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Obituaries

Obituaries from page C39

VERA STERN, 97, of Farmington Hills,
died Feb. 24, 2008.
She is survived by her son and daugh-
ter-in-law, Ronald and Linda Stern of
Farmington Hills; daughters and son-
in-law, Sharron Colburn of Bloomfield
.
Hills, Rena and Ronald Weintraub of
Farmington Hills; grandchildren, David
and Michele Colburn, Robert and
Meredith Colburn, Mark and Jennifer
Weintraub, Deborah and Rubin Calanchi,
Michael Stern and Evan and Lisa Stern;
great-grandchildren, Baily and Landon
Stern, Sarah and Ryan Calanchi, Jonah
and Zack Weintraub, Steven and Lauren
Colburn, Erica and Jenifer Colburn; many
other loving family members and friends.
She was the beloved wife of the late
Harold Stern; mother-in-law of the late
Sherwood Colburn.
Interment at the Clover Hill Park
Cemetery. Contributions may be made
to the Vera and Harold Stern Scholarship
Fund at Beth Hayeled, do Congregation
Shaarey Zedek or to a charity of one's
choice. Arrangements by Dorfman Chapel.

Wais

of the late Eleanor Wais.
Interment at Beth Ahm Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to ORT
America, 30600 Northwestern Highway,
Suite 105, Farmington Hills, MI 48334,
www.ortamerica.org. Arrangements by Ira
Kaufman Chapel.

MORRIS "MOISH"
WAIS, 86, of West
Bloomfield, died Feb. 29,
2008.
A retired executive
in the cleaning busi-
ness, he owned Shelly
Cleaners. He was a
World War II Army
veteran, who served in
Africa, Italy, France and

Germany.
He is survived by his wife, Yetta
"Katzala" Wais of West Bloomfield;
daughter and son-in-law, Shelly and
David Roberts of Scottsdale, Ariz.; son,
Howard Wais of Enfield, Conn.; grand-
children, Justin and Jennifer Grossman,
Aaron and Alison Wais and Devin Wais;
great-grandchildren, Cameron and Ella
Grossman; sister, Ethel Chernow; broth-
ers and a sister-in-law, Sidney Wais,
Hershell and Rita Wais; nieces, nephews,
great-nieces, great-nephews, other rela-
tives and friends.
Mr. Wais was the beloved brother-in-law

MARTIN WEIL, 74, of Southfield, died
Feb. 27, 2008.
He is survived by his nephews and
nieces, Michael (Elysa) Weil, Julie
(Adam) Goldsmith and Lisa (Greg)
Hackney; great-nephews and nieces,
Ari, Eli and Zoe Weil, Brian and Aaron
Goldsmith and Jacob Hackney; sister-in-
law, Janet Weil.
He was the dear brother of the late
Ralph Weil.
Interment at the Hebrew Memorial Park
Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to a charity
of one's choice. Arrangements by Dorfman
Chapel.

N.Y. Rabbi William Berkowitz
Rabbi William
New York/JTA
Berkowitz, a longtime pulpit rabbi and
New York City communal leader and
founder of a popular dialogue series that
featured public interviews with hundreds
of major politicians and other prominent
figures, died in his Manhattan home on
Feb. 3 of natural causes. He was 83.
Rabbi Berkowitz, spiritual leader of
Congregation B'nai Jeshurun for more
than three decades until his retirement in
1984, founded the Dialogue Forum Series,
which sponsored discussions between
the rabbi and some 500 individuals who
ranged from Menachem Begin and Elie
Wiesel to Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
and Rev. Jerry Falwell.
The dialogue series, which began in
1951 and quickly outgrew B'nai Jeshurun,
later met in such locations as Lincoln
Center, Town Hall and the Beacon Theatre,
drawing crowds of 4,000-5,000 people.
The rabbi's last guest in the dialogue
series, in 2005, was Nobel laureate Shimon
Peres, the current president of Israel.



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