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SAVANNAH, GEORGIA – Benjamin Hirsh Neufeld, 97, of Savannah, Georgia, died peacefully at home on August 31, 2009.

A native of New York, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale where he resided for twenty-two years. In 1999 he moved to Savannah.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma, to whom he was married for sixty-four years. They had a truly special relationship, filled with love, admiration, and concern for each other.

He is survived by his devoted children: Dr. Laurence Neufeld and his wife Dede, of Tampa, Florida; Arlene and her husband Dr. Michel Steinfeldt of Savannah; and Dr. Elizabeth Neufeld of Savannah. He was the loving grandfather of Dr. Andrew Berens and wife Frances; Dr. Lisa Scott and husband Andrew; Carolyn  Slipakoff and husband David; Michael Neufeld and wife Nicole; George Neufeld; Daniel Neufeld; Zachary Boven; and Jessica Bovan. He was the beloved uncle of Mace Neufeld, Carol Heller, Mickey Robbins, Ben Robbins, Andy Reyman-Cruz, Lynn Reyman Campeas, Mark Reyman, Randy Shedlin, and Jamie Shedlin. Many great-grandchildren also survive him.

Hardworking, he did not fully retire until the age of eighty-five. At the age of ninety-two, following the death of his wife, he began playing duplicate bridge, and three years later, he became a senior master, an incredible accomplishment. He was respected and loved by all of his bridge partners and opponents, not only for his talent as a bridge player, but also for his passion for life.

Bridge introduced Ben to many new friends, especially to his favorite partner, Gale Cartledge. Gale was a great friend and a surrogate daughter to Ben. She, along with her husband, Gene, significantly enhanced the quality and enjoyment of his life.

Ben was known for his devotion to family and friends and served as a role model to old and young alike. Over the years, he developed close relationships here in Savannah, especially with Mary and Stratton Leopold. He will be missed by all whose lives were touched by him.

The funeral service will be held at 10 o'clock Friday morning at the graveside, Bonaventure Cemetery.

Remembrances:  American Cancer Society – Suite 206, 6600 Abercorn Street, Savannah, Georgia 31405.

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  1. Laura Ford says:

    Dear Dr. Elizabeth, Dr. Lawrence and Arlene,I am not sure if you remember me, but I got to know Mr. Neufeld well while working at the Marshes on the skilled unit. I took care of him for a brief period and fell in love with the stories about his life. I think he enjoyed my company as well, even though my stories did not compare. I got in trouble a couple of times for spending too much time conversing, but it was worth it. I just wanted to tell you all what a special man Mr. Neufeld was and how proud he was of all of you. What an incredible life he lived right up until the end. I will miss him as I know you will.I will pray for you all and may God bless your lives.Condolences to each and every family member and friend.Laura (RN)

  2. Renate Jacobs says:

    Dear Arlene, Mike and family,I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your darling Dad. He truly was a wonderful example of having a clear and alert mind and an example of how to live a productive long life.He will be missed.I offer you my deep and heartfelt condolences.With best wishes,Renate

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