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Balaguero, Rosa M., 92. Services 11 a.m today, Dade Memorial Park North. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Homes, Westchester. Brunson, Roosevelt, 78, of Miami, died Monday. Visitation 3:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, services 10 a.m. Saturday, Range Funeral Home. (6/24/1997) 
 
Alperstein, Jerome S., of North Miami Beach, died Sunday. Services in Baltimore. Sol Levinson and Bros. Alvarez, Juana M., 100, of Miami, died Sunday. Services were held. Caballero-Woodlawn Funeral Home. (6/24/1997) 

Lillian Porter Brantley, devoted church worker
Lillian Porter Brantley, known for her jolly spirit and soprano voice, died June 15 after a long illness. She was 83. For years, Brantley's life was centered around Greater Israel Bethel Primitive Baptist Church, where her husband, the Rev. Percy D. Brantley, served as pastor. He died in 1977.  (6/24/1997) 

Mario Esquiroz Ramos, Architect, father of judge
Mario Nicolas Esquiroz Ramos, architect and family man, died Friday at Columbia Kendall Medical Center, said his daughter Margarita Esquiroz, a judge in the 11th Circuit Court. He was 90.  (6/24/1997) 

Doree Gordon, ran Gables Elizabeth Arden
Doree Gordon was a child star and a Broadway dancer. But she gave up the glitter of show business for the warmth of family.
Gordon, who moved to Miami in 1969 and managed the Elizabeth Arden salon in Coral Gables, died Monday after a long illness. She was 85.
Born Doree Leslie in Boston, she started performing before she was 10 and was described as a ``child dancing sensation'' in Loew's All Star Vaudeville stage bill. She per
formed in Broadway musicals in her teens while at the Professional Children's School in New York City and worked with George White in Scandals and Florenz Ziegfeld in Simple Simon before landing leading lady roles in Ed Wynn's Manhattan Mary and Grab Bag.
She rubbed elbows with many show business notables: Joe E. Lewis, Abe Lyman, Oscar Levant, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart. Reportedly, Doree was the inspiration for the Rodgers and Hart song Dancing on the Ceiling.
In June 1929 -- the month she signed a contract with Metro Goldwyn Mayer to explore a new medium called talking pictures -- she married Lee Gordon, a New York broker. She was 17.
``She never actually went through with the Hollywood opportunity,'' said her son, Michael Gordon, a Miami doctor. ``She had in her heart all along that she wanted to have a family and be married. And she never looked back.''
The couple moved to Chicago, where Gordon raised two sons and got involved in community groups and Illinois politics. When World War II broke, she went to work for the Illinois Department of Labor. She served as vice president of the Temple Sholom Sisterhood in Chicago.
``She was very independent and bright,'' said her son. ``That's one of the reasons she felt compelled to go back into the business world. She had leadership qualities, management abilities. She was very confident being in the center stage, but she didn't seek it.''
When her sons went to medical school, Gordon launched a third career in the retail business. She started in sales and quickly moved up to be a buyer for the Bramson chain of fashion stores in Chicago. In 1969, the Gordons moved to Miami and Doree was the manager at the Elizabeth Arden salon on Miracle Mile for eight years. When her husband retired, so did she.
After her husband died, Gordon remained active in both professional women's organizations and Technion, which supports Israel's technical schools.
In addition to her son in Miami, she is survived by another son, Dr. Alan Gordon of Phoenix, seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services were held Thursday. Memorial donations may be made to the University of Miami Medical Training Laboratory, P.O. Box 016960 (D-41), Miami, FL 33101. 

