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Wednesday 06/21/2017
Obituary - Dr. Arnold E. Powell
Posted: June 21, 2017 - 8:50 am

Dr. Arnold E. Powell of Phoenix, Arizona passed away June 15, 2017. He was 94 years old and a veteran of World War II who received a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts. Dr. Powell was at D-day and the Battle of the Bulge. After the war he had a research laboratory and was a professor at Case Western Reserve Medical School. He and his associates discovered that you could transplant bone to a human being if it was frozen first. Dr. Powell started the first bone banks. Dr. Powell is survived by his children John Powell and Wendy Justice, sister Audrey Frieman, granddaughters Megan Doutis, Cathy Galland, and Suzy Powell, two great grandsons Cody and Kyler Doutis, and cousin Bea Eisenberg. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Obituary - Ruth Sarah Bell
Posted: June 21, 2017 - 8:47 am

Ruth Sarah Bell died peacefully surrounded by her family on May 17th, at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona just six days after her 98th birthday. She died on the same day as her beloved father Louis who died in 1956. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York in an apartment overlooking “Ebbet’s Field” and the Brooklyn Dodgers. She graduated from Erasmus Hall and attended NYU. Ruth was the daughter of Rebecca and Louis Lefft. She was predeceased by her husband of over 40 years Simon and her brothers Harold and Joseph. Prior to her marriage Ruth spent a brief time as a professional model. Throughout her life she maintained a level of elegance and sophistication noted by all who knew her. Our mother was a remarkable woman in so many ways, always placing her love of family first, not only for her three children, but also for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. We were all the proverbial apple of her eye. If any of the family ever needed her she was there to step in. She encouraged her three children to seek careers through higher education which we all did. She took great delight in extolling our individual achievements and successes with her many friends. When her husband became sick she decided to fulfill her dream to get a job at Tiffany’s although she had never worked outside of the home. With family encouragement, she interviewed and got a job at Tiffany’s flagship store in NYC where she worked on the main floor until her husband’s death. After her husband’s death in 1980, she relocated to Scottsdale, AZ with her youngest daughter, her husband and her two youngest grandchildren. She lived a full life volunteering at the library, taking college courses, making friends. She loved to travel and after the death of her husband she had the courage to travel alone and was fortunate to make many friends in her travels to Europe, the Middle East and India. Ruth was a feminist before there was a word for it. She was truly amazed and thrilled in her last years to see the strides women had made. Our mother was an expert knitter who provided knit afghans for every family member and beautiful sweaters and blankets for every new baby. She was an accomplished artist who painted still lifes. She loved and was surrounded by plants and had the proverbial green thumb until the day she died. She was an excellent cook and baker and leaves behind a multigenerational legacy of homemade goodies including Kreplach, Fried Matzo and Mandelbrot. Ruth is survived by her three children, Stephen (Sandy) of Saint Louis, Margaret (Peter) of Seattle, and Jane (Jay) of Scottsdale. In addition, she is survived by her ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren who will miss their Nana and Bubbe dearly. A graveside ceremony was held at Wellwood Cemetery, Long Island, NY, on May 19th officiated by Rabbi Levi Gurkov.

Wednesday 06/14/2017
Obituary - Gloria S. Laynor
Posted: June 14, 2017 - 12:34 pm

Our beautiful mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Gloria S. Laynor, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2017, her 93rd birthday. Gloria was born in New York City on June 11, 1924. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Math and Business at SUNY at Albany. She taught math for many years and then, after a move to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, started an educational program for pregnant and parenting teenagers. In her later years, she founded a non-profit art foundation which provided scholarships to talented art students. Gloria was married for 48 years to her beloved late husband Harold. She is survived by her daughter Lois, her sons Dennis (Barbara) and Mark (Sandra), as well as nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Services were held at Sinai Mortuary. The family would welcome donations in Gloria’s memory to Free Arts at freearts.org/donate.

Wednesday 06/07/2017
Abe Meth, beloved member of Valley Jewish community, dies at 104
Posted: June 07, 2017 - 6:52 am

A centenarian who still read the Torah at Shabbat services, wrote an opera and helped several generations of youngsters prepare for their b’nai mitzvah, Abe Meth was a beloved figure throughout the Valley’s Jewish community.

