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Obituaries

Herman Silverman, Bucks County Philanthropist, Dies at 97

At the dinner table, Herman Silverman loved to make theater legend Oscar Hammerstein laugh. “He had a fabulous sense of humor,” Leda Molly, Silverman’s daughter,...

Paul Saionz, Holocaust Survivor, Dies at 89

Paul Saionz had two birthdays. Each year, he celebrated the date of his birth and the day Allied forces liberated his concentration camp. The longtime Overbrook...

Past Exponent Editor’s Legacy Archived in Print and Words Unwritten

Saying Al Erlick was a storyteller is an understatement. “I think of him in stories,” said his daughter Janet Erlick, “because he was such a...

Julia Rosenwald, Educator of Disadvantaged Youth, Dies at 101

At 101, Julia Rosenwald wasn’t well-versed in computers, but she definitely knew how to talk on the phone. Her daughter Linda Levy remembered her mother’s...

Bernard Lens, Holocaust Speaker, Dies at 96

The man who imparted the value of kindness onto scores of children has died, amid more than 200 thank-you notes penned by young students. U.S....

Allan Jay Shaftel, Former Jewish Federation CFO, dies at 86

Allan Jay Shaftel never forgot anything. With five children aged 36 to 63 and 10 grandchildren aged six months to 31, he managed to give...

Longtime Educator Huberta Wegbreit Dies at 89

Education was critically important to the woman who “never graduated from fifth grade,” as her children joked. Huberta Wegbreit, 89, died of heart failure April...

Robert L. Sadoff, Forensic Psychiatry Pioneer, Dies at 81

Robert L. “Bob” Sadoff, one of the nation’s leading forensic psychiatrists, died in Abington April 17 at the age of 81 after a battle...

Holocaust Survivor, Speaker Sipora Groen Dies at 95

Sipora Groen lost her fiance, father and brother in Auschwitz and nearly all of her extended family to the Holocaust, but she dedicated her...

Comedian Don Rickles Dies at 90

Caustic Borscht Belt comedian Don Rickles — who married a Philadelphia native named Barbara Sklar — died April 6 at the age of 90,...