Paulette Tanenbaum, Harford librarian


Paulette Tanenbaum, a retired Harford County librarian, died of malignant melanoma March 8 at her home in Street. She was 79.

Paulette Townsend was born in Paris, the daughter of an American pastor and a French mother.

After the Germans occupied France, the family fled to Lisbon, Portugal, where they boarded a ship for New York. They lived in southern New Jersey before moving to Providence, R.I., where Mrs. Tanenbaum graduated from Mount Pleasant High School. She later moved to Harford County, where she worked as a county librarian in Bel Air and Fallston for 30 years. She retired in the 1990s.

During the 1990s, Mrs. Tanenbaum owned and operated Two Sisters at the Bel Air Farmers' Market for five years, where she sold wearable art and handcrafted home goods.

She also was an avid gardener and enjoyed entertaining family and friends.

Services were held Thursday.

Surviving are a son, Paul J. Tanenbaum of Bel Air; a daughter, Sarah A. Fedele of Street; two sisters, Catherine T. Bass of Riverside and Mary T. Shultz of Denver; and five grandchildren. Her marriage to David L. Tanenbaum ended in divorce.

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