You are correct in your assumption that Henry and Sol Luban were brothers. I am a granddaughter of Henry and Esther Luban and I knew your grandfather when I was a little girl. My mother is the youngest daughter of Henry and Esther Luban and your grandfather lived at the "Home for Aged Jews." My family and I lived about four blocks away. Your grandfather would walk over to our house to visit. We called him "Uncle." He was partially sighted. I believe that he was a carpenter and lost the use of one eye in a work-related accident. A few years before he died, he gave my little brother his tool chest with some tools in it.
Henry and Esther Luban had seven children, four of whom are still alive.
Belle Garfinkel is 101 years old and lives in Milwaukee in her own apartment. I last saw her in June 2003 when she attended a birthday party that we gave for my mother. She looks wonderful, volunteers several days each week and is a delight to speak with.
Sara Fishman will be 100 years old in October. I saw her in June also. She lives in her own apartment and has help for part of each day. She is fairly isolated and somewhat forgetful but still carries on a wonderful conversation.
Minette Luban is 98 years old and lives in Milwaukee. (Never, never tell her that I told you her age.) She lives in her own apartment, still drives in her local area and is a wonderful conversationalist.
My mother is Helen Holzman who turned 90 in June. She lives in her own home and receives a little help in grocery shopping.
The Lubans were and still are very politically astute. While they were never directly involved in politics, they are all well-read and vitally interested in political affairs locally, state-wide and nationally.
There were three other children. Moishe died as a very young toddler and I became aware of his existance only within the last few years.
Jack Luban died a few years ago of lung cancer. I am not exactly sure of his age. If he was not 90, he was very close to it. He lived independently until he became very ill.
Sophia Tarachow lived in New York City until her death several years ago and I would venture to say that she was also in her 90s. She died of Parkinson's disease from which she suffered for over 10 years.
The only malady from which all of the living aunties suffer is that they are very, very hard-of hearing. I must talk very loudly to each of them and even then they do not always hear what I say.
As you can probably tell, I enjoy them all immensely and could continue to carry on indefinitely. If there is more you want to know, I would be glad to share the information with you. There are several cousins, some still in Milwaukee; others, like myself are in other parts of the country. I currently live in a suburb of Detroit.
Your message was found by my daughter who lives in Chicago. She was on-line looking for Belle's address when she came upon your link and sent it to me.
I hope to hear from you to learn about your side of the Luban family. Where do you live?