Obituaries 

 

Darlene J. Ausman 

Darlene J. Ausman, of Fox Point, passed away on June 20 at the age of 85 years and was laid to rest on June 23. She was the beloved wife of (the late) Kenneth Ausman and cherished mother of Kraig (Rita) Ausman and Loribeth (Todd) Hutchison. Loving grandmother of Kevin (Robin), T.J., Kelli Ausman and Aylah (Marshal) Povlick. Also survived by other relatives and many treasured friends. The family wishes to especially thank Ted Pittleman for his loving companionship and support these past years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the MACC Fund would be appreciated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family.  

Kenneth J. Bahcall 

Kenneth J. Bahcall of Milwaukee died July 22. He was 62. 

Kenneth was born in Milwaukee. He attended Nicolet High School and then the University of Wisconsin. He worked in printing for many years.  

He’s remembered as a very kind man, likable and nice to be with. Kenneth enjoyed all types of sports. He loved family trips, including ski trips to Aspen, Colorado and fishing trips to Canada. Kenneth will be dearly missed. 

He is survived by his mother, Barbara Bahcall Himes; brothers, Dr. James Bahcall (Amy) and Steven Bahcall (Kiersten); nieces, Allie Bahcall and Jamie Bahcall; stepbrother, Rick Himes and cousin Cathy Sherman. Kenneth was predeceased by his father, Albert Bahcall. 

Blaine Goodman assisted the family, with a private burial with Second Home Cemetery, with Rabbi Noah Chertkoff. 

Memorial contributions are welcome to the Wisconsin Humane Society.   

Barry Forrest Bruskin 

Barry Forrest Bruskin, age 70, of Bayside, died on July 23, 2020, peacefully in his home of 37 years, surrounded by his family. 
 
Barry was born in Milwaukee on April 10, 1950, to parents, Irwin and Perlanne, and his sister, Holly. He attended Nicolet High School and attained his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of Wisconsin, followed by his J.D. from Marquette University. Barry began his career as a defense attorney, and then became a dedicated employee at Traveler’s Insurance, where he worked for 27 years. 
 
Barry had a passion for learning and for the arts. He and his wife, Felice, attended almost weekly lectures and theater productions. He was named volunteer of the year at Jewish Family Services after dedicating many years volunteering with the ESL program for Russian immigrant families and with Our Next Generation, coordinated through his synagogue. Barry has been a lifelong member of Congregation Shalom where he and his family remained actively engaged for the duration of his life. He was also interested in genealogy, spending many late nights finding relatives and sharing photos and stories. 
 
Barry is survived by his devoted wife, Felice, of 37 years and his caring sister, Holly (Sid) Williamson. He was a loving father to Asher Bruskin, Tara (Gabriel) Cicarelli, Scott (Kristin) Epstein, and grandfather to Jaclyn, Stephen and Matthew. 
 
Funeral services will be private. A special thank you to the Aurora and Horizon staff who took such great care of Barry throughout his treatments. 
 
In lieu of sending flowers, memorials can be sent to Congregation Shalom (Cantor Karen Berman or Rabbi Ronald & Judy Shapiro Legacy Funds) or The American Cancer Society. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family. 

Beverly Davidoff (nee Werner) 

Beverly Davidoff (nee Werner), of Mequon, passed away due to natural causes on July 28, 2020, at the age of 89. She was proceeded in death by her husband, Sheldon Davidoff.  

Beverley went to Washington High School and was a congregation member of The Shul. She was the loving mother of Terri (Larry) Cohodes and Judy (Bill) Ferrer. Further survived by 11 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. She was laid to rest at Second Home Cemetery, and Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family. 

Donna Davidoff 

Donna Davidoff, of Mequon, died on June 22, 2020, at the age of 67. Loving wife of Michael Hansen. Dear sister of John Davidoff, Ron Davidoff, and Debbie (Earle Mauldin) Davidoff. Further survived by her 4 nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Private services were held. Memorials to Dogs for Better Lives, DogsForBetterLives.org. Blane Goodman Funder Service assisted the family. 

Joan Kabins 

Joan Kabins (nee Robinson), of Glendale, passed away on July 2, 2020, at age 90 years old.  

