Florence Sterling Alpert

Florence Sterling Alpert, beloved mother, sister, wife, friend and all-around mensch, Florence was born in New Haven and raised in Hamden.  She graduated from  High School and received her B.A. from University of Connecticut.  Florence married Erwin Alpert in 1950 and together they raised two sons. Florence loved languages and literature.  Her wordsmithing skills served her well in her career as the manager of the classified advertising department of the New Haven Register.  She loved her family, friends, and co-workers, and those who knew her appreciated her positive outlook, terrific sense of humor, and generosity of spirit.  Florence was predeceased by mother, Eva Sterling; father, Alex Sterling; husband, Erwin Alpert; son, Richard Alpert; and brothers, Julius Sterling and Robert Sterling.  She is survived by her son, Daniel Alpert (Rabbi Eric Weiss) of San Francisco, California and brother, Charles Sterling of Hamden and loving nieces and nephews.

Service at the Weller Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven, CT, Wednesday morning at 11: am. The interment will be in the Workmen Circle Cemetery, Farwell ST., Allingtown, West Haven, CT.


 Fred Steven Landorf

Fred Steven Landorf of New Haven died peacefully on August 22, 2019, with his daughter at his side. Born in New Haven on June 9, 1950, Fred was an LPN. He enjoyed music from a very early age, playing the drums and later the piano for most of his life. He was a loving and devoted father, brother, and son. Fred is the father of Stefanie Landorf, the brother of Hilary Landorf, Ken Landorf, and Richard Landorf, and the son of Herbert Landorf and the late Carolyn Landorf.

Graveside funeral service will be held at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT., Sunday afternoon at 1:pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Congregation Mishkan Israel, (Target Area: Music), 785 Ridge Rd., Hamden, CT 06517


Merle Weisman

Merle Weisman, 99, of New Haven, Connecticut. passed away on August 9, 2019. Merle was born in New Britain, Connecticut on September 15, 1919 and was married to the late Jerome Hershey. Together they are survived by their 4 children: Patricia Hershey Beutler of Lincoln, Nebraska, John Hershey of Long Island, New York, Teresa Hershey of Paris, France and Jennifer Hershey of New York, New York. She also leaves behind a large and loving family of 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Merle lived a long life filled with love, adventure, an adoring family and wonderful friends. She faced aging with dignity, grace, and courage. In doing so, she taught those around her to embrace life and to meet every day challenges with a smile and a sense of humor. She will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

A funeral service will be held Monday at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery Chapel, Whalley Ave., New Haven. The interment will be in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery.


Marcel Bratu, MD

Marcel Bratu MD, of Hamden, died on August 6, 2019 at the CT Hospice in Branford. Son of the late attorney Solomon and Cilia (Stern) Zalman, he was born in Dorohoi, Romania, on December 25th, 1924. He was the husband of Mary (Linscher) Bratu for more than 69 years. Beside her, he leaves a daughter, Monica (Ariel) Talmor of Hamden, a son Alex Bratu (Mary Anne Sulik) of Milford CT and 2 grandchildren, Michael and Maia Talmor. He was predeceased by his sister, Dr. Dorothea (Maurice) Rodescu. Dr. Bratu had a large family spread out in the USA, Europe, Israel and Canada. He graduated from the Medical School of the University Of Bucharest, Romania, in 1949. After 15 years of pediatric practice in Communist Romania, his last job being Director and Chairman of the Constantza Children’s Hospital, his family of 10 immigrated to the USA in 1964. He served as an intern at White Plains Hospital in White Plains, NY for a year and then as a resident in Pediatrics at St. Raphael’s Hospital in New Haven, CT for the next 2 years, the last of which he was Chief Resident. In 1967 he was appointed Assistant Chairman of the Pediatrics Department at St. Raphael’s. In 1969, he became certified by the Board of Pediatrics and made a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He wrote a few articles on pediatric medicine for national journals. Starting in 1969 he was in private practice in New Haven, Derby, Ansonia, and Oxford and served as an attending pediatrician at Yale New Haven Medical Center, St. Raphael’s, and Griffin Hospital Dr. Bratu had an appointment as an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale School of Medicine until his retirement. He also served as Pediatric Consultant at the Connecticut State Department of Health from 1985 to 1990. He found time to go to Fenway Park, being a great fan of the Red Sox. Aside from his family, he enjoyed classical music, opera, and fishing.

Graveside funeral services will be held at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen, Ave. New Haven Friday at 11:00am. The Weller Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. New Haven is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions can be made to the Chapter of the American Heart Association, Wallingford, CT 06492 or to the Glaucoma Research Foundation, 251 Post Street, Suite 600, San Francisco CA 94108.


Kathyrn Grant Belleau

Kathyrn Grant Belleau was a beloved wife, mother, sister, stepmother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She passed away suddenly on Wednesday afternoon. She was so full of life and laughter, and was loved by everyone she met. She was a second mother to countless people and always opened her heart and home to those who needed it. She is survived by her husband John Belleau, her son Sean Belleau and his fiancé Liz McKinley, her sister Deborah Grant, her stepdaughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Service in the Weller Funeral Hone, 424 Elm St., New Haven, CT., Sunday afternoon at 3 :PM. The interment will be private for family members only at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Jewell ST., New Haven. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to North Shore Animal League in her name.


