Esther Goldberg

Age 86: State's attorney's office worker

June 11, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Esther Goldberg, former chief of the clerical section of the Juvenile Court Division of the Baltimore state's attorney's office, died of complications from an infection June 2 at a hospital in Sun City, Ariz. The former Mount Washington resident was 86.

Esther Aroesty, the daughter of Turkish immigrants, was born in New York City's Lower East Side. She was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., where she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1939.

After marrying Wilbert Goldberg, the couple moved to Baltimore in 1946 to open a neighborhood grocery store in West Baltimore, which they operated until 1958.

After opening a grocery store in East Baltimore in 1964, Mrs. Goldberg went to work in the state's attorney's office.

Among the younger attorneys, politicians and future judges she mentored, according to family members, were Court of Appeals Judge Joseph F. Murphy Jr., Circuit Judge Hillary D. Caplan and Baltimore County Councilman Kevin Kamenetz.

She retired in 1992.

In her retirement, Mrs. Goldberg taught herself how to use computers and volunteered at the Pikesville Senior Center, where she instructed senior citizens in their use. She also tutored seniors who were homebound.

Mrs. Goldberg and her husband had lived for many years on Old Pimlico Road. Mr. Goldberg died in 1987, and Mrs. Goldberg moved to Sun City in 2001.

She enjoyed reading, walking and senior water aerobics.

Services were Friday.

Surviving are two sons, I. Elliott Goldberg of Lutherville and Alan Goldberg of Owings Mills; two daughters, Raye Rosen of Sun City and Gail Jacobs of Ellicott City; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.

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