Elaine Ratner (Stavitsky) of Union died June 3, 2014. Born in Newark, she lived in Union since 1965.
For many years Ms. Ratner worked as the office manager for Manhattan Welding Company in Hillside, retiring in 1993.
She served as president of B’nai B’rith for over 50 years. She was a former PTA president and volunteered at the Newark Public Library, Jewish War Veterans, Kessler Rehabilitation Institute, Jewish Family Service, United Jewish Appeal, and the American Cancer Society and also served as a mayor’s aide in Union.
She is survived by her partner of 40 years, Jack Cohen; two sons, Howard (Jacqueline) Guttman of Ledgewood and Steven Guttman of Denville; her daughter, Karen Guttman (Martin) Kurtz of Randolph; two brothers, Burton Stavitsky of Florida and Abraham Stavitsky of Montclair; six grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Services were held June 6 with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.