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Obituaries

Nokhim Godkin

Date of Death: 02/06/2020

Passed away February 5, 2020 at the age of 84. Beloved husband of Tatyana Godkina (nee Kostanovich). Cherished father of Albert (Galina) and Greg (Tatyana) Godkin. Loving grandfather of Yanina, Sofiya (Igor), Zachary, Zhanna and dear great grandfather of Vadim. Fond brother of Benjamin Godkin. Further survived by other loving relatives and dear friends. A graveside service will be held on Friday, February 7 at 11:00 AM at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodel Cemetery, 134 S. Dana Ct., Milwaukee. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions made to the charity of your choice appreciated.

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Leonid Rogatnik

Date of Death: 01/22/2020

Passed away January 22nd, 2020 at the age of 83. Beloved husband of Faina Spektor (nee Gabay). Dear father of Marina and Kira and stepfather of Michael Svetlana and Ilya Spektor. Fond uncle of Igor (Irina) Rogatnik. Further survived by other loving relatives and many dear friends.

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Edward B. Elkon

Date of Death: 01/21/2020

Passed away January 21st, 2020 at the age of 97. Beloved husband of the late Elaine Elkon (nee Gronik). Loving father of Barbara (Glen Kofler) Elkon and the late Arthur Elkon. Proud grandfather of Jacob Sindic. Further survived by beloved Evelyn Grapek and her son, Howard Grapek.

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Rosemary Brazy

Date of Death: 01/21/2020

(Nee Froemming) Passed away January 21st, 2020 at the age of 94. Loving mother of Nikki, Tim (Angela) and Martha Jane (Seeta) Brazy. She is also survived by special nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her husband, Art Brazy.

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Gregory Berchansky

Date of Death: 01/20/2020

Passed away January 20th, 2020 at the age of 75. Beloved husband of Larisa Berchansky (nee Zilberman). Cherished father of Vlad (Dina) Berchansky and Irina (Sergey) Birger. Loving grandfather of Daniel and Mark Berchansky and Joshua and Alexander Birger. Further survived by other loving relatives and dear friends.

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Elaine B. Friedman

Date of Death: 01/18/2020

(Nee Dinkin) Passed away in Florida on January 18th, 2020. Beloved wife of the late Sidney J. Friedman. Loving mother of Linda (Jill Bulmash), Robert and James (Christen) Friedman. Proud grandmother of Lincoln Friedman, Anna and Seth Huttner, Daniel Levy and Charlene Samuelson, Noah Brehmer, Rae Friedman and Joseph Friedman and great-grandmother of Sydney, Jack and Ajna. Further survived by Debra Brehmer as well as beloved nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by her brothers, Burton and Perry Dinkin.

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Gilbert “Gil” Palay

Date of Death: 01/17/2020

Passed away on January 17th, 2020 after a brief illness. His wife of nearly 70 years, J. Dorothy “Dottie” Palay, was at his side. Born September 16th, 1927, Gil was a native, and lifelong resident, of Milwaukee, WI. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Gil enjoyed two successful careers, first as a CPA and later as a director and senior executive of Manpower, the Milwaukee based temporary help services company. In his leisure time he spent many hours on his favorite pastimes, which included art, travel, golf, UW sports and the Green Bay Packers. But nothing ever compared to his greatest joy in life: a family spanning four generations. His love for, and devotion to, his family were matched only by the pride and joy they felt in calling him their husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle.

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Robert “Bob” Gordon, D.D.S.

Date of Death: 01/17/2020

Of Bayside, originally from Racine, passed away January 17th, 2020. Beloved husband of Harriet Gordon. Dear father of Julie, Lori and Dr. Michael Gordon. Further survived by his nephews, other relatives and wonderful friends. Family was everything to him. His love for his beautiful wife and ability to make her smile was enough to light up a room. His support of his children’s many activities and accomplishments was a source of pride for him. Nothing made him happier than to gather his family at the table to talk about their lives always asking many a question.

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Richard Allan Sachs, Jr.

Date of Death: 01/16/2020

Richard Sachs, known by most as “Dick” was the eldest son of Richard Sachs and the late Mary Sachs (nee Biederer) of Elm Grove, WI. As a boy, he lived in Glenview and Evanston, IL with his sisters, Cathy and Diane, and close cousins, the Marcums, before moving to the Milaukee area in 1963. He attended Wauwatosa East High School, the University of Wisconsin, and Marquette Law School where he made lifelong friendships with many of his best friends today, and where he met his wife and partner of 38 years, Diane O’Connor. Dick worked as a criminal defense attorney, eventually opening a law firm with his wife, O’Connor and Sachs, LLP, and serving as a public defender in Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Washington counties. Together, Dick and Diane raised three daughters, Kathryn Weismiller (Sachs), Jane Sachs and Mary “Max” Lewin (Sachs).

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Mark Borenstein

Date of Death: 01/07/2020

Passed away on January 7th, 2020 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Bella (nee Briker). Loving father of Julia (Todd) Schuster and Irene Borenstein. Proud grandfather of Andrew (Becca) Schuster. Further survived by other dear relatives and friends.

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Blanche Kahn

Date of Death: 01/07/2020

(Nee Bein) Passed away January 7th, 2020, at the age of 91. Beloved wife of the late Ludwig Kahn. Cherished mother of Diana Kahn of Milwaukee and Heidi (Reuven) Elson of New Jersey. Loving grandmother of Yakov (Nechama), Benjamin, Shaul and Tuvia Elson. Dear sister of Marilyn Burke. Further survived by loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

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Polina Dranova

Date of Death: 01/05/2020

(Nee Gofman) Passed away January 5th, 2020, at the age of 86. Beloved wife of Lev Dranov. Loving mother of Alla (Yuriy) Litvinova and Yelena (Oleg) Yakubovskaya. Proud grandmother of Galina (Misha) Shepselevich and Yuliya (Davy) Mamayeva and great-grandmother of Maksim Shepshelevich, Jamar Partee and Myonna Partee. Dear sister-in-law of Boris (Rufina) Dranov, Rita (the late Ilya) Zvenigorodskaya and the late Gregory (Katya) Dranov.

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