Obituaries from page C45
BEN B. SIEGAL, 84,
formerly of Detroit, of
Overland Park, Kan.,
died Sept. 22, 2008, at
the Atriums in Overland
He was a first-gen-
eration American, born
to Isidor and Rose
Siegal. He had three degrees from Wayne
University. He was a World War II Army
veteran, who served in the 1st Engineers
Special Brigade, 3rd Armored Division
and the 89th Infantry Division. During
his time of service, he was part of the first
wave to invade Utah Beach. He was highly
decorated and among his awards were
four Purple Hearts and four Arrowheads.
After the war, Mr. Siegal taught in the
Detroit public school system, owned two
businesses and eventually retired from the
Department of Defense. He was a lifetime
member of the Detroit Tennis Club as
well as being an accomplished, nationally
ranked tennis player. He played into his
His personal characteristics included
honesty, integrity, humility, tolerance,
self-sacrifice and a robust work ethic.
The family would like to acknowledge the
staff and other residents at the Atriums
who enriched his life during his residence
Mr. Siegal is survived by his son, Bruce
Siegal; daughter, Susan Jacobs; grand-
daughter, Lauren Fei Jacobs; his children's
mother, Violet Liem, all of Overland Park.
Services were at DW Newcomers Sons,
11200 Metcalf, Overland Park, Kan.
MURRAY A. STERNE, 80, of Lapeer, died
Sept. 20, 2008.
He is survived by his wife, Rosalie
Sterne; son, John Sterne of White Lake;
daughter, Judy Isakson of Hartland; six
stepchildren; sister, Aranka Stark; grand-
children, Joshua Sterne, Paul and Joann
Sterne, Bradley, Troy; numerous step-
grandchildren and stepgreat-grandchil-
dren; daughter-in-law, Dorothty Sterne.
Mr. Sterne was the beloved husband of
the late Mary Ann Sterne; loving father of
the late Jeffrey Sterne.
Contributions may be made to
American Lung Association, 18860 W. 10
Mile, Southfield, MI 48075 or to a charity
of one's choice. Services and interment
at Machpelah Cemetery in Ferndale.
Arrangements by Hebrew Memorial
RITA WHITE, 79, of Bloomfield Hills,
died Sept. 23, 2008.
She is survived by her son, Dr. Kenneth
Goldman of West Bloomfield; daughter
and son-in-law, Lori and Bruce Abramson
of Commerce Township; grandchildren,
Andrew and Melanie Goldman, Tia
Abramson; sister and brother-in-law,
Arline and Ronald Goldberg of California.
Mrs. White was the beloved wife of the
late Dr. Milton W White.
Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Temple
Israel, 5725 Walnut Lake Road, West
Bloomfield, MI 48323. Arrangements by
Ira Kaufman Chapel.
• The obituary for Pearl Gross (Sept. 25)
should have indicated that she is survived
by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law,
Jack and Jeanette Gross.
Making a Lasting Memory.
At The Ira Kaufman Chapel,
we help your family with the
final tribute of those you love
Jewish Community Center's
Center Travel presents
at GEM Theatre
2 pm, Thursday, October 16
Gem Theatre, 330 Madison Street, Detroit
Multimedia presentation features life, laughter, and love of George Burns and Gracie Allen.
Includes vocal talents of Didi Conn (Frenchy from GREASE). Winner of the
2004 National Broadway Theatre Award for the Best Play.
Luncheon choices include: Tuna Croissant Maurice Salad, or Chicken Salad Lavash.
Bus departs West Bloomfield JCC at 11 am, returning approximately 5 pm.
Departs Oak Park JCC at 11:30 am, returning at 4•30 pm.
Tickets: Center members $74; Nonmembers: $84.
For more information or tickets, call Marilyn Wolfe at 248.432.5471, or visit jccdet.org .
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October 2 • 2008