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Wednesday 12/05/2018
Obituary - Dec. 7, 2018
Posted: December 05, 2018 - 9:17 am

Bernadette Hershman

Wednesday 11/14/2018
Obituary - Nov. 16, 2018
Posted: November 14, 2018 - 10:39 am

Robert Sher

Wednesday 11/07/2018
Obituaries - Nov. 9, 2018
Posted: November 07, 2018 - 10:52 am

Joanne F. Gordon

Wednesday 10/24/2018
Obituary - Oct. 26, 2018
Posted: October 24, 2018 - 11:20 am

Wayne Frederick Stutzer

Wednesday 10/10/2018
Obituary - Oct. 12
Posted: October 10, 2018 - 11:17 am

Celia S. Linder

Wednesday 09/26/2018
Obituary - Sept. 28, 2018
Posted: September 26, 2018 - 10:51 am

Richard Alan Simonson age 66, of Paradise Valley, died Sept. 13, 2018, after a courageous and valiant battle of over two years with pancreatic cancer, which had metastasized into his brain and spinal column. At the time of his passing, he was resting comfortably and peacefully at Hospice of the Valley Eckstein Center, surrounded by his loving brother Michael and Michael’s wife, Cynthia.

Thursday 09/20/2018
Obituary - Sept. 21, 2018
Posted: September 20, 2018 - 11:26 am

Cyril Arthur Leslie Abrams

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Obituary - Sept. 14. 2018
Posted: September 12, 2018 - 10:44 am

Martin K. Pear

Wednesday 08/22/2018
Obituaries - Aug. 24, 2018
Posted: August 22, 2018 - 1:04 pm

L. Robert Oberfield

Wednesday 08/08/2018
Obituary - Aug. 10, 2018
Posted: August 08, 2018 - 1:40 pm

Joel N. Smith of Scottsdale died on July 29, 2018, at the age of 82. Raised in New Haven, Connecticut. He served in the U.S. Air Force and, while stationed at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, met and married his wife, Gloria (Krain) Smith. Joel and Gloria settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where Joel graduated from Temple University and later raised their family. In 1971, they moved to Wayne, New Jersey, and Joel became active in the Jewish community. Joel served as president of Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne (1989-1991) and was honored in 1985 as the United Jewish Appeal Worker of the Year by the Jewish Federation of North Jersey. Joel and Gloria moved to Scottsdale in 1998, and for a period Joel served on the staff of Congregation Beth Israel.

Wednesday 08/01/2018
Obituaries - Aug. 3, 2018
Posted: August 01, 2018 - 12:23 pm

