07.02.20

Mary Bratu

 

Mary Bratu, 91, of Hamden, died at home on July 2, 2020. She was the daughter of Herman Linscher and Yetti Segall,  predeceased by Dr. Marcel Bratu in 2019 after 69 years of marriage. She leaves a daughter, Monica (Ariel) Talmor of Hamden, a son Alex (Mary Anne Sulik) Bratu of Milford, and 2 grandchildren, Michael and Maia Talmor. Mary emigrated to the USA in 1964 from Romania, where she taught French and English. Her love of languages led her to work at Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University for more than 40 years where her language skills were put to good use in cataloging foreign works. In later years she taught herself Spanish by watching telenovelas on TV. She very much enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially to Lake Placid, Switzerland, and Puerto Rico, all which they visited repeatedly. Mary was a great cook and loved to feed the whole family. She put others above herself and was a kindhearted soul who will be sorely missed.

06.01.20

Norman Hyatt Rashba

Norman Hyatt Rashba passed away peacefully on May 30, 2020, at 93 years of age. Norman was born on December 1, 1926, in New Haven, CT, where he was raised in the loving home of Abe and Sonya (Hyatt) Rashba. This family unit was part of a large multi-generational extended family whose values of compassion and integrity were a presence throughout Norman’s life. Norman married his beloved sweetheart, Harriet Goldberg of Wallingford, CT in 1948. Their romance continued for 65 years until Harriet’s death in 2013.  After serving as a medical technician in the Navy, Norman graduated from the University of Connecticut. He had a long career as a CPA for the firm of Konowitz, Kahn, Rashba and Leibowitz of New Haven. Norman had a special ability to engage others in conversation; he loved to learn from people he encountered. This skill served him well in business and in life. Family was Norman’s first priority but he also believed in helping others in the community.  He was on the executive board of Tower One. He did pro bono work for social service agencies. He was a past president of Congregation Mishkan Israel. Norman appreciated the synagogue for its commitment to social justice, free speech, the arts and community action.  He represented CMI on the Greater New Haven Interfaith Social Action Committee. Upon retirement, Norman and Harriet moved to Cape Cod for 13 years.  They returned to New Haven when Harriet was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Norman dedicated himself to lovingly provide her care. Norman moved to Whitney Center in 2012. He thrived within the community’s social and cultural programming. He loved sitting in the dining area, conversing, learning from and laughing with his fellow residents and the employees. He took joy in being able to share the WC experience with his brother and sister-in-law, Malcolm and Barbara Rashba. Norman worked with the administration of Whitney Center to improve its delivery of health services. His family would like to express their appreciation to the Whitney Center staff who recognized his endearing qualities and skills  while caring for him in his final years. The family regarded Norman as the patriarch; loving brother of Malcolm and Barbara Rashba of Hamden, CT; loving father of Howard and Susan Rashba of Bedford, MA, Susan Engelhardt of Middletown, CT, and Rachel and Michael Berman of Riverdale, NY; loving grandfather of Aaron and Karina Rashba, Daniel and Angela Rashba, Jason and Katrina Engelhardt, Matthew and Megan Engelhardt, Katie and Jared Pinkus, Ava Berman and fiancé, Joseph Carreno, and Eric Berman; and loving great-grandfather of Eli, Amelia, Zoe, Silas, Rae, Reese, Kayla, Norah, Hannah and Lydia. In addition to his parents and Harriet, Norman was predeceased by his son-in-law, Richard Engelhardt and great-granddaughter, Olivia Rashba. Also remembering Norman are his brother-in-law Edwin Goldberg and wife, Gayle of CA, many nephews, nieces, cousins and a multitude of friends whom he collected during his long life.

A private graveside funeral service will be held at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Congregation Mishkan Israel, the Whitney Center Philanthropy Fund or a local food bank.

05.20.20

Bonnie Sue Germon

Bonnie Sue Germon of Hartford, CT formerly of New Haven died on May 19, 2020 with her beloved husband John O’Hara by her side.  She was 72. She leaves her adored daughter Jennifer Germon of San Francisco and sister Adele Sasson (Roy), of Hamden and FL, and a bunch of nieces and nephews. Bonnie was an avid theatre goer and loved to dance and sing.
Private graveside funeral will be held at Cong. Sinai Memorial Park, Farwell St., West Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to The Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Carter Oak Ave. Hartford, CT 06106.

05.18.20

Peter I. Jatlow, M.D.

