OBITUARIES – Jewish Community Voice

BERNICE ROCHELLE CONN of Voorhees, formerly of Manhattan Beach in Brooklyn, NY, passed away on June 17. Bernice is survived by her husband, Arnold Conn. She was the mother of Mitchell (Lisa) Conn and the late Randolph Conn (Cathy Brackin) and the grandmother of Aaron, Adam, Elizabeth, and Rebecca. Bernice was born on Sept. 30, 1931. She got her Bachelor of Arts at Brooklyn College and her master’s degree in counseling at Long Island University. Bernice was a teacher at P.S. 207 in Brooklyn. She was beloved by students and colleagues. As an early adopter, she developed a computer program in her elementary school. Summers were spent working at sleepaway camp. Bernice was the girls’ athletic director; first at Camp Crestwood in Connecticut, which was owned by her parents, and then at Camp Canadensis in the Poconos. Over the years, Bernice shaped the lives of hundreds of youngsters, who sing her praises to this day. After retiring from teaching, Bernice and Arnold focused on their antique business. They would travel to England twice a year to gather their wares and then drive each weekend to antique shows from New England to Texas. Bernice was the go-to gal for beautiful enamel and silver make-up jars, elegant linens, and antique service ware. Upon moving from Brooklyn to Voorhees to be closer to her grandchildren in 2002, Bernice promptly started serving on her condo community board at Traditions of Laurel Oak and became a long-time president. Bernice’s energy, competence and zest for life will be missed by all her friends and family. Contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc.


GARY KANALSTEIN, 84, of Marlton, passed away on June 28. Gary was the beloved husband of Barbara (Mitchell) for 63 years, and devoted father of Eric Kanalstein (Esmera) and Stacy Nockowitz (Richard); dear brother of Adele Roseman; loving grandfather of Jack Nockowitz, Margot Atha (Simeon), Eliyar Kanalstein, and Elham Kanalstein. Born in Neptune, NJ, on Jan. 5, 1938, Gary was the son of the late Ralph and Clara Kanalstein. Gary graduated from Temple University and Drexel University, where he received his education in architecture. He founded his own architectural practice in Cherry Hill. His practice flourished and over the years, grew to one of the most well-known practices in New Jersey. Donations can be made to Congregation Beth El, 8000 Main Street, Voorhees, NJ, 08043. PLATT MEMORIAL, CHAPELS, Inc.



DR. LINDA L. LESACK, 78, of Charlotte, NC, passed away on July 4. Born on Sept. 4, 1943, in Philadelphia, to William and Eva Lebowitz, Linda attended Girls High, Temple University, and the University of Missouri, where she earned a doctorate in Spanish in 1973. Affectionately known as “Doctora” to her students, she spent much of her career teaching at the George Washington High School in Northeast Philadelphia. Linda and her late husband, Burton Lesack, relocated from Cherry Hill to the Ballantyne area of Charlotte in 2004, becoming active members of the Temple Israel community. She believed deeply in Jewish community and Jewish education, and loved to travel, especially to Spain with her high school students and to Disney World with her family. Linda is survived by her children, Warren Lesack (Barrie Stesis), Jeff Lesack (Barb Johnson), Marshall Lesack (Roseanne), and Daniel Tuksar; the many grandchildren who called her their Bubby— Emma, Maya, Zoe, Cole, Elle, Maria, Jason, Tzofiya, Eliora, and Micha; her sister, Lory Brenner; and her sister-in-law, Gladys Lesack. Donations can be made to the Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy in Bryn Mawr, PA and Temple Israel in Charlotte, NC. Condolences may be offered at

MARLINE POLAK, of Cinnaminson, passed away on July 1. Born on February 17, 1943. Wife of Raymond Polak for 56 years. Mother of Alicia (John “Sean” Brennan) Polak, Amanda (Avi) Tesciuba, and Allan (Robin Briggs) Polak. Grandmother of Gili, Eitan, Anat, Jacob, Joshua, and Mira. Sister of Ginger Lieberman and Brion Pollack. Marline was the consummate professional. She was the administrative assistant to the executive director of the State of Israel Bonds office in Philadelphia and to David Ross and Mo Funk, executive directors of Lions Gate CCRC in Voorhees. She also provided administrative assistance to the Women’s Auxiliary of the Jewish Geriatric Home and Lions Gate. The Auxiliary raised funds for skilled nursing in both facilities. Marline was well known and beloved by the multitude of persons who came in contact with her over the years in both facilities. Marline loved her family with all her heart, her cats Praline and Georgie, and making sure everyone was always incredibly well fed! Contributions in her memory can be made to the Burlington County Animal Shelter or The Jewish National Fund. PLATT MEMORIAL CHAPELS, Inc. s

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