Rosalyn Hurwitz

Hurwitz, Rosalyn (Park), of Randolph, MA, passed away on May 16, 2020. Beloved wife of Joel Hurwitz. Devoted mother of Susan Kates and her husband Steve, and Eileen Hurwitz. Proud grandmother of Sarah and Adam Kates. Loving sister of Annette Skoletsky, Judith Ratner, and Barry Park. Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rosalyn’s memory may be made to Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St., Roslindale, MA 02131.


Ida Finger-Case

Ida Finger Case, 89, of Dartmouth MA, died peacefully at the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home on May 16, 2020 after a brief illness. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles Case and the late Morris Finger.

Born in Brooklyn NY of the late Mildred and Emanuel Bacolas she grew up in Brooklyn and Miami FL. She moved to New Bedford, MA in 1951 upon marriage to Morris Finger.

She was the past president of the Tifereth Israel Sisterhood and was involved in numerous other voluntary organizations and activities in the area. An avid bridge player, she enjoyed the fellowship of weekly games, walking, tennis and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her two sons, Steven Finger of Dartmouth and Alan Finger of Brunswick Maine, and the late (son) Leon Finger; her granddaughter, Dr. Abigail Finger and her partner, Lawrence Zarpaylic, of Newport Rhode Island.

She was the sister of the late Matthew Bacolas and the late Annbelle Korn.

Funeral services will be private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Tifereth Israel Synagogue or the New Bedford Jewish Convalescent Home.

Arrangements are by Brezniak Funeral Directors, Newton MA.


Samuel “Sam” Berger

 

of Newton, MA formerly of Milton, MA passed away peacefully from natural causes on May 14, 2020. Beloved husband of the late Tamara (Cashook) Berger. Devoted father of Stephen Berger and Marcia Berger. Father-in-law of Lisa Z Berger and Joel Lord. Current loving partner of Sandra Phillips her sons, Bruce and spouse, Judy Kaye-Phillips, Stephen and spouse, Nancy Phillips, and David Phillips. Proud grandfather of Harris Berger, Emily Berger, Eli Lord, Tamara Lord, Jamie Kaye-Phillips, Abby Kaye-Phillips, Dena Kaye-Phillips, Michelle Smith, Jeffrey Phillips, Suzanne Phillips, and Jillian Kolb. Loving brother of Louis Berger, Phillip Berger, and Pauline (Berger) Pransky. Devoted Uncle to many nieces and nephews.
For over 30 years, Sam owned and operated Auto Showplace in Allston, MA.

Due to the current Corona Virus situation, a Celebration of Sam’s Life will be held down the road. A small private graveside service will take place at Sharon Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Sam’s memory may be made to Project Bread, 145 Border Street, East Boston, MA 02128 www.projectbread.org Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Kraft Family Building, 126 High Street, Boston, MA 02110 www.cjp.org


Naomi G. Ellis

 

ELLIS, Naomi G.

Of Framingham, formerly of Randolph, Boston, and Fitchburg, at age 89, on May 12,2020.  Beloved wife of the late Benjamin Ellis. Dear daughter of the late Gertrude and Julius Goldman. Loving mother of Arlene Fuchs and her husband Ken of Wayland, and Howard Ellis and his wife Fay of Maplewood, NJ. Cherished grandmother of Gregory and his wife Danielle of Framingham, Daniel and his partner Gwen of Medford, and Gabriel of NJ, and proud great grandmother of Jonah and Michael. Devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews and dear sister to the late Dorothy Zinan and late Muriel Zitowitz. A graduate of Suffolk University and Boston State College, Naomi was an elementary school teacher in Boston for nearly 30 years and active in many synagogue, social, and cultural organizations. In her retirement, she volunteered as a reading tutor in the Brockton Schools and as an art docent at the Fuller Art Museum. Graveside services will be private. Remembrances may be made to Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, 475 Franklin Street, Framingham, MA 01702 or Congregation Or Atid, 97 Concord Road, Wayland, MA 01778.

