Obituaries

Robert “Bobby” Bernstein

Robert “Bobby” Bernstein died in Florida on Dec. 29, 2019. He was 66.

Beloved son of Helen (nee Derzon) and the late Norman Bernstein. Loving father of Sean Bernstein and former spouse of Elizabeth (Burns) Bernstein. Dear brother of Gerry (Denice) Bernstein, Susie Emlen, Franci Jo (Michael) Koehn and the late Sandy (Wally) Lipp.

Bobby was a great friend to many and a wonderful big brother who looked out for “his kids.” Among other things, he will be remembered fondly for his love of sports and many basketball games he hosted on 72nd Street as well as Sunday morning softball. After he moved to Florida, many of us were lucky to visit. He will be sadly missed by many from both the north and south.

Service was Jan. 5, 2020 with Second Home Cemetery. Memorial contributions appreciated to the charity of your choice. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family.

Mark Borenstein

Mark Borenstein of Mequon died Jan. 7, 2020. He was 85.

Born Dec. 5, 1934 in Llodz, Poland and came to Milwaukee in 1960. Mark was a Holocaust survivor who adored his wife and loved his family fiercely.

Beloved husband of Bella (nee Briker). Loving father of Julia (Todd) Schuster and Irene Borenstein. Proud grandfather of Andrew (Becca) Schuster. Further survived by other dear relatives and friends and caregivers at Silverado.

Special interests included traveling, bird watching, Sudoku, bridge, reading, word searches and his dog.

Funeral service was Jan. 12 at Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home. Interment at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Alzheimer’s Association appreciated.

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Anita E. Cramer

Anita Cramer (nee Wiviott) of Mequon died Jan. 2, 2020. She was 99.

Beloved wife of the late Charles Cramer. Loving mother of Penny Brill and Pam Mishelow. Proud grandmother of Mindy Brill and the late Chad Mishelow and great-grandmother of Joey Manone. Preceded in death by her siblings. Further survived by other nieces, nephews and friends. Special thanks to the staff of Elizabeth Residence and Sarah Chudnow for the loving care provided.

Funeral service held Jan. 5, 2020 at Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home. Interment at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery, Milwaukee. Memorial contributions to Alzheimer’s Association appreciated.

Polina Dranova

Polina Dranova died Jan 5. 2020. She was 86.

Survived by husband Lev Dranov. Came to Milwaukee from Ukraine in 1996. Graduated from Kharkov High School in 1951.

Survivors include Alla and Lena, daughters; Galina and Yuliya, granddaughters; and great-grandchildren.

Burial was at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery, with Goodman-Bensman Funeral Home. Memorials welcome to the charity of your choice.

Joe Hirschberg

Joe Hirschberg died Nov. 28, 2019. He was 97.

Graduated from North Division High School in 1940. Enlisted during World War II, serving three years in European and North African theaters as a private in the 82nd airborne division. Played percussion in the Army band. In 1950, he married Ruthie, and together they had three daughters — Bunny, Debbie and Aimee. Joe established Hirschberg Home Furnishings where he sold furniture and appliances until 1966. Later became a commercial real estate broker. He and Ruthie supported many organizations including Milwaukee Jewish Federation and Hadassah. After Ruth’s death in 1997, he married Harriet Esser in 1998. 

Joe was a people person and always looked on the positive side of everything. He loved being a greeter at Beth El Ner Tamid Synagogue in Mequon.

Survived by wife Harriet Hirschberg (nee Miller). Cherished father of Bunny (Joel) Honigman, Aimee (Elie) Bachar, and the late Debbie (Ilya) Slutsker. Loving grandfather of Matt (Melissa) Honigman, Jamie (Jason) Klein, Jodie (Dan Fleischman) Honigman, Lee’at (Mike) Koertel, Dani (Jay) Pliskow, Mandy Slutsker and Ben (Jenna) Slutsker and great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Yoel (the late Yona) Hirschberg, Ed (Faye) Hirschberg, and the late Sally Bazzell. Further survived by Harriet’s children and grandchildren.

Funeral services were at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid with burial at Mound Zion Cemetery. Memorial contributions welcome to Milwaukee Jewish Day School or Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid.

Thanks to Hearts to Home, Joe’s caregiver Merlene Cruz and the Veterans Administration for loving and compassionate care.

Stevan R. Lichtig

Stevan Litchtig of Rio Rancho, New Mexico died Nov. 6, 2019. He was 68.

Attended John Marshall High School and University of Wisconsin – Whitewater.

