10.05.17

Muriel Leonora Banquer

Muriel Leonora Banquer, 90, of New Haven died at home on Tuesday October 3, 2017. She was the widow of Earl Banquer. Born in New Haven, CT on April 14, 1927 to Harry and Pauline Gurian. She was a graduate of the second class of the University of Connecticut’s School of Nursing in 1948. In the 1980’s she earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work and provided outreach and education for the elderly as a staff member of the Consultation Center of the Connecticut Mental Health Center. Recognizing a growing need in the community, she started the program Grandparents Raising Grandchildren as a support tool for grandparents who were raising their grandchildren. Upon her retirement at age 75, a lecture series was established in her honor. Survivors include her sons David (Cheryl) Banquer of Alabama, Jonathan Banquer of CA, granddaughter Melinda (James) Blanch and two beloved great-grandchildren Jana and James. She was predeceased by a son Daniel and his wife Barbara.
Service in the Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven Monday morning at 11. Interment in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to either The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven or Beth El Kesser Israel.

09.21.17

Russell Bigler

Russell Bigler died in New Haven, September 20, 2017. He was born in Brooklyn, NY,  July 27, 1933, resided in West Haven with his current wife, Kathleen Bigler of 11 years. Married to Barbara Bigler for 35 years who predeceased him in December 1998.  With Barbara Bigler, he had 2 children; Gary Bigler of Cheshire and Alison Bigler Karosas of Stowe, VT.  Six loving grandchildren Max Bigler, Aleksandra Karosas,  Carly Bigler, Tasija Karosas, Natalie Bigler and Maya Karosas and two brothers Robert Bigler of Northford and Theodore Bigler of Brooklyn, NY. He worked at a furniture factory in Orange, CT for 25 years and the New Haven Register for 30 years. After retiring from the New Haven Register 5 years ago, he and his wife Kathy spent quiet time in West Haven walking along the pier, visiting Mohegan Sun, and watching the Giants and the Yankees.

Graveside funeral service at Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Jewell St., New Haven, Friday morning at 11.

06.02.17

Anne Phillips Hadelman

Anne Phillips Hadelman, 101 years old, of Milford, CT passed away peacefully on June 02, 2017.  Born February 16, 1916  in London, England to the late Jenny and Abramham Phillips.  She  was the widow of Leon Hadelman and is survived by a daughter Helene Jackson, two sons David and Gerald Hadelman, a sister Freda Galenty, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11:am, Wednesday June 7, 2017 at the Beaverdale Memorial Park (Adas Israel Section), 90 Pine Rock Ave., New Haven, CT.

05.10.17

Steven Bernard Korman

 

Steven Bernard Korman, 75, beloved husband of Gail Korman of Milford Connecticut, passed away on May 9, 2017 in Palm Coast, Florida. Steven was born in New Haven on December 1st, 1941. He graduated from Hopkins School in 1959 and continued on to receive a B.A. in Accounting from Virginia Tech in 1964. Steven married Gail Romer on December 24,1961; they were married 55 years. Steven worked as a Certified Public Accountant, started his career at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit before joining his father, Irving Korman at Korman & Korman CPAs in New Haven CT.   For the past 20 years Steven enjoyed his position as Vice President and Controller of National Lumber of North Haven.

He is survived by his wife Gail, his three sons and their spouses Jay and Beth of Cheshire, Mark and Lauren of Cheshire and David and Heather of Milford, grandchildren Elana, Sydney, Jacob, Molly and Skylar, brother Howard and sister Reyna, both of Florida. Steven is preceded in death by parents Irving and Esther Korman. Steven enjoyed family vacations, boating, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.  He was known for his wry sense of humor and a commentary for every situation. Throughout the course of his life he had many faithful canine companions, the most current being Brute and Sweetie.

The funeral service will be held at Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave., Orange, CT at 11:00 on Friday May 12th. The interment will be in the Columbus Lodge Cemetery, Jewell St., New Haven, CT.  After the burial visitors will be welcome at their home.  Shiva will be observed on Saturday, Sunday and Monday evenings.  Visitors are welcome starting at 5:00pm with minyan at 7:00pm. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Temple Emanuel, 150 Derby Ave Orange CT or The Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont, 15 Edgefield Ave, Milford CT.

