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ETKIND, HERBERT Herbert Etkind, of New Haven and Woodbridge, beloved husband of the late Mae (Horowitz) Etkind, died on September 19, 2013. He was born in the Bronx, NY on November 30, 1918, the son of the late William and Gussie (Gwosdof) Etkind, brother of the late Dr. Irving Etkind and Helen Etkind. He was the son-in-law of the late Henry and Esther Horowitz. Mr. Etkind is survived by his devoted children, Karen (Richard) Schwam, Randy (Edward) Berns, Dr. Paul (Sue) Etkind and Heidi (David) Goldblatt, and his loving grandchildren, Heather Schwam (Sean Heath), Wendy (Jared) Siegel, Daniel Berns, Molly Etkind and Yaela Goldblatt, and great-grandson, Alexander Siegel. Mr. Etkind was honorably discharged after serving in the U.S. Army during WWII as a captain in an armored tank division, having seen action at the Kasserine Pass in Tunisia, Sicily, Italy and North Africa. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, the Purple Heart, having been wounded four times, two Silver Stars, one Bronze Star, and various theater medals. His entire career was as a partner in the wholesale notions and dry goods business, Etkind & Solcoff, in Hamden, CT. Mr. Etkind also served for several years as president of Congregation Beth-El Keser Israel in New Haven, CT. His greatest joys were his beloved wife Mae, his children, grandchildren and great-grandson. Words of thanks and deep appreciation seem inadequate to acknowledge the caring, respect and dedication shown to Mr. Etkind during the last year of his life by Kate Harvey, Christina Woodlay, and Rabbi Ronald Herrmann of Vitas Hospice Care, and the numerous Vitas nurses who also eased his passing in the last days of his life. In lieu of flowers or food, the family requests that donations in Mr. Etkind's memory be made to AFMDA - Golan Chapter - (the Israel Red Cross), c/o 120 Roydon Road, New Haven, CT 06511, Vitas Hospice Care, 100 Park Road Extension, Suite 102, Middlebury, CT 06762 or The Towers Foundation, 18 Tower Lane, New Haven, CT 06519. Funeral services at Keser Israel Memorial Park, Farwell St., West Haven, SUNDAY afternoon, Sept. 22, 2013 at 1:00 o'clock. Because of the Holiday of Sukkot, there will be No Period of Mourning. Funeral Arrangements in care of Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, New Haven. www.shurefuenralhome.com

Published in The New Haven Register on Sept. 21, 2013
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