ANN SOUCY YOLLES of Old
Saybrook, Conn., died peacefully at her
home on Aug. 7, 2011, after almost two
years of living with ALS.
During her illness, she was able
to celebrate her life with family and
friends, who blessed her with many
visits, gifts, flowers, prayers and good
cheer. There was laughter every day
and, with her grace, she was able to
give comfort to all those whose lives
she touched. Ms. Yolles was loved by all
and, though taken too soon, will always
be remembered with a smile.
She was predeceased by her parents,
Carl and Helen Mintzer and her in-
laws, Shirley P. and William A. Yolles.
During her life, in health and ill-
ness, she was loved and embraced
by her husband, Robert; her sisters,
Carol Plummer, Rosemary Shea; and
her brother-in-law Michael Shea of
Middletown, Conn. She is also survived
by her nephews, Christian Plummer,
Geoffrey Plummer, Stephen Shea, his
wife Cara; great-nephews, Miles and
Gavin Shea; her sister-in-law and niece,
Nancy and Rebecca Levine of Palm
Beach Gardens, Fla.; brother and sister-
in-law, Richard and Karen Yolles; neph-
ews, Daniel and Jacob Yolles of Denver,
Colo. A special bond was formed with
cousins-in-law, Judy Litt of Miami, Fla.,
and Suzy Smuckler of Washington,
D.C., and her late husband Gary, who
had visited and called regularly.
Many other friends and colleagues
too numerous to mention visited and
traveled great distances to share their
time, kindness and love.
A memorial service will be held Aug.
20, at 310 Westfield Street, Middletown,
Conn. Contributions may be made to
the Hospital for Special Care, ALS Unit,
2150 Corbin Avenue, New Britain, CT
YURA, 87, of Delray
Beach, Fla., died Aug.
Mr. Yura was
a member of the
Joseph Bale post
of the Jewish War
for Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, Meals
on Wheels and Sinai Hospital.
He is survived by his loving corn-
panion, Betty Newman; daughters and
son-in-law, Alene and Donald Shiffinan
of Farmington Hills, and Cathy Cosola
of Farmington Hills; grandchildren,
Jennifer Saks, Bradley and Melissa
Shiffman, Melissa and Joshua Syme,
Adam Cosola and Amy Cosola; great
grandchildren, Jake and Logan Saks
and Matthew Shiffman; sister-in-law,
Irene Kanter; other loving family and
He was the beloved husband of
the late Leah Yura; the devoted son
of the late Jack and the late Gertrude
Yura; the cherished brother of the
late Dorothy Yura and the late Marion
Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial
Park. Contributions may be made to a
charity of one's choice. Arrangements
by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
• The obituary for Joyce Bagley (Aug.
11) should have indicated that she is
survived by her brother, Robert Collens
• The address for contributions for
Lillian Greenwald (Aug. 11) is Chabad
Youth Network, 8700 Bathurst St.,
Thornhill, Ontario, Canada, L4J-9J8.
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Remnant Of An Indian
saac Judah Ashkenazy, one of the remain-
ing 10 Cochin Jews of Mattancherry, in the
southwestern corner of India, died July 30,
2011, at age 83.
The origins of the Cochin Jews can be traced
as far back as the 10th century. The Paradesi
Synagogue in Mattancherry is the oldest in the
former British Commonwealth and was built
in 1568, an era in which the region's Jews were
prominent in the worldwide spice trade. Prior
to 1948, the community numbered about 250.
Since the creation of the State of Israel, the
majority have made aliyah.
Ashkenazy was a bachelor with two sisters in
Israel. He was born and raised in the town and
worked for the regional electrical utility.
Blogger Thoufeek Zakriya, an Indian Muslim
who is cataloguing the history of the Jews of
Cochin, described Ashkenazy as "Uncle Isaac
for me, tolerant and pious by nature and so
friendly by behavior. His solitude life was not at
all a matter for him. He always used to be happy,
crack jokes and make us happy. He was a kind of