Reading a series of obituaries from a single cemetery, as they are presented here, is like reading the multi-generational history of a community. These people were the local populace at a particular time. The people buried here knew each other, were neighbors, relatives and school mates. They attended church together and engaged in "trade" or business.
All people are listed in alphabetic order by surname at BIRTH. Women identified by a married alias only and for whom a birth surname can not be identified, are listed on the last page for the cemetery's obituaries. Please send in typed obituaries for people buried in our local cemeteries. If possible include name of newspaper and date. Send typed in your email or in attached Word files. Send to Joyce M. Tice (JoyceTice@aol.com)
Sons of Abraham - Woodlawn Obituaries
Sons of Abraham is the name of the Jewish Section of Woodlawn Cemetery
ARONSON Casper J.
On Thursday, April 12, 2007, formerly of Kensington, MD. Beloved husband of 59 years of the late Eleanor Jaffray Aronson. Loving father of Rhyda A. Conant (husband, Daniel); grandfather of Sarah Louise Conant. Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, April 17, at 10 a.m. at the Sons of Abraham section of Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, NY. Local arrangements by BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, Elmira, NY. A memorial viewing will be held at PUMPHREY'S BETHESDA-CHEVY CHASE FUNERAL HOME, 7557 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, MD, on Sunday, April 22, 2007, from 3-5 p.m. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his name to Capital Hospice, Attn: Development Office, 6565 Arlington Blvd., Suite 500, Falls Church, VA 22042; or to the Alzheimer's Association, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, MD 20871.
BAKER Doris Baker Epstein
Age 91, died peacefully on August 29, 2011 after a very brief illness. There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on October 14, 2011 at 11 a.m. at Congregation Kol Ami, 900 W. Water St., Elmira, NY. Rabbi Miriam Biatch officiating. Interment of Doris's ashes will take place in Temple B'Nal Israel Cemetery, Elmira at the convenience of the family. Dorie is survived by her daughter, Kate Baker (Mark Thomsen) of Mumford, NY; daughter-in-law, Carol Obertubbesing of Chicago, IL; and a niece, Jane Wheat. Dorie was predeceased by her loving husband, Herbert Epstein in 2003; son, Michael Epstein in 2011; brother and sister-in-law, Howard and Katy Baker. Dorie was a graduate of National Park College, Washington, DC and Elmira College. She retired from Corning Inc. after 30 years of service. She was a member Congregation B'Nai Israel and many other organizations in the Elmira and Corning area. Dorie will be remembered by her family and friends as an amazing woman whose quiet strength was a comfort to anyone who met her. She was an example to all of a life quietly and elegantly lived. Dorie will be deeply missed. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donation to a charity of one's choice or to the Humane Society to honor Dorie's lifetime love of dogs. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME. Star Gazette – October 12, 2011
BANK Lorraine B - NATHENSON, Lorraine B.
Lorraine, formerly of Elmira, died peacefully in Laguna Niguel, California on August 5, 2010 after an extended illness, which she bravely battled for several years. She was 86. Lorraine was born in Baltimore, MD on February 29, 1924, the younger of two children of Paula and Jay Bank. She lived most of her life in Elmira, and was the widow of Alan Nathenson, a well-known Elmira businessman and proprietor of Kobacker's Furniture. Lorraine graduated from Elmira Free Academy, and then received her Bachelor's degree from Penn State, after which she taught elementary school as a young woman. She was a lifelong member of Congregation B'nai Israel, and contributed to the congregation and its Sisterhood in many ways over the years. She dedicated herself passionately for many years as a volunteer, and then as a leader of the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Auxiliary, eventually serving as its President. She continued her service by acting as Regional Representative to HANYS, the Healthcare Association of New York State. In addition, her commitment to various charitable endeavors was ongoing. This included her work for many years with Save the Children, for whom she arranged the collection of clothing for needy children. Lorraine always brought her kind heart, as well as her energy and intelligence to whatever endeavors she was engaged in. Most importantly, she was a good and loyal friend to all those who touched her life. Lorraine also enjoyed many simple pursuits and pastimes. She was a master at crosswords and cryptogram puzzles, and she especially enjoyed her mystery and suspense novels. She was an unsung poet, composing and reciting her amazing and humorous verses at many family celebrations. She was devoted to creating a beautiful home for her family, which she did in so many different ways, with a style that was uniquely hers. Lorraine was a loving wife to her husband Alan for nearly 60 years, until his death in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her much adored older brother, Dr. R. Stanley Bank of Harrisburg, PA. And she was the devoted mother to four children, all of whom survive her and will miss her greatly: James Nathenson of Maplewood, NJ, David Nathenson of Stockton, CA, Carol Tullie of San Juan Capistrano, CA, and Janet del Valle of Beverly, MA; as well as five grandchildren, Andrew, Adam, Caroline, Sofia, and Isabel. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and lifelong friend, Joy Gottlieb of Margate City, NJ. A Memorial Service will be held at Congregation B'nai Israel in Elmira at 10:30 AM on Friday, August 27, 2010, followed by interment at the Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery on Franklin St. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Foundation. Arrangements by Baker Family Funeral Home. Star Gazette - August 11, 2010
