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Eric Michael Falzon

November 24, 2020

FALZON, Eric Michael, of Auburndale, 52, passed away November 16, 2020. Beloved son of Susan Jane Leah Rubin. Devoted husband of Dewan Renee (Lewis) Falzon. Loving father of Tevin, Aaron, and Madison. Cherished nephew of Naomi Rubin. Dear brother-in-law of Clyde Lewis III. Dear brother of Daniel, Jessica and Tina. Pre-deceased by father Joseph C. Falzon, grandparents Ruth and Leon Rubin.  Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his family Eric has left behind countless friends, colleagues and young people who loved, respected and admired him. Eric was never without a smile, warmth and steadfast support for everyone he encountered.  His legacy, through the lives he touched, is vast.

Eric was born in New York City and re-located with his Mom in 1973 to the Boston area. He is a 1986 graduate of Brookline High School, where he played on the football team for four years.  He played in both the Agannis All-Star Football Game and the Shriners All-Star HS Football Game in 1986.  He earned a BS from Springfield College in 1991.

Private services were held. Donations in his memory may be sent “In loving memory of Eric Falzon, father of alumni Tevin, Aaron, Madison” to No Books No Ball, Orchard Gardens Middle School, 906 Albany St, Boston, MA 02119; Venmo@nobooksnoball or John M Barry Boys and Girls Club of Newton, 675 Watertown Street, Newton, MA 02460.

 

 

Bernard “Bernie” Wolfson

November 23, 2020

Wolfson, Bernard Age 92, of Waltham and formerly Newton, Nov. 22, 2020. Beloved husband of Rita. Loving father of Jane and her late husband, Bill Mitchell, Deb Squires and her husband Jim. Adored Papa to Billy Mitchell and Sam Squires. Cherished brother of Dorothy (Wolfson) Steinberg and the late Irma (Wolfson) Berg. Son of the late Meyer and Celia Wolfson. Uncle to many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews.

Bernie was raised in Revere, where he developed a circle of lifelong, dear friends. He proudly served in the army at the end of WWII, stationed in Italy. Following his return he graduated from the New England College of Pharmacy. He was the owner of Wolfson’s Pharmacy in Beachmont for over 25 years before selling his store and working for Walgreens until his retirement 20 years ago.

Bernie was a trusted and treasured friend who will be remembered for his quick wit, warm smile, generous nature and kind heart. He loved travel, dining out, movies, theater, spending time at the Cape, golf, the Red Sox and all activities involving family and friends. His wife Rita, whom he met on a blind date, was the center of his world for 59 years. He was a devoted husband, father, papa and son who valued family above all.

Due to Covid, burial will be private with a celebration of his life to be held when we can all gather safely together. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be made to the Learning Prep School c/o Business Office 1507 Washington St.,  Newton, MA 02465 or Dana Farber Cancer Institute PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

 

Harriet Smookler Hyman

November 19, 2020

Hyman, Harriet (Smookler), of Newton, formerly of Sharon, MA, passed away on November 19, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Richard M. Hyman. Devoted mother of Joshua Hyman and his wife Felicia, and Andrew Hyman and his wife Sara Heal. Cherished grandmother of Julianne Sarah Hyman, Hillary Dori Hyman, Reid William Hyman, and Polly Suzanne Hyman. Loving sister of David Smookler and his wife Debbie, Sugar Smookler Howar, and Jake Hyman and his wife Irene. Due to current restrictions, funeral service will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Harriet’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452. https://www.alz.org/manh

 

Alan H. Okstein

November 16, 2020

Okstein, Alan H., died on Nov. 15, 2020 at the age of 85. Predeceased by his wife Sheila (Elliott) Okstein, he leaves their children Sarabeth Okstein and Lawrence Okstein, daughter-in-law Lisa Beatty, grandchildren Shelby and Daniel, his wife of fourteen years, Karen, her two sons Michael and Joe Procaccini, and brother-in-law Chris Anderson. He also leaves his sister and brother-in-law Marlene and Arthur Swotinsky, their children Lisa, Amy, and Debra, and their families. Burial will be private. Donations may be made to Department of MA,  Marine Corp League, State House Rm. 545, Boston, Mass. 02133.

