03.24.19

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.

03.05.19

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.

Glenn William Stuart

Glenn William Stuart of Woodbridge, CT passed away suddenly on March 4, 2019.  He was the cherished son of Gene and Estelle (Ruttenberg) Stuart, born on November 26, 1959 in New Haven, CT.  Beloved brother of Wendy (Wayne) Luciani and loving Uncle to Garett (Amy) Luciani, Troy (Rachel) Luciani, Blake (Jenna Testa) Luciani, Briana (Bill) May.  Great Uncle to Julia, Harley, Liam, Carter, Duke, Cole and Mack.  He also leaves behind his second family “Katz’s Deli” and countless friends he made throughout his life.

Service in the Weller Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven, Thursday at 12:noon. The interment will be in the Mt. Sinai Memorial Park, Jewell St., New Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to September 11th Victims Compensation Fund or House of Heroes-Connecticut.

03.04.19

Ellen L. Zempsky

   Ellen L. Zempsky passed away peacefully at age 87.  Born in Brooklyn, NY she grew up on Long Island in Rockville Center.  She lived her entire married life in a wooded house in Woodbridge, CT.  A maverick for her time she graduated from NYU and received a Master’s degree in Library Science from Columbia University.  Ellen enjoyed library positions in many settings; early on at the Brooklyn Public Library and later on at the Western New England Psychoanalytic Society and the Connecticut Hospital Association. Ellen was a lover of art museums, travel, shopping, books and of course the library.  After retiring she volunteered for several years as a docent at the Yale University Art Gallery.   She traveled around the world with her husband Burt who passed away in 2018. They were very devoted to each other.  They especially loved the winters they spent in a small apartment in Nice, France enjoying the sites and relaxed dinners together. She will be sadly missed by her children Dina and Bill and their spouses Andy and Janna as well as grandchildren Leah, Sam, Noah, Eli and Kyle.

A service will be held at Whitney Center, 200 Leeder Hill Road, Hamden CT,  Wednesday March 6, 2019 at 11:30 am. The interment will be in the Eastside Cemetery, 157 Pease Rd., Woodbridge, CT. Donations in Ellen’s memory can be made to the Division of Pain and Palliative Medicine at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center or to the charity of choice.

03.01.19

Beverly Edith Jawitz

Beverly Edith Jawitz died in her home, East Haven, CT Thursday, February 28, 2019. She was born February 16th, 1918, 101 years old. Her long life was blessed with a multitude of family members and friends, too may to enumerate, who adored her even if in her own estimation she was just a regular person. In fact, she was bulwark against many adversities, including raising her family alone, without her husband, in a time when single mothers were a rarity, and she was a rock of support to everyone she loved. Everyone who wants to show their affection for her is welcome to come to her funeral service.

Funeral service at the Weller Funeral Home, 424 Elm St., New Haven, CT Monday afternoon at 1. The interment will be in the Beaverdale Memorial Park, Fitch St., New Haven.

