Mollie Weintraub Fitterman, age 102, died Aug. 1, 2011. Mrs. Fitterman was the beloved wife of the late Robert Fitterman; dear mother and mother-in-law of Mark (Judith) Fitterman of Bethesda, Md. and Susan (Alan) Witte of St. Louis; dear grandmother of Elissa, Charlotte and Daniel Fitterman, Elizabeth (Vic Rawlings) and the late Peter Witte; dear sister and sister-in-law of Louis (Roz) Weintraub and the late Jack (the late Doris) Weintraub; our dear sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend to many, for so many years, ever young at heart. Interment was at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery. The family extends special recognition to Mrs. Fitterman’s wonderful caregivers: Joanne Grimes, Terry Harris, Cassaundra Lawson, Tanisha Richardson and Vivian Simpson, as well as appreciation to the caring staff at the Gatesworth. Memorial contributions preferred to the Peter Witte Scholarship Fund at COCA, 524 Trinity, St. Louis, MO 63130 or the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, #12 Millstone Campus Dr., St. Louis, MO 63146.
Joan Belkin McCray, age 59 of Englewood, died July 27 at The Hospice of Dayton after battling lung cancer. Her family and friends were with her until her last day and her husband was by her side when she peacefully passed. Mrs. McCray was born April 23, 1952 in Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of Abe and Ruth Belkin. She attended Uniondale High School on Long Island, and resided on Big Coppitt Key near Key West, Fla. She graduated from Sinclair College in Dayton and worked as a registered nurse at The Riverside, Englewood Manor, and Covenant House nursing homes. Mrs. McCray is survived by her husband, David McCray of Englewood; her daughter and son-in-law, Jessica (Heys) and Bryan Cromer of Union; her son, Daniel Heys of Englewood; her previous husband, Roger Heys of Dayton; her stepdaughter and husband, Michelle and Chris Meehan of Connecticut; grandchildren Nikki Cromer of Huber Heights, Molly and Zach Meehan of Connecticut; her sister, Trudy Belkin of Nelsonville, Ohio; her brothers, Mike, Howie, Steve, Jeff, and Dave Belkin of Florida and New York; her nieces and nephews and all of her loving extended family and friends, as well as her adored American Bulldog, Buster. Mrs. McCray was a beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, and caregiver. She touched the lives of countless people, and was such an absolutely good woman and remarkable person who gave selflessly of herself to her family, friends, and nursing home residents. She was truly amazing and loved life, traveling, gardening, surfing, dancing, and laughing. She will be missed profoundly and remembered for having brought beauty with her wherever she went. Thank you to The Hospice of Dayton and to all of her dear friends for your immeasurable care and support. There are not enough words for how much you are appreciated. Donations to The Hospice of Dayton, 324 Wilmington Ave., Dayton, OH 45420, and/or lung cancer research are welcome. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery.
Ronald S. Pretekin, age 69 of Clayton, passed away unexpectedly after a brief illness on Aug. 21. Mr. Pretekin was a practicing attorney with Coolidge Law Offices for 45 years after graduating from University of Michigan Law School. Mr. Pretekin was deeply committed to the entire Dayton community and passionately involved with many community organizations including Children’s Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation and Clayton City Council. Mr. Pretekin was an amateur radio enthusiast, known by his call letters all over the world as AB8K, an avid Michigan and Oklahoma sports fan and enjoyed golf and skiing. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jane and Maurice Pretekin. Mr. Pretekin is survived by his wife of more than 37 years, Cindy; three children, Jodi Watts (Jeremy) of Huber Heights, Brian Pretekin (Michelle) and Dan Pretekin of Chicago; one grandson, Brandon Watts; brother Roger Pretekin (Linny) of Englewood, Colo.; father-in-law Sidney Shane (Roberta) of Boca Raton; sister-in-law Margie Shane of Los Angeles; brother-in-law Michael Shane (Felice) of Oakwood; and a host of special nieces, nephews, cousins, other family members and good friends. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery. The family asks that you make a contribution in Mr. Pretekin’s memory to one of the organizations listed above or to the charity of your choice.
William Aaron Semmelman, age 91 of Dayton, passed away July 13. Mr. Semmelman was born Sept. 1, 1919, a fourth- generation Daytonian. He was a World War II veteran. Mr. Semmelman was the co-founder of Anchor Fabricators along with Arnie Saldoff, who was like a brother to him. Mr. Semmelman was a leader in his community; he was past president of the Optimists, Meadowbrook Country Club, and B’nai B’rith. He was active in the Jewish Federation, Temple Israel and the YMCA. An avid golfer, bowler, racquetball player, poker player, world traveler and lover of Broadway musicals, he was a man who went nowhere without his hat. Mr. Semmelman was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, and his sister, Dolly Saldoff. He is survived by his children, Pat Semmelman and her partner Freddie Weeks, Barb Bressler and her husband Kenny, Jim Semmelman and his partner Ray Disco; two grandchildren, Jamie and Josh Bressler; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Joyce and Chuck Kardon; sister-in-law Bernice Carson and beloved nieces and nephews. The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Joyce and Chuck Kardon, Maria Cryder and the staff at Friendship Village. Interment was at Riverview Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Israel, the Jewish Federation or The Hospice of Dayton.
Lester Herbert Sloane passed away Aug. 15 after a courageous battle with illness. He was born Dec. 8, 1942, the son of Leon and Esther Sloane. He is survived by his devoted wife of 40 years, Sandra (Rosenbaum) Sloane; his son, Adam (Jennifer); and his grandchildren, Riley, Taylor, Brooklyn, and Jacob. He attended The Ohio State University, University of Dayton, and Miami Jacobs College, where he obtained his degree in public accounting. Mr. Sloane was devoted to the people he loved, especially his son and grandchildren. He contributed to the community as a soccer coach and an active member of Beth Jacob Synagogue. Mr. Sloane enjoyed his accounting career. If his clients could not come to him, he would go to their businesses or homes. He was interested in politics and in the well-being of the youths in his community. He was an avid Reds, Buckeyes, and Bengals fan whether they won or not. During the time he had been ill, his greatest joy was spending time with his son and grandchildren. He enjoyed coloring with his grandchildren and watching them play. Mr. Sloane enjoyed telling jokes. He wanted people to be happy. Memorial contributions may be made to Beth Jacob Synagogue and The Hospice of Dayton in his memory. The family would like to say a special thank-you to Rabbi Hillel Fox, Dr. David and Susan Joffe and the fourth-floor staff of Dayton Heart and Vascular at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dr. Jules Sherman, Dr. Anna Zivkovich and the staff of The Hospice of Dayton, Margy Hurst, Ava Sherman, Hyla Weiskind, Lisa Blum, Debbie Rosichan, Dr. Jerry and Lorraine Kotler, Shlomoh and Batsheva Fullen-Hull, Marshall and Donna Weiss, Evelyn Barnett, Barry Serotkin, the Jacobs and Waldman families, and our numerous dear friends who have been very loving and supportive throughout the years.