ae Bennett Weiss died Jan. 14,
She was born in Ann Arbor
on Aug. 6, 1928, to Harry and Freida
Kaufman. She attended Ann Arbor
High School. She met the love of her
life, Dr. Morris Weiss, during the sum-
mer of 1945 while they were camp
counselors for Fresh Air Camp in
They married on Aug. 21, 1949, and
soon after relocated to Topeka, Kansas.
After the birth of their first son, Leonard,
in 1953, they moved to Oak Park and
added to the family their daughter, Judy,
and their youngest son, John.
Mrs. Weiss received her under-
graduate degree at the University of
Michigan, where she held the Regents-
Alumni Scholarship for the maximum
eight semesters and was a member of
Phi Beta Kappa, the academic honor
society. She remained
at U-M and went on to
receive a master's degree
in psychology. She did not
pursue a career in the field
but instead chose to focus
her attention on her family
and volunteer pursuits.
For as long as her chil-
dren can remember, she
was very active within the
Democratic Party. She was
elected precinct delegate
several times and served
as a presidential delegate to the 1968
Democratic Convention in Chicago. Her
children recall walking the neighbor-
hood with her and campaigning door-
to-door for the latest Democratic can-
didate, as well as helping
people register to vote.
She was also active in
many aspects of commu-
nity life and was Oak Park's
Citizen of the Year in 1969.
She was famous among
friends and family for her
tenacious letter-writing to
address injustices, wrongs
or other foibles. Her sharp
wit and pithy comebacks
The most important
parts of Mrs. Weiss' life were her family
and friends. She was loyal and dedi-
cated and always made time to help her
loved ones and could be counted on to
help no matter what the situation.
Mrs. Weiss was preceded in death by
her beloved sister Charlotte in 1993,
and her beloved husband Morris in
She is survived by her children,
Leonard, Judy and her husband,
Arnold, and John and his wife, Sarah;
and grandchildren, Anna, Paulina,
Myles, Nya and Jerzy.
Contributions may be made to U-M
Center for the Education of Women,
330 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor, MI
48104; (734) 764-7291, http://cew.
A service was held at Ira Kaufman
Chapel in Southfield.
MARK JONAS BRANDWINE, 57, of
Atlanta, Ga., formerly of Detroit, died on
Jan. 15, 2014.
He leaves his cherished sons, Max
Brandwine and Jake Brandwine of Atlanta;
sister and brother-in-law, Lois and Hadar
Granader of Bloomfield Hills; brother
and sister-in-law, Dr. Warren and Beverly
Brandwine of Cherry Hill, N.J.; former
wife, Melissa Brandwine; many devoted
nieces, nephews and friends.
Mr. Brandwine was the beloved son
of the late Tillie and the late Morris J.
Funeral services and interment were in
Atlanta. Local arrangements by Kaufman
Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48334; or to a
charity of one's choice. Interment was held
at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements
by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
FINGEROOT, 57, died
tragically on Jan. 15,
2014, of a massive heart
attack, following his
usual workout at the
He was seemingly
healthy and, as always, was in good spirits
following a beautiful breakfast with his
loving companion of five years, Kim Ailes,
who brought so much joy into his life.
Marty made friends and touched
people's lives wherever he went. He was
upbeat and positive through the most har-
rowing experiences and found joy in every
day. His friends became part of the fam-
ily: Avery, Liz, Dan, Chom, Dave, Bennie,
United Maniacs of the World and all the
other strong, strong connections he made.
Along with Kim and her daughter,
Rachel, Marty is survived by sons and
daughters-in law, Bryan and Rachel
Fingeroot, and Daniel and Samantha
Fingeroot; grandson, Dylan; daughter,
Natalie Fingeroot, who is engaged to Brian
Mothorpe; mother, Annette Fingeroot;
sisters and brothers-in law, Susan Adler
Shanteau and John Shanteau, Judy and
Howard Jacobs; brother and sister-in-law,
Howard Fingeroot and the Honorable
Kim Small; sisters-in-law and brothers-
in-law, Felicia and Mark Stewart, Vicky
Fingeroot, Mark B. Adler; loving nieces
and nephews, Carolyn Adler, Michelle and
Bruce Twersky, Nicole Churchill, Bradley
Fingeroot, Danielle Jacobs, Jennifer
Jacobs, Allison Adler, Nicole, Matthew and
Rebecca Stewart. He is survived by many
loving aunts, uncles, cousins and devoted
Marty was the loving husband of the
late Laura Prince Fingeroot, who died in
August 2004 after a long illness. She was
affectionately known as the Dragonslayer
for defeating life-threatening illnesses so
many times before she succumbed. Marty
was always by her side and supported her
through their 28-year super-marriage,
which had its roots in a courtship that
began when they were in the seventh
He was the son of the late Ben
Contributions may be made to the
Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 1169 Oak
Valley, Ann Arbor, MI 48108; or to a char-
ity of one's choice. Interment was held at
Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
MAGDA BUDAJ, 95, of
West Bloomfield, died
Jan. 16, 2014.
Most of her family was
lost in the Holocaust.
Mrs. Budaj is sur-
vived by her sons and
and Diane Budaj of West
Bloomfield, Jeffrey and
Heidi Budaj of West
dren, Evan Budaj, Nicole
Budaj, Michelle Budaj,
Marcy Fischgrund and
Mark Fischgrund; devot-
ed caregiver, Nenita Schneider.
Mrs. Budaj was the beloved wife of the
late Nick Budaj.
Contributions may be made to Jewish
Family Service, 6555 W. Maple Road,
West Bloomfield, MI 48322; Holocaust
Memorial Center, 28123 Orchard Lake
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JEROME "JERRY" COHEN, 76, of Grosse
Pointe Park, died Jan. 15, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Audrey
Cohen; sisters and brothers-in-law, Judy
and Bud Miller, Andy and Jeff Burstein;
brother and sister-in-law, Hiram and
Patty Cohen; nieces and nephews, Wendy
Young, Zak and Karina Young, Stephen
Cohen, Michelle Cohen, Sarah Burstein
and Jacob Burstein; sister-in-law, Beverly
Keidan; other loving relatives and friends.
Interment was at Adat Shalom Memorial
Park. Contributions may be made to a
charity of one's choice. Arrangements by
Ira Kaufman Chapel.
ROSE EDWARDS, 94, of Ontario, Calif.,
died Jan. 16, 2014.
She is survived by her sisters, Betty
Mikofsky and Sarah Kapetansky; nieces
and nephews, Anton and Carol Mikofsky,
Daniel and Terri Mikofsky, Janis Mikofsky,
Arthur and Carleen Kapetansky, Lois and
Richard Martin, Rita Kapetansky, Shirley
Lancaster, Gary Sussman, Sharon and Pete
Lawson, and Miriam Happe.
Mrs. Edwards was the beloved wife of
the late Harve Edwards; the cherished sis-
ter of the late Tina Sussman; and the dear
sister-in-law of the late Bernie Mikofsky,
the late Seymour Kapetansky and the late
Interment was at Machpelah Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to a char-
ity of one's choice. Arrangements by Ira
RYLAN FOSTER GELB
(Yitzchak Chaim), of
Highland Park, Ill., died
Dec. 14, 2013.
He was born on Dec.
3, 2013, and was the
beloved son of Hylton
and Stephanie Gelb
of Highland Park; the
darling grandson of Ron and Jackie Lorfel
of Farmington Hills, and Dennis and Ada
Gelb of Atlanta, Ga.; the great-grandson of
Freda Kurgan. He is also survived by his
aunts and uncles, Elissa and Jason Miller,
and Stacey and Mark Rothberg; cousins,
Joshua, Jonah, Talya, Layla and Hadley.
Rylan was named for his great-grand-
mothers Rosaline Gilson and Frances
Lorfel and for his great-grandfather Isaac
Kurgan. His life was short, but he touched
many hearts. He will be missed by his