04.10.17

Sylvia Sweedler

Sylvia Sweedler died at Whitney Center on April 8, after a long illness. Sylvia, predeceased by her husband Paul, was a life long CT resident. She is survived by daughter Susan Ach and her husband Larry, son Steven, grandchildren Rachel, Ben, Caleb, Kate, and Jenny and great grandchildren Henry, Sam, August and Marigold. Sylvia was an avid tennis and bridge player, a long time member of the League of Women Voters and would have been appalled by the current political situation. A memorial service was held on April 10. Please make contributions in Sylvia’s memory to the Rabbis Discretionary Fund/Immigrant and Refugee Program, Congregation Mishkan Israel , 785 Ridge Rd. Hamden, CT 06517.

04.03.17

Allen Kushner

Allen Kushner, 85, of Southington passed away on Saturday, April 1, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Born in Albany, NY, Al was a long-time resident of Connecticut. He is survived by his wife Carmelita Leff-Kushner of Southington; children Jeffrey Kushner of Wolcott, Gary Kushner and wife Yuko Tanaka-Kushner of Mountain View, CA, and Max Kushner of Evans, GA; step-children David Leff and partner Rosemarie Paine of West Haven, Jonathan Leff of New Haven, Michael Leff of Wallingford, and Rachel Leff and husband Anuj Bhardwaj of Ridgefield; and sister Joan Paley of Albany, NY. He was also the beloved grandfather of Lilly Kushner and the late Stephen Kushner; Peter, Cara, and Jake Leff; and Maya Bhardwaj.
A funeral service will be held on Tuesday at 11 am at the Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven. The interment will be in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Jewell St., New Haven.

03.15.17

John Moses Rakusin

John Moses Rakusin, known to all as Jack, passed away on Tuesday, March 14, just eight days shy of his 97th birthday. Jack was a warm and kind man, with a generous spirit, whose self-proclaimed greatest accomplishments were his relationships with his family and friends. He had an inviting twinkle in his eye and a hearty laugh that put those around him at ease.  A lover of food, Jack could regularly be seen schmoozing with friends at Taste in Hamden, where he would order the eponymous Jack’s Egg Salad Sandwich with Tomato Jam. He was also known to steal an extra slice of pumpkin pie (his favorite) at Thanksgiving. His enthusiasm for living was reflected in his pronouncing that every meal that someone made for him was “the best meal that I have ever had.” Jack grew up in Mount Pleasant, a small town in Western Pennsylvania, where his parents William and Celia Rakusin owned a small ladies ready to wear store. Jack was the youngest of four, with three adoring older sisters: Thelma, Rachel and Bea. After graduating from Penn State, Jack served in Panama during World War II. He then returned to Penn State where he received his Ph.d in clinical psychology under the GI Bill. It was work that brought Jack to Connecticut—to run a ward and supervise residents and psychology interns at the newly opened VA hospital in West Haven, a training center for Yale. A long and productive work life followed—at the VA, the Newington Children’s Hospital, the Grove School, and in private practice. Jack was a beloved therapist and supervisor, maintaining friendships with former students and colleagues to this day. Thank you to old friends and eating buddies Howard, Alan, Claire and Fontanas. Jack connected to Temple Beth Tikvah over 35 years ago and regularly attended the Wednesday reading group and Saturday Torah study. He loved to read about and to discuss the big ideas of life. He cherished his long-term relationships at the temple, and new members soon became old friends. This was also true at Beth Roth’s meditation group, a source of great sharing and caring. Music (jazz saxophone) and photography were lifelong interests and sources of great pleasure. With great appreciation and love for the good care Jack received in the difficult elderly years, his family would like to thank Drs. Douglas Israel, Eric Grubman, Dana Ranani, and home helpers Esmaida Reid and Matia Ellison. Jack leaves his wife Kim Karlan Rakusin, his first wife Florence Karp Rakusin, his adored daughter Ellen Rakusin Peterman and her husband John, his grandson Jeremy, as well as loving nieces and nephews, former students, and many friends.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 17 at 10:30 am at Temple Beth Tikvah, 196 Durham Rd., Madison, CT. The interment will be in the Temple Beth Tikvah section of Beaver Brook Cemetery, Rt. 145, Clinton, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jack’s memory to Temple Beth Tikvah.

