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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.

Obituary - Dr. Herbert Liston
Posted: November 22, 2017 - 9:44 am

Dr. Herbert Liston, age 86, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 14, from complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Germany on June 26, 1931, and immigrated to the United States to avoid the Holocaust. He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended Cleveland Heights High School, Western Reserve University and graduated from the Ohio College of Podiatry in 1959. Herb and his wife, Seema, moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in March 1961, where Herb opened his podiatry practice. He retired 35 years later and followed his dream of playing bridge daily at the Phoenix Bridge Center, where he achieved the rank of Diamond Life Master. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Seema; brother Martin; son Aaron (Sara) Liston; daughter Sally (Tony) Underwood; daughter Elaine (Paul) Werner; and four grandchildren, Nico, David, Maria and William. Graveside services were held Thurs., November 16 at 2 p.m. at Greenwood Cemetery, Beth El Congregation section, 2300 W. Van Buren St. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Jewish Free Loan of Phoenix or The New Shul.

Obituary - Marilyn Yosowitz
Posted: November 22, 2017 - 9:42 am

Marilyn Yosowitz, aged 89, passed away on Nov. 14, 2017. Born in Anderson, Indiana, she was a homemaker and affiliated with Temple Kol Ami.

Wednesday 11/15/2017
Obituary - Rhea Jane Ritter
Posted: November 15, 2017 - 10:48 am

Rhea Jane Ritter (née Kaplan), a resident of Scottsdale since 1977, passed away on Nov. 13, 2017. Born in 1934 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she loved adventure, film, politics and reading, but cherished most of all her family and friends. She is survived by her children, Joanne Green (Barry Gross), Howard Green (Michele) and Linda Shapiro (Fred); six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Rhea was known for her infectious smile and good humor. She worked successfully in real estate for over 30 years developing lasting friendships with many of her clients. A memorial service will be held at Temple Kol Ami, 15030 N. 64th St. in Scottsdale at 1 p.m., Nov. 19. Donations are being accepted in her name by Hospice of the Valley at HOV.org.

Wednesday 11/08/2017
Obituary - Michael (Moses) Bernard Garvin
Posted: November 08, 2017 - 11:11 am

Michael (Moses) Bernard Garvin, age 97, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at Hospice of the Valley in Tempe, with his wife, Kathy, at his side. Michael was born on Aug.18, 1920 in Chicago, where he grew up before joining the Navy during World War II. After the military, he had a successful career as a dancer, traveling the world. After moving to Arizona, he became an interior decorator and continued teaching dancing. He got married to his wife, Kathy, at the age of 89. He loved kids, but never had a chance to have some of his own. He was a very gentle and kind soul, always seeing the world in positive light. He was observant and engaged as a cantor on holy days in Chabad Synagogue in Phoenix. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, his step-daughter Monika and two step-grandchildren, Penny and Hawk, whom he loved very much, two nieces and two nephews. His funeral service was held in Chicago on Thursday, Nov. 2. He was loved and he will be greatly missed. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Obituary - Fred S.Greenwood
Posted: November 08, 2017 - 11:10 am

Fred S.Greenwood, 87 passed away on Oct. 13. Born in Holland he was a hidden child and survived the Holocaust (You can read his memoir at Fred.Kielsky.com). In 1952 he came to America and was immediately sent to fight in Korea. He married and had three children. He was married a second time in 1994 to Dr. Vera Kielsky-Greenwood. Surviving him are his wife Vera (Phoenix), his son Naftali (Israel), 16 grandchildren and 17 Israeli great-grandchildren. Services were held at Beth El Cemetary on Oct. 16, with Rabbi Lavinsky officiating. Contributions in his memory are suggested to Ben Gurion University or JNF.

Obituary - Ada Margolin Levin
Posted: November 08, 2017 - 11:07 am

Ada Margolin Levin, a longtime resident of Scottsdale, died on Oct. 23 following a short illness. Born in 1931 in Wilmington, Delaware, she loved people, film, travel and reading, but cherished most of all her family and friends. She is survived by her husband, Bert, of 62 years, children Jody Levin of Los Angeles, Mark Levin of Calabasas, California, Debra Levin of Pleasant Hill, California, and Scott Levin of Scottsdale. She had four grandchildren. Donations are being accepted in her name at Temple Chai in Phoenix.

Wednesday 11/01/2017
Obituary: Leroy Lyon Paller
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:18 am

Leroy Lyon Paller, aged 84 of Phoenix, died Oct. 26. He was born in Chicago and operated his own business.

Obituary: Susan Ellen Starr
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:18 am

Susan Ellen Starr, aged 74 of Phoenix, died Oct. 29. Born in the Bronx, New York, she was an insurance agent.

Obituary: Bernard Charles Dietz
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:16 am

Bernard Charles Dietz, aged 77 of Los Angeles, died Oct. 22. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and worked in sales.

Obituary: Ada Margolin Levin
Posted: November 01, 2017 - 10:17 am

Ada Margolin Levin, a longtime resident of Scottsdale, died Oct. 23 following a short illness.

Wednesday 10/25/2017
Obituary - Shirley Dubovis
Posted: October 25, 2017 - 9:35 am

Shirley Dubovis, aged 92 of Phoenix, died Aug. 18. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and worked as a bookkeeper.

Obituary - Saul Joseph Dubovis
Posted: October 25, 2017 - 9:34 am

Saul Joseph Dubovis, aged 96 of  Phoenix, died Sept. 19. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was an aeronautical engineer who also served in the U.S. Army Air Corp in World War II.

Obituary - Dr. Leo Biglaiser
Posted: October 25, 2017 - 9:36 am

Dr. Leo Biglaiser passed away on October 19, 2017. Dr. Biglaiser was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. He attended the City College of New York, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and graduated from the Columbia University School of Optometry. After serving in the army during the Korean War, Dr. Biglaiser moved to Arizona where he worked for more than 60 years as an optometrist. He retired at the age of 88 as the oldest working optometrist in the country. He is survived by his sons, Gary and Glen, daughter Wendi, and five grandchildren.

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.