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Obituary: Dr. Martin Castelbaum

Published in Star-Ledger on Apr. 14, 2016

Dr. Martin Castelbaum Veteran Caldwell internist who often made house calls, led medical staff at Montclair Community Hospital Dr. Martin Castelbaum of Bondville, Vt., formerly of West Caldwell, N.J., died on April 12, 2016.

Funeral services will be held at Temple Shalom of West Essex in Cedar Grove, N.J., at 11 a.m. Friday, April 15, 2016. Arrangements are by the J.L. Apter Memorial Chapels of Cedar Grove, N.J. Born in Newark, N.J.,

Marty graduated from Weequahic High School in 1950, Bucknell University in 1954, and Wake Forest/Bowman Gray School of Medicine in 1958. Following an internship at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City, he completed an internal medicine residency at the N.J. College of Medicine. Dr. Castelbaum practiced internal medicine in Caldwell, N.J., for 30 years, where he was beloved by his patients. He was compassionate, dedicated and a keen diagnostician. As a solo practitioner, Marty was always there for his patients, making frequent house calls carrying his black doctor’s bag. He was the medical staff president and director of education at Montclair Community Hospital and was also affiliated with Mountainside Hospital. Marty was an enthusiastic skier, an avid tennis player, and huge N.Y. Giants fan. He was very proud of his medical career but his greatest accomplishment was his family whom he adored. During his 5-1/2 year battle with ALS, Marty’s life was enriched beyond measure by the comfort, care, and humor from all of his friends and extended family.

Marty is survived by the love of his life and wife of 56 years, Sandra Weinberger Castelbaum, and his children, Dr. Arthur and Debra Castelbaum, Drs. Amy and Richard Benedikt, Jill Azulay, and Susan and Jeff Rona. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Julie, Emily, Lauren, Elana, Robert, Drew, David, Rachel, Jacob, and Katie and his sisters and brothers-in-law, Mimi and Stuart Korn and Sue and Donald Weinberger, Ann Castelbaum, and many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Mathilde and David Castelbaum; his brother, Leonard, and his dear cousin, Richard Friedlander.

Memorial contributions can be made to: Compassionate Care ALS, P.O. Box 1052, West Falmouth, Mass. 02574, (508) 444-6775, ccals.org. See more.

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