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Wednesday 10/18/2017
Obituary - Ruth Cooper
Posted: October 18, 2017 - 9:28 am

Ruth Cooper of Scottsdale died on Oct. 4. She was 105.

Obit - Sue Kwasman
Posted: October 18, 2017 - 9:31 am

Sue Kwasman, 84 years young, of Scottsdale, AZ, passed away October 10, 2017. She was born in Geneva, NY and raised in Binghamton, NY. Sue graduated from Syracuse University where she met her husband of 63 years. Sue was an elementary school teacher and enjoyed spending time with family and friends and traveling the world. She was preceded in death by her parents, Max Golos and Mary Shane. Sue is survived by her husband, Dr. Bertram Kwasman of Scottsdale, AZ, her four children Jill Goldstein (Bruce) of Scottsdale, AZ, Michael Kwasman of Spokane, WA, Bonnie Levinger (Steve) of Omaha, NE and Marcia Unell (Joe) of Scottsdale AZ, her grandchildren Danielle Masserman (Tal), Chad Goldstein (Joelle), Jacob Kwasman, Hannah Kwasman, Allison Pechart (Adam), Amy Levinger, Jessica Levinger, Gennifer Unell and Alyssa Unell and her great grandchildren Brooks Masserman and Blair Goldstein. In addition, she is survived by her brother Arthur Shane (Martha) of Boston, MA. Funeral services and burial were held at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery at 11:00 am Friday, October 13, 2017. The family requests that contributions be made to Hadassah.

Wednesday 10/11/2017
Obituary - Edward Heisler
Posted: October 11, 2017 - 9:20 am

Edward Heisler, 87, died September 28, 2017. A Holocaust survivor and beloved husband of the late Trudy, married 56 years. Loving father of the late Harold and Stuart, survived by Mark and Sandy. Grandfather to Pamela, Sarah, Julie, Joshua and Ashley. Also survived by daughter-in-law Evelyn and loving companion Bobbie Tolpen. His final thoughts were “Never forget” and “Never hate.” Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Obituary - Nancy Groben
Posted: October 11, 2017 - 9:19 am

In the wee hours of October 3rd a huge community of people lost an exceptional person in Nancy Groben. She was a woman of many roles: a loving wife, an incredible sister, an adoring aunt, an extraordinary friend, and an outstanding teacher, which adds up to the superior person she was. Nancy fought her health battle with poise, courage, dignity and hope. She continued to teach life’s lessons until the time of her passing. She is survived by her husband Phil, brother Paul, sister Lory, nieces Sarah, Shana, and Kelly, nephews Chris, Scott, Brian and David, great niece and nephews Olivia, Harrison and Breck. Services will be graveside Sunday, October 8th, noon, at Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd. In lieu of flowers, to honor Nancys memory, donations can be made to The Hunger Project at thp.org. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Wednesday 09/27/2017
Obituary - Martin David Pavell
Posted: September 27, 2017 - 12:44 pm

Martin David Pavell passed away on Sept. 16 in his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He was 77.

Wednesday 09/20/2017
Obituary - Helen Padnick
Posted: September 20, 2017 - 12:28 pm

Helen Padnick of Scottsdale passed away August 10, 2017 at the age of 98.

Obituary - Steven Michael Friedman
Posted: September 20, 2017 - 12:23 pm

Steven Michael Friedman died on Sept. 18. He was 77. A resident of Scottsdale, Friedman was born in St. Louis and was an attorney.

Obituary - Patricia Ann Steinberg
Posted: September 20, 2017 - 12:24 pm

Patricia Ann Steinberg passed away on Sept. 16. She was 80. A resident of Scottsdale, she was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, and was a schoolteacher.

Obituary - Natalie S. Lang
Posted: September 20, 2017 - 12:26 pm

Long-time New York and Scottsdale resident Natalie S. Lang died of complications from lung cancer on September 8th. Natalie had a distinguished, 30-year career as a strategic business consultant, working with Fortune 100 clients on a wide array of organizational development, strategic marketing and planning, branding and cause-related marketing. She began her career with the prominent management consulting fir Booz Allen Hamilton and became the first female partner of the firm.She later served as Senior Vice President at Hill & Knowlton, a global public relations consulting company. Natalie moved to Scottsdale in the late 80’s, serving as Executive Vice President of the Oryx Press, an information and reference publisher serving more than 100,000 customers world-wide. As a business consultant in private practice, she provided strategic planning, marketing and public affairs advice to healthcare, finance, and nonprofit corporations.

