Nate (Pepa) Davis, 90, of West Orange died Sept. 17, 2012. Born in what was then the Carpathian Ruthenia region of Czechoslovakia, he lived in Czechoslovakia, Israel, Canada, Ohio, New Jersey, and Texas after surviving service as an impressed laborer during World War II. He was briefly enlisted in what was to become the Israel Defense Forces upon his arrival in Israel.
After arriving in the United States, he was trained to work in the delicatessen and restaurant business and eventually owned three businesses, one in Cleveland and two in New Jersey, the Lipshitz and Son Delicatessen and Restaurant in Newark and the Deli King in Linden. He and his wife retired in 1987, moving to Dallas before returning to New Jersey in 1992.
He was a founding member of Temple Israel in Springfield and a member and contributor to Congregation Ahavath Zion in Maplewood.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Piri; three sons, Gene, Jeffrey, and Ronnie; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sept. 20 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Jewish Family Service of Greater MetroWest, or the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.