2016-09-28 / Voice at the Shore


CYLA KOWENSKI (ZELANSKA), 90, of Atlantic City, passed away on September 6 surrounded by her beloved family.

Born in Vilna, Poland on December 22, 1925, she was a Holocaust survivor who lost many of her family members during the war. After she was liberated from the ghetto along with her mother and sister, the three spent some time in displaced persons’ camps in Italy before being able to immigrate to the United States.

Cyla came to New York, where she met and married her beloved husband, Joel Kowenski (also a Holocaust survivor). They moved, with many other survivor families from Vilna, to Route 50 in Laureldale, NJ, where they started a poultry farm.

Cyla was a loving and caring mother. She was very active in the community throughout her life. In her later years, she did a lot of work with the Holocaust program at Stockton College, giving talks and educating children about the Holocaust. She felt that it was her duty to do this, so that future generations would understand what happened and hopefully would never let it happen again.

She was also was a member of the Yom HaShoah Committee, which planned the annual Yom HaShoah Community remembrance service.

“Cyla was a

Holocaust Survivor who always guided us and was a leader among her peers,” said fellow committee member Cantor Ralph Goren. “Cyla will be missed by all of us. May her memory be a blessing for all.”

Cyla is survived by her younger sister, Esther, her beloved children, Tobey (Eric Sopher) of Egg Harbor Township, and Hal (Karen Finkel) of Silver Spring, MD; her beloved grandchildren, Martin, Jenny, Jacob and Daniel; and her beloved great grandchildren, Aiden and Isabella.

The family asks that contributions in Cyla’s memory may be made to Jewish Family Services of Atlantic & Cape May Counties, 607 N. Jerome Ave., Margate, NJ, 08402 or a charity of your choice. (Roth- Goldsteins’)

STEPHEN MARK LAZOVITZ, 75, of Hillsboro Beach, FL, and Longport, NJ, passed away on September 8. He was born August 23, 1941, in Philadelphia. Stephen was the beloved husband of Karen Lazovitz; loving father to Sandra (Chip Pressman) Lazovitz, Susan Lazovitz, Joel (Alyson) Lazovitz and Marta (Evan) Leary; beloved grandfather of B. Cole Pressman, Mikaela Tritt-Lazovitz, Jacob Lazovitz, Emma Lazovitz, Austin Leary, Pierce Leary and Quinn Leary; and loving brother to David (Camille) Lazovitz. He is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Contributions in Stephen’s memory may be made to Heartland Hospice, 2111 New Road, Suite 100, Northfield NJ 08225 (heartlandhospice. com) or to the Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City, 317 N. Pennsylvania Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (acbgc.org). (Roth-Goldsteins’) s

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