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Miriam Jacobs, a lifelong resident of White Plains, community volunteer and secretary for 37 years to the late Gov. Malcolm Wilson in his law practice, died peacefully at home on June 14, 2013 at the age of 90 after a short illness.
Miss Jacobs was an avid volunteer, particularly for the Hebrew Institute of White Plains, a synagogue her father, David Jacobs, helped found in 1915 and who was its first president. She assisted the office staff, was a member of the seating committee for the high holy days and worked on the synagogue's fund-raising ventures for Israel Bonds, the United Jewish Appeal and a scholarship program for Yeshiva University. When honored in 2009 by the synagogue at its annual testimonial dinner, she said she was privileged and blessed to help carry on the tradition of the Hebrew Institute "and with God's help as Tevya would say 'a few more years wouldn't be so bad.'"
She was also honored for 40 years as a clerical volunteer at White Plains Hospital Center, and also visited the home-bound for the hospital and the Dorot friendly visitor program. During her walks there and elsewhere she was fashionably dressed, never without a hat or her signature smile.
Miss Jacobs was born May 7, 1923 to David and Rose Miller Jacobs, immigrants from Poland. She graduated from White Plains High School in 1941 and later from New York University School of Retailing. She then studied secretarial skills at Hake's Business School and was hired in 1944 by the law firm of Kent Hazard Jaeger and Wilson in White Plains and served Mr. Wilson in his law practice from 1949, during the period he was assemblyman, lieutenant governor and governor, to 1986 when she retired.
She was a strong supporter of Israel, having visited there seven times, and also traveled to Spain, Portugal, Italy, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
Her survivors include a sister-in-law, Ida Jacobs of Hartsdale; a cousin Bernie Miller of Hartsdale; five nephews, Norman Jacobs of Maryland, Alan Jacobs of Hartsdale, Gerry Cohen of Rye Brook, Richard Jacobs of New Jersey, George Tunick of California, one niece, Arlene Sandberg of Florida; eight grandnieces and nephews, and twelve great grandnieces and nephews.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by brothers Isadore and Samuel Jacobs and sisters Sarah Cohen, Celia Tunick, Ada Jacobs and a nephew, Frank Cohen.
A graveside service will take place at at Sharon Gardens Cemetery, Valhalla. Arrangements provided by Weinstein Memorial (914) 793-3800.
Weinstein Memorial Chapel Inc
1652 Central Park Ave Yonkers, NY 10710
Published in the The Journal News on June 16, 2013