Obituaries: Week of June 23, 2010

Louis Abramovitz, died June 16, 2010. Beloved husband of Charlotte Kanter Abramovitz; dear father of Ellen (David) Sherwood, Laurie (Bernie Steffel) Sandler and Gail Abramovitz; loving grandfather of Melissa and Jason Sandler; beloved brother of Bobbie (the late Ben) Eisenberg; our dear uncle, cousin and friend. Contributions to the Humane Society of Missouri, 1201 Macklind Ave., St. Louis, Mo. 63110 or to the Missouri Veterans Home, 10600 Lewis & Clark, St. Louis, Mo. 63136. Rindskopf-Roth

Nettie Ruth Covitz, died June 14, 2010 at the age of 89. A lifelong St. Louis resident, she attended University City High School. Nettie spent 28 years in the junior department at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she dressed generations of young girls. She loved her family and swimming at the Jewish Community Center. Daughter of the late Morris and the late Celia Shipper; widow of Harold Covitz; sister of the late Sylvia Bloom; mother of Randy (Joan) Covitz of Kansas City and Robbyn (Bruce) Lewin of Plano, Texas; grandmother of Hunter (Wendy) Covitz of Dallas; Stacy Covitz of St. Louis; and Eric, Ryan and Jeffrey Lewin of Plano; aunt of Barbara (Ronald) Light, Laurie (Tom) Cammarota of Eugene, Ore.; great-aunt of Jennifer (Greg) Busch and Amy Light of St. Louis, Melissa Light (John Whipple) of Austin, Texas, Marc Schneider of St. Louis, Alisa (Bryant) of Hoboken, N.J., Rubi Cammarota of Brooklyn, N.Y. and great-great aunt of five. Thanks to her special friend, Linda Boothe. Contributions to Jewish Family & Children’s Service, 10950 Schuetz Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63146 or to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Betty Baskowitz Cruvant, died June 15, 2010 in Rancho Mirage, CA. Widow of M. Leslie “Buddy” Cruvant; dear mother of the late Linda Cruvant Turpin and M. Leslie “Robbie” Cruvant; loving grandmother of Christopher Cruvant Ryan; dear sister of Helene (Jack) Roberson and the late Robert Baskowitz; beloved sister-in-law of Virginia (the late Mickey) Sharp; special friend of Wanda Medlin; our dear aunt, cousin and friend. Betty was a charitable, kind woman who touched many hearts and spent her lifetime giving, and working for charity in all of her hometowns – St. Louis, Shreveport and Rancho Mirage. Contributions to the American Cancer Society, 4207 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, Mo. 63108. Rindskopf-Roth


Talitha “Tee” Greenfield, died June 10, 2010 at the age of 100. Widow of Francis “Ted” Greenfield; dear mother of Carolyn (Burton) Freiman, Theodore “Ted” Greenfield and Wilda (Ronald) Exler; dear grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend. Contributions to a charity of your choice preferred. Berger Memorial

Beverly Rubin Newton, died June 14, 2010. Widow of Richard Newton; dear mother of Amy Newton and Daniel (Mandy) Newton of Lawrenceville, N.J.; dear daughter of the late David and the late Estelle Rubin; dear sister of Mark Rubin and Rickie (Arthur) Rubin Kerckhoff; our dear aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend. Contributions of your choice preferred. Berger Memorial


Bruce Schwartz, died May 28, 2010. He was just 1½ months short of his 90th birthday. Schwartz was born on July 19, 1920 in St. Louis, Mo., to David and Hilda Schwartz. Brother of the late Miriam Rubenstein; dedicated father of Dave Schwartz of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sue Geller of Dallas, Texas. He earned a business degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and was a proud member of ROTC. Bruce joined the U.S. Army as a Captain in charge of anti-aircraft artillery. During World War II, he earned four Battle Stars for his heroic participation in the Battle of The Bulge. After the war, he went into retail, becoming the President of Biederman, a national furniture chain and later, Regional Manager of Rhodes Furniture Southeast Division. One of his greatest passions was the Jacksonville Symphony. Contributions to the Jacksonville Symphony.


RAYMOND (RAY) DANIEL SEGAL, died June 12, 2010, at 86, in Boynton Beach, Fla., from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. Beloved husband of Sylvia Segal; adored father of Roberta (Allan) Cohen of West County, St. Louis; and Jerry (Doug VandenBerg) Segal of Plantation, Fla.; loving grandfather of Evan Cohen and Stacie Pozdol and dear great-grandfather (Pop-Pop) of Brady and Drew Cohen, and Killian and Adriana Pozdol. He is also survived by his brothers, Vincent Anglesano and Jack Feuerman. As a child, Raymond was raised in foster homes throughout the New York area and grew up believing that family was the most important part of life. During World War II, Raymond joined the Navy. In 1944 he served aboard the U.S.S. Texas, which helped bombard the coast of Normandy as the U.S. and its Allies stormed the beaches. Years later, France awarded him the Medal of Valor for his service. After D-Day, he served on a minesweeper in the South Pacific for the duration of the war. Married in 1945, he and Sylvia shared 65 loving years together. Raymond worked as a baker and opened his own wholesale business in the late 1960s. He was an avid golfer and tennis player, and enjoyed horse racing and playing cards. After moving to Florida, he volunteered for many years at the Bethesda Memorial Hospital in Boynton Beach. He will be remembered as a sweet, loving man with a wry sense of humor, a sharp wit and that wonderful twinkle in his eye. Contributions to the Saint Louis Crisis Nursery, the Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of your choice.