BERGLAS MARILYN B REBECK
Marilyn B. Retired English Teacher Age 82 of Williamsville, NY, formerly of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday evening, August 2, 2005, in Williamsville, after a long illness. There will be no calling hours. A graveside service will be held in Sons of Abraham Cemetery (Woodlawn Cemetery) Elmira, NY, on Friday, August 5, at 11 a.m. Rabbi Mimi Biatch officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her memory may be made to the American Assoc. of University Women or Hospice. Beloved wife of the late Henry M. Rebeck, a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York; she was the mother of Andrea Rebeck of Williamsville, NY, Diane (David) Overy of Pittsford, NY, Laurie (Jeffrey) Levin of Germantown, MD; grandmother of Grant Avery, Anthony and Lauren Overy, Matthew and Rebecca Levin; sister of Esta (Jack) Gelfand of Boynton Beach, FL, and Joyce Sloate of White Plains, NY; a longtime friend to Richard Brown of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. She is also survived by three nieces and four nephews. Mrs. Rebeck was born in Birmingham, AL, and grew up in Norwich, NY. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University. After working for Arthur Godfrey in New York City, she married Attorney Henry M. Rebeck and moved to Elmira in 1947 where the couple raised their three daughters. She obtained her Masters Degree from Elmira College in 1964 and taught English for 30 years, beginning her career at the Thomas K. Beecher School in Elmira. She traveled extensively around the world and across the United States. She was an active member of the Elmira Little Theater, the Vultures for Culture, and founded the Puppetry Troupe, the Punch and Judy Playhouse. She belonged to Congregation B'nai Israel in Elmira, Hadassah, the League of Women Voters, and the American Assoc. of University Women. Since 1967, Mrs. Rebeck made her home in Williamsville, where she continued her teaching career. She retired in 1991, and continued to travel and enjoyed her growing family.
CROPP - FEINSTEIN, Norma Cropp
Age 87, died in Florida on January 4th, 2009. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Norma was the daughter of Joseph and Esther Cropp. She was born on September 2nd, 1921 in Brooklyn, NY and was raised in Hornell, NY, where her family operated a retail clothing store. Upon graduating from Ohio State University, she married George Feinstein of Columbus, Ohio on July 5th, 1942. After World War II, Norma and George Feinstein settled in Elmira, NY where together they owned and operated their family business, The Cameo Shop, for the next 50 years. During her years in Elmira, NY, she was an active leader of the Elmira Jewish Community and a longtime member of Congregation B'nai Israel. After retirement, she and her husband split their time between their beloved Keuka Lake cottage and a winter home in Delray Beach, FL. Norma Cropp Feinstein is survived by her husband, George, of 64 years; and a brother, Bernard Cropp (Ida), of Florida. She is also survived by her children, Susan Feinstein Dublin (Douglas) of Elmira, NY, William Feinstein (Nancy) of Hammondsport, NY, Deborah Feinstein Saavedra (Dr. Joseph) of Brandon, FL; grandchildren, Anthony Carozzoni (Susan) of Elmira, NY, Dr. James Feinstein (Amy Feldman) of Philadelphia, PA, Bryan Feinstein of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Danny Saavedra of Napa Valley, CA, Elissa Saavedra of Shalimar, FL; and great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Joseph, Ally Rose, and Jack Carozzoni of Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Congregation B'nai Israel, 900 W. Water St., Elmira, NY 14905 or your local hospice organization. Funeral services will be held at Congregation B'nai Israel on Friday, January 9, at 10 a.m. Rabbi Miriam Biatch officiating. Interment will follow in Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery, Elmira, NY. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME. Published in the Star-Gazette from 1/7/2009 - 1/8/2009
GRANDT Irene Stein
Of 702 Euclid Ave., Elmira, NY, died at the Arnot Ogden Medical Center Elmira on April 17, 2009. Irene is survived by her husband, Dr. Edward J. Grandt; son and daughter-in-law, John Grandt and Katya Chorover-Grandt and granddaughter, Annaluna Grandt of Cortez, CO; daughter, Katherine Grandt of Geneva, NY; an aunt, Adelle Stein and family of Chicago, IL; and numerous cousins; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lois and Richard Martin and family of Sarasota, FL. Irene was born in Elmira on July 7, 1929 and resided in Elmira with her family her entire adult life. She was a graduate of Emma Willard School, Troy, NY, Smith College, Northampton, MA, Harvard-Radcliff Business School, Cambridge, MA. Irene was a devoted member of Congregation B'Nai Israel, numerous clubs and organizations, and was well-known for her numerous philanthropic activities. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at Congregation B' Nai Israel, 900 W. Water St., Elmira, on Tuesday, April 21, at 2 p.m. Rabbi Miriam Biatch and Abraham Golos officiating. Interment will follow at Sons of Abraham Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira. Flowers will be provided by the Grandt Family. Those wishing may make contributions to the Arnot Ogden Foundation, Edward J. Grandt OB-GYN Fund, Temple B'Nai Israel Foundation for Kate B. Stein Music Fund or to a charity of one's choice. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME. Published in the Star-Gazette from 4/20/2009 - 4/21/2009
HELMAN Samuel M.
