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Max Knoff

February 24, 2021

KNOFF-Max, 95, of Sharon, MA. passed peacefully in his sleep on February 21, 2021.

Beloved husband of the late Bertha “Terry” (Shapiro) Knoff. Loving father of Ellen Kawadler and husband Arnold Kawadler of Sharon, MA; Howard Knoff and wife Julianna Fawcett of Little Rock, Arkansas; Josef Knoff and wife Judy Knoff of Enosburg Falls, VT; Deborah Arsenault and husband Gary Arsenault Sr. of Westminster, MA.

Proud grandfather of Jaeson Kawadler and Matthew Kawadler; Jesse Knoff and David Knoff; Kristen Knoff, Ben Knoff, and Kaitlin Knoff; Carson Riley, Shaina Riley, and Joelle Riley and step grandchildren Sara Demianenko, Adam Gleason and Kendra King.

Esteemed great-grandfather of Mason Kawadler and Dennison Kawadler; and Estelle Knoff.

Loving brother of the late Lillian Annis (and husband Morris), Leo Knoff (and wife Helen), and Milton Knoff (and wife Rowena).

He was born in Boston on March 13, 1925 to Rebecca and Charles Knoff of Allston. A first generation American and graduate of the Boston Latin School, Max was a United States Navy Veteran having served his country for two tours of duty during World War II and the Korean War. He spoke fondly of his time in the service as a Dental Assistant stationed in Washington, DC and Newport, RI. He even played on their very successful softball team with Stan Musial–famous St. Louis Cardinal ballplayer.

He met his beloved partner of sixty years, the late Bertha “Terry” (Shapiro) Knoff, while she was in nursing school.   Because marriage was not allowed while in school, they eloped to NH where they married in September of 1947. A formal wedding occurred later on February 13, 1949.

Working in the shoe manufacturing business as a Superintendent in charge of numerous factories across Eastern Massachusetts, he spent most of his career at Marlboro Footwear before becoming a Manufacturing Consultant for many years in China for Brown Shoe and Reebok.

Max raised his family in Newton, MA and later in Framingham, MA. He personified a strong work ethic making a career in the shoe industry. Max welcomed his children to spend time on school breaks and work in the shoe factory in Marlboro, while he instilled the value of higher education. Max had a special gift where he understood that to manage a work force, you simply needed to show respect to others and not ask others to do anything that you would not be willing to do. This ideology of never putting yourself above others won him respect and admiration amongst coworkers and furthered his career overseas to China where he continued to be a tremendous leader demonstrating that a caring heart can overcome any language barrier.

Max loved his time living in Taiwan and working in China, as well as a special trip that he took with Terry to London, Paris, and Rome in the Winter of 1972. He was a self-taught genius in house construction and renovation. And he enjoyed his summers “puttering around” numerous summer camps in Maine and New Hampshire that his children attended while growing up—compliments of Terry who was the Camp Nurse.

Outside of work, Max loved animals and had several beloved pets of all kinds including ducks, chickens, rabbits, cats, dogs, and a raccoon. He loved the Boston Red Sox whom he followed faithfully and also enjoyed opera especially Pavarotti, and the Three Tenors and listening to the symphony.

Max was a trusted brother, respected father, and loving grandfather and great-grandfather who was quick to playfully tease them on one hand, while equally quick to encourage and support their educations on the other.

Services will be private. Donations in his memory may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.

Dr. Gerald E. Schumacher

February 21, 2021

Dr. Gerald E. Schumacher, 83, of Wellesley, died on February 20, 2021,  after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Known fondly to all as Jerry, Schumacher is survived by his wife of 54 years, Florence Steinberg Schumacher, and his children: Paul Schumacher, Winter Bonnin and her husband John, David Schumacher, his late son Evan Schumacher’s wife Suzanne Schumacher; grandchildren Jamie, Luke, Jake, Sari, and Sophie Schumacher, Alex and Zack Bonnin, Jeremy Snider and his wife Katie; and two great-grandchildren, Abigail and Ethan Snider. He is also survived by his brother, Larry Schumacher, several nephews and a large extended family.

