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Herbert Geller

October 5, 2021

Herbert Geller, 86, of Needham, MA, passed away on October 5, 2021.  Beloved husband of the late Lorelei Geller.  Devoted father of Pamela Shuman and the late Scott Geller.  Daughter-in-law of Pamela Geller.  Dear grandfather of Jessica Shuman, Zackery Geller and Jake Geller.  Loving brother of Martin Geller and his wife, Carol and the late Harold Geller.  Loyal canine companions Leo and Linus, and feline Pepper.

Herbert served in the Air Navy for nine and a half years with time stationed in Cuba during the Missile Crisis.  After his service, he had a wonderful career at National Amusements for 40 years and was still close with many colleagues after retirement.  He was a dedicated Mason for several years.  Of his many passions, Herbert loved collecting antiques, watching old movies, and listening to music.  He had a wealth of knowledge on various subjects and loved to share it with everyone.  Some of his fondest memories were of growing up in Dorchester on Blue Hill Avenue which he always remembered fondly.  He was the definition of a “mensch” and would go above and beyond for all family and friends.   He truly was a great friend to many and will be loved and missed by all who knew him.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 7 2021 at 11:00 am at the Roxbury Mutual Cemetery, 19 Washington St., Woburn, MA.  Following the service, shiva will take place at his late residence until 6:00 pm, minyan to follow.  Shiva will continue on Friday from 12 noon- 4 pm, and on Sunday from 12 noon – 6 pm.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Herbert’s name may be made to Yachad of New England, 384 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446 or the Dementia Society of America, P.O. Box 600, Doylestown, PA 18901.

Joan Eleanor (Steinberg) Lewis

October 4, 2021

Lewis, (Steinberg) Joan E. of Wellesley, MA, formerly of Andover, MA, on October 4, 2021. Joan was the beloved wife of the late Gerald M. Lewis. Devoted mother of Geoffrey Lewis and his wife Amy Caplan, and Rose Lewis. Proud grandmother of Samantha, Jessica, and Ming Lewis. Loving sister of Dorothy Shaker. Memorable relative to many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, on October 6, 1928, Joan’s greatest loves were her friends and family, especially her three devoted granddaughters Samantha, Jessica, and Ming Lewis, whom she adored. Joan’s love of community was evident in the many organizations she was involved with, including Hadassah, the Temple Emanuel choir in Andover, and various singing and theatre groups throughout her life. An accomplished piano player, Joan filled her home with music when she played the piano, sang her favorite show tunes, and practiced for the high holiday services. Among her greatest joys was sharing the piano bench with her granddaughters. A graduate of American International College, Joan was the former owner of Colpitts Travel in Andover. That position afforded Joan and her husband Jerry the ability to pack up and travel around the world at a moment’s notice. Her excitement around and curiosity about travel were passed along to family and friends. Joan lived independently at Waterstone in Wellesley, MA. She made many friends and was active on several committees, including the welcoming committee, where she made sure newcomers felt comfortable and welcomed in their new homes.

There will be a graveside service honoring Joan’s life at the Temple Emanuel Cemetery, Mount Vernon Street, Lawrence, MA, on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 2 pm. To honor Joan’s love of dogs and the work of the international Jewish women’s group Hadassah, donations may be made to the MSPCA https://www.mspca.org/adoption-centers/boston-adoption-center/ or Hadassah  https://www.hadassah.org/donate

Dr. Irwin M. Marcus, MD

October 3, 2021

Dr. Irwin M. Marcus-Age 102 years. Of New Orleans, in Yarmouth, MA, on October 3, 2021.Beloved husband of Angela Hill and the late Dorothy (Elrod) Marcus. Devoted father of Randy Marcus, Sherry Leventhal and her husband Alan, and Melinda Marcus. Also survived by 8 grandchildren and 12 great- grandchildren. Services in New Orleans. Remembrances may be made to Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115, The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 70130, Louisiana SPCA,1700 Mardi Gras Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70114.

Milton Jaffe Gun

October 3, 2021

Milton Jaffe Gun, 93, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 3, 2021 at his home at Chestnut Park at Cleveland Circle in Brighton, MA.  He is survived by his dear wife of 63 years, Eleanor (Margolis) and his two devoted sons and their spouses, Howard and his wife Kate of Brookeville, MD, and Steven and his wife Lee Ann of Ashland, MA.  Milton reveled in being the beloved “Papa” to his four grandchildren Jesse, Molly, Emma and Emory Gun.  He was the loving brother of his late sister Pauline Sostek.

An eternal optimist with a joie de vivre, Milton loved music, sports, and travel.  He worked for many years in local radio, newspaper reporting for the wire services and public relations.  During his five-decade journalism career he covered the Boston Celtics of the 1950’s and early 1960’s, the Boston Patriots of the 1960’s, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Marathon and many of the great New England professional tennis tournaments of the 1970s through the 1990’s.  He regaled friends and family with his stories of many of the great sports legends and characters of that era.  Above everything else, Milt loved vacationing with his wife, sons, daughters-in-law, and grandchildren who truly cherish those great memories.

The immediate family will hold a private graveside ceremony of burial at Sharon Memorial Park Thursday October 7, 2021.  Donations in Milton’s name may be to Good Shepherd Community Care, 160 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459, www.gscommunitycare.org/Donate and/or to Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02131, www.hebrewseniorlife.org/giving.

Robert Norman Belinsky

September 30, 2021

Robert Norman Belinsky passed away September 30,2021 after a brief recent illness.  He spent his 86 years of life working, dancing, devouring food, raising a family and leaving a smile on the face of everyone who met him. Robert was born in Lowell, MA on August 28,1935.  He was a great student and got a double-promotion in grammar school. Robert was lucky enough to love and be loved by two wonderful women. His wife of 44 years, Natalie Leven Belinsky passed away in 2003. He lived with his current amore, Phyllis Guinazo, in Orlando, FL. Robert’s parents, Joe and Jean Belinsky (both deceased) of Brookline, MA referred to him as “Bobby” as did his two sisters, Marcia Twitchell of Topsfield, MA and Sandra Miano (both who predeceased Robert)  of Honolulu, Hawaii. He was “Dad” to his son Mark and wife Kelly Belinsky of Westwood. His grandchildren, Kara and Joshua Belinsky called him “Papa.” He was known as “Bob the Meatman” to millions of shoppers in Haymarket square.  He was famous for grabbing shoppers on the arm as they walked by and asked them “Want some meat?” In fact, Bob the Meatman had several cameo appearances on local TV shows and the locally filmed movie “The Brinks Job!” Robert loved traveling to Saratoga, playing the horses and the stock market.  He was an avid Boston sports fan, especially the Celtics and the Red Sox.

Robert loved good food, and Pinwheels (chocolate cookies) were his absolute favorite. Phyllis introduced him to his most recent passion of dancing to Mariachi Cobre and traveling to Mexico. Funeral Services will take place Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at Sharon Memorial Park Chapel at 12:00 noon. Masks are required. Donations in Roberts’s memory may be made to Francis Ouimet Scholarship Fund, 300 Arnold Palmer Drive, Norton, MA  02766 https://www.ouimet.org

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Claire Abelow

September 30, 2021

A member of the French Resistance and Survivor of the Holocaust, of Watertown, formerly of Brooklyn, NY and Metz, France, on September 30,2021. Beloved wife of the late Arthur. Devoted Mother of Lynda Babcock (Reginald) and Miki Abelow (David Smith). Loving grandmother of Katharine, James, Nathaniel, Elena, and Lexie. Cherished great-grandmother of Caroline, Eddie, Sam and Hannah. Dear sister of Monique Feinberg and the late Leon Strumer and Jean Pierre Strumer. Graveside services were held at Beth Israel Memorial Park, Waltham, Friday, October 1, 2021.Remembrances in her memory may be made to The United States Holocaust Museum,100 Raoul Wallenberg Place, SW, Washington DC 20024, Shriners Hospital for Children, Attn: Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607, or any local Veterans Organization of your choice.

