Jewish Herald-Voice Articles (Cont'd)
2010 Mar 4 (Pg 36 Col 3-4)
Friends and family are invited to attend the unveiling for Miriam Wasserman Traina on Sunday, March 7, at 2 p.m., at Adath Israel Cemetery, 1700 Airline. Rabbi Barry Gelman and Rabbi Joseph Radinsky will be officiating.
2010 May 20 (Pg 27 Col 1-2)
In honoring the life and loving memory of Shirley Silberman Reiff, mother of Mark Silberman and Laurie Hougham, an unveiling dedication will take place on Sunday, May 23, 1 p.m., at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak), 1037 N. Post Oak Road. Cantor Vadim Tunitsky of Congregation Emanu El will officiate.
The presence of family and friends will be appreciated.
2010 Jun 10 (Pg 16 Col 2-3)
Miss Robyn Teri Hauser and Mr. Joseph Elliott Fadem were united in marriage on Oct. 17, 2009, at The Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. Rabbi Neil Blumofe officiated the ceremony. The reception was an evening of celebration with dinner and dancing at the Four Seasons. Music was provided by the Atlantics. The evening before the wedding, a rehearsal dinner, hosted by the parents of the groom, was held at Sullivan's Steakhouse.
The bride is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hauser of Austin. She is the granddaughter of Sue Seriff and the late Joseph Weinberger of Austin and of Suzanne Wishnow and the late Dr. Robert Hauser of Houston. The groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Fadem of Houston. He is the grandson of Charlotte and the late Sam Abramson, also of Houston, and the late Theresa and Albert Fadem of Tulsa, Okla.
Given in marriage by her parents, Robyn wore a Monique Lhuiller strapless, embellished corset gown with dropped waist and hand-draped skirt in ivory Caricata silk satin.
The bride's maid of honor was her sister, Shawn Hauser of Denver. The Matron of honor was the bride's sister-in-law, Stephanie Wise of Houston. The bridesmaids were Anne Southworth and Cynthia Charbeneau of Austin, and Taylor Compton of Dallas. The house party included Ashley Hauser of Nashville, Tenn., and Gabriella, Ariella and Daniella Hauser, all of Houston.
The best man was the groom's brother, Robert Fadem of Houston. The groomsmen were Jordan Gouger and Andrew Praus of Austin, David Wise, the groom's brother-in-law, of Houston, and Charles Wright of Bentonville, Ark. The ring bearer was the groom's nephew, Henry Wise of Houston. Ushers were Josh Fadem of Los Angeles, Zachary Fadem of New York, and Bradley Lebow of San Diego, Calif.
The bride is a 2001 graduate of Westlake High School in Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Arizona in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science and was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi sorority. The groom is a 2000 graduate of memorial High School in Houston. He graduated cum laude from American Intercontinental University in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a Bachelor of Information Technology degree in 2004.
Following their honeymoon in Playa Mujeres, Mexico, the couple resides in Austin, where Mrs. Fadem is a surgical assistant at Capital Area Veterinary Specialists and Mr. Fadem is a systems adminitrator with ADP, Inc.
2010 Sep 30 (Pg 19 Col 3-4)
Avery Meyer Tiras was called to the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah on Friday evening, Sept. 24, and on Saturday morning, Sept. 25, at Congregation Beth Israel.
Avery is the son of Scott and Jennifer Tiras and the brother of Ryan, Reece and Dawson. His proud grandparents are Jerry and Jeannie Tiras of Houston and Jacques and Leonora Rodriguez of Chile.
Avery attends St. John's School and is in the seventh grade. He is active in football, basketball and baseball.
For his mitzvah project, Avery volunteered at Achieve Houston, where he helped inner city youth prepare for a triathlon. Avery will be donating a portion of his monetary gifts to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.
Avery celebrated his Bar Mitzvah with many friends and family, who came from as far away as Chile to celebrate this special simcha.
2010 Sep 30 (Pg 25 Col 1-2)
The unveiling honoring the memory of Sam Abramson will take place on Sunday, Oct. 10, at 12 noon, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Allen Parkway). It will be officiated by Rabbi David Rosen.
2010 Oct 7 (Pg 27 Col 3-4)
Family and friends are welcome to attend.
2010 Nov 18 (Pg A25 Col 1-2)
Miss Heather Michelle Joachim and Mr. Bradley Falcon Harris were united in marriage on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010, at 7:15 in the evening at The Houstonian in Houston. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Dan Gordon. Davisi Strings provided the music. Following the ceremony, Clockwork entertained the guests.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Norman Joachim of Houston. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Miriam Joachim and the late Dr. Harold Sidney Joachim, and the late Esther and Sam Baron.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Falcon Harris of Baton Rouge, La. He is the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. William J. Miller and the late Mr. and Mrs. Sulcer A. Harris, Junior.
Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a satin and lace gown and carried a bouquet of white roses and hydrangeas wrapped in antique lace from her great-grandmother, Mae Dombrow's wedding veil from more than 80 years ago. Mrs. Charlene Joachim, mother of the bride, was seated by her cousin, Mr. Leonard Landesman Dubin.
Miss Melissa Dyan Joachim was her sister's maid of honor. Miss Brooklynn Grace Pinegar, daughter of the groom, was a junior bridesmaid. Bridesmaids included Mrs. Brooklyn Harris Brown, sister of the groom, Mrs. Stefanie Maranto Cascio, Mrs. Joelle Szczepanski Federico, Mrs. Alison Wade Jamison, Mrs. Robyn Tucker Long, Mrs. Kara Canfield Mueck and Miss Carrie Vargo Pool.
Serving as the bride's honor attendants were Miss Lauren Elise Broussard, Mrs. Kathryn Jayne Canfield, Miss Emily Claire Harris, cousin of the groom, Miss Margaret Elizabeth Harris, cousin of the groom, Miss Natalie Renae Hightower, Miss Megan Helaine Hurta, cousin of the bride, Mrs. Melissa Dee Judd, Miss Alana Michelle Rubinsky, cousin of the bride, Mrs. Jessica LaBorde Tuttle and Miss Courtney Lynn Williams.
Mr. Clay Miller Harris, brother of the groom, served as best man. Groomsmen included Mr. Jeffrey Richard Brown, brother-in-law of the groom, Mr. Michael Anthony Cascio III, Mr. Joseph Jerrod Messina, Mr. William James Miller, cousin of the groom, Mr. Michael Paul Pecue, Mr. James Clinton Stockwell and Mr. Phillip Brian Thomas.
Serving as ushers were Mr. Drew Hebert Fourrier, Mr. Brandon Christopher Hays, Mr. Michael Joseph Joachim Hurta, cousin of the bride, Mr. George Matthew Lueckenhoff, cousin of the groom, Mr. Michael Ackal Moreau, Mr. Mark Joseph Nicaud, Mr. Chad Michael Rounds, Mr. Adam Joseph Joachim Rubinsky, cousin of the bride, and Mr. Michael Joseph Thomas.
The flower girls were Miss Virginia Reine Brown, niece of the groom, and Miss Madeline Elizabeth Tuttle. The ring bearer was Mr. Mason Thomas Mueck.
Heather is a 2001 graduate of Stratford High School in Houston. She graduated from Louisiana State University with a degree in education. She was a member of Delta Gamma sorority. She teaches preschool at Our Lady of Mercy.
Bradley is a graduate of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in business. He is employed by Mockler Beverage Company in Baton Rouge.
Following a honeymoon in Mexico, Heather and Bradley will make their home in Baton Rouge, La.
2010 Dec 9 (Pg 24 Col 1-2)
Carol and David Silverman are delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter, Dana Elizabeth, to Brian Ira Aronson, son of Carol and Micah Aronson of Phoenix, Ariz.
Dana is the granddaughter of the late Sally and Jarrell Bahme and the late Zella and Eddie Silverman. Brian is the grandson of Alan Mills of Chicago, and the late Marilyn Mills, Dave Jaffe of Jerusalem and the late Francine Jaffe.
Dana is a graduate of the University of Kansas, with a degree in applied behavior analysis. She currently is a clinical interventionist at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center in Phoenix. Brian is currently a project engineer at Markham Contracting Company, Inc. in Phoenix.