A giant in the field of pharmacy education, Schumacher was a distinguished professor at Northeastern University for more than 30 years, including serving as Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health. He was a trailblazer in pharmacy education, authoring a textbook, numerous book chapters, and hundreds of scholarly articles and clinical presentations. An annual award in his name is given to a professor at Northeastern showing significant contributions to the field.  He is remembered for his tireless scholarship and teaching, as well as his trademark understated wit and kind nature.

Jerry Schumacher was born on May 24, 1937, in Detroit, Michigan. He was the older son of Alex and Frances Schumacher. Shortly after his birth, the family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, where his father owned a drugstore. He spent many hours in the store, developing at an early age a lifelong interest in the field of pharmacy. As a teenager, Schumacher’s family relocated to Los Angeles. There he developed a passion for music, a talent he nurtured over the years to become a professional jazz saxophone and clarinet player.

Dr. Schumacher attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California where he graduated from the School of Pharmacy with a PharmD.  In college, the multi-talented Schumacher studied hard, played in the USC marching band, and supported himself playing jazz gigs and ghostwriting stories for published authors. After he graduated, he worked in the UCLA pharmacy, rising to senior manufacturing pharmacist. It was here that he met Florence Steinberg, a UCLA sophomore. They were married in 1966.

That same year, Schumacher accepted a teaching position at the University of Toledo, beginning an outstanding academic career. During this time, Schumacher’s prodigious capacity for scholarship and hard work was on full display. In addition to his full-time teaching responsibilities, Schumacher pursued his Ph.D. from Wayne State University, commuting 75 miles each way—all while starting a family. In 1969, son, Evan was born, followed by David in 1971. Jerry also had two children, Paul and Winter, from a prior marriage to Marti Stark Thompson.

In 1972,  Jerry achieved his doctorate from Wayne State University School of Pharmacy, and the college immediately offered him a professorship. By 1976, he was promoted to Deputy Dean of the college. By this point, Schumacher was establishing a reputation as a trailblazer in the field of clinical pharmacy. Schumacher believed passionately that pharmacists should not merely fill prescriptions, but they should also serve as active members of a patient’s clinical team, assisting patients by helping physicians choosing the most effective medication for their ailments.

In 1978, Northeastern University recruited Dr. Schumacher to Boston to serve as Dean of the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health. Jerry taught at Northeastern for 30 years, retiring in 2008 as professor emeritus. He educated thousands of pharmacists and produced an impressive body of scholarship. Schumacher authored a textbook, “Therapeutic Drug Monitoring,” in addition to hundreds of book chapters, peer-reviewed articles and clinical presentations.

Among his many awards and honors, Jerry was elected as the president of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP). Along with his longtime colleague Judith Barr, he established the National Education and Research Center for Outcome Assessment in Health Care at Northeastern. His contributions to the field of  pharmacy were widely recognized over the years, receiving numerous awards, including the honor of distinguished alumnus from both USC and Wayne State. In perhaps his crowning achievement, in 1999 he was recognized by AACP for Outstanding Achievement and Contributions to Pharmaceutical Education. Notwithstanding this recognition, Schumacher always derived the greatest professional satisfaction from teaching. He taught a full course load during his entire tenure at Northeastern, and he believed in challenging his students—always with a dose of humor. In the words of a colleague:

“If I were to identify one word that best typifies Jerry Schumacher, it has to be the word excellence. He sets the highest standards for himself in everything he does. You can guarantee that if he is asked to speak on some subject in his field or on a topic of which he knows little about, he is going to thoroughly research that area and give you the best synopsis on the issue in that field that you’ve ever heard.”

The Schumachers and their beloved lab, Tippy, lived in Needham for 30 years before Jerry and his wife moved to Wellesley in 2008.

