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Benjamin Arthur “Arty” Gladstone

July 12, 2019

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Virginia Beach—Benjamin Arthur “Arty” Gladstone, 77, passed away in his home in Virginia Beach on June 29, 2019 after a battle with Parkinson’s Disease and additional illnesses. He was the son of the late Olga and David H. Gladstone of Norfolk, Va. Arty grew up in Norfolk where he graduated from Maury High School and [...]

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Jerry William Ellisberg

July 12, 2019

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Raleigh, N.C.—Jerry William Ellisberg, 80 years old, of Raleigh, N.C., peacefully passed after a battle with cancer on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at his home surrounded by family and loved ones. Jerry was born on April 13, 1939 at Rex Hospital, when it was located on Wade Avenue and St. Mary’s Street, to parents Mortimer [...]

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Bonnie Ungar Dowdy

July 12, 2019

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Blacksburg, Va.—Bonnie Ungar Dowdy, age 47, of Blacksburg passed into eternity, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. She was born in Norfolk, Va. on October 26, 1971. She was preceded in death by her father, Myron Milton Ungar and father-in-law, Robert Wayne Dowdy. She is survived by her husband, Mitchell Wayne Dowdy; daughter, Lauren Dowdy; son, Austin [...]

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Andrew M. Fekete, MD

June 24, 2019

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Jeff Cooper, JFS president; Kelly Burroughs, JFS CEO; Kathryn Barrett, moderator; Thom Hutchins, donor family; Dr. Janet S. Wright, acting director of Science & Policy, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General; Al Diaz, donor family and recipient; Patti Wainger, JFS board member; and Rabbi Jeffrey Arnowitz, Congregation Beth El.

Norfolk—Andrew M. Fekete, MD, FACP, 89, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 9, 2019 with his family by his side. He served his Norfolk community in the medical field for many years. Born in Norfolk, he was the son of the late Dora Silver Fekete and Andrew Fekete. Dr. Fekete was a long-time member of [...]

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Ronald “Ron” Roy Anderson

June 24, 2019

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Belhaven, N.C.—Ronald “Ron” Anderson, 68, of Belhaven, NC, formerly of Wheeling, West Virginia, passed away surrounded by family at his home on May 17, 2019 after a 15-month journey with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Carrie Parks Anderson; his mother, Elaine Anderson of Neenah, Wisc.; five children, Ronnie Anderson [...]

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Murray Polner, founding and only editor of Present Tense magazine

June 7, 2019

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(JTA)—Murray Polner, the founding editor of the liberal Jewish magazine Present Tense who served as its editor until it folded, has died. Polner, who also authored or edited eight books, died on Thursday, May 30 at the age of 91. He was a resident of Great Neck, New York. Polner founded Present Tense in 1973 [...]

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Rita S. Meschel

June 7, 2019

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Fairfax, Va.—Rita S. Meschel, formerly of Norfolk and Virginia Beach passed April 6, 2019 in Fairfax, Va. She was predeceased by Harry Meschel and is survived by her sons Dr. Philip Frank, Robert Frank, Jeff Meschel; and daughters Marsha Frank, Maida Gutterman, and Lynne Bovenzi and many grand and great-grandchildren. She was interred at Woodlawn [...]

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Susan E. Maggiora

June 7, 2019

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Tucson, Arizona—Susan E. Maggiora, 67, died suddenly on May 30, 2019. Susan was born on June 7, 1951 in Portsmouth, Virginia. She graduated from Churchland High School in 1969, subsequently getting her degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in 1973. Following school, she moved to Buffalo, N.Y. and worked at the National Oceanic [...]

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Marsha Ornoff Merkle

June 7, 2019

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Portsmouth—Marsha Ornoff Merkle, 69, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, May 22, 2019. She was born in Portsmouth and was the daughter of the late Melvin and Frances Ornoff. She is survived by her loving husband of 50 years, Marvin Merkle; two daughters, Jenefer Dayle Snyder and husband Michael and Heather Keller Umberger and husband Troy; three [...]

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Shirley Belkov Lipman

June 7, 2019

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Virginia Beach—Shirley Belkov Lipman, a secretary to two rabbis who, with her late husband, founded an art materials and picture framing store in Maryland, died Tuesday, June 4, in Virginia Beach after suffering a stroke. She was 95. Born Shirley Belkov in Miami, she was the third daughter and sixth child of Ukrainian immigrants who [...]

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