Obituaries, September 2023 | Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle

Obituaries, September 2023 

Ruth Mallin Braun 

Ruth Mallin Braun passed away on June 23, 2023 at the age of 89. Loving wife of the late William Braun; cherished mother of Ellen Sue (John) Geiger, Michael Braun, and Steven (Karen) Braun; proud grandmother of Heidi Braun, Cory Trones, Sam Trones (Amanda Deer), Lauren (Jacob) Orlofsky, and David (Yeonjae) Braun; adoring great-grandmother of Jackson and Natalie Trones, Bennett and Jane Orlofsky; dear sister of Dr. Sanford (Katharine) Mallin; and fond aunt of many loving nieces and nephews.  

Graveside funeral service held July 26 at Spring Hill Cemetery, Milwaukee. Cantor David Barash officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral home assisted the family. Memorial donations can be made to Milwaukee Jewish Federation, 

Judi H. Cytron 

Judi Harriet Cytron, St. Louis Park, Minnesota died Aug. 8, 2023 

Judi was born in St. Louis, Missouri and raised and nurtured by her grandparents, Rachel and Alex Silverstein. She attended the University of Missouri and was the owner and operator of The Elephant Trunk, a children’s gift and party store in her hometown. Judi lived in Milwaukee for about 10 years. 

She was predeceased by her beloved uncle, Joe Silverstein, and her younger sister, Susie Borden, both of St. Louis. 

Judi is survived by her husband of 61 years, Ashley L. Cytron; two sons, Andrew and wife Pam, and Todd and wife, Amy; niece Terri and husband Shane Shadrach; grandchildren Hanah, Dara, Samantha, Mia and Max; and many caring family members, including grandnieces Olivia and Norah. 

Judi was a dedicated volunteer at CHDK hospital of Norfolk, Virginia, creating many hundreds of scarves and caps for patients and infants. She had been a member of Norfolk’s Congregation Beth El, and a life member of Hadassah. Judi cultivated a caring group of knitting circle friends, and together with Ashley were embraced by many neighbors in both their Virginia Beach homes, before recently relocating to Minnesota. 

The family thanks Dr. Alberico and all at the Brock Cancer Center of Norfolk, Va. Contributions to a cancer research center or to a charity of the donor’s choice would be deeply appreciated.  
Condolences may be shared with the family. 

A graveside service was held Aug. 9, 2023.  

Linda Hersh 

Linda Hersh (nee Matis) died on Aug. 2, 2023 at the age of 72.   

Beloved wife of Barry A. Hersh. Loving sister of Michael Matis. Dear daughter-in-law of Jerry and Eileen (nee Gootel) Hersh; sister-in-law of Francine (Henry Schiff) Hersh and Martin (Carrie) Hersh; aunt of Mickey (Dave) Klein, Shawn Matis, John (Kari) Matis, Jordan Schiff, Talia Schiff, Arianna Schiff, Ben Hersh and Josh Hersh; and great-aunt of Nathan and Aaron Klein and Freya and Harper Matis. Preceded in death by parents, Adam Joseph and Bernice (nee Rauch) Matis, and niece, Katie Matis. Further survived by other relatives and friends. The family would like to thank the entire 6th and 7th floor ICU staff at Froedtert Hospital for their compassion and unwavering care of Linda and her family. 

Graveside funeral service held Aug. 4 at Temple Menorah Ever-Rest Cemetery, Milwaukee. Rabbi Gil-Ezer Lerer officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. In lieu of flowers, donations to Temple Menorah, Shriners Hospital for Children, or Wisconsin Humane Society appreciated. 

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John D. Lubotsky 

John D. Lubotsky died on Aug. 13, 2023 at the age of 79.   

Beloved husband of Marlene Eisenberg (nee Goldman) and the late Cheryl Lubotsky (nee Riger).  Cherished father of Lisa (Roger) Jubas, Andrea (Thomas) Rabenn and Sari (Steven) Junger. Proud Bumpy of Molly (Aaron) Sandock, Janey (Zach) Kottler, Libby (Nathan) Katz, Jack (fiancée Emily Rappaport) Rabenn, Rachel Rabenn, Michael Rabenn, Daniel Schiff, Morgan Schiff, Matthew Schiff and Charlotte Junger and Great-Bumpy of Leo and Elliott Sandock and Sophie Kottler. “First Floor John” to Randee (Jon) Cherner, Todd (Lisa) Eisenberg and Jason (Lori) Eisenberg. Bumpy to Benjamin (Melanie) Cherner, Alexander (Liz) Cherner, Jessica Cherner, Julia Eisenberg, Isabelle Eisenberg, Joey Eisenberg and Michael Eisenberg. Great-Bumpy to Charlie Cherner. Dear brother of Jean Kohen and brother-in-law of Sandy (Phil) Holweck, Rick (Leah) Riger and Marc Goldman. Further survived by other relatives and friends. 

Funeral service held Aug. 14 at Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home.  Interment took place in Florida. Rabbi Mordechai Spalter officiated. Memorial contributions to Mequon Jewish Preschool or FL Humane Societies or Hunger Task Force appreciated. 

Babette Ellen Patterson 

Babette Ellen Patterson, 78, South Padre Island, Texas, died July 30, 2023. 

Born Oct. 14, 1944, a Whitefish Bay High School 1963 graduate, and became a retail business owner of Welcome Aboard Gift Shop.  

Survived by dear husband Robert Patterson, loving daughter Melissa Patterson, dear sisters Deborah Siegel and Julie Siegel, and countless friends. Private memorial service in Texas. Memorials may be sent to Chabad RGV, 601 W. Dove Ave. McAllen, Texas 78504. 

Foster Padway 

Foster Padway, 69, died in his home on Aug. 5, 2023, with his family by his side.  

