Charlotte Mikels

Mikels, Charlotte (Shapiro), of Brookline, formerly of Newton and Chestnut Hill, passed away May 19, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Albert L. Mikels. Devoted mother of Richard Mikels and his wife Debbie, and Jack Mikels and his wife Rochelle. Dear grandmother of Allison Mikels, Robert Mikels, Amy Leshinsky and her husband Michael, Jennifer Mikels and her husband Daniel Murphy, Andrew Mikels, and Marisa Mikels. Proud great-grandmother of Rebecca and Hannah. Loving sister of the late David O. Shapiro. Two-decade career at Bloomindale’s in Chestnut Hill, serving as the Manager’s Assistant, working in all areas of shop; First independent-living resident at NewBridge on the Charles in Dedham; Ward coordinator for the Eugene McCarthy Presidential campaign in 1968; Founder and Superintendent of the Oak Hill Park Jewish Sunday School. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, Monday, May 21, 2018 at 1:45 pm. Following services, memorial observance will be at the home of Jack and Rochelle Mikels, and will continue Tuesday, 2-4 pm, & 6-9 pm. Memorial observance will be held at the Home of Richard and Debbie Mikels, Wednesday, May 23rd, 2-4  & 7-9:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hebrew SeniorLife, c/o NewBridge on the Charles, 7000 Great Meadow Rd., Dedham, MA 02026.

Lorraine Zimmerman

Zimmerman, Lorraine (Kopman), of Dedham, MA, formerly of Randolph, MA, and Brooklyn, NY, passed away on May 19, 2018. Beloved wife of Jerry Zimmerman. Devoted mother of Sharon Salwen and her husband Jon, and Roger Zimmerman and his wife Susan. Proud grandmother of Amanda, Ben, Lila, Kira, and Alli. Dear sister of Harold Kopman and his wife Barbara. Founding member of Temple Beth David of Canton, MA, school psychologist  and Director of Special Services in the Braintree, MA public schools. From 1982-1983, Lorraine and Jerry spent a meaningful year in Israel, during which time she trained psychologists. Services will be held at the Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, MA, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 11:00 am. Following interment at Temple Israel Cemetery, 492 North Ave., Wakefield, MA, memorial reception will be at NewBridge on the Charles, 5000 Great Meadow Rd., Dedham MA. Shiva will take place on Tuesday from  7-9 pm and Wednesday 5-7 pm, also at NewBridge on the Charles. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Lorraine may be made to Hebrew SeniorLife, 1200 Centre St., Boston MA 02131 or to The Eli and Bessie Cohen Foundation, 888 Worcester St., Wellesley, MA 02482.

Ronald Pritzker

Ronald Selwyn Pritzker, age 91, of Hyannis, formerly of Newton, MA, passed away May 15, 2018. Beloved husband for 64 years of Avis Pritzker. Devoted father of Barry Pritzker and his wife Donna Heiland, and Jane Goldstein and her husband Howard.  Proud poppa of Olivia, Alex, Jenny and Aaron.  Brown University Class of ’49. A man of principle and honor, he will be sorely missed by his family and friends whom he deeply loved. Graveside service at Mishkan Tefila Memorial Park, 2690 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA, on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 1 pm. Following services Shiva will be held at the home of Jane and Howard Goldstein, and will continue Friday 2-5 pm. Donations may be made to Brown University or Cape Cod Hospital. 


Barbara (Kogos) Pliskin

of Dedham, formerly of Sharon, on May 15, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Richard Pliskin. Devoted mother of Debbi Baker and her husband Gerry and Marni Cappe and her husband Mel. Cherished grandmother of Danny Cappe and his wife Hilary Smee and Emily Innerkofler and her husband Florian. Loving great-grandmother of Theo, Asher, Stella, and Mica. Dear sister of Jan Civian. Graveside services at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, (gather at the Administration Bldg), Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm. Following services a memorial gathering will be held at NewBridge on the Charles, 6000 Great Meadow Rd., Dedham. In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to a charity of one’s own choosing.


Yvette Lebow

age 96, passed peacefully on Monday, May 14, 2018, after a short illness. She was a most beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and dear friend to many. She spent her life helping others in various volunteer capacities, especially with the mentally ill and the blind. She spent most of her life on Long Island with her loving husband Irving, and then many years after his death was able to enjoy her eighties in a loving partnership with Al. Her last seven years were spent at the Scandinavian Living Center in West Newton, close to her daughter Jane, son-in-law Robert, granddaughter Greta and husband Matt, and her three great-granddaughters, Gracie, Harper, and Georgia, and on the phone frequently with her son River in California. She is described by all who knew her as loving, kind, generous, dynamic, sweet—a positive encouraging spirit to all. She always dressed impeccably and was interested in everything. She was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Donations in Yvette’s memory may be made to the Perkins School for the Blind.

