WAX, Marjorie (Wolf), on June 30, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Benjamin Wax. Devoted mother of Anne, Steven and the late Carol Wax, and sister of Janice Newman. We will remember Mom for her sense of fun, her love of Mah Jong and summers at the pool, and her passion for her work as a medical lab technician.
Graveside service at Adath Jeshrun Cemetery, 350 Grove St., West Roxbury, on Sunday, July 8, 2018 at 11:00 am. Following the service, a celebration of life will be held at West on Centre Restaurant, 1732 Centre St., West Roxbury, until 2 pm. Remembrances may be made to Hebrew Senior Life Memory Care Unit or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Marvin Sparrow died on Thursday, June 28, 2018. He was 92 years old. Widowed 22 years ago, after 44 years of marriage to his beloved wife, Dorothy, he is survived by his brother, Ephraim Sparrow, cousins, three children, Deborah, Joshua, and Ruth, two grandchildren, Mattias and Celine, his partner of the past 20 years, Hilda Bleyer, her children, grandchildren, and their spouses, partners, and other family members. In his last days, he took great care to express his gratitude to his family, friends, and devoted caregivers. He was born on October 18, 1925, in Hartford, Connecticut to Charles Sparrow and Frieda Gottlieb Sparrow, and took great pride in their traditions, their affiliation with Workmen’s Circle, and the model they transmitted to him of generosity, moral compass, and humility. He was a graduate of M.I.T. and Harvard Law School, and a veteran of the Korean War. He devoted his entire career as an attorney to the law firm of Goulston and Storrs where he cherished many close and caring relationships. He was always passionately committed to the causes of social justice, civil rights for all and to world peace, and to these ends, dedicated himself to nonprofits and philanthropies, including many associated with the Jewish faith. Services at The Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, on Monday, July 2, 2018 at 12:00 noon. Interment to follow at Sharon Memorial Park. Shiva will be held at his residence Monday thru Wednesday 5-7:30pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (acslaw.org) and the New Israel Fund (nif.org).
Wigon, Mildred (Kaufman), of San Jose, CA, formerly of West Roxbury passed away on June 28, 2018. Devoted mother of James Wigon and his wife Marina of Brighton, MA, and Michael Wigon and his wife Robin of San Jose, CA. Proud grandmother of Samantha and Rachel Wigon. Loving sister of Thelma Goldman, and the late Sylvia Swartz. Graveside service at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 11:45 am. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mildred’s memory may be made to Jewish Family & Children’s Services, 1430 Main St., Waltham, MA 02451
Ethel Wagner passed away at the Tippett Hospice Home in Needham on February 21, 2017 at the age of 90.
She is survived by Wilbur, her loving husband of 70 years. She is remembered by her son, Steven Wagner and his wife Sandra, her daughter Cheryl Slesnick and her husband Michael, her son Robert Wagner and his wife Sharon, her son Bruce Wagner and his wife Nancy, her daughter Debra and her husband Abraham, grandchildren Dara Tsoukales and her husband Nikitas, Jacob Slesnick, Rosa Gonyer and her husband Drew, Emma Slesnick, Stacy Saldana and her husband Julian, Gregory Wagner, David Wagner and his wife Maria, Michael Wagner and his wife Rebecca, Ben Wagner, Max Wagner, Nathan Silverman, Matthew Silverman, great-grandchilren Nicholas Tsoukales, Noah Tsoukales, Liam Gonyer, Luke Wagner and Liam Saldana, and her sister-in law Valma Backer and her husband Jerry. She also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.
Ethel was born in St. Louis, MO on July 6, 1926. She graduated from high school in 1944. She met Wilbur when she was 16, and they married on March 31, 1946 after he returned from service in the Army. She worked as a comptometer operator during the war, and then after she married, she became a homemaker and loving mother to five children. She moved with Wilbur and their three children, Steven, Cheryl and Robert, to Los Angeles, CA in 1954, where son Bruce was born. The family moved to Northern California in 1958, where daughter Debra was born. Ethel made her home in various places in Northern California, including Mountain View, San Jose, Saratoga and Carmel with the children, and later in San Francisco and San Diego when the children were grown.
Everywhere she lived, she made a home for the family, enjoyed making new friends and joined a synagogue. She was a member of Hadassah for many years. She regularly played Mahjong with her friends. She had a sewing machine and enjoyed making clothes for herself and her children. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. In 2009, Ethel and Wilbur moved to West Hartford, CT to live with her daughter Debra, her husband Abraham and their children. In 2013, Ethel moved to Newton to be close to her daughter Cheryl and husband Michael and their children. Ethel and Wilbur moved to Sunrise Assisted Living in Wayland in August of 2016.
