KOPP- Harriet (Marcks), of Canton, formerly of Brookline, on February 20, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Jack Kopp, Murray Cohen, and Dr. Israel Kopp. Devoted mother of Marvin Kopp and stepmother of Joshua Kopp and his wife Mabel. Dear grandmother of Julie Smily (Terry), Alison Crawford (Toby), and the late Shoshana Brady and her surviving husband Jason. Great grandmother of Matthew, Daniel, Samuel, Hailey, and Joshua. Loving sister of Fay Gorfinkle. She also leaves a special friend Carol Dolan. Graveside services at the Independent Pride of Boston Cemetery, 776 Baker St. West Roxbury, on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 10 am. Following services memorial observance will be at Orchard Cove, 1 Del Pond Drive, Canton 12-3 pm. Memorial observance will continue at the home of Marvin Kopp on Thursday 7-9 pm, and Friday 1-4 pm. Remembrances may be made to Orchard Cove, C/O Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St. Roslindale, MA 02131.
of Arlington, on February 20, 2017. Beloved wife of Gene Dresselhaus.
Renee A. (Liss) Brown
of West Newton, on February 20, 2017. Daughter of the late Morris and Mollie (Wax) Liss. Beloved wife of Edward Brown. Devoted mother of Julie Gagnon and her husband Chad. Cherished grandmother of Audrey Hannah. Loving sister of the late Robert “Robbie” Liss. Also survived by several dear nieces and nephews. Services at Temple Beth Israel, 25 Harvard St., Waltham, MA, Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm. Following interment at Beth Israel Cemetery, 190 South St., Waltham, Renee’s family will be sitting shiva at the temple on Thursday from 3-7:30 pm. Shiva will continue at the Brown/Gagnon residence on Friday, February 24, 1-4 pm, Saturday, February 25, 6:30-8:30 pm with minyan service at 7 pm, Sunday, February 26, 11 am – 1 pm and 5-8 pm with minyan at 7 pm, and Monday and Tuesday, February 27 and 28, 1-4 pm and 6-8 pm with minyan at 7 pm, and Wednesday, March 1st, 1-4 pm. There is a nut allergy at the family home, so please refrain from bringing products containing nuts. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Temple Beth Israel, PO Box 540182, Waltham, MA 02454-0182.
Elsa Weisman Stratton
Elsa Freida Weisman Stratton of Lexington, MA, on February 17, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Lawrence (Jack) Stratton. Devoted mother of Lori Jean Stratton and Diane Frances Stratton. Dear grandmother of Emma Laws and Lila Stratton and loving sister of Sylvia Weisman Waldman. Service at Westview Cemetery, 520 Bedford St., Lexington, Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10:30 am. Following service, family and friends are invited back to Elsa’s late residence until 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Elsa’s name to the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, 118 Cliff Rd., Nantucket, MA 02554.
of Newton Highlands, on February 17, 2017. Beloved husband of Elaine (Kligman) Porter. Loving uncle of Daniel Green of Newton Highlands. Retired accountant for the MA Dept. of Revenue. Private services were held at the Beth El Cemetery in West Roxbury. Donations in Bert’s memory may be made to Cong. Agudas Achim Anshe Sfard, P.O. Box 600371, Newton, MA 02460.
Atty. Joseph B. Manello
Died on February 17, 2017, after a short illness. Dear husband of Bernice (Niecie) who died over a year before. A well known and respected Boston lawyer, most recently Of Counsel to Seyfarth Shaw LLP. In 1976 he was one of the founders of Goldstein & Manello. He was active in many local and national charities, having served as an office of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, the Jewish Family and Children’s Service, and as a trustee of Emmanuel College, Beth Israel Hospital, and United Community Services. He has also been president of the Wightman Tennis Center. He is survived by his brother, Seymour, and three children from a previous marriage.
A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 20, 2017, at 11:00 at Temple Israel Cemetery, 492 North Avenue (off of Route 128), Wakefield, Massachusetts. Following the service, friends are invited to attend a reception from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at Aura Restaurant in the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane, Boston.
Joe Manello had a firmness of personality that on occasion lifted to reveal unexpected tenderness. Always proper, one might say that he was set in his ways only to be surprised by an unconventional insight. A seemingly bottomless source of legal knowledge, with a deep interest in history, he could be equally absorbed reading mysteries and thrillers. For relaxation he turned his close observation of the world to photography, combining aesthetics with the technical mastery of the darkroom. What was without doubt was his devotion to his wife Niecie. She was the sun around which he revolved. His courtliness was matched by her wit and warmth. Together they were fully formed, fully engaged, always on point. A grand piano has the capacity for a vast range of sound: Joe chose to play a few deep chords well, not getting distracted by what was not critical to his professional life or incidental in his personal life. Not a man who sought to be loved, he was beloved by his colleagues and his friends who will both miss him and be glad for knowing him.
