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Herman Broder



Herman Broder, 97, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died on 18 September 2021.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Thursday, 23 September 2021 at 3:30 PM .

Rabbi Joseph Krakoff officiated.

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Interment at Adat Shalom Memorial Park.

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The family of Herman Broder will be gathering through the afternoon of Friday, September 24 at the residence of Adrienne Katke, 90 N. Berkshire Road, Bloomfield Hills MI 48302.



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Herman Broder passed away at home in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Saturday, September 18. He was 97. The youngest of four children, Herman was born on December 25, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan, to Louis and Lottie Broder, immigrants from Russia. Herman is preceded in death by his sister Marge (Louis) Pleason and brothers Max (Bertha) Broder and Norman (Rose) Broder.

While born in the Roaring '20s, he came of age in the Great Depression. As a youth, he rose early before school to drive a truck to the farmers market for his father's produce business. His wife of 75 years, Frances, whom he met in junior high school, tells of how the sleep-deprived student would appear to be dozing in class, but could still answer the teacher's question if called upon.

Herman had just started post-secondary education to study accounting when World War II turned him from student into Army soldier, servicing long-distance bombers in Allied-occupied Italy. He married Frances after the war in 1946, began a family in 1948 and became a licensed plumber under the guidance of his father-in-law Sam (Diana) Ginsberg. After joining Sam's B & G Plumbing and Heating Co., Herman was instrumental in the company's expansion as a residential development contractor in Detroit and its suburbs.

Herman grew up in a close family, then extended it and nurtured it with Frances through the generations that followed. He is survived by his wife, Frances, and four sons, Rodney (Elanna) Broder, Kenneth (partner Elizabeth Troy) Broder, Arlan Broder and Joel (partner Susie Okun) Broder. Herman and Frances also have seven grandchildren: Rochelle (Scott) Broder-Singer, Ilyse (Lonny) Goldsmith, Kari Broder, Dayna Broder, Adrienne (Joshua) Katke, Pamela (partner Paul Mako) Broder, and Zoe (Jesse) Burgher. They have six great-grandchildren: Hannah Goldsmith, Emma Goldsmith, Broder Katke, Henry Katke, Theo Katke and Madeline Mako.

The much-beloved patriarch had many nieces and nephews, and was very close to his wife's three sisters and their husbands: the late Hilda Ginns and her husband, his best friend Albert Ginns; the late Jackie and Jerry Gibbs; and Beverly and Jerry Viedrah.

After years of snow-birding from Michigan to Florida, Herman moved to Boca Raton with Frances fulltime in 1991, traveling, learning to play golf and entertaining his far-flung family. They lived initially in Boca Lago and then spent 20 years in Boca Woods. They moved to Scottsdale in November 2017 to be near their son Joel, who, with his partner Susie Okun, supervised care for Herman in his final years.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Herman Broder may do so by making a contribution to:

Hospice of the Valley
150 E. Flower ST
Phoenix, AZ 85014
602-530-6900
http://www.hov.org
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