Ethel’s family was the greatest joy of her life. She was a very loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt.
Wilbur Malcolm Wagner (‘Will”) passed away at the Falls at Cordingly Dam on June 18, 2018 at the age of 95.
He was predeceased by Ethel, his loving wife of 70 years. He is remembered by his son, Steven Wagner and his wife Sandra, his daughter Cheryl Slesnick and her husband Michael, his son Robert Wagner and his wife Sharon, his son Bruce Wagner and his wife Nancy, his daughter Debra and her husband Abraham, grandchildren Dara Tsoukales and her husband Nikitas, Jacob Slesnick and his fiancée Pinki, Rosa Gonyer and her husband Drew, Emma Slesnick, Stacy Saldana and her husband Julian, Gregory Wagner and his wife Stacy, David Wagner and his wife Maria, Michael Wagner and his wife Rebecca, Ben Wagner, Max Wagner, Nathan Silverman, Matthew Silverman, great-grandchilren Nicholas Tsoukales, Noah Tsoukales, Liam Gonyer, Luke Wagner and Liam Saldana, and his brother-in law Jerry Backer. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews.
Will was born in St. Louis, MO on April 24, 1923. He graduated from high school in 1941. He met Ethel in 1942 when he was 19 and she was 16. He worked for a while driving a truck in his father’s delivery company until he was drafted into the Army in 1943, where he spent 2 ½ years in Australia, primarily in Darwin. He worked as a clerk in the Adjutant General’s office. He was responsible for sending and receiving messages, which were secretive, and he often knew about troop movements in advance. Will and Ethel married on March 31, 1946, after he was discharged from the Army. Will worked for his father again and then started his retail career as a furniture salesman for a department store. By 1953, he and Ethel had three children, Steven, Cheryl and Robert.
Will always wanted to work for himself, and he accepted an opportunity to go into a retail appliance business with a relative in Los Angeles, where the family moved in 1954 and son Bruce was born two years later. Unfortunately, the venture did not work out as planned and Will went back to selling furniture. The family moved to Northern California in 1958, where Will opened a seat cover and muffler businesses and where daughter Debra was born in 1962. Will sold that business after about seven years and later opened an automatic transmission business and a mattress business. After exiting those business, Will went back to selling furniture for the last 20 years of his career. The family made their home in various places in Northern California, including Mountain View, San Jose, Saratoga and Carmel Valley with the children, and in later years in San Francisco, Springfield, MA, San Diego, West Hartford, CT and Newton, MA.
While the family moved a lot, many of the homes were custom homes that Will had designed and had built for the family. The first custom home was in Van Nuys, CA, followed by a home in Saratoga and two homes in Carmel, where Will had bought a piece of property. Will acted as the general contractor for both Carmel homes. Robert and Bruce assisted a carpenter in building the first home, and then after Will subdivided the property and sold the first home, Robert and Bruce built the second house by themselves! The second home was sold in 1983, and Will and Ethel moved to San Francisco.
In 2009, Will and Ethel moved to West Hartford, CT to live with their daughter Debra, her husband Abraham and their children. In 2013, they moved to an apartment in Newton to be close to their daughter Cheryl and husband Michael and their children. In 2016, they moved to Sunrise Assisted Living in Wayland, and Will moved to the Falls at Cordingly Dam after Ethel passed away in February 2017.
Will had an outgoing personality coupled with a great sense of humor, and wherever he moved over the years, people always enjoyed getting to know him and spend time with him. He enjoyed watching many sports, including baseball, football, basketball and golf. Baseball was always his favorite, going back to his youth as a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals. After he retired, he worked as an usher for the San Francisco Giants. He also owned a sailboat for a while when he lived in San Francisco.
Will was a very loving and caring husband, and a role model for his 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren (with one more on the way that he learned about two weeks ago). He will be missed by all.
Jacob Schlitt, beloved father, grandfather, husband, activist and public servant, died in Boston at the age of 90 on Friday, June 22, 2018 / 9th of Tammuz 5778. Jacob spent his life fighting for “a shenere un besere velt,” a better and more beautiful world. An advocate for labor, civil rights, Yiddish culture and democratic socialism, Schlitt was honored in 2014 by the Boston Democratic Socialists of America with the Debs-Thomas-Bernstein Award. He is survived by his wife, Frances Morrill Schlitt and their son, David (Sarah); his first wife, Sylvia Schlitt, and their three children, Carol (Alan), Lewis (Nina) and Martha (Mark); and grandchildren Miles, Henry and Elliott.
