Leona Abrams died July 11 at 88. Survived by daughters Beth Epstein, Victoria Epstein, Sheri (Steve) Rubrecht; 1 grandchild; 1 great-grandchild. Hillside
Sol Altchuler died July 11 at 96. Survived by wife Florence; son Dan (Eileen Haworth); 3 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; brother Sam. Mount Sinai
Elaine H. Beals died July 12 at 96. Survived by husband Norman; sons Terry (Beatrice), Larry (Darlene); 4 grandchildren. Mount Sinai
John Irving Bronner died July 10 at 63. Survived by sons Michael, Ryan; mother Regina; sister Cys (David). Mount Sinai
David Barry died July 10 at 78. Survived by wife Sandra; sons Richard (Monique), Ronald; sisters Jeanette, Lorraine; brother Joseph; 2 grandchildren. Hillside
Stephanie Janice Chamow died July 13 at 66. Survived by husband Dick; daughters Alexis (Paul), Lindsay (Scott); 3 grandchildren. Groman Eden
Basil Clyman died July 13 at 82. Survived by wife Katherine; daughter Denise Fuller; son Jonathan; 2 grandchildren; brother-in-law Errol Tonsky. Mount Sinai
Pauline Coler died July 11 at 93. Survived by daughters Barbara, Donna. Hillside
Samuel G. Councilman died June 1 at 79. Survived by wife Ettie; sons Daniel, David (Robin); 5 grandchildren. Home of Peace
Edith David died July 14 at 84. Survived by sons Richard (Rulla), Dennis, Robert (Mindy); 2 grandchildren; brothers Theodore Klein, Harold Klein. Mount Sinai
Rebecca DeRooy died June 20 at 88. Survived by daughter Kathleen; son Dan; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren. Hillside
Milton Duboff died July 9 at 96. Survived by son Gary. Hillside
Seymour Feerst died July 11 at 84. Survived by wife Gloria; daughter Jody (Alexander) Litvak; sons Adam (Marion Sills), Ethan; 5 grandchildren. Mount Sinai
David Goldfinger died July 9 at 89. Survived by wife Irma; daughters Janice (Billy) Crystal, Karena; son Howard; brother Charles; 5 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren. Hillside
Surica Goldenberg died July 11 at 78. Survived by sons Allan (Tammy), Leslie; 3 grandchildren; brother Izu (Camila) Goldstein; niece Serena (Craig) Bard; great-nieces Skylar, Sasha; ex-husband Dinu (Francine). Groman Eden
Jack Gourman died July 15 at 89. Survived by daughter Deborah. Mount Sinai
Jerome Janger died July 13 at 81. Survived by wife Linda; sons Lane, Jeffrey (Rachel); sisters Marsha, Sylvia Wechter; sister-in-law Audrey Tendler; 4 grandchildren. Hillside
Arthur Manheim died July 14 at 84. Survived by wife Jacqueline; sons David (Lisa), William (Jackie); 3 grandchildren; sister-in-law Francine; brother-in-law Al Yoselle. Groman Eden
Edwin May died July 8 at 89. Survived by wife Elaine; sons Matthew, Mark, daughter-in-law Caryn; 2 grandchildren. Hillside
Kenneth Miller died July 14 at 82. Survived by wife Marlene; daughters Debra Sandler, Andrea Eady, Melinda Pittler; son Doug; 8 grandchildren. Hillside
Arthur Polacheck died July 9 at 72. Survived by wife Karin; daughters Debora (Arthur), Lyndsey; sons Jeffrey, Matthew (Brook); 2 grandchildren. Hillside
Murray Ross died July 11 at 82. Survived by wife Geri; sons Daryl (Elizabeth), Jay (Wendy), Neil; 2 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Sandy Grivas. Groman Eden
Martin M. Solomon died July 12. Survived by wife Judy; daughters Ami, Nancy; sons Robert, Jeffrey; 8 grandchildren. Hillside
June Marion Tipton died July 15 at 85. Survived by daughters Barbara (Gary) Gardella, Carol (Dave) Johnson; 1 grandaughter; 2 great-grandchildren; sister Leona Goldstein. Groman Eden
Bunny Zamek died July 15 at 89. Survived by husband Sol; daughters Susan (Jack) Selcer, Diane (Bob) Hulbrock, Jill (Alex); son Steven (Jane Borchers); 14 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brother Aaron (Margaret) Brotsky. Mount Sinai
Joanie Katz: An Appreciation
Inclusion takes on many meanings when you are a family member of a child with autism.
To my son’s grandma, Joan Katz, inclusion was not something that needed to be taught — it was part of her being
When we brought our son Neal home from an orphanage in Russia, she immediately embraced him as her grandson. When he was diagnosed with severe autism, she loved him even more. My son would not be where he is today (having a great time at Camp Ramah and a job in the fall at JCA Shalom) without her support. She attended all the shows of The Miracle Project, an organization I founded to help children with autism through the performing arts, and sponsored a trip for The Miracle Project families to perform at the United Nations.
She treated everyone, of all abilities, equally. She was my advocate — a force of nature. After relentless complications post surgery, she left us, peacefully surrounded by loved ones reciting the Sh’ma.
Since Joanie has left us, we must celebrate life and do her mitzvot by advocating for those who cannot advocate for themselves. We must carry on her legacy of inclusion. We must never give up until it is our time to surrender — and when we do, we must do so with grace, beauty and dignity. Thank you, Grandma Joanie. May your memory be a blessing.
Joan Weston Katz died July 18 at 80. Survived by 6 children (Richard Jr., Stephen, Linda, Elaine, Glenn, Lauren) and 5 grandchildren (Sydney, David, Johanna, Neal, Dakota) and her loving partner, Russ Levi. Hillside.
by Elaine Hall