Frances Engel Kirschenbaum

Frances  Engel Kirschenbaum peacefully passed away on May 14, 2021. She joins her loving husband of 62 years, Jack Martin Kirschenbaum, who passed away on April 16, 2016. Frances was the daughter of Phillip and Mollie Engel, and was predeceased by her siblings, Bernie and Nat Engel. Frances was raised in Brooklyn, NY, where she and her husband met and began their lives together. Frances and Jack were loving parents to Lisa Kirschenbaum Kandrach and Peter Kirschenbaum, settling their family in Orange, CT. Frances was the proud grandmother to Melissa Kandrach, Samuel Kirschenbaum and Andrew Kirschenbaum. Frances was also blessed with a loving daughter-in-law, Christine Kirschenbaum and supportive son-in-law, John Kandrach. An inspiring love story, Frances and Jack represented unconditional love and companionship. They worked side-by-side in their dry cleaning stores, and later in their retired years at Sears. Jack and Frances were intentional in the time that they spent with their family, sowing traditions and instilling values that will be carried on with love and respect by each person. Frances will be remembered for her immense love for her family, which she expressed frequently through her exuberant attendance of life events and meaningful daily phone calls. A lover of fashion, she will forever be remembered for her intricate ensembles and adorned jewelry and accessories. Her family will carry on her traditions of matzoh ball-making and fondly remember the love and care that went into each handcrafted piece. Her community of friends will remember and adore her strength and perseverance, and of course, her wit. Her family loved her dearly and will carry on her legacy, her inspirations and her teachings for years to come. She will forever remain in our hearts as a beacon of love and joy. Friends and family are invited to attend a graveside service at Beaverdale Memorial Park, 90 Pine Rock Ave. New Haven, CT 06515 on Wednesday, May 19th at 12:30pm. The service will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend. For details, please email FamilyKirschenbaum@gmail.com. In lieu of flowers, online donations can be made to Masonicare at Masonicare.org.


Valentine (Val) Tuckell

Valentine (Val) Tuckell of Pompano Beach FL formerly of New Haven passed away peacefully on April 2 at the age of 100. Born June 27, 1920 in Kiev, Russia Val came to America at the age of two. She was predeceased by her husband of fifty-five years, Murray Tuckell. She is survived by her daughter Vicki Hobbs of West Palm Beach, FL and her son Peter (Margot) Tuckell of Hamden, her grandchildren Travis Tuckell  and Kylie (Michael) Kelly and great grand children Sage and Miles Kelly of Soquel, CA. She was also predeceased by her son-in-law Calvin Hobbs and grandson Corey Hobbs. Val worked at Congregation Mishkan Israel for forty years retiring as Executive Director.

Funeral services will be private with interment in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent to Congregation Mishkan Israel or the charity of one’s choice.


Walter Rochow

Walter Rochow, beloved husband for 59 years of the late Myra Morse Rochow, died on Thursday, March 4th at the age of 84. Walter was born in Queens, New York to the late Adele and David Rochow. Walter will be lovingly remembered by his children, Sharon Gaynor (Eric), Faye Pite Beresner (Steven), and Carl Rochow (Heidi). Walter will also be dearly remembered by his six grandchildren, Rebecca (Byron), Michelle, Renée, Samantha, David, and Lauren. Walter graduated from Richmond Hill High School in Queens, New York in 1954 and worked as a court stenographer for the Superior Court in New Haven for 28 years and the US District Federal Court for 20 years. Walter served in the US Army Security Agency during the Cuban Missile Crisis from 1958-1965 and earned the ranking of 1st Lieutenant. He was a Trustee of the Judaical Employees Union for 10 years and a longtime member of the Elks Club in Hamden. Walter enjoyed many hobbies: including tooling around in his antique cars and was involved in the Connecticut Historical Automobile Society. Walter had a great love of flying and became a private pilot in 1987. He was an avid reader and a Titanic and WW2 buff. His greatest joys were dancing with his beloved Myra and spending time telling stories with his family and friends.

Due to the pandemic, funeral service will be held graveside for the immediate family on Sunday at noon, at the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, New Haven. To attend virtually, please visit https://assaabloy.zoom.us/j/7328025511. Donations in Walter’s memory may be made to: Autism Services & Resources Connecticut at ct-asrc.org or to the Building Fund at Cong. Or Shalom in Orange, CT.


Carol Cease

Carol Cease of Trumbull, Ct passed away peacefully on 02/13/2021 at the age of 95. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y and moved to Bridgeport in her early 20’s. She worked as an office manager until her retirement in 1990. She retired in Boynton Beach, Fla, returning to Ct in the last 10 yrs. She is preceeded in death by her parents, Henry and Sara Bulkin and her husband Henry Cease. She was a loving and generous sister and Aunt and is survived by her sister Phyllis Mirsky , her nieces Robin (Barry) Coleman, and Joan (Craig) Birchfield, many nieces, nephews,on her husband’s side and many great nieces and nephews that loved her dearly.
Funeral service will be private with interment in Loyalty Cemetery, Fairfield.


