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David T. Zussman

May 5, 2021

David T. Zussman passed away at his residence in Chestnut Hill surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, May 5, 2021. He was 90 years old. Born in Boston to the late Irving and Jeannette (Rubin) Zussman. He was a leader and pioneer in residential and commercial real estate. He founded Creative Builders which became Boston Development Group (BDG) in 1956. He was the first to convert apartments into condominiums. He won ten national awards for excellence in design, construction and development. In 1975 Mr. Zussman created First General Realty Corp., a management and leasing company that manages Boston Development Group’s diverse portfolio of buildings. His firm has developed, constructed, marketed and managed apartments, condominiums, offices, hotels, senior communities and retail spaces along the East Coast of the United States from Buffalo, NY to Florida. Mr. Zussman graduated Lawrence Academy and he received his BA in economics from Tufts University. He attended graduate school at NYU School of Business and Harvard University School of Design.
Mr. Zussman served as President of The National Kidney Foundation and served on the Board of Overseers at Tufts University and The Presidents Circle at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. He established The Social and Emotional Learning Alliance at the Tisch School at Tufts University. In addition to Dana Farber, his philanthropy included Mass General Hospital and Morse Geriatric in Palm Beach, FL.
He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 64 years, Randi (Kliger) Zussman,  his daughters Debbie Peck and her husband David, Jodie Zussman, and Amy Pates and her husband Chris. He is also survived by his grandchildren Alexis, Cole, Jake, Charlie, Lauren, Lindsey, Haley, and his great- grandchildren Skye and Zion. He was the brother of the late Arlene “Sis” Barrow.
Mr. Zussman was a mentor and a friend to many. His legacy will live on to those he touched.
Services will be private. Remembrances in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284.

 

 

 

 

 

Miriam London

May 2, 2021

Miriam London, age 90, of South Dartmouth, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Sunday, May 2.

Miriam was born in New Bedford, the daughter of the late Jenny and Morris Handler. One of 11 children, she remained close to her siblings throughout her life. She was happily married twice. Her first husband was Stanley Gilbert, whose sudden death at 37 left her to raise their three sons alone. Her second husband was District Court Judge Jack London, who died in 1996 after 25 years with Miriam.

She lived a long and active life, and, as her friends and family knew so well, she was remarkably strong. She pushed through tragedies, including the deaths of both parents in the same weekend when she was 15, with courage and determination. She was also armed with a great sense of humor, as well as a solid golf swing. She loved her morning coffee crowd, and her regular dinners with dear friends.

Miriam is survived by three sons, James, David, and Matthew, son-in-law Thomas McNaught, and two step-daughters, Martha Nephew and Joan Orlofsky. She remained close to her devoted –brother-in-law Harvey Mickelson and sisters-in-law Lois Handler and Selma Handler, and many, many loving nieces and nephews.

A service will be held on Tuesday, May 4, at Tifereth Israel Synagogue at 11 a.m. Masks are required. Visiting hours are at Miriam’s home on Tuesday and Wednesday from 3-8 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Miriam’s memory may be made to Tifereth Israel Synagogue, c/o the Handler Family Endowment Fund, 145 Brownell Ave., New Bedford, MA 02740.

 

Susan F. Cole

May 1, 2021

Susan Frances Cole

Born August 4, 1948

Died May 1, 2021

Wife to David Eisen, principal at Abacus Architects & Planners in Boston. Mother to Ben Eisen, a reporter at The Wall Street Journal in New York. Mother-in-law to Emily Cohn, deputy editor in chief at Insider in New York. Sister to Stuart Cole, a retired opthamologist in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA.

She grew up mainly in Macon, Georgia, the daughter of a school-teacher mother and a bacteriologist father who later opened a local toy store. Her childhood in the Deep South when schools were still segregated sparked her passion for a more just education system.

She moved north to finish college, then became a special education teacher. After getting a law degree, she worked for a nonprofit now known as Massachusetts Advocates for Children, representing kids who had been expelled from the Boston Public Schools. A common theme emerged through her work in the ’90s: Many of the kids experienced trauma outside of school, such as homelessness or domestic abuse, and that impacted their ability to focus in school. Thus began her life’s work trying to make the public school system more attuned to these issues.

In 2004, she started the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative in partnership with Harvard Law School and Massachusetts Advocates for Children. She and her team trained students to handle legal casework related to school expulsions, worked with schools to adopt new practices, pushed for legislative change and published three books on trauma’s impact on education.

Her expertise took her all over the world, speaking to and working with educators about how to make schools sensitive to trauma. Her pioneering work in Massachusetts has gained more national attention recently as legislators and school administrators around the county focus on childhood trauma.

