Rose A. (Sherman) Geller

Rose Geller

of Plymouth, passed away peacefully at age 96, surrounded by the family she adored on May 22, 2015. She was the beloved wife of Dr. Milton Geller (deceased) and cherished mother of Carole Jabbawy and her husband Samuel Jabbawy, Dr. Sherman Geller and his wife Susan Levin, and Dr. Jonathan Geller and his wife Jan Geller. She was the beloved grandmother of Nathaniel Jabbawy and his wife Selena, Michael Jabbawy and his wife Lindsay, Benjamin Jabbawy and his wife Emily, Tobey Parker Geller and her wife Sarah, Jessie Cawley and her husband Kevin, Abby Wein and her husband Spencer, Hayley Geller, Julia Budnick, Lori Geller, and Joshua Geller. Rose adored her great grandchildren Griffin and Ruby Parker-Geller and Olivia and Max Jabbawy. Rose was a well-known, lifelong Plymouthean, known for her red hair, license plate “The Eye”, secretary for her husband Milton’s optometric practice and correspondence with perfect penmanship. As children, she and selectwoman Alba Thompson used to walk together to Cold Spring School, at that time, a one- room schoolhouse. Accomplished in many areas, she was the only member of her family to attend college, quite unusual for a girl at that time, at the University of New Hampshire. While her brothers Louie and Hy ran Sherman’s Furniture, the store that their father Abraham had built, Rose drove the furniture truck when Hy was away during WWII. Even at age 90, when pulling out of her driveway, she still opened the car door and looked back over her shoulder. She owned and managed apartment buildings, becoming close friends with several of her tenants. She was one of the original project members of the book, A History of Jewish Plymouth that documented the impact of the Jewish community on Plymouth’s history. Her family was among the founders of the Beth Jacob Synagogue, in the time when men wore top hats and came to the dedication in horse drawn carriages. Rose was a member of the Presidents Club of the Jordan Hospital, a supporter of the Plymouth Public Library, Pilgrim Hall and many other charities. The essence of Rose is reflected in the yearly scholarship that bears her name, “Given to an outstanding Plymouth high school student who demonstrates acts of caring and kindness to his fellow man.” Her eternal optimism will be missed by those who knew and loved her.

Funeral services at Congregation Beth Jacob, 8 Pleasant St., Plymouth, MA on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at 11 am. Burial will take place in Plymouth Rock Cemetery, 1000 Pearl St., Brockton at 2 pm. Memorial observance will be held at the home of Dr. Sherman Geller and Susan Levin, Plymouth, on Tuesday, 7-9 pm, and at the home of Carole and Samuel Jabbawy, Newton, on Wednesday, 7-9 pm and Thursday, 2-4 & 7-9 pm. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to Congregation Beth Jacob. Please designate “The Rose Sherman Geller Fund for Jewish Family Life” , Congregation Beth Jacob, PO Box 3284, Plymouth, MA 02361.

Arlene J. DeFrancisco


DeFrancisco- Arlene J., of Falmouth, MA, formerly of Newton, MA, passed peacefully on May 20, 2015 at the age of 60 after a courageous fight with cancer.  She is survived by her loving husband, F. Robert DeFrancisco, daughter Juliet J. DeFrancisco, and sisters Glenda Whatley and Beverly Kopp.
She was a wonderful, loving wife, mother, sister, and friend.  She regularly entertained friends and family and had a true gift for throwing the most joyous parties.  A lover of all animals, she also volunteered at the Friends of Falmouth Dog Shelter and regularly fostered dogs until they found new homes.  She will be remembered for her sharp intellect and ethereal beauty, both inside and out.
Services will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 12:00 pm in the Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, followed by interment at American Friendship Cemetery, 776 Baker St., West Roxbury, MA. Memorial observance will be held immediately following at the home of Elise and Mark Lublin in Newton until 6:00 pm. Memorial observance will continue at the DeFrancisco residence in Falmouth on both Saturday, May 23rd and Sunday, May 24th from 1-6 pm.  The family expresses their thanks to the wonderful staff of the Pat Roche Hospice Center.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Arlene’s memory to the Center,  86 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA 02043 or, alternatively, to Friends of Falmouth Dogs, 150 Blacksmith Shop Rd., Falmouth MA 02540.


Glenn M. Brown

of Arizona, formerly of Needham, on May 19, 2015. Beloved husband of Lauri A. (Cady) Brown. Devoted father of Adam Raphael Brown. Loving brother of Adrienne Brown and Jack Brown. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, 120 Canton St., Sharon (please meet at the rear of the Administration Building), on Monday, May 25, 2015 at 12:45 pm. Following the service memorial observance will be at the home of Adrienne Brown through Monday evening only. Remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress St. Boston, MA 02110.

Miriam Rose Linsey

Miriam Rose Linsey-of Columbus, Ohio, on May 18, 2015, age 78 . Preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Ethel Rose. She is survived by her husband, Martin Linsey; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Linsey and Margaret Furlong, Steve Linsey and Pat Ma; brother, Herman Rose; grandchildren, Moya, Evan and Ryan Linsey. The family expresses their thanks to the staff of Mt. Carmel Hospice, Wexner Heritage House and Freda Margolies for  loving and wonderful care. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, 120 Canton St., Sharon, on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:45 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to National Alliance on Mental Illness, 1225 Dublin Rd., #125, Columbus, OH 43215 or Columbus Jewish Foundation for the purpose of early childhood education, 1175 College Ave., Columbus, OH 43209.

