Thursday, November 14, 2013 9:01 PM
Betty Arnovitz, 96, long time resident of Marinette, died from ovarian cancer on November 13, 2013. She was born to the late Abraham and Bessie (Kliot) Kotzin in Dorchester, Wis. and moved to Fond du Lac with her family at a young age.
In 1937 she married Maurice Leon Arnovitz, and settled in Marinette. Her husband of 36 years passed away on October 23, 1973. Her father-in-law, Peter Arnovitz, started Marinette Iron & Metal around 1893 and Maurice began working for his father in 1937. Maurice bought out his sisters' shares in the business and became sole owner in 1945. Betty and Maurice ran the business together from 1945-1973. Upon Maurice's death, Betty took over the business and operated it solely from 1973-1978. In 1978 she sold the business, but continued as office manager with the new owners. In 1987, at the age of 70, she retired and dissolved her Betarn Corporation. Betty designed and built her home that she resided in for 54 years. She lived at Harbors Assisted Living Facility for the last 1 1/2 years. Betty was a member of Congregation Montiefore, Lady Elks of Menominee, and a life long member of Hadassah. In 1990 she was named Lady Elk Of The Year. She was an avid bridge player and a casino regular.
Betty is survived by daughter, Arlyne (Richard) Lepie of Buffalo, N.Y., daughter, Elaine Torosian of St. Petersburg, Fla., and son, Gene Arnovitz (Sarah) of Santa Rosa, Calif. There are four grandsons and two granddaughters: David (Christina) Shefter from Stewartsville, N.J., Daniel (Lucyna) Shefter of Scarsdale, N.Y., Greg (Christy) Torosian of Georgetown, Texas, Michael (Adrianna) Torosian of Woodside, Calif., Lara Lepie, Westminister, Colo. and Sophia Arnovitz, Santa Rosa, Calif. She is survived by six great-grandsons: Matthew and Joshua Shefter, Ethan, Caden, Reegan, and Luke Torosian. Also, a great-granddaughter, Veronica Shefter.
A memorial service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to the charity of your choice.