Shirlee Isenberg

Shirlee (Herwitz) Isenberg died as she lived, on December, 29, 2018. Shirlee went to morning Torah study at Temple Israel and then went shopping and to lunch with her daughter Abby. She was happily shopping for bargains when she passed away. It was a fitting end for a curious, energetic, and enthusiastic person.

Born October 28, 1922 in Brookline, MA, she was the middle daughter of Frances Morrill and Abraham Herwitz. She grew up in Brookline, graduating from Brookline High School in 1940. After the war, her sister Jeanne introduced her to her boyfriend’s brother. The rest is history. She married Burton Isenberg on December 22, 1946. The couple lived and brought up their family in Oak Hill Park.
Shirlee was an active member of Temple Israel for 96 years. She loved learning and was a weekly attendee of Torah study and participated in the TILLI adult learning program. One of her favorite sayings was “Be Positive”. She was actively engaged in all facets of life until the end. She adored going to Symphony every Friday afternoon, going to the music concerts every Sunday afternoon at the Newton Public Library, and going to art museums and art events in the Boston area. Just recently, she went to the Winnie the Pooh exhibit at the MFA. She was a life long member of Hadassah and ORT. She finally gave up playing tennis regularly at age 90. Neighbors admired how she insisted on raking leaves and shoveling the snow.
And although she is gone, all of us who knew her, can hear her saying, “ Moving right along” and “You have to take the bitter with the better”.
She is predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Burton Isenberg (1999), her son Richard Isenberg, and her sister Ruth Dreier. She is survived by her daughter Caryl and husband Steve of West Hampton MA, and her daughter Abby Sorrell and husband Levi of Dorchester, MA. She leaves four grandchildren, Daniel Greenbaum and wife Dahlia, Sarah Stephens, Aaron Sorrell and his wife Maureen Forry, Benjamin Sorrell and his wife Akina Motoyama, and great grandchildren, Nathaniel, Lianna, Azriel, Shalva, Hannah, Eli and Danica, and leaves her sister Jeanne Herwitz Feiner Burmon.

Funeral services at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA.
Shiva following services will be at the family home on Wednesday afternoon. Shiva minyan will be Wednesday 7pm and Thursday 6:30pm at the family home. Shiva visitation with family Thursday 1:30-9:30 pm and Friday 1:30-5:00pm.

***Please do not bring food to the shiva due to severe family food allergies.***

Contributions may be made to Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave.,Boston, MA, 02215, Woman’s American ORT, 75 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, NY, NY 10038 or Hadassah Northeast, 1320 Centre St., Newton, MA 02459.

Ruth F. (Clayton) Saris

Ruth F. (Clayton) Saris, age 92, died on December 27, 2018. She was the wife of the late Dr. Morris S. Saris, a Boston-area dentist. Together they resided for more than forty years in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. After his death in 1981, she married the late Edwin Wolfe of Milton, Massachusetts in 1990 and lived with him in Weston and Brookline until his death in 2010. She has been a summer resident of Hull for over 60 years and has lived for the last five years in independent living at Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham, MA. Ms. Saris has been a lifelong member of Temple Israel in Boston where she was confirmed and married.

Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, she attended Brookline High School, and the Beth Israel School of Nursing. She served as President of the League of Women Voters, Boston Chapter from 1971-1973 and was a member of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus. From 1970 through 1975, Ms. Saris was appointed by Governor Francis Sargent to the Advisory Council for Comprehensive Health Planning and the Governor’s Committee on the Status of Women. During that period she also served on the Board of Directors of Boston Harbor Associates. Always a lifelong learner, Ms. Saris matriculated at the University of Massachusetts where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1982 and went on to work for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the John F. Kennedy Library. She organized multiple seminars, symposia and debates for mayoral candidates in 1983, Senatorial candidates in 1984 and governor candidates in 1990.

