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Wednesday 09/07/2016
Obituary - Lillian Tasky,
Posted: September 07, 2016 - 10:00 am

Lillian Tasky, age 94, of Chicago, IL passed away on September 4, 2016 in Phoenix. Lillian was preceded in death by her grandson Joshua Tasky and is survived by sons Gary Steven (Gail) Tasky of Phoenix; Perry Michael (Susan) Tasky of Peoria; Ted Neil (Carol) Tasky of Buffalo Grove, IL; and grandchildren Rachel Tasky, Naomi Tasky, Barret (Barbara) Tasky, Kevin (Dayna) Tasky, Brian Tasky, Sarah Kovitz, Daniel Kotvitz, Jenna (Rich) Handler, Meredith (Mark) Robins; niece Marjorie Rothstein; and nephew Robert (Cheryl) Rothstein.  

Wednesday 08/31/2016
Obituaries - Penny Burns
Posted: August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

Penny Burns of Scottsdale went on to her next journey on Aug. 22, 2016 surrounded by her loving family.  

Obituaries - Joy Wolf Carter
Posted: August 31, 2016 - 10:00 am

Joy Wolf Carter, 91, passed away August 23, 2016. She was born in Los Angeles, CA to Sam and Austie Wolf on May 8, 1925. After moving to Chicago, IL she attended Chicago Public Schools and the University of Illinois graduating with a degree in Social Science. She met her husband of 70 years, the love of her life, Ronald M. Carter, Sr. at the University of Illinois.

Tuesday 08/30/2016
Mel Brooks and other stars mourn passing of Gene Wilder
Posted: August 30, 2016 - 6:10 pm

It was a sad day in Hollywood yesterday (Aug. 29) as the world learned that Gene Wilder, one of the most beloved comic actors of the ’70s and ’80s, had passed away the day before at the age of 83.

In 'Blazing Saddles,' Gene Wilder helped recall a fading black-Jewish alliance
Posted: August 30, 2016 - 5:57 pm

Last year, I joined some 3,000 people at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark for a wide-screen showing of Mel Brooks' 1974 Western parody "Blazing Saddles." In the onstage interview that followed, Brooks, then 89, was beside himself in his delight at sharing his 42-year-old comedy with a real live audience.

Monday 08/29/2016
Gene Wilder, star of ‘Willy Wonka’ and other classic comedies, dies at 83
Posted: August 29, 2016 - 3:07 pm

Gene Wilder, a comedic actor known for playing wild-eyed eccentrics such as the titular characters in “Young Frankenstein” and “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” has died at 83.

Wednesday 08/24/2016
Obituary - Miriam Ioshpa
Posted: August 24, 2016 - 10:00 am

Miriam V. Ioshpa, 91, of Phoenix, died Aug. 19, 2016. She was born in Ukraine and was an accountant.

Monday 08/22/2016
Arthur Hiller, director of ‘Love Story,’ dies at 92
Posted: August 22, 2016 - 2:38 pm

Arthur Hiller, the Canadian-born Jewish director most famous for the hit movie “Love Story,” has died.

Wednesday 08/17/2016
Obituary - Michael Green
Posted: August 17, 2016 - 10:00 am

Michael Green, 72, of Phoenix, died June 17, 2016. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was a retired printer.

Obituary - David Lieberman
Posted: August 17, 2016 - 10:00 am

David Lieberman, age 83, passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ, surrounded by his adoring family. He was a larger-than-life figure who had an infinite zest for life and a generous and open heart and spirit that was apparent to all who met him.

Obituary - Anthony M. (Tony) Natale
Posted: August 17, 2016 - 10:00 am

Anthony M. (Tony) Natale of Tempe died Aug. 3, 2016, after battling several illnesses for more than a year. He was 77.

Monday 08/15/2016
Fyvush Finkel, veteran actor with roots in Yiddish theater, dies at 93
Posted: August 15, 2016 - 12:02 pm

Fyvush Finkel, an Emmy Award-winning actor who began his career performing in the Yiddish theater, has died at 93.

Thursday 08/11/2016
Obituary - Alan Gold
Posted: August 11, 2016 - 1:26 pm

Alan Gold, 51, of Cave Creek, died July 27, 2016. He was born in Skokie, Illinois and was a computer tech for the city of Phoenix.

Wednesday 08/10/2016
Obituaries - Harold Schulman
Posted: August 10, 2016 - 10:00 am

Harold David Schulman, 64, of Paradise Valley, died Aug. 5, 2016. He was born in Buffalo, New York and was a retired stockbroker. 

Obituaries - Mark Weiss
Posted: August 10, 2016 - 10:00 am

Mark Lester Weiss, 65, of Phoenix, died Aug. 4, 2016. He was born in New York City, New York and was a retired piano business owner. He was a member of Chabad of Arizona. 

Wednesday 08/03/2016
Obituary - Michael Green
Updated: August 11, 2016 - 11:12 am

Michael Green, 72, of Phoenix, died June 17, 2016. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and was a retired printer.

