Dorothy “Sue” Lapin, past president of Mizrachi and an active member of the HEA, passed away March 1, 2017, in Denver. Rabbi James Lapin, her grandson, officiated at the March 5 graveside service at Mt. Nebo Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“Sue will always be admired for independence, courage, honesty, and as one of the most colorful storytellers,” her loved ones said. “Sue and her family are incredibly appreciative of her caregivers’ loving and patient attention during the past few years.”
Mrs. Lapin was born Nov. 11, 1919, to Jake and Edna Sieglbaum. She enjoyed a colorful childhood on Denver’s West Side, where she was active in the Jewish community.
After one of the first female attorneys in Colorado told her that she would likely be relegated to being a clerk in a male-dominated profession, Mrs. Lapin gave up her dream of going to law school.
She married William Lapin, who predeceased her.
As president of Mizrachi and a member of the HEA, Mrs. Lapin hosted many notable women including Golda Meir and Eleanor Roosevelt when they visited Denver.
Mrs. Lapin is survived by her sons Eugene (Margaret) Lapin, James (Juli) Lapin and Gary (Fran) Lapin; grandsons Adrian Johnson, Michael (Kari) Lapin, Kevin (Debbie Gerressu) Lapin, James (Ann) Lapin, Jeremy (Myla) Lapin, Jesse (Kristina) Lapin, W. Blaine (Danielle Gutterman) Lapin and John Lapin; great-grandchildren Tyler, Micah, Kaia, Ethan, Willa, Nikodmos, Raphael, Gavriella, Sarit, Avraham, Dovan and Eliana; and her sister Renee Singer.
Contributions may be made to The Denver Hospice.
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