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Corben Gerard Roszak
Corben will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, June 23 at Congregation Beth Hatikvah in Bremerton.
Corben is the son of Amy and Joe Roszak of Poulsbo, and brother of Madison. He is the grandson of Mary Roszak of Sheboygan, Wisc. and the late Kenneth Roszak, and the late Mildred Phillips and Leonard Kantrowitz.
Corben will be a 7th grader at Poulsbo Middle School. He enjoys computers, reading, and the outdoors. For his mitzvah project, Corben collected used eyeglasses to donate to programs that match collected prescription glasses to people in developing countries. He also created a short documentary that culminates with a stop-motion Lego segment.
To see Corben’s mitzvah project documentary, visit bit.ly/Corben or check it out on the JTNews Facebook page on June 24.
Maxwell James Bonda
Maxwell will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 23 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Maxwell is the son of Meg and Gregg Bonda of Snoqualmie and the brother of Sam. His grandparents are Dory and Fred Ratner of The Villages, Fla., Martin Bonda of Richmond, Va., and William and Geraldine Hutchison of
Maxwell will be a 7th grader at Snoqualmie Middle School. He enjoys sports, math and music. His mitzvah project was working with YouthCare, which helps get local homeless youth off the streets.
Caleb Bryan Plotnik
Amy and David Plotnik of Shoreline are pleased to announce the birth of their son, Caleb Bryan, on May 10, 2012 at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds. Caleb weighed 8 lbs., 3 oz. and measured 20 inches.
Caleb is the brother of Noah. His grandparents are Robin and Darryll Plotnik of Redmond, Julie Cook of Baltimore, Md. and the late Bryan Cook. Caleb’s great-grandparents are Donna Plotnik of Hemet, Calif. and Robert Krueger of Newcastle.
Caleb’s middle name is for his mother Amy’s father, Bryan Cook.
Esther Rose Litwack-Lang
Esther will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 9, 2012, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Esther is the daughter of John Lang and Laurie Litwack of North Bend and the sister of Naomi. Her grandparents are Emanuel and Jane Litwack of Montreal, Quebec, and Fred and Glafre Lang of North Bend.
Esther is a 7th grader at Twin Falls Middle School in North Bend. She enjoys wrestling, Judo, Ultimate Frisbee and cooking. Her mitzvah project was to collect donations for Baking for a Cure, which raises money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Keara Allison Jerome Berlin
Keara will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 16, 2012. The Berlin-Bencivengo family, members of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue, will hold the ceremony at the Seattle Children’s Theater in Seattle.
Keara is the daughter of Meredith Berlin and Larry Bencivengo of Seattle, and the sister of Anthony. Her grandparents are Nancy and Mike Berlin of Truro, Mass., Lawrence Bencivengo of Wallingford, Conn. and the late Pauline Bencivengo.
Keara is a 7th grader at Eckstein Middle School. She enjoys fencing, playing the cello and reading. Her mitzvah project is working at the North Helpline food bank and establishing a website to sell art to raise money for the Pink Polka Dots Guild for cancer care at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Hanna Rose Krasnowsky
Hanna will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 16, 2012, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Hanna is the daughter of Paul Krasnowsky of Mercer Island and Lori Krasnowsky of Bellevue. Her grandparents are Jane Rosenbaum of Portland, Ore. and the late Fred Rosenbaum and the late Bernie and Kay Krasnowsky.
Hanna is a 7th grader at Issaquah Middle School. She enjoys dance, art, drama and spending time with friends. For her mitzvah project, Hanna raised money for a special team-building structure for the camp her grandfather founded 42 years ago, Camp Rosenbaum, for underprivileged children.
Stephen L. Kessler
The world lost a kind and caring man on May 9, 2012 when Steve Kessler passed on after living with MDS for 10 years, followed by leukemia for one year. Born in NYC in 1939, he was the only child of Al and Anne Kessler, who predeceased him. He was a highly regarded investment management professional who earned the trust and respect of his clients for more than four decades. Steve will be remembered for his cordial demeanor, warm smile and friendly greetings.
A humble and ethical man, he loved to read, tell a good joke, engage in stimulating conversation, attend cultural arts events and travel the world with the love of his life, Carolyn. He participated in and proudly supported numerous Jewish, community and professional causes. He was past president of Seattle B’nai B’rith Men and a member of Herzl-Ner Tamid for over 45 years. Steve treasured his family, his greatest source of joy in life. He was a devoted husband for 49 years to Carolyn, proud father of Randy (Jennifer) and Lynore (Roland) and adoring Papa to grandchildren Avi, Eliana, Corrie, Samantha, Alexandra, TasiAna and KamoLynn. He is also lovingly remembered by a large, closely knit extended family. His legacy lives on through his family members and he will be in their hearts forever. Donations in Steve’s memory to Puget Sound Blood Center (psbc.org/gifts), Jewish Family Service (jfsseattle.org) or charity of choice. The family extends its gratitude to Steve’s oncology teams over the years for their care and support.
Daniel Sergei Gladner
Daniel will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 2, 2012, at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Daniel is the son of Bruce and Peggy Gladner of Redmond and the brother of Natanya. His grandparents are Pauline Dean of Post Falls, Idaho, and the late Wayne and Dorothy Dean, Evelyn Gladner of Alpharetta, Ga., and the late Phil and Nettie Gladner.
Daniel is a 7th-grader at the Jewish Day School of Greater Seattle and enjoys baseball, soccer, basketball, skiing, snowboarding, sailing and attending Camp Solomon Schechter. For his mitzvah project, Daniel is donating a portion of his gifts to “Save a Child’s Heart,” an Israeli-based international humanitarian project.
Rony Wiesel, a journalist who was active in the Seattle arts community, died May 4 at age 51 after a valiant 8-1/2–year battle with cancer. Mr. Wiesel served as artistic director for the Lakewood Players, and he was involved in the Northwest Screenwriters Guild. The author of short stories and full-length plays, he won an award for best creative journalism when he worked for the Tacoma News Tribune. Mr. Wiesel, an illustrator for books and medical texts, enjoyed drawing, painting and collecting golden age comic books. He was a mentor at the Seattle Kollel. His interest in environmentally responsible living extended to how he maintained his rental properties. Born in Toronto, Canada, Mr. Wiesel graduated from Beachwood High School in Cleveland and studied English Literature at Reed College. While in Oregon, he was the arts and education administrator for the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, and he was a theater artist in Portland.
Mr. Wiesel will be deeply missed by his family and friends. He is survived by his parents Pnina and Joshua Wiesel and sisters Lori Schoen and Talia Botone.
Contributions or charitable donations in Rony’s name can be sent to the Virginia Mason Foundation, http://www.virginiamason.org or 1218 Terry Ave., P.O. Box 1930 M.S. D1-MF, Seattle, WA 98111-9866, or 206-583-6083.
Julia Szilard and Shomir Chaudhuri are pleased to announce their engagement.
Julia is the daughter of Shari and Bill Roberts of Renton and Peter and Catherine Szilard of Shoreline. She is a graduate of Liberty High School and the University of Washington with her BS in Biology and BA in Spanish. She is currently a graduate student at the UW pursuing her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree.
Shomir is the son of Rita and Uttam Chaudhuri of Tacoma. He is a graduate of Curtis Senior High School and from the UW with a BS in Biology. He is currently a student in Biomedical and Health Informatics at University of Washington.
The couple will be married in August 2013.
Meta Buttnick, 1913–2012: Living the history she documented
Those close to Meta Buttnick referred to her as Meta the Meteor.
“She was just indefatigable,” said her daughter Gwen Buttnick Francis. “She would never run out of strength.”
But on April 24, Meta Bloom Buttnick finally did run out of steam. She had just turned 99. Longtime readers of this newspaper may remember her columns on Seattle Jewish history, as would members of Bikur Cholim Machzikay Hadath, where she had been documenting the synagogue’s history since the 1940s.
“Because she knew the history of so much of the Jewish community in Seattle, she could always relate to people because she knew their ancestry — oftentimes better than they knew themselves,” Francis said.
Meta was an exacting and accurate chronicler of Seattle’s Jewish history, but she also helped to create it. Her son Jack was a member of the first class of what is now known as the Seattle Hebrew Academy. She helped to co-found the Washington State Jewish Historical Society in 1968. She started the first local chapter of American Mizrachi Women, later known as AMIT, a worldwide organization that helped orphaned children in Israel. Her family was an active part of Congregation Bikur Cholim, and it was her interviews with founding members for the synagogue’s 50th anniversary in 1941 that began her ongoing documentation of Bikur Cholim’s members, rabbis and buildings for 70 years.
“Over the years she chronicled sketches of all of the rabbis who served at the Bikur Cholim and Machzikay Hadath congregations,” wrote Larry Altose, her editor at the Bikur Cholim Tribune, in an email. “She surveyed the physical history, too, covering the halls rented, sanctuaries constructed, as well as other facilities. Few synagogues can lay claim to such a well-chronicled history of their first century, so often drawn from ‘primary sources.’”
But her old typewriter didn’t stop with her own synagogue and Seattle’s pioneering Jewish families.
“She wrote the history of many other institutions. She wrote the history of Herzl,” Meta’s daughter Gwen said. “Her writing was endless.”
Outside of the Jewish community, she worked with the state historical society and had appointments from at least one Seattle mayor, to sit on a task force on bomb shelters, as well as contacts with governors such as Albert Rosellini.
Interestingly, for someone as entrenched in the Seattle community as she was, she didn’t arrive here permanently until 1939. Born in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Lithuanian immigrants, her father took it upon himself to teach the Jewish men stationed there and hold Passover seders and other holiday celebrations, which contributed strongly to Meta’s Jewish upbringing, according to a profile of Meta written for the BCMH Tribune by member Karen Treiger.
Meta’s parents sent her and her two sisters to Ireland, where they had family, to attend Trinity College. Meta then became a teacher upon her return to Fairbanks.
“At a time when it wasn’t popular, she was able to achieve high education — college degree, a Master’s degree,” said Meta’s granddaughter Gabriella Fridman.
Meta spent her post-college summers in Seattle to earn her teaching credits at the University of Washington. It was then that she met Harry Buttnick. The two were married and Meta settled here permanently in 1939. Soon after, her historical documentation began in earnest.
“She updated timelines and helped younger co-volunteers procure local historical photographs, always serving as the ‘go-to’ source to ensure an accurate account,” wrote Altose. “She took special pride in working on the 100th and 120th anniversary observances in 1991 and 2011.”
Meta’s grandchildren knew she was one of the city’s great historians, but when they were younger, “my brother, my sister and I were her whole life,” Fridman said. “Her communal work came second, her family always came first.”
Education was foremost on the agenda with Meta’s grandkids.
“She always really cared about our academics, our schoolwork,” Fridman said. “She stayed on top of every detail of our work, which was always impressive.”
Meta would, however, pull the children out of school one day a year — for the annual AMIT luncheon.
“She always wanted us to see how important it was firsthand to see a charitable institution,” Fridman said.
Growing up in the same city meant Meta’s grandchildren would spend Shabbat at her house, and would often have as many as 20 kids running through the house on a Saturday afternoon and eating the cookies she’d baked.
The Sabbath remained a central component of Meta’s life, even in her last years when it became more difficult for her to get around.
“To her it was very important to come to synagogue on Shabbos when she was able to do so,” said Rabbi Yechezkel Kornfeld of Congregation Shevet Achim on Mercer Island. “We’re very honored that the last years of her life she attended our shul.”
Meta “always carried herself in a very regal way,” Rabbi Kornfeld said. “She was very comfortable with who she was, and she was very articulate.”
Meta is preceded in death by her husband Harry Buttnick, who died in 1960. She married again in 1967, to Jack Kaplin, who died in 1974. She had three children: Jack, Morrie, who died in 2009, and Gwen; three grandchildren, Gabriella, Samantha and Harris; and one great-grandchild.
Bina Yael Alhadeff
Ty and Emily Alhadeff of Seattle announce the birth of their daughter Bina Yael on April 13, 2012, at Seattle Home Maternity Services birth center in Seattle. Bina weighed 6 lbs., 6 oz. and measured 19-1/2 inches.
Bina’s grandparents are Hali and Gerry Keeler of Groton, Conn. and Joan and Mark Alhadeff of Redmond. Bina’s great-grandmother is Beth Alhadeff of Bellevue. Bina is named after her mother Emily’s aunt, Barbara Kelco.
Emily Shayna Eastern
Emily will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on May 5, 2012, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Emily is the daughter of Stacey and Richard Eastern, and sister of Josh and Zach. Her grandparents are Sharon and Sam Eastern of Medina, Marsha Burdman of Youngstown, Ohio, and the late Kenneth Burdman.
Emily is a 7th-grader at Issaquah Middle School. She enjoys competitive dance, piano, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. Her mitzvah project was a dancewear clothing drive for Treehouse and she plans to continue volunteering with the Friendship Circle.
Jonathan Lawrence Ramsay
Jon will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on May 5, 2012 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.
Jon is the son of Michelle Brot and Doug Ramsay and the brother of Ben. His grandparents are Nathan and Gloria Brot of West Orange, N.J. and the late Robert and Ruth Ann Ramsay.
Jon is a 7th-grader at University Prep in Seattle. He plays soccer and basketball and serves on Student Council, and enjoys spending his summers at Camp Solomon Schechter. For his mitzvah project, Jon is collecting individual toiletries, such as soaps, shampoo, deodorant, and toothpaste for Angeline’s, a women’s homeless shelter in downtown Seattle.
Frieda Gelb, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at the age of 91.
Frieda was born Frieda Herz in Presov, Czechoslovakia in 1920. She survived the Holocaust, evading the Nazis by courageously hiding in the Tatra Mountains from 1942–1944 with other Slovak Jews. Following the war, Frieda returned to her hometown and married Emanuel Gelb. In 1947 she gave birth to their only child, Robert. Two years later, with her husband and son, she fled the Communist takeover of Czechoslovakia and emigrated via Canada to the United States. They initially settled in Philadelphia and then moved to Spokane, Wash. Following the births of their two grandsons, David and Aaron, Frieda and Emanuel moved to Bellevue in 1979 to be near their family. Frieda’s husband Emanuel passed away in 1996 after 50 years of devoted marriage, yet she continued to live an active life in Bellevue. In 2006 she moved to the Summit at First Hill, then in 2008 to the Kline Galland Home.
Despite the tragic losses encountered in the Holocaust, Frieda never lost her love of Judaism nor her positive outlook on life. She always had a sweet smile on her face and a kind word for everyone, and was a willing witness to history, sharing her experiences and memories of that time. Frieda always believed it was important for survivors to continue to tell their stories. She viewed life as a precious gift and appreciated each and every day.
She is survived by her son, Robert Gelb and his wife Talby of Bellevue; grandson Aaron Gelb of Los Angeles; grandson David Gelb, his wife Heather, their children — Frieda’s triplet great-grandchildren, Molly, Andy and Taylor Gelb of Los Angeles — of whom she was so proud.
A memorial service and funeral took place at Herzl-Ner Tamid Memorial Park on April 6, 2012. Donations in her memory may be made to Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, The Kline Galland Home, Congregation Shevet Achim, or Hadassah.
Victor “Vic” Hara, of Bellevue, passed away on March 24, 2012 at the age of 78. Born in Seattle to Mollie (Fisse) and Albert Hara, longtime proprietors of a fruit and vegetable stand at the Pike Place Market, Vic spent many years of his youth working at the market. Vic was a member of the U.S. Coast Guard after the Korean War and was stationed out of San Francisco on the ship Escanaba. While attending the University of Washington, where he was a member of the AEPi fraternity, he met his wife of 55 years, Adrienne Breslow. Vic worked as an accountant in the finance department at Boeing for 33 years and was a founding member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, active in the Brotherhood and taught Hebrew on Sundays. At the age of 62 Vic took an early retirement, spending his time enjoying his passions: Golf, traveling, and time with his family, and was always ready to indulge in the next Sephardic delicacy. Vic is survived by his wife Adrienne, daughters Mindy (Sandy) Salzberg and Lori (Ed) Horowitz, grandchildren Gavrielle, Geyliah and Galit Hara-Salzberg, Arieh and Mishala Horowitz, his sister, Suzanne (Harris) Falkin, and his brother, Irv (Pam) Hara. Burial services were held on Monday, March 26 at Hills of Eternity Cemetery in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to City of Hope.
Chana Lorber, beloved mother and grandmother, passed away Saturday, March 10 at the age of 91. Chana is survived by her daughter Rosalie Revesz and granddaughter Laura Revesz.
Chana was born in Warsaw, Poland and survived the concentration camps. She came to Seattle, Washington, where she had relatives, in 1951. Shortly thereafter, she married her husband of 45 years, Dow M. Lorber, who preceded her in death. Chana was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother as well as a successful businesswoman. She and her husband worked side by side at their store, Dows Economy Clothing in the Pike Place Market area for many years. She was active in many Jewish organizations including AMIT Women and Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath. She will be greatly missed by her friends and family. Donations may be made to Congregation Bikur Cholim-Machzikay Hadath or the Kline Galland Home of Seattle.
Alexander Joshua Ziontz
Alexander celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on March 24, 2012 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Alexander is the son of Ron and Michelle Ziontz of Renton and the brother of Zachary. His grandparents are Al and Lenore Ziontz of Bellevue and Jerome and Betsy Crohn of Mercer Island.
Alexander is a 7th-grader at McKnight Middle School. He enjoys playing guitar and cello, video games, track and reading. For his mitzvah project he is working with Little Kids Rock.
Israel Luis Miguel Harris
Israel will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on March 31, 2012 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Israel is the son of Anne and Ed Harris of Bellevue and the brother of Gabriela Bloom and Sam Harris. His grandparents are Anita and Richard Harris of Boca Raton, Fla., Marian Jaski of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and the late Jan Jaski.
Israel is a 7th-grader at the Jewish Day School. He enjoys hip-hop dance, ballet, piano and attending Camp Solomon Schechter. He is donating a portion of his Bar Mitzvah gifts to Mayan health care services in Guatemala.
Victor Liff, 86, died on March 22, 2011 from complications of a stroke. Victor was raised in Stockholm, Sweden, where he met his wife, Ida. They were happily married for 61 years, most of which they spent together in Seattle. Victor is survived by his wife, Ida Liff, his three daughters, Mia Mackoff, Rita Levinson and Shirley Liff-Grieff, and seven grandchildren. He was a kind and gentle soul who was loved and respected by all. An unveiling service will be held on April 6, 2012 at 10 a.m. at Herzl Memorial Park, 16501 Dayton Ave. N, Seattle.
October 17, 1934–January 25, 2012
Dick possessed a rare combination of intelligence, integrity, a generous heart and a deep love of life. He grew up in Hyde Park, Ill. the son of Irving and Silvia Senn. He attended and graduated the University of Chicago Lab School, Swarthmore College, the University of Chicago Law School and later Harvard Business School. He believed in the value of education, remaining involved with Swarthmore College throughout his life — fundraising, organizing reunions and interviewing prospective students.
Dick Senn was born Oct. 17, 1934, in Chicago and died peacefully in the arms of his beloved wife Barbara on Jan. 25, 2012, in Sonoma at the age of 77. He was as focused and disciplined on “beating” cancer as he was in his life with any other project he took on. The secret to his living well beyond any statistical probability was his fierce love of life and his strong indomitable spirit.
Dick’s adventurous spirit led him to live and work as far afield as Geneva, Switzerland, Pakistan and Southeast Asia. He loved to reach across cultural boundaries to expose others to democracy and humanistic values. After graduating from law school, he did a stint with United States Information Services in Karachi, Pakistan, where he quickly realized he didn’t belong in bureaucracy. He traveled through Southeast Asia selling mutual funds to Americans, and on to Saigon, Vietnam, before the war, where he developed and built the country’s first two large hotels.
He joined and grew Investors Overseas Service (IOS) as VP of Marketing Services in Geneva, Switzerland. While there, he became publisher of the Geneva Weekly Tribune. When he returned to the States, he applied his entrepreneurial skills as president and owner of a variety of innovative companies in computer software, health aids, solar heating panels, and started a malpractice insurance company for cosmetic surgeons. After he moved to Pacific Palisades, Calif., he began real estate development projects, which extend to the present day.
Wherever he worked, he brought the same integrity, intelligence, love of problem solving, and abundant creativity to the table. He was a true individual in the highest sense in that he did not care what others thought of him as long as he knew he was being fair. He called himself an “entrepreneurial gadfly.”
After what he called “a domestic reorganization” in 1991, he moved to Seattle, where he met Barbara Sachs via a Jewish personal ad in 1994. They married under a grove of oak trees on their property in Sonoma. He said, “Meeting Barbara was a life-defining event as I knew immediately we were ‘beshert.’ She became the love of my life.” As father of Mara and Tana, Dick took Barbara’s adult children, Deborah and Bradley, as his own.
In his personal and business dealings, Dick was known to be direct (speaking his truth in a matter-of-fact way), kind, warm, optimistic and generous of time and expertise. As he prospered, it was his priority to give back, be active in the Jewish communities where he lived, and to sit on boards.
Dick had a wacky streak, a beautiful smile, a generous heart and a dry sense of humor. Idiosyncratic, he wore cargo pants and shirts, a white cowboy hat, and followed disciplined exercise regimes. He loved chocolate as much as quality products, be it hardwood floors, new gadgets, or fine food.
Despite his well-traveled life, he was a homebody at heart, settling into the home he built with Barbara in Sonoma. Dick was a caring father and grandfather. Family and friends remember his love of cooking, especially his crepes, chocolate-chip matzoh pancakes, brisket, and chicken soup that he made with love, especially on Shabbat.
Dick worked for several political candidates, fundraising and getting out the vote. He was a deeply passionate political person. He believed campaign finance reform was the only way to change Washington. He would objectively explain why Democratic values and Democrats were the best direction for the nation so not only the few with money would benefit.
Dick is survived by his wife, Barbara Sachs-Senn; his children and their spouses, Mara (Chris), Tana (Kevin), Deborah (Robin) and Bradley (Amy); sister, Barbara Shapiro; grandchildren Noah, Sarah, Ben, Aaron, Rachel, Seth, Beatrice, Mira and his faithful cat Blackie.
He advocated and lived a life that was transformative. When asked, what is the most important thing in life, he responded “loving and relationships.”
Donations in honor of his life can be made to any of the following charities. Please note on donation “in memory of Dick Senn.” All are tax deductible. Dick Senn ’56 Scholarship Fund, Swarthmore College, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081; Commonweal Cancer Help Program Scholarship (CHP Scholarship), http://www.commonweal.org; EMET/The Pat That Helps
(a nonprofit Dick and Barbara created to provide small grants to individuals in need), 539 Broadway #D1, Sonoma, CA 95476.
Rose Grannick Dreyfuss
January 25, 1918–March 18, 2012
Rose Grannick Dreyfuss, age 94, passed away March 18, 2012, at her home in Bellevue. She was born January 25, 1918, to Ida and Nathan Grannick in New Haven, Conn., where she was raised in a loving and lively home, the sixth of nine children.
Rose married Joseph M. Dreyfuss of Wheeling, W.V., on May 30, 1946. She remembered her time as a young bride in Wheeling as one of love, happiness and adventure. Joseph preceded Rose in death on March 16, 1956.
After living in Florida and Georgia, Rose moved to Seattle in 1976. Rose worked for 17 years at the I. Magnin department store, where she developed lasting friendships with her wonderful customers and coworkers.
Rose is survived by her sister, Fay Zaglin, and brother, Morris Grannick; son, Ira and his wife, Dr. Jane Dreyfuss; daughter, Nanette and her husband, Dr. Melvin Freeman; six grandchildren: Joseph and his wife Angie Dreyfuss, Michael Dreyfuss and Anne Dreyfuss, Robert and his wife Dr. Margarita Freeman, Jacqueline Freeman, and Dr. Joseph Freeman; and five great-grandchildren: Emma, Zoe and Yosi Dreyfuss, and Ron and Emile Freeman.
The family extends its special gratitude for the loving care given to Rose by the staff of Emeritus at Bellevue and of Providence Hospice.
Rose was a longtime member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle/Bellevue.
Rose will be remembered for her love of family, sense of humor, zest for life, and love of good food and dancing.
A memorial service was held at Herzl Memorial Park in Shoreline on March 20. In lieu of flowers, donations in Rose’s memory can be made to your charity of choice.
Nikita Cali Marcou
Nikita will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on March 17, 2012, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Nikita is the daughter of Jennifer and Richard Marcou of Mercer Island and the sister of Nadia and Damon. Her grandparents are Joyce and Joseph Marcou of Lake Worth, Fla., John Hudson and Anita Colombo of Oak Harbor, and Susan and Paul Singer of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Nikita is a 7th-grader at Islander Middle School. She enjoys acting in plays and musicals, and for her mitzvah project she is raising money through bake sales benefiting UNICEF to fight hunger in Africa.
Liam Alexander Geisser
Liam will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on March 24, 2012 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Liam is the son of Adam and Mindy Geisser of Bellevue and the brother of Joshua, Eden and Rachel. His grandparents are Bob and Betty Krueger of Rancho Mirage, Calif., Mary Lee George of Asheville, N.C., Anne Geisser of St. Paul, Minn., and the late Seymour Geisser.
Liam is a 7th-grader at The Jewish Day School of Greater Seattle. He enjoys karate and playing guitar and piano. His mitzvah project is supporting Little Kids Rock, which raises money for musical instruments in underprivileged schools.
Elana will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on February 25, 2012, at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue.
Elana is the daughter of Deb and Marc Kadish of Issaquah, and the sister of Gabrielle. Her grandparents are Judith and Norman Rosenbloom of Portland, Ore., and Susi and Ira Kadish of Mercer Island.
Elana is a 7th-grader at the Jewish Day School. She enjoys swimming, volleyball, skiing, reading, traveling, listening to music, and hanging out with her friends. For her mitzvah project, she started a Youth Mitzvah Fund account and she volunteers at Eastside Baby Corner.
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