Blickstein, Leonid S., of Westford, on February 13, 2019. Husband of Nina Judith Katz. Father of Margaleet Katzenblickstein. Brother of Mark Blickshteyn. Son of the late Semyon & Roza Blickstein. Services were held followed by burial in the Beit Olam East Cemetery in Wayland. Shiva will be held at the Katzenblickstein residence. Donations may be made to Havurat Shalom Community, 113 College Avenue, Somerville, MA 02144, Voyagers, Inc. 66 Princeton St., N. Chelmsford, MA 01863, Cooperative Development Institute, PO Box 1051, Northampton, MA 01061
David was born on December 4, 1938, in New York, New York, to parents Abraham Savitz and Eva (Schwartz) Savitz, where he grew up playing stickball and punchball in Fort Tryon Park. He was the proud graduate of Bronx High School of Science (1954), Harvard College (1958), Harvard Medical School (1962), and Harvard School of Public Health (1969). As a young man, he was something of an old soul, leaving home and attending Harvard at the age of 15. Yet, he also possessed a youthful spirit and boundless interest and engagement with the world that never diminished, even in his mature years. After trying his hand at bench science, the NIH, and working in public health with underserved patient populations, he found his true calling as a primary care physician. Dr. Savitz loved his work, he loved his patients, and he served them with great passion and commitment for almost 50 years, often working long days until his retirement in 2015. As the medical profession became entangled in ever-growing regulatory and bureaucratic complications, he was known to remind his colleagues, “Just take good care of the patients, and the rest will sort itself out.” His many patients still miss him; there will never be another doctor as smart, kind, and committed as he. David also loved hearing and telling good, long jokes. So, it seems fitting to include a quotation from the great Henny Youngman, which also reflects David’s practical approach to his profession: “I told the doctor I broke my leg in two places. He told me to quit going to those places.”
David was a sports fan, especially of the Red Sox, and he was a font of sports trivia. He was also an old movie lover and could tell you the year, the actors, and the director of most any movie made before 1960. Classical ballet was a special passion; he was a season ticket holder to the Boston Ballet for over 40 years and enjoyed taking his daughters and granddaughters. He loved spending his free time reading, playing Scrabble, lounging on Martha’s Vineyard, debating current events (especially about the Middle East) and, most recently, traveling the world with his wife Libby.
He was married twice, first to his high-school sweetheart Dr. Roberta Apfel, with whom he had three children. That marriage ended in divorce. He later married Dr. Elisabeth Keller, with whom he had two children, and with whom he remained happily married for almost 39 years until his death. David will be lovingly remembered by his wife Libby Keller, his children Michael Savitz (Karin), Molly Savitz (Jeff Merkowitz), Celia Strauss (Adam), Paul Savitz, and Emma Savitz (Sam Crawford), and by his six grandchildren: Joel, Ezra, and Aviva Savitz; Kalman Strauss; and Daisy and Valerie Merkowitz. He is survived by his beloved sister Judith Sharenow (Arthur), and by numerous loving nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues, and friends. His extraordinary kindness, intelligence, and empathy will live on in the memories of all who knew and loved him.
Funeral services will be held at Temple Israel of Boston on Sunday, February 17, at 10:30 AM with burial to follow at Sharon Memorial Park. The family will be receiving visitors at home at 12 Halifax Street, unit 1, Jamaica Plain MA 02130 on February 17, 6:30-8:30 PM, and February 18-19, 2-4 PM, and 6-8:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in David’s name to Good Shepherd Community Care (90 Wells Ave, Newton MA) or to a charity of your choice. Expressions of love and sympathy may be viewed or placed at www.legacy.com.
Labb, Nancy Beth (Salow) 78, of Weston and Cummaquid MA, formerly of Wayland MA, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and many friends on February 13, 2019. Beloved wife and best friend of Paul Labb for 63 years. Loving mother of Ellen (Labb) Lerner, Kenneth, his wife Marybeth, and Douglas, his wife Amy. Adored “Mimi” to Sam and Jolee Lerner, Andrea, Laura, Tommy, Ali and Ryan Labb. Cherished by sister Paula Hornstein, sister-in-law Nancy Nottonson, and a list of extended family and friends too long to mention. We will all miss her dearly.
Nancy grew up on Evelyn Rd. in Newton where she met and fell in love with Paul. She graduated from Marjorie Webster in Washington DC then settled down in Wayland to raise the family. Once the kids got older, she enjoyed her time working as a receptionist at Jean-Pierre & Co. and then as a Financial supervisor at J.R. Schuman Associates. She will be missed at holiday celebrations, Gin Rummy games, happy hour on the Cape, listening to American Pie, and dinner out for years to come.
Funeral Service will be held at Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton, MA, on Friday, February 15, 2019 at 1 pm, followed by burial at Ohavi Sedeck Cemetery, 350 Grove St. West Roxbury. Memorial observance will be held at Mel’s Café, 310 Commonwealth Rd. in Wayland immediately following burial until 8:00 pm and will continue at Mel’s Café, Saturday 4:00-8:00 pm. Donations in Nancy’s memory may be made to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Women’s Cancers, 450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215 or the charity of your choice.