Simon Koffer


Simon Koffer, 97, died peacefully on May 6th, 2019, with his loving family by his side.  A Purple Heart, WWII Veteran, many will remember Simon as the owner of S&J Distributors on Howard Avenue in New Haven, selling Winegard TV Antennas and later burglar alarms systems. Simon is survived by his daughter Linda Koffer of New York; son Alan Koffer of Georgia; daughter Judy Ginsberg Penn of North Carolina ; daughter Karen Ginsberg of Hamden; brother Morris Koffer of Long Island.; three grandchildren including Robyn Anderson of Branford and several great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Anne Raflowitz Koffer and his second wife Doris Ginsberg Koffer.
Graveside funeral service will be held at Congregation Sinai Memorial Park, Farwell St., West Haven, Thursday afternoon at 2pm



Charles Ratner

Charles Ratner, 90 of Hamden died April 10, 2019. Son of the late Eva and Arthur Ratner, he worked as a shoe salesman and was a veteran of the Korean conflict. He is survived by his longtime companion Sylvia Klepper.

Funeral service and interment will be private.

Dr. Perry R. Saxe

Dr. Perry R. Saxe passed away peacefully on April 10, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. Perry was born March 22, 1926 in Little River, Florida to Samuel and Tillie Saxe and moved to Connecticut as a young child. In 1944, after graduating from Hillhouse High School in New Haven, Perry enlisted in the Army and fought in the European Theater for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. Upon his return, he attended the University of Connecticut, graduating in only 2 years, and went on to the University of Maryland Dental School.  In 1949, he married Barbara Miller and together they raised five children. During that time, Perry thrived as a successful dentist in Milford, CT. He was beloved by his patients and served generations of families. Perry served as President of the Milford Rotary Club and as a Milford Alderman, leading the majority Democratic Party.  He was a champion bridge player and earned the title of Grand Master. He was a voracious reader with a particular interest in history and biographies. He traveled extensively; was an avid golfer; loved the theater; and obtained his pilot’s license. As his children grew, he enjoyed coaching basketball and baseball. He will be remembered most for his generosity and great sense of humor. He is survived by his beloved partner, Naomi Rappoport, brothers Stan Saxe and Jack Saxe, loving children, Joe (Carol), Andy (Lonnie), Gary (Linda), Tracy (Heidi) and Lisa; grandchildren Jodie Saxe, Danielle Saxe-Feldman (Jared Feldman), Jaclyn Saxe, Ryan Saxe, Samantha Saxe and Tyler Saxe and great granddaughter, Olivia Feldman. He was predeceased by his dear wife, Barbara, and cherished grandson, Jeremy Saxe.

Funeral service will be held at the Weller Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., (Corner of Dwight), Sunday at 12:noon. The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven. Donations in his memory may be made to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation National Headquarters ATTN: Financial Operations 733 Third Avenue, Suite 510 New York, NY 10017.


David K. Dodes

David K. Dodes of Hamden, Ct passed away peacefully on Saturday March 23th 2019. He was the only child of George and Helen Klein Dodes and was born on April 29th 1937 in Brooklyn, New York.  David was a proud graduate of Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, NY and held a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from Cornell University. He is survived by his wife, Blanche Leder Dodes and their three children and spouses: Susan L. Dodes and Jeffrey V. Jones, Dr. Glenn L. Dodes and Lisa Buckman Dodes and Jeffrey L. Dodes and Cyndi Dodes.  He is also survived by his seven beloved grandchildren: Michelle Dodes, Nicole Dodes, Spencer Jones, Evan Dodes, Austin Dodes, Ellis Jones and Abigail Dodes. David had a distinguished career in urban planning throughout the tri-state area and as a local community leader and state legislator. He served as the President of the Hamden Town Council in the late 1970s as well as representing the 88th district of Hamden and North Haven as State Representative in the Connecticut legislature’s House of Representatives. He was a long time member of Mishkan Israel Synagogue in Hamden and served many years as a little league coach for his sons in both Hamden Baseball and Hamden Youth football. His passions included his family, music of all types and the New York Giants of which he was a fan for over 75 years.

Funeral service and interment will be private.


Harold Grabino

Harold Grabino on March 4, 2019 passed away peacefully in his home at 88 years old. Predeceased by his beloved wife Priscilla. Loving father of Eric and Amy (Robert Schecterson). Adoring grandfather of Emily Piette (Jared), Jessica Landau, Calder and Jane Schecterson. Graduated from Syracuse University, Phi Beta Kappa and from Yale Law School where he was a member of the Yale Law Journal. Founding partner of Dentree Associates, Real Estate Investment and Management Company in New York City. Active in the Jewish community, including two terms as president of Stephen Wise Free Synagogue. Contributions may be made to Stephen Wise Free Synagogue or Yale Law School. Service Wednesday 11:30am at Riverside Memorial Chapels, 180 76th St. at Amsterdam Ave.