Obituaries, June 2022 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Obituaries, June 2022


Jacob Aschkenazi 

Jacob Aschkenazi died May 4, 2022, at the age of 81.   

Beloved husband of Adrielle Aschkenazi (nee Haddad).  Cherished father of Sarit Orly (the late Oren Izeak Steinberg) Aschkenazi Steinberg and Keren Mina (Eran Litvak) Aschkenazi.  Loving grandfather of Daniela Leigh Steinberg, Amalia Romie Steinberg, Idan Litvak and Amit Litvak. Dear brother of Albert (Gillou) Ashinazi and Gila (Sam) Lehrer. Further survived by other loving relatives and dear friends. 

Graveside service held on May 6 at Second Home Cemetery, Milwaukee. Rabbi Joel Alter officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorial contributions made to Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid appreciated. 

Ronald Cohn 

Dr. Ronald Cohn died April 28, 2022, at the age of 86.   

He was a dentist who, in his spare time, used his skilled hands to create stained glass pieces, assemble complicated jigsaw puzzles, and tend his beautiful outdoor gardens. He loved the movies “Singing in the Rain” and “Good News,” and just about all big Broadway musicals — adorning his dental office with posters from shows he saw on annual trips to New York City. After retiring, he returned to taking tap dance classes, a passion in his younger days. He was a keen bridge player and a regular volunteer at Fisher House – Milwaukee VA. His favorite summer and fall getaway was to Door County — a tradition he passed along to his children and grandchildren — and he cherished time in Naples, Florida. King of the cornball jokes, cheerleader at his grandchildren’s sporting and theatrical events. A soft-spoken, gentle man. To know him was to love him. 

Beloved husband of Maxine Cohn (nee Shovers). Cherished father of Scott Cohn, Barrie (Bob) Merar and BJ (Elyse) Cohn. Loving papa of Alexandra Cohn, JP (Karli) Cohn, Jonathan (Alea) Cohn, Dani Merar, Mardee (Adam) Nelson, Benjamin Cohn, Ariel Cohn and dear great-grandfather of Arianna Diaz. Fond brother of Sari (Ken) Miller. Further survived by other loving relatives and dear friends. 

Graveside service held May 2 at Spring Hill Cemetery, Milwaukee. Rabbi Ron Shapiro officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorial contributions made to Fisher House, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network appreciated. 

Adeline ‘Babe’ Domnitz  

Adeline “Babe” Domnitz (nee Dubin) died April 20, 2022 at the age of 99.   

Beloved wife of the late Hyman Domnitz. Cherished mother of Merrick (Anita), Larry (Colleen), and late Avin (Rita) Domnitz. Proud grandmother of Mikel (Greg), Sasha (Kevin), Liza (Michael), Max (Luba), Ari (Angela), and Noah (Rebecca) and great-grandmother of Oliver, Zoey, Willa, Winnie, Andrei, Sophia, Jakob, Lucy, Hersch, and Levi. Preceded in death by siblings Max (the late Adina), Ben (the late Fae), and David (the late Loretta) Dubin, and Tina (the late Louis) Nashban. Dear friend of Florence Schneiderman, Belle Peterman, and Dorothy Schwartz. Further survived by other loving relatives and friends.   

The family would like to express a special thank you to the Harbor Chase staff and the incredible caregivers of Brighton Hospice, especially Alex and Monica.  

Graveside funeral service held April 25 at Second Home Cemetery, Milwaukee. Hazzan Jeremy Stein officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorial contributions made to the Milwaukee Jewish Day School appreciated. 

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Ruth Goodman Hiller 

On April 15, 2022, after battling Alzheimer’s for 11 years, Ruth Goodman Hiller  a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother – died at the age of 95.   

Ruth was born on Jan. 26, 1927, in Racine to Julius and Esther Goodman. She was a generous and kind person, a stay-at-home mom who concentrated her talents on caring for and raising her family. 

Ruth is survived by Herb Hiller, her husband of 73 years, her children, James (Lisa), William (Carol) and Susan; 11 grandchildren and spouses of 9 of them; and 37 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by all of her siblings: David, Arnold and Robert Goodman; sister, Sari Ross, and their spouses. 

She graduated from Whitefish Bay High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she met her future husband, Herbert. They married on July 4, Independence Day, 1948, almost 74 years ago and lived in Fox Point since 1951. 

As long as she was able, she enjoyed swimming, dancing, bird-watching, golf, bridge and family gatherings, and was a voracious reader of books. She and Herb belonged to country clubs in both Bradenton, Florida and Mequon for many years. She will be remembered for her sweetness and her good sense of humor.  

The family wishes to thank the staff of Eastcastle Place and Vitas for all the care they gave to Ruth during her last months. 

Services were private. Rabbi Levi Hiller officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Donations, if you are so inclined, can be made to a charity of your choice.  

Neil M. Hootkin 

Neil M. Hootkin died on April 27, 2022, at the age of 70.   

Preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Annette (nee Sonduck) Hootkin.  Dear brother of Lucerne Rice of Madison and cousin of Howard (Anne Wright) Berliant of Milwaukee, Michael (David Zeligson) Sonduck of Rancho Mirage, California and Janet (Michael Simon) Sonduck of Eugene, Oregon. Further survived by other relatives and friends. 

Graveside funeral service held May 5 at Spring Hill Cemetery, Milwaukee. Rabbi Marc Berkson officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorial donations to Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Lake Park Friends or the Wisconsin Humane Society appreciated. 


Michael Kramsky 

Michael Kramsky died on April 18, 2022, at the age of 81. He was born to Frieda and Harry Kramsky in Milwaukee, where he lived his whole life.   

He loved food. After attending Washington High School, he went to culinary school and worked as a banquet chef in hotels immediately after finishing school.  He managed the Dutchland Dairy in Milwaukee before working at Gimbels Department Store and Bardes Plastics until his retirement.   

Gimbels was where he met Audrey (“Andy”) Clausing. They married and had a daughter, Joely. If you talked to Mike for longer than 5 minutes, chances are good you heard something about Joely. 

Mike had a big personality and once you met him, you likely remembered him. He had a humongous sense of humor and there was rarely a serious moment. 

He enjoyed NASCAR and stock car racing most of his life. He never left a free pen behind. He hosted fried matzo parties for his daughter during her visits home.  Mike was the undisputed Rummikub champion of the family…even when he wasn’t. And he was an expert at lying to his daughter about the “diabetic-friendly” nature of everything he ate in the later years of his life. 

Michael was preceded in death by his parents, Frieda and Harry Kramsky; sister, Judith Gershaw; and many beloved aunts, uncles and cousins. He is survived by his daughter, Joely (Jerome) Straseski; Andy; his dear friend of many years, Marge Amrhein; brother-in-law, Roger Gershaw; niece, Laura (Seth) Haller; and nephew, Matthew (Tracy) Gershaw. 

Michael loved his family and his friends. Please consider a donation to the charity of your choice in his memory. 

Private burial took place at Agudas Achim Cemetery. Rabbi Taylor Poslosky officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. 

David Sheldon Prusow  

David Sheldon Prusow, 78, of Hartford, died peacefully at the Lutheran Home Hospice on Thursday, May 12, 2022. 

David was born August, 27, 1943 in Milwaukee to Oscar and Eva (nee Ginsburg) Prusow. He was united in marriage to Janine Prusow (nee Swiatkowski) on April, 29, 2001. 

David attended Washington High school and went on to attend the University of Oshkosh, obtaining a bachelor of science in political science. He was talented from an early age and taught himself how to play the piano, along with the trumpet while growing up. He was a great man who loved his independence. He went on to serve over 30 years in the United States military including serving time in the Army and Air Force, where he then retired from the Air Force Reserves. David enjoyed the outdoors while snowmobiling, hunting, fishing and photography. He was also an involved member in the Richfield Lion’s Club for many years. 

David is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Janine; dear sister Pamela Prusow; cherished children, William (Becky) Prusow, Daryl (Jennifer) Prusow, Joshua, Megan, Brandon (Elizabeth) Prusow; cherished step-children, Oliver Spaulding, and Paige (Travis) Dudovick, adored grandchildren Lexi, Madison, and Dylan Prusow, Jessica (Nate) Zittel, Jennifer (fiancé Matt) and Amanda Prusow, Zelda and Warren Dudovick, and Lily Prusow, adored great-grandchildren Madeline and Landin Zittel, and future “little” Zittel on the way. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife Sharon Prusow; and second wife Helene (Sugar) Prusow. 

A memorial service for David will be held Sunday, June 5, 2022, at 12 p.m. at the Schauer Arts Center, 147 N. Rural Street, Hartford, with visitation from 10 a.m.-11:50 a.m. 

Contributions in memory of David are appreciated to the Richfield Lion’s Club. 

Cecelia ‘Ceil’ Rynski 

Cecelia “Ceil” Rynski (nee Solochek), native of Milwaukee, died peacefully on April 17, 2022, at Sarasota Memorial Hospital in Sarasota. She was 86 years young.   

Beloved wife of Henry Rynski for nearly 68 years. Loving mother of Darlene (Byron) Arbeit and Robin (David) Mintz. Proud grandmother of Erin Friend, Meredith Petrone, Julia Jacobson, Amanda Arbeit, Jordan Mintz, Joshua Mintz, and Jenna Mintz and 9 great-grandchildren: Ari, Eli and Ezra Friend; Jonah, Tess and Charlie Petrone; and Liam, Jack and Ellie Jacobson. Dear aunt of David and Terri Solochek. Further survived by other relatives and friends. 

Her legacy will be carried forward through all the good done by those she touched. She will be deeply missed. 

Graveside funeral service held April 25, 2022 at Agudas Achim Cemetery, Cudahy. Rabbi Noah Chertkoff officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorial contributions to American Cancer Society appreciated.    

 Doris Simkin Waller