Lifecycle: Simchas: B'nai mitzvah
Melanie Leider, daughter of Jolinda and Jason Leider of Ridgewood, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on May 4 at Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood.
Samantha Muhlstock, daughter of Amy and Richard Muhlstock of Wyckoff and sister of Alexis, 10, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on April 27 at Barnert Temple in Franklin Lakes.
Amanda Weiss, daughter of Iris and Marc Weiss of River Edge and sister of Benjamin and Sarah, celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on April 27 at Temple Emeth in Teaneck.
Paula Blumenfield died on May 5 in Manhattan.
Born in New York City, she was predeceased by her husband, Lou, and is survived by a niece, Florence Schwartz of Mesa, Ariz.
Arrangements were by Gutterman and Musicant Funeral Directors, Hackensack.
Benjamin Copito of Fair Lawn died on May 1. Arrangements were by Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.
Morris M. Macy, 93, a founding partner of Sax, Macy, Fromm & Co. P.C. of Clifton, died on May 5 at his home in Clifton.
Born in Newark, he grew up in Bloomfield, where his parents owned the Rose Macy dress shop. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and attended officer candidate school. He served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was discharged from the Army Air Forces with the rank of captain in 1946.
With Sander Sax, a childhood friend, he started Sax, Macy and Company in 1956, joined by a third partner, Egon Fromm. The company grew into one of the leading accounting firms in New Jersey.
A dedicated Zionist and leader of the Passaic-Clifton Jewish community, he served as general chair of the United Jewish Appeal of Greater Clifton-Passaic and president of the local Jewish Federation. He later became the first president of the Endowment Foundation of the North Jersey and Greater Clifton-Passaic Federations and was a supporter of Jewish Family Service. He was a member of the Citizens Advisory Zoning Committee of Clifton and was treasurer and director of the Passaic Valley Citizens Planning Association. He also served as a member of the board of the Faculty-Student Cooperative Association of Montclair State University.
Predeceased by a brother, Bill, he is survived by his wife, Ruth, neé Narotsky; a daughter, Sue; a son, Bernard; a sister-in-law, Freda; and a niece, nephews, and grandnieces.
Arrangements were by Jewish Memorial Chapel, Clifton.
Morris L. Shultz, 95, of Fair Lawn, died on May 6.
An Army veteran of World War II, he served in the Pacific Theatre and attained the rank of lieutenant. Before retiring, he was a manager of R & S Auto Stores in Elmwood Park and then a crossing guard for 25 years for the Fair Lawn Police Department. He was a long-term member of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel, B’nai B’rith Lodge #1970 and its bowling league, and James I. Platt Post #651 Jewish War Veterans.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Shirley, née Cooper; children, Howard (Sabina) of Fair Lawn, and Sharon Rys (Harvey) of Paramus; and four grandchildren.
Donations can be sent to Jewish National Fund. Arrangements were by Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.
Walter Steigerwald, 83, of Fair Lawn, died on May 2 at Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.
Before retiring, he was a self-employed printer and a member of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/Congregation B’nai Israel.
Predeceased by a sister, Ruth Stern, he is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Inge, née Lehman; sons, Stuart (Lori) of Edison, and Bruce (Jill) of Orefield, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
Donations can be made to the Fair Lawn Ambulance Corps. Arrangements were by Louis Suburban Chapel, Fair Lawn.