In 2007, at age 70, Jerry was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. While his condition was manageable at first, it hastened his retirement from Northeastern. He spent his remaining 13 years with his beloved wife Florence and their extended family. He was a rabid sports fan, cheering on his beloved Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, Northeastern Huskies, USC Trojans, and Nebraska Cornhuskers. He was also a lifelong aficionado of jazz, art, and enjoyed reading mysteries. He loved spending time with his grandchildren, such as watching his grandson Jamie’s baseball games and Luke’s theatrical performances. Schumacher had a special bond with his son, Evan, who died at age 46 from cholangiocarcinoma five years ago.

Gerald Schumacher is remembered as a Renaissance man who left a tremendous legacy in the field of pharmacy education where he devoted his many talents during a prestigious career.

Due to the pandemic, the funeral service will be private. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Jerry’s name may be made to: The Gerald Schumacher Pharmacy Faculty Award Fund, Development Office,   Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave., Boston, MA 02115.

To view a recording of the service click here

Leonard “Lenny” Brunswick

February 19, 2021

Leonard “Lenny” Brunswick, age 66, died Friday, February 19, 2021 at the Kaplan Hospice Home from melanoma. Lenny is the dear son of Arlyne Brunswick and the late Sumner Brunswick. He is survived by his sisters Sharon Logan and her husband Rich, of Acton, MA, and Wendy Shulman and her husband Bill, of Needham, MA. He also leaves his nieces Stephanie, Susannah, Sophie, and nephew Simon.

Lenny, born with developmental disabilities and challenged by low vision, was a computer “geek”. He overcame so many obstacles as he rose to a job of responsibility as a computer “tech” with the U.S. Bankruptcy court in Boston where he proudly served for more than 13 years. Respected by his co-workers, Lenny retired after a severe stroke more than a decade ago left him partially paralyzed. Following months of rehabilitation, Lenny was able to gain back his independence moving to an apartment in Brookline where he enjoyed spending time on his computers, listening to music, exercising and going out for meals in the neighborhood with family.

Fiercely independent, proud and self-assured, Lenny spoke his mind freely to anyone and everyone.

His best times were in the summer, enjoying boating as a child and in later years spending summers with his family in Moultonborough, NH, where he would enjoy long drives through the area with one of the family dogs snuggled beside him.

One-of-a-kind personality, Lenny will be missed.

The funeral and Shiva will be private.

Donations in his memory may be made to the MSPCA.

Devorah Jill Steinberg

February 18, 2021

Devorah Steinberg, 56, of West Roxbury, MA was a healer, a dancer, a giver, a mother, and a connector. Generous to a fault, she extended herself with kindness to her son, family, friends, and clients in her Jamaica Plain therapy and coaching practice. She died on February 18, 2021, from complications of scleroderma. 

A native of Spring Valley, NY, she made the Boston area her home for her entire adult life. She was thrilled when she became pregnant with her son Joshua, and gave her heart and soul as a single mom for fifteen years. She often called Josh “Little Buddha,” and said he was her favorite person on earth, completely separate from being her child.

In addition to her son Josh, Devorah leaves behind her mother Harriet Gerstenfeld of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, father Alan Steinberg and step-mother, Madelyn Steinberg of Hallandale Beach, FL,  brother Keith Steinberg of Washington, DC, her dear friend Steve Gordon of Newton, MA, as well as her beloved son’s father, Bryant Kaplan, who are working together to ensure that Devorah’s wishes for her son are fulfilled. She was predeceased by her stepfather, Jack Gerstenfeld.

Devorah graduated from the University of Vermont in 1986, and the Simmons School of Social Work in 1991. A few years after completing her social work degree, she launched her private psychotherapy practice, where she transformed her clients’ lives for 25 years with insight, patience, and profound empathy. She was a constant learner with a passion for body/mind connection, including completing training in spiritual integrative hypnotherapy, body-based trauma treatment, spiritual counseling, meditation, and divorce mediation, and became a certified yoga instructor at the Kripalu Yoga Center in Stockbridge.