02.07.19

A. Herbert Schwartz, M.D

A. Herbert Schwartz, M.D died surrounded by his family in New Haven on January 28, 2019. Dr. Schwartz, a child and adult psychiatrist, began practicing medicine in 1958 and saw patients until his death at the age of 86. During these 60 years, he formed enduring and transformative relationships with his patients, their families, and his colleagues. Arnold Herbert Schwartz was born on September 16, 1932, to Francis and Bernard Schwartz in Plainfield, NJ.  He grew up with siblings, Helen and Richard. He worked in his parent’s store – Reliable Jewelers, participated in Boy Scouts, played baseball, learned to grow vegetables in his mother’s victory garden, and attended Temple Shalom. After graduating from Columbia College, Dr. Schwartz attended NYU Medical School, (MD 1958) and interned at Lenox Hill Hospital.  Fulfilling his obligation under the GI Bill, he served as a Captain in the USAF.  He and his wife Judith, whom he married in 1957, spent two years stationed in Alabama and Texas. In 1960, the couple moved to Palo Alto where Dr. Schwartz trained in psychiatry at Stanford. There, he had a bountiful vegetable garden with plenty to share with his neighbors, whose mailboxes he stuffed with the excess. In 1963, the couple, and the first of their four daughters, and dog drove across country to Connecticut where he continued his medical training with a fellowship in child psychiatry at the Yale Child Study (1963-1965). Dr. Schwartz then served as Associate Director of Children’s General Clinic Research Unit (1965-71), Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry (1966-1971), and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry (1971-1991) at the Yale School of Medicine. In 1969, Dr. Schwartz opened a private child psychiatry practice in New Haven, eventually moving it to Woodbridge in 2003.  Dr. Schwartz was a practical, no-nonsense psychiatrist who remained up-to-date on the latest psychiatric practices with nightly journal reading and by mentoring many teachers and psychologists. He was a true healer who nurtured and nudged his patients to see and actualize their potential.  In addition, throughout his long career, Dr. Schwartz provided psychiatric consult services to public and private schools throughout New England.  He had a lifelong passion for a multidisciplinary approach to complex patient care evidenced by his long-standing relationships with Benhaven School for the Autistic Child, ACES, Grove School and Oxford Academy. Dr. Schwartz was an American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Life Fellow, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Distinguished Life Fellow, Sigma Xi Distinguished Life Fellow and a Fellow of Silliman College at Yale University. Living in Woodbridge for over 43 years, Dr. Schwartz served his community as a member of many boards including Continuum of Care and Connecticut Hemophilia Society and as president of the local PTA.  He also continued to have an overabundant garden, loved to swim and play tennis, helped raise four adventurous daughters and gambled wisely.  He and Judith traveled all over the world visiting family and friends in Europe, SE Asia, South America, Australia, China, the Middle East and Alaska. Dr. Schwartz was a beloved husband, treasured father, a much cared-for grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived his wife of 61 years, Judith Adoff Schwartz, his children and their spouses, Deena (Curt), Kara (David), Marna, Thea (Alexei), nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Judith continues to reside at their home of seven years in the Whitney Center.  Condolences can be sent to Judith at Whitney Center, Apt 2712, 200 Leeder Hill Drive, Hamden CT 06517.  Donations in his blessed memory can be made on line to the Yale Child Study Center https://medicine.yale.edu/childstudy/
Graveside funeral services were held Jan. 29, 2019 at the Northwest Cemetery, Seymour Rd., Woodbridge, CT.

01.05.19

Arthur Harry Greenberg

Arthur Harry Greenberg, 96, of New Haven, passed away on January 4, 2019. He was married to the late Rose Feldman Greenberg for 53 years. Art was born in New Haven, CT on March 19, 1922 to the late Michael and Sarah Greenberg. He attended Hillhouse High School prior to entering the Navy in World War II. Art served on the USS Tuscaloosa and was in the battles of D-Day, Casablanca, Murmansk, Okinawa and others. He worked with his father in the Ideal Kosher Restaurant and later owned Spic and Span Cleaners. He has worked at the Jewish Community Center since 2001. Art is survived by his three children, Lawrence Greenberg (Gail) of Woodbridge, Allan Greenberg (Ellen) of Branford and Mark Greenberg (Tami) of New York City. He will also be cherished in the memory of his grandchildren, Jennifer Weissman, Melissa, Allison, Daniel, Matthew and Kate Greenberg as well as great grandchildren Emily and Hailey Weissman. He will also be dearly missed by many loving nieces and nephews. Art was predeceased by his sister Estelle Hoffman and his brother Seymour Greenberg.

Funeral services will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven on Monday, January 7, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  Shiva will be observed at the home of Rob and Betsy Sachs, 39 Northford Road, Branford, CT Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the JCC of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Rd., Woodbridge, CT 06525.

