PLEASE BE AWARE: Shimon Weller is listed as GEN 2 within this family tree. As the POMERANTZ and SAFER family trees go further back in time, the generation labels do not match.
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GENERATION No. 4
Kasril and Sarah's Children
LOUIS WALER (KASRIL ( ISRAEL ) 3 WEALER, SHIMON 2 WELLER, UNKNOWN 1), was born 05 Dec 1910 in Vilnius; d. Mar 1987, Linden, NJ; Source: SS Death Index. Louis was named for Sarah’s father, Leibel. After his brother Sam died, he married Sam’s widow, JUDY (ORTNER) WALER about Dec 1970 in New Jersey. Louis worked for Western Electric for many years. He and his brother Sam owned L&S Welding. Louis is buried in New Jersey.
SAM WALER (son of Kasril)
SAM WALER (KASRIL ( ISRAEL ) 3 WEALER, SHIMON 2 WELLER, UNKNOWN 1) was born 07 May 1913 in St. Joseph, Missouri; Sam was named for Kasril’s father, Shimon. Sam died 09 May 1970 in Linden, NJ. Source: SS Death Index. Sam married JUDY ORTNER about 1943. She was born 04 Sep 1921 in New Jersey, and died 20 Apr 2002 in Montrose, Colorodo. Sam was an electrician. He owned Waler’s Fix-It Shop.
Child of SAM WALER and JUDY ORTNER is:
i. JEROME WALER, b. 17 Mar 1945, Linden, NJ. Jerome was named after Jacob Weller. He sold his contracting buisness and retired in 2004.
After Sam Waler died of cancer, Judy married his older brother, Louis. Both Sam and Louis changed their name from Wealer to Waler when they married Judy. Everyone wore red at Judy's funeral, her favorite color, because she believed that it protected from a kinneh hurrah, a curse.
FRANCES WEALER - daughter of Kasril (aka Frances Cohen)
FRANCES WEALER (KASRIL (ISRAEL) 3, SHIMON 2 WELLER, UNKNOWN 1) was born 14 Feb 1919 in New Jersey, and died 17 Aug 1991 in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Frances was actually born 15 Feb 1919 but she preferred a Valentine's Day birthday. She married SOL COHEN 28 Feb 1938 in Elizabeth. He was born 26 Jun 1914, and died Jan 1985 in California. Frances was a seamstress, and Sol was a carpenter. They are both buried in New Jersey.
Both Frances Cohen and Frances (Weller) Albertson’s ’s Yiddish names were Fruma. Were they named for a common ancestor?
Children of FRANCES WEALER and SOL COHEN are:
i. GLORIA CEIL COHEN, b. 01 Feb 1944, Elizabeth, New Jersey. Gloria is an appellate attorney in Oakland, CA.
ii. CHARLES MARTIN COHEN , b. 15 Mar 1939, Elizabeth, NJ ; m. MARY CATHERINE FREEMAN, 07 Jul 1962; b. 25 Apr 1939. Charlie is a contractor in NYC.
CELIA WEALER , b. 1916 in Dayton, Ohio; d. 14 AUG 1930, at age 14 of a brain tumor, in NY. She did not survive surgery to remove the tumor. She died in Mt. Sinai Hospital in NYC. She is buried in Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, NJ.
HELEN WEALER (aka Helen Charaton)
HELEN WEALER , b. 20 Apr 1927, Elizabeth, New Jersey; m. WILLIAM CHARATON, 1961; b. 25 Jul 1928; d. 02 Aug 1999, Brooklyn, NY. They were divorced in 1971. Helen worked as a secretary for the City of New York.
Jacob and Bessie's Children
SHIRLEY (SARAH) WELLER (aka Shirely Herman, Shirley Strassler)
SHIRLEY (SARAH) WELLER (JACOB 3, SHIMON 2, UNKNOWN 1) was born 25 Oct 1909 in Manhattan, NY. She married (1) LOUIS HERMAN 05 Nov 1933. He was born 28 Feb 1907 and died 01 Jan 1977 in Florida. She later married (2) SOL STRASSLER 1984 in Florida. He was born 28 Oct 1910 and died Jan 1987 in Florida.
Shirley & Lou visited the Donsky’s on their honeymoon and then settled in the Bronx. Lou Herman worked as a clerk for the NYC Building Department. In the mid 1970s, he retired and they moved to Florida. Shirley married Sol after Lou died and after Sol passed away, Shirley kept company with Jesse, a proper southern gentleman, for many years. She and Jesse out-danced all of us at her grand-daughter Amy's wedding to Alan Zwerin’s. As of this writing, the family has celebrated her 96th birthday. She still volunteers at a senior center and at the Voter’s Registration Board.
After retiring as a City Housing Inspector, Lou worked as a consultant for about ten years helping engineers and contractors pass city inspections. Short and bow-legged, he was the nicest guy in the world. He always called his wife "Shirley dear" and referred to almost all females as "whomever" dear in a way that was sweet and not at all patronizing. When Thanksgiving dinner was at his house, he always gave the kids little bits of turkey to eat while he was carving it. It is one of my fondest memories of him. He had a special whistle to call people - Dah da, Dah da, Dah da - and always said "batchgaloo" or "baroom-ba-la-fatch." Lou is buried in the Briskor Society Section in Beth David Cemetery in Elmont, NY.
Children of SHIRLEY WELLER and LOUIS HERMAN are:
i. MIRIAM LILA (HERMAN) BROWN , b. 14 Jul 1936, Bronx, NY; m. ARMIN DAVID BROWN, 11 Oct 1964, New York; b. 17 Jan 1931. Mimi was named for her maternal great grandmother, Mariasha.
ii. ROBERT ARTHUR HERMAN, b. 07 Apr 1940, Bronx , NY ; m. LINDA RUTH HOFFMAN, 30 Apr 1970, New York ; b. 17 Jun 1944. Robert may have been named for his maternal great grandfather, Raphael.
SAMUEL WELLER (son of Jacob)
SAMUEL WELLER (JACOB 3, SHIMON 2, UNKNOWN 1) was born 19 Mar 1912 in Brooklyn, NY, and died 09 Nov 1997 in Pembroke Pines, FL. He married FLORA GLADYS POMERANTZ on 23 May 1937 in Brooklyn, New York, daughter of NATHAN POMERANTZ and PAULINE SAFER. She was born 18 Dec 1912 in Brooklyn, NY, and died 12 Jun 1991 in Pembroke Pines, FL.
Sam was a consummate salesman, successful at selling drapery and upholstery fabrics. He was athletic, playing handball into his forties and golf into his eighties. Like his sisters, he was a very good dancer. He was very loyal and supportive of his family. Flora and Sam lived in Brighton Beach when they were first married and then bought a house and moved to Bayside, Queens in the early 1950’s. They retired to Florida in the mid-1970’s. Sam died of Alzheimer's at eighty-five. They are both buried in the Star of David Cemetery in Hollywood, FL.
Children of SAMUEL WELLER and FLORA POMERANTZ are:
i. CAROL MAY (WELLER) FRIESER, b. 12 Jun 1944, Brooklyn, NY ; m. PAUL ARTHUR FRIESER, 16 Jun 1963, Queens, NY; b. 30 May 1941, New York. Carol was named for her paternal great-grandmother, Mariasha and also for her maternal great grandmother, Chana-Raisel.
ii. JOAN DEBORAH (WELLER) ENGEL - That's me! . . . I was born 23 Jan 1953 at the French Polyclinic Hospital in New York City. In 1980, I married WILLIAM MARC SKERKER in Plantation, FL. We were divorced by 1983. Then I married ROBERT STEPHEN ENGEL on 18 May 1988 in New York City. Bobby was born 15 Mar 1937 in New York City. We live in NYC, happily working on genealogy projects. For the records, I was named for my paternal grandfather, Jacob Weller and my maternal great grandfather, David Pomerantz.
