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Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 5:40 pm, Thu Jun 20, 2013.

Carole Monheit

Carole Monheit, age 69, of Phoenix died on June 26, 2011, just two days before her 70th birthday. She was passionate in all aspects of her life which included working at the family CPA firm, socializing with friends and family and ultimately in her battle with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis).

Carole was born in the Bronx, N.Y., and moved to Phoenix in 1966 via Volkswagen Bug with her soul-mate and husband, Howard. Howie and Carole would have celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary on August 8.

Carole was preceded in death during her teenage years by her mother Lottie Bloch, and later her father, Arthur Bloch. Survivors include her husband, Howard; daughter, Michelle (Gary) Frisch of Scottsdale; son, David (Melissa) Monheit of Scottsdale; five grandchildren, Carlye, Rachel, Andrew, Molly and Daniel; adoptive mother, Marilyn Bloch of Boynton Beach, Fla.; and brothers, Paul Bloch of Valley Cottage, N.Y., and Steven Bloch of Wynnewood, Pa.

Graveside services were held in Scottsdale at Mt. Sinai Cemetery. Arrangements were made by Sinai Mortuary.

Contributions are suggested to the ALS Association Arizona Chapter or the Hospice of the Valley.


Robert Arnold Fischer

Robert Arnold Fischer, 88, passed away on July 26, 2011.

He was born in Philadelphia and graduated from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He was a registered pharmacist and owner of two pharmacies in Philadelphia. Bob moved to Phoenix in 1981, where he worked as a pharmacist until his retirement.

He grew prize-winning roses and had incredible gardens. He loved to share his roses with friends and relatives, and he often provided roses for Brandeis and Hadassah events.

He is survived by his wife of over 62 years, Rosalyn (Roz) Fischer; his four children, Bruce (Paula Eatman Fischer), Steven (Tobi Mackler), Andrew (Jennifer Wilson Fischer), and Sherri Strauss (Steven); and five grandchildren, Julie, Rebecca and Lauren Fischer, and Adam and David Strauss.

Services will be held on Sunday, August 7, 2011, at 2:00 p.m., at Sinai Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Brandeis University Committee, Marianne Silberman, 11871 E. Del Timbre Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85259; Hadassah Prime Timers, Claire Shaw, 9506 E. Wood Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85260; or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.


Bernard Kaplan

Bernard Kaplan, 97, of Scottsdale, Ariz., formerly of Jersey City, N.J., and Delray Beach, Fla., passed away on August 1, 2011.

He was a member of Congregation B'nai Jacob of Jersey City, the Peninsula Lodge #99 Free and Accepted Masons and the Bayonne Aid Progressive Society. He was a former volunteer member of We Care of Delray Beach, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Selma Kaplan. He is survived by his son, Warren Kaplan; daughter, Elaine Ellenbogen; four grandchildren, Michael, Sandi, Brad and Kimberly; and five great-grandchildren, Jonathan, Benjamin, Josh, Cate and Sophie.

Funeral services will be held in Staten Island, N.Y. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.


Jerome Siegel

Jerome Siegel, 85, died July 31, 2011, from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

He was born in Tannersville, N.Y., and grew up in Bayonne, N.J. He served in the U.S. Army, then graduated from Syracuse University and worked in advertising sales in New York for Esquire, The Army Times, The Sporting News, and other publications.

With his wife, Cecile, he raised a family in Plainview, N.Y., and eventually owned a number of retail card and gift stores on Long Island. In 1988, Jerry and Ceil retired to Arizona, where they both became active in Temple Solel and then Kehillah of Arizona. Jerry pursued a second career as a food demonstrator at Costco in Scottsdale, where he put his sales abilities and sense of humor to good use, consistently surpassing quotas and dispensing quips along with food samples. During his 16 years at Costco, he became known as "the guy who wears the tuxedo" every New Year's Eve.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ceil; son, Hal (Pam); daughter, Sherry; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Services have been held. Donations in his memory may be made to Kehillah of Arizona, 10810 N. Tatum Blvd., #102-308, Phoenix, AZ 85028; or Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

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