Marcia (Agoos) Starensier –Age 99, of Needham, formerly of Brookline, passed away on May 6, 2019. Beloved wife of the late Melvin Martin Starensier. Devoted mother of Polly VanDernoot and her husband Richard and the late John Starensier and his wife Adele. Dear grandmother of Joshua VanDernoot and his wife Kathleen, Nicole Hirsch and her husband Jared and Matthew Starensier and his wife Maria. Loving great-grandmother of Brody and Koko VanDernoot, Ty, Hunter and Lola Hirsch, and Micah Starensier. Dear sister of the late Blanche Agoos Rosenthal and Harriet Agoos Goldfine. Also survived by loving nieces and nephews. Services are private. In lieu of flowers remembrances to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284.
Lee Brezniak-Age 99, of Jamaica Plain and Delray Beach, FL, on May 4, 2019.Beloved wife of the late Morris W. Brezniak and the late Samuel Michaels. Devoted mother of Claudia Michaels-Brodsky and her husband David, Judith Hershenson and her late husband Jerry. Devoted step mother of David Brezniak and his wife Judith, and Linda Marcus. Dear grandmother of Keith Hershenson, Alex Brodsky, Elizabeth Creditor and Naomi Ginian and the late Beth Hershenson. Loving great-grandmother of Allison Polin, Heidi, Jared Gruber, and Julia and Abbie Hershenson. Dear sister of the late Morton, Sam, and Carl Margolis and Florence Klein. Services by Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors at The Wilson Chapel, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton Centre, on May 6, 2019 at 12:00 noon. Following interment at Sharon Memorial Park, memorial observance will be at her residence until 7:00 pm. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to The Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation c/o Beth’s Wings, 249 Roosevelt Ave.,Suite 201, Pawtucket, RI 02860, GloriaGemma.org, or Parkinson’s Research via Michael J. Fox Foundation, PO Box 5015, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014, Michaeljfox.org.
Rose Reguera Simon, of Newton, passed away peacefully on May 2nd at the age of 94 and 11 months. Beloved wife of Myron (Myke) Simon for 68 years; devoted mother and mother-in-law of Laurel and John Bobrowich, Amy and the late Eric Berg, Ethan and Marcy Simon; caring grandmother of David and Eli Bobrowich, Sonia and Charlotte Berg, Samantha and Erica Simon; devoted sister to Dolores Blumstein and the late Pearl Matthews; and loving aunt. Rose developed long-lasting friendships with numerous people and will be missed by many. Until her final waking moments she was extremely alert and able to say farewell to those she loved. After graduating from Simmons College (1945) with a degree in biology, she worked at Merck and then at the Boston University Medical Center with Isaac Asimov and William Boyd. In the ensuing years, while raising a family, she involved herself in many pursuits including advocating for various environmental and political issues (such as drinking water fluoridation) with the League of Women Voters, teaching English as a second language, participating in the Newton Reading Club, and working in the real estate field. Throughout her life she valued and modeled the importance of education and learning, cultivated a love of science and gardening, and enjoyed spending time in New London, NH. For more than 40 years her famous Thanksgiving dinner tradition, always accompanied by blueberry pie made with Messer Pond berries, created and nurtured a strong and loving extended family. She also created an enduring and lasting multi-generational connection with her relatives in Spain. Most recently she was a resident of Lasell Village in Auburndale, MA, where she continued to promote awareness of environmental issues through the Green Team. In lieu of flowers, donations “In memory of Rose R. Simon” may be made to Simmons College (http://www.simmons.edu/alumni-and-friends/give), the Newton Public Library Foundation (https://www.newtongov.org/819/Support-the-Library), or to the Lasell Village Benevolent Fund. Memorial service will be at Temple Shalom of Newton on Monday, May 6th at 11 AM followed by burial at Sharon Memorial Park. Shiva will occur at the home of Laurel and John Bobrowich on May 6th from 4 – 8 pm and on May 7th from 5 – 8 pm.
Age 89 of Danvers, MA, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Brentwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Danvers, MA.
David was a graduate of Lynn Classical High School and enjoyed his work in the shoe and apparel industry. He learned about the shoe business as a young man when his father, Joseph, was the foreman for a shoe manufacturing factory and he continued working in this industry until retirement. He was passionate about golf, the Red Sox, and playing the lottery.
David is survived by his brother, Milton Kline of Worcester, his niece Sue Kline, nephew Dan Kline, his wife Norine and their daughters, and his cousin, David Kline of Washington DC.
A private graveside service will be held.
Gail E. Horowitz of Cambridge, 67, died peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends on May 1, four and one-half years after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Gail was born in Washington Heights, NYC, and raised in Teaneck, New Jersey. Gail is survived by her beloved wife, Susan Brand, her brother, Jack Horowitz (Nancy Harm), her cousins, Jack Demick, Joan Kellerman, Judy Turner, and Teri Boutot, niece Katie Currin (Mike), nephew Dan Kellerman-Demick (Brittany Peters), and her Brand family in-laws. Her parents, Jerome and Leonore Horowitz, predeceased her. Gail was admitted in the first class of women and graduated from Yale College in 1974 and from Harvard Law School in 1986. She was a Vice President at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City before law school and, afterwards, was a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen before founding Wade Horowitz LaPointe in 2000. Gail was a founding chair of both the Trusts and Estates Section of the Massachusetts LGBTQ Bar Association and the Women’s Bar Association’s Elder Law Project. She lectured frequently regarding estate and gift tax planning, with a particular focus on planning for LGBTQ individuals and families.