Dana and Brian will be married in Phoenix in March 2011.
2011 Sep 15 (Pg 22 Col 3-4)
Charlene and David Joachim of Houston are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Dyan Joachim, to Justin Adam Krost, son of Sharon and Michael Krost of Houston.
Melissa is the granddaughter of Mrs. Miriam Joachim and the late Dr. Harold Sidney Joachim, and the late Esther and Sam Baron. Justin is the grandson of Stanley Krost and the late Sonia Krost and the late Sylvia and Gary Luskey. Excited siblings include Heather, Bradley and Brooklynn Harris of Baton Rouge, La., and Amy Krost of Houston.
Melissa graduated from The University of Texas at Austin and holds a Bachelor of Science in applied learning and development in early childhood education, EC-4. She is a second-grade teacher at Bridge Point Elementary in Eanes I.S.D. in Austin. Justin graduated with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and holds a Masters in Professional Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. After graduation, Justin worked in public accounting for PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Houston and Austin office, as an assurance senior associate. He is now working at HomeAway, Inc., as their financial reporting manager in Austin, where the couple met. Justin also currently is pursuing his Master of Business Administration through the Texas Executive MBA Program at The Universiy of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
The couple resides in downtown Austin and is looking forward to celebrating with thei family and friends this January in Austin, Texas.
2011 Oct 13 (Pg 27 Col 1-2)
Edith Lasky Fireman, 102, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, friend, and the last surviving member of the original Lasky clan, died July 17, 2011, in Newhall, Calif. Although she is gone, her joie de vivre and the sound of her laughter, even as she approached her final days, will live forever in the memory of all who knew and loved her.
Edith Fireman was one of a kind, with an amazing zest for life. She had a gift for making others feel welcomed and comfortable. She had an optimism that was palpable and contagious. She loved people and would reach out to everybody, knowing no strangers. She instantly would be concerned and sensitive whenever anyone had a problem, always there to comfort and always willing to sit by a hospital bedside. She loved family, fun, and laughter. She lived life to the fullest.
Who else, when planning her own funeral, would suggest that it be a French Quartet-themed celebration with attendees in bight-colored garb? Who else would request that she be buried in a jewel-encrusted box? Who else, at her 98th birthday party, would soak in the spotlight and dance the night away with the firefighters from Station 38, who were invited to carry her cake ablaze with 98+ candles as a surprise to her? Who else traveled the country and world to share in the joy of family events? Who else had such a spontaneous sense of adventure that she would jump on a plane or cruise ship at the drop of a hat?
Who else believed in packing two outfits per day, each with a pair of matching shoes? Who else spread merriment wherever she was, entertaining fellow retirees with her zest for life, teaching her grandchildren poker and gin rummy, and counting Clark Gable as a personal friend? Who else was a marvelous cook, delighting young children on their birthdays with her incredible - and incredibly delicious - cakes and gingerbread houses? And, who else could be so adored that two devoted and loving granddaughters would move her to California so they could care for her in her twilight years?
The fourth of nine children of Rebecca Sigerman Lasky of Poland and Samuel Israelefsky of Russia, Edith Lasky was born May 5, 1909, in Philadelphia. Her family moved to Houston shortly after her birth. She grew up in a close-knit family, whose bonds of devotion to each other remained unbroken throughout their lives.
In 1934, after working at the Harris County Courthouse, she married Irwin Randolph Reed of Chicago, who was killed in a car crash in 1938, leaving Edith to raise two young sons.
In 1942, she married a young Army doctor, Joseph Fireman. they moved to Chicago, where son Howard was born. After moving to suburban Danville, Edith walked into a shoe store one day and noticed a slew of shoppers. She offered to assist the owner on the spot and wound up working there for 16 years, eventually earning the title of manager. In 1959, the family moved to Waco, Texas, and then, in 1973, to Houston, where Edith became involved in The Downtown Opti-Mrs. Club. Edith always loved to entertain with her out-of-this-world cooking. She loved to garden, knit and sew. She loved watching "The Price is Right" and playing Word Search. She and Joe remained married until his death in 1995.
Edith was also feisty and straightforward. She never hesitated to speak her mind or deliver the truth as she saw it. Even if she tried, it was impossible for her to hold back her thoughts and very definitive opinions.
Age never slowed Edith. Well into her '90s, she still "dressed to the nines," augmenting her outfits with hats, jewelry, feathers or sparkle of any kind. She still drove, had LASIK surgery and read the Houston Chronicle daily. Even after crossing the century mark, she danced until her knees no longer cooperated, then just waved her arms in rhythm to the music. Always the life of the party, she never stopped smiling, laughing ... and flirting!
We should all be so loved, vital and active as she was until the end.
Edith is survived by sons, Charles Reed and wife, Jackie, of Washington; Dr. Gerald Reed and wife, Carol, of Chicago; and Howard Fireman and wife, Marilyn, of Houston; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews - a family now it its fifth generation. Edith was preceded in death by her parents, sisters, Bertha Vise, Celia Nathan, Dorothy Kamin, Rose Newman, and Annette Hochman; and brothers, Henry Lesky, Morris Lasky and Harold Lasky. Also preceding her was her firstborn grandson, Randall Reed.
Burial services will be held Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Allen Parkway).
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the charity of your choice.
2011 Nov 24 (Pg 26 Col 3-4)
Marvin G. Levy, born April 2, 1942, died Monday, Oct. 31, 2011 after a valiant and hard-fought battle against multiple myeloma. Father, grandfather, husband, brother, son, uncle, cousin and friend, he lived his life to tyhe fullest. A 1960 graduate of Bellaire High School, Marvin went on to graduate from the University of Houston with a degree in pharmacy. He followed his father's footsteps and became a pharmacist and worked in the family-owned business, Interurban Pharmacy, until he retired in 1992.
He married Marilyn Bush in 1976, and they shared many wonderful years together cruising the world. Marvin and Marilyn moved in 1994 to Lago Vista, Texas, where he retried until the time of his death.
To those who knew him, he was generous, intelligent, successful and witty. He took great personal interest in each family member's accomplishments and always was quick to offer genuine advice. He beamed with pride every time he mentioned his daughters and grandchildren. His words said it best, "All of you are my reason for being."
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Bernard and Esther Levy. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; and daughters, Ellen Idler and Tami Prevett, and their husbands. "Papa" to his beloved grandchildren, he is survivied by Brina and Trevor Idler and Shyanne Prevett. He also is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Lorraine Levy, and nephews, Ryan and Sean Levy.
Marvin's family extends heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Dr. Raymond Alexanian at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Jerry Fain at Texas Oncology, along with their supporting staffs, for their excellent and compassionate care for the past eight years. His family also would like to thank the doctors, caretakers and staff at Hospice Austin's Christopher House for their excellent care.
Funderal services were help Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Allen Parkway), Houston. Rabbi David Rosen officiated.
In lieu of flowers please make direct contributions to the Chronic Disease Fund (cdfund.org) or the charity of your choice.
2012 Jan 12 (Pg 10 Col 3-4)
Proud parents, Chad and Linda Farber, and brother, Harrison have the pleasure of announcing the Bat Mitzvah celebration of their beloved daughter and sister, Jordan Alysse. In the rich tradition of our ancestors, Jordan will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., at Temple Sinai in Houston.
Jordan's grandparents, Arnold and Manette Farber and Leon and Josephine Anderson, are native Houstonians and are very pleased to announce this simcha to all family members and old friends.
Jordan has found meaning in serving the elderly and needy within our own community in Sugar Land, Texas. From helping the elderly with yardwork, to sharing firewood with those without heating, Jordan knows the meaning of tzedakah. Sharing our favorite meals with those who may not have anything warm to eat is a regular event in our home. Everyone needs a fair share, so Jordan has decided to bring the neighborhood together with monthly "neighborhood nights-out" to include movie nights, game nights and pot-luck dinners in the neighborhood park. This will aid in the caring, sharing and watching over the ones in need that live next door or just right down the street. We can all make a difference, and now Jordan will prove that even a 13-year-old can continue the cycle with this long-term project.