Wand, Karmi, of Boston, age 102, on February 12, 2017. Beloved husband of the late Esther (Weiss) Wand. Devoted father of the late Yohanan Wand and step-father of Leon Gunther (Joelle) of Lexington and Perry Gunther (Robin) of NY, NY. Loving grandfather of Shahaf, Dikla, Ayala, Tali, David, Jyllian, Ben, Rachel, Erika, Nicole, and Avi. Cherished great-grandfather of Linui, Ora’el, Elijah, Maya, Jake, Lucy, Elias, Theo, Jaiden, Ella, Mela, and Lucia. Dear brother of the late Nahman Wand. Services at Temple Emunah, 9 Piper Rd., Lexington, MA, Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 10:00 am. Following interment in the Beth Israel Memorial Park, Waltham, Shiva (memorial observances) will be held at the home of Leon and Joelle Gunther – Wednesday, 7-9pm; Thursday, 7-9pm; Friday, 2-4pm; Saturday, Havdalah and Ma’ariv, 6:30-8:30pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Facing History and Ourselves (https://www.facinghistory.org) and the Glaucoma Research Foundation (http://www.glaucoma.org/about/
Richard (Richie) Isenberg-of Newton, on February 11, 2017.Dear son of Shirlee (Herwitz) Isenberg and the late Burton Isenberg. Dear brother of Caryl Isenberg and Abby Sorrell. He is also survived by his nieces and nephews: Daniel Greenbaum, Aaron Sorrell, Benjamin Sorrell and Sarah Stephens. Trust, Loyalty, Respect and Love were the qualities that made him a friend to so many.Memorial service at Temple Israel,477 Longwood Ave.,Boston ,on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 1:00 pm.Following service a reception will be held at Temple Israel.Visiting hours will be at the home of Shirlee Isenberg, 125 Plymouth Road, Newton 7-9pm Tuesday, Wednesday 2-4, 7-9pm Thursday 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the charity of your choice.
Ruth Wasserstein – of Boca Raton, FL , formerly of Stoughton, on February 10, 2017. A survivor of the Holocaust. Beloved wife of Joseph Wasserstein. Devoted mother of Irving Wasserstein and his wife Corrine, Michael Wasserstein and his wife Marlene, and the late Samuel Wasserstein. Also survived by many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Dear sister of the late Beno Mangel. Services in the Chapel of Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, on Thursday February 16, 2017 at 12:00 noon. Following interment the family will be at the home of Michael and Marlene Wasserstein until 7:00 pm Thursday. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum,100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW, Washington, DC 20024
Dr. Miguel Leibovich
Dr. Miguel Leibovich- Beloved father, grandfather, partner, uncle and friend, died at his home in Cambridge, Mass. on Thursday morning, February 9th. He was 83 and had struggled with congestive heart failure for many years. He was a buoyant man with a big and tired heart that finally ran out of fuel.
Miguel adored his family and friends. He had bright blue eyes and an awesome smile and laugh. He loved so many things and places – especially his childhood home of Concordia, Argentina; his adult home in Cambridge and weekend farmhouse in Hiram, Maine, where his family and friends spent so many magical times. He loved bright and mismatched clothing, watercolors, martini’s, vodka gimlets, antique farm implements, scratchy jazz records, tango, big New Years Eve dance parties and Turner Home Classics.
He came to America from Argentina in 1958, arriving in New York by ocean liner. He caught a Greyhound Bus to Memphis, where he took his first job as a young psychiatrist in a state hospital in Bolivar, Tennessee. His English was not great nor was his ability to communicate with the 500 black psychiatric patients in the segregated ward his bosses assigned him to. True to his spirit, Miguel forged a fast connection; he realized that many of his patients were active in their churches, so he organized sing-a-longs, gathering everyone to perform hymns and spirituals.
Miguel purchased a Buick convertible and drove to Boston in 1959, where he met his future wife, Joan Brownstein (Leibovich) while training at Mass. General Hospital. They settled in Newton, MA, raised three kids and took the family to Argentina every year and Maine on many weekends.
Dr. Leibovich worked in private practice in Cambridge for 50-plus years. Over his long career, he also held faculty appointments at Harvard, Tufts and Boston University Medical Schools. Above all, his pride and joy were his two surviving children, Mark and Lori Leibovich, and his five grandchildren (Penelope, Eliza and Frances Leibovich of Washington, DC; Carlos and Clara Kanter of Brooklyn, NY); son in-law (Larry Kanter of Brooklyn) daughter in-law (Meridith Kolbrener of Washington, DC) two nieces (Selma Leibovich de Moviglia and Lyda Leibovich de Perez, of Argentina) and beloved partner of 28 years, (Betty Grossman of Cambridge, Mass). Miguel missed his late son, Phil every day – Phil’s death, at 23, five years after he suffered grave injuries in a car accident, was the heartache of Miguel’s life.
Betty was with Miguel when he died. Lori and Mark had a nice last visit with him Wednesday night, shortly before he died in his bed with a “noreaster” swirling outside. Miguel loved a good blizzard.
Per his wishes, Miguel will be buried next to Phil in Waltham, Mass. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 14th at 3:30 at Loeb House at Harvard (17 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA). Shiva will be observed at Dr. Leibovich’s late residence in Cambridge the night of the 13th from 6 to 8 p.m. and on the 15th from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Endowment for the Advancement of Psychotherapy at Mass General Hospital; the Natural Resources Defense Council; and the American Civil Liberties Union –