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Beatrice (Weidenfeld) Newman

August 1, 2021

Beatrice (Weidenfeld) Newman, 91 yrs, of Sharon passed on August 1, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Emanuel J. Newman. Devoted mother of Ellen Rothberg and her husband Howard, Art Newman and his wife Stacy and David Newman and his wife Sara. Cherished grandmother of Emma and Dahlia Newman, Carolyn, Emily and Sharon Newman, Darren Rothberg and Philip Rothberg and his wife Sabrina. Proud great-grandmother of Koren, Gavri and Zehava Rothberg.

Born on December 4, 1929 to David and Ida (Tobias) Weidenfeld, Beatrice grew up in Dorchester, MA with much loved siblings: Hilda, Amy and Morris. When their parents passed away early, the children, some with households of their own by then, relied on each other. Those siblings passed the love of family to their children, and it continues through the generations

Service will be held at the Temple Israel of Sharon, 125 Pond St., Sharon, MA on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 at 1:30pm. Burial will follow at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA.

Donations in Beatrice’s memory may be made to Magen David Adom or Temple Israel of Sharon.

Jane (Covitz) Greenfield

July 30, 2021

 

Jane( Covitz) Greenfield-Of Boston, on July 28,2021. Beloved wife of Arthur Greenfield. Devoted daughter of the late Ruth ( (Jacobs) and Alvan Covitz. Dear sister of David Covitz and his wife Karen, William Covitz and his wife Cathy. Dear aunt of Dr. Lynne Hardy and her husband Drew, Amy Arnold, Rabbi Mark Covitz and his wife Stacy, Robert Covitz and his wife Rabbi Stephanie Covitz, and Jeffrey Covitz and his wife Elizabeth. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park,40 Dedham St., Sharon, on Friday August 6, 2021 at 1:45pm.Please assemble behind administration building. In Lieu of flowers remembrances to The Sherrill House, 135 South Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02130.

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Howard Goldstein

July 29, 2021

Services are private. Full obituary to be posted.

Donald “Donny” Fisher

July 27, 2021

Donald “Donny” Fisher, 92, of Weston, FL, formerly of Newton Center, MA, passed away on July 27, 2021.  Beloved husband of the late Barbara A. (Sheffer) Fisher.  Devoted father to Robyn & Asaf Cohen and Lisa & Ted Niebloom.  Dear grandfather of Melissa Cohen, Ali Cohen, Adam & Brittany Cohen, Jarrod & Galit Niebloom, Joshua Niebloom, and Jacob & Talia Niebloom.  Proud great-grandfather of Basya Niebloom and Sara Niebloom.  Loving brother of Cheryl Bovarnick.

Interment will be held graveside at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 2:45 pm.  The family prefers all attendees be vaccinated.

Shiva will be held following the service until 8:00 pm at the Cohen Residence.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Donald’s memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

Ronald S. Ronkin

July 19, 2021

 

Of Wellesley, passed away July 19, 2021, at home at the age of 81, surrounded by his family. Ron is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Joanne (Hirshfield) Ronkin of 49 years, his cherished daughter, Suzanne Ronkin, and grandsons Hayden and Caleb Leone of whom he was enormously proud.  He leaves his sister, Glenda Ronkin, dear aunt, Carol Ronkin, and nieces and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents Sally (Raskin) and George Ronkin. A private Graveside Service will be held at Congregation Chai Odom Cemetery. Remembrances in memory of Ronald may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift.

 

Aaron Miller

July 16, 2021

MILLER, Aaron M., on July 16, 2021, passed away peacefully at home at the age of 92, surrounded by his family. Aaron is survived by his loving wife Charlotte (Grace) of over 70 yrs, his daughter Marcia Silverstein and husband Gary, and son Richard Miller and wife Jamie. Also survived by his grandchildren Steven Silverstein and wife Rachel, Michael Silverstein and wife Sharon, Hannah Miller and Jonah Miller. He was predeceased by his parents Tilly (Beck) and Frank Miller and siblings Henry Miller and Hilda Kasoff.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

Shirley Grodberg

July 14, 2021

Grodberg. Shirley (Merkle), of Sarasota, FL, formerly of Newton, and Worcester, MA and Cincinnati OH, passed away July 14, 2021. Beloved wife of the late Marcus Grodberg. Mother of Joel, Kim, and Jeremy Grodberg. Graveside service at B’Nai Brith Cemetery, Worcester, MA on Monday, July 19, 2021 at 2 pm. Don’t send flowers, Shirley would prefer you plant something instead.

Burton S. Silberstein

July 11, 2021

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Burton Silberstein of Chestnut Hill, MA, entered into rest on July 11, 2021, at the age of 93. He was the beloved and devoted companion of Marilyn Mades for 25 years, and the loving father of Karen and Keith Simmons of West Bloomfield, MI and Debra and Donald Silberstein of Andover, MA. He was the enormously proud “Pepa” of Ashley and Adam Wexner, Karlee and Alex Simmons and Allyson, David and Daniel Silberstein.  The greatest blessing were his two great-grandchildren, Leonard and Lewis Wexner. Burton is also survived by Marilyn’s children, Rick Mades, Mara Mades, Rebecca Dana, and Laura Mades. He was grandpa to Marilyn’s grandchildren, Ben and Matt Dana, Jackson Mades, and Andrew, Emma and Avery Mades, and great-grandchildren Maia and Eli Dana.

Burton was the devoted son of the late Rose and Louis Silberstein. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Carole Kisloff Silberstein.

Burton was born in Lynn, MA and grew to be a student athlete at Colby College in Waterville, ME, where he played baseball and basketball. He served in the military during the Korean War.  Following his return from the army, he founded Colby Footwear, which has now evolved almost 70 years later to Easy Street and is now run by his son, Donald.

Burton always had a wide circle of lifelong friends and family, and his commitment to these relationships was inspiring.  He was known for his wonderful sense of humor and he made connections with people wherever he went. He loved to play golf until he no longer could, and he enjoyed wintering in Boynton Beach, FL for many years, though Boston was always his special place.

Special thanks and gratitude to wonderful caretakers David Tugume and Godfrey Wagwekku.

Burton will be eternally missed. Funeral arrangements will be private, but can be found streaming here at 10:45 AM on Wednesday, July 14. Zoom shiva will be held Wednesday evening after burial at 7 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Carole Kisloff Silberstein Brain Tumor Research Fund, or  Colby College Art Museum. 

Irene (Motel) Newman

July 9, 2021

Our beautiful, beloved mom, ma, mimi, Irene has completed her journey. She was the life blood of the Pearlstein/Finkel family. She is at peace, having joined our dad, Myron, as well as her family and friends who have passed before her. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Funeral will be private. There will be no memorial observance. Donations may be made to Seasons Hospice + Palliative Care, 597 Randolph Ave., Milton, MA 02186 or Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.

Tess Wishengrad Siegel

July 9, 2021

Tess Wishengrad Siegel died peacefully at home in Canton, MA on July 9, 2021. She was 80.

She was cherished by her family and her dog, Nellie. A lover of music, literature and poetry, she enjoyed playing everything from Brahms to baseball, but was perhaps best known as a titan of the scrabble board with a soft spot for chipmunks and chocolate chip cookies.

Tess was born in 1941 in New York City, to Rose Pesin and Morton Wishengrad, writer for stage, television, and radio, known for his work on The Eternal Light produced by the Jewish Theological Seminary. Tess’s early life was marked by tragedy, losing first her mother at age 9, then her father at age 21.

Some of her happiest childhood memories were spent at Deerwood, a summer music camp in the Adirondacks where she developed a passion for music that sustained her throughout her life. She attended Vassar College, then completed her education at Boston University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in Music, and later completed a master’s degree in Education.

In 1962, she married Paul Yager. Three years later, they moved to Israel to study Hebrew and eventually settled in the Boston area where they raised their children, Josh and Abby Yager.

In 1986, she married Eli Siegel, Professor of Biology at Tufts University, whose intellect and humor both amazed and delighted her throughout their marriage. Together with Eli, she raised his young son, Michael Siegel, whom she loved and cared for as her own.

Highlights of their life together include trips to visit relatives in Australia, Asia and Europe that they had long dreamed of taking.

Tess was a natural born teacher. Blessed with a flare for animating and conveying the subtleties of language, she taught high school English in Newton, Stoughton, and at the Maimonides School in Brookline where she is still remembered for her theatrical direction of Thorton Wilder’s, Our Town.

But it was as a piano teacher that she struck the most profound chord in students’ lives. In a career spanning 35 years, she mentored young musicians who flocked to her living room studio for individual lessons and gathered for monthly recitals to celebrate each other’s musical growth.

Several of her students with whom she remained in touch until soon before her death have said that she not only infused them with a love of music, but more importantly, cultivated their imagination, encouraged exploration, and fueled their belief in themselves.

As a wife, mother and grandmother she offered unconditional love, support and encouragement for which we are eternally grateful.

Tess is survived by her siblings, Joel Wishengrad, Nina Wishengrad and Dan Wishengrad;  her children Josh Yager, Abby Yager and Mike Siegel; their spouses Sarah Holewinski Yager and Ming-Lung Yang; her grandchildren, Miru Yang and Lilah Yager, and her beloved husband Eli Siegel, with whom she would have celebrated 35 years of marriage three days after her death.

Funeral services will be held Friday, July 16th at 10 am Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02466. Burial will follow at Zviller Cemetery, 776 Baker Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132. Donations in her memory can be made to American Jewish World Service, PO Box 568, Edna, NH 03750.

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