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The Call Of Family
ROBERT A. SKLAR
ven when he lost the zip in
his step as a dedicated power
walker who lived alone well
into his 80s, Detroiter Harold Getz
managed to get where he wanted to be
most: with his children and grandkids.
"He was happiest when staying at,
or being at, our house with all of us,"
said his daughter, Ann Getz Small of
Palm Beach, Fla. "That was his very
She and her husband, Michael,
raised four children — Lisa, Brad, Jodi
and J.D. — in an ocean-view home in
Whether going to a restaurant or
running errands, Ann and her father
had an unshakable bond.
"Dad loved just being together
with me and he always smiled when
I picked him up and was there with
him," she said. "We had those spe-
GITEL BERNSHTYN, 88, of Oak
Park, died March 20, 2005. She was a
teacher in Russia.
Mrs. Bernshtyn is survived by her
daughters and son-in-law, Inna
-Z.aguskina. of -Farmington Hills, Anna
and Iziaslav Ellenbogen; grandchildren,
Alex and Galina Zaguskin, Igor
Ellenbogen; great-grandchildren, Mark
and Rachel Zaguskin.
Interment at Beth El Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
RHODA BRONSTEIN, 88, of
Marcell18,•N.Y4 died March 15, 2005.
She is survived by her son and
daughter-in-law, Dr. Barry and Carol
Bronstein of Bloomfield Hills; daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Dr. Lois Bronstein
and Barry Knox of Marcellus; grand-
children, Victoil4Pand Olivia --
Bronstein, Hayley, Oliveiancl Corey
Knox; sister, Bobbi Geller. She was the
beloved wife of the late Arthur
Bronstein; daughter of the late Harry
and Eva Geller.
Interment at Mt. Hebron Cemetery
in Queens, N.Y. Contributions may be
made to American Heart Association.
PHYLLIS BROOKS, 64, of
Southfield, died March 15, 2005.
adding that she was thankful he was
there when she and J.D. graduated
from law school.
Mr. Getz enjoyed the simple things
cial times that only a father and
in life: a power walk, talking
politics, rooting for the
Mr. Getz, 92, of Palm
Detroit Tigers and Detroit
Beach, formerly of
Lions, just being with family.
Southfield, died March 9,
Life changed when Mr.
2005. The St. Louis native
Getz broke his hip in June
moved to Detroit in 1939.
and had surgery. His condi-
He and Margaret Stone Getz,
tion worsened and he could
who died in 1985, were mar-
not walk or communicate —
ried 57 years. They moved to
until four days before he died
Florida in 1984 to be closer
under hospice care.
to their Palm Beach family.
"My children called and
Son Gilbert lives in Royal
spoke to their Papa," Ann
Oak; Gilbert's daughter,
said. "I could see during each call
Alissa Getz Seim, lives in Chicago.
that he heard and understood their
Harold Getz worked in the auto
voices because he made sounds. But
parts business for almost 50 years with
when J.D. spoke to him, something
Standard Auto Parts in Detroit.
allowed him to clearly say, 'I am
Lisa Small, oldest of the five
proud of you.'"
grandkids, recalled how Papa played
In addition to his children, Mr.
straight man to grandma Mimi's antics.
Getz is survived by grandkids, Lisa
A sports fan, Mr. Getz loved watch-
and Anatole Conde of West Palm
ing the kids play baseball and soccer.
Beach; J.D. Small of West Palm
"He was so proud of us on the field
Beach; Bradley and Lisa Small of
and, most of all, in school," said Lisa,
She is survived by her sons and
daughter-in-law, Tony and Rochelle
Brooks of Oak Park, Mark Brooks of
Southfield; daughter and son-in-law,
Erica Brooks and Angel Carrone of
Colorado; mother, Lee Grodsky of
Southfield; sisters and brother-in-law,
Judy . and Jim Shirley of Ortonville,
Elaine Siegel of Oak Park; grandchil-
dren, Rachel, Noah, Aaron, Danielle,
Samantha, Cody, Morgan and Hanna.
She was the dear daughter of the late
Contributions may be made to the
Karmanos Cancer Institute, 24601
Northwestern Highway, Southfield,
MI 48075 or to a charity of one's
choice. Arrangements by Doif n ian
MILTON FANTICH, 84, of
Houston, Texas, formerly of Detroit.
He is survived by his son and daugh-
ter-in-law, Barry and Suzie Fantich of
Houston; daughter and son-in-law,
Cindy and Marshall Reid of Houston;
many loving grandchildren and great-
grandchildren; sister and brother-in-
law, Mollie and Isaac Goodman of
Southfield; brother, Max Fantich of
Las Vegas, Nev. He was the beloved
husband of the late Marge Fantich;
Beverly Hills, Calif.; Jodi Small and
Ilan Kantor of Kirkland, Wash.; and
Alissa Getz Seim and her husband,
John, of Chicago; three great-grand-
children; sisters- and brothers-in-law
Jasmine "Bobby" Getz of West Palm
Beach, Rosalyn Stone of Bingham
Farms, Ruth Hack of Del Ray Beach,
Fla., Ileane Stone of Farmington
Hills, Rose and Dan Siegel of
Chesterfield, Mo., and CeCe and
William Stone of Bloomfield
Township; and brother-in-law Irving
Gordon of West Bloomfield.
Mr. Getz was the brother of the late
Freida Getz Milner, Jeanette Getz,
Gertrude Getz, Gilbert Getz and
Milton Getz; brother-in-law of the late
Ethel Gordon, Sylvia Ellthan, Dorothy
and Joseph Sklar, Eva Getz, Morey
Korn, Ralph Stone, Theodore Stone,
Norman Hack and Dave Milner.
Burial was at Menorah Gardens in
West Palm Beach. The family suggests
contributions be made to Hospice of
Palm Beach County Florida, 5300
East Avenue, West Palm Beach, FL
brother of the late Julius Fantich, the
late Jack Fantich and the late Ida
Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery
in Houston. Contributions may be
made to a charity of one's choice. This
announcement was placed• at the
request of the family by Dorfmati •
convention of the
in 1947. The next
year, he joined the
VERA FRIED, 78, of West
helping to coordi-
Bloomfield, died March 14, 2005.
nate and gather the
She is survived by her son -and :
sig4atures necessary to place the future
daughter-in-law, Aaron and Judy.Fried six-win governor on the Democratic- .
of Royal Oak; daughter and son-in-
law, Linda and Jim Sampson of
Mr. Greene was also active in the
Southfield; brother and sister-in-law,
civil rights movement and in 1956,
Joel and Dawn Mallin of Las Vegas,
after Gov. Williams signed the Fair
Nev. She was the beloved wife of the
Employment Practices Act, joined the
late Samuel Fried.
professional staff of the Fair
Contributions may be made to a
Employment Practices Commission:
charity of one's choice. Internam-at
Mr. Greene took a leave of absence
Hebrew Memorial Park Art-angel-arms. • from the staff in 1959-60 to attend
by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
Brandeis University as a Florina Lasker
Fellow in Civil Liberties. While at
ROBERT J. GREENE, 77, of
Brandeis, he met his future wife, Felice
Rockville, Md., died March 3, 2005.
He was a 1949 graduate of the
In 1960, Mr. Greene moved to
University of Michigan who had been
Washington, D.C., to become the
born and raised in Detroit. He was
Washington/Baltimore area director for
active in politics most of his life, and
as a 20-year-old attended the founding
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