Bettye Fishbein, 94, homemaker, needleworker

January 06, 2004

Bettye Fishbein, a homemaker and longtime active member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, died in her sleep Thursday at Ruxton Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pikesville. She was 94.

She was born Bettye Berman in Baltimore and raised on East Fayette Street. She attended Eastern High School and worked as a seamstress in Baltimore's old Garment District before her 1930 marriage to Sidney W. Fishbein, a city high school teacher who died in 1993.

The longtime Pikesville resident was a member for more than 45 years of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, where she was a member of the sisterhood and headed the temple's Braille book bindery.

Mrs. Fishbein was also an accomplished needleworker who enjoyed crocheting and knitting, and was known for her custom-made sweaters, which she gave to friends. She also was an avid gardener.

Services were held Sunday.

She is survived by her daughter, Carrie F. Robbins of New York City; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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