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Deborah Leah Rudnick Menashi

January 19, 2021

Deborah Leah Rudnick Menashi

Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, friend and professor. She is survived by her children Solomon and Dara, grandchildren Jake and Sophie and daughter-in-law Nancy Bernard. Deborah was born in New Haven Connecticut in 1934 and came to Boston in 1952 to attend Brandies University (class of 1956) and then received an MSW from Smith College in 1958.  She married Wilson (deceased 2019) and had three children, Solomon, Dara, and Daniel (1966 -1967). She began an extensive career as a social work professor at Boston University in 1970 where she taught for 17 years and then went on to teach at Boston College, Smith College and Southern Massachusetts University.  She was an institution in the local social work field known for her creative teaching and mentoring.  She will be sorely missed by those who love her.

A private funeral will be held at Westview Cemetery. The family will hold a remembrance on zoom starting at 2PM on January 24th.  If you would like to attend please contact Lucy Goodhart at lucy.m.goodhart@gmail.com for details.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Deborah’s memory may be made to Brandeis University, c/o the Daniel Menashi Endowed Scholarship, 415 South St., MS 126, Waltham, MA 02454.

Simon Laskey

January 18, 2021

Simon Laskey – of  Newton, suddenly on January 18, 2021. Graveside services will be private.

Morton Sheldon Silin

January 17, 2021

Morton Sheldon Silin, of Falmouth, Maine, formerly of Newton, MA, passed away on January 17, 2021 at 93 years old.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 69 years, Irene Bresnick Silin, who passed away on December 29, 2020.

He is survived by his two loving children and their spouses, Sheryl and Mark Perechocky, and Steven Silin and Diane Lukac. He was the proud grandfather to 3 grandchildren, David (and Miriam), Andrew (and Salma) Perechocky, Jonathan Silin, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Morton, son of Louis and Fannie (Freedman) Silin, was born on July 4, 1927 and was raised in Brookline, MA. He attended Boston University College of Business Administration. Upon graduation, he began his career as CFO of Silin Manufacturing Company, a family business begun by his father. Later in life he worked for Banker’s Life and Casualty Company as an insurance agent, specializing in long-term care insurance policies.

Morton was well-known as an avid and accomplished athlete. He garnered many championship awards in golf, tennis and squash. He also enjoyed downhill skiing, biking and bridge. Morton was an ardent devotee of all animals and owned many dogs during his lifetime.

Morton will be laid to rest in a private graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the MSPCA-Angell (www.mspca.org).

 

 

Sam Weinreb

January 15, 2021

SAM WEINREB

Age 94, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, passed away peacefully at Hebrew SeniorLife Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale, MA on January 15, 2021. Sam was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1926 to parents David and Freida Weinreb. Sam lost his immediate family in the Holocaust, but following the war, he reconnected with his childhood sweetheart Gloria (Goldie) Berger, also a survivor, whom he married and began a family with in McKeesport, PA. Throughout his life, Sam was deeply committed to his family and his community. Beyond his work as a watchmaker and jeweler, Sam dedicated much of his life to speaking at schools, universities, religious organizations, and other groups to share the story of his life and experience surviving the Holocaust. Through his storytelling, Sam reached thousands of individuals and left a lasting legacy of strength, resilience, and empathy. He most enjoyed his opportunities to speak with young students. He is survived by his two children, Stewart and Linda, and his granddaughter, Hannah. Sam will be remembered for his deep devotion to his family, his love of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers, and his desire to leave the world a kinder place than he found it. Memorial donations may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raul Wallenberg Pl., SW, Washington, DC 20024. (https://donate.ushmm.org)

Henry Atlas

January 15, 2021

 

ATLAS, Henry, of Sudbury, MA, 86 yrs, passed on January 15, 2021. Dear son of the late Lester Atlas and Sara (Kramer) Atlas. Beloved husband of Lisa T. Glaskin of Sudbury, MA, devoted father of Sara Atlas of Sudbury, MA and NYC.

Physicist, computer scientist, dance entrepreneur.

Burial will be private at Beit Olam East, Wayland, MA. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in Henry’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

 

Paul F. Rubin

January 15, 2021

Paul F. Rubin, resident of Chelsea, Brighton, Newton, and Billerica, MA, and most recently Ocala, FL, passed away on January 15, 2021, at the age of 91. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Mildred, his daughter Donna, and his brothers Arnold and Larry. He leaves behind his brother Bob, sister Doris, daughter Amy and her husband Craig Sowsy, son Jason and his partner Naomi Kahn, daughter Judi and her husband Jay Leininger, and grandchildren Allison and Bradley Sowsy, and Hannah and Stella Rubin.

Paul was devoted to his family and to Temple Beth Avodah, where he was a regular at Torah class for decades. Through his more than 60 years as a master mason, including more than 20 years of volunteering at the Shriners Hospital in Boston, MA, he lived a life of strong values and good works.

In the mid-1950s, Paul joined his father, Harry, as co-owner of Somerset Supply Company, a plumbing and heating supply store located in Somerville, MA, that Harry had co-founded in 1945. Upon Harry’s retirement, Paul managed the store on his own until the 1980s. Paul spent his years in retirement delighting in his volunteer work at the Shriners, doing crossword puzzles, listening to opera, and cheering on his favorite sports teams, most notably the New England Patriots.

He will be interred at Sharon Memorial Park in Sharon, MA. Services are private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Shriners Hospital in Boston.

Liese Greenhut Sturtz

January 12, 2021

Liese Greenhut Sturtz age 85, passed away January 12, 2021 after a long illness. Born in Munich, Germany she emigrated with her parents in 1938 to New York city where she grew up.

She was pre-deceased by her husband of 50 years Donald A. Sturtz, Son Kenneth and daughter Nancy. She leaves her sons Andrew and wife Denise, Peter, Daniel and wife Lee-Ellen, and William and wife Raina, and grandchildren Shannon, Jacob, Evan, Jesse, James, Melissa, Chloe and Timothy, and brother Tom Greenhut and wife Karen Rodberg, sister in law Elizabeth Stern and husband Murray.

Liese was an accomplished interior designer and loved teaching her craft, and earned her Master’s in Training and Development after she was 60 from Lesley University. She had graduated from Skidmore and was a physical education teacher prior to her marriage to Don. Liese was one of the first Special Education teachers in Westchester County, a job she found very rewarding.

After moving from New York to the Boston area with her young family she and Don opened an Ethan Allen gallery and soon had partnerships in 5 stores. After selling the stores she put out her shingle, Apropos Design in Littleton where she resided surrounded by her sons and their families with Don and various pets. She loved gardening and being by the water, was a member of the Littleton Garden Club, and she and Don travelled extensively before his passing. She had a good sense of humor and was known for her kindness and her ability to listen with empathy. Don and Liese were part of the founding group of Temple Kerem Shalom in Concord, Ma.

Service will be private at a later date in Green cemetery in Carlisle, Ma, and contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s association at alz.com.

Helen Holzwasser

January 11, 2021

Holzwasser, Helen (Abrams), of Waban, MA passed away January 11, 2021 at the age of 97. Dear daughter of the late Quincy and Rosamond Abrams. Devoted mother of Robert Holzwasser and his wife Adrienne, and Joel Holzwasser and his wife Barbara. Proud grandmother of Ashley, Laura, Tori, Julia, and Scott Holzwasser. Loving sister of Stefan Abrams, the late Richard Abrams, and Barbara Feldman. Due to current restrictions, services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations in Helen’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

Gabriel Bitran

January 10, 2021

Gabriel Bitran-Of Newton, January 10, 2021.Graveside services are private.

Patricia “Patty” Goldman

January 9, 2021

Patty (Grollman) Goldman was born in Easton, Pennsylvania in 1939 to Herman and Elaine (Knobel) Grollman.  After growing up in Easton she attended Wellesley College.  She met her husband, Dick, on a blind date in her sophomore year.  That summer she went to Bordeaux, France on the Experiment for International Living and she and Dick spent time together in Europe.

They were engaged on Thanksgiving Weekend in 1958 and married in June of 1959.  Patty attended Barnard College for her senior year but graduated with a degree from Wellesley College.

After Dick’s graduation from law school, they moved to Boston.  It was an exciting time for Patty with new friends and new opportunities for activities and community involvement.

Patty lived a full life, notwithstanding two bouts with breast cancer and a long siege with Parkinson’s. She was a reporter for the Newton Times where she covered City Hall and won the respect and admiration of many city officials.  She also served as Vice President of the Newton chapter of the League of Women Voters.

After her first bout with cancer she wanted to make a contribution to the Beth Israel Hospital where she had surgery.  She was instrumental in the formation of the Friends of Beth Israel Hospital, a combination of the Women’s Auxiliary and Men’s Associates.

She served as Executive Director of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of New England where she was involved in starting an annual golf tournament for fundraising.  Her lifelong interest in learning led her to the Lifelong Learning Program at Brandeis University and worked on its summer program on current events.  She also participated in the English as a Second Language program at Newton City Hall.

She and her husband Dick received the Community Service Award from the American Jewish Community in 2003.

She loved traveling, golf, book groups, and in later years, winters with Dick in Key Biscayne, Florida.

She touched the lives of so many people.  Her sister-in-law defined her as “having a heart of gold and a strong moral compass.”

We, her family, will miss her terribly but are proud of the life that she lived and how she touched the lives of so many people.

She is survived by her husband, Dick; her children, Elaine and Stephen; her daughter-in-law, Heidi Klein; her grandsons, Henry and Nathaniel; her brother-in-law, John Goldman; her sisters-in-law, Joan Spivak and Gail Grollman; and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives. She is predeceased by her brother, Bill Grollman.

We want to express our appreciation to the Beth Israel Hospital, in particular Drs. Lowell Schnipper and David Simon for their outstanding care to and for Patty.  We also appreciate the care of Mature Caregivers and Care Dimensions.

There will be a virtual memorial service on Tuesday , January 12 at 7pm, the link for which can be obtained from the family.  Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Patty’s memory may be made to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

 

May she rest in peace!

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