Amy Marie Silberberg
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- Silberberg, Amy Marie Amy Silberberg was born on August 24, 1953 and died on October 17, 2003 after a five-week battle with cancer. She is survived by loving husband, Chaim Teitelbaum, and children, Samuel and Margaret. Also survived by father, Dr. Norman Silberberg (Sharon Shapiro); loving sisters, Sarah Rose (Tom Maertz), Naomi Silver (Chris Silver), nieces and nephews Teslin, Alma and Ari, and a loving extended family. She was preceded in death by her mother, Dr. Margaret Silberberg. Amy was born in Minneapolis and lived mostly in the St. Paul area. She attended St. Paul Academy / Summit School and graduated from the University of Minnesota in anthropology. She then graduated from Hamline Law School with a J.D. in 1978. She devoted her legal talents to the needs of the poor and excluded people, having worked for Legal Aid, Indian Legal Aid, American Civil Liberties Union (in Colorado and Minnesota), United Auto Workers, Executive Director of the Minnesota Justice Foundation and private practice. She and her husband adopted two children at birth and maintained open and warm relationships with the birth families. This developed into an interest in working with adoption. She worked as a sole practitioner in Afton, Minnesota and represented birth and adoptive parents in independent, agency, interstate, state agency, international and relative adoptions. She was the author of Minnesota Adoption Law and Practice, (Lexis, 1999, updated in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003). She also published many articles and pamphlets for professional and lay audiences, and served on advisory and editorial boards for many legal and family publications. She was trained as a family law and adoption mediator. Amy had a strong commitment to a humane and respectful adoption practice in which the birth parents' rights and wishes were honored throughout the adoption and for a lifetime. She knew that for everyone involved, adoption is life long and does not end when the adoption is finalized. She will be deeply missed by all. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to: Gift of Adoption Fund, 101 Pier Street, 1st floor Port Washington, WI 53074 Funeral will be at 11 A.M. Monday, October 20th., HODROFF AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 671 S. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.

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Published in Pioneer Press from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2003.
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October 20, 2003
It's been many years since I last saw Amy. We were in a photography group together. I remember Amy as full of energy and life. She had just adopted Samuel and later Margaret and was so thrilled. She adored and loved her children beyond words. I'm sad to learn of Amy's illness and death. She will be missed by the many people who's lives she touched.
Janice Goldstein
October 20, 2003
Amy was one of the lawyers on a free speech case I brought against a Minnesota school district in 1983. She always dealt with me, a high-school senior, with professionalism and good cheer.

Years later, I met my own birth parents. I am grateful there are people like Amy advocating for the rights of adoptees and their parents.

May God see Amy's family through this difficult time.
Tony Hill
October 20, 2003
Amy's spirit; her laughter; her commitment to justice; her love for her family - these are the things I will treasure in her memory.
Linda Gallant
October 19, 2003
We never had the pleasure of meeting Amy but she helped us contact our daughter's birthsister. By coincidence, she was friends with the sister's adoptive family. We were very grateful for the time she took to connect us. She was a caring and giving person. Blessed be her memory. With Sympathy to her family, The Engels'
Donna Engels
October 19, 2003
Amy was the best of us all and she brought out the best in every one of us. I am only sorry that when we meet tomorrow (Oct. 20, 2003) it will be to bid farewell to such a loving and generous woman. I just don't have the words to express how much I will miss her.

Damian Sheridan
October 19, 2003
Amy was loved by many, including myself. I find comfort in knowing she didn't suffer long.
Kathy Freese
October 19, 2003
I'm really glad I had the chance to know Amy. We both adopted our children about the same time and were able to share the sheer joy of finally becoming parents. Amy didn't let it end there. Several "new moms" went out to schools and adoption agencies to tell how "open" adoptions worked and how everyone benefited when nothing was kept hidden. It's hard to believe that was a radical concept in 1990. Now it's the norm.
Tamara Rohde
October 19, 2003
I had the pleasure of working with Amy on several cases in recent years. Her sense of humor, compassion, and skills were always appreciated by her clients as well as those who worked with her. She will be missed by so many whose lives she touched; she made the world a better place. Our thoughts are with her family during this incredibly difficult time, and we hope they can draw strength from their memories of the past, to help them in the future.
Jessica Maher and family
Jessica Maher
October 19, 2003
Goodbye Amy - Thank you for being in my life. Bon Voyage
Jack Doepke
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