 

 


Kenneth Kolman

Kolman, Kenneth, age 83, recently of Wayland, formerly of Holliston, and Ashland, MA, passed away on May 6, 2020 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Beloved husband of Constance (Shattuck) Kolman for 36 years. Devoted father of Michael Kolman and his wife Ann, and Hilary Kolman. Dear grandfather of Jack, Allison, and Kate. Loving brother of Eric Kolman.
A true gentleman with a great dry sense of humor, he was loving and kind, and was always there to help someone in need. He loved a good snowstorm, a summer thunderstorm, Bermuda, Martha’s Vineyard, Connie’s cooking, and all of his dogs. He is also survived by his adoring Labradoodle, Bailey. Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Save A Dog, 604 Boston Post Rd., Sudbury, MA 01776, or the charity of your choice.


veteran Theodore Melvin (Ted) Scholl

Ted Scholl, 91, of Palm Beach FL and Wichita KS, passed away on May 2, 2020.

Ted is survived by his daughter Frances and son-in-law Michael Bast of Brooklyn, NY, his grandchildren Morton Bast and her husband Brett Fischer, and Allison Bast of New York City, NY; his daughter Laura of Wichita, KS; his daughter Barbara of New York City, NY; his son Jerry and daughter-in-law Dominique and his grandson Olivier of Wichita, KS; his step-sister Margaret Marshall of Billerica MA; his step-daughter Jennifer Cook of St. Augustine Fl; and step-son Christopher Cook, his wife Denise and their children Christopher Jr., Elizabeth and Abigail of Billerica, MA. His wife Jean Marie Scholl predeceased him.
Ted was born in Dorchester, MA to Fannie (Gordon) Scholl on January 13, 1929. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Air Force during WWII. He worked as an engineer for multiple companies including Cummins Engine Corporation. He was co-owner of Marshall & Company and was president of Cambridge Institute for Computer Programing, and started a laser printing cartridge business. Ted was a lifetime student of golf, bridge, and was a connoisseur of classical music.
In his later years, Jean and Ted moved to Florida where they were active members of their community. With the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease, coupled with Jean’s untimely death, Ted moved to Wichita to Chisholm Place, a special memory care facility.

Private burial will be at Sharon Memorial Park. Virtual Shiva will be held in Wichita and Brooklyn.

Memorial donations may be made to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline MA, and the Alzheimer’s Association.


Sandra Marilyn Hecht Cohen

 

 

 

 

 

Sandra Marilyn Hecht Cohen, of Boston, MA passed away on May 3rd from Covid-19. Daughter of the late Dave and Ida (Ma) Hecht. Beloved mother of Jeffrey Alan Cohen and his wife, Dana, Debra Lisa Hegger of, Jay Kenneth Cohen and his wife,  Sarah O’Leary. Proud Grandmother to Alexa Cohen and fiancé Brennan Bicknese, Taylor Cohen, and partner Joseph Taylor,  Jessica Searle and husband Jon, Colby Wessling and husband Kyle, Devin Hegger and Julia Cohen. Great Grandmother to Benjamin and Rose Searle, Gabriel Wessing. Sandra is also survived by her sister Ethel Shapiro and brother Allen Hecht and pre-deceased by her sister, June Freedman.

Self-described as a liberal Jewish woman, Sandra had a larger than life personality, sharp sense of humor, and a unique way of looking at the world, which we coined Sandra-isms.Throughout her life,Sandra’s wit left an impression on everyone who met her.

Sandra grew up in Mattapan and graduated from Roxbury Memorial in 1953. She had fond memories of the Blue Hill Avenue area and Allerton Hill, Nantasket Beach,where she spent the summers with her extended family, passing the evenings playing cards and games around the dining room table.Sandra moved to Needham with her young family and in short time became a single mother.A highly skilled seamstress, Sandra was known for her shift dresses.Her hobbies included reading, tennis, cooking and sewing. Later in life, Sandra moved into the South End where she was a favorite among many of the shop owners.  Since 2018, Sandra resided at Hebrew Senior Life in Roslindale,where she kept the staff entertained.

A celebration of Sandra’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Sandra’s memory may be made to COVID-19 Response, Greater Boston Food Bank, 70 South Bay Ave, Boston, MA  02118.

 


Jay Krafsur Harris

 

 

 

 

 

Jay Krafsur Harris of Delray Beach, Florida lost his battle to Covid after a valiant struggle on May 2, 2020. Jay was the beloved husband of Ellen Gardner Harris for almost 39 years. He was the loving father of Jodi Sarah Harris, Alyssa Jill Harris & her husband Timothy Michael Groch. He leaves behind three grandsons, Hunter Harris Beaulac, Ryder Russell Beaulac, and Asher Moon Groch. Jay’s loss is mourned by his three loving sisters, Joie Feinberg, Jeri Silverman, Jaci Marmor, and her husband Arthur Marmor. He is also mourned by Ellen’s three brothers, Jay Gardner, Steven Gardner, Paul Gardner & his wife Kimberly. Jay is survived by his loving cousins Jay Krafsur, Jody Krafsur and her daughter Jacalyn, Aunt Jean Krafsur, Elizabeth Banner, Helaine & Joe Banner, and their two sons Jason and Jonathon, daughter Jill Elias and husband Samuel Elias. Jay loved each of his nieces & nephews dearly, Jonathan & Aiste Feinberg, Jennifer & Evan Tobasky, Jessica Feinberg, Scott & Aimee Silverman, Todd & Jayme Silverman, Josh & Emily Marmor, Jamie & Ari Wexler, Scott Gardner, Jeffrey & Jessica Gardner, Katie Gardner, Susan Gardner the late Lee Gardner. Jay also loved gathering with his many great-nieces & nephews, Sydney and Jason Silverman, Harrison and Annie Silverman, Jordyn, Jillian and Jayden Tobasky, Jack, Joely and Jesse Wexler, Jaxson Feinberg, Alexis and Tessa Feinberg, Sophie, Aubrey and Max Marmor, and Fallon Gardner.

 

The world has lost a giant of a man. Jay was born in Boston on September 16, 1949 to Lorraine & Irving Harris. He was raised in Brookline, Massachusetts and graduated from Northeastern University before pursuing a career in Aviation. Jay began his career with Air New England flying Beach 99’s, de Havilland DHC-6 Twin Otters & ended his career at Air New England as a Captain of the Fairchild FH- 227. During this time he flew many charters all across North America. He flew Ted Kennedy during his presidential run, Alice Cooper while on tour, NHL teams between cities and many other crazy charters that he loved to tell stories about. Between tours, Jay obtained his General Contractors license in Massachusetts and built his own home on Cape Cod in Yarmouthport. In 1981 Jay joined the Gardner family business, Star Bindery and became a partner. He worked in the printing industry until Star Bindery was sold in 2001. Jay’s other love was downhill skiing. Many years were spent at their home in Waterville Valley, NH. During those years Jay became certified in winter emergency and paramedic training. He worked every weekend and vacation on the Waterville Valley Ski Patrol. Jay also loved trips out west with Ellen connecting with fellow ski patrollers. They skied many times together at Vail, Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek, Park City, Deer Valley & an epic trip skiing Big Sky Montana. Summers were spent windsurfing together on the beaches of Cape Cod. Golf was also one of his greatest  pleasures. Jay & Ellen had the opportunity to play together on some of the most amazing courses around the world. Jay and Ellen moved to Florida in 2003. Jay became a licensed Florida General Contractor & in May of 2008 began working for Spirit Airlines. Jay & Ellen loved to travel and were often back in Boston for many family gatherings.The Family wants to express their heartfelt thanks to the entire Boca Regional Hospital medical team, and especially to our long time family physician Dr. Alan Saitowitz, who never gave up on Jay.

 

Jay’s friends and family will always remember him as a jack of all trades, a charmer, a man of integrity, empathy and kindness. Above all else he was completely devoted to his family, he was the absolute best husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

 

Remembrances can be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. www2.jdrf.org. Due to the limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, the funeral service will be delayed until this summer in Massachusetts. The home address should, anyone like to contact the family is 136 NE 12th Street, Delray Beach, FL 33444.


Jane Beth Clayton-Matthews

Jane Beth Clayton-Matthews, of Needham, MA, formerly of Newton, MA passed away May 1, 2020 after a yearlong battle with lung cancer. Jane grew up in Newton and attended Newton South High School, Lesley College where she received a BS in Special Education and Teaching, Cambridge College where she received an M.Ed. in Counseling and Social Services, and Boston College where she received a Certificate of Advanced Educational Specialization in School Psychology. She had a long career as a teacher and counselor, beginning as a special needs teacher at the Community Center School for Children with Special Learning Disabilities in Newton. She was the executive director of Bedford Youth and Family Services in Bedford (formerly known as Sun Dance Youth Services), and then a school guidance counselor at Locke Middle School in Billerica and then Weston Middle School in Weston, where she worked from 1991 to 2012.

Jane was also active outside of work and after she retired. She was part of a partnership between her church community in Needham and the community of Santa Maria Tzeja in Guatemala, which she visited on several occasions. Jane was a NIA dance fitness instructor for several years, and in retirement trained to become a Reiki practitioner. She volunteered at Brigham and Women’s Hospital giving Reiki to oncology and palliative care patients. She also volunteered as a special education advocate for children in state custody, acting as their education surrogate parent. She went on bike rides and played chimes in church. Perhaps her greatest passion, which she took up late in life, was tennis. She played doubles in an amateur league in Wellesley and Newton, playing – and winning – her final match after cancer surgery.

Jane was a member of the Congregational Church of Needham and Temple Beth Shalom in Needham. She grew up in an interfaith family. Her father, Harry Clayton, was Jewish, and her mother, Shirley Clayton (Naser) was Episcopalian. When she was 8 years old, her parents asked her “What do you want to be?” – a really tough thing for a kid to decide. She chose her mother’s religion but also followed many of her father’s Jewish traditions. When she was in her twenties, she went to temple and asked a rabbi “What do I have to do to convert?” She was given a stack of books and told “Go read all these books and then come back and talk to me.” It wasn’t until 2017 that she tried again and was welcomed by a local rabbi. Jane converted in 2018 and this fulfilled a lifetime spiritual quest. She remained a member of both congregations.

She is survived by her husband, Alan Clayton-Matthews, and her daughter, Jessica Clayton Matthews. She is also survived by her very close cousins Anne, Beth, Carol, Robert, and William Naser, and Robert Whitney.

When asked about when she felt the most alive, she said it was with her relationships she had with other people. She made friends with everyone she met, and her friends often became friends with each other.


Mildred “Midge” Itkin

Mildred “Midge” Itkin – Of Newton, age 101 years, on April 30, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Irving H. Itkin. Devoted mother of Dianne Epstein and her husband David, Ellen Percher and her late husband Hal, and Suzanne Jester and her husband Lewis T. Jester.Dear grandmother of Stephen Epstein, Julie Penn, Jennifer Ramras, Jonathan Epstein, Kevin Percher, Andrew Percher, Larissa Pommeraud, Lindsay Witzel. Loving great grandmother of Max Penn, Jacob Penn, Emily Penn, Sarah Epstein, Sam Epstein, Isabelle Ramras, Nathan Ramras, Lily Ramras, Daniel Epstein, Hannah Epstein, Selene Percher, Jade Percher, Soleil Pommeraud, Sinclair Pommeraud, Everly Witzel, Owen Witzel. Dear sister of the late Rosalyn Coblentz, Alvin Saide, Henry Saide, Louis Saide, Jules Saide. Services are private.

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