Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert Mem. Chapels
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HORWITZ, STEPHEN NOAH, 67, an extraordinarily humble, thoughtful, lover of music and never-ending fun, and gifted physician blessed with a great sense of humor, set sail on his final voyage from his home port Friday evening surrounded by his loved ones. Predeceased by his parents, Michael and Ramona, Steve was born in Champaign, IL and raised on Miami Beach and graduated from Tulane Medical School. Waving him off were his beloved wife, Joyce Melissa Horwitz, brothers Franklin (Karla), Jerrold (Sandra), Sanford (Janet), baby sister Andrea (Kenny), stepmother Shirley and stepsisters, Jana (Robbin), Rebecca, and Michelle. Steve is also survived by his adored nieces and nephews, Rachael (Brandon), Joel (Denisa), Jamie (Fred), Lisa (Josh), Michelle, Zachary, Aaron, Mandi, Allison, Vickie (Vinnie), Hans, Kurt (Teresa), and grandnephews and grandniece, William, Maxwell, Skyler, Phoebe, and cousins, Sandi, Bruce (Elissa), Star, Tina, and so many other relatives, too many to name. Steve was a part of, and touched so many people's lives and made each person feel as if they were the most special person in his life. And to him, you were. From all facets of Steve's life, including childhood friends, patients and dedicated staff in his dermatology practice, his life-long sailing buddies, his friends at Coral Reef Yacht Club, and even all his siblings' friends whom he considered his own, he set everyone's sails so we all got the most out of the wind blowing in our lives. He will be missed, but his spirit will live on forever. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Service 1pm Monday, August 17, 2015 at Temple Beth Sholom, 4144 Chase Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Arrangements by Blasberg-Rubin-Zilbert (305) 865-2353.
Published by the Miami Herald on Aug. 16, 2015.
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When we were in med school together, he & I went sailing on his sunfish on the lake together. Never forget that day!
Bruce Samuels
August 10, 2020
Steve, we miss your humor and smiles down here on Earth, Hope you are having a great time in Heaven. Happy Sailing!
Sharon Wynne
August 12, 2019
STEPHEN,,not forgotten. Love, friend Joyce
Joyce Hannes
August 11, 2019
A great classmate @Tulane. Sorely missed.
Bruce Samuels
April 8, 2018
I've never known anyone who could relate so easily and so well to so many different kinds of people in a friendly way the way Steve did. The most radically diverse collection of people, from ditch-diggers to Ph.D.s, from bums to billionaires, all simply adored Steve Horwitz. To go anywhere with him was to be showered with the good will that people felt for him.
April 27, 2016
Dear Melissa,Just heard about Steve's death from his cousin Andrea Lestelle.Please accept our sincere condolences. I remember our fun times as Derm residents together. Janet and Rene Koppel
January 28, 2016
My deepest condolences to his beloved wife and family. I had the honor to work for Dr Horwitz, He will be missed.
Susie Kawalek
November 12, 2015
I am saddened to learn of Steve's death. He has been my doctor for over 25 years and is one of the few doctors I felt close enough to call by his first name. Even though I live in Coral Gables I drove over an hour so he could be my doctor. I looked forward to my visits because not only was he a great doctor, we spent time discussing books we have each read and thought the other would like to read.I am sure his family misses him deeply. Robert Schur
Robert Schur
October 29, 2015
I learnt today of my doctor's passing, I am so sad. I was his patient for over 20 years & looked forward to our fun coversations & hugs whenever I had an appointment.
RIP Dr. Horowitz haven has gained an angel.
Stevonnie Brown
October 26, 2015
Simply devastated to hear that my lifelong friend has passed on. A true gem that never had a bad word to say about anyone. I feel lucky that I knew such a fine human being,and hope his entire family feels comfort in the fact he was adored by all that got to know him. With the deepest of sympathy, the entire Goodman family
Marty Goodman
October 24, 2015
I am so deeply sorry to hear about Dr. Horowitz' passing. He was an incredibly gifted surgeon and he helped through a very difficult procedure. He will be truly missed.
