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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-11-07

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Obituaries

A Devoted Life

HARRY KIRS BAUM

Staff Writer

E

lizabeth Weiss was a deeply religious woman
who maintained a very strong devotion to
Torah practice — and a generosity to assist others.
Mrs. Weiss, 81, of Southfield, died Oct. 26, 2003.
"She was a quiet, regal and extremely caring
individual who endured tremendous suffering in
her life but never allowed it to affect her demeanor
and her generous character," said Gary Torgow, a
friend of 25 years.
"She and her [late] husband, Irving, were extreme-
ly dedicated to the children of Yeshiva Beth
Yehudah, and many other important charitable
causes both here and in Israel."
Born in Ayak, Hungary, the oldest of four chil-
dren, Mrs. Weiss lived a modest, simple, but devot-
ed life, said Torgow during the eulogy. In 1944, they

Bronze Star Vet

red Linden, 79, of Livonia died Oct. 31,
2003, after a short illness. He was an educa-
tor, mentor, sportsman, photographer, writer,
warrior and a devoted family man.
Upon graduation from Detroit Cass Tech High
School, Mr. Linden enlisted in the Army, ship-
ping out to England in 1944 attached to the
82nd Airborne. The signal corps unit with which
he was a photojournalist was part of the third
wave that landed on Omaha Beach on D-Day.
When his jeep and photographic equipment
sank at Omaha Beach, Mr. Linden tied a hawser
around his waist and swam out to the secure it.
The jeep was pulled out, but he was wounded by
shrapnel. For his bravery, he was awarded the

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Torah to her shul, Beth Tefilo Emanuel Tikvah in
were transported to a ghetto, then to Auschwitz.
Southfield.
Only she and her brother Emery survived.
Torgow called her a private and modest woman
Mrs. Weiss arrived in Detroit in 1949; and on her
third day, met her future husband, Irving.
who desired anonymity in her charitable giving.
"She had a presence — she
"They both hailed from great
was poised; at the same time she
Jewish homes, same background,
was always gracious and always
same fondness for Yiddishkeit,"
open," said Rabbi Eli
Torgow said.
Mayerfeld, executive director of
After the wedding, the couple bor-
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah. "She was
rowed $200 from the Hebrew Free
inventive about including other s
Loan and set up their first home.
and introducing others to the
They started a business manufactur-
possibility of communal
ing and selling storm windows.
involvement."
Irving Weiss was an active leader in
Mrs. Weiss is survived by her brother,
the growth of Yeshiva Beth Yehudah,
Emery Weiss, of North Vancouver, British
until his death in 1986. Mrs. Weiss
Columbia; nephew, David Weiss; loving
maintained that great devotion to the
Elizabeth Weiss
cousins and friends. She was the beloved wife
Southfield school. Although never
of the late Irving Weiss. Interment was at Nusach
blessed with children of her own, she dedicated the
neonatology area at Bikur Cholem Hospital in Israel H'ari Cemetery. Contributions may be made to
Yeshiva Beth Yehudah, PO Box 2044, Southfield,
in memory of her husband and her relatives that
MI 48037, or to a charity of one's choice.
perished in the Holocaust. She also gave a Sefer

Bronze Star and Purple Heart.
Mr. Linden fought in the Battle of the Bulge
and was decorated by the French government for
bravery. He was captured once, but
escaped. During the harsh winter, he
suffered severe frostbite — but was
miraculously found by his cousin,
medical corpsman Al Lupiloff, who
provided medical care, preventing
permanent damage.
One of Mr. Linden's wartime pho-
tographs, of a young Dutch boy, was
featured on the front page of the
armed forces' newspaper Stars and
Stripes. Mr. Linden met the Russian
Fred Linden
army at the Elbe River at the war's
conclusion.
Returning from Europe, Mr. Linden entered
Wayne University,
earning bachelor's,
master's and educa-
tional specialist
degrees. He spent
more than 30 years
as an educator and
administrator with

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the Detroit Public Schools and was a member of
Phi Delta Kappa, an honorary education fraternity.
He helped raise money for scholarships for the
WSU college of education and mentored
family members and others toward careers
in education.
Mr. Smith was a golfer and president of
Morganthau B'nai B'rith bowling league and
continued photography and writing as hobbies.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years,
Edith Linden; daughters and sons-in-law,
Sylvia and Ronald Marabate of Okemos,
Arlene and Juan Zapata of Farmington
Hills; brother and sister-in-law, Allen and
Adina Linden of Durham, N.H.; sister and
brother-in-law, Cynthia and Norman Rubin
of Birmingham; grandchildren, Mark
(Meg) Marabate, Allison Beth Marabate, Rachel
Bella Zapata and Samuel David Zapata.
Interment was at the Clover Hill Park
Cemetery. Contributions may be made to Angela
Hospice, 14100 Newburgh, Livonia, MI 48154;
the Hirschberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer
Research, 375 Homewood, Los Angeles, CA; or a
charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Dorfman
Chapel. ❑

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