Helen M. Aronson

Helen M. Aronson, 84, of Worcester, MA, formerly of Grafton and Westborough, died on November 14th after a period of failing health. She was predeceased by her parents, Emmanuel and Dorothy Aronson, and her sister, Rose Rodenstein. Helen is survived by her nephews, Lawrence, Morris and Alan Rodenstein, and her niece, Andrea Spandau. Helen was a teacher in the Grafton school system for many years. After her retirement, she was a familiar face at the Grafton Senior Center. Helen loved animals, especially her pugs, and was a dedicated fan of the Boston Red Sox and the New England Patriots. A graveside service will be held on Monday, November 18th at 2 PM at the Beth El Cemetery in West Roxbury, MA. www.brezniafuneraldirectors.com

veteran Max S. Berger

MAX S. BERGER, 94, of Framingham, formerly of Natick passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. He was the beloved husband of the late Eleanor Berger. Devoted father of Philip Berger and his girlfriend Karin Gremo and the late Judi Berger and Joel Berger. Proud grandfather of Jenna Story and her husband Pat, Matthew Fahey and his girlfriend Lilly Marston, JaimeAnn Higgins and her husband Brian. Great grandfather of Ava Lynn Higgins, Conor and McKenna Story. Uncle of Lisa Barker and her husband Michael Barker. Graveside services will be held at Sharon Memorial Park (40 Dedham St., Sharon), on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 10:45 a.m. Following services, a memorial observance will be at the home of Lisa and Michael Barker. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made on-line to VA Bedford, 200 Springs Road, Bedford, MA 01730  www.Volunteer.va.gov/apps/volunteernow/




Neal Bocian

Neal “Bagels” Bocian, 69, of Brooklyn, New York, resided in Chestnut Hill and Ipswich, succumbed to cancer surrounded by his family on November 11, 2019.

Husband of Lori Wolf, father of Craig and Erica, brother of Arthur and Uncle to Russel. Step father to Erik and Alex Wolf, and Papa Neal to grandkids Julian, Zachary, Gabriela, and Natalie.

Advertising guru, business owner, avid golfer, member of The Ancient and Honorable Society, harmonica player, Words with Friends fanatic, trivia aficionado, law and order enthusiasts, was the fifth season of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, bagels the clown, performer at Boston Children’s Floating Hospital for the last 28 years, and handball champion of the world. Passionate man with a big heart who loved life and gave it his all.

Service at Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton, MA on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 11 am. Interment will be private. Memorial observance will be at the Newton Marriott, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA following the service until 4:30 pm. Shiva observance will continue at the home of Lori Wolf on Wednesday and Thursday 6-8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Neal’s memory may be made to the Floating Hospital for Children, Pediatric Cancer Center, 800 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111.

Attorney Semyon Alesker

Attorney Semyon Alesker-of Brookline, on November 10, 2019. Beloved husband of Yelizaveta for 76 years. Devoted father of Dr. Eugenia Alesker and her husband, Marvin Zimble. Also survived by 5 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Services at Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St., Sharon, on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:15 am. Interment to follow at Sharon Memorial Park.

Phyllis Bloom

Bloom, Phyllis (Levenson), of West Newton, MA, on November 6, 2019. Beloved wife for 61 years of Paul Bloom. Devoted mother of Susan Murphy and her husband Tom, George Bloom and his wife Margot, and Peter Bloom. Proud grandmother of Sean & Karen Murphy and Samantha, Jessica, and Jennifer Bloom. Loving sister of John Levenson. Phyllis was a hospital volunteer for 30 years. She enjoyed reading, classical music, cooking & gardening. Graveside service at Newton Cemetery, 791 Walnut St., Newton, MA on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 2 pm. Following services, Shiva will be at Phyllis’ late residence until 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Phyllis’ memory may be made to: Roberta S. Kreplick Scholarship c/o Masconomet Regional School District, 20 Endicott Rd., Boxford, MA 01921.

Michael Leroy Lopin

Our beloved Michael Leroy Lopin, husband, father, grandfather, uncle and friend, a.k.a., Grampa D, passed away peacefully the morning of November 7, 2019 surrounded by his loving family. He leaves behind his wife Nancy, sister Lynn Haims, three children Naomi, Jonah and Aaron, children-in-law John, Jordyne and Julie, and six beautiful grandchildren Noah, Wanda, Kai, Maya, Burt, and Cody. We were blessed to be with him in the last days before he passed.

