Brian W. Appel, age 66 of Englewood, passed away unexpectedly Aug. 5 at his residence. Mr. Appel was a talented, lifelong artist who enjoyed music and sports. He was a kindhearted soul who loved his family and friends. He was a lifelong member of Beth Abraham Synagogue and a graduate of the University of Dayton. Mr. Appel was preceded in death by his parents, Bert and Carmen Appel, and brother-in-law, Charles Frydman. Mr. Appel is survived by his beloved sister, Renate Frydman; nephews, nieces and their spouses: Joel and Angela Frydman, Farley and Linda Frydman, Charlotte and Bret Golden, Melinda and Bill Doner; many great-nephews and nieces and great-great-nephews and nieces, also other relatives and friends. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Beth Abraham Synagogue or the charity of your choice in Mr. Appel’s memory.
Eleanor S. “Ellie” Brown, age 92, of Dayton, passed away July 16. Mrs. Brown was a retired nursery school teacher, secretary for Diet Workshop, and a sales person at Elder-Beerman. She grew up in New York, and was a Dayton resident since 1968. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Louis, and her son, Rick. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Paula and Don Mikneus, of San Antonio, her son and daughter-in-law Alan and Cathy Brown of Dayton; grandchildren Allison (Matt) Albery, Stacey (Andrew) Murray, Julie Brown, Stephanie (Simon) Karlsson and Brandon Mikneus; great-grandchildren Isla and Maxwell Albery. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Mrs. Brown to Dayton Jewish Family Services: 525 Versailles Dr., Dayton, OH 45459.
John L. Milling, age 81 of Dayton, formerly of Edgewater, N.J., passed away July 14. Mr. Milling was a retired lawyer and a former member of New York and New Jersey Bar Associations, a graduate of Columbia College and Columbia Law School, receiving his law degree at the age of 21, and was an Army veteran. He was an avid reader and pianist. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Celia Milling and sister, Francine Cofone. Mr. Milling is survived by his daughter, Dr. Cassandra Milling-Jacobs and her husband, Dr. Bradley Jacobs and their three children of Dayton; sons, Harry M. Milling of California and Brandon Milling of Massachusetts; brother-in-law, William Cofone of New Jersey and his two children. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery.
Harriet F. Moscowitz, age 89, of Dayton, passed away July 17 at Friendship Village. Mrs. Moscowitz was a longtime member of Beth Jacob Synagogue and its sisterhood, served on the Covenant House Women’s Guild, was a member of Hadassah, past president of B’nai Brith, was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital for many years, and an avid golfer. She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton J.; and parents, Harry and Sarah Feldman. Mrs. Moscowitz is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Marc Tenzer of St. Louis; sons and daughters-in-law, Irvin and Gayle Moscowitz, Alan and Myrnie Moscowitz all of Dayton; brother and sister-in-law, DeNeal and Esther Feldman of Dayton; grandchildren, Meredith (Joe) Berger of St. Louis, Andrew (Lori) Skor of New York, Marissa Moscowitz of Chicago, Katie Moscowitz of New York, Julie (Jason) Grindstaff of Nashville, Andrea Moscowitz of Chicago; great-grandchildren, Oliva and Zoe Berger, Leo Skor; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Interment was at Beth Jacob Cemetery.
Shirley B. Schulman, age 80, of Dayton, passed away Aug. 11 at Cypress Pointe. Mrs. Schulman was a member of Beth Abraham Synagogue, Hadassah of Dayton and Coconut Creek, Fla. She was also active in City of Hope in Coconut Creek. She is survived by her beloved husband of 55 years, Stanley; daughter, Robin Schulman of Clayton; daughter and son-in-law, Ellen and Dennis Dibley of Englewood; son and daughter-in-law, Edward and Nancy Schulman of Mason; brother, Morton Hibel of Huntley, Ill.; grandchildren, Brittany Sussman, Samuel Sussman, Benjamin Schulman, Jonathan Schulman, Kristen (Steve) Dibley, Megan (Mark) Dibley; great-granddaughter, Alaina; other relatives and friends. She enjoyed raising her children and being there for her grandchildren and foster grandchildren. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Hadassah, Hospice of Dayton or City of Hope Cancer Research in Mrs. Schulman’s memory.
Larry Elliot Shpiner passed away from Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s on June 23 in San Antonio. He was buried with military honors at Fort Sam Houston. A naval carrier pilot, his name is on a plaque commemorating the 19,000th carrier landing on the USS Intrepid. He also made the 16,000th landing on the USS Randolph. Mr. Shpiner earned a master’s degree in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois in Champagne. His initial job was at Atomics International in California. In Dayton, he was TRW District Field Office rep to Wright-Patterson AFB and NASA Cleveland. He founded a technology transfer company, and was co-founder and VP of marketing and sales for a pipeline risk management company. Serving as president of The Engineers Club of Dayton for two terms, Mr. Shpiner was included in the Club’s Valley of the Giants. Coordinator of the Club’s World Future Society with his wife, he also co-authored The Industrial Bill of Rights. A representative to 2003 Inventing Flight, he supported the Ohio Congressional Delegation in establishing the National Center for Industrial Competitiveness (NCIC) in Dayton, and was a board member for two years. Mr. Shpiner and his wife, Harriet, were co-recipients of Temple Israel’s “God Squad” volunteer award. He received two national merit awards for photos, and was an “unofficial” photographer at Temple Israel events. He also served on the board of directors and various committees. After retiring, his favorite activity was guiding visitors through the National Museum of the United States Air Force. He also volunteered at Kettering Medical Center-Sycamore. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; stepson, Robert Ditchik (Kimberli); daughter, Fran Blumenfeld; grandchildren, Eric, Jessica, Nicole and Lindsey Cox (Chris); great-grandchild, Dylan; son, Mark Slavin; sister, Nancy Glick (Larry); daughter-in-law, Sidonia Ditchik; grandson, Philip; and numerous family members and friends. Mr. Shpiner was preceded in death by his stepson, Dr. James Ditchik, and parents, Dr. Leonard and Maxine Shpiner.
Leonard Spialter, age 92, formerly of Dayton, passed away July 18 in Columbus. Dr. Spialter was born in Newark, N.J. in 1923. He held a Ph.D. in chemistry from Rutgers University, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree, as well as a master’s from Brooklyn Polytechnic. He was a research chemist for the United States Air Force’s Division of Aerospace Research at Wright-Patterson AFB from 1951 to 1976. After his retirement from the Air Force, he worked for many years as an independent computer consultant. Dr. Spialter was a longtime member of Beth Abraham Synagogue and helped organize the Jewish Genealogical Society of Dayton. He is survived by his wife, Ruth (Cohen), two children, Eila (Phillip) Sherman and David (Ellen) Spialter, and three grandchildren, Leia Spialter, Jennifer Sherman and Benjamin Spialter. Interment was at Beth Abraham Cemetery. Donations are preferred to Beth Abraham Synagogue or Zusman Hospice at Wexner Heritage Village.
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