Madeline Goldstein Haft

of Lexington, formerly of NY, on May 13, 2018. Beloved wife of the late David E. Haft. Devoted mother of Rachel Haft and Daniel Haft. Loving grandmother of Julia, David, Benjamin, and Lara. Services will be held in New York.

Harvey Soolman

SOOLMAN, Harvey of Medford died unexpectedly on May 13, 2018 at age 68.  Son of the late Florence (Lazarus) Soolman and the late Louis Soolman, both of Brookline; beloved brother of the late Marsha (Soolman) Markir of Onset; Arnold Soolman of Needham; Roberta Soolman of Ashland; and Marilynn (Soolman) Bianchini of Taunton.  Uncle to David Wakstein of Natick, David Morrison of Milford, Zachary Soolman of Wenham and Jonah Soolman of Needham.  Devoted parent to his cherished cat Rascal.  Harvey was an accountant by day and a writer by heart who authored many stage plays and published two detective novels.   He was also a player and coach in the Boston Park League for 50 years, a junior varsity baseball coach at Newton South High School, a coach at Brookline High School and an umpire for several baseball leagues.  In 2015, he was elected to the Boston Park League Hall of Fame and Yawkey League Hall of Fame – only the 12th person to be inducted into both.  Harvey leaves his aunts, Paula (Lazarus) Corwin of Tarzana, CA; Celia (Soolman) Turok of Stoughton, Barbara (Soolman) Goodman and his uncle Charlie Goodman of Stoughton; many cousins and countless friends and colleagues around the world who will profoundly miss him.  Remembrances may be made in Harvey’s memory to the American Heart Association ( or Kitty Connection, a cat shelter where he volunteered (  Details about a memorial service to be held in the near future will be announced on


Myrna (Oven) Alford

Myrna (Oven) Alford – age 73, of Newton, MA, on May 11, 2018. Beloved wife of Harvey Alford for 56 years. Devoted mother of Stuart Alford and his wife, Laurie, Larry Alford and his wife Jordana, and Julie Stonehill and her husband Ari. Dear Nana of Jacob, Shira, Hannah, Noah, Arielle, Leah, and Mikayla. Daughter of the late Ida and Jack Oven, daughter-in-law of the late Sylvia and Arnold Alford. Loving sister of Roberta Brener and Eliott Oven and his wife Jenice. Loving aunt, cousin and friend to many. Services at Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton, MA, on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm. Interment to follow at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery, Grove Street, West Roxbury. Memorial observance at the home of Julie and Ari Stonehill on Monday, May 14 following interment until 8:00 pm, continuing on May 15 and 16 from 10:30 am to 1 pm and 6-8:30 pm, and at the home of Larry and Jordana Alford on May 17 from 2-4 pm & 7-9 pm and on May 18 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Minyan at 7 pm on Monday and at 7:30 pm on all other days.In lieu of flowers, donations in Myrna’s memory may be made to the General Israel Orphan Home for Girls, 132 Nassau Street Suite 725, New York, NY 10038


Alfreda Opper

Opper, Alfreda (Selib), age 105, of Brockton, & Hull, MA, on May 11, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Edward J. Opper. Devoted mother of Barbara Spector and her late husband Elliot, Susan Minkin-Saari and her late husband Richard, and John Opper. Dear grandmother of Anne Spector, Joseph Spector and his wife Marilyn, Seth Minkin and his wife Jill. Proud great grandmother of Jessica, Lauren, and Evan Spector. Loving sister of Elaine Rosen, Dolly Singer, and the late Marilyn Cardis, Sara Sheinfeld, Edward Selib, and Doris Goldberg. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA on Monday May 14, 2018 at 2:45 pm. Following services memorial observance at Heights Crossing, 35 Christy Pl., Brockton, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Alfreda’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of MA, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA 02472, or the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA 01701.


veteran Elmer “Al” Fineman

Fineman, Elmer (Al), age 93, formerly of Delray Beach, Florida and Randolph, passed away surrounded by his family on May 9, 2018. Beloved husband of the late Laura Fineman. Dear son of the late Harry and Ida Fineman. Devoted father of Carol Fineman, Michelle Weisman and her husband Alan, and the late Muriel Fineman. Proud and loving Papa of Alixe Weisman, all of Stoughton. Loving brother of Rita Sherr and the late David Fineman. Al was a proud World War II Army Veteran. Services at the Sharon Memorial Park Chapel, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 2 PM. Following services, memorial observance at the home of Carol Fineman through Monday evening. In lieu of flowers donations in Al’s memory may be made to:  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168 , Boston, MA 02284.

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