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.



 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.


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.


Eleanor Glick

Eleanor Glick died on September 7, 2018 at the age of 94. She was the daughter of the late Max and Sadie Evans of New Haven. She was the spouse of the late Abraham Glick. Eleanor was a graduate of the Commercial High School and was active throughout the New Haven community. Eleanor was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She leaves her son Stephen of Madison (Sally), and daughter Meryl (Larry) of Hamden. Her granddaughter, Jamie Glick Lombardy of Darien (Chris) and grandson Attorney Aaron Glick of Southport (Laura) and four great-grandchildren, Ryan Lombardy, Landon Lombardy, Arden Lambardy, and Jacqueline Glick. She leaves her loving sister Ariene Rosenbaum formerly of Waterbury, and her deceased sisters Thelma Reiss and Sylvia Zelder. Eleanor Glick’s burial will be a private graveside service Sunday morning.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Eleanor Glick Scholarship Fund Gateway Community Colleage Foundation of New Haven CT, the Jewish Federation Building Fund of Woodbridge CT, and VITAS Healthcare of Waterbury, Connecticut.


Marcia Mersey

Marcia Mersey of 200 Leader Hill Rd., Hamden, CT died August 31, 2018. She was born in Boston Massachusetts in 1918.  Her parents, Morris and Sadie Korzenowitz, came to the US from Eastern Europe.

Marcia grew up with her brother Sidney and sister Evelyn in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Boston, on Pinckney Street, near Louisburg Square. She lived an active childhood, helping to serve ice cream cones in her parent’s general store, and got to see everything that Boston had to offer, from Red Sox games at Fenway Park to Serge Koussevitzky conducting the Boston Symphony.

After Simmons College of business, Marcia moved to New York City, working as a paralegal in a major law firm. When she married David Mersey, they moved to Hamden. For many years they enjoyed The Schubert Theater, musical performances at Yale, and the Met Opera.  David founded his own business in 1954 and continued to actively work for several decades. Later Marcia volunteered at The New Haven Historical Society.

Marcia’s son Ezra attended Hamden Hall and Putnam Avenue schools, later graduating from Duke and Princeton Universities. Ezra and his wife Carol, a classical musician and singer, who trained at Eastman Conservatory and Mannes College, now live in San Francisco.

Marcia retired to Whitney Center 20 years ago, where she made many new and special friendships with the residents and her wonderful helpers. She loved living at Whitney Center and enjoyed participating in the rich cultural life and interesting events the center offered, and was one of the longest tenured residents. The views over the Hamden reservoir from Marcia’s apartment, the changing light in the trees during the seasons, and the wild turkeys roaming the backyard made some wonderful memories, along with all the special people she knew.


Alan N White

Alan N White of Woodbridge died peacefully on August 19th after a brief illness. Alan was predeceased by his wife Joan, his father Isadore, his mother Eva. He leaves his son David of Branford and his daughter Penny Smilios (Basil) of Aspen Colorado and his sister Sue Schiller of Maryland. Alan graduated from The Choate School and he attended Yale University. He was also a medic in the United States Army in Leadville Colorado. Alan was an avid golfer and he was a founding member of The Woodbridge Country Club and a member of the Quinnipiac Club and a past member of the Racebrook Country Club. Alan was President of Whites of New Haven a fine haberdasher on Chapel Street in New Haven founded by his father and grandfather in 1923. Alan started his career at the York Street store where he would help outfit all the Yalies in fine ivy league clothing. White of New Haven hats were sold in 200 fine department stores throughout the Country, The hats were named for streets in New Haven. Alan had a keen sense of the clothing trends and when Ralph Lauren started Polo in 1967,it was Whites who he first solicited to sell his wide ties and Polo clothing. Alan and Joan would entertain Ralph ,and his wife Ricky, at their Woodbridge home. Alan is also mentioned in Ralph Lauren’s first biography. In 1967 Alan opened up Miller White, an extension of Whites, selling fine clothing New Haven ivy league clothing in Philadelphia. In his later years Alan founded Whitehaven which was a liquidator of fine men’s apparel stores and he traveled across the country helping struggling business close their doors, leaving them with as many of their assets as possible.

Funeral service will be private with internment in the B’Nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave, New Haven. A private period of mourning will be observed.


Burton L. Zempsky

Burton L. Zempsky “Burt” passed away peacefully at age 90. Born in New Haven, CT in 1928, Burt graduated from the Hotchkiss School which he attended on a trumpet scholarship. He received a BS in Engineering and an MBA from Syracuse University. As he was fond of say- ing he spent the Korean War stationed in Huntsville, Alabama as a corporal in the US Army. After leaving the service he worked as a Certified Public Accountant in New York but then returned to New Haven to join his father’s accounting firm JM Zempsky & Son. In 1977 he joined Dichello Distributers as General Manager and retired as their CEO in 1998.

Most importantly Burt loved his family, he leaves behind his wife Ellen of 62 years with whom he enjoyed travels in Europe and winters in the South of France. He will be sadly missed by his children Dina and Bill and their spouses Andy and Janna as well as grandchildren Leah, Sam, Noah, Eli and Kyle. He loved to walk the streets of Woodbridge, where he was known as the “walking man”.

A graveside service will be held Wednesday August 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Eastside Cemetery, 157 Pease Road, Woodbridge, CT.


Eric Charles Lehman

Eric Charles Lehman of Bethany, Connecticut, died on Tuesday July 10, 2018 surrounded by his family and friends after a long fight with liver cancer. Born on December 19, 1951, he was the son of Ann P. Lehman and the late Albert P. Lehman. Eric leaves behind two loving daughters, Becky and Lucy, his mother, Ann, his brother, Peter (Ann Wynne), and joins his late sister, Eve Perkins (David Perkins). Eric graduated from the University of New Hampshire before volunteering with the Peace Corps in Costa Rica. He was a devoted horseman, avid botanist, and president of the Bethany Horsemen’s Association, which was founded by his grandfather, Nathan Podoloff. Eric’s care and love for his natural environment extended easily to his friends and family, and his tenderness and compassion will be missed by all.

There will be a memorial celebration at the Lehman home: 8 Carrington Rd., Bethany, on Sunday, August 19 at 2:00 pm.


Sue Goodman

Sue Goodman, 82, of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of New Haven and Woodbridge, CT died peacefully June 17, 2018. She was the beloved wife for 62 years, of Robert S. Goodman . Born in New Haven, CT, April 27, 1936, daughter of the late Samuel and Esther Lazaroff Yaffe. Sue graduated Temple University in1956, was a dental hygienist, owned a Diet Center franchise and took on numerous volunteer and community roles including the President of B’nai Jacob Sisterhood and volunteering at the New Haven Jewish Home for the Aged. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Donna Goodman of Boca Raton, FL, Tammy (Robert) Greenberg of Norwood, NJ and Scott Goodman of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; four grandchildren, Stacey Lee, Lindsey Lee, Elliot Lee and Michael Greenberg, one great granddaughter, Emma Goodman Lee and her beloved brother, Harvey Yaffe of Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
Funeral service will be at Congregation B’nai Jacob Synagogue, 75 Rimmon Rd., Woodbridge, CT, Wednesday morning at 11. The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice.


Clara Baker

Clara Baker, 100 yrs. old died May 2, 2018 in San Jose, CA. Formerly of Woodbridge and Stratford, CT she was the widow of Milton Baker and is survived by a daughter Barbara Baker of Campbell, CA, a son Stuart Baker of San Diego, CA and two grandchildren, Bowen and Austin Baker. She was the first wife of the actor Zero Mostel. She was born in Alberta Canada, Sept. 6, 1917, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary Sverd. She received a BA from Hunter College. For a few years she reviewed plays for Twentieth Century Fox to see if they could be made into movies.
Funeral service was private with interment in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Whalley Ave., New Haven, CT.