Thursday 06/01/2017
Obituary - Posner
Posted: June 01, 2017 - 8:30 pm

Dr. Robert B. Posner died one day after his 79th birthday on May 19, 2017. He was surrounded by his loving family and died peacefully at Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Wednesday 05/24/2017
Obituaries - Nagelbush
Posted: May 24, 2017 - 8:42 am

Michael S. Nagelbush, age 68, passed away on May 17, 2017 after a long illness. Michael is survived by Janet, his wife of forty-five years, his daughter Monica Donaldson Stewart, his son Matthew Nagelbush (Angela), and grandchildren Ashley, Michael, Christopher, Caitlyn, Kimber, Marcus, Kolbyand Kiera. He is also survived by sisters Marsha Visage (Paul) and Cherie Reitman (Jeffrey) and many nieces, nephews and cousins and friends, both old and new. He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul (“Sonny”) and Bernice (“Bunny”) Nagelbush. Michael was born in Cleveland, Ohio, where he spent his childhood and the early part of his adult life. He attended Beachwood High School (Class of 1966), then the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University. After living in Atlanta, Georgia for a brief time, Michael and his family moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1980. He worked in a variety of occupations, most recently in the automotive industry, and he retired in 2010. Michael enjoyed fishing, watching action movies and UFC, and spending time at Middle Bass Island, but his favorite interest, especially later in life, was Tai Chi. He was an eager student and a dedicated teacher. Michael also delighted in spending time with his grandchildren. “Papa” had a unique and special relationship with each and every one. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 11:00 am at Sinai Mortuary of Phoenix, 4538 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider making a donation to Hospice of the Valley or The American Cancer Society in Michael’s memory.

Posted: May 24, 2017 - 8:19 am

Robert Jay Lieb

Wednesday 05/17/2017
Obituary - Sorrell Bellin
Posted: May 17, 2017 - 8:26 am

Sorrell Joseph Bellin, 85, of Scottsdale died May 13, 2017. He was a former business owner and served in the U. S. Army.

Wednesday 05/10/2017
Obituary - Janis Orleans Brown
Posted: May 10, 2017 - 8:41 am

Janis Orleans Brown, 72, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away on May 1, 2017. Born in Gainesville, TX, she was raised in Silver Spring, MD, and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Maryland. She practiced both clinical and administrative nursing positions during her professional career. Janis moved to Arizona in 1975, where her life focused on her daughters, granddaughters, and many close friendships. She was an enthusiastic athlete, including tennis, running and hiking. She particularly enjoyed being outdoors and the Arizona lifestyle, relishing each day as if she was on vacation. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband of 50 years, Terry; daughters, Jennifer (Mark) Vandroff and Lauren (Larry) Dee; granddaughters, Lily and Lainie Dee and Vivian Vandroff; and brother, Ronald Orleans. Funeral Services services were held on Sunday, May 7, 2017 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Sinai Cemetery 24210 N. 68th St. Phoenix, AZ 85054. Contributions in her memory may be made to The Jewish Genetic Diseases Center of Greater Phoenix at jewishgeneticsphx.org, The Jewish Free Loan at jewishphoenix.org, or the Face In The Mirror Foundation at faceinthemirror.org. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Wednesday 04/26/2017
Obituary - May Cherish
Posted: April 26, 2017 - 11:35 am

May Katherine Cherish of Phoenix, 94, died April 23, 2017.

Wednesday 04/19/2017
Obituaries - Dr. Jack Joseph Bernstein
Posted: April 19, 2017 - 10:00 pm

Dr. Jack Joseph Bernstein, 86, died on April 15, 2017.

Dr. Alberto Benchimol, Phoenix medical pioneer, dies at 84
Posted: April 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Dr. Alberto Benchimol, a trailblazing research cardiologist whose dynamic directorship of the Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases at Good Samaritan Hospital put Phoenix on the international medical map in the 1960s and 1970s, died on Thursday, the 30th of March at John C. Lincoln Hospital. He was 84. The cause was complications from influenza A, including pneumonia.