She was the beloved wife for 67 years of Laurence J. Kabins. Loving mother of Susan Kabins and Melissa (the late Adam) Freedman and the late Jeffrey Kabins. Cherished grandmother of Kyle (David) Lerner and Jorie Frances Kreitman. Adoring great-grandmother of Poppy Spencer Lerner. 
 
Private services. Memorials to the Milwaukee Art Museum or the Wisconsin Humane Society. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.  

Gail Kahn 

Gail Kahn (nee Lewensohn), of Mequon, died on July 12, 2020, at the age of 80. Preceded in death by loving husband, Fred Kahn, and special companion Howard Katz. Loving mother of Pam (Martin) Stein and Brian (Heidi) Kahn. Dear grandmother of Lauren Stein; Ethan and Gabriel Kahn. Adoring sister of Barbara (the late Dr. Sidney) Glassman and sister-in-law of Belle (Sol) Weinstein and Irving (Barbara) Kahn. 
 
Private services. Memorials to The Michael J Fox Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer, or Congregation Shalom. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family. 

Judith E. Katz 

Judith E. Katz died on July 17, 2020, at the age of 78. 

Preceded in death by her beloved parents, Hyman and Hasha (nee Afrim) Katz.  Dear sister of Rosalee (Alan) Pemberton, Rachel (Dr. Jerome) Cornfield and the late Reuben (the late Marcia) Katz. Further survived by 11 nieces and nephews, 23 great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and dear friends. 

Private service at Mound Zion Cemetery.  Rabbi Wes Kalmar officiated, and Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family.  Memorial contributions to Anshe Sfard Kehillat Torah or any charity benefiting the social welfare of women appreciated. 

Karen L. Kramer  

Karen L. Kramer (nee Applebaum), Milwaukee, died July 15, 2020, at the age of 84.  

Loving mother of Steven (Peggy Wilcox) Kramer, David (Sari) Kramer, and Thomas (Susan) Kramer. Adoring grandmother of Laura (Alex), Adin (Cathy), Sarah, Max, Emily (Conrad) and Alyssa (Alex), Zoe, and Allie. Dear great-grandmother of Rafael, Maya, Wolf, Sara, Ethan and Charlie. Further survived by other relatives and friends. 
 
Private services. Memorials to Chai Point Greatest Need Fund, 1400 N Prospect Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family. 

Harold B. Krom 

Harold B. Krom, age 90, died on July 26, 2020. 
 
Harold was born on Dec. 11, 1929, in Marshfield, Wisconsin, to Rose (nee Bunin) and Louis Krom of Owen, Wisconsin. The family lived there until 1934 and then moved to Milwaukee. Harold attended and graduated from the Emanuel Philipp School and Rufus King High School. Following a year at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Harold enlisted in the United States Air Force where he served four years, including 22 months on the island of Guam. Following his discharge from the military, he returned to school and graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. While at the University, he was affiliated with the Delta Sigma Pi fraternity. 
 
Shortly after graduating, Harold moved to Texas and served as the executor of the N.B. Bunin Estate at Brownwood. Harold later returned to school and received his M.B.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. After receiving his MBA, Harold earned his CPA license and worked for the Internal Revenue Service, retiring in 1987 as a Petroleum Industry Program Manager. He was a member of the Texas Society of CPAs for over 50 years as well as the American Institute of CPAs. Following retirement, Harold pursued interests in travel, family history and genealogy. He was an Eagle Scout and an avid Green Bay Packers fan. 
 
Harold is predeceased by brothers, Claire and Donald, and his sister, Jeane Zarne, and his best friend and companion of 20 years, Freda Vogel Bernstein. 
 
He is survived by his brother, David Krom, nephews Michael Krom (Judie), Larry Krom (Shelly), Daniel Zarne and niece Louise Schuckit (William), great nephews, nieces and great-great nephews and nieces. He is also survived by his “adopted” Dallas family, Freda’s 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.  

Earl Newman 

Earl Newman, of Glendale, died peacefully surrounded by family on June 28, 2020, at the age of 87. He was born on May 23, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois to Louis and Lucille Newman (Nee Lewis). 

He graduated from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In the last 25 years of his career, he was an appraiser for American Appraisal Associates. 
 
Earl was a caring and engaging man, with a zest for life, devoted to family and friends. He was a funny and adventurous gentle giant with a heart of gold known lovingly as Big Earl and Big E. His diverse interests included photography, cycling, golf, the outdoors, music, theater and his Thursday night poker club. 
 
