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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.
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.
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