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The Detroit Jewish News, 2013-02-28

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A Man Of Worldly Wisdom And Poetry


arah and Samuel Korn welcomed
Monte Korn into the world on July
4, 1919. Monte spent his early life
in Highland Park, a half-block from his
father's Korn's Variety Store at Tennyson
and Oakland. Monte inherited and sur-
passed his father's business savvy, which
would eventually help him run his own law
and investment firms.
Monte Marvin Korn (Moshe ben
Shmuel), 93, of West Bloomfield, died
Feb. 23, 2013. He was an attorney and an
investor who became known to thousands
through his economic advice shows on
radio and television.
Even as a young man, Monte knew how
to manage money and investments. For
example, when World War II was on the
horizon, he had the foresight to stockpile as
many metal toy trucks and toy guns as he
could purchase wholesale. He purchased the
toys using his father's money, without his
permission. He sold toys the following year,
at a significant profit. Although his father
was initially furious at the deception, he
enjoyed the profit his son shared with him.
Monte graduated from Congregation
Shaarey Zedek Sunday school and served
as the vice president of the junior congre-
gation in 1938. He organized and was the
first president of Social Inc., the largest
independent Jewish young people's social
group in Detroit.
Monte proudly completed his K-12
Highland Park public school education at
the age of 16. He recalled with great fond-
ness how his high school English teacher
inspired him to read poetry and make it his
own. As a result, he developed a passion for
writing and reciting poetry.
After high school, Monte attended the
University of California at Los Angeles and
finished his undergrad studies at Wayne
University in Detroit, earning a bachelor of
arts in political science. He completed all
work for a master's degree in political sci-
ence, except for his thesis.
He received his law degree from Wayne
and took and passed his bar exam in April
1942, prior to his completion of law school.

of West Bloomfield,
died Feb. 9, 2013.
Mrs. Benson is sur-
vived by her daughters
and son-in-law, Rita
Fischer of Waterford
and Sharon and
Dennis R. Green of
West Bloomfield; son and daughter-in-
law, Michael A. and Nancy Benson of
Louisiana; grandchildren, Lauren and
Nancie Becker, Marc Benkoff and Sarah
Cavataio, Shawne Benson, Matthew
and Jessie Benson, Aaron and Jeanine
Benson, and Joe Spira; great-grand-
children, Hannah Becker and Elijah

Shortly thereafter, he enlisted in the U.S.
Marine Corps, where he endured the
intense boot camp at Parris Island, S.C.

War Years

Monte attended Quantico Officers'
Candidate School. He proudly completed
the arduous and demanding basic and
advanced training programs for becom-
ing a Marine officer. There, he received
a sharpshooters' medal; he graduated
Quantico with the rank of
second lieutenant.
Following the Battle
of Midway, Monte was
stationed on the island,
where he served for sev-
eral months. Before his
tour, he took special care
to memorize his favorite
poems. During long eve-
nings on guard duty shifts,
he recited the poetry from
his English class to keep himself alert and
accommodate for loneliness.
Monte was granted medical leave from
the Marine Corps due to previously undi-
agnosed double vision in 1944. Following
his retirement, he helped found the
Am Vets, an association for honorably
discharged American veterans. Shortly
thereafter, he was admitted to several
hospitals for a variety of ailments.
At one point, he was diagnosed with
myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular
disorder, and was told he had one year
to live. As a result, he resolved to live his
life as fully and completely as possible; he
did, for more than 60 years thereafter.

Law Practice

When Monte returned from the war, he
opened his law practice, with locations in
Hamtramck and Downtown Detroit. In
1964, he moved the practice to Southfield.
He took care of rich and poor alike and
was available to his clients, taking calls at
home day or night to service those in need.
Even in the face of impending death,
less than two days before he passed, he

She was the beloved wife of the late
Arthur Benson; the last of eight chil-
dren of the late Louis and the late Ethel
Interment was at Machpelah Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to Jewish
Hospice & Chaplaincy Network, 6555
W. Maple, West Bloomfield, MI 48322,
www.jewishhospice.org; Luella Hannan
Memorial Foundation, 4750 Woodward
Ave., Detroit, MI 48201; Jewish
National Fund, 60 Revere Drive, Suite
960, Northbrook, IL 60062, www.jnf.
org; or Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack
Ave., Detroit, MI 48201, www.hom.org .
Arrangements were by Ira Kaufman

asked what was going on in the office.
Although he had already retired, after 72
years of practice, he was still mentally and
emotionally invested.
In addition to his law practice, Monte
entertained a variety of business ventures.
Hearkening back to his youth, he invested
in both the real estate and the stock mar-
kets. He owned an insurance agency up
until the late 1960s as well as apartment
buildings and a nursing home. He got
his securities license in the
1980s, enabling him to fur-
ther his investments.
Monte's renown grew as a
result of his involvement in
the broadcast arts. He had
hosted the Law and Money
radio show since its inception
in the early 1980s. Recording
took place in a variety of
locales, including Michigan,
Florida and Colorado. His
radio career began decades earlier as the
voice of the Michigan Am Vets Radio
Broadcast. For a time, he was co-host of
Money Wise on TV 2 Detroit. His televi-
sion career also included a Wall Street
West broadcast from Denver.
Outside of his work, Monte loved to read,
write and recite poetry. He wrote and pub-
lished a book of his original poetry, Words
without Sound and Sound Thoughts without
Words. He enjoyed listening to chamber
music and classical music as well as attend-
ing symphonies, ballets and theater.

