 15, 2015 - 5:08 pm

Born July 14, 1925 to Samuel and Anna Cohen in Cleveland. Married Henry Bernbaum in 1946. Died April 8, 2015.

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Monday 04/13/2015
Klein, Florence
Posted: April 13, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Florence Klein (nee Garfinkel) died April 1, 2015 in Boca Raton, Fla. She was 93.

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Wednesday 04/08/2015
Goldberg, Grace
Updated: April 08, 2015 - 10:38 am

Grace Goldberg (nee Greenberg), 77, died March 31, 2015 in Cleveland.

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Tuesday 04/07/2015
Lapine, Charles Francis
Updated: April 07, 2015 - 3:59 pm

Charles Francis "Chuck" Lapine, 78, died April 6, 2015, at home in Oak Park, Ill., following three years of declining health.

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Miller, Bernice G.
Posted: April 07, 2015 - 3:16 pm

Bernice G. Miller, 98, passed away on April 3, 2015.

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Friday 04/03/2015
Garson, Cynthia L.
Updated: April 03, 2015 - 8:44 am

Loving mother of Jason and Scott Garson; beloved wife of the late Kenneth Garson; cherished daughter of the late Bernard and Nellie Christafano; dearest daughter-in-law of Mary and the late Ralph Garson.

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Wednesday 04/01/2015
Rothman, Lawrence
Updated: April 02, 2015 - 8:29 am

Lawrence Rothman passed away April 1. He was 91.

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Updated: April 01, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Abe C. Kochman died peacefully March 27, 2015, in Cleveland after a sudden brief decline. He was 97.

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Tuesday 03/31/2015
Singer, Gerson
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Gerson H. Singer, 74, of York, Pa., passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2015.

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Overbeke, Shirlee
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 1:48 pm

Shirlee Overbeke (nee Greenwald) passed away peacefully March 28, 2015. She was 91.

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Boninger, Lonnie J.
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Lonnie J. Boninger, 82, of Pittsburgh, passed away March 23, 2015. Beloved wife of 30 years of Walter B. Boninger. Loving mother of Rick Stern and the late Noel Stern. Beloved sister of Michele Braverman and Grandma Nanny to six of the Boninger clan – Jason, Nathan, Joey, Eli, Alisa and Talia, respectively the children of Ron and Patty Boninger, Michael and Judy Boninger and David and Faith Boninger. Lonnie’s lifetime artistic prowess is legendary. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, Lonnie worked as an illustrator at the American Greetings Company in Cleveland Ohio, was a freelance artist, and was the Cultural Arts Director at the Cleveland Jewish Community Center. Her love of culture, history and Judaica is reflected in her later textile works. An avid zoo-goer, the elephants were her love. Services were held at Temple Sinai, 5505 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill on March 25. Memorial contributions to Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry, care of JF&CS, 5743 Bartlett St., Pittsburgh, PA 15217. Make checks payable to Squirrel Hill Community Food Pantry. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc. schugar.com

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Kandel, Marilyn V.
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 1:50 pm

Marilyn V. Kandel, 77, died in Lyndhurst on March 23 and was buried at Bet Olam Cemetery in Beachwood on March 25. Born in Cleveland in 1937 to Ruth and Emanuel Kandel (both deceased), she attended Martha Lloyd Community Services in Troy, Pa. and for the past 25 years lived at Our Lady of the Wayside in Avon.

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Oscar, Nathan
Posted: March 31, 2015 - 1:46 pm

Nathan Oscar, who devoted a lifetime of service to B’nai Jeshurun Congregation in Pepper Pike and its predecessor, Temple on the Heights in Cleveland Heights, passed away March 23, 2015, in Aurora. He was 91.

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Monday 03/30/2015
Tony winner and Neil Simon director Gene Saks dies at 93
Updated: March 30, 2015 - 3:33 pm

NEW YORK — Gene Saks, a prolific actor-director who teamed with playwright and fellow New Yorker Neil Simon on hit Broadway and movie productions of such Simon comedies as "The Odd Couple" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs," has died. He was 93.

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Wednesday 03/25/2015
Stein, Paul
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 11:18 am

Paul S. Stein, 92, passed away March 20, 2015. He lived in Cleveland all his life and attended Glenville High School.

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Volk, Judith
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:19 am

Judith Volk passed away March 17, 2015 at age 93.

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Tavens, Suzanne Joy
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:20 am

Suzanne Joy Tavens, 54, of Lyndhurst, cherished daughter of Lester Tavens and Gayle VanSyckle (deceased), passed away March 21, 2015. Dearest sister of David Tavens (Marsha), Renee Hamidi (Cyrus), Diane Wilkoff (Ross) and Daniel Tavens (Katie). Aunt Suzi to Esmail, Nathan and Jacob Hamidi, Anna, Tzvi, Dalia and Yael Wilkoff and Hannah and Sydney Tavens. An instant friend and inspiration to all who knew her, Suzanne lived life proving that no challenge was too great.

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Golder, Evalynn
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:16 am

Evalynn Golder (nee Finger), age 90, died peacefully at her home in Shaker Heights on March 21, 2015.

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Cole, Carlyn
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:15 am

Carlyn Cole (nee Remick) passed away Sunday March 22, 2015, at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living in Beachwood. She was 90.

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Heller, Rita Mae
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:17 am

Rita Mae Heller (nee Simon) passed away peacefully March 15, 2015, at her home in San Diego. She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Irving Heller; her two children, Judy Linden and Neil Heller, and their spouses; and five grandchildren.

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Simon, Sam
Updated: March 25, 2015 - 9:18 am

Sam Simon of Davie, Fla., passed away Saturday, March 14, 2015, at age 83.

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Tuesday 03/24/2015
Schneider, Howard B.
Updated: March 24, 2015 - 12:21 pm

Howard B. Schneider, 88, beloved husband of Nancy for 62 years; loving father of Scott (Joan) Schneider and Laura Marks Maggied, who predeceased him, died at his home in Beachwood on March 18. He was the proud grandfather of Stephanie, Steven and Emma Schneider and Daniel (Lindsey) Marks.

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Friday 03/20/2015
Posen, Shelley
Updated: March 23, 2015 - 10:01 am

Shelley Posen of Melbourne, Fla., died March 19, 2015, in Melbourne. She was 65.

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Thursday 03/19/2015
Green, Joseph
Updated: March 20, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Dr. Joseph Green, 98, died March 16, 2015, in Westlake. He was the loving husband of Sylvia Cohen (deceased); cherished father of Dr. Laura Green Stout (deceased) and Cynthia Green; honored father-in-law of Dr. David Stout; and beloved grandfather of Jonathan Stout.

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Furst, Marilyn J.
Posted: March 19, 2015 - 10:50 am

Marilyn J. Furst (nee Feiner) died several days prior to her 79th birthday, which was on St. Patrick’s Day. She was born on March 17, 1936 and graduated from Cleveland Heights High School. She attended Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Art. Marilyn worked with her husband in their business, S&M Sales. Marilyn had a smile for everyone, and her smile would light up the room. She had compassion and cared about people.

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