Obituaries for 7-11-13


Myra Brill

On Tuesday, July 2, Myra Brill of Springfield. Beloved wife of the late Harold L. Brill; devoted mother of Jay (Deborah) Brill and Gary (Kathy) Brill; loving grandmother of Mark, (late) Michael, Samantha and Daniel. Memorial contributions may be made to The Society of Jewish Science, 109 East 39th St., New York, NY 10016, or to a charity of your choice. Services entrusted to Edward Sagel Funeral Direction.

Idalee Diener

On Thursday, July 4, Idalee Diener of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Chevy Chase. Beloved wife of the late Dr. Jack Diener; devoted mother of Arlene (Stephen) Friedlander and Suki (Russell) Munsell; daughter of the late Anna and Morris Lutzky; sister of the late Joseph Lutzky; dear grandmother of Andy (Tracey), Jillian (Scott), Amon (Minh) and the late Stacey; adored great-grandmother of Alexis, Danny, Jeremy, Jack, Kayla, Nicolas, Ethan, Kade and Jolie. Memorial contributions may be made to the Red Cross, the Diener School or the Hebrew Home of Greater Washington. Arrangements by Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapels, Inc.

Blossom Friedman

On Tuesday, July 2, Blossom Friedman (nee Kimelblatt); beloved wife of the late Leonard Friedman; loving mother of Jerel (Thu) Friedman, Denise (Keith) Franz and Marcia Katz; devoted sister of the late Phyllis Goldfarb, Henrietta Gamzon and David Kimelblatt; loving grandmother of Brian (Jamie) Friedman, Matthew and Evan Friedman, Seth and Kara Franz, Emily and Lindsey Katz. Memorial contributions may be made to Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208. Arrangements by Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc.

Marvin Denicoff

On Monday, July 1, Marvin Denicoff of Potomac. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lillian; his sister Lois Reiss; his four sons and their spouses, Kirk (Andrea); Paul (Marina), Todd (Sheryl) and Drew (Anne); and his 10 grandchildren, Joel, Ethan, Nathan, Avner, Talia, Josh, Miles, Alex, Mira, and Sam. He was born in Philadelphia. He served in the Air Force in World War II. From 1960 to 1983, Marvin worked at the Office of Naval Research (ONR), mostly as the director of information sciences. His job was to inspire, work with, and fund computer scientists and mathematicians in basic computer science research in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics and graphics. His government service was honored with two Distinguished Civilian Service Awards. From 1983 to 1996 he worked at Thinking Machines Corp., which he helped found. During this period he was affiliated with the M.I.T. Media Laboratory as a principal research associate. He also wrote plays, won the prestigious Stanley Drama Award, and was a member of the Dramatist Guild. Memorial contributions may be made to Montgomery Hospice. Arrangements by Hines-Rinaldi Home, Inc.

Walter Packer

On Monday, July 1, Walter Packer of Columbia. Beloved husband of the late Rhona Z. Packer; devoted father of Jeffrey (Barbara) Packer, Janet (Jay) Samen and Joyce (Michael) Budman; loving brother of Martin (Judie) Packer and Sheila (Arnie) Bogen of Boston, Mass.; dear grandfather of David (Lindsay) Packer, Brian (Dara) Packer, Natalie (Christopher) Castaldo, Jason Budman and Libby (Joshua) Schuman and dear great-grandfather of six. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice. Services entrusted to Danzansky-Goldberg Memorial Chapels, Inc.

Dr. Alvin Schiff

On Saturday, July 6, Dr. Alvin Schiff of New York. Born Aug. 8, 1926, Schiff has been called one of the greatest proponents of Jewish education in America. He held many leadership positions, serving as the executive vice president of the BJE of New York for more than 20 years. He was also a founder of Yeshiva University’s graduate school of Jewish education, now named the Azrieli Graduate School of Jewish Education and Administration and was instrumental in many Jewish educational endeavors including March of the Living, Salute to Israel Parade and the Chidon ha Tanakh (Hebrew Bible Contest). Schiff authored many books, articles and research paper and was the editor of The Journal of Jewish Education from 1967-1997. He is survived by his beloved wife, Miriam, children Debra Karen (Michael) Block, Linda Susan (Arthur) Poleyeff, six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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