Shirley Bemel, a devoted member of Denver’s Jewish community for decades, passed away Sept. 24, 2020, in Reseda Calif., where she lived for the past nine years to be close to family. She was 95. Rabbi Bruce Dollin officiated at the Sept. 30 service at Golden Hill Cemetery. Feldman Mortuary made the arrangements.
“Shirley was an excellent baker, fluden being the family favorite,” her loved ones said. “She had an adventurous spirit and was always eager to go to dinner, the theater, a movie, or attend a concert at the Hollywood Bowl.”
Mrs. Bemel was born July 3, 1925 in Denver to Mary and Morris Kupetz.
The Kupetz family lived in Capulin, Colo. in the San Luis Valley, where they ran the general store for nine years until returning to Denver.
Mrs. Bemel graduated North High and attended classes at CU and DU.
She married Melvyn Bemel in October, 1945. Mr. Bemel passed away on April 19, 1989.
Mrs. Bemel worked part time in real estate for 35 years.
An active congregant and volunteer at the HEA, she belonged to ALYN Hospital, Hadassah and Netanya.
She also was an avid pan and mah jongg player.
Shirley Bemel is survived by her brother Arnold (Victoria) Kupetz; children Terrie (Richard) Baumann, Rodger (Babs) Bemel and Cyndi (Ross Silverman) Bemel; grandchildren Michelle, Alison, Daniel, Julie, Montane and Asa; and great-grandchildren Hannah, Ilana, Everett, Dexter, Cooper, Riley, Emerson and Althea, all of Los Angeles.
Contributions may be made to the HEA, ALYN Hospital or the American Cancer Society.
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