Ellen Marsh
October 9, 2015
I will miss Dr. H forever. Condolences to his family and wonderful staff at Horwitz Dermatology.
Margaret Anton
September 23, 2015
I am so very sorry to learn about "Dr. Steve"s" passing. A gifted dermatologist but more importantly, an exemplary human being..."Mensch" personified.

With deep sympathy and gratitude for all he did and was,
Maritza Leonard
September 6, 2015
Donnie Ceasar
September 2, 2015
I am so sad to learn this news.Dr. Horwitz was my dermatologist for nearly 25 years. He was brilliant at what he did and such a kind, caring, fun, man. I loved chatting with him about NOLA and being a foodie..I will miss him dearly..R.I.P. xo
Donnie Ceasar
September 2, 2015
To My Medical Angel! 1 Million thanks would never be enough. Fair Winds!
August 31, 2015
Dr. Horwitz was my dermatologist. He truly was the best of the best of the best! My heart breaks for his family and his wonderful team at Horwitz Dermatology. My deepest condolences and I will keep all of you in my prayers.
Shantelle Maxwell
August 24, 2015
My husband and myself just learned of dr.s passing we loved him very much we will miss him terribly
Carol Harry Johnson
August 24, 2015
A caring, friendly, genuine person, and a great doctor. I will miss him. Rest in peace.
Harold Sheroff
August 24, 2015
Dr. Horwitz was my Dermatologist starting during his days at Mount Sinai. I remained his patient ever since. I could not have asked for a more highly knowledgeable, professional and compassionate Doctor. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends, employees, and associates. He will be missed. Lovingly, Chickie Blumberg
Chickie Blumberg
August 23, 2015
Sending his family my prayers so very sorry to hear of his passing. Stephen was a wonderful doctor with always the brightest aura and smile! He will be missed. He was one of a kind with such a gift of helping and healing others! May he rest in peace. My Deepest Condolences.

sarah turchin
August 22, 2015
Dr.Horwitz was my dermatologist for many years .he always had a smile and a great sense of humor and made me feel at ease when I was nervous about a procedure .you made a difference I people's lives may you rest in peace my condolences to the family
margaret Wortmann
August 21, 2015
Sandy and Janet (Zach & Michelle),
My heart is breaking for you all...
I had the pleasure of knowing your brother through you (many years ago) and in more recent years as a patient. I am so sorry for your loss. Your bother was a very kind and warm man who will be missed by many! Sending healing prayes to you and your whole family.
Debbie Whitebrook-Markus
August 21, 2015
What a treasure it was to have know Steve. Now, finally at rest and out of pain, here's to smooth sailing ahead. Condolences to all the family members, especially Melissa, who was so courageous through the last months.
September and Tor Holstad
August 19, 2015
I had the pleasure of interacting with Dr. Horwitz as a patient and on a professional and personal basis over the course of at least 10 years. His attitude was always upbeat and cheerful, even after his diagnosis. My deepest condolences to his family and closest friends.
C Dumas
August 19, 2015
To the Horwitz family, my deepest and heartfelt condolences to you all. May he rest in peace and live in your hearts forever
Marilyn Martinez-Pinault
August 19, 2015
My deepest heartfelt condolences to Melissa and the rest of your family.
I had the privilege of being one of Dr. H's medical assistants. An outstanding human being and mentor. We are "sailors" and loved to talk about it.
Thanks for the wonderful memories. Rest in Peace.
Much love always,
Gladys S. Mogensen
Gladys Mogensen
August 18, 2015
I just learned of Stephan's passing and am honestly in shock.
I loved Stephen and his beautiful family. I am sending you love and healing energy . Lisa Chariff Better
August 18, 2015
I'll always have fond memories of our days in Atlanta and you rolling on the floor with our newborn baby Julie. I'm sure you got God smiling with a joke. RIP my friend.
