SHERMAN, BEATRICE ETTINGER HOWARD Passed away on June 28, 2014 at the age of 95. Beatrice ("Bea") was born on May 29, 1919 in New York City. In 1921 Bea's parents Max and Stella (Schrager) Ettinger bought the beachfront estate next door to the Firestone estate on Collins Ave, Miami Beach. Bea, born third of five siblings, was raised frolicking in the surf on her beloved Miami Beach. Growing up she attended public elementary school in Miami Beach as well as public school in Toledo, Ohio, and later private boarding schools at Gulf Park in Gulfport, Miss. and Frances Shimer near Chicago where she excelled at basketball and horse back riding. Bea always believed in the power of education. After graduating from the U of Miami, where she was dormitory president, she did post graduate work at Harvard University. In 1942, Bea married Herbert Howard (formerly Horowitz) , a Miami Beach native, U of Miami graduate, founder of the TEP fraternity chapter at U of M, and top graduate of the U of M Law School. For many years he and his brother, J. B. Howard, operated their law firm at 420 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach. During WWII, Herbert and Beatrice moved to Toledo where he continued his law career and their son and daughter were born and raised. Bea was active in the Toledo Jewish community and was proud of her early support of the founding of the State of Israel. In Toledo Bea was Vice President of the National Council for Jewish Women, an active member of Hadassah, the Jewish Welfare Federation, and the American Red Cross. She was a national speaker for United Jewish Appeal in the 1950's and 60's. Bea made numerous trips to Israel, and was proud to have met Golda Meir and Ben Gurion. Bea and Herbert moved to Bay Harbor Islands in 1969 and she became a supporter of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and a member of the Miami Beach Pioneers Club. In 1971 Herbert passed away. A life long artist, in 1972 Bea studied painting at the American Academy in Paris, France. Later that year she married Ernest Sherman from Boston, Massachusetts. They went into the telecommunications business in Coral Gables in 1975 where they operated All American Answering Service for the next 20 years. In the 1980's her company was a local South Florida pioneer in the wireless cell phone industry. In 1992 she started Besman Hospitality and was in the hotel business until 2006. She won numerous business accolades and was proud to be listed in Who's Who in American Women. Bea and Ernie enjoyed 28 years of marriage, work, and traveling together until Ernie's health failed in 2000. Bea is pre-deceased by her beloved brother, Leon Ettinger, and cherished sisters, Martha Gross, Miriam "Mimi" Abel, and Charlotte Rotenberg. Bea was devoted to her children Carolyn Francis Howard Smith (Ron) and Robert David Howard (Rachel), and a loving grandmother to Morgan Smith, Daniel Smith, Jacob Howard and Maxwell Howard. She treasured the time spent with her grandchildren. Her family is grateful for Bea's physicians and caregivers. Graveside services will be held Monday, June 30 at 2:30 pm at Mt. Nebo Cemetery Kendall, 5900 SW 77th Avenue, Miami, Florida. Tel. 305-274-0641. In lieu of flowers, donations in Beatrice's memory may be made to the University of Miami.
Published in the Miami Herald on June 30, 2014