October 1, 1925 – January 5, 2014
Joseph Israel, born October 1, 1925, in Seattle, Washington to Isaac and Sarina (Leon) Israel. Joe was, first and foremost, a devoted husband of 62 years to his beloved wife, Mary, whom he met while they were both studying theatre at the University of Washington. After graduation they moved to New York to pursue acting. Joe was the father of three daughters: Sarina Walden, Dulcy Israel, and Susan Bensen. He never let any of them forget how proud he was of them, always. In addition to being a husband and father, Joe was many other things: a WWII U.S. Navy veteran who served as a 3rd class radioman in the Pacific; an active member of The United Synagogue of Hoboken; a good friend; a lover of jazz with a wonderful singing voice, classical music and all things Frank Sinatra; a jokester whose humor was guaranteed to produce groans and genuine laughs all around; a man who was modest, self-deprecating and generous to a fault. He was kind, warm-hearted and compassionate to everyone he met. Without a thought he would drive miles to find just the right flavor of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for Mary. Anyone who knew him was aware of how ethical and principled he was. When faced with a moral dilemna, his daughters found guidance by asking themselves what he would do. Joe was also a doting grandfather to his six grandchildren: Joe, John and Tillie Walden, Peter Bensen, and Aster and Terefech Johnson.
In addition to his grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews, Joe is survived by his wife, Mary; his three daughters and sons-in-law: Sarina and Charlie Walden of Austin, TX, Dulcy and Mark Johnson of Brooklyn, NY, and Susan and Tom Bensen of Missoula, MT; and by his brother, Menache Israel of Seattle. He will be dearly missed, and remembered, always.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (www.lls.org).
Funeral service was held 1pm on Tuesday January 7th at our funeral home, Gutterman and Musicant Jewish Funeral Directors, 402 Park Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601.
Interment was at Riverside Cemetery, Saddle Brook, NJ
A 7pm Prayer service will be held on Thursday January 9th at the United Synagogue of Hoboken, 115 Park Ave, Hoboken, NJ 07030
Please take a moment to sign this online guestbook. You may leave a note for the family or perhaps a memory you would like to share. A Virtual Candle may also be placed in the guestbook if you wish. We at Gutterman-Musicant wish to express our heartfelt thanks on behalf of the mourners for your support during this difficult time.
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September 28, 2014
Aww. That picture is so Joe. I loved him and was so sorry to read that he died. I spent a lot of time, maybe two hundred hours, with Joe and his whole family: Mary, Dulcy, Susie, Sari and Charlie, years ago at their frequent family dinners. After accidentally coming across this memorial and learning of his death, and after several diaphragm contractions of real grief, I have to say I smiled.
Every thought I have of Joe tracks straight to a single, funny, warm humane center. Two hundred hours of Joe… are pure Joe from any direction, all the way in. Each instance, like Joe with the ice-cream cone, conjures the whole.
And a smile. It was a pleasure to have known him - he was a truly wonderful, fundamental man, who I'm glad I'll always remember.
February 9, 2014
TO MARY AND FAMILY,
I AM SO SORRY TO HEAR OF JOE'S DEATH. I KNOW HE LIVED A RICH, SAD, FUNNY AND DEEPLY FELT LIFE... SURROUNDED BY ALL THE MANY WHO LOVED HIM, MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU
January 18, 2014
My dear cousin Joe will be sorely missed. When I was a little girl our two families celebrated the high holidays together. Joe and Menache were like big brothers to me - loving - full of life and humor. My deepest condolences to Mary, Menache and all Joe's family. He lived a wonderful life and was loved by everyone who knew him.
January 15, 2014
I was so sad when I heard the news of Joe's passing. I met Joe at the R.P. Leary Reunions. My father is Ronald F. Flitton who also served on the ship with Joe. I loved my talks with Joe, he was always so interesting and fun. My heart goes out to you at this time, I have thought of him often and truely love and miss him. Kathy Cook
January 15, 2014
TO THE FAMILY OF JOE ISRAEL
PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES ON THE LOSS OF YOUR HUSBAND, FATHER AND GRANDFATHER.
I GOT TO KNOW JOE THROUGH MY WORK ON THE R. P. LEARY APPEAL TO DEPARTMENT OF NAVY AND MY INTERACTIONS WITH HIM WERE ALWAYS POSITIVE. HE WAS QUICK TO MAKE ME SEE
[ AND SOMETIMES CEDE ] A POINT FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE AND I ALWAYS VIEWED HIM AS A FRIEND AND A VALUABLE ASSET.
JOE'S WIFE MARY MADE ME AWARE SOME MONTHS AGO HIS HEALTH WAS DETERIORATING AND I AM PARTICULARLY SORRY FOR HER LOSS.
MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES TO THE FAMILY OF JOE ISRAEL -
SINCERELY, JIM HIXSON - SILVIS, ILLINOIS
- THE ONLY MEMBER OF THE R.P. LEARY ASSOCIATION WHO DID NOT SERVE ABOARD HER - AND A MARINE TO BOOT !
Bill and Rosemary Carter
January 14, 2014
We are so sorry for your loss. Joe was a great guy and we considered it an honor to know him through the Richard P. Leary Reunions. We have many fond memories of our times together there.
January 13, 2014
Another sad loss for the Richard P. Leary crew. Our sincere condolences to the family.
The Family of John Cunningham
January 12, 2014
To The Family of Joe Israel - Joe and I worked together in the RP Leary Association - he as Treasurer and I as Secretary. Joe was very dedicated to doing a splendid job. I sure considered him as being among my BEST Friends - it was always a joy to visit with him. in person or on the phone. Please know I share in your loss...........The Best to You andYours..........Roy Crawford
January 9, 2014
We are Joe's first cousins, Marilyn and Jack Israel, living in Green Valley,AZ We haven't seen eachother for many years, but have fond memories
of Joe and Mary meeting us in Manhattan many years ago. They were both
kind and wonderful family to us and we send our sincere condolences to Mary and Joe's children and grandchildren....Rest in peace dear cousin.
Jack and Marilyn Israel
January 8, 2014
I am Joe's great niece Talia and I just want to say that even though I didn't know him very well because he lived on the other side of the country I know how nice of a man he was and how loved he was and I know that even though he has passed his presence is still living. I love you uncle Joe and aunt Mary.