2012 Feb 9 (Pg 16 Col 1-4)
Miss Melissa Dyan Joachim and Mr. Justin Adam Krost were united in marriage at 5 in the evening at The Four Seasons Hotel in Austin, Texas. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Rabbi Brian Strauss and Cantor Vadim Tunitsky of Houston.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Norman Joachim of Houston. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Miriam Joachim and the late Harold Sidney Joachim, and the late Esther and Sam Baron. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael David Krost, of Houston. He is the grandson of Mr. Stanley Krost and the late Sonia Krost, and the late Sylvia and Gary Luskey.
Given in marriage and escorted by her parents, the bride wore an ivory taffeta sculpted strapless ball gown with vintage lace inspired beading and embroidery on the bodice. The bodice and skirt had a subtle ivory tulle overlay, with an oyster grosgrain ribbon at the waist, and a fully bustled top skirt with a chapel train. She carried a bouquet of gardenias wrapped in antique lace from her great-grandmother, Mae Dombrow's wedding veil, from more than 80 years ago.
Mrs. Heather Joachim Harris was her sister's matron of honor. Bridesmaids included Miss Amy Krost, sister of the groom, Miss Naseem Holly Alavi, Mrs. Kathryn Jayne Canfield, Miss Jennifer Paige Goldberg, Miss Lauren Louise Harrington, Miss Natalie Renae Hightower, Miss Mary Caroline Jones and Miss Erin Brooke Lee. Miss Brooklynn Grace Pinegar, niece of the bride, was a junior bridesmaid. The bride's honor attendants included Miss Jessica Hali Denbo, Miss Megan Helaine Hurta, cousin of the bride, Miss Ashley Lauren Kaplan, Miss Leanne Keren Lazar, Miss Adrienne Alexandra Putnam, Miss Lauren Nicole Robbins, Miss Alana Michelle Rubinsky, cousin of the bride and Miss Anisa Ruth Webb. The flower girl was Miss Lily Rayna Laufman.
His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Krost, escorted the groom, Mr. Justin Adam Krost, to the chuppah. Mr. Jeffrey Harris Gilbert was the groom's best man. Groomsmen included Mr. Eric Andrew Goldberg, Mr. Bradley Falcon Harris, brother-in-law of the bride, Mr. Steven Jeffrey Katz, Mr. Joel Alan Levine, Mr. Jeffrey Stephen O'Connor, Mr. Adam Joseph Rosenfeld, Mr. David Hirsh Stein and Mr. Matthew Todd Weinstein. The ushers included Mr. Michael Joseph Joachim Hurta, cousin of the bride; Mr. Lane Jonathan Kirschner, cousin of the groom; Mr. Jeffrey Ross Rovinsky, Mr. Adam Joseph Joachim Rubinsky, cousin of the bride; and Mr. Jason Eric Steinberg. The ring bearer was Mr. Evan Michael Cohen.
The ring Melissa was married in was Justin's great-grandmother's, Rose Luskey. She and his great-grandfather, Jake Luskey, were married for 71 years. Every one of her children, grandchildren and now, great-grandchildren have been married in this ring. The ring Justin was married in was his grandfather's, Gary Luskey. He and his grandmother, Sylvia Luskey, were married for 46 years. Both of these were the rings used at the groom's parents wedding 33 years ago.
Melissa graduated from The University of Texas at Austin, and holds a Bachelor of Science in applied learning and development in early childhood education, EC-4. She is a second-grade teacher at Bridge Point Elementary in Eanes I.S.D. in Austin. Justin graduated, with highest honors, from the Univesity of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business and holds a Master in Professional Accounting and Bechelor of Business Administration in accounting. He is the SEC and financial reporting manager at HomeAway, Inc., in Austin. Justin also currently is pursuing his Master of Business Adminitration through the Texas Executive MBA Program at The Univeristy of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.
After a summer honeymoon to the Mediterranean, the couple will continue to live and work in Austin with their cocker spaniel Dilly.
2012 Mar 29 (Pg 18 Col 4)
Marcia and Randy Davidoff and Rebecca and David Uzick are delighted to announce the engagement of their children, Justin Davidoff and Jennifer Uzick.
Justin is the grandson of Slyvia and Hal Rawley of Pearland, Texas, Mary Gene and Arthur Caplan of Houston and Dorothy Davidoff and the late Charles Davidoff, also of Houston. Justin is a graduate of the University of Houston, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. He works for Sunshine Pools Inc. in Houston.
Jennifer is the granddaughter of the late Joseph and Mollie Dyche, and Saralyn Uzick of Sugar Land and the late Maurice Uzick. Jennifer graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in applied math and Rice University with a master's in computational and applied math and works for Genesis Energy in Houston.
A December 2012 wedding is plannied in Houston.
2012 May 24 (Pg 18 Col 1-2)
Jerri Doctor and Stan Doctor are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Shawn, to Leslie Robin Jones, daughter of Dr. H. Lamar and Deborah Jones.
Shawn is the grandson of the late Ida and Aaron Sharman and Jeannie and Jake Doctor. Shawn is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he majored in archaeology. He is a teacher of history and a baseball coach at Lamar High School.
Leslie received her bachelor's degree in social work at St. Edward's University in Austin. She received a master's degree in social work at Texas State University in San Marcos. She is a social work counselor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She is the granddaughter of Jo Jones, the late H. Lamar Jones and Verna and James Pederson.
An August 2012 wedding is planned in Austin.
2012 Jul 26 (Pg 18 Col 3-4)
Charlene Baron Joachim passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 19, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Houston on Aug. 7, 1951, to Esther and Sam Baron. She graduated from Bellaire High School, and attended Oklahoma University and completed her undergraduate education at the University of Houston.
Charlene graduated college with an education degree and became a primary school teacher. She taught in Richmond/Rosenberg, Galena Park, Spring Branch Elementary and 20 years at Walnut Bend Elementary in HlSD.
Respected by her peers, she was awarded Teacher of the Year multiple times. She had a gift for teaching children; it was never a job to her, but her passion. Charlene also had a contagious warmth about her and was considered by many to be their best friend. She touched and inspired everyone she met.
Charlene met the love of her life, David Joachim, in 1976, and they married in August 1978. They would have celebrated their 34th wedding anniversary on Aug. 20 of this year. She loved her children, Heather Joachim Harris and Melissa Joachim Krost, with all of her heart, and she was their hero. They both followed in her footsteps and became primary school teachers.
Charlene's greatest joys were planning and attending the recent weddings of her two daughters, and becoming a mother-in-law to Bradley Harris and Justin Krost, as well as becoming a grandmother to Brooklynn Pinegar. She was thrilled to be expecting another granddaughter this September.
Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Sam Baron, and her father-in-law, Dr. Harold S. Joachim. Charlene is survived by her loving husband, David Joachim, and children, Heather Joachim Harris and her husband, Bradley, and granddaughter, Brooklynn; and Melissa Joachim Krost and her husband, Justin; as well as her mother-in-law, Miriam Joachim; sister-in-law, Susan Hurta and husband, Bruce; and their children, Michael and Megan; sister-in-law, Lisa Rubinsky and husband, Abrey, and their children, Adam and Alana. Additionally, as an only child, she also is survived by her closest cousins, Lenny Dubin, and his wife, Sherry; Sherry Sandler and her husband, Barry; Neidra Davis and her husband, Michael; and Marlene Efron and her husband, Alan; as well as her aunt, Eva Dubin. All of the above will cherish her forever.
Funeral services were held on Monday, July 23, 2012, at 1 p.m., at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut Blvd., followed by graveside services at the Beth Yeshurun Cemetery (Post Oak).
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation for the kindness and special care provided by the remarkable caregiver and Houston Hospice who comforted Charlene through her final days.
In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Charlene Joachim "Love You More" memorial fund. Funds will be distributed to charitable organizations close to Charlene's heart. Please note that we are in the process of creating a registered 501(c)(3) private foundation for the memorial fund Once the tax-exempt, nonprofit organization is created, we will let you know Please contact CharleneJoachimLoveYouMore@grnail.com with any questions. Thank you in advance for your patience and support.
2012 Aug 2 (Pg 20 Col 3-4)
Annabelle Borger Korn, 74, of Georgetown, Texas, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2012. She was born Dec. 19, 1937, in Chicago, to Jessie and David Borger.
