Obituary and Calendar Dates Below 



        February 2016 









1 2

Jerry B. Weinstein        Graveside Services 3:00 p.m. at Agudath Achim Cemetery

3 4



Joan M. Klein                       Funeral Services 3:00 p.m. at The Temple                                    Visitation after 2:00 p.m.            Burial in The Temple Cemetery

7 8 9 Rosh Hodesh 10 11 12 Lincoln's Birthday 13
14 15 President's Day 16 17 18 19 20
21 Brotherhood & Sisterhood Week 22 Washington's Birthday 23 24 25 26 27
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        January 2016 









        1 New Year's Day 2

Khana Garber                  Funeral Services 12 Noon at Herman Meyer & Son           Visitation after 11:00 a.m.      Burial in Anshei Sfard Cemetery

Dr. Yair Riback               Funeral Services 2:00 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son          Visitation after 1:00 p.m.      Burial in Cave Hill Cemetery


Alex Roter                    Private Graveside Services at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery

5 6 7 8

Stuart Grossman                Funeral Services 1:00 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son                 Visitation after 11:30 a.m.          Burial in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery


Robert D. Acland             Private Graveside Services at Cave Hill Cemetery                  Memorial Service will be at a later date

11 Rosh Hodesh 12

Elizabeth Weinberg      Funeral Services 1:00 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son            Visitation after 12 Noon         Burial in Keneseth Israel Cemetery

13 14 15 16

Cecile Noe                        Funeral Services 2:00 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son           Visitation after 1:00 p.m.       Burial in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery

18 19 20

Robert M. LaSalle                      Funeral Services 1:00 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son                                  Visitation after 12 Noon                 Burial in The Temple Cemetery

21 22 23
24 25 Tu B'Shevat

Arnold S. Friedman   Funeral Services 2:00 p.m. at The Temple                 Visitation after 1:00 p.m.    Burial in The Temple Cemetery

26 27 Holocaust Remembrance Day

Meghan Steinberg                    Funeral Services 1:30 p.m. at Congregation Adath Jeshurun           Visitation after 12:30 p.m.            Burial in Keneseth Israel Cemetery

28 29

Yvonne Abner                      Graveside Services 11:00 a.m. at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery





        December 2015 










Edith Reid Houston-Deever       Funeral services 11:00 at Christ Church United Methodist                                 Visitation will be after the service           Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Olivesburg, OH

3 4 5
6 Erev Hanukkah 7 Hanukkah 8 Hanukkah

Marcia Jacobs                Funeral Services 1:30 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son        Visitation will be after 12:30 p.m.                                 Burial in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery

9 Hanukkah 10 Hanukkah

Meyer S. Etter                           Funeral Services 2:00 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son                      Visitation will be after 1:00 p.m.

11 Hanukkah 12 Rosh Hodesh Tevet
13 Hanukkah 14 Zot Hanukkah 15 16 17 18 19
20 21

Herbert Vine                 Funeral Services 1:00 p.m. at The Temple                   Visitation after 12 Noon      Burial in The Temple Cemetery



22 Fast of Tevet

Ronda Gordon               Funeral Services 1:00 p.m. at The Temple                          Visitation after 11:30 a.m.      Burial in The Temple Cemetery

23 24 25 26

Selma Rosen                     Memorial Service 1:00 p.m. at The Temple                           Visitation after 12 Noon            

28 29

Zelda Tasman                     Funeral Service 2:30 p.m. at Herman Meyer & Son              Visitation after 1:30 p.m.           Burial in Keneseth Israel Cemetery


Doris Levitch                                Private Funeral Services                    Burial in Anshei Sfard Cemetery

31 January 1, 2016

New Year's Day


February 2, 2016 ~ 23 Shevat 5776

Joan M. Klein, 89

Died peacefully Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Westport Place Health Campus.  She was born March 4, 1926 to the late Harrietta and William Meyers.  She attended the University of Illinois and University of Louisville.  Joan was a member of The Temple, where she served on the board of trustees and Women of Reformed Judaism. She served on the board of Planned Parenthood and was very active in the PTA at Belknap Elementary, Highland Jr. High, and Atherton High School.

Joan was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She enjoyed playing Bridge with her friends. She was part of a knitting group at The Glenview, The Knit Wits, who knitted clothing articles for charitable causes.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Jerome Klein; and her brother, Ted Meyers.

She is survived by her daughters, Cathy Schuster (Lon) and Vicki Davis (David); her son, Randal Klein (Bobbi) of Farmington, UT; her grandchildren, Dr. Bryce Schuster (Dr. Julie), Corey Schuster (Alison), and Michael Davis (Cara); and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, February 5th at The Temple, 5101 US Hwy 42 with burial to follow in The Temple Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 2:00 p.m. in the Waller Chapel.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to The Temple or the donor’s favorite charity.




January 31, 2016 ~ 21 Shevat 5776

Jerry B. Weinstein, 85

Died Sunday, January 31, 2016 at Westport Place Health Campus.  He was a native of Pittsfield, MA born January 21, 1931 to the late Sarah Schechter and Theodore Weinstein.  Jerry was a resident of Pittsfield, MA, Louisville and St. Thomas Virgin Islands. He was a decorated Korean War veteran, serving in the US Air Force as a pilot and Sergeant First Class.  He was an accomplished athlete who played professional baseball in the minor leagues and an award winning spirits salesman for Vertner Smith, retiring in 1990.  Jerry was a member of the American Legion Highland Post 201 and a Kentucky Colonel.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Max Weinstein; his nephew, Alan Weinstein; and Nita Bayman, his partner in life for over 50 years.