Obituary - Cheryl Elaine Goldstein
Posted: August 03, 2016 - 10:00 am

Cheryl Elaine Goldstein, 74, of Sun City West, died July 30, 2016. She was born in Albany, New York and had been a teacher.

Wednesday 07/27/2016
Obituary - Timothy Joel Fentem
Posted: July 27, 2016 - 10:00 am

Timothy Joel Fentem passed away on July 19, 2016. He was born in Myrtle Beach, S.C and grew up in Rantoul, IL and graduated from the University of Illinois. After college graduation in 1991, Tim moved to Arizona with his soon-to-be wife, Lori (Sherman) Fentem.

Wednesday 07/20/2016
Obituaries - Edith M. Friedman
Posted: July 20, 2016 - 10:00 am

Edith M. Friedman, 86, of Phoenix, died July 13, 2016. Born in Chicago, she was a medical secretary.

Obituaries - ‘Manny’ Batshaw, ‘architect of Montreal’s Jewish community’
Posted: July 20, 2016 - 10:00 am

Manuel (Manny) Batshaw, who was considered “the architect of Montreal’s Jewish community,” has died at 101.

Obituaries - Sylvia Shindell
Posted: July 20, 2016 - 10:00 am

Sylvia Shindell, 95, passed away July 15, 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. She was born on July 2, 1921 in Bronx, NY and spent her childhood in Baltimore, MD. Sylvia also lived in Hamden, CT before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1958.  

Obituaries - Avery A. Sandberg, a founding father of cancer research
Posted: July 20, 2016 - 10:00 am

Dr. Avery A. Sandberg, 95, of Scottsdale, died July 6, 2016. He was one of the founding fathers of cancer research and considered one of the premier authorities on cancer genetics and hematology worldwide.  

Wednesday 07/13/2016
Oldest American, 113, dies a month short of birthday
Posted: July 13, 2016 - 10:00 am

The oldest American, Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts, died at home, July 8, 2016, at the age of 113 and 11 months.

Wednesday 07/06/2016
Obituaries - Carol Ann Galan
Posted: July 06, 2016 - 10:00 am

Carol Ann Galan, 71, of Los Angeles, died June 28, 2016. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and had been an elementary school teacher.

Wednesday 06/22/2016
Obituaries - Celia Cohen
Posted: June 22, 2016 - 10:00 am

Celia Cohen, 93, of Scottsdale, died June 15, 2016, of ovarian cancer. She was born in Kansas City, Kansas and had lived in Scottsdale for the past 22 years. She was the first woman in the state of Kansas to own her own accredited Public Relations Society of America agency, which she ran from 1969 to 1990. At age 82, she became a lobby ambassador at the Westin Kierland, where she worked until this past May. 

Obituaries - Judith Darmstadter Gordon
Posted: June 22, 2016 - 10:00 am

Judith Darmstadter Gordon, 87, died June 15, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. Judy was born February 9, 1929 in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Phoenix in July, 1960. Upon arriving, the entire family heard people celebrating outside the motel room and asked what all the commotion was about. It was raining in Phoenix!  

Obituaries - Leona “Lee” F. Levine
Posted: June 22, 2016 - 10:00 am

Leona “Lee” F. Levine passed away after a brief illness on June 17, 2016. Lee was a long-time resident of the Valley of the Sun having moved to Phoenix in 1977. Born in Brooklyn, New York Lee married her high school sweetheart, Arthur “Art,” in 1953. After more than 62 years together, Art passed away in January 2016.

Obituaries - Jay M. Silverman
Posted: June 22, 2016 - 10:00 am

Jay M. Silverman, 78, of Scottsdale, died June 18, 2016. Born in New York City, he was a pharmacist. He also had served in the U.S. Army.

Monday 06/20/2016
Anton Yelchin, Russian-Jewish ‘Star Trek’ actor, crushed to death by own car at 27
Posted: June 20, 2016 - 2:24 pm

Russian-Jewish actor Anton Yelchin, one of the stars of the rebooted “Star Trek” movie series, was killed by his own car rolling down the driveway.

Wednesday 06/08/2016
Obituaries - Paul Elliott Polson, Sr.
Posted: June 08, 2016 - 10:00 am

Paul Elliott Polson, Sr., longtime Phoenix jeweler, died peacefully in his home, May 31, 2016, at age 91.  

Wednesday 06/01/2016
Obituaries - Selma Forman
Posted: June 01, 2016 - 10:00 am

Selma Forman, 88, of Bowie, Maryland, died May 30, 2016. Born in Philadelphia, she was retired from the FBI’s payroll department.

Obituaries - Gershon Bergher
Posted: June 01, 2016 - 10:00 am

Gerson Bergher, one of Brazil’s most prominent Jewish activists, died May 30 at 91. A former president of the Brazilian Zionist Organization, Bergher, had a longtime and openly pro-Jewish and pro-Israel political career as a member of both the Rio state Assembly and City Council.   