Annabelle enjoyed her early and teen years growing up in Houston. She was active in Young Judaea and graduated from San Jacinto High School, class of ’55.
During her travels through life, Annabelle met many a stranger and most became a true lasting friend. She always found the good in people and could be counted on to brighten every room with her beautiful smile and engaging personality. Annabelle
was a past president and life member of Hadassah.
She is survived by her loving husband of more than 54 years, Marvin Korn; her mother, Jessie Borger; her three children: son, Steven Korn, and his wife, Diana; daughter, Vicki Osherow, and her husband, Billy; her son, Jeffrey Korn; and her seven
grandchildren, Alex, Zoe and Drew Osherow, Jordan and Marshall Korn, Michael and Nicholas Clawson. Annabelle was preceded in death by her father, David Borger, and younger brother, Ronnie Borger.
Funeral services were held graveside on Monday, June 11, 2012, at Austin Memorial Park, in Austin, Texas.
The family requests that memorial donations be made in her name to M.D. Anderson Ovarian Cancer Research in Houston, Jewish Federation of Greater Austin, attn.: Allison Cassorla, or Hadassah The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc.
2012 Aug 23 (Pg 18 Col 1-2)
Abe “JoJo” Moore, 91, passed away August 16, 2012. Abe was born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 4, 1920, to Max and Florence Moore. He came to Houston when he was only 3 years old. He graduated from Jeff Davis High School in Houston. Abe enlisted in the Army Air Corps and provided supply and logistical air support to the Flying Tigers. He was very proud to be a member of the China-Burma-India Group and the Jewish War Veterans.
During WWII, he met the love of his life, Betty Ozon, from Galveston, and after two years, they were married. Abe and Betty were married for 63 years until her death in 2009. Abe and Betty raised four children together, the twins, Mike and Steve, Beverly and Myra. After the war, Abe started Texas Iron and Metal along with brother, Alex, and brother-in-law, Sidney. After many years, he started his own business, TIMCO Supply. He and Betty loved going on trips to Las Vegas.
Abe was very active in United Orthodox Synagogues, where he served as an officer. He enjoyed many years in the choir; he truly loved singing and had a beautiful voice. He volunteered and was very active in fundraising for March of Dimes and AMIT Children. After retirement, he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Above all, family was the most important thing to Abe and he never met a stranger. He also loved sports, excelled in baseball, was a member of the Ramblers Social Organization and inducted to the Houston Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Abe was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; brother, Alex Moore, and his wife Minette; brother-in-law, Sidney Reichenthal, and son-in-law, Steve Kogut. He is survived by the twins, Steve and Michael Moore, and Steve’s wife Denise; daughters, Beverly Moore Kogut and Myra Moore Soffar, and husband, Damon; grandchildren, Jeffrey Davis and wife, Ann; Samuel Davis and wife, Ivy; Neil Kogut, Mindy Kogut, Stacie Moore and Amanda Moore; great-grandchildren, Betty and Ezra Davis; and sister, Evelyn Moore Reichenthal.
A funeral service was held at United Orthodox Synagogues, 9001 Greenwillow St., Houston, on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012, at 11 a.m., burial following at Adath Israel Cemetery, 4714 Airline Dr., Houston.
Donations may be made to AMIT Children, in care of Beverly Bloom, 7520 Brompton St., Apt. 695, Houston, Texas 77025-2252.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to Houston Hospice nurse Patty, caregivers Hattie Johnson, Cherry Britton, Diverna Boggs and Christian Buckner.
2012 Aug 30 (Pg 19 Col 1-2)
Ryan David Tiras was called to the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah on Friday evening, Aug. 24, and on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Congregation Beth Israel. Ryan is the son of Jennifer and Scott Tiras and the brother of Avery, Reece and Dawson. His proud grandparents are Jacques and Leonora Rodriguez of Chile and Jerry and Jeannie Tiras of Houston.
Ryan is a seventh-grade high honors student at The St. John's School. He is active In baseball, football and wrestling. For his mitzvah project, Ryan volunteered this summer at the Nehemiah Center, a program that provides a safe haven for inner-city youth to learn and play. Ryan will be donating a portion of his monetary gifts to the Celiac Foundation and the M.D. Anderson Lung Cancer Center.
Ryan celebrated his Bar Mitzvah with many friends and family, but especially shared it with his cousin, Carly Tiras.
2012 Aug 30 (Pg 19 Col 3-4)
Carly Alexis Tiras was called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah on Friday, Aug. 24, and Saturday, Aug. 25, 2012, at Congregation Beth Israel. Carly is the daughter of Alyssa and Mitchell Tiras and Jordann's younger sister. Her proud grandparents are Dr. Haskell and Ann Gruber and Joel and Carol Klein of San Antonio and Jeannie and Jerry Tiras of Houston.
Carly is a seventh-grade high-honors student at The St. John's School. For her mitzvah project, Carly volunteered at The River, a TUTS education program that provides fine arts education for children with disabilities. Additionally, she volunteered at Yellowstone Academy, a school that serves students from low-income families.
As part of her tzedakah project, Carly took the opportunity of her Bat Mitzvah to share it with Chaja Rokach, a 14-year-old girl who perished in Auschwitz. Carly proudly will donate a portion of her monetary gifts to M.D. Anderson Lung Cancer Research Program, The National Parkinson Foundation and The Alzheimer's Foundation of America.
It was with great joy that Carly celebrated her Bat Mitzvah with her cousin, Ryan Tiras, and with all her family and friends.
2012 Sep 6 (Pg 20 Col 3-4)
Marcia and Randy Davidoff of Sugar Land, Texas, and Robin and Gerald Bettman of Jacksonville, Fla., joyfully announce the engagement of their children, Adam Davidoff and
Adam is the grandson of Sylvia and Hal Rawley of Pearland, Texas, Mary Gene and Arthur Caplan of Houston and Dorothy Davidoff and the late Charles Davidoff, also of Houston. Adam is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in government and a Masters of Education in sport
management. Adam spent two seasons with the Houston Aeros, and earlier this
year began working for Sunshine Pools, Inc. in Houston.
Heather is the granddaughter of the late Chief Justice Raymond and Miriam (Mickey) Ehrlich of Jacksonville, Fla., and Fred Rotstein. and the late Betty Rotstein, also of Jacksonville. Heather graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in recreation, parks and tourism. Heather works for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as an auction coordinator.
Adam and Heather will be married in Jacksonville in May 2013.
2013 Apr 25 (Pg 15 Col 1-2)
Proud parents, Chad and Linda Farber, and sister, Jordan, have the pleasure of announcing the Bar Mitzvah celebration of their beloved son and brother, Harrison Michael Farber. In:
the rich tradition of our ancestors, Harrison will read from the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Saturday, April 27,2013,at 10:30a.m., at Temple Sinai.
Harrison has found meaning in serving others within his own community in Sugar Land, Texas. Sharing favorite meals with elderly neighbors is a regular event, along with active participation delivering food and helping out at the local food pantry. Harrison also was included in the construction of a ga-ga pit for Temple Sinai.
Harrison's grandparents, Arnold and Manette Farber and Leon and Josephine Anderson, are native Houstonians and are very pleased to announce this simcha to all family members and old friends.
2013 Oct 3 (Pg 9 Col 1-2)
Sheryl and Maury Sklar of Houston and Susan and Kenneth Gold of New York are delighted to announce the engagement of their children, Rebecca Arin Sklar to Matthew Frederick Gold. Rebecca is the granddaughter of Norma and Richard Whitman and Patsy and Fred Sklar, all of Houston. Matthew is the grandson of Muriel and Walter Sugarman and Grace and Eugene Gold.
Rebecca is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio with a degree in public relations. She is the director of business development for JOBS/AMST.
Matthew is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in finance.
He works at Calpine Corp.
A November wedding is planned in Houston.
2013 Nov 28 (Pg 18 Col 1-2)
Ronnie and Ann Laufman of Houston are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Hailey Florence, to Nathan Laing Settles, son of David and Amy Settles of Oklahoma City.
Hailey is the granddaughter of Dr. Harris and Barbara Hauser, Jackie Hauser, Molly Ann Kaplan and the late William Laufman and Irvin Kaplan of Houston. Nathan is the grandson of the late Leon and Alladee Settles and Nathan and Myra Lichtenstein.