Age 83 of Elmira died Saturday, April 23, 2011. Survived by nephews, Barry (Jill) Reiber, NYC, Darryl (Melinda) Jacobs, FL; niece, Robynne Reiber, NYC; great nephew, Daniel Reiber; great niece, Sasha Reiber; several cousins; "Family in Elmira" Sean & Debbie Eagen, Rebecca Eagen, Brendan Malandra, and Jennifer Eagen, NYC; many friends. Samuel was well known as he worked for many years at Chemung ARC and as a volunteer at the Nutrition Program at Bragg Towers, worshiped at Temple B'Nai Israel. A special thank you for their love and care for Sam to ARC, Family Services and St. Joseph's Hospital. Those wishing may make a donation in Sam's memory to the ARC Fund, 711 Sullivan Street, Elmira, NY 14901 (envelopes available at the Funeral Home). The family will receive relatives and friends at the Kalec Funeral Home, Friday April 29 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM, followed immediately at 1PM by his Funeral Service, Rabbi Mimi Biatch Officiating. Burial to follow in Temple B'Nai Israel Cemetery, Elmira. Star Gazette – April 28, 2011
KOERNER Else Tropp
After a lifetime of devotion to learning, music and her family, Else Tropp died on March 1, 2012. Else Koerner was born in Vienna, Austria on April 8, 1920. In 1938 she finished her studies at the Viennese equivalent of high school, intending to continue on to medical school. The circumstances then prevailing in Vienna were such that her plans for a career in medicine had to be set aside. Shortly after taking a position at the Jewish Hospital, she met a recent medical school graduate, Gideon Tropp. They married on December 29, 1938, and were then fortunate enough to be able to leave Vienna in early 1939. After a year in England, they arrived in the United States, eventually finding their way to Elmira, NY. where Dr. Tropp took a position as an intern at St. Joseph's Hospital. In the early 1950s Mrs. Tropp enrolled as a student at Elmira College and resumed her studies. In 1956 she grduated first in her class and summa cum laude. After that she earned a Master's Degree, worked briefly as a research assistant at Cornell, but then decided to devote herself to the needs of her husband and two sons. During the years that followed, one of her great joys was the role she played in the establishment of the Clemens Center as a home for the performing arts in Elmira. Else Tropp was one of the keys to its success. Gideon Tropp, Else Tropp's husband of seventy-two years, died on Feb. 28, 2011. Mrs. Tropp is survived by her two sons, Jim and Tom, their wives, Camille and Joan, five grandchildren, Jessica (Scott), Catherine (Tom), Lauren (Gabby), Alexandra and David, two step-grandchildren, Gib (Kelly) and Ramsey, and eleven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at Congregation Kol Ami (at the temple), 900 W. Water St., Elmira on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 11 AM. Rabbi Miriam Biatch officating. Interment will follow at Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery, Elmira. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME. Star Gazette – March 4, 2012 (note: Not sure this obit belongs in Woodlawn her husband is buried in Franklin Street cemetery)
LASKOW Annabel L. Cohen
of Elmira, NY formerly of Horseheads, NY died on Friday February 15, 2013 after a brief illness. Annabel was born September 11, 1916 in Bronx, NY the daughter of the late Herman and Minerva Adelson Laskow. She married her husband, Jacque H. Cohen, on August 6, 1939 in Syracuse, NY. Annabel and her husband Jacque owned and operated J.H. Cohen's Ladies' and Children's Apparel Store in Hanover Square since 1938 until their retirement. Annabel and Jacque were long-time members of Temple B'Nai Israel in Elmira, NY and Annabel was presently a member of Temple Kol Ami. Annabel was a member of The Horseheads Woman's Club and served with her husband on various community and civic organizations including The Horseheads Free Library. Mrs. Cohen was predeceased by her husband Jacque on April 3, 2001 as well as by her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Frances and Bernard Kahn. Annabel and Jacque were always so outgoing and will be remembered fondly by all who knew them. Annabel is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Rhonda & Earl Gurell of Pittsford, NY; sons: Richard Cohen of Elmira, NY and David Cohen of Chula Vista, CA; grandchildren: Daniel & Monica Gurell, Michael Gurell, Deborah Gurell Baldwin & Kevin Baldwin, and Catherine Cohen Godinez & Luis Godinez; great grandchildren: Jackson and Jordan Baldwin and Aaron and Kyla Gurell; nephews: Charles Kahn and Robert Kahn; several grand-nieces and grand-nephews and a host of caring friends. Mrs. Cohen's Funeral Services will be held on Monday February 18, 2013 at 11 AM at Temple Kol Ami 1008 West Water Street Elmira, NY. Rabbi Mimi Biatch will officiate and she will be assisted by Abraham Golos. Interment in Temple B'Nai Israel Cemetery in Elmira, NY. Those wishing may remember Annabel through memorials to The West Elmira Library 1231 West Water Street Elmira, NY 14905. Arrangements are entrusted to the LYNCH FUNERAL HOME 318 WEST BROAD STREET HORSEHEADS, NY. Star Gazette – February 17, 2013
LOW Sharon L. Stein
age 68, died Sunday, August 28, 2011. Born on November 27, 1942 in Quincy, MA, she was the daughter of Lawrence Gordon Low and Myrtle A. Rood Low. She and her late brother Gregory G. Low grew up in Braintree, MA. She is survived by her three children, Lauren D. Gill (Paul Smith) of CA, Christopher S. Gill of NC, and Melanie C. (Gill) Ernst (Alexander) of Delmar, NY. She is additionally survived by her husband of 29 years, Geoffrey N. Stein; her step-mother, Carolina D. Low; her former daughter-in-law, Lisa Gill; and grandchildren, Rory and Eamon Smith, Peter and James Ernst, and Nicholas Race. Sharon was a 1960 graduate of Braintree High School, attended Gettysburg College and Tufts University, and completed her BA at SUNY-Albany. She later earned an MS in Healthcare Administration at Russell Sage College, Albany, NY. She was employed by the WIC Program at Albany Medical College, NYS Dept. of Social Services, and in 2008 retired from the NYS Dept. of Health. From childhood, Sharon studied piano and organ. As a teenager she was an Episcopal Church organist and later continued her organ studies. In recent decades, she was church organist in Rensselaerville, NY (Presbyterian), Unionville, NY (Reformed), Delmar (Episcopal), and Mechanicville, NY (Methodist) churches. Finally, as Liturgical Musician at St. John the Evangelist & St. Joseph's (Catholic) in Rensselaer, NY, she found her most rewarding musical career combining a great organ, an acoustically-stellar and handsome building, and a welcoming, hospitable congregation. She was a board member of the Eastern Chapter of the American Guild of Organists attending local AGO programs and national conferences. She and her husband enjoyed local and regional musical performances such as Tanglewood, Glimmerglass Festival, Albany Symphony Orchestra, and Union College Chamber Concerts. She and her husband, an oboist, played music together in churches and elsewhere. With Geoffrey she travelled in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. They recently participated in the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy and visited friends in Germany and France. In Sharon's early married years she was a foster mother. Later, for ten years she volunteered with HIV+ patients at the Albany Medical Center Hospital. She recently began supporting the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging. Services were held on Saturday at the Cathedral of All Saints, 62 South Swan St., Albany. A committal service will be held Tuesday 12 noon at Sons of Abraham Cemetery in Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira. Rabbi Miriam Biatch and Rev. Fr. Donald Matthews will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Cathedral of All Saints Music Program, 62 S. Swan St., Albany NY 12210, or to a charity of your choosing. Arrangements are under the direction of Baker Family Funeral Home, 640 W. Gray St., Elmira, NY 14905. Star Gazette – September 4, 2011
LUTHER Stuart P.
Age 79, of Elmira, NY, died peacefully on October 4, 2013. Born February 17, 1934 in Cortland, NY to John and Jean Luther. Survived by his "beautiful wife" of 57 years Barbara Spielberg Luther of Elmira; children, Jennifer Verity (Paul) of Montclair, NJ, John Luther (Alonzo) of Farmington, MI, Jeffrey Luther (Christine) of Overland Park, KS, Jillian Rodgers (David) of Rolesville, NC, and Joel Luther (Leah) of Broomfield, CO; grandchildren, Ian Lampman (Jennifer), Taylor Luther, Samuel Verity, Kylie Luther, Aidan Luther, Myah Luther and Julia Luther; great-grandchildren, Morgan Lampman, Lucas Lampman and Logan Lampman. He was also survived by several loving nieces and nephews and countless "adopted" kids. Stuart served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War and was employed by Dresser-Rand in Painted Post for 23 years before retiring in 1995. He was a member of Glen Region Sports Car Club of America for 45 years and founder of the Glen Region Fire Services. Stu was active in Elmira Little Theater and Golden Age of Radio. He was also a volunteer fireman with the West Hill Fire Department. Stu's greatest joy was spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always said "I don't brag about my kids, I just tell the truth." Stu had a huge heart and made all feel welcome in his presence. FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY, OCTOBER 7 AT 12PM AT CONGREGATION KOL AMI, 1008 W. WATER ST., ELMIRA. RABBI MIRIAM BIATCH OFFICIATING. INTERMENT WITH FULL MILITARY HONORS WILL FOLLOW AT TEMPLE B'NAI ISRAEL CEMETERY, ELMIRA. A CELEBRATION OF STUART'S LIFE WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 7 FROM 6 TO 9PM AT MANDEVILLE HALL CLEMENS CENTER. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local volunteer fire department. Star Gazette - October 6, 2013
MARCUS - SANDLER, Adria M.
Age 83, of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, formerly of Elmira, New York, entered into rest on Monday, March 17, 2008. Born in Paterson, NJ, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Callie and Minnie Marcus. She was the wife of Irving Sandler, currently of Rochester, NY, and the late Sidney L. Rubin of Elmira, NY. Adria moved to Elmira in 1943 to attend Elmira College and settled there with her late husband, Sidney Rubin. She remained a resident of Elmira for 62 years until her move to Chestnut Hill in 2005 to be near her daughter, Barbara Eastman. Adria was a committed participant in educational, health and civic affairs. An alumna of Elmira College, she served as president of its Alumni Association and as Trustee of the College. She was a director of both the American Heart Association and the International Committee of the AHA and was a Trustee of the American Cancer Society, the New York State Health Advisory Committee, and Bethany Retirement Home. She was an active member of the American Red Cross, a member of the Elmira (NY) Jewish Community Center, and member of Congregation Shomray Hadath in Elmira. She leaves her husband, Irving Sandler, and her children, Barbara Rubin Eastman and her husband, Jack DiMaio of Boston, MA, Carole Lynn Rubin of Boca Raton, FL, Martha and Robert Eden of Rochester, NY, and Karen and Steven Pollack and family of Suffern, NY. She was a devoted grandmother to Eric Fitzpatrick and his wife, Sheri Fitzpatrick of Blacklick, OH, Carin Fitzpatrick Alves and her husband, H. Richard Alves of Flower Mound, TX, and Elizabeth Eden of Rochester, NY. She was also a loving great-grandmother to Hunter and Riley Fitzpatrick and Collin Alves. Graveside services will be held at Congregation Shomray Hadath Cemetery, Elmira, NY, on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Heart Association in memory of Adria Sandler would be appreciated. Published in the Star-Gazette on 3/19/2008.
MICHLOSKY Minnette Salsburg
Age 97, formerly of Elmira, NY. died on Thursday January 5, 2012 in Brevard, NC. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at Congregation Kol Ami, 1008 W. Water St. on Sunday Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m. Rabbi Miriam Biatch and Abraham Golos officiating. Interment will follow in Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery Elmira. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make donations to a charity of one's choice . Minnette is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Steven Salsburg and Mindy Elzufon of Pine City, NY; daughters and son-in-law, Susan Rousselle of Brevard, NC; Trudi and Alex Porter of Pinehust, NC; grandchildren, Ari(Jennifer) Salsburg, Risa Salsburg, Rebecca (Said) Rousselle, Bernard (Traci) Porter, Joshua (Michele) Porter and 10 great-grandchildren. Also survivng are a brother, Charles Michlosky, sisters-in-law, Betty Klapper and Evelyn Berger and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, Harry and Tiba Michlosky, loving husband, Samuel Salsburg and sister, Roslyn Pearlman. Minnette was born December 2, 1914 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She was Vice President of Rays Jewelers of Elmira and active in Temple B'nai Israel and its Sisterhood. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME. Star Gazette – January 6, 2011
NATHENSON – Alan Nathenson, age 82, died Thursday afternoon at home after a long battle with cancer. A lifelong resident of Elmira, he attended the University of Virginia, and Syracuse University. After serving in the US Army in World War II, he returned to Elmira in 1948 and joined the family-owned Kobacker Furniture Co. on Water Street, which he sold in 1979. He then opened a specialty furniture shop, called Alan Nathenson’s, on South Main Street, and finally retired in 1990. He was active in community affairs, serving for many years as a member of the Elmira College council, the board of Directors of the Chemung County Chamber of Commerce, and the Board of the Friends of the Steele Memorial Library. He was a long-time member of the Rotary Club and the Torch Club, serving as its President in 1994-95. He was particularly proud of his association with the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a member of the Executive Board of the Sullivan Trail council, and he received its highest award, The Silver Beaver. Additionally, he was a member of the National Home Furnishings Association and served on its Governmental Affairs Committee for a number of years. Mr. Nathenson was a lifelong member of Temple B’nai Israel and served on its Board of Trustees several times. He was a long-time member of the Elmira Country Club, where he mastered the golf swing with only modest success (but enjoyed it thoroughly), and was an avid and accomplished Bridge player. He is survived by his wife of nearly 60 years, Lorraine; his sister, Joy Gottlieb of Margate, NJ; four children, James Nathenson and his wife, Mary Anne of Maplewood, NJ, David Nathenson of Pinole California, Carol Tullie and her husband, John of San Juan Capistrano, California, and Janet del Valle and her husband, Frank of Beverly, Massachusetts; as well as five grandchildren, Andrew, Adam, Caroline, Sofia, and Isabel. A Memorial Service will be held at Congregation B’nai Israel in Elmira at 11 AM on Sunday, October 10, Rabbi Miriam Biatch officiating. Interment of Alan's ashes will follow immediately at the Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery, Elmira. The family requests that any donations in his remembrance be made to Southern Tier Hospice, 11751 East Corning Road, Corning, NY 14830. Arrangements by Holly-Keck & Baker, Inc. Funeral Directors. – Elmira Star-Gazette, 9 Oct. 2004, p.3C
PHILLIPS - LEVINE, Mary P.
Age 76, of Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday evening, May 15, 2007, after a long illness. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be private. Interment will be in Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery, Elmira, at the convenience of the family. Rabbi Mimi Biatch officiating. Mary is survived by her loving husband, Dr. Samuel N. Levine; daughter and son-in-law, Gail and Raymond Knapp of Hendersonville, NC; five grandchildren, Madison Levine, Jake Levine, Alison Knapp, Jonathan Knapp, and Garrett Knapp; two great-grandchildren, Makenzie Knapp and Kaylee Knapp; daughter-in-law, Tracy Levine of Miami, FL; sister-in-law, Marion Perlroth of Hamden, CT; nephews, Donald Shreibman of Elmira and Bert Levine of Westport, CT. Mary was predeceased by her son, Judge Steven Levine; brother, John Phillips; and sister-in-law, Irene Shreibman. Mary was a member of Congregation B'nai Israel, a former member of the Elmira Country Club, and an avid golfer. Mary attended Elmira College and Famous Artist School in CT, and enjoyed painting pictures in oil and water colors. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials to Congregation B'nai Israel, P.O. Box 3481, Elmira, NY 14905. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME.
RUBIN Jennifer H. Kazukiewicz-Rubin
Age 34 of Elmira Heights, NY died December 15, 2013 at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY surrounded by her loving family. Jen was born on November 24, 1979 in Elmira, NY. She was the daughter of Marc G. Rubin (Penny DeRenzo) and Dale E. (Salbego) Rubin. Jen is survived by her loving husband, Jeremi Kazukiewicz and daughters, Aria Marie Savino (13), Hana Marie Salcido (10), Kiira Marie Kazukiewicz (3) and stepdaughter, Jordyn Kazukiewicz. She is also survived by grandfather, Haskell Rubin of Elmira; her brother, Adam Rubin (Dana Rubin); and stepsiblings, Jason Bachert, Jessie (Jerome) Emanuel, Nick Bachert. She is survived by uncles, Lee Rubin (Lori), Larry Rubin (Vicky Germinaro), and Gary Salbego (LaJauana Stimson) who reside in Elmira. She is also survived by Dale Kazukiewicz, Nikki Kazukiewicz, Kathi Buckley (Tim) and family, Shannon Carey (John) and family; Shelly Cook and family, Chrissy Snyder (Todd) and family. Jen was predeceased by paternal grandmother, Margaret (Peg) Rubin and maternal grandparents, Archie and Gloria Salbego. FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE HANDLED BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME. Relatives and friends are invited to join the family at Congregation Kol Ami, 1008 West Water Street in Elmira on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:00am, to pay your respects prior to the Funeral Service at 12 noon; Rabbi Miriam Biatch officiating. Interment of Jen's ashes will follow at Temple B'Nai Israel Cemetery Elmira, followed by a lunch buffet at Congregation Kol Ami. The family will provide their own flowers. A trust fund for Jen's young daughters is being established, donations can be made in Jen's name: Jen Trust c/o Marc Rubin Associates 421 West Church Street, Elmira, NY 14901. Star Gazette – December 17, 2013
SCHWARTZ, Lee – Lee Schwartz died last Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, after an illness of a week of heart disease, aged 67 years. Mr. Schwartz, who was born in Germany, lived in Waverly for about 25 years, but had resided in Elmira for the past year. He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Monroe Strauss, of Bay Shore, L.I., and Mrs. Varney Loewus, of Towanda, Pa. The funeral was held Wednesday at 2 o’clock at the Sons of Abraham Chapel. Rabbi J.B. Pollak, of the High Street Temple, officiated; burial in Woodlawn cemetery. He was a brother of the late Leopold Schwartz, of Wellsboro. Wellsboro Agitator, 4 June 1919.
