December 18, 2020 ~ 4 Tevet 5781
A “Woman of Valor,” beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and great-aunt, who was a devoted daughter and wife, passed away peacefully on December 18, 2020, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Zera Cohen Goldberg Lipetz was 99 ½ years young.
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on June 3, 1921, Zera was a gracious, warm, kind soul who was admired and treasured by all who knew her. For a tiny woman, she had a big presence. In Zera’s long life, she relished the highs and met the lows with grace, resilience, and a tendency to deny what she did not wish to acknowledge. A loving niece called her “a firecracker” and that she was! She knew what she wanted and let you know it.
Zera grew up in the turbulent times of the depression-era, as part of an uncommon Jewish family in the south. Her large, extended family support, stabilized these years. She married Sam, the son of an Orthodox Rabbi, in her early 20s. While raising three children, she worked as a bookkeeper. The family moved often in search of a better life. Devastated by the loss of Sam in his early 50s, she moved to be near her mother and sister. Within a few years, friends introduced her to Irv, a widower with whom she quickly fell in love and remarried. During these years, she was an active volunteer serving in Hadassah, as a docent at the Louisville Speed Museum, and a committee chair at the JCC. As the couple’s health began to fail, the need to use a walker didn’t make Zera any less dynamic. While heartbroken to lose Irv, also at 99 1/2, she chose to move to Scottsdale where the family had four generations together. She continued to be a voracious reader and kept up with current events until her final days. Zera’s spirit will shine within us forever.
Zera was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Belle Cohen, her two great loves, Samuel J. Goldberg and Irving Lipetz, her son Daniel Barry Goldberg and her stepdaughter Marcia Lipetz, among other family and friends.
Surviving her, are her two inspiring sisters, Devorah Cohen, and Sandra Schimmel; her adoring children: Ruth Silon, Mark (Leslie) Goldberg, and Daniel’s wife (Margaret Tribe Bania); adoring stepdaughters: Judy Graham (Scott) and Marcia’s partner (Lynda Crawford). Grandchildren: Marla Chisholm (Paul), Howard Gale, David Rosen (Kathy Olson), Sam Rosen, Rachel Goldberg Flanagan (Matt), Noah Goldberg (Cora Schmidt), and Will Goldberg (Jill). Great-grandchildren, Blair and Faith Chisholm, Rimon, Piper, Kinneret, and Meitiv Rosen and Ellie Goldberg, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial donation to Congregation Adath Jeshurun ( https://www.adathjeshurun.com/Donate) or The Irving Lipetz Scholarship, c/o Office of Advancement at UofL, 2323 S. Brook Street, Louisville, KY 40292 (https://securelb.imodules.com/s/1157/19/fdn/form.aspx?sid=1157&gid=1&pgid=1126&cid=2088)
The graveside service is private but guests are welcome via Zoom on Wednesday, December 23, 2020 at 3 p.m. The Zoom link for the funeral and shiva / visitation is available by email firstname.lastname@example.org