Betty Arkush, wife of PFW founder, passes away at 82

Posted May 10, 2010 @ 4:17 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

RIVERWOODS, Ill. — Betty Arkush, wife of Pro Football Weekly founder Arthur S. Arkush, passed away Saturday at Highland Park (Ill.) Hospital. She was 82.

She was born on Oct. 14, 1922, in Chicago, daughter of the late Louis and Rose Waldman.

She leaves a son, Hub Arkush, the publisher and editor of PFW, and his wife, Candace; son, Dan Arkush, an executive editor at PFW, and his wife, Donna; and son, Rick Arkush; plus seven grandchildren — Billy; Austin; Arthur, who is the distribution manager at PFW; Corey; Taylor; Daryl; and Brandon. She also is survived by her identical twin sister, Blanche Fields, and her husband, Peck; her brother, Burt Waldman, and his wife, Charna; and 13 loving nieces and nephews.

“Our mom loved life and lived it to the fullest,” Hub Arkush said. “Anytime we wanted to find her, if she wasn’t at work, we knew to look first in the yard, where she was most likely sunbathing. And if not, she was almost always at a local jewelry show or flea market.

“But first, last and always, she loved her grandchildren and loved being a grandma. To Dan, Rick and me, she was more than just Mom. She was the toughest person we’ve ever known. Her indomitable spirit and radiant smile will live with us forever.”

Betty was predeceased by Arthur S. Arkush, who founded Pro Football Weekly in 1967 and passed away on March 22, 1979.

Her No. 1 priority was her children and grandchildren. She worked until the age of 80, first as an optometrist’s assistant and later as an administrative assistant for several private industries and retail stores.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Weinstein Funeral Home, 111 Skokie Blvd., Wilmette, Ill., 60091. She will be buried at Ridge Lawn Cemetery in Chicago.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Children’s Brittle Bone Foundation (, 7701 95th St., Pleasant Prairie, Wis., 53158.