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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-01-10

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The Good Doctor

statehood.
"When we finally visited Israel in
1968, we- literally kissed the ground,"
"country doctor -in the big
said Mrs. Silver.
city" was how Sheryl Silver
Dr. Silver received the Louis D.
described her father, Dr.
Brandeis Award in recognition of his
Israel Walter Silver, who died
leadership and devotion to the Zionist
of pulmonary disease Jan. 2, 2003, at
Organization of America and the State
age 87.
of Israel.
Dr. Silver, who lived with his wife,
"My father was very smart, he had an
Anne, in Bloomfield Hills, was a general
opinion on everything," said his son,
practitioner on West Chicago near
Dr. Daniel Silver. "He showed tremen-
Evergreen in Detroit until he retired in
dous strength, both throughout his life
1991 — after more than 50 years in
and especially during his illness. I appre-
practice.
ciate the inspiration I've gained from
Described by many as the "original
him, both as a doctor and a human
Marcus Welby," Dr. Silver was known
being."
for his dedication to his
Longtime active members
patients, often setting aside
of Temple Israel, the Silvers
family vacations when a crisis
donated the sculpture of
would arise and making house
David playing his harp that
calls well into his 70s. He was
adorns the synagogue gar-
called the "cookie doctor,"
den in West Bloomfield.
because he willingly accepted
"My father loved reading
baked goods in exchange for
and taking long walks," said
payment when a family could
Sheryl Silver, "and he had a
not afford his services.
passion for learning. He
Dr. Silver was honored by
always had high expecta-
the Wolverine Medical Society
tions of himself and others
I. Walter Silver
for his efforts to open the
because he wanted impor-
doors for general practitioners to
tant things to be accom-
work in large hospitals
plished."
Born in New York, Dr. Silver came
"Once people met Dr. Silver, they
with his family to Detroit as an infant.
never forgot him," said Mrs. Silver.
He attended Central High School and
Dr. I. Walter Silver is survived by his
graduated Wayne State University
wife, Anne Gonte Silver; son and
Medical School in 1941.
daughter-in-law Dr. Daniel and
"My father had three great loves," said Lynnette Silver of Encino, Calif.; daugh-
Sheryl Silver, "his family, the practice of
ter, Sheryl Gae Silver of Hallendale, Fla.;
medicine and Israel and the Jewish peo-
grandchildren, Sophia Rose Silver,
ple."
Michael Goeffiey Silver, Stephen Jacob
Dr. Silver met Anne in a political sci-
Silver, and Wendy Elizabeth and Craig
ence class at Wayne State University,
Perkins; great-granddaughter, Jillian
when their "eyes met across the room."
Lauren Perkins; and brother and sister-
"My mother-in-law gave us six
in-law, Dr. Marvin and Wanda Silver of
months," laughed Mrs. Silver, "and we
Bloomfield Hills.
were married for 62 years." She attrib-
Dr. Silver was also the loving father of
utes their happiness and longevity to
the late Johanna Silver Eisenberg
good communication, a strong bond of
Gordon and the dear brother of the late
friendship and unconditional love.
Leo Silver.
"My parents were living proof that
Interment was at Hebrew Memorial
opposites attract," said Sheryl. "Mom
Park, with arrangements by Ira
was the extrovert, she'd usually have to
Kaufman Chapel.
coax my father to go with her to a party,
Contributions may be made to the I.
- but he'd always end up having a great
Walter Silver M.D. and Anne Gonte
time."
Silver Medical Scholarship Fund, do
One thing that the Silvers shared was
Women's Maimonides Medical Society,
their devotion to Israel and their sup-
4360 Strathdale Lane, West Bloomfield,
port of Jewish causes, both here and
MI, 48323; or to the Johanna Silver
abroad. During the 1940s, the couple
Gordon and I. Walter Silver M.D.
joined the Haifa chapter of the National
Scholarship Fund, Temple Israel, 5725
Zionist Organization (NZO), going
Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield,
door-to-door with petitions for Israel's
MI, 48323.0

