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Marilyn Jane (Kopel) Katz

Marilyn Jane (Kopel) Katz, 94, of Palm Beach County, Florida, formerly of Detroit, Michigan, died on 26 October 2022.

The Funeral was held at Congregation Beth Shalom, 14601 W. Lincoln, Oak Park, Michigan on Friday, 04 November 2022 at 1:00 PM .

Rabbi David Nelson, Rabbi Robert Gamer, and Cantor Samuel Greenbaum officiated.

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Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

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Marilyn Jane (Kopel) Katz peacefully passed away on October 26, 2022 at age 94 after a wonderful and remarkable life. She was born in Detroit, MI on January 30, 1928 sharing a birthday with President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was an idol to her growing up. She was the youngest child of Joseph O. Kopel, MD and Gertrude E. Kopel, and grew up with her older brothers, Howard and Richard Kopel. She graduated from Central High School in Detroit and earned a BA from University of Michigan in 1949. She worked for the Jewish Federation in Detroit before meeting and marrying her husband, Sidney J. Katz, DO who was a pathology resident at Detroit Osteopathic Hospital when they met in 1955. They were married in 1956 and moved to Huntington Woods, MI where they raised their 3 children and she resided for over 60 years. After Sidney passed in 1987, she ultimately became a snowbird and then a permanent resident of Palm Beach County, FL before moving to Longmont, CO to be cared for by her daughter Rachel Katz and son-in-law John Warren.

Marilyn was beloved by all her knew her. She was one of the most generous and giving people anyone could have the pleasure of knowing. She had a very large network of friends and family and touched the lives of so many people. When their dear friends, Robert and Eleanor White both passed away at young ages, Marilyn and Sidney became “honorary parents” to their four children, Louis, Nathan, Abigail and Michael. She became a matriarch of their family and surrogate grandmother to all their children as well as to her own. Her greatest pleasure in life was to help other people.

She was blessed with great health and vitality until just her last days. She rarely took any medicine beyond herbal supplements, except when undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer in the late 1970s. She loved being in nature, live music and had an open mind for listening. Marilyn was an avid tennis player, rollerblader in her 70’s, skier and ping-pong player. She skied until she was 90 and played ping pong until last month. She came in second in a ping-pong tournament on a cruise ship at age 85 besting contestants 60-70 years younger. For the rest of the cruise she was called, “The Ping-Pong Lady” by the other passengers.

Marilyn was predeceased by her parents, Joseph Oswald Kopel, MD (né Kopelovich) and Gertrude E. (Frank) Kopel; brothers Howard F. Kopel and Richard M. Kopel, brothers-in-law Joseph R. Katz and George A. Slossman, sisters-in-law Sylvia (Grushko) Kopel, Anna D. (Katz) Slossman, Renee (Kroll) Katz, Mary (Antwarg) Katz and grandson Seth A. Horwitz.

She is survived by brother-in-law Frank F. Katz; sister-in-law Karen (Kelty)Kopel; son Michael E. Katz and daughter-in-law Jodi A. (Schwartz) Katz of West Jordan, UT, daughter Rachel S. Katz and son-in-law John C. Warren of Longmont, CO, daughter Joan Katz Horwitz and son-in-law Roger Auston of Wichita Falls, TX; grandchildren Elizabeth Katz and her husband Zachary Kaufman, Alexis D. Katz and her husband Shaun M. Tarzy, Shoshana D. Katz, Gabriel J. Warren, Jamie F. Warren, Zachary J. Horwitz and Celia E. Horwitz; great-granddaughter Victoria Katz-Kaufman; many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Those wishing to honor Marilyn Katz’s memory with a contribution may donate in her honor to any charity of their choice. We recommend the following as they would be meaningful to Marilyn:
1. The Dr. Sidney J. Katz and Marilyn J. Katz Memorial Fund for Education at Congregation Beth Shalom: https://www.congbethshalom.org (designate donation to this fund).
2. The National Hospice Foundation: https://www.nationalhospicefoundation.org
3. The American Cancer Society: https://www.nationalhospicefoundation.org/
4. The Sierra Club: https://www.sierraclub.org