Obituary - Terry Harriet Barnes
Posted: September 20, 2017 - 12:22 pm

Terry Harriet Barnes died on Aug. 8. She was 82. Born in Detroit, she lived in Santa Clara, California.

Wednesday 09/13/2017
Obituary - Pauline Jeanette Wine
Posted: September 13, 2017 - 9:38 am

Pauline Jeanette Wine - Born 9/10/1927 in Los Angeles, CA died 9/10/2017 in Scottsdale, AZ. Preceded in death by her husband of 59 years Harvey Wine formerly of Omaha, NE. Pauline is survived by sister and brother-in-law Helen and Al Painter of Los Angeles, CA, sister-in-law Bert Lewis of Omaha, NE, daughter and son-in-law Karen and William Johnson of Scottsdale, AZ, and son and daughter-in-law Loren and Patricia Wine of Phoenix, AZ, and grandchildren Daniel and Kimberly Johnson, and Chelsea Wine. Donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley, Scottsdale, AZ or the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Funeral services were Wednesday, September 13th at the National Memorial Cemetery in Phoenix. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Wednesday 09/06/2017
Obituary - Jack H. Millman
Posted: September 06, 2017 - 11:55 am

Jack H. Millman of Scottsdale passed away Aug. 26, 2017. He was 82.

Wednesday 08/30/2017
Obituary - Sadick
Posted: August 30, 2017 - 10:29 am

Kenneth A. Sadick, 93, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on August 26, 2017. He was born on May 8, 1924 to Lewis and Dorothy Siegel Sadick in Seattle, WA. Ken was a natural athlete, enjoying football and baseball in high school and golf, handball and racquetball as an adult. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, earning his wings at Luke Field in March 1944. Ken served in the 9th Air Force, 48th Fighter Group, 494th Fighter Squadron in Europe. He flew P-47 aircraft on 73 missions during WWII, including The Battle of the Bulge.While in training at Luke Field, Ken was introduced to Norma Davidson, who became his bride in December 1945, after the war ended. They settled back in Phoenix in 1947. Ken joined his father-in-law in business at Dean S. Davidson Insurance Agency, working alongside Dean, Norma and brother-in-law, Bud Davidson (Sande) until his retirement. Ken was preceded in death by his parents, brother Gordon Sadick, sister Elaine Sadick Grad (Alec), wife Norma and daughter Judy Sadick. He is survived by his daughter Linda Furman (Bill), grandsons Gordon More and Brian Wolfe (Robyn) and granddaughter Sarah Wolfe. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, September 1, 2017 at Beth Israel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution to Congregation Beth Israel’s Dean S. Davidson Children’s Library Fund. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Obituary - Greenberg
Posted: August 30, 2017 - 10:31 am

Richard Greenberg beloved son of the late David and Sylvia Greenberg passed away August 13,2017. He is survived by sister Anne Greenberg Zaslow (Norman) and nieces Lauren Zaslow Saks and Rachel Zaslow. Funeral was held in Los Angeles at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park. Donations in his memory may be made to Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale, Phoenix, 85021, or Arizona Humane Society, 1521 W. Dobbins Rd. Phoenix, 85041.

Obituary - Hubschman
Posted: August 30, 2017 - 10:27 am

Eva Hubschman passed away on Aug. 11, 2017, in Phoenix. She was 97. Hubschman was born in Budapest, Hungary. She worked for the U.S. State Department and was a speech pathologist. She was a member of Beth El Congregation. Services were held at Beth El Cemetery on Aug. 13, 2017, and were officiated by Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky.

Wednesday 08/23/2017
Obituary - Edward Yale Kalin
Posted: August 23, 2017 - 11:56 am

Edward Yale Kalin, 69, of Scottsdale, Arizona and Fort Collins, Colorado, died peacefully surrounded by family. Ed was born in Utica, New York, on March 4, 1948. Ed, as friends knew him, led a vigorous life on the tennis courts. Having coached for years in Fort Collins as a high school tennis coach, he continued to be an instructor in Scottsdale. When not teaching tennis he was a ski instructor in Breckenridge, Colorado. Ed is survived by his caring wife, Madeline, of 48 years; his loving daughter Ivy and son-in-law Larry Lesser; his beloved grandchildren Calyn and Charlie; his brother Neil; brother-in-law Mark and his sister-in-law Barbara. He was preceded in death by his older brother Frank. Ed was loved by many and will be missed by family and friends. In lieu of flowers,the family asks for donations to The Honor Health Virginia G Piper Cancer Transplant Institute: In Tribute to Ed Kalin. Please visit givehonorhealth.com or send a check made out to the Honor Health Foundation, 8125 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. Arrangements were made by Sinai Mortuary.

