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).


Lois Ann Buslovitz

Lois Ann Buslovitz, 94, of Hamden, devoted wife to the late Theodore Buslovitz, died at Masonicare Health Center on Saturday, December 5, 2020 after contracting COVID.  She was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Irma (Lellouche) Epstein. She is survived by her three daughters and their families, Susan and Charles Guthrie of Delray Beach, FL and their children Caroline Guthrie (James Greenwald) and Christopher (Jessica) Guthrie; Betsy and David Knorr of Round Lake, NY and their sons Jeffrey Knorr and Daniel Knorr; Cynthia Popoli (Allen Rosenfeld) of Hamden, CT and her children Rachael (Justin) Morley and their children Patrick, Ava, and Kaitlyn, and Jonathan (Michelle) Popoli and their daughter Emma. She was predeceased by her brothers Joseph, Burton, David and Robert Epstein. The family would like to thank the caring, courageous staff at Masonicare in Wallingford for taking care of Lois these last two years.

A private graveside funeral service will be held at the Temple Beth Sholom Cemetery, Alling St., Hamden. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth Sholom, 1809 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517.


Lucille Enson

Lucille Enson, 95, of Wallingford, formerly of North Haven and Hamden, died peacefully on November 22 after a brief illness. She was predeceased by and devoted to her beloved husband Irving of 56 years. She is survived by sons Michael of Bethany, David (Dyan) of Villa Park, CA, grandchildren Daniel Enson (Jenna) of Ridgefield, Melissa Wachman (Jonathan) of NYC, Erik Enson (Jenna) of Orange, CA and great-grandchildren Logan, Evan, Chloe and Riley. She was predeceased by her brother Larry Reinstein of Trumbull. Lucille was born on December 30, 1924 to Mark and Rose Reinstein in Bridgeport. She attended Bridgeport Central High and graduated UConn with a degree in Sociology. She particularly enjoyed family gatherings, attending plays with Irving, following UConn Men’s and Woman’s basketball, and her daily drives to “the market” until age 94 when she moved into Tower One.

A graveside funeral service was held at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Whalley Ave., New Haven.


Marvin Bernard Gottlieb

CHESHIRE – Marvin Bernard Gottlieb, 78, passed away peacefully on November 11, 2020 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford, Connecticut after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Marvin was born on May 2, 1942, the younger son of George and Edith Gottlieb of New York. He is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Nancy Cantor Gottlieb, and their children: Robert Gottlieb and his wife Adrienne (Cheshire, CT); David Gottlieb and his wife Candice (Denver, CO); and Julie Gottlieb Schulman and her husband Ethan (New York, NY). He was an incredibly doting grandfather to six grandchildren: Zachary, Elise, Natalie, Isabel, Maddie and Andrew. He is also survived by his older brother, Louis Gottlieb (Winston-Salem, NC), five nieces and nephews, and 12 great-nieces and great-nephews. Marv was a proud University of Rochester alumnus (1964) who earned his medical degree at the NYU School of Medicine (1968). Born in New York City, Marvin called Connecticut home since 1972.  His medical practice, Ophthalmic Consultants, served Meriden, Cheshire and the surrounding towns for more than 40 years.  He enjoyed helping patients and made many lifelong friends in the medical community.  He loved to travel, especially to places where he could speak French or enjoy warm weather. He was a longtime member of Temple Beth David and loved dancing, enjoyed a regular bridge game for many years, and was an avid equestrian.  Most of all, he adored his family. Although he wasn’t a professional sports fan, he cheered proudly at every one of his children’s many, many sporting events. Most recently, he was an enthusiastic supporter of his grandson’s Cheshire Youth Baseball team and loved watching videos of his other grandkids’ adventures.

A graveside service was held on November 12, 2020 at Cheshire Hillside Cemetery in Cheshire.  Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Beth David of Cheshire or to Connecticut Hospice.


Judith Adoff Schwartz

We are sad to announce the death of Judith Adoff Schwartz, beloved wife, friend, devoted mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother. Judith was one of a kind. She had strong opinions about just how things should be done, what clothes should be worn when and what made up a healthy diet. Yet, at the same time she was so accepting of everyone.  She lived her life with grace and went out of her way to be generous and kind to all. Judith received a BA in economics from Douglas College, did additional training to teach young children, trained as a clothing buyer at B. Altman and Co. and received a certificate in interior design.  She was a Girl Scout Troop leader and devoted docent at Peabody Museum of Natural History.  She also volunteered extensively for the town of Woodbridge and the school district. She served on the Senior Services Committee and eventually was a member of the Woodbridge Board of Selectmen. When she moved to Whitney Center in 2011, she was active in many community activities-most importantly the Art Committee, Lecture Series and the Women’s Group. She especially enjoyed drinking a cappuccino and  reading in the library. Judith also took great pride in the accomplishments of her husband, A. Herbert Schwartz MD, may his memory be a blessing, and four daughters, Deena, Kara, Marna and Thea, her son-in-law’s, seven grandchildren and two great grandsons. She is preceded in death by her parents, Sol and Ida Adoff, her much loved sister in law Helen and sister, Vivien,  and her dearest Herb. She will be greatly missed.
A graveside service was held October 12th.  at the Northwest Cemetery in Woodbridge Connecticut.

