DR. GERALD D. BENNETT of Wilmington, Del., died Nov. 22, 2000.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Joann Bennett and Major Robert Groman of Sioux Falls, S.D.; sons and daughters-in-law, Rabbi James and Amy Bennett of Charlotte, N.C., Jonathon Bennett and Rita McNamara of Manton, Mich., Rabbi Joshua and Meg Bennett of Bloomfield Hills; grandchildren, Zoey Groman, Abigail, Ethan and Michelle Bennett, Madison Bennett; brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence and Devie Bennett of Bethesda, Md., Arnold and Nancy Bennett of Newfoundland, Canada, sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Paula and Carl Shulak. He was the beloved husband of the late Marion Bennett.
Services and interment in Wilmington. This announcement was placed at the family's request by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
DR. RUTH ROBIN, 50, of Waterford, died Nov. 22, 2000. Dr. Robin was a pediatrician with offices in Southfield. She was a graduate of Rochester University in New York, a graduate of the University of Maryland Medical School, a member of Temple Beth El, American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Michigan Pediatric Association.
Dr. Robin is survived by her daughter, Melissa Robin and son, Scott Robin; parents, Norman and Rasha Rosenthal of Florida; sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Jack Freer of New York; brother, Mark Rosenthal of Virginia.
Contributions may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Association or the Jewish National Fund. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
JULIUS STUDENBERG, 82, of San Diego, formerly of Oak Park, died Nov. 22, 2000. Prior to retirement, he was the owner of Katz's Deli in Oak Park.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Miriam Studenberg; sons and daughter-in-law, Irwin Studenberg of San Diego, Allan and Sharon Studenberg of West Bloomfield; daughter and son-in-law, Elayne and Kiric Smith of San Diego; grandchildren, Scott, Lauren and Danielle Studenberg. Mr. Studenberg was the loving father of the late Stuart Studenberg.
Interment in San Diego. Contributions may be directed to Hospice of San Diego, 4311 3rd Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103. This announcement was placed at the request of the family by the Ira Kaufman Chapel.
SHELDON WIENER, 53, formerly of West Bloomfield of Las Vegas, Nev., died Nov. 22, 2000. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He was the founder of Detroit Mini-Safe Company and Key Sales and Supply Company.
He is survived by his loving wife, Renee; sons, Michael of Novi, and Kenneth of Las Vegas; daughter and son-in-law, Judith and Neil Barris; brother-in-law, Robert Brown; sister, Elaine Wiener; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Susan Lucken, Steven and Maria Karden; mother-in-law, Fredella Karden-Berlin; grandchild, Olivia Jacquelyn Barris. He was the loving son of the late Philip and Thelma Wiener; brother of the late Bernard Wiener.
Contributions may be made to the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute or the Nathan Adelson Hospice, 4141 South Swensen Street, Las Vagas, NV 89119. Interment in Las Vegas.
LINDSEY ANN SHAPIRO, Mourning A Daughter:
Lindsey Ann Shapiro, 20, of Farmington Hills, was an intriguing combination of adult and teen.
A 1998 graduate of North Farmington High School, she held several responsible positions working with children. Yet her nickname was "Spotty Dotty," after a character in the Hello Kitty series, and she recently wore bright orange "Pippi Longstocking"-type braids to class at Michigan State University.
Miss Shapiro was a junior majoring in packaging, an offshoot of engineering. She was devoted to her boyfriend, Marcus Dickler, 25, of Toronto, and relatives believed they would marry eventually.
Dickler and Miss Shapiro left Toronto Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, driving in separate cars to her mother's home in Farmington Hills. Their plan was to spend a day here, then leave in one car for a family bat mitzvah in Chicago.
Miss Shapiro never made it home.
At about 8 p.m., she drove onto the gravel on the right shoulder of Highway 402 West in Ontario. Her car ricocheted off the gravel, coming to a rest perpendicular to traffic. Miss Shapiro was killed after her car was struck on the passenger side by an oncoming semi-transport truck.
The coroner's report states she died instantaneously.
"This is the nightmare every parent has, waiting for their child to come home, then getting the horrible news that they are never coming home," said Miss Shapiro's mother, Terri Rossman.
No one else was injured, and toxicology reports show no evidence of alcohol or drugs.
Miss Shapiro was always vivacious and outgoing, said her father, David Shapiro of Ann Arbor.
"She was just very involved in everything she did," he said. "She was involved in dancing with Joe Cornell, in singing in high school, and, in college, she was very involved with her sorority."
Throughout high school, Lindsey Shapiro taught dancing at Joe Cornell Entertainment, where her job included organizing activities at bar and bat mitzvah receptions. Starting in her senior year, she worked as a counselor at Camp Tamarack, continuing to become teen-service staff supervisor.
Susie Zaks, assistant director of Tamarack Camps, called Miss Shapiro's death "tragic."
