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Saul Kurlat

April 1, 2021

 

Saul Kurlat- of Cambridge. April 1, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Gitta Kurlat. Saul’s life story was the American dream: his brilliance, persistence and hard work moved him from poverty to success. Trained at Georgia Tech as an engineer, he built Eikonics, a firm that pioneered innovative photographic and imaging processes. In retirement he devoted time and resources to philanthropy, focusing particularly on health research and addressing the needs of children and the elderly. Saul was a blessing to his friends and to his community, generous in his concerns and his support of many individuals and institutions. Donations in Saul’s memory may be made to Temple Israel of Boston or 2Life Communities. Funeral services are private.

Tova (Friedlander) Ginsberg

March 28, 2021

Tova (Friedlander) Ginsberg, of Wilton Manors, Florida, at age 94, on March 28, 2021. Beloved wife of the late David Ginsberg. Loving mother of Lee Ginsberg, Wilton Manors, Fl and his husband Mark Winner, Wilton Manors, Fl. Dear sister of Dov Friedlander of Jerusalem, Israel.

Tova was born in Dusseldorf, Germany on April 17, 1926 and moved to Haifa, Israel as a child in the 1930s with her family to flee war torn Germany. In Israel she met her future husband, David, who was also a childhood neighbor and friend, they were married for almost 50 years before David passed away in 1998.

After marrying Tova and David moved from Israel to Buffalo, NY in 1956 where they both completed their master’s in education at The University of Buffalo. Ten years later they welcomed their son Lee to the family in April of 1966. In 1974 the family moved to Newton, MA.

In Newton Tova and David were both dedicated and talented Jewish Educators as well as vibrant participants in the local Jewish community. Tova retired from teaching in 2000 and spent the remainder of her life enjoying travel and spending time with her son.

Burial will be private. Donations in her memory may be made to Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, 126 High St., Boston, MA 02110.

 

 

Harvey R. Peters

March 24, 2021

Harvey Peters passed away peacefully on March 24, at the Care Dimensions Hospice Home in Lincoln, MA after a long battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Frances, his son Joshua, his daughter Suzanne, his beloved granddaughter Eva Isadora, and her father Tony Hernandez and his sisters, Jane and her husband Jerry , Nanci  and his nieces and nephews.  He was the guiding force for his family, whom he loved above all, as well as for his many friends who relied on him for his calm, good-humored nature. As a trial attorney, he practiced law for many years, bringing the same integrity to his work which he did to all of his personal relationships. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten, by those who knew him.

Donations may be made in his name to St. Jude, to Melanoma research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center or at Massachusetts General Hospital, or to Care Dimensions Hospice House in Lincoln, MA.

Please click here to view a recording of the service.

Elizabeth Daly

March 24, 2021

Elizabeth Daly, of Weston, MA, passed away at age 88 on March 24, 2021 at her home. Elizabeth (known to family and friends as Betsey) was born in Springfield, MA and at age four moved with her family to Brookline, MA where she was raised. She graduated from Brookline High School in 1950. Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree at Sarah Lawrence College, majoring in French. She proceeded to Columbia University, where she earned a master’s degree in French Literature. Soon after graduating, Elizabeth found work in New York City as an editorial assistant for an encyclopedia publisher. Showing a flair for technical writing, she was soon elevated to Writer and Editor positions. Elizabeth married Julian Daly in 1962, and shortly afterward the couple moved to the Boston area, eventually settling in Weston, MA. Elizabeth enjoyed several hobbies. As a girl, Elizabeth adored horseback riding, and developed a lifelong affinity for animals and nature. She also loved classical music and was a skilled violinist. She played in numerous chamber music groups and amateur orchestras over many years. Elizabeth studied Romance languages, and was fluent in French, Italian, and Spanish. Over the years, Elizabeth and Julian enjoyed European vacations where Elizabeth would make use of her multilingualism. Later in life, Elizabeth rekindled her writing skills and wrote various articles for the Weston-Wayland Town Crier, including pieces promoting animal rights and urging responsible use of organic pesticides. Elizabeth is survived by her daughter Victoria, and her husband, Alan Schneiderman; daughter Joanna, and her husband, Jay Fitzgerald; grandsons, Samuel, Benjamin, and Zeb Fitzgerald; and her brother, Joel Katz. She was predeceased by her husband, Julian Daly; and her brother Moshe Katz. Elizabeth was laid to rest at Linwood Cemetery in Weston, where there was a private graveside service.