Wednesday 05/25/2016
Obituaries - Geoffrey David Blum
Posted: May 25, 2016 - 10:00 am

Geoffrey David Blum, 70, passed away on May 17, 2016. He was an avid golfer. He was passionate about politics and his love for Israel, but he especially enjoyed his daily lunches with his buddies. 

Obituaries - Alan Joel Bulka
Posted: May 25, 2016 - 10:00 am

Alan Joel Bulka, 72, of Phoenix, died May 15, 2016. He was a podiatrist and had served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force.

Obituaries - Sheila Marsha Charlip
Posted: May 25, 2016 - 10:00 am

Sheila Marsha Charlip, 73, of Scotts-dale, died May 21, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was a retired secretary. She was affiliated with the Women’s League.

Obituaries - Arthur Cohen
Posted: May 25, 2016 - 10:00 am

Arthur Cohen peacefully passed away May 14, 2016. Arthur, a WW II veteran, moved his family to Phoenix from Cleveland, Ohio in 1959 and opened his own business, A & J Glass.  

Obituaries - Mark Klein
Posted: May 25, 2016 - 10:00 am

Mark Klein passed away Friday, May 20, 2016 at age 73 after a battle with brain cancer.

Obituaries - Mitchell Aaron Selznick
Posted: May 25, 2016 - 10:00 am

Mitchell Aaron Selznick, age 69, died at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Hannah, at his side on May 21, 2016.

Obituaries - Dr. Alan Joel Dessen
Posted: May 25, 2016 - 10:00 am

Dr. Alan Joel Dessen, 75, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016, surrounded by family in Phoenix, AZ. He was born to Dr. Edward Dessen and Beatrice Saslaff Dessen on February 4, 1941, in Philadelphia, PA. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Shelly; son Gregg Dessen and his wife Danielle Meshorer; daughter Jamie Dessen Pape and her husband Ryan Pape; and grandchildren Zoe Meshorer Dessen, Maya Meshorer Dessen and Maddox Pape.

Friday 05/20/2016
Morley Safer, award-winning ’60 Minutes’ correspondent, dies at 84
Posted: May 20, 2016 - 12:57 pm

Morley Safer, a “60 Minutes” correspondent for 46 years who as a reporter helped turn American public opinion against the Vietnam War with his coverage showing U.S. atrocities, died yesterday (May 19) at age 84.

Wednesday 05/18/2016
Obituary - David Capeloto
Posted: May 18, 2016 - 10:00 am

David S. Capeloto, 62, of Mesa, died May 8, 2016. Born in Seattle, he was a pianist.

Obituary - Claire Covner
Posted: May 18, 2016 - 10:00 am

Claire Mildred Covner, of Sun City, died May 16, 2016. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was a homemaker.

Obituary - Sylvia Groth
Posted: May 18, 2016 - 10:00 am

Sylvia Groth, 96, of Phoenix, died May 12, 2016. Born in New York City, she was a social worker.

Wednesday 05/11/2016
Obituary - Robert Irwin Cantor
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 10:00 am

Robert Irwin Cantor, 84, of Sun Lakes, died May 4, 2016. Born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, he was a civil engineer. He was in the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict and was affiliated with Jewish War Veterans.

Obituary - Philip Epstein
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 10:00 am

Philip Epstein, 93, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016. He was the Bridge Engineer for Maricopa County, Arizona, and was responsible for the inspection, evaluation and certification of over 240 bridges maintained by the Maricopa County Department of Transportation.

Obituary - Herbert Lang
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 10:00 am

Herbert Lang, 93, passed away May 3, 2016 at his Scottsdale home. Herb was born in Chicago to Frank and Anna (nee Liebowitz) Lang on June 24, 1922.  

Obituary - Rochelle Miller
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 10:00 am

Rochelle Miller, 85, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on May 3, 2016. She was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Phoenix in 1947.  

Ernest Michel, Auschwitz survivor and longtime Jewish leader
Posted: May 11, 2016 - 10:00 am

Ernest (Ernie) Michel, who after surviving Auschwitz and a forced death march went on to become a prominent American Jewish communal leader, died at his home in Manhattan on May 7. He was 92.

Wednesday 05/04/2016
Obituaries - Molly C. Halperin
Posted: May 04, 2016 - 10:00 am

Molly C. Halperin, aged 94, passed away on April 29, 2016.

Obituaries - Anne Hochberg
Posted: May 04, 2016 - 10:00 am

Anne Hochberg was born in New York City to Sarah and Louis Landau.  She was preceded in death by her husband Paul, to whom she was married for 63 years. Anne’s passing is mourned by her children, Enid Seiden, wife of Michael Seiden, and Davina Glaser, both of Scottsdale; her grandchildren, Dorin O’Hara (Randy), Joshua Seiden (Heather), Emily Hinchman (Glenn), Seth Kromholz (Gilat); and her great-grandchildren, Rachael and Hannah O’Hara, Samantha and Sophi Seiden, and Nathan, Claire and Troy Hinchman.