Michael was a brilliant electrical engineer who earned his Bachelors and two Masters degrees from MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Michael devoted the majority of his professional career to his position as Principal Electrical Engineer at Zoll Medical Corporation. As a leading battery expert devoted to developing life-saving medical devices, Michael designed and developed the portable heart monitor now standard in emergency vehicles, and the first portable defibrillator, the AED Plus (automated external defibrillator), with voice commands. His pioneering technology has saved countless lives.

Michael deeply enjoyed playing bridge, cribbage, scrabble, and other card games. He regularly competed in bridge tournaments in Waltham, Needham and Clearwater Florida, and often placed in the top three with his longtime bridge partner, proudly sharing his scores with family over emails. He was a wonderful silversmith and craftsman, creating many beautiful pieces of jewelry, metal art and handcrafted woodworked furniture. A voracious reader of crime and mystery novels, he and his sister would often trade favorite books back and forth. Michael was also a longtime camper and 43-year veteran of Sandy Island Family Camp in New Hampshire. He loved spending time every summer with his family at Camp on beautiful Lake Winnepesaukee.

Funeral Services will be held at Temple Shalom of Newton, 175 Temple St., Newton, MA at 10:30 am on Sunday, November 10, 2019. A reception will follow. Please join us to honor and celebrate his life.

Shiva in memory of our beloved Michael Lopin will be at Nancy Lopin’s house, 25 Hibbard Rd., Newton, Monday through Thursday from 7:00-8:30 pm.

Shiva has been extended to Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 – 8:30 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s memory may be made to: Sandy Island Camp Improvement Fund https://bit.ly/2Q1iNge. Toward the bottom of the giving page is a place where you can select Honor / Memorial Gift. Select yes, and then fill in the available space with the name Michael Lopin. Thank you for honoring his life. May his memory be a blessing.



veteran George Marshall


George J. Marshall, 91, of Newton passed away on November 8, 2019. He was predeceased by his wife, Sarah (nee Kushner) the love of his life, who passed away in 2012.

George was a loving father to three sons and three daughters-in-law: William & Patti (nee Gack) Marshall; David & Ariela (nee Kohen) Marshall; and Lawrence Marshall & Michelle Oberman. He was a source of joy to his grandchildren: Rachel Marshall; Jesica Marshall; Steven & Jaclyn Marshall; Dina Marshall; Jonathan Marshall & Elizabeth Klein; Traci Marshall; Hanna Oberman; and Noa Oberman. He also leaves three great grandchildren: Jason Jope; Joel Marshall; and Lily Marshall.

A proud veteran of the National Guard, George served a term as Commander of the Massachusetts region of the Jewish War  Veterans and countless terms as Commander of Post 211. He breathed new life into the Post through his vision and tireless work. For example, George was an early originator of the program  distributing socks to needy veterans.

George worked mightily to raise funds for Israel and he and Sarah traveled to Israel 10 times. He was twice honored as Man of the Year by Israel Bonds and also awarded the City of Newton Peace Award.

Professionally, George founded The Marshall Company, a CPA firm. He was immensely proud of his two sons William and David who later joined the practice.

Services will be held at the Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton, MA on Sunday, November 10 at 12:30 PM. Burial will follow at Mishkan Tefila Memorial Park in West Roxbury, MA.Following Interment, Shiva will be held at his residence until Thursday evening. Donations are encouraged to the George J. and Sarah K. Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund, Jewish War Veterans Post 211, c/o David Marshall, 4 Royal Court, Franklin, MA 02038.



Gill Fishman

Brought joy to all




Gill Fishman fought a valiant, three-year battle with cancer that ended peacefully this week. He is survived by his loving wife Barbara; their children Justin and his wife Zoe, and Jillian and her fiancé Jesse; and Gill’s brother, Richard.

Gill was a life-long Bostonian. He grew up in Roxbury, learned to play golf and fly a kite at Franklin Park, and attended The Boston Latin School. He went on to graduate from Harvard College with a degree in Economics and the Harvard Graduate School of Design with a Master’s in Architecture. He also studied at the Harvard School of Education and MIT, and as an Associate in the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard.