Vicki Brener Frindell

Wednesday 07/25/2018
Posted: July 25, 2018 - 5:00 am

Gloria Ada (Schwartz) Kasper

Wednesday 07/11/2018
Posted: July 11, 2018 - 1:10 pm

Jeffrey Stuart Harwin

Thursday 07/05/2018
Posted: July 05, 2018 - 11:19 am

Norma Banen

Wednesday 06/27/2018
Posted: June 27, 2018 - 10:25 am

Lionel Bernard Conn

Wednesday 06/20/2018
Posted: June 20, 2018 - 11:29 am

Al Saperstein

Wednesday 06/13/2018
Obituaries - June 15, 2018
Posted: June 13, 2018 - 1:14 pm

Eliot J. Goldstein

Wednesday 06/06/2018
Posted: June 06, 2018 - 10:06 am

Benjamin Cypress

Wednesday 05/30/2018
Posted: May 30, 2018 - 9:37 am

Susan Levinsky

Wednesday 05/23/2018
Obituaries - May 25, 2018
Posted: May 23, 2018 - 9:06 am

Ann Levy

Wednesday 05/16/2018
Obituaries - May 18, 2018
Posted: May 16, 2018 - 10:50 am

Marlene Cherna Roth

Wednesday 05/02/2018
Posted: May 02, 2018 - 12:00 pm

Linda B. Rosenthal

Wednesday 04/25/2018
Posted: April 25, 2018 - 9:10 am

Miriam Brodian

Wednesday 04/11/2018
Posted: April 11, 2018 - 10:48 am

Lynda Halperin Foldesh

Wednesday 04/04/2018
Posted: April 04, 2018 - 11:45 am

Frederick Monteser

Wednesday 03/28/2018
Posted: March 28, 2018 - 11:21 am

Elaine Sarah Nelson

Wednesday 03/21/2018
Posted: March 21, 2018 - 9:41 am

Edgar (Ed) Lawrence Korrick

Wednesday 03/14/2018
Milestones - Obituaries
Posted: March 14, 2018 - 12:26 pm

Hon. Ingrid Braslow

Thursday 03/08/2018
Obituaries - March 9, 2018
Posted: March 08, 2018 - 9:46 am

Scott Waxman

Wednesday 02/28/2018
Obituaries - March 2, 2018
Posted: February 28, 2018 - 10:37 am

Anne-Rachel Aberbach

Wednesday 02/21/2018
Posted: February 21, 2018 - 1:06 pm

Mildred Rosenbaum

Wednesday 02/14/2018
Milestones - Obituaries
Posted: February 14, 2018 - 9:53 am

F. Scott Christopher

Wednesday 02/07/2018
Posted: February 07, 2018 - 10:47 am

Morton Steinberg

Wednesday 01/31/2018
Obituary - Nessa W. Graub
Posted: January 31, 2018 - 9:41 am

Nessa W. Graub, 83, of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, died Jan. 11. Born in Philadelphia, Graub was a homemaker.

Wednesday 01/24/2018
Posted: January 24, 2018 - 9:23 am

Robert Gilberg

Wednesday 01/17/2018
Posted: January 17, 2018 - 9:02 am

Ronnie Kay Bendheim

Wednesday 01/10/2018
Milestones: Obituaries
Posted: January 10, 2018 - 11:26 am

Edward Chulew

Wednesday 01/03/2018
Obituary - Bee Shore
Posted: January 03, 2018 - 9:08 am

Bee Shore, 87, of Cave Creek, passed away on Dec. 29. Originally from Chicago, she was the daughter of Bluma and Nathan Bernsten. Known for her wit and warmth of character, she spent many years working in hospital emergency rooms and admissions, comforting patients and families. She wrote and spoke with great humor and was active in several synagogues and helped to start two. An animal lover, she had pets and rescued animals that were treated as children, the latest being her cat, Sheba. She loved and was devoted to her late husband of 58 years, Al. She often spoke of her philosophy: “Laughing is better than crying.” Bee Shore was a woman of honor and integrity. She is survived by loving children, Diane (Rick) Belanger, Steve Shore, Judy Shore, and grandson Bryan Belanger. Services took place at noon on Jan. 3, at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden, Scottsdale. We miss you and will cherish you always Mom. You are at peace. You’ve earned your rest. Contributions may be made to Best Friends Animal Society, Friends of Israel Disabled Veterans or AZ Humane Society.

Wednesday 12/27/2017
Posted: December 27, 2017 - 8:45 am

Helen Flam Blecher

Wednesday 12/20/2017
Milesstones - Dec. 22, 2017
Posted: December 20, 2017 - 12:16 pm

Bar Mitzvah

Wednesday 12/13/2017
Posted: December 13, 2017 - 9:09 am


Wednesday 12/06/2017
Obituary - Shirley R. Haber
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Shirley R. Haber, beloved wife of the late Benno Haber, died on Nov. 30, 2017, in Scottsdale. Shirley enjoyed time with her daughters and grandchildren and traveling the world with her husband. A perpetual source of positive energy and light, Shirley’s presence infused all who knew her with love. Shirley’s greatest joy in life was her family. Shirley was born on July 3, 1928, in Eau Claire, Wisc. During World War II her family moved to Hattiesburg, Miss. She earned a degree as an X-ray technician in Philadelphia and later moved to Buffalo, NY, where she met her first husband, and father to her children, Bernie Frydrych. After his passing, she married Benno and moved to Tarrytown, NY. Shirley and Benno spent the latter part of their lives in Scottsdale, enjoying the warmer weather, family and friends. Shirley is survived by daughters Barbara (Jerry) Landau of Scottsdale, Sandra Haber of Boulder, Colo., and Dianne (Mike); four grandchildren, Michelle, Benjamin, Nathan and Hannah; and four great-grandchildren. Donations in Shirley’s honor can be made to Congregation Shomrei Torah.