Gail nurtured within herself a deep spirituality which she gifted through her presence, her words, her work and her love to all who had the privilege to know her. Social justice and political activism were also important parts of her life. Gail loved Provincetown, where she and Susan have had a second home for 20 years, as well as swimming, running, hiking, cycling and being outside . She and Susan completed the Boston Marathon in 1996. And, just a month before her death, still living life to the fullest, she and Susan visited the Grand Canyon for the first time.
Gail’s funeral will be at the Burke & Blackington Funeral Home, 1479 Washington St., West Newton on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm. Gail will be interred at Mt. Auburn Cemetery on Monday, May 6, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. Memorial Observance (location to be announced at the funeral) will be held on Monday and Tuesday, May 6 and 7, 2019, at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Gail’s memory may be made to the ACLU of Massachusetts, the Greater Boston Food Bank, Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance of New York.
Sidney Stern, of Phoenix, AZ, formerly of Boston, on April 28, 2019. Beloved son of the late Solomon and Estelle (Kasanof) Stern. Mr. Stern was born in Boston on February 10, 1934. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School, Mr. Stern resided and worked in Boston for most of his life. He enjoyed a successful career in finance and was passionate in his support of LGBTQ organizations and causes. Mr. Stern was an avid skier who spent many wonderful summers in Truro and Provincetown, MA. Mr. Stern is survived by his cousins, Ellen Deborah (Stern) Gilman, Michael Gilman, and their four children, Theodore, Rachel, Eli, and Charles. Graveside service at Temple Israel Cemetery, 492 North Ave., Wakefield, (Beacon St. entrance) on Friday, May 3, 2019 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers please send remembrances to give.onenten.org/Sidney
There will be a celebration of Sidney’s life scheduled for a later date and time.
Rabbi Edward Martin Maline
Of Boca Raton, FL, formerly of Newton, on April 23, 2019. Rabbi Maline was born in Bridgeport, CT. He received his undergraduate degree in linguistics from Middlebury College. Rabbi Maline studied at the International Institute for Hebraic Studies, Paris, and the University of Paris, and was ordained at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Rabbi Maline served as an assistant Rabbi at Temple Ohabei Shalom, Brookline, and served as Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Lauderdale Lakes, FL. He was currently Senior Rabbi at Marco Island Jewish Congregation. He was Past adjunct professor of Jewish Studies at Florida Atlantic University under an endowment from Jewish Chautauqua Society. Rabbi Maline was an instructor for Elderhostel of Palm Beach County, former apprentice Rabbi at Liberal Jewish Synagogue, London, and also served as past spiritual leader of Temple Judea, Philadelphia. Rabbi Maline was fluent in Hebrew, French, German and Spanish.
Rabbi Maline is survived by his wife Marilyn (Diemont) Maline, son Michael, daughter Pamela, and grandchildren Elizabeth, Grace, Max, Chloe and Ava.
A private graveside service was held on Sunday, April 28,2019 at Baker St., West Roxbury.
Jeffrey Steven Sirlin, 46, of Needham, died on April 26, 2019. Beloved husband of Marisa Jaffe and father of Noah. Devoted son of Ellen and Roger Sirlin. Loving brother to Cliff Sirlin and his wife Sue, and Robin Polin and her husband Russell. Treasured brother-in-law of Sara Jaffe and David Ostroff, and adored son-in-law of Miriam and Jerry Ballan. Cherished uncle to Zac, Grant, Rachel, Kayla, Hannah, and Nora. Funeral services will take place at Temple Beth Shalom, 670 Highland Avenue in Needham on Tuesday, April 30 at 9:45 a.m. Interment will follow at Mishkan Tefila Cemetery, 2605 Centre Street in West Roxbury. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to Temple Beth Shalom in Needham or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Alan Jankelle- Of Roslindale, unexpectedly on April 26, 2019. Beloved son of the late Harry and Jennie (Shultz) Jankelle. Devoted brother of Deborah Salant and her husband David and the late Michael Jankelle. Loving uncle of Jacob, Rebecca, Ilana, and Max. Services in the Moses Mendelsohn section of Lindwood Memorial Park, 490 North St., Randolph, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:00 am followed by a Service at Newbridge on the Charles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Honor Flight New England, 193 Londonderry Turnpike Unit 4, Hooksett, NH 03106.
Roslyn (Ligums) Brunell of Canton, formerly of Newton Centre and Boynton Beach, passed away peacefully at age 94. She was part of a great love story with her late husband Sidney Brunell for 71 years. Loving mother of Nancy Mitchell & her husband James, Richard Brunell & his wife Anita Lichtblau, and the late Geoffrey Brunell. Adored grandmother of Jenna Goldman & her husband Michael, Emily Mitchell & her husband Benjamin Offenberg, Noah Brunell and Jacob Brunell. Cherished great-grandmother of Sy Robert Goldman. Sister of the late Melvin Ligums, Norma Rowe and Earl Ligums. Devoted aunt of 6 nieces & nephews.
Roz lived her life with beauty and grace. Services will be Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington St., West Newton. Following burial in West Roxbury, shiva will be observed at the home of Nancy & James Mitchell until 8 pm, and on Monday at the home of Richard Brunell & Anita Lichtblau from 7-9 pm. Remembrances may be made to Orchard Cove Scholarship Fund, 1 Del Pond Drive, Canton, MA 02021 and Martin Solomon Scholars at Brigham and Women’s Development Office, 116 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116.