“Out of the past, a mentor’s voice” news article by Joe Fitzgerald

Kenneth Barry Green

November 14, 2020

Kenneth Barry Green of Needham, MA, passed away surrounded by his loving family on November 14, 2020, after a year-long struggle with pancreatic cancer. He was a proud, loving, and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, nephew, and friend. An avid golfer, he died while the Masters played in the background, as all who loved him would have expected.

Born and raised in Newton, MA, he was the loving son of the late Esther and Lawrence Green.  He is survived by his wife Chris of Needham (by way of Lima, Peru), by their daughter Andrea Pogorek and her husband, Brian of Hudson, MA, and by their daughter Erica Newman and her husband Brandon of Chattanooga, TN. He was also a doting grandfather of Erica and Brandon’s children, Henry and Lydia; his proud Facebook posts of his grandchildren were unrivalled.

Kenny was a loving older brother to Howard Green, who survives him, along with sister-in-law Elizabeth Green, and sister-in-law Patricia Varón. He was the beloved uncle of three nieces and a nephew, Emily, Laura, Shannah and Isaac.

A graduate of Babson College, Kenny spent much of his career at Filene’s Basement, serving as a buyer and Vice President of several women’s departments until his retirement. He most recently was employed by Tournament Promotions, through which he set up charity golf events for non-profit organizations throughout the United States.

Kenny was an athlete and sports enthusiast. Some of his favorite lifelong memories were forged on the ball fields of Newton and at Camp Cedar in Casco, ME, where he excelled in all sports, especially water skiing, and where he made lifelong friends, who have been “drinking a highball” to him from all over the country during this last year.

In addition to the great pride he took in his family, his proudest accomplishments were at The Haven Country Club in Boylston, MA, where he spent much of the last two decades, serving on the Board and as Membership Chair. Though he loved to socialize at the club, he also loved to compete, and together with his golf partner, he won numerous tournaments and awards. Kenny golfed until just weeks before his passing surrounded by his numerous, devoted friends.

Private graveside services will be held at Or Emet Cemetery in compliance with COVID protocols. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

Charlotte Kirshner

November 14, 2020

Kirshner, Charlotte (Adler), of Newton, MA on November 14, 2020. Born in Medford, MA September 9, 1921. Beloved wife of the late Sidney Kirshner. Devoted mother of Leslie Pearlstein and her husband Arthur, Audree Dyson and her husband Bob, and Niki Pugach and her husband Sam. Cherished grandmother of Rachel Raifman, Naomi Leon, Rebecca Baizen and her husband Andrew, Alex Dyson and his wife Jen, Meredith Dyson and her partner Sasha Veljanov, Jill Lewis and her husband Ben, Emily Pugach and her husband Jason Magida. Proud great grandmother of Spencer Raifman, Ava Baizen, Lila & Ari Magida, Sophie Lewis, and Elodie Dyson. Predeceased by siblings Pearl Weiner, Jack (Sonny) Adler, Irving Adler and Charles (Buddy) Adler. Survived by sister-in-law Wayne Adler (Irving) and many nieces and nephews. Also remembered by special cousin Frances Ross. Our heartfelt thanks to her caregivers Ruth Nalugya, Georgia’s Girls, and Nurse Nancy from Good Shepherd.

Charlotte was above all devoted to family, a true matriarch. In addition, she was a good friend, mentor, confidant, good listener, superb hostess, professional volunteer, avid bridge player, golfer, amateur thespian, charming, compassionate, witty, a fighter, a people person, romantic, and gave great hugs. Charlotte will live on in the hearts of many.

Charlotte was a force of nature – if she wanted something to happen, she gave her all to make it happen. Her most intense focus was family. In her childhood days, her own family took care of cousins and other family members. In her adult years, she was devoted to her mother in her declining years and always helped out her siblings in their times of need. As one of 5 siblings, she hosted all the families for the holidays, often with parties of 40 or more spilling through the house. Marathon Day parties were legendary. She was supportive of all her children’s endeavors, selling Audree’s jewelry at craft shows, working bingo at Leslie’s temple, supporting Niki’s work with animals and hospice. She continued with her grandchildren, roller skating with them, providing Apple Jacks during sleepovers (when sugary cereals were not allowed at home), sharing her home with them when they needed it, and supporting great grandson Spencer’s Chronic Zebra Foundation. She volunteered at schools, chaperoned trips, led brownie/girl scout groups. She shared her home with beloved cousin Franny for many years at various times. She always said her three daughters brought her three sons, they were that precious to her.