12.18.18

Myra Morse Rochow

It is with great sadness that the family of Myra Morse Rochow announce her passing on December 17th. Myra will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 59 years, Walter Rochow and her children, Sharon Gaynor (Eric), Faye Pite Beresner (Steven), and Carl Rochow (Heidi). Myra will also be dearly remembered by her six grandchildren, Rebecca, Michelle, Renée, Samantha, David, and Lauren. She is survived by her sister Barbara Bashe. Myra graduated from John Adams High School in Queens, New York in 1958 and owned and operated MB Interiors for 25 years. Myra was tirelessly committed to the community and passionately believed in the importance of public health. She was the Commissioner of QVHD for more than 20 years. She demonstrated her support and love of her community as Justice of the Peace in Hamden for 25 years. Myra was a multi-faceted person: she loved baking for the Jewish holidays and restoring antique cars, with active participation in the Connecticut Historical Automobile Society. Myra was industrious and continually worked on home improvement projects; the family affectionally referred to her as the female Bob Villa. Myra was an admirer of Puccini’s operas; La Boheme was her favorite. Myra was full of life, joy, and energy. She openly shared her genuine brand of warmth and love. She had a unique and meaningful bond with her six grandchildren and was especially devoted to her family and friends. Myra shared her love in extraordinary ways that made the people around her feel special and understood. The family would like to share a special thanks to the nurses of the seventh floor of Smilow for the love and kindness they gave Myra.

Funeral service will be held Thursday morning, 10:am, at Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., Orange, CT. The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven. Shiva will be held at 25 Hamden Hills Rd., #29, Hamden on Thursday and Saturday evenings 6:30-8:30pm and Friday 2-4pm. Memorial contributions may be made to: Autism Speaks at autismspeaks.org. Please share in your donation memoryformyra@gmail.com or to the Building Fund at Cong. Or Shalom.

 

11.30.18

 Madlyn Brumberger

Madlyn Brumberger age 85 of East Haven passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29 at Conn. Hospice. Born June 29,1933 she is survived by her loving husband Stan Brumberger, a daughter Gina King, grandchildren Ricky & Michael Zeigler, Karissa Ellis and Nicole Jones, great grandchildren Caitlyn, Asiah, Angela, Landon, Cali, Aaliyah and Rocco. She was predeceased by a daughter Blanche Jones. She retired from Robby Len Fashions 30 years ago as Director of Product Development & Quality Control.     Service in the Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven, Monday afternoon at 1. The family will begin receiving friends at 12 noon. The interment will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery, West Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society or Conn Hospice.

09.27.18

Andre Yontef

Andre Yontef of Hamden passed away suddenly on September 24, 2018 in Bristol, Connecticut where he worked as a Water Maintenance Technician for the Bristol Water Department. Andre was born in New Haven on January 6, 1979 to Paul and Martha Yontef.  He attended schools in New Haven and Hamden, and graduated from Amity High School in Woodbridge; he also attended Southern Connecticut State University.  Andre leaves two siblings, Monica Gaffney of Costa Mesa, California, and Steven Yontef of Naples, Florida.  Only those who knew him can truly understand the magnitude of this loss.  He was such a wonderful human being, loved by his family and friends.  Known for his caring, selfless demeanor, he was always ready, willing and able to help not only a friend, but also a stranger in distress.  He was considerate of others feelings, sensitive, generous and kind.  A smile almost always graced his handsome face. He loved music, the New York Giants, playing basketball, fishing, and fun. He was married to the former Miss Kelly Caldwell of Pennsylvania.  Together they had two lovely daughters, Avery, age 10, and Cassie, age 7 whom he was very devoted to.  He took them everywhere, and to all of their soccer and swimming competitions.  He taught them to skateboard.  He really adored his girls. A wonderful father to them. Andre’s family and many friends have nothing but praise for him.  Many people know that Andre treated everyone the same, and that he himself seemed to always be the same in all situations. One often hears it said that so-and-so passed away way too early.  This can truly be said of this excellent young man.  Andre, we love you and will always remember you and miss you. Always.

Funeral service will be private with interment in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.