Obituaries

Aimond “Pep” Pepper

Aimond "Pep" Pepper

Aimond “Pep” Pepper, 83, of Oro Valley, Ariz., died Dec. 1, 2010. Born in Providence, R.I., a first generation American, he grew up in City Island, N.Y. He graduated from Christopher Columbus High School. Mr. Pepper managed a bar and grill in New York City. He was the owner… Read more »

Philanthropist, Zionist, activist, Tucsonan Evie Pozez dies at 84

Evie Pozez

Evelyn Shirley Whitebook Pozez was “always gracious and grateful to people around her,” says Stuart Mellan, CEO and president of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona. “First and foremost, I’ll remember her shining spirit and ever-present smile.” Mrs. Pozez, 84, died on Friday, Dec. 17, 2010. Born in Iowa… Read more »

Joy Isenstein

Joy Isenstein

Joy Barbara Isenstein, 78, died Nov. 29, 2010 in New Brunswick, N.J. Mrs. Isenstein was a frequent winter visitor to Tucson. She was preceded in death by her grandson, Joshua Joseph. Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Robert Isenstein of Monroe Township, N.J.; daughters, Judy (John) Peterson of… Read more »

Jordan Fassler

Jordan Fassler, 85, died Nov. 17, 2010. After serving in the U.S. Army under General Patton, he completed his education at the University of Arizona in 1951 with a master’s degree in education. He  moved to New York City and returned to Tucson in 1955. He worked at Doolen… Read more »

Jane Klimist

Jane Elizabeth Klimist, 89, died Nov. 17, 2010. Survivors include her husband, Ben Klimist; children, Carol (Lee) Druckman of San Diego, Calif., and Barry (Joyce) Klimist of Denver, Colo.; two grandsons and three great-grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Samuel M. Cohon officiating. Interment followed in… Read more »

Eugene Rickles

Eugene C. “Sonny” Rickles, 84, died Nov. 11, 2010 . Born in Chicago, Ill., Mr. Rickles owned several mobile home parks for over 40 years. He was a member of the Pima County Planning and Zoning Commission and was a political lobbyist for the manufactured home industry. Survivors include… Read more »

Florie Krell

Florie Krell, 74, of Pittsburgh, Pa., died Nov. 10, 2010. Born in Uniontown, Pa., Mrs. Krell graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She was involved in the Brandeis Women’s book sale and led a women’s issues group for Hadassah. Mrs. Krell was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold… Read more »

Arthur Berg

Arthur Berg, 88, died Nov. 9, 2010. Born in New York City, Mr. Berg graduated from James Monroe High School in the Bronx. Mr. Berg retired from American Airlines and moved to Tucson in 1983. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Hannah; daughters, Carol Krizman of Tucson and… Read more »

Fran Weissenberg

Fran (Schneweiss) Weissenberg, 95, died Nov. 6, 2010. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Weissenberg attended Brooklyn College and taught in New York City schools. She was a member of O.R.T. and many other organizations. Her book, “The Streets are Paved with Gold,” was published when she was 75, and… Read more »

Julie Ruth Abrahams

Julie Ruth Abrahams, 67, died Nov. 3, 2010 . Mrs. Abrahams graduated cum laude from California State University, Northridge with a B.A. in 1980, specializing in graphic design, while raising two young children. Her husband Barry’s career with Hughes Aircraft, and later Raytheon, had them move to Tucson on… Read more »

Gabrielle Schneider

Gabrielle and Arthur Schneider

Gabrielle Schneider, 87, died Oct. 31, 2010. Mrs. Schneider was a Holocaust survivor and was active in Holocaust education at public schools. She was a published author, avid tennis player, swimmer and taught piano for over 40 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur J. Schneider.… Read more »

Lillian T. Reiss

Lillian T. Reiss, 93, died Oct. 31, 2010. Born in New York City, Mrs. Reiss was past president of Women’s American ORT, past vice president of Hadassah, a member of the million dollar club at Shadron Real Estate and a 50-year member of Congregation Anshei Israel. She was preceded… Read more »

Richard Rampell memorial service

The family of the late Richard Rampell will celebrate his life at a gathering on Sunday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. All friends of the family are invited to attend.… Read more »

Elsa Leibovitz

Elsa Leibovitz, 100, died Oct. 3, 2010. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Mrs. Leibowitz was a member of Temple Emanu-El and HABBJACH Dollars for Scholars. She was preceded in death by her husband, Col. Albert Leibovitz. Survivors include her children, Ethel Bernstein Sidney (Andy Bernstein) of West Orange, N.J., Jeffrey… Read more »

Morris Berman

Morris “Pep” Berman, 93, died Aug. 29, 2010. Born and raised in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mr. Berman graduated from GAR High School. During World War II, he was a flight surgeon’s assistant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the European and African theatres. After the war, he returned to… Read more »

Sarah Shemtov

Sarah Shemtov

Sarah Shemtov, 74, died Aug. 17, 2010 in Brooklyn, N.Y., just days before her 75th birthday. A community activist in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, Mrs. Shemtov was known for supporting Jewish education and for philanthropy to help build local and international organizations. She and her late husband,… Read more »

D. Joann Lyons

D. Joann Lyons, 78, died July 26, 2010. Survivors include her husband, Jerrold M. Lyons; children,  Pamela (Moises), Ronald (Ann) of Tucson and Scott (Leslye) of Tucson; sibling, Tivoli Wacks; and four grandchildren. Services were held at Evergreen Mortuary with Rabbi Robert Eisen officiating. Interment followed in the  Congregation… Read more »

Meyer Neuman

Meyer Neuman, 95, died July 26, 2010. He was born in Volovo, Czechoslovakia, and his father died in World War I before he was born. Raised by his widowed mother, Mr. Neuman quit school when he was 12 to help provide for the family by working as a porter… Read more »

Alvin Fleischman

Alvin Fleischman, 87, died July 26, 2010. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa., Mr. Fleischman graduated from Penn State University. During World War II, he fought in the Philippines. After the war, he moved to Los Angeles and met  his wife, Doris, on a blind date. He got a… Read more »

Ellen Pinnas

Ellen Pinnas, 68, died July 12, 2010. Born in New York, Mrs. Pinnas graduated with a B.S. in biochemistry and an M.A.T. in biology from the University of Chicago. She taught science at the high school and college levels. She later volunteered at her children’s schools in leadership positions… Read more »