“His life was gentle; and the elements so mixed in him, that Nature might stand up and say to all the world, THIS WAS A MAN!” 
 
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Harriet Rogoza Newman; children, Robert Newman (Betsy), Laurie Newman (Jeff Vogeler), and Abbey Newman (Corey Jakubowicz); grandchildren, Nick Newman, Dan Newman (Claire Johnson), Brad Smith (Josh Westerlund), Brian Smith (Amanda), Millie Jakubowicz; and great-granddaughters, Harper Smith and Alice Newman. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Barbara Newman. 

Private services were held on June 30. A future memorial will take place to celebrate his life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid or a charity of personal choice. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.  

Charlotte Slater 

Charlotte Slater, born Charlotte Edelstein on Feb. 7, 1932, died on July 29, 2020.  

Dear wife of the late Martin Slater. Caring mother of Debra Slater, Julie Slater, and Steven (Rochelle) Slater. Loving sister of Marvin Edelstein (Judy, the late Irene), the late Mary (Raymond) Waisman, the late Rachel (Robert) Levin, the late Jerome (Esther) Edwards, and the late Bernard Edelstein, and sister-in-law of the late Al (Kerrie) Slater. Adoring grandmother of Ethan (Kaitlin) Chernin; Alyssa Cass and Jonathan Cass; Leah and Joseph Slater. Further survived by other relatives and friends. 
 
Private graveside services. Memorials to Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun or Milwaukee Jewish Federation. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.  

Leonida Spakman  

Leonida Spakman (nee Valitsky) passed away on August 15th, 2020, at the age of 93.   

Beloved wife of the late Yefim Spakman. Cherished mother of Rakhil (Ayzik) Okun and Simona Spakman. Proud grandmother of Julia (Jeff) Rodrigues and Inna (Dmitry Lapan) Okun and great-grandmother of Aaron Rodrigues, Lia Lapan and Hailey Lapan.  

Private graveside services were held at Mound Zion Cemetery, Brookfield. Rabbi Yaakov Elman officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice appreciated. 

Gerald Weinberg  

Gerald “Jerry” Weinberg, age 93, died on July 19, 2020.  

Born in Milwaukee on Nov. 14, 1926, Jerry was a wonderful and caring husband father, grandfather and friend. 
 
He was married to Geraldine “Gerrie” Weinberg for almost 70 years. The night he met her at a party, he went home and told his parents he found the girl he was going to marry. She remained the love of his life until her death in 2018. He is survived by his daughter, Wendy (Warren) Blumenthal, son, Bradd (India) Weinberg, and grandchildren, Lauren Blumenthal, Max (fiancée Kelly Cueto) Blumenthal and Vishnu Weinberg. He is also survived by his twin sister, Jean Lipkin of Rehovot, Israel, along with nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
 
A graduate of Washington High School, Jerry enlisted in the Army at 17 during World War II but was not sent overseas until after the war ended. Stationed in Germany he attended the Nuremberg trials. When returned home he attended art school in Milwaukee. For many years, he was the proprietor of Modern Men’s and Boys’ Wear in West Allis. A longtime resident of Bayside, Jerry was also active in the West Allis business affairs. 
 
Jerry was the man everyone loved and admired for his kindness, warmth and his sense of humor. His friends remained a constant for their lifetimes. His children and grandchildren knew he always was interested in every aspect of their lives. He was a fantastic dancer and claimed to never have had a bad meal in his life. 
 
Many thanks to the wonderful staff on the fourth floor of Ovation Jewish home, with particular thanks to Nurse Manager Deb Dukler, Leonard Foster, Oby Nzeaka and Latrice Dean. 
 
Private graveside services. Memorials to Jewish Community Pantry, Congregation Shalom, Ovation Jewish Home or a charity of your choice. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family. 

Barbara K. Wiener  

Barbara K. Wiener, of Bayside, passed away on July 3, 2020, age 80. Loving mother of Wendy (Mark) Sommer and Allison (Bradley) Klippel. Cherished grandmother of Becca and Lauren Klippel. Dear sister of Sally (Alan) Klein and William L Kann III. Further survived by other relatives and friends. 
 
Private services. Memorials to Breast Cancer Research Fund or charity of your choice. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.