Toby J. Shapiro
1938 - 2020
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Toby J. Shapiro

Toby Shapiro passed away peacefully from the Covid virus on July 11, 2020. She was born in Chicago on March 27, 1938 to loving parents, David and Sylvia Jacobson.

Toby graduated from Roosevelt University and began her 35 year career teaching first and second grade in the Chicago Public School system. Toby loved being a teacher and her students loved her. Fellow teachers became lifelong friends.

In 1981, Toby married Ernie Shapiro, an ad executive and neighbor in their lakefront high rise building. In 1990, after successful careers, Toby and Ernie retired and moved to Scottsdale. They traveled extensively during their retirement years, to destinations including England, Scotland, France, Italy, Israel, Egypt and Hawaii. Toby enjoyed her close relationship with Ernie's 3 adult daughters and their families. She had a large circle of friends in Scottsdale, and they frequently enjoyed playing cards, mah jong, lunch and dinner dates, and entertaining.

Sadly, Toby developed dementia in the last few years, and moved into a special care home in Gilbert, where she was close to her husband and her stepdaughters.

Toby is survived by her loving husband, Ernie Shapiro, her sister Ruth in Chicago, her nieces and nephew, along with her stepdaughters Carrie (Ira) Goode, Debbie (Bob) Miller, Stacey Shapiro, her grandchildren Allison (Don) Duquette, Katie Miller, Scott Miller and her most adored great granddaughter, Nora Miller.

A celebration of her life will be scheduled for a future date.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jul. 27 to Jul. 31, 2020.
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August 1, 2020
I knew her by name only, as her husband, Ernie was my Art teacher, and he talked about her all of the time. My sympathies to Ernie, and to the rest of Toby’s family.
Carolyn Milliken
July 31, 2020
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