Frances Shnurman, 91, of Des Moines died Wednesday, June 19, 2013 in Bettendorf, IA. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 21, at Jewish Glendale Cemetery near the Holocaust Memorial.
Frances was born in Lodz, Poland and survived the Holocaust to immigrate to Des Moines in 1950 with her husband and children. Her love of life and people allowed her to overcome the terror of the camps. She built a stable home for her family and participated as an active member of the Beth El Jacob Synagogue community. She was a member of Hadassah and the Beth El Jacob Sisterhood. After her children were grown she was employed by the Drake University Food Service Department where she enjoyed working with the students, faculty and staff.
She will be remembered as a soft spoken person who lived in gratitude. Her depth of love extended beyond her family to all the people she encountered. She was a mother and grandmother to many.
Frances called her husband, Meyer, the "carpenter" of her life. They built a life together for 68 years until he died on May 23, 2013. They are now reunited.
She was also preceded in death by her son, Harry; and her parents and her brother who perished in the Holocaust. Those left to cherish her memory include her two sons, Dr. Benjamin (Sandra) and Jacob Shnurman; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Shnurman; and eight grandchildren, Robbin (Matt) Galdiano and Scott, Isaiah, Sampson, Gabrielle, Ariana, Elijah and Hanna Shnurman.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Beth El Jacob Synagogue Sisterhood or the Jewish Federation.
The family would like to thank Dr. Daniel Arnold D.O. and the staff of Bettendorf Health Care Center especially Deb Ammeter, R.N.; Trinity Terrace Park; and Hospice Compassus for their compassion and care of their mom.
Published in Des Moines Register on June 21, 2013