Gerald S. (Jerry) Casper-Of Brookline, MA passed away unexpectedly on July 12, 2020. Loving partner of Jane Queenan and brother of Phillip Casper. Great friend to an eclectic group of individuals spanning the insurance industry, lifelong friends from Wakefield/Syracuse/Oakland and fellow patrons/owners of Perry’s, Alicia’s and Golden Temple. Due to current conditions, a celebration of Jerry’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice.
Helen Marcus-of Needham, in Montreal, Canada, on July 12, 2020. Private graveside services were held on Sunday,July 19, 2020 at Or Emet Cemetery,Baker St.,West Roxbury.
Jo-Ellen Levinson Hirsch passed away peacefully in her sleep on the morning of July 12th, 2020. She is survived by her loving husband, Martin Hirsch, her daughters, Jennifer Hoffman, Dawn Hirsch and Hilary Agin, her grandchildren, Max Hoffman, Hannah Hoffman, Dillon Krug, Benjamin Agin and Jenna Agin, and her sister Gail Klein. She was born on December 17, 1943 in New York. Jo-Ellen was a caring, selfless woman and a role model for many. She was a calming presence to those around her and could find goodness in anyone. She made each of us feel special, despite our flaws. She inspired those closest to her to be their best and would support them in any decision they made. Her memory will live on through her friends and family.
Donations in Jo-Ellen’s memory may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or to Congregation Beth Elohim, 133 Prospect St., Acton, MA 01720.
ALPERT, MARTIN- 90, peacefully on July 8, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Judith Alpert with whom he shared 61 wonderful years of marriage. Devoted father of Nancy Alpert (Gwen Marcus) and Kenneth Alpert, and loving companion of Shae Rosenthal. Beloved brother of the late Estelle Mitchell and Howard Alpert, and brother-in-law of Helaine Miller and Geila Aronson. Marty, with his sweet and impish personality, was cherished by all who knew him, including his many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. His businesses ranged from electric heat to figure salons to real estate. He was an active member of Congregation Mishkan Tefila for over 80 years, going back to his bar mitzvah at its first building in Dorchester. He served in various leadership roles at CJP, Newton Cable TV and Hebrew Senior Life. Marty loved sailing, golf, bridge and of course good food.
Graveside services will be by zoom. Details for the zoom service and shiva may be found at mishkantefila.org. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Congregation Mishkan Tefila, 384 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446 or The Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies at BU, 147 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215.
Lavine, Edward L., of Wellesley, MA, passed away July 9, 2020. Beloved husband for more than 66 years of Susan (Proger) Lavine. Devoted father of Karen Lavine and her husband Donald Kilpatrick, and Nancy Ostroff and her husband Eric. Cherished grandfather of Daniel and Sarah Kilpatrick, Eleanor Kilpatrick and Michael Brown, Jessica Ostroff, and Andrew Ostroff. Proud great-grandfather of Aaron and Leah Kilpatrick, and Tali Brown. Graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he practiced law for many years at Goulston & Storrs. Due to current restrictions, services are private. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Marshall M. Kaplan Fund at Tufts Medical Center, 800 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02111 or to a charity of your choice.
Shirley Denker – It is with deep sorrow that the family of Shirley Rosen Denker announces her passing on Friday July 3, 2020 at the age of 94. Shirley grew up in The Bronx and attended Brooklyn College. She was married for over 60 years to Hershel Denker, and spent the latter part of her life with her long- term partner, Stanley Halpern. She was a passionate advocate for individuals with special needs and coordinated many fund-raising events for Temple Beth Am, Jewish Family Services and ARC. In the 1980’s she started a groundbreaking tennis program in Framingham for adults with intellectual disabilities. Shirley will be remembered for her love of gardening, tennis, dance, music and community theater. Her vivacious personality and sense of humor were on full display as the moderator of her own local cable TV show, “Shirley Presents…”.
Forever a mother, Shirley taught her children and grandchildren to live life with passion, confidence and tenacity. She is survived by her four children, Carol (Glen Schneider), Nancy, Spencer and Cliff (Jill Denker), as well as a brother, Larry Rosen, and her five beloved grandchildren, Elyssa, Julia, Hailey, Marisa and Rachel.
Robinson, Muriel (Cohen), 93, on July 6, 2020. Beloved wife for 74 years of the late Allan. Daughter of the late Frances and Myer Cohen. Sister of the late Edith and Mel Gillette. Cherished mother of Linda and Arthur Siegal, and Richard Robinson. Adored grandmother of Lori and Gary Sklar, Jeffrey and Brooke Siegal, and Sheri and Eric Monheimer. Treasured great-grandmother of Jared, Colby, Ethan, and Zoey Sklar, Drew and Brett Siegal, and Brandon, Jake, and Ashley Monheimer. Muriel’s greatest pleasure was time spent with her family. For years she worked side-by-side with Allan at Robinson’s (Hardware). Their love story lasted until his death in March. “Grandma Muriel” will be missed. Due to the pandemic, services are private. Donations may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.
Sara Kotler, of Franklin, MA, passed away on July 5, 2020, after a courageous battle with endometrial cancer. She was 74 years old. Originally from Long Beach, NY, and then Manalapan, NJ, Sara was the daughter of the late Bernard & Adele Grossman and sister to the late Barbara Rabkin. Above all else, family was at the core of Sara’s life. She had no greater joy in life than spending time with her husband, children and grandchildren. She was the beloved wife of Edwin Kotler, loving mother of Jayme & Steve Faberman and David Kotler & Meg Julian, and the proud Nanny of Adam & Lauren Faberman and Andrew, Emily & Jack Kotler. Sara will be laid to rest at Beit Olam East Cemetery in Wayland. Funeral arrangements will be private due to the current restrictions. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Sara may be made to support endometrial cancer research and treatment at MGH Cancer Center. Gifts can be made in two ways: (1) online at https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate/, and please specify under “Additional Details” that donations be sent to the MGH Medical Gynecology Oncology Program.; or (2) if by check, please make payable to Massachusetts General Hospital, c/o Heidi Bergmeyer, MGH Development Office, 125 Nashua Street, Suite 540, Boston, MA 02114, and please note “In Memory of Sara Kotler” in the check memo.
David Proctor-It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David Proctor, of Newton, MA and Boca Raton, FL. David passed away at age 86 on July 3, 2020. He was the son of Archie and Eva Proctor and brother to the late Marjorie Driben. After graduating from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, he served as a navigator in the Airforce for 3 years returning to complete his MBA from Boston University. David then joined his father in their family Insurance Agency, A.A. Proctor & Co. David leaves behind the love of his life, his wife, Marilyn (Sacks) Proctor, 3 children, Alan, Sue and Ken, along with 8 grandchildren.Funeral services will be private due to the current restrictions. If you wish to honor David’s memory, please make a donation to The Richard Todd Sacks Jewish Life Education Fund (RTSJLE Fund) c/o Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Ave Needham 02494 or on line at tbsneedham.org/donate
Charlotte Goos-Of Naples, Fl,on July 2, 2020.Arrangements pending.