Obituaries, October 2020 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Obituaries, October 2020


Daniel Baruch (Baruch Ben Meir) 

Daniel Baruch (Baruch Ben Meir), formerly of Delafield, passed away in Slinger on Sept. 8, 2020, at the age of 78. Preceded in death by his parents, Rabbi Max and Brunhild (née Rosenfelder) Kapustin. Daniel is survived by his brother, Samuel Jacob (Marsha) Kapustin, his daughter, Sarah Louise (Roeland Jagers) Kapustin, and his granddaughter, Miriam Ruth Jagers.  

Born on June 13, 1942 in Danville, Virginia, he spent the majority of his childhood in Detroit, where his father was Hillel director and Semitic languages professor at Wayne State University. After obtaining degrees at Yeshiva University and Boston University, he enjoyed a long and versatile career, working as a physicist, mathematician, strategist, investment banker, real estate broker and professor. Private services were held at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery, Milwaukee. Rabbi Dov Lisker officiated.  Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice appreciated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. 

Thelma Forbes  

Thelma Toby Rae Forbes (Nee Raznick), formerly of Omaha, Nebraska, was born on Dec. 25, 1938, and passed away after a long illness in Milwaukee on Sept. 4, 2020.  She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Marshall Forbes, and four adult children, Jody (Dennis) Knox; Barbara (Jon) Forbes-Lyons; Joel Forbes and Shari (Joel) Berman. Together, they blessed Toby and Marshall with six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Toby is also survived by a sister, Shirley Schwartz, and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Toby spent her working career in Jewish community work starting at the Jewish Community Center in Omaha at the Jewish Federation of Omaha as the secretary to the executive director and then as the office manager for the Omaha Federation. Upon moving to Milwaukee, she continued her work with the Jewish community at the JCC.  She finished her career at the Milwaukee Friends of Hebrew University. Private services were held at Second Home Cemetery.  Rabbi Joel Alter officiated.  Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family.  Memorial donations in Toby’s name to Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N. Green Bay Ave., Glendale, WI, 53209 appreciated. 

Beverly Sanderson Geisenfeld  

Beverly Sanderson Geisenfeld was born and raised in Milwaukee to Mildred and Irving Sanderson on April 4, 1937. She died on Aug. 23, 2020, just three months after the death of her loving husband James Geisenfeld, on June 4, 2020. They resided in Dayton, Ohio. 
She was cherished mother of Nancy, Diane (Rick) and Ricky (Millie). Adored grandmother of Melanie, Jennifer, Jeremy, Marissa, Michael, Allyssa and Jenna. Dear sister of Robert (Sharon) and caring aunt of Jill, Jeff and Darrell, sister-in-law to Mary Meyers and aunt to Elizabeth and Mark. 
Beverly devoted her life to her family. She was very artistic and creative, sharing these gifts with all of her family. She also was a fabulous cook and hostess who embraced everybody with her warmth and friendship. 
Private services were held in Dayton, Ohio. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.  

Annette Zolin Hirsch  

Annette Zolin Hirsh, lifelong resident of Milwaukee and a nationally known metalsmith, died peacefully on Aug. 1, 2020, at age 98. 
Annette Hirsh is survived by her sons, Jay (Wendy) and Robin (Deborah), three grandchildren, Sarah, Nora, and Isaac, and three beloved great-granddaughters, Abigail, Maya, and Madison. Her husband, Jules, died in 2004 after 59 years of marriage. 
Annette was a nationally known artist and metalsmith, particularly known for her Judaica metalwork. Her metal jewelry, sculpture, and Judaica have been shown in solo and juried exhibitions in Wisconsin and nationally, as well as being included in the permanent collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Jewish Museum, Milwaukees Mt. Mary College, the Israeli Embassy (Washington, D.C.), Denvers Mizel Museum of Judaica, the Milwaukee Jewish Home for the Aged, Field Enterprises (New York), the Milwaukee Jewish Community Center, and synagogues in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, Virginia, and Arizona. 
She studied art at the Milwaukee State Teachers College, now part of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with her training interrupted by World War II. She then did newspaper advertising illustration at Gimbels and Boston Store. 

After the war, she continued to develop her painting technique with watercolors, oil paintings and pen and ink drawings. She developed an interest in metalwork after taking a Shorewood night school class in the mid1950s and was largely self-taught after that. Her specialty was lost-wax casting, but she became expert in many metalworking techniques including etching and cloisonné. 
Annette was curator of the Joseph Baron Museum at Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun in Milwaukee for over 30 years and was the longtime historian of the Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council, and she is also listed in Whos Who in American Art.” 
Private services. Memorials to Congregation Emanu-El Bne Jeshurun or Ovation Communities. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.  

Edith Kahn  

Edith Esther Kahn died peacefully on Aug. 16, 2020. She has now rejoined her beloved parents, Rosel (1885-1982) and Herman (1883-1969). Edith was born in Trier, Germany, in 1929. She came to the United States in 1938 with her parents and older brother, Ralph. She lost many relatives in the Holocaust. 

Edith graduated from East Division High School (now Riverside University High School), Downer College (now the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and Columbia University Teacher’s College. Edith was a grade school teacher for the Milwaukee Public Schools from 1958 to 1992, primarily at Cass Street School.  

A faithful member of Lake Park Synagogue, she was well known for her joy at working in the kitchen. Edith is fondly remembered by friends as a quirky yet compassionate woman. Edith was both frugal yet giving. She was a donor to many charities representing good causes. Edith enjoyed listening to Neil Diamond and watching Good Morning America. Edith was a longtime fixture on Downer Avenue; a historian of people, stores and events over the past 80 years.  Private graveside services were held. Rabbi Joel Dinin officiated, and Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. 

Joel Herbert Leibovitz 

Joel Herbert Leibovitz died on Aug. 25, 2020, at the age of 90. Beloved father of Judith (Dr. Barry) Hellman, Steven (Linda) Leibovitz, Marylyn (Eliot) Scheuer, and Shaindel Todd (Amanda), Hannah Joy, Jason, Elisheva, Gabriel, and Zachary. He was preceded in death by his son, Keith, OBM.  

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. Please send memorial donations to The Shul Center, 8825 North Lake Drive, Bayside, WI 53217 or Yeshiva Elementary School, 5115 W. Keefe Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53216 would be appreciated. 

Rita Sue Lichtig  

Rita Sue Lichtig (nee Berg) passed away on Aug. 21 at the age of 83. Rita loved her cat, cooking, scrapbooking, jewelry making, needle crafts, the Brewers, movies, music, reading, and book club. She was a homemaker for 20 years and then an administrative worker until retired 15 years ago.  

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hyman and Celia Berg, and her brother Don. Beloved mother and grandmother of Lori Scott (and family), Craig, Kevin (and family) and Jacki (predeceased). Former wife of Arnold Lichtig (deceased). A private graveside service was held at Wisconsin Memorial Park Cemetery. 

Barbara “Bunny” Fisher Sheyer 

Barbara “Bunny” Fisher Sheyer died on July 28, 2020, at the age of 85. Bunny was born in Milwaukee, and was a member of Temple Shalom in Fox Point. Throughout her life, Bunny always found time to give back to her community. She served as the Lydell School PTA president, a board member of the National Council for Jewish Women and most recently as a volunteer tutor at the Marvin Pratt Elementary School Head Start program through the Learn to Succeed program sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Miss Bunny was loved by the students and known for the nicknames and stickers she bestowed on them. Her lifelong love of books helped to inspire the children to learn to read. Bunny was a lifelong volunteer and mahjong player. As much as she enjoyed reading, she loved to write. Bunny was known for the beautiful letters and thank you notes she wrote. She also loved to knit and make needlepoint gifts for her family and friends.  

Bunny is survived by her husband, Stanford, and their children, Susan (Steve) Umland and Amy Sheyer, as well as her grandsons, Michael (Ashley), Dan and Matthew Umland, and her brother, Michael Fisher. Bunny was known for keeping in touch with people over the years and miles, which is why she had so many lifelong friends, dating back to her days at Atwater Elementary School in Shorewood. 

James Silberman 

James M. Silberman died Aug. 19, 2020, at the age of 83. Beloved father of Tracy Silberman Feffer, David Silberman and Josh Silberman. Proud grandfather of Jordy and Brandon Feffer. Dear brother of Rochelle (the late Frank) Pierce and the late Buddy Silberman. Further survived by other relatives and friends.  

Private services.  Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice appreciated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. 

Dr. Farrol Sims 

Dr. Farrol Sims,age 82, died peacefully after a long illness, on June 6, 2020. Beloved husband of Lilian, loving father of Dr. Amanda (Michael Speyer, z’l) Sims and Dr. Leanne Sims and ‘adored’ Zeida of Jacob Sims Speyer and Joshua Sims Speyer. He was survived by his sisters, Adele (Barry) Rudolph; Gail Muczinski and Jackleigh (Lewis) Ashberg and his sisters-in-law, Madeleine (Max z’l) Trapedo-Dworsky; Cynthia Trapedo and Eleanor (Anthony) Wertheimer, nieces and nephews.  

Farrol was an academic geriatrician caring for vulnerable older adults on the north side of Milwaukee at the Center for Senior Health and Longevity Clinic at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. He previously practiced primary care at the Aurora Geriatrics Institute at Sinai and at Johnston Community Clinic on the south side of Milwaukee. In all of his roles, he was a valued member of the faculty physicians of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Aurora UW Medical Group. He had a particular talent for teaching medical students about the care of frail older patients. He was loved by his patients, their families and by the clinic staff.  

Farrol was compassionate, gentle, and kind with a wonderful sense of humor. His interests were vast and varied, classical music, the arts, traveling and exploring new countries and good food. Farrol was the eternal optimistic and always took time to ‘smell the roses. He will be missed. Private burial at Second Home Cemetery with Rabbi Joel Alter officiating.  Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family.  Memorial contributions to Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid or the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund appreciated. 

Eric Ryan Wagan  

Eric Ryan Wagan from Scottsdale, Arizona, died on Aug. 19 at 48 years old. The funeral service was held on Aug. 25 at Sinai Mortuary. Eric was born in Milwaukee on April 2, 1973.  

He graduated from Nicolet High School and went to Milwaukee Area Technical College to get an associate’s degree. Eric worked at Target in Arizona for nine years. He enjoyed decorating, traveling and spending time with family. Eric was a wonderful son of Pearl and Sanford Wagan and a dear brother of Tracey Buckner and the special uncle to Natalie Hirsch. He was a dear nephew to many aunts and uncles. He was loved by so many people. Donations should be made to the National Alliance of Mental Illness. Sinai Mortuary assisted the family.