Rosalind F. Postol Golden

Rosalind F. Postol Golden passed away on Feb. 11, 2021 at the age of 101. She was born on February 6,1920 in Bridgeport CT. The daughter of Henrietta Sackett Postol and Norman Postol, predeceased by her husband Leonard and son Donald Golden. Survivors include her Daughter Linda Peloquin, her grandchildren Matt Peloquin, Jennifer Golden, Sara Bracaglia and husband Marco, her great grandchildren Brandon and Lucas Bracaglia, her brother Earl Postol and wife Julie along with many nieces and nephews. She was also predeceased by her sisters Hilda Brier, Natalie Schwartz and Brother Sidney Postol. Rosalind was a dental hygienist for many years . She enjoyed traveling with her husband, entertaining, playing cards, bowling and transcribed books into Braille. She was active in Hadassah and was a long time member of congregation Rodeph Sholom before moving to Florida.
Funeral service will be private with interment in the Hebrew Sick Benefit Association Cemetery, Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield.


Sidney Hubelbank

Sidney Hubelbank passed away Feb. 4, 2021 after a life of service to others. He was a kind and thoughtful man who helped his family and others. Even in his final years, he had a keen sense of humor. During World war II he served in the Army Air Corps in North America and Canada as part of the supply line for aircraft going to the war zone. During that time between duties, he enjoyed skiing the “old” way, climbing up the hill to ski down on wood skis. For many years after the war he was a partner in the architectural woodworking firm Eastern Woodworking located Connecticut. He was responsible for elegant interior installations in many Yale University and commercial buildings all over the New England. His love of quality wood working also lead him to be an officer of the American Architectural Association. This resulted in many memorable trips and memories. Additionally, he was a member and officer of the Lion’s club for many years. His love of sailing off the coast of Southern New England started as teenager and continued for the rest of his life. Besides owning his own sail boats, he was an active member of the Amistad boat association. As part of the recreation of the wooden Spanish Schooner La Amistad, he made repairs and rebuilt parts from scratch. He loved this work and that it brought children who would not have had exposure to the sailing world on board a wooden ship. Mr Hubelbank received many awards, including those from the Lion’s Club, the American Architectural Association, and Amistad. He is survived by his wife Marian Revitch Hubelbank, his son Mark Hubelbank and daughter-in-law Jeanne Hubelbank, grandson David Hubelbank and grandaughter-in-law Laura Hubelbank. He was brother to the late Diana Hubelbank, Hannah Jackson, Sophie Nadel, Beatrice Riback, Vivian Ruth and Arnold Hubelbank.  At 100, Sidney was proud that he survived all the physicians who told him he wouldn’t live long.

Funeral service will be private with interment in the Keser Israel Memorial Park, West Haven.

Ruth Silverberg

Ruth Lippy Silverberg Born 3/12 /1926  Bronx ,New York passed away in Cromwell Connecticut  on 2/2/21. Mrs. Silverberg formally of 158 Atwater St. West Haven, CT received her BA degree from Brooklyn College and her MSSA degree from Western Reserve University in Cleveland Ohio in  Social Work. She was the wife of Sidney K. Silverberg, the mother of Richard D Silverberg, Howard J Silverberg, Mitchell A Silverberg. She (GG) is also survived by six grandchildren Sarah, Beth, Elizabeth, Paul, Anna and Samantha, six great grandsons and three great granddaughters. Mrs. Silverberg was the supervisor of Social Work in the Pediatric Clinic at Yale New Haven Hospital, the clinical instructor in pediatrics for the Yale medical school . Mrs. Silverberg had a private practice in psychotherapy for many years and also taught in the graduate school of Social Work at Southern Connecticut University . She was also an author and a poet. In later years Mrs. Silverberg  served as a volunteer at the Institute for Learning in Retirement, W.H.E.A.T and Friends of the Library in West Haven Connecticut. Ruth cared greatly for her family and her community. She instilled in her children and grandchildren the values of being kind, work hard, persevere and to always do her best.

Funeral service will be private with interment in the Cong. Sinai Memorial Park, Farwell St., West Haven. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: W.H.E.A.T., 674 Washington Ave, West Haven, CT  06516, wheatcharity@sbcglobal.net, 203-931-9877.