He is survived by his nephews, Mark and David Weinstein and nieces, Jessica and Kinsley Weinstein.

Graveside services will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 2nd at Agudath Achim Cemetery, 2737 Preston Highway.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to Keneseth Israel Congregation or Hosparus.  The family would also like to thank the caregivers and staff at Westport Place and Jefferson Place for their loving care.




January 25, 2016 ~ 15 Shevat 5776

Yvonne Abner, 92

Beloved wife of Carl Edwin Abner (1920-1984), mother of Brian (Ruth Baumann), Erika (S. John Page), Anthony (Deborah), and Bernard (Sara), grandmother of Justin, Leah, Hannah, Adam, Noah, Talia, Max, Caleb, Kaylie, and Jared, great-grandmother of Sydney and Aiden, died peacefully Monday, January 25, 2016 at the Oaklawn Health and Rehabilitation Center after a long illness.  

Yvonne was a woman of great spirit, creativity, and kindness.  She was truly a pioneer: Growing up in London, England, she was a graduate of the Royal Academy of Ballet, then travelling across the Atlantic at the end of WWII to her new family in Montreal; working outside the home as a dance teacher while raising a family; returning to school initially to earn a diploma from the Cordon Bleu School of London and then to obtain her Bachelor’s degrees while she was in her late fifties; and continuing to work after retirement as a teacher of English as a second language to Jewish immigrants.  She contributed to the Jewish community both through her dance teaching at the Jewish Community Center and her support of Congregation Adath Jeshurun. She transmitted her love of teaching and learning, of the creative arts, and of community to her children and grandchildren.

Graveside services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 29th at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to Alzheimer’s Association.


January 23, 2016 ~ 13 Shevat 5776

Sarah Meghan Steinberg, 33

Of Louisville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 23, 2016 after a long, brave battle with cancer. Meghan was the founder of Meghan’s Mountain Charitable Foundation, Inc., and dedicated herself to ensuring that no cancer patient would have to climb their mountain alone. She attended Ballard High School and University of Louisville.  A gift to us all, Meghan was strong, selfless and kind. She is survived by her father, Jerry Steinberg; mother, Freeda (Douglas) Louthan; brother, Justin Steinberg; sister, Libby (Jonathan) Treinish; her loyal companions “Hutch” and “Miles”; and loving friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ben and Sally Steinberg of Louisville, and Shirley and Lucille Morris of Lexington.

Visitation will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 27, with funeral services to follow at Congregation Adath Jeshurun, 2401 Woodbourne Avenue. Burial service will follow at Keneseth Israel Cemetery. Additional visitation will be from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at Congregation Adath Jeshurun. At Meghan’s request, coat and tie are not necessary.

In lieu of flowers, Meghan asked that expressions of celebration for her life be made to Meghan’s Mountain Charitable Foundation Inc., 5600 Harrods Cove, Prospect, KY, 40059, where her legacy will live on. All donations directly benefit a cancer patient and his or her family.  Contributions may also be made to Congregation Adath Jeshurun.




January 21, 2016 ~ 11 Shevat 5776

Arnold S. Friedman, 86

Died Thursday, January 21, 2016 at his home. He was a retired 42-year journalist, associate editor of the Long Island Press in New York, editor of the Springfield (MA) Union-News and Sunday Republican. In 1950, he received his B. S. degree with joint majors in advertising and journalism from Syracuse University. He was an adjunct professor of journalism at Westfield State College, Westfield, Massachusetts and American International College, Springfield, Massachusetts and was also a freelance editor, book editor, and proofreader.

He was a member of the Massachusetts Board of Regents, American Society of Newspaper Editors, New England Society of Newspaper Editors and New England Associated Press News Executives Association. In 1992, he won the Yankee Quill Award from the New England Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists (SDX) and awards for editorial writing. He was a member of The Temple, The Temple Board and Brotherhood and the Louisville Bridge Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Edith Ramer Friedman; and a granddaughter, Sarah Friedman.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bette Harris Friedman; his two sons, David Friedman (Elise Medinger) and Marc Friedman (Jane Ramerth) of St. Louis Park, MO; his brother, Norman Friedman of Hampton Bays, NY; his grandchildren, Michael Friedman, Rachel Dowlat and Laura Friedman; and his great-grandchildren, Brielle Elizabeth Dowlat and Sean Anthony Dowlat.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 25th at The Temple, 5101 US Hwy 42, with burial to follow in The Temple Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to The Temple or the ACLU.



January 17, 2016 ~ 8 Shevat 5776

Robert M. LaSalle, 90

Of Louisville, KY passed away Sunday, January 17, 2016 at home, surrounded by his loving family. Bob was born on Oct. 30, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio to Frieda and Sam LaSalle, and within a few years, they moved to Springfield, Ohio, where he grew up. 

