Frieda Sandberg Lewis,85, a champion of Jewish causes and past national resident of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, died Feb. 29 in Deerfield Beach, Fla. She was a former resident of Great Neck, N.Y., and Manhattan. Her association with Hadassah went back four decades. She served as national vice president and treasurer and headed its Nassau and Suffolk region as well as a number of its divisions. She was national president from 1980 to 1984. During her tenure, she presided over the launching of Hadassah International, which now has branches in some 30 countries.
Cardinal Alfredo Vicente Scherer,93, one of the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church's conservative wing during the 1960s and 1970s, died Saturday of heart failure in Porto Alegre, Brazil. A fervent anti-communist, he was famous for his diatribes against liberation theology -- a school of thought that says the church should concentrate on lifting people out of oppression and poverty. The Vatican said the church had no business with the politics of Latin American nations.