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Evan Joseph Hunt
Evan will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 22, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Evan is the son of Devra and John Hunt of Redmond and the brother of Joshua Hunt.
His grandparents are Lin Adler of San Pedro, Calif., Allen and Janet Adler of Lincoln, Calif., and John and Barbara Hunt of Madison, Wisc. His great-grandmother is Helen Fox of Seal Beach, Calif.
Evan is a 7th grader at Redmond Middle School. He enjoys reading and swimming. For his mitzvah project, Evan is donating books to foster children in King County through Treehouse.
Eva Rose Mochkatel
Scott and Lindsay Mochkatel of Kodiak, Alaska, announce the birth of their daughter, Eva Rose, on April 13, 2013. Eva has a brother, Merrik, age 2-1/2.
Eva’s grandparents are Mark and Carol Mochkatel of Camano Island and Ann Wilkens and John Stephens of California.
Her great-grandparents are Morry and Mickie Mochkatel of Bellevue, Phillip Marshall of Mount Vernon, the late Sally Marshall, and Margaret Groom and Betty Stephens of California.
Jack and Barbara Cordova
Jack and Barbara Cordova celebrate the wonderful milestone of 60 years of wedded bliss on June 7, 2013. Barbara, who moved to Seattle from her hometown of Chicago in 1943, took Jack’s hand in marriage in Jack’s native city of Seattle in 1953. The happy couple proceeded to raise their three children, Lynne, Jeff, and David, while contributing to the growth of Seattle’s business and Jewish communities — Jack as the longtime proprietor of Georgetown Pharmacy and active member of the Seattle Sephardic community, and Barbara through a number of charitable and community outlets, including as president of the local B’nai Brith chapter and as a volunteer with her beloved Seattle Symphony. These days, when not on a cruise ship, Jack and Barbara spend quality time with friends and family, including their three children, daughters-in-law Andrea and Michelle, and their four grandchildren, Shaina, Jace, Adam, and Jeremy. Should you have an opportunity to see Jack and Barbara, perhaps around the Seward Park area where they’ve maintained their residence throughout their 60 years of marriage, please be sure to congratulate them.
Shira Ariana Lyss-Loren
Shira will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on June 8, 2013, at URJ Camp Kalsman in Arlington. The family attends Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
Shira is the daughter of Julie Lyss and David Loren of Seattle, and the sister of Isaac and Aviva. Her grandparents are Joan and Allen Loren of New York, N.Y., and Esther Lyss-Greenstein and Harvey Greenstein of St. Louis, Mo.
Shira is a 6th grader at Seattle Girls School. She enjoys travel, musical theater, Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, basketball, family movie nights, hanging out with friends, and sleepovers. She is volunteering with several organizations that help feed hungry and homeless people.
Emil Isaac Talerman
Emil celebrated his Bar Mitzvah on June 1, 2013, at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Emil is the son of Dyan Simon and Eddie Talerman of Mercer Island, and the brother of Liv and Noah Talerman. His grandparents are Barbara and Michael Simon, Margaretha Talerman, and the late Alecsander Talerman.
Emil is a 7th grader at Islander Middle School. He enjoys playing soccer and basketball. For his mitzvah project, Emil is distributing toys and clothes to children in need through Eastside Baby Corner.
Micah F. Gonchar
Micah will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on June 8, 2013, at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Micah is the son of Gina and Marc Gonchar of Bellevue and the brother of Jordan and Ella. His grandparents are Fred and Lila Ehrlich of Edmonds, and Joel and Nancy Gonchar of Scarsdale, N.Y.
Micah is a 7th grader at the Jewish Day School. He enjoys building with Legos, reading Manga, playing drums, Tae Kwon Do, skiing, sports, and spending time with cousins. Micah is donating a bike pack to Herzl-Ner Tamid’s green initiative, and volunteering with The Friendship Circle.
July 20, 1933–May 14, 2013
Morris Piha (Morrie), Seattle-area real estate entrepreneur, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on May 14, 2013 after a short battle with cancer.
He was born on July 20, 1933 in Portland, Oregon to Samuel and Vida Piha, who had emigrated from the Island of Rhodes. In 1944 the family moved to Seattle to join a growing community of Sephardim from Rhodes and Turkey.
Morrie attended Garfield High School and the University of Washington, earning a degree in accounting.
After serving his country in the U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska, he returned to Seattle and soon married the love of his life, Marlene Calderon Piha. They had three children, Vicki, Sandy and Ricca.
In 1965, after working for M. Ross Downs and the Melrose Company for Herb Meltzer, Morrie opened a one-man office in the Hogue Building in downtown Seattle. Over his 48-year career the company grew into one of the largest and most well-regarded firms in the area.
Morrie was dearly loved and respected by a wide circle of friends, family, business associates and employees. He sponsored a baseball team called Morrie’s Kids, and he was fondly known to team members as Uncle Morrie. He was a founding member of ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) and a beloved member of many other social groups.
Morrie was active in communal affairs and served on several boards including Make A Wish, the Samis Foundation, Seattle Sephardic Brotherhood, and Foundation Bank. He was a longtime member of the Sephardic Bikur Holim synagogue, where he helped to maintain the Sephardic culture and customs he loved.
He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 51 years, Marlene Calderon Piha, their daughter Ricca Poll (Billy), and their son Sandy Piha (Lesley). Their beloved daughter Vicki Lynn Ashberg (Jay) preceded him in death in 2007.
Morrie was lovingly called “Popoo” to his six grandchildren he so dearly cherished…Miles, Emma, Shane, Jadon, Mitch, and Macy.
He is also survived by his brother, Victor S. Piha, sister Esther Kligerman, mother-in-law Rita Calderon, and numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom he loved so much.
Morrie touched so many lives. He was generous with his time and advice as a beloved mentor to friends of any age. He was always quick-witted and humorous, making all of those around him smile. He was also fondly known for his life’s philosophies, commonly known as Morrie-isms.
In lieu of flowers, Morrie would have loved to have donations made to the charity of your choice or to the City of Hope in memory of his daughter, Vicki Lynn.
Talia Moriah Chivo
Talia will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on May 25, 2013 at Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Talia is the daughter of Julie and David Chivo of Mercer Island and the sister of Daniel. Her grandparents are Claire and Allan Shumofsky of Fairfield, Conn., and Marion and Jack Chivo of West Vancouver, B.C. Her great-grandmother is Sarah Shumofsky of State College, Penn.
Talia is a 7th grader at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. She enjoys playing volleyball.
Jocelyn Kirsten Linnea Masen
Jocelyn will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on May 25, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. Jocelyn is the daughter of Jim Masen of Bellevue and the late Trisha Masen. Her grandparents are Richard and Karen Hogan and Gene and Cynthia Masen.
Jocelyn is a 7th grader at Tillicum Middle School. She enjoys reading, horseback riding, skateboarding, caring for animals, and travel. For her mitzvah project, she is helping Second Chance Wildlife Center in Snohomish.
A tale of love and darkness — and ultimately, light
Klaus Stern, 1921–2013
In spite of World War II closing in around them, Klaus and Paula Stern married in Germany in 1942, because, as Klaus stated in a short documentary about their survival, “two people can fight whatever comes better than one person.”
The Sterns were deported to Auschwitz nine months later. Over the next two years, Klaus survived Sachsenhausen, Flossenburg, Leonberg, and Mühldorf concentration camps, as well as death marches. Sick with typhoid when the Americans arrived, Klaus rallied through and made the slow journey back to Ahrnstadt, Germany, where he and Paula promised to meet again — if they survived. Klaus sent a note with a soldier going in the general direction of her town in the hopes it would reach her hands. It read: “Paula, I’m still alive. Wait for me.”
Klaus and Paula reunited and were married 70 years until Klaus’s passing on May 12 due to complications from pneumonia. He was 92.
After liberation it took Paula six weeks to return to Ahrnstadt. She knew her family was gone, but she was sure Klaus would be there waiting for her. “There was no doubt about it,” she said in a film segment that appeared on ABC’s Nightline. Every night in Auschwitz, Klaus sent his thoughts to her to stay strong.
“Maybe I would have gotten the feeling that Klaus was gone, and I would have given up, too,” she said.
Miraculously, the letter found its way to her, and so, eventually, did Klaus.
Klaus and Paula moved to Seattle a year later, where Klaus found work with Langendorf Bakeries. They had two children, Marvin and Marion, and later were blessed with four grandchildren.
Shortly after the Sterns hit American soil in 1946, Klaus began speaking about his experiences during the Holocaust, and in 1989 helped found the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center. Part of the center’s speakers bureau, he educated the public — particularly school groups — about the war and the consequences of intolerance up until his health began to fail in the past year.
In a comment to the Seattle Times’ obituary on May 16, a former high school teacher paid tribute to the survivor:
When queried at the end of the school year on what were the best things about the class, Klaus’ visit was always at the top of the list. He changed more lives than anyone else I’ve ever known, encouraging students to be tolerant of others and always respect human life as sacred. His horrific story of surviving Auschwitz showed kids they also could survive almost anything and come out on the other side to have a happy life. God bless dear Mr. Stern.
“Klaus Stern led by example,” said Dee Simon, executive director of the Holocaust Center. “With his support, the center now reaches over 40,000 students each year. He served on the center’s board of directors since 1989 providing a moral compass for the center’s leadership, and keeping the survivor’s perspective at the forefront. Klaus was not only a leader but a dear friend of the center. He will be missed.”
Tributes can be made to the Klaus Stern Holocaust Education Fund at
http://www.wsherc.org or by mail to 2031 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121. The fund will support speaker outreach throughout the Pacific Northwest.
— Emily K. Alhadeff
Jerome Katz passed away peacefully on April 28, 2013, Lag BaOmer. Born in Seattle on October 12, 1930 to Freida and Max Katz, he attended Seattle Talmud Torah, Garfield High School, and graduated cum laude from the University of Washington School of Pharmacy at the age of 20. A proud ROTC graduate and Korean War veteran, Jerry married Rita Shulman Katz in 1957, to whom he was devoted throughout 55 years of loving marriage. Together they raised three daughters, Renee (Eric), Cindy (David) and Julie (Andrew). A dedicated pharmacist, Jerry established Jerry’s Garden Pharmacy, and for 40 years served his loyal customers with compassion and care, delivering prescriptions to those too frail to pick them up from his counter. Jerry was a talented musician, playing piano, ukulele and harmonica and harmonizing at every opportunity. He was deeply committed to the Jewish community and to his shul, Herzl-Ner Tamid, where he was one of the morning “minyannaires.” A loving father, he particularly delighted in his grandchildren, Joshua, Leora, Elie, Hana and Nathan. His gentle, solid presence will be greatly missed. Remembrances to Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation, Kline Galland Home, Parkinson’s Foundation, or charity of your choice.
Rebecca Behar Mutal
Rebecca Behar Mutal was born October 17, 1927 in the Bronx, N.Y. and passed away April 26, 2013. She was the third of six children to Clavena and Jack Behar, who immigrated to America and resided in New York in the early 1900s, Jack from Turkey and Clavena from the Island of Rhodes. They had four daughters and two sons.
At age 12, Rebecca and her family moved to Burbank, Calif. In her golden years, she spoke fondly of the cross-country drive with her family, and truly loved the sunny California climate.
Rebecca met her late husband Henry (Hank) Mutal, a recently discharged WWII vet, on a blind date set up by his cousins while on vacation in California. They became engaged and were married on February 26, 1949 at Congregation Ezra Bessaroth in Seattle. Two years later, the young family, Hank, Rebecca and baby Sari Jane, relocated to Burbank to be near Rebecca’s family. Rebecca and Hank had two more daughters, Carol Jean and Joyce Ann.
In 1974, Rebecca and Hank moved back to Washington, living on Mercer Island. Rebecca lost Hank in 1990 and moved from their home in 2001. Rebecca worked in their family businesses in California and then in Seattle, at a lunch counter on Fourth Avenue called The Pantry Shelf. Throughout her life, Rebecca also took great joy in cooking, eating, and socializing with those around her.
Rebecca was a wonderful mother and grandmother to Sari (Ron, z”l) Drucker and their children David (Jenny) Drucker and Pamela (Lindsay) Drucker-Mann; Carol (Jeff, z”l) Akrish and their children Mindy (Erik) Matteson, Garrett (Barbi) Hoffman, Joel (Mary Ann) Hoffman, and Ronald Akrish; and Joyce (Larry) Steingold and their children Stephanie (Jason) Bressler, Jonathan Steingold, and Lauren Steingold. In addition, Rebecca had four great grandsons, Levi, Micah, Jacob, and John David and a step-great-granddaughter, Cecilia.
Rebecca survived all her brothers- and sisters-in-law, the Mutals of Seattle and the Behars of Burbank, all from the Great Generation. Rebecca was one of a kind and a truly unique woman throughout her lifetime.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 28th at the Sephardic Brotherhood Cemetery in Seattle. Remembrances can be made to Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation, Seattle or Overlake Hospital, Bellevue.
Hailey Rose Mintz
Hailey will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on April 27, 2013, at Congregation Kol Ami in Woodinville.
Hailey is the daughter of Robert and Patti Mintz of Woodinville and the sister of Ryan. Her grandparents are Malcolm and Dorothy Lederman of Bellevue, David Mintz of Mercer Island, and the late Eileen Mintz.
Hailey is an 8th-grader at Leota Junior High School. She enjoys snowboarding, hanging out with friends, and shopping. She is in the Honor Society and taking a leadership class. For her mitzvah project, Hailey is donating food and toys for dogs and cats through Homeward Pets.
Aida Liff passed away peacefully on April 7, 2013, with her three daughters at her side. She was 88.
Born in the small Romanian town of Bistritza, Aida was one of nine siblings. She survived the Nazi concentration camps, finding sanctuary in Sweden. There, she met Victor, with whom she shared a loving 62-year marriage until his passing in 2011. Aida and Victor settled in Seattle in 1949, where they started their own family and resided for the rest of their lives.
Aida spoke six languages fluently and loved to cook, garden, and host holiday gatherings for her many relatives. She was admired for her deep love of family, profound inner strength, and unfailing moral compass. Even as she succumbed to the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease, these qualities shone through and inspired all who had the privilege of knowing her.
Aida is survived by her three daughters, Mia Mackoff, Rita Levinson, and Shirley Liff-Grieff, seven grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.
Donations in Aida’s memory can be made to the Kline Galland Home, at http://www.klinegalland.org/contribute.html.
Alexis Sara Agoado
Alexis celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on April 13, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Alexis is the daughter of Adrien and Jay Agoado of Mercer Island and the sister of Alyssa. Her grandparents are Merl
and Keith Koplan of Vancouver, Wash., Barry and Inga Groberman of Vancouver, B.C., Josie Agoado of Seattle, and the late Myer Agoado.
Alexis is a 7th-grader at Islander Middle School. She enjoys boxing, boating, summer camp, spending time with friends, and shopping. For her mitzvah project, Alexis babysat to earn money to assemble craft kits for patients at Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Adam Ilan Flash
Adam will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on April 20, 2013, at Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
Adam is the son of Rabbi Allison and Edward Flash of Newcastle, and the brother of Sara and Daniel. His grandparents are Phil Flash of Seattle, Ed and Sue Shulkin of Los Angeles, Calif., and the late Claire Flash.
Adam is a 7th-grader at Maywood Middle School. He enjoys swimming, travel, music, and reading. For his mitzvah project, Adam worked to support Treehouse, a program that supports foster children.
March 3, 1947–March 26, 2013
Marcy Migdal of Seattle died on March 26, 2013 while enjoying a Passover visit with her family. Marcy was born Ruth Marcia Alexander to Reba and Asher Alexander, in Philadelphia, Pa. She grew up in Philadelphia and in Oceanside, Long Island. She attended Douglass College, the women’s college of Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she met her husband Joel Migdal. They married in 1968. They lived in Watertown, Mass.; Tel Aviv, Israel (1972-1975); and Brookline, Mass. and traveled all over the world together before moving to Seattle in 1980. Marcy was an active member of Congregation Beth Shalom, where she regularly attended services and classes, served on the board, and played many other roles. She was also a founding participant and parent at the Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle and director and parent at the Community High School for Jewish Studies.
Marcy was an educator who pioneered the field of multi-cultural education. Fluent in Spanish and Hebrew, she taught in bilingual classrooms early in her career and then joined one of the first multicultural education teams in Boston. While living in Israel, she wrote curriculum for the Ministry of Education and taught in the Givatayim Teachers College. In Seattle, she was one of the founding group of the Seattle Children’s Museum, worked for the Wing Luke Museum, taught in Highline Community College, wrote multi-cultural activity books for Uwajimaya, wrote curricula for many institutions including the Jewish Day School and Jewish Education Council, taught an anti-racism curriculum using the Anti-Defamation League’s “A World of Difference” program, and served as the principal of the Community High School for Jewish Studies. From 1992 to 2005 she worked as the director of multi-cultural education, Title IX compliance officer, and director of Indian education for the Edmonds School District, where she won national awards and recognition for her work in multicultural education. She also consulted around the state on issues of religion in schools.
Marcy’s greatest joy was the family she raised with Joel: Her children, Ariela Migdal of New York, Tamar Azous of Seattle, and Amram Migdal of Charlottesville. She loved her children-in-law Ethan Tucker, Paul Azous, and Rebecca Migdal. She delighted in her grandchildren, Eden Migdal, Yitzhak Tucker, Yoav Tucker, and Zahava Migdal Azous, and in her large extended family, including her recently deceased brother Steve Alexander and her dear siblings-in-law, nieces and nephews. Her other great joys included studying and spending time with her many close friends, with whom she liked to take walks around Greenlake, see plays, discuss books and ideas, and share Shabbat and holiday meals. She was a spectacular cook, baker, and hostess who enjoyed welcoming new people and old friends to her home on a regular basis. She was also passionate about travel, social justice, and women’s equality.
Contributions may be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center and to Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.
August 29, 1929–February 25, 2013
Jack Berg (Yakov Yoshua Bergazin), born August 29, 1929 in Krasnosielc, Poland, passed peacefully at home with his family by his side on February 25, 2013. Preceded in death by mother Doba, father Shimshon, sister Ruth (Abzug), and his loving wife Eleanor (Menkov). Jack is survived by his sister Ida (Nabozny), son Zachary and his family, wife Debra, beloved granddaughter Danielle, and his daughter Tamara and loving grandson Adam.
Jack lived in Krasnosielc through September 1939, until World War II started and Germany invaded Poland. He spent his next 11 years in labor, refugee, and displaced person camps. In 1950, relatives in the United States sponsored his family (minus his mother, Doba, who perished in the camps). Upon entering New York harbor and seeing the Statue of Liberty, Jack described his arrival to freedom: “This specific day will remain in my memory and the sun, which rose on that morning, shall remain unset until my presence on earth shall terminate.” After a short stay in Baltimore, Md., Jack settled in St. Paul, Minn.
Jack’s time in the U.S. was short lived, for he was drafted into the army in 1951 as an intelligence specialist. Using his language abilities in German and Russian, the army assigned him to Europe to interrogate Germans released from Russian prison camps to get insight into developments behind the Iron Curtain.
After completing his service, Jack returned to Minnesota in 1953. What he described as a “great day,” he became a U.S. citizen. His own words described it best: “I am no more a man without a country. I am a member of the largest and happiest family in this world and I am proud of it!”
Jack worked days building furniture, utilizing his displaced person camp training in carpentry. At night, Jack attended high school followed by earning his electrical engineering degree from the University of Minnesota. During this time, Jack met and married his wife of over 40 years, Eleanor Menkov.
After graduation, they moved to Utica, N.Y., where he worked for GE from 1962 to ’64 prior to being hired by the Boeing Company in Seattle. After a distinguished 25-year career, Jack retired in 1990. He also served over 50 years as a Mason and a Shriner.
Jack always said he was busier after retirement, but he was doing what he loved most — helping others. He dedicated his time and talents to tutoring children at the Seattle Hebrew Academy, hosting families from Israel with sick children seeking medical treatment, and donating his carpentry skills to those that needed his help — just to name a few.
Jack was a man of quiet determination and action who cared deeply about others.
He was a survivor with a heart of gold who loved his family (who greatly loved him), friends, community, and country. Jack will be dearly missed!
Jake Gabriel Klein
Jake will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on April 6, 2013 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.
Jake is the son of Julie and Mitch Klein of Seattle and the brother of Sophie. His grandparents are Gerry and Linda Rhea of Gold Canyon, Ariz., Lorelei Brodsky of Seattle, and Edwin and Judy Klein of Fanwood, N.J.
Jake is a 7th-grader at Eckstein Middle School. He enjoys playing baseball, basketball, and soccer, hanging out with friends, and collecting sports memorabilia. For his mitzvah project, Jake will be collecting used and new sports equipment for local non-profits.
Kayla Flora Brumer
Kayla will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on March 23, 2013 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Kayla is the daughter of Janice and Marshall Brumer of Bellevue and the sister of Megan and Jessica. Her grandparents are Shirley and Edmond Goldstein of Bothell, Dorothy Brumer of Huntington Beach, Calif., and the late Eugene Brumer.
Kayla is a 7th-grader at the Jewish Day School. She enjoys volleyball, cheer, reading, and hanging out with her friends. For her mitzvah project, she is helping to support animals in need at zoos in the Pacific Northwest.
Eve Rozsa Senn
October 23, 1944–February 24, 2013
Eve Rozsa Senn, 68, died on February 24, 2013. Eve was born October 28, 1944 to Lisa and Imre Rozsa in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was also raised by her grandmother Selma, a Holocaust survivor. Eve graduated high school in Kenya and then traveled through Europe before attending university in England. Eve met and married Dick Senn in 1964. While living in Switzerland, their first child, Mara, was born. Careers led the family back to Chicago coinciding with the birth of their second daughter, Tana. From there, the family moved to California. Eve’s marriage to Dick ended in divorce. Putting her travel experiences and love of people to work, Eve was a vice president for Abercrombie & Kent, sending clients and friends on the most exotic of holidays and safaris. After life adventures living and traveling around the world and raising a family in Pacific Palisades, Eve moved to Santa Barbara and was a frequent visitor to the Seattle area. Always committed to community, Eve dedicated herself to Santa Barbara Hillel, Music Academy of the West, and Jewish Family Service. Eve lived life to the fullest at every turn. She appreciated beauty, nature, and friendship. She positively affected everyone she met with her warmth and storytelling abilities. Her unique accent and charm made her an amazing fundraiser for many causes. She loved singing, painted beautiful pottery, had an amazing green thumb and was the best granny in the world. Surviving Eve are her greatest joys — her two daughters, Tana Senn (husband Kevin Flaherty) of Mercer Island, and their children, beloved grandchildren Benjamin and Rachel; Mara Senn (husband Chris Michaels) of Potomac, Md., and their children, beloved grandsons Aaron and Seth; sister Julia Smith (husband Howard) of Santa Barbara; and brother Johnny Rozsa of NY, NY. Memorial contributions may be made to Community Health Africa, P.O. Box 40529, Bellevue, WA 98015-4529 or online at communityheatlhafrica.org.
Maurice M. Epstein
December 11, 1925–March 3, 2013
Maurice was a life-long resident of Seattle. After graduating from Garfield High School in 1944 he enlisted in the army, where he served in Japan and Korea until 1947. Upon his return, he completed his undergraduate studies and law school at the University of Washington, and then married the love of his life, Muriel Marsh. Maurice began his legal career with the Washington State Attorney General’s office, followed by the King County Prosecutor’s Office, then transitioned to private practice with respected friend and partner John Hay. In 1978 he became court commissioner for King County, where he served on the bench until retiring in 1995. Throughout his career, Maurice showed all who knew him the importance of always doing what you love.
Maurice (Moe) was the youngest of seven and was preceded in death by his parents, Sophie and Samuel Epstein, his sister, Minnie, and brothers Arthur, Irving, Herbert, Leonard, and Sollie. Moe leaves behind Muriel, his wife of 56 years; his two sisters-in-law Irene and Libby; his children, Rob (Betsy), Esa (Brian) and his grandchildren Forrest, Maya, Ella and Isaac; nine nephews, Burt (Mozelle), Larry (Jean), Larry (Rosie), Ronnie (Olga), Steve (Charlene), Eugene (Linnea), David (Lorena), Jeff (Kelly), and Jeremy; four nieces, Sandy, Frances, Deborah and Rebecca (Rick); many great-nieces, great-nephews and devoted friends.
Growing up with his family in Seattle’s largely Jewish neighborhood (now the Central District), Moe became a Bar Mitzvah at Herzl Conservative Congregation on 20th and Spruce, where his family were longtime members. In 1957 he and Muriel, of Pendleton, Oregon, were married at Herzl by Rabbi Joseph Wagner. After moving to the Eastside, they became members of Congregation Ner Tamid in Lake Hills, Bellevue, and were part of its original congregation. When the two synagogues joined in 1970, Moe sat on the committee overseeing the merger and subsequent creation of Congregation Herzl-Ner Tamid on Mercer Island. Moe served on the HNT board during the 1970s. He and Muriel’s son and daughter became B’nai Mitzvah at Herzl in the 1980s.
Maurice Epstein lived his life to the fullest. He always had a kind word for everyone and will be remembered for his humor, his caring, and his love. He will be missed very much.
Services were held March 6, 2013 at Herzl Memorial Park, 16500 Dayton Ave. N., Seattle. Please make any donations to Jewish Family Service.
Nicole Eaton and David Feldhammer have announced their engagement.
Nici is the daughter of Mary and Ron Eaton of Whidbey Island. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and a master’s degree from the University of Washington, and works for the American Cancer Society.
David is the son of Lynn and Allan Feldhammer of Issaquah. He is also a graduate of Washington State University, and he works for Sleepers In Seattle and Casino Caribbean.
Their wedding is planned for February 1, 2014.
The couple resides in West Seattle.
Jerry M. Schor
Jerry passed away February 3, 2013 at the age of 94. His love for life was shared with friends and family through deeds and stories. His circle of friends was far-reaching and long-lasting. Whether it was lunch, fishing or just schmoozing, you were his friend forever. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Sam and Rose Schor, Jerry was one of nine children. He came to the Northwest with the Air Corps. While stationed at Paine Field in Everett, he met Esther Sturman. They corresponded while he spent a year in Alaska. When he returned, he and Esther were married in 1943. Jerry worked in furniture sales for Funes & Oziel for many years. He was an avid fisherman and engaging storyteller. He was active at Emanuel Congregation and a proud member of the Masons, St. John’s Lodge 9, and a highly decorated veteran.
Jerry leaves behind Esther, his devoted wife of 69 years, and his beloved daughter, Rita Lesher, sister Pearl Goldstein, and many nieces and nephews. Burial was at the Bikur Cholim Cemetery. Donations in Jerry’s memory can be made to Emanuel Congregation or the Caroline Kline Galland Home.
Jane Hart Fein
May 12, 1930–February 7, 2013
Jane died comfortably with family at her side. She was born in Cleveland and graduated from Mt. Sinai School of Nursing in 1951. She married Dr. Sherwood (Midge) Fein in 1952 and they moved to Seattle in 1954. They raised five children and until two years ago had 10 grandsons, but no granddaughters. That unusual string was broken by the recent arrival of a granddaughter. From 1984, after a refresher course in nursing, Jane worked as an RN at Swedish Medical Center in the antepartum unit for 10 years, and loved it. Midge Fein died in 1994, and Jane married an old friend, Dr. Robert Rosenberg, in 1998. They enjoyed a new life together with traveling, movies, plays and companionship until her illness progressed.
Jane is survived by her husband; children Laurie Sapir (Shimon), Cindy Strauss (Bob), Warren Fein (Lisa), Elliot Fein (Eve), and Amy Halas (Kamaka), and grandchildren Yoni, Le’or and Elad Sapir; Aaron, Joey, and Danny Strauss; Sam and Jacob Fein; Aryeh and Perry Fein; and Eliana Halas.
Jane was a lovely woman in every respect, devoted to her family, and loved back by them and a multitude of friends near and far. She was always there to help those in need. All will miss her.
A service was held Sunday, February 10 at 2:30 p.m. at Herzl Memorial Park, 16500 Dayton Avenue North, Shoreline.
Remembrances to the Caroline Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118 or Congregation Beth Shalom, 6800 35th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115.
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