11.24.22

Ruth B. Grannick

died peacefully on November 21, 2022.  She was born in New Haven on September 21, 1921 to the late Charles Grannick and Lillian Lyons Grannick.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Charles Grannick, Jr.

Ruth grew up in New Haven.  She attended the Worthington Hooker School and James Hillhouse Highschool.  She graduated from the Whitney Secretarial School and received her merchandising degree from Connecticut College.

In November 1942 Ruth enlisted in the WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service, a division of the U.S. Navy created during World War II.   She received her military training at Oklahoma State University (then Oklahoma A & M) in Stillwater, OK, and was stationed in Washington, D.C.  There Ruth worked as a decoder, then as swimming and tennis instructor for the WAVES at Mt. Vernon Seminary until her discharge in November 1945.

After the war Ruth was a buyer and bridal consultant at G. Fox & Co. in Hartford, CT.  She later worked in New York City as a buyer and bridal consultant at Bonwit Teller and Associated Merchandising Co, and in advertising at Modern Bride Magazine.  From 1957 until her retirement in 1979 she was a buyer for the William Van Buren Buying Office on Seventh Avenue.

Ruth was a past board member of the New Haven Symphony Auxiliary, Yale University Women’s Organization, Chair of the Yale University Art Gallery Associates, and volunteer for many New Haven charitable organizations.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ruth B. Grannick and Charles Grannick, Jr. Fund of the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, 70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Services and interment in Mishkan Israel Cemetery will be private.

Anita Perlman

Anita Perlman, 94, formerly of Woodbridge, CT passed away peacefully at her home on November 23, 2022.   Born in Bridgeport, CT in 1928, Anita graduated from Connecticut College where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.  She began her career as a social worker, eventually earning her master’s degree in counseling and bringing her love of people and service to her work with the Connecticut Day Care Council and then to her own career change and counseling service – Career Life Alternatives. Love, care and kindness were the core of her being and the closeness of her extended family was the most vivid expression of that.  She was preceded in death by the love of her life, Elliott Perlman, DMD to whom she was married for over 45 years until his death in 1999.  She was also predeceased by her much-loved brother, Frances Manasevit. She leaves behind daughters Lissa Perlman (Seth Hulkower), Andrea Perlman (Andrew Wolff) and Julie Perlman (Wyndorf) who aspire to the example she set in so many spheres, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Talia, Sasha, Hallie, Elliott and Harry, her best friend and sister, Elaine Friedman and her dear brother-in-law (Robert Friedman) and all of her cherished nieces and nephews.

Music was a constant source of joy in her life and she was both an accomplished pianist and singer. She and Elliott satisfied their shared curiosity and interest in the world through their extensive travels, particularly multiple trips to Mexico where Anita’s near fluency in Spanish helped them navigate easily.

Services will be held on Friday, November 25 at 11 am at Congregation Mishkan Israel, Ridge Road, Hamden CT. Burial will follow at Bikur Cholim Shevett Achim cemetery on Brockett Place, East Haven CT.

Donations may be made in Anita’s name to Leap for Kids online at https://www.leapforkids.org.

11.11.22

Paula Joan Brown

It is with a deep sadness that we must announce the passing of our beloved sister/sister-in-law, Paula Joan Brown, of Branford, CT. on 11/10/22. She was 72 years old.

Paula was born on July 3, 1950, in North Branford, CT. The family moved to Woodbridge, CT where Paula graduated Amity High School in 1968. She moved to Boston to attend Northeastern University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in social psychology.

In 1979 she began a career with Anheuser-Busch on a task force of special projects that included the introduction of Bud Light. After stints in Saint Louis, MO, Riverside & Stockton, CA. she was tapped to be the first, ever, woman, to become a President/General Manager of any A-B distributorship for their Tulsa, OK branch.

After a successful 25-year career with A-B, she retired to her dream home in Branford, CT. She was active in the Garden club and belonged to the New England Avanti Club and loved to drive around in her red convertible. She loved dogs and throwing parties. We will miss her smile, her friendship and her infectious happiness that everyone caught.

She is predeceased by her parents, Pearl & Oscar Brown, sister Sheila, nephew Matthew and survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Steve (Tina) Brown, nieces Katie (Danny) Blesi, Janelle (Sean) Carroll and many cousins and friends.

