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A Quiet Dignity
again in America at age 54. Each
morning at 5:30, without complaint,
caught the DSR bus to her seam-
Special to the Jewish News
stress job in downtown Detroit. In
1978, she went with Ann and George
olitics and war were the
visit her ex-husband in Cuba.
catalysts that swept
helped bring him to
through the life of Rachel
Michigan a year later. She also had the
Mandelbaum, but she
opportunity to travel to Israel to see
exuded a quiet dignity no matter how
her sister Gitl Ribenfeld in Netanya.
turbulent the times.
A highlight of Mrs. Mandelbaum's
George Mann of Franklin noted the
life was her reunion in
hardship and struggle in
Ukraine with brother
much of his mother-in-
who had been
law's life, "but in her
in the former
later years, she emerged
Soviet Union after leaving
as our anchor, our fount
Mrs. Mandelbaum had
90, of Franklin, a seam-
little plants at
stress by trade and matri-
arch of her family, died
of congestive heart fail-
grow," Ann recalled. "Her
ure on June 21, 2002.
apartment looked like a
Born in March 1912
in the town of Ruda-
In later life, Mrs.
Huta in Poland, Ruchul
Firer was the oldest of
five sisters and a brother.
She outlived all of them.
she also experienced hardships, includ-
Their parents were Efroim, a peddler
ing the loss of her son to cancer in
of glassware, and Fradla.
1993. She survived open-heart surgery
Seeking to escape the virulent anti-
eight years ago, but grew steadily
Semitism of Poland but unable to get
more frail. In the last month of her
to Palestine, Rachel traveled with her
life, seated in her wheelchair, she was
uncle Joe Nankin in the late 1920s to
thrilled to see Ariel Mann, her daugh-
join her fiance, Henach Mandelbaum,
ter's oldest child and a Yeshivat Akiva
in Cuba. Henach, operated a home
student, become bar mitzvah at Bais
tailoring business with his new wife.
The couple had a son Bernardo dur- Chabad of Farmington Hills.
"She was always there for us,"
ing the Depression and a daughter
said, speaking of the caring,
Ana Bella 20 years later. While the
he called "a woman of
Mandelbaums had little money and
23 eulogy. His and
limited education, their son was able
to attend the University of Havana
and become a physician. He got a visa and Gabriel Mann, participated in the
funeral, along with other family mem-
to leave Cuba for the U.S. in 1960,
one year after Castro took power, and
Mrs. Mandelbaum is survived by
eventually joined the faculty at Wayne
daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Ann
and George Mann and
His sister, Ann, also excelled aca-
demically once she arrived in Detroit
with Mrs. Mandelbaum in 1966, join- children. She was the loving mother of
the late Dr. Bernard Mandelbaum.
ing Bernard (as he was known) and
Contributions may be made to
his family. Ann, who is married to
Hospice of Michigan, 16250
attorney George Mann, also taught at
Northland Drive, Suite 212,
WSU, and the three degrees she
Southfield, MI 48075. Interment was
earned there include a Ph.D. in
at Beth El. Memorial Park.
Spanish and French.
by Hebrew Memorial
This outcome for her daughter
proved the wisdom of Mrs.
Mandelbaum's decision to start over
FRIEDA BASS, 83, of Pembroke
Pines, Fla., died June 23, 2002. She
was vice president and co-chair for
honorees of the Pembroke Pines
Chapter of City of Hope.
Mrs. Bass is survived by her son
and daughter-in-law, Dr. Stuart and
Caren Bass of West Bloomfield; son,
Dr. Stephan Bass, and Ms. Lindsey
Hallwood of Woodland Hills, Calif.;
grandchildren, Robyn and Travis
Hunt of Littleton, Colo., Julie and
David Sidder of West Bloomfield;
brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Jerome
and Dawn Ratzan of West Lake
Village, Calif. She was the loving
wife of the late Dr. Abraham Bass.
Interment in New York. -
Contributions may be made to City
of Hope, 3333 W. Commercial
Blvd., Suite 106, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
HATTIE BENJAMIN, 93, of
Birmingham, died June 30, 2002.
She is survived by her daughter
and son-in-law, Paula and William
Barnett of Birmingham; grandson,
David (Shana) Barnett. She was the
beloved wife of the late Charles
Graveside services were held at the
Workmen's Circle Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to the
Karmanos Cancer Institute, 24601
Northwestern Highway, Southfield,
MI 48075. Arrangments by
JACQUELINE BRANT, of West
Bloomfield, died June 26, 2002. She
was a dedicated teacher. Ms. Brant
rural areas and
was featured in
She is sur-
vived by her
son, Scott Brant
Bloomfield; brother and sister-in-
law, Norman and Laurie Brant of
Bloomfield Hills; sister and brother-
in-law, Elaine and Jeffrey Surnow of
West Bloomfield. Interment at
Machpelah Cemetery. Contributions
may be made to the Humane
Society. Arrangements by Ira
HERBERT CHERNICK, 78, of
Southfield, died June 26, 2002. He
was a commercial and residential
builder and developer. He was also a
member of Congregation Shaarey
Zedek, B'nai B'rith and was a
Mr. Chernick is survived by his
wife of 51 years, Frances "Fay"
Chernick; daughters and son-in-law,
Karen "Katy" Max of Bloomfield
Hills, Alene Chernick of West
Bloomfield, Marcy and John
Gottesman of Bloomfield Hills;
grandchildren, Carly Max, Kimberly
Max, Jaclyn Gottesman, Joshua
Gottesman; sister, Sallee Rosen and
her fiancee, Philip Vainik of West
Interment at Clover Hill Park
Cemetery. Contributions may be
made to a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Ira Kaufman
LOUIS M. DAVIS, 91, of Mt.
Clemens, died June 18, 2002.
He is survived by his son and
daughter-in-law, Richard and
Helene Davis of Grosse Pointe Park;
daughters, Frances Davis of
Minneapolis, Minn., Barbara Davis
of Portland, Ore.; brother, Harry
Davis of California; sisters and
brothers-in-law, Ada and Ike
Eisenfeld of Mt. Clemens, Betty and
Al Meyers of Naples, Fla., Elaine
Warshaw of Seattle, Washington;
grandchildren, Philip Davis, Emily
Davis, Peter Davis. Mr. Davis was
the beloved husband of the late Rose
Davis; loving father of the late Nina
Davis; dear brother of the late
William Davis, the late Florence
Contributions may be made to
Beth Tephilath Moses Synagogue,
146 South Avenue, Mt. Clemens,
MI 48043. Services at Beth
Tephilath Synagogue. Burial at Beth
Tephilath Moses Cemetery.
Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial
DAVID DOREN, 83, of
Farmington Hills, formerly of
Howell, died June 24, 2002.
He is survived by his son and
daughter-in-law, Barry and Jeanne