Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774
Doris Levy Brenner Sostmann, 94, an interior designer who was a leader in women's charitable organizations, died Dec. 11 at Lankenau Hospital. She was a longtime resident of Wynnewood. Born in Norfolk, Va., Sostmann took courses at night and on-the-job training by day to enter the interior design profession. Her firm, Doris Brenner Interiors, became the decorating arm for a...
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Lillian Goldberg Schwartz Abrams, 97, a longtime administrative assistant for the Home and School Council of the Philadelphia Board of Education, died Dec. 15, 2006. A native Philadelphian, Abrams was a graduate of Gratz High School. In 1939, she started a cooperative nursery school designed to give mothers a break from their daily pressures by pooling their energies. Several years...
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Robert J. Williams, 94, a high school newspaper editor who went on to pursue a career as a reporter, television critic and entertainment news editor for The Philadelphia Bulletin for more than 50 years, died Dec. 7 in Newtown. Williams left Northeast High School after completing his senior year in 1930, and went to work as a newsroom receptionist for...
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Rhoda B. Schwartz, 82, a poet and editor who co-founded the American Poetry Review in 1971, died Dec. 3 at Stapeley Health Care Center in Germantown after a long illness. She had been a resident of the Kennedy House Apartments in Center City for many years. Schwartz was born in Atlantic City, N.J., and grew up in Elmira, N.Y. She...
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Robert Edwin Lavin, 76, retired proprietor of assisted-living facilities and real estate investor and developer, died Dec. 5. He was a resident of Villanova. Lavin started his first business by selling work shoes out of the trunk of his car to employees at Philadelphia-area service stations and factories. After a brief service in the U.S. Navy, he took over and...
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