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Obituaries

Don Ribatt

January 31, 2021

Don Ribatt of Mashpee, MA and Palm Beach Gardens, FL passed away on January 31, 2021 after a two year battle with cancer.  Loving husband of Roberta “Bobbie” Siegel Ribatt. Adoring father of Gregg Ribatt and his wife Polly Ross Ribatt, and deceased daughter, Lisa Ribatt.  Cherished grandfather of Emily, Alexa and Jason Ribatt and loving family member of Priscilla Singleton-Eriyo.  Dear brother-in-law of Beverly Bloch and loving uncle to Jaime, Michael and Jessie Bloch.  Doting great-uncle to Ethan and Avery Bloch.  Loving cousin to Bobby, Ruthie and Vicki, Steven and Judy, Janet and Bob among many others.  Former senior executive in the footwear industry.  Was a life long special friend and family member to many.

 

Carolyn (Cassell) Kozloff

January 29, 2021

Kozloff, Carolyn (Cassell) of Chestnut Hill passed away at home on January 29, 2021 after a long battle with cancer. Beloved daughter of the late Alex and Ruth Cassell. Survived by her dearly beloved son Anthony Kozloff of North Chelmsford, most cherished sister Elaine Hogan of CA, and her son Jason, beloved brother Stuart Cassell, his wife Mary Rose Cassell of MO and sons Ben and Joshua of WA. Also survived by loving cousins in CA, MA, and MO. A private graveside service was held on February 1, 2021 at Beit Olam Cemetery in Wayland. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen Street, Framingham MA, 01701.

 

Lana Michelle Sokolove

January 28, 2021

Lana Michelle Sokolove, 73, of Needham, on Thursday, January 28,2021. Cherished and deeply loved Mother of Joanna Ross Kandel and her husband Bruce of Boca Raton, FL, and the late Adam Bascomb Ross. Beloved Grandmother (Gigi) of Ramsey and Roman Gale of Boca Raton, FL. Adored sister of Tony Summers and his wife Carol, Gene Summers and his wife Marcia, and Patty Lank and her husband, Johnny, all of Newton. Treasured daughter of the late Joe and Sybil Summers. She was also loved by many adoring nieces and nephews and lifelong, loyal, and dearest friends who are like family. There was no one more generous and caring than Lana with both her heart and her time. Her extraordinary beauty, grace, and shining light will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Friends of Dana Farber, Lana Sokolove Fund, 450 Brookline Avenue, SW 120, Boston, MA 02215.

Service Recording:https://viewneral.zoom.us/rec/play/oCZuUd2DvYT6vlsYmX0_rda4vaQQMcaZDImMlxuCnfMCuW71wqu34TRbVPSMDL3R6WxIrSNIL0Xar34T.yzPFZGAVqhgI7znP

Burton W. Gerrig

January 28, 2021

Burton W. Gerrig of Revere passed away peacefully in his home in Ashland, MA on January 28, 2021 at the age of 92 with his daughter by his side. By the many who knew him, he was known as Burt, Barry or Lefty and as Pa by his beloved grandchildren. Burt was born in Revere, MA on March 19, 1928. He was the son of Samuel and Rose Gerrig. He was the husband of the late Marcia Gerrig and father to his wonderful sons, Robert and the late Daniel Gerrig, and his cherished daughter Jennifer. Burt grew up in Revere, MA and raised his children in Marblehead. He was a veteran of the Korean War, an Attorney, and a trusted friend to many.  He spent most of his life practicing law in both Chelsea and Revere where many came to know him as Lefty and would often be seen walking the streets of Chelsea with a newspaper in hand. Burt was a loyal and trusted friend to many of those who had the pleasure of meeting him.

Burt was adored by his five grandchildren: Craig, Christopher and Brian Walsh of Medway, MA and Aylon and Ariella Gerrig of Leesburg, VA. He had no greater joy than watching his grandchildren’s endeavors, whether it was football, lacrosse, baseball, soccer, tennis or acting. You would often see Burt strolling the sidelines or cheering them on from the stands with a proud grandfather’s voice.

A graveside service will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in South Natick on Monday, February 1 at 12:00 PM.

Shiva will be private.

Allen M. Lieb

January 27, 2021

Allen M. Lieb of Salem, New Hampshire, formerly of Lynnfield/West Peabody MA died on January 27, 2021 at Holy Family Hospital, Methuen, MA, due to complications of Covid-19. He was 76 years old. He was the loving and devoted husband to Georgann Finberg Lieb, his wife of 33 years, and loving and devoted father of Benjamin A. Lieb and his wife Jessica Costigan Lieb of Salem, NH. His career as an architect spanned over 50+ years. He founded Allen Lieb Architects & Associates, PC. in 1980. Over the years, he received many design awards from prestigious groups such as Boston Society of Architects, Boston Architectural College, National Historic Preservation Society, and many more. He also served as a teacher and lecturer at institutions of higher learning such as the Boston Architectural College and Massachusetts College of Art.

Mr. Lieb was a patriot and a proud veteran serving in the US Coast Guard reserves. In addition he was co-founder of the Annual 4th of July Celebration in Lynnfield. Over the years his community service was varied and dedicated. He was an active volunteer in many capacities including volunteering for the Marblehead Police Department as a reserve Sergeant, Chairman of the Lynnfield School Building Committee, and Board member of the Cedar Pond Condominium Association. Mr. Lieb was a member of the Mount Scopus Lodge A.F. & A.M. and MA Consistory Scottish Rites 32 (degree) Mason and the Aleppo Temple A.A.O.N.M.S. Allen was a proud member of the American Legion Post 131 Lynnfield. Allen made friends wherever he went, especially his favorite, Home Depot!!!

In addition to his wife and son, Allen Lieb is survived by his loving sister-in-law Pauline Finberg of Peabody; Sister Beverly Hyde of Mashpee, Philip Hyde of the Netherlands, Marla Hyde, Mashpee and Nancy Garwood, Upton. Additional family members are David Lieb, Salem, MA and Julie Lieb, Marblehead, as well as many other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services are private.

In lieu of flowers can be made to the New England Center and Home for Veterans, 17 Court Street, Boston MA 02108, or Friends of the Lynnfield Senior Center, Attn: Friends Donation, 525 Summer Street, Lynnfield, MA 01940.

 

Garrett N. Role

January 25, 2021

ROLE, Garrett Nathan, 30, of Ashland, MA passed away on January 25, 2021. Beloved son of Chuck Role and Donna (Shriber) Role of Ashland, MA. Cherished brother of Amanda M. Role and fiancé, Michael Golden of Upton, MA. Loving father of Jayla M. Role. Grandson of Alvin Role and the late Barbara Role and Malcolm Shriber and the late Roberta Shriber.  He also leaves behind many adoring aunts, uncles, cousins, and special friends. Garrett was born on August 23, 1990 in Boston, MA and was a graduate of Ashland High School class of 2009. Among his life’s joys were sports and working out…especially playing on the soccer field, golfing, and tennis. He was an enthusiastic Patriots fan, attending many games with his family. His other interests included movies (even starring in a short film), family bonding, chilling with friends, rocking a fresh pair of kicks, and most of all sharing the greatest moments with his daughter! Garrett will forever be remembered for his boyish charm, infectious smile, and empathetic soul…which touched many walks of life, young and old.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christmas in the City, a charity event near and dear to Garrett’s heart.

http://christmasinthecity.org

Faye Neiberg

January 24, 2021

Faye passed away on January 24, 2021.

Faye was born in Winthrop, MA on November 26, 1946.  She was a North Shore girl who grew up in Lynn and moved to Newton 50 years ago when she married her beloved Donald Neiberg.  She always said that in her heart she belonged by the beach, but that didn’t stop her from becoming an active member of the Newton community.

Faye was a selfless and caring woman who loved Judaism and community.  Faye was a very active member of Temple Emanuel in her younger years and an integral member of the Boston area Jewish community.  She was a teacher at the Temple Emanuel Nursery School, volunteered at Temple Emanuel as president of the Sisterhood and as president of the Schechter PTA when her kids were young, was an active member of Hadassah, and the list goes on.  Faye lived her life by the book of “the right thing to do”, but really, she lived by the golden rule, do unto others as you would have done to you.  Faye visited with the sick and lonely, and was there to help her friends and family in times of joy and sorrow.  She was the first to bring food or just a hand to hold.  Many will remember her as being like a Mom to them, providing support they didn’t even know they needed.

Faye is survived by her beloved husband, Donald Neiberg (of Newton, MA), her beloved son and daughter- in- law Brian and Sharon Neiberg (South Windsor, CT),  her beloved daughter and son- in- law Marcia Neiberg and Tai Senior (Newton, MA), and her cherished grandchildren, Sam and Josh Senior, Sarah and Isla Neiberg. She is also survived by her dear sister Sandra Bornstein and her late brother- in- law Edward Bornstein (Danvers, MA), sister- in- law Betty Stahl, and her late brother Gerald Stahl, as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Marcia Blau

January 23, 2021

Blau, Marcia (Fritz), of Sharon, MA, passed away at home surrounded by her loved ones, January 23, 2021. Beloved wife of Dennis Blau. Loving mother of Scott Blau and his wife Karen Blau, Stacey Badejo, and Robert Blau. Cherished grandmother of Billy Blau and his wife Danielle, Nikki Hershman and her husband Shaun, Katherine Blau, Eddie Badejo, Tracey Blau, and Skylar and Matthew Blau. Proud great grandmother of Emilia and Fiona Hershman, Nova and Khloe Blau, and Logan Acala. Loving sister of Louis Fritz, Kenneth Fritz, Deborah St. Martin, and the late Rita Santoli, and Ronald Fritz. Marcia lived in Sharon, MA for the last 60 years bringing up her family, she always enjoyed summers in Nantasket. Marcia’s life was dedicated to the wellbeing of her family, always promoting the importance of family gatherings, Jewish traditions, and good food surrounded by the ones she loved. Her door was always open, and food was always prepared for family. She was stubborn and unapologetically herself. She always enjoyed herself at Foxwoods. She will be missed by her family, and friends. Funeral services will be private.

Rosalyn E. Channen Hootstein

January 23, 2021

Rosalyn E. Channen Hootstein, of Needham, in her 97th year, passed away peacefully at her home on January 23, 2021. Forever in our hearts and memories, Rosalyn was the beloved wife for 66 wonderful years of Meyer “Milton” Hootstein, who passed away at the age of 93 in 2017. She was the loving mother of both sons Michael Hootstein and his wife Kathy (Stein) and David Hootstein and his wife Liz (Cline). She was greatly cherished by her grandchildren: Davina, Laurel and her partner Patrick, Melissa and her husband Michael, William and his wife Janine, Matthew, Sara, and her beloved great-grandchildren: Giovanni, Javian, Anna, Benjamin, Hailey and Cameron. Rosalyn was predeceased by her parents, Frances (Castaline) and Harry Channen, and her sister Evelyn Channen Kaswell. She leaves her loving sister Beverly Channen Ganz (Joseph Ganz), her dear sister-in-law Janice Hootstein Newman and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be private following COVID protocols and restrictions. Donations may be made in Roz’s memory to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.

David M. Wexler

January 23, 2021

David M. Wexler, of Newton, passed away on January 23, 2021 at 71 years old. David was the loving father of Laurie Wexler Gerber and Jennifer Wexler, and the proud grandfather of Madeline Gerber. David will also be missed by his older brother Stephen Wexler and Stephen’s wife, Bette. David was the youngest son of the late Irving and Leona Wexler, stepson of Irving Kleinberg, the beloved husband of the late Sandra (Titelbaum) Wexler and former husband of Gerry (Penn) Wexler.

David was a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for his whole career. David joined Tofias, Fleishman, Shapiro as his first job out of college and grew to be a Partner and Manager. He continued his career working with architectural and engineering firms and served as CFO for Cubellis, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, and Mount Vernon Group Architects. Ultimately, he started his own firm, Wexler & Associates PC.

He was a remarkable CPA, fueled by an incredible love for his clients and passion for life. His clients have recited how wonderful David was, not only as an accountant, but also as a business advisor and as a friend. He was warm, generous, thoughtful, trustworthy and always optimistic. David will be missed so very much.

Funeral services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations in David’s memory may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 209 West Central St., Natick, MA 01760.

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