He was most proud of having been a part of the Greatest Generation. In 1942 at the age of 17 his ROTC unit was called to service. He flew reconnaissance missions over Belgium and France with the First US Army, often flying supplies to isolated units.  He was cited by the French Government for meritorious service.  Flying became his lifelong passion and he continued flying until health issues made it impossible for him to take the controls, but, even then took every opportunity to climb into a cockpit.

Bob attended Case Western Reserve and completed his education at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio with dual degrees in Marketing and Economics.

In 1951, Bob married his first wife, Paula Alkow, and together they had three girls. In 1967 he married his second wife, Sue Davis Green, moving to Dayton, Ohio and expanding his family to include Sue's three children. In 1971, they moved to Louisville, Kentucky to found South Standard Enterprises, Inc., opening their first Gingiss Formal store in Oxmoor Center.  Subsequently, they opened three more stores in the Louisville metro area at Jefferson Mall, the Summit and River Falls Mall in Clarksville, Indiana. They also opened stores in Jacksonville, Florida, where he met Michael Bauer, forging one of his most cherished relationships.  When Bob retired, he enjoyed tennis, golf, traveling with Sue, and entertaining his family and friends with his bad jokes.

He was a life member of the VFW, a Mason, a member of Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), The Aero Club of Louisville and The Temple.  Over the years he had been a board member of Shalom Tower, volunteer for SCORE, and a member of the Standard Country Club.

He was preceded in death by his parents Frieda and Sam LaSalle; son, Richard Green; daughter, Tracey LaSalle; and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Maxine and Stanley Lapidus.

Bob is survived by wife, Sue, and Children: Kym Burkhard and Jack Raley, Patti and Matt Cahill, Mauri Malka and Tony Lipka, Cathryn and Domenico Matarazzo; Grandchildren:  Betsey Burkhard, Angela Huested, Adam and Annie Cahill, Rachael and Colin DeWood, Jesse Cahill, Naomi Malka, Annie Malka, Genna Matarazzo and Richelle Matarazzo; Great-grandchildren:  Achilles, Samantha, Nola, Aubrey, Jake and Nolin; and many loving nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Jane Cornett and Hosparus nurse, Kelli Smith, both of whom cared for him with such love.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 20th at Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue with burial to follow in The Temple Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 12 Noon.  In his memory expressions of sympathy may be made to the JFCS Concierge Services, 2821 Klempner Way, Louisville KY 40205, Hosparus of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive 40205 or The Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758512, Topeka, KS 66675-8512. 



January 11, 2016 ~ 1 Shevat 5776

Cecile Fischer Sher-Noe, 89

Of New Albany, Indiana, passed away on January 11, 2016 at Floyd Memorial Hospital. She was born July 24, 1926 in Louisville, Kentucky to Meyer and Ester (Yussman) Fischer.  A graduate of University of Louisville, Ceci taught Art at Eastern High School in Louisville, and at Hazelwood and Schribner Junior High Schools in New Albany.  She was an avid painter and sculptor and enjoyed experimenting with batiks. In later years she proudly remembered exhibiting her works at the Speed Art Museum and the governors mansion in Kentucky. In retirement Ceci was a snowbird, wintering at her beloved South Padre Island, TX.  Ever the art teacher, she taught a popular watercolor class for seniors each winter until she was 81. Ceci is remembered as a charismatic beauty with a loving heart and quick wit.

She is survived by her children, Michael (Paula) Sher, Dix Hills, NY and Martin (Kerry) Sher, Floyds Knobs, IN. She adored her grandsons, Benjamin (Denise) Sher, Floral Hills, NY and David (Yukiko) Sher, Tokyo, Japan; as well as her two great granddaughters, Scarlett and Lyla. She is also survived by her brothers, William and Stanley Fischer, both of Louisville.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17th at Herman Meyer and Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue in Louisville with burial at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to a charity of the donors choice.



January 10, 2016 ~ 29 Tevet 5776

Elizabeth Shaikun Weinberg, 92

Died Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Baptist Health.  She was a native of Greensburg, KY, born April 6, 1923 to the late Eugenia Lerner and Edward Shaikun. She graduated from Greensburg High School, attended Indiana University and received her Master’s degree from University of Kentucky. 

Elizabeth was a teacher and taught business and was co-owner of Plaza Shop clothing store in Madison, IN.  She was an avid reader, loved Bridge, enjoyed movies and spent many hours researching her family genealogy.  She was a member of Keneseth Israel Congregation, KI Sisterhood, Hadassah, NCJW – Louisville Section, Indiana Jewish Historical Society, Jefferson County, IN Historical Society and Tri Kappa of Madison, IN.  She served as past president of League of Women Voters and authored three Jewish Historial books about Madison.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 41 years, Jerry Weinberg; her daughter, Esmin Weinberg; her siblings, Dena Wirklich, Sandra Zelony and Lester Shaikun; and a niece, Robin Shaikun.

She is survived by her children, Danny “Daniel” Weinberg (Sally), James Weinberg (Mindy) of Atlanta, GA and Ilean Rowe (Lewis); her sister, Dolores Levy; her brother, Arnold Shaikun (Ellen); her sister-in-law, Joan Weinberg Wolf (Walter, Jr.) of Indianapolis; her grandsons, Evan, Adam, Zach, Schuyler, Jake & Reese; as well as several cousins, nieces & nephews.

