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Published May 21, 2009, 02:00 PM - Superior Telegram


Harold Witkin


Harold Witkin of Superior died Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at St. Maryís Medical Center, Duluth.


He was born Dec. 20, 1924, in Superior, son of Louis and Bessie (Daitch) Witkin.


Harold attended Carpenter School and Central High School in Superior and was an active alumni member of Centralís Class of 1941.


Harold joined the Army Air Corps during WWII and served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater and Japan.


After his military service, Harold attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison, earning a degree in journalism and a doctorate of law in 1952. During his college years, Harold Witkin and Shirley Rich were united in marriage on August 14, 1949, in Duluth, Minnesota.


Following the completion of his law degree, he returned to Superior and was appointed the assistant district attorney in 1952, and then became Superiorís first full-time city attorney in 1955. As an attorney, Harold had a very distinguished career. After serving as the city attorney, he joined the law firm of Hughes, Anderson and Davis, becoming a partner. The firm later became known as Witkin, Maki, Weiby and Durst. He retired from law in 1992 and joined the board of directors of the Community Bank and Trust, serving as chairman of the board until 2009, at which time the bank was successfully merged with the National Bank of Commerce.


Harold was very involved in his community, serving as a board member or president of the following organizations: YMCA, Catholic Charities, Superior Vocational Center, Temple Beth El, Bínai Brith, Kiwanis, Junior Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin State Board of Governors and the Council of Christians and Jews.


Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers and sisters-in-law, Max and Sara Witkin, and Paul and Dorothy Witkin; brothers-in-law, Ben Sigler and Cy Kaster.


Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Shirley; daughter, Leslie (Bruce) Rosenberg, St. Louis Park, Minn.; son, Perry (Cindy) Witkin, Edina, Minn.; grandchildren, Brian (Samantha) Rosenberg, St. Louis Park, Mark Rosenberg, Minneapolis, and Ari Witkin and Eli Witkin, both of Edina; sister, Shirley Sigler, Duluth; sister-in-law, Barbara Kaster, St. Paul; and nieces and nephews.


The funeral service will be held at noon, Sunday, May 24 at Downs Funeral Home, 1617 N. 19th Street, Superior, with Rabbi Amy Bernstein officiating.


Pallbearers will be Mark Rosenberg, Brian Rosenberg, Ari Witkin, Eli Witkin, Mark Sigler, Mark Kaster and Michael Witkin.


Burial will be in the Superior Hebrew Cemetery, Superior.


Shiva services will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday, at the Witkin residence, 1119 N. 22nd St., Superior.


Should friends desire, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donorís choice.



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