This week’s obituaries, 6-20-13


Connie Apter

On Thursday, June 13, Connie Apter. A lifelong learner, talented and award-winning realtor, mediator, teacher, and devoted friend and family member, Connie was an inspiration to her friends and loved ones. She is remembered for her keen intellect, sharp sense of humor, drive and determination, career-mindedness ahead of her time, and warm and inviting style, which made her home ever full of laughter and celebration, friends, and family. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, she was married to Albert L. Apter (1922 – 1996). After the Apters moved to the Washington, D.C., metro area in the 1960s, Connie had a prolific and award-winning 30-year real estate career in Montgomery County Maryland, where she was several times awarded “Realtor of the Year,” served as president of the Board of Realtors Housing for the Handicapped, Inc., and later served as a teacher, mentor and mediator for the Board of Realtors and was active in state and national real estate organizations. She later became active in the Johns Hopkins Evergreen Society for Lifelong Learning (now Osher at Johns Hopkins).

Connie is survived by her sister, Frances Dubrow of West Hartford; sons and daughters-in-law Cliff Apter and Karen Simon of Denver, Colo., George and Sandy Apter of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Dianne (Brott) Apter of Syracuse, N.Y.; grandchildren Jennie Apter Lantry of Arlington, Rachel Apter Kolliopoulos of Arlington, C.J. Apter of Denver, Colo., Scott Kawamura of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Steven Apter of Los Angeles, Calif.; five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Steven J. Apter, her husband Albert L. Apter, and her brothers Morris and Louis Silver.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Herbert Bernstein

On Friday, June 14, Herbert Bernstein. Loving husband of Mildred Bernstein (nee Kaplan); loving and devoted father of Debbie Riley, Tricia Bernstein Starke and Mark Bernstein; dear father-in-law of Michael Riley and Jamey Starke; adored grandfather of Sean Riley and Jake Bernstein; dear brother of the late Eva, Esther and Dora. He was a decorated World War II veteran, who received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and the Good Conduct Medal.

Arrangements by Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc.

Frances Birnbaum

On Tuesday, June 11, Frances Birnbaum of Rockville. Born June 26, 1925, in Putnam, Conn., Frances was predeceased by her loving husband Murray. She is survived by her children Jason Birnbaum (wife Roz), Eliot Birnbaum (wife Renee) and Karen Kracov (husband Eric). Also survived by grandchildren Matthew, Alex, Max, Natalie and Julie. Memorial contributions may be made to National Lung Cancer Partnership, or JSSA Hospice Care at

Richard H. Gross

On Friday, June 14, Richard Gross of North Bethesda. He is survived by his devoted wife of 50 years, Gloria and his loving children, David Gross and Tracie (Jon) Wilk. He was the adored Poppy of Noah and Alex Wilk. He, his wife, and son David, owned Glorick Art and Frame in Rockville for 40 years. Memorial contributions may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, ( in honor of his grandson, Noah.

Ruth Ann Gross

On Saturday, June 15, Ruth Ann Gross of Bethesda. Beloved wife of Aaron Gross; loving mother of Jildy Gross and Charles (Toni Waldman) Gross; dear sister of Belle Herzog; cherished grandmother of Samuel and Deborah Gross. Memorial contributions may be made to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024. Arrangements entrusted to Torchinsky Hebrew Funeral Home.

Howard Kouzel

On Wednesday, June 12, Howard Kouzel of Silver Spring. Beloved husband of 61 years of Sandra Levy Kouzel; devoted father of the late Nancy Minkoff (Russell) and Randi K. Meyrowitz (Martin); loving brother of the late Benjamin and the late Samuel Kouzel. Also survived by six devoted grandchildren, Scott (Robin) Minkoff, Jonathan (Alex) Minkoff, Adam Minkoff, Andrew Meyrowitz, Samuel Meyrowitz and Rachel Meyrowitz, and one precious great-granddaughter, Etta Wiles Minkoff. Memorial contributions may be made to Washington Hebrew Congregation, (, Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington ( or the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance ( Arrangements entrusted to Edward Sagel Funeral Direction, Inc.

William Eisner Lefkowitz

On Tuesday, June 11, William Eisner Lefkowitz of Wayne, N.J. He is survived by his three sons and their wives, Marc and Elise, Ira and Michelle and Joel; six grandchildren, Matthew (Alexa), Charlotte, Lauren, Melissa, Eryn and Ian; and one great-grandchild, Radley. Memorial contributions may made to the Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation,

Stuart Edward Malmon

On Thursday, June 6, Stuart Edward Malmon. Husband of Jill Krasner Malmon of Florida; father of Alison (Greg) Mahowald and Brian Malmon (deceased); grandfather of Hailey Mahowald; brother of Norman (Sherry) Malmon; and cousin and friend of many. Memorial contributions may be made to Active Minds, 2001 S St., N.W., Suite 450, Washington, D.C., 20009,

Zev M. Remba

On Sunday, June 9, Zev M. Remba of Alexandria. Beloved partner of Linda Levy; father of Rebecca Baird-Remba; step-father of Benjamin Grossman; brother of Gidon Remba (Carole); nephew of Dr. Moshe Remba and David and Enid Angstreich; uncle of Talia Remba. Memorial contributions may be made to the Georgetown Transplant Center for Children, 3800 Reservoir Road, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20007 or Theatre Washington, 1825 Connecticut Ave., N.W., Suite 100, Washington, D.C., 20009.

Beverly Rogers

On Friday, June 14, Beverley Shilansky Rogers of Silver Spring. Beloved wife of the late Sidney Rogers; devoted mother of Norman, Philip (Abby) and Susan Rogers. She is also survived by three loving grandchildren, Matthew, Jonathan and Benjamin Rogers, and by devoted sister Rita Salins. Memorial contributions may be made to the Misler Center of Rockville or Meals on Wheels (Jewish Social Service Agency).

Adelaide Siegel

On Wednesday, June 12, Adelaide Siegel (nee Simons). Beloved wife of the late Irving H. Siegel; cherished mother of Judith S. (Dr. Jeffrey E.) Kremen and Ruth E. Siegel (Martin D. Snider); devoted sister of the late Sylvia Timmons, Samuel Simons and Rosalind King; loving grandmother of Sarah A. Kremen, M.D. (Jonathan M. Aurnou), Amy E. Kremen (Boswell A. Wing), and Daniel I. Snider. Also survived by four loving great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Washington Jewish Council for the Aging in Greater Washington, D.C. or to Jewish Social Service Agency.

Arrangements by Sol Levinson & Bros., Inc.

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