The family would like to also send a special thank you to her caregivers with Visiting Angels, Sharon Murphy, Amy Owens, Edythe Giles and Andy Block.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 12th at Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue with burial to follow in Keneseth Israel Cemetery.  Visiting will begin after 12 noon.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.



January 6, 2016 ~ 26 Tevet 5776

Robert D. Acland, 74

It is with profound sadness that the family of Robert D. Acland, MBBS, FRCS announces his death on Wednesday, January 6, 2016.  Robert was born on June 20, 1941 to Sir Robert Thomas Dyke Acland and Anne Stella Alford in Exeter, England, who predeceased him, as did his older brother Sir John Dyke Acland.

A renaissance man, Robert was brilliant, creative, and inspirational.  He was a loving and generous teacher, husband, and parent. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Bette Levy, with whom he shared a love of the absurd and the creative, the refuge of the outdoors, and a contented life, and his four children, whom he cherished:  Beatrice Maud Acland; Daniel James Acland (Nicki Dub); Benjamin Thomas Acland (Jocelyn Matsuo-Acland); and Emily Grace Acland Michael (Jeffrey Michael), as well as his younger brother, Henry Dyke Acland (Di Steeds).  He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and other relatives, as well as Sarah Acland, and Susan Bishop, all of whom mourn his passing.  He will be greatly missed by the thousands of medical students and practitioners who were taught by him personally, learned from his texts and videos, or used his microsurgical innovations. The many patients who benefited from their doctors’ expertise enabled by Robert, will also suffer his loss. He was an extraordinary man with a broad reach, and he enriched the lives of all whom he touched.  Many hearts are broken. Robert graduated from London Hospital Medical College in 1964 with a Bachelor in Medicine (MB).  He received his MBBS from London University in 1969, completed internships in the UK and Tanzania, and residencies in plastic surgery in Glasgow (FRCS in 1969) and London (FRCS in 1970).  In 1967, he became acquainted with Harry Buncke who had written about the possibilities of microsurgery in immediate distant skin transfer. Following a visit with him in San Francisco, Robert decided to devote his career to microsurgery and he is credited with being one of the pioneers in plastic and reconstructive microsurgery.

In 1976, Robert received an invitation from Dr. Joseph Kutz of Kleinert and Kutz Hand Care Center to run their microsurgery lab, the second of its kind in the US.  In conjunction with this, he also received a teaching appointment to the University of Louisville School of Medicine. At this time, with help from a German manufacturer, he developed one of the first microsurgical instruments, the Acland micro-vessel clamp, an instrument that allows surgeons to create a hole in a vessel for end-to-end anastomosis, as well as the 10-0 nylon sutures and needles that are still used today. In his career at U of L as Director of the Microsurgery Teaching Laboratory, he taught microsurgical skills to students and doctors alike, and continued to hold that position until 1998.  During this tenure, Robert published the first edition of Acland’s Practice Manual for Micro-vascular Surgery, also known as the "Red Book", a manual on microsurgical techniques (1997). The current edition was revised in 2008 in a joint effort between the original author and Dr. Raja Sabapathy (Ganga Hospital) and is essential for any trainee in microsurgical techniques and fundamentals of surgical microscopes and their use.

While at U of L, he ascended through the professional ranks in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, becoming full Professor in 1986. He also held Associate appointments in the Departments of Physiology and Biophysics, and of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology. With his retirement, he served as professor emeritus in the Department of Anatomical Sciences at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Not content with one successful career as a reconstructive microsurgeon and director of the teaching lab, he forged a second career as a clinical anatomist and became a pioneer in the field of fresh tissue dissection.  From 1981 to 2011, he established and ran the Fresh Tissue Anatomy Dissection Laboratory for surgeons and students at the University of Louisville, which was the first of its kind in the United States, and is considered one of the best and most respected facilities in the world. He was generous in sharing his expertise, and his technique of `light embalming' at the U of L facility has been emulated at many other medical centers.  In 2014, the lab was renamed in his honor.

His "Sistine Chapel" is the comprehensive Video Atlas of Human Anatomy into which he put his heart and soul. Beginning in 1993 and taking nine years to create, the atlas depicts moving structures—muscles, tendons, and joints—making the same movements that they make in life. The videos show complex structures, from bone to surface anatomy, to provide a foundation for understanding anatomical structure and function. He was a pioneer in developing new and highly effective techniques of anatomical videography that give the viewer a clear three-dimensional understanding of spatial relationships. He had gained expertise in instructional video during his first career as a teacher of microsurgical techniques.  He achieved a unique 3-D perspective using innovative camera rotation techniques that he pioneered with his colleagues at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He also invented the many armatures and devices to enable the specimen to rotate along multiple axes.

Following the creation of the Atlas, he also created numerous other specialized videos on the inner ear, the eye, the heart, and embryo development.  The Atlas and other videos are now online and have become popular visual learning resources, used in most of the medical schools in the US and with a large international market as well, having been translated into several languages. The Video Atlas also is widely used by students and teachers in nursing, physical and occupational therapy, kinesiology, and massage therapy, as well in many high school and undergraduate anatomy classes.  A portion of the royalties from sales of the atlas go to the U of L Medical School Department of Anatomy Phd program. Robert was a founding member of the International Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery and the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. As an Active Member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomy (AACA), he twice served as Councilor, and organized the Association's premier Young Anatomist Event. His CV lists 80 publications, two of which have appeared in CLINICAL ANATOMY, and his many presentations have been highlights at the AACA's Annual Scientific Sessions. Over time, he also developed a strong keen interest in the history of anatomy and anatomical art, featured in his most recent lecture to the AACA.