Devorah cultivated an enduring network of women friends who sustained, fed, and cherished her during her battle with scleroderma. She was a deeply spiritual person who, over the years, belonged to Temple Israel, Temple Beth Zion, and most recently, Temple Shalom in Newton. She was an explorer of many faith traditions and alternative healing practices.

Devorah embraced life fully. She travelled the world, including recent trips to Iceland, Israel, and Costa Rica. She was a tenacious and accomplished athlete, completing triathlons and other ambitious hiking and biking expeditions. She loved swimming in any body of water, most recently at the Hyde Park YMCA pool, and attended New England Dance Camp each summer for decades, where she danced with abandon. She was a Beatles lover, a practitioner of gratitude, and an open-hearted hostess who found tremendous joy in producing vats of delicious homemade lentil soup to feed all who gathered in her warmth.

Devorah’s legacy is a voice of unconditional love that will continue to speak in the hearts and minds of all who knew her.

Donations in Devorah’s name may be made to the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Drive, Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923.

a link to be view the recording of the funeral service can be found here

Esther Finn

February 18, 2021

Esther Finn-Of Framingham, on February 18, 2021. Devoted mother of Matthew Finn and his wife Jennifer, and the late Amy Finn. Dear grandmother of Alex and Jason. Private graveside services on Sunday at 3:00 pm.

 

Livestream on Sunday February 21, 2021 at  3:00 pm

To watch the funeral service recording, please click here

 

Richard Glick

February 16, 2021

Richard Glick – of Boston’s South End, owner of Glick’s Flower Shop, suddenly on February 16, 2021. Beloved son of the late Irving and Lillian Glick. Devoted father of Bonnie Mitchell and Alex Hanson. Dear brother of Susan Everts and her husband Dr. Erich Everts of Newtown, PA. Dear uncle of Jennifer Gelman and Matthew Everts. Services will be private.

Richard’s Funeral will be on Sunday, February 21, 2021 at 9:45 AM

A recording of  the funeral service can be found here

 

Eleanor “Ellie” Shamitz

February 16, 2021

Eleanor “Ellie” Shamitz of Brookline, formerly of Sharon, age 95, on February 16, 2021. Daughter of the late Abraham and Ruth (Sternburg) Brody. Beloved wife of the late Theodore “ Teddy” Shamitz. Cherished father of Stephen and Lynda Shamitz, David and Diane Shamitz, Gerald and Isabel Shamitz, and Beth Shamitz. Grandmother of Robert Shamitz, Jennifer and Andrew Weissinger, Tamara and Daniel Hudson. Great-grandmother of Alex, Caleb, Eli, Tyler, Jennie, and Violet. Dear sister of Shirley Richmond and her partner Norton Rosenberg, and the late Irene Sherman and Richard Brody. Sister-in-law of Pauline Brody. Also survived by many nieces, nephews, and dear friends.

Ellie and Ted were among the original founding families of Temple Sinai of Sharon, MA. Ellie was extremely active in all aspects of temple life. She was president of the temple sisterhood and the temple’s first female president. She was also a lifetime member of Hadassah and Brandeis.

Services were private. The family will be holding a memorial service at Temple Sinai, at a date to be named later.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Ellie’s memory may be made to Temple Sinai, Rabbi’s discretionary fund, 25 Canton St., Sharon, MA 02067 or Hebrew SeniorLife, 1200 Centre St., Roslindale, MA 02131.

David S. Berger

February 15, 2021

Berger, David S., of Boynton Beach, FL, formerly of Newton, MA, passed away February 15, 2021. David was the beloved husband of Barbara (Goldberg) Berger for 65 years.  They were never apart from each other. He was the devoted father of his son, Steven Berger and his wife Cherie, his daughter, Ilene Wigetman and her partner Michael Feinman, and his son, Cary Berger and his wife Melissa. David was the cherished grandfather of Jamie, Ashley, Dustin, Russell, Adam, Lisa, Griffin and Brooke.  He was the proud great-grandfather of Ivy, Sophie, Scott, Jake, Blake and Adrian. He adored them all.

Services are private.

Donations in David’s memory may be made to the American Heart Association 300 5th Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.

