THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: November 21, 2013
Bertha Betty Arnovitz, 96, long time resident of Marinette, passed away from ovarian cancer on Nov. 13.
Born to the late Abraham and Bessie (Kliot) Kotzin in Dorchester, Wi., she moved to Fond du Lac with her family at a young age. In 1937, she married Maurice Leon Arnovitz and they resided in Marinette and were married 36 years before he died Oct. 23, 1973. Her father-in-law, Peter Arnovitz, started Marinette Iron & Metal in approximately 1893 and her husband began working there in 1937. He then became sole owner in 1945, and the couple owned and operated the business together from 1945 until his death in 1973. She then took over the business and operated it from 1973 until selling in 1978. She continued as office manager until retiring in 1987 at the age of 70. She then dissolved her Betarn Corporation. She designed and built her home that she resided in for 54 years and for the last 1-1/2 years lived at the Harbors Assisted Living Facility.
A member of Congregation Montiefore, Lady Elks of Menominee, and a life long member of Hadassah, she was named Lady Elk Of The Year. She was an avid bridge player and a casino regular.
She is survived by two daughters, Arlyne (Richard) Lepie, of Buffalo, N.Y., Elaine Torosian, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; a son, Gene Arnovitz (Sarah) of Santa Rosa, Ca.; four grandsons; two granddaughters; six great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter.
A memorial service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the charity of ones choice.