Gerald Clymer, 75, of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of West Hartford, died Tuesday, November 23, 2004. Born in Hartford, he was the son of the late Hyman and Esther (Zieky) Clymer. He was a 1957 graduate of the UConn School of Pharmacy and a US Army Veteran of the Korean War. He was a former member of the Agudas Achim Synagogue, West Hartford. He leaves his wife, Fremet (Tondow) Clymer, two daughters: Jill C. Jacques of West Hartford, and Shelly Clymer of Windsor; three grandchildren: Emilee, Amanda and Jessica Jacques; three brothers: Leonard Clymer and his wife Fay of East Lyme, Stanley Clymer of East Hartford, and Ronald Clymer and his wife Deborah of East Hartford; and a sister, Merle Cohen and her husband Jerry of Delray Beach, FL. He was predeceased by his brother, Edward Clymer. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, November 28, 2004 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford with interment in the Hartford Sick Benefit Society Cemetery, Garden Street, Hartford. A memorial period will be observed at the home of his daughter, Shelly, 15 Whitward Place, Windsor, following the funeral through Tuesday evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Association, 5 Brookside Blvd., Wallingford 06492.
Betty Herbach Treske
TRESKE, Betty R. (Herbach) Treske, 77, of Fern Street, West Hartford, died Friday, November 26, 2004 at John Dempsey Hospital, Farmington. Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Lillian (Becher) Herbach. Betty was a purchasing agent for the Department of Administrative Services for the State of Connecticut for 19 years before she retired in 1990. She also volunteered at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington. She leaves her husband, Donald R. Treske; a son, Bruce Treske and his wife Joan E. Treske of Willingboro, NJ; three daughters, Jill Scully of West Hartford, Gail Treske of Glastonbury, and Hillary Hykin and her husband Craig J. Hykin of Westerville, OH; four grandchildren, Scott Treske and his wife Emily, Jennifer Scully, Amanda Hykin and Rebecca Hykin; her sister-in-law, Florence Herbach of Bloomingdale, IL; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Donald Herbach. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2004 at 10:30 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett officiating. Interment will follow in the Hartford Mutual Society Cemetery, East Granby. A memorial period will be observed at her home, 473 Fern St., West Hartford, Tuesday following the funeral through noon Friday. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Heart Association, 5 Brookside Blvd., Wallingford 06492 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Morton H. Gavens
Morton H. Gavens of Bloomfield and Longboat Key, FL passed away on Friday, (November 26, 2004) at the age of 77. Mort was born in Hartford, the beloved son of Jack and Mary Gavensky on July 16, 1927. He was a graduate of Hartford Public High School. During World War II he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and later served with the 411th Military Government Detachment of the U.S. Army Reserve. He attended Trinity College in Hartford and graduated from the School of Business Administration of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He entered the public accounting profession upon graduation and earned the Certified Public Accountant designation in 1953. He then established his own accounting practice in New Britain and was joined shortly thereafter by his brother, Seymour, beginning a relationship which lasted over 40 years. In 1966 he was a founding partner of Blum, Gavens and Kaplan of West Hartford which became one of the leading accounting firms in Connecticut. This organization subsequently evolved into Blum Shapiro and Co., a major public accounting firm in New England with national recognition. Mort was a teacher, lecturer and speaker on accounting and financial subjects to many groups in the area. He also wrote numerous articles for accounting publications. He chaired and served on committees of the Connecticut Society of Certified Public Accountants (CSCPA) including its Ethics Committee and Trial Board. After serving on its Board of Governors and in officer positions, he was elected President of the CSCPA. He also served as Connecticut delegate to the Governing Council of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He served as trustee and subsequently chairman of the Educational Trust Fund responsible for development of a program of financial support for accounting doctoral candidates at the University of Connecticut. In 1988 he was named Connecticut Accountant of the Year by the