April 30

In 1892, Dora Finegold was born in Poland, In 1911 she married my maternal grandfather’s brother, Julius Jacobs. Jules and Dora went on to have 9 children, 2 of whom are still living. She lived in Philadelphia after immigrating, living to the age of 86.


April 28

In 1956,¬†Jackie Jacobs passed away at the age of 21 from spinal meningitis. He was the son of my maternal grandfather’s youngest brother, Max Jacobs. He had briefly been in the Navy before he fell ill.

April 24

In 1994, Abraham Wagner, known as Al Wagner, passed away at the age of 78. He was the only son of 5 children of Freday Wagner nee Jacobs, a sister of my maternal grandfather, David Jacobs. He and his wife, Rose nee Janofsky, had 3 children, about whom I know very little. I know of spouses for each and one granddaughter and one great granddaughter.

April 22

In 1989, Frances Strauss died at the age of 73 in a fire. She was the daughter Rose Strauss nee Jacobs, sister of my maternal grandfather, David, making Frances my 1st cousin once removed. She never married or had children.

April 11

In 2012, Ralph Levin passed away at the age of 97. In 1947, he married my mother’s paternal 1st cousin, Evelyn Jacobs. He was a medical doctor and served as a Battalion Surgeon in World War II, where he was wounded and was awarded a Purple Heart. After living in Philadelphia most of their lives, Ralph and Evelyn retired to North Carolina. They had 2 children, a grandchild, and a great grandchild.