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My name is Linda Silverman Shefler and I started this site. 

As of 18 October 2009 the Höchster-Hoechster-Hochster-Hexter family includes 2347 individuals, 11 generations and goes back to the mid 1600s. 

The following are some of the main surnames found in Höchster family: 

AUB, BERNS, BLOCK, BRILL, EICHENGREEN, FLORSHEIM, FRANK, GRIES, GROSSMAN, HAAS and HAYS, HEXTER, JACOB, JOSEPH, KAHN, KATZ and KANE, KUGELMAN, LAMM, LOEB, MARX, MAYER, MOSES and MORSE, OPPENHEIMER, PLAUT, POLACHEK, REISS, RICHMAN, ROHRHEIMER, SCHRAG, SCHWARTZ, SOLOMON, SPIER, STERN, STRAUSS and STROUSE, WEIL, WEINLANDER and ZELLERBACH.

 

I have attempted to be as historically accurate as possible; hence both given names and surnames are spelled in their various iterations as they evolved over time.  Please be sure to try using the different spellings when you are looking for a specific individual, as the name might not be spelled the way you expect. 

Case in point; German vowels will have an umlat (two dots) over them.  When translated to other languages, many times the umlat is eliminated and an e will follow the vowel.  For example; Höchster without the umlat is spelled Hoechster.  Bründel will be spelled Bruendel.  Löb will be Loeb.  Feel free to cut and paste the letters with umlates to broaden your search.

I look forward to expanding the tree and hearing from family members who have not yet been discovered. It is almost impossible to compile a tree of this size without the help, collaboration and input of numerous people.  While there are many people who are working on their specific branches of the family, I decided to try to locate and reconnect as much of whole family as possible.  I have attempted to be as accurate as possible and to verify information whenever possible, but please let me know if you do see something that needs to be corrected.  

 

I would also love to include any pictures, documents and other family related items that you are willing to share.  I have been collecting these items from generous family members and will start uploading them shortly.  Any and all contributions will be appreciated by all.

The photo on the left was contributed by Barbara Schwartz Burchstead and is of Leopold and Rosa (Höchster) Mayer and their children. 

The photo on the right was contributed by Caroline Gries and is of the Hays family.  If anyone can identify the individuals please contact me so we can put some names with the faces!

We presently have family members living in the United States, Israel, Canada, Colombia, England and Switzerland. 

This is a work in progress, so please be patient as it continues to evolve.  I look forward to hearing from you!


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Mar 25, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler said: CONGRATS TO MARK GLICKMAN WHO RECEIVED HIS HONORARY DOCTOR OF DIVINITY DEGREE @ HEBREW UNION COLLEGE
Linda Silverman Shefler posted a news article: RABBI MARK GLICKMAN REFLECTS ON HIS ANCESTORS, LEGACY OF AMERICA
Mar 13, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler posted a news article: CONNIE (nee HENRICKSON) ASKLAND PASSED AWAY TODAY AFTER A LONG ILLNESS
Linda Silverman Shefler said: OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF CONNIE HENRICKSON ASKLAND WHO PASSED AWAY THIS MORNING.
Linda Silverman Shefler added <Private> Wong , <Private> Wong , <Private> Wong , <Private> Wong and 2 other people to family tree: Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler posted a news article: ROLINDE (ROLLIE) ZELLERBACH LOEW - 1918-2012
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of Connie Ann Henricksen (Askland) , <Private> Wong , <Private> Wong , <Private> Wong and 5 other people in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Mar 04, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler said: MAZAL TOV TO HEIDY (HADAR) AND MAOR FLOREZ ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR SON!
Linda Silverman Shefler posted a news article: RALPH BURTON POLACHEK - 1927-2015
Linda Silverman Shefler said: OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF RALPH POLACHEK WHO PASSED AWAY FEBRUARY 24th AT THE AGE OF 87.
Linda Silverman Shefler added the photo Ralph Burton Polachek to album MAYER FAMILY
 
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of <Private> Martinez (Florez) , Ralph Burton Polachek , <Private> Florez , <Private> Maldonado and 2 other people in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Linda Silverman Shefler added <Private> Florez , <Private> Maldonado and <Private> Florez to family tree: Hoechster Family Oct 09
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Mar 03, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of Richman (Richie) Bry in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
Mar 01, 2015
Judy Berns (Stephenson) updated the details of <Private> Aronson (Bernstein) , <Private> Aronson (Starr) , <Private> Starr , <Private> Starr and 3 other people in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
 