"We're all going to miss her tremendously," Zaks said. "When she would walk into a room, it would light up. As far as her job at camp, she was everything a kid would want in a counselor, and more.
"I can't tell you how many campers were at the funeral, at the shivah home," Zaks said.
Miss Shapiro was a four-year cheerleader in high school, where she also acted in musical theater. At MSU, she was an enthusiastic member of Alpha Phi Sorority, volunteering with charitable causes such as Leaves For Fees and Cardiac Care.
MSU's sororities and fraternities sprang into action immediately upon hearing of Miss Shapiro's death. At about 3 a.m. Nov. 22, only seven hours after the accident, about 60 fraternity brothers held a candlelight vigil in front of her sorority. As the Jewish News went to press, MSU's entire "Greek" community was planning a special tribute in her honor, set for Thursday, Nov. 30, at Kellogg Auditorium in East Lansing.
"In her lifetime, Lindsey was always a special girl," said her mother. "I always thought so, but I thought it was because I was her mother. But the outpouring we've seen from the community was amazing."
Miss Shapiro is survived by her parents, David Shapiro and Terri Rossman and their spouses, Sue Shapiro and Fredric Rossman; brother Ben Shapiro; grandparents Harvey and Phyllis Shapiro of West Bloomfield, Bertram and Lois Loewenstein of Walled Lake; stepsisters Kelly and Betsy Peterson; stepgrandmother Fanny Rossman; and devoted friend Marcus Dickler.
Interment was at Adat Shalom Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to the Lindsey Ann Shapiro Scholarship Fund at Camp Tamarack, 6735 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48303. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
RACHEL COMINS, 95, of New Baltimore, died Nov. 21, 2000. She was a teacher for almost 46 years.
She is survived by her extended family, Angel, Bruce, Bryan, Tanya and Raymond McCalpin; many loving friends. She was the beloved sister of the late Evelyn Comins and the late Sara Comins.
Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Contributions may be directed to Temple Israel. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
MOLLY FURST, 89, of Farmington Hills, died Nov. 21, 2000. She was a supporter of and volunteer with many organizations including Temple Beth El, the Allied Jewish Campaign, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit and the American Cancer Society.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sondra and Albert Lichtman of Farmington Hills; brother, Charles Rubin of Margate, Fla.; sisters, Betty Lieberman of Merritt Island, Fla., Minnie Sacks of Cocoa Beach, Fla., Ann Jacobson of Cocoa Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Randy and Susan Lichtman, Gary and Suzanne Lichtman; great-grandchildren, Leo Lichtman, Edward Lichtman, Natalie Lichtman. Mrs. Furst was the beloved wife of the late Leo B. Furst; loving sister of the late Maurice Rubin, the late Esther Kozin.
Contributions may be made to Hospice of Michigan, 16250 Northland Drive, Suite 212, Southfield, MI 48075 or to a charity of one's choice. Interment at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
TOBA ROTHSCHILD, 84, of Royal Oak, died Nov. 21, 2000. She was a bookkeeper for the Jewish National Fund.
She is survived by her daughter, Judith Maude Rothschild of Huntington Woods; sister and brother-in-law, Mae and Irwin Weiler of Florida. She was the beloved wife of the late Julius Rothschild.
Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial Park. Contributions may be directed to the American Lung Association and UNICEF. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.
SOPHIE SEGEL, 82, of Key West, Fla., formerly of Detroit, died Nov. 21, 2000.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Melvyn and Shirley Segel of Tampa, Fla., Arthur and Arlene Segel of Sterling Heights, Sheldon and Vivien Segel of Key West, Fla.; sisters and brother-in-law, Fay and Herbert Gussin of Boynton Beach, Fla., Mary Rubin of Kendell, Fla., Gail Lopata of Southfield; grandchildren, Dr. Scott and Amy Segel, Jackie and Jeff Kutchey, Joanne and David Strauss; six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Segel was the beloved wife of the late David Segel; loving sister of the late Louis Jacobs.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Interment at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
SARAH "SALLY" VALENSKY, 85, of Royal Oak, died Nov. 21, 2000.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Fay and Al Lublin of Royal Oak; sister, Rose Giolando of New York; grandchildren, David and Karen Lublin, Harold Lublin, Steven and Cheryl Lublin, Robert and Lori Lublin, Linda and Isaac Szlamkowicz, Melissa and Bill Berlin; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson. Mrs. Valensky was the beloved wife of the late Leo Kaufman and the late Ben Valensky.
Contributions may be made to Yeshiva Beth Yehuda, P.O. Box 2044, Southfield, MI 48037 or Jewish Family Service, the Covel Apartments for Assisted Living, 24123 Greenfield, Southfield, MI 48075.
Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
MARY ZIPSER, 82, of Southfield, died Nov. 21, 2000.