Donations in Susan’s memory may be made to Steven Oliveira, Dean for Development & Alumni Relations, Harvard Law School, 1563 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138. On the memo line please note, “Susan Cole/Trauma & Learning Policy Initiative.” Donations can also be made online at hls.harvard.edu/give Under “Select a Fund” choose “Other” and please type in, “In Memory of Susan Cole/Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative.”

Live stream link to view the graveside for Susan:

https://www.harborview.live

Lois B. Oxman

April 30, 2021

Lois B. Oxman 6/3/39- 4/30/2021

“Mrs. O,” Lois, Mom, “Grandmom,” you touched so many people throughout your life. You were a teacher through and through and that part of you shined through decades of teaching, first as an elementary teacher in Philadelphia and then as a lunch lady, an aide for hearing impaired students and finally as a Special Ed teacher in the Newton Public School System. Your intensive work on political campaigns throughout our childhood impressed upon both of us the importance of being involved in our communities, and the friendships you forged made our small family of 3 feel so much larger. You were a friend and mother figure to even our friends, an amazing mom, and a wonderful grandmom to Jackson, Ethan, Carlos, and Alejandro.

You put so much passion into everything you did, and fought tooth and nail for what you believed in.  You taught us to be strong, independent women, independent thinkers (much to your chagrin at times) and that if we put our mind to it, we can get it done. Thank you, Mom, for your love and guidance, we will love you forever.  Rest in peace now.

Lois leaves behind her two brothers, Marc and Allan, her two daughters Robin and Debbie, her two sons-in-law Daniel and Jim and three of her four grandsons, Jackson, Ethan and Carlos. Ale now has grandmom all to himself.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Stillbrave Childhood Cancer Foundation, 145 Whites Landing Rd., Linden, VA 22642 or The Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF), 360 W. Schick Rd., Suite 23, #211, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 or Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, 111 Presidential Blvd., Suite 203, Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004.

Herbert Lewis Slade

April 29, 2021

SLADE, Herbert Lewis, April 29, 2021.  Beloved husband of Carol.  Devoted father of Frederic (Janet), Lawrence and Audrey (John) and proud grandfather of Alexander (Rachel), Lesley (Brett) and James.

Services are private.  Donations in his memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Barry Steinberg

April 27, 2021

Barry Steinberg of Boston, MA, passed away after a long battle with prostate cancer on April 27th, 2021. He was 75 years old.

Barry was born in Port Chester, NY in 1945 to Pearl and Meyer Steinberg. He graduated Port Chester High in 1963 and completed two years of college before being drafted into the Army, serving in Thailand during the Vietnam conflict. After his service,  Barry began a lifelong career in the auto business, initially working for Duddy Kravitz at Duddy’s Tire. In 1974, he partnered with his friend, Albee Stone, founding Direct Tire and Auto Service in Watertown. After six months he bought Albee’s share and they remained lifelong friends. Barry went on to build one of the most well-known businesses in the Boston area, specializing in high-end custom wheels and winning over customers with great service, echoing his father’s motto: “the customer is always right.”  Direct Tire grew to five locations, earning the distinction of receiving the first-ever “Tire Dealer of the Year” by Modern Tire Dealer Magazine, and made Inc. Magazine’s list of “26 Most Interesting Entrepreneurs” for helping to initiate the National Retail Tire Network, a trade group that turned competitors into peers. An advocate for the small business community, Barry helped drive the “Right to Repair Act” into law.

In the 80’s, Barry’s clever marketing phrases, “We’ll Fix It So It Brakes” and “We’ll Brake, Shock & Exhaust You” became hallmarks on Mass Pike billboards. Anyone listening to the radio in Boston was familiar with Barry’s trademark voice touting ads for “Dye-Rect Tire”. Barry broke the mold by working with the Department of Corrections Work Release Program, giving former inmates a chance at employment and livelihood. He was a strong believer in mentoring and training young men and women, folding them into his Direct Tire family, which earned him fierce loyalty over four decades. Many of his friends’ kids got their first job at Direct Tire, including his own three sons.

Support for the community was also close to Barry’s heart. He spearheaded charitable drives for the Boston Food Bank, the Jimmy Fund, Boston Children’s Hospital, as well as Watertown High Robotics Team and Peabody Little League. Barry was a well-known fixture in the Boston area, rarely going out on the town without running into a customer or friend. Barry was the person you called when you were in a jam or just needed advice. He was a hero to his four kids, and it wasn’t just because he doled out free ski lift and concert tickets. He always put everyone else’s needs before his own. Barry had a great sense of humor, and even as a child, he loved entertaining people and making them laugh. He was always a gentleman and positive role model. Up until the end, he maintained a positive outlook on life.