Jacob Schlitt was born in the Bronx in 1927, the only child of Celia Schlitt (nee Goldstein) and Louis Schlitt. Celia was a garment-worker and self-taught intellectual who participated in New York’s 1910 cloakmakers strike and raised Jacob alone following the death of her husband in 1931. He attended Knowlton Junior High, Stuyvesant High School and the City College of New York. Growing up during the Great Depression, Jacob and his friends forged a social group called the ROL, for “Reading Out Loud.” The ROL grew to include spouses, children, and grandchildren, and comprises an extended family with whom Schlitt shared life-long bonds.
At CCNY in the late 1940s he was a member of the Congress of Racial Equality, and active in the student strike against racism and anti-Semitism. In 1950 he became an organizer for the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, then a staffer for the Jewish Labor Committee before becoming Education Director of the Amalgamated Laundry Workers Union. While there Jake volunteered with the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters for the historic 1963 March on Washington, bringing five busloads of Laundry Workers to the March. On the staff of the US Commission on Civil Rights since 1965, he was named Director of the newly formed New England regional office in 1979. Jake then helped found the Greater Boston Civil Rights Coalition, and was an early participant in the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization.
Schlitt has been a member of the Workmen’s Circle since 1956, and served as president of the Boston chapter. In 1973 Jake participated in the founding convention of the Democratic Socialist Organizing Committee, which later evolved into the DSA. In retirement he continued to serve on the New England Jewish Labor Committee’s Executive Board.
Schlitt loved music and the visual arts, was an accomplished amateur sculptor and master joke-teller. In his retirement he penned hundreds of autobiographical essays and participated in the Brookline Senior Center’s memoir-writing group, “Telling Your Story.” Jake leaves a legacy of unconditional love for his wife, four adult children, and their families. He took great joy in knowing that they, each in their own way, were committed to the ideals of bread and roses. He spent his ninetieth birthday surrounded by his family trading jokes and stories from a life rich with both.
Funeral Service to be held at 1pm on Monday, June 25 at Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd, Newton, MA 02459. Shiva at the home of Fran Morrill Schlitt. Contributions may be made in Jacob’s name to the Boston Workmen’s Circle.
Kolb, Elsie (Seidelson), of Natick, MA, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA, on June 19, 2018. Beloved wife of Alfred Kolb. Loving mother of Matthew Robinowitz and his wife Michelle Levy, and Ellen Hart and her husband Daniel. Dear grandmother of Gabriel & Jamie Hart, and Jordan Gold. Loving sister of the late David Seidelson. Graveside services at Framingham-Natick Hebrew Cemetery, 40 Fairview Ave., Natick, MA, on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 2 pm. Memorial observance will be at the home of Sharon and Evan Gold until 8 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in Elsie’s memory may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan St., Danvers, MA 01923, the Jewish National Fund, 77 Franklin St., 5141l, Boston, MA 02110, or the charity of your choice.
CORKIN, Donald Alan, 71, of Quincy, formerly of Brookline, died on June 17, 2018. He leaves his three siblings, Charles (Bud) Corkin, his wife Mary of St. George, UT, Jane Corkin of Toronto, Canada, and Patricia (Sparky) Kennedy, and her husband Jake Kennedy of Salem, NH. He was the beloved Uncle to Joseph Z. (Zac) Corkin, Damon Corkin and his wife Angela Veliz, Jocelyn Corkin and her husband Peter Mortimer, John (Jake) Corkin and his wife Amber, Averill Corkin, Alyse Kennedy Maybee and her husband Ryerson, Zachary Kennedy and his wife Samantha, Dean Kennedy, and Sean (Chippy) Kennedy. He also leaves behind his adored grandnieces and nephews; Charles (Trey), Colette and Wesley Donald Corkin, Olivia and Stella Corkin, Pia and Xavier (Xavi) Mortimer, Johnny and Charlie Marie Corkin, and Amelia Frances Kennedy.
The second son of the late Joseph Z. Corkin and Frances D. Corkin, Donald grew up in Brookline. He was known for his mastery in backgammon, uncanny ability to remember birth and wedding dates, and his riddles and jokes, which can best be described as enticingly platitudinous. An avid Red Sox fan, Donald famously predicted that the Sox would win the World Series in 2004. Lost to the annals of history is the fact that he predicted their win every year they didn’t. Donald was a fixture at Tony’s Clam Shop on Wollaston Beach in Quincy where he could be seen eating clam rolls with his nieces and nephews, and at Zaftigs Delicatessen in Brookline MA, where he is still lamenting how they changed their potato latke recipe. His phone calls, endless positive energy and love will be greatly missed.