Wednesday 08/16/2017
Obituary - Ruth Elaine Schwarz
Posted: August 16, 2017 - 8:50 am

Ruth Elaine Schwarz (85) passed away on August 5, 2017. Ruth was born in Huntington, New York on April 4, 1932. Ruth moved with her husband and children to Scottsdale in 1966 from Long Island, New York. Ruth was a dedicated and beloved teacher in the Scottsdale School District for over 25 years. She taught elementary grades and special reading throughout her tenure. Ruth graduated with honors from Cortland State College in New York and remained an active member of the Alpha Sigma sorority. Ruth continued her education in Arizona, completing her Master’s Degree at ASU and her Administrative Degree from NAU. She enjoyed a full life with her family and attracted many, many friends with her always smiling face and the brightness of her smile brought happiness to all that were fortunate to have known her. Ruth was active in the community for many years including Hadassah Women’s Group of Phoenix, Jewish Federation, and the Kertzer Scholarship program at ASU. In the past 10 years she gracefully dealt with, and finally succumbed to, the affliction of Alzheimer’s Disease. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Edward, and parents Betty and Harry Kertzer. She leaves behind, to continue her shining light, daughter Melissa (Missy) Schwarz Urlaub (Jim); daughter Caryn Schwarz Hite (Rod), 3 grandchildren; Jeffrey Urlaub, Jennifer Urlaub Mackanin (Shane) and Kathryn Hite; and sister Judy Kertzer Uhrman (Arthur). Special thanks to the staff and owner of Tuscan Place for the exceptional love and care that they provided to her. In lieu of flowers a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital would be appreciated. Ruth will be missed greatly by her family, her friends, and all of those whose lives she touched. Services were held at Sinai Mortuary Chapel on Monday, August 7, 2017.

Obituary - Ashley Brooke Post
Posted: August 16, 2017 - 8:52 am

Ashley Brooke Post, beloved daughter of Sam and Shelly Post, passed away peacefully on August 5, 2017. Ashley, sister to Heather Post, friend to many, was born in Phoenix, AZ on June 21st, 1983. Ashley attended Horizon High School, Tulane University, and University of Arizona. Ashley worked for Bank of America and most recently, Gannett Companies. A loving, kind, and gentle soul who always traveled to a different beat wishes her philanthropy be continued with donations to two of her passions: helping troubled youths (via Teen Lifeline) and in service to homeless animals (Halo Animal Sanctuary). Memorial Services were held Thursday, August 10, 2017. Arrangements were made by Sinai Mortuary.

Wednesday 08/09/2017
Obituary - Pressman
Posted: August 09, 2017 - 11:20 am

Burt M. Pressman, 75, of Peoria, died July 27, 2017. Born in Bronx, New York, Pressman was a stockbroker.

Obituary Stein
Posted: August 09, 2017 - 11:22 am

Sandra “Sandy” Merle Stein, 74, died peacefully on July 26, 2017,

Wednesday 07/26/2017
Obituary - Jerome Louis Glazov
Posted: July 26, 2017 - 8:19 am

Michelle Vogel of Culver City, California; sons David Glazov of Los Angeles and Ken Glazov of Gilbert; stepdaughters Marina O’Connell and Shelly Ratmansky, both of Phoenix; his sister, Gloria Joseph; and eight grandchildren.

Obituary - Estelle Ruth Kahn
Posted: July 26, 2017 - 8:20 am

Estelle Ruth Kahn, 93, of Surprise, died July 16. Born in Astoria, Queens, New York, Kahn was a homemaker.

