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Shifra Karkomi Obituary
Karkomi, Shifra Of Chicago, passed away, after a very unexpected and brief battle with cancer, early Friday morning with her loving family by her side. Shifra's father, with foresight and intuition, immigrated with the family from Brezno, Poland to Eretz Yisrael in 1932. Her family became Israeli Pioneers, settled in Tel Aviv and worked to build a home in the Jewish homeland. Shifra's family stressed education and she grew to become a primary school teacher at the age of 19. In 1947 Shifra married the love of her life, Zev, and together they began a family as he fought for the country's independence. In 1958 Zev and Shifra immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Chicago in 1960. Over the following years Shifra worked with her husband to grow the family to a place of prominence within the community. Upon arriving in Chicago, Shifra was the first to secure employment to support their young family and became a teacher in the Chicago Jewish Board of Education school system and continued in that capacity for the next 18 years. She was an avid tennis player in her early years and later became a prolific painter. Shifra and her husband never forgot their roots and were substantial supporters, amongst many others, of the Friends of the IDF, AIPAC, YisraeLink, The Illinois Holocaust Museum, and after the passing of Zev and in his honor, the Hibba Center for Soldiers in Jerusalem. Shifra had the unique ability to engage loving friends of all ages and was well-known for her culinary talents as well as her grace and class. Shifra lost her dear Zev after 62 years of marriage in 2009 and her beloved daughter, Vicki Karkomi in 2011, but still found the strength to continue to move forward, learn, enjoy life, and to be a positive force in the community. Shifra continued in this tradition as she proudly walked her grandson down the aisle on January 18th. Shifra was a devoted daughter to the late Itzchak and Dvora Melamed. Her legacy is carried on by her loving daughter, Suzie Karkomi (Judge Marvin Leavitt); and her cherished grandson, Ari Ryan (Rebecca). Service, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. at Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N. Broadway, Chicago. Interment to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, 9900 Grosse Point Road, Skokie. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Friends of the IDF, 312-372-8500, The Illinois Holocaust Museum, 847-967-4821, AIPAC, 312-236-8550, YisraeLink Maccabim Hebrew School, 847-982-5465 or your preferred cancer related charitable organization. For info The Weinstein Funeral Home 847-256-5700.

Published in Chicago Sun-Times on Mar. 11, 2014
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