Harry Singer – Hershel ben Avraham ve-Sarah – 2017

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Harry Singer, beloved father, grandfather and cherished friend. While we are sad today, we know, and it’s not a platitude, that he is no longer suffering, and we are content that he is at peace.

Harry was born in Ostrowiec, Poland on September 7, 1924 to Abraham and Sarah Singer. He was raised with his two brothers, Paul and David and his sister Shirley. Even at a young age, he worked in a small soda factory to help the poor Jewish family have enough to eat. His father realized what was going to happen and tried to go to Canada but he was turned away because he was malnourished. They lived for two years in Nazi-occupied Poland. Harry then was taken to Auschwitz.. Imagine, he was a teenager in Auschwitz. People who know they were going to die gave him their rations. At times, he hid under dead bodies so that he wouldn’t be taken to be killed. He survived Auschwitz for 2 ½ years. (more…)

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Helene Axelrod – 2017

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Helene Axelrod, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and cherished friend. Helene had had more than her share of medical problems for a long time now, and so we all thought we were emotionally prepared for this. But in a way, none of us are ever prepared, because the reality of a loved one’s passing is always different from our anticipation of the passing. Helene passed away very suddenly at home, and it’s not just a platitude to say that she did not suffer. But it is going to take a while to really understand that she’s gone. (more…)

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Marvin Rosenfeld – 2017

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Marvin Rosenfeld, beloved husband and father and cherished friend. Marvin’s passing was completely unexpected and we’re having trouble grasping that this has happened. Just a couple of weeks ago, we were talking about when he’d be ready to go home. He was very much himself, talking and talking. It’s passing strange to think that he won’t be talking anymore. We do know, however, that once the sickness had captured him, it would not let go, and we had to let him go. (more…)

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Miriam (Mimi) Massey – Miriam bat Yosef and Hannah – 2016

We’re here to mourn the passing but also to honor and cherish the life of Miriam Massey, beloved wife and mother and cherished friend.

Mimi was born on June 23, 1940 in New Haven. She was raised in tough circumstances. At a very young age she learned to be independent and resourceful and she had a lot of responsibility. (more…)

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Richard Feingold – Meir Chayyim Ben Yoseph ve-Chayya – 2016

We’re here today to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Dr. Richard Feingold, beloved husband father, grandfather and treasured friend. Dick’s sudden death has come as a shock, and it will take some time to even realize what’s happened. But it won’t take any time at all to decide what kind of person he was. He was a great person who lived a wonderful life filled with love, healing and achievement. (more…)

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Rhoda Paroly – Rivkah bat Yeshia Baer – 2016

We’re here today to mourn the passing of Rhoda Paroly, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Rhoda was born on November 16, 1925 in the Bronx. She was the daughter of Benjamin and Frieda Fallick. She graduated Evander Childs High School. (more…)

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Seymour (Sy) Mondschein – 2016

We’re here to day to mourn the passing but also to honor the life of Seymour Mondschein, beloved father and grandfather and friend. He was born in 1930 in Brooklyn, NY to Nathan and Sadie, Eastern European immigrants with an American dream. One of Nathan’s brothers, Sy’s Uncle Herman, lived in Sy’s room as a brother and was very close to him. (more…)

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Florence Berman – Frumah bat Moshe – 2015

We’re here today to mourn the passing and also to honor and cherish the life of Florence Berman, beloved mother and grandmother, sister and cherished friend.

Florence was born in New London, Sept. 16, 1924, the daughter of the late Morris and Esther Irwin, sister of Charles and Teddy. She was a wonderful daughter to her parents. We remember Charles with respect today and mourn with Teddy on this sad day. She was devoted to Teddy. (more…)

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Florence Biller – Faigel bat Shmuel ve-Freyda Rachel – 2015

We’re here today to mourn the passing of Florence Biller, beloved mother, cherished grandmother and dear friend. Florence has not been Florence for many years now, and in a sense, we’ve been mourning for her a long time ago. This family has been loyal and caring and has done everything for her that could be done and there are no second thoughts or regrets. Still, we are very saddened because death has its own dimensions. What we find sometimes when someone passes away after a long illness is that now that we are not taking care of a person who is not herself. Instead, we are now liberated to remember the person as she used to be. Florence was quite a person: a good person, an active person, a positive person. And now that she has passed away, we can, in a new way, enjoy and treasure that person who meant so much to us. (more…)

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Evelyn Seltzer – Reva Chaya bat Aharone ve-Tamara – 2015

The other day at Hospice, Stuart showed me a book that he and Richie presented to their parents on their 50th anniversary. It was filled with photos of their parents’ lives, step by step.

I’ve seen a thousand photo albums, so I’m not sure why this one had such an effect on me. Maybe it was because Evelyn was lying there on her deathbed. Maybe it was the feeling of walking through a time tunnel, seeing Evelyn at every stage of her life and then looking at her as she was now.

But the strange thing was that somehow, all this did not pull me down. I was uplifted. I thought about Evelyn, from an immigrant family, who had to come through Canada to get to America. And I thought about this daughter of Jewish immigrants whose family left Europe to build a better life for their children. (more…)

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