Zera C. Lipetz, 99 1/2, passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, 2020. She was a “Woman of Valor,” beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and great-aunt, and devoted daughter and wife.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 3, 1921, Zera was a gracious, warm, kind soul who was admired and treasured by all who knew her. For a tiny woman, she had a big presence. In Zera’s long life, she relished the highs and met the lows with grace, resilience and a tendency to deny what she did not wish to acknowledge. A loving niece called her “a firecracker” and that she was! She knew what she wanted and let you know it.

Zera had three children with her first husband, Samuel Jacob Goldberg, who died in 1968. She married her second love, Irving Lipetz, in 1974, and joined him in Louisville, Kentucky. Upon his death, in December of 2012, Zera moved to Scottsdale to be near family. For a time, the family enjoyed having four generations in the same community.

Donations in Zera’s memory may be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, AZ 85014 or The New Shul, 7825 E. Paradise Lane, Scottsdale, AZ 85260 or to a charity of your choice. Graveside services were held in Louisville, Kentucky. For a complete obituary, go to meyerfuneral.com. JN