SAUNDERSTOWN – Bernice M. “Baila” Bender died December 1. She was born in Providence May 18, 1918, to the late Joseph andA Anna (Horowitz) Polofsky. She is survived by Edward, her husband of 62 years, beloved daughter Ann and son-in-law J. Barry Miller of Saunderstown, dear sister Sheila Polofsky of Providence, sisters-in-law Charlotte and Donna Polofsky, many nieces and nephews who called her “Auntie Gramma.” She was the grandmother of Derek H. Miller.
She was predeceased by her siblings Harry, Gordon and Michael Polofsky and Alice Harris.
She was a founding member of Temple Sinai, past board member, sisterhood, senior organizer and volunteer at Miriam Hospital. She was honored as “Jewish Family of the Year,” 1999. Her careers included beauty consultant for L’oreal of Paris, manager RI Blood Bank, Sullivan and Clark management recruiter, and owner Bender’s Pharmacy.
Funeral services will be held Friday, December 20 at 10:30 a.m. in Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston. Shiva will be observed at her late residence, 142 Walmsley Lane, Saunderstown, Saturday 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Contributions may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – Herbert L. Bloom, of Boynton Beach, Fla. and East Greenwich, R.I., died December 16. He was the husband of Irma (Newman) Bloom.
Born in Dorchester, Mass., he was a son of the late William F. and Etta (Ross) Bloom. He was the brother of the late David Bloom and grandfather of the late Matthew Bloom.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the Seabees in Okinawa; he was a life member of the Seabees Veterans of America and a past commander of Post #696 of the Jewish War Veterans of Milton, Mass.
Besides his wife of 62 years, he is survived by his son Richard and his wife, Linda (Bergantini), and daughters Laurie Golden and her husband, Brent, and Karen Deluty and her husband Edward.
He was the grandfather of Lindsey Golden and her fiancée Sorran Ford, Joshua Golden, Rachael Nicastro and her husband Samuel, Alexander Bloom and Alana and Evan Deluty.
He previously served as the CEO of Independent Glass and Independent Realty. He was a Mason and a Shriner for over 60 years, a proud member of Euclid Lodge and a charter member as well as past captain of the Shrine Motor Corp. Herb also served as a State Senator, a member of Toastmasters of RI, a SCORE representative, a six-year board member of the National Glass Assn., and received the esteemed “Hank Award” for industry service. He was the first president/treasurer and organizer of the RI Glass Dealer’s Assn. and a member of the Touro Fraternal Assn.
He served for six years as chairman of the “Glass Show”, a national trade organization, as well as a member of the advisory council for the Department of Employment Security. He also served on the City of Cranston Highway Safety Committee. The Better Business Bureau honored him with a community service award. He was nominated for the Jefferson Award and worked on the Mayor’s Committee for Economic Development.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 20, at 1 p.m. at Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston. Burial will be in Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, Mass. Contributions may be made to Shriners Burn Center in Boston and/or Temple Sinai. Shiva will be observed at his late residence Sat. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and Sun. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
WARWICK – Stephen M. Brown died December 14 at Tockwotton on the Waterfront, East Providence. He was the husband of Susan (Hahn) Brown for 53 years. Born in Providence, a son of the late Robert Brown and Ida (Samuels) Brown Jagolinzer, he had lived in Warwick for 44 years. He was a vice president at the former R.I. Hospital Trust Bank in Providence and New England Savings Bank in New London, Conn., for many years, retiring in 1995.
He was a Korean Conflict veteran serving in the Army then the Army Reserve, retiring as a colonel after 35 years. He was a URI graduate, 1953, and past president of the URI Alumni Association. He was a member of Temple Beth-El and life member of Overseas Lodge of the Masons. He was past president of the R.I. Jewish Historical Association.
He was the father of Allan Brown and his wife, Calissa, of Garnet Valley, Pa., and Roberta Brown of Santa Monica, Calif. He was the brother of R. Eleanor Brown of Pittsburgh, Pa., and grandfather of Laurel and Ian. Contributions may be made to the R.I. Jewish Historical Association.
SOMERSET, Mass., – Nehoma “Hummy” (Soorkis) Chebot died on November 24 at the Fall River Jewish Home. She was the wife of sixty-two years of William M. Chebot. She was born in Fall River, the daughter of the late Isaac and Celia (Cohen) Soorkis. She was a 1946 graduate of the BMC Durfee High School. She graduated from Bryant College with a degree in business administration in 1949 and worked for the Census Bureau at the Department of Commerce in Boston for ten years.
She was a member of the choir at Temple Beth El in Fall River and was also active in Hadassah, past president of the sisterhood and was a recipient of the Light of Torah Award. She was also a member of the Allegro Glee Club, Hebrew Ladies Helping Hand Society, Red Hat Society, Brandeis University National Women’s Committee and the League of Women Voters.
Survivors besides her husband are a daughter, Bonnie L.C. Gibson and her husband Patrick of Longmeadow, Mass, a son, Jeffrey M. Chebot and his wife Gerri Goldman of Wyncote, Pa., grandchildren Adam, Ethan, Celia and Eric, a sister Goldie Cohen of Warwick, R.I., and several nieces and nephews. She was the sister of the late Libby Kolodoff.
Contributions may be made to Temple Beth El, 385 High Street, Fall River, MA 02720 or the Fall River Jewish Home, 538 Robeson Street, Fall River, MA 02720.