Obituary -Jack Laufer
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 12:19 pm

Jack Laufer, father of Dr. Nathan Laufer, father-in-law of Judy Egett Laufer of Paradise Valley, and grandfather of Andrew Charles Laufer of Los Angeles, California, died peacefully in Montreal, Canada, at 101 years of age on Nov. 22, 2017. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Pepi Brachfeld Laufer, and his other son, Aubey Laufer (Mary Laufer), of Montreal, Canada. He was predeceased by his parents and siblings who perished in the Holocaust. Funeral services were held at Paperman & Sons in Montreal. Shiva was held in Montreal, Canada, and Paradise Valley, Arizona. Jack Laufer was born in Lejansk, Poland on July 13, 1916. He escaped from the Gestapo during the Nazi invasion of Poland. Upon entering the Soviet Union, he was imprisoned in Siberia for two years. After his release, he worked in a sheepskin factory in Russia for four years. At the end of World War II, he found his way to a displaced persons camp in Germany prior to emigrating to Canada as a lumberjack in Northern Ontario. He spent the major part of his life as a furrier in Montreal, Canada, being the owner of J Laufer Furs. He was active in the Farband Labor Zionist Organization and many other Jewish and Israeli organizations. He will be fondly remembered by his family and friends as a kind, gentle and generous man. He will be missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing him. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Canadian Magen David Adom for Israel (514-731-4400), Jewish National Fund, Congregation Or Tzion or Congregation Beth Tfilah in Scottsdale.

Obituary - Myrna Jane Levine
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 12:16 pm

Myrna Jane Levine, 81, of Phoenix, daughter of Anna and Wilfred Levine, died Nov. 24, 2017. She was born and raised in Rochester, New York. Myrna was a teacher, counselor, friend, poker player, mahjong lover, artist, adventure seeker, traveler and Nana who taught her grandchildren that they could do anything they put their mind to. “Either you have what you want, or you have all the reasons why you can’t have it,” she would say. “It’s all about attitude.” Her surviving loved ones include daughters Wendy (Danny) Levey and Tricia (Rob) Ginis; grandchildren Maddy and Brenden Ginis, and Sammy and Benji Levey; and nephews David (Kim), Rob (Amy) and Bill (Rebecca) Levine. Memorial service and shivas led by Rabbi John Linder and Rabbi Mari Chernow. Donations may be made to Arizona Crime Victim Rights Law Group, P.O. Box 2323, Scottsdale, AZ 85252-2323. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.MARK FRIEDMAN

Obituary - Mark Friedman
Posted: December 06, 2017 - 12:07 pm

Mark Friedman of Los Angeles, after spending a Saturday basking in the glory of Ohio State University’s sixth-straight victory over TTUN (That Team Up North) and finishing the celebration with an In-N-Out Double-Double, passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of Nov. 26. Friedman was a devoted Jewish communal professional and lay leader, loving husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother and friend as well as a lifelong Buckeye, Pirate, Steeler and doo-wop music fanatic. He is survived by wife Leslie, son and daughter-in-law Dan and Kristin of St. Louis, daughter Ellie of Phoenix, and grandkids Becca, Sarah, Adam, Leah and Justin. Family and friends will be honoring his memory by arguing about politics while watching “Animal House,” drinking single-malt Scotch and eating miniature Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Donations may be made to the Jewish Free Loan Phoenix (jewishfreeloan.org), which will help support an organization that was near and dear to his heart.

