Obituaries for June 1, 2017


Rabbi Jonathan Eichhorn, 80, dies

Rabbi Jonathan Eichhorn, of Chevy Chase, died May 12 of corticobasal degeneration, a rare, progressive neurodegenerative disease. He was 80 years old.

He attended Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati and Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y.

He served as an Army chaplain from 1961 to 1965, and was stationed in Germany. He was a congregational rabbi at Temple Emanuel in Kingston, N.Y., for 36 years before retiring in 2001. He also served part time as a New York State prison chaplain for 30 years.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Eichhorn, of Chevy Chase; children Deborah Eichhorn (Steve Snyder), of Bethesda; Sharon Sokolik (David), of Dunwoody, Ga.; Daniel Eichhorn (Debra), of Montvale, N.J; and grandchildren Ari and Rebecca Snyder of Bethesda, Ben and Hannah Sokolik of Dunwoody, and Cooper and Simon Eichhorn of Montvale.

Contributions may be made to JSSA Hospice in Rockville, Autism NJ in Robbinsville, N.J., and Temple Sinai in Washington.

Barbara Ann Kasoff

Barbara Ann Kasoff, of San Francisco, died on May 23. She was 74 years old.

Her advocacy work with the National Association of Women Business Owners and her participation in the 1986 White House Conference on Small Business led to her co-founding Women Impacting Public Policy in 2001. WIPP is a nonpartisan organization which educates and advocates on behalf of women-owned businesses. She served as WIPP’s president for nine years.

In 2011, she served as a U.S. delegate to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum. She also served on boards for Women Business Owners Corporation, SCORE Pacific Gas & Electric and Detroit Edison Community Relations Board. In addition, she served on the National Women’s Business Council, representing WIPP and its partner organizations.

When she wasn’t working, Kasoff enjoyed traveling, spending time with family and friends, and reading.

She is survived by her husband, Marvin Kasoff, of San Francisco; her children Ben and Barbi Kasoff, of Alexandria and Beverly Hills, Mich.; Jon Kasoff, of Troy, Mich.; Danny and Pam Kasoff, of San Francisco; as well as grandchildren Maddy, Josh, Brooke, Drew, Tiffany, Mason, Ariel, Jonah and Jared.

Melvin Lenkin

Melvin Lenkin died in his sleep on May 27 in Chevy Chase.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, Thelma Z. Lenkin, along with his loving children Edward (Roselin) and Judy (Mark Lerner), and his treasured grandchildren Lauren Lerner-Naft (Noah Naft), Jonathan Lerner (Ilyse), Jacob Lerner, Jordan Lenkin and Grady Lenkin. He is predeceased by his sister, Natalie Clayman, brother, Lawrence Lenkin, and his daughter, Michele May Lenkin.

He was born in Washington and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1945 and attended George Washington University after serving in the Merchant Marine.

In 2003, B’nai Israel Congregation in Rockville renovated its building following a $15 million capital campaign. The addition was named the Thelma and Melvin Lenkin Educational and Activities Center.
Contributions may be made to the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes’ Lenkin Family Fund or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Sagel Bloomfield Danzansky Goldberg Funeral Care.

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