Obituary - Ruth Marks Rosen
Posted: April 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Ruth Marks Rosen (nee Getzov) lived an amazing life. She participated in life - she was not a bystander. The message she wanted to leave behind is to choose life; do not put off doing what you want to do. Ruth passed away on April 13, 2017, at age 100. She was born July 10, 1916, in Cleveland, OH, to immigrant parents, Joseph Getzov and Bertha Epstein Getzov. When asked what her secret to long life was, Ruth always answered, “Choose the right parents!” She meant that both genetically and affectionately, because she always talked about how blessed she was to have Joe & Bertha for her parents. They were always there for her through good times & bad. When Ruth was a young widow with a 6 year old & a 2 year old, Joe & Bertha sold their business in Cleveland to come West with her, ending up in Phoenix. The family became members of Temple Beth Israel (now Congregation Beth Israel) in 1949 and remained members throughout the years. Ruth was active and a leader in many charitable organizations. She was awarded the 1974 Woman of the Year for the Women’s Division of the United Jewish Appeal. She served for many years on the Board of Directors of the Kivel Campus of Care, helping to organize the fund-raising Kivel Ball and serving as the Ball’s 1980 Co-chair. In 1983, she and husband Isidore Rosen were honored with a tribute dinner for the Hadassah Hospital of Israel. She supported the AZ Jewish Historical Society and the Sylvia and Albert Plotkin Museum. Her love of reading and of children led to her volunteering as a reading tutor at Madison 1 Elementary School in her later years. In addition to all the volunteer work Ruth did, she also worked in sales, and building and land development. She loved to dance, from the time she was a little girl. In high school she played the french horn and was a counselor at Camp Wise in Ohio, where she had also been a camper. She was able to attend the Camp Wise 85th Reunion in recent years. She believed that everyone should know how blessed they to live in this country. She loved her family and being with family was her sincerest joy & happiness. Ruth had a great sense of humor, & in spite of tragedies in her life, chose to focus on the positive, not on sadness. Ruth knew how to have fun, whether it was dancing in her Zumba class & swimming in her water aerobics class at age 95, celebrating with her Brazilian friends, traveling overseas, or finding any reason to gather a group of friends together. Ruth was predeceased by her mother Bertha & father Joseph, husband Max Louis Marks, husband Isidore H. Rosen, and brother Milton Garrett. Ruth is survived by sons Lawrence Jeffrey Marks (Jane) of Scottsdale, and Stephen David Marks (Judith) of Decatur, GA, grandchildren Julee Rosen Gabay, Daniel Rosen, Lucia Marks, Joseph Marks, Aaron Marks, Risa Marks Jacobson, & Dara Marks Marino, 9 great-grandchildren, and cousin David Epstein (Deanna) of California. Graveside services will be held 12:30 PM, Sun., April 16, at Beth Israel Cemetery, 305 S. 35th Ave., Phoenix, AZ, 85009, with services conducted by Rabbi Ronnie Keller of Congregation Beth Israel. The family wishes to thank the caring staff of The Retreat at Desert Cove (under the auspices of Kivel Campus of Care) and Hospice of the Valley for their loving care of Ruth. The family suggests donations to Kivel Campus of Care (www.kivelcare.org) or Hospice of the Valley (https://www.hov.org). Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Obituary- Judith Allen Rosenthal
Posted: April 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Judith Allen Rosenthal (nee Kroloff) passed away peacefully at her home Monday morning, April 17. Her loving family had been constantly by her side as she battled lung cancer courageously for the last two years. Judy was born in Phoenix on June 26, 1934 at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital downtown to Archie and Dorothy Kroloff. She grew up in the Palmcroft area attending Kenilworth Elementary and North High School. While attending Scripps College, she met the love of her life, Myron “Mike” Rosenthal (1930-2009) and began what would be a truly wonderful life together. Judy balanced her life impeccably as a spouse and mother; first as a stay-at-home mom raising four sons transitioning to a full-time career as a medical secretary. She later became a doting grandmother and a world traveler. All throughout her life with Mike, they were tireless community volunteers and activists for cultural and religious causes. There are simply too many to mention but one she was particularly proud of was being one of the co-founders of what is now known as ICM (Interfaith Cooperative Ministries) food and clothing bank. Her greatest joy was as mother and grandmother. Judy is survived by devoted sons David (Marsha), Michael, Jonathan (Robyn), and Daniel (Raymond); her precious grandchildren Adam, Zachary, Ariel, Samara, and Zoe; and her brother Kirk Kroloff and his family. She is also survived by wonderful extended family and countless friends who loved her for her grace, her dignity, and her enduring spirit. Funeral services were held on Thursday, April 20 in Phoenix. Contributions in her memory can be made to Temple Kol Ami and to Child Crisis Arizona. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Obituaries - Joan Barbara Switow
Posted: April 19, 2017 - 10:00 am

Joan Barbara Switow of Scottsdale, 84, died April 11, 2017. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, she was a homemaker.