Dr. Robert Spiro

Dr. Robert Spiro

Professor Emeritus (Biological Chemistry and Medicine) at Harvard Medical School died on May 16, 2015, at age 86 after a courageous battle with stomach cancer. This condition was diagnosed shortly after the Joslin Diabetes Center presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his research on the relationship of high blood glucose to the kidney damage in diabetes and for his successful management of his own Type 1 diabetes for over 60 years without any complications of that disease, a unique accomplishment.

Robert was born in Berlin, Germany, the son of Harry and Kate (Löwenstein) Spiro. After his father was briefly interned in Dachau concentration camp and then released due to his service in World War I, Robert’s parents made arrangements to leave for London with his older brother, Walter, while Robert was sent to school in Gstaad, Switzerland, for two years. In 1940 while World War II was in progress, Robert traveled by train and airplane to London after which the reunited family sailed to New York as part of a slow moving convoy always on the watch for German submarines. Unfortunately, other members of his small family did not survive and his beloved maternal grandmother was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943. Robert attended Forest Hills High School, Columbia College and SUNY Upstate Medical University, graduating from all with high honors. After a year’s Medical Residency in Syracuse, he moved in 1956 to the Harvard Medical School in Boston for postdoctoral studies and was associated with this institution for over forty years until his retirement in 2000. After additional training at the Massachusetts General Hospital, his research was conducted primarily at the Joslin Diabetes Center and he focused not only on the kidney complications of diabetes but also on the field of Glycobiology in which he was a pioneer, studying the structure and biosynthesis of glycoproteins. His laboratory trained more than 60 postdoctoral fellows and students, many of whom hold prominent positions in medicine world-wide. He was the recipient of numerous national and international awards in the fields of both Diabetes and Glycobiology. His belief in teaching young people with type 1 diabetes the importance of good control of blood sugar motivated him to found the Robert G. Spiro, M.D., Campership Fund in 2004, upon his receiving the 50-year medal from the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Robert is survived by his wife of more than 62 years, Mary Jane (Paisley), his sons David (Jillian) and Mark (Elizabeth), grandchildren, Alex, Lilia, Joshua, Aleah and Porter, his brother-in-law William Paisley (Matilda), nieces Karen Spiro, Amy Spiro and Pamela Spiro Gowers (Liam), a nephew, Paul D. Spiro, M.D.(Kathy), and a cousin, Herman (Bob) Loewenstein (Lee).

The funeral will be held at Temple Shalom, 175 Temple Street, West Newton, 02465, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm, followed by interment at the Newton Cemetery. 791 Walnut St, Newton Centre, MA 02459.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Robert G. Spiro, M.D., Campership Fund at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston, MA 02115. Arrangements under the direction of Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors –

Lupercio Rivera

Lupercio Rivera-of  Clinton, MA, formerly of Newport, RI, on May 14, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Deborah (Taylor). Devoted father of Aaron Rivera. Graveside service at  Beth Olam Cemetery, 201 Wyatt Rd., Middletown, Rhode Island, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. at  1:30 pm.

Harvey Wolff

Wolff- Harvey, of Delray Beach, FL, formerly of Sharon, MA, on May 14, 2015.  Devoted husband of the late Libby Wolff. Loving father of Lori Myers and her husband Harry, Randi Strachman and her husband Paul, and the late Michael Wolff. Cherished grandfather of Erika, David, and Sydney Strachman and Danielle and Samantha Myers. Loving brother of the late Mark Wolff.  Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 10:45 am (please meet at the rear of the Administration Building).  Memorial observance will be at the home of Harry and Lori Myers immediately following the service until 8:00 pm. Remembrances may be made to the American Heart Association.

veteran James Abel

of Newton, on May 15, 2015. Loving companion for over 40 years of Diana Baseman. Devoted father of Harvey Abel & his wife Robin, Robert Abel & his wife Diane, Stephen Abel & his partner Franco Bertacci, Cheryl Abel, and Richard Abel. Dear grandfather of Brian, Scott, Wyatt, Kelsey, Jensen, & Riley and great-grandfather of Alexandria, Bradley, & Carter. Also survived by his step-children, Karen Baseman & her partner Deanna Arden, Elise Chadwick & her husband Michael, and Susan Cogdell & her husband John, step-grandchildren, Max, Benjamin, Samantha, Joshua, Jin, & Zulfiya, and step-great-granddaughter, Sally. Brother of Roz Shavel. Services at Maple Hill Cemetery, Sabino Fard Rd., Peabody, Monday, May 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm. Memorial observance will be held at his residence on Monday until 8 pm and Tuesday 2-4 & 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.

veteran Henry “Sonny” Bornstein

Bornstein, Henry “Sonny” died peacefully on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Beloved husband of Rebecca “Reva” Bornstein for 66 years. Cherished father of Paula and Michael Ginsburg, Gary Bornstein and Sheri Sakin, and Richard and Susan Bornstein. Grandfather of Aliza and Harris Rappel, Matt and Laura Bornstein, and Mia, Shaila and Felicia Bornstein. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, 43 Dedham Street, Sharon, on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 12:45 pm (please meet at the rear of the Administration Building). Memorial observance at 130 Copperwood Drive, Stoughton, on Sunday from 2-4 pm and Monday 1-4 pm. Remembrances may be made to the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston.

Judith N. Feinstein

Feinstein, Judith N. (Mintz) of Sherborn, on May 13, 2015. Beloved wife of Thomas Feinstein. Devoted mother of Todd Feinstein (Sherrie), and Hildy Eiten (Geoffrey). Dear grandmother of Suzanne, Jill, Olivia, Carly, Talia, and Jenna. Service will be private. Remembrances may be made to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen  St., Framingham, MA  01701.

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