Frances Bachman Danels, 98, pioneer business woman
When Frances Bachman Danels moved to South Florida from New York City in 1936, she was a woman ahead of her time. In an age when most women were homemakers, she set up a public stenography firm called Bachman Sisters.
``She was a very successful career woman at a time when women were not 
active in business,'' said her daughter, Shirley Knox. ``She was a very strong, determined person.''
Danels, who also was founder and past president of the Dade Business and Professional Women's Club, died Sunday of a stroke in her Miami home. She was 98.
In addition to her work and the women's club, Danels was active in many civic and Jewish organizations, including the American Israeli Red Cross, the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith, Hadassah, Technion and American Israeli Torah.
She also helped build membership in the Miami Opera Guild and was a founding member of the Community Concert Association of Miami Beach, later serving as treasurer.
``She was a dynamo. She was full of energy,'' her daughter said. ``When she started a project, she always continued until it was completed.''
When she wasn't volunteering, Danels read everything she could, her daughter said.
``Constantly. Everything in print. Up until the time she passed away there were magazines, newspapers, articles everywhere,'' said Knox, with whom she lived. ``The neighbors always brought her everything they had to read. She was 98, but her mind was still brilliant.''
Her husband, Samuel Danels, died in 1975. He was known as ``Mr. Hialeah'' for several housing projects and warehouses he developed in the city. He was a founder of Citizens Federal Savings & Loan, which later was acquired by NationsBank. The couple was well known in social circles in Hialeah and Miami Springs.
In addition to her daughter, Danels is survived by niece Anne Richland of Sunrise and nephews George Bachman of Lake Worth, Alvin Bachman of Chappaqua, N.Y., and Ira M. Gross of Fort Worth, Texas.
Instead of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to American Israeli Torah, 9100 SW 85th Ter., Miami, FL 33171, or another charity.
A private service was already held. 

William F. Fischer, 77, former teacher, TV interviewer
Like millions of Americans, William Fred Fischer was toughened by the Great Depression and molded by the grimness of war. He was an Army medic in World War II, serving in the bloody battlefields of North Africa and Italy. Later, he was in France for D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.
After leaving the military, Fischer, who died Monday of lung cancer at age 77, achieved success as a Jackson High teacher, WPBT-Channel 2 interviewer and operator of a process-server company.
He dedicated himself to making the world better -- even if it meant just cheering people up or cracking a joke to lessen tension.
``He was the greatest guy -- he made everyone laugh,'' said his sister, Alice Robbins.
At Jackson High, where he taught English, she added, ``The kids loved him because he was so much fun.''
Fischer grew up in Miami and was one of thousands of young men who signed up for World War II at its outbreak. He was trained as a medic and was first shipped to North Africa with the 1st Infantry Division.
His ambulance once came under attack, but Fischer managed to carry six wounded men to safety before it was bombed and burst into flames. He won a Silver Star for his bravery, his sister said.
Before the war ended, Fischer also earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star.
When he returned home, he went to work as a medic in the Miami Fire Department. But he wanted to get a college education, so he went on the GI Bill to Stetson University in De Land, where he graduated in 1950. He later earned a master's degree from Barry University.
While at Jackson High, Fischer helped his students put on several stage productions. That got him interested in entertainment.
When Channel 2 was created, he was one of the first to work at the station. He went on air on the Talk of the Town show, interviewing celebrities visiting Miami, including evangelist Billy Graham.
Fischer went on to become a scriptwriter for a television station in Jacksonville.
He returned to Miami and started a subpoena-delivery service. He operated it until two years ago when he discovered he had lung cancer.
In addition to his sister Alice Robbins, Fischer is survived by another sister, Marjorie Boyce, and several nieces and nephews.
The family is planning services for 10:30 a.m. June 12 in the chapel of Miami's Veterans Administration Medical Center.
Instead of flowers, the family suggests donations to the American Lung Association. 