There will be a service at Weller Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. New Haven on Thursday, November 17th at 11:00. In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Paula Joan Brown can be made to CT Hospice of Branford 100 Double Beach Rd. Branford, CT. 06405 or contribute online @ www.hospice.com/donate.

 

09.30.22

Nancy Raffel

Nancy Raffel passed away September 22, 2022.  She was the daughter of the late Harriet and Bill Raffel.  She is survived by her brother Richard, and best friends, Rae Kotler, Michele Rennert, Sara Jove, Jill Morrissey, and Betty Adams.   She was a University of Miami graduate with a degree in phys ed.  She worked at Channel 7 and WPTV.

Nancy will be laid to rest at B’nai Jacob cemetery in New Haven, Connecticut on Friday, September 30, 2022 at 10:00am.  Please say a prayer for her.

07.19.22

Ruth Schwartz Gershman

Ruth Schwartz Gershman, 94 of New Haven died July 18, 2022. She was predeceased by her husband of 71 years Bernard Gershman. She was born in New Haven December 27, 1927 the beloved daughter of the late Benjamin and Rose Kaplan Schwartz and taught school as an assistant teacher in the Celentano School system in New Haven. She leaves a son Ronald Gershman and his wife Pamela of Hamden. Besides her husband she was predeceased by a son Lee Gershman, sisters Helen Greenhouse, Sophie Ryter, Esther Levine and a brother Aaron Schwartz. She also leaves many precious nieces and nephews.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Congregation Sinai Memorial Park, Farwell St. West Haven Friday morning at 10:00. Period of mourning will be private.

05.30.22

Richard Alderman

Richard was born in New Haven, CT on June 11, 1938, the son of Samuel B. “Pookie” Alderman and Ruth Mednick Alderman. Richard graduated Milford High School in 1956, Colgate University in 1960, and had a varied career that included work as an artistic consultant for the world-famous Paul Taylor Dance Company.

He was a man of intelligence and culture, with an engaging personality and a loving heart.

He is survived and remembered with love by his entire family – his older sister, Barbara (Alderman) Stein, two nephews and a niece and their respective spouses, two great-nephews, and six great-nieces.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Tuesday, May 31 at 2:00 pm at United Israel Cemetery on Fitch Street (near Onyx Street), New Haven, CT.

05.23.22

Paula Joanne Shiff Shemitz

Paula Joanne Shiff Shemitz was born July 27, 1931 to Phillip and Harriet Shiff in New Haven, Connecticut.  She died Friday, May 20, 2022 peacefully surrounded by her family at Yale New Haven Hospital.  She was 90 years old.

Paula was a product of New Haven Public Schools and the Day School, from which she graduated in 1948.  Thereafter she attended Smith College and graduated in 1952 with a degree in AmericanStudies, which remained an abiding interest throughout her life.

In 1953 she married Sylvan Shemitz, also of New Haven, and moved to Woodbridge, where she continued to live until her death. Raising a family and supporting the growth of the lighting design and manufacturing businesses created by Sylvan was the focus of her life but she also had a successful career.  From 1953 to 1956 Paula served as a social worker with the Department of Social Services in New Haven, an occupation that had a profound impact on her.  After leaving social work, she participated in numerous volunteer activities, never seeking the spotlight or any leadership position, but working diligently to serve the underserved.  One of her favorite projects was the “Art Goes to School” program in the New Haven Public Schools, where she had a chance to bring her love of art and American history to children.  While studying for a masters’ degree in Library Science at Southern Connecticut State College, she volunteered as a children’s librarian in the Woodbridge Public Library, where she later became the head librarian.

After leaving that post, Paula joined the New Haven Free Public Library system.  She worked as a librarian at different branches around the city for a number of years, finally moving to the Main Library to take a position as head of public relations.  In that capacity, she organized many public outreach programs and projects for both adults and children.  Most notable of these was the bi-centennial quilt project she organized for the library, bringing volunteer quilters together to learn about quilting and create a community bi-centennial memory in the form of a quilt that still hangs in the Main Library.

Soon after retiring from the library, Paula joined Sylvan’s firm, Sylvan R. Shemitz Designs, as the human resources officer until her retirement in 2006.

Throughout her married life, Paula delighted in sailing with her husband on their sloop, the Light Fantastic, on which they explored the entire Eastern seaboard from Nova Scotia to Bermuda, meeting people and making fast friends along the way.

