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Donald "Don" Shifris

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Shifris, Donald
Don passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 11, 2015 in Scottsdale, AZ surrounded by his family. He was born in Chicago, IL on January 20, 1939. He married the love of his life, Cookie in 1959, raising a family and starting a computer accounting business. In 1972 Don sold that business and retired, with his family, to Paradise Valley, AZ. There he spent some time relaxing and hunting for gold and the Lost Dutchman Mine. In 1976 he started a new computer business in Phoenix that thrived until he retired again in 2001. While working and in retirement, Don supported the Jewish National Fund, the Jewish Federation and the Jewish Community Center. He and Cookie traveled and made friends all over, and he especially loved visiting and supporting Israel. Don was a dedicated husband, father, Papa, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was passionate about his grandchildren, and spent many hours playing with them and helping them to succeed. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Cookie; daughters Linda Schwartz (Andrew) and Sue Goettl (Roger); grandchildren David and Josh Schwartz and Dani and Rachel Goettl; sister Carol Cogan (Art), and many extended family members and friends. The family wishes to thank for their caring support and for taking such good care of Don in his final weeks. Funeral services will be at Green Acres Cemetery Chapel, 401 N Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85257. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Jewish National Fund (8698 E San Alberto, Ste. B, Scottsdale, AZ 85258), an organization very close to Don's heart, or (1510 E Flower St, Phoenix, AZ 85014).


Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 14, 2015
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