Thelma Nathanson

Thelma Nathanson, 83, died Nov. 3, 2020, surrounded by family. Born in Midland, Michigan, Thelma was happily married for over 60 years to her late husband, Gerald Nathanson. She was a worldwide traveler and had an uncanny ability to make lifelong friends wherever she went. She had a keen… Read more »

Amanda Leigh Cohn

Amanda Leigh Cohn, 44, died Oct. 18, 2020. Amanda was born in Nashville, Tennessee. She moved to Tucson as an infant, and lived in California since she was 19. Amanda loved being with her family and friends. She had an adventurous spirit, adored children and animals, was a talented… Read more »

David Wolsky, 66, dies

David Irwin Wolsky, 66, died suddenly on Sunday, September 27, 2020. David was born July 13, 1954 in Chicago, where he lived until moving to Tucson with his family in 1994. He embraced life in Tucson and developed many close friendships as well as a love for bike riding… Read more »

Havah Haskell, DVM, dies at age 47

Havah Beth Haskell, DVM, 47, died Nov. 1, 2020 at age 47 after coping with breast cancer since early 2019. Havah was born on June 27, 1973 in Philadelphia to her parents, Andrea Haskell and Albert Roy Morgan. Havah was raised by her mother and stepfathers in Vista, California,… Read more »

Former Tucsonan Albert Morrow, a lawyer, died last year


Albert Morrow, 85, lost his battle with Lewy body dementia on Nov. 2, 2019. Al was born to Harry and Rhea (Millman) Rosenblum on July 10, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York. Al grew up in Brooklyn, eventually moved to Valley Stream, New York, and graduated from Valley Stream Central… Read more »

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, first Jewish woman to serve on Supreme Court, dies at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg participates in a discussion at the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., Feb. 10, 2020. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first Jewish woman to serve on the Supreme Court and a tireless advocate for gender equality, has died at 87. A fierce jurist known for her outsized presence and outspokenness, Ginsburg died from “complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” the Supreme Court announced… Read more »

Earl Surwit, M.D., 73, died Sept. 10

Earl Surwit, M.D., 73, died Sept. 10, 2020. Earl grew up in Maryland and earned a medical degree from Georgetown University. Earl grew up in Maryland. He graduated from Muhlenberg College and earned a medical degree from Georgetown University. He completed a residency at the University of North Carolina… Read more »

Dan Karsch, longtime Tucson doctor and community activist, dies at 78

dan_karsch-_tom_newman_large_obitAt left, Daniel Karsch (left) and Tom Newman, former partners in Old Pueblo Urology, during a visit Karsch and his wife, Carol, made to Tucson from Israel in February 2020. At right, Karsch and Newman co-host 'The Plumber's Ball' in 1974. (Courtesy Carol Karsch)

Daniel Nathan Karsch, M.D., 78, died of cancer on July 23, 2020. Dan was born in Philadelphia to Lil and Joe Karsch and grew up in the large Jewish neighborhood of Wynnefield, centered around Har Zion Temple, Jewish schools, synagogues, and Camp Ramah. A graduate of Ursinus College and Jefferson… Read more »

Jone Hughes

Jone Koran Hughes, 89, formerly of Tucson, died July 7, 2020. She was born in New York City to John J. Koran and Matilda Lutcha Koran. Jone survived polio as a child and carried a disability her whole life. The first in her family to earn a degree, from… Read more »

Terri Freed


Terri L. Freed, 73, of Green Valley, died Aug. 1, 2020 from complications of pancreatic cancer. Terri was born in Chester, Pennsylvania, lived much of her adult life in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, and relocated to Green Valley in 2007 along with several members of her family for her… Read more »

Abraham Lackow

Abraham Lackow, 93, died July 11, 2020. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on Oct. 14, 1926. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and graduated from Brooklyn College as a biology major after his service. He served as a docent at the… Read more »

Marc Cohen

Marc Peter Cohen, 66, died Aug. 14, 2020 after a brave fight with cancer. Born in the Bronx, New York, he was preceded in death by his mother, Ray; his father, Saul; and his sister, Paula. Marc worked for many years in the transportation department of Tucson Unified School… Read more »

Arthur Goldberg

Arthur M. Goldberg, M.D., died July 27, 2020, just prior to his 86th birthday. Arthur was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but he had been a resident of Tucson for over 50 years. Arthur was a caring and compassionate doctor to thousands of his patients in Southern Arizona.… Read more »

Morton Sadowsky


Morton “Mort” Alan Sadowsky, 86, died Aug. 10, 2020. Mort was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Irving and Marcine Sadowsky and moved to Tucson when he was 7. A successful businessman, Mort was known for his quick wit and his love of family and friends Survivors include his… Read more »

Gertrude Shankman, longtime resident at Handmaker, dies at 105


Gertrude A. Shankman, 105, died July 24, 2020. Gertrude was born Oct. 26, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York. She was a longtime resident at Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, where students from Tucson Hebrew Academy had visited to celebrate her birthday ever year since she turned 100. “As… Read more »

Claire Amigo

Claire Amigo, 86, died Aug. 17, 2020. Claire was born Feb. 14, 1934, to Meyer and Dora Bergman. She had two sisters, Cecile and Helen. She spent her childhood in the Bronx and moved to Queens when Lois, her daughter, was born. Claire and her husband, Al, later moved… Read more »

Arthur Rotstein

Arthur H. Rotstein, 74, a longtime journalist who was passionate about the pursuit of truth and freedom of the press, died July 20, 2020 of COVID-19. Mr. Rotstein was a Chicago native who earned his undergraduate degree in journalism at the University of Missouri and his master’s in journalism… Read more »

Myles Levine

Myles Elliott Levine, 72, died May 7, 2020. Mr. Levine was born in Milwaukee. He received a doctorate in business ethics from the University of Chicago, and taught business ethics to car dealers. Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Karen Suzanne Levine, children, Michael Levine of North Carolina… Read more »

Ruth Kolker

Ruth Kolker, 78, died July 13, 2020 of complications of ovarian cancer. Mrs. Kolker was born in Newark, New Jersey, and moved to Tucson in 1968 with her family.  She was involved with many charitable organizations, including serving on the board of Jewish Family & Children’s Services for three… Read more »

Phyllis Becker

Phyllis (Weinberg) Becker, 78, died June 28, 2020. Mrs. Becker was born May 26, 1942 in Bronx, New York, to Aaron and Eva Weinberg. She graduated from Columbus High School. She completed a three-year nursing program at Beth Israel Hospital where she met her husband of 54 years, Burt.… Read more »