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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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May 22, 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler posted a news article: CLARA MARIE BERNS (nee DAVIDSON) - 1920 - 2015
Linda Silverman Shefler said: OUR CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF CLARA DAVIDSON BERNS WHO PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 95 ON MAY 15th.
Linda Silverman Shefler updated the details of Clara Marie Davidson (Bernzweig>berns) in family tree Hoechster Family Oct 09
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Obituaries:CLARA MARIE BERNS (nee DAVIDSON) - 1920 - 2015
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on May 21 2015 20:38
Clara Marie Berns (nee Davidson) passed away on Friday, May 15,2015. She was 95 years old and preceded in death by her husband, Herb Berns.

Clara had three children, Judy Stephenson (Jim), Ellis Berns (Mary), and Marcey Aronson (Art); six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday, May 17 at 2 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetary in Akron, Ohio. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Menorah Park Foundation, 27100 Cedar Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122.


Published in Akron Beacon Journal on May 16, 2015
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Obituaries:PATSY FLORSHEIM EICHENGREEN - 1918-2015
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Apr 26 2015 19:33

Patsy F. Eichengreen, 96 years young died on March 29, 2015. A longtime resident of Glencoe, IL and Rancho Mirage, CA, she was born in Winnetka, IL the daughter of the late Ivan P. and Bernice M. Florsheim and sister of the late Ivan P. Florsheim, Jr. She was the wife of the late William H. Eichengreen and mother of Jill Mittelman; William H. Eichengreen, Jr (Jerry); Jobie Stern; and Steven Eichengreen (Cindee); Mimi to 6 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. Aunt to many loving nieces and nephews. She will be remembered for her great sense of humor and zest for life. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to theredkiteproject.org

Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Apr. 5, 2015

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Media:Burt Bacharach Opens Up About Daughter's Suicide: 'We All Did Everything We Could'
Posted by: Linda Silverman Shefler on Apr 15 2015 21:01

NEW YORK — Burt Bacharach knew writing a memoir would be emotional – not because of his never-heard backstage tales or his tumultuous marriages. He knew that being honest would force him to come to terms with the death of his daughter.

"It was very tough because I had to revisit what that period was and go deeper into it," he said of his daughter Nikki's premature birth, years of emotional issues, and eventual suicide at the age of 40.

The 84-year-old award-winning music composer of such classics as "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," the Oscar-winning "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head," and The Carpenters' "(They Long to Be) Close to You," understood that baring his deep, dark secrets was essential to his recently released autobiography, "Anyone Who Had a Heart: My Life and Music" (Harper).

The idea for a memoir came long before Nikki's death in 2007. Bacharach had Nikki with former wife Angie Dickinson, best known for her role on the seventies drama, "Police Woman."

"(Nikki) was one-pound, 10 ounces at birth, you should know the deck is stacked against you then," Bacharach said.

According to Bacharach, she grew up with emotional issues, which he later found out was an undiagnosed case of Asperger's syndrome (the autism spectrum disorder is a relatively new diagnosis.)

"Nobody said she's got Asperger's or she's got autism. (They said) she's just got behavior things," he said.

But after suffering for so long, he never imagined she would actually kill herself.

"It's like the boy who cried wolf. Somebody who says, `I can't stand it. The helicopters are making too much noise and the gardeners and the blowers are making too much noise and if they don't stop I'm going to kill myself,'" he said, his voice cracking. "And you hear that enough and you know it's never gonna happen and then one day she just goes and kills herself."

She committed suicide in her southern California apartment.

"When she did kill herself she did it alone, Textbook 101. Bag over her head. Alone. Kind of brave I guess for somebody who (was) scared of so many things and (she) left a note to me."

He later realized that the signs were always there, but thought that the strong relationship she had with her mother would prevent it from ever happening.

"They had a very connected, symbiotic relationship," he said, adding, "We all did everything we could. I did what I thought would be the right thing and it wasn't the right thing and I was just trying to get her better."

Bacharach was referring to the painful decision to send her away to a special school. He feels he made the decision because Nikki was not properly diagnosed. Because Nikki spent some time away from her mother, he feels she always held that against him.

"There was always that resentment that I kind of imprisoned her and the last thing in the world you know," he said. "I wish somebody would have just said, you're not going to heal her, let her be."

Asperger's syndrome is a pervasive developmental disorder on the autism spectrum. People with Asperger's often have high intelligence and vast knowledge on narrow subjects but lack social skills.

With his family struggles hidden from the world, Bacharach continued to make great music.

"I was always able to alleviate the noise, some of the noise with what was going on with Nikki becoming a Sikh, or whatever, because I would go to my music. ... It was during that time I scored `What's New Pussycat,' I scored the first `Casino Royale.' I would get engrossed in my music because there's no other way for me."

And while he continues to make music (he has an upcoming project for a musical with Elvis Costello), Bacharach is still haunted by her death. When they discovered the body, Nikki had left him a note.

"I know exactly what's in the note. I never read the note. I never will," Bacharach said as his voice cracked. "There is no need to read it. I already know what she said."

\"AP\" | By JOHN CARUCCI
Posted: 05/22/2013 1:30 pm EDT

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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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