Ms. Saris had a true passion for the arts, and has exhibited her paintings of vibrant flowers and seascapes of sunsets over Hingham Bay in art shows on the South Shore. She was a silversmith, attending many workshops at the DeCordova Museum and completing many silver pieces. She was an active artist up until her death and passed down many of her art and silver pieces to her children and grandchildren. In addition Ms. Saris loved classical music, frequently attending the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Ruth Saris is survived and much loved by her children, Patti Saris of Brookline, MA, the Chief Judge of the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, and her husband Professor Arthur Segel of Harvard Business School; Linda Saris of Swampscott, MA, the Executive Director of the non-profit LEAP for Education in Salem, Massachusetts; Dr. Stephen Saris of Sharon MA, a neurosurgeon in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and his wife, Dr. Renee Eger, Medical Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Care Center at Women and Infants Hospital in Providence, RI. She has seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren, all who loved her dearly. She is also survived by her sister Vivian Goldberg of Hull. She was the sister of the late Frederick Clayton of Chestnut Hill, MA and Herbert Clayton of Harrisburg, PA.

Services will be held at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave, Boston MA, (parking on the Riverway) on Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 12:00 noon followed by the interment at Sharon Memorial Park in Sharon, MA. Memorial observance at the home of Dr. Stephen Saris, Sunday, 3:30-6:00 pm; at the home of Patti Saris, Monday, 12 noon-5:00 pm; and at NewBridge on the Charles, Sunday, January 6, 2-4 pm. In lieu of flowers the family asks that contributions in her honor may be made to LEAP for Education or the Boston Symphony Orchestra. LEAP for Education, 35 Congress St. Suite 102 Salem, MA 01970 ( helps low income and first-generation students improve in school and graduate from college, and enter a career that matches their strengths and interests.

Richard I. Levy, M.D.

Levy M.D., Richard I., of Auburndale, MA, passed away on December 25, 2018. Beloved husband of Karen Shaffer. Devoted father of Jared and his wife Rachel Sard, Sarah and her fiancé Calvin Webb, and Benjamin Levy. Loving brother of Jonathon and Warren Levy. Richard was Medical Director of Urgent Care (JP Campus), and Medical Director of ACLS courses for the Boston VA healthcare system. He was a dedicated teacher who mentored generations of medical students and residents from several local medical schools. Richard was an avid tennis player who also enjoyed playing golf and skiing. He was a valued member of the Joyful Voices of Inspiration. Above all else, Richard was a devoted husband and father who cherished his family and their annual vacations on Cape Cod. Services at Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington St., Auburndale, MA, on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 11am. Following interment at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA, memorial observance will be at his late residence until 6 pm, continuing Friday 12-3 pm and Sunday 3-7 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,

Ruth Solomon

Ruth (Frank) Solomon, of Brookline, on December 23, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Murray Solomon. Devoted mother of Neal Solomon and his wife Ilene, and the late Jerold “Jerry” Solomon and his surviving wife Judy. Dear grandmother of Larry Solomon and his wife Jodi, Matt Solomon, Ethan Solomon and his wife Stefanie, Aaron Solomon and his wife Miriam Greenbaum, and Aida Solomon. Loving great-grandmother of AJ, Rose, Eila, Maya, Teddy, Zachary, and Jack. Services at Temple Shalom, 175 Temple St., Newton, on Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 12 noon. Interment at Sharon Memorial Park. Memorial observance will be held at the home of Judy Solomon following interment until 9 pm and Thursday 2-5 pm & 7-9 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hebrew Senior Life, 1200 Centre St., Roslindale, MA 02131.

Nettie (Nieman) Perry

Nettie (Nieman) Perry, age 96, of Chestnut Hill, formerly of Longmeadow, MA, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family, on December 21, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Everett Karl Perry. Devoted mother of Jane Perry Forman and her husband, Charles, John David Perry and his wife, Deborah, and the late Thomas Andrew Perry. Loving grandmother of Thomas Perry Forman, Samuel Richard Forman, Everett Karl Perry II, Hunter Holland Perry, and their wives, Tanya, Anna, Elizabeth and Christa. Great-grandmother of Owen and Thisbe Forman. Dearest twin sister of the late Murray H. Nieman. Nettie was a graduate of NYU School of Retailing. Her greatest passion was truly her family. After moving to Boston to be near her children and grandchildren, she volunteered at both Beth Israel Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She loved to travel, and best of all were the winters she spent in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. She was an elegant, warm, kind and gracious lady and will be so missed and always loved by those she left behind. The family is so grateful for her devoted caregivers, Beth, Iesa, Nadia and Gladys. A private graveside service and interment will be held in West Springfield, MA. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering, the date and location to be announced. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association MA/ NH Chapter, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452.