Obituary - Ruth E. Greenfield
Posted: July 26, 2017 - 8:21 am

Ruth E. Greenfield, 92, a longtime resident of Scranton, Pennsylvania, died July 11 at

Wednesday 07/19/2017
Obituary - Samuel Louis Dorfman
Posted: July 19, 2017 - 8:38 am

Samuel Louis Dorfman, age 83, of Dewey, Arizona, died on July 16, 2017.  He was born on November 14, 1933 to Herman and Bertha Dorfman in New York, New York.  He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Dawn; his sister Helene; three children David Dorfman (Tammy), Shirley Dorfman, and Robert Dorfman; three step-children Richard Hines (Robyn), Lynne Hines Craton (Gary), and Jerold Hines; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  Sam joined the United States Air Force in 1952 as an Airman and retired in 1982 as a Major. He graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Bachelor’s Degree, and from Golden Gate University with a Master’s Degree.  Sam has lived in Arizona since his retirement from the Air Force. He worked for the Arizona Department of Transportation of several years. He was known for his sense of humor and will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him. A Committal Service was held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona in Phoenix on July 18, 2017.  Contributions are suggested to Hospice of the Pines, 13175 E State Route 169, Dewey, AZ 86327, or Maayan Torah Day School, PO Box 19452, Portland, OR 97280. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Obituary - Elliott S. Hoffman
Posted: July 19, 2017 - 8:33 am

Elliott S. Hoffman, 89, of Paradise Valley, passed away June 9, 2017. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Hoffman was a dentist.

Obituary - Betty Brodsky
Posted: July 19, 2017 - 8:35 am

Betty Brodsky died on July 5, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona, surrounded by love and family. Born in The Bronx on August 2, 1922, she worked as a dental assistant before becoming a devoted homemaker in Syosset, Long Island. She and her husband Robert moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1978, where she loved being a part of Hadassah and traveling around the country in their motorhome. After Robert passed away in 1991 she moved to Scottsdale to be near her daughter and her family and enjoyed being a part of Dor L’Dor at Temple Chai in Phoenix. She will be dearly missed as she joins her beloved parents and brother, Morris, Gussie, and Marvin Mindel, husband Robert Brodsky, and son Freddie Brodsky. She is survived by her children, Marty (Laura) Brodsky of New York and Joan (Michael) Neer of Scottsdale; grandchildren, Jaclyn Simon, Jason Tie, Genna Brodsky, and Rachel Morrison; and four great grandsons, Miles and Elijah Simon, Calvin Tie, and Noah Morrison. Services were arranged by Sinai Mortuary with Rabbi Bonnie Koppell officiating. Contributions in her memory may be made to Camp SWIFT (Swiftyouthfoundation.org) or Temple Chai.

Obituary - Alfred J. Nida
Posted: July 19, 2017 - 8:36 am

Alfred J. Nida passed away on July 10, 2017 in Scottsdale, AZ where he continued to reside after retirement. He is survived by his loving wife, “Dolores”, nee Doris of 60 years marriage and two sons Jack B. Nida,(wife Deb), Ross G. Nida and granddaughter, Laura A. Nida. Al was born in Detroit on October 15, 1931. He served in the United States Air Force for 4 years, with tour of duty mainly in Japan. He then attended the Detroit Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan. Al worked for the Wayne County Road Commission in the Real Estate Division, where he retired after 31 years and then resumed a like career for 11 years for ADOT, State of Arizona. Al loved his long daily walks with his 4-legged companion, Tia. He also loved spectator sports, particularly the Detroit teams, card games, live theater,

Obituary - Irene Hirschkopf
Posted: July 19, 2017 - 8:32 am

Irene Hirschkopf, 93, of Tempe, passed away July 1, 2017. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she was a secretary.

Wednesday 07/12/2017
Obituary: Jean H Heller
Posted: July 12, 2017 - 11:33 am

Jean H Heller, 91, of Scottsdale, passed away July 8, 2017. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she was a business owner.

Obituary: Linda Frances Bloom (Bloomie)
Posted: July 12, 2017 - 11:34 am

Linda Frances Bloom (Bloomie) twirled away into the stars on July 7, 2017 and joins her beloved parents Lenny and Rosie Bloom. Born in 1948, Linda grew up in San Francisco, but made Phoenix home for more than 40 years. Our own “atomic burst of joy”, Linda swept into our hearts as teacher, painter, photographer, ceramic artist, knitter, “laughing lady”, generous friend, proud “gym rat”, and cancer warrior. She was a shy philanthropist who gave anonymously to many causes. She had a special love for children and Israel. Bloomie remained undaunted in her quest to conquer her cancer. She was ever grateful for the medical professionals who cared for her on her journey. She built an extensive family of friends, and died with dear ones by her side. We will miss our upbeat, hopeful, sunny, courageous “Wonder Woman of the Spirit” who lived each day to the max.