Aida Fabian, Dade doctor who truly cared about people
A patient whose passion was playing cards once went to Dr. Aida Fabian with a peculiar problem: She had trouble moving her arm.
It turned out not to be a serious ailment, but Dr. Fabian knew that the woman was depressed over her inability to hold cards as she used to. So Fabian devised a way for the woman to play.
``It wasn't high-tech treatment, but it was exactly what that patient needed,'' said Fabian's husband, Carl, who is also a doctor.
That was Dr. Fabian's legacy: caring about people and trying to help them surmount difficulties.
She died Saturday at age 63 of ovarian cancer that killed her within two months of diagnosis.
Fabian was a vibrant and resilient woman who survived a crash-landing in Panama and an erupting volcano in Nicaragua. She had dozens of friends and immersed herself in her family.
``She made everyone feel at home,'' her husband said. ``She was a spectacular woman. She had not a mean, selfish bone in her body. She was a wonderful, wonderful person.''
Fabian was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was 8 years old when she lost her mother to cancer.
``From that point onward her childhood was difficult, often lonely, and she found herself bravely filling her role of surrogate mother to her younger brother Leonardo,'' her husband said.
When her father remarried, they moved to New Jersey. They later returned to Argentina, where Fabian went to medical school.
In 1957, she was the first of 2,000 medical students to finish her degree in a program where students completed course work at their own pace.
She then traveled to New York to be with her family, who had moved back to the United States. She interned at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, where she met her future husband.
She concentrated on neurology, he on radiology. She had two children while finishing her specialty training.
In 1964, the Fabians crammed all their possessions into a 1957 Oldsmobile for a cross-country trip to California, so Carl Fabian could teach radiology at Stanford Medical School. Their third child was born there.
They moved to Panama when he served in the Army Medical Corps during the Vietnam War. She was a clinic physician at Gorgas Hospital.
In 1968, the Fabians came to Dade County, where both doctors practiced. Aida Fabian had a neurology practice in Miami Beach.
But her highest priority was her children and grandchildren.
She also found time to support the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Miami Ballet, while belonging to several book clubs and traveling around the world -- from Zimbabwe to Sicily.
In addition to her husband and brother, Fabian is survived by her three children, Deborah, Mark and Carla; parents Mark and Hazel Meiseles; sister Elaine Levin; and two grandchildren.
Services have already been held, with the Levitt-Weinstein Funeral Home handling arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

SALLY MILLER ABRAMS
Devoted to politics 
Sally Miller Abrams, a longtime Miami resident who helped instill a love of politics in her children, died Tuesday of heart failure. She was 81.
Born in Germany, Abrams came to the United States in 1924. She was always an optimist.
``She was always enamored with things that were new and young,'' said her son Mike Abrams, a former state representative. ``She had an outlook that was fresh.'' 
She graduated from high school in New York. She became a wait
ress and met Jack Abrams, whom she married in 1935. They had three children and were married more than 45 years. 
When the Abramses' children left home, they all found their way to South Florida. 
In 1972, Sally and Jack Abrams followed their children to South Florida. Jack Abrams died in 1982.
Aside from her family, Sally Abrams was devoted to politics, specifically, the Democrats.
``Anybody with a D in front of their name she loved,'' said Mike Abrams, a onetime chairman of the Dade Democratic Executive Committee. ``She was a Franklin Delano Roosevelt Democrat all of her life.''
Abrams also is survived by a son, David Abrams; daughter, Joyce Wilson; brother, Bernard Miller; a sister, Dorine Glickman; and five grandchildren. Services will be at 11:30 a.m. today at Temple Sinai, 18801 NE 22nd Ave.

Published Saturday, February 17, 2001, in the Miami Herald 

Badia, Maria A., 88, of Miami, died Wednesday. Services were held. Rivero Funeral Home, Miami.

Barrientos, Maria F., 76, of Miami, died Wednesday. Services 6 p.m. today. Funeraria Memorial Plan, Flagler.

Baxter, Helen R., 95, of Miami, died Thursday. Services 10 a.m. Monday, St. Richard's Catholic Church. Alligood Carroll Funeral Home.

Bolling, Vergia L., 83, of North Miami, died Thursday. Visitation 1 p.m. until services 2 p.m. Saturday. Van Orsdel Funeral Home, North Miami.

Born, Robert T., 81, of Miami Beach, died Tuesday. Memorial services 11 a.m. today. Van Orsdel Funeral Home, Northside Chapel.

Brion, Jean J., 77, of Miami, died Feb 1. Services 2 p.m. today, Notre Dame D'Haiti. Calvin Butler Memorial Funeral Home.

Caballero, Jose, 87, of Hialeah, died Thursday. Graveside services 1 p.m., Dade Memorial Park. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Campmany, Raymond, 80, of Miami, died Friday. Private services. Funeraria Memorial Plan, Westchester.

Caneda Cheda, Severino J., 87, of Hialeah, died Thursday. Graveside services 11:30 a.m. today, Dade South Memorial Park. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Castillo, Diosdado, 70, of Hialeah, died Thursday. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Cordero, Jose, 92, of Miami, died Thursday. Mass noon today, St. Brendan Catholic Church. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Westchester.

Cruz, Yolanda, 68, of Miami, died Thursday. Visitation 4 p.m. Sunday. Services 11 a.m. Monday. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Miami.