Elliot Fisch
August 18, 2015
dr horwitz helped me through difficult times . i will always remember his kindness . rip dear man
ellen lesnick
August 18, 2015
Stephen was a remarkably blessed soul,and his memory will be with me forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you Melissa...
Lee Hediger
August 18, 2015
Steve, Marty and I are saddened by your passing. You've always taken care of us. I know we we will see you again. You're such a mench! Love, Jamie and Marty Ruccolo
Jamie Ruccolo
August 18, 2015
Mellisa; Your love, devotion and partnership with Steve has been admired by all who have know you. Steve's spirit and your remarkable selflesness has touched our hearts.
Sy and Barbara Frankfurt
August 17, 2015
Melissa, Praying for you and all who loved Steve (I guess that's everyone who knew him including myself). God Bless.

Love and hugs,

Helen Snyder Gauthier & family
August 17, 2015
Steve ever since our first meet at age 81/2 Cub Scout Pac 365 Miami Beach I some how knew you and I would know each other for years to come,you have done more good for me than I have space to explain or words can express, now you are gone and my life will be at lot less full, good bye for now my friend, I will miss you.
stan solow
August 17, 2015
We are so very sad to hear that Steve lost the battle he fought so courageously - I remember coming to find his Krewe at JazzFest and seeing him in all his glory, and Rick was honored to have him as a partner....Please accept our deepest condolences.
Cathy & Rick Rubenstein
August 17, 2015
Carol Trent
August 17, 2015
Steve and Melissa made me feel welcome when it was my first time in New Orleans. I am so grateful I was able to share some time with Steve. Melissa, I am deeply sorry for your loss and thinking of you. Sincerely,
Brooke Rosener (friend of Josh Wilk)
Brooke Rosener
August 17, 2015
Steve will be missed enormously. He was a kind friend, gentle doctor and passionate sailor. Forever in our hearts and minds.
Dominic and the Marsden Family
August 17, 2015
To the Horwitz Family - I am so terribly saddened by Steve's passing - I feel like I lost a family member also. I remember when I was younger and growing up with Andrea, Steve's wisdom, fun spirit, sleeping over at his and Melissa's house and just having fun! I wish I were down there to hug the family! Steve will always be remembered fondly and loved. My deepest sympathies - I love you all!
Gail Stander Kapitulnik
August 17, 2015
Even though I only knew Dr. Horwitz as a patient he surely will be missed by myself and I am sure all of his patients as well. I started going to his office at a young age and he always took great care of me and always took time to not just do his job, but to just discuss everything going on with me and my family.

He was a great doctor and great man, he will be missed.
August 17, 2015
We were all saddened to hear of Stephen passing. He was one of our favorite doctors. Our sincere condolences go out to his family He will be greatly missed
Alba and John Herzberg
August 17, 2015
Steve-we will miss you much. You were my friend since UM days and my dermatologist for the past 25 or so years. Condolences to Melissa and all your family. Jerry and Brenda Bengis. Sorry we couldn't be there but we are out of town
August 17, 2015
To Steve's family ... Steve and I did our premed together in the 60's at the old UM .. I can still hear him sing " hey there Georgy girl" when we were in chemistry class together .. We eventually blew a hole in the old wooden buildings in front of the now Biltmore hotel in a chemistry ' experiment.!
Over the years we would run into each other , I would send him my patients .. They all loved him !! My practice being Internal Med like his Dad who was a close friend of mine .. They were always calling him or me for the same patient ( mine being Michael Horowitz, MD)
Steve fought the big fight like some of us have had to do ... He was a beautiful person and doctor. I will miss him. My heartfelt thoughts to his family. ...