His many honors include: Excellence in Education Award, University of Louisville Medical school (2012); Honorary membership in the Association of Plastic Surgeons of India (2011); Career Achievement Award in appreciation of dedication to the division of plastic surgery (2010); Honorary Member, British Association of Plastic Surgeons, (2002); Honored Member of the AACA (2002); Honors Education Achievement Award KY Medical Assoc (1987); and Founders’ Lecture, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (1987). Not satisfied with two influential and significant professional careers, Robert also was a master carpenter who spent a great deal of time and love building his beloved creek house, a one-room house in Laconia, Indiana situated above Mosquito Creek. He not only designed and constructed the house and outhouse, but also created all the electric, water, lighting, and heating systems for making it livable. He built the suspension bridge that provides easy access for those unwilling to cross the creek in a car.  Using only hand tools, he also built many beautiful pieces of furniture for family members that have already become cherished heirlooms. 

The family would like to deeply thank Drs. Alexis Karageorge, Alfonso Cervera, Michael Hahl, Khuda Khan, and the staff at Hosparus, who cared for Robert.

A private burial will take place at Cave Hill Cemetery.  There will be a remembrance of his life in about a month’s time; please contact Herman Meyer & Son ( and/or Caring Bridge for information about date and location. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the U of L Medical School Department of Anatomy, Caring Bridge, Hosparus, or a charity of choice.


January 6, 2016 ~ 25 Tevet 5776

Stuart Grossman, 86

Died Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at Westport Place. He was a US Air Force veteran, past president of SPOT distributing company, a current member of the South Louisville Rotary, SCORE and Congregation Adath Jeshurun.

Stuart led a life of active community involvement. He was a member of St. George Masonic Lodge #239, a 33 degree Mason with Scottish Rite, a former director & disaster emergency response team member for the Red Cross, where he was a 19+ gallon blood donor. He was a former board member of Jewish Hospital, Jewish Hospital Outpatient Center & The Jewish Hospital Foundation, a member of the Louisville Jaycees, bringing the 1963 national convention to Louisville, a JCI World Senator, a delegate to the 1980 & 1986 White House Conference on Small Business, past chairman of the mayor’s Citizens Advisory committee and a former Scoutmaster.  Stuart was part of the World Ostomy Association where he helped counsel others, bringing an Ostomate convention to Louisville.

Stuart and his wife, Phyllis, were world travelers, visiting 53 countries.  They were chair people for the Jewish Heritage weekends and welcomed 5 exchange students into their family.  He will be forever remembered as an extraordinary UofL fan, the one waiving the referee shirt.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Sidney & Ada Sara Grossman; and his wife, Phyllis Raab Grossman.

He is survived by his sons, Larry (Mary K.), Bob (Sharla) of Colorado Springs, CO and Jay (Kathy) of Orange City, FL; his brother, Arthur Grossman (Barbara) of Sarasota, FL; his longtime companion & friend, Bernice Rosenberg Leech; his sister-in-law, Mara Lai Raab; his brother-in-law, Sandy Raab of Los Angeles, CA; five exchange students; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 8th at Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue with burial to follow in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 11:30 a.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Sidney & Ada Sara Grossman Nursing Scholarship Fund at Jewish Hospital or the World Ostomy Association.




January 1, 2016 ~ 20 Tevet 5776

Alexander M. Roter, MD, 91

Died Friday, January 1, 2016 at Sunrise of Severna Park, Maryland. Born in 1924, he was a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa and was raised in Chicago, Illinois. He served as an infantryman in World War II earning the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart. Following the war, and using the GI Bill, he earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois and took training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cook County Hospital in Chicago.

Following his residency, he moved his young family to St. Charles, Missouri where he was the first obstetrician in this growing community.   During his 39-year career as a solo practitioner, he joyfully delivered over 6,000 babies.  Over time, he delivered multiple generations of children in the same family.   Not only did he find fulfillment in his medical practice but he also took great joy in his many and varied interests that included photography, opera, sailing, scuba diving and fishing to mention only a few.   

He was predeceased by his wife, Farrah Faye Roter and his ex-wife, Shirley Mae Roter.

He is survived by his children, Phil Roter (Gina) of Severna Park, Maryland, Laura Klein (Jon) of Louisville, Kentucky and Brad Roter (Veronica) of Vashon Island, Washington.  His grandchildren include Rachel Klein, Sarah Klein, Calley Roter, Zachary Roter, Isaac Roter and Avi Roter.

A private graveside service was held at Adath Jeshurun Cemetery in Louisville Kentucky.   Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or to donor’s favorite charity.



