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Obituaries

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Edwin Bobrycki, father of Jeanne Smolkin, passes in NY

EDWIN BOBRYCKI, a retired worker who was employed by Carrier Corporation for nearly four decades, and the father of Temple Sinai member Jeanne Smolkin, died on Saturday, January 19, in hospital with his family by his side.

A retiree in 1984, Bobrycki was a veteran of the U. S. Army and was predeceased by his wife, Linda 12 years ago. In addition to Smolkin, Bobrycki is survived by three other...

Ronald Warner, retired securities attorney, Tulane supporter

RONALD WARNER, a successful attorney whose specialty was in areas of finance, banking and securities and who retired to New Orleans less than two years ago, died suddenly on January 17.

Warner was noted for his love of sports, especially baseball, which he developed at an early age. Born in Brooklyn, Warner moved with his family as a young boy to Linden, NJ. Despite meager beginnings, Warner was a great...

‘Dear Abby’ columnist Pauline Phillips dies

NEW YORK (JTA) — Pauline Phillips, the woman known to the world as the advice columnist behind “Dear Abby,” has died. Phillips, the daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants, died Wednesday at 94 after years of battling Alzheimer’s disease, according to news reports.

Writing under the pseudonym Abigail van Buren, Phillips’ “Dear Abby” was syndicated in more than 1,200 newspapers and had 95 million readers at its height.

Her sister, Eppie...

Herbert Gurk, mathematician and father to Lisa Herman

HERBERT M. GURK, 82, a mathematician for RCA and longtime member of the Princeton, NJ Jewish community died Friday, January 11, 2013. A leader of research and development teams at RCA Astro Space Division, Gurk was also president of the Jewish Center of Princeton and chairman of several of its committees and a trustee on its board of directors.

He volunteered on a number of different community and charitable organizations...

Lynn Strauss, mother of Toni Weiss

LYNN SHARON STRAUSS, an office consultant to medical practices specialized in computerized record keeping in the Tuscon, AZ area, died January 11 after a lengthy battle with lung cancer at the Christus Schumpert Hospice (and Grace Home) in Shreveport surrounded by family members. She was 76.

An active gardener who also enjoyed traveling abroad, Strauss spent most of her life living in Tuscon until the ravages of her disease forced...

Lillian Gurry Rodos, real estate manager

LILLIAN GURRY RODOS, a manager for a local real estate firm, died at her French Quarter residence on January 9. She was 94. Rodos raised her family in the Uptown area, but elected to move to the French Quarter in her later years. A gifted businesswoman, she acquired two apartment buildings in the Vieux Carré, which she managed. She was a frequent visitor to a number of establishments in the...

Bernice Pailet Richmond, school teacher and coach

BERNICE PAILET RICHMOND, 85, a school teacher and sports coach who taught in the Orleans Parish School system for 39 years, died on January 7. A New Orleans native, she attend the University of Southwestern Louisiana in Lafayette, graduating with a degree in sports education. She was involved as a gym coach and intramural sports coach for much of her career. She also went on to receive a Master’s degree...

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...