Michael Horowitz, MD
August 17, 2015
Our hearts go out to the family,he was a wonderful man,human being and a great doctor. Plus a great friend. All the good doctors are leaving us. we will miss u greatly. My love to his entire family.
wendy jones
August 17, 2015
Dr. Steve will be sorely missed. We are very blessed to have known him and experienced his kindness, generosity and humor. Rest in peace.
Ada Bill
August 17, 2015
I met Steve when I was 11 years old. He was a brand new dermatologist and I was one of his first fair-skinned redheaded patients. I remember telling my mom that he was the nicest and funniest doctor I had ever met. He set me on a course of a daily sunscreen routine and made me aware of how important it is to care for my skin. But more than that, he remained my doctor for over 35 years and through crazy Miami Beach fate I was also lucky enough to be a part of one (at least) of his many circles of friends. Steve knew everyone and everyone he knew loved him. There are so few people like him in this world. No one else I know has that special "Dr. Steve" combination of character, love, kindness, sense of adventure and just plain "mench-ness." I will miss him, as will we all. Melissa, I adore you and I wish you comfort at this difficult time.
Shari Holbert Lipner
August 17, 2015
to my DAR sister, I am saddened by your loss, and send love to you at this sad time.
Sheri Shepherd Estroff
August 17, 2015
My heart is broken in the biggest way.No words can describe what has transpired ,A feeling of great lose .But a simple whisper of a great mans battle and the peace that he now shall be granted.No ones light has shined brighter in our tribe that this man.I am forever grateful in the deepest sense of the meaning to have enjoyed many a moment . My promise to Stephen will be one of grate moments with Melissa as we celebrate his life.Embracing the many circles of people he has brought together.
Stefano LaCava
August 17, 2015
We will miss you "Uncle" Steve. You are the only Dr. and friend that put my husband and me at ease when he needed medical attention. We will do anything to support your beautiful Melissa and family.
Eli & Mike Ristine
August 17, 2015
My sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace, Steve you will be missed.
Stephanie Labow-Guralnick
August 17, 2015
Remembering Dr. Steve as a fellow lover of New Orleans music, culture and Jazz Fest... Many a fun nights seeing the Radiators play and usually in costume and what costumes! It was always fun seeing what Steve, Melissa and their friends would wear to MB! You will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to Melissa, their nephew Hans and family.
Wendy Rust
August 17, 2015
Melissa- you will always be able to treasure the special relationships you and Stephen created together. Together you have left an endearing legacy of happiness that most only strive for. Even in our list visit in Boston, Steve was optimistic and thankful to all the Miami friends who visited him in Boston and his praise for you was so touching. Let his soul sail forever.
Penny Tannenbaum
August 17, 2015
My Deepest Condolences
Melissa & Family
He will forever be in my ❤
Ani Dubon
August 17, 2015
Our deepest sympathy to all the Horwitz Family on the loss of Stephen.
Robin and Hank Tragash
August 16, 2015
Rest in peace, my longtime friend. Your memory will be a blessing to family and friends.
Donna Englander Fleishman
August 16, 2015
We received the very sad news of Steve's passing Friday evening and shed a few tears on losing such a great friend. Memories we are left with of great times spent with Steve sailing Force 5's at the Miami Yacht Club and also all the fantastic times aboard " Starlight Express." The races from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West were some of the most memorable and those memories will be cherished by those who sailed with Steve. He always provided the best stories and jokes to entertain the crew. Fair winds my friend.
Tom and Yolanda
Tom Trump
August 16, 2015
So sorry for your loss!
Lori Sobel
August 16, 2015
Dear Melissa ,
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal..
Love leaves a memory no one can steal..
Difficult to believe and accept, life goes on, thinking of you Melissa, it is wonderful you have so many caring friends to keep you strong.
Joyce Hannes
August 16, 2015
Dr. Steve treated my children, my father and myself. He was a beautiful soul that will be sadly missed. Heaven gets another angel.
Eileen Brennan
August 16, 2015
We will miss you greatly as sailors and patients. Thanks for your friendship and unconditional love
Alfredo and Dorian Sambolin
August 16, 2015
My sincere condolences. You are in my thoughts.
