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The Detroit Jewish News, 2007-02-08

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CHARLES ACKER, 88, of Macomb
Township, died Jan. 29, 2007. Born in 1918,
he spent 41 years of his life educating and
inspiring students in Detroit elementary,
junior high and high schools. He was an art
teacher at Southeastern and Pershing high
schools, retiring in 1981.
Charles grew up in Detroit; classical
music and art were part of his upbring-
ing and he remained devoted throughout
his life to those forms of expression. As a
teen, he learned to sketch military arti-
facts, an interest which he developed over
many years into extensive paintings of
horses, uniformed soldiers, polo matches,
Shakespeare plays and related subjects.
He graduated from Northern High
School and Wayne State University, major-
ing in art education and began his teaching
career. He met his future wife Marjorie
Mitshkun while they were counselors at
Fresh Air Camp.
He served his country as an Army ser-
geant during World War II; he became
a cartographer, using his artistic talent
to draw maps. Upon returning home, he
rejoined his wife and new baby daughter
Sandra and continued teaching, later corn-
pleting a master's degree in educational
administration. His family grew to three
daughters [Betty and Deborah] but sadly
his beloved wife passed away at the young
age of 47. He later married his second wife
Mercedes [Marty] who passed away in
September 2006.
He enjoyed his art work, working as arts
and crafts director for several summers at
Camp Tanuga, reading history books within
his remarkable library collection and
watching television documentaries.
His children and grandchildren credit
him with unwavering interest in their suc-
cess and their continued education, in love

of art, music and literature, in keeping up
high standards of integrity and conscien-
tiousness and knowing the importance of
Mr. Acker is survived by daughters and
sons-in-law, Dr. Sandra Acker of Toronto,
Betty and William Baisden of Hamden,
Conn., Deborah and Mark Zolnoski of
Macomb Township; grandchildren, Dorie
Millerson, Rebecca Baisden, Kristin and
Peter Wrona, Mark Zolnoski Jr., Michelle
Zolnoski; nephew and niece, Jerome and
Ronnie Acker; stepchildren, Mary and
Joe Karey, John Whitney Roush Jr., Sandy
Roush, Tom and Susan Roush, Beverly and
Richard Bousson; five stepgrandchildren.
He was the beloved husband of the late
Marjorie (Mitshkun) Acker and the late
Mercedes (Walters-Roush); dear father-in-
law of the late Dr. Geoff Millerson; devoted
brother of the late Samuel Acker; loving son
of the late Phillip and the late Anna (Stone)
Interment at Beth El Memorial Park
Cemetery. Contributions may be made to a
charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Ira
Kaufman Chapel.

MINNA ADLER, 89, of West Bloomfield,
died Jan. 31, 2007. She was a Holocaust
survivor, who posed as a Polish Catholic
under an assumed name as a
slave laborer in Germany. The
ordeal left her physically and
emotionally scarred. Her
sister, Pesia, was hidden in
a nearby village. The rest
of the family, her mother, Ho
two brothers, sister and
her grandfather, were
slaughtered in their hometown
of Pantolowicza, Galizia, in 1942.
Mrs. Adler is survived by her loving


husband of 58 years, Ray; daughters and
sons-in-law, Ava and Burt Steinberg Adler
of Ann Arbor, Roxanne Adler-Powondra
of Ann Arbor, Margo and Kraig Libstag
of Colchester, Vt.; sister, Pesia Wecker of
West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Matthew,
Zachary, Jordan, Alexandra; nieces and
Contributions may be made to American
Heart Association, Jewish Hospice and
Chaplaincy Network or to a charity of one's
choice. Interment at Arborcrest Cemetery.
Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

SIDNEY BARON, 86, born and raised
in Detroit until 1982, died in his Raleigh,
N.C., home Jan. 27, 2007. He was a graduate
of Northern High School and Wayne State
University Department of Education and
WSU Law School.
He is survived by his wife, Greta Solomon
Chafetz Baron; son, Al Baron; daughter, Eve
Pinder (Cookie); their collective children,
grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was the husband of the late Rochelle
Contributions may be made to Duke
Hospice Care, 4321 Medical Park Dr., #101,
Durham, NC 27704 or a charity of one's

CAROL LYNN BLAKE, 73, of Warren,
died Jan. 31, 2007. She was payroll clerk
with Daimler Chrysler in Highland Park and
an AARP volunteer.
Ms. Blake is survived by her daughter and
son-in-law, Monica and Bernard Barrons
of Harrison; sisters and brother-in-law, E.J.
and Stewart Saks of West Bloomfield, Alicia
Past of California; nieces and nephews, Amy
Saks, Robyn and Steve Kay, Nancy and Jim
Interment at Nusach Harie Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to a charity of
one's choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman

JAMES D. BRAUN, 54, of Southfield,
died Jan. 31, 2007. He was a member of


the Knights of Pythias.
Mr. Braun is sur-
vived by his mother,
Joan R. Braun of West
Bloomfield; brothers and
sisters-in-law, Robert
C. and Karen Braun
of Bloomfield Hills,
Laurence D. and Inge
Braun of Okemos; sisters
and a brother-in-law, Susan and Randall
Benson of Bloomfield Hills, Miriam J.
Braun of West Bloomfield; nieces and
nephews, Lauren, Alex and Leah Braun,
Piet Braun, Aaron and Amy Benson. He
was the beloved son of the late Dr. Charles
A. Braun.
Interment at Machpelah
Cemetery. Contributions may be made
to American Heart Association, 3816
Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or
Michigan Chapter of National Association
for Mentally Ill. Arrangements by Ira
Kaufman Chapel.

West Bloomfield, died
Feb. 4, 2007.
She is survived by her
son and daughter-in-
law, Andrew and Dana
Cohen of Farmington
daughter and
son-in-law, Alyse and
Howard Nathan of Novi;
brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Ted and
Carol Nussdorf of Laguna Hills, Calif.;
grandchildren, Jonah and Seth Cohen
and Henry Nathan; many cousins, nieces,
nephews, other loving family members
and devoted friends. She was the beloved
wife of the late Sidney L. Cohen; daugh-
ter of the late Adolph and the late Rose
Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial
Park Cemetery. Contributions may be
made to the Churg Strauss Syndrome
Association. Arrangements by Dorfman





arve Disner does not consider himself a
philanthropist. Yet the founder and president of Detroit
Auto Brokers felt compelled to do something a little
extra after he was asked to sell a donated van to
benefit Jewish Hospice and Chaplaincy Network.


After working hard to get the best price possible for the
vehicle, Harve donated his own commission to IFICN,
"This Organization is doing great work for terminally ill
people," Harve explained. "So when the opportunity to
do something good presented itself, I decided to do it.
This was my chance to do a mitzvah."

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