William Gamson

March 23, 2021

William Anthony Gamson died peacefully in his sleep on March 23, 2021 (10 Nissan 5781) in Brookline, MA at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife and partner of 65 years, Zelda Finkelstein Gamson; his sister Mary Edda Gamson of Oakland, CA; his daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Steve of Newton, MA; his son Joshua and son-in-law Richard of Oakland, MA; and grandchildren Gilad, Ari, Maya, Reba, and Madeleine. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Bill was educated at Antioch College and the University of Michigan and taught at Harvard, University of Michigan, and Boston College. He and Zelda lived for many years on Martha’s Vineyard. Bill will be remembered for his distinguished career as a values-driven sociologist of social movements and media; the many influential books and articles he wrote; the simulation games he invented, including SIMSOC; his creation of a fantasy baseball league that became the seed for the fantasy sports industry; the generations of students he mentored; his passion for playing, fomenting social change, collaborating, and dancing; and his love for and pride in his family.

A recording of the funeral service can be found here.

Condolences may be sent to: Zelda Gamson, 1501 Beacon Street, Apt. 601, Brookline, Mass. 02446. Donations in his memory can be made to: ACLU of MA, 211 Congress Street, Boston MA, 02110; National Resources Defense Council, P.O. Box 1830, Merrifield, VA 22116; or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36104.

Frederick Altman

March 22, 2021

Altman, Frederick of Boston, MA passed away on March 22, 2021. Beloved husband of the late Marcia (Garshick) Altman. Devoted father of Alyssa Rose Altman. Fred was born in Providence, RI, January 3, 1925.  He attended Classical High School in Providence.  Fred joined the US Army in March 1943 and served as a Staff Sergeant until December 1945.  He fought in five battles in WWII, starting in Normandy and spending time in France and Germany throughout his service.  In 1945, he was honorably discharged and came back to Rhode Island and set up a fruit store built upon his father’s years of peddling fruit with a horse and buggy.  In 1953, he left Providence for Boston to venture into a career in Marketing.  He built a national mail order zipper business before mail order was common practice in the industry. He then went back to Europe and lived in Amsterdam, Holland to build an international marketing business across 16 European countries. While traveling back and forth from Amsterdam and the US, he met his wife, Marcia and they married in 1966. Once married, he moved back to Boston and created the Gift Merchandise Mart catering to the Gift Industry in New England.  One of his greatest accomplishments was establishing the North East Trade Center in Woburn, MA.  He converted a 30-year-old Sylvania plant into an exhibition hall and merchandise mart. It was one of the first of its kind in the region. The following 20 years, he focused on finding opportunities across a variety of industries.  In the late seventies, he created the Unfinished Furniture Marketplace – this trade show served to organize fragmented manufacturers into a viable group.  He later moved on to the costume jewelry industry, organizing an export program for ten manufacturers that attracted over 800 retailers across Europe.  In the nineties, he created an Antique Center in New England with approximately 300 dealers.  After working on the Antique Center, he built a direct-to-consumer business in the US for an Italian spiral staircase company, Albini & Fontanot, leveraging Google in its early days.  After five years of trying, he finally sold the spiral staircases into Lowe’s and Home Depot.  His final effort was to help initiate a Green Trade Center in New England.

Fred had a robust career, fulfilling his dreams of international marketing and building businesses one step at a time.  To his family and friends, he is the master listener, storyteller and advice giver.  His 50-year marriage to Marcia was something special.  Meeting and marrying later in life, they never imagined they would have found each other and be married for 50 years.  They were partners in everything – both creative minds, Fred was more of the business creator and his wife Marcia, the financial expert.  Throughout their loving marriage, they worked together in business and always enjoyed dreaming big.  Fred was a devoted and wonderful father to their daughter, Alyssa. Throughout his life, he nurtured, mentored and supported any young person who was lucky enough to cross paths with him.

In addition to him being a devoted husband and wonderful father, Fred was a beloved uncle, great uncle and cousin to many. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jacob and Rose (Laventman) Altman, his two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and Clinton Olink and Sarah and Robert Rose, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Alfred and Shoshanah (Rothkopf) Garshick, his niece, Rhonda (Olink) Zammarelli, cousins Edward Landy and Irene Ronkin, and dear friends, Guy Gennelly and Shirley Radlo.

Due to current restrictions, funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Fred’s memory may be made to Feed America, c/o The Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Ave., Boston, MA 02118 or to your favorite charitable organization.

Rina “Beatrice” (Saltman) Miller

March 12, 2021

Rina Beatrice (Saltman) Miller passed away on March 12, 2021 at age 99 at her home in Walpole surrounded by her family.

