Ruth Geiger Finn

Ruth Geiger Finn, 98, of Phoenix, passed away Jan. 9, 2019, surrounded by music and family. A longtime civil rights activist and a warrior who fought for justice, she was a pioneering female attorney, graduating No. 1 in the first ASU Law School class at the age of 50.

Born in New York City, she had to fight for her own education. With her husband, Herbert Finn, she moved to Phoenix in 1948 where they became champions of civil rights, fighting against segregated schools and discriminatory businesses. They were founding or active members of ADL, Civic Unity, AAUW and many other civil rights and Jewish organizations. Ruth and Herb passionately loved, worked and fought for justice together.

After the tragic loss of her husband in 1979, Ruth formed a loving partnership with Sam Schwartz. Together they traveled the world and were avid hikers into their 80s.

Ruth was a fighter until the very end. If there is a heaven, she is surely up there holding G-d accountable for his sins.

Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Finn, and partner Sam Schwartz. She is survived by her sister Roslyn Cohen, children Judge Elizabeth Finn, Alice Finn Gartell and William Finn, grandchildren Jennifer Liebhaber, Kira Gartell, Jesse Turner and Sarah Turner, and great-granddaughter Claire Liebhaber.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to: Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project (firrp.org) or Books for a Better World (booksforabetterworld.org).

Joan Nancy Fox

Joan Nancy Fox, 83, died Jan. 13, 2019, in Phoenix. She was born in Detroit.

Fox is survived by her husband, Donald Fox; daughter, Erika Freeman; sons, Kenneth Fox and Richard Fox; and brother, Arnold Fisher. She had seven grandchildren.

Services were held on Jan. 16, 2019, at Mount Sinai Cemetery and were officiated by Rabbi Micah Caplan.

Donations in Fox’s name can be made to Bar Ilan University, 160 E. 56th St., fifth floor, New York, New York 10022 or afbiu.org

Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary of Arizona.

Mayer Robbins 

Mayer Robbins of Scottsdale peacefully passed away on Jan. 13, 2019, at the age of 90. Mayer was born and raised in Cleveland Ohio. While in Cleveland, he owned Mortgage Securities and General Title Trust Company. He served in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1960. He moved to Phoenix in 1981. Mayer is survived by his wife, Sandra Robbins,and his children, Richard Robbins, Marilyn Keelan, Carlton Barker and Aviva Noeth. He is also survived by his sister Ciril Fears of Phoenix and countless adoring family and friends. Memorial Services were held at Beth El Congregation on Jan. 16, 2019, followed by interment at the Beth El Cemetery. The family requests donations to Hospice of the Valley, Beth El Congregation, or a favorite charity inlieu of flowers. Rest in Peace, Mayer. You are loved and will be missed. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary

Joyce Stutzer

Joyce Stutzer, age 90, passed away peacefully Jan. 17, 2019, in Scottsdale. She was born March 3, 1927, in Minneapolis. After attending North High School, she married her beloved Jerry, a few years after he had served in the Army during World War II. They joined many of the area’s Jewish population in starting a household in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, and enthusiastically contributed to a thriving social circle of similarly situated Jewish friends. She stayed at home raising her boys — Wayne and Michael — until they were old enough to permit her to join Jerry at work in his shoe store. Eventually, her brothers Harold and Jory Savitt and her son Wayne had all relocated to Phoenix. By 1977, good weather and a business opportunity in Scottsdale induced their relocation as well. Some will remember her working in their women’s clothing store called A Touch of Class on McCormick Ranch. Many, including other migrants and visitors from their social circle, will remember them socially.

Once retired, Joyce found it hard to lose the knack for closing a sale, so worked parttime selling women’s golf attire (yes, she did golf occasionally, benefitting from long rolls enabled by the parched earth of Publinks fairways). She was a member of Temple Chai in Phoenix, continuing in Jewish ways of life learned from her parents, Phil and Selma Savitt of Minneapolis, and from her Jewish education through confirmation at its Beth El Synagogue. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Harold and Jory and sister Estelle (Crohn), and her son Wayne Stutzer of Phoenix. She is survived by her son Michael Stutzer of Boulder, Colorado, and his wife, Gina. They and many others, including several nieces and nephews, will continue to remember Joyce’s inimitable ways. 

Graveside funeral services were held on Jan. 21 in Paradise Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Contributions in her memory are suggested to Temple Chai Shalom Center, 4645 E. Marilyn Road, Phoenix, AZ 85032 or charities of your choice. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

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