02.24.17

Gerald “Jerry” Gale

Gerald “Jerry” Gale of North Haven, Connecticut and Jupiter, Florida, died peacefully on February 24, 2017 at the age of 88. Jerry joined his wife and life partner, Sonny, after 66 years of wedded bliss, who predeceased him by just two weeks. He is survived by his children, Eva Mathieu and her husband Mark and Steven Gale and his wife Elisa; his two grandchildren, Rachael and Shane Mathieu; and his step-sister, Barbara Rabin. Jerry is preceded by his parents, Eva and Isadore Gedzelman; his step-mother, Lillian Gedzelman; and his brother, Robert Gale. Jerry was born on April 2, 1928 in Astoria Queens. He married his beloved Sonny in 1950 and soon moved to Connecticut to raise his family and pursue his career. He served in the Navy and attended Long Island University and Helfy and Brown School of Court Reporting. Jerry worked for the Superior and Federal Courts and was co-founder and CEO of Sanders, Gale and Russell, a freelance court reporting agency. He was also co-founder and president of the Connecticut Court Reporters Association. Jerry retired at the age of 84 and at that time was recognized as the oldest practicing court reporter in the nation. Jerry had so many talents and interests that he continued to pursue until his death. He was an accomplished marathon runner, a founding member of the Sleeping Giant Pacers, a relentless movie buff, a conisseur of fine food and restaurants (not to exclude his love for grits and crispy bacon), a theater goer, a cruise aficionado, and a former Knick fan. He was a political activist in his own right, always maintaining his progressive beliefs; a humanitarian and philanthropist, generous to a fault. Jerry was a lifelong learner, attending elder hostel classes, reading multiple current event periodicals, and devouring the news. And above all else, Jerry was devout in his love and commitment to his family and friends.
Funeral service at Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd., Hamden, CT, Monday at 11:30am with a reception to follow. The interment in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery will be for immediate family only. In lieu of flowers, please make a charitable contribution in Jerry’s name.

02.18.17

Gerald (Jerry) R. Berg. MD

Gerald (Jerry) R. Berg. MD (74), cherished husband of Barbara L. Berg of 53 years, and longtime New Haven area resident, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family on February 18, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Jackson Heights, NY in May 1942, son of the late Alban and Sylvia Berg and brother of the late Stanley Berg. Jerry was the loving father of Adam and Melissa P. of Wolcott, VT, Jason and Laura Berg of North Hampton, MA and Melissa and Andrew Lawson of Woodbridge, CT. He was also the best Papa ever to Matthew, Alex and Emily, Samantha and Sarah, and Ginger and Daisy. Jerry was honored to serve the Waterbury community for over 40 years as a physician and founding member of Diagnostic Radiology Associates. He was a proud member of Congregation B’nai Jacob where he served on various committees. Upon retirement, Jerry could not sit still so he invested his time in volunteering to coach tennis at both North Haven High School and Chapel Haven.
Funeral will be held on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 12:30 PM at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Rd., Woodbridge, CT. The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.

02.13.17

Helen Dondy

Helen Dondy, retired social worker and a lifelong champion of social justice, died on February 1, 2017, at the age of 95. Born in NYC, Helen was the first, and only, member of her family to attend college, subsequently graduating from the Columbia University School of Social Work. Her parents, immigrants from Poland/Lithuania, imbued her with a deep sense of responsibility and caring for those less fortunate. Her first protest march was against Franco, during the Spanish Civil War, and only two weeks ago she supported her daughters and granddaughters, as they marched in Washington DC, San Francisco and Toronto, protesting the transgressions of the current administration. Her professional career included being executive director of the White Plains Head Start programs, where she worked tirelessly to create quality programs for young children and their families. Helen’s marriage to Emanuel Dondy, a Juilliard trained pianist, who predeceased her by 35 years, filled their home in Larchmont, NY, with love, music and books. After his death, she continued to live a life filled with travel, art, music, dance, theater, and other intellectual pursuits, passing on her love of the arts to her adored granddaughters, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Helen possessed a lively, dry sense of humor; a passion for justice; a ferocious work ethic and a deep and abiding love for her family and friends. She was a role model for all of us who loved her. Although she leaves an empty space in our lives, the memory of her will forever occupy a warm place in our hearts. She is survived by her daughters Lise (Bill Kaplan) and Amy (James Allen Brewer); granddaughters Polly (David Gaskell) and Hannah (Adam Bartini) and great grandsons, Simon and Emmett. Donations in Helen’s memory can be made to the ACLU, an organization of which she was a proud member for over 50 years.