- 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 www.gift2adopt.org/ Funeral will be at 11 A.M. Monday, October 20th., HODROFF AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 671 S. Snelling Avenue in St. Paul.
Published in Pioneer Press from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21, 2003.