Hailey graduated from Oklahoma State University and currently is employed with the Darden company, as a restaurant manager in Oklahoma City.
Nathan currently is employed at Weldon Parts Inc. He is working his way up the ladder to take over his father's business.
A spring 2014 wedding is planned in Houston.
2014 Apr 10 (Pg 22 Col 2)
Emily Anne Doctor was called to the Torah to celebrate her Bat Mitzvah on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Congregation Beth Jacob in Galveston, Texas. Emily is the daughter of Stacy and Scott Doctor and sister of Ashley Doctor. Her proud grandparents are Jerri Doctor, Stan Doctor, Nina Brown and Joe Brown, of blessed memory, along with her great-grandfather, Sam Proler and Marie Proler. The service was officiated by her uncle, Rabbi Todd Doctor and Cantor Francyne Davis. Emily is a graduate of the Shlenker School and a seventh-grade honors student at The Emery/Weiner School. For her mitzvah project, Emily decorated Shabbat boxes for Jewish Family Service, which were given to patients at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In addition, she also is donating a portion of her monetary gifts to Houston Area Parkinson Society, in honor of her grandmother, Nina Brown; to the Bellaire Fire Department, in gratitude of the extra years they gave her grandfather Joe Brown through their care and quick response; and to Congregation Beth Jacob in honor of her uncle, Rabbi Todd Doctor. It was with great joy for Emily to celebrate this special occasion with family and friends.
2014 May 1 (Pg 10A Col 1-2)
Amy and Adam Mincberg are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Chatrles Josef Mincberg, born on Feb. 16, 2014, weighing 7 pounds, 1 ounce. Proud first-time grandparents are Marlene and Mark Finkelstein, Cathy Mincberg and Scott Rooper, and Lainie Gordon and David Mincberg. Ecstatic great-grandparents are Dorothy Davidoff, Evelyn and Nathan Finkelstein, Edith Mincberg and Eunice Alleman.
Charlie is named in loving memory of his maternal great-grandfather, Charles Davidoff, and paternal great-grandfather, Josef Mincberg. Charlie also has brought a world of love and happiness to each of his first-time aunts and uncles.
2014 Aug 14 (Pg 12 Col 1-2)
Marlene and Mark Finkelstein are thrilled to annouce the engagement of their daughter, Melissa Faye, to Daniel Franklin Gutman, son of Cheryl Hamburg of Hollywood, Fla., and Cantor Leonard and Sandra Gutman of Southfield, Mich. Melissa is the granddaughter of Dorothy Davidoff and the late Charles Davidoff and Evelyn and Nathan Finkelstein. Danny is the grandson of Rochelle and Seymour Hamburg of Coconut Creek, Fla., and the late Esther and Karl Gutman of Detroit. Melissa and Danny are planning a March 2015 wedding in Houston.
2014 Aug 11 (Pg 18 Col 3-4)
Joseph Henry Heffler, born in Houston on Jan. 30, 1923, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. Joe was a longtime member of United Orthodox Synagogues, Arabia Shrine Temple and Jewish War Veterans. He served in the Army Air Corps in World War II in Italy, as an aircraft mechanic. He graduated from Lamar High School, the University of Houston, and served as comptroller for Buffalo and Summers Electric Company for more than 30 years. He was an avid volunteer for the Jewish Community Center, Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services and the Shriners.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife of 57 years, Julia Ann Wasserman Heffler; and sister, Sylvia Loeser. He is survived by his children, Marilyn and Howard Fireman; Sheryl Cigler and her late husband, James; Ruth and Ray Reid; Max and Ellen Heffler; and Marvin and Charlotte Heffler; 13 cherished grandchildren; and six special great- grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Davidoff; brother, Michael Gayle Heffler; and sister-in-law, Winnie Lipman.
Graveside services were held on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, at noon, in the Adath Israel Cemetery, 4700 Airline Dr., Rabbi Barry Gelman officiated.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services.
2014 Aug 18 (Pg 12 Col 3-4)
Sheryl and Maury Sklar along with Nancy and Steve Carl, are excited to announce the engagement odf their children, Ariel Sklar and Jimmy Carl. Ariel in the granddaughter of Norma and Richard Whitman and Patsy and Fred Sklar. Jimmy is the grandson of Jeanette Carl and the late Randy Carl and Catherine Doyle and the lates James Doyle.
Ariel and Jimmy both graduated from Texas A&M. Ariel presently is employed by the Houton Zoo. Jimmy is employed by M.D. Anderson. An April wedding is planned.
2015 Feb 26 (Pg 16 Col 1-2)
Marlene and Mark Finkelstein are thrilled to announce the engagement of their daughter, Melanie Jan, to Joseph Hunter Lipp, son of Gaylyn and Howard Lipp of Dallas. Melanie is the granddaughter of Dorothy Davidoff and the late Charles Davidoff, and Evelyn and Nathan Finkelstein. Joseph is the grandson of the late Dorothy and Norton Seidell of Dallas and the late Libby and Harold Lipp of Houston.
Melanie is the office manager of The Center for Audiology. Joseph is a graduate of the McCombs School of Business and Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin. He holds a master's degree in professional accounting, as well bachelor's degrees in bisiness administration and radio, television and film. Joseoh currently is a licenced CPA working in finance at Berkeley Oil & Gas.
Melanie and Joseph are planning an October 2015 wedding in Houston.
2015 Mar 12 (Pg 16 Col 3-4)
Sarah Shabot and Todd Doctor of Galveston, Texas, are thrilled to announce the birth of their son, Jacob Ari, born Jan. 15, 2015. His big brother, Caleb, lovingly welcomed Jacob as well. Jacob's proud grandparents are Jerri Doctor, Stan Doctor and Debbie and Marc Shabot. Jacob's great-grandparents, Helen and Martin Mark, are elated to enjoy another great-grandchild.
Shawn and Leslie Doctor are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Clara Jo, on Dec. 30, 2014, in Houston. She is much loved by her grandparents, including Stan Doctor and Jerri Doctor of Houston, Dr. H. Lamar Jones and Deborah Jones of Austin, Texas. She equally is loved by her maternal great-grandmother, Jo Jerriene Jones of Houston, for whom she is named. Clara will receive her Hebrew name, Gila, for her beloved late paternal great-grandmother, Ida Sharman.
2015 Sep 17 (Pg 19 Col 1-2)
Nathan Aaron Finkelstein, 94, was born on Aug. 30, 1921, in Oakdale, La., to Marx and Rose Finkelstein. At 6 years old, the family fled to Houston, in the middle of the night, to escape a burning flag on their front yard by the KKK.
Nathan is survived by Evelyn, his beloved wife of 70+ years; children, Mark and Marlene Finkelstein, Larry Finkelstein and Anna Billingsley, Lynette Borrel and Steven Smith. 12 grandchildren, Desiree Finkelstein and Brandon Phillips, Lauren Finkelstein, Amy and Adam Mincberg, Michael and Mariel Borrel, Melissa and Danny Gutman and Melanie Finkelstein and Joseph Lipp. One great-grandchild, Charlie Mincberg.
He also is survived by Sophie Finkelstein, Pauline and Ed Sheinberg, Haskell Sheinberg and numerous nieces and nephews.
Nathan married the love of his life on Oct, 15, 1944, and within two days was off to Japan as a member of the U.S. Army fighting on the front lines in World War II. He was honorably discharged two years later. His love and passion for his country never wavered.
Nathan passed away on the 1st day of 5776, one month shy of his 71st wedding anniversary to his "Bride" "Bodie." Nathan and Evelyn were proud founding, lifetime members of Congregation Emanu El. He loved sharing birthdays, holidays and special occasions with his family and never left a table without telling everyone to take care of each other and may G-d bless them. Family was everything to him.
Nathan and Evelyn loved to travel at every possible opportunity throughout their marriage and especially loved to gamble ANYWHERE there was a slot machine. If you asked him, he never lost. His passion for teaching everyone about the stock market was fascinating and you never questioned his ability to mathematically figure anything.