Escalona, Mireya, 47, of Miami, died Thursday. Services 10 a.m. Monday. Funeraria Memorial Plan, Flagler.

Galgano, James M., 81, of Miami, died Thursday. Visitation 1 p.m. until services 2 p.m. Monday. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Kendall.

Garcia, Olga, 82, of Hialeah, died Thursday. Graveside services 9 a.m. today, Vista Memorial Gardens.

Hernandez, Ramon, 70, of Hialeah, died Thursday. Services 11 a.m. today. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Hosmer, Ruth A., 82, of Homestead, died Friday. Branam Funeral Home.

Jewett, Clyde M. Sr., 60, of Miami, died Thursday. Visitation 6 p.m. today to midnight. Services 1 p.m. Tuesday, Little Flower Church. Van Orsdel Funeral Home, Coral Gables.

Key, Laura J., 91, of Miami, died Sunday. Services 1 p.m. today, Mount Zion AME Church. Lithgow Bennett Philbrick Funeral Home.

Kratochuil, Margaret A., 63, of Miami, died Wednesday. Visitation 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with services at 3:30 p.m. Lithgow Bennett Philbrick Funeral Home.

Lacroix, Paul L., 41, of North Miami, died Thursday. Visitation 6 to 9 p.m. Monday. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday, St. James Catholic Church. Van Orsdel Funeral Home, North Miami.

Martinez y Perez-Castaneda, Josefina, 90, of Sweetwater, died Friday. Services 2 p.m. today. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Westchester.

Molina, Daisy M., 88, of Miami, died Thursday. Graveside services 9 a.m. today, Dade South Memorial Park. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Kendall.

Nicastro, Thomas T., 69, of Miami, died Thursday. Visitation 5 to 9 p.m. today. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Kendall.

Pena, Dagoberto, 65, of Hialeah, died Tuesday. Visitation 6 p.m. Monday to midnight. Graceland Funeral Home.

Penate, Rafael, 68, of Miami, died Thursday. Private services. Maspons Funeral Home, Coral Gables.

Quintana, Francisca, 94, of Hialeah, died Friday. Graveside services 10 a.m. today, Dade Memorial Park. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Romaguera, Gerardo C., 66, of Hialeah, died Thursday. Services were held. Vista Funeral Home.

Sainz, Ricardo, 34, of Hialeah, died Wednesday. Visitation through the night until 10 a.m. today. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Sanchez, Daniel, 43, of Miami, died Wednesday. Services were held. Abreu Gonzalez Funeral Home.

Sayles, Gaylord S., 91, of Miami, died Wednesday. Services 2 p.m. today, Central Baptist Church. Barbara Falowski Funeral Home.

Solano, Ana, 29, of Homestead, died Feb. 9. Visitation and services 2 p.m. today. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Westchester.

Suarez, Amparo, 93, of Miami, died Thursday. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. today, Our Lady of Mercy. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Westchester.

Sueiro, Ana C., 83, of Miami, died Thursday. Services 11 a.m. today. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Miami.

Talamas, Yvonne, 98, of Miami, died Thursday. Visitation 7 to 11 p.m. Sunday. Services 10:30 a.m., Little Flower Church. Vior Funeral Home.

Tarrau, Eberto, 62, of Miami, died Thursday. Private services. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Kendall.

Torres, Elvetia, 55, of North Miami, died Thursday. Services 5:30 p.m. today. Fred Hunter's Hollywood Memorial Gardens Home.

Torres, Ines C., 77, of Miami, died Thursday. Services 10 a.m. today, St. John Bosco Catholic Church. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Westchester.

Urquiza-Salgado, Liana, 64, of Homestead, died Thursday. Services 3 p.m. today. Palms Woodlawn Funeral Home.

Valdes, Sixto C., 79, of Miami, died Thursday. Services 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Westchester. 

Published Friday, February 23, 2001, in the Miami Herald 

Alonso, Catalina, 83, of Hialeah, died Wednesday. Services 11:30 a.m. today. Vista Funeral Home.

Alvarez-Villanueva, Raul, 81, of Miami, died Wednesday. Visitation noon to 11 p.m. today and 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday. Graveside services 9 a.m. Saturday, Palms Memorial Park. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Kendall.

Aracena, Herminio, 68, of Miami, died Tuesday. Funeraria San Jose.