FRANCES WELLER - daughter of Jacob (aka Frances Albertson)
FRANCES WELLER (JACOB 3, SHIMON 2, UNKNOWN 1) was born 20 Aug 1915 in Brooklyn, NY and died 21 Apr 1999 in Florida. She married SAM ALBERTSON in 1940 in New York. He was born 22 Jul 1914, and died 04 Aug 1973. Her Yiddish name was Fruma and fondly, Frumke.
The United States entered World War II soon after Frances and Sam married. Sam spend several of the early years of their marriage in the service. Michael was born six years after they married. Frances and Sam separated when Michael and Richard were five and three years old and divorced soon after. Frances worked as an office manager and bookkeeper in the garment center for years. She was tall and glamorous. Like her brother Sam, she was very loyal to her family. Most of her nieces, nephews and grandchildren fondly remember her singing “I love you, a bushel and a peck." After she retired, she moved to California to be near Michael and later moved back to Florida to be close to her sister Shirley. Frances is buried in Florida in the Star of David Cemetery, No. Hollywood, FL.
Her grandson Justin Albertson was drafted out of High School to play baseball in the St. Louis Cardinal minor league farm system. He has since gone on to become a chef.
Children of FRANCES WELLER and SAM ALBERTSON are:
i. MICHAEL JAY ALBERTSON, b. 19 Jul 1946, Ft. Monmouth, NJ; m. (1)CATHY CANTOR, 06 Nov 1975, New York, divorced 2004 m. (2) Toni Allen on 15 May 2005. Michael is a physician in Southern California.
ii. RICHARD ALAN ALBERTSON, b. 23 Nov 1948, New York ; m. HELEN KOUMIDES, 15 Apr 1973, New York; b. 14 Nov 1950, NJ. Richard is a computer "whiz bang" as his mother, Frances, used to say.
LILLIAN WELLER (aka Lillie Negri)
LILLIAN WELLER (JACOB 3, SHIMON 2, UNKNOWN 1) was born 22 Mar 1921 in Bronx , NY, and died 27 Feb 2003 in Los Angeles, California. She married LEE NEGRI 09 Aug 1946 in Burbank, California. He was born 13 Jul 1921, and died 12 Jun 1999 in California. Lillian's Yiddish name was Elka Leah, for Elsie Lillian.
Lillian moved to California In 1941 where she married, raised a family and remained for the rest of her life. She and her husband Lee owned and operated a furniture store on Verdugo Avenue in Burbank. She died of early onset Alzheimer's at seventy-eight.
Children of LILLIAN WELLER and LEE NEGRI are:
i. KAREN JOY (NEGRI) MARX, b. 30 Aug 1948, Burbank, California; m. TOM ALAN MARX, 10 Jun 1998, California; b. 08 Jul 1948.
ii. DEBRA (NEGRI) TURNER, b. 21 Dec 1950, Burbank, California; m. JOSEPH EDWARD TURNER, 25 Apr 1971, California. Deb and Joseph were divorced in 1977.
Gussie and Morris's Children
HY SHAPANKA (GUSSIE 3 WELLER, SHIMON 2, UNKNOWN 1) was born 14 Nov 1913, and died 13 Apr 1976 in New Jersey. He married ETHEL SCHNEIDER 08 Oct 1939. She was born 30 Mar 1920, and died 20 May 1990 inNew Jersey. Hy and Ethel are buried in the United Hebrew Cemetery, Staten Island, New York.
Children of HY SHAPANKA and ETHEL SCHNEIDER are:
i. MELVIN SHAPANKA, b. 17 Jan 1942; m. BONNIE UNKNOWN, 28 Oct 1988; b. 20 Feb 1942.
ii. LYNNE (SHAPANKA) NEEFF, b. 08 Mar 1945, NJ; m. BARRY W. NEEFF, 30 Aug 1963; b. 26 Aug 1945.
iii. MICHAEL SHAPANKA, b. 19 Dec 1952; m. NANCY UNKNOWN, 02 Nov 1976.
