2018-02-28 / Obituaries


HENRY BECKER, of Cherry Hill, passed away on Feb. 20. Husband of May Becker. Father of Don (Audrey) Becker and Scott Becker (Beth Warren). Grandfather of Cheryl, Jeremy, Ryan and Justin Becker. Interment Montefiore Cemetery, Jenkintown, PA. Contributions may be made to Congregation Beth El, www.bethelsnj.org or a charity of the donor’s choice. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

ADELE O. OBERLANDER, 100, passed away on Jan. 30. Adele was born in the Bronx on April 12, 1917, the first of six children born to immigrants Charles and Bertha Oken. Adele graduated from Hunter College High School and Hunter College in 1938 as a chemistry major, and subsequently obtained a Master’s in Education from Columbia University. She worked as a chemist at Fort Monmouth and at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, and later taught high school chemistry at Pennsauken High School for 22 years until her retirement. She served as faculty advisor to The American Field Service foreign exchange program and to the Chemistry League. She married Fred Oberlander in 1945 and moved to Camden, where Fred worked for RCA. They moved to Pennsauken in 1955, where they raised their children. In the mid-1950s, Adele was a teacher at the JCC nursery school and an early counselor at Camp Hilltop. Adele and Fred were early members of Temple Emanuel and enjoyed cultural activities. She attended the Philadelphia Orchestra for 60 years. She was a member for many years of the Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Art Museum. After Fred passed away in 1987, Adele continued her cultural activities and travel, and did volunteer work, teaching English to new Americans. She was president of local Hadassah chapters twice, once in the 1950s and once in the 1990s. She also served as president of her local Hunter Alumni Association. Adele and Fred moved to Cherry Hill in the late 1970s, and Adele moved to Lions Gate in Voorhees in 2007. She was a lifetime learner, taking courses throughout the world in many different fields. For many years, she was the member in longest standing at Temple Emanuel and was the recipient of the Woman of Valor Award from the Temple Emanuel Sisterhood. She is survived by her daughter Janet (Art) Simons, son, David (Nancy) Oberlander, grandchildren Julie (Sady) Benzaquen, Jeffrey (Danielle) Simons, Scott Oberlander (fiancée Jenna Berman), and Steven Oberlander and great-grandchildren Joey and Noah Benzaquen and Addison and Emma Simons. She is also survived by sister Helen Lieberman and was predeceased by sister Bernice Lemberg and brothers Morton, Norman and Stanley Oken. Contributions may be made to the Hunter College Foundation, www.hunter.cuny.edu or Temple Emanuel, www.templeemanuel.org or Hadassah, www.hadassah.org or Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice, www.samaritannj.org. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

TILLY SPETGANG, of Voorhees, passed away on Feb. 6. Wife of the late Irwin Spetgang. Mother of Wendy (Richard) Mason and Valeri (Charles) Spetgang Taylor. Grandmother of Zachary, Kira (Sebastian) and Julie. Sister of Jeanne Jordan and the late Sam Forschmidt. Tilly was a creative force for most of her 91 years; a newspaper columnist, author, teacher and environmental activist. A memorial service is scheduled for May 6, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Common Hall at Lions Gate, Voorhees. Contributions may be made to the Saltzman Foundation Lifelong Learning Institute, 1301 Springdale Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08003. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

DANIEL A. TANNENBAUM, of Marlton, passed away on Feb. 12. Husband of Shirley Tannenbaum. Father of David Tannenbaum and Amy (David) Bookbinder. Grandfather of Ryan, Rick, Jenna and Matt. Step-grandfather of Rebecca and Jake. Brother of Carol Alpers. Brother-in-law of Ada Rosen. Contributions may be made to Mazon, www.mazon.org or the American Heart Association, www.heart.org. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.

DEBORAH GORDON UDELL, of Boynton Beach, FL, passed away on Feb. 13. Wife to the late Marvin Udell. Mother to Yona Feder, Jocelyn Udell, Ellen Feder, Jon (Jodi) Udell and Shari (Gregory) Hyman; sister to Joan (Bob) Finch, aunt to Eric and Beth Finch and Grammy to Morgan, Andrew, Julia, Sam and Mason. Debbie owned Four Seasons Children’s Center in Mt Laurel for over 25 years and took care of hundreds of children. Contributions may be made in her memory to St. Jude’s. She took great pride in raising money for St. Jude’s with her annual Four Seasons Trikeathon.

NEWTON W. WEISS, of Voorhees, formerly of Gibbstown, passed away on Feb. 16. Husband of Ruth Weiss. Father of Ellen (Richard) Freyman, Susan (Joseph Tramutola, III) Weiss, and Philip (Rosina) Weiss. Grandfather of Neal and Stephen Freyman and Sarah and Michael Weiss. Brother of Jeannine Hamburg. Mr. Weiss was a 1942 graduate of Paulsboro High School and was recently inducted in the inaugural class of Paulsboro High School of Distinguished Alumni. He was a WWII Veteran and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, serving with the 106th Infantry Division/423rd/HQ 3rd Bat. After graduating from Penn State in 1949, Mr. Weiss joined his family business, Weiss True Value Hardware in Paulsboro. He was a member of the Paulsboro- Gibbstown Zoning Board for 15 years, a former president of Beth Israel Synagogue in Woodbury, a member of Kiwanis International for over 55 years, and served as past president on two occasions. Mr. Weiss was an avid sports fan and loved being a volunteer member of the Philadelphia Phillies Welcome Committee. Contributions may be made to Congregation B’nai Tikvah- Beth Israel, 111 E. Holly Ave., Sewell, NJ 08080 or the 106th Infantry Division Assoc., P.O. Box 140535, Dallas, TX 75214 or a charity of the donor’s choice. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. 

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