Monday 04/10/2017
Obit Burt Freireich
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 1:33 pm

Burt Freireich, 91, of Litchfield Park died March 29, 2017.

Obit Lee Shandling
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 1:32 pm

Lee Shandling, 84, of Wheeling, Illinois died March 24, 2017. Born in Ravenna, Ohio, she was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Congregation Kol Emeth, Skokie, Illinois.

Don Rickles, comedian and actor
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 1:30 pm

NEW YORK – Don Rickles, the bullet-headed comedian and actor whose pioneering brand of insult comedy earned him the nickname “Mr. Warmth,” has died at 90. Rickles died April 6 at his home in Los Angeles from kidney failure, according to his publicist. He would have turned 91 on May 8.

Obituary: Leigh Jacob Berg
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 9:29 am

Leigh Jacob Berg

Obituary: Mildred Burns
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 9:30 am

Mildred Burns, 91, of Scottsdale, died March 26, 2017. Born in Detroit, she was a secretary.

Obituary: Aviva Wininger
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 9:32 am

Aviva Wininger, 86, of Peoria, passed away March 22, 2017.

Barbara Liss
Posted: April 10, 2017 - 9:31 am

Liss, Barbara (Rosenfield) passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Wednesday 03/29/2017
Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, neonatologist
Posted: March 29, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, a German neonatologist who passed her doctoral defense exam nearly eight decades after she was denied the opportunity by the Nazis, has died at 104.

Wednesday 03/22/2017
Obituary: Emanuel H. Braunstein
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:43 pm

Emanuel H. Braunstein, 91, of Plantation, FL, passed away on March 4, 2017.

Historian Elliott Horowitz, expert on Jewish violence, dies at 64
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:45 pm

Elliott Horowitz, the author of “Reckless Rites: Purim and the Legacy of Jewish Violence” – considered the most wide-ranging book on Jewish violence – has died.

Obituary: Norman Chasan
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:44 pm

Norman Chasan, 98, passed away March 16, 2017. He was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised his family in Seaford, NY with his beloved wife of 73 years, Ina.

Obituary: Anna Weintraub
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Anna May Weintraub, 79, of Phoenix, died March 18, 2017. Born in Philadelphia, she was a fashion consultant.

Obituary: Barbara A. Haas (nee Amster)
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:39 pm

Barbara A. Haas (nee Amster), formerly of Cleveland, died at her home in Paradise Valley, AZ on Friday March 17. Born and raised in Wooster, Ohio, she graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Studio Art.

Obituary: Jordan Meschkow
Posted: March 22, 2017 - 12:37 pm

Jordan Mark Meschkow, 59, of Scottsdale, died March 13, 2017. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was an attorney.

Wednesday 03/08/2017
Obituary: Paul M. Steingard
Posted: March 08, 2017 - 12:38 pm

Paul M. Steingard, D.O., 87, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 27. Dr. Steingard was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 12, 1929 to Charles and Rose Steingard. He was a proud graduate of Penn State University and earned his D.O. at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After practicing in Philadelphia, the family moved to Phoenix in 1962 and Dr. Steingard began a distinguished, 57-year career in sports and family medicine. Along with two other physicians, Dr. Steingard co-founded Sports Medicine as a medical specialty in 1969 and is widely credited for bringing national attention to the field. Alongside a successful private practice, he was the first team physician for the Phoenix Suns and later the Physician Emeritus.

Obituary: Arthur D. Ehrenreich
Posted: March 08, 2017 - 12:36 pm

Obituary: Arthur D. Ehrenreich, March 5, 1934 - Feb. 23, 2017

Wednesday 03/01/2017
Obituaries: Leo Bruskin
Posted: March 01, 2017 - 11:33 am

Leo Bruskin, 94, of Sun City West, died Feb. 12, 2017. He was born in Ansonia, Connecticut and worked in the federal government estate gift and tax division. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of Temple Beth Emeth and the Sun City West Posse.

