2017-06-07 / Obituaries


SAMUEL LEROY “ROY” FRANKEL, 90, of Cherry Hill, NJ, died peacefully on May 20, 2017, surrounded by his beloved family. Roy was born on April 9, 1927 in Irvington, NJ to Morris and Eva Frankel, and was predeceased by his brother Dover. He is survived by Shirley, his devoted wife of 59 years, daughters Jill (William Ray) and Laurie (Gary Beberman), sons Andy (Nancy) and Allen (Melissa), and his 11 grandchildren, Carly, Olivia, Michael, Alexander, Julius, Mollie, Daniel, Sophie, Saylor, Ean and Rikki. Roy had an enormous love of life and his country, first trying to enlist when he was 15. He proudly served in WW II and was a triple veteran of the Marines, Army- Air Corps and Navy. He was on the executive board of the Jewish War Veterans of Cherry Hill, Post 126. After graduating from Weequahic HS in Newark, NJ, he received his B.S. cum laude from Syracuse, M.B.A. magna cum laude from Fairleigh Dickinson, and later took many more courses. Everyone who knew Roy found he had the vibrancy of a man much younger. He loved to dance, ice skate—he played ice hockey in his 50’s with men in their 20’s-and later took up rollerblading. He had a passion for playing golf up through his 90th birthday. He ran the Philadelphia Marathon at 60; the NY Marathon at 62. He was an unstoppable force, defeating four different cancers. Roy started working at age 13 and never quit. During his college years, Roy traveled across the country “hopping” freight trains and working as a lumberjack. Roy worked until 88 in the liquor industry. He joined New Jersey’s first licensed wine & spirits distributor after Prohibition, Galsworthy, Inc., later acquired by Reitman Ind., where he remained dedicated for 60 years. Roy was highly regarded and well respected by his employees, customers, suppliers and industry competitors. Roy had a larger-than-life personality. He was dedicated to and filled with love for his many friends and family. He will be remembered for his loyalty, generosity, sense of humor, sincerity, kindness, positivity, wisdom and warmth. A funeral was held with military honors on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Contributions may be made to Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, the Katz JCC of Cherry Hill, the Valerie Fund or the Jewish War Veterans-Post 126. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

DR. BEN KAHN, of Marlton, passed away on May 25. Husband of Joanne Kahn. Father of Elissa (Michael) Petrosky, Hillary (Curtis) Roth, Marc (Cynthia) Kahn, MD and the late Lauren Westlake. Grandfather of Raechel Kahn, Angeline Shapley, Jon Chiavacci-Kahn, Madison Kahn, Haley Kahn, the late Liza Kahn, Matthew Petrosky, Jared Roth, Lindsay Roth, and Tara (Justin) Emery. Great-grandfather of Allistar, Ronan and Anastasia. Contributions may be made to the S. Ben Kahn Library Fund at Temple Beth Sholom, 1901 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003 or the JCC of Long Beach Island, 2411 Long Beach Blvd., Beach Haven, NJ 08008. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

LEO WOLK, 100, of Edina, MN, passed away on May 7. He was Phi Beta Kappa at the Univ. of Minnesota, graduated from law school there, and was drafted into the Army just prior to the Pearl Harbor attack. He served as Transportation Officer in Oklahoma City, arranging the movement of entire Air Force units and other equipment from several surrounding airfields, to ports of embarkation. It was in Oklahoma City that he met Helen Slesnick, whom he later married upon his honorable discharge from active service as Major. By special order, he was transferred to India as Transportation Officer in charge of the movement of material from all over India, by rail, river boat, and by air, over the “Hump,” to Kunming, China. He also served throughout the area as Law Officer on Court Martials. Upon returning to Minneapolis, he entered into the family trucking business, Wolk Transfer Company. He then established the Leo Wolk Insurance Company, an innovative agency he ran until retiring in his 90’s. He wrote health and welfare plans all over the state, primarily for the Teamsters unions, and outlined a new comprehensive plan of hospital and medical coverage for unions, which became a standard for unions throughout the Twin Cities. Preceded in death by wife, Helen S. Wolk; brother, Maurice Wolk. Survived by daughter, Joyce (Alan) Branfman; son, Michael (Sandra) Wolk; grandsons, Jonathan and Benjamin Branfman. Hodroff-Epstein. s

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