Warwick, RI – Arleen Barber, 86, of Warwick, died February 8, 2014, at Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center, Providence. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Samuel and Mollie (Bazar) Falcofsky, she had lived in Warwick for over 25 years. She was a member of Temple Sinai, a former member of Temple Torat Yisrael and its Sisterhood and a life member of Hadassah. She was an avid bridge and canasta player and loved to read. Mother of Robert (Sandy) Barber of Cranston, Marcia McGovern of West Warwick and Carol (Abbott) Wolfe of Highland Park, Ill. Twin sister of Beverly Schafer of Dedham, Mass. Grandmother of Lauren (Chad), Eric (Merrilees), Kelly-May, Drew, Ricky and Sarah. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Home & Hospice Care of R.I.
Grafton, Mass. – Lewis J. Dittelman, 64, of Grafton, Mass., died Wednesday, January 29, 2014, at UMass Memorial Medical Center. He was the husband of Catherine (Herr) Dittelman, for 35 years. Born in Providence, R.I., son of the late Elliott and Eleanor (Copelof) Dittelman, he had lived in Grafton, previously residing in Westborough, Mass. for 21 years. He was a recruiter for business and finance companies for over 30 years. He was a graduate of Bentley College. He was heavily involved with the Westborough Players Club, Westborough Community Chorus and was a Westborough Cultural Council volunteer. Father of Mark Dittelman and his wife Hilary of Shrewsbury and Eric Dittelman of Astoria, N.Y. Brother of Irene Sacks of Las Vegas, Nev. and Helen Dittelman-Dolan of No. Attleboro, Mass. Uncle of Rachael Dolan and Joe Herr.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association.
Providence, RI – Barbara (Goldstein) Durand, 69, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2014. Born in Providence, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Frank and the late Marion (Cohen) Goldstein. She is survived by her nieces, Rabbah Arlene Berger and her husband Warren, Jill Goldstein, Debra Baril and her husband David, and Robin Jones and her husband Tripp; great nieces and nephews, Jennie, Alex, Hugh, Tucker and Eden; and sister-in-law, Harriet Goldstein. She was the sister of the late Dr. George Goldstein. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Jewish Elder Care of R.I., 100 Niantic Ave., Cranston, RI 02907.
Providence, RI – Beatrice Wattman Miller, 101, died on January 30 at home. A lifelong resident of Providence and Barrington Beach, she was the daughter of Lewis and Betty Wartman, and the wife of the late Meyer S. Miller. An honors graduate of Hope High School at the age of 15, her father thought her too young to go to college immediately, so had her go for a year to Bryant. There she learned secretarial, bookkeeping and financial skills, immediately becoming the bookkeeper for many years of the family business, W & W Jewelry Company.
At Pembroke College in Brown University, she majored in the newly formed Department of Sociology and became a Social Worker in Apponaug upon graduation. She was active in alumni affairs at both Hope and Brown, serving on reunion committees, and she was the Secretary/Archivist of her Pembroke Class of 1935.
In 1968, she received a Master’s Degree in Library Science with Distinction from the University of Rhode Island and later pursued further graduate studies at Rhode Island College and Brown University, earning her a R.I. State Teaching Certificate. She was the Librarian/Media Specialist at Nathan Bishop Middle School for 15 years. Brown named her a Class Marshal for their 2005 Commencement exercises in honor of her 70th Reunion, and this year they sent her a formal Certificate acknowledging her loyalty as a Brown Centenarian. In honor of her 100th birthday, the Pembroke Center for Women posted her oral history on their website.