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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-11-07

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obituaries

CANTOR AVRUM
MORDECHAI ADLER,

89, of Oak Park, died
Nov. 1, 2013.
He was rescued from
Buchenwald concentra-
tion camp. He loved to
lead davening and was a
A
Adler
chazzan at many congre-
c. 1960
gations.
Cantor Adler is sur-
vived by his daughter,
Renee Adler of Chicago,
Ill.; sister, Sara York of
Oak Park.
Hor lusT
Cantor Adler was the
SU AtIp 0 R
beloved husband of the
late Eve Adler; devoted
brother and brother-in-law of the late
Shaya Adler, the late Eliezer York.
Contributions may be made to Young
Israel of Oak Park, 5140 W 10 Mile Road,
Oak Park, MI 48237; or to a charity of
one's choice. Interment was held at
Machpelah Cemetery in Ferndale.
Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial
Chapel.

BARBARA BERENT-
RUBINSTEIN, 67, of

West Bloomfield, died
Oct. 30, 2013.
When Barbara came
of age in the mid-
1960s, the expectation
for young women was
Berent-
still marriage, maybe a
Rubinstein
brief stint at teaching
or receptionist work, and children. She
started at Ferris State in 1964, by her own
admission in search of an MRS. She met
her first husband, Mel Berent, there, left
school and got married soon after.
But the 1970s were a time of growing
expectation by women to define them-
selves as more than mothers and wives:
to enter the bigger world and build a
career. Her first step was signing up for
courses at the Specs Howard School of
Broadcast Arts to pursue her dream of
becoming an on-air personality — which,
given her nasal voice, seemed a long shot
at best; but it was a beginning. While tak-
ing courses there, she discovered another
aspect of broadcasting — selling adver-
tising airtime for TV and radio stations,
something she was very good at.
Barbara's humor was a gift from her
mother, Bess. But in most other respects,
she was her father's child. Harold was a
manufacturers' rep — a self-styled ped-
dler. People bought from Harold because
they wanted to be with him. They loved
his humor and his personality.
Barbara hooked her father's sales style
to a drive to succeed that was all her
own and invaded the previously all-male
world of media time selling. She was
funny and creative. She showed up at
one client's with a pizza with a missing

slice, declaring that "she was the missing
piece:' She took a pair of baby gym shoes
to an interview once, shouting that she
"was ready to hit the ground running:'
Her humor and her good looks helped
her disguise the competitive drive needed
to succeed in a field where women were
not supposed to be too aggressive. Asked
how she survived and flourished in such
a cutthroat world, one of her kids replied,
"She was cutthroat:' He could have added,
"but always with a joke:'
Barbara successfully sold advertising
time for major media outlets like WNIC,
WWJ, Channel 4, NPR and others. She
had guts. She started her own business,
Music Technology International, selling
point of purchase in-store radio ads to
supermarkets and drug chains. Like her
earlier ventures, it was a success.
Barbara's transition from divorced,
unemployed housewife to business-
woman earning a six-figure income
was heroic and hard — especially as a
member of the first wave of women to
do it. Of all the honors Barbara received
in her life, she was most pleased by the
Jewish Vocational Service Woman of the
Year award, citing her as a role model
for divorced women moving from home-
making to careers. They held her up as
an example for other women seeking to
rebuild their lives. She appreciated that
the community had recognized her strug-
gles and her success.
Barbara was married to David
Rubinstein in 1999, and they had a won-
derful marriage that should have lasted
longer.
Barbara is survived by her beloved
husband, David Rubinstein; children,
Daniel Berent and Danielle Masouris
of Royal Oak, Kenneth and Amy Berent
of Novi, and Amy Berent and Zsolt
David of Chapel Hill, N.C.; stepchildren,
Ronna and Douglas Levine, Michelle
and Adam Behrendt, Steven Rubinstein
and Jan Jeffrey Rubinstein; grandchil-
dren, Louis Cosmo Berent, Charlie Bela
David, Sophie Anne Berent, Maisy Jean
Berent, Alysa Levine, Daniel Levine,
Jack Behrendt, Noah Behrendt, Brooklyn
Rubinstein and Sadie Rubinstein; sister
and brother-in-law, Karol and Doug Ross
of Birmingham; nieces and nephews,
Erica Lupiloff, Keith Lupiloff, Mitch Rose,
Doug Rose and Julie Josephs; other loving
relatives and friends.
Mrs. Berent-Rubinstein was the cher-
ished sister of the late Howard Lupiloff;
and the devoted daughter of the late
Harold and the late Bess Lupiloff.
Interment was at Machpelah Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Jewish
Vocational Services, Women to Work
Program, 29699 Southfield Road,
Southfield, MI 48076, www.jvsdet.org; or
a charity of one's choice. Arrangements
by Ira Kaufman Chapel.