Grigory Volfson

Passed away on December 17, 2018. Funeral service at Congregation Or Atid, 97 Concord Rd., Wayland, MA on Thursday, December 20, 2018 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Jewish National Fund, 78 Randall Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570.

Michael J. Kraus

Michael J. Kraus, of Needham, formerly of Brookline, passed away on Monday, December 17, at the age of 88 after suffering a stroke a week earlier. Michael (Misa) was born in Nachod, Czechoslovakia to Karel and Lotte (Goldschmidt) Kraus on June 28, 1930. Although he lost both parents in the Holocaust, he survived the concentration camps until being liberated in May 1945. After the war, while still a teenager, Michael recorded his World War II experiences. This illustrated “Diary” was translated into several languages for the benefit of future generations around the world; the English publication is titled “Drawing the Holocaust.” Despite these difficult experiences Michael created a life full of love, family, friendship, hard work, humor, adventure and travel.

In 1948 Michael made his way to Canada, finished his high-school education, and went on to study architecture at McGill University and later at Columbia University. While practicing architecture in Geneva, Switzerland he met his wife, Ilana, and they moved to the United States, where he enjoyed a long career at Stubbins and Associates (later Jacobs), working until he was 84.

Michael was known for his subtle, dry humor; mischievous smile; kindness; and love of travel. He was a perfectionist who took great pleasure in entertaining family and friends, and brought cheer and laughter to many family celebrations by demonstrating his ability to stand on his head.

Michael had many friends, family members, and professional colleagues who will miss him dearly. He leaves behind Ilana, his beloved wife of 55 years; daughter Dana Kraus and husband Tom Forster and children Ethan and Emma of Vermont; and daughter Tamara Kraus and husband Dan Ovadya and children Dahlia and Mira of California. He instilled in all of them a love of the outdoors, especially skiing and hiking.

A celebration of Michael’s life will take place at North Hill, 865 Central Avenue, Needham on Sunday, December 23 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Michael’s name may be made to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Facing History and Ourselves, National Public Radio, or a charity of your choice.

Andrew “Unna” Leppo

Leppo, Andrew P. “Unna”, of Stoughton, MA, formerly of Randolph, MA, passed away suddenly on December 14, 2018. Dear son of Martin and Marcia (Bower) Leppo. Devoted father of Vincent J. Leppo, Talia A. Leppo, and Gianna Leppo. Loving brother of Carl R. Leppo, and Eric “Ricky” S. Leppo. Andrew is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Services at Temple Sinai, 25 Canton St., Sharon, MA on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 1 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the West End House Camp, (in support of Old Timers Week), 105 Allston St., Allston, MA 02134. Andrew was a friend to many, and loved by all.

Marjorie Rosengard

Marjorie Anne Rosengard,of Chestnut Hill, passed away on December 13, 2018 in Boston, MA. Dear sister of Barbara and Lester Rosengard, inspiring aunt of Sarah and Rachel Rosengard, and cherished friend and mentor to many, many others. Marjorie’s family and friends invite you to join them to celebrate and honor Marjorie’s life on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 1:00-5:00 pm at Happy Hollow School, 63 Pequot Rd., Wayland, MA. Contact Irene Cramer: to respond or with questions.

Hella (Mokotow) Hakerem

Hella (Mokotow) Hakerem, of Waltham, formerly of Pomona, NY, on December 10, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Gad Hakerem. Devoted mother of Jay Hakerem and his wife Linda and Gita Hakerem Foster and her husband David. Loving grandmother of Michael Hakerem, Jason Hakerem, Mindy Hakerem Fishman, Nathan Foster, and Aaron Foster. Cherished great-grandmother of Chase, Brayden, Walker, Samantha, Joshua, Katherine, Alexa, Evan, and the late Allison. Services at Temple Beth Israel, 25 Harvard St., Waltham, MA, on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at 12:00 noon. Interment in Beth Israel Memorial Park, Waltham. Memorial observance at the home of Gita and David Foster, after the burial on Wednesday until 9 pm, Thursday 2-5 & 7-9 pm, Friday 1-4 pm, Sunday 2-8 pm, and Monday 2-5 & 7-9 pm. Minyan will be held each evening (except Friday and Saturday) at 7:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Hella’s memory may be made to Temple Beth Israel, Hadassah, or Boston Children’s Hospital.

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