Obituaries, October 2022 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Obituaries, October 2022


Judy Bloch 

Judy Bloch (nee Kernis) died on Sept. 16, 2022, at the age of 74.  

In addition to being a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Judy was a master educator who touched the lives of countless children, colleagues and families. She always made time to mentor and share her wisdom with anyone who needed guidance or a friendly ear to listen. Her supportive, diplomatic, caring and kind nature endeared her to all.  Judy was a true “eshet chayil,” woman of valor.  

After her marriage to Eric in 1969, Judy began her 50-year career as an educator teaching 5th grade in Wichita, Kansas.  After moving to Milwaukee in 1971, Judy obtained a master of science degree in exceptional education and proceeded to serve in various capacities as a special education teacher, diagnostician, consultant, and supervisor of student teachers in learning disabilities. She taught graduate courses in learning disabilities, effective teaching strategies, and faculty evaluation at Cardinal Stritch College for 14 years.   

In 1984, Judy joined the administration at University School of Milwaukee where she remained for 34 years before retiring. At USM, Judy initiated and chaired the USM Learning Center program supporting colleagues, students and their families. She developed and directed USM’s Summer I.D.E.A.S. for 26 years, providing summer experiences to more than 11,000 individual students and hundreds of teachers and assistants. Among her many responsibilities during her tenure, Judy led the USM accreditation process, and also co-chaired numerous ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) accreditation teams; and for more than 20 years, conducted USM’s New Faculty Orientation program. 

She was president of the Board of the Milwaukee Jewish Day School. Judy was on the Board of Directors of Congregation Beth Israel and was treasurer of the CBI Sisterhood for almost 30 years.   

Beloved wife of Eric M. Bloch.  Loving mother of Rachel (Adam Christian) Bloch and Melissa (Jason) Bloch-Meier.  Proud grandmother of Bennett and Beau.  Further survived by mother-in-law, Vellie Bloch; sisters-in-law, Janet Kernis, Cheryl Wallace, and Renee (Mohamed) Shallouf; niece, Ariel (Sonja Pieck) Kernis; dearest cousin, Merrilee (John) Waldron; and many other loving relatives and friends.  Preceded in death by her parents, Esther and Alvin Kernis, and brother, Dr. Marten M. Kernis. 

Graveside funeral service held Sept. 19 at Second Home Cemetery, Milwaukee. Rabbi Joel Alter officiated.  Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorial contributions to Milwaukee Jewish Day School’s Kernis, Bloch, and Smargon Families Endowment Book Fund appreciated.  The family would like to thank Judy’s many caregivers for their love and support. 

Jann Marie Goldberg 

Jann Marie Goldberg, 51, Mequon, died June 27, 2022. 

Jann was born Feb. 13, 1971, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She graduated from Appleton East High School in 1989, then University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2005, with studies in anthropology. She was a member of Congregation Sinai.  

Survived by dear family, spouse Jeremy Goldberg, son Eli Goldberg, parents Colleen and Bill Harkins of Appleton and David and Karen Obermeier of Neenah. Also, brother Cooper Harkins and sister Maggie Harkins, and in-laws Martin and Fern Goldberg. 

Place of burial, Moses Montefiore Cemetery in Appleton, July 1, with Cantor Richard Newman and Brettschneider Trettin Nickel Funeral Chapel. 

Memorials may be sent to Wisconsin Humane Society. 

Catherine Peltz  

Catherine Peltz (nee Young) died Aug. 31, 2022 at the age of 58. 

Beloved wife of Arnold Peltz. Cherished mother of Sarah (Freddy Carrillo) Weintraub, Rachael (David) Pollack, Joseph (Isabelle) Weintraub, and Jacqueline Goldman. Loving grandmother of Ana, Lily, Felix, Rosa, Noah, and Charlotte. Cherished daughter of Carole Young (nee Buenger) and the late Rufus Young. Dear sister of Marilyn (John) Ritchie. Further survived by Elan and Lisa Peltz and Savannah and Dylan; Tamar Peltz and Oliver; Rami Peltz and Aidan and Kai; Joseph and Miriam Peltz and Mia, Chloe and Miles; Rachael Peltz and Elliot Currie, Michael Peltz, and other loving relatives and dear friends.  

A graveside service was held on Sept. 1 at Agudas Achim Cemetery, Cudahy. Rabbi Menachem Rapoport officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorial contributions made to Milwaukee Jewish Day School, Marbleseed Organic Farming, or Peltz Center for Jewish Life appreciated. 

