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Virginia Beach - Florence Chalem Goldin of Virginia Beach passed away peacefully on July 6, 2013.She was the daughter of Benjamin and Jennie Chalem, born in Chicago, IL, and a graduate of Northwestern University. She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Dr. Milton Goldin, and a brother, Gerald H. Chalem.
She is survived by her sister, Shirley Feldman of Charleston, S.C. At the time of her passing, she was surrounded by her children, Benita Goldin Ross (Boston, MA), Nathan Goldin (Portsmouth), Norman Goldin (Norfolk) and Debbie Goldin Elisha (Cherry Hill, NJ). The mother of 5, she was a beloved grandