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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.
Rachel Esther Coskey
Rachel celebrated her Bat Mitzvah on February 16, 2013 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle.
Rachel is the daughter of Gail and Kevin Coskey of Seattle and the sister of Justin. She is the granddaughter of Marion Blumberg of Seattle, Eleanor Coskey of Encino, Calif., the late Charles Blumberg and the late Richard Coskey.
Rachel is a 7th-grader at The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle. She enjoys cooking, playing volleyball and basketball, and being with friends and family. For her mitzvah project, Rachel volunteered at Mary’s Place and is collecting clothing, socks, gloves, and shoes for the center.
The matriarch of the family, Ruth Arndt, passed away on Sunday, January 27, 2013 with her family by her side. Ruth was born in Germany and was married to Frank for over 50 years.
Ruth was one of the most progressive women of her time. She was always self-assured, confident and a great listener. She was health conscious before it was popular to be so.
Ruth enjoyed spending time watching “The Young and the Restless” and “Guiding Light” — her programs, as she called them. She was an artist who crocheted, made jewelry, and did enamel work. She loved to travel and to tell her family about the places that she had been, especially about beautiful beaches. Ruth took pleasure in timing herself to see how fast she could complete a word search puzzle and enjoyed eating her grapefruit and a good piece of dark chocolate. She celebrated her 99th birthday with an oversized chocolate mint cupcake.
Ruth was more than a mother and grandmother; she was a best friend. She loved visiting with her family and looking at pictures of her two great-granddaughters.
She will always be remembered and greatly loved by her family, which was so important to her: Her daughter Beatrice, son-in-law Harvey, granddaughters Lisa and Melanie, grandsons-in-law Drew and Joel, and great granddaughters Allison and Shoshanna.
Tomer will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, February 2 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. He is the son of Boris and Elena Shlafer of Woodinville and the brother of Atalia. His grandparents are Ludmila Shlafer of Bellevue, Svetlana Seluyanov of St. Petersburg, Russia, the late Wolf Shlafer and the late Michael Seluyanov. Tomer is a 7th-grader at Kirkland Middle School and enjoys traveling, watching movies, and his friends. His mitzvah project is to plant a tree in Israel.
Juliana Rose Sherer
Juliana will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, February 2 at Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle. Juliana is the daughter of Amee and Michael Sherer, and the sister of Sam. Her grandparents are Gene and Gerry Huppin of Kirkland and Palm Desert, Calif., and the late Abe and Eunie Sherer.
Juliana is a 7th-grader at Hamilton International Middle School. She is a member of the Hamilton Vocal Jazz ensemble, and she enjoys reading, being with friends and family, and attending Camp Solomon Schechter.
Juliana is collecting iTunes gift cards and iPods for the Music and Memory program at Kline Galland.
Nathan Shay Tuvey
Nathan will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, January 26 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. Nathan is the son of Amy and Jon Tuvey of Issaquah and the brother of Briana Tuvey. His grandparents are Paul and Sandy Sirull of Surprise, Ariz., Roberta Tuvey of Rockford, Wash., and the late Robert Tuvey.
Nathan is a 7th-grader at Beaverlake Middle School and enjoys computers, robotics and performing arts. His mitzvah project has been working with the Issaquah Food Bank.
January 10, 1928–January 7, 2013
Thelma died peacefully on January 7, 2013, three days shy of her 85th birthday. She was born in Seattle on January 10, 1928 to Rose and Louis Caplan. She attended Horace Mann Elementary and Garfield High School. Thelma graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in sociology in 1949, followed by a Master’s in social work in 1952. She was a social worker in New York City for over 30 years, ultimately working for the Association of Protestant Welfare Agencies doing field evaluations of their various programs. A lover of art and music, she served for several years as a docent at the Metropolitan Museum.
In 1996, Thelma returned to Seattle, where she was active in civic affairs and generously supported many organizations. She was a resident of the Summit at First Hill and the Kline Galland Home, and is survived by her sister, Gladys Caplan Fogel of Los Angeles, her nephews Barry Fogel, M.D., and Judge Jeremy Fogel, grandnieces and grandnephews, and many cousins and friends in the Seattle area. Remembrances to the UW School of Social Work.
William Frank Danz
January 22, 1915–December 10, 2012
William Frank (Bill) Danz passed away on December 10, 2012, a month before his 98th birthday. He was born in Seattle on January 22, 1915, to Jessie and John Danz. After graduating from Garfield High School, he attended the University of Washington, earning a degree in accounting. Until 1952, Bill was head of the accounting department at Sterling Theatres Co., the business founded by his father. Later, he employed his entrepreneurial skills and purchased Georgetown Hardware and then founded Merchants’ Finance Co., among other businesses. In December 1959, Bill and Carolyn Blumenthal Taylor were married and soon after built their dream house in Madison Park, where they lived until moving to The Summit on First Hill. They were a close and loving couple, who often said or sang at special occasions, “Life is better the second time around.” Carolyn preceded Bill in death just last March. Bill was a past president of Glendale Country Club, where he enjoyed bridge, golf, and many friendships for his entire adult life. When he saw his daughters, stepsons, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, Bill always broke out with his famous big grin. Bill is survived by his daughters Barbara (Ted) Daniels, Carolee Danz, and Penny (Buzz) Coe and Carolyn’s sons, Jim (Donna) Taylor and Ken (Cindy) Taylor. Between them, Bill and Carolyn had 14 grandchildren, several grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Bill was thrilled with all of them. As Bill requested, there will be no funeral. He will be privately interred in the mausoleum at Hills of Eternity in Seattle. The family thanks Epi Tuilakulaku and Theo xx for eight years of devoted care to both Bill and Carolyn. A memorial, for family and friends, will be held at a noon brunch on Sunday, January 27 at Glendale Country Club, Bellevue. The family suggests remembrances to The Kline Galland Foundation, Jewish Family Services, or a charity of your choice.
Anita C. Stolov
June 10, 1930–December 31, 2012
Anita passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012. She was preceded in death by her sister Shirley Solender and brother Allan Delman. She is survived by her husband Walter, daughters Nancy Goldov, Amy Stolov and Lynne Pauleen, and grandchildren Hanah Goldov, Michael Pauleen and Shayna Pauleen.
Anita was born in Minneapolis on June 10, 1930. She was the youngest of three children born to Misha and Sonia Noodelman. She met her husband Walter in 1950 while she was studying at the University of Minnesota. Marriage followed in 1953. This past August they celebrated 59 years of matrimony.
Anita graduated in 1952 with a Bachelor’s degree in education. Anita loved teaching and worked for 25 years supervising a preschool co-op program. Anita also enjoyed traveling with her husband as he attended various professional activities. Together they visited 17 countries. Over the years Anita remained fully engaged with life, whether it was teaching children and adults, running a business, enjoying social activities, and exploring ideas with friends. Her interests included theater, art, bridge, hiking, and tennis as well as entertaining her many friends.
Donations in memory of Anita may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Fund (UW Foundation) and/or the Walter C. and Anita C. Stolov Endowed Research Fund (UW Foundation) c/o UW Medicine Advancement, Box 358045, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-8045.
January 1942–December 2012
Richard Asia passed away in his sleep on the morning of December 23. A lifelong resident of Seattle, he was born at Virginia Mason Hospital in January of 1942, attended Isaac I. Stevens Elementary School, Meany Junior High School, Garfield High School, and was a member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai.
Dick entered the Peace Corps, where he was assigned to work with Yoruba communities in Western Nigeria, assisting with various development projects, including the construction of several bridges. He was respected by fellow corpsmen and the Yoruba with whom he worked, given the Yoruba name “one who brings home honor.”
After the Peace Corps, Dick received his BA in history from Simon Frazier University in Vancouver, British Columbia. Shortly after completing his education, he became a successful real estate agent in the greater Seattle area.
He soon fell in love with the water in and around Puget Sound, becoming a passionate sailor. Going out on the boat with Dick became a rite of passage for close friends and family. He was an insightful, active, engaging man with a big heart, who loved laughter, children, music, reading, biking, birding, attending lectures at the Seattle Art Museum and many other activities in the city.
He is survived and will be remembered by his wife, the love of his life, Kim Christie, a sister, Susan Asia Hannan, a brother, David Asia, many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and many close friends.
Donations may be offered in Dick’s name to the Center for Wooden Boats, 1010 Valley Street, Seattle, WA 98109.
Jauntie Amira (née Altabet)
March 7, 1926–December 16, 2012
With love and fond memories, we say “goodbye” to Jauntie Amira, who passed away on Sunday, December 16, 2012 of natural causes. She was born in Seattle, Washington on March 7, 1926 to Menachem and Mazeltov Altabet. She was a lifetime Seattle resident, graduating from Garfield High School in 1944. After marrying Victor S. Amira in 1948, she raised a family and also worked for the Seattle Public School District in the lunch program for 20 years.
Her synagogue and the Jewish community were an integral part of her life. She devoted many years of service to Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation. Jauntie was also a member of the SBH Ladies Auxiliary, Ahavath Ahim Social Club, Seattle Sephardic Sisterhood, and the City of Hope. She enjoyed playing Mah Jongg with her friends, and especially loved to bake and cook and also teach her children and grandchildren how to make many of the traditional Sephardic delicacies.
Jauntie was a very sweet, kind, and nurturing person who loved and cared about all of her family and friends. She always looked for the best in everyone and would never say a negative word about anyone. If she were called upon to help, she would not hesitate to lend a hand.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Victor S. of 40 years, sister Jean Marcus, and brother Sol Altabet. Jauntie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She is survived by her son, Sam (Charlene) Amira, and daughters Susan (Alan) Amira-Weinstein, and Marcia A. (Michael) Wiviott. Jauntie was proud of her six grandchildren, Jennifer (Jeff) Berg and Jeff Amira, Jacquelyn and Melanie Wiviott, and Sari and Victoria Weinstein, and two great grandchildren, Taylor and Samantha Berg.
The family is extremely grateful for the special care she received from her caregiver, Martina Williams, and the staff at the Kline Galland Home, where she lived for three years. The family suggests remembrances to Sephardic Bikur Holim Congregation or to the Kline Galland Home.
August 22, 1916–December 31, 2012
Ben Harris was born August 22, 1916 in Seattle, Wash. — On Monday, December 31, 2012, we experienced a great loss with his passing. In his 96 years of life, he was a loving husband, beloved father, grandfather and great grandfather, successful businessman, and an accomplished athlete.
A graduate of Garfield High School, Ben competed and won many state and regional championships in baseball, basketball and tennis. He cultivated a discipline of hard work, practice and love for sports, which he seemed to naturally excel in. He was married to Shirley Oseran Harris for 64 years, until her sudden passing from an aggressive cancer 10 years ago. She was his one and only love.
Ben worked hard building a family-owned furniture store, Harris Furniture, with his brother Hymie. Together, they established one of the most successful family-owned businesses for over 40 years on the Eastside. Ben tried to retire several times, but still had the urge to keep selling. He came out of retirement twice: First to work at Frederick & Nelson’s and then to work at Greenbaum Home Furnishings. He kept his sales career going strong until the age of 90. He then finally decided to retire so he could devote his time to mastering the game of golf. Ben became the oldest golfer at Glendale Golf and Country Club, to still carry his clubs at the age of 93, rather than using an electric cart, on the 18-hole golf course.
Ben is survived by three children; son Bill and his wife, Judy Harris; daughter Jacqueline Harris Curran; and son, Robert Harris. Also included are six grandchildren: Tony and his wife Stephanie Harris, Matt and his wife Maja Hansen, granddaughter, Molly Sherer and her husband Charles, grandson Andrew Harris. He is also survived by granddaughter Maryl Curran Widdows and her husband Dominic and granddaughter Celia Curran. There are six great-grandchildren: Elinor and Carina Widdows, Tori and Bentley Harris, Mila Hansen-Harris, and Hannah Sherer.
Donations in honor of Ben Harris are being directed by the family to the Caroline Kline Galland Home, an organization that provides services and outreach to Jewish seniors in Seattle, including managed care and assisted living at The Summit at First Hill, where Ben was well-looked-after in his last years: The Caroline Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118.
Hannah Mae Morris
Hannah will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, January 19 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue. She is the daughter of Ian and Lisa Morris of Mercer Island, and the sister of Robbie and Kaylee Morris. Her grandparents are Renee and David Morris of Fair Lawn, N.J., Anita Skop of Staten Island, N.Y. and the late Bob Skop.
Hannah is a 7th-grader at The Jewish Day School and enjoys art, fashion design, gymnastics, tennis and spending time with friends. For her mitzvah project, Hannah is donating her hair to Locks of Love.
Adam Mitchell Beloff
Beloff, The Honorable Adam Mitchell, 48, of Philadelphia, Penn., passed away on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Adam was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Beloff, twin brother, Marc Beloff, and stepmother Mollie Braverman. He is survived by his father Dr. Stanley of Ventnor, N.J.; brothers Sam (Dale) of Swedesboro, N.J. and Josh (Eva Corets) of Clyde Hill, Wash.; sisters Donna Wood (Dan) of Cherry Hill, N.J. and Gail of Crown Point, Ind.; nieces and nephews Jared (Erika Metzger), Bryce, Sarah Lloyd (Brian), Allison Wood, Rebecca Wood, Reid Corets Beloff and Madison Corets Beloff; great niece and nephew Zoe Beloff and Charlie Lloyd; and step-siblings Carol Schreibman of Margate, N.J., Alan Jay (Melody) Braverman of Boca Raton, Fla. and Bennett Braverman of Boulder, Colo.
Adam was born in Philadelphia and raised in Ventnor. He graduated from Atlantic City High School, attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., receiving a B.A. in Public Affairs and Catholic University and St. Louis University as part of his continuing education abroad in Spain. After returning to the U.S., he attended the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Mich. While in law school, he successfully competed on the National Trial Team. Adam served as the president of the South Seventh Street Redevelopment Association and was a volunteer to the Miss Columbus Day Scholarship pageant for 30 years, including as the pageant’s Chairman of Judges. He volunteered and judged National Mock Trial competitions including the John S. Bradway High School Mock Trial Competition at Temple University, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and the American Mock Trial Invitational at the New Jersey State Bar Foundation in New Brunswick, N.J. Adam proudly served as a judge in the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Beth El Synagogue, Margate, N.J., followed by interment at Rodef Shalom Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to a charity of your choice.
Jacob Kai Mintz
Jacob will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Thursday, December 20 at Robinson’s Arch in Jerusalem. The family attends Herzl-Ner Tamid Conservative Congregation on Mercer Island.
Jacob is the son of Dan and Elaine Mintz of Sammamish and the brother of Tessa Mintz. His grandparents are Dave Mintz of Mercer Island and the late Eileen Mintz and the late Jack and Lilly Leff.
Jacob is a 7th grader at Pine Lake Middle School. He enjoys playing Xbox Live, dancing, swimming and skiing.
Sandra L. Naon
September 17, 1936–November 30, 2012
Sandra L. (Arnstein) Naon was born in Seattle on September 17, 1936. Sandy passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on November 30, 2012. For the 17 years they were together, Sandy and her partner in life, Albert Shemarya, lived life to its fullest: Traveling the world, enjoying the theater and movies, playing tennis, and she loved playing Mah Jongg (win or lose). Socializing with a wonderful group of friends was an integral part of her life. She was a “Super Gramma” and babysitter to her four grandkids and two step-grandkids. Sandy is survived by her partner in life, Albert Shemarya, sons David (Kathy) and Jeff (Lori), sister Linda Arnstein Zweig of San Francisco, and her grandchildren, Zachary, Benjamin, Jack, and Harper Naon, and Jacob and Rena Alberts of Portland, Ore. Sandy was pre-deceased by her husband of 30 years, Jack Naon (1990), and her oldest son, Craig (2011).
Funeral services were held on December 3, 2012, followed by burial at Sunset Hills in Bellevue. At Sandy’s request, remembrances may be made to the Seattle AIDS Alliance or Gilda’s Club.
Mary Katherine (Alhadeff) Halela was born in Seattle November 25, 1923. Our loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, great aunt, friend and community member passed away peacefully surrounded by family on October 10, 2012 at Marika’s AFH in Bellevue. Mary is survived by her daughter Maggie (Mark), son Robert, Randi Halela, grandchildren Courtney, Joey, Sydney, Rachelle, Shelby and great-grandchildren Jackson, Jagger and Lake. Mary is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Mary graduated from Garfield High School and attended the University of Washington for two years. She worked for many years as a secretary until she met Dad in 1948. Mom and Dad married in 1950. Mary’s life was her family; after raising the children she went back to work. Mom also enjoyed her many years working at Longacres Race Track in the program office. Mary was a member of Sephardic Bikur Holim and a member of her beloved Terra Tillers Garden Club for over 50 years. She enjoyed dance, music, theatre, traveling, flower arranging and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Mary’s family and extended family meant everything to her. Her love touched all who knew her. We will miss her dearly. The family suggests that remembrances in Mary’s memory may be made to Temple B’nai Torah, Sephardic Bikur Holim, or Congregation Ezra Bessaroth.
Leatrice (Lee) Hanan Kraft
May 4, 1929– October 3, 2012
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and new great-grandmother passed away peacefully Wednesday, October 3 surrounded by loving family after valiantly battling cancer, heart and lung problems for the past 32 years.
She was born May 4, 1929 to Morris and Matilda Hanan, and attended Horace Mann Elementary, Garfield High School and the University of Washington. In 1948 she married Dr. Harry J. Kraft, who she said “kept me laughing” for the 64 years of their marriage. They raised their family on Mercer Island where they lived until 2011 when they moved to Bellevue’s Belletini. She was active in raising money to build the current Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island, and was involved in the National Council of Jewish Women, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, and conducted oral interviews for the Washington State Jewish Historical Society.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Harry Kraft; daughter Elaine (Jeff Bean) of Seattle; sons Robert (Lori) of Bellevue and Richard (Debra Corner) of Lynnwood; grandchildren Paul Somerstein (Karly) Seattle; Leslie Somerstein, Seattle; Rachel Kraft, Tucson, Ariz., Aaron Kraft, Bellevue, and Brionna Kraft, Valley Village, Calif; great-grandson Adam Somerstein; beloved nieces Joanne Sandler (Michael), Mercer Island; Marcia Friedman (Ed Weinstein), Seattle and Margaret Pearl (Tad), Seattle; nephews Morris Hanan (Patti), Sammamish and Tom Hanan (Marci), Mercer Island. She also had two “bonus” grandchildren, Ahmad Corner, Seattle, and Shoshana Bean, Valley Village, Calif.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Morris and Matilda Hanan and her sister Julia Friedman (Edwin) and brother Albert Hanan (Maryl). Remembrances may be made in her name to the Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98118.
Aaron Michael Barokas
Aaron will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, November 3 at Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle. Aaron is the son of Laurie and Michael Barokas of Redmond and the brother of Joshua Barokas. His grandparents are Saralee P. Warnick of Bellevue, Barbara and Morgan Barokas of Bellevue, and the late Alan Warnick.
Aaron is a 7th-grader at Evergreen Middle School who enjoys playing soccer and baseball, following the Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Heat, and hanging out with his brother and his dog, Magine.
For his ongoing mitzvah project, Aaron mentors special-needs students at Emily Dickinson Elementary School in Redmond.
Daniel Joseph Davis
Daniel will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, November 10 at Temple Beth Am in Seattle. He is the son of Debbie Douglas and Tom Davis of Seattle, and the brother of Tommy Davis. His grandparents are Dorothy Douglas of Seattle, the late Tom and Mildred Davis, and the late Robert Douglas.
Daniel is an 8th-grader at Hamilton Middle School and enjoys playing guitar, skiing, baking, bicycling, reading, games, and spending time with friends. His mitzvah project was helping to prepare and serve meals at the Scargo Apartments, a residence for people who have recently been homeless.
May 12, 1932–October 7, 2012
Born in Seattle, Washington to Louie and Ada Sanft on May 12, 1932. Al passed away on October 7, 2012 in Seattle after a four-year battle with Amyloid heart disease. Al was a loving man who cared deeply for his family and his friends.
Al attended Garfield High School, graduating in 1950. During the Korean War, he served in the United States Navy in Korea and Japan as an officer on the USS Dixie.
Al worked in his family business, Seattle Barrel and Cooperage, a company that his father founded in 1916. For 60 years he had made it into a thriving business, expanding its operations from Washington and Oregon to Alaska and all over the Northwestern U.S., and Canada. As well, Al had a successful real estate company, A&B Properties, developing properties around the region. His children continue managing these businesses.
Al married the love of his life, Ruth Marie Buske, on August 14, 1959. They were inseparable. Al and Ruth raised four loving children; and later had five grandchildren who adored them. Al and Ruth built an extraordinary life together. They enjoyed traveling with friends all over the world, fishing in Westport, and going to Hawaii with their entire family every year. He went on an annual trip to Las Vegas for his birthday with friends every May. Al and Ruth were lucky enough to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in August 2009.
Al’s favorite pastime was to go fishing whenever he could, especially in Westport, Washington, (the salmon capital of the world). He fished often, mainly with his brother and his children, and an endless number of friends that would dare to ride the rough waters.
In 1982, Al and Ruth built their dream home in Westport, right on the beach. He loved fishing on his private boat Barrels, and owned a charter fishing boat named Firecracker that was well known in Westport. Al and Ruth hosted a family reunion every July 4th, with fireworks and fun on the beach that everyone looked forward to.
Al’s other hobbies included making kosher dill pickles. He and Ruth were famous for their smoked salmon. Al loved all sports including the Huskies, the Cougars, Seahawks, Sonics, and the Mariners. He attended games right till the end, including the infamous Seahawks Monday night football game against the Packers.
Al had a giant heart. He was tall, dark, and handsome; had a twinkle in his eyes; and was tan at most times. Most people called him “Big Al.” He loved Elvis, dancing, his Cadillacs, and especially he loved spending time with all his special friends and relatives.
Al was a proud member of the Masonic temple, a 32nd-degree Mason, a member of the Nile Shrine temple, and member of the Elks, all for 50 years. He was a longtime member of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce and the Reusable Industrial Packaging Association, RIPA. Al’s family co-founded the Machzikay Hadath synagogue in Seattle, and was a founding member of Herzl-Ner Tamid.
Al’s family meant everything. Family was always first and foremost. Al’s death was preceded by the passing of Ruth in January 2010. He leaves behind four children: Nettie (Mark) Cohodas, Barrie (Richard) Galanti, Brina Sanft, and Louie Sanft. He also leaves behind five grandchildren: Samantha and Ben Cohodas, and Sam, Oliver, and Rachel Galanti.
His funeral service took place on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at Herzl-Ner Tamid synagogue on Mercer Island. Burial followed at Bikur Cholim cemetery in Seattle.
Donations in his name can be made to Jewish Family Service, Shriners Children’s Hospital, or Herzl-Ner Tamid synagogue.
Dr. Laenu Adelilah Greenberg Karp
Jun. 1, 1928–Oct. 14, 2012
In Palo Alto, Calif. at age 84 after a long illness. Beloved wife of Dr. Ira Lawrence Karp for 57 years; loving mother of Rabbi R. Reuel Karpov, Ph.D. and Yonah Karp (Harold Bobroff); adoring grandmother of Hannah Ruth Karp Bobroff, Abraham Raphael Karp Bobroff, and Nora Rayna Karp Bobroff; dear sister of the late Shelma Greenberg Angel, of Arcadia, Calif. and the late Frederick Raymond Greenberg, of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
Laenu Karp was originally from Minneapolis, Minn. She was a lifelong learner, earning a Ph.D. in education and two master’s degrees through her lifetime. Her professorships included stints at Tuskegee Institute and University of Kentucky, and she was also a technical writer of computing documentation through the 1980s. She was also a lover of Judaism, having lived in Israel in the early 1950s, teaching English on a kibbutz and leading choirs at that time. She spoke fluent Hebrew and taught many students both Hebrew and trope. A lifelong musician as well, she was a composer, conductor and played every instrument in the orchestra.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at Eden Memorial Park, Mission Hills, Calif. She is buried near her parents, Esther Bernice Greenberg and Shuey Isadore Greenberg and sister Shelma Greenberg Angel.
March 23, 1932–September 16, 2012
Jack Abravanel was born in Salonika, Greece, on March 23, 1932 to Isidore and Dora Abravanel. A natural athlete, winning medals in high school for high jumping, he subsequently became a celebrated soccer player in Salonika, and later in life an avid racquetball player, until he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1997. He valiantly fought the disease for 15 years.
Jack was a Holocaust survivor. He was deported to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 11. Due to the family having Spanish citizenship, they survived. During the war, he spent time in a Palestine refugee camp and then he and his family returned to Greece where he met Lela, his future wife, in a summer camp. Lela, with her family, immigrated to Houston, Texas after the war. Jack followed her there, where he later graduated from the University of Texas. Jack and Lela were married, and had their first daughter, Doris. Jack was hired by Boeing, which brought the family to Seattle, where Tammy was born. Jack’s rewarding career as an aerospace engineer spanned over 35 years. He traveled domestically and abroad, and the Boeing business trips he took with Lela to France were their most memorable.
As a founding member of Temple Sinai, Jack was active in the synagogue, especially the Sunday school. An attentive and caring father, he cherished the times he spent helping his daughters study, excel in sports, and realize their dreams. After retiring, Jack (a.k.a. Papu) devoted his life to helping raise his only grandchild, Makena. He described the time he spent taking care of Makena as the most enjoyable and rewarding “job” he had ever had.
Jack passed away on September 16, 2012 in Bellevue with his family by his side. The family wishes to thank Evergreen Hospice for the excellent care of Jack.
As a devoted husband for 56 years, Jack is survived by his beloved wife, Lela, daughters Doris and Tammy (Craig Owens), one granddaughter, Makena, brother Sylvin, and two nephews, Isidore and Mario.
Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the charity of your choice.
Ellie Parker Dynes
Ellie will celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, October 20 at Temple Beth Am in Seattle.
Ellie is the daughter of David and Jen Dynes and the sister of Connor. Her grandparents are Joyce and Eric Sundin of Seattle, Elizabeth Dynes of Burlington, the late Art London and the late Charles Dynes.
Ellie is a 7th-grader at Whitman Middle School and enjoys making movies, going to Camp Kalsman in the summer, playing guitar, skiing and spending time with her friends.
Joshua Paul Osnis
Joshua will celebrate his Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Temple B’nai Torah in Bellevue.
Joshua is the son of Robert and Annie Osnis of Mercer Island, and the brother of Leah, Michelle and Ian. His grandparents are Arkady Osnis of New York, Arkady and Alexandra Cherts of Issaquah, and the late Irina Osnis.
Joshua is an 8th-grader at Islander Middle School. He enjoys playing sports, engineering, working with special-needs kids and cooking. For his mitzvah project he is doing a pet food drive.
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