Peter I. Jatlow, M.D., 84, passed away at his home peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2020 after a long illness. Dr. Jatlow served as Chair of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at Yale School of Medicine from 1984-2006. Mostly recently, he was Professor Emeritus of, and Senior Research Scientist in, the Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Psychiatry. His clinical interests were focused on clinical chemistry and toxicology. His research activities were primarily concerned with the clinical pharmacology of drugs of abuse, including nicotine and alcohol and he published some of the earliest studies of the clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics of cocaine. A fellow of the American Institute for the Advancement of Science, he was the author of more than 100 publications and was recognized with numerous awards and honors. Dr. Jatlow was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up in Mount Vernon, New York. He received his B.S. from Union College in 1957 and his M.D. in 1961 from the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center. After a mixed medicine-surgery internship at Montefiore Hospital in Bronx, New York, Dr. Jatlow spent four years as a resident and postdoctoral trainee in pathology and laboratory medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine. From 1966 to 1968, Dr. Jatlow was in the U.S. Public Health Service, where he set up the first pathology department for the Alaskan Native Medical Center in Anchorage, Alaska. In 1968 he returned to join the faculty of Yale School of Medicine where he remained for the balance of his career. Dr. Jatlow had a green thumb and enjoyed tennis and travelling with his family. He collected fountainpens and enjoyed wine and a good meal. He loved the outdoors and particularly enjoyed exploring the Four Corners region of the American Southwest and hiking the trails of Acadia National Park. He is survived by his beloved wife, Stephanie, two daughters, Allison Beitler and Julie Guilmette, two sons-in-law, Richard and Keith, and by his three grandsons, Gordon, Brian and Daniel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Connecticut Food Bank at www.ctfoodbank.org/ways-to-give or send 2 Research Pkwy, Wallingford, CT 06492-1929

05.07.20

Molly Lebedeker Hirshfield

Molly Lebedeker Hirshfield,  born and raised in New Haven , passed away on May 5, 2020 in Boca Raton, Florida.  She was 103 years old.  After raising her family she spent her retirement years with her husband Jack in Highland Beach Florida. She leaves four children: Marjorie Greenberg, Merle Goldstone, Mark Goldstone and his wife Christine, and stepson Gary Hirshfield and his wife Nina(Deceased).  Additionally, she is survived by her three grandchildren, Wesley (Andrea) Goldstone, Lara  (Adam) Lunin and Derek Goldstone, and four great grandchildren,Calla and Ivy Goldstone, Elyse and Drew Lunin.  She will be buried next to her husband Jack at B’nai Jacob Memorial Park. Molly was a kind and caring person with a remarkable sense of humor, who made friendships for life and was adored by their families as well. She had an adventurous spirit and loved the ocean. For many summers she and husband cruised from Florida to Maine on their boat “The Stroller”  visiting family and friends along the way; the Branford Yacht Club was her home port. She was the only centenarian in her family and her long life was a blessing to all those she left behind.

05.01.20

Stephen E. Ronai

Stephen E. Ronai, 83 of North Haven, passed away on April 30, 2020 after a long illness.  Steve was a resident of North Haven since 1985 with his wife, the noted artist, Natalie Melbardis Ronai, whom he married in 1974 and to whom he had been devoted throughout their long married life together.  At the time of his death Steve’s professional career as a recognized health care lawyer and health care regulatory specialist had evolved into an advisory counsel relationship with Murtha Cullina LLP, a regional law firm where Steve served as a partner and where for twenty years he provided leadership as Chairman of the Health Care Department and as a mentor to many of the Health Care lawyers that served provider clients through the firm.  Steve was born in Szikso, Hungary in 1936, and he and his late mother, Ilona, emigrated to the United States in 1941 to build upon Steve’s father Joseph’s courageous and life-saving decision in 1939 to escape the Hungarian support of the Nazi’s Holocaust to enable his family to draw upon America’s freedom as the foundation for their new life together.  Steve adhered faithfully to his parents’ patriotism and adopted their faith that opportunities in a free America to obtain a good education could be the pathway to the realization of the American dream.  Steve’s admission to the Bronx High School of Science, to Columbia College of Columbia University, and to the Yale Law School were instrumental steps that exhibited the benefits of Steve’s parents’ encouragement and support for his educational achievements.Steve’s education led to a legal career that reflected his recognition as a nationally recognized expert in a broad range of Health Care Industry provider legal issues.  Murtha Cullina’s large complement of health care clients came to rely on Steve’s knowledge, experience and practical approach to Hospital, Nursing Home and Physician Organization regulatory problems that arose out of provider restrictive encounters with State and Federal enforcement authorities.  Steve’s experience and expertise led to his annual listing  since 1992 in the Best Lawyers in America publication.  His reputation for thoughtful analysis and careful advice led to his election and appointment to numerous leadership positions in Health Care provider organizations and Health Care educational institutions, i.e. as a Fellow of the American Health Lawyers Association, a former Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Hospital Association, as General Counsel to the Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities, Inc (the State’s Nursing Home membership Association) and he also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Quinnipiac University School of Law where he regularly taught a course in The Regulation of the Health Care Industry. Steve’s dedication to his profession and to the Murtha Cullina LLP law firm did not diminish Steve’s devotion to his wife Natalie Melbardis, whose artistic talent and her love of her home and her beautiful garden provided him with the bucolic atmosphere that he treasured and appreciated and for which he was always grateful.  In addition to Natalie, Steve is survived by his sister, Amy Kuperblum (Joseph), his niece Erika of Ardsley, New York and by his two sons Peter J. Ronai (Margot Leoni) of Milford, CT and James G. Ronai (Susan Sloan) of Orange, CT and his three grandchildren Matthew James, Brian John and Lauren Elizabeth.   In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Bronx High School of Science Alumni Association.

