Dr. Solomon Heller, Longtime El Paso Physician Born in Mexico City, Mexico to Abraham and Raya Heller, Solomon "Sol" Heller died on January 20 at age 85, only three weeks after the loss of his beloved wife, Ronnie. He is greatly loved by his family who sorely mourn his loss, which was so sudden and so unexpected. He is survived by his brother, Irving Heller; by his aunt, Sarita Heller; by his children Anita Kolleeny and David Haynes, Cyndi Heller and Dr. Marshal Goldberg and Drs. Howard and Susan Heller; and by his grandchildren, Liz Kolleeny and David Haynes, Joshua and Jenna Goldberg, and Katie, Andrew and Grace Heller. He is also survived by Mrs. Clara Schnall and Mr. and Mrs. David Heller children of Sarita Heller and Mr. and Mrs. Warren Pulner, Mrs. Jackie Widener, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Heller and Mrs. Cheryl Heller children of Irving Heller. Sol moved to El Paso when he was nine years old. After graduating from the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy in his home town of El Paso, Sol completed Medical School at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He met Ronnie in Chicago while he was completing his internship and she was employed as a dietitian at Michael Reese hospital. After marrying Ronnie, he joined the Air Force during the Korean War. Once he completed both his military service and his residency in Internal Medicine, he moved with Ronnie to El Paso where they shared a happy and fulfilling life together for fifty-five years. Sol worked closely with Ronnie as his office manager for over four decades. A prominent Internist in the community and at Providence Hospital, he was widely loved and respected as an excellent physician. Even twelve years after his retirement from medicine, former patients continued to tell him how much they still missed having him as their doctor. Sol was a gifted photographer and travelled extensively around the world. He loved sports, especially the UTEP Miners basketball team, and thoroughly enjoyed gardening. We want to give thanks to Socorro Vasquez and Monica Mendoza who gave Sol such special care and support in his home. There are too many friends and family to thank individually, but we have been so blessed by their comforting love and their presence in our lives. We want to give thanks to the many physicians and nurses who cared for him at Providence Memorial Hospital, especially his oncologist, Dr. Raul Portillo, and his physician at M.D. Anderson, Dr. Michael Keating. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at 2:00 PM at Congregation B'nai Zion, 805 Cherry Hill Ln. Interment will follow at the B'nai Zion Cemetery. Pallbearers will include Dr. Richard Applebaum, Stuart Blaugrund, Leonard Heller, Michael Kasner, Dr. Samuel Mirrop, and Bob Warach. Honoraries will include Warren Pulner, Dr. Ben Taber, Bill Gottfried, Dr. Boris Kaim, Dr. Peter Herman, Bobby Goldfarb, Danny Grodin and Sam Avila. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Rowena and Solomon Heller Fund at Congregation B'nai Zion. Services will be entrusted to Martin Funeral Home West. Online condolences can be made at www.MartinFuneralHomeWest.com.
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Published in El Paso Times from Jan. 21 to Jan. 28, 2013