Dorothy Kramer

Dorothy Kramer, 103 years old of Greenwich, Ct, previously from Stamford and New Haven passed away on December 29, 2019.  She was the daughter of the late Jennie and Phillip Kramer, born in Lithuania.Dorothy was predeceased by sisters, Rosamund Wechsler and Sara Shrobe and by brothers, Sidney, Israel (Azzie), Albert, Herman and Frank.  She is survived by nieces, Mary Jane Kramer of Little Neck, NY, Frances Kramer of New York City and nephews Phillip Kramer of East Lyme, Ct. and Roy Shrobe of Washington DC.  Also survived by cousin, Arlene Kaufman of Katonah, NY. Dorothy was a graduate of Southern Conn. Teachers College, Class of 1938 and was a teacher at Rogers School in Stamford, Ct. for over 25 years.  She was an inspiration for her family with kindness, laughter,  empathy and commendable goal of helping others. May she rest in peace.

Graveside funeral service at the Mount Sinai Memorial Park, Onyx and Fitch Sts., New Haven, CT, Friday, January 3, 2020 at 11 am.


Marjorie (Missy) Lehman

Marjorie (Missy) Lehman passed on Sunday December 8th surrounded by her loved ones after a long battle with breast cancer.  Missy grew up in Bridgeport CT, then graduated from Catherine Gibbs business school and was a long-time resident of Milford, CT.  Survived by loving partner David Luciani and stepdaughter Heather Rose Barron, brother Jonathan (Jeanne M) Lehman of Seymour CT and many nieces and nephews.  She will be missed by her loving friend and long-time business partner Tom Yuditski, Attorney at Law, and her coworkers, her yoga and exercise communities, and her friends that she holds dear. Missy was an avid reader, enjoyed Broadway, and loved the beach. She was predeceased by parents Roger and Rhoda Bonoff Lehman of Bridgeport and brother David (Rosemary) Lehman of Easton, CT. The family wishes to thank the caring efforts of her teams at Smilow and Connecticut Hospice. Donations can be sent to: Congregation Mishkan Israel http://cmihamden.org/who-we-are/giving/ 785 Ridge Road Hamden, CT 06517, the Smilow Cancer Center https://www.yalecancercenter.org/gifts/ 35 Park Street New Haven, CT 06511, or to Connecticut Hospice https://www.hospice.com/donate/, 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Whalley Ave., New Haven Tuesday morning at 11:00.


Muriel Lipman

Muriel Lipman passed away on September 22, 2019 peacefully in her sleep.  Muriel was born in Brooklyn New York, the daughter of Jerome and Dorothy Blum.  She married Bernard Lipman February 17, 1945 in New York City. Muriel is survived by two sons, Daniel and Michael and daughters-in-law Bettine Lipman and Cathy Forsberg, grandchildren Carrie Perry (Jimmy Perry), Sarah Sherman (Adam Sherman), and David Lipman.  She is also survived by four great grandchildren, Gemma Perry, Marcella Perry, Rory Sherman and Reese Sherman. Muriel was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Dr. Bernard Lipman in 2007, her Brother and Sister in law Jay and Malca Blum of Woodbridge and her parents. Muriel received a Bachelors of Science degree in biochemistry from Cornell University and a Masters of Science degree in microbiology from Yale University.  She began her professional career as a partner with her husband in a family business, Marshall Laboratories, Inc in Hamden Connecticut, specializing in vaccines for the poultry industry.  Muriel then worked two decades for Yale University in their microbiology and medical school research facilities, specializing in electron microscopy.

Upon “retirement” from Yale, she began a career in art, taking courses at Southern Connecticut University and Creative Arts Workshop.  She went on to win awards in juried shows around Connecticut and was a prolific artist and a friend to many in the local art community.  In her spare time, she created needlepoint heirlooms for her grandchildren and great grandchildren, became a master bridge player, entering many tournaments in the area. Muriel put family and friends first in her life, spending many hours preparing food and providing a loving atmosphere to her family and friends. Her last years were spent at Whitney Center, where she was instrumental in creating revolving art exhibits for residents and guests in the public areas of the facility.  She also began a program to screen art related videos monthly to the residents of Whitney Center. She also played bridge with various residents and friends at the Center.

Memorial donations in her memory can be made to Hospice. A memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced.


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.