Obituaries

Willard Gold

Willard “Bill” S. Gold, M.D. 86, died April 22, 2018. Born in Chicago, Dr. Gold graduated from the University of Chicago and later from the College of Medicine at Northwestern University. He practiced psychiatry for 55 years, mostly in Texas, until 2017, when he moved to Tucson to retire… Read more »

Philip Roth, enfant terrible turned peerless chronicler of American Jewish life, is dead at 85

Philip Roth at the National Humanities Medal ceremony at the White House, March 2, 2011. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)

(JTA) — Philip Roth, whose notorious novels about the sex drives of American men gave way to some of the most probing examinations of the American Jewish condition in the 20th and 21st centuries, has died. He was 85. His death was confirmed to The New York Times by… Read more »

Irene Wolff

Irene Frances Wolff, 90, died April 22, 2018. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mrs. Wolff was a lifetime member of Hadassah and volunteered in her community throughout her life. A graveside service was held at Evergreen Cemetery, with Cantor Janece Cohen of Congregation Or Chadash officiating. Mrs. Wolff was preceded… Read more »

Elaine Lisberg

Elaine R. Lisberg, 88, died April 29, 2018. Mrs. Lisberg was born in Decatur, Illinois, to Emanual and Hannah Rosenberg. In 1993, she moved from the Chicago suburbs to Tucson, where she continued her strong volunteer work both on a local and national level. Mrs. Lisberg was preceded in… Read more »

Steve Kippur, former JFSA Man of the Year, dies at 65

Steve Kippur, 65, died April 20, 2018. Mr. Kippur was born and raised in Denver, raised his children in Pueblo, Colorado, and spent the last 15 years of his life in Tucson. Mr. Kippur owned a furniture store in Pueblo and was a third-generation scrap metal dealer at Amcep… Read more »

Samuel Ostrofsky

Samuel Ostrofsky

Samuel Ostrofsky, 92, died April 6, 2018. Born in Boswell, Pennsylvania, he was a founder of Temple Beth El in Midland, Michigan, and worked locally at Tattoo Manufacturing before retiring 10 years ago. Survivors include his sister, Thelma Nathanson of Tucson; brother, Joe (Polly) Ostrofsky of Midland; and many… Read more »

Martin Abelson

Martin Abelson

Martin Neil Abelson, 89, died March 31, 2018. Mr. Abelson was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Abraham “Artie” and Isabelle (Weiss) Abelson. He graduated from New York University, Howard University and Columbia University and later received his Diplomate in Orthodontia from the American Board of Orthodontics. He was… Read more »

John Felman

(Leo) John Felman, 80, died March 18, 2018 after a long battle with post-polio syndrome and cancer. Mr. Felman was born and raised in Pittsburgh. After attending the Mercersburg Academy, he graduated in 1960 from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. and honors in philosophy. He attended post-graduate… Read more »

Michael Sattinger

Michael Charles Sattinger of Show Low, Arizona, 62, died March 5, 2018. Survivors include his wife, Lorese; mother, Joyce Sattinger, and father, Irwin Sattinger, both of Tucson; stepchildren, Frank (Amy) Russell and April Russell, both of Show Low; brother, Stephen (Rachel) Sattinger of Tucson, and sister, Kim Sattinger of… Read more »

Richard Love

Richard H. Love, 95, died Feb. 27, 2018. Mr. Love was born in Detroit. He flew a B24 Liberator in World War II as a first lieutenant in the Army Air Force.  He was a manager at the Michigan branch of Dominion Risk Management, an insurance provider. Mr. Love… Read more »

Sanders Solot

Sanders “Sonny” Solot, 91, died Feb. 5, 2018. Mr. Solot was a real estate appraiser who taught and mentored many of Southern Arizona’s appraisers. A native Tucsonan, he got his real estate license at age 16 and began working with his father, Ben H. Solot. He served in the… Read more »

Florence Liebeskind

Florence (Hass) Liebeskind, 90, died Feb. 6, 2018. Mrs. Liebeskind was preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Liebeskind. Survivors include her children, Gail (Cal) Rudner of Tucson and Wayne Liebeskind of  Springfield, New Jersey; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Graveside services were held in the Congregation Anshei Israel… Read more »

OBITUARY Billy Graham, who championed Israel in public and derided Jews in private, dies at 99

SOUTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM: Billy Graham, the American evangelist, the Bible beneath his hand, pounds his knee as he is interviewed aboard the liner "United States" 26 February 1954 upon his arrival from New York to Southampton. Graham, (son of a dairy farmer, born in 1918 in Charlotte, NC), attended Florida Bible Institute and was ordained a Southern Baptist minister in 1939 and quickly gained a reputation as a preacher. During the 1950s he conducted a series of highly organized revivalist campaigns in the USA and UK, and later in South America, the USSR and Western Europe. (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)

  WASHINGTON (JTA) — Billy Graham, the giant of American evangelism who was exalted by Jews for his championing of Israel at its hour of need and then condemned when a nasty anti-Semitic streak was revealed, has died. Graham, 99, died at his home in Montreat, North Carolina, media… Read more »

Alan Winner

Alan Martin Winner, 100, died Jan. 25, 2018. Lt. Col. Winner was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Forest Park High School. He worked at May Company, studying nights at University of Baltimore Law School to become an attorney and practiced law for three months before he was… Read more »

Martin Halpern

Martin Brent Halpern, 78, died Jan. 21, 2018. Mr. Halpern grew up in Tucson and was valedictorian at the University of Arizona before earning his Ph.D. in physics from Harvard and doing post-doctorate studies at the University of California at Berkeley and Princeton University. He was awarded a postdoctoral… Read more »

Harvey K. Spivack

Harvey K. Spivack, 86, died Jan. 25, 2018. Mr. Spivack graduated from Forest Hills High School and Cornell University. He was a real estate developer in Nassau County, Long Island, New York. A Tucson resident for 47 years, he was a past president of the Tucson Museum of Art… Read more »

Harriet Grace Hirsch

Harriet Grace (Soshnick) Hirsch, 83, of Tucson died Jan. 20, 2018. Born in New York City, Mrs. Hirsch attended Bronx Science High School, went on to Skidmore College where she majored in psychology, and received a master’s in education from Columbia University Teachers College. She was a teacher in… Read more »

Martin Rosenthal

Martin Rosenthal, M.D., 69, died Jan. 14, 2018. Dr. Rosenthal grew up in Akron, Ohio, graduating from Buchtel High School, Indiana University and Ohio State Medical School. He left the Midwest and ventured west to Phoenix, eventually settling in Tucson, where he spent many years as an emergency room… Read more »

Sheldon Silverman

Sheldon Silverman, 91, died Jan. 8, 2018. Mr. Silverman was born in Chicago and had lived in Tucson since 1992. He served in World War II as a private in the U.S. Army Air Corps. In 1950, he graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in… Read more »

Faye Mincer

Faye Mincer, age 84, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. Mrs. Mincer was born in Chicago. She was the owner of Southern Arizona Glassworks for almost four decades. Mrs. Mincer was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, Fred. Survivors include her children, Marty (Joy) Mincer, Anita (Terry)… Read more »