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Dr. Ruben Kurnetz

Dr. Ruben Kurnetz , 94, of Birmingham, Michigan, died on 09 February 2019.

The Funeral was held at The Davidson/Hermelin Chapel at Clover Hill Park, 2425 E. 14 Mile Rd, Birmingham MI 48009 on Monday, 11 February 2019 at 2:00 PM .

Rabbi Aaron Starr and Assistant Cantor Leonard Gutman officiated.

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Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

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The family of Dr. Ruben Kurnetz will be gathering through the evening of Wednesday, February 13 at the residence, 211 E. Merrill #602, Birmingham MI 48009.

Religious services will be conducted at 7:00 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. Friends are welcome immediately following the burial at Clover Hill Park Cemetery until 5:00 P.M; and from 6:30 P.M. until 8:30 P.M; Tuesday from 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. and from 6:30 P.M. until 8:30 P.M.; and on Wednesday from 1:00 P.M. until 5:00 P.M. and from 6:30 P.M. until 8:30 P.M.

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Dr. Ruben Sanford Kurnetz, born February 17, 1924 died on February 9, 2019 just shy of his ninety-fifth birthday. His loving daughters were at his side. Dr. Kurnetz was raised in Detroit with his sister Blanche by their parents Dora and Sam Kurnetz, who immigrated to Detroit from Russia. Dr. Kurnetz graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in 1948 and was a beloved pediatrician for almost half a century. He was the Chief of Pediatrics at Beaumont Hospital from 1979-1986, and Director of the Pediatric Residency Program. He was a clinical professor, pediatrics at Wayne State University Medical School. Even after retirement, he was still very passionate about medicine and multiple doctors asked for his advice. Dr. Kurnetz was a hero to many doctors, his patients, and numerous friends, but most of all to his three children, Sheila, Elizabeth and Sid, their spouses Marty Tatz and Jim Stahl, and his granddaughters Zoe Stahl and Sasha Stahl. He cared deeply about their well-being and happiness, and was always there for them.

He had incredible values and lived his values fully. He was a true liberal and an early advocate of health care for all Americans. He was passionate about racial injustice and fought against anti-semitism. Dr. Kurnetz is survived by his daughter Sheila and her husband Marty Tatz, his daughter Elizabeth and her husband Jim Stahl, his son Sid who was also his best friend, and two granddaughters, Zoe and Sasha Stahl. He is also survived by his loving sister Blanche (the late Philip) Needle, his niece Jan Lachman (Michael and their children/grandchildren), his niece Sandy (the late Ernest) Needle, his great-nieces Dori Borgquist (Anders) and Audra (Brian) Glauser, and his great-nephews Daniel Needle and Scott (Stephanie) Lachman. He is also survived by his long-term loving companion Margot Abramson. Dr. Ruben Kurnetz was an honorable man and a true mensch. He will be greatly missed.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Dr. Ruben Kurnetz may do so by making a contribution to:

Children's Hospital of Michigan Foundation
3011 West Grand Blvd., Suite 218
Detroit, MI 48202
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American Civil Liberties Union
2966 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201
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Yiddish Book Center
1021 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
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