Obituaries, Dec.ember 2017

Melvin M. Askot

Dr. Melvin M. Askot of Glendale died Oct. 30, 2017. He was 88.

He graduated from North Division High School in 1944. He was proud that he was 15-years-old when he started college and his classmates were returning veterans. After his undergraduate work at Marquette University, he attended and graduated from the Marquette University School of Medicine in 1953.

He was a member of Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid and served as vice president.

A pediatrician, his greatest joy was teaching. When he retired in 2000, he started tutoring first through fourth grades at Byron Kilbourn Elementary School; taught a class on Israel at the North Shore School for Seniors; and helped rabbis at Congregation Shalom in leading discussions on Jewish views of the news.

But the children at Byron Kilbourn School were his favorites. One of the cards he received from a second grader said, “Dr. Askot – You are a kindful person,” and that he was.

Melvin is remembered by family as having “joined” every organization by contributing to all that asked. He was honored by the Jewish National Fund.

He is survived by spouse Jacquelyn Gilbert (nee Ross). His first spouse, Shirley Mae Askot (nee Gohn), died in 1989. Survivors include son Phillip J. Askot of Milwaukee, Stuart Askot of Philadelphia and Randi Askot Gamliel of Rehovot, Israel.

Burial was at Second Home Cemetery on Nov. 2, with Rabbis Jacob Herber and Ron Shapiro and funeral home Goodman-Bensman.

Memorial contributions are welcome to Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Congregation Shalom and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

Sharon Cayle

Sharon (Shari) Cayle (nee Miller) of Bayside died Oct. 17, 2017. She was 77.

She was born July 19, 1940 in Detroit. Shari was predeceased by spouse Dr. Theodore Cayle in 1989.

A deeply involved member of Congregation Sinai, she’d served as its Sisterhood president. She was also Milwaukee Yacht Club Shipmates president. She was a chocolatier and event planner.

Survivors include Brian (Jamie Sandler) Cayle, Marc (Linda) Cayle, Dr. Jonathan Cayle, Tracy (Jordan) Furman. Grandchildren are Alexander, Lauren, Olivia, Tori, and Jared Cayle, Lyndsay (James) Cavanaugh, and Jessica Romano, plus many other family members and friends.

Shari was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and cousin. Beloved friend of many from every community she was a part of, including Detroit; Chicago; Milwaukee; Annapolis, Maryland; and Margate, Florida.

Shari fought an inspirationally courageous battle with cancer for nearly ten years. A private memorial was to be held. Donations are welcome to a charity of choice. Arrangements were through Blane Goodman Funeral Service in Mequon.

John Mayer

John Mayer of Tel Aviv died Oct. 21, 2017. He was 64.

He was born Jan. 2, 1953 in Milwaukee.

The 1971 graduate of John Marshall High School earned his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1975. He studied Hebrew/education with a minor in music.

He was a member of Congregation Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah. A musician, Johnny set up Blues for Peace in Israel to honor the roots of blues music and promote peace and the understanding that all peoples have had their share of the blues. Johnny’s motto was, “…And they shall beat their swords into guitars.”

His surviving spouse is Lili Barchilon-Mayer. Also survived by daughters Yonat Piva and Liat Mayer.

He was buried in Tel Aviv on Oct. 23. Memorial contributions may be made to the Israel Blues Society at Blues.org.il.

Donald Neuman

Donald Neuman, 83, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died Nov. 4, 2017, surrounded by his devoted family.

He was born and raised in Milwaukee and graduated from University of Wisconsin with a 1956 bachelor’s degree and from Michigan State University with a 1968 doctorate.  Don was a professor in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for nearly 30 years, specializing in science education and teaching gifted and talented students. In retirement Don and his loving and devoted wife Barbara enjoyed traveling, playing bridge and volunteering in the community.

Don firmly believed that his greatest legacy was his family.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara, children, Phillip (Hilda), Michael (Nancy), Joel (Amy) and Laura, as well as nine grandchildren, Sarah (Andy Bank), Melissa, Allison, Joshua (Brooke), Jeremy (fiancé Jennifer Johnson), Jacob, Eliana, Rebecca and Isabel.  He is also survived by his sister, Helene (the late Melvyn) Diamond, brother-in-law, Richard (Bonni Gutov) Heavenrich and sister-in-law Jill (Michael) Thomson.  He also leaves behind nieces, nephews, cousins and a world of friends from near and far.  Don was the son of the late Harry and the late Ida Neuman. Interment at Beth El Cemetery, Livonia, Michigan. Contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, St. Mary’s Food Bank of Phoenix or the charity of your choice.

Pauline Zarne

Pauline Zarne of Glendale died Oct. 12, 2017. She was 94.

Pauline was born March 1, 1923 in Portage and then brought home to Milwaukee. She was predeceased by Monroe Zarne, her husband, in 1999.

A 1941 graduate of Washington High School, she also attended Iowa State University for her 1945 bachelor’s degree in art and then University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee for a master’s degree in art history. Pauline earned multiple awards in teaching and photography.

A member of Congregation Sinai, she was an occupational therapist, substitute teacher and artist.

Pauline’s first love was art, and she was a highly talented and award-winning artist, working in the media of painting, sculpture and photography. Other interests included dogs, swimming, food and a fondness for children. She is remembered as a legendary substitute teacher at Nicolet High School, teaching from age 65-90. She was well-loved by students and teachers alike.

She also taught Sunday school at Congregation Sinai. Her first career (age 22-65) was as an occupational therapist working primarily with adolescents at the Milwaukee County Child and Adolescent Treatment Center.

Survivors include Julie C. Judes and Debra H. Zarne; five nephews and a niece; and many dear friends and students.

Burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery on Oct. 16, 2017 with Rabbi Shlomo Levin and Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202; Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53202 or Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Wisconsin, 620 S. 76th St., Ste. 160, Milwaukee, WI 53214.