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10/30/2012 10:20:00 PM
Obituary: Abe Greenberg

Abe Greenberg died Oct. 28, 2012, in Prescott, Ariz. He was born in Lublin, Poland, in 1936, to Jacob and Helen Greenberg.

Abe's early life was greatly impacted by World War II. He survived the Holocaust by remaining in hiding with his grandmother for nearly five years. In 1949, he set sail for the United States, making a home in Oklahoma City. After graduating from high school, Abe was granted an ROTC scholarship at the University of Oklahoma. Serving in the U.S. Navy was one of Abe's proudest achievements. He served on six ships, finally serving as captain on the USS Schofield. He was the first, if not the only, Holocaust survivor to command a U.S. naval warship.

After retiring from the military in 1981, Abe went on to work for the Department of Energy in Richland, Wash. Upon retirement in 2002, he and his wife relocated to Prescott, Ariz. Abe enjoyed exploring the outdoors, telling stories, meeting new people and being part of the community here.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Linda Greenberg; his three children, Melissa Greenberg Nicoletti of New York City, Joshua Greenberg of Maui and Peter Greenberg of Seattle. He also leaves behind two adoring dogs and countless cherished friends.

A memorial service for Abe will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, at Talking Rock Club Ranch House off Williamson Valley Road. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Abe's name to either Yavapai Humane Society, 1625 Sundog Ranch Road, Prescott, AZ 86301 or Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Bldg. 270 P.O. Box 131470, Naval Base San Diego, San Diego, CA 92170.

Visit Abe's guestbook at www.ruffnerwakelin.com and share a memory with the family.

Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Steve Loeffler

For Abe's family, I was so sorry to hear about the accident and his passing only today. We were away from the States for most of November and December. Abe was a great classmate at Naval War College 1973-1974 and we sustained that friendship over the years of both service in the Navy and after retirement from active duty. I will miss your warm smile and enduring friendship!

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Terri Farneti

Yes, Michael. Abe's service was today in Arlington Cemetery.

Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Segal

Is this the person who was buried today (01/15/13) at Arlington Cemetery in Virginia?

Posted: Thursday, November 01, 2012
Article comment by: Cyndi Starr

We'll always honor your memory, Abe - a true American hero for whom nothing proved impossible and who's warmth and friendliness pervaded each encounter. Loving, caring, committed, and strong people like Abe are a blessing - he was exceptional in many, many ways and we are grateful for his presence in our lives.

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Article comment by: wayne mills

Abe and I went to Jr.High school and
high school in Okla.City,Okla. In those
years I felt sympathetic for Abe as he
was learning English and and had little
family help or anyone elses, I felt that
he would never, ever go very far. When I
saw his name in the Alumni High school
news letter I looked him up. I found I had no need to be sympathetic as he
did much better than I did, he was
a navy capt (06 pay grade) and I got
no higher rank than Tech/Sgt (USAF) - E6!
Abe did love stories and he loved the
one I told him when he stayed in our
home as a guest in Okla.City, Okla.
I told him about the Gentile that saw
a Jewish man reading a Hebrew news
paper on a train and commented that he had grown up in a small village in Germany
that was over 2000 years old and no
no one Jewish had ever lived there. then
adding - you being Jewish would not
believe that would you? The Jewish man said:
"Oh yes I would, that's why it is still a Small Village! Abe was truly blessed
to have a partner in Life like his wife
Linda. 4N983B

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