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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: 



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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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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Obituaries:MALCOLM 'MAC' ZUCKER - 1914-2013
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Dec 12 2014 21:10

Malcolm “Mac” Zucker, chairman of State Industrial Products, died on Oct. 18, 2013. He was 99.

Mac was born Sept. 15, 1914 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Jay & Cyril Zucker. Jay Zucker started the The State Chemical Manufacturing Co. in 1911 and after graduating from The Ohio State University with a degree in accounting. Mac joined the company in 1937, soon becoming one of State’s leading salesmen. The specialty chemical manufacturer grew steadily over the next few decades. Mac took over as company president in 1971.

In 1987, Mac took special pride when the company set a sales record for the year at $58 million. “All of these good things will continue to happen as we work together to service our all-important customers,” wrote Mac Zucker in the employee newsletter statement in December 1987. In 1989, Mac assumed the title of chairman, when he named his son-in-law, Hal Uhrman, president. Hal led the company until 2012, when he turned over leadership to his son, Seth Uhrman (Mac’s grandson).

Mac remained active in the business until his death. He was an adviser to company management, attended board meetings and company functions. Under Mac’s leadership, State Chemical expanded from a local organization to an international company with over 850 employees, doing business throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

Mac continued the State Chemical theme of offering first-class yet simple answers to the maintenance of America’s growing industrial infrastructure. For over 100 years, the company maintained essentially the same simple plan of providing the best possible products while keeping customer service foremost. While Mac put his own distinct stamp on what is now State Industrial Products Corp., he did not deviate from the initial operating philosophy of hiring the best people, offering them quality benefits, and insisting that they serve the customer.

Mac adhered to a strong set of values: commitment to the community, as well as commitment to customers and employees. Among the charities Mac contributed to were Coats for Kids and The Salvation Army. Most recently, Mac participated in State’s Make-A-Wish Campaign, attending company events and encouraging employee participation. The campaign resulted in the company granting a wish and sending a child and his family to Disney World in October 2013.

Mac was on the board of directors of the Montefiore Senior Living Facility in Beachwood, Ohio. Mac also donated an outside garden and lobby fish tank for Montefiore employees and residents to enjoy. In 2009, University Hospitals of Cleveland presented the Distinguished Diamond Award to Mac and his wife, Helene, for their generous support in helping to create the Andrew Uhrman Activity Center at Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital, named in memory of the Zucker’s great-grandson. In addition, the Zuckers have established several gift annuities benefitting University Hospitals in Cleveland.

Mac was married to Helene Zucker (Marx) for 71 years until 2009. He was the dear brother of Karl Zucker (Allane) and the late Henrietta Klein (Milton), loving father to Ronna Uhrman (Hal), the late Cary Zucker (Gail); adoring grandfather to Seth Uhrman, Tracie Kugler, Mindi Ratner, Amanda Zucker, and Kara Zucker; beloved great-grandfather to Margo, the late Andrew, Dylan, Jared, Ally, Erica, David, and Zak.

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Obituaries:OBITUARY FOR HAROLD 'HAL' UHRMAN - 1937-2014
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Nov 17 2014 19:06

Harold “Hal” Uhrman, former CEO of State Industrial Products, died on Oct. 10, 2014. He was 76.

Hal was born Dec. 3, 1937 in Cleveland to Simon and Clara Uhrman.

In 1962, Hal Uhrman joined The State Chemical Manufacturing Co. From that point forward, his singular desire was for State to be the best company in its marketplace. Under Hal’s leadership, State expanded from a local organization, to an international company with more than1,000 employees, doing business throughout the...

