Obituaries: Week of Sept. 15, 2010

Allen J. Bloom, died September 5, 2010. Beloved husband of Jeanne Bloom; dear father of Lisa (Steve) Darrish and Michael (April) Bloom; dear grandfather of Joshua Darrish, Jackson and Asher Bloom; dear brother of Melvin Bloom and the late William Bloom; dear brother-in-law of Patricia Harrison and the late Kathy Donald; our dear uncle, cousin and friend. Mr. Bloom practiced law for 57 years. He was admitted to appear before the United States Supreme Court and he was a member of the American Bar Association and the Missouri Bar Association. Contributions to the St. Louis Heart Association or to the Humane Society. Berger Memorial

Freida A. Brownsher, died September 7, 2010. Beloved widow of Morris Brownsher; dear mother of Kenneth J. Brownsher, the late Samuel J. Brownsher and Aleta J. Buchannon; dear grandmother of Sara Buchannon and Jeffrey Brownsher; dear sister of Bertha Feldman; dear aunt of Charles Feldman, Roberta Feldman, and Carol Feldman. Contributions to a Food Pantry of your choice or Stray Rescue of St. Louis, 463 South 18th St., St. Louis, Mo. 63104. Berger Memorial

Charles DeSimone, died September 9, 2010. Beloved widower of Ruth DeSimone; dear father of Allan (Shirley) DeSimone; loving grandfather of Robin (Terry) Cosgrove, Ruth (Todd) Powers, Marci DeSimone, Laura Cain, Marc Cosgrove and Jennifer (Robert) Berger; loving great-grandfather of Heather and Clay Boland, Josh and Kevin Powers; beloved brother of the late Jasper, Giovanna and Carmelo DeSimone; our dear uncle, cousin and friend. Mr. DeSimone was a member of St. Louis, Missouri Lodge #1, AF & AM for over 50 years. Contributions to the charity of the donor’s choice. Rindskopf-Roth

HILDA FENDELMAN, died September 12, 2010. Beloved widow of the late William Fendelman; dear mother of Randee Fendelman, Jill Fendelman, Terri (Bill) Taylor and Dean (Paula) Fendelman; dear grandmother of Courtney (Chuck) Adams and Carrie Taylor; dear great-grandmother of Ty Adams and Avery Adams; dear sister of Roz (the late Mel) Gad; our dear aunt, cousin and friend. Contributions to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Greater St. Louis Chapter, Campus Box 8111, 660 S. Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, Mo. 63110. Berger Memorial

Dorothy Rebecca Kaplan, died September 4, 2010 at the end of her 96th year. Beloved widow of Harry “Kappy” Kaplan to whom she was married 66 years; dearest mother of Bobette (the late Dr. Lester) Nathan and Alan Kaplan; dearest grandmother of Mindy Nathan, Dr. Charles (Bridget) Nathan, Elizabeth (Douglas) Goldenberg and Jamie Kaplan; special great-grandmother of Spencer Nathan, Jonathan Nathan and Emma Goldenberg; loving sister of Goldie (the late Albert) Levinson, the late Lillian (the late Eugene) Fishgoll, the late Ann (the late Sam) Bender, the late Esther (the late Hyman) Imber, the late Celia (the late Joseph) Pevnick, the late Samuel (the late Lillian) Zabrack and the late Harold Zabrack; loving aunt, great-aunt and genuine friend to many. The family wishes to deeply thank the caring and compassionate staff of Delmar Gardens of Chesterfield. Contributions to her synagogue of 60 years, B’nai Amoona, 324 S. Mason Road, St. Louis, Mo. 63141. Berger Memorial

Arlene Alberta Shoss, died September 6, 2010. Beloved widow of Gilbert Shoss; dear mother of Michael Shoss; dear daughter of the late Samuel and the late Gladys Shipper; dear friend and caregiver of Venita Burnett. Berger Memorial

Matilda Zeffren, died September 10, 2010. Beloved wife of Joel Lester Zeffren, M.D.; dear mother of Jacob “Yak” (Corrine) Zeffren, M.D. of Teaneck, N.J., Barry “Dov” (Tziona) Zeffren, M.D., David (Mira) Zeffren of Los Angeles, CA, and Rabbi Gershon “Jonathan” (Donna) Zeffren; dear grandmother of 19; dear great-grandmother of 11; dear sister of Pauline (the late Harry) Schneider; dear sister-in-law of Rabbi Burton Zeffren; our dear aunt, cousin and friend. Mrs. Zeffren was a lifelong community volunteer. She was a former board member of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and a former president of the Parent-Teacher Association of the HF Epstein Hebrew Academy where she continued to volunteer until her death. Mrs. Zeffren was a founder and lifelong member of Young Israel of St. Louis where she served as president of the Women’s Division on many occasions. But her greatest role was as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. Contributions to Young Israel of St. Louis or the H.F. Epstein Hebrew Academy. Berger Memorial