December 31, 2015 ~ 19 Tevet 5776

Dr. Yair Riback, 82

Of Louisville, Kentucky passed away peacefully on Thursday December 31, 2015.  Yair was born October 16, 1933 in Tel-Aviv, British Mandatory Palestine (now Israel) to Sarah (Shura) and G'daliahu (Lusia) Riback.  He spent his childhood in Holon, a city built on Mediterranean sand dunes, and then in Tiberias, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.  His moral, ethical and cultural identity were formed not only by his parents, but from his active participation in the humanistic Nohar Ha Oved youth movement.  In his teens, he was a champion swimmer and cyclist, and later served in the Israeli Defense Forces.

He received his BS in mathematics and physics at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, later teaching those subjects to high school seniors, and was instrumental in organizing many science fairs in Israel.  He was also Director of the Department of Theory and Practice of Education at the Tel-Aviv/Jaffa Board of Education.  On April 27, 1960, Yair married the love of his life, Nira Brodetzky and for over 55 years they shared a wonderful life.  After the birth of their 2 daughters, Yair earned his MA and Ph.D. at the University of Pittsburg in the field of Industrial Psychology, and upon his return to Israel worked in a civilian position for the Israeli Defense Forces Psychological Unit doing research on soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders.  In 1972, he accepted a similar position with Human Resources Research Organization (HUMRRO) at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and moved his family to Louisville.  A few years later he went to work for the Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort as a researcher where he was involved in various studies for the Kentucky legislature.  He retired from the LRC after 25 years.

Yair will be remembered for his intelligence, sense of humor, and voracious appetite for learning.  He was a true Renaissance man with great knowledge of the arts, literature, philosophy, religions and history.  He also practiced yoga and meditation, and enjoyed theater, ballet, and orchestra.  After his retirement, he returned to the poetry writing he enjoyed in his younger days and became an accomplished artist in 3D media and photo-art.   His works have been exhibited at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, and his 9/11 related works were exhibited at Actors Theater of Louisville and other locations.  Four of his works have been accepted in the permanent collection of the Kentucky Folk Art Museum in Morehead, Kentucky.   Over the years, he and Nira traveled extensively throughout the world and around the U.S., also yearly visiting Israel, which they loved dearly, to see their family and many friends. Yair was a lover of peace and hoped that one day the region would find it. 

In 2013, he was very happy and excited to move with his wife to the Treyton Oak Towers.  He enjoyed his new friends and didn't have enough words of thanks for the residents and staff who were always expressing their interest in him during his illness, sending cards and notes of good wishes and encouragement.  He felt very lucky to have joined such a warm, welcoming and caring community. 

He is survived by his adoring wife, Nira, whom he loved dearly.  During his illness she was absolutely resolute in his care.  He is also survived by his two daughters, Tamar (Rick) Schwartz and Michal (Rand) Kruger, and five grandchildren, Eric (fiancé Lizzy Fleagle), Natalie, and Jessie Schwartz, and Jordan and Arielle Kruger. 

The family extends its deepest thanks to Dr. Rodger Herzig, Dr. Cesar Rodriguez, Dr. John Chao, and the other doctors at the Brown Cancer Center, along with the nurses of the clinic and the 6th floor nurses for their devoted care and attention that added immeasurably to the final years of his life.

Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 3rd at Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue with burial in Cave Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 1:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may take the form of contributions to the J. Graham Brown Cancer Center, 529 S. Jackson St., Louisville, KY 40202, or to the donor’s favorite charity.



December 31, 2015 ~ 20 Tevet 5776

Khana Garber, 96

Died Thursday, December 31, 2015.  She was a native of Russia, born July 5, 1919.  She was a seamstress and a member of Anshei Sfard Congregation.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Mikhail Garber.

She is survived by her daughter, Yeva Unger; her son, Idel Garber; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 12 Noon Sunday, January 3rd at Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue with burial to follow in Anshei Sfard Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 11:00 a.m.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.



December 29, 2015 ~ 17 Tevet 5776

Doris Levitch, 87

Died Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Norton Brownsboro Hospital.  Born March 20, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Agnes Belle Kohler and William Clarence Lindley.  She was a housewife and a member of Anshei Sfard Congregation.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Leon Levitch.

She is survived by her children, David Levitch (Rhonda), Aaron Levitch and Lisa Levitch; and her grandchildren, David, Jax, Alana and Sarah.

Funeral services were private.  Burial took place in Anshei Sfard Cemetery.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to Anshei Sfard Congregation, Jewish Community Federation or the Jewish National Fund



December 27, 2015 ~ 15 Tevet 5776

Zelda Shalinsky Tasman, 92

Died Sunday, December 27, 2015 at her home.  She was a native of Kansas City, born January 24, 1923 to the late Freda Iskowitz and Herman Shalinsky.  As a young woman she was an executive secretary, and later a devoted housewife and mother, and a volunteer for almost 30 years at Jewish Hospital.

She always made her family the highest priority in her life, and was a loving and supportive daughter, mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt. No one could have been a more caring and loyal friend. She was also a member of Keneseth Israel Congregation, NCJW ~ Louisville Section, and a life member of Hadassah.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Goodman Tasman; and her brothers, Joseph, Lester, Milton, Marvin, Leo, and sisters Eleanor Rutlader, and Harriet Waldman. She is survived by her sons and their wives, Norman and Alice Tasman, and Allan and Cathy Tasman; her grandchildren Aaron and his wife Jennifer, Jason and his wife Jenna, Natalie, David, and Sarah and her husband Kyle Hathaway; her nieces originally from Louisville, Alyce Waldman and Sheryl Rosenberg and their families; and 17 other nieces and nephews and their families originally from Kansas City.

Visitation begins at 1:30 p.m. and funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 29th at Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue. Burial will follow in Keneseth Israel Cemetery.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Boys & Girls Club of Louisville or Keneseth Israel Congregation.



December 23, 2015 ~ 11 Tevet 5776

Selma Schneider Rosen, 100

Died Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Episcopal Church Home.  She was a native of Louisville, born September 16, 1915 to the late Ruby Moseson and Gilbert Schneider.  She was a graduate of UofL and a member of The Temple.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Harold Rosen.

She is survived by her daughter, Rubyanna Pollak (Richard) of Edina, MN and her son, Larry Rosen and his former wife, Sue Rosen; her grandchildren, Geoff Pollak (Gabrielle), Lori Cox (Douglas), Stacey Caplan (Jeff) and Shawn Rosen; and her great-grandchildren, Adam & Sophie Pollak, Ellie & Arthur Caplan and Dylan & Logan Cox.

Special thanks to to care-givers at her home who served till shortly after her 100th birthday, Nicolette Greene, April Hamilton-Sloss, and Annie Miller & the staff at Episcopal Church Home in her last days.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be 1:00 p.m. Sunday, December 27th at The Temple, 5101 US Hwy 42.  Visitation will begin after 12 noon.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to The Temple or Hosparus, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive, Louisville, KY 40205.



December 20, 2015 ~ 8 Tevet 5776

Ronda Christine Allgeier Gordon, 50

Passed away on December 20, 2015 after a long and extremely courageous battle with cancer. A lifelong resident of Louisville, she was born October 16, 1965.  She grew up in Jeffersontown, attending St. Edward, and later moved to Goshen, Ky., where she then graduated from Oldham County High School in 1984. She met her husband Michael in 1992 and married in 1995. She was the co-owner of Anytime Waste Systems and worked there until her first cancer diagnosis in 2007. Since that first diagnosis, she actively fought four cancers with the utmost class, pride, and dignity. With her husband and two sons in tow, she traveled the world, went to all 30 Major League Baseball stadiums, and attended every significant UofL sports game, just to name a few things.

She is preceded in death by her father, Ronnie Allgeier; her sister-in-law, Miriam Fine; and her brother-in-law, Dennis Fine.  

She is survived by her loving husband, Michael Gordon; her sons Kyle & Mitchell Gordon; mother, Donna Allgeier; her sisters, Kim Sears (Terry) & Annette Smith; her grandmother, Margaret Scott; her nieces & nephews, Christopher (Elizabeth) & Nicholas Sears, Victoria & Benjamin Smith, Meredith Lefkoff (Ryan), Max & Molly Fine and Alec & Dana Gordon; her great nephew, Isaac Sears; her in-laws, Barbara & David Gordon; her brother-in-law, Phil Gordon (Jane); and her loving dog, Brady.

Her family wants to extend their gratitude to Dr. Michael Kommor, The CBC Group, and Dr. Haraden, for their tireless efforts and assistance in ensuring that Ronda lived the fullest life possible.

Funeral services will be 1:00 Tuesday, December 22nd at The Temple, 5101 US Hwy 42, with burial to follow in The Temple Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Baptist Health Foundation Greater Louisville, 4000 Kresge Way, Louisville, KY or on your website or The Temple, 5101 US Hwy 42, Louisville, KY40241. 



December 19, 2015 ~ 7 Tevet 5776

Herbert Vine, 91

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Mr. Vine was a graduated from Male High School and attended both Michigan State and Indiana Universities. He served in the US Army in World War II.  He founded Bluegrass Lincoln Mercury in 1965 and expanded it into what is known today as Bluegrass Motorsports. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Aaron and Jenny Vine; his sister, Annette Gale; and his brother, Kenneth Vine; and as well as his loving wife of 54 years, Peggy Cohen Vine.

He is survived by his daughters and son-in-laws, Sara & Jim Haynes of Louisville and Valerie & Michael Miller of Dunwoody, GA; his sons and daughter-in-laws, Dr. Jack and Sheri Vine of Dallas TX, Andrew and Mandy Vine and Michael and Susan Vine; his brother, Eugene Vine; his grandchildren, Travis and Ashley Haynes, Jeffery Haynes, Megan  Miller, Justin, Matthew, Cameron, Lisa, Drew, Ryan, Zachary and Ellie Vine.  A special thanks to Robbie McDonald and Dammon Wells of "almost family."  

Funeral services will  be 1:00 p.m. Monday, December 21st at The Temple with burial to follow in The Temple Cemetery.  Visitation will begin after 12 p.m. Monday.  Contributions may be made to Gilda's Club of Louisville, 633 Baxter Ave, Louisville, KY 40204 or The Temple, 5101 U S Highway 42,  Louisville, KY 40241. 



 December 10, 2015~28 Kislev 5776

Meyer S, Etter, 12 days

He is survived by his parents, Katie and William Etter; his brother, Maxwell; his grandparents Dr. William and Jackie Rubin and William and Diane Etter. Contributions may be made to Kourageous Kids at Hosparus of Louisville, 3532 Ephraim McDowell Drive 40205.



December 8, 2015 ~ 26 Kislev 5776

Marcia Jacobs, 92

Died Sunday, December 6, 2015 at Episcopal Church Home. She was a native of Bonne Terre, MO, born May 14, 1923 to the late Meyer and Freeda Nuell. She was a former administrative assistant for specialty products companies, a US Marine Corp veteran of WW II, a member of Congregation Adath Jeshurun, NCJW – Louisville Section, Hadassah and the Modern Dance Group at the JCC.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel “Sam” Jacobs and a brother, Myron Nuell.

She is survived by her loving family, her daughter, Nancy Snow (Steve); her son, Harvey Jacobs (Patricia) of Brentwood, TN; her brother, Jerome Nuell of St. Louis, MO; her grandchildren, Jamie Snow (Steve Milder), Michael Snow and Tim Anderson (Jenny); and two great-grandchildren, Abby and Benjamin Anderson.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Jane Cornett and Angie Ethridge for their wonderful care and to those employees at Episcopal Church Home who cared for mom with respect and compassion.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 8th at Herman Meyer & Son, 1338 Ellison Avenue with burial to follow in Adath Jeshurun Cemetery. Visitation will begin after 12:30 p.m. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hosparus, JFCS PALS Program or donor’s favorite charity.



Saturday, November 28, 2015

Edith Reid Houston-Deever, 100

Formerly of Jacksonville, FL and Mansfield, OH, died Saturday, November 28, 2015.  One of five children, born June 11, 1915 to the late Cora Matson Reid and Peyton J. Reid in Elizabeth, WV.  She spent her early years in Wert County until she was a teenager.  The family moved to the Mansfield, OH area where she finished high school and it was here that she met her future husband, Mark Everton Houston of Cleveland, who had moved to Mansfield during the Depression.  They were married in 1937and married for nearly 34 years before he died in 1971.  They had three children where they settled on the family farm while Mr. Houston worked for the Tappan Stove Company.  During those years that she raised her family, she was known for her love of flowers and was a charter member of The Four Seasons Garden Club, representing the club at the well known Kingwood Center.  In addition to her gardening, she was member of the Richland County Herb Society, a former trustee of Franklin Methodist Church and a member of Franklin Art Club.

During her widow years, she traveled to Hawaii, China, Japan, England and Scotland.  In 1990, she reconnected with Hank Deever, a childhood friend from Ashland, OH, and they were married for seven years until his death.  She continued to live in Jacksonville until she moved to Chesapeake, VA and Louisville, KY in 2003 to live with her two daughters for six month intervals.  Eventually, five years ago she made Louisville her final home with her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ken Handmaker.  Her twilight years were spent doting on her nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and being a member of Christ Church United Methodist with her wonderful friends in the Pathfinders Class.

She will be remembered far and wide as Grandma Houston to her family and Edie to her friends and relatives.  Even though she was 100 years young at her death, she had continued to spread her love with family and friends and especially with her great-grandchildren by attending school performances or sport games.  Most notably, she was the family historian and storyteller providing everyone with tales of World War I, Woman’s suffrage, The Great Depression, Presidents her uncle and aunt knew, or how to grow crops without spraying pesticides.  She was a seamstress, being able to make anything one wanted, a great cook and an aspiring artist and baker.  Her recipe for apple pie remains what the family considers the best on earth.  She was devout in her faith, fearless with tribulations and strong in her convictions of right and wrong, especially never telling a lie.  She will be remembered as the grandmother with a larger than life personality in a tiny frame, with a friendliness that never met a stranger.  Her charm and love will be missed by all her family.

She is survived by her loving family, her son, Doug Houston’s (who predeceased her in 2010) children, Mark Houston of Plantation, FL and his children, Annabella, Isabella and Johan; Stephanie Houston of Cambridge, MA; Ed Houston of Bluffton, SC and his daughter, Charlotte; and Mike Houston (Lisa) of Chagrin Falls, OH and their children, Fiona and Grant; Her daughter, Judy Handmaker (Ken) of Goshen, KY and her children, Elizabeth Noonan (Richard) of Lexington, KY and their children, Sarah Jewell and Reid (named after Grandma), James “Chip” Adams of Hopkinsville, KY and his children, Edie (named after Grandma), Kate and James Edward III; and her daughter, Margaret Adams of Louisville, KY; and her additional blended children, Tony Handmaker’s (who predeceased her in 2011) son, Eli; John Handmaker (Trisha) of Louisville, KY and their children, Darrah and Case; and Rob Frank (Sarah) of Dayton, OH and their children, Gracy and Jeffrey; And her daughter, Elizabeth “Beth” Statzer (Wayne) of Chesapeake, VA and their children, Seth Statzer (Gabriella) of Spokane, WA and their children, Alison, Natalie and Mariana Elisabeth; and Drew Statzer (Beth) of Richmond, VA and their daughter, Logan.

A celebration service honoring Grandma’s life will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, December 2, 2015 in the sanctuary of Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY.  Visitation will follow the service.  Burial will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Olivesburg, OH.  A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 5, 2015 at Olivesburg Methodist Church, outside of Mansfield, OH.  Expressions of sympathy may be made to Christ Church United Methodist Church.



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