Of Newton, on February 6, 2016. Beloved wife of David A. Dembling. Devoted mother of Joel and Jane Dembling, Paul and Nancy Dembling, Leslie and Michael Esteghamati, and Julie and Howard Cyker. Dear grandmother of Jonathan, Adam and Josh Dembling, Andrew and Sarah Dembling, Ari and Lily Esteghamati, Cameron and Jordan Cyker. Sister of the late Alan Berman. Services will be private. Memorial observance will be at the home of Paul and Nancy Dembling on Monday 1-5 & 7-9 pm. Remembrances may be made to Cure Alzheimer’s, 34 Washington St., Suite 200, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.
Adele (Berman) Dembling
Henry R. Bessell
of Westborough, formerly of Natick, on February 5, 2016. Beloved husband of the late Roz (Waldman). Loving father of Cindy Avergon and her husband Brad and Mark Bessell and his wife Linda. Dear grandfather of Brandon, Justin, Maddison, Johannah, and Benjamin. Brother of the late Morris, Charles, Sarah, and Vera. Private services will be held at the Framingham-Natick Jewish Cemetery. Memorial observance at the home of Cindy and Brad Avergon, Sunday, 4-8 pm and Monday, 12-2 and 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beth Tikvah Synagogue, P.O. Box 1042, Westborough, MA 01581 or the American Heart Association , 300 5th Ave., Suite 6, Waltham, MA 02451.
Betty Saperstein, age 94, February 4, 2016, in River Vale, New Jersey, formerly of Brookline. Beloved wife of the late Philip. Devoted mother of Barbara Friedman and her husband Steven, Nancy Casty and her husband Jimmy, and Joel Saperstein and his wife Susan Reef-Saperstein. Loving Grandma of Stephanie, Chloe, Lesley, Michael, Stacy and Lauren. Great Grandma of Noah, Ethan, Ari, Max, Isabella, Joshua and David. Sister of Lillian Miller and the late Sumner Waldox. Services in The Chapel at Sharon Memorial Park,120 Canton Street, Sharon, MA, on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 12:00 Noon. Following interment family and friends are invited to at the home of Herb and Suzy Tobin,297 Marked Tree Rd., Needham until 6:00PM.Remembrances in her memory to: Jewish Home Assisted Living,685 Westwood Avenue, River Vale, NJ 07675.201-666-2370
Sheila Diamond, age 79, of Chelmsford, formerly of Cherry Hill, NJ, on February 3, 2106. Beloved wife of Arthur Diamond. Dear daughter of the late Morris and Bertha (Barmack) Epstein. Devoted mother of Eric. Devoted mother of Joe and his wife Linda. Loving grandmother of Sydney and Ellie. Loving sister of Murray Epstein. Family memorial on Sunday, February 7, 2016. Friends and Family are invited to a memorial observance from 1-4 pm at her son’s home at 7 Trailside Way, Westford. Remembrances may be made to Mental Health Association of SW NJ, 217 Black Horse Pike, Haddon Heights, NJ 08035.
Sheila Diamond, loving wife and devoted mother of two and grandmother of two, passed away peacefully after a long illness and series of debilitating infections, on February 4, 2016 in hospice care surrounded by her loving family and rabbi at Emerson Hospital in Concord Massachusetts.
Most recently a resident of Chelmsford Massachusetts, Sheila was born in Philadelphia PA on January 29, 1937 where she attended Gratz High School and Temple University.
She moved with her family several times living in Pottsville PA where her children were born, moving to New Castle PA, Battle Creek MI, Blackwood NJ, Cherry Hill NJ, and last to Chelmsford MA.
After her boys – as she referred to them well into their adulthood – completed high school in Cherry Hill she returned to the workforce first as an office manager and then in a role she cherished as the Public Relations and Outreach manager for the Mental Health Association of Southern New Jersey for several years in the 1980s and 1990’s.
She was very well read, a devotee of the classics and modern fiction, with a limitless vocabulary; her favorite novel is Middlemarch by George Elliot which interestingly is set against her favorite detective novels by Ross MacDonald.
Sheila was known for her huge heart, warmth, compassion, sweetness, empathy, kindness, and selflessness. She was a wonderful conversationalist, always conveying an interest in the other person’s story. She was a passionate “antiquer” with a love for enigmatic prints and historic nick knacks that tell a story. She had a quick wit that was touched at times with appealing and sweet natured teasing.
Above all though she often said and always showed that her children and husband were her whole world. Well not entirely her whole world – she loved her corgi dogs too including Mike and MC.
She leaves her husband Arthur of Chelmsford MA; her son Joe Diamond and daughter in law Linda Diamond of Westford MA; her son Eric Diamond of New York City; her grandchildren Sydney and Ellie Diamond of Westford MA; and her brother Murray Epstein of Cady TX.
Age 13, of Dedham, suddenly by accident on February 2, 2016. Beloved son of Henry and Cynthia (Munn) Plathe.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the First Baptist Church of Weymouth, 40 West St., Weymouth, MA.
A complete obituary will follow.
Brian Falvey, Funeral Director
Of Millis, on February 1, 2016. Daughter of the late Joseph and Ida (Mark) Warsofsky. Sister of the late Jack Warsof. Service at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Auburn Rd., Millis, Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm. Donations may be made to Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St., Roslindale, MA 02131.
Annette “Sissy” Kane
Annette “Sissy” (Oranburg) Kane-of Coral Springs, FL, formerly of Lynnfield, on January 30, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Harry Kane. Devoted mother of Linda Kane, and Steven Kane. Cherished grandmother of Mark, Daniel and Eric Peikin. Loving great grandmother of Nathaniel, Benjamin, Emma and Eli Peikin. Services in The Beth El Chapel, 776 Baker St., West Roxbury, on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11:00 am. Following interment at the Beth El Cemetery, memorial observance will be at the home of Linda Kane until 8:30 pm and Friday 1-5pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, 34 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02481 or Hadassah,1320 Centre St., Suite 205,Newton, MA 02459.
On January 30, 2016, Anky Siegel ( van der Veen), beloved wife of the late Ernest Siegel; devoted mother of Dr. Madelyn Siegel (Howell Baum), Victor (Ellen) Siegel, Michael Siegel (Judi Darrow); dear sister of Ellen van der Veen and the late Ferdinand van der Veen; loving daughter of the late Max and Lucy van der Veen; adored grandmother of Elena and Maya Baum, Devora, Shira and Ari Siegel, Max and Olivia Siegel. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Hebrew Senior Life, c/o Gale Doane, 1550 Beacon St., Brookline, MA 02446 or Good Shepherd Community Care Hospice, 90 Wells Ave., Newton, MA 02459.
Sondra “Geri” Hackel
Sondra “Geri” Hackel of Boston, on January 30, 2016. Devoted mother of son Peter Hackel and daughter Jodi Talarico and her husband Stephen. Cherished grandmother of Ashley Natale, Emilee Miller, Amanda, Madison, Brooke and Olivia Hackel. Geri was a graduate of Leland Powers School of Radio, TV & Theatre before becoming staff writer for both Panorama and Playbill Magazines. Geri went on to become speech writer for longtime Newton Mayor Theadore “Teddy” Mann and was the first female constable in the state of Massachusettes. Geri’s rich legacy includes her work with the Newton PTA, Temple Beth Avodah Sisterhood, BARC, Boston’s theatre community, the homeless as well as her tenure as President of City- Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library. Geri was a vibrant and colorful longtime resident of the North End and Boston Waterfront community. Services are private. Memorial observance at the home of Peter Hackel, Monday,February 1, 2016 from 5-9 pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to City-Wide Friends of the Boston Public Library, PO Box 286, Boston MA. 02117 -or- Compassionate Care Hospice www.cchfoundation.net
Prof. Myron Rosenblum
on January 29, 2016. Beloved husband of Rachel (Jacobson) Rosenblum. Devoted father of Miriam Rosenblum and David Reilly, Jonathan Rosenblum and Carolyn McConnell, Leah Rosenblum and Jean-Philippe Schulman. Loving grandfather of Erin Windheim and her husband John, Joe Reilly and his wife Rebecca, Ben Reilly, Natalya McConnell, and Tamar Rosenblum. Dear brother of Louis Rosenblum. Memorial observance will be at the Rosenblum home for the week beginning on Monday, February 1, 2016: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 1-4 & 7-9 pm with a minyan service at 7:45 pm., Friday, 1-3, Saturday, 7-9 pm with a minyan service at 7:45, and Sunday, February 7, 11 am – 1 pm. Donations in Myron’s memory may be made to Brandeis University, the Myron Rosenblum Fund, c/o Ruth Aronson, Director of Leadership Development, 415 South St., Waltham, MA 02453; the Parkinson’s Family Support Group at Jewish Family and Childrens Service, 1430 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451; or CareGroup/Parmenter Hospice, 266 Cochituate Rd., Wayland, MA 01778.