Helen Goldman, age 93, passed away Feb. 4 peacefully at her home surrounded by her family. Mrs. Goldman was born to Rose and Tony Patterson in Dayton, where she would later marry Robert Goldman and raise a family. They moved to Phoenix in 1983 and were delighted to have their three sons near them. Mrs. Goldman was the consummate family woman and definitive matriarch. The pride she had in her family was eclipsed only by the joy she found in them. She was the foundation that kept family together, the last of her generation, and will be dearly missed by all whose path she crossed. She took great joy in the history and traditions of her faith. A lifetime member of Hadassah, she was always active in synagogue life in Dayton and Phoenix. Mrs. Goldman was preceded in death by her loving husband of 62 years, Robert, brothers Arnold and Harry, and son Norman. She is survived by her sons Allan (Kathy), Joel (Adriane) and daughter-in-law Nancy, eight grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and myriad nieces, nephews, cousins and relations. Her strength, will and love of family will always guide us. Contributions can be made in her memory to Hospice of the Valley, the American Cancer Society or an organization of your choosing.
Douglas M. Thomsen passed away peacefully on Feb. 17 at the age of 93. He was preceded in death by his father Herman, his mother Mary, his younger brothers Basil and Philip, and his dear, sweet wife Flora. He is survived by his sons, Ira (Susan) and Jim (Beth) and six wonderful grandchildren. Mr. Thomsen was a 1935 graduate of Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn) High School and a 1940 graduate of the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. After graduating from Cornell, Mr. Thomsen served his country in the Army Air Forces during World War II. After being honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of major, Mr. Thomsen entered the executive training program at Federated Department Stores and began a 43-year career with Federated that culminated with his position as chairman and CEO of the former Lazarus Department Store chain, which was known to most Daytonians as Rike’s. Mr. Thomsen served as the chairman of the Dayton United Way Campaign and sat on the boards of several of Dayton’s businesses and arts organizations and was, along with Flora, an active and generous supporter of the arts. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was adored by all he touched. The family would respectfully request donations be made to the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra or the Dayton Art Institute.