Dr. Aaron Sweed

April 12, 1917 - Oct. 30, 2005

Dr. Aaron Sweed of Waukesha passed away Sunday, Oct. 30, 2005, at age 88.

He was the beloved husband of Rosetta (nee Safer). He was the loving father of Laurie (Stuart) Schwartz of Denver, Dr. Bruce (Noga) Ben David of Pittsburgh and Deborah (Dr. Stuart) Byer of Vero Beach, Fla. He was the cherished grandfather of Jason and Sarah Schwartz; Eyal, Shai and Yuvai Ben David; and Jennifer, Grace and Isaac Byer. He was the fond brother of Mary Katzenstein of St. Louis and brother-in-law of Marjorie Kulakow of Milwaukee.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard and Gertrude Sweed, and his brother, Dr. Milton Sweed.

He is also survived by many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Aaron came to America from Russia at age 6 with his family and grew up in Milwaukee. After graduating valedictorian from West Division High School, he went on to earn a bachelorís degree in chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Lamda Upsilon, a national honorary chemistry fraternity. He graduated from the UW-Madison Medical School in 1943 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, a national honorary medical fraternity.

He then served his country during World War II in the South Pacific, stationed in the Philippines, and was later assigned as a transport surgeon. It was in 1946, while on leave, that he married his beloved wife of 59 years, Rosetta. After discharge from the service, he went to Baltimore for three years for his residency. In 1950, he moved to Waukesha, where he practiced internal medicine at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, serving as chief of medicine for a few years. He also served on various hospital committees throughout his practice. He retired in January 1993 after 43 years of practice. He was devoted to his family and the practice of medicine. He enjoyed the performing arts, reading, travelling and playing piano.

The family would like to thank the staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for their kind, compassionate and loving care.

A funeral service is to be held at 1 p.m. today, Nov. 1, at Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home, 4750 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay. The burial will follow at Second Home Cemetery, 3750 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee.

Memorials made to Congregation Emanu-El of Waukesha or Waukesha Memorial Hospital would be appreciated.

Goodman-Bensman Whitefish Bay Funeral Home, (414) 964-3111, is serving the Sweed family.