HAROLD S. TOBIAS, A Go-To Guy: Harold S. Tobias was someone that people would turn to.
Mr. Tobias, 82, of West Bloomfield, died June 10, 2001. He was a Navy captain in World War II.
"He was a very kind and generous man, and very connected with people," said Barbara Gordon, his daughter. "He had an endless capacity to be open to people, everyone became part of his family. He was often asked to do special projects or be on committees for Temple Israel."
Mr. Tobais was a certified public accountant and partner in Tobias, Tobias, Vandeputte and Skulsky. At Temple Israel, he served as a board member and was a past president of the brotherhood. He was a representative of the temple in Synagogue 2000.
A member of Perfection Lodge, he sat on the boards of the ALS Association and Wayne County Family Services and worked on committees at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and Temple Israel.
Two years ago, Mr. Tobias' family gathered in Mexico to honor his 80th birthday. "He didn't want a party, he just wanted his family with him -- and 36 went," said Mrs. Gordon. "He seldom missed an event that any of his grandchildren were in. Whether it was sports or plays or recitals, he tried to get to everything."
Ruth, his wife of 15 years, said he was a man of integrity and ethics. "Right was right, but he was tolerant of other people's failures," she said. "He was not judgmental. He liked everybody -- he never saw anything bad in anybody. Consequently he brought out the best in other people. He was just a loving, wonderful human being."
It was a second marriage for both of them. "We were both widowed, and a mutual friend made sure that our two lives met," she said. "It was instant recognition that we both had something special between us. We brought happiness from our past lives, but we certainly were enriched with each other."
An avid symphony goer, Mr. Tobias loved opera, and traveling to Europe, Israel and New York.
Mr. Tobias is survived by his wife, Ruth Tobias; children, Barbara "Bobbi" and Robert Gordon of Huntington Woods, Dr. Terry Tobias and Dr. Matthew Eisen of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Sherri Tobias, Dr. Morris and Laurie Podolsky, Dr. Arnold Podolsky, Dr. Daniel and Dr. Carol Podolsky, Jonathan and Ann Podolsky, Maribeth and Steve Lerner; brother and sister-in-law, Julian and Evelyne Tobias; grandchildren, Andrew Tobias, Joshua and Alyssa Tobias, Erika Tobias, Danielle Tobias, Arianna Gordon, Zachary Gordon, Benjamin Gordon, Noah Eisen, Lily Eisen, Rebecca Podolsky, Zachary Podolsky, Joshua Podolsky, Erin Podolsky, Gabriel Podolsky, Matthew Podolsky, Michael Podolsky, Anna Podolsky, Andrew Lerner, David Lerner, Elizabeth Podolsky, Stephanie Podolsky, Neela Podolsky; great-grandchild, Cady Tobias.
He was the beloved husband of the late Helen Tobias; the loving father of the late Charles Tobias and the late Lynn Podolsky.
Interment was at Beth El Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Tobias Fund at Temple Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield, MI 48323. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
DAVID FRANKEL, 53, of Dearborn, died June 10, 2001. He was a retired, men's clothing consultant.
He is survived by his partner of 20 years, Connie Leroy; son, Tom Leroy; sister and brother-in-law, Susan and Michael Fried of Wisconsin; stepmother, Bette Borin. He was the beloved son of the late Jay and the late Mildred Frankel.
Interment at Beth El Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ESTELLE GOLDSTEIN, 73, former Detroiter of Coconut Grove, Fla., died June 10, 2001.
She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Rochelle and William Elson, Gayle Goldstein, Cheryl Walter; sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Lisa Goldstein, Andrew (Ellyn Rubin) Goldstein, Jeffrey and Jennifer Goldstein, Michael Goldstein, Marc (Paul Wolfe) Goldstein; sisters, Irene Lubin, Odell Weinberg, Karen Bloom; nine grandchildren. She was the wife of the late Nathaniel Goldstein.
Contributions may be made to the Jewish Association for Residential Care.
SHIRLEY D. MOSS, 76, died June 8, 2001. She attended Durfee Middle School and graduated from Central High School in 1943. She attended Wayne University for a year before going to work for the government selling World War II bonds.
For a while, she worked for her dad, who operated and owned Orleans Packing Co., a string of wholesale meat outlets headquartered in Detroit's Eastern Market. She also wrote for the Southfield Sun newspaper about the social and educational scene in Washington Heights after the family moved there by winning the 1955 Builders Home and Flower Show Ideal Home. She enjoyed playing bridge, mah jongg and canasta. In addition, she played piano, loved Broadway musicals and enjoyed art. She was a Cub Scout den mother.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Tony (Sue Duberstein) Moss of Philadelphia; daughter and son-in-law, Adrienne and Harry Weiss of Pittsburgh; granddaughters, Johanna and Rebecca Moss, Elizabeth Weiss. She was the beloved wife of the late Jacques L. Moss; loving sister of the late Dr. Donald A. Simon.
Graveside services were held at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak.
Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 16310 W. 12 Mile, Southfield, MI 48076 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by the Dorfman Chapel.
REVA KLAYMER, 83, of Southfield, died June 7, 2001. She was a nursery school teacher.
She is survived by her daughter, Leora Klaymer and her partner, Joan LaCalle. Mrs. Klaymer was the beloved wife of the late Israel Klaymer.
Contributions may be made to the Jewish Association for Residential Care. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
LAURENCE R. LEVETT, 55, of West Bloomfield, died June 7, 2001. He was a certified public accountant and member of the Accountants Guild.
He is survived by his parents, Roy and Marilyn "Penny" Levett of West Bloomfield; brother and sister-in-law, Alvin Levett and Dr. Marilyn Hamer of West Bloomfield; sister and brother-in-law, Grace and David Laverdiere of Troy.
Interment at Oakview Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ZACHARY ADAM POLASKY, 16, of Owosso, died June 7, 2001. He was a student at Perry High School in Perry and a member of Temple Beth-El in South Bend, Ind.
He is survived by his father, William M. Polasky of Owosso; mother, Edwina M. LaGrand of Neoeesha, Kan.; brother, Benjamin Hollis Polasky; half-sisters, Betty Michelle Polasky, Sara LaGrand; grandparents, Frank M. and Frumeth Polasky of Saginaw; aunts, Wendy (Roy) Good of Sarasota, Fla., Dr. Diane Polasky of Albuquerque, N.M.; great-aunts, Marianne Smith of Bay City, Linda Parks of Farmington Hills; great-uncle, Robert Schiff of Oakland, Calif.
Graveside services were held at Hebrew Memorial Cemetery in Saginaw. Contributions may be made to the Saginaw Jewish Welfare Fund. Arrangements by Penzien & Steele Funeral Home, Bay City.
YETTA ROSENBERG, 78, of Miami, died June 7, 2001.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Sidney Rosenberg of New York, Richard and Patricia Rosenberg of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Ian, Matthew, Joshua and Daniel; brother, Henry Tryangel. She was the beloved wife of the late Max Rosenberg.
Interment at Cedar Park Cemetery in New Jersey. Contributions may be made to Young Israel of New Hyde Park. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ADELE APPLEBAUM, 92, of Houston, Texas, died June 6, 2001. She was a volunteer at the Leukemia Foundation and Sinai Hospital.
Mrs. Applebaum is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Judith Grossman of Houston, Darlene and Sam Reiner of Houston; grandchildren, Steven and Jill Grossman; great-grandchildren, Evan and Hayden Grossman; brother and sister-in-law, Leo and Estelle Trompeter.
Interment at Machpelah Cemetery. Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
MARGO GLAZER, 39, of Southfield, died June 6, 2001. She was a librarian with a degree in journalism and a master's degree in library science.
Ms. Glazer is survived by her father and his wife, Dr. Howard and Melissa Glazer of Highland; mother and her husband, Eleanor and Morton Davidson of Bloomfield Hills; sisters and brother-in-law, Dr. Michelle and Craig Zucker of Huntington Woods, Joni Glazer of Madison Heights, Jessica Glazer of Highland; grandmother, Yetta Pernikoff of Southfield. She was the loving granddaughter of the late Samuel Pernikoff, the late Jack Glazer and the late Rose Glazer.
Interment at Beth El Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ALEXANDRA KALAYDJIAN BLUM, 31, of Grosse Pointe Park, died June 5, 2001. She had a master's degree in Women's Studies and was working on her master's of social work. She was also a fund-raiser for the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research and was active with the Sierra Club, Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah and with the Jewish Association for Residential Care.
Mrs. Blum is survived by her husband, Ron Blum; parents, Armen and Katherine Kalaydjian, Audrey Riethmiller; sister, Amanda Kalaydjian; brother, Adam Kalaydjian; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Denise and Larry Fisher of Illinois.
Interment at White Chapel Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 111 Stewart Avenue, Bethpage, N.Y. 11714. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
DOROTHY GLICKER, 83, of Oak Park, died June 5, 2001.
She is survived by her daughter, Sherry Beth Glicker of Oak Park; brother, Max Pleasant of Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughter, Tiffany Jones. She was the loving mother of the late Sanford Goodman; loving sister of the late Adolph Pleasant.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Services and interment at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
SOPHIA LEEMON, 87, of Oak Park, died June 5, 2001.
She is survived by her son, David Rosen of Northville; daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Sheldon Rocklin of Farmington Hills; grandchildren, Andrew and Leigh Rocklin, Marla and Ron Jansen, Michael and Stacey Rocklin, Wendy Rosen, Jill Rosen; great-grandchildren, Sydney Rosen, Alexander Rocklin, Olivia Rocklin, Ethan Rocklin. She was the beloved wife of the late Manny Rosen and the late Jack Leemon; loving mother of the late Marcia Jean Rosen; loving daughter of the late Abe and Pauline Flashenberg; loving mother-in-law of the late Estelle Rosen; dear sister of the late William Flashenberg.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 212, Southfield, MI 48075 or to a charity of one's choice. Services and interment at Machpelah Cemetery. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
ANDREA PERRY, 57, of Bloomfield Hills, died June 5, 2001. She was a teacher at Hickory Grove Elementary School.
She is survived by her husband, Stephen Perry; son, Joshua Perry of Bloomfield Hills; mother, Sara Eason of Farmington Hills; brother, David Eason of Farmington Hills. Mrs. Perry was the loving daughter of the late Jack Eason.
Interment at Machpelah Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Gilda's Club, Jewish Association for Residential Care or Beaumont Hospice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ROSALIND ELAINE SILVERMAN, 64, of Bloomfield Hills, died June 5, 2001.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Silverman; son and daughter-in-law, Allan and Ellie Bittker of West Bloomfield; daughter, Sheryl Bittker of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Jason an Susie Bittker and Justin Bittker; father, Dr. Samuel Goss of Southfield. She was the loving daughter of the late Ruth Goss.
Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Karmanos Cancer Institute. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
LEAH V. LIPSHY, 89, of Southfield, died June 4, 2001. She was a retired Detroit elementary school teacher, active in the Democratic Party and an avid bridge player.
Ms. Lipshy is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Aron and Janice Lipshy of Roseville; grandchildren, Brian and Anna Lipshy, Jeremy and Amy Lipshy; great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Angie. She was the loving mother of the late Stuart Lipshy and the late Michael Lipshy.
Interment at Workmen's Circle Cemetery. Contributions may be directed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ERNESTINE MEDOW, 86, of Bloomfield Hills, died June 4, 2001. She was a data supply secretary, active with the National Jewish Hospital in Denver for Asthmatic Children and a member of the Livonia Jewish Congregation Sisterhood (Beth Chodesh).
Mrs. Medow is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Gerald Medow and Judith Kudla of Bloomfield Hills. She was the beloved wife of the late Irving Medow; loving mother of the late Laurence Medow and the late Louis Medow.
Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Children's Leukemia Foundation. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
SIDNEY FRANK SCHARE, 73, former Detroiter of Clermont, Fla., died June 4, 2001. He was an owner/operator of a custom draperies store.
He is survived by his sons and daughter-in-law, Manny Schare of Hollywood, Calif., David and Amy Schare of Las Vegas, Nev.; daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Matthew Sherr of Clermont; graddaughter, Brooke.
Arrangements by Beth Shalom Memorial Chapel, Orlando, Fla.