Paula is survived by her three daughters, Julie Jane Shemitz, of Los Angeles, California, Elizabeth Deane Shemitz-Smith, of Woodbridge, Connecticut, and Allison Kate Schieffelin, of New Haven and Nantucket, Massachusetts, two grandchildren, Charlotte Anna Shemitz-Smith and James “Ace” Evan Smith, of Woodbridge,and her brother, the Honorable Alan H.W. Shiff (ret’d.), of Bethesda, Maryland and Nantucket, Massachusetts.

​Funeral services will be held in person on Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 10:30am at the Chapel at Congregation B’nai Jacob, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, Connecticut 06525.  The service will also be live-streamed on the B’nai Jacob website: https://www.bnaijacob.org.  Internment will be immediately after at the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Avenue, New Haven Connecticut 06515.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to Yale New Haven Hospital, Office of Development, PO Box 1849, New Haven, CT 06508-9979, 203-688-9644; Email: giving@ynhh.org.  or the Diaper Bank of Connecticut, 370 State Street, Suite 4, North Haven, CT 06473, Email  kim@thediaperbank.org, 203-934-7009 in memory of Paula Shemitz.

 

05.11.22

Cecille Vivian Soybel Rudnick

Cecille Vivian Soybel Rudnick passed away on Wednesday May 11, 2022.

Vivian was born in New Haven on December 13, 1919 and was a lifelong resident of New Haven/Hamden.  Vivian graduated from Hillhouse and attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs.  After her freshman year at UCONN, Vivian’s mom was ill and Vivian chose to stay in New Haven to take care of her.

During that time, she went on a date with Harold Rudnick, fell in love, and married him in February 1942.  For the next 80 years Vivian remained devoted to her ever expanding family, her parents, her children, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, her in-laws, her nieces and nephews, and her children’s friends.  Up until the end, Vivian still wanted to know if anyone needed anything and if she could do anything for them.

Vivian’s parents Joseph Soybel and Miriam Soybel and her brother Milton Soybel predeceased her.  The love of her life, Harold, also predeceased her after 73 years of marriage in 2015.  Vivian is survived by her children Barbara Glass, Ellen Rudnick (Paul Earle), Marjorie Rogers (Steven Rogers), and Jane Rudnick, and her grandchildren Alexandra Glass, Oliver Glass, Maxim Glass, Noah Pettit and Sarah Schimmel (David Schimmel), and her great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.  Vivian is already missed by those who knew and loved her.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Mount Sinai Cemetery on Jewel Street in New Haven at 1:00 p.m.

Donations in memory of Vivian may be made to the Jewish Cemetery Association of Greater New Haven (JCAGNH), 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT. 06525; Temple Beth Shalom, 1809 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT. 06517; or Ukraine Emergency Relief Fund c/o Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT. 06525.

01.29.22

Robert Sherman Goodman

December 12, 1933 – January 27, 2022

Robert S. Goodman of Boca Raton, Florida, passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on January 27, 2022. He was born in New Haven, CT on December 12, 1933 and was the youngest child of Samuel and Leah Levene Goodman.

Bob was a graduate of Hillhouse High School and the University of Connecticut, home of his beloved Huskies. While at UConn, he spent summers working at the Grand Lake Lodge in Lebanon, CT where he met and fell in love with the love of his life, Sue Yaffe. Immediately after their marriage in 1957 Bob was drafted by the U.S. Army and spent nearly 2 years in Korea proudly serving his country.

Upon his return, Bob began his career with Porce-Len where he was President for 52 years as a finisher of aluminum architectural metals and non-stick bakeware. In the 1980’s he acquired Technal Aluminum Fencing from a French manufacturer, which became SPECRAIL, a successfully expanding and growing industry leader.

Bob was engaged in the local community in a deeply meaningful way, leading efforts for the betterment of children and adults alike. He served as President of Probus Club, Oak Lane Country Club, Congregation B’nai Jacob, Camp Laurelwood, the new Haven Jewish Cemetery Association and most recently President of the neighborhood association in his community at Boca West Country Club.

Among his numerous accolades, Bob received the B’nai Jacob Shem Tov Award and was proudly inducted into the University of Connecticut Athletic Club Hall of fame.