Doris Teitelman Goldberg Dimenstein

Blessed is the true judge … Doris Teitelman Goldberg Dimenstein, Age 90, went with God April 30, 2020. Daughter of the late Joseph and Ruth Teitelman. Wife of the late Samuel Dimenstein. Loving mother of Howard and his wife Sue of Boston, MA and Leonard and his wife Zola of Hamden, CT and Marc and his wife Judy of Hamden, CT. She was predeceased by her son Norman Goldberg. Doris was a loving grandmother to Max and Jessie Goldberg, Joshua and Allison Goldberg, and Benjamin Cross. Sister of Aaron Teitelman and his wife Arlene of Cromwell, CT and sister of the late Beatrice Teitelman Hartley. Former Mother-In-Law of Debbie Goldberg of North Haven, CT. Beloved aunt and great-aunt. Born and raised in New Haven, CT. Doris was a resident of Tower One for 13 years and was known as the “Mayor” while residing there. Doris was a “people person” and had hundreds of friends that adored her. She was active in volunteer work while at Tower One, raising thousands of dollars for many charities. For over 15 years she volunteered in Patient Relations at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven. Doris for many years dedicated herself to Bikur Cholim synagogue in many volunteer capacities. Her warmth, generous nature, humor, curiosity, and sense of fun will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Interment and Services will be at Bikur Cholim cemetery Sunday May 3rd 2020 at  2:00pm. Due to the current health crisis, and in accordance with State and Local regulations, the Bikur Cholim Cemetery on Brockett Place East Haven, has very strict guidelines that can only accommodate up to 10 family  members/guests at a time. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Tower One, 18 Tower Lane, New Haven, CT 06519.

04.07.20

Elizabeth J. Maizell

Elizabeth J. Maizell, 62, of Bloomfield, formerly of Hamden, tragically passed away on April 6, 2020 after contracting Covid19. Born in Buffalo, NY, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Mona Maizell. Elizabeth struggled most of her adult life with significant mental illness. She graduated from Hamden High School, briefly attended Quinnipiac College and later got a certificate in accounting. Elizabeth loved her family more than anything else in life. She leaves behind her devoted sister and brother-in-law, Sue and Bill Eisenberg of West Simsbury and her 3 nieces, Erica, Julie and Renee Eisenberg who she adored. The family would like to thank all who cared for Elizabeth throughout her life and in her final days.
Funeral service will be private with interment in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, New Haven. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, CT 06517.

02.15.20

Nancy Gurewitz Simon

Nancy Gurewitz Simon (81) (or 39 again if you asked her) Loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and grandmother passed away on Valentines Day after many years of a broken heart, longing to be with her husband Martin (the big guy) and after many years of chronic pain associated with her illness. She is survived by her two sons Barry and Steven, their wives Susan and Eileen, and grandchildren Mareyna, Nyla, Taryn, Michael, Jack and Patrick, as well as several nieces, their children, and several cousins. Nancy is predeceased by her husband, her brother and sister-in-law Alvin and Dolores Gurewitz and her parents Albert and Freda Gurewitz. Nancy was born and raised in New Haven where, after attending Lesley College for a short time, she met her husband Martin. They moved to Hamden where they raised a family and remained life long residents. Nancy loved her family and her trips to Cape Cod, and when she wasn’t there, she was telling a story about when she was. Nancy loved to bake and was always chasing a great recipe.  Nancy was a bit of a poet, taking great care and much effort to include them in cards and letters for family and friends. Hallmark may have missed out on who could have been their best writer. She loved going for a “bite” at IHOP or the Colony and the leftovers were for the next meal. Nancy was always collecting something that reminded her of her past, and she held on to her collections with all her might.  Also, the CVS cashiers and grocery store clerks will not know what to do without the chronic complaints and requests for odd things; they too can rest easy.  She is at peace now, away from pain, and reunited with her husband, family and friends whom she missed terribly.

Funeral service will be private. The interment will be in the Beaverdale Memorial Park, New Haven.

01.29.20

Arlene Cohen

Arlene Cohen, age 72, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2020.  She lovingly raised her daughters in Cheshire, Connecticut with her husband Arnold Cohen, who she sadly lost in 1989.  In recent years, Arlene has resided in Farmington, Connecticut.  She was loved by everyone she met. Known for her kind, generous and sweet disposition, Arlene will be greatly missed by friends and family. Her memory will be cherished by many including her sister, Barbara Askinas, her children Shari and James Nastri, and Julie and Jesse Doscher, and her grandchildren, Justin, Dylan and Alyssa Nastri, and Andie and Eden Doscher. A public graveside service will be held at Cheshire Hillside Cemetery, 166 Wallingford Road, Cheshire, CT  at 11:00 am Friday, January 31st. In memory of Arlene Cohen, donation gifts may be sent to McLean Hospice, 75 Great Pond Road, Simsbury, CT 06070.  A wonderful hospice aide was sitting with her in the end.