Posted on: April 22nd, 2012 by The Jewish Observer

. . . to the family of Freda Epstein, 96, who died on March 29 in Dallas, Texas. She born Sept. 12, 1915, in Brooklyn N.Y., to David and Sadie Waldman. She had a playful and keen sense of humor, acerbic wit, and was fiercely independent. Preceded in death by husband, Harold and son, Gary (Bette) Epstein. Survived by daughter, Sally Ann (David) Lubin and son, Dannie (Janet) Epstein; grandchildren, David Epstein, Lorre (Ram) Degani, Eliza Epstein, Cassie (Robert) Whitmire, Marc (Tammy) Lubin, Michael (Cara) Lubin, Brian (Liz) Lubin, Ruthie Epstein and Johnny Epstein; great grandchildren, Ben, Jesse and Sophie Degani, Hunter and Tanner Lubin, and Asher and Kitty Ann Lubin.


. . . to the family of Irving Figlarz, who died April 12. He was surrounded by his entire family who had assembled to celebrate his 90th birthday. While he passed away in Las Vegas, his home since 2003, in Poland his birthplace, it was already April 13 and so he achieved the magnificent age of 90 after all.  He was laid to rest next to his wife of 62 years, Goldie. Irving Figlarz led a number of lives. He was born in Czestochowa, Poland and enjoyed a happy childhood as the only son of four children of Fela and Mordka Figlarz.  He had a beautiful voice and sang in the synagogue on a regular basis. On April 9, 1941, after two years of occupation, the German mayor established a Jewish ghetto and on Sept. 22, 1941, the ghetto was liquidated except for able-bodied young men. The Jewish residents, including his entire family, were transported to Treblinka death camp and murdered. Irving was a slave laborer in six brutal camps and liberated on a death march in a field near Shvreen, Germany, after news came that Hitler had killed himself. In time, Irving made his way to the Bergen Belsen Displaced Persons Camp where he fell in love with Genia Aranowicz. They married in the camp and eventually came to America with their daughter, Felicia. Irving and Goldie began new lives in Toledo, Ohio, including the birth of two more daughters, Susan and Marilyn. Goldie was a housewife and Irving was in the plastics business. With daughters grown and married, Irving and Goldie moved to North Miami Beach Fla., where they were reunited with childhood friends and friends from Bergen Belsen. They led a busy social life and their “naches” grew as grandchildren began to arrive; four granddaughters in all. Eventually with declining health, they moved to Las Vegas to be near a daughter. Irving and Goldie had a wonderful life in Las Vegas until Oct. 4, 2008, when Goldie passed away. During their marriage, they were always at each other’s side. He is survived by three daughters: Felicia Anchor (Dr. Kenneth), Susan Schall (Alan), Marilyn Etcoff (Dr. Lewis); four granddaughters, Jessica Samuels (David), Stephanie Milford (Andrew), Jennifer Etcoff, Allison Etcoff and three great-grandchildren: Rebecca Samuels, Eric Samuels, Zachary Milford.

Donations may be made to the Nashville Holocaust Memorial c/o of Nashville Jewish Federation or the Tennessee Holocaust Commission.


. . . to the family of Eli H. Jacobs, who was born Dec. 5, 1924, and died April 2. He was a man of great character, honesty and integrity. Mr. Jacobs is survived by his wife, Adrian Jacobs, and daughter, Marilee Jacobs. Donations may be made to a charity of choice.


. . . to the family of Dorothy Freedman Stone, 91, of Brentwood, Tenn.,  and Southampton, N.Y., who diedon April 6. She was born May 13, 1920, in New York, N.Y., and was the only daughter of Alan and Marie Freedman. An accomplished singer and pianist, Dorothy abandoned the opportunity for a Hollywood career, choosing instead to pursue her passion for science. She obtained a BS in biology and an MS in chemistry from Adelphi University, and Ed.D from Teachers College of Columbia University, where she was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international honor society for those in education. Dottie worked for Hazeltine Laboratories during the war where, rumor has it she was part of a team that developed, but did not think to commercialize, Silly Putty as a by-product of their research. Following the war, she returned to the classroom, this time as a dedicated high school biology and chemistry teacher at private schools on Long Island and in New York City. Seeking new challenges, she returned to school and obtained her BSN from Cornell University School of Nursing, which she immediately put to use as an RN in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cornell Medical Center. Among her other career accomplishments, she was a certified cyto-technologist, participated in numerous research projects related to maternal and child health, and co-authored a number of research papers. Growing up the sister to three brothers taught Dottie to face life head-on. She became a licensed pilot in 1940, and loved fishing, boating and gardening. Never forgetting her early talents, she was also a lifelong patron of opera, theater, music and the arts. A long time resident of New York City and Southampton, she moved to Brentwood in 2005 and was one of the first residents of the Heritage at Brentwood retirement community, where she made many new friends who became enamored with her “feistiness.” Dorothy is survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Buck and Pat Freedman of Atlanta, Ga., and Mick and Allene Freedman of Los Angeles, Calif.; her son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Ariel Stone of Brentwood; grandchildren, Jeremy Stone of Franklin, Tenn., Jessica Stone Woods of Charleston, S.C., Shannon Stone Glover of Franklin, and Julian Agnew of Atlanta, Ga. She was the adoring great-grandmother of five, aunt to 10 nieces and nephews, grand-aunt to 15 and great grand-aunt to 11. Donations may be made  either to the Adelphi College Alumnae Association or the Humane Society of the United States.