His deep passion for golf was only surpassed by his commitment to running and walking – he completed 14 marathons including the iconic New York City Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the Marine Core Marathon and the Tiberias Marathon, has scored dozens of hole in ones and logged over 80,000 miles on foot over the course of 45 years.

At his core, Bob was a family man and had an unwavering love, commitment and pride for his wife, Sue, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Bob is survived by his daughters Donna Goodman and Tammy (Robert) Greenberg, his son Scott Goodman, four grandchildren Stacey (Robert) Perrotti Lindsey (Joe) Cardella, Elliot Goodman Lee, and Michael Greenberg, three great-grandchildren (Emma Goodman Lee, Sophia and Daxton Perrotti), many cousins, nieces, nephews and dear friends. He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife of 62 years, Sue Goodman and by his brother and sister Norman (Penny) Goodman and Rhoda (Harold) Himmel.

A funeral service will be held at Congregation B’nai Jacob Synagogue, 75 Rimmon Road, Woodbridge, CT on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30pm. The interment will be in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven.

The family wishes to extend its sincerest thanks to Bob’s doctors and caregivers in Boca Raton, most especially Dr. David Slotnick who treated him as if he was his own father.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of ones choice.

The funeral service will be live-streamed on Tuesday at 1:30pm on bnaijacob.org.

10.31.21

Myrna Fenn Baskin

Myrna Fenn Baskin, 91, of Whitney Center, Hamden, and Palm Beach, Florida, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2021. She was married to the late Arnold M. Baskin, M.D. for 50 years. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Myrna was the daughter of Ann and William H. Fenn.

She attended Hillhouse High School, from which she graduated as Valedictorian. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from Smith College in 1952. Myrna was an exemplary civic and community leader. She lived by her motto to appreciate her blessings and to make every effort to enhance the lives of others and she worked tirelessly on behalf of organizations in New Haven, of which she was a third-generation resident and an enthusiastic supporter.

After a brief stint in New York City after college dancing on the Arthur Murray television show, she returned to New Haven to marry her beloved Arnold and worked at the New Haven Redevelopment Authority. Myrna served on the board of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra for almost forty years and as its President for three years (known as the first woman elected President), served on the board of the Shubert Theater for many years, including during its renovation and reopening in the early 1980s, and was President of the New Haven Chorale, in which she sang for decades.

Myrna helped found the Community Fund for Women and Girls at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven and created the Myrna & Arnold Baskin Fund there to support local programs that aid women and girls. Myrna founded and was a director of Spotlight on Books, bringing packets of books to schoolchildren in New Haven, and was recognized for that work in the United States Congressional Record. Myrna also contributed her time to Friends of Music at Yale, was a fellow at Jonathan Edwards College at Yale, and was the first non-Yale graduate elected to the board of the Mory’s Association. Myrna served on the Board of Trustees of Whitney Center and was President of her alumna class at Smith College for five years.

Myrna was on the board of the Hopkins School, where she also worked for almost a decade, founding and directing its annual fund. Myrna was on the Board of the New Haven Lawn Club and served in the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation Guild in Palm Beach, Florida, where she was also a member of the Society of the Four Arts. Myrna was honored in 2008 by the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as a Woman of Note and was the 2014 NHSO Gala honoree.

Myrna and Arnold raised their family at their home of over forty years on Old Orchard Road in North Haven, and spent many happy times on Uncas Lake in Lyme, CT and later in their lives, on their boat, the Oasis. While dedicating endless time, energy, and excellence to her commitments, Myrna always put her family and friends, and all of the people in her life, first, with her well-known kindness, generosity, warmth, and love.

Myrna is survived by her brother, John Fenn, M.D., by her adoring children, Suzanne Baskin Slade (Jonathan Blair Slade) of Potomac, MD and Nancy Fenn Baskin (Jorge Plutzky, M.D.) of Boston, MA, and by her loving grandchildren, Amanda Slade of Boston, MA, Jeffrey Slade of Washington, DC, Abigail Baskin of Cambridge, MA, and Emily Baskin of New York, NY.

Private graveside funeral services were officiated by Rabbi Herbert Brockman at the Congregation Mishkan Israel Cemetery in New Haven.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Myrna & Arnold Baskin Fund at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven at cfgnh.org/baskinfund.