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Joseph J. Nissenbaum Joseph J. Nissenbaum SOMERVILLE Well-respected and longtime resident of Somerville, Attorney Joseph J. Nissenbaum passed away on December 23, 2009 at the age of 93. He was born July 3, 1916 in the family house at 8 Hanson Avenue, Somerville. The son of Sarah and Charles Nissenbaum, he was one of five children. During his years at Somerville High and while attending Boston University, he worked with his father delivering ice and coal from his father's horse-drawn wagon. He graduated from Boston University Law School in 1939 and passed the Bar the same year. He began his law practice in Union Square, Somerville. In February 1942, Joseph married the lovely Rhoda Frye from Salem, Mass. In April 1942 until 1944, he was assigned to Camp Croft, Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was promoted to sergeant before being sent to Europe for combat duty. While in Europe, after suffering a major injury and spending two months in the hospital, he was reassigned to the American School Center where he received a citation from Brigadier General E.J. Dawley, "for outstanding ability and resourcefulness in acting as Assistant Instructor in the Adjutant General Personnel Records School at Fontainebleau, France. His exercise of good leadership ability and eagerness to be of assistance contributed materially to the success of the school in training and forming records checking teams." Upon returning to Somerville in December 1945, Attorney Nissenbaum restarted his law practice and established Nissenbaum Realtors. He was very active in Congregation Temple B'nai Brith in Somerville. He was a lifelong member of the Masons where he was chairman of the Service Committee for many years. He was the president of the Union Square Businessmen's Association. He was a lifelong member of the Greater Boston Real Estate Board where he served on many committees and was a member of the board of directors. He was a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. Mr. Nissenbaum retired to Miami Beach, Fla., in 1983 and volunteered at a popular radio station's "Call for Action" program where he offered free services to resolve issues between the general public and businesses. He and Mrs. Nissenbaum enrolled and completed a two year graduate program in gerontology at Florida International University. He was an arbitrator for the Miami Beach Better Business Bureau where he resolved consumers issues about their automobiles with the manufacturers under the Lemon Law. For four years he served as the president of the AARP in North Miami Beach, Chapter 4237. Mr. Nissenbaum's philosophy was to help people with all kinds of problems, troubles and health defects. His goal was to solve their problems and help them regain their health and live a happy and normal life. He strived to live by the Golden Rule and to carry out the wonderful thoughts and philosophies of Somerville's poet laureate, Sam Walter Foss, "to be a friend to man." Mr. Nissenbaum is survived by his wife, Rhoda Frye Nissenbaum, his sister Tillie Andelman, six of his seven children and 15 grandchildren: Michael Nissenbaum and his wife, Irene, of Stony Brook, N.Y. and their daughter, Tamara; Alan Nissenbaum and his wife, Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum, of Newton and their children, Wyckoff and Alexis and her fianc, Ben Fish; Robert Nissenbaum of Somerville and his former wife, Janice Nissenbaum of Arlington, and their children, Jennifer, Joshua and his wife, Shioban, and Jonah; Joan Gonzalez and her husband, Joseph, of Center Moriches, N.Y. and their children, Scott and Gregory; Susan Nissenbaum of North Grafton and her children, Adam and Effie, and Jeremy Nissenbaum and his wife, Lilly, of Swampscott and their children, Sarah, Joseph, Rachel, Jacob and Benjamin. Mr. Nissenbaum was predeceased by his son Kenneth, his loving brother, Ted Nissen of Newton, and loving sisters Elizabeth Nelson of Brighton and Rose Greenberg of Brockton. The funeral was held at the Levine Chapel in Brookline and conducted by Rabbi Yossi Lipsker of the Chabad Lubavitch of the North Shore, Rabbi William G. Hamilton of Congregation Kehillath Israel of Brookline and Cantor Elias Rosemberg of Temple Emanuel, Newton. The family sat shiva at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alan Nissenbaum, 18 Garner Street, Newton until Tuesday, December 29. Visitors were welcome from 1-5 p.m. and from 6:30-8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Congregation BNai Brith, 201 Central Street, Somerville, MA 02145.

Published in The Brookline Tab from Dec. 25, 2009 to Jan. 1, 2010
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