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Obituari s

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Inspiring Instructor

Teacher And Leader

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of the synagogue was often recog-
orry Neuvirth sold his
nized
as a major positive factor at
meatpacking company
the
synagogue
and an influence on
some 15 years ago and
others to further their Jewish studies
began a second career,
and involvement there. His chanting
one that combined many of his
of Torah portions was often a high-
loves — music, education,
light of High Holiday
synagogue life and family
services
and reflected
— by teaching bar and
his
ability
to perform as
bat mitzvah preparation at
well as he taught.
Adat Shalom Synagogue.
Mr. Neuvirth is sur-
Hundreds of students at
vived by his beloved
Adat Shalom were taught
wife, Annette Neuvirth;
to read and chant sacred
son and daughter-in-
text by Mr. Neuvirth.
law,
Michael and Ronit
These students not only
Neuvirth
of Modi'in,
received instruction from
Israel; daughters and
him, but also were influ-
sons-in-law, Sheryl and
enced by him to excel in
Cliff Dovitz of West
their studies, both Jewish
Bloomfield, Rhonda
and secular.
Morris
Neuvirth
and
David Mostyn of
Many of these students
Wixom,
Sandy and
and their families
Michael
Lippitt of West
expressed to Mr. Neuvirth their
Bloomfield; sisters and brothers-in-
appreciation for his efforts at their
law, Rosalie and Bruce Rosen of
bar or bat mitzvah ceremonies and
Bloomfield Hills, Sybil and Hy
for many years afterward. Former
students often maintained close rela- Ankerman; grandchildren, Erica and
Jason Dovitz, Max and Scott
tionships with Mr. Neuvirth, writ-
Lippitt, Maytal, Gal, Niv and Eden
ing letters, sending birthday cards,
Neuvirth;
sisters-in-law, Idelle
phoning or visiting with him while
Neuvirth, Nancy (Arthur) Elkin.
they were in college or even after
He was the dear brother of the
they had graduated.
late Ernest Neuvirth and the late
Morris Neuvirth, 74, of
Irene Ginn.
Farmington Hills, died June 23,
Interment was at Adat Shalom
2003. He had been diagnosed with
Cemetery.
Contributions may be
lung cancer earlier this year.
made
to
the
Morry Neuvirth Bar
Mr. Neuvirth was born in
and Bat Mitzvah Fund, c/o Adat
Hungary and served in the U.S.
Shalom Synagogue, 29901
Army during the Korean War.
Middlebelt Road, Farmington Hills,
He was a fixture at Adat Shalom,
MI 48334, or to a charity of one's
where he endeared himself to the
choice. Arrangements by Dorfman
clergy, staff, students, family and
Chapel.
friends. His selfless work on behalf

endorsement of both Detroit newspa-
udith Sandra Owens (Stern), a
pers, she ran for Common Council,
social studies teacher at
then spearheaded a committee which
Kimball High School in Royal
Oak for the past 35 years and a successfully saved Orchestra Hall from
demolition. She also became involved,
leader in civic affairs in Detroit and
on the executive level, in Detroit's
Michigan for an equal length of time,
Model
Housing Project, the civil rights
died June 29, 2003, after a five-year
movement
and the Cranbrook Peace
bout with cancer. The West Bloomfield
Foundation, which elected her as its
resident was 61.
two-term secretary-treasurer.
"For me, nothing seemed as impor-
Her activities in Jewish affairs cen-
tant as preparing young people for their
tered around the American
roles as informed citizens of
Jewish
Committee
the United States, aware of
Michigan
Chapter, which
their national and global
elected her its vice presi-
responsibilities," she once
dent, and the Holocaust
said of her teaching.
Memorial Center in West
Ms. Owens began her
Bloomfield. In addition,
career at Kimball after
she was a discussant at an
receiving her bachelor of
international conference
arts in political science and
on the Holocaust at
a master's degree in educa-
Oxford University in
tion at Wayne State
England.
University. She continued
During her last phase of
on the faculty at Kimball
teaching, she developed a
and, briefly, as a part-timer
model course on teaching
at WSU after earning a juris Judith Ow ens
history
via feature films,
doctor degree from WSU
which
attracted
a large
and several awards.
number
of
Kimball
students.
In her role as a bridge builder via the
She was the vice president of the
classroom, she applied for and won
American Jewish Committee and vice
three successive Fulbright study grants
president of Cranbrook Peace
to Asia, which took her to India,
Foundation.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Ms. Owens is survived by her hus-
Recognition of her steadily growing
band,
Dr. Guy Stern of West
expertise came when she was chosen by
Bloomfield, and his son, Mark Stern;
the national American Jewish
Committee to join a five-person delega- brother, Dr. Sol Edelstein of Florida;
nephew, Adam Edelstein.
tion to India, formed to contact and
Interment was at Beth Ahm
strengthen India's tiny Jewish popula-
Cemetery.
Contributions may be made
tion. While in India, she conducted
to
the
Cranbrook
Peace Foundation or
interviews with Prime Minister Indira
the
Judith
S.
Owens
Memorial Fund at
Gandhi and the Dalai Lama.
Ms. Owens was ecpinlly active in local Kimball High School. Arrangements by
Ira Kaufman Chapel. ❑
affairs and Jewish concerns. With the

FEIGE ACKERMAN, 88, of Bloomfield
Hills, died June 28, 2003. She was a
member of Hadassah, American Jewish
Congress, Jewish National Fund, Zionist
Organization of America and the Jewish
Home for Aged.
Mrs. Ackerman is survived by her
daughters, Dr. Judith Ackerman of New

Joseph Goldberg, the late Ann Berg, the
late Ethel Gayer, the late Mona Goldberg;
dear sister-in-law of the late Molly Littky.
Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial
Park. Contributions may be made to the
Hillel Day School or a charity of one's
choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman
Chapel.

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Jersey, Tamara Ackerman of Florida; son
and daughter-in-law, Alan and Sharyl
Ackerman of Bloomfield Hills; grandchil-
dren, Elana, Matthew and Daniel; sister,
Betty Greenberg; brother-in-law and sis-
ter-in-law, Charlie and Freida Ackerman.
She was the beloved wife of the late
Irving Ackerman; loving sister of the late

MAX "POPS" BLOTNER, 93, of
Southfield, died June 27, 2003. He was
a real estate and property manager and a
member of Perfection Lodge F & AM.
Mr. Blotner is survived by his daugh-
ter and son-in-law, Sandra and Richard

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