Obituaries

Rancho Sahuarita founder Robert Sharpe succumbs to brain cancer

Robert (“Bobby”) Sharpe died Aug. 28, 2019, in Snowmass Village, Colorado, after a long battle with terminal brain cancer. Born and raised in Minnesota, Sharpe’s career took him to the movie business in Los Angeles and the garment industry in Minnesota before he was drawn to Tucson, where he… Read more »

Obituary: Marvin Bernstein

Marvin Bernstein, 89, died Aug. 13, 2019. Mr. Bernstein was an insurance broker and grief counselor. He was born in New York City to Jacob and Minnie Bernstein in 1929. “Moishe,” as he was known to his family, suffered from polio as a child, but still took part in… Read more »

Obituary: Morley Cooper

Morley “Max” Cooper, 86, died Aug.  16, 2019. Mr. Cooper was born in Buffalo, New York. He moved to Tucson from West Bloomfield, Michigan, in 1995. He was an avid bridge player at Streams Club, a member of the ROMEOS, and a caregiver to many in his “retirement” from… Read more »

Obituary: David Wolsk

David Wolsk, 83, died July 1, 2019. Mr. Wolsk grew up in New York. A graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School, he served as a lieutenant junior grade with the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey, and founded two companies. In retirement, he was an active participant in… Read more »

Obituary: Joanne Hochberg

Joanne Howe Hochberg of Seattle, 92, died July 25, 2019. Mrs. Hochberg was born in Seattle, Washington. She graduated from Helen Bush School in 1944. During World War II, she volunteered as an ambulance driver and volunteered at the local USO. She and Donald Hochberg were married in 1951.… Read more »

Obituary: Former Federation director Charles Plotkin dies

Charles Plotkin, 87, former executive director of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, died July 27, 2019. Mr. Plotkin was born in the Bronx, New York, to Ethel and Abraham “Arthur” Plotkin. He graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, earned a Bachelor of Arts from the City College… Read more »

Obituary: Lisa Strober, M.D, Ph.D.

Lisa R. Strober, M.D, Ph.D., 76, died July 13, 2019 of pancreatic cancer. A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, Dr. Strober received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin and attended medical school at Downstate Medical Center (S.U.N.Y.) in Brooklyn, New York. She did her psychiatric training at… Read more »

Obituary: Edith S. Makler

Edith S. Makler, 91, died July 12, 2019, of pancreatic cancer. Born in New York on April 18, 1928, Mrs. Makler graduated from the University of Arizona in 1948, married Howard Makler in 1949, and returned to New York to start a family. The family resettled in Tucson in… Read more »

Obituary: Pearl Joseph

Pearl Joseph of Oro Valley, 88, formerly of Brooklyn and White Plains, New York, and Lake Waubeeka, Connecticut, died July 7, 2019. Mrs. Joseph was a teacher, ceramicist and poet. As a volunteer, she was a founding member of the Greenburgh Nature Center and WISH Westchester, both in New… Read more »

Obituary: Robert Strauss

Robert “Bob” Amo Strauss, 75, of Dallas, Texas, died Aug. 4, 2019. Mr. Strauss was born in Dallas, the oldest son of Helen and Bob Strauss. He attended St. Mark’s School of Texas before graduating from Hillcrest High School. He attended the University of Texas at Austin and University… Read more »

Obituary: Bernie Orman

Bernie Carl Orman, 94, died July 19, 2019. Mr. Orman was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Fannie and Jack Orman. A skilled musician, he played the violin, trumpet, and clarinet. He drove Highway 66 from Detroit to Tucson in 1959 in a red two-door Chevrolet with his wife, Betty,… Read more »

Obituary: Marshall Fealk

Marshall Fealk, 72, died July 7, 2019. Mr. Fealk was born in Detroit, Michigan. He obtained a BA from the University of Michigan; JD from the University of Wisconsin Madison; and LL.M. in taxation from the University of Miami. He practiced law for over 46 years. He served as… Read more »

Obituary: Claire Cohon

Claire Stollman Cohon, 89, of Los Angeles, died Aug. 2, 2019. A teacher and philanthropist, she was born to Louis and Dora Stollman in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1930, as the Great Depression was taking hold. By age 4 she was operating the cash register in her parents’… Read more »

Obituary: Dorleen Mallis

Dorleen Greta Mallis, 89, died July 6, 2019. Mrs. Mallis was born in San Francisco. Her parents, Herman and Pauline Ray, brought her, their only child, to Tucson when she was six months old. She was a proud Tucson High Badger and UA Wildcat. Soon after graduating, she married… Read more »

Edith Makler

Edith S. Makler, 91, died July 12, 2019, of pancreatic cancer. Born in New York on April 18, 1928, Mrs. Makler graduated from the University of Arizona in 1948, married Howard Makler in 1949, and returned to New York to start a family. The family resettled in Tucson in… Read more »

Donald W. Grose

Donald W. Grose, 72, died June 30, 2019. Mr. Grose graduated Arizona State University in 1972, and received his teacher certification from the University of Arizona in 1990. He taught art/photography at Marana Middle School from 1990 to 2009. As a professional photographer for over 50 years, he was… Read more »

Arthur Naiman

Arthur Naiman

Arthur Naiman, 78, died May 13, 2019. A longtime San Francisco Bay Area writer, editor and publisher, Mr. Naiman was best known as the creator of the first independent Apple user manual, “The Macintosh Bible.” Mr. Naiman was born in Chicago, graduated from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and… Read more »

Sima Aziz

Sima Aziz

Sima (Simi) Aziz, 88, died May 28, 2019. Mrs. Aziz was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jennie (nee Finesilver) and Benjamin Gerel of Russia. She grew up in the Bronx with two brothers and three sisters. In 1951, she moved to Tucson, where she met and married Rahmat… Read more »

Ivan Gur-Arie

Ivan Gur-Arie

Ivan Gur-Arie, 84, died Jan. 15, 2019. Mr. Gur-Arie was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Marvin and Mania (Diamond) Gur-Arie. He graduated from Brooklyn College in 1954 and received his juris doctor from New York University School of Law in 1957. After graduating from law school, he worked… Read more »

Fred Fruchthendler

Fred Barry Fruchthendler, 67, died June 19, 2019, following a lengthy stay at Tucson Medical Center. He was born to Jacob C. and Jean Abend Fruchthendler, on July 19, 1951 at Tucson Medical Center. Mr. Fruchthendler served as the chairman of the board of Jewish Family & Children’s Services… Read more »