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Elmer Howard ZOFF

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The world lost a strong advocate for peace and justice when Elmer Howard Zoff died on December 30, 2012. Born in 1913 into a large family of thirteen had shaped his life and established his lifelong concern for the common people. A look at the organizations he donated money to after he was out of the hard times affirmed his values. These included Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Planned Parenthood, Vets for Peace, Neighborhood House of St. Paul, Women Against Military Madness and the Nature Conservancy to name a few. The fact that he joined the First Unitarian Church in Minneapolis in 1942 and remained a member through his life also speaks to the way he lived his strongly felt values. He was also a member of the Mahtomedi Unitarian Church after marrying his second wife, Phyllis. Both a devoted husband and father, he was also engaged in caring for and helping some of his many siblings, nieces and nephews, and caring about, analyzing and talking about politics from a peace and justice standpoint. A chiropractor, golfer, opera lover and fan of the North Woods are only some of the descriptive words for him. His wives Dorothy, who died in 1997 and Phyllis Cohen, who died in 2012, held similar values and were politically active also. He will be greatly missed by his two daughters, three grandsons and their spouses, and his great-grandson; and other family and friends. Donations in his honor can be sent to WILPF or Planned Parenthood.

Published in Pioneer Press on Mar. 24, 2013
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