Natalie Postol Schwartz

Natalie Postol Schwartz died January 23, 2021. Natalie was born in Bridgeport on September27,1922. She was the daughter of Henrietta Sackett Postol and Norman Postol. She spent the first 36 years of her life in Bridgeport before moving with her family to Easton where she lived for 37 years and moved back to Bridgeport for the remaining 25 years of her life. She was predeceased by husband James P. (Jimmy) Schwartz of nearly 66 years. Survivors are her devoted son Joseph Schwartz and his wife Diana Rich, her grandchildren Stevie Schwartz and husband David Judd; and Michael Schwartz; her great grandchild Rani Schwartz Judd; her sister Rosalind Golden and her brother Earl Postol and his wife Juli and many nieces and nephews.She was also predeceased by her sister Hilda Brier and her brother Sidney Postol and her daughter in law Ronda Schwartz. Natalie graduated Bassick High School and majored in Business Administration at Rider College. She was a Realtor and a partner for 20 years with her Jimmy in the James P. Schwartz Real Estate Agency in Fairfield and Easton. She served as Vice President in many capacities with the Greater Bridgeport Board of Realtors and on the Membership Committee of the Fairfield Board of Realtors. She was a Graduate of The Realtors Institute (GRI). She was a life member of the Brandeis University National Women’s Committee and served as President of the Eastern Fairfield Chapter. She was also a volunteer at the Easton Public Library, where she served on the Library Board; served as Secretary of the Easton PHNA and was captain of Cancer, Heart, Easter Seals, and Red Cross Blood Drives. She also served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Easton Federation of Democratic Women, a life member of the Auxiliary of the Fairfield County Jewish Home for the Elderly where she had been on the committee to organize the Home and served as Vice President of the Garden Club of the former Bridgeport Jewish Community Center. She was a member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom and its Sisterhood for more than 60 years. Natalie was also a Life Member of Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women. Travel was very much a part of her life. She and Jimmy travelled across the United States and visited countless countries on the six inhabited continents.
Graveside funeral service at the Rodeph Sholom Memorial Park, Kings Highway, Fairfield, CT., Monday afternoon at 2: PM.


Claude Lardeux Gorfien

Claude Lardeux Gorfien passed away peacefully at home in Guilford, CT on January 20, 2021. She was 97 years old. Claude was born in 1923 in the small 18th century village of Le Pin-au-Haras in Normandy, France. During World War II, she spent five days under house arrest for participation in underground activities just prior to the allies’ advance, which precipitated her release. Following the War, she was a practicing industrial psychologist in Paris. In 1953, Claude married the late veterinarian Dr. Harry Gorfien and migrated to the United States with him that same year to settle in West Haven, Connecticut, where she helped him establish the West Haven Animal Clinic on Campbell Avenue. She obtained two masters degrees in the United States in addition to her French degrees, and was a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in alcoholism and substance abuse until her retirement at the age of 89. She was admired by her colleagues for her sense of humor and keen mind. Claude will be remembered as a sharply intelligent, fiercely generous and loyal friend, mother and grandmother. She was also an expert clinician who changed and very likely saved many lives through constant dedication to her practice. She loved a good debate and in her later years she became a master of sudoku. She is survived by her children Jack Gorfien, Larry Gorfien, and Claudette Rahti Anne Gorfien. She is also survived by her grandson Harper Gorfien Chalfin and son-in-law Richard Chalfin.
Funeral service and internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Women for Women International at womenforwomen.org.


Irwin Batter

Irwin Batter, known to many as “Ike” and “Win”, passed away at age 95 on December 29, 2020, from COVID-19 at his home in Oceanside, California. He was born in New Haven, Connecticut July 6, 1925 to Samuel and Marion Batter. At 17, he joined the Marine Corps during World War II, after having been turned down at age 16 soon after Pearl Harbor.  He served as a Corporal and saw action in the South Pacific, including Peleliu. Like many, he rarely spoke of his service experience. He lived the life of an entrepreneur, running several successful businesses in New Haven, Connecticut and Vista, California. He had a love of history and art, and spent his retirement years painting, drawing and sculpting. He had a wonderful ability to converse and possessed a keen sense of humor. The family wishes to thank Elizabeth Hospice and his caregivers Vicky and Winlove (“Bobby”); in particular for the heroic care given by Bobby in the last two weeks of Dad’s life as he battled COVID. He is survived by daughters Niki Dobbs (Ray), Bonnie Slade (Jeff), Laurie Batter (Bruce), Lynda Munro (Bruce) and Kristen Leotti Rocha (Bob). He also is survived by granddaughters Jennifer Slade, Sally Slade (Devan), Heather Munro, and Emma Rocha. He was predeceased by his grandson Daniel Dobbs, ex-wife Sara Glass Batter,  his second wife Elaine Leotti and brother Morris Batter. Funeral service and interment at Beaverdale Memorial Park were private. Because of COVID a memorial service will be held in the future. Donations in his memory may be made to Elizabeth Hospice (www.elizabethhospice.org) or the San Diego Alzheimer’s Association (www.alzsd.org).