Doreen Lipsit Stackel
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Doreen Lipsit Stackel

Phoenix - Doreen Lipsit Stackel, 90, passed away on Monday night, 25 May 2020 at Phoenix Mountain Post-Acute care facility in Phoenix, AZ of pancreatic cancer. She was the first daughter of Moise Lipsit and Mary Lester. She leaves behind her sister, Stefanie Tashkovich, and her nephews, Mark and Gligor Tashkovich, all residing in New York City. She was predeceased in 1979 by her husband Milton Stackel.

Born in the Bronx, New York, Doreen always had an immediate affinity with anyone she met who was also from there. After training and working as a model, she took a job at Grossinger's Resort Hotel, the famous resort in the Catskills, where she met her future husband, Milt. Together they went on to run many country clubs in Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Chicago, with Milt serving as General Manager and Doreen working as Dining Room Manager. After Milt's death at only 50, Doreen started Hospitality Hotline, an executive search agency for the hospitality industry. In 1983, she moved to Phoenix and began teaching classes at Scottsdale Community College in hospitality management. She then launched her 35-year career in print advertising sales for publications including Ballet Arizona and the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain. Doreen enjoyed her long-term relationships with clients, learning about them and promoting their businesses. She was a people-person with an unusual ability to connect with others. She could easily be spotted in her green Lincoln Town Car driving around an ever-changing Phoenix, intent on learning about new businesses and buildings. In 1992, she also worked for Trans World Airlines (TWA) as a Quality Assurance Auditor, traveling globally under the codename Shadow. Her first marriage, which ended in divorce, was to Saul Rogovin, among the first Jewish major league baseball players, who had the lowest ERA in baseball in 1951 as a pitcher for the Chicago White Sox.

If you wish to make a donation in her memory, please consider Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, AZ 85014.




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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jun. 26 to Jul. 1, 2020.
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June 29, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
June 29, 2020
I have known both Doreen and Milt nearly ALL of my life. Meeting at Crestview Country Club in 1971. Milt hired me to work in the kitchen while I was going to school at the Culinary Institute of America at it's original campus in New Haven Connecticut. Upon my graduation, both Milt and Doreen prompted me to be the Head Chef at Crestview. Having catered many weddings and functions at the club with great success.
In 1975 we left Crestview to move to Newton Mass to manage the former Chestnut Hill Country Club.
While working there the Stackels invited me to their home in Brookline. Doreen prepared probably the BEST and MOST Memorable meal I have ever had, Lamb Stew. Prepared Kosher Style with Lamb Neck Bone Meat and roasted with assorted vegetables, not in a thick gravy but simply DELICIOUS.
The Stackels left Chestnut Hill to take a position in Chicago and asked me to go with them as their Chef. Because of being the caregiver for my family, I just couldn't go that far away from my family and opted to stay.
Doreen and Milt knew of my childhood dream to own a Rolls Royce and promised one to be waiting for me if I were to come to illinois.i didn't go, but bought one on my own and enjoyed it for many years.
We stayed in touch all of the years and more so after Milts passing in August of 79.
Doreen and I would talk on the phone, email, and on occasion meet for lunch in NYC. Our Last lunch was at the former Stage Deli, where the portions were HUGE and the food most delicious.
Our conversation was ALWAYS the BEST, AND like Milt she was a great mentor to me in the food business.
She will be sadly missed by me and many of the folks we worked with over the years
Rest in the Peace of God's Loving Arms my friend
Untill we meet again at the Gates of Heaven
Dominic j Grimaldi jr
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