Anne-Rachel Aberbach, age 52, passed away on Feb. 15, 2018. Beloved daughter of Susan Aberbach and the late Joachim Jean Aberbach. Wife of Steven Lee. Mother of Jordan and Olivia Lee. Sister of Jason Aberbach and the late David Aberbach. Daughter-in-law of Carol and Lee Knaeble. Anne lost a long and hard-fought battle with cancer surrounded by family and friends in her home in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Anne was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island, New York. Anne attended Cornell University and Georgetown Law School. Anne practiced law in Phoenix where she impacted many lives, especially as a juvenile public defender. Her most important passion was being a mother to her two children. She was loved by many and will not be forgotten.
Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Betty G. Harris
Betty G. Harris, age 88, Scottsdale, died on Feb. 3, 2018. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the middle child of Frieda and Isadore Gilman, on May 12, 1929. Frieda emigrated to the United States from Poland in 1920 and Isadore from Russia in 1922. Betty became self-sufficient at an early age, helping her father and siblings while her mother was away for six years recovering from tuberculosis. At 9 years of age, she worked behind the candy counter in her father’s grocery store and made deliveries. Betty graduated from Central High School in Omaha. She married Lee Allen Harris, the love of her life, on Feb. 12, 1950. She took care of the home front while Lee, a lieutenant in the 40th Division of the California National Guard, served his country in the Korean war. He was in battle for 17 months before returning home to her in 1952.
Betty was a devoted wife and mother who loved her family. She read thousands of books in her lifetime and emphasized the importance of education to her three children. Her favorite expressions to her family were “put your best foot forward” and “forgive and forget.” She had a deep faith in God and was an active member of Temple Solel. Betty enjoyed art, cooking, traveling, gardening and the family poodles. She worked at United Airlines in Omaha and later at Steadman’s Florist in Scottsdale. Her volunteer work included school nurse at River Bend School, Chesterfield, Missouri and The American Red Cross. Betty was an elegant and gracious person. She wrote many wonderful letters to family and friends with her unique and lovely style of handwriting. Throughout her life, she was caring and supportive as she touched the lives of those around her. She is remembered for her kindness and uplifting spirit by those who knew her.
She is survived by her devoted husband, Lee; three sons, Michael (Fran), Steven (Terri Lynn) and Bill (Terri Ann); sister Annie Himmelstien; brother Marvin Gilman; grandchildren Scott and Greg, Jennifer, Elizabeth and Kevin, Jeph and Michelle; and great-grandchild Mason.
Burial services led by Rabbi John Linder were held at Green Acres Chapel of Light, Scottsdale, on Feb. 11, 2018. Memorial contributions can be made to Temple Solel, 6805 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253, Arizona Humane Society and Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Morris Friebaum passed away on Feb. 25th, just shy of his 91st birthday, in Scottsdale with his family by his side.
Morris never met a stranger or missed an opportunity to laugh or make a joke. He was the kind of friend anyone would be lucky to have, and a loving and beloved father. Morris was nothing if not a mensch.
Born Moniek (Moishe) Frajbaum in Warsaw, Poland, on March 7, 1927, Morris was the only member
of his family to survive the Holocaust. At 14, Morris escaped the Warsaw ghetto in search of food. Unable to safely reenter the ghetto, he never saw his family again. His father Henoch, mother Raizel, brothers Yitzhak and Bencie, and sister Hannah were murdered by the Nazis. Before the end of World War II, Morris experienced the horrors of “life” in a ghetto, months of homelessness while eluding capture, a near fatal typhus infection, imprisonment in five concentration camps in Poland and Germany, beatings, starvation and death marches for hundreds of kilometers before being liberated at the age of 18 by the American Army on May 2, 1945.
Morris arrived in New York Harbor in September 1946, penniless, with no family, possessions, education or English-language skills. He cobbled together work in factories until he was drafted into the American Army during the Korean conflict. Deployed to Germany instead of Korea due to his European language skills, he later learned his battalion sent to Korea was wiped out.
Upon returning to the U.S., Morris worked seasonally in hotels in Miami Beach and the Catskill Mountains of New York. He met and married Ruth (née Ratner) in 1958. They raised two daughters in Brooklyn and later in Queens, NY. Morris managed a delicatessen, owned a donut-coffee shop and owned a taxi cab. Morris and Ruth divorced after 23 years of marriage.
In retirement, Morris was a Miami Beach “snowbird,” then settled permanently in Delray Beach, Florida, where he enjoyed 20 years of table tennis (he had a wicked backhand), billiards, cards and many great friends. In 2010, he astounded doctors by surviving a massive heart attack. Morris moved to Scottsdale four months ago to be closer to family.
Survived by daughters Robyn Schuster (Cliff) and Janice (Michael Lefkowitz), grandchildren Jeremy and Allyson Schuster, and surrogate grandchildren Olivia and Dylan Nikol. Services
held Wednesday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m., at Sinai Mortuary, Phoenix. Donations in Morris’ memory may be made to HIAS, Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, www.hias.org or the Phoenix Holocaust Survivors’ Association/Generations After, www.phoenixhsa.org.
Betty Miller of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away at home on Feb. 25, 2018. She was born in Kansas City, Missouri, the fourth of five Stein girls. She is the last surviving sister. She was a secretary at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kasas City.
She moved to Phoenix in 1958 to marry Morris Miller, owner of the Miller Shoe Store of Glendale, Arizona. Together, they were the loving parents of Dianne and Sam. Betty was an active community member at Beth El Congregation, B’nai B’rith and chapter president and lifetime member of Hadassah.
After Morrie’s death she continued to run the shoe store. She loved to travel and became a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum. She is survived by her daughter, Dianne Ruderman, son Sam (Jill) Miller and her loving grandchildren, Michael Ruderman, Elizabeth Ruderman, Benji Miller and Joel Miller.
Memorial contributions may be made to PBS (Public Broadcast System) or Hadassah. Services have been held.
Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Susan Knauer of Sedona/Cornville passed away on Feb. 18, 2018, at the Verde Valley Medical Center, Cottonwood, Arizona. She was born Susan Rose Monashefsky in the Bronx, New York, on July 4th, 1941. She was an accomplished ice skater and always a doer, an organizer and a volunteer including the Oyster Bay Jewish Center.
She married Joseph Knauer on November 24, 1991.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph; daughter Pamela Menton (Marc) and son Seth Shapiro; sister Elaine Weinberger (Martin); brother Allen Mason (Zelda); nine grandchildren and their parents, Madeline Knauer-Graham (Alan), Marcia Abelson (Todd) and Benjamin Knauer (Kristina).
Sue and Joe moved to Sedona in 1982 and became actively involved in the community. She was a founding member of the synagogue where her needlepointed Chagall windows are proudly displayed. She was instrumental in creating the Christ Lutheran/JCSVV yearly themed luncheons. She taught mahjong, created the Tuesday morning book club that still meets after many years, was a member of the Women’s Havurah and was instrumental in just about every event in the community. Sue directed the Social Committee at Verde Santa Fe, La Privada, and volunteered at the Cottonwood Human Society.
Her final resting place is the Veteran National Cemetery in Phoenix. She will be dearly missed by her husband, family and many, many friends.