SIDNEY SHAPANKA (GUSSIE 3 WELLER, SHIMON 2, UNKNOWN 1) was born 01 Dec 1916, and died 16 Apr 1986 in NJ. He married BEATRICE CABOT 25 Sep 1945. She was born 15 Jul 1922.
Children of SIDNEY SHAPANKA and BEATRICE CABOT are:
i. ADELE (SHAPANKA) CREUTZ, b. 26 Oct 1947, NJ; m. CARL CREUTZ, 30 May 1976, NJ; b. Oct 1947.
ii. MARVIN SHAPANKA, b. 07 Aug 1951, NJ; m. DONNA UNKNOWN; b. 06 May 1956.
MILTON SHAPANKA (GUSSIE 3 WELLER, SHIMON 2 , UNKNOWN 1 ) was born Dec 1921, and died 23 Dec 2002 in NY. He married (1) SHIRLEY MANDEL. He married (2) CAROL LEVINE Nov 1991. Shirley (Mandel) Shapanka married a Mr. Kohn.
Children of MILTON SHAPANKA and SHIRLEY MANDEL are:
i. SUSAN (SHAPANKA)CESTARE, b. 18 Apr 1951; m. (1) TONY CESTARE; m. (2) LARRY CRAM.
ii. MARGIE (SHAPANKA) WOOD, b. 1955; m. GEROGE WOOD.
iii. GLEN SHAPANKA, b. 1957; m. BEATRIZ UNKNOWN.
Lena and Harry's Children
ABRAHAM DONSKY (LENA 3 WELLER, SHIMON 2, UNKNOWN 1) was born 19 Oct 1918 in Pennsylvania and died 25 Jun 2004. He married HELEN AXEL 22 Mar 1942. She was born 28 Apr 1921 and died 13 Nov 1995 in New Jersey.
Abe and his father Harry were inventors. Most of us in the family has at least one of his hundred-year Nite-Lites, a product of his Solid Electric Corp. based in Runnemede, New Jersey. Abe worked with his father on a perpetual calendar. Abe’s older son, Jerry, was murdered at the age of thirty-two. Abe and Helen are buried in Montefiore Cemetery in New Jersey.
Children of ABE DONSKY and HELEN AXEL are:
i. JERRY DONSKY, b. 13 Jul 1943, PA; murdered 1975.
ii. ARLENE ROCHELLE (DONSKY) BECKERMAN, b. 25 Mar 1948, PA; m. WALTER BECKERMAN, 17 Aug 1970; b. 02 Sep 1947.
iii. RALPH DONSKY, b. 04 Aug 1950, PA; m. (1) WENDY UNKNOWN (divorced before 2001); m. (2) BARBARA WEBER, 12 May 2002.
iv. CHERYL (DONSKY) CAVANAUGH, b. 12 Jan 1954, PA; m. TOM CAVANAUGH, 27 Dec 1973; b. 18 Apr 1953.
ROSALYN MAY DONSKY (aka Rosalyn Lyons)
ROSALYN MAY DONSKY (LENA 3 WELLER, SHIMON 2, UNKNOWN 1) was born 07 May 1926 in Brunswick, NJ. and died 11 JAN 2009 in Michigan. She married DONALD LYONS 18 Nov 1951 in New Jersey. He was born 28 Feb 1929.
Rosalyn is a potter. Her husband has taken up pottery since his retirement from teaching physics at the University of Massachusetts. He also gives piano lessons.
Children of ROSALYN DONSKY and DONALD LYONS are:
i. RUSSELL LYONS, b. 06 Sep 1957. Russell is a professor of mathematics at the Indiana University.
ii. BARRY LYONS, b. 24 Dec 1958; m. MERCEDES GUIZADO-MEDRANO. Barry is a professor of anthropology at Wayne State Univeristy in Michigan.
iii. DAVID LYONS, b. 17 Oct 1960. David is an accomplished pianist, living in Bloomington, Indiana..
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