Holly Izbicki
August 16, 2015
Dr Horwitz was my dermatologist and friend for 36 years. i was honored to have him as my doctor . My condolence to your wife, family, friends and office staff.
August 16, 2015
Steve and I did our dermatology residency together in the late 1970's. While close back then, we only occasionally met at professional meetings once our professional lives took off in different cities. That said, our exchanges were always sincere and we were happy for each of our good fortunes. I am devastated to hear of his death. I admired how brave and articulate he was in sharing his experience on line. Steve will be sorely missed. David and Maty Herschthal
August 16, 2015
Melissa, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and know that God will carry you through this sad time.
Terry Talamas-Kralievits
August 16, 2015
Melissa, I am deeply sorry for your loss. You are such a special one and know that God will carry you through this sad time.
Terry Talamas-Kralievits
August 16, 2015
Love you Steve. My life (and Jazz Fest) will never be the same without you. Sail on. sailor!
Gallivan Burwell
August 16, 2015
So saddened to learn that Steve has left our earth. I will always remember him, as his patient, and the care he provided for my daughter's melanoma. Melissa, my heart goes out to you and the rest of the wonderful family he was a part of. I shall never forget him at MYC; he always called me "Commodorable". He made me feel so special.
Pat Ridgely. (fka Pat Peters).
Pat Ridgely
August 16, 2015
Melissa, we are so saddened by the loss of Steve. He taught us about living life to its fullest and you both taught us about love and devotion. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Tina and Rusty Kovaleski
August 16, 2015
Dr. Steve Horwitz will truly be missed, but we will never forget the laughter and joy he always had. A great competitor and Corinthian of the sport of sailing. Fair winds and may he rest in peace.
Enrique Sr., Gloria, Enrique Jr., and Manny Quintero
August 16, 2015
Rest in peace Steve...You are a lifelong friend...a positive light
Myles Hornreich
August 16, 2015
WE were very saddened to learn of Steve's death. He will be sorely missed by his many friends and relations. Sending prayers. Dottie and Ron Rostorfer
August 16, 2015
I was so sad to hear of Steve,s passing. My only consolation is that Ray greeted him in heaven with open arms. They will have lots of sailing stories to talk about and reminisce. Xxxooo. Peggy Sullivan
August 16, 2015
Melissa we were so sorry to hear about Steve's passing. Our hearts go out to you and his family. May you be a comfort to each other. We love you. Ocile and Jim Farber, Middletown, Md
August 16, 2015

Condolences to you, Melissa and Steve's family. Dwell on all the loving years you had together.
Janet Festinger
August 16, 2015
May you rest in peace. You will be greatly missed. It has been a pleasure knowing you and working with. My heart is saddened with your loss.
Cinda Cannon
August 16, 2015
My condolences to family, friends, coworkers.
Donna Cutler
August 16, 2015
My deepest condolences to your whole family. Please know how much Dr Horowitz was loved by so many. I was his patient for 30 years starting back on 41st Street.

He'll be so very sorely missed.
August 16, 2015
Our heart is heavy with sadness for the loss of a our dear friend and my doctor. Our deepest condolence. Roger and Gerry Adams
August 16, 2015
our deepest condolences to the Horwitz family and especially to Melissa. May you rest in peace Steve and be an Angel in Heaven to your family and friends. Godspeed our dear friend.
August 16, 2015
So very sorry. He will always be remembered in our hearts.
Steve Ginsburg (Atlanta, Ga)
August 16, 2015
To the family, my heart is heavy.. our dear Steve was so loved, my greatest memories are so long ago riding together to Hebrew School on the bus and always laughing and beautiful being joyful. Know you are all surrounded with our loving prayers and condolences that your pain should pass quickly and we can all go back to remembering him with smiles and laughter.
Wendy Unger
August 16, 2015
We were all truly sad to hear about Stevie's passing. Even though it has been many years, we all have fond memories, and share in your loss.

The Four Romer Cousins
August 16, 2015
Now you can be at peace Stephen . Sincere sympathy to the family.
Wendy Pinsky Grasso
August 16, 2015
What a Beautiful Tribute to your Brother, Stephen....Andrea & Kenny! We really would've liked to have known him, he had to have been So Very Special!!! Each one of you fought so courageously, & we Send All Our Love and Many HUGS, as Stephen sails off into the Sunset....
Charlene and Les Henig
August 16, 2015
Melissa: You & Steve are wonderful people & have been so good to Kim, Gerry & me. We'll miss Steve & his sense of fun & humor. He was well versed on so many topics; I'll miss conversing w/him & exchanging viewpoints. We've had so many good times w/you both on & off the water. Racing has been such a big part of our lives; the Etchells class will miss him greatly. Just as Steve fought to win sailboat races, he put up a strong battle to win his fight for his health. His positive attitude is an example for all of us.
We pray that peace/comfort find their way to your heart soon. We love you very much.
Sharon/Gerry Bourke (Kim Gebhart)
Sharon Bourke
August 16, 2015
Grief stricken by the very sad loss of a loved family member. My brother-in-law Steve always displayed his tremendous heart to everyone in everything he did (a trait Steve had in common with his father and his siblings). Steve was the consummate professional as a physician, and was a true gentleman who always made time for others. So hard to have seen him suffer. RIP brother Stephen.
Paul Ginsburg
August 16, 2015
We are so sorry to hear about your loss...Love from Shelley and Ricky Lundy
Shelley Lundy
August 16, 2015
Sail on old friend.
Stan Horowitz
August 16, 2015
We were very sorry to hear of Steves passing. With much sympathy to the Horwitz family.
Scott & Shari Notowitz
Scott Notowitz
August 16, 2015
Dr. Horwitz found a simple spot on my face. He did not like it. So he took a sample. The test came back and he was not happy with the test results. So he took another sample and sent it away for a special test. The results came back and he said it was more than he could deal with and I should seek an oncologist. I will never forget him him for the unselfish act of saying that he as a very famous Dermatologist did not know what the final test showed. That was five years ago. Rest in peace dear man!All of us that you served so long will miss you!
Ray Applebaum
August 16, 2015
Knowing you was very Special from High school till now. RIP Steve
Carolyn Horowitz
August 16, 2015
Darling Steve, there are simply no words that can express exactly how much you meant to me, Vinnie, John and Rae. We will forever carry you in our hearts ,each of us a better person for having been honored to know you, and love you so... I hope they have Cheery-coke salad where ever you journeyed to! ALL our love, forever,
Victoria Piscitello
August 16, 2015
My staff join in sending our condolences. Steve was always the life of the party at Christmas parties. Time was brief, but his music and fun loving nature ways shown brightly!
Judith Crowell, M.D.
August 16, 2015
Special thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family during this time. Dr. Horwitz was awesomazing! He will always be in our hearts and memories!
Ettie, Scott, Joseph and Eva
August 16, 2015
I am so sad to hear of Steve's passing . I will always remember Steve fondly and feel lucky that I had the pleasure of knowing him . Stove will be very missed . To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die ~Thomas Campbell
Denyse Schwartz
August 16, 2015
Smooth sailing Steve, the rough weather is over. You fought the storm courageously, and inspired us to live life fully with joy, love and humor. We will miss you.
Sharon Wynne
August 16, 2015
He is gone but will never be forgotten. He was my doctor, my friend. My condolences to the family.
Rita Rolter
August 16, 2015
The wind is now gone from so many, many sails. I am truly heartbroken.

Trudy Weissmann
August 16, 2015
Steve was a wonderful soul and life long friend. My deepest sympahty to his wife, family, friends, and patients. He will remain in my heart always.
Judy Malschick
August 16, 2015
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