Estelle (Dubrow) Bravman-of Wellesley, formerly of Great Neck, on February 12, 2019. Beloved wife of 65 years to the late Melvin N. Bravman. Devoted mother of Laurel Bravman Kaplan and her husband Dr. Robert S., and Dr. Richard Bravman and his wife Debra. Estelle was a devoted and attentive grandmother to Julie Kaplan, Lindsey Kaplan, Nikki Kaplan and her husband Peter Jarowey, Jason Bravman, Rachel B. Blumenthal and her husband Neil. Loving great-grandmother of Griffin and Gemma Blumenthal. Dear sister-in-law of Sylvia Abrams and loving nieces and nephews. Private services were held. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High St., Boston, MA 02110.
Alan Lieberman, Ph.D. of Lexington, formerly of Newton, on February 11, 2019. Services at Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 11:00 am. Complete notice to follow.
Atty. Bernard H. “Bernie” Cole, of Newton, on February 11, 2019. Beloved husband of Bobbie Cole. Devoted father of Russell (Kate), Justin (Denise), Jayce, Warren (Margie), Stuart (Yael), Kermit (Louisa), and the late Clifford and Carol. Loving grandfather of Cindy, Gregory, Nina, Evan, Samantha, Jacqueline, Alana, Benjamin, and Geoffrey. Cherished great-grandfather of Amilia, Kaylee, Felix, and Nero. Services at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton, Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Shiva will be held at the home of Bobbie Cole 2-4 & 7-9 pm through Friday, with minyan service at 7:30 pm. Bernie was a graduate of Boston Latin School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Suffolk Law School. He served in the United States Navy during WWII and was an owner of Kasanof’s Bakery and Northeast Foods. Bernie ended his career as an attorney. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to a charity of choice.
Anna Sudman -of Newton, on February 10, 2018.Beloved wife of the late Harry Sudman. Devoted mother of Robert Sudman, Marcia Chernis and her husband Peter, and Paul Sudman and his wife Jill. Dear grandmother of Jeffrey and Daniel Sudman, Lisa Hurwitz and her husband John, Scott Chernis and his wife Gabriel, Robyn Chernis-Grant and her husband Jesse. Loving great-grandmother of Alexa, Jayme and Jared, Aurora and Athina, and Rebecca and Lily. Graveside service is private. Memorial observance on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the home of Lisa and John Hurwitz from 2-6 pm.In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Animal Rescue League of Boston, c/o Advancement,10 Chandler St., Boston, MA 02116 or Care Dimensions Hospice Home,125 Winter St., Lincoln, MA 01773.
Phyllis (Sipel) Sklover, 87, passed away peacefully on February 9, 2019 at Salem Hospital. Phyllis was born on September 26, 1931 in Salem and lived her entire life there. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sarah Sipel. She was the loving wife of Gilbert Sklover for 64 years. She was the sister of Sheldon Sipel and his wife Linda, and the late Samuel Sipel. Phyllis was a graduate of Boston University. She taught English in the Salem School system for many years and was passionate about her work. She was an active member and past President of the Sisterhood at Temple Shalom in Salem. Phyllis was an avid reader and completer of crossword puzzles, whose favorite summertime activity was sitting on her porch while enjoying a good book and bowl of cherries. Raised by her late Aunt, Eva Sipel, she is survived by her son Steven and his wife Patricia,and her daughter Susan and her husband Michael Grant. In addition she adored her four loving grandchildren, Andrew, Lindsay, Rachel and Jacob. Graveside service will be at The Sons of Jacob Cemetery,16 Buxton Lane, Route 114, Danvers, on Wednesday, February 13,2019 at 12:00 noon. Following services memorial observance will be at the home of Susan and Michael Grant until 8:00pm, and Thursday 4-8pm.In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to Temple Emanuel Newton.com/Gift Giving/Preschool/R and H Grant Fund.
Berg, Norma of Weston, MA formerly of Bronx, NY, passed away on February 8, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Irving Berg. Devoted mother of Jonathan Berg, Bonnie Berg, and her husband Andrew Keehn, and the late Lisa Berg Charles Immordino and her husband Robert. Proud grandmother of Alexandra and Vanessa Charles, and Perri and Alec Keehn. Proud grandmother of Anita Foster and the late Gertrude Pelts. Funeral service at Congregation Or Atid, 97 Concord Rd., Wayland, MA on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 3 pm. Interment to follow at Beit Olam East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Norma’s memory may be made to Hadassah, Boston Chapter, 1320 Centre St., Suite 205, Newton, MA 02459.
Blanche Schwartz – Formerly of Chestnut Hill, on February 8, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Charles Schwartz. Devoted mother of Joanie McCallie and her husband Wyatt, and Susan Lechter and her husband Stephen. Dear grandmother of Kari McCallie and her husband Alex Schwartz, Allison Robinson and her husband Brian, Josh Lechter and his wife Erin, and Andrea Goodman and her husband Corey. Dear great-grandmother of Charleigh and Whitt Robinson, Derek and Zoey Lechter, and Maya and Emmie Goodman. Services at Sharon Memorial Park Chapel, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, on Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10 am. Following interment at Sharon Memorial Park, memorial observance will be at the residence of Susan and Stephen Lechter until 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, rememberances may be sent to Friends of Dana-Farber, 450 Brookline Ave., SW 120, Boston, MA 02215.