Barry’s greatest passion was his family.  During the blizzard of ‘78, Barry met his beloved wife and best friend, Penny, sparking a 41-year marriage that was the epitome of a joyful, loving, respectful relationship. They shared a love of travel, fine dining (always sitting at the bar!) and a blended family that included his two children – Jason and Matthew and Penny’s – Dan and Sara.  When the grandkids came along, they stole Barry’s heart.  His most treasured moments were time spent with Miranda, Gabriel, Isabella, Claire, Noah, and Logan at the family lake house in Jaffrey, New Hampshire. Swimming, boating, fishing, treehouse building — so many great times over the years. Barry’s happy place was driving his boat at top speed on Thorndike Pond. Then he would cut the motor, sit back with a martini, and watch the sun set behind Mt. Monadnock.

Barry is survived by his wife, four children, and six grandchildren.

Due to Covid, graveside service and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barry’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln or Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Harriet (Shanker) Walter

April 25, 2021

Harriet (Shanker) Walter, 79, of Lake Worth, FL, formerly of Sharon, MA, passed away on April 25, 2021. Harriet was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and cousin. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Joseph, whom she met when they were in elementary school. She valued her family, community, and her Jewish faith. She was a leader of many organizations including Hadassah, Temple Israel of Sharon, and Brandeis Women. In addition to her husband Joseph, she is survived by her sister Carol Needleman of Newport, VT, and her children Richard and Risa Walter of Atlanta, GA, and Bradley and Alison Walter of Providence, RI. She is predeceased by her oldest son Barry Walter who passed away in 2011 and her beloved parents Bob and Rose Shanker. Her greatest joy was her seven grandchildren: Andrew, Rose, Forrest, Rene, Mira, Ivy and Bentzi Walter, who loved spending time with their Bubbie.

Zona Hoffman

April 25, 2021

Zona Hoffman passed peacefully on April 25, 2021 surrounded by her husband of 56 years and four daughters.

Born on June 10, 1937 in Los Angeles, CA to Zeone (Noah) and Joseph Alonzo Howard, she spent her high school years swimming competitively in Florida and spent her summers at the family resort in Wisconsin.

After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she moved to Boston, MA where, while working
as a graphic designer, she met the love of her life, Martin B. Hoffman, on a blind date. Together, they enjoyed traveling
and gathering with friends, proudly raised their four daughters and cherished time spent with their grandchildren.

Zona is survived by her beloved husband, Martin Hoffman, of Needham, MA, loving daughters Leah Morris and her husband John of Wellesley, MA; Ilene Hoffman and George B. Rogers of Hillsborough, CA; Jeryl Golub and her husband Jeff of Bellaire, TX; Miriam Tinkham and her husband Brian of Studio City, CA; grandchildren Taylor, Callen, Bennett, Lawson and Layne Morris, Orly, Olivia and Asher Golub, along with many nieces, nephews and their families. She leaves behind a legacy of love and family who will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Zona’s memory may be made to Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. https://spauldingrehab.org

Elaine Karlin

April 21, 2021

KARLIN, ELAINE entered into rest on April 21, 2021 on Bay Harbor Islands, Florida. Burial took place at Sharon Memorial Park in Sharon, Massachusetts.

Elaine was the daughter of the late Ruth and Abe Blaustein. She is survived by her husband Mark, sister Deanna (Ted) Spielberg, niece Alissa (Sean O’Donnell) Spielberg, sister-in-law Laurie Wolin, devoted nurse TaTa Jefferson, and numerous cousins and lifelong friends.

Mark will be sitting shiva at his New York residence on Friday, April 30, from 2-7 pm and Sunday-Wednesday, May 2-5, from 2-7 pm.
Elaine attended the prestigious Hunter College high school in New York City.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hunter College High School Alumnae/-i Association Gifts can be made online here: https://www.hchsaa.org/donate and in the comments box donors can indicate that the gift is in Elaine’s memory, or they can be mailed to:

Hunter College High School Alumnae/i Association
Hunter College East, Room 1313B
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065

Or Feed More WNY at:

Feedmore  WNY Foundation

PO Box 5163 Buffalo, NY 14240

 

 

Susan (Talent) Hellerman

April 20, 2021

Hellerman, Susan (Talent), died on April 20, 2021 in Chevy Chase, MD. Formerly of Chicago and New York, an avid storyteller, equestrian, and music lover with a wicked sense of humor. Beloved wife of the late Don V. Hellerman, M.D.  Devoted mother of John Hellerman (Stephanie) and the late Brett Hellerman (Coleen). Proud grandmother of Alissa, Jack, Mark, Julianna, and Klee. Dear aunt of Debra Haluska and the late Lloyd Marcus. Proud great-aunt of Danny Haluska and Frank Haluska. Survived by her loving sister Sheila Rubin (Harvey) and many dear siblings. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA on Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to to Jewish War Veterans, 1811 R Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.

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