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Anne Rebecca Popkin, 88

Anne Rebecca Popkin died July 4, 2007, at her home in Phoenix, Ariz. She was 88. The cause was complications from diabetes and myelodysplasia, a disease of the bone marrow.

Anne Rebecca Popkin died July 4, 2007, at her home in Phoenix, Ariz. She was 88. The cause was complications from diabetes and myelodysplasia, a disease of the bone marrow.

Anne Cohen was born in 1918, the third of six children born to Sam and Sadie Cohen of Duluth. Orphaned at age 5, she was raised by her mother's sister and her husband, Lena and Sam Levenson, together with her twin sister, two of her brothers, and the Levenson's three children in Duluth.

She graduated from Duluth Central High School with honors at 16. One of her fondest memories was interviewing Amelia Earhart for the school newspaper. She was awarded a scholarship to college although she had to leave school her first year to help support the family.

In 1939, she married Arnold Popkin and moved to Superior where she lived more than 30 years. Mr. Popkin and his brother-in-law, Ben Marcovich, operated Popkin Furniture.

In Superior, she was active with her synagogue woman's groups and also with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and PTA. She was known as an excellent cook and an active participant in synagogue and community organizations. She participated in the design of the synagogue the congregation built in Superior in the mid 1960s.

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In 1970, she and her husband retired to Sun City, Ariz. Mr. Popkin died in 1988.

She is survived by her sister, Ruth Dolgoff of Waterville, Ohio; her cousins, Beti Kreiman of St. Paul and Joyce Levenson, Duluth; her three children, Sam Popkin of La Jolla, Calif., Barry Popkin, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Merle Wexler of Arlington, Va., and five grandchildren.

The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Temple Beth Shalom, 12202 N. 101st Ave., Sun City, AZ 85351.

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