UConn Business School Honor Society. He is survived by his widow, the former Lorraine Gross, and two sons and their wives, Larry and Marlene Gavens of Suffield, and Mark and Jane Gavens of Los Angeles, CA; as well as his adored granddaughters, Shaina, Lindsey and Jordon. He is also survived by his brother and wife Seymour and Annette Gavens of West Hartford; sister Etelle Wachs of Hypoluxo, FL; sister Leny Cohen of Sarasota, FL; and sister-in-law Selma Keitlen of Boynton Beach, FL. His family appreciates the assistance provided during his illness by the McLean Hospice and especially Judith Conley, R.N. A memorial service will be held at 12 Noon on Tuesday, November 30, at Congregation Beth Israel, 701 Farmington Ave., West Hartford. The family will receive friends at Morton and Lorraine Gavens' home at 15 Caramoor Place (Balbrae) in Bloomfield following the Memorial Service and on Wednesday, December 1, from 6-9 p.m. It was Mort's sincerest wish that any donations in his memory be sent to the fine facility for disabled children known as The Crotched Mountain School Foundation, Greenfield, NH 03047, Attn: M.H. Gavens Memorial Fund. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Annette Alberts Siegel
SIEGEL, Annette (Alberts) Siegel, 80, of Henley Way, West Hartford died Monday, November 29, 2004 at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center. She was the widow of Jacob I. Siegel. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late William M. and Sarah (Finkelstein) Alberts. Annette was an office manager at Phoenix Home Life before she retired. She was a member of the 55-0 Club and the Piaterer Verein Society. She leaves a daughter, Hope Dexler and her husband Steven of Glastonbury; two sons, William M. Siegel and his wife Cheryl of Amherst, NH, and Larry A. Siegel and his wife Michele of West Hartford; five grandchildren, Sheri Tanner and her husband Christopher, Robin Righter and her husband Wayne, Christopher Siegel and his wife Marci, Jennifer Magalhaes and her husband Andre, and Andrew Siegel; and four great-grandchildren, Jacob and Emma Tanner, Joseph and Ethan Righter. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 1, 2004 at 11:00 AM in the Piaterer Verein Society Cemetery, Jordan Lane Ext., Wethersfield. A memorial period will be observed at the home of her son, Larry A. Siegel, 69 Pocahontas Dr., West Hartford, Wednesday following the funeral through noon Friday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kidney Foundation of CT, 920 Farmington Ave., West Hartford 06119. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Lillian E. (Larman) Smith
Lillian E. (Larman) Smith, 92, of Tecumseh Road, West Hartford, died peacefully at home on Wednesday, December 1, 2004. She was the widow of David R. Smith. Born in Hartford, CT, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Bertha (Weiner) Larman. She was a life-long member of the Emanuel Synagogue of West Hartford and the Synagogue Sisterhood. Lillian was employed by Lane Florist for several years and then by the Hartford Board of Education. Following retirement Lillian fulfilled her lifelong desire to teach by tutoring Russian immigrants. She was an avid mahjong player and continued to play until the age of 91. She treasured the many wonderful friendships made through the game. She leaves a son, Donald A. Smith of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; a daughter Lois Goetz and her husband Ernest of Port Washington, NY; two grandsons, Gerard and Daniel Goetz; a sister, Mildred Lebowitz and her husband Albert of West Hartford; and a sister-in-law, Naomi Larman of Boynton Beach, FL. She was predeceased by her brother, Julius Larman. Lillian will be remembered for her incredible strength and determination, independent spirit, sense of humor, pride in family, especially her two grandchildren, and her acceptance of people’s strengths and weaknesses. Lillian was determined to remain in her home in West Hartford during her final years. This was achieved with the companionship and care provided by her caregiver and “best friend” Mengeh Mboob (aka Susie) and the ongoing love and support of her devoted sister Mildred. Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 3, 2004 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, with Rabbi David Small officiating. Interment will follow in the Hartford Mutual Society Cemetery, East Granby. A memorial period will be observed at her home, 27 Tecumseh Rd., West Hartford following the funeral until sundown, and Saturday evening 6-9 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to VNA Health Care Hospice, Attn: Memorial Gifts, 103 Woodland St., Hartford 06105.
Ruth (Stang) Kroff
Ruth (Stang) Kroff, of Chatfield Drive, West Hartford, widow of Raphael Kroff, died Wednesday, December 8, 2004. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Mary (Leff) Stang. She was a member of the Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford. She leaves a daughter, Leslie Neikrie of Colchester and two grandchildren: Peter Neikrie and his fiancé Amy Barnard of Hartford and Wendy Neikrie of Thornton, CO. A graveside funeral service will be held TODAY, Friday, December 10, 2004 at 12:30 PM in the Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation Cemetery, Avon with Rabbi Howard Herman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Thelma (Zener) Goldstein
Thelma (Zener) Goldstein, 94, of Kirkwood Road, West Hartford died on Wednesday, December 8, 2004. She was the loving wife of the late William G. Goldstein and the late Philip Horrow. She was very active in earlier years in community service, the Hebrew Home Auxiliary, and served for several years as chairwoman of the “Strawberry Festival” which was and still is a major fund raiser for the Hebrew Home & Hospital in West Hartford. She was a devoted mother to her son Burton Horrow and daughter-in-law Joni Horrow; devoted grandmother to Jill Wickersham of Arlington, MA and Susan Malizola of Tampa, FL; loving great grandmother to Chase and Nicole Wickersham, Carolyn Grady, and Julie and Jeremy Malizola; and loving sister to Goldie Gold of West Hartford. She also leaves many nieces, nephews and grandnieces and grand nephews. Her passing will be mourned by all who knew her. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 12 at 12:30 PM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford with Rabbi Stephen Fuchs officiating. Interment will follow in the Beth Israel Cemetery, Avon. A memorial period will be observed at her home, 16 Kirkwood Road, West Hartford following the funeral through Sunday evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hebrew Home and Hospital, 1 Abrahms Blvd., West Hartford 06117-1525.
Muriel Koplowitz of West Hartford, formerly of New Britain, died Friday, December 10, 2004 at St. Francis Hospital. Muriel was a registered nurse who worked at New Britain General Hospital, the American Red Cross Bloodmobile, and as a school nurse in the New Britain Public School system. She was a member of the Congregation Tephereth Israel in New Britain. She is survived by a nephew Marc S. Levine and his wife Tammy; Marc’s children: Greg and his wife Kuri, Abby and her husband David Cunningham, Pamela Miles and her husband Bill, and their daughters Sophie and Carly Miles, and Tammy’s children: Ross and Elizabeth Weiner. She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Sophie Koplowitz, her brother and sisters, Harold, Sadie and Daisy Koplowitz and Bessie Levine. Funeral services will be Sunday, 9:00 AM at Beth Alom Cemetery, Allen Street, New Britain. Friends may call at the home of her nephew following the funeral. Contributions in Muriel’s memory may be made to the Congregation Tephereth Israel, 76 Winter Street, P. O. Box 1642, New Britain, CT 06051. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Miriam Cohen Moskowitz
MOSKOWITZ, Miriam C. Moskowitz, 95, who was a life long resident of Willimantic, died Thursday, December 16, 2004 at Windham Hospital. She was born in Windham Hospital in 1909 to Philip and Rebecca Cohen. Miriam was one of six children. She married Samuel M. Moskowitz and had two children. Miriam and her late husband owned and operated the Star Furniture Co. in Willimantic for over 25 years and were very prominent in the business community of the city. She took an active role in the day to day operations of the business. Both Samuel and Miriam were also very active in the Jewish community of the area holding various positions of leadership in the Temple. Miriam was a strong woman who was knowledgeable about a vast array of subjects and was also an avid reader almost to the last years. She was a wonderful and loving mother, woman and an inspiration to her family. She is survived by her children, Rose and Stanton Revzon, and Philip and Rhoda Moskowitz; her grandchildren, Edward and Valerie Michaels, Rebecca and Glen Holley, Sarah Michaels, Jay Moskowitz and Michelle and Andrew Webb; and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 1:30 PM at Temple B’nai Israel, 327 Jackson St., Willimantic with Rabbi Jeremy Schwartz officiating. Interment will follow at Temple B’nai Israel Cemetery, Perkins Corner, Mansfield. A memorial period will be observed at her home. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple B’nai Israel in Willimantic. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Salo Boehm, of Elizabeth Court, Rocky Hill, beloved husband of the late Edna (Bloom) Boehm, father of Charlotte Boehm, Fredda Rago, Mitchell Boehm and Lenny Boehm and grandfather to seven, died on Saturday, December 18th at the age of 89. Born in Paulsdorf, Germany on. March 17, 1915, he was the son of the late Max and Charlotta (Kooperwich) Boehm. Salo Boehm was a Holocaust survivor and a key witness in the Nazi War Crimes Trials. A graveside funeral service will be held today at 12:45 PM in Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA. The family wishes to thank the staff at Elm Hill Convalescent Home for their wonderful care, devotion and concern. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Myer L. Kaufman
Myer L. ‘Mike’ Kaufman, of Avon died on Thursday, December 23, 2004 after a long illness. He was born in 1908 in Jamaica, NY, the son of the late Philip and Sarah Kaufman and was predeceased by his sisters Anne Shernov and Rose Weiss of Jamaica. ‘Mike’ is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Joan Wise; his sister Henrietta; his daughter Sara Lapuk and her husband Marvin of Avon; his son Daniel and his wife Susan of White Plains, NY; his grandchildren, Karen Lapuk and her husband Eric Apgar, Steven Lapuk, and Amy and Jarret Kaufman; his great-grandson, David Apgar; and several nephews and nieces. Mike loved to travel and met Joan on a cruise in 1938. They were engaged by the end of the cruise. They lived in Hartsdale, NY for forty years before moving to Southbury and then to Avon in February. A graduate of New York University, he was a member of Delta Mu Delta honorary society and practiced as a CPA for more than 60 years. During his long association with Central Synagogue in NYC he served as president of its Brotherhood. He was also the first treasurer of the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale, NY. Although a quiet, self-effacing man, he attracted people with his gentleness, honesty and insatiable intellectual curiosity. His clients became his friends, his teachers and his admirers. Mike had a lasting love of language and music and always surrounded himself with classical music. He was a talented photographer who developed and printed his own work. He started each day with the NY Times crossword puzzle and was an infallible source of words and their definitions until his death. Mike was also a devoted follower of the NY Yankees. The family wishes to thank the staff and administrators at Brightview of Avon for their extraordinary care, compassion and patience. Funeral services are private. The family will receive relatives and friends at the home of his daughter today 1-4 p.m. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford. Memorial contributions to Brightview of Avon Scholarship Fund, 220 Scoville Road, Avon 06001.
Bernie Cantor of South Windsor, passed away peacefully at the age of 85, surrounded by family and friends. He was born on August 20th, 1919. Born in New York City, he was the son of the late Nathan and Mary Cantor. He was a life long resident of the Vernon/Ellington area. Bernie was in the real estate business with his partner Louis Goldfarb since 1949 at 49 Windsor Ave. in Rockville. A former member and President of the Vernon Board of Realtors, former member and President of the Rockville Rotory Club, former member and President of the Connecticut Co-op of Manchester, former member and President of the Rockville Lions Club; former Director of Rockville Hospital; former member of the Vernon Zoning Board, and numerous other local and civic organizations. He leaves his beloved daughter and son-in-law Gail and Joe Petrowsky of Eastford; five grandchildren: Dava and Brett Siedman of Columbia, Jill Petrowsky of Vernon, David Cantor of West Palm Beach, FL, Nathan Cantor age 3, also of Florida, and sister Thelma of South Windsor. Bernie was predeceased by his son Gary who passed away three weeks ago at age 50, and by his sister Gloria. Funeral Services will be held Sunday, December 26, 10:30 AM, in the Sanctuary of Temple B’nai Israel, 54 Talcott Street, Rockville with interment following in the Knesseth Israel Cemetery, Ellington. Contributions may be made to the Nathan Cantor Educational Fund, c/o Gail Petrowsky, 82 Halls Pond Road, Eastford, CT 06242. Arrangements entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Esther (Swirsky) Below, of Colchester died Saturday, December 26, 2004. She was the widow of Lazar Below and lost her husband and children in The Holocaust. Born in Poland, she lived in Colchester most of her life. She was a member of Congregation Ahavath Achim of Colchester. She was employed by S & S Leather Co for many years before she retired. She leaves two cousins, Bessie Wittenberg of Columbia, and Lisa Kress of Belmore, NY; and many great cousins and great-great cousins. She was predeceased by her sister Bertha Cheplow. Funeral services will be held TODAY at 11:00 AM at Congregation Ahavath Achim, 84 Lebanon Ave., Colchester with interment in Colchester Ahavath Achim Cemetery, Colchester. Memorial contributions may be made to The Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, c/o Congregation Ahavath Achim. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Nathan Marshall, 84, of Fenn Rd., Newington died Saturday, December 25, 2004 at New Britain General Hospital. Born in New Britain, he was the son of the late William and Rose (Mirsky) Marshall. He graduated from Newington High School where he played varsity baseball and basketball, and attended Marshall College in West Virginia. Nathan was also a Golden Gloves boxer. He was an army veteran of World War II. Nathan was a partner with his brothers in the former Marshall Farms in New Britain, Newington and Farmington, which included a dairy farm, fruit and vegetable stand, and breeding and racing thoroughbred horses. He was a member of Congregation Tephereth Israel of New Britain and the Jewish War Veterans. He leaves his wife of 63 years, Adeline Marshall; his daughter, Carol Haspel of Ft. Lee, NJ; four sons, Charles Marshall and his wife Chris of Titusville, FL, Edward Marshall of Newington, Richard Marshall and his wife Rosalind of Plainville, and Stephen Marshall and his wife Lucinda of Newington; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his sister, Edith Fox of West Palm Beach, FL. He was predeceased by his brothers, Samuel Marshall, Morris Marshall, Harry Marshall, and George Marshall, and by his sisters, Goldie Marshall and Tammie Brody. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 27, 2004 at a time to be announced at Congregation Tephereth Israel, 76 Winter St., New Britain with interment in Beth Alom Cemetery, New Britain. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Tephereth Israel, 76 Winter St., New Britain 06052. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Judith (Mendelson) Silverstein
Judith (Mendelson) Silverstein, 84, of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of West Hartford, CT died Saturday, December 25, 2004, in Florida. She was the widow of Irving M. Silverstein. Born in Hartford, CT she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah (Solomon) Mendelson. She spent her early childhood in Norfolk, VA, returning to Hartford after both her parents died, and was raised by the parents of Shirley ‘Tibby’ Gasner Gross. Judith was a cashier at King Philip School in West Hartford, and was a friend to many of the students. She was a member of the former Beth Sholom Synagogue in Hartford. She was very active in the Pines of Delray West Women’s Club. She leaves a son, Steven J. Silverstein and his wife Andrea of Marlborough, CT; a daughter, Lois Eckstein and her husband Robert of Ann Arbor, MI; two grandchildren, David Silverstein and Julie Thulin; and a great-grandson, Jonathan Thulin. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 10:30 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT with interment in the Wolkowysker Society Cemetery, Tower Ave., Hartford, CT. Memorial contributions may be made to Hadassah, c/o Faith Helene, 43 Carlyle Road, West Hartford, CT 06117 or to B’nai Brith, 20 K Street NW - 7th Floor, Washington DC 20006.
Sylvia (Rosenberg) Schwartz
Sylvia (Rosenberg) Schwartz, 85, of Cumberland Rd., West Hartford died Sunday, December 26, 2004 at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center in Hartford. She was the widow of the late Samuel S. Schwartz. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late William and Anna (Brownstein) Rosenberg. She leaves three sons, Kenneth S. Schwartz and his wife Barbara of West Hartford, Alan M. Schwartz and his wife Lauren of Southwick, MA, and Mark B. Schwartz and his wife Margie of Wellington, FL; her daughter, Shelly Schwartz of London, England; her sister, Beatrice Rosenberg and her husband Jerome of Delray Beach, FL; ten grandchildren, Tracy Elpi, Dana Schwartz, Gregory Schwartz, Ashley Schwartz, Levin Sibley-Schwartz, Jazer Sibley-Schwartz, Robert Schwartz, Nicholas Schwartz, Jeremy Schwartz, and Katie Schwartz; and a great-granddaughter, Mikayla Schwartz. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 29, 2004 at 2:30 PM at Beth Hillel Synagogue Cemetery, Wolcott Rd., East Granby. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America, CT Chapter, 97 South St., Suite 110, West Hartford 06107. Arrangements are entrusted to Weinstein Mortuary, Hartford.
Isadore Segal, 89, West Hartford, passed away Wednesday, December 29, 2004. Born in Lebanon, CT, he was the son of the late Morris and Annie Segal. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. His beloved wife Tillie predeceased Isadore. He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Howard and Joan Segal of Norwich. He also leaves his grandchildren: Adam Segal and Lori Segal both of New York City; along with his nieces and nephews. He was one of nine children, seven of which have predeceased him. He leaves his brother Phillip Segal of Lebanon and his sister Lee of Florida. Isadore founded and ran the Ardmore Construction Company until his retirement. He was a member of the Beth David Synagogue. Funeral services will be held TODAY, Friday, December 31, 2004, at 10:30 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, with Rabbi Yitzchok Adler officiating. Interment will follow in the Beth David Synagogue Cemetery, Wethersfield. Shiva will be observed at the home of Howard and Joan Segal in Norwich. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Sylvia Bland Fund at Beth David Synagogue, 9 Dover Road, West Hartford 06119 or to the Karol Glick Fund at Beth Jacob Synagogue, 400 New London Turnpike, Norwich 06360.