Honored Veteran, Caring Teacher
r. Alvin R. Goldman, 86, of
West Bloomfield, died Sept. 11,
Born in 1925 to Solomon and Lillian
Goldman, Dr. Goldman went on to
serve his country and the people of
Michigan in various honorable capaci-
ties. He graduated in 1944 from Central
High School in Detroit and immediately
found himself part of the 95th Infantry
Division, 377 Battalion Regiment of the
United States Army.
The 95th became one of the most
highly decorated units of World War
II, with Dr. Goldman receiving numer-
ous honors including the Purple Heart,
Silver Star, Bronze Star and several per-
sonal recognitions from Gen. George S.
Patton for his bravery and actions dur-
ing the 95th's march from France into
Holland and, eventually, into Berlin,
where they met the Russians as the war
came to an end.
Upon returning home, Dr. Goldman
went on to Wayne State University,
obtaining both his bachelor's and mas-
BRYAN MARSHAL BEDNARSH, 37,
of Charleston, S.C., died Sept. 9, 2012,
from complications of Glycogen Storage
He was born on Aug. 22, 1975, in
Detroit, the son of Alan Bednarsh and
Rita Schumer Bednarsh. He graduated
from Loyola Marymount University in
Los Angeles, Calif., with a bachelor of arts
degree in business communications. He
was the owner and marketer of Advanced
Medical Supplies in Charleston.
Mr. Bednarsh is survived by his parents,
Alan and Rita Bednarsh of Isle of Palms,
S.C.; sister and brother-in-law, Suzanne
and Shane Hudson of Mount Pleasant,
S.C.; nephew, Isaac Hudson of Mount
ter's degrees in education. It was during became the first Public School Drug
Abuse Coordinator in the nation, work-
this time that he met his eventual life
ing first in a pilot program in the city
partner, Florence Sapperstein. Married
of Southfield, and then for the DARTE
in 1953, the Goldmans spent 59 won-
Program in Detroit. The
derful years together,
programs he both created
forging a life of service
and designed have left
to teaching, administra-
their mark on generations
tion and higher educa-
of students and educators
in the fight to eliminate
Dr. Goldman began his
drugs in our nation's
education career teach-
schools. They are still
ing in Detroit and then
being utilized in the cur-
moving on to the admin-
rent school year.
istration level in Detroit
Having obtained his
and Southfield. It was in
Ph.D. from Michigan State
Southfield that he served
University in 1974, Dr.
as principal at both the
Goldman went on to serve
McKinley and Magnolia
as an educator and admin-
Dr. Alvin Gold man
schools before making
istrator in the Linden
the leap into unknown
Public Schools before retir-
territory by creating a
ing in 1986 to spend life full-time with
program that would leave an indelible
mark on his career — making him a
Upon his retirement, Dr. Goldman
nationally known name throughout the
dedicated himself to working closely
entire field of education.
with WWII veterans and their fami-
In the early 1970s, Dr. Goldman
Pleasant, S.C.; numerous aunts, uncles and
Contributions may be made to the
University of Florida, Glycogen Storage
Disease Program, P.O. Box 100296,
Gainesville, FL 32610-0296. Graveside
services were held in Mount Pleasant
Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by J.
Henry Stuhr Mount Pleasant Chapel.
BONNIE HALPRIN CERMAK, 68, of
Angola, Ind., died Sept. 9, 2012.
She is survived by her sons and daugh-
ters-in-law, Jason and Becky Halprin,
Loren and Alesha Halprin, and Jay and
Lynn Cermak; daughters and sons-in-law,
Leslie and Jeff Beane, and Amy Cermak
and Jim Coulter; grandchildren, Rachael,
Melissa, Dena and Kira Halprin, Dustan
and Kara Cermak, Ashley, Morgan and
Katie Bean; sisters and brother-in-law,
Mary Ann Londke, and Suzie and Ray
Robbins; brother and sister-in-law, Allen
and Carla McGann. She is also survived
by other loving relatives and friends.
Ms. Cermak was the beloved wife of
the late Martin Halprin and the late Dale
Contributions may be sent to
American Heart Association, P.O. Box
15120, Chicago, IL 60693, www.ameri
canheart.org , or a charity of one's choice.
Interment at Beth El Memorial Park.
Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
lies, as well as serving with distinc-
tion in the Jewish War Veterans. He
and Florence were also active with
their beloved Temple Israel in West
Bloomfield, serving in hundreds of
volunteer capacities including senior
programs and working with the youth
at the temple toward their education.
Dr. Alvin Goldman is survived by his
wife of 59 years, Florence Goldman;
son and daughter-in-law, Richard and
Suzanne Goldman of Florida, and many
nieces and nephews.
He was the loving brother of the late
Seymour Goldman and the late Irving
S. Goldman, the devoted son of the late
Solomon and the late Lillian Goldman
and the dear brother-in-law of the late,
Joan E. Goldman and the late Evelyn
Interment was at Beth El Memoril
Park. Contributions may be made to
Temple Israel, Caring Community, 5725
Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield,
MI 48323 www.temple-israel.org .
Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. El
HAROLD COHEN, 84, of Southfield,
died Sept. 14, 2012.
He is survived by many nieces and
Mr. Cohen was the loving brother of
the late Meyer A. Cohen, the late Sidney
Cohen, the late Joseph Cohen and the
late David Cohen, and the dear brother-
in-law of the Marilyn Cohen, the late
Betty Cohen, the late Mae Cohen and
the late Rose Cohen.
Contributions may be directed to a
charity of one's choice. Interment at
Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Arrange-
ments by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
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