Obituaries: Ronnie Jenefsky
Posted: March 01, 2017 - 11:34 am

Ronnie Jenefsky, 85 of Phoenix, died Feb. 22, 2017. Born in New York City, she was a homemaker.

Monday 01/23/2017
Obituary: Lenn Robert Pivnick
Posted: January 23, 2017 - 11:16 am

Lenn Robert Pivnick passed away on Jan. 1, 2016. He was a loving husband, son, father and brother. He leaves behind his wife, Randi Rotwein-Pivnick, mother Phyllis, brother Mark, and daughter Shana. He will be missed forever.

Wednesday 01/18/2017
Nat Hentoff, an inspiration passes
Posted: January 18, 2017 - 2:40 pm

Nat Hentoff, who died Jan. 7, once called himself “a member of the Proud and Ancient Order of Stiff-Necked Jewish Atheists.” I wouldn’t have known what that meant when I first read his columns in the Village Voice five decades ago.

Thursday 01/05/2017
Obituary: Debra Glasser
Posted: January 05, 2017 - 3:03 pm

Debra Ellen Glasser, 64, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 26, 2016.

Obituary: Selma Fink
Posted: January 05, 2017 - 3:04 pm

Selma Fink, 91, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 26, 2016.

Obituary: Joel Abramson
Posted: January 05, 2017 - 3:05 pm

Joel Abramson, 85, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 27, 2016.

Wednesday 12/28/2016
Obituary - Actress Carrie Fisher
Posted: December 28, 2016 - 10:00 am

Carrie Fisher, the actress best known for playing Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” films, died Dec. 27, days after suffering a heart attack on an airplane. She was 60.

British pop star George Michael, who had Jewish roots, dies at 53
Posted: December 28, 2016 - 12:10 pm

British pop singer George Michael, who disclosed a decade ago that he had Jewish roots, died unexpectedly. He was 53.

Wednesday 12/21/2016
Obituary - Beth Ilene Chabler
Posted: December 21, 2016 - 10:00 am

Beth Ilene Chabler, 53, of Phoenix died on December 10, 2016. She was born September 20, 1963 in Cleveland, Ohio to Larry and Rita Freiler Chabler. 

Marion Pritchard, Dutch rescuer of Jews during Holocaust, dies at 96
Posted: December 21, 2016 - 11:32 am

Marion Pritchard, a Dutch social work student who rescued Jews during World War II and killed a policeman who discovered a Jewish family she was sheltering, has died.

Wednesday 12/14/2016
Obituary - Joy Carol Schenk
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

Joy Carol Schenk, 80, of Scottsdale, died Nov. 15, 2016. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was a lifetime member of Hadassah and a past teacher at Har Zion Congregation. 

Obituary - David Mitchell Schoenwetter
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

David Mitchell Schoenwetter, 72, of Phoenix, died Dec. 4, 2016. He was born in Chicago and was a programmer. He served in the U.S. Army.

Obituary - Doris Wiener
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

Doris Wiener, 92, of Valencia, California, died Nov. 28, 2016. She was born in New York City and had been a homemaker. 

Obituary - Betty Franklin
Posted: December 14, 2016 - 10:00 am

Betty Franklin, 87, of Scottsdale, died Dec. 10, 2016. She was born in New York City and had been a business owner.

Wednesday 12/07/2016
Obituary - Stanley Sheldon Barman
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Stanley Sheldon Barman, 94, of Phoenix, died Dec. 1, 2016. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and was a retired retail manager of menswear and sporting goods. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of Congregation Beth Israel.

Obituary - Joseph Braslawsce
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Joseph Braslawsce, of Chino Valley, AZ, passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, November 28, 2016.

Obituary - Bernard Greenberg
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Bernard Greenberg, 93, of Sun City West, died Dec. 3, 2016. He was born in New York City and had been an accountant. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Obituary - Gerald “Jerry” Isaacs
Posted: December 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Gerald “Jerry” Isaacs, 80, of Phoenix, died Nov. 23, 2016. He was born in Detroit and was a self-employed businessman. He served in the U.S. Army and was affiliated with United Jewish Appeal and Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan.