Sunday, May 20, 2001

Obituary: Harry H. Heilprin - Class of 1929

MADISON [Wisconsin] - Harry H. Heilprin, age 89, passed away from congestive heart failure on Sunday May 13, 2001, at the Don and -Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg. Harry was born June 1, 1911, in Madison, the son of Sarah and Joseph Heilprin. Harry grew up in Madison and attended Randall Grade School and Madison Central High School, graduating in 1929. He attended both the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Harry met his wife, Flavia Cooper, when she visited her sister who was attending school in Madison. Flavia and Harry were married on August 5, 1934, and were married 61 ears before her death on Mare 5, 1995. Harry joined his father and brother in the J. Heilprin Wholesale Fruits and Vegetables Co. and Universal Laundry and Dry Cleaners. The family remained in the laundry and dry cleaning business until 1963. After this, Harry went to work for the Murray Meat Co. of Madison and then to Becker Meats of Milwaukee until his retirement in 1976. Harry and his wife were part of the group that founded Beth El Temple in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Harry was an active participant in Men's Club and other activities pertaining to the temple and its growth and expansion. Harry remained a member of this congregation for more than 60 years until his death. Harry is survived by his sister, Josephine (Morris) Segal, Denver, Colorado; his sister-in-law, Edna Heilprin, Coronado, Colorado; and his children, Toby L. (Edward) Cohn, Sun Lakes, Arizona, and Stephen L. Heilprin, Middleton. Grandchildren that further survive him are Debra (Paul C.) Cohn-Madson, Maplewood, Minnesota, Jodi (Samuel) Benowitz, Gilbert, Arizona, Mark A. (Bonnie) Cohn, Waukesha, Melissa (Timothy) Goke, Stoughton, Sondra Heilprin, Madison, Howard Heilprin, Madison, Leah Heilprin, Madison, and Zachary Heilprin, Middleton. He is further survived by great-grandchildren, Nathan and Colin Madson, Maplewood, Minnesota, Holly and Alex Goke, Stoughton, Eric Stach, Waukesha, Jarod and Ethan Benowitz, Gilbert, Arizona, and Levi and Sadie Heilprin, Madison. Harry is further survived by a large group of friends and co-workers, the volunteers of Meriter Park, where he worked as a volunteer for the past six years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sarah and Joseph; his sisters, Lillian (Irving) Paradise and Marion (Raymond) Preuss; his brother, Bernard (Edna); and his beloved wife Flavia (nee Cooper). A memorial service will be held at BETH EL TEMPLE on Wednesday, May 23 2001, at 2:00 p.m., with Rabbi Jan Brahms officiating. Interment will follow at the family plot in Forest Hill Cemetery. The family wishes to personally thank Dr. C. Silverman and Dr. J. Gergyes for their honest and generous care given to Harry.The family also wishes to than the nurses and staff of 6E at Meriter Park and HospiceCare Inc. for the personal, loving and humane care given to Harry during the last month of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 20, 2001; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

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