 

Ann Steinberg

February 14, 2021

Ann Gordon Steinberg, of Somerville, died Sunday, February 14, 2021, of mesothelioma, at the age of 79. Born Margaret Ann Gordon, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Donald and Celeste Gordon, she grew up in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her parents and her younger siblings, Mary and Don. She attended Smith College, graduating in 1963, and completed a master of arts and teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education the following year. The first part of her career in education included establishing and running language laboratories at Salem State Teachers College and Southern Connecticut Teachers College.

Ann married Robert Stephen Steinberg in 1965. They had two children, Benjamin Rush and Sarah Elizabeth; being Ben and Sarah’s mother was a joy to her all her life. The family moved from New Haven to Fort Sill, Oklahoma and then to Newton, following Bob’s medical career. In Newton, Ann converted to Judaism. An enthusiastic cook all her life, she was particularly known for her roast chicken, matzo ball soup, and especially challah.

Ann and Bob separated in 1978. She then went to Radcliffe where she got a certificate in landscape design. She and a business partner practiced residential landscape design for eight years, honing her natural and keen sense of aesthetics.

In 1987, she started working in the development office of The Park School in Brookline. Five years later, she found her true calling, in teaching, with the third grade. Five years after that, she changed to fourth grade, where she taught for another seven years. After a brief attempt at retirement, she began teaching at the Shady Hill School in Cambridge as a tutor, where she worked for eleven years. She is remembered fondly by many students, parents, and colleagues.

Ann was a gifted gardener, most recently growing vegetables and flowers in the garden she laid out in the back yard of the triple-decker she shared with her son and his wife, Darla. She was a member of the Somerville Garden Club, serving as the vice president for several years.

Her garden was one of the subjects of her photography, along with friends, travels, and nature. She made some of her pictures into cards and sold them, but never let entrepreneurial success spoil her fun.

Ann was an avid reader, most recently discovering the writers Elizabeth Bowen, Magda Szabó, and Penelope Fitzgerald, whose work she commends to your attention.

She had many friends, and was a superb friend. Not long before the end of her life, she helped two of her dear friends, Trish Hogan and Nancy Faulkner, at the ends of theirs.

In addition to all her friends, Ann leaves her son Benjamin and his wife Darla Ann White, her daughter Sarah, her sister Mary Gordon Neff, her brother Donald Alexander Gordon and his wife Mary Joan, and Don’s children Christopher, Ryan, Taylor, and Casey Rose.

Burial and shiva will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to Heifer International, Greater Somerville Homeless Coalition, or the charity of your choice.

Larry S. Rosen

February 14, 2021

It is with great sadness that the family of Larry S. Rosen of Newton, Massachusetts mourns the loss of their husband, father, brother, and ‘Poppy’, who passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the age of 73. He is survived by his wife, Sharman Rosoff Rosen, his children, Steven and Lauren Rosen, Mark and Jennifer Rosen, and Leslie and Jason Silberman, and his eight grandchildren, Dylan, Sloane, Ryder, Jack, Bella, Brett, Carly and Chase. He also leaves behind his siblings, Ronald and Fern Rosen, Barbara and Richard Bernstein, Ronald Rosoff, and Sheryl and Ronald Klein, along with many nieces and nephews. Larry was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on January 4, 1948. He was the founding partner of Rosen & Associates, LLP in Westborough Massachusetts as well as a founding member of the Academy of Dental CPAs (ADCPA). His passion and love for his family, and for his work family, leaves an incredible hole in the hearts of so many. As a premier expert in the world of dental accounting, Larry valued and championed tirelessly for his clients, and was a trusted and treasured advisor to so many. Larry was known for his warm personality, sense of humor, humble approach, and love for the people around him. Funeral services will be held privately at graveside. Donations may be made to the Martin P. Solomon Scholars Program at http://www.solomonscholars.org or  The BIDMC Parkinson’s Wellness Works Program, 330 Brookline Ave., Brookline, MA 02115, designated to The Wellness Works Program.

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