Robert Gilberg, 89, of Peoria, died Jan. 10. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he was a retired department store owner. He also served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Temple Beth Shalom and Rotary International. He is survived by his wife Elaine Gilberg of Peoria; daughter, Judy Zimmerman of San Rafael, California; son, Arthur Gilberg of Greenbrae, California; and his sister, Phyllis Ide of Toledo. Robert had four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Services were held at Temple Beth Shalom on Jan. 12, with Rabbi Arthur Abrams officiating. Donations can be made to the Temple Beth Shalom Endowment Fund, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351 Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary of Arizona.
Paul David Gordon
Paul David Gordon, 50, of Glendale, died Jan. 7. Born in Phoenix, he worked as a manager and was in the U.S. Army Reserve. He is survived by his daughters, Whitney, Emily, Vanessa and Mattie of Utah; sisters Deena Foster of Glendale and Kathleen Stuart of Redondo Beach, California; and brother Mark Gordon of Texas. He had one grandchild. Services were held at Sinai Mortuary Chapel on Jan. 12, with Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky officiating. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary of Arizona.
Allen Jablonsky, 86, of Phoenix, passed away on Jan. 7. Jablonsky was born in Brooklyn. He was an accountant who also served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He is survived by his son, Richard Jablonsky of Phoenix; his daughter, Caren Jablonsky of Tucson; and five grandchildren. Services were held at Phoenix Memorial Park on Jan. 10, with Rabbi Jeremy Schneider officiating. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary of Arizona.
Dr. Lola Shapiro
Dr. Lola Shapiro of Paradise Valley, passed away Jan. 12. Shapiro was born in Philadelphia and was a pathologist. She is survived by her husband, Dr. Jacob Shapiro; her sons, Michael and Daniel Shapiro; and her sister, Natalie Share. Shapiro had six grandchildren. Services were held at Mt. Sinai Cemetery on Jan. 15, with Rabbi M. Scharf officiating. Contributions can be made to Congregation Beth El, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary of Arizona.
Selma Sadie Rabkin Mackoff
Selma Sadie Rabkin Mackoffpassed away on Dec. 20, 2017. She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1920, the daughter of Harry and Rachel Himelstein Rabkin. She was a skilled, empathic nurse who met her late husband, Dr. Sam Mackoff, in Chicago where she studied nursing and he was a resident. They moved to St. Paul. In 1953, they traveled cross country with their four young daughters to Phoenix and set up a medical practice. A vibrant, gracious, and beautiful person, Selma was also a dedicated and outspoken community leader. She was a founder of Kivel Nursing Home; served as a president of Temple Beth Israel Sisterhood, Hadassah and Brandeis Women; a board member of Hillel, TBI , Arizona and Maricopa Medical Auxiliaries and Taliverde. Before nursing school, she performed with the Canadian USO troupe. Her wonderful speaking and singing voice was enjoyed by Arizona theatergoers especially as Dolly in “Hello Dolly,” Tzeitl in “Fiddler on the Roof” (with Maury Chesler) and in many other performances including charity benefits and tributes. Selma had a gift for celebrating small moments and elevating special occasions. A gourmet cook whose Shabbos and holiday dinners are fondly remembered by many, she somehow made it seem effortless. She also found a way to make special time for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who cherished her. She was an “honorary” mom to many of her daughters’ contemporaries, offering wise counsel. She was also was an avid reader whose book club looked forward to her thoughtful book reviews. She was committed to progressive causes and highly attuned to political news. She is survived by her daughters, Valerie Graham, Barbara Mackoff, Cora Mackoff and Mavis Brodey; her son-in-laws Virgil Graham, Daniel Ramras and Jeremy Miller; grandchildren Adam, Hillary, Sage, Asher, Chloe, Hannah, Simone and Sam; 10 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Myra Borovick, of Chicago. Her family is so grateful to have shared her life. Selma’s soaring spirit and indelible laughter will be cherished forever. She is truly beloved. Rabbi Barton Lee officiated at a graveside service at Temple Beth Israel Cemetery. Contributions may be sent to Hillel and Hadassah.
Scott Lubin, aged 61 of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on Dec. 27, 2017. Born in Des Moines, Iowa, Scott was the son of Irene Lubin of Scottsdale and the late Donald Lubin. He is also survived by his sisters, Celia Feuerman of West Bloomfield, Michigan, Marcia Fiedler of Phoenix and Beth Blum of Scottsdale, and his brother, Ted Lubin, of Los Angeles, California. Scott square-danced with the Star-Spangled Wranglers for many years, performing with them at the Iowa State Fair. He volunteered at Ronald McDonald House and at retirement homes in Des Moines and Ankeny. He participated in Special Olympics Iowa, even in recent years with an oxygen tank strapped to this back. He won many gold, silver and bronze medals. He touched many lives and will be missed. Arrangements were made by Dunn’s Funeral Home, Des Moines. Services were held at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines, Iowa, with Dr. Deirdre Farr officiating. Contributions can be made to Link Associates, 1452 29th St., W. Des Moines, IA 50266 and/or Special Olympics Iowa, 551 SE Dovetail Road, Grimes, IA 50111.