Sylvia Goldstein, 95

Teacher, volunteer

July 20, 2008|By Tyeesha Dixon

Sylvia Feldman Goldstein, a former vocational school teacher who helped run a public bake shop at a high school, died of natural causes Friday at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital in Baltimore. She was 95.

Sylvia Feldman was born in Baltimore. She was raised near Patterson Park and graduated from Eastern High School in 1930. A year after graduating, she married Albert Goldstein, who died in 1986.

Mrs. Goldstein worked at the U.S. Jewelry Co. in Baltimore during World War II and later worked as a secretary at Cross Country Elementary School from 1956 to 1963. She then went on to work at Mergenthaler Vocational-Technical Senior High School, where she helped teach baking and ran the school's public bake shop.

She was also a homemaker and volunteer for community and religious organizations. She was a member of the Liberty Jewish Center in Randallstown while she lived in Baltimore.

In 1983, Mrs. Goldstein retired with her husband to Annapolis, where she was a member of Congregation Kneseth Israel. She was active in the Tuesday Social Club, a religious and cultural organization for senior citizens. In 1998, she moved back to Baltimore.

"My mother was an extremely industrious, determined person who worked for a lot of different causes, even in old age, " said her son, Lawrence Goldstein of Annapolis. "She was a religious person. She adhered to Judaism her whole life. She was highly educated in her religion."

During World War II, Mr. Goldstein said, his mother worked several jobs to support the family while his father was overseas serving in the military.

"She was a fighter till the very end," he said.

Services will be held at noon today at Congregation Kneseth Israel, 1125 Spa Road in Annapolis.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Goldstein is survived by two daughters, Marilyn J. Goldstein of Baltimore and Anne D. Rugel of Reston, Va.; a brother, Samuel J. Feldman of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

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