Devoted father of Emmett and Max Padway, and proud father-in-law to Larisa and Bridget Padway. Foster is survived by his much-loved siblings Nick (Janet) Padway, Deborah DeKosky, Vicky (David) Hestad, and his sister-in-law Vicky Padway, and his former spouse Micky Padway. Beloved uncle of 17 nieces and nephews, he joins his brother Will and parents, Helen and Milton.  

His passing has left an enormous void amongst his family and friends — he will always be remembered for his kind and generous spirit, and his quick sense of humor. Foster welcomed all, loved deeply, and carried an artist’s flair for life. He inspired exceptional friendships and laughter in all he encountered. Always free-spirited, at just 16 he left home, lived on a kibbutz, and backpacked through Europe. Foster started working as a glass blower and actor/writer. To support his family, he began a career at Pfizer, a job he secured with a solid handshake and a BA in fine arts. After 10 years at Pfizer, he later founded and ran EmMax, a pharmaceutical marketing company, which succeeded due to his rigorous work ethic and irresistible charisma. Fatherhood was his greatest joy -— he coached his boys’ little league teams with ferocious passion. Later in life he rekindled his love for glassblowing and was a creative genius, inventing a new imprinting technique in his last years of life while batting cancer. He spent his final days doing what he loved most, being a father and crafting phenomenal works of art for as long as he could. He made a difference in the lives of many.  

Funeral services were Aug. 8, 2023, at Congregation Sinai. Interment at Spring Hill Cemetery. Rabbi Miriam Ancis, Rabbi David Cohen and Cantor Richard Newman assisted the family, with Blane Goodman Funeral Service. 

Sheldon Resnick  

Sheldon Resnick died on June 15, 2023, at the age of 95. 

Shel is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Ruth (nee Rubin), cherished son, Elliot (Diane), daughter-in-law Sarah Chamberlain (the late Michael Resnick), his grandchildren Sarah Resnick, Kate (Alex) Stone, Jordan Resnick, and great-grandson Jack. Shel is also survived by sister-in-law and brother-in-law Irene and Larry Linder, nieces, nephews, many other loving relatives and very dear friends.

Shel was preceded in death by his parents Lillian and Ben Resnick, and his cherished son, Michael. 

A life-long Milwaukeean, Shel served his country through service in the Army. 

He will be remembered in the community as a real estate professional, for his love of music, and for years of devoted service to JNF.  

The family wishes to thank Heartis Village and his loyal caregiver and friend, Debbie Sagert for Shel’s exceptional care. Memorial contributions to Congregation Shalom or Jewish National Fund would be greatly appreciated. Graveside services held at Hagodel Cemetery, Milwaukee. Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.  

Joan Wolf Saperstein 

Joan Wolf Saperstein, beloved wife of Marc Saperstein, was born on June 22, 1951, and died peacefully with her family on Aug. 15, 2023.   

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Marc Saperstein; son, Jared Saperstein; his wife, Debbie; and grandchildren, Joshua and Emily; daughter, Jessica Rush; her husband, Christopher Rush; and granddaughters, Madeline and Juliana; mother, Annie Wolf; and brothers, Robert Wolf and Steven Wolf.  

Joan graduated from the State University of Binghamton in 1973. She and Marc have lived in Louisville, Kentucky; Erie, Pennsylvania; Cincinnati, Ohio; Trumbull, Connecticut; Greenwich, Connecticut; Milwaukee; New York City; and Naples, Florida. 

Joan was the first female senior underwriter for Commonwealth Insurance Co. She was the chief operating officer of the Saperstein household while Marc traveled extensively for General Electric for over three decades. She supported local community organizations and served as PTO president for her children’s elementary school and on the local board for Wisconsin Region-BBYO. 

Joan personally raised over $1 million over the past 16 years for research to find a cure for breast cancer. She was a philanthropist along with her husband, supporting many causes, including the building of the Nina Iser Jewish Cultural Center in Naples.  

She was an incredible wife, mother, daughter, Nana, sister, friend and inspiration to many and will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Adored by her family, Joan was a proud and loving Nana to her four grandchildren, always ready for a Facetime or visit, with hugs and baked goods, including her famous “tummy hugs.” 

A memorial service was held at Congregation Shalom on Aug. 18, 2023. Private interment took place in Naples, Florida. Rabbi Ron Shapiro officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joan’s memory may be made to one of her favorite causes: Susan G Komen More Than Pink Walk (see funeral home website for link to Joan’s donation page:, Jewish Federation of Greater Naples or BBYO Naples. 

Geraldine Schmidman 

Geraldine Schmidman (nee Bass) 92, Mequon, died July 18, 2023. Preceded in death by loving husband Arthur and cherished son Thomas. Dear mother of Jill (David) Sheer. Adoring grandmother of Melissa (Josh) Train, Jennifer Ochsner, and Kim (Alan) Goldstein. Caring great-grandmother of Jack Train, Bryce and Mason Goldstein. Special thanks to Gerry’s good friend Lois Powell. 

Gerry was a graduate of Washington High School and the University of Wisconsin. She was an avid bridge player and traveler, making her final trip to Israel at age 85. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. 

Graveside services in July were at Mound Zion Cemetery, Brookfield. Memorial gifts to Hunger Task Force or The Michael J Fox Foundation. 

Cantor David Barash and Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.  

Lilianna Yudkin 

Lilianna Yudkin (nee Zhitomirsky) died on July 21, 2023 at the age of 85. Beloved mother of Roman Yudkin. Further survived by dear friends. Graveside funeral service held July 23 at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery, Milwaukee. Rabbi Benzion Twerski officiated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorial contributions to the charity of your choice appreciated.