Jeffrey Stuart Harwin

Jeffrey Stuart Harwin of Phoenix, Arizona, passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 23, 2018, at the age of 76. He was born in Santa Barbara, California, and raised in Los Angeles and moved to Phoenix at age 12. Jeff graduated from Scottsdale High School class of 1960. Jeff was a restaurateur, a general contractor and taught construc- tion trades at Centennial High School. He developed a program that allowed students to graduate as journeymen. Jeff was an amazing woodworker, and a lover of art. He enjoyed attending basketball games, symphony and theater with family and friends.

Jeff is survived by his wife Nancy and his three children: David, Michelle and Christina. Papo to Ashleigh, Chase, Ayden, Aaron and Rachael. Jeff is also survived by his brothers Gary and Kenny and sister Barbara. Preceded in death by first wife, Fredi.

Jeff was the best husband, father and grandfather in the world. He was loving, kind, generous and will be remembered not only for his philanthropy, but for making a positive difference in people’s lives, which was one of his greatest joys. Jeff was always thinking of others, and he was also known as a relentless jokester. He was quite a character, but he was also a man of character.

Services were on Tues., June 26, in Scottsdale. Gravesite at Beth Israel Cemetery. Reception followed at the Harwin residence. Donations (in lieu of flowers) to Camp Stein, where he devoted his time, skills and heart to the youth, in care of Congregation Beth Israel. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Thelma Ann Michelson

Thelma Ann Michelson passed away peacefully at the age of 96 (and a half!) surrounded by family in Scottsdale, Arizona on July 3, 2018.

It is with deep love and gratitude that Thelma’s family reflects upon her as a one-of-a-kind spirit who lived her life to the fullest right up until the very end. Never one to fit the mold or follow the rules, she was a Jewish New Yorker with a passion for country music and a fashionista who knew everything there is to know about baseball. At 96, she had a sharper memory and a busier social schedule than most 25-year-olds. She never turned down dessert, she never left a restaurant without reapplying her lipstick, and she knew better than anyone that there are some things that can only be expressed in Yiddish.

The daughter of Jennie and Al Skolnick, Thelma was born in Philadelphia and raised in New York. She was married to the late Harold Michelson for 44 years. She was a real estate broker and a longtime devoted member of Hadassah, serving as Chapter President in Westchester County, New York as well as Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Thelma will be forever remembered and cherished by her children, Suzy (Alex), Randall (Diana), Joan, and Denise; her grandchildren Jessica, Abigail, and Joshua; and her sister Charlotte, among many other relatives and dear friends.

A funeral service in memory of Thelma was held on Friday, July 6, 2018 at 10:30am at Temple Kol Ami (15030 N 64th St, Scottsdale, AZ 85254) with Rabbi Jeremy Schneider officiating. Those who so desire may make donations in memory of Thelma to Hadassah, The Women’s Zionist Organization of America ( or the Remember the Child Fund ( Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.