Charlotte was equally devoted to friends. One friend tells of how, after a grueling surgery, Charlotte came and took care of her, telling her husband “I’ve got this. Do what you have to do” so he could keep working. Many have commented that when they had problems, they would talk it out with her and find a solution. Many of her friends were younger, and she had no trouble keeping up with them! Everyone, friend and relative alike, raved about her hugs.

Her mind never stopped. If there was an issue, she analyzed it from every angle. Even in her last weeks, in the midst of her own pain and discomfort, she spent one night worrying about her granddaughter’s new apartment and where the emergency exit would be if she needed it. She certainly never gave up on trying to improve the quality of her own life. Right to the end she was searching for a solution to her own problems, finding a doctor who would have the key to fix what ailed her, combing through catalogues for things that might make her life more comfortable or easier.

Charlotte was a romantic, and loved a good love story. She was supportive of all couples, as long as they were in love, starting when her own daughter wanted to marry someone from outside the faith, even promising to ‘sneak out of the house’ to attend the wedding if necessary. It carried through to some of her granddaughters as well. She was accepting of all people.
Vanity thy name is Charlotte. She always cared about her looks. The last trips out of the house other than doctors’ appointments were to the hair and nail salons. In her final hospital stay, when the nurse complimented her on her nails, she said ‘oh, no, they’re shabby, they need to be done’. In her weakest moments, she insisted her hair be combed, and one loyal aide helped her with lipstick and blush. She looked beautiful right to the end.

She loved to be needed. After becoming a widow in her seventies, she became a school volunteer in Florida, helping out in a classroom for many years with a teacher who became a personal friend. In the last few years, her love of bridge, combined with her need to be needed, led her to become a mentor in her daughter’s bridge group. Again the girls, much younger than she, valued her skills and warmth.
She was an enthusiastic amateur thespian, participating in plays and reviews in temple and country clubs over the years. Her performance as Lola in Damn Yankees was one perfectly suited to her, and brought her acclaim from all who saw it.
She grew up poor, but claimed she didn’t know she was poor because they were happy. She supported causes that were important to her, becoming a member of Brandeis National Committee as soon as it was formed, was a volunteer for Israel Bonds, held many volunteer positions in temple sisterhood and her country clubs.

Due to current restrictions, services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brandeis National Committee Honoring our History Campaign (www.brandeis.edu/bnc) or Good Shepherd Community Care (www.gscommunitycare.org).

To view service click here: https://vimeo.com/481033388/bc9f953919

Samuel Brooks

November 10, 2020

We are deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Samuel on November 10, 2020, from complications of heart disease.  Devoted husband of forty-nine years to Linda, loving father to Adam and Sarah, father-in-law to Andrew and Whitney and adoring grandfather to Toby Samuel and Evelyn Rose.  Sam leaves his devoted brother, Burt, dear cousins and in-laws, and many friends and colleagues. A private graveside service will be held this week.

Born in Boston in 1939 and raised in Newton, Sam was a 1963 graduate of Boston University.  In addition to his beloved family, he leaves many dear friends and former colleagues from his successful fifty-five year career in business and real estate.  In 1989, Sam helped design his award winning “green” office building, the first of its kind in Watertown.   Always hardworking and innovative, Sam was the Founder and President of the New England Building Wreckers Association/ Environmental Remediation Specialists, from 2005-2019.

Sam loved his work and embodied the self-made man, self- taught and knowledgeable in many areas; construction, demolition, engineering, finance, architecture, law and more.  His skilled hands and innate problem solving ability defined his famous “hobby” –the ability to “fix” anything, broken or not!

Facing retirement, Sam’s greatest regret was dismantling his much loved demolition company “Edifice Wrecks”.  From hundreds of demolished buildings, he collected architectural antiques and treasures, which were stored and sold in a large warehouse (or brought home). Sam’s favorite expression was:  “I never worked a day in my life!”  He reluctantly retired at age 75.

Alav-ha-shalom…may peace be upon him.

Sam will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Remembrances may be sent to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284, Boston Children’s Hospital Trust, Attn: Gift Services, 401 Park Dr., Suite 602, Boston, MA 02115  or charity a of your choice.

Lorraine R. (Cooper) Tobin

November 10, 2020

Lorraine R. (Cooper) Tobin,  91 of Brookline, MA. Wife of the late Daniel Tobin, Beloved mother of Herbert of Needham,  Rhonda Davis and her husband Howard of Sharon and Stuart and his wife LeAnn of Baltimore.  Grandmother of Rachel Monn and her husband Matthew,  Adam Tobin and his fiancée Nora Conklin, Scott Davis and his wife Lindsay, Emma Hensley and her husband Henry, and Ethan Tobin.  Great Grandmother of Noah Monn and Blake Davis. Loving  sister of Thelma Shuman, Howard Cooper,  the late David Cooper and Loving aunt to several nieces and nephews.

Lorraine loved reading, playing bridge with friends and teaching her grandchildren to master scrabble and card games.  She enjoyed a discussion on local and national politics as well as scoring a bargain at Filenes and the Star Market.

A private family service will be held.

Donations may be made to the Carroll Center for the Blind, 770 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458.

Dr. Kosta Tsipis

November 10, 2020

Written by Bryan Marquad Boston Globe November 10,2020

A curious boy who gazed at the stars from his mountainside Greek village and wondered how the universe came to be, Kosta Tsipis was only 11 when news arrived that the first atomic weapon had been dropped on Hiroshima, Japan.

“After the bomb went off, I sent away for a book because I wanted to understand it,” he told the Globe in 1987. That moment set him on a course toward studying nuclear physics and becoming a prominent voice for disarmament during the Cold War arms race. “I had come to believe that reason must prevail,” he said, and for him, that meant using his knowledge of the destructive capability of nuclear weapons to persuade politicians and ordinary people that a war of that magnitude was a dangerous folly.

Dr. Tsipis, who formerly directed the Program in Science and Technology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for International Security, died at home Saturday in Lasell Village in Newton after a period of declining health. He was 86 and had previously lived in Brookline for many years.

“So great are the excesses of the era of nuclear overkill that the American and Soviet strategic nuclear arsenals can be reduced by 50 percent — and more — without risking security,” he wrote in a 1988 op-ed for The New York Times. “Political, military, and psychological reasons strongly point toward the wisdom of reductions.”

Along with writing books and essays that appeared in publications such as the Times, the Globe, and Scientific American, Dr. Tsipis traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby US senators, representatives, and officials of President Ronald Reagan’s administration.

During an era when that administration’s Strategic Defense Initiative — the “Star Wars” missile defense system — was much in the news, Dr. Tsipis published his book “Arsenal:

He offered a “layman’s primer on America’s present and planned nuclear arsenal,” reviewer Sue Halpern wrote in the Times.

“Writing from a scientific, not a political, perspective and drawing on unclassified government documents,” Halpern added, “Mr. Tsipis addresses vital questions: How, theoretically, does the hardware work? What are its vulnerabilities? Will it work in practice? Does it enhance American security?”

And his research ranged beyond weapons to the havoc they would wreak.

Dr. Tsipis was the lead author for “Nuclear Crash,” an MIT study that was based partly on four years of computer simulations of the consequences of nuclear attacks. The study found that a limited attack on the United States by only 1 percent of the nuclear arsenal of what was then the Soviet Union would set off a decades-long collapse of America’s economy and lead to mass starvation.

An attack aimed at energy production, transportation, and other key industries could leave survivors at “near-medieval levels of existence,” said the study, which was released in 1987.

“Ours is the first study to be quantitative on the minimum needed for so-called mutual assured destruction,” he told the Globe that year.

Dr. Tsipis “was very much in a tradition that had been established, especially at Harvard and MIT, of scientists — especially physicists — getting involved with issues regarding defense and disarmament,” said Fred Kaplan, who had been one of his students at MIT and later was the Globe’s defense reporter. Those scientists were not simply lobbying for arms reductions, “but were applying their fields of science to actually researching the effects of these things and ways they can be controlled,” said Kaplan, an author who is now the national security columnist for the online site Slate. “They got deeply involved with public policy, and Kosta very solidly fell into that tradition.”