Arancibia, Yelayne, 22, of Miami, died Monday. Abreu Gonzalez Funeral Home.

Bango, Georgina L., 76, of Miami, died Wednesday. Services 1 p.m. today, St. Brendan Catholic Church. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Westchester.

Baryola, Armando, 83, of Miami, died Thursday. Services 9:30 a.m. today. Vior Funeral Home.

Bolanos, Ana, 85, of Miami, died Wednesday. Graveside services 2 p.m. today, Vista Memorial Gardens. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Miami.

Brito, Rodolfo, 83, of Hialeah, died Wednesday. Visitation 11:30 a.m. today. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Carballeira, Francisco, 42, of North Miami, died Tuesday. Services 10 a.m. today, St. Kevin Catholic Church. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Westchester.

Carrillos, Lusiano, 71, of Miami, died Feb. 15. Services 2 p.m. Monday. Poitier Funeral Home.

Crockett, Willie Mae, 83, of Miami, died Wednesday. Services 2:30 p.m. Saturday, St. Luke Cousin A.M.E. Church. Poitier Funeral Home.

De Leon, Guillermina, 59, of Miami, died Thursday. Visitation through the night until 11:30 a.m. today. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Miami.

Diaz, Corsina A., 76, of Hialeah, died Wednesday. Graveside services noon today, Dade South Memorial Park. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Evans, Jimmie, 85, of Miami, died Feb. 15. Services 1 p.m. Saturday. Poitier Funeral Home.

Evini, Catherine, 82, of Miami, died Wednesday. Visitation 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. Services 10 a.m. Saturday, St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church. Van Orsdel Funeral Home, Kendall.

Garcia, Maximinia A., 84, of Miami, died Wednesday. Graveside services 9:30 a.m. today, Woodlawn Park Cemetery South. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Miami.

Henderson, Rose M., 45, of Miami, died Saturday. Services 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church. Poitier Funeral Home.

Hernandez, Lucia, 47, of Miami, died Monday. Graveside services 2 p.m. today, Our Lady of Mercy. Maspons Funeral Home, Westchester.

Hill, Jessie, 82, of Miami, died Saturday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, New Gamble Church of God in Christ. Poitier Funeral Home.

Jackson, Nivea, 71, of Miami, died Thursday. Visitation 4 p.m. today. Services 11:30 a.m., Our Lady of Mercy. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Jimenez, Jose P., 56, of Hialeah, died Wednesday. Visitation through the night until 9:30 a.m. today. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Hialeah.

Johnson, Ernest, 69, of Miami, died Feb. 13. Services noon Saturday, New Bethel A.M.E. Church. Poitier Funeral Home.

Leon, Ela, 90, of South Miami, died Wednesday. Services 11 a.m. today. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Westchester.

Lerner, Elizabeth A., 75, of Hialeah, died Feb. 14. Services were held. Lowe Hanks Funeral Home.

Lockman, Leroy, 69, of Miami, died Tuesday. Services 4 p.m. Saturday, St. Luke Cousin A.M.E. Church. Poitier Funeral Home.

Maxey, Barbara M., 77, of Miami, died Wednesday. Memorial services 10 a.m. Saturday, University Baptist Church. Van Orsdel Funeral Home, Coral Gables.

McBean, Sydney, 84, of Miami, died Feb. 6. Services 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Poitier Funeral Home.

Navarrete, Ada, 63, of Miami, died Wednesday. Visitation 2 p.m. today to midnight. Mass 11 a.m., Saturday, St. Kevin Catholic Church. Bernardo Garcia Funeral Home, Kendall.

Newton, Joyce, 72, of Miami, died Monday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, Apostolic Revival Center. Poitier Funeral Home.

Ramirez, Balbina V., 78, of Miami, died Wednesday. Services were held. Caballero Rivero Woodlawn Funeral Home, Miami.

Roach, Marie, 82, of Miami, died Feb. 15. Services noon Saturday, Greater Faith Temple. Poitier Funeral Home.

Sapp, Anthony, 39, of Miami, died Saturday. Services 11 a.m. Saturday, St. Luke Cousin A.M.E. Church. Poitier Funeral Home.

Vann, Ricky, 37, of Miami, died Feb. 15. Services 4 p.m. Saturday. Poitier Funeral Home.


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