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Joel Donald "Shelly" Bienstock

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Bienstock, Joel "Shelly" Donald
passed away on April 12, 2014. Born in Brooklyn, New York on August 17, 1932, he enlisted in the Army after graduating from high school. While serving in the Korean War he was gravely injured when a mortar shell hit in front of the foxhole he was in, killing the two servicemen on each side of him. He regained consciousness in a hospital in Japan from which he was transferred to the Walter Reed Army Hospital where he completed his recovery. Shelly was hugely proud to have served in the Army and would often regale his family with stories about General MacArthur. Shelly loved and was devoted to his wife of 57 years, Lillian, who preceded him in death. Shelly had a multi-faceted successful career in retail and wholesale sales and in the securities business in New Jersey, Florida and Arizona where he moved with his wife, Lillian, in 1984 to be closer to his children and their families. A great salesman with an unbelievable work ethic, Shelly loved every job he ever had. In New Jersey, Shelly was very active in the White Meadow Lake Temple where he was President of the Men's Club which led to a life-long commitment to charitable causes. Not having grown up doing outdoor activities, he nevertheless volunteered as the Scoutmaster for his son's Boy Scout Troop after working for several years as a Cub Scout leader. After his family, which always came first, Shelly had a passion for traveling with Lillian, playing bridge and other card games and dancing. A snappy dresser like his late father, Benjamin, Shelly loved to dance the jitterbug and could cut a mean rug. He is survived by his loving daughter, Marcia (Stuart) Blake, his son Floyd (Beverly) and his four grandsons, Matt (Victoria), Brett (Erin) and Trevor Blake and Spencer Bienstock. To honor Shelly's memory, the family suggests contributions to the , www.alz.org.



Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 20, 2014
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