Harold Falk passed away March 28, 2014 very peacefully at Lund Hospice in Gilbert, AZ. Harold was born April 24, 1933 in Sioux City, Iowa, to Ida and Max Falk. He grew up in a lively home of 5 children with a very strong Jewish emphasis and practice. Harold's life had so much joy as the years went by. He attended the Chicago Jewish Academy in high school, and there his great love of Judaism was nurtured. The University of Minnesota was next, with time as a pilot in the Air Force. This was truly an exciting time of his life that he always loved discussing! Years in Sioux City running the family business followed. In 1960 Harold married Frances Malcom in Omaha. They spent 11 years in Sioux City, a wonderful warm welcoming community where their 3 sons were born. In 1971 Harold was anxious to experience what it was like to live in Israel in the Jewish majority, so the family moved to Tel Aviv to spend 2 very interesting rewarding years. When the time came to move back to America, a large Jewish community was a priority, and Houston, Texas was chosen. It was such a great decision, and 27 years in this dynamic Jewish community, raising their family, proved a wonderful life! When their first grandchild was born Fran and Harold knew they wanted to live near their children and families, so Phoenix was the next stop and they watched their babies grow up in beautiful Arizona and California! Harold was a leader and teacher wherever he lived--in his synagogue and in his community. He was passionate about the survival of the Jewish people, and this was evident as he taught Confirmation classes or Adult Education. When the now highly successful Holocaust Museum in Houston was in its infancy, Harold was a popular teacher of the docents who came to participate. He had studied the Holocaust and had extensive knowledge and a deep feeling of this tragic time. Harold led a study group of Seniors at Har Zion Congregation for years. The attendance was large year after year, and many looked forward to the "Lunch and Learn" sessions. Many members were "snowbirds," coming from many places, always looking forward to coming back to the study group! There was a lot of learning and a lot of fun!! Harold is survived by his wife of 53 years, Fran, son Joel and wife Andrea of Chandler, AZ, son Jimmy of Phoenix and son Jay and wife Cecilia of West Hills, California. The grandchildren, the light of his life, are Jason and Rachel of Chandler, and Sophia and Max of West Hills. He is also survived by brother Leonard Falk of Sioux City, and 3 sisters Lillian Goldfine of Scottsdale, Francie Paper of Wayzata, Minnesota and Scottsdale, and Helen Brooks of Minneapolis, Minnesota and also many cousins, nieces and nephews and dear friends. Despite the fact that Harold's life ended physically limited by a cruel neuro-muscular disease, his sharp mind and wit was never affected. He remembered details of the past that amazed everyone up to the end. His tremendous sense of humor remained all during his illness, and he accepted what happened to him with dignity and kindness to everyone he met. He was truly loved by his caretakers and many friends. The last 5 months at the Lund Family Hospice Home were so very compassionate and comfortable for Harold. There are no words to describe the quality of care, attention and love shown to our dear husband, father, grandfather and brother. We will be forever grateful. Services were held at Mt. Sinai Cemetery on Monday, March 31st with Chazzan Bernard Savitz officiating. Contributions in Harold's memory would be appreciated to Congregation Shomrei Torah, 4927 E. Evans Dr., Scottsdale, AZ, 85254, or to Lund Family Hospice Home, 1982 East Woodside Court, Gilbert, AZ 85297-7333, or to a
. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Sinai Mortuary of AZ
4538 N. 16th Street Phoenix, AZ 85016
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 1, 2014