His gentle humor and natural elegance, his keen intellect and his intuitive sense of design helped him develop multiple successful businesses, including his eponymous, nationally-recognized graphics, design and branding firm. Over Gill’s career, he was honored to receive over 400 design awards for helping clients – corporate, startup, and nonprofit – define and craft their mission and their brand.

As a serial entrepreneur, he founded Rainboworld, a game-changing greeting card publisher, and co-founded the Water Music/Concert Cruise/JazzBoat.  He also served on the original founding committees of the Great Boston Kite Festival and of First Night, which enhanced Boston public spaces and brought many communities together.

Gill was deeply involved in the startup and biotech community, as well as a strong advocate and passionate contributor to many local nonprofits. He did extensive volunteer work for the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; New Center for Arts and Culture; the Museum of Fine Arts Council; the National Board of the American Technion Society; the Boston Preservation Alliance; the Historic Fisher Hill Neighborhood Association; New England-Israel Business Council; and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, among other organizations. His friends and colleagues would say that his talents for design propelled countless philanthropic organizations forward.merica

Gill brightened every room he entered with his smile and sharp wit.  He touched the lives of so many with his light and his laugh. He was an extraordinary man, husband, and father. He was loved and will be greatly missed.


A memorial service and celebration of Gill’s life will be held at Wilson Chapel,234 Herrick Rd. Newton Centre,Sunday November 17th at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, you may send a donation to one of Gill’s favorite causes, such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, American Technion Society, or Boston Preservation Alliance.

veteran Colonel Sam D. Starobin U.S. Army



Retired Colonel US Army

Sam D. Starobin-of Chestnut Hill, on November 6, 2019.Beloved husband of Ina (Rosen) Friedman Starobin. Devoted father of Debra Pullen and Nancy Starobin. Dear stepfather of Ronne Friedman and his wife Irene, Wendy, Lynn, and Loren Friedman and his wife Patricia Rodriques. Loving grandfather of Phelan Pullen, Zachary Friedman, Rachel Lerch, Amelia and Joaquin Friedman, and the late Jesse Friedman.Loving brother of Aaron Starobin and his wife Caryln. Services at Temple Israel,477 Longwood Ave., Boston (parking on the Riverway),on Sunday, November 10,2019 at 1:30 pm. Sam was the recipient of The Distinguished Service Medal and Purple Heart for service in Vietnam.He served as former Director of General Services for the District of  Columbia, Washington, DC. Interment at The West Point Military Academy Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers remembrances to  American Parkinson Disease Association,72 East Concord St., Boston, MA 02118.

Liane Reif-Lehrer

Liane Reif-Lehrer, scientist, feminist, wife, mother, teacher, poet, ballroom dancer, and longtime Lexington resident, died on November 6, 2019, after an extended battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 84. Born to Gerschon Reif, a dentist, and Klara (Chaja Lea) Gottfried Reif, she lived with her older brother Frederich (1927-2019) in Vienna, Austria until 1939. She fled the Nazis with her mother and brother on the ill-fated S.S. St. Louis, which was bound for Cuba with 937 Jewish refugees but forced to return to Europe, where they disembarked in France. In September 1941 they managed to emigrate, sponsored by relatives (the Klinghoffer family) in New York City. She attended Erasmus Hall High School, Barnard College (BA, 1956), and the University of California, Berkeley (PhD, Chemistry, 1960). After a year of round-the-world travel with her husband Sam, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, from 1966-1985 she was Research Scientist at the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Schepens Eye Research Institute, and a faculty member (1978-1985) and Director of the Office of Academic Affairs (1981-1983) at Harvard Medical School. She then started the consulting firm Erimon Associates, specializing in grant writing, and published “Writing a Successful Grant Application”. In 1981 she founded the Women in Science Network, to help navigate the challenges of career advancement. She is survived by her husband of 59 years Sherwin (Sam) Lehrer, her children Damon Lehrer of Lexington, MA (wife Aimee LeBrun and grandson Nathan Huckleberry Lebrun Lehrer), and Erica Lehrer of Montreal, QC. A donation in Liane’s memory may be made to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund at https://curealz.org/giving/donate/. Liane will be buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery. An informal shiva to remember her will be held at NewBridge on the Charles, Health Center, 7000 Great Meadow Rd., Dedham, on Sunday, November 10, 2019 from 1:00-5:00 pm.

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