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Family stories:RABBI MARK GLICKMAN REFLECTS ON HIS ANCESTORS, LEGACY OF AMERICA
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Mar 25 2015 18:18

Copy and paste the following link to see an interesting piece written by our cousin, Rabbi Mark Glickman, about his ancestors who immigrated to America:

http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/rabbi-mark-glickman-reflects-on-his-ancestors-legacy-of-america/

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Obituaries:DR. EUGENE LOESER OF BOCA RATON - 1926-2013
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Mar 20 2015 15:56
Dr. Eugene Loeser, 86, died peacefully in Boca Raton, FL on Monday, July 22, 2013 after many dedicated years as a neurologist. He was born in Buffalo, NY to William and Carolyn Loeser. Gene was predeceased by his beloved wife, Nancy Loeser. Eugene is survived by his two children, Andrea Price and Douglas (Linda) Loeser; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday at Edgewater Pointe Estates, 23315 Blue Water Circle in Boca Raton. In lieu of flowers, consider Alzheimer's Association or Christopher Reeve Foundation.

Published in The Palm Beach Post from July 26 to July 27, 2013
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Announcements:CONNIE (nee HENRICKSON) ASKLAND PASSED AWAY TODAY AFTER A LONG ILLNESS
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Mar 13 2015 18:16

Connie (nee Henrickson) Askland passed away today in Hendersonville Nevada, after months of being hospitalized for lung disease. She was 68 years old. Connie leaves behind her husband, Russell Askland, her son, Robert P. Morris, three grandchildren and one great grandchild. She was the daughter of Jane Polachek and Robert Henrickson.

Connie was a descendant of the Mayer-Polachek family.

I had the pleasure of meeting and spending an afternoon with Connie and Russell last May when they spent some time in Northern California. She was a lovely, sweet, kind woman and I'm glad I had the opportunity to meet her.

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Obituaries:ROLINDE (ROLLIE) ZELLERBACH LOEW - 1918-2012
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Mar 13 2015 17:35
LOEW, Rolinde (Rollie) Zellerbach Born April 29, 1918, passed away June 26, 2012, peacefully of age-related causes. Preceded in death by beloved husband, Stephen Newmark Loew Jr. Survived by daughters Lindy Bloom (Albert) and Susan Greenberg (Alan); grandchildren Karen Wong (Ling), Michael Wilson, and Sara Grgurovic (Allen); great-grandchildren, Michelle, Jacob, and Elizabeth Wong and Aaron and Nina Grgurovic. Brother William Zellerbach (Marge) of San Francisco. Sisters-in-law Rita Loew (Robert, dec'd), Jonie Loew (Jack, dec'd), and CiCi Zellerbach (Stephen, dec'd). She also left many nieces and nephews. Other members of Rollie's family are Jean Goff who has been part of the family for over 40 years, Margarita Mendoza, and Michael Bolton. Rollie loved them very much. Rollie loved and supported Cedars-Sinai Medical Center starting from the days on Fountain Ave. until the present. Helping Hand was her favorite and she gave her time along with her financial support. She also cared deeply for The American Youth Symphony as well as Jewish Free Loan. She was a life-long supporter of art, music, and environmental causes. She loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, travel, friends, mah jongg, needle point, Neiman's, Nordstroms, and 5:00 O'clock anywhere. We are grateful to JVS's Community Care at Home and the wonderful, caring caregivers, Lucina, Jolene, and Tirsit, that were with Mom for over a year. There will be a celebration of Rollie's life on Sunday July 8, at Hillcrest Country Club, 10000 W. Pico Blvd. 2:00 p.m. No flowers please. If you wish to make a contribution please consider Community Care At Home, associated with Jewish Vocational Service, The Helping Hand of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, or to an organization of your choice.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 30 to July 7, 2012
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Obituaries:RALPH BURTON POLACHEK - 1927-2015
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Mar 4 2015 18:04
Ralph B. Polachek, a retired chemist and the beloved husband of Jean Percy Polachek, passed away at the age of 87. He was the loving father of Barton Ross, Ellen, and Susan; Proud grandfather of Michael, Christopher, Sierra, Josh, Arin, and Kris; Dear brother of Herbert Bruce and the late Wilbur Polachek.