Family Life

Monte nurtured all of his investments, but
none as lovingly as his marriage. He came
to the wedding of Mike and Arleen Karbal,
not expecting to meet his future bride.
Thanks to his sister, Beulah Moss, and
her aunt, Betty Karbal, he was introduced
to Eleanor Karbal. One year later, on July
11, 1948, the two were married. Over the
course of their 65-year "love affair:' they
were blessed with seven children, 14 grand-
children and two great-grandchildren.
Monte and Eleanor traveled the

of Farmington Hills, died
Feb. 22, 2013. An active
member and supporter
of David Horodoker
Organization, JARC and
the Jewish Federation
of Metropolitan Detroit,
shewas also a lifetime
c. 1970
member of Hadassah.
She is survived by her sisters-in-law and
brother-in-law, Sandra and James Hack,
Beth Fader; nieces and nephews, Marcia
Rubens, Susan Goldstein, Pam Kunick-
Cohen, Michael Kunick; great-nieces and
great-nephews, Alden Goldstein-Bergovoy,
Lauren Robin, Freddy Kunick, Gaby Cohen,
Seth Cohen; great-great-nephews, Asher

world together. Their home-away-from-
home and favorite domestic locale was
Charlevoix, where they owned a cottage
and loft. He loved watching the pictur-
esque sunsets as well as hearing the sounds
of the waves crashing against the shores of
Lake Michigan. They also traveled to other
countries, including several in Europe
and Asia, Israel, the United Kingdom and
Canada, frequenting the cities of London,
England, and Niagara Falls, Ontario.
He lived his life defying expectations and
transcending limitations. He truly prac-
ticed what he preached, living every day as
though it were his last.
Monte Korn is survived by his wife of
64 wonderful years, Eleanor Karbal Korn;
sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Korn
and Marge Clarke, Dr. Howard and Lynne
Brooks-Korn, Stephen Korn, Rabbi Richard
and Shuli Korn; daughters and son-in-law,
Linee Diem and significant other Harry
Dalfey, Joanne and Dr. Michael Rowe,
Nancy Korn Zelch; grandchildren, Jeff
Diem, Melissa Rowe, Jeremy Rowe, Sholom
and Tova Korn, Yisroel Korn, Sarah Korn,
Yakov Korn, Rochel Korn, Brittany Zelch,
Jared Zelch and Jordan Zelch, Amy Diem,
Shira Diem and Rena Diem; great-grand-
children, Ephraim Korn and Chaya Korn;
sister, Phyllis Zatzick; sister-in-law, Beverly
Mitz. He is also survived and appreciated
by Lizzie Williams.
Mr. Korn was loving brother of the
late Dr. Robert Korn and the late Beulah
Moss; the dear brother-in-law of the late
Annette Korn, the late David Moss, the
late Leonard Mitz, the late Arlene Mehler
Levenson, the late Morton Mehler and the
late Albert Levenson.
Interment was at Clover Hill Park
Cemetery. Donations may be made to Yad
Ezra, 2850 W. 11 Mile, Berkley, MI 48072;
Jewish War Veterans, 7400 Telegraph,
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301; Friendship
Circle, Meer Family Friendship Center,
6892 W. Maple, West Bloomfield, MI
48322, www.friendshipcircle.org ; or a
charity of one's choice. Arrangements by
Ira Kaufman Chapel.

Bergovoy, Eli Bergovoy, Solomon Robin;
other loving relatives and friends.
Mrs. Fader was the beloved wife for more
than 60 years of the late Irving Fader; lov-
ing daughter of the late Anna and the late
Morris Kunick; dear sister of the late Fern
Kunick, the late Harry Kunick, the late
Lillian Rubens, the late Frederick Kunick.
Contributions may be made to Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, 6735
Telegraph Road, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301;
Hospice of Michigan, 400 Mack Ave., Detroit,
MI 48201; or David Horodoker Organization,
do Roz Blanck, 6950 Pebble Creek Woods
Drive, West Bloomfield, MI 48322. Services
and interment were held at Adat Shalom
Memorial Park in Livonia. Arrangements by
Hebrew Memorial Chapel.

Obituaries on page 74



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