Nathan had a strong commitment to his job as Head Purchasing Agent for Weingarten's Grocery Stores, where he retired after 49 years of service. He proudly served as president of the Allied Food Dealers Association for many years and sat on numerous boards and committees. His proud "claim to fame" was designing, creating and printing the first Hurricane Tracking Chart and Safety Information on a paper grocery bag. It is still used today throughout the Gulf Coast.
Nathan was greatly loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
2016 Jan 21 (Pg 15A Col 1-2)
Samuel Louis Joachim, Feb. 18, 1929-Jan. 10, 2016. A loving husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, uncle and friend, Poppa was the first to open his heart and his home to so many. A native Houstonian, Sam graduated from San Jacinto High School and attended the University of Houston. He served in the Air National Guard and the Army during the Korean War.
Survivors include beloved wife of 65 years, Phyllis Pesses Joachim; son, Stanley (Paula Friedman) Joachim; daughters, Nora (Chris) Brown and Judith (Rick) Rousseau; and grandchildren: Matthew Joachim; Evan Brown; Christian (Ashley), Eric, Miriam, Jacob, Rachel, and Ryan Rousseau; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 11:30 a.m., at Emanu El Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cure PSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd., Ste. 201, Timonium, MD 21093, or National Gaucher Foundation (NGF), 5410 Edson Lane, Suite 220, Rockville, MD 20852.
2016 Jun 23 (Pg 14 Col 3-4)
Winnie Faye (Wasserman) Lipman, 91, died Friday, June 17, 2016, at Kindred Hospital.
Winnie was preceded by her beloved husband of 47 years, Morris H. “Moe” Lipman.
Winnie is survived by her daughter, Charlotte Keren and her husband, Joseph Keren; her son, Mark Lipman and his wife, Kathy Lipman; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends.
Born and raised in Houston, as the firstborn daughter of Gershon and Sophie (Moore) Wasserman, Winnie Lipman always will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, sister, family member and friend.
In her early years, Winnie often helped out in the family’s grocery store. With all of the cookies, candies and sodas stocked on shelves and readily available, she and her three siblings often were accused of eating-up all of the business’ profits.
Winnie graduated with honors at the age of 16 from Jefferson Davis High School in 1940. There, she proved to be a talented musician. She played oboe in the band and sang in the choir. Winnie also played the piano. Although Winnie had aspirations to study piano at the Julliard School of Music, faced with the educational norms for women during that time, she decided to forego college. Shortly thereafter, she met and married the love of her life, Morris H. “Moe” Lipman on Feb. 14, 1943.
In addition to modeling for Foley Brother’s Department Stores, Winnie worked for Houston’s last city manager, before the city transitioned to a mayoral system of government. After working in the corporate world for many years, Winnie began her final and most favorite career as a housewife and mother. In this position, she raised her two children – daughter, Charlotte and son, Mark.
Winnie was a member of Houston’s United Orthodox Synagogue, for many years. In addition to keeping kosher, and observing all Jewish holidays and traditions in her home, she proved herself as a leader in Houston’s Jewish community by being president of both Mizrahi Women’s Organization and Amit Women.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Shriners Hospital for Children or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
2016 Aug 11 (Pg 10 Col 1-2)
Luke Samuel Ludwick is called to the Torah as a Bar Mitzvah on Friday, Aug. 19, and Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Luke is the son of Sondra and Jody Ludwick. His proud grandparents are Minna and Julius Hochstein, LaVerne Ludwick and the late Jackie Ludwick. Luke is the great-grandson of the late Sam and Selma Hochstein of Houston; the late Minnie and Sol Cytrin of San Antonio; the late Alma and Oswald Mutschink of Giddings, Texas; and the late Ida and Joseph Ludwick of Austin, Texas.
Luke attended Lovett Elementary School and currently is an eighth-grade honor student at Pin Oak Middle School. At Pin Oak, Luke is on the football team and plays the double bass in the Advanced Orchestra. Outside of school he enjoys playing baseball, traveling and spending time with family and friends.
For Luke’s mitzvah project, he volunteered at the Hermann Park Conservancy, where he spent time improving the beauty of the park. Additionally, Luke assisted many of his neighbors in Meyerland after the Memorial Day and Tax Day floods by ripping out damaged property.
Luke will be donating a portion of his monetary gifts to K9s4COPS Organization, and to the American Heart Association in memory of his grandfather, Jackie Ludwick.
2016 Nov 10 (Pg 16 Col 1-2)
Reece Izzy Tiras was called to the Torah for his Bar Mitzvah on Friday evening, Oct. 21, and on Saturday morning, Oct. 22, 2016, at Congregation Beth Israel.
Reece is the son of Scott and Jennifer Tiras; and the brother of Avery, Ryan and Dawson. His proud grandparents are Jerry and Jeannie Tiras of Houston and Jacques and Leonora Rodriguez of Chile.
Reece attends Pin Oak Middle School and is in the seventh grade. He is active in baseball, basketball and
Reece was diagnosed at age 5 with celiac disease. For his mitzvah project he chose to bake gluten-free cookies on Friday nights and deliver them to oneg Shabbat services. Reece also held a gluten-free bake sale at the NY Bagel Shop on Sundays in October. The money he raised has been donated to the Houston Celiac Foundation. Reece will also be donating a portion of his monetary gifts to the Houston Celiac Foundation.
Reece celebrated his Bar Mitzvah with many friends and family. His Bar Mitzvah partner was Matthew Chotiner.
2016 Dec 1 (Pg 18 Col 3-4)
The unveiling of a headstone in memory of Samuel Louis Joachim will take place on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016, at 11 a.m. at Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet St. Rabbi Roy A. Walter will officiate.
Family and friends are invited to attend.
2017 Jun 15 (Pg 14 Col 1-2)
Jessie Spiegelman Borger, 102, of Houston (most recently Austin, Texas), passed away on June 2, 2017. She was born Aug. 2, 1914, in Chicago, Ill., to Bessie and Joseph Spiegelman.
Family was the core of Jessie’s life. She was from a large family of three girls and four boys. She was raised in Chicago, where her father was a tailor and her mother a homemaker. Jessie married David Borger, her husband of 60 years, in 1936. They settled in Houston, where they raised their two children.
Jessie had a zest for life and will be remembered for her beautiful smile, engaging personality and positive attitude.
She is survived by son-in-law, Marvin Korn; daughter-in-law, Carolyn Borger; grandchildren, Steven Korn and his wife, Diana; Vicki Korn Osherow and her husband, Billy; Jeffrey Korn, Jason Borger, Glen Dunbar; and her great-grandchildren, Alex, Zoe and Drew Osherow, Jordan and Marshall Korn, Emily and Brennan Dunbar, Michael and Nicholas Clawson.
She was preceded in death by husband, David Borger; daughter, Annabelle Borger Korn; son, Ronnie Borger; and grandson, Eric Dunbar.
Funeral services were held graveside on June 5, 2017, at Beth Yeshurun Cemetery, Allen Parkway in Houston.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations made to Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America, Inc., or a charity of your choice.
2017 Jun 22 (Pg 15 Col 2)
Aileen Wilkenfeld Tiras, native Houstonian, passed away with her family by her side June 9, 2017. She was born Feb. 21, 1925, to Jesse Wilkenfeld and Bernice "Tincy" Wilkenfeld. She is survived by her daughters, Sheryle Clute and Leslie Baldassare; Five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Delores Wilkenfeld; and brother-in-law, Sidney Tiras; one niece; and two nephews; and devoted family friend, Stephen A. Turner.
Contributions may he made to the charily of your choice.
2017 Aug 10 (Pg 11A Col 1-2)
Amy and Adam Mincberg are delighted to announce the birth of their daughter, Madeline Eve Mincberg, born on June 29, 2017, weighing 5 pounds, 10 ounces. Madeline joins her ecstatic big brother, 3-year-old Charlie.
Madeline's proud grandparents are Marlene and Mark Finkelstein, Cathy Mincberg and Scott Rooper, and Lainie Gordon and David Mincberg. Thrilled great-grandparents are Dorothy Davidoff, Edith Mincberg and Flo Fink.
Madeline is named in loving memory of her maternal great-uncle, Maurice Davidoff, maternal great-grandmother, Evelyn Finkelstein, and paternal great-grandmother, Eunice Alleman. Madeline joins a huge and loving family of aunts, uncles and cousins.
