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Obituaries

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Ben Katz, retired merchant and Jewish War Veterans commander

BENJAMIN “BEN” KATZ, a former retail merchant and longtime volunteer as the commander of New Orleans’ Jules Lazard Post # 580 of the Jewish War Veterans of America (JWV)  passed away on January 2 after an extended illness. He was 96.  A retail merchant by trade, Katz was noted for his good natured personality and his dedicated work ethic.

Born in Erie, PA, Katz attended the University of Pennsylvania, but...

Alvin Caplan, co-founder of Industrial Machinery, succumbs

ALVIN SOLOMON CAPLAN, the retired co-founder of Industrial Machinery Company, died on Shabbat, December 29. Caplan, 97, was a livelong resident of New Orleans and died at Lambeth House, an assisted living facility and retirement home. During World War II he served with distinction as a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy. He is survived by his wife Dorothy Ryckman Caplan, his daughter Dale Caplan Strickland (Mike), his son Dr....

Seth Fingerman, student athlete and pest control worker dies in Birmingham

SETH EDWARD FINGERMAN, an employee for Cook’s Pest Control in Birmingham and a former outstanding student athlete, who helped lead his high school to back-to-back Alabama state championships in basketball, died unexpectedly on December 23, 2012. He was 25. At the time of the state championships, Fingerman was also an All-State point guard and was named the Most Valuable Player in the Final Four tournament. Later, he played a year...

Pola Borenstein, seamstress, grocer, retail clerk and Shoah survivor

POLA BOJMAN BORENSTEIN, a former retail seamstress, sales clerk, grocer and housewife, died December 18. Borenstein, the widow of the the late Isak Borenstein to whom she was married for 57 years, enjoyed sewing clothes throughout her lifetime, a skill she learned during her formative years immediately before and during the Holocaust.

Born in Wolanow, Poland, she was 18 when war broke out in 1939. She was confined for several...

Anne Uhry, dentist and longtime community member

ANNE UHRY, DDS., a dentist and longtime New Orleans area member associated with many community organizations died Thursday, December 6. She was 74. In recent years Uhry had been a regular attendee at the Northshore Jewish Community, but was held in high esteem at Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation, where she was also a member. She also had been a member of the Sisterhood at Touro Synagogue for a short time....

Rebbetzin Miriam Gordon, matriarch of Rivkin family

REBETZIN MIRIAM GORDON, widow of the late Rabbi Sholom Ber Gordon of Maplewood, NJ, died the evening of December 3 after a lengthy illness  in New Orleans, surrounded by her children and grandchildren. She was 87.

Gordon was known as an upright woman of valor, whose dedication to Judaism and her respect for its hallowed traditions was never questioned. Born in Harlem, she graduated from Beit Jacov High School.  After...

Housewife and mother Ray Klinger Raymond

RAY KLINGER RAYMOND, a housewife who dedicated her life to the raising of her children and her marriage, died on Saturday, November 24. She was a New Orleans native and the widow of the late Robert A. Raymond. She is survived by daughter Donna Rose Raymond and son Jeffrey Klinger Raymond and one grandson. Graveside services took place at Gates of Prayer Cemetery, 4824 Canal Street in New Orleans, with...

Ruth Silverman Meisel: cleric, teacher and Zionist

RUTH SILVERMAN MEISEL, a native and lifelong resident of New Orleans until her forced relocation following Hurricane Katrina, passed away in Branford, CT on Wednesday, November 14, after a lengthy illness. She was 93. Meisel was a cleric and administrative assistant who, despite her advanced age of 86 at the time, was still working for the New Orleans Convention Center when the storm struck the city. After the storm had...

Retired furniture store owner, David Levin dies

DAVID H. LEVIN, a retired furniture store owner, died Thursday, November 8 at a hospice in Hammond. He was 85 years of age. With his brother-in-law, Levin ran the L and D Furniture Store for decades.

An avid sportsman and bowler, Levin was an active member of B’nai Brith, with whose bowling league he played for many years. Levin also bowled for several other mixed leagues and was a sports...

Peter Gesund, father of newcomer, dies in Las Vegas

Rabbi Ethan Linden of Shir Chadash Conservative Congregation has announced with sadness the sudden passing of Dr. Peter Gesund, the father of newcomer Keren Gesund and a member of his synagogue. Dr. Gesund, an anesthesiologist died in Las Vegas, NV and his funeral service was held at King David Chapel there. Keren Gesund, an attorney at Sessions Fishman law firm, was recently engaged to Stanford graduate computer sciences student Alan...