Miriam Garber Setlow

Miriam Garber Setlow on October 10, 2020. She was 94 years old. Daughter of David and Esther Lipman. Predeceased by husbands Mitchel W. Garber and Herbert D. Setlow. Predeceased by sons Bruce Garber and Larry Garber. Survived by her sister Faye Glass, two children Steve (Ruthie)Garber and Marcy (David) Fish. Also survived by grandchildren Trudy, Molly, Peter, Micah, and Jeremy Garber, and Emily Fish, and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside funeral service will be held at the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven, Tuesday at 11: am


Herbert Landorf

Herbert Landorf passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 18, at the age of 97. He was born and raised in New Haven. He attended Valley Forge Military Academy and served as a commissioned officer in World War II, in which he fought in many famous battles. Upon return from the war, he married Carolyn Brehm, and took over his father’s furrier business, Bohan & Landorf. Herb was the gentlest of souls, with a heart of gold, and a light and positive spirit. He knew how to take care of himself, allowed others to take care of him, and gave so much love to others. Herb was a voracious reader and a student of history. He was a fan of tennis, a loyal follower of UConn women’s basketball, and an avid swimmer until well into his nineties. Herb is survived by his daughter Hilary and her wife Catherine, his sons Kenneth and Richard, his granddaughter Stefanie Landorf, and his partner Miriam Lillian. His wife Carolyn and son Fred predeceased him. His family thanks the staff at Coachman Square at Woodbridge for their true and compassionate care and concern for Herb. He will be missed by many.

Family and friends are invited to attend a graveside service on Friday, August 21, at 11:00 a.m. at the Mishkan Israel cemetery, Whalley Ave., New Haven.


Stuart Diamond

Stuart Diamond was born in New Haven on May 9th, 1947 to Annette and William Diamond. He graduated from Hillhouse High School and briefly attended Southern Connecticut State University. He is survived by his sister Carol Leiwant, his brother-in-law Charles, nephews Zachary and Benjamin, niece Molly and cousins. A graveside funeral will be held at Beth Shalom Cemetery, Alling Street, Hamden on Monday, July 13th at 1:30 p.m

A graveside funeral will be held at Beth Shalom Cemetery, Alling Street, Hamden on Monday, July 13th at 1:30 p.m.


Mary Bratu


Mary Bratu, 91, of Hamden, died at home on July 2, 2020. She was the daughter of Herman Linscher and Yetti Segall,  predeceased by Dr. Marcel Bratu in 2019 after 69 years of marriage. She leaves a daughter, Monica (Ariel) Talmor of Hamden, a son Alex (Mary Anne Sulik) Bratu of Milford, and 2 grandchildren, Michael and Maia Talmor. Mary emigrated to the USA in 1964 from Romania, where she taught French and English. Her love of languages led her to work at Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University for more than 40 years where her language skills were put to good use in cataloging foreign works. In later years she taught herself Spanish by watching telenovelas on TV. She very much enjoyed traveling with her husband, especially to Lake Placid, Switzerland, and Puerto Rico, all which they visited repeatedly. Mary was a great cook and loved to feed the whole family. She put others above herself and was a kindhearted soul who will be sorely missed.


Norman Hyatt Rashba

Norman Hyatt Rashba passed away peacefully on May 30, 2020, at 93 years of age. Norman was born on December 1, 1926, in New Haven, CT, where he was raised in the loving home of Abe and Sonya (Hyatt) Rashba. This family unit was part of a large multi-generational extended family whose values of compassion and integrity were a presence throughout Norman’s life. Norman married his beloved sweetheart, Harriet Goldberg of Wallingford, CT in 1948. Their romance continued for 65 years until Harriet’s death in 2013.  After serving as a medical technician in the Navy, Norman graduated from the University of Connecticut. He had a long career as a CPA for the firm of Konowitz, Kahn, Rashba and Leibowitz of New Haven. Norman had a special ability to engage others in conversation; he loved to learn from people he encountered. This skill served him well in business and in life. Family was Norman’s first priority but he also believed in helping others in the community.  He was on the executive board of Tower One. He did pro bono work for social service agencies. He was a past president of Congregation Mishkan Israel. Norman appreciated the synagogue for its commitment to social justice, free speech, the arts and community action.  He represented CMI on the Greater New Haven Interfaith Social Action Committee. Upon retirement, Norman and Harriet moved to Cape Cod for 13 years.  They returned to New Haven when Harriet was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease. Norman dedicated himself to lovingly provide her care. Norman moved to Whitney Center in 2012. He thrived within the community’s social and cultural programming. He loved sitting in the dining area, conversing, learning from and laughing with his fellow residents and the employees. He took joy in being able to share the WC experience with his brother and sister-in-law, Malcolm and Barbara Rashba. Norman worked with the administration of Whitney Center to improve its delivery of health services. His family would like to express their appreciation to the Whitney Center staff who recognized his endearing qualities and skills  while caring for him in his final years. The family regarded Norman as the patriarch; loving brother of Malcolm and Barbara Rashba of Hamden, CT; loving father of Howard and Susan Rashba of Bedford, MA, Susan Engelhardt of Middletown, CT, and Rachel and Michael Berman of Riverdale, NY; loving grandfather of Aaron and Karina Rashba, Daniel and Angela Rashba, Jason and Katrina Engelhardt, Matthew and Megan Engelhardt, Katie and Jared Pinkus, Ava Berman and fiancé, Joseph Carreno, and Eric Berman; and loving great-grandfather of Eli, Amelia, Zoe, Silas, Rae, Reese, Kayla, Norah, Hannah and Lydia. In addition to his parents and Harriet, Norman was predeceased by his son-in-law, Richard Engelhardt and great-granddaughter, Olivia Rashba. Also remembering Norman are his brother-in-law Edwin Goldberg and wife, Gayle of CA, many nephews, nieces, cousins and a multitude of friends whom he collected during his long life.

A private graveside funeral service will be held at the Mishkan Israel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Congregation Mishkan Israel, the Whitney Center Philanthropy Fund or a local food bank.