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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.