Lucille Sherman

September 29, 2021

Lucille Sherman of Marblehead and Delray Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully at home on September 29, 2021, a little short of her 90th birthday. Devoted aunt to David and Jennifer Morse and to Robert and Julie Morse Cummins, Sister to the late Eileen Morse, Marshall Sherman and Richard Sherman. She loved dogs, traveling, shopping, being near the seashore, and was a beloved great-aunt to Joshua, Richard, Gabriella and William. Services will be at the Kehillith Jacob Cemetery in West Roxbury, Sunday October 3, 2021, at 11 AM. In lieu of gifts, contributions may be made to the MSCPA (mspca.org).

Zena Rosenberg

September 29, 2021

Zena Rosenberg, 95, of North Andover, passed away peacefully on September 29, 2021. She was the beloved wife of the late Albie Rosenberg. She is survived by her three loving children and their spouses, Marilyn and her husband Lloyd, Sherry and her husband Harry, and Lloyd and his wife Linda.  Zena was the grandparent of Lauren, Julie, Sarah, Daniel, Jeremy, and Kendra and the proud great-grandparent of Dylan, Miriam, George, Graham, Poppy, and Eva.  She was the loving sister of Jerry and Larry and a cherished aunt to her nieces and nephews.

Zena embraced life with joy and passion every day.  She loved to travel around the world and enjoyed dancing, singing, theatre and socializing with her numerous friends.  She worked for many years as an administrative assistant at Queens College.

We are so fortunate that she touched our lives with her continued love and kindness.  May her memory and spirit live on and she will always have a place in our hearts.

Donations in Zena’s memory may be made to Hadassah New England, 1320 Centre St., Newton Centre, MA 02459.  Funeral services are private.

 

 

Suzanne Oesterreicher

September 25, 2021

Suzanne Oesterreicher, 62, of Newton, died unexpectedly, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Loving daughter of Arthur Oesterreicher and Thelma “Tybee” (Jacobson) Oesterreicher, who predeceased her. Beloved wife of 31 years of Jeffrey Freudberg. Devoted and endlessly proud mother of Jeremy, Rose and Jake Freudberg. Loving sister of Jennie, Brian (Lorie), and Harry Oesterreicher; Lamiel (Danny) Navarro; and the late Milena O’Connor, who passed away in 2008. She was the best aunt possible to her nieces and nephews Rebecca (Ali) Aslam and Christopher Collura; Adam (Nicole Sweet), Michael (Jackie Cutrone), and Daniel (Beth Dion) Freudberg; and Corey O’Connor. She adored her great-nephews and great-nieces Evan, Noah, and Leah Freudberg; Rama and Amar Aslam; and Lily Freudberg. She is also survived by many dear family members with whom she shared close and enduring relationships, including her mother-in-law Rita Freudberg and sisters-in-law Audrey Freudberg and Lynn Gutter. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law Stuart Freudberg in June 2021 and father-in-law Richard Freudberg in April 2017.

She was born March 7, 1959 in Mount Kisco, NY. Her early childhood was spent in northern New Jersey, her junior high and high school years in Mountaindale, NY. She was a 1977 graduate of Fallsburgh Central High School in Sullivan County, NY, and a 1981 graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. She resided in Newton since then.

Suzanne’s life and the impact she had on her family, friends and the world around her can not be fully captured here. Those who knew her, loved her. And she knew many, many people, forging deep, lasting friendships and collegial relationships throughout her life and through her career as a marketing and sales director for Butterworth-Heineman/Reed Elsevier Publishing and later in her work to support the vital mission of Understanding Our Differences in Newton. She was a lover of the performing arts and a loyal supporter at numerous theaters in the Boston area, attending performances with friends and family. She contributed her time, talents and passion to doing good in the world in many ways, including volunteering as a tax preparer with AARP, working the polls, and organizing many events and activities at her children’s schools.

A private funeral for immediate family will be held on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 at Newton Cemetery, Newton, MA. The family will receive visitors (shiva) at their home from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021 and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Understanding our Differences, PO Box 600671, Newton, MA 02460; Newton Neighbors Helping Neighbors, c/o Newton Community Pride, 1294 Centre St, Newton, MA 02459; or The Whale Museum, PO Box 945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250.

 

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Suzanne (Sue) Oesterreicher Freudberg passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 25, 2021, leaving behind so many people she cherished and who loved her in return. She made friends and changed lives wherever she went, for everyone she met. Some called her Suzanne, some called her Sue. She was Momma to her children, Aunt Sue to her nieces and nephews, Smo/Smoley/Smolinsky to her siblings, and Bunny to her husband. While she went by many names, for this memorial tribute, let’s call her Sue.