She is survived by her beloved husband, Ernest Zipser; sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Dorynne Zipser of Lathrup Village, Michael and Michele Zipser of Farmington Hills; daughter and son-in-law, Tina and Robert Mackoy of Indianapolis, Ind.; sister and brother-in-law, Jack and Gussie Herman of Los Angeles; grandchildren, Noah and Amanda Zipser. She was the sister of the late Sally Stotzky.
Services and interment at the Adat Shalom Cemetery. Contributions can be made to Hospice of Michigan, 16250 Northland Drive, Southfield, MI 48075, the Michigan Humane Society, 7401 Chrysler Exp., Detroit, MI 48211 or to a charity of one' choice. Arrangements by Dorfman Funeral Direction.
EUDICE LEOPOLD, 80, of Southfield, died Nov. 20, 2000.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Marilyn Leopold of Farmington Hills; daughters and sons-in-law, Marsha and Jerome Avrushin of West Bloomfield, Esther and Larry Weitzman of Oak Park, Sharon and Brian Krasner of Oak Park; brother, Gershen Sherak of Israel; grandchildren, Beth and Dan Rzeppa, Judith and David Gamily, Adam Avrushin, Brandon Leopold, Tzvi Krasner, Talya Krasner, Gedalia Krasner; four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Leopold was the beloved wife of the late Gerald Leopold.
Contributions may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 721129, Berkley, MI 48072. Interment at Machpelah Cemetery. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
HARRY ZUCKER, 79, of Walled Lake, died Nov. 20, 2000.
He is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Mojgan Zucker of West Bloomfield, Mark and Sherrie Zucker; daughters and son-in-law, Roberta Gorevitz of Oak Park, Sondra and Charles Miller of Walled Lake; brothers and sisters-in-law, Louis and Marilyn Zucker of Farmington Hills, William and Gerrie Zucker of West Bloomfield; sister-in-law, Mitzie Zucker of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Andrea and David Gorevitz, Mayghen Howel, Michael and Evan Zucker; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Kaitlyn. Mr. Zucker was the beloved husband of the late Leah Zucker; loving brother of the late Morris Zucker, the late Sylvia Cooperman-Hyman.
Contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. Interment at Hebrew Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
SARA FOLKOFF, 77, of Farmington Hills, died Nov. 19, 2000.
She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Jerome and Judith Fields of Allentown, Pa.; Laurence and Linda Folkoff of Farmington Hills; Harold Folkoff of Oak Park; brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Abraham and Mildred Grant of Southfield; sisters and brother-in-law, Faye Krohner of Southfield, Lillian and Samuel Glanz of Southfield, Rose Ross of San Diego, Libby and Dr. Lawrence Newman of West Bloomfield; grandchildren, Lisa and Marci Fields, Bradley, Erica and Kenneth Folkoff. She was the beloved wife of the late Rubin Folkoff.
Graveside services were held at the Beth Tefilo Emanuel Cemetery. Contributions can be made to the Jewish Association for Residential Care, 28366 Franklin Road, Southfield, MI 48034 or to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Dorfman Funeral Direction.
MAURICE GOLDSMITH, 79, of Coconut Creek, Fla., died Jan. 26.
She is survived by her husband Morris Goldsmith; sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Fran Goldsmith of West Bloomfield, Louis and Briana Goldsmith of Sherman Oaks, Calif., Mark Goldsmith of Coconut Creek, Fla.; daughter and son-in-law Rosanne and Norman Becker of Los Angeles; brother, Charles Brewer of Florida; sister, Hilda Arnold of Hallandale, Fla.; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
Contributions may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Fund. Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial Chapel.
LOUIS (LOU) ZACK, 75, formerly of Southfield of Dallas, died Jan. 31, 2001. He was a member of the United States Air Force during World War II. He worked in the men's clothing business as a salesman and then became the owner of Max Man Menswear and Mister Z Menswear.
Mr. Zack is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Ruth; daughter, Laurie of Trumbull, Conn., sons and daughters-in-law, Barry and Flora, Michael and Mindee of Dallas; grandchildren, Adam, Eric, Aaron, Corry; sister and brother-in-law, Phyllis and Seymour Subar of West Bloomfield; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Marion and Jerome Kopleman of Farmington. He was the beloved son of the late Esek and the late Rose Zack.
Interment in Dallas. Contributions may be made to Southwest Transplant Alliance, 3710 Rawlins Road, Dallas, TX 75219 or Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas.
SHIRLEY PURTHER, 91, died Feb. 26, 2001.
Mrs. Purther is survived by sons and a daughter-in-law, Franklin Purther, Donald and Joanne Purther; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Aaron Sherbin, Thomas Purther, Tony and Julie Purther, Eric Purther, Jonathan and Lynn Purther, Julianne Purther, Jim Purther; great-grandchildren, Katherine, Caroline, Merideth and Grace Sherbin, Halle and Jenna Purther; sister, Fay Kroll. Mrs Purther was the beloved wife of the late Douglas Purther.
Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel.