Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
Robert L. Ceisler, 86, who practiced law in Washington County for more than 60 years, died Nov. 29 at his home in Washington, Pa. Ceisler graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 1940, and earned his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1943. He served as president of the Washington County Bar Association and received a number of...
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Lillian Rosen Balick, 79, a longtime musician and educator, died Nov. 24 in Jennersville, Pa. Born in Philadelphia, Balick began to study piano formally at age 4 at the Settlement Music School. She made regular concert appearances from 1940 to 1948, after her debut at the Philadelphia Academy of Music. She began to teach piano at age 16, and in...
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Edna B. Gellman, 97, an 80-year member and benefactor of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel, died Nov. 16 at her home in Jenkintown. Gellman, who endowed a trust fund to support Keneseth Israel's religious school, was an active member of Hadassah and the City of Hope for more than 50 years. When she was no longer able to travel, she listened...
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Allen Sommers, 87, a public relations agent who founded one of the first such firms in Philadelphia, died Nov. 19. He was a resident of Center City. Sommers began his career as a reporter for the Evening Ledger , which he joined after graduating from Central High School in 1936. He stayed with the paper until it folded in 1942...
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Berl Rotfeld, 77, creator and producer of the television series "Greatest Sports Legends," died Nov. 18. He was a resident of Penn Valley. Rotfeld graduated from Overbrook High School, and attended Temple University. As a youngster, he played the classical piano. He won the Philadelphia Cultural Olympics at age 15, and started an early career as a songwriter. He had...
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