As a young man Donald survived two brain tumor surgeries. He spent his whole life raising awareness and funds for the Brain Tumor Society and could be seen every October at the Boston Brain Tumor Walk. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in his honor to the National Brain Tumor Society, braintumor.org.
Relatives and friends will gather for Donald’s funeral at the Sharon Memorial Park S. Philip Gopen Welcome Center and Chapel on Thursday, June 21, at 10am – 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA. Shiva will be held on Thursday at 35 Lakeshore Rd., Salem, NH, from 1:00 – 8:00 pm.
Kress, Martin R., “Marty” of Needham, MA, passed away on June 17, 2018. Beloved husband of Helene (Wolper) Kress. Devoted father of Ronnie Haas and her husband Christopher, and Carol Kress and her spouse Donna Giuffrida. Proud grandfather of Michael Haas and his wife Lidia Chia Jimenez, and Rachel Haas. Friend, movie maven, and lover of life. The world never stopped amazing him, and he shared that amazement with everyone around him. Services at Temple Beth Elohim, 10 Bethel Rd., Wellesley, MA on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 10:30 am. Interment at Sharon Memorial Park, 40 Dedham St., Sharon, MA. Memorial observance will be at the Kress residence from 4-8 pm Thursday, continuing Friday 1-4 pm & Saturday, 7-9 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Temple Beth Elohim, c/o the Adult Learning Fund, 10 Bethel Rd., Wellesley, MA 02481.
REINSTEIN, Harold, 101
Died peacefully at Hebrew Senior Life in Roslindale (MA) on June 18, 2018.
Over the arc of a long and rich life that began in a Dorchester tenement, Harold’s hero was the great French chemist Louis Pasteur, and he knew from a young age that he, too, wanted to be a chemist. (Among his first experiments, he loved to recall, was developing the perfect stink bomb as a young boy in Boston.) As a teen, to help support his family during the depths of the Great Depression, Harold worked a variety of jobs. On weekdays, in the pre-dawn before school, he sold newspapers on Washington Street. On evenings and weekends, he set pins at a downtown bowling alley. Throughout, his early interest in chemistry remained constant. Through hard work and determination, and despite difficult family circumstances, he launched his career, which was largely self-taught, as a laboratory technician right after high school. He met his future wife, Sireen, also a lab technician, during this period. At the outbreak of WWII, he joined the Army, and was sent overseas to serve at a hospital laboratory in England, where he heard airplanes passing overhead, heading south on D-Day. Later that day, he helped attend to some of the first evacuated casualties.
Returning home, he married Sireen in 1947, and took a job as a clinical chemist with Boston Medical Laboratory where he spent his professional career, rising to Director before finally retiring in 1983. (He often joked that, while he might have been a pretty good chemist, he was a lousy businessman: two separate inventions were later patented by larger, commercial laboratories.) In retirement, he went back to school to receive his bachelor’s degree. In 1987, he earned a master’s in gerontology from UMass Boston, after which he spent more than a decade advocating on behalf of the Bay State’s senior citizens.
Outside the lab (and even in it), Harold was as well-known for his keen wit and intellect as he was for his lifelong curiosity and his ever-present, irrepressible sense of humor. He was passionate about progressive politics, photography, classical music, and above all, the outdoors. He took his family tent-camping every summer, from Cape Cod, to the White Mountains, to the Bay of Fundy
Harold was a sweet, patient, and generous person. He inspired kindness and humor in everyone he met. He died less than three weeks after celebrating his 101st birthday, surrounded by his loving family. His warm, ready, signature smile will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Sireen (nee Rabinovitz), and is survived by his children Victor Reinstein, Ruth Reinstein Rogers, Ted Reinstein, and William Reinstein, as well as 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral Service to be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, June 19 at Temple B’nai Israel, 1 Wave Avenue, Revere, Massachusetts. Shiva at the home of Bill and Marcia Reinstein, 15 White Oak Lane, Sudbury, MA from 7-9 pm on Tuesday and Wednesday. Shiva will continue at the home of Victor and Mieke, https://Neharshalom.org/shiva-information/. Contributions may be made in Harold’s name to: Hebrew Senior Life, and The Texas Civil Rights Project