Ira Rakatansky, 94 PDF Print E-mail

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ira Rakatansky, R.I.’s pioneering modern architect, passed away on March 4. Born in 1919, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Bornstein) Rakatansky, Ira received his undergraduate Diploma in Architecture from RISD in 1942, and his B. Arch and M. Arch from Harvard University in 1945-6. Opening his own practice in 1949, Ira was a primary leader in bringing contemporary life to the local built environment, developing some of the most innovative modern residences and institutions in R.I. and greater New England. His achievements were celebrated in “Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow,” published in 2010 in the Rhode Island School of Design Architecture Series by William Stout Publishers and by the acquisition of his archive into the Special Collections Library of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design the following year. His drive to champion new forms of creative engagement in the space and life of buildings extended to his deep belief in liberal and humanitarian engagement throughout contemporary society.

He is survived by his wife Lenore Gray Rakatansky, daughter Lynn Rakatansky and son Mark Rakatansky and his wife Catherine Ingraham, grandson Max Ingraham-Rakatansky, and sister Charlotte Primack. He was the brother of the late Shirley Halsband and Eleanor O’Brien.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in his memory to the American Civil Liberties Union.

Paula Rice, 84 PDF Print E-mail

Warwick, R.I. – Paula Rice died March 9 at Rhode Island Hospital.

She was the wife of Lewis Rice for 63 years. Born in the Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of the late Louis and Blanche (Jagolinzer) Backerman, she had lived in Warwick for 54 years, previously residing in Cranston. She worked for Ross-Simons for many years until her retirement. Paula was a member of Hadassah and a past member of Temple Sinai. Mother of Susan Rice of Warwick and Beth Rice of Boston, Mass. Sister of Carolyn Marks of Warwick. Aunt of three nephews.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to your favorite charity.

Carole Ann (Levine) Rogers, 72 PDF Print E-mail

PALM BEACH, FLA. – Carole Ann (Levine) Rogers died March 3. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y to Samuel and Dorothy (Goldring) Levine, and was raised in Wantagh, N.Y. 

She was a 1963 graduate of the University of Rhode Island and obtained her master’s degree in education from Queens College. She succeeded in careers in education and computer sales. She was an avid tennis player, a recreational golfer and a Scrabble enthusiast. Her contagious laugh and engaging personality brought smiles and joy to all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Rogers, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla; her son Douglas Emanuel, his wife Stacy and their children Zachary and Justin of Providence, R.I.; her son Ron Emanuel, his wife Alisa and their children Spencer, Jacob and Charlie of Chappaqua, N.Y.; and her brother Alan Levine and his wife Joan (Kramer) Levine and their three children.

Contributions in her memory may be made to New Day Adult Care Center, 301 Ebbtide Drive, North Palm Beach, FL 33408, the Dwares JCC at the Alliance, 401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence, RI 02906, or to the charity of one’s choice.

Madeline Ross Schwechter, 91 PDF Print E-mail

altaltWilmette, Ill. – Madeline Ross Schwechter was born in Providence, R.I. to Gertrude and Emil Ross. Married almost 40 years to her husband, the late Samuel Schwechter; sister to the late Evelyn (Ben) Swerling, Ruth (Wolf) Myrow and Harold (Gladys) Ross; mother to Marlene (Sherwood) Zellermayer and Mark (Cynthia); grandmother to Jessica, Brandon (Diana) and Justin; aunt to Carol (Larry) and many nieces and nephews; special companion to Max Kopka.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Madeline’s name may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

George Brenner, 78 PDF Print E-mail

NEWPORT, R.I. – George Brenner, 78, a prominent area realtor since 1967, died Feb. 20. He was the husband of Diane M. (Daigle) Brenner. Born in Cambridge, Mass., he was the son of the late Ernest and Elinor (Schwartz) Brenner and step-son of the late Marsha Brenner.  A graduate of Somerville High School and the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md., Class of 1958, he served in both the Marine Corps and the Navy during the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  He was the owner of Brenner Realtors in Westport, Mass. and Newport, R.I. and was formerly employed by Larry Nunes Real Estate in Middletown, R.I.

He was a member of the Jewish War Veterans, the VFW, the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of Westport. He was a trustee of the Fall River Five Cents Savings Bank, a director of the USS Massachusetts Battleship Memorial Committee, former director of the Greater Fall River United Way, former board member of the Moby Dick Council of the Boy Scouts, member of the Westport Lions Club, past president of the Fall River Lions Club and a member of the Fall River Lodge of Elks for 43 years. He was past president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors and the Greater Fall River Association of Realtors, and past vice president of the New England Region of the National Association of Realtors. He was a former member of the US Small Business Administration Advisory Board of Greater Boston Council, and the Single Family Advisory Board, Mass. Housing Finance Agency. He was the former tax assessor for the Town of Portsmouth, R.I. and was a past chairman of the Westport Master Plan Updating Committee.

Along with his beloved wife, he is survived by his children, Linda Alexson and her husband Andrew of Ipswich, Mass., Karen Brenner Leslie and her husband Matthew of Westwood, Mass., Robert Brenner and his wife Dara of Atlanta, Ga., Judith Uphold of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Jeffrey Brenner and his wife Melissa of Wakefield, Mass.; his sisters Nancy DeAngelo and her husband Floyd of Greenwood Lake, N.Y., Barbara Brenner-Morris and her husband Edward of Bellingham, Wash., Patricia Mostert and her husband Christopher of Malibu, Calif., and Susan Brenner of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; and his grandchildren William, Holly, Jeffrey, Kyle, Jared, Noah, Samuel, Jaron, Grace and Abbey.  He was also the father of the late Eric Brenner. The family requests no flowers, but donations in his memory may be made to United Way of R.I., 50 Valley St., Providence, RI 02909 or Make-A-Wish, 20 Hemingway Dr., East Providence, RI 02915.


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