TYSON, Lelia – Lelia, the year-old-daughter of Mrs. Lottie Tyson, of Mansfield, died very suddenly Nov. 2 at the home of Mrs. Tyson’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. M. Kroll, death being caused by convulsions. The remains were taken to Elmira Monday and were interred in the Jewish cemetery. The father, Jacob Tyson, was in Buffalo at the time. Wellsboro Agitator, 12 November 1919
VALENTINE Jane Valentine Benjamin
died peacefully at home in Melbourne, Fla. on September 11, 2012. Jane was 90 years old born in New Rochelle, NY. February 24, 1922. Jane was a dutiful loving wife to David Benjamin for more than 60 years; a loving & caring mother to David Harry Benjamin & John Louis Benjamin. Mom was a sweet loving person who cared about everyone. She earned her master's degree from Elmira College. For more than 30 years, Jane & David were pillars of the Elmira community & very involved members of Temple B'Nai Israel. For many years, Jane taught piano in a very unique manner to many Elmira children whose lives have been richer from the experience. Jane will be greatly missed by everyone who had the good fortune to know her. Jane is survived by sons, David Harry Benjamin & John Louis Benjamin; daughter-in-law Susan Benjamin; grandchildren, Jessey Benjamin, Sky Benjamin, Sara Benjamin, Nathanial Benjamin; great-grandchildren, Joanna Wentnick & Anna Leigh Benjamin. She will be missed by her step-grandchildren, Jessica Potter, Larra McWilliams, Joshuah McWilliams, Clare Liddon & Ian Liddon; step-great-grandchildren Joelle McWilliams, Julie McWilliams, Jimmy Potter, Susana Jacob Wyskoski & Nicholas Wyskoski. She was loved by everyone & will be truly missed. Mom, there will always be a place in our hearts that will be missing you. Funeral Services will be held at Congregation Kol Ami, 1008 W. Water St., Elmira on Wednesday September 19, at 1pm. Rabbi Miriam Biatch officiating. Interment will follow at Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery Elmira, NY. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions to Congregation Kol Ami or Wounded Warrior Project. ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME. Star Gazette – September 15, 2012
Esther Age 101, of Elmira, died at her home on Tuesday, January 17, 2006. Esther was born August 27, 1904, in Sweden, one of 10 children, to Marcus and Anna Sidorski Wladis. She is predeceased by her husband Jack S. Gladke and all of her siblings. Esther is survived by her son and daughter-in-law Henry J. and Maureen Gladke of Elmira; grandson Jack M. Gladke of Rochester, NY; dear friend Alta Stevenson of Elmira; loyal and loving care givers, Ruby Adams, Frances Tarby and Carla Rawlings; along with nieces, nephews and in-laws. Esther was a longtime volunteer at the Ernie Davis Middle School library. She was an avid reader and in earlier days loved to travel. Esther was a member of the Congregation Shomray Hadath. Friends are invited to a graveside service on Friday, January 20, 2006 at 1:00 p.m. at the Sons of Abraham section of Woodlawn Cemetery. A procession will be forming at 12:45 p.m. at the Walnut Street entrance to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Esther may be remembered through donations to Congregation Shomray Hadath, 1008 W. Water Street, Elmira, NY 14905 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by McInerny Funeral Home.
WLADIS –GERALDINE WLADIS JOHNSON. Age 95, formerly of Colony Park Apts., Elmira, NY, died on Tuesday morning, April 5, 2005. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at Congregation B'Nai Israel, 900 W. Water St., Elmira, on Thursday, April 7, at 1 p.m., Rabbi Mimi Biatch officiating. Interment will follow in Sons of Abraham Cemetery, Elmira. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make memorials to Congregation B'Nai Israel, P.O. Box 3481, Elmira, NY 14905, or a charity of one's choice. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Harriet and Howard London of Ithaca, NY; grandchildren, Sarah London of Watertown, MA, Joshua (Jennifer) of Raleigh, NC; great-grandsons, Nathon London and Nicholas London; sister, Marjorie Elitzer of East Greenbush, NY; brother, Arthur Wladis of Orchard Park, NY; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and many loving friends. Geraldine was predeceased by her loving husband, Adolph (Duff) Johnson. She was born in Elmira, and was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy and Elmira College. She was past president of the Elmira College Club, and one of the oldest living members of Congregation B'Nai Israel. Geraldine's treasures in life were her family and friends, and they treasured her. She spent 50 wonderful summers at Keuka Lake, first with Duff and Harriet, then later with Sarah and Josh. She was an avid bridge player and spent many afternoons enjoying games with her friends. She will be missed by all. Geraldine was retired from Elmira City School District as a Math Teacher at Elmira Free Academy. ARRANGEMENTS BY HOLLY-KECK & BAKER, INC. FUNERAL DIRECTORS. Contributed by Carol Brotzman. Elmira Star Gazette, April 7, 2005.
ZIFF Bertram A Ziff
died peacefully on July 20, 2013 in the lovely Zen Hospice of San Francisco, at age 97. Bert was born on April 4, 1916 and grew up in Elmira, New York, one of five children of Isador and Esther Ziff. With the clear purpose of becoming an attorney he attended Cornell University and graduated with his JD in 1938. He was a member of Army Intelligence Services and served proudly in World War II. For close to 60 years, Bert was a lawyer in Elmira. He had a passion for his work and was known for his eloquence and intensity in the courtroom. He set the bar high for being a defense attorney in the Twin Tiers. Bert also had passionate hobbies such as racquetball, fishing, gardening and building exquisite dollhouses with his wife. The latter were regularly donated to the Rotary Club to be raffled. Bert took care of his ill wife for many years after retiring, and then moved with her to New York City where he successfully had surgery for lung cancer at age 90. He moved to San Francisco in October, 2012 to live with his daughter. He is survived by his wife, Elinor, his daughters, Dori Jinnett and Margery Ziff, his granddaughters Brynn Putnam and Maren Jinnett, his sons-in-law Jeff Jinnett and Al Snapp, and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 25 at Congregation Kol Ami at 1:00 PM. Interment will follow at Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery, Elmira, Abraham Golos officiating. In lieu of flowers please send donations to NYU School of Medicine, Cardio-Thoracic Dept., 530 1st Avenue, New York, New York, 10016, Attn: Dr. Harvey Pass Research Account, Ellen Cherrick. Star Gazette – July 23, 2013
? BLAZAR Barbara L.
age 77 of Elmira, NY. died on Sunday February 13, 2011 at St. Joseph Hospital. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services will be held at Congregation B'nai Israel 900 West Water St. Elmira on Tuesday February 15, at 11 a.m., Rabbi Miriam Biatch officiating. Interment will follow at Temple B'nai Israel Cemetery Elmira. In lieu of flowers those wishing may make memorials to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation 26 Broadway 14 Floor NY, NY 10004 or Congregation B'nail Israel. Shivah will be observed at Barbara's residence from 2-4 on Tuesday February 15. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law Susan and Paul Friedman of Scarsdale, NY.; Jennifer and James Schutzer of Vestal, NY; grandchildren Matthew and Amy Friedman, Eden and Brian Schutzer. Barbara was predeceased by her loving husband Burton H. Blazar in 1986. Arrangements by Baker Family Funeral Home. Star Gazette – February 15, 2011
? RUBIN Shirley
Of Elmira, NY and Boca Raton, FL died on Friday morning October 29, 2010 in Boca Raton. She was 90 years old. A private funeral service will be held at the Congregation B'Nai Israel at the convenience of the family. Rabbi Miriam Biatch will officiate. Interment will take place at Temple B'Nai Israel's Cemetery, Elmira. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Marvin and Shirley Rubin Scholarship Fund at Congregation B'Nai Israel, P.O. Box 3481, Elmira, NY 14905. The family will receive Shirley's friends at her home from 4-7 Tuesday and Wednesday. Shirley is survived by sons and daughter-in-law, Jeff Rubin of Elmira, Greg Rubin of Wayne, PA, Richard and Deborah Rubin of Malvern, PA and their children, Aaron and Alexandra Rubin; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanor and Eugene Haubenstock of Boca Raton; sister-in-law, Naomi Prell of Wyckoff, NJ; and nieces and nephews. Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband of 57 years, Marvin H. Rubin. She was born in Paterson, NJ on August 28, 1920. She was a graduate Eastside High School in Paterson and Beaver College in Jenkintown, PA with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1942 where she was active in the theater department and appeared in many stage productions. She met Marvin during WW ll and in 1944 they were married. While Marvin was in the U.S. Army, Shirley moved to Maryland where she taught grades 1-12 in a one room school house. After settling in Elmira in 1948 Shirley was a part-time teacher. Later she worked with her husband at the Southern Tier News Co. in many capacities. Throughout her life Shirley had many interests. She rode horses, played classical piano, was an excellent swimmer and avid bridge player, and became an accomplished golfer after picking up the game in her forties. Shirley participated in many area amateur golf tournaments. While a member of Sheppard Hills and the Elmira Country Clubs, she was a frequent runner up in numerous Ladies Club Championships. Shirley was also a little league mom for nearly ten years. As her children grew older, she renewed her interest in the arts and was a Past President, actress and director of the Elmira Little Theater, and a member of Thursday Morning Musicals. Although her health prevented her from returning to Elmira in later years, Shirley remained a supporter of the community, local charities and was a steadfast member of Congregation B'Nai Israel for over sixty years. While in Elmira, she was active in the Jewish community and its Hadassa and the Sisterhood. Many years ago Shirley and her husband established a scholarship fund for deserving students. Among her many accomplishments, her sons are most proud of her love and dedication to her family, friends and faith. - Elmira Star Gazette, November 1, 2010