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Milestones - Obituaries

F. Scott Christopher

F. Scott Christopher, 65, of Gilbert, died Feb. 7. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, he was a professor at Arizona State University. He is survived by his wife, Fonda Christopher, daughter Michaela Christopher, sister Sue Oltrogge and brother Michael Christopher. Services were held at Temple Emanuel with Rabbi Dean Shapiro officiating. Donations can be made to Temple Emanuel and Ryan House. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary of Arizona.

Virginia R. Honig

Virginia R. Honig, 87, of Scottsdale, died Feb. 6. Born in Anthony, Kansas, she was a sales manager at Kelly Temp Services. She is survived by her husband, Allen Honig, daughter Judy Honig and son Matthew Barrett. She had four grandchildren. Services were held at Green Acres with Rabbi Irwin Wiener officiating. Donations can be made to Hospice of the Valley and the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary of Arizona.

Alan Blau

Alan Blau, of Tempe, Arizona, passed away on Feb. 6, 2018, at the age of 76. Alan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Sydney Blau and Sylvia (Simon) Blau. Alan moved to Phoenix in 1949, where he graduated from West High School, and moved to Tempe to attend Arizona State University. Alan is survived by his wife, Ilene Blau, his sister Sally (Blau) Weintraub, his children, Kimberly Mason (Scott), Terri Blau and Aaron Blau (Kimberly), and his grandchildren, Logan Mason and Eli and Hanna Blau. Alan was a self-employed tax accountant for over 50 years, helping thousands of clients make good financial decisions. He was an avid sports fan and held season tickets for ASU football for almost 50 years, as well as being an inaugural Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes season ticket-holder. He was an avid reader, political junkie and supporter of the arts and the greater Jewish community. He took great pride in the relationships he developed and enjoyed the company of his friends and loved ones. Services have been held. Contributions in his name may be made to the East Valley Jewish Community Center (www.evjcc.org) and Temple Emanuel of Tempe  (www.emanueloftempe.org. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.

Sue Ehrenreich Koslow

Sue Ehrenreich Koslow (7/31/36-2/5/18)

In ’36 the world first saw Sue,

Her twin Hugh was there to push her through.

With Marge, Bill and Jerry she took her seat,

The Buffalo Hartzbergs were complete.

She left for Vassar, but married Art,

They moved to Phoenix, a family to start.

Jim, Bob, Joan and Lynn filled the nest,

A homemaker extraordinaire she rivaled the best.

She dedicated herself to Hadassah and Brandeis,

She made many friends, all of them so nice.

A master’s in business from ASU,

No one could stop Monsoon Sue.

She pursued consulting and mortgages, numbers flew in her head,

She traveled the country, a different state a different bed.

Her bestie Elaine looking out for a beau,

Brought her to Jack, her cousin Koslow.

The kids all got married, it seemed in a jiff,

Welcome Julie and Mona, Robert then Cliff.

Then there were grandkids, she loved them all stacks,

Brandon, Adam, Matt, Andie, Jake, Gabbie, Ethan, Stella and Max.

There are TJ and Kelsey, Cameron, Nicole, Colleen and AJ,

She took to them tightly and loved them all greatly.

Bridge on Mondays and Fridays

She was the queen of taking tricks,

Wednesdays were for games and grandkids

Going to the Sugar Bowl for plenty of licks.

The cookies were always a plenty

But more abundant was her love,

We know the future will be tough

But we find comfort in her watching from above.

Sue passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends. She is survived by her loving husband, Jack, her four children, James (Julie) Ehrenreich of Phoenix, Robert Ehrenreich of Los Angeles, Joan (Robert) Lipson of Phoenix and Lynn (Clifford) Running of Phoenix, and 15 beloved grandchildren. Her final gift to the world was the donation of her body to science, giving hope to future generations. Donations can be made in her honor to Planned Parenthood Arizona or The Phoenix Jewish Free Loan.

Ronald N. Diamond

Ronald N. Diamond, DDS, passed away Feb. 2, 2018. Ron, a Phoenix native, was born to Jewish Phoenix pioneers Harold and Helen Diamond (nee Garfinkle) on Feb. 19, 1940. He was the grandson of Nathan Diamond, Phoenix pioneer merchant and founding member of Temple Beth Israel. Ron attended Kenilworth Elementary School, West High School and majored in zoology at UC Berkeley. While at Cal, Ron joined the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity and fell for Delta Phi Epsilon sorority sister Kathryne Suson of Denver. The sweethearts married during Ron’s second year of dental school at UC San Francisco. Upon graduation, Ron received an award of merit for his artistry in dental prosthetics. Ron and Kathy returned to Phoenix to raise a family, and Ron practiced dentistry for the next 23 years. Ron enjoyed caring for many old-time Phoenicians throughout his career until carpal tunnel syndrome forced his early retirement. Ron then undertook a second career at Thunderbird Samaritan Hospital working in the biomedical engineering department. Ron was a rabid ASU football fan, and used his season tickets until it was too difficult for him to attend. In his younger years, he enjoyed golf, fishing, sailing and woodworking. He loved vacationing with family in San Diego, and cherished a 50-year ongoing poker game with his high school buddies. He was a proud and sentimental collector of family history and genealogy. Ron is survived by his wife, Kathy, daughters Amanda (Douglas Bashaw) and Halise (Andrew Simon), and two granddaughters, Lindie and Kylie. Also surviving are his brother, Kenneth Diamond (Lynda) and their children, and his sister, Rochelle Diamond (Barbara Belmont). He was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved Aunt Rose Diamond (Bertrand) and his double cousin Robert Diamond. Ron loved and was loved by his family and friends, and always had a smile for everyone. He loved life and was brave throughout his 12-year battle with cancer. The family would like to thank Ron’s caregiver, Robert Delpozo, for his kindness and dedication to Ron’s quality of life, and Hospice of the Valley caregivers, and credit Dr. Jeffrey Isaacs and Dr. Roscoe Nelson for his rare, long, post-diagnosis survival. Rabbi Stephen Kahn officiated at a memorial service held on Feb. 5, 2018, at Beth Israel Memorial Cemetery. If you wish to honor Ron, the family requests donations in his memory be made to: The Louis A. Garfinkle Memorial Laboratory Fund, care of Rochelle Diamond, California Institute of Technology, 1200 E California Blvd., Pasadena CA, 91125; or to Hospice of the Valley (hov.org).

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