YALE T. FELDMAN,

83, of Oak Park, died
Oct. 29, 2013.
An Army veteran
from the Korean con-
flict, Mr. Feldman was
an executive watch-
maker.
Feldm a n
He is survived by
c. 1970
his wife of 55 years,
Irene Feldman; son,
Robert Reed Feldman of Farmington
Hills and his fiancee, Jennifer Green;
sister, Marion Epstein; brother, Victor
Feldman; grandchildren, Daniel Feldman,
Ariel Feldman, Alexandra Solomon and
Andrea Solomon.
Mr. Feldman was the loving father of
the late Dana Feldman; dear brother of
the late George Feldman.
Contributions may be made to the
Alzheimer's Association, 20300 Civic
Center Drive, #100, Southfield, MI 48076.
Services and interment were held at
Adat Shalom Memorial Park Cemetery
in Livonia. Arrangements by Hebrew
Memorial Chapel.

CHARLOTTE (SHULMAN) FINK, 91,

died peacefully, surrounded by her
friends on Oct. 21, 2013.
She was born in Auburn, Maine, on
April 5, 1922, and was a resident of Las
Vegas, Nev., for 50 years. Her parents,
Paul and Hattie Shulman, emigrated
separately from Russia as teenagers
shortly before World War I. Her father
ran the Beth Abraham Hebrew School in
Auburn, Maine, and was a well-regarded
Torah scholar. Her mother was a busi-
ness school graduate and assisted with
the operation of her family's textile
factory in Lewiston, Maine, until the
Shulman family moved to Toledo, Ohio,
in 1936.
Charlotte was a distinguished stu-
dent and received a bachelor's degree
in social work with honors from Wayne
State University in 1942 and a master's
degree in social work with honors from
Wayne State University in 1944. She spe-
cialized in treating teenagers and young
adults who had behavioral and addiction
disorders and was in the vanguard in
diagnosing and treating adolescents.
While working for the Department
of Social Work at Beaumont Hospital
in Detroit, she met and married Joseph
L. Fink, who was completing his resi-
dency in cardiology. They were married
in 1950 and had one son, Gordon Ian
"Gordy" Fink, who was born in Detroit
in 1953. She continued to treat adoles-
cents until the Fink family moved to Las
Vegas in 1963.
Dr. and Mrs. Fink were fixtures in the
Las Vegas community and actively sup-
ported various nonprofit organizations,
including Desert Springs Hospital, the
Humane Society and the UNLV William

Obituaries

S. Boyd School of Law.
Son Gordy died suddenly in 1998,
a loss from which Mrs. Fink said she
never fully recovered. At the time of his
death, Gordy Fink was a deputy attor-
ney general for the state of Nevada and
adjunct professor at the UNLV William
Boyd S. School of Law.
Dr. Fink passed away in December
2011, only having recently retired from
the practice of medicine.
Charlotte Fink was a devoted wife,
mother, sister, aunt and friend. She
believed her most important job was to
provide a wonderful home and continu-
ous support to her husband and son.
She was an avid reader and had a keen
intellect and sharp wit. She continued to
remain actively engaged with family and
friends until her recent illness and will
be greatly missed.
Mrs. Fink is survived by her nieces,
Judith Ballin and Barbara Graham;
nephews, Dr. Gerald Shulman, Joel
Shulman and Howard Fink; many great-
nieces and great-nephews.
Services will be held Nov. 10 at 2:30
p.m. at King David Memorial Chapel,
2697 E. Eldorado Lane, Las Vegas, NV
89120. Contributions may be made
to the Gordon I. Fink Scholarship
Endowment Fund at the UNLV William
S. Boyd School of Law, c/o Deborah
Young, UNLV, 4505 S. Maryland
Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89154.

BYRON "BUD"
GERSON, 94, of

Franklin, died Nov. 2,
2013.
Mr. Gerson is sur-
vived by his wife of 66
years, Dorothy Gerson;
sons and daughters-
Gerson
in-law, Ralph J. and
Erica Gerson of Bloomfield Hills, and
Matthew and Marysia Gerson of Paradise
Valley, Ariz.; grandchildren, Stephanie
Gerson and Madeleine Gerson; sisters-
in-law, Karen Davidson and Jeanne
Gerson; nieces and nephews, Ethan and
Gretchen Davidson, and Marla and Cyrus
Karimipour; many loving great-nieces,
great-nephews, cousins and a world of
friends.
Interment was at Clover Hill Park
Cemetery. Contributions may be made
to Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit, Byron Gerson Fund, 6735
Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI
48301, www.jewishdetroit.org ; Detroit
Institute of Arts, Byron Gerson Fund,
5200 Woodward, Detroit, MI 48202,
www.dia.org; or a charity of one's choice.
Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.

(An expanded obituary will appear in
next week's paper.)

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