CALDERON

On August 30, 2014, ROSALIE (nee Adler), beloved wife of the late Stanley Bank and the late Irving Calderon; devoted mother of Joyce Meyer, Mitzie Hendin and the late Kenneth Bank and Larry Bank; dear mother-in-law of Robert Meyer and Stuart Hendin; loving sister of the late Bernard Adler; sister-in-law of Doris Salinas; loving daughter of the late Mae Alterman and Michael Adler. Also survived by eight grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Private service was held in Davenport, Fla. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Vitas Innovative Hospice Care Team 147, 5420 NW 33rd Ave., Suite 100, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309.

FALK

On September 15, 2014, SHIRLEY SUSSMAN, beloved mother of Betty (Mark) Jontiff, Susanne Falk and Joseph Falk (Cindy Wolff); cherished sister of the late Miriam Wallace and Stanley Sussman; adored grandmother of Paula Jontiff, Dena (Ian) Sandler and Jamie Jontiff, Daniel (Amanda) Falk and Jonathan Falk. Funeral services and interment at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery, Rosedale, on Tuesday, September 16 at 2 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland, 515 S. Haven St., Baltimore, MD 21224.

ZAKHAROV

On September 12, 2014, ABRAM, beloved husband of late Polina Zakharov (nee Shrubstok); cherished father of Eleanor Townshend (James Stuart); adored grandfather of Jacob (Joanna) Wynes. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Sunday, September 14 at noon. Interment at Har Sinai Cemetery, Garrison Forest Road. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Marlene & Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, 22 S. Greene St., Baltimore, MD 21201. In mourning at 222 Sacred Heart Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136.

NUDEL

On September 13, 2014, DAVID, loving and beloved partner of Ilene London; beloved husband of the late Adele Nudel (nee Rice); cherished son of the late Hyman and Rebecca Nudel; loving father to his stepchildren, Marc Potash and Lisa Potash; devoted brother of Sara Miller and Jean (Lester) Shapiro; loving uncle of many nieces and nephews. He was also a lifelong friend to many. A memorial gathering will be held at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Monday, September 15 at 2 p.m. Interment is private. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the charity of your choice.

BAUMGARTEN

On September 11, 2014, HANNI (nee Hoexter), beloved wife of the late Elmer Harold Sherman and Henry Horst Baumgarten; devoted mother of David (Angela) Sherman, Bonnie (Barry) Jacobs, Alan Baumgarten (Judy Hoffman) and Mark Baumgarten; cherished sister of the late Lisa Sternglass; also survived by five loving grandchildren. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Sunday, September 14 at 10 a.m. Interment at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park, Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the American Lung Association, 211 E. Lombard St., #260, Baltimore, MD 21202. In mourning at 2307 Covered Bridge Garth, Parkville, MD 21234, Sunday only, immediately following interment.

LEVITT

On September 11, 2014, BARRY, beloved husband of Cherie Levitt (nee Lennox); devoted father of Stephen Levitt and Dr. Adam Levitt; dear brother of Elaine (late George) Harris; loving grandfather of Christina, Andrew and Michelle. Funeral services and interment will be held at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery, Berrymans Lane, on Friday, September 12 at 1 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Gilchrist Hospice Care, 11311 McCormick Road, Suite 350, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or the Keswick Multi-Care Center, 700 W. 40th St., Baltimore, MD 21211. In mourning at 2210 Sugarcone Road, Baltimore, MD 21209.

BENYOWITZ

On September 11, 2014, NAOMI (nee Pollack), beloved mother of Yoel (Mindy) Benyowitz, Yirmiyahu (Esther Miriam) Benyowitz and Gidon (Rivka) Benyowitz; loving sister of David (Ellen) Pollack and Chaim (Toby) Pollack; cherished grandmother and great-grandmother of many. Services were held at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane, on Friday, September 12 at 11 a.m. Interment at Shaarei Zion Cemetery, Rosedale. Please omit flowers. In mourning at 6414 Park Heights Ave., #B2 (Park Regent Condominiums), Baltimore, MD 21215.

MILLER

On September 8, 2014, ELLIOT, cherished husband of Sheilah Miller (nee Poland); loving father of Brett (Chris) Handler; beloved grandfather of Evan Handler and Scott Handler. Funeral services and interment will be held at Beth Jacob Cemetery, Finksburg, on Wednesday, September 10 at 1 p.m. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to the Baltimore Humane Society, 1601 Nicodemus Road, Reisterstown, MD 21136. In mourning at 9203 James Howard Lane (Grey Rock), Baltimore, MD 21208, Wednesday and Thursday.

RUBIN

On September 9, 2014, RONALD, beloved husband of Marlene Rubin (nee Hurwitz); devoted father of Dr. Larry (Beth) Rubin, Karyn (Michael) Grossman and Marc (Sandi) Rubin; beloved brother of Janet (late Sheldon) Arenberg and the late Marvin Rubin; loving grandfather of Robert Grossman, Lauren (Tali) Apt, Josh Rubin, Ilyssa Rubin, Eric Korotki and Francine (Steve) Womer. Also survived by three loving great-grandchildren. Services at SOL LEVINSON & BROS., INC., 8900 Reisterstown Road, at Mount Wilson Lane on Thursday, September 11 at 2 p.m. Interment at Anshe Emunah Aitz Chaim Cemetery, 3901 Washington Blvd. Please omit flowers. Contributions in his memory may be sent to Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah, 7000 Rockland Hills Drive, Baltimore, MD 21209 or the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018, or to the charity of your choice. In mourning at 12304 High Stakes Drive, Reisterstown, MD 21136.

Star-Studded Sendoff

Joan Rivers (File photo)

Joan Rivers (File photo)

The funeral for legendary Jewish comedienne Joan Rivers, who passed away Sept. 4 at the age of 81, a week after suffering cardiac arrest during routine throat surgery, was a star-studded affair indeed.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” said her daughter, Melissa. And the tributes that were spoken at Temple Emanu-El in New York on Sunday certainly reflected Rivers’ joy for making people smile.

Howard Stern delivered the eulogy, Audra McDonald sang “Smile,” and bagpipers from the New York City Police Department played “New York, New York.”

“It was uplifting. We were celebrating her life,” said fashion designer Dennis Basso. Hugh Jackman sang “Quiet Please, There’s A Lady On Stage” at the end of the ceremony.

Among the attendees were Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Kelly Osbourne, Sarah Jessica Parker and husband Matthew Broderick, Bernadette Peters, Barbara Walters, Geraldo Rivera, Diane Sawyer, Kathie Lee and Donald Trump.

Known for never holding back when it came to providing her unfiltered opinions on everything from what Kim Kardashian was wearing on the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the standup comedienne — known for her catchphrase “Can we talk?” — was renowned for her fearlessness, tenacity and courageousness to say whatever was on her mind.

Rivers began her career as a standup comic in Greenwich Village in the 1960s, a time when the words “female” and “comedy” almost never went hand in hand. Rivers’ performances led to her first appearance on national television, which was a guest spot on Johnny Carson’s “The Tonight Show,” a gig she said was responsible for launching her professional career.

In more than five decades, Rivers hosted two syndicated talk shows, recorded comedy albums, appeared in numerous films, TV shows and standup specials, had her own jewelry line on the Home Shopping Channel and was the author of 12 best-selling non-fiction humor, memoir and self-help books. Recently, she was best known for hosting “Fashion Police” on E!, a weekly program that launched in 2010 in which she, Giuliana Rancic, Kelly Osbourne, George Kotsiopoulos and a number of celebrity guests commented on the best and worst looks donned by Hollywood celebrities. Rivers also shared a reality TV series with her daughter called “Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” (2011-2014) and launched a YouTube series in 2013, “In Bed With Joan,” where she interviewed celebrities and comedians, including her first guest, fellow Jewish funny girl Sarah Silverman.

In July, she appeared at Washington, D.C.’s Sixth & I Synagogue to discuss her latest book, “Diary of a Mad Diva,” with journalist Hanna Rosin. Washington Jewish Week reported on the event, noting that Rivers gave every ticket holder a copy of the book with an autographed nameplate, as she said it was “too cheesy” to ask people to buy it. During the talk, Rivers provided her thoughts on Heidi Klum, Helen Keller, the Kardashians, and her fondness for telling Jewish jokes.

Her opening joke was about Heidi Klum and the Holocaust: “I haven’t seen anything that hot since the Germans were pushing Jews into the ovens,” she said. “I’ll get [it] from the ADL for insulting the Jews, but if I had said the gypsies, the Jews would have complained they were left out.”

And her thoughts on Anne Frank? “I’m nothing like Anne Frank. She lived in a walk-up; I live in a penthouse. She stayed home all the time; I go out shopping.”

Rivers said she performed a lot of Jewish jokes “to remind people about who we are and that we’re still here … and to shake things up.” She went on to talk about the difficulties of becoming a successful comedienne as a young woman and how she remained grateful to Johnny Carson.

“I have never found being a woman in this age to be a hindrance,” she said. “Back then I couldn’t do an abortion joke. … I couldn’t even say I was pregnant on the air to Ed Sullivan. I had to say soon I will be hearing the pitter-patter of little feet.” She also told the audience that she never thought she ever went “too far” with a joke. “Every time I can make someone laugh, it’s like giving them a small vacation,” she said.

izelaya@washingtonjewishweek.com