There was an outpouring of beauty, warmth and wit on December 1 at Temple Israel in Minneapolis.
There was sadness, too. All of it reflected well on Inez Rickel, a dancer and humanitarian whose influence was felt not just through her works and friendships, but also through those she inspired. She made a great impression on daughter Carol Meshbesher Givens, wife of philanthropist and real estate developer Archie Givens.
Rickel, 94, of Minneapolis, passed away November 27, 2011. Born in Rochester, NY, she lived in Miami Beach, FL, for about 25 years.
After moving to Minneapolis to be with her children, she formed lifelong friendships with Leona Newman and Phebe Givens, two pillars of the Twin Cities. The three friends would have lunch, play bridge, and go to movies together, often joined by Meshbesher Givens.
“She taught us how to live and how to die,” said Meshbesher Givens. “To the end, she was a beautiful person who continued to laugh and make the best of everything. She danced through life.”
Rickel was preceded in death by her siblings, Rose and Hy Lipson, and her former husbands. In addition to Carol Meshbesher Givens, her survivors include children Suzanne Raz, Joan (Stuart) Grossfield, and Robert Shacter; 12 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
Special thanks to the caring staff on the second floor at Sholom Home West.
After the Dec. 1 service, she was interred at Adath Yeshurun Cemetery, Edina. Memorial contributions preferred to the Archie Givens Sr. Collection of African American Literature, 7151 York Avenue South, Edina, MN 55435.