Obituaries, December 2016

David Abergel

David Abergel of Baltimore, who served in the Israel Defense Forces, died Sept. 30, 2016. He was 63.

Born March 27, 1953 in Tel Aviv, he moved to the United States in 1979 from Herzliya, Israel to wed Bebe Zien Abergel, whom he met in Israel. Beforehand, he graduated from Technion High School, Haifa, Israel in 1970.

In 1969 he received the Soldier of Excellence Award from President Levi Eshkol. He’d held the rank of first sergeant in the IDF. His three-year army service was extended by six months due to the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War.

He worked as a small aircraft mechanic in Israel. After moving to Milwaukee he was self-employed as an interior/exterior house painter for 20 years and later worked for 14 years as a painter at Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore

He was active in snow sculpting and organized a team to represent Israel each year when Milwaukee was the site for the annual U.S. International Snow Sculpting Competition. He also competed in Quebec’s Carnaval Sur la Neige and represented Israel at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.

The cause of death was cancer.

His surviving spouse is Tatyana Khazanova. Other survivors include daughters Aviva (Andy) Goldfuss of Baltimore; Chana (Jonathan) Rogers of Baltimore and sons Yaakov Abergel of Herzliya, Israel, Yoseph Abergel of Baltimore and Binyomin Abergel of Kibbutz Ashdot Yaakov, Israel and grandfather to Yaella, Akiva and Ashira Goldfuss and Devora Rena and Shifra Rogers. Also, sister Esther (Gideon) Murray of Wheeling, Illinois, brother Avraham (Debbie) Aberjel of London, England. Mother Rivka Abergel is of Herzliya, Israel. Former wife Bebe Zien Abergel is of Baltimore.

He was a member of Chabad of the East Side and Chabad of Mequon.

The burial, on Oct. 2, 2016, was at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery with Rabbi Jeffrey Orkin and Sol Levinson Funeral Home in Baltimore. Memoriams may be sent to Lubavitch of Wisconsin, Chabad of Mequon or Bader Hillel Academy.

Allen Fred Dennenberg

Allen Fred Dennenberg of San Diego, remembered for his love of family, walks around the neighborhood, and much more, died Sept. 24, 2016. He was 75.

Born May 10, 1941 in Milwaukee, he attended Washington High School, University of Wisconsin – Madison and Xavier University. He held a master’s in business administration and was active with University of Wisconsin Alumni. He’d worked as a wealth advisor with LPL Stratos, Del Mar, California.

The cause of death was colorectal cancer.

His interests included family, nature, Summerfest, architecture, history, spicy food, sunsets, red wine, Sunday morning TV with his wife, dark coffee and beer, walks around neighborhood and cutting clippings of newspapers and comic strips.

He is survived by his wife Lynn Dennenberg, plus Rachel, Dani and Hava Dennenberg.

Rabbi Devorah Marcus at Temple Emanu-El, San Diego, officiated. Memoriams may be sent to the Jewish National Fund, 42 East 69th Street, New York, New York 10021 (please earmark to the Trees for Israel program) or the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave., N.W., Ste. 400, Washington, D.C. 20016 (please earmark to Food for Life program).

Ken Eichenbaum

Ken Eichenbaum of Bayside, an accomplished artist who loved to travel, died Oct. 9. He was 85.

The Washington High School graduate was born in Milwaukee. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he majored in art and was editor of the Octopus humor magazine. He was a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army serving in Korea as an MP.

His artistic and creative skills helped him succeed in the fields of advertising and design. From the mid 1950s until he retired in 1992 he had his own ad agency, Adz Inc.

He also worked with non-profits on designs and marketing, including with the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay. He was a member of the University of Wisconsin ­– Milwaukee board. He was an author, having published “Hoppel Poppel Kosher Comix” in 2001, among other titles. He loved to travel and leaves behind fond memories for his loving family of wonderful trips with him.

He is survived by spouse Cate Charlton. Cherished father of Arlin “Ann” (Dan) Kazez, Todd (Mary Beth) Eichenbaum and the late Steve (Paula) Eichenbaum. Loving grandfather of Ben and Rachel Kazez, Joshua, Jacob, Matthew, Ian and Maya Eichenbaum. Brother of Frederick (Sumi) Eichenbaum. Further survived by Maureen Eichenbaum, Sabina Green, beloved cousins and many dear friends.

Burial was at Mound Zion Cemetery Oct. 13, 2016 with Goodman-Bensman of Whitefish Bay. Memoriams may be sent to Milwaukee Jewish Home, the Milwaukee Art Museum or WUWM.

Carmel Tiebe Karas

Carmel Tiebe Karas (nee Asch), who was devoted to family and Jewish life, died Oct. 30, 2016. She was 96.

Her husband Harvey predeceased her in 1996.

Carmel, who was born in Lorain, Ohio on Oct. 2, 1920, attended Lorain High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1942. She held a bachelor’s degree in social work.

She was a member of Congregation Shalom and many Jewish organizations, plus the American Association of University Women and the Brandeis Book Sale. She was devoted to family and Jewish life. She enjoyed ukulele, stitchery, painting, music, performing arts and travel throughout the United States.

Survivors include son Jeffrey Karas (Malkah) of Pittsburgh, daughter Hallie Dolcourt (Victor) of Sunnyvale, California and son Hal Karas (Berri Forman) of Milwaukee. There are 13 grandchildren and 22 great- grandchildren in all.

Burial was at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Nov. 3, with Rabbi Marc E. Berkson. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

Koert Spanjar

Koert Spanjar of Mequon, a Holocaust survivor, died Oct. 18, 2016. He was 83.

Spanjar was born June 23, 1933. He survived the Holocaust, having been in hiding with his family for more than three years.

He had a special interest in motorcycles.

He is survived by wife Deanna Spanjar, and sons David and Michael (Melissa) Spanjar, plus Debbie (Rick) Intravaia.

He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid.

Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid Men’s Club, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, WI 53209 or to the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202.

Burial was at Mound Zion Cemetery on Oct. 19, with Blane Goodman Funeral Service and Rabbi Jacob Herber.