RONELLE GRIER
Special to the Jewish News

A

SIDNEY L. ALEXANDER JR., 81, of

Farmington Hills, died Jan. 6, 2003. He
served as a bombardier navigator in the
European Theater in World War II.
Mr. Alexander was the vice president of
Braver Lumber and the former vice presi-
dent of Capitol Mortgage.
He was associated
with SEMTA for many
years, retiring as assis-
tant general manager in
1986. A longtime resi-
dent of Huntington
Woods, Mr. Alexander
was its treasurer from
1962-64 and a city
councilman from 1966-
Sidney
77. In that capacity, he
Alexander
Jr.
was a founding member
of SEMCOG. He
remained active as a consultant to the vil-
lage of Bingham Farms, a member of the
city of Farmington Hills Economic
Development Council and the
Farmington Hills representative to the
Michigan Association of Public
Employees Retirement Systems
(MAPERS).
He is survived by his wife, Marcia Stern
Alexander; sons and daughters-in-law,
Judge James M. and Lynn Alexander of
Bloomfield Hills, Dr. Tom and JoAnn
Alexander of Ohio; grandchildren, Scott
Alexander, Leigh Alexander; brother,
Gabriel Alexander and sister-in-law,
Maryann Alexander. Mr. Alexander was
the loving brother of the late Dr. Martin
Alexander; dear brother-in-law of the late
Beatrice Alexander.
Interment at Beth El Memorial Park.
Contributions may be made to Sidney L.
and Belle Alexander Fund, Temple Beth
El, 7400 Telegraph Road, Bloomfield
Hills, MI 48301. Arrangements by Ira
Kaufman Chapel.

HINDA APFELBLAT, 88, of

Farmington Hills, died Jan. 6, 2003.
She is survived by her sons and daugh-
ters-in-law, Sam and Adrinne Apfelblat of
Farmington Hills, Dr. Allen and Ellen
Apfelblat of West Bloomfield; daughter
and son-in-law, Helen and Norman Yeszin
of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Dr.
Joseph Cancelmo, Dr. Janet Stein, Steven
and Dona Stein, Susan Linn, Dana
Apfelblat, Michelle and Tim Wester, Lisa
and Alan Wittenberg, Julie Apfelblat, Dr.
Adam and Amanda Apfelblat; great-
grandchildren, Leo Cancelmo, Cara
Cancelmo, Jerard Stein, Jacob Stein,
Dylan Wittenberg, Max Wittenberg. Mrs.
Apfelblat was the beloved wife of the late
Louis Apfelblat.
Contributions may be made to
American Cancer Society, 18505 W. 12
Mile Road, Southfield, MI 48076;
Holocaust Memorial Center, 6602 W.
Maple Road, West Bloomfield, MI
48322. Interment at Hebrew Memorial

Park. Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial
Chapel.

HARRIETT JEAN BEALE, 88, of Oak

Park, died Jan. 1, 2003.
She is survived by her son and daugh-
ter-in-law, Jerome and Gail Beale of West
Bloomfield; daughters and sons-in-law,
Linda and Shraga Fisher of Israel, Judy
and Michael Krauss of Israel; sister-in-law,
Julia Rosenthal; grandchildren, Steven and
Mary Beale, Cary, Ryan, grandchildren in
Israel; numerous great-grandchildren. She
was the beloveckvife of the late Hyman
M. Beale.
Contributions may be made to Yeshiva
Gedolah, 24600 Greenfield, Oak Park,
MI 48237; Yeshiva Beth Yehuda, P.O. Box
2044, Southfield, MI 48037. Interment at
Machpelah Cemetery. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

ALVIN A. BELTZMAN, 68, of I as

Vegas, Nev., formerly of Detroit, died Jan.
1, 2003.
He is survived by his wife, Mary
Beltzman; mother, Mary Beltzman of
West Bloomfield; sons and daughters-in-
law, Barry and Suzette Beltzman of Las
Vegas, Mark and Beverly Beltzman of
Hollywood, Calif.; daughters and son-in-
law, Heidi Galliani of Las Vegas, Jennifer
and Michael Guedesse; sisters and broth-
er-in-law, Sharon and Abby Gal of
California, Rosalie Yourofsky of West
Bloomfield, Idele Beltzman of California;
grandchildren, Ilyssa Beltzman, Kevin
Beltzman, Charlotte Guedesse. He was
the loving husband of the late Helene
Beltzman; loving son of the late Joseph
Beltzman.
Contributions may be made to
American Diabetes Association, 3600
Telegraph Road, Suite 2255, Bingham
Farms, MI 48025; Nathan Adelson
Hospice, 4141 S. Swenson St., Las Vegas,
NV 89119. Interment at Hebrew
Memorial Park. Arrangements by Hebrew
Memorial Chapel.

LEON ENGELMAN, 92, of Aventura,
'Fla., formerly of Detroit, died Jan. 3,
2003. He was a Kmart comptroller.
Mr. Engelman is survived by his son,
Abram Engelman of Maryland. He was
the beloved husband of the late Sofie
Engelman.
Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial
Park. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman
Chapel.

SIDNEY A. FULLER, 83, of Farmington

Hills, died Jan. 3, 2003.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Ruth
Fuller; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandy
and Joseph Gruca of West Bloomfield,
Caryn and Dr. Henry Hirsch of
Bloomfield Hills; grandchildren, Amy
(Todd) Gers, Rikki Gantt, Stacey Hirsch
and Ryan Hirsch; brother-in-law and sis-

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