You can’t sum Sue up in a few paragraphs, or tell her life story in any meaningful way without context and details. Lots of details. But if you had to describe her in one word, it would have to be unforgettable. She made a lasting impact on everyone she met. If you could use more than one word, you would describe her as powerful. And brave. (Truly brave.) Generous (to a fault). Devoted (to family and friends alike, old friends and new ones). Resourceful. Witty. Knowledgeable (about a million different things). The list could go on and on, because she knew just about every word in the dictionary. This is not surprising since she grew up studying every page in a mammoth Oxford dictionary so she could win at a family-favorite parlour game. In truth, Sue was pretty competitive—another good word to describe her—but generally in a good way. She loved to win games, and she usually did. Monopoly, Clue, Yahtzee, Pitch. Life. You name it, she won it. She loved to be in charge, offer advice, and solve problems. She always had an answer for everything.

Sue’s life began on March 7, 1959 in Mount Kisco, NY, the second child of Arthur and Thelma “Tybee” (Jacobson) Oesterreicher. She joined her elder sister Milena in the family that would soon include sister Jennie and brothers Brian and Harry. They were a noisy, boisterous family of intellectual do-gooders who tilted at windmills and believed deeply in justice, fairness, love and compassion.

While Sue was not technically the oldest child, she sure acted like it. As a two-year-old in diapers, she watched with envy when three-year-old Milena went in a taxi to preschool. The very next day Sue potty-trained herself so she, too, could go to preschool. And that’s how her life continued to roll. She was a go-getter, self-determined and self-reliant, achieving just about everything she set her mind to accomplishing. Milena may have been the birth-order eldest, but anyone who saw Sue’s family-of-origin in action just naturally assumed she was the oldest. Sue took that role and she ran with it, and she made it look easy.

In 1977, Sue graduated from Fallsburgh Central High School as a stellar student in a small-town community in Sullivan County, NY. She then enrolled at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, where she graduated in May 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in American Studies (and an accidental second major in Psychology). What can you do with a degree like that? Well if you’re Sue, you parlay that degree and your work-study experiences in the African Studies department at Brandeis to become a marketing and sales director for Butterworth-Heineman/Reed Elsevier Publishing. And then you marry the love of your life, Jeffrey Freudberg, in September 1990.

Sue loved kids. All kids. Especially her family member’s kids. First-born niece Rebecca Aslam was the first to feel Sue’s passionate and devoted love. But Sue then shared it equally with the nieces and nephews who followed, including Christopher Collura; Adam, Michael, and Daniel Freudberg; and Corey O’Connor. And, oh the day her twins were born! Sue and Jeffrey were a well-integrated tag-team of devoted parents to Jeremy and Rose from the day they entered the world in January 1997. And then they welcomed Jake with open arms in August 2000. Whatever her kids loved, Sue loved it, too. Baseball, orchestras, gymnastics and trapeze. Sue was right there cheering for her kids, and learning all the intricacies of their interests so she could be a part of them, too. She held her kids’ hands tightly enough so they felt secure, and yet loosely enough so they could explore the world. Yes, the world. From the Azores to Ireland, Maine to California, and lots of places in between, Sue’s kids now travel freely and with confidence, knowing they have the full support of their parents who made sure they had the knowledge and skills to forge their own paths. Sue taught them independence, but she was always there to be a decisive voice.

Sue also loved cats, all cats, and especially her beloved Helen, Uno and Mila. Growing up, Sue loved many other cats—too many to name here but still forever etched on her heart—and also one delightful dog, Red Dukie Yowmie.