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Obituaries:TIMOTHY (TIM) JOSEPH SCHAFFER - 1971-2014
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Nov 3 2014 20:54
Of Chevy Chase, MD passed away on May 24, 2014 after an accident at his home. Beloved husband of Eser Ozdeger and loving stepfather to Taylan Tunata; devoted son of Carol Schaffer and Bill Schaffer, and stepson of Randy Swisher; loving brother to Alexandra Schaffer, Cena Swisher, and Becky Schaffer who passed away in 2011; he will be greatly missed.
A longtime Washington, DC resident, Tim graduated from Maret School in 1989. After obtaining his degree from Yale University in 1993, he spent a year teaching in Warsaw. Tim returned to Maret from 1994 to 2008, where his enthusiasm for teaching influenced countless students and colleagues. The vast reach of his expertise and knowledge shaped the direction of technology integration on campus, provided stellar set designs for school performances, and inspired him to lead students on multiple educational trips, most notably the Subtropical Zone Ecology program in Sanibel, FL. Since 2008, he has served as Director of Technology and Sustain...

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Obituaries:YERETH KNOWLES PhD - 1920 - 2014
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Oct 9 2014 20:58

Yereth Knowles led a full and rich life. Her earliest memories are of a childhood home in Greenwich Village NYC during the Great Depression where artists, writers, Spanish Civil War volunteers and political leaders came for food and conversation. She was very close to her sister Mary and together they wandered the neighborhoods and museums and attended George School in Bucks County PA.

Yereth met and married William Knowles at the University of Wisconsin, and during WW ll she worked where he was, as a social worker, draftsman and cab driver. As a young mother and faculty wife, Yereth took up fiction writing. She was a protégé of Flannery O'Connor and worked hard at her craft and published one novel, "The Town is Aaron"

The Knowles family traveled extensively, living in the Caribbean, California, Uruguay, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Yereth began teaching at InterAmerican University in Puerto Rico in 1963 and comp...

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Announcements:SHANA TOVA V'METUKA - 5775
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 24 2014 17:52

Dear Cousins,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Shana Tova. May the New Year bring us much needed peace, compassion and hopefully, new ways of dealing with the worldwide issues that affect us all. May it bring each of us personally only good health, happiness, love and the fulfillment of our dreams.

Wishing you a sweet and peaceful 5775.


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Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 15 2014 20:11

SILVERMAN, CHARLES M., 84, of Riverside, previously of E. Providence, Bristol, E. Greenwich and Providence died September 13, 2014. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Maningo) Silverman to whom he had been married for 10 years. He was born in Providence, a son of the late William and Mildred Silverman.

A 1948 graduate of Hope High School, he was a U.S. Air Force veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Silverman was the manager of the former Heller & Co. of Providence, a manufacturer of gold rings. He was the owner of the former Allyn’s Products Inc. of Providence, a wholesale Sports Fishing & Tackle Co. A self-employed artist specializing in light house prints; he was a serious amateur photographer, an avid striper fisherman and sailor. He was involved in Operation Clean Sweep and was a co-founder of Operation Clean Government and was a longtime lobbyist at the RI State House.

In addition to his wife, he is survived...

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Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 6 2014 15:05

We have cousins who managed to escape to Shanghai and from there, eventually made their way to America. There were a total of 13,732 Jews who found a safehaven in Shanghai. To learn more, copy and paste the following link:

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Other:Claims Conference Reaches Landmark Agreement with Germany to Assist Child Survivors of the Holocaust
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Sep 5 2014 17:08

The German government has agreed to compensate child survivors of the Holocaust that were born after January 1st, 1928. Please share this information with everyone you know that this is relevant to.

Copy and past this link to access the article:

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Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Aug 1 2014 11:29
Nancy Marx age 66 of Old Brookville, NY passed away on November 27, 2013 following a valiant fight against brain cancer. Loving and devoted wife to Harvey for 31 years. Daughter of the late Lila and Morton Savada. Sister-in-law to Joyce and the late Jeffrey Marx. Sister to Elias (Andrea) Savada and Alan (Will) Savada. Aunt to Danielle (Stephen), Eric, Samuel, Shira and Daniel. Great aunt to Jorryn and Emery. Nancy was a wonderful woman and humanitarian. She was an accomplished equestrian and consummate animal lover. A competitive tennis bridge and Mah Jongg player, and world traveler. She will be dearly missed by all the friends, relatives and animals she touched. Funeral services will be held Sunday December 1, 2013 at 2:00pm at IJ Morris, 21 East Deer Park Rd. Dix Hills, NY 11746. Donations to the charity of your choice.
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