I noted this in an email to the reader in Ohio who has taken an interest in this research and once again I must thank him for directing me to another Cleveland, Ohio, research source - the Cleveland Public Library website.
The Cleveland Public Library has a Research page with information about how to search for Death Notices, Obituaries and Death Certificates. One section is the Cleveland Necrology File. From the initial search page is the following description:
The Cleveland Necrology File was produced from a microfilmed copy of an alphabetical card file containing local cemetery records and newspaper death notices gathered by the staff of the Cleveland Public Library.
The database includes paid death notices published in the following newspapers:Searching for Sam Handler, I find the following:
- The Cleveland Plain Dealer - 1850-1975
- The Cleveland Herald - 1833, 1847-1848, 1876, 1878-1879
- The Cleveland Press - 1941-1975
Id#: 0534346Note that the obituary doesn't indicate that he was predeceased by an older brother, Joseph Handler.
Name: Handler, Sam
Date: Jun 14 1954
Source: Cleveland Press; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #115.
Notes: Handler, Sam, formerly of Cleveland, passed away June 8 at his residence, Sherman Oaks, Calif., beloved husband of Sadie, dearly devoted father of Arthur Handley [sic] of Cleveland and Mrs. Esther Simon of Sherman Oaks, Calif., dear brother of Mrs. Regina Solomon of Cleveland, and dear grandfather. Services and interment were held on June 9, at Los Angeles, Calif.
Update: See his death certificate.