Arnold J. Snap 

Arnold. J. Snap died Aug. 25, 2022 at the age of 79.  

Bashert of Shelly (nee Schulman). Adored father of Rick Snap and Amy (Russ) Ball.  Cherished zayde of Eli and Ethan Ball.  Loving brother of Leon (Joyce) Snap and the late Annette Jankins.  Dear brother-in-law of Bobbie (the late Shel) Fishman.  Further survived by other loving relatives and friends. 

Graveside funeral service held Aug. 29 at Second Home Cemetery. Rabbi Joel Alter officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family.  Memorial contributions to Accord Hospice, 400 Lake Cook Rd., Ste. 223, Deerfield, IL 60015 appreciated. 

Shirley Weiner 

Shirley Weiner (née Weicher), 100 years of age, passed away peacefully, surrounded by family on Sept. 5, 2022, at home in Madison. She was preceded in death by the “love of her life,” her husband, Jack Weiner. 

“Ahma,” to her grandkids and great-granddaughters, was born in Milwaukee on August 28, 1922. In addition to Jack, she was preceded in death by her parents, Ben and Tillie Weicher. 

Filled with love and caring, Shirley possessed throughout her life a great sense of humor, was very bright, and had a great eye for fashion.  

Shirley was a wonderful mother to her sons, Mike (Diane) Weiner, and Scott Weiner, both residing in Madison.  Ahma was well known for affectionate expressions both spoken and in writing where she included her trademark lipstick kisses and colorfully drawn hearts. She leaves grandchildren, Ariel (Ryan) Malia of Portland; Jamie Engber of Madison; Adam Weiner of Portland; and Max (Marie Zettek) Weiner of Denver. Her great-granddaughters are Fiona and Juniper Malia; and another expected in December. 

Shirley and Jack spent many, many years of their life supporting camping. Shirley was known to many campers at North Star Camp in Hayward as the lady who handed out their mail, checking it for forbidden candy sent by their parents. In this role, she was once featured in a light Wall Street Journal article. 

Shirley is survived by her two youngest sisters, Vi (Bob) Schneider of California and Natalie Russell of Menomonee Falls. Preceding her in death was her next youngest sister, Bernice Mason. She was further preceded in death by sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joe and Ruth Hirschberg, Al and Mildred Lerner, Milt Mason, and George Russell. 

The family wishes to thank the staff at Oak Park Place – Nakoma (Madison), Agrace Hospice, and physicians Jeffrey Maehl and James Davis for their excellent care. 

Graveside funeral services held Sept. 8 at Mound Zion Cemetery, Brookfield.  Rabbi Joel Alter officiated.  Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. 

Ruthe Zubatsky 

Ruthe Siegel Zubatsky, 102, of Milwaukee, passed away surrounded by the love of her family on Aug. 29, 2022.  

Preceded in death by her husband, Eugene, she leaves her sons (Marshall and Robert), her daughter (Babette), son-in-law (Robert Ellis), and grandson (Max). She is also survived by her brother (Buddy Siegel) and his wife Esther Siegel, along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins across the country who were loved by Ruthe.   

She had dedicated and compassionate support from her caregivers (Caroline, Angie, and Mae) who were by her side night and day. Born in 1920, Ruthe had an amazing zest for life, enjoying many talents including dancing, singing and music.  She was a marching band member at Washington High School and loved to play the piano.   

Ruthe graduated with a dental hygienist degree from Marquette University and was the longest living registered dental hygienist in Wisconsin. As a life member of Hadassah, she was voted “Woman of Valor” for her high level of integrity and service. She was a long-standing member and Sisterhood president at Beth Israel Ner Tamid Synagogue.  

Ruthe always had a strong heart for her community, volunteering as an aide to help those in need at Mount Sinai Hospital. She won the Betty Crocker Cook-Off Award with her famous banana cake with chocolate frosting, which was well known across town. Some of Ruthe’s later life mottos included: “Those are the vicissitudes of life,” “99 and feeling fine,” and “102 and I know what to do.”   

As a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt to many, she demonstrated unconditional kindness and warmth to all who were closest to her.  May we all share fond memories and thoughts of a wonderful woman who lived and loved life to its fullest.  A private graveside funeral service was held at Second Home Cemetery. Rabbi David Cohen and Hazzan Jeremy Stein officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Donations in her memory can be sent to The Hunger Task Force and/or the Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer – MACC fund.