Ralph was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy, a member of Oak Forest V.F.W. Post # 4241, the Oak Forest Rotary Club, the Oak Forest Masonic Lodge #1398 and the Faith United Methodist Church Mens Club.

Ralph was born on July 18, 1927 and passed away on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.
Ralph was a resident of Midlothian, Illinois at the time of his passing.
He is survived by his wife Jean.
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Obituaries:MATHILDE (TILLIE) WERTHEIM STEIN - (1915-2014)
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Jan 30 2015 18:56
Mathilda (Tillie) Stein passed away peacefully in her home on Friday afternoon July 18, 2014. She was 99. Loved by family and friends, Tillie enriched our lives with her goodness, her commitment to Judaism, and her personal history. Along with her late husband, Max (z"L), she spent twenty years writing "The Way it Was," a 400 page, richly detailed history of Jewish life in Hesse near Frankfurt, from where her family had originated. Devoted to each other as they were to the data and stories they collected, Tillie and Max meticulously chronicled the life and times of rural German orthodox Jewry in the century before she and her family had immigrated to the United States in the 1930s. With a quiet demeanor, Tillie lived a life that demonstrated perseverance and embraced goodness. Everything had its place and time. Responsibility, diligence, and education were her champions. In 1934, at age 19, she came alone to America, eventually bringing her parents and relatives here, al...

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Obituaries:FORMER STATE SENATOR MILTON MARKS - 1920-1998
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Jan 15 2015 21:33

Former State Sen. Milton Marks, who represented San Francisco in the Legislature through 38 years, died Friday of heart failure at the age of 78.

Marks, who left the Senate in 1996 because of term limits, had been in poor health for several years and had been hospitalized at UC Medical Center in San Francisco when he died.

Marks was an old-style politician who believed in the personal touch: He sent a congratulatory letter to every high school graduate in his district, and condolence messages when there was a death in the family. He went to weddings, funerals, bar mitzvahs, baptisms, anniversaries, store openings, and just about any other gathering where he could shake hands.

"They say if there are three people in one room, one of them will be Milton Marks," Marks once joked. Referring to his campaigning stamina, he often boasted of attending 14 dinners in a single night, "and I didn't even eat."

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Obituaries:SUZANNE SINSHEIMER SHAPIRO - 1942-2014
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Jan 6 2015 21:57
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Suzanne Lee Sinsheimer Shapiro passed away on Friday, April, 25, 2014 at her home. A native of Washington, D.C., she attended schools in Richmond County from grades 2 through 12 having graduated in 1959 from the Academy of Richmond County. She attended the Junior College of Augusta, now known as Georgia Regents University. Following her marriage, she and her husband, Harold, lived in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Augusta in 1972. She retired after 32 years as Temple Administrator of Congregation of Children of Israel, and with health permitting, worked in the office at least one day a week when able to. One of her proudest moments in her professional life was being a presenter on the topic of Synagogue Management at a Regional URJ Biennial Convention. She was very active in the Congregation's Sisterhood, holding many positions and was named its "Woman of the Year" in 1985. In addition, she helped fund-raise for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Her life was dedicated to her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend. She was an inspiration to so many during her courageous battle with Lymphoma. She was an advocate for those fighting blood cancers and tried her best to be supportive when called upon. Suzanne was the daughter of the late Lee and Maurice Sinsheimer. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Harold, and their 3 children: Michael (Suzanne Wakefield) Shapiro of Atlanta, Philip Shapiro of Augusta, and Bruce (Ashley) Shapiro and grandchildren, Sidney & Eva of Waynesville, NC, brothers, Paul (Vera) Sinsheimer of Houston, TX, Robert (Cathy) Sinsheimer of Washington, D.C., and her sister, Lynne (Fred) Spector of Savannah, nieces: Kimberly Alkhas, of Cardiff by the Sea, CA, Leah Sinsheimer Misemer of Madison, WI, Emily Sinsheimer, Brooklyn, NY, Sammi Sinsheimer of Washington, DC, Lisa Spector of Houston, TX, and Julie Spector Sprague of Fremont, CA. Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 28, 2014 at 11am at Westover Memorial Park with Rabbi Robert Klensin officiating. Pallbearers will be David Alalof, Meryl Alalof, Jack Goldenberg, Marc Gottlieb, Elliot Price, Jon Simowitz, Nathan Jolles, and Diane Solursh. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Anand Jillella, Isaac Jolles, Lou Scharff, and Mort Wittenberg. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Endowment Fund of Congregation of Israel, 3005 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909 or to The Leukemia Lymphoma Society, Georgia Chapter, 3175 Northside Parkway, Bldg 400, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA, 30327. Attention: Light the Night.


Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Apr. 27, 2014
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Obituaries:LEE GOLDENBERG SINSHEIMER - 1919-2013
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Jan 6 2015 21:54
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mrs. Lee Goldenberg Sinsheimer, entered into rest Thursday, December 5, 2013. Mrs. Sinsheimer was born in Storndorf, Germany in 1919; after immigrating to the U.S. she married Maurice B. Sinsheimer, Jr. in Washington, D.C. where they lived until moving to Augusta after World War II. She was a devoted wife and a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who was fondly known as Lee Lee. Mrs. Sinsheimer, who was predeceased by her husband, is survived by her 2 sons, Paul R. (Vera) Sinsheimer of Houston, TX, Robert M. (Cathy) Sinsheimer of Washington, DC, 2 daughters, Suzanne S. (Harold) Shapiro of Augusta, GA, Lynne S. (Frederic) Spector of Savannah, GA., 9 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Lee was a long standing member of 60+ years of the Congregation Children of Israel and its Sisterhood. She was an avid knitter, making hundreds of gifts for family and friends. She possessed a sharp mind and was a master of solving complex crossword puzzles and playing mahjong. Her family enjoyed her cooking, in particular her chocolate cakes. She was a great listener and she will be missed. Her family also acknowledges with gratitude and thanks to Lee's long time caregiver, Sylvia Brooks, and her other caregivers. Graveside services will be held Monday, December 9, 2013, 11 AM at Westover Memorial Park, 2601 Wheeler Rd., Augusta, GA 30904 with Rabbi Robert G. Klensin officiating. The family requests memorial contributions go to the Congregation Children of Israel Endowment fund or the ; the family requests no flowers. - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/augustachronicle/obituary.aspx?pid=168418820#sthash.0GPAjQ7U.dpuf
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Obituaries:DONALD FRANK ZIMMER - FT. LAUDERDALE ARCHITECT - 1943-2014
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Dec 19 2014 16:07

Don Zimmer teased his friends that his career path started as a newborn.

When he was born at Broward General Hospital, he was one of nine babies in a maternity ward that was built for seven. So the hospital staff padded dresser drawers with diapers to make a crib. "I guess I've spent the rest of my life as an architect trying to design my way out of that dresser drawer," he said, according to his 50-year high school reunion website.

Mr. Zimmer, the owner of his namesake architect firm since 1976, died at his Fort Lauderdale home Wednesday from colon cancer, according to his daughter. He was 71.

A 1961 graduate of Fort Lauderdale High School, Mr. Zimmer graduated from the University of Florida before enlisting in the Navy. He returned home to work, and explore his hobbies, which included visiting and photographing hundreds of projects, created by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

"He was really passionate about architecture," said Veronica Gutierrez, a project captain at his firm. And Mr. Zimmer's vacations consisted of traveling the country to marvel at Wright's work up close. "He wanted to see it in person, it wasn't enough to see it in books. He wanted to experience it and he implemented that inspiration into his own projects."

Gutierrez said clients who told him exactly what he wanted got their way, but when Mr. Zimmer was given "the green light" to design, he pronounced to his staff that he would "Frankie this project." She said Mr. Zimmer created residential projects, particularly in Weston and Fort Lauderdale; retail development in Wellingtonand office buildings in Fort Lauderdale and Plantation.

His daughter, Ashley Christiana, describes her father as "honorable, honest, caring, positive. I couldn't have asked for better," she said. "He touched so many people."

In addition to his daughter Ashley of Fort Lauderdale, he is survived by his wife Judy of Fort Lauderdale, and son Todd Zimmer, of Pompano Beach and two grandchildren.

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