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Maurice "Sutzie" Newberg
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Obituary for Maurice "Sutzie" Newberg

Maurice “Sutzie” Newberg, 97, of Middletown, husband of the late Beverly (Ellsworth) Cotteral Newberg passed away on Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Middletown, he was the son of the late Max and Eva (Lesser) Newberg.

Sutzie was a graduate of Wesleyan University, an Olin Associate at the University and a member of its Day Society. In former years, he was very active in Wesleyan Fund Drives and other alumni activities. Before retirement, Sutzie had a long career in the pharmaceutical industry, mostly as a sales manager.

He was a member of the Congregation Adath Israel, its minyan group, its ritual committee, and a former member of the Board of Directors. He was an original and continuous member of the Middletown Israel Bond Committee since its inception in 1951, for which he received an Israel Award of Honor. Also, he had been a member of the United Jewish Appeal for a number of years. Sutzie also established the Samuel Auerbach Memorial Library at the Synagogue in 1962. He was also a third generation member of the synagogue, where his grandfather, Israel H. Lesser, was a charter member and secretary for many years.

Other affiliations were as an associate member of Hadassah, life member of B’Nai B’rith, both he and his sister, Ferne were charter members of U.S. Holocaust Museum, associate member of Crescent Society at Middlesex Hospital and active member of the YMCA since 1929.

Sutzie loved running and convertibles and had an undying devotion to caring for family members as they aged and needed help. He was universally loved.

He is survived by many nieces and nephews, Devra Baum of Vernon, Esther Newberg of Manhattan, Joseph Newberg, Esq. of Belmont, MA, and Judith Shenker, Esq. of Manhattan; a nephew-in-law, Richard Gordon, Esq. of Wayland, MA and many grand nieces and grand nephews and their children.

Along with his wife and parents, Sutzie was predeceased by three brothers, Ivon, Mendel and Hutzie Newberg; two sisters, Edna Ray Shenker and Ferne Newberg; a niece, Maxine Gordon; and a nephew, Dr. David Shenker.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 17 at 3:00 pm at the Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue, 8 Broad Street, Middletown with the Rabbi Seth Haaz conducting the service and interment will follow in Adath Israel Cemetery in Middletown.

A period of mourning will be private and there are no visiting hours. Kindly omit flowers. Contributions in Sutzie’s memory may be made to the Samuel Auerbach Memorial Library, c/o Congregation Adath Israel, 8 Broad Street, PO Box 337, Middletown, CT 06457, Wesleyan University, 70 Wyllys Avenue, Middletown, CT 06457 or Northern Middlesex YMCA, 99 Union Street, Middletown, CT 06457.

Messages of condolence may be sent to the family at
The Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown is handling the arrangements.

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Congregation Adath Israel Synagogue

8 Broad Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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Adath Israel Cemetery

Pine Street
Middletown, CT 06457


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