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hen Marshall Loewenstein was the star
catcher on Detroit's Hampton
Elementary baseball team in the 1940s,
lipir he would hit the ball a mile, but barely
make it to second base. His teammates noted that he was
their best hitter, yet slowest runner.
But Mr. Loewenstein, who died Oct. 16, 2003, saved
his greatest triumphs for later in life — in business, at his
synagogue and, most of all, with his family.
"Family was the most important thing in his life," said
son Rick Loewenstein of West Bloomfield. "He was a won-
derful father, a respected leader at the synagogue and a ter-
rific businessman — and his death is a great loss to all of us."
Mr. Loewenstein, 70, of Bloomfield Hills, underwent
lung surgery 10 weeks ago and had entered rehabilitation
last week. "His heart gave out and he just didn't make
it," said his son.
As president of Loewenstein Poultry and Game in
Taylor, Mr. Loewenstein was known "the turkey king."
His company — one of Detroit's oldest family owned
businesses — was founded in 1894 by his uncle Louis
and later operated by his father, Max. Every holiday sea-
son, it leads the nation in gift turkey sales. Working
alongside him were his wife of 49 years, Phyllis, and their
one time he even dressed up as an Hawaiian hula dancer."
Fred Marx, president of Marx Layne & Co. in
Farmington Hills, became a good friend when his public
relations firm handled Loewenstein Poultry and Game's
daughter, Judy Roberts of West Bloomfield.
100th anniversary celebration.
Mr. Loewenstein attended Detroit Central High
"At work, he was a tough-talking, hands-on business-
School, where he played varsity baseball and football,
man, who was passionate, upbeat, enthusiastic and so
then earned a business degree at
colorful he could have come from
Michigan State University. A stalwart
Hollywood's central casting," said Marx.
Detroit Tigers fan, he conveyed his base-
"But on his other side, he was the quin-
ball prowess to his children and grand-
tessential family man, who was kind,
children, coaching them in little league as
thoughtful and devoted to his children and
well as delighting in their academic suc-
grandchildren, whom he adored."
Marshall Loewenstein is survived by his
"No matter how busy he was, he
wife, Phyllis; daughter and son-in-law,
always found time to get away and attend
Judy and Scott Roberts of West
his children's activities," said Rabbi
Bloomfield; sons and daughters-in-law,
Daniel Syme of Temple Beth El.
Mark and Karen Loewenstein of Illinois,
"After his family, Beth El was the core of
Rick and Dana Loewenstein of West
his life," said Phyllis Loewenstein. "His
Bloomfield, Michael Loewenstein of
mother, Eleanor Sloman, was a descendant
Illinois; grandchildren, A.J., Max and Joey
of one of the temple's founding families."
Roberts, and Elizabeth, Matthew, Alex,
More than 500 people attended Mr.
Jeremy, Jennifer, Judd and Ethan Loewenstein.
Loewenstein's funeral Monday at the temple where he
He was the devoted son of the late Max and the late
had served as vice president.
Eleanor Loewenstein; dear brother of the late Joan
"He was a great leader at the synagogue and in the
community," said Rabbi Syme. "He had many sides —
Interment was at Beth El Memorial Park. Contribu-
giving, generous, reserved and quiet — often kind of
tions may be made to the Marshall and Phyllis
gruff— but with a heart of gold. He loved to deliver ser-
Loewenstein Family Fund, Temple Beth El, 7400
mons as many of our members did on Friday nights in
Telegraph, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301, or a charity of
the summer, but he also loved to perform in shows; and
one's choice. Arrangements by Ira Kaufman Chapel. ❑
Whatever the doctor did, he did his best. In
school, he didn't just play sports; he was a
varsity baseball and football player. Later on, he
1111111 hen Dr. Glenn Silberschein died of didn't just ski; he became a ski instructor. He did-
n't just play golf; he excelled..
lung cancer at age 50, he left no
He dealt with a fear of heights by learning to y,
regrets and no unspoken words.
"I have completed the
eventually.obtaining a commer-
circle -- I've had so much that is won-
ense and volun-
derful in my life," he told. Rabbi Harold
Loss of Temple Israel.
He focused his life," said the rabbi,
on those he loved and 'chat he knew to
brought his natural musical tal-
be really important.
ents — and his own band — to
his bar mitzvah party.
As a father, he knew he
dren on the right road."
He loved being a chiropractor
and was a mentor for chiroprac
Dr. Silberschein's daughter Lindsey
tic students. "He treated
said "There was never a day that went
patients both on a physical and
by when I didn't feel loved and appreci-
ated by my father."
personal level," said Rabbi Loss.
Dr. Silberschein held his
Dr. Silberschein, of WhiteLake
treasured friendships to heart.
Township, a chiropractor, died. Oct. 15,
2003. He was known as strong and pos- Dr. Glenn Silberschein
"All his friends were friends for
life," said the rabbi. "If he
itive; a source of support; the one with
loved you, you werea part of
all the answers; the one friends nick-
his life, and it was total.
Rabbi Loss remembered the doctor as smart,
"But he had a real soft side," said his wife, Jean
funny, sarcastic, and "just a guy who was fun to be
Silberschein. "He was the most tender man I ever
with, to play with and smile with and laugh with."
knew. He had such a huge heart."
He had sincere relationships with his children's
He lived his life with passion, said his wife. "He was
friends. "They hung on every single word he said,"
relentless — the most goal-oriented person I know."
SHELLI LIEBMAN DORFMAN
said son Graham Silberschein.
Some came to him for advice. One carried of
picture of him because she said she wished she had
a dad like him.
His compassion ran from bringing home a dog
left to die, to guidance of his children on being
there for those. less fortunate. He first met his wife
when he stopped to help her after she had been in
a car accident
His sensitivity toward children ranged from
sponsoring kids' sports teams and supporting a
Brownie troop to helping: establish a park for chit
dren with special heeds.
"There is an enormous amount we must learn
rOM the way`Glenn lived his life, " Rabbi Loss
said. "He lived his life completely — always in the
Moment. Ifhe-had more time, he wouldn't have
done anything differently. He just would have
done it longer."
Dr. Silberschein is survived by his wife, Jean
Silberschein; son and daughter-in-law, 'Graham
and Jenny Silberschein of Waterford; daughters,
Brianne Silberschein of Navi, Lindsey Silberschein
of White Lake; granddanghter, Laina Silberschein;
.brother and sister-in-law, Steven and Tracy
Silberschein of \Vest Bloomfield.
He was the beloved son of the'late
the late Nita Sill)erschei'
.Interment i at
200 First St; v..4%,
Greenfield, Sa'',-iss 4ft
by Ira Kaufman