ADLER, 90, of Ypsilanti,
died July 17, 2012.
Dr. Adler embodied
the industrious and
creative spirit which
defined the Depression
generation. He was
admired by all those
who knew him: family,
friends and colleagues. He was a father
and grandfather, a professor and scholar,
an author and performer, an innovator
and mentor. Above all, he was a con-
summate gentleman who will be dearly
Dr. Adler is survived by his daughters
and sons-in-law, Ava Adler and Burt
Steinberg, Roxanne Adler Powondra, and
Margo Adler Libstag and Kraig Libstag;
grandchildren, Matthew and Amanda
Powondra, Jordan Winkler, Zachary Adler
Powondra and Alexandra Libstag.
He was the beloved husband of the late
Interment was at Arborcrest
Cemetery. Contributions may be made
to American Heart Association, P.O. Box
15120, Chicago, IL 60693, www.
americanheart.org; or Menninger Clinic,
12301 Main.St., Houston, TX 77035, www.
menningerclinic.com . Arrangements by
Ira Kaufman Chapel.
JOSEPH L. BALE, 88, of
Ventura, Calif., died
peacefully on July 18,
2012. He would have
turned 89 on Aug. 1.
was the youngest child
of Minnie and Harry
Bale. Known as "Big
Joe," he was all-city in
basketball and baseball at Central High.
He attended college in Michigan and
Naval Midshipmen's School at Columbia
University. Lieutenant (JG) in World War
II, beach master on VJ Day in Yokohama
Harbor, Mr. Bale was past commander
of the Jewish War Veterans Michigan
Department and of the Bale Post (named
after his cousin "Little" Joe). He worked
in the furniture business until moving
to California in 1981, and then went into
newspaper advertising sales.
His greatest joys were his grandchil-
dren, Erin (Kristian), Zachary, Charlie,
Shirah, Ari and Yafa. Mr. Bale is also
survived by his wife, Trudy (Levine);
and children, Ron (Jan), Deni Jones
(Ken), David (Janie), and Andy (Snooky
The guest book may be signed at obits.
MINNIE BERMAN, 98, of Waterford,
died July 16, 2012.
She is survived by her children,
Marcia and Charles Bennett of Oak Park,
Rosanne and Bob Bar of Boca Raton, Fla.,
Iry and Marcy Berman of Birmingham,
Helene and Earl Koenig of Waterford;
brother and sister-in-law, Sidney and
Bossie Gold of Farmington Hills; 11
grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren;
Mrs. Berman was the beloved wife for
63 years of the late David Berman. She
was predeceased by six siblings:
Contributions may be made to David
and Minnie Berman Memorial Fund,
c/o JARC, 30301 Northwestern Hwy.,
Farmington Hills, MI 48334; or Jewish
Hospice and Chaplaincy Network, 6555
W. Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI
48322. Services and interment were held
at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements
by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
BARBARA R. BRASCH, 67, of West
Bloomfield, died July 23, 2012.
Barbara was the loving daughter of
the late Shirley and Henry Brasch; and
dear sister of the late Charles (the late
Blanche) Brasch and the late Pauline
She is survived by her sister-in-law
and brother-in-law, Gladys Brasch and
Jack (Betty) Dworin. She is also survived
by many loving nieces, nephews, other
family members and a world of devoted
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ETHEL DANTO, 104, of
Long Boat Key, Fla., died
July 19, 2012.
She is survived by her
son and daughter-in-law,
Dr. Lawrence and Linda
Danto of Truckee, Calif.;
daughter and son-in-
law, Patricia and Robert
Baer of Farmington Hills; grandchildren,
Dr. Michael and Allison Danto, Karen
and Steven Anapoell, Laura and Jeffrey
Raitt, Steven Baer and Merritt Olson;
great-grandchildren, Alexander and Justin
Danto, Joshua, Ethan and Sophia Anapoell,
and Devin and Camryn Raitt.
Mrs. Danto was the beloved wife of the
late Robert V. Danto.
Interment was at Beth El Memorial s
Park. Contributions may be made to
Temple Israel, Ethel and Robert Danto
Children's Media Center Fund, 5725
Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield,
MI 48323, www.temple-israel.org; or
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit, 6735 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield
Hills, MI 48301, www.jewishdetroit.org .
Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ALBERT "OBBIE" FRIEDMAN, 88, of
West Bloomfield, died July 17, 2012.
He is survived by his beloved wife,
Selda Friedman of West Bloomfield; son
and daughter-in-law, David and Marsha
Friedman of West Bloomfield; daughter
and son-in-law, Caryn and Jack Saks of
West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Bryan
Saks, Aaron Friedman, Matt Friedman;
special caregivers, Cheryl, Christi and
Jennifer. He is also remembered by many
loving nieces, nephews, other family mem-
bers and friends.
Contributions may be made to the
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
or to a charity of one's choice. Interment
took place at the Clover Hill Park
Cemetery in Birmingham. Arrangements
by the Dorfman Chapel.
PHYLLIS D. KORN, 84, of Novi, died July
She is survived by her niece, Naomi
(Alan) Zeitz; friends, Walter Grigoras,
Myra and Larry Wasser, and Nancy
Ms. Korn was the dear daughter of the
late Nathan and the late Rose Korn; sister
of the late Selma Korn.
Contributions may be made to a
charity of one's choice. Interment took
place at the Machpelah Cemetery in
Ferndale. Arrangements by Dorfman
HELEN MALTZ, 81, of
Oak Park, died July 21,
She is survived by
her husband of almost
58 years, Jack Maltz;
sons, Gregory Maltz
and Richard Maltz, both
of Oak Park; daughter
and son-in-law, Nancy and Dr. David
Schindler of Novi; grandchildren, Lisa
Schindler and Michael Schindler; sister,
Mrs. Maltz was the cherished sister of
the late Marvin Fagan and the late Allen
Interment was at Adat Shalom
Memorial Park. Contributions may be
made to Alzheimer's Association, 20300
Civic Center Drive, #100, Southfield,
MI 48076, www.alzgmc.org; the Nature
Conservancy, 4245 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite
100, Arlington, VA 22203, www.nature.
org; or Children's Hospital of Michigan,
3901 Beaubien, Detroit, MI 48201, www.
chidrensdmc.org . Arrangements by Ira
MILI HELLER SOMMERS, 89, of West
Bloomfield, formerly of Delray Beach,
Fla., died July 21, 2012.
She is survived by her daughter and
son-in-law, Randy and Barry Mitnick
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