07/19/07 - NNHS Newsletter -
Helen Sarfan Soefer

Helen Sarfan Soefer
(d. 18 July 2007)

Newport News High School Class of February, 1940

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

    Sad news comes once again this morning.  Helen Sarfan Soefer (February, 1940) has passed away in Newport News.

From the Daily Press - 07/19/07:    

          Helen Sarfan Soefer

  NEWPORT NEWS - Helen Sarfan Soefer passed away suddenly Wednesday, July 18, 2007. She was the widow of Robert J. Soefer, her loving husband of over 60 years. Helen was born in Newport News to Leon and Rose Mirmelstein Sarfan. Her parents; her sister, Frances Sarfan Garfinkel; and her brother, Benson Sarfan, preceded her in death. Helen was an honor student at Newport News High School, and worked as an administrative assistant for the U.S. Army at several military installations. Helen was an active congregant and participant at Rodef Sholom Temple and in the local Jewish community. She was a member of the Rodef Sholom Temple Sisterhood, Hadassah, and the National Council of Jewish Women. Her dear friends and neighbors were a very important part of her life. She is survived by her twins, Ellyn of Fairfax and Colonel (Retired) Harvey G. Soefer and his wife, Daphne, of Fredericksburg; siblings, Rita Sarfan Block Spirn, Edythe Sarfan Lichtenstein, and Mayer Sarfan and his wife, Dorene, all of Newport News; brother-in-law, Seymour Garfinkel of Hopewell, and many nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends, all of whom she loved dearly, and who will miss her. A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday at Rodef Sholom Temple, followed by a burial in Rosenbaum Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Rodef Sholom Temple or to a charity of your choice. Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Published in the Daily Press on 7/19/2007.

Guest Book

I also graduated from Newport News High School. My thoughts and prayers are with Helen's family and friends.
Kathy Cooper (Newport News, VA) - July 19, 2007
I am a NNHS graduate. My prayers are with you.
Kelly Bustamante (Hampton, VA) - July 19, 2007
Edith and Mayer and all members of the family. My heartfelt sympathy to the entire family. May God be with you all.....Sincerely, Louis H. Turner, Marion, NC, formerly with Moore Realty.
Louis Turner (Marion, NC) - July 19, 2007
I am a NNHS graduate. We are all family. My thoughts and prayers go with you all at this time of sorrow. God bless.
L.M. Bond Crayton (Hampton, VA) - July 20, 2007
What a shame! We know she missed Mr. Sofer terribly so now she will be with him again...this time, for eternity.

We will miss her kindness and soft nature at our store.
Glendale Pharmacy (Newport News, VA) - July 20, 2007


   Our deepest sympathies are extended to the Soefer family and their friends at this time.

From Mimi Weger Green (February 1940) of VA - 07/19/07 - "Helen Sarfan Soefer":

Dear Carol,

Helen Soefer and I grew up together and graduated from NNHS in the class of February, 1940. We were close friends, and I shall miss her very much.

In response to your query, her sister, Rita, IS the mother of    David Block (Valedictorian of the Class of 1964 - of DC).

Thanks for writing me. I must admit I don't read your daily report from start to finish, with all the websites, etc., but I do skim through and try to keep in touch with people I know and with my children's friends. (My children are    Ronni Green Cristol, class of l964 (of MD), and    Ricki Green Gray, class of l968.) I love to read about the old sections and businesses of Newport News. I was born and raised here, and still love it.

Keep up your wonderful work, and I hope your health and wellbeing have improved.


Mimi Green (Miriam Green, NNHS class of February 1940. (We used to have graduations in February and June when I was in high school, many many years ago.)

   Thank you so much, Mimi.  I knew you were the right person to ask.  My sincerest condolences on the loss of your good friend.

    Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol


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Carol Buckley Harty
219 Four Ply Lane
Fayetteville, NC 29311-9305

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