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Mrs. Frances Jackowitz

Service: Private Grave Side Service 11:00 AM Tuesday Oct. 26th at Beth El Cemetery, West Springfield, MA

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Frances Lee (Schaffer) Jackowitz, 90, of Lake Worth, Florida, and formerly of Springfield, Massachusetts, passed away on October 21, 2021 after a brief illness.

Born in Springfield to Becky and Sam Schaffer, Fran graduated The High School of Commerce in Springfield.  Her life experiences ranged from being executive secretary at Hampden Brass and Aluminum with her precise shorthand skills, to the joy of working at local dress shops and clothing stores, to assisting in running an elderly ophthalmologist’s practice.  She enjoyed music, art and travel and was an avid reader. She enjoyed volunteering at the local hospital gift shop and participating in art classes at the Springfield Museums. She was known for her abundant amounts of food at family meals, including her famous kugel and her chocolate chip cookie squares.

The highlight of her life was the 64 years of marriage to the love of her life, Herbert Jackowitz, who she married on Halloween in 1954 and then created a family and home together.  She was the loving and caring mother to Mark and Ronda Jackowitz, Elaine Rotenberg and Steve Rubin, Ken and Lori Jackowitz, and Judy and Ken Rotenberg.  She was a devoted grandmother to Rachel and Ari Berezin, Adam and Iryssa Jackowitz, Leah and Pedro Rangel, Talia and Patrick Griffin, Sam and Keilah Rotenberg, Rebecca Rotenberg, Ethan Jackowitz, Mia Jackowitz, Jacob Rotenberg and Zachary Rotenberg.  The frosting on her cake was being able to be great-grandmother to Nava and Ella Berezin, Meir, Della and Orly Rotenberg, Geordan and Callie Jackowitz, and Remy Rangel. She also leaves behind her beloved sisters Sibby (Yale) Newman and Duffy Brooks, and her always caring sister-in-law Lois Goldberg, along with numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her brother David in childhood and brothers-in-law Jason Brooks and Cal Goldberg.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the wonderful staff and administration at the Mariposa Retirement Community in Lake Worth for their compassionate and supportive care.

Private funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 26, 11:00 AM.



Meeting ID: 859 3756 6798
Passcode: 994562

Private shiva will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27.

We invite friends and community to attend the funeral and shiva virtually on Zoom. The Ascher-Zimmerman Funeral Home is assisting the family. Please visit for further details.


Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Jewish Family Services of Western MA.,  Alpert Jewish Family Services of West Palm Beach, or Temple Beth El.

Mrs. Eileen K. Burke

Service: Funeral 10:00 AM Friday October 22, 2021 at the Ascher-Zimmerman Funeral Home, 44 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, MA 01108

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Kodimoh Cemetery, West Springfield, MA


Eileen Kudish Burke was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She passed away peacefully on October 20, 2021 at the age of 81.

Eileen was born to Samuel and Dora Kudish in Bronx NY, on September 8th, 1940. She is survived by her children and their spouses Audrey and James Lark and Kevin and Amy Burke, her three granddaughters Hannah Burke, Anaya Lark and Tessa Burke, and siblings Albert Kudish and Sara Horowitz. She is predeceased by her husband Ronald and son Noel.

Eileen attended the Bronx Public School system. Eileen attended the Farband after school program, in which she learned in Yiddish and Hebrew. The focus of the school was the perpetuation of the Yiddish Language. She graduated from City College in 1961, was certified as a Spanish teacher in NYC, and earned her Masters in Education from the College of our Lady of the Elms in 1996. Eileen had a long career as a healthcare administrator. In her retirement Eileen volunteered her time to the South Hadley Senior Center and SHINE Program.

She married her loving husband, Ronald Kingston Burke on August 6th, 1961. They moved to Lexington, Kentucky where Ronald attended the University of Kentucky Medical School and Eileen was a Spanish teacher. They had three children; Audrey, Noel and Kevin.

Eileen was foremost a loving wife, mother and grandmother but she also had a deep commitment to education. Upon moving to Longmeadow in 1972 she became the President of the PTO of Heritage Academy and then the Chairman of the Education Committee at Heritage Academy. She was an integral part of the building committee for Heritage Academy. In 1988, at the annual Heritage Academy Scholarship Dinner, she was honored for her “deep commitment and dedicated support of Judaism through Jewish education.

A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 am on October 22nd, 2021 at the Ascher Zimmerman Funeral Home located at 44 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, Ma. Donations can be made, in her honor, to Friends of South Hadley Seniors, JGS Life Care, Yiddish Book Center, and Neighbors Helping Neighbors,

Mrs. Ruth B. Katzner

Service: Graveside Service 2:00 PM Friday October 22, 2021 at JCA Cemetery, 222 Leverett Rd., Shutesbury, MA 01072

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Ruth Anna Bellows Katzner passed away on 19 October 2021. Ruth was born 13 February 1943 in Philadelphia, PA, to Eva (Greenberg) and Marvin Bellows. Ruth is survived by Donald W. Katzner, her husband of 54 years, sons Todd (Erin) and Brett (Jennifer), and three grandchildren (Sadie, Ethan, and Chloe). She was preceded in death by her daughter Tara Michelle. After graduating from Girls High in Philadelphia, PA, Ruth earned an RN from Hahnemann School of Nursing, also in Philadelphia, and then worked as an ICU nurse at Hahnemann Hospital. She left nursing to marry and raise a family. Later she completed a bachelor’s degree with Honors and a major in Psychology at University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She went on to earn a Master’s in Social Work from Smith College in Northampton, MA. Ruth had a highly successful career as a clinical social worker providing psychotherapy to help others. She was employed at agencies in Palmer and Springfield, but for most of her career she ran a private practice in Amherst. Ruth was a member of the National Association of Social Workers and volunteered for hospice programs in the Pioneer Valley area. Described by friends and family as optimistic, generous, and extraordinary, Ruth lived a vibrant and energetic life and was passionate about spending time with those close to her. She loved hosting for holidays, having neighbors over for dinner, going to concerts with Don, and quiet time with family. Ruth and Don travelled the world, taking family vacations and semester-long trips abroad. She adored her grandchildren and was often seen cheering them on from the sidelines of weekend sporting events. Ruth was also a loving aunt who looked after, cared for, and was a thoughtful listener for her large extended family. Ruth will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A graveside funeral service will be held at the Jewish Cemetery of Amherst, 221 Leverett Rd, Shutesbury, MA 01072 on Friday, 22 October 2021 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ruth’s memory to Mass General Hospital in Boston (, or to Cooley Dickinson Health Care in Northampton (

Mrs. Frances Greenberg

Service: Graveside Service 10:00 AM Monday October 18, 2021 at Beth El Cemetery, 350 Kings Hwy., West Springfield, MA 01089

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