2017 Oct 19 (Pg 15 Col 3-4)
Irwin Arthur Sharman, 76, passed away surrounded by his loving family on July 12, 2017. He was born in Wharton, Texas, on Oct. 13, 1940.
Irwin never met a stranger. In addition to his given name, his nicknames were “Bubba” and “The Rock.” He grew up in Wharton, attended Wharton County Junior College, and Oklahoma University. He lived most of his adult life in Houston. He was a member of Pi Lamba Phi.
Irwin was predeceased by his parents, Ida and Aaron Sharman of Wharton. He is survived by his twin daughters, Lori Dunagan (Ted) of Atlanta, Ga. and Jill Haile (Marcus) of Jacksonville, Fla.; his grandchildren, Nathan Dunagan and Meghan Haile; and his sister, Jerri Lynn Sharman Doctor of Houston. He also is survived by his best buddy of 19 years, Carolyn Duvall of Bellville, Texas. He leaves behind three nephews, Scott Doctor (Stacy), Rabbi Todd Doctor (Sarah) and Shawn Doctor (Leslie), two great-nephews and four great-nieces.
Graveside services were held on July 19 at Shearith Israel Cemetery in Wharton, presided over by Rabbi Josh Herman of Congregation Beth Israel. Donations in his memory may be made to a charity of your choosing.
2017 Nov 2 (Pg 14 Col 1-2)
Barbara and Jim Rubenstein and Fredda and Gary Friedlander, all of Houston, are thrilled to announce the upcoming marriage of their children, Lisa and Michael.
Lisa is the granddaughter of the late Sally and Jarrell Bahme of Houston and the late Ruth Rubenstein of Columbus, Ohio, and the late Henry Rubenstein of Chattanooga, Tenn . Lisa graduated from the University of Michigan in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. She worked for the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C., before recently moving to Houston where she will be working for the Methodist Hospital.
Michael is the grandson of Ruth Steinfeld and the late Larry Steinfeld, and Paula and Alfred Friedlander, all of Houston. Michael is a 2013 graduate of American University with a bachelor's degree in business administration. For the past four years, Michael has worked for Deloitte Consulting in D.C. and most recently has transferred to the Deloitte office in Houston.
Lisa and Michael will be married in spring 2018 in Houston.
2018 Jan 11 (Pg 14A Col 3-4)
Rachelle Gross, 76, died Jan. 5, 2018, at the Methodist Hospital, after a heart attack. She leaves her husband of 53 years, Jim Gross; their two children, Susan Hoyle and Steve Gross; three grandchildren, Jacob Gross, Audrey and Wyatt Hoyle; her brother, Julius Hochstein, and many close friends.
Born and raised in Houston, the daughter of Sam and Selma Hochstein, she was an active member of her community.
Rachelle attended Bellaire High School and graduated from the University of Houston. She met her husband, Jim Gross, shortly before graduating, and the two were married in 1965. She had a long career teaching children at various schools, including the Hebrew Academy.
An active part of her grandchildren’s lives, Rachelle cherished every moment with them. She volunteered at their schools, and helped promote their development through Scouting and music. She was an avid artist and enjoyed creating and sharing her work with friends and family.
A second-generation Houstonian, Rachelle was a fixture in the Jewish community of Southwest Houston. She was a lifelong member of Beth Yeshurun and was laid to rest Monday, Jan. 8, at the Beth Yeshurun Cemetery Post Oak.
2018 Apr 5 (Pg 18 Col 1-2)
Longtime Houstonian, Charlotte Borger Abramson passed away peacefully in her home, March 27. 2018. Charlotte was born to Max and May Borger, on Halloween, 1924. Her happy childhood was spent with parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends, who all were involved in the Houston Jewish community. Her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Yetta Tirus, were among the founders of Congregation Beth Yeshurun.
Charlotte graduated from San Jacinto High School and was a member of the spirit organization, The Golden Gauchos. After graduation, she pursued an interest in classical music and playing the piano. The opera and the symphony were two favorite pastimes.
During World War II, she met her soul mate on the steps of Beth Yeshurun, where young people mingled. They were inseparable for 65 years, and had three children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all loves of their lives.
Charlotte and Sam enjoyed taking the family on weekend trips to Galveston for beach picnics, overnights in the condo, and lots of fishing and boating.
Together, they traveled the world. On return, Charlotte shared every detail with family and friends. Her special group of girlfriends played mah-jongg for more than 50 years. They also had special poker, square dancing and travel groups.
Charlotte proved to be a talented caregiver, nursing Sam through many years of poor health. Nothing stopped them from attending birthday parties for family and friends, grandchildren’s football games, recitals, graduations and holiday celebrations.
Charlotte will be remembered for her loving smile, being a friendly and gracious conversationalist and a genuinely nice person to all. She will be missed, but remembered by survivors: children: Shirley (Leonard) Lebow, Joyce (Steve) Fadem, and Ronny (Linda) Abramson; grandchildren: Melissa (Marc) Ladin, Dr. Richard (Kelly) Lebow, Bradley (Jennie) Lebow, Stephanie (David) Wise, Joey (Robyn) Fadem, Robert Fadem, Dory Hillman, and Andy (Stephen) Segari; great-grandchildren: Mac and Noah Ladin, Henry, Sam and Jack Wise, Brody and Ellie Hillman, Dakota and Sarah Fadem, Olivia, Benjamin and Nate Lebow, Madison and Hannah Lebow; sister: Dorothy Burnstein; brother: Jules (Rozie) Borger, sister-in-law: Blanche Abramson; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She was predeceased by her parents, Max and May Borger; husband, Sam Abramson; brothers-in-law, Hymie and Harry (Doris) Abramson, and Milton Burnstein.
The family is grateful for the loving care given by Lyn Bertrand and Chaplin Chris and the loving caregivers of Vitas Hospice Care.
Graveside service was held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at Beth Yeshurun Allen Parkway Cemetery.
Donations can be made to Congregation Beth Yeshurun Harvey Recovery Fund.
2018 Sep 27 (Pg 14 Col 1-2)
Jules Hirsch Borger M.D., beloved husband of Roselyn, passed away on Sept. 19, 2018. A true, native Houstonian, he loved his city and his Jewish community. He was honored to serve in the U.S. Air Force and had a fulfilling career in medicine.
He was predeceased by his son, Alan Mark Borger, and his sister, Charlotte Abramson. Jules leaves to remember and love him forever: his wonderful children, Sharon and Eddie Grosman, Howard and Lori Borger, and Lois and Mike Davis. Grandpa Jules also leaves behind his grandchildren, Kalyan and Amrita Grosman, Adam and Ileya Grosman, Philip and Dana Grosman, Joshua and Alexandra Grosman, Kate Borger, Molly Borger, Max Borger, Kevin Stiller, and Rachel Stiller. He also was blessed to have five great-grandchildren; and a brother-in-law, Dr. Robert Friedman, and
wife, Miriam, who he loved more as a brother; and his sister, Dorothy Burnstein.
Jules called himself the luckiest and richest man on earth, to have had such a wonderful family and be blessed for 65 years of marriage, to his love – Rozie. We will always love and miss him dearly.
Donations in Jules’s memory may be made to United Orthodox Synagogues or Hadassah Hospital.
2019 Jan 3 (Pg 12 Col 1-2)
Miss Haley Brooke Berkman and Mr. Adam Todd Karren were united in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at the Aspen Meadows , in Aspen, Colo. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by Rabbi David Lyon and Cantorial Soloist Michelle Levy. Following the ceremony, the black tie reception was hosted by the bride’s parents, in the ballroom of the Doerr-Hosier Center, at the Aspen Meadows. Guests danced to the music of New Soul Brigade. On the eve of the wedding, the groom’s parents hosted a rehearsal dinner at 7908 Aspen.
Haley is the daughter of Kathy and Drew Berkman. She is the granddaughter of Mrs. Jo Ruth Kaplan and the late Mr. Irvin D. Kaplan, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Berkman and the late Mrs. Jean
Berkman. The groom is the son of Jodi Schechter Karren and Melissa and Larry Karren. He is the grandson of Mrs. Ruth Karren and the late Mr. Sidney B. Karren, and Mrs. Elaine Schechter and the late Mr. Harry Schechter.