Preceded in death by his parents Julian and Carol Lichtig. Survived by his wife Marcy (nee Bernstein) and his sons Asher, Sam, and Daniel. Further survived by his big brother Mitchell Lichtig, many friends and relatives. Stevan ran Fine-Line Products for most of his life, retiring to Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Graveside services were Nov. 11, 2019 at Spring Hill Cemetery. Memorials to a charity of your choice. Blane Goodman Funeral Services assisted the family.

Norman Marcus

Norman Marcus of Bayside died Dec. 22, 2019. He was 83.

Always devoted to family first, Norm was a dedicated financial advisor for over 57 years and trusted friend to many.

Loving husband of Doreen Marcus (nee Pass). Dear father of Mardee (Ken) Handler and Kent (Marie) Marcus. Adoring grandfather of David, Jenny, Hillary, Jason; Tiernan and Evie. Brother-in-law to Stephen (Laurie) Pass and Terry (the late Eugene) Marcus, and the late Blema (the late Jack) Pollack. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services were Dec. 26, 2019 at Congregation Shalom. Memorials to Children’s Dyslexia Center-Milwaukee, 3000 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53201 or Congregation Shalom.

Rabbi Rabbi Noah Chertkoff and Blane Goodman Funeral Service assisted the family.

Jonathan Slomowitz

Dr. Jonathan Slomowitz died on Dec. 13, 2019. He was 98.

Survived by wife Shirley; his children, Marcia, Alan, and Diane; his grandson, Noah Reiss; his sister, Elsie (Harry) Kanin; many nieces and nephews; other family members, friends, and the de facto family from everywhere, including the always devoted Robert Aronin.

Dr. Jon, with Shirley, helped countless family, friends and others who needed it, often at great personal sacrifice, but with the gratification that they had made someone else’s life better.

Dr. Jon was a fervent cultural Jew, his seven decades of lyrical Seders legendary. Served as a Navy physician. Dr. Jon and his brother practiced internal medicine for over 50 years at Mitchell Medical Center.

Loved to engage in vigorous topical and timely political discussions, daily walks, time with his dogs, the symphony, the theatre, the great West, the beauty of Western Canada, good games of squash, and, above all, his “beauty” of a wife. More than anything, Dr. Jon adored his family.

Special thanks to Dr. V.K. Rao, Barb O’Neill and the Cunninghams. And to the caregivers, including Jun, Trix, Yoyee Arce and Marcia Ferguson.

Services were private. To honor Dr. Jon, read, vote, and read some more. Go to the library, one of his favorite places. Donate to Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, the Medical College of Wisconsin, or Doctors Without Borders.

Family assisted by Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home.

Jordon A. Werner

Jordon A. Werner died Dec. 20, 2019. He was 96.

Beloved husband of Alta Werner (nee Blumenfeld). Cherished father of Barry (significant other Davida Griffin) Werner, Brian Werner, David (Cindy) Werner, Diane (Ellis) Rudman and loving stepfather of Jeffrey (Michaela) Peck and Michael (Sharon) Peck. Dear grandfather of 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Fond brother of Beverly (Sheldon) Davidoff. Further survived by other loving relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services were Dec. 23, 2019 at Congregation Shalom. Burial at Agudas Achim Cemetery.

Jordon proudly served his country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a certified public accountant, president and senior partner of Scribner, Cohen and Company. Jordon volunteered with Service Corps of Retired Executives.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Congregation Shalom or the charity of your choice appreciated. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family.

Rhoda Marilyn Wertheimer

Rhoda Marilyn Wertheimer (nee Gellman) died Dec. 28, 2019. She was 89.

Rhoda married Mickey Wertheimer in March 1950. After college, they moved to Rock Island, Illinois until 1977, when they moved to Glendale, where she lived until her death.

Rhoda was active in the Jewish communities of both Rock Island and Glendale. She was president of her congregation’s sisterhood in Rock Island, sponsor of an educational series and a regular usher at Congregation Beth Israel in Glendale, as well as a valued presence in the kitchen where you could always find her baking.

She used to wear a pin which said “Even If It Takes Forever,” hoping that the Cubs would eventually end their World Series drought. It was a dream come true when the Cubs won the 2016 World Series.

With the untimely passing of Mickey in 1979, Rhoda started at 20-year career at Kohl’s.

Rhoda leaves behind six children: Lynn; twins, James (Rosanna) and Steve (Lorie); Rick; and twins, Mark (Cecilia) and Dave; and 9 grandchildren: Mitch, Jack, Molly, Whitney, Alex, Anna, Matthew, Gabe, and Asa. She was also survived by her brother, John Gellman.

The family wishes to thank all the caregivers at Silverado Northshore for kind and tender care.

Funeral service was Jan. 2, 2020 at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid. Interment at Second Home Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Rhoda’s name to Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid. Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home assisted the family.

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