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Celia Jo Agatstein

Celia Jo Agatstein

Celia Jo Agatstein passed away Aug. 20, 2014, in Denver. She was 100 years old. A memorial service is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 5 at Temple Emanuel in St. Louis, Mo. Feldman Mortuary made the local arrangements.

“We will remember her style, sense of humor and her devotion to family and her wide circle of friends,” the family said.

Born in 1914 to the late Maurice Phillip and Fannie Chasnoff Phillip, she grew up as an only child in Mexico, Mo.

She attended Simmons College in Boston for two years but spent most of her life in St. Louis.

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Bella Zicherman

Bella Zicherman, a Holocaust survivor who lived a short distance from Elie Wiesel in Sighet, Romania as a child, passed away August 12, 2014. Rabbi Sara Gilbert officiated at the Aug. 15 graveside service at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “In her later years, Bella devoted much time and effort to the perpetuation of Holocaust awareness,” the family said. “Though confronted with unspeakable serial tragedies, Bella bravely refused to bend, break or surrender.” ...
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Harry S. Allen

Harry S. AllenHarry S. Allen, a former Denverite, chair of the Beth Joseph Hebrew School and director of the Colorado Coordinating Council on Higher Education, passed away on Tu b’Av, Aug. 10. 2014, in Jerusalem. He was 91. “The full moon of Av is the brightest moon of the year, when the Earth is closest to the moon,” says his son Dr. Joel Allen. “Like the moon, my father was not a man of fire or power. “He had the ability and righteousness to be able to capture the light around him and transmit i...
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John Sigman

John SigmanJohn Andrew Sigman, a native and lifetime resident of Denverite, passed away Aug. 21, 2014, in Denver. He was 54. Rabbi Joe Black and Cantor Regina Heit officiated at the Aug. 22 service at Temple Emanuel. Interment followed at Emanuel Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary handled the arrangements. “He was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1988,” the family said. “He fought the disease bravely for 26 years.”
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Harvey E. Baer

Harvey E. BaerHarvey E. Baer, Lt. Col. USAF (retired) passed away peacefully on Aug. 24, 2014, in Lafayette, Colorado. He was 94. Rabbi Brian Immerman and cantorial soloist Holli Berman officiated at the Aug. 27 service at Temple Emanuel. A private burial took place at Ft. Logan Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements. “He led an interesting, full and productive life,” his family said. “A proud veteran of WW II and Korea, he lived life on his terms until the very end.” Mr. Baer was born Ju...
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