Wednesday 11/29/2017
Obituary - Gayla Crossman
Posted: November 29, 2017 - 9:05 am

It is with great sadness that our family announces the quiet passing of our sweet, classy, gentle wife, mother and Mormor. She grew up in Gallup, New Mexico. Ever the lover of learning, she graduated valedictorian of her high school. She was a ballerina for over 50 years and danced in Utah, New York and traveled with a dance company. Deciding she did not want to pursue that permanently, she got her bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico. While working on her master’s, she met the love of her life and best friend, husband Harlan. They married in 1964, and raised their two children, Avery and Monica, in Phoenix. She lovingly welcomed son-in-law, Stig, to the family and was overjoyed when her grandchildren Erlend and Emilia were born. Gayla loved playing with her dogs, gardening and reading. She traveled the world with her husband and often remarked at how lucky she was. Given how much she loved animals, donations can be made to Home Fur Good Animal Rescue, 10220 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85028. She will be forever loved and forever missed. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Obituary - Sheldon Merle Pierson
Posted: November 29, 2017 - 8:59 am

Sheldon Merle Pierson, 92, died Nov. 22. Born in Cleveland, Pierson was an advertising manager.

Obituary - Rhoda Kallet
Posted: November 29, 2017 - 9:01 am

Rhoda Kallet, age 90, died Nov. 12, 2017. She was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and lived in Detroit, Michigan, and Tucson, Arizona, before moving to Scottsdale in 2012. She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Maerit Kallet, and her children, Gail (Gary) of Phoenix and A.J. (Diane) Kallet of Mill Valley, California. She is also survived by three granddaughters, Rachel Tasky, Naomi Tasky and Sally Kallet. Donations are being accepted by Hospice of the Valley. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Obituary - Libby Friedman
Posted: November 29, 2017 - 9:02 am

Libby Friedman, a Scottsdale resident for 30 years, passed away on Nov. 19, 2017. Libby was born and grew up in Belleville, Illinois. She was the youngest of the four children born to Tillie and Jacob Friedman. After high school she enrolled at the University of Illinois and earned her undergraduate degree. Libby moved to Phoenix in 1962 and reunited with her mother and her brother “Vic” and his family. Once settled in Phoenix, she entered the graduate program at ASU. After earning her first master’s degree in education, she accepted a teaching position at Rancho High School in Las Vegas. In 1967, Libby returned to Phoenix and earned her second master’s degree in education from ASU. She remained in Phoenix and taught at Central, Alhambra and Camelback high schools. Libby was an intrepid world traveler, visiting all seven continents, including Antarctica. Besides traveling, she enjoyed golfing, reading and learning about new things. Libby found a special joy in cooking and entertaining, and she was generous with her time and resources. Left behind to cherish her memory are nieces Roberta Brimer of Ballwin, Missouri; Jacqueline Fierman of St. Laurent, QC, Canada; Joann Burgess (Robert) of Phoenix; and nephews Michael Fierman (Helene) of Encino, California, William Fierman (Harriet) of Bloomington, Indiana, and Dennis Friedman of Phoenix. Funeral services have been held. Condolences for the family may be left at: sinaimortuary.net. The family suggests anyone wishing to contribute in Libby’s memory to please donate to: MAZON, 101850 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 400, Los Angeles, CA 90024; or Chysalis Shelter, 2055 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021.

Wednesday 11/22/2017
Obituary - D. Howard Tolchin
Posted: November 22, 2017 - 9:46 am

D. Howard Tolchin, 71, Scottsdale, AZ, son of Shirley Silver and Philip Tolchin passed away November 16, after courageously battling a third reoccurrence of cancer as well as pneumonia. While at Bradley University, he enrolled in Officer Candidates School (Marines) which taught him to “never give up!” Howard applied this philosophy in dealing with his health challenges. At 40, he became a Scottsdale police officer - proud to Serve and Protect. Other careers included one in life insurance and another as a Jewish News ad executive. Howard loved spending time with family, traveling, SCUBA diving, cycling, playing racquetball, and was a support to others with cancer. His surviving loved ones, Merle, his wife of 49 years, daughters, Rebecca (Barry) Shevat and Dayna Tolchin, granddaughters Jordyn and Sydney Shevat know that he is now “free to travel the world and beyond.” Donations may be made to Gray Matters Foundation at www.graymattersfoundation.org or PO Box 27106 Scottsdale, AZ 85255. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

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