Given in marriage by her parents, the bride wore a beautiful ivory silk faille trumpet Oscar de la Renta gown, with ruffle back detailing. She wore a chapel length veil with lace and beading,
which she designed. She carried a bouquet of lisianthus, astilbe and patience garden roses.
Serving as maid of honor was Ms. Alexandra Berkman, sister of the bride. Bridesmaids were
Mrs. Jessica Bozarth; Ms. Tracy Glesby; Ms. Tori Karren, sister of the groom; Ms. Alyssa Ladd; Mrs. Jami Lazarov, sister of the groom; Mrs. Catherine Marks; Mrs. Jennifer Sisto Gall; Ms. Sarah Squire; and Ms. Margaret Stern. Serving as flower girls were Ms. Sonia Lazarov, niece of the groom; and Ms. Victoria Marks.
The best man was Mr. Matt Blair. Groomsmen were Mr. Zachary Casler; Mr. Manuel Contreras; Mr. Jeffrey Heyman; Mr. Adam Lazarov, brother-in-law of the groom; Mr. Scott Miller, Mr. Benjamin Proler; Mr. Brian Rich; Mr. John Seeger; and Mr. Keith Weisberg.
The bride is a graduate of the Kinkaid School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master of Arts in art history from the Institute of
Fine Arts, New York University. She is a curatorial assistant at the Menil Collection.
The groom is a graduate of Westchester Academy for International Studies. He earned a Bachelor of Science in informatics from Indiana University, in Bloomington, Ind., and a Master
of Science in information systems, also from Indiana University. Adam is a manager at PwC.
After a honeymoon in Australia and Fiji, the couple will reside in Houston.
2019 Jan 10 (Pg 15 Col 3-4)
Fred Sklar passed away peacefully on Jan. 1, 2019, at age 84, with his family by his side. He was married to the love of his life, Patsy Sklar, for 61 wonderful years.
Fred was a native Houstonian and attended San Jacinto High School and Rice University, obtaining a bachelor’s degree. He was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army at Fort Polk, La., and settled in Houston after his service and worked as a CPA at Ernst and Young, and then senior positions at banks, then ultimately in real estate as a commercial real estate broker.
He was an avid sports enthusiast as a collegiate fencer where he was All Southwest Conference at Rice University. He ran marathons, and more recently, led pickle ball games. He was inducted into the Ronnie Arrow Houston Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. He enjoyed fishing and bird watching in Galveston and traveling the world.
He is survived by his loving wife, Patsy; sons, Maury Sklar and his wife, Sheryl, and Dr. Jerald Sklar; daughters, Madalyn Sklar and Judy Hasson; seven grandchildren, Rebecca (Matt), Ariel (Jimmy), Rachael, Ryan, Jeremy, Hannah, Jordan; and two great-grandchildren, Gwynn and Derek.
Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd., Bellaire, TX 77401 or Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77096 or your favorite charity.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4, 2019, at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery, 1037 N. Post Oak Rd, Houston, Texas.
2019 Jan 24 (Pg 14 Col 1-2)
Josephine Ruth Schwartz Kaplan, 1928-2019, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Jan.18, 2019. She was the daughter of Clara Helen Adler and Joseph William Schwartz, of Schulenburg, Texas, where her ancestors settled in 1859. She was known for her love of Schulenburg; she was a proud graduate of the Schulenburg High, class of 1945, before moving on to The University of Texas, where she earned a B.A. in business. Schulenburg remained a force in her life until the end. She visited regularly, had lunch at Frank's and stocked up on her favorite kolaches.
She is survived by her children, Joe and Joy Kaplan; Kathy and Drew Berkman and Bob and Eileen Kaplan who were the light of her life. She also is survived by her beloved sister and brother-in-law, Diane and Fred Konig, who, together with her, formed the bedrock of the extended family. She considered her greatest blessings to be her nine grandchildren. She loved being Mimi to Haley Berkman Karren and husband Adam Karren, Ali Berkman, Sarah Kaplan Feinmann and husband Joe Feinmann, Hannah Kaplan, David Kaplan, Jane Kaplan, Max Kaplan, Jared Kaplan and Jonah Kaplan. Among her greatest admirers are the many nieces and nephews, and their children, who she so loved. They each added joy to her life as did she in theirs for many years.
Jo Ruth traveled far and wide and, of all the places she visited, she loved none more than Aspen, Colo., in summer or winter, it was her happy place. She thrived on the hiking, skiing, golf, tennis, the Music Festival, and the all-around outdoor lifestyle she embraced. She was ahead of her time with her fitness regimen and was, until recently, in classes with people half her age.
Jo Ruth was a proud member of the Houston Wine and Food Society for more than 35 years. It gave her the perfect opportunity to hone her palate for fine wines and fabulous foods, with the best of friends, a pleasure she relished. While she had established a fine wine collection over many years, she also wisely timed her exit to leave nothing on the shelf, all shared between friends and family, as it should be.
She contributed her time and expertise with many organizations over the years and chaired many events, including the inaugural ball for the Houston School for the Deaf in 1980. She was proud to be active with the St. Joseph's Hospital Auxiliary and the Methodist Hospital advisory board.
She loved her Judaism more and more deeply as time went on. Over her lifetime, she studied and formed friendships with a variety of rabbis and cantors in Houston, Aspen and Tucson, always enjoying the time they so generously gave her. It truly lifted her spirits to go to Friday night services, no matter which congregation she attended.
Thanksgiving was her favorite holiday and, as the family grew, so too did her enthusiasm for the celebration, which she hosted every year. She focused her energy to gather the family at her home in 2018, despite her declining strength. It was a gift to her loved ones that will remain in our hearts forever.
Jo Ruth was a loving and sweet friend to so many people. She was an independent woman from early on, and had a feisty and sometimes tough nature that served her well, and remained with her until the end. She will be remembered for her kindness and fierce love for her family.
We would like to thank Marty Ehlert for being such a great friend and confidant to Mom for so many years. We also would like to thank Dr. Robert Jackson for his expert care of our mother, as well as Vivian Taylor Robinson, Terry Rivera, Rahel Mulugeta and Abby Anyanwu. There are no words to adequately express our gratitude for all of their generosity of spirit and caring.
The service was conducted 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 20, at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery, located at 1001 N. Post Oak Rd.
If you would like to make a donation in her memory, we suggest Jewish Family Service, the Southwest Region of the Anti-Defamation League, or the charity of your choice. May her memory forever be a blessing. – Houston Jewish Funerals
2019 Feb 7 (Pg 17 Col 1-2)
It is with such deep sorrow that we mourn the loss of our father, grandfather and great- grandfather, Sam Spain, who passed away Feb. 5 , 2019. Born on Galveston Island Sept. 7, 1926, he later moved to Houston, married, became a CPA and founded a successful practice that was to become Spain, Price, Reader and Thompson.
Recognized and respected by the entire community, there was no one person who could ever speak anything but wonderful praises about him, his work ethic, his giving heart and loving soul. He showed each of us the importance and meaning behind our Jewish traditions, and the love of family. With the recent loss of his loving wife of more than 64 years, Elaine Spain, Dad’s heart was broken, and his joy and purpose gone. He was her strength and soul mate for many years, and they had never spent one night apart all their married life.
Dad was also preceded in death by his loving daughter, Pamela Spain Singer, whom he cared for the many years she was ill.
We will do for Dad as we are for Mother, the promise to carry on their legacy: daughters, Lisa Spain (Harry Bassist) and Andrea Spain; grandchildren, Brian and Dena Miller, Michael and Rachel Miller, Melissa Moore, Melanie and Josh Levy, Elissa Bassist, Bradley Singer (Kate Nexon), Amanda Singer; great-grandchildren, Vincent and Dominic Miller and Sophie and Ava Miller.
Though our lives are forever changed, Dad leaves us with the secure knowledge we are all right, and will be there for one another. He told each of us it was time for us to live our lives.
Our Patriarch, Matriarch, and sister are at peace, and will be together for all eternity. May Dad’s memory be for a blessing.
With deep sadness, but with gratitude for the lives you provided for us, and forever with our love for you, Your family.
Graveside Services were held Feb. 6, 2019, at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. – Houston Jewish Funerals