While Sue loved being home with her purring kitties, she also loved to travel. She regularly planned a wide array of family adventures, often revisiting over and over again her family’s favorites. Sue and her family were regular guests at East Hill Farm and visitors to Storyland, both in New Hampshire. They also made an annual day trip to Horseneck Beach in southeastern Massachusetts, which they had down to a very exact science, stopping before the beach at a local farmstand to buy just about everything, eating (the best) lobster rolls and blueberry pie at the Bayside Restaurant, and finishing the day with ice cream. When her kids were younger, Sue and Jeffrey would load up the car to head west to upstate New York to visit Sue’s sister Jennie, joining up for “dino-digging” giggles at the Eagle Mills Cider Mill and Family Fun Park. These family trips often included Sue’s extended family of relatives and friends. For years, for example, niece Corey was part of many trips to East Hill Farm, Horseneck Beach, and Eagle Mills, while mother-in-law Rita, father-in-law Richard, and close friend Lillian visited the Farm too.

While Sue’s adult years were spent delighting in her children’s escapades and those of her nieces and nephews, she also devoted considerable time to volunteering at her kids’ schools, organizing complex events that required a great deal of time and leadership to prepare and execute, such as the Bowen Elementary School raffle and the Newton South High School used book sale. She used her talents to support the vital mission of Understanding Our Differences in Newton, tackling essential development and operations projects with them for many years. She further directed her passion for doing good in the world by serving as a volunteer tax preparer with AARP to help senior citizens accurately complete their tax returns at no cost to them. She also worked the polls for local elections in Newton alongside Jeremy and Rose, even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic when being a poll worker was potentially quite a risky thing to do. Sue was an ardent advocate for many social causes, from saving the endangered Orca whales to supporting the local mutual aid group in Newton.

Sue enjoyed the performing arts and was a loyal supporter at numerous theaters in the Boston area. Attending shows with her friends and with her daughter Rose, she loved every genre from comedy to drama, and it was rare to find a show for which she didn’t leave with a glowing review. She was a longtime supporter of the New Repertory Theater in their years in Newton, and she was a recent subscriber to Speakeasy Stage, the American Repertory Theater, and numerous others. She was even a volunteer usher for many performances with her friend Betty so they could add even more shows to their packed show schedule. In addition to theatre, Sue became a lover of circus arts, a passion of Rose’s, and she was an eager audience member at many of these shows as well.

In recent years, it was time to welcome the next generation of children. Sue was totally enthralled with her great-nephews and great-nieces Evan, Noah, and Leah Freudberg; Rama and Amar Aslam; and Lily Freudberg. She loved being around all the young, wide-eyed, playful ones. She brought endless gifts, spent hours playing and planning outings, and formed a special relationship with each one. She visited Rama and Amar weekly—sometimes more than weekly—and was known for bringing over bubble blasters and ice cream treats. She could spend hours recounting stories of the silly things she had done with “her babalings” that week and gushed over their every achievement and milestone. She gave them—and she received from them—complete, unadulterated, unconditional love.

It’s no wonder, really, that she loved kids. Sue’s childhood was a jumble of children laughing and playing, sometimes in pairs and trios, and sometimes all five siblings together. She carried that sense of family joy with her as she built her adult life around the children she loved. But her first real love was her sister Milena, for whom she had to bid a broken-hearted farewell when she died in 2008 following a long, tortuous illness. Sue was there for Milena, right up until the end. Sisters, always. As hard as that loss was—and it was indeed hard—grief was no stranger to Sue. She lost her grandfather Herman when she was nearly 5, her grandfather Jacques when she was 19, her mother when she was 20, her grandmother Kate when she was 21, and her father when she was 37. Through all those losses, Sue was always the strong one that others counted on to carry the ball forward, and to help everyone else carry on, too. She was there to support her family when her father-in-law Richard died in 2017 and then again when her brother-in-law Stuart died in June, just three months before her own passing.

In the weeks before her death, Sue was troubled with pains in her back and her hip, but she was taking steps to address those issues. She did not know, nor did her family and friends, that her time to pass would soon come in an instant. She had lunch plans with her dear friend Lillian the day she died. She was also preparing to leave on yet another vacation with her husband, kids and mother-in-law, and they would have been joined later in the week by those two great-nephew babalings she loved so much. (And oh yes, the babalings’ parents were coming to join the fun, too.)

While it ended far too soon, Sue lived her life fully and completely, not wasting a second. Busy, productive, and oh so loved, right up until the end. She leaves a “Sue” shaped hole that her family and friends don’t know how to fill. We can’t and we won’t. We will leave the light on in her honor, and we will carry the ball forward the best we can, guided and strengthened by the eternal echoes of Sue’s so-often-shared words of encouragement and advice.

