In Memory

Ellis Avner

Ellis Avner

Dr. Ellis David Avner

Milwaukee - Passed away on Dec. 25, 2021 at the age of 73. Beloved husband of Jane Avner (nee Adashko) Loving father of Benjamin Saul (Elissa Cahn) Avner, MD, PhD and Jeremy Elkan Avner, MSW, LCSW. Dear brother of Marcia Avner. Further survived by friends, other relatives and colleagues.

Graveside service, Thurs., Dec. 30 at 10:00 AM at Second Home Cemetery, 3705 S. 43rd St., Milwaukee. Friends and family can also attend the service via Zoom. See funeral home website for Zoom link and full notice. Memorial contributions to Lake Park Synagogue where Dr. Avner was president or Jewish Museum Milwaukee are appreciated.

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01/30/22 12:20 PM #1    

David Sobel

I am greatly saddened by Ellis' passing. When we were in high school Ellis and I were never very close- perhaps competition and defensiveness. Only in later years was I able to appreciate what a genuine and sweet man Ellis had become, and an international figure in his medical field, and a dedicated leader in his Jewish community and faith. His legacy includes thousands of grateful patients (kids with kidney disease) and their parents as well as the many physicians he trained and informed through his classic textbook on Pediatric Nephrology and numerous scientfific publications. I had so looked forward to seeing Ellis at our reunion. 

Your friend, brother, and colleage,


01/30/22 03:46 PM #2    

Howie Gordon

Ellis and I became friends when we were 3 years old.  Our moms were in a B'nai Brith production of "I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE."  They would often take us to their rehearsals and Ellis and I would sit in a largely empty audience while they rehearsed on stage.  Ellis's mom was the lead singer.  My mom was in the chorus.  

Ellis was always an extraordinary human being.  He was smart and funny and had a tongue that was a nuclear weapon.  When Ellis insulted you, you felt the sting.  Along with many others, we did the journey from Roosevelt to Minadeo to Allderdice together.  We stayed close through all of that . . . and later maintained our connection through all the years of life, wife, career, and kids.

Ellis Avner was an extraordinary human being.  His work in medicine was WORLD CLASS . . . and the world recognized him and honored him for it.  In local news, Ellis was deservedly voted into the Allderdice Hall of Fame.  

His death has hit me like none other so far.  It is so close to home.  The tears and moans that come out in my grief are new sounds and depths to me.  Never been so unabashedly raw.  

I'm not saying good-bye to you, Ellis, I'll just see you on the other side.  







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