Obituary: Noah Jacobson
Posted: July 12, 2017 - 11:35 am

Noah Jacobson, 19, of Tempe, Arizona passed away on July 2nd. He was an outgoing, caring individual studying engineering at Arizona State University and was active in the AEPi fraternity. Close with his family and friends, Noah brought joy to the room, a sensitivity and a balance of lightness and true depth. He is survived by his parents, Aaron Jacobson and Allyson DeOre of Scottsdale, his brother Jonah, sister Chelsea, paternal grandparents Stephanie and Frank Jacobson of Scottsdale, maternal grandparents Louise Jameson and Robert DeOre of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Obituary: Edward L. Hammerman
Posted: July 12, 2017 - 11:32 am

Edward L. Hammerman, 77, passed away June 23, 2017. He was born in Dayton, Ohio, and was a retired advertising executive. He spent his time between Northbrook, Illinois and Scottsdale.

Obituary: Harold Epstein
Posted: July 12, 2017 - 11:31 am

Harold Epstein, 92, of Phoenix died June 19, 2017. He was a retired plumber who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was affiliated with the Jewish War Veterans and volunteered at the VA Hospital in Phoenix.

Wednesday 07/05/2017
Obituary - Claire Altman
Posted: July 05, 2017 - 8:26 am

Claire Altman, age 84 & 11/12, passed away on July 1, 2017 in Scottsdale. She was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 29, 1932. Claire was retired from the NYC School System where she was a Special Education Teacher and Educational Evaluator in the Borough of Queens. After she retired, she took a position as Supervisor of Student Teaching at Queens College. After working there for five years she left to move together with her husband, Julius, to the Philadelphia area in the summer and Phoenix in the winter. After six years of the nomadic life, she and Julius moved to Arizona permanently and relocated to Scottsdale, where she lived until her demise.

Wednesday 06/28/2017
Obituary - Warren Miller
Posted: June 28, 2017 - 8:22 am

"Warren Miller passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, June 22,"

Obituary - Marilyn (Lynne) Myrna Cooper Caplan
Posted: June 28, 2017 - 8:20 am

Marilyn (Lynne) Myrna Cooper Caplan died on June 21, 2017 at the age of 85. Lynne was born in New Haven, CT on January 27, 1932 to Ida and Irving Cooper. Married to Alexander Caplan also of New Haven. Lynne was a dental hygienist for many years. They moved to Scottsdale, AZ in 1980. She is survived by Alex, her husband of 65 years. She is also survived by her daughter, Cindy Weiser (Paul) of Scottsdale; Bill Caplan (Marlene) of London, England; 3 grandchildren, Jessie Weiser (Avi Feller) of Berkeley, CA., Alexandra and Ted Caplan of London, England; and one great grandchild, Elana Feller. Lynne is also survived by 2 sisters, Barbara Coppom (Dail) of Boulder, CO, and Esther Katz of Massachusetts. Lynne was a devoted wife, loving mother and amazing Grammy. You couldn’t find a better and more generous friend! The funeral will take place on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Paradise Memorial Gardens, 9300 East Shea Blvd. Scottsdale AZ, 85260. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary. Donations in Lynne’s memory can be sent to Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation 2901 N. Central Ave. Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ 85012 Attn: Memorial Giving Program.

Obituary - Richard Hyman Shachtman
Posted: June 28, 2017 - 8:17 am

Richard Hyman Shachtman, 75, of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, passed away very peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Saturday June 24, 2017, in Phoenix, AZ. A celebration of life service was held on Monday, June 26 at Mount Sinai Cemetery in Phoenix, AZ. For those wishing to remember Richard, the family suggests donations be made to the Muhammad Ali Parkinson’s Center through the Barrow Neurological Foundation (supportbarrow.org). Richard was born August 14, 1941 in Winston Salem, North Carolina, to Hyman & Josephine Shachtman. He graduated from Fairborn High School in Fairborn, Ohio in 1959 and with a Bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University in 1963. Richard received a Master’s degree and a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Maryland in 1968. On July 4, 1965 he married Ann Mirvis in Washington, D.C. Richard was a full professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He along with his wife, Ann, founded NOW! AudioVideo (Stereo Sound), headquartered in Hillsborough, North Carolina in 1974. Richard also served as the company’s CEO. Richard enjoyed gourmet food, music (especially jazz), travel, humor (loved to tell jokes), UNC basketball, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Richard is survived by his wife, Ann Shachtman, his son, Marc (Jessica) Shachtman, his daughter, Susan (Brent) Silver, his grandsons, Noah & Evan Silver, and Aiden Shachtman, his brother, Doug Shachtman and his nephews, Colin and Robert Shachtman. Richard will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

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.

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