Bea was born in Franklin on March 7, 1922 to Isador and Anna Alpert Saltman, the youngest of four children, all who predeceased her.  Bea attended elementary school in Franklin and then the family moved to Brookline where Bea graduated from Brookline High School in 1939.  She attended Bishop Lee School of Dramatic Arts.

She married the love of her life, Joseph Arnold Miller, on November 15, 1942.  Joe was a Captain in the Army and they lived on several army bases in Southern states until Joe shipped out to China in 1944.  Bea was pregnant and returned to Brookline to live with her parents.  Their son, Larry, was born in September, 1944.

After the war, the family moved to Roxbury where their daughter Linda was born in June, 1950 and then they settled in South Brookline in 1951.  Bea and Joe later moved to Norwood and then to Walpole where they had lived for more than 30 years.

Bea was an active member of Temple Emeth in South Brookline where she served as Sisterhood Vice-President.  She was also active in Hadassah and in her children’s activities as both a Cub Scout Den mother and Brownie Troop leader.  Later in life she taught elocution and worked in real estate sales in Brookline for the Abrams Associates.  Bea and Joe both volunteered at Norwood Hospital.

Bea is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Laurence and Anne (Knopping) Miller of Little Rock, Arkansas, her daughter Linda G. Miller of Walpole, her grandchildren Robert and Amy (Weisbly) Miller of Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, David Poritzky of New York City, Melissa (Dushman) and Greg Hayes of Norton and Adam Dushman of Quincy, and six great grandchildren: Jacob, David and Amanda Miller, Sophie Poritzky and Madison and Hailey Hayes.

She is also survived by special nephews and nieces Scott Green of Chestnut Hill, Lorie Green Kirkes of Alexandria, Virginia,  Debby Saltman Gershon of Chicago, Illinois and Sara and David Saltman of Medway.  She was predeceased by her husband of 77 years, Joseph Arnold Miller and her granddaughter, Audrey Miller Poritzky.

Funeral services were graveside on Tuesday, March 16th, 2021 at Temple Emeth Memorial Park in West Roxbury, MA.

Shiva will not be observed due to the COVID pandemic.  Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

Charles Cutler

March 10, 2021

Charles Cutler, age 72, of Framingham, MA  passed away on March 2, 2021.

Charles was talented, intelligent, friendly and a hard worker. After graduating from Pratt Institute with a degree in architecture, Charles worked in facility planning at Beth Israel Hospital, MIT, the City of Boston and the State of Massachusetts. He was an artistic person, who saw beauty and design in everything. Charles loved exploring the city and new places, whether in person or on travel channels.

Charles is survived by his loving parents, Isadore and Phyllis Cutler, sister Linda Landsberg and brother Stephen Cutler. Other surviving family members are Ben Landsberg and wife, Sadye Sagov, Sam Landsberg, Elana Beatus and husband Jesse Beatus, great nephew Myles Beatus and Bonnie Cutler. Charles was predeceased by his niece Arielle Landsberg. He was supported and loved by his family and will be greatly missed.

Donations in Charles’ memory may be made to MetroWest Jewish Family Services, 475 Franklin Street, Suite 101, Framingham, MA 01702.

Carl J. Shapiro

March 9, 2021

In life, Carl J. Shapiro found his strength in his love for family and in his passion for business, and with his success, he embraced a responsibility and a desire to help others less fortunate.

He passed away at his Boston home on  Sunday, March 7, 2021 at the age of 108.

He leaves a legacy that underscores his lifelong commitment to civic, educational, cultural and health care institutions in the communities of Boston, Massachusetts and Palm Beach, Florida where he resided.

Mr. Shapiro was born in Boston, MA on February 15, 1913.  He was the only son and the second of three children of Annie Skurnick and Aaron Shapiro, and devoted brother to the late Selma Shapiro and the late Eileen Kommit. His story mirrors the pages of a Horatio Alger novel. Mr. Shapiro left Boston University during the Depression to work for his father in the coat manufacturing business in Boston, MA.In 1939, Carl transformed it into the women’s dress company known as Kay Windsor (The Look You Love).

The years leading up to and including World War II proved difficult for Mr. Shapiro’s business because fabric was in short supply due to the needs of the country to manufacture uniforms and other war-related items. This period speaks to Mr. Shapiro’s resilience. With his captivating sense of humor and the capacity to approach life with a “glass half full” philosophy, he met life’s challenges with determination, optimism and infinite hard work. He nurtured the business and after the war, success returned as he expanded his manufacturing efforts into the cotton and wool knit arenas.  He became known as ‘the Cotton King’ for bringing inexpensive cotton dresses into every woman’s closet.  In 1971, at the age of 58,  he sold Kay Windsor to the Vanity Fair Corporation. He stayed with VFC for five more years.

Business was his pleasure, but his family was his love and always came first. Carl met his wife Ruth Gordon on a blind date in Nantasket Beach, MA. He convinced her to cancel plans with a rival beau, and married her in 1939.  They were married for 73 years until she passed away in 2012 at the age of 95. They had three daughters:  the late Rhonda (Zinner), Ellen (Jaffe) and Linda (Waintrup).

He brought the lessons he learned at work home to his family. He shared with his daughters the importance of education, hard work and the ability to distinguish what he referred to as “The majors from the minors” and told them that most of life’s challenges fall in the latter category.  Family, for Carl, was the cornerstone of his life. He wanted to be an example for his daughters and demonstrated by calling his parents every night, visiting weekly with his family in tow, attending to their financial, emotional and health–related needs.

He enjoyed teaching his daughters his values and emphasized the importance of helping others; what he had earned in business, he believed, should  be shared to help those in need.  When Mr. Shapiro stepped aside from his day to day business, he turned his attention to two of his favorite projects:  The Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation and his investment strategy.

Mr. Shapiro was a savvy investor in the traditional aspects of the market, in stocks, bonds and commodities.  He achieved a great deal of success. But, it was the investment world that decades later, would open a heartbreaking chapter in his life.

Mr. Shapiro first met Bernard Madoff in the 1960’s.  Mr. Shapiro believed in entrepreneurship and wanted to help young Madoff start his investment business and watched as it flourished through the years. Carl was stunned, along with the rest of the world, when he first heard the news in December of 2008, about Mr. Madoff’s illegal activities.

Mr. Madoff had been a friend through the years and this admission was devastating to Mr. Shapiro.  However, even in the wake of the financial loss due to the Madoff scandal, Mr. Shapiro insisted that the Shapiro Family Foundation continue with its mission of supporting organizations in need.

Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro started their Family Foundation in 1961. In the early years, the groups that received donations were ones with whom they felt a close connection and had developed personal relationships.  One of the first major gifts went to Brandeis University, because of their close ties to the school.  Similar relationships inspired giving to most of Boston’s major medical institutions, the Children’s Museum of Boston, The U.S Holocaust Museum, Hebrew Senior Life and several cultural and health organizations in Palm Beach, The Kravis Center and The Norton Museum.  Mrs. Shapiro’s long-standing love of music and art provided the impetus for early gifts to the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Museum of Fine Arts.

Today, the Foundation rests in the hands of the next generation of Shapiros.  Where once Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro sat around the kitchen table to decide where they would like their donations to go, now the family considers a more strategic approach in determining how best to allocate existing funds. While Carl particularly enjoyed working on large capital grants, he was also committed to supporting a wide range of community-based non-profits. In the past ten years, the Foundation has made about $10 million to 149 organizations community-based organizations in such areas as disability inclusion, youth arts and empowerment.

Through the years Carl was a hands-on partner with all the organizations he supported, and he never hesitated to offer his opinion which was accompanied by his exceptionally high standards. Carl was known for poring over architectural plans, participating in many ‘hard-hat’ visits, consulting with the groups who would occupy a building, and making innumerable suggestions to improve the project.  He would say that no detail is insignificant, from the size of the patient rooms to the art on the walls, which he believed strongly was good for patient morale.

His family says it was never just the building that interested him; instead it was the way a structure could further enhance the mission of an organization. When Mr. Shapiro decided to fund the Science Center at Brandeis, he did so because he believed the only way to attract and retain top scientists and students was to help provide the most state-of-the-art facility.

His late daughter, Ronny, once asked him what he thought about his name prominently displayed on several public buildings in Boston.  Mr. Shapiro replied, “It’s not for me; it’s for the family.  Years from now when mother and I are not here, I want our grandchildren and future generations of our family to have a sense of pride in knowing that we cared about our community and helped where we could.”

While Mr. Shapiro may be known for supporting several large brick and mortar projects, he also held a steadfast commitment to and felt an affinity with those who struggle with a disability. While he took interest in all the Foundation’s initiatives, the ones that address the various technological and educational needs of the disabled held a special place for him. He wanted to support those groups that struggled to have a voice in the world and the people he feared would fall through the cracks.

While a generous philanthropist at his core, his heart belonged to his family.  He was a beloved husband and cherished father, grandfather to seven, great-grandfather to ten and trusted friend.  His life is a testament to the philosophy that family comes first.  His children and grandchildren would call or arrive on his doorstep from all over the world to consult him, report good news or bad and ask advice.

He was a man who was known for giving so much to so many and for a generosity that knew few bounds.  He also had an endless curiosity about others.  Family members relish in telling stories about going to dinner and by the end of the meal, Mr. Shapiro would know the life history and future plans of the restaurant staff.

Carl was a champion of the underdog.  He cared for the person who overcame adversity; the person who understood life’s struggles and who could persevere despite great odds. His late daughter, Ronny, recalled her father through words from the Book of Luke “Those to whom much is given, much is expected”.  He lived his life according to that mandate and taught his family to do the same. Ronny always said “My sisters and I are infinitely proud to be his daughters.”

He is survived by his daughters Ellen S Jaffe (Robert) of Palm Beach, Linda S Waintrup (Daniel) of Brookline;  his son in-law  Michael Zinner;  his grandchildren Jennifer Herman (Mark), Jonathan Segal, Steven Jaffe (Jenna), Michael Jaffe, Andrew Jaffe (Allyson), Samantha Hanman(Jonathan), Kimberly Strauss; and his great-grandchildren Ashley, Zachary, Alexandra Herman; Rebekah, Oliver, Bowie, Seneca, Archer Jaffe; Penelope and Eloise Hanman.

Due to the pandemic, funeral services for Mr. Shapiro will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brandeis University (Institutional Advancement Division; 415 South Street, MS126, Waltham, MA 02453) or to Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave., 3rd Floor, Boston, MA 02116).

Wren Ross

March 4, 2021

“The most important thing I can teach you about voice acting is…to have a good time. People who enjoy what they do are often successful, whereas people who try to be successful do not have a good time.” That was the first thing Wren Ross taught a new class or private student.

Wren Ross, 67, passed away peacefully from metastatic breast cancer on March 4, 2021 survived by her beloved wife, soulmate, and partner of 27 years, Daena Giardella as well as hundreds of students whose lives were changed by her insightful teaching. Wren was a teacher who brought out the strength of each person and many of her students went on to enjoy fulfilling careers in acting and communication.

Wren’s life was inspired by creativity. She was a singer, actor, teacher and writer. Wren studied voice and acting at Boston University and then went on to forge a successful career as a commercial actor and voice artist. She’s recorded hundreds of commercials, documentaries, training videos as well as special exhibits in many museums. Her voice is heard at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the Senate as well as the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Wren auditioned for the Boston University music department and received a personal letter of acceptance and a scholarship the next day. She got her BFA and went on to perform many outstanding roles across New England. She also founded a theater company called “The Muse” which performed the literature and non-fiction of women writers at theatres, prisons, senior centers and libraries.

Wren did research into the music of the camps and ghettos during the Holocaust. She felt that the songs and stories she performed in Yiddish kept the voices alive. She sang the program for many audiences including survivor groups.

An avid knitter, Wren designed garments for many major yarn companies and her beautiful work was published in popular Yarn magazines. She created a CD of song parodies about the trials and triumphs of knitting that she called “Wren’s Greatest Knits,” which became so popular she was invited to sing the songs in a show she called “Singing With Every Fiber” for yarn festivals and gatherings across the country.

Daena introduced Wren to the beauty of the red rocks and big blue sky of the Southwest, and it changed her forever. They journeyed together through the Canyonlands of Utah and Wren was most at home in Taos, New Mexico. Wren resonated deeply with what the painter Georgia O’Keefe said about New Mexico when she first visited: “I loved it immediately. From then on, I was always on my way back.”

Wren and her beloved wife and partner Daena Giardella co- authored a book about the creative process called “Changing Patterns: Discovering the Fabric of Your Creativity,” which was published by Hay House.

Wren wanted to leave you with a line from a favorite Mary Oliver poem “When Death Comes:”

When it’s over, I want to say all my life

I was a bride married to amazement

 I was a bridegroom taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder If I have made of my life something particular, and real. 

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened, or full of argument. 

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private Memorial Offering via Zoom will be held. After all the social distancing restrictions are lifted, we hope to schedule an in-person celebration of Wren’s life.

In lieu of flowers, Ms. Ross has requested donations in her honor be made to ICIC, an organization that drives inclusive economic prosperity (http://bit.ly/wrenrossmemorial) and Howard University in support of student scholarships (https://giving.howard.edu/givenow) to fulfill her wish for “tikkun olam one at a time,” which translates to “repairing the world one at a time.” Please include “In memory of Wren Ross” in the comment section.

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