Joel S. Kupferberg
MADISON – Joel S. Kupferberg passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017, at Agrace Hospice surrounded by his loving family.
Joel was born on May 16, 1940, in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Ruth (Weinberg) and Manny Kupferberg. He graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1958 and attended the University of Illinois. Joel married Merilyn Breslow on August 9, 1964, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Joel moved to Madison in 1963 and was a local business owner for over 40 years, much of that time on State Street. During his years in Madison he served on several city and professional committees and in the early years also served in the Coast Guard Reserve. After Joel sold his business he worked at a private aviation company for 5 years. He was an active member of Angel Flight of America, flying over 70 missions for health care purposes. He served on the Board of Directors of Friends of MSCR and was a devoted participant in the MSCR Pontoon Boat Program in the capacity of boat captain and trainer. He was a long time member of Temple Beth El.
Joel’s many hobbies included model railroading and amateur radio. Joel took great pleasure in his yearly and often twice yearly Canadian fishing trips with both family and friends. He had an extra special time fishing with his grandsons. Joel was extremely passionate about flying and proud that as a private pilot he achieved a multi engine instrument rating.
Survivors include his cherished wife Merilyn, beloved children: Jeff (Jen Lynch) New Brighton, MN.; Karen (Jon) Anderson, Mechanicsville, VA.; grandsons Daniel and David Anderson; sister Joyce (Paul) Hackbert , Molina, CO., nieces and nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Lonnie (Penny) Breslow of Savannah, GA. and Bob(Jean) Breslow, Dodgeville, WI. and many wonderful friends and neighbors. He was predeceased by his parents and his brother Paul.
The family would like to thank the dedicated staff at Agrace Hospice for their compassionate care and support.
On Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. graveside service will take place at Beit Olamim located in SUNSET MEMORY GARDENS, 7302 Mineral Point Road, Madison, followed by an 11:30 a.m. Memorial Service at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702 Arbor Drive.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Beth El, Jewish Social Services of Madison, Agrace Hospice, or the MSCR Pontoon Program.
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