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January 18, 1980 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1980-01-18

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62 Friday, January 18, 1980

Layetta Isenberg, Gained Recognition for Volunteer Service

Layetta B. Isenberg at- the national organization,
tained national recognition as a board member and offi-
in several major movements cer. She traveled frequently
in which she played impor- in the movement's behalf
tant roles in the past half and succeeded in securing
century. numerous endowments for
A three-term president of Hadassah in Israel.
A leader in the Temple
Greater Detroit Hadassah,
she became a vital factor in Beth El Sisterhood, she was

Famed Orchestra Leader
Andre Kostelanetz Dies

NEW YORK — World re-
nowned orchestra leader,

Andre Kostelanetz, died
Jan. 13 at age 78.
Born of Russian Jewish
parents, Mr. Kostelanetz
came to the U.S. in 1922. He
was awarded an honorary
doctorate from Albion Col-
lege in Michigan and
attended the Cincinnati
Conservatory of Music.

Mr. Kostelanetz was the
chorus master of the St.
Petersburg Grand Opera
Co. in Russia and conductor
of the U.S. Armed Forces
Orchestra from 1944 to
1945. He was the musical
director for many motion

Conductor of his own
concert orchestra since
1929, Mr. Kostelanetz was
the guest conductor of
the New York Philhar-
monic Orchestra, Boston

Symphony Orchestra,
Philadelphia Symphony
Orchestra and the San
Francisco Symphony Or-

He toured with and con-
ducted major orchestras in
Europe, Canada, South
America and Israel. He was
a radio conductor at CBS.
Among the awards he re-
ceived were the Fame
Award of the Radio Editors
of the U.S. and Canada and
the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon
of the U.S. Army.
During his career, he sold
52 million records, and
among the players in his or-
chestra were Jimmy and
Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Mil-
ler and Mitch Miller.
He initiated free concerts
in Central Park in New
York and during the six
years the concerts were held
nearly one million persons

active in the National Fed-
eration of Temple Sister-

When her late husband,
William Isenberg, was
president of the Zionist
Organization of Detroit,
she hosted numerous
functions for the Zionist

Sara Pregerson, Volunteered
for Jewish, General Causes

Sara H. Pregerson, a
teacher in the Detroit Pub-
lic Schools and a volunteer
who was active on behalf of
Jewish and civic causes,
died Jan. 10 at age 65.
A native Detroiter, Mrs.
Pregerson was graduated in
1936 from Northwestern
University with a degree in
speech. She received an ad-
vanced degree in speech
therapy from Wayne State

Among the organiza-
tions which benefited
from her volunteer ef-
forts are: Hadassah,
Women's Division of the

Harry N. Casselman, who
rose from assembly line
worker to prominent

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Jewish Welfare Federa-
tion and Shaarey Zedek
Sisterhood. She also was
involved in tasks for the
United Hebrew Schools
and the Fortune Society,
an organization devoted
to the rehabilitation of

Mrs. Pregerson also was a
volunteer probation officer
in Wayne County.
She leaves her husband,
Milford R.; a son, Bernard; a
daughter, Rhoda; a brother,
Mandell L. Berman; a sis-
ter, Mrs. Bert (Toba)
Smokier; and one grandson.

Attorney Harry Casselman,
Long Active Labor Arbitrator


City .

Funeral services for Mrs.
Isenberg, who died Jan. 12
at age 81, were held Monday
at Temple Beth El.
Mrs. Isenberg, who came
to the U.S. from Romania at
age 12, cooperated with
members of her family in
creating opportunities for
Romanian Jews to settle in
the U.S.

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union-management arbit-
rator, died Jan. 10 at age 66.
Born in Toronto, Ontario,
Mr. Casselman came to De-
troit as a child. He was
graduated from the Univer-
sity of Michigan, where he
earned a BA degree in polit-
ical science in 1934 and a
law degree in 1937.
In 1952, at age 39, he was
appointed regional director
for the Seventh Region of
the National Labor Rela-
tions Board. He first joined
the NLRB in 1937, rising to
junior attorney, assistant
attorney, associate attorney
and then chief law officer.

As a trial attorney for
the NLRB, he tried sev-
eral landmark cases
under the Wagner Act.

Mr. Casselman served as
a guest lecturer on labor at
the University of Detroit,
Wayne State University
and the U-M law schools. In
1954, he joined Hygrade
Food Products Corp. as the
firm's director of industrial
relations, where he re-
mained until 1964.
From 1964 to 1966, Mr.
Casselman was chairman of
the Governor's Panel of
Hospital Cases for the
Michigan Labor Mediation
Act. He also was an inde-
pendent arbitrator for the
Detroit Tooling Association
and most recently, for the
John Deere Co.
He is survived by his wife,
Muriel; two sons, Gary and
David; a daughter, Carol; a
sister, Mrs. William (Sara)
Kerwin; and a brother, Sam
of California.

Named to Post

Steven Nasatir has as-
sumed his duties as chief
operating officer of
Chicago's major Jewish
philanthropic organiza-
tions, the Jewish Federa-
tion and the Jewish United
Fund of Metropolitan

Mrs. Isenberg was hon-
ored by Temple Beth El as
the matriarch of three gen-
erations who held member-
ship in the temple.
She was active in - tasks
for the Allied Jewish Cam-
paign and was a former
board member of the Jewish
Welfare Federation.

Mrs. Isenberg held

membership in the Na-
tional Council of Jewish
Women, Women's Ameri-
can ORT and the Music
Study Club.

She is survived by a son,
Bernard; two daughters,
Mrs. Ethel Levine and Mrs.
Judith Easton of Newton,
Mass.; seven grandchildren
and one great-grandchild.

The entire Young Israel family expresses its
deep sense of loss and grief at the passing of


world renowned spiritual leader .' who headed the
Detroit Orthodox community for many years, in-
ternational figure in the Religious Zionism move-
ment, who always reserved a particular friendship
for Young Israel.

His great wisdom and benevolent influence will
remain an eternal blessing for us all.


Presided, leirepslita Ceded

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President tong Israel et Creafleli


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The entire membership of the Council of Orthodox
Rabbis of Greater Detroit mourns the loss of its
great spiritual leader


Who served as president of The Vaad Harabonim
and titular head of The Detroit Orthodox Commu-
nity for forty years, who was internationally known
for his sagacious and devoted leadership and for
the spiritual strength that he promoted throughout
the World Jewish community.

Our condolences to his son, our worthy member,
Rabbi Samuel Stollman of Windsor, Ontario and to
his beloved brothers Max and Phillip Stollman.

May the Almighty send of his solace and comfort to
the bereaved family.

Rabbi Leizer Levin, President
Rabbi Chaskel Grubner, hienahel



In His Life We Were
Blessed. In His Death
We, of the JEWISH
Stand Bereaved. May
the Blessing of His
Memory Serve to Guide

and Strengthen Us.

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