Obituaries, April 2, 2015


Rita Phillips Franks
On March 28, Rita Phillips Franks, of Silver Spring. Beloved wife of the late Dennis Franks; devoted mother of Linda Franks Caplan (Steve), Alan Howard Franks (Sue Ross Franks) and Martin Val Franks; dear sister of Sidney Phillips (Frieda) and the late Maurice and Lewis Phillips; cherished grandmother of Danielle Rebecca Franks and Jonathan Sebastian Franks. Also survived by her great-granddaughter, Dakota Franks. Contributions may be made in her name to a charity of one’s choice.

Robert B. Friedman
On March 28, Robert B. Friedman, of Chevy Chase. Beloved husband of Annette Friedman; devoted father of Lisa Twigg (Roger), Debra Bernhardt (David) and Mark Friedman (Shari); cherished grandfather of Jay, Joshua, Brooke and Kayla; beloved brother-in-law of Diane Friedman. He is also survived by a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends. Contributions may be made to Ohr Kodesh, JSSA Hospice or to the Edward J. Friedman Foundation.

Dr. Theodore Alan Miller
Dr. Theodore Alan Miller of Bethesda died on February 20th of natural causes. He was 82.

A District of Columbia native, he was born on June 30, 1932 and grew up first in Anacostia and then in the Crestwood neighborhood of northwest Washington. He graduated from Theodore Roosevelt High School, the University of Michigan, and the University of Michigan School of Dentistry.

After serving in the Air Force, he maintained a downtown Washington dental practice for nearly 50 years and was a career-long member of the D.C. Dental Society. He was also a proud member of the Maimonides Dental Society as well as a regent and past president of the Washington chapter of the Alpha Omega dental fraternity.

He was a lifelong congregant at Adas Israel, celebrating his Bar Mitzvah at what is now the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. An avid golfer, he was a member first of the Washingtonian Country Club in Gaithersburg and later Norbeck Country Club in Rockville. He was also a skilled gardener and very proud member of the Democratic Party.

He is survived by his wife, Ethyle (Wieder), sons Daniel (Bethany) and Michael (Lauren) and daughter Judith.

Bernard Segerman
On March 21, Bernard Segerman, 87, of Chevy Chase. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Rita, daughter Fran (Mark) Goldstein, Son Charles (Hallie) Segerman, and five adoring grandsons; Michael (Caroline) Goldstein, Andrew Goldstein, Ethan, Will and Lenny Segerman. He was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1927 to Ida Seplowitz Segerman and Abraham Segerman. He graduated New York University in 1949 with a degree in journalism, later teaching business at NYU and then a successful career as a merchandising manager for Federated Department Stores. He married Rita Goldberg in 1954 and moved to Long Beach, Long Island. In 1963, the Segerman family moved to the Washington, DC area, where he joined his brother-in-law, Bernard Katz, building garden apartments until Mr. Katz’s unexpected death. He joined The Artery Organization in 1965 working with his brother-in-law, Henry Goldberg. In 1972, after leaving The Artery Organization, he developed “The Braemar”, one of the first high rise condominiums in Ocean City, while also developing land and building garden apartments in the DC metro area. He returned to Artery in 2005 and continued to have an office there until this day. The Segerman family joined Adas Israel Congregation shortly after moving to the DC metro area and Bern held various leadership positions and also served as President of the congregation from 1991 to 1993. He chaired numerous Israel Bond drives and led many missions to Israel as a member of the Young Leadership Division. He also served as the President of the Somerset Condominium Association for four years. He loved playing golf and tennis at Woodmont Country Club where he was a member since 1986. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed playing bridge as often as possible, as well as solving crossword puzzles. Bern will be remembered for his warm and inviting attitude, his optimism, his perseverance, his ability to see the big picture, and his smile. Memorial contributions may be made to Adas Israel Congregation, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (Development Department), Congregation B’nai Tzedek and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Stacia Iona Super
On Feb. 23, Stacia Iona Super, 68, died after a 15 year fight with colorectal cancer, at Casey House in Rockville. Her husband of 36 years, Patrick A. Curtis, was at her side. She is also survived by her son, Adam S. Curtis and his wife Kathryn Miller, her brother Bernard Super and his wife Sharon England, her nephew Marty Kreis and niece Michele Kreis. Stacia was born on November 28, 1946 in Washington, D.C. to Tilla Rebecca Hyams and Sol Benjamin Minowitz. Mr. Minowitz died shortly after on December 17, 1947. In 1950, Stacia and her mother traveled to England where Tilla married Arthur Saul Super, formerly Chief Rabbi of Leeds. In 1951 the family moved to Israel where Arthur legally adopted Stacia in 1957. Stacia had the first bat mitzvah in Israel in 1959. The family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa in 1960 where Arthur Super was editor of the Zionist Record and Chief Rabbi of the Johannesburg United Progressive Jewish Congregation. Stacia attended the University of the Witwatersrand, graduating in 1971. Stacia moved to Chicago, Illinois in 1975 to attend the University of Chicago and then the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she earned her PhD in Social Work. She met her husband Patrick in the doctoral program at the Jane Addams School of Social Work. Stacia and Patrick were married in 1979. Their son Adam was born in 1987. The family moved to Maryland in 1990 where Stacia set up a private psychotherapy practice, retiring in 2014. Stacia was an active member of the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis where she was honored for her contributions to the Center in 2014. She was integral in organizing an Annual Ethics Conference, which the Center has now named after her. Stacia was also Chair of the American Psychoanalytic Association’s Committee on Confidentiality. Contributions may be made to Montgomery Hospice.

Judy Weiner
Congregation B’nai Tzedek is saddened to announce the passing of Judy Weiner, mother of Tali Lucas on March 29. The funeral will take place on Monday, April 6 at 10 a.m. in the chapel at Danzansky-Goldberg (1170 Rockville Pike) with interment to follow at the Garden of Remembrance. The family will receive visitors on Monday following the funeral at the home of John Weiner (9 Eaton Overlook, Rockville). May the memory of Judy Weiner be for a blessing

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