 

Cynthia B. Shulman

September 23, 2021

Mother, Matriarch, and Community Leader

 

Cynthia Brezniak Shulman left peacefully on the morning of September 23 in her home at Newbridge on the Charles. She had suffered a stroke in early August, a few days after celebrating her 90th birthday with friends and extended family. She leaves three children, four grandchildren, a great-grandchild, a sister, devoted nieces and nephews, countless friends, and a legacy of community service, leadership, and love.

Cynthia was born on August 6, 1931, to Frank and Sonia Brezniak. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from the Russian Pale of Settlement who met in Boston after World War I. When she was six, Cynthia and her family moved from a second-floor apartment in Dorchester to a new home in Newton Center just a short walk to Temple Emanuel. Both she and her parents became cherished lifelong members of that congregation.

In the Spring of 1948 Cynthia graduated from Dana Hall High School. That summer she met Leon Shulman, a World War II veteran from Brookline, at a baseball game at Cleveland Circle. Four years later, after she completed her degree in Political Science at Smith College, Cynthia and Leon were married. The couple started their family in a rented apartment not far from the place they’d met. With their second child on the way, the family moved to a home in Newton Center, just down the street from where Cynthia’s parents lived. Her three sons, Steve, Ken, and Billy, walked to the John Ward Elementary School just as she had.

Like her parents, Cynthia made community and service into a way of life, beginning with a stint on the Ward School PTA and several seasons as a cub scout den mother. The qualities that distinguished her throughout her life—intelligence, commitment, and compassion—led her to myriad organizations and leadership positions. She served as both Campaign Chair and Chairperson at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston, where she and her husband endowed the “Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program.” She was President of the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee and was later named a Brandeis University Trustee. At Hebrew Senior Life, a cause also dear to her parents, Cynthia served as President of the Women’s Auxiliary, and was the first woman to serve as HSL chairperson.

For Cynthia, leadership was about communication. She was a gifted writer and captivating public speaker. At meetings, whether formal or informal, she strove, and usually succeeded, to make participants and stakeholders feel seen and heard. She didn’t shy away from strong opinions. Instead, she helped colleagues express those opinions in a manner that could best lead to consensus. Heated debate became respectful and productive discussion. Relationships grew stronger and deeper. Groups coalesced. And that collegial spirit spread through entire organizations.

Above all, Cynthia was most proud of her family. The multigenerational Shulman clan enjoyed traveling together—to Alaska, Africa, Colorado, Guatemala, Israel, and most recently to Germany and the Netherlands—where Cynthia, at 86-years-old, insisted on scrambling up the steep narrow stepladder that led to the attic of the Anne Frank House. She was the center and soul of a loving community she helped create and nourish—a community that helped sustain her after Leon’s death in 2011. And she enjoyed a rare bond with her grandchildren and their partners, and with her nieces, nephews, and their children and grandchildren.

She leaves her son Steven and his wife Debra Yanofsky of Brookline; her son Ken and his companion Francesca Casella of Cambridge; and her son Billy and his wife Wendy of Needham. She leaves beloved grandchildren Harrison Shulman, his wife Emma, and their son Silas of Lincoln; Andrew Shulman of Los Angeles; Sophie Shulman of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; and Simon Shulman of Boston. She also leaves a sister, Renee Glazier, of San Antonio, Texas; sister-in-law Ann Lord, wife of the late Eugene Brezniak, of Brookline, and scores of adoring friends including the fabled “Hannukah Group,” a group of nine young couples who remained close friends for seven decades.

Funeral services will be held outdoors at Temple Emanuel in Newton, on Sunday, September 26 at 2:00 pm. After a private burial, the family will observe the first day of Shiva at the Temple, also outdoors. For the remaining Shiva, the Shulman family will receive friends and relatives beneath a tent at the home of Steven Shulman and Debra Yanofsky in Brookline on Monday and Tuesday 2-6:30 pm and Wednesday 2-7:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers and food, please consider a donation in Cynthia’s honor at:

The Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program at CJP  or

Hebrew Senior Life

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