An only child, Kosta M. Tsipis was born in Athens on Feb. 12, 1934, and grew up in a small village near Delphi on Mount Parnassus. His parents were Michael Kosta Tsipis, an engineer, and Zoe Alexiou.

“His life is an amazing story,” said Dr. Tsipis’s son Yanni of Westwood.

During World War II, “his parents took in a Jewish family and sheltered them,” Yanni added. “If the Germans had discovered that, they all would have been executed.”

Sitting in his MIT office during the 1987 Globe interview, Dr. Tsipis said that the “war was existentially terrorizing. It completely defied rationality.” At times, German soldiers conducted sweeps of the village, counting residents and mattresses to see if families were hiding anyone.

“I think that experience informed his whole life and forged a moral compass,” Yanni said.

After completing high school in Athens, Dr. Tsipis secured a spot at Rutgers University in New Jersey and traveled to the United States in 1954. He married Magda Yannousi, whom he met on the ship on the way over. They had a son, Mikel of Framingham, and their marriage ended in divorce.

Dr. Tsipis graduated from Rutgers with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1958 and a master’s in atomic physics in 1960. He received a doctorate in high energy nuclear physics from Columbia University in 1966 and began teaching at MIT. While there he met Judith Ebel, a graduate student in another department, and they married in 1970. After finishing her doctorate in biology at MIT, she was a biology professor at Brandeis University, where her husband also taught for about a decade after his time at MIT. “He was a wonderful loving husband,” she said.

They had two sons, including Andreas, who died in 1998 of Canavan disease, a fatal, progressive neurological disorder. The experience led Judith to found the Genetic Counseling Program at Brandeis in 1992.

“He inspired the founding of the most respected program in genetic counseling in the country that trains specialists to help people like his mother and his father,” Kosta Tsipis said in a eulogy at Andreas’s funeral. Andreas “made the lives of many people richer and their understanding broader” and he “made his family stronger and wiser,” Dr. Tsipis added. “That’s quite a list of achievements for a young man who communicated mostly with his smile.”

In addition to his wife and two sons, Dr. Tsipis leaves four grandchildren.

A celebration of his life and work will be announced.

Though Dr. Tsipis was a renowned physicist, he also “had a Greekiness about him,” his wife said. “Even though he became an American citizen, he maintained that Greekiness verve of life that was very special.”Dr. Tsipis, who was an informal adviser to George Papandreou, a former prime minister of Greece, was “a warm and passionate soul who loved life — people, food, a good tray of baklava — and always carried with him a concern for human beings that I think came from his experiences as a child,” Yanni said.

Kaplan recalled that Dr. Tsipis “was very keen on the central experiences of life in a way that you wouldn’t always expect from someone coming out of this field. He understood that the whole point of this is to build a life that is more creative and enriching.” Speaking Greek, English, French, and some Italian, Dr. Tsipis “was an amazing life force,” his wife said.

Over the door of their second home in Truro was a sign they had made with the Latin phrase hic habitat felicitas — here lives happiness.

Diane (Kleinberg) Altman

November 8, 2020

ALTMAN, Diane (Kleinberg), 81, of Weston, passed on November 8th. Beloved wife, of 61 years, to Stuart Altman; devoted mother to Beth and Scott Marcus, Renee and David Nefussy and Heather Altman and James Shortridge; proud grandmother of Taylor Nefussy, Allison and Rachel Marcus, Sydney and Leah Shortridge; loving daughter of the late Hyman and Tessie Kleinberg and sister of the late Arthur Kleinberg. Diane grew up in the Bronx, New York. In the early years of her marriage she moved frequently with her husband and family, but settled in Massachusetts for over 40 years.  In addition to her home in Weston, Diane loved her time in her homes in Tuftonboro, NH and Chapel Hill, NC.  Diane graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Psychology and worked for many years in the probation department of the Quincy District Court.  In her retirement, she enjoyed participating in the adult education programs at Brandeis and Duke universities. Diane was the happiest when spending time with her family and extended Altman and Kleinberg families. Services will be private. Donations in her memory may be made out to “Brandeis University” with “BOLLI” in the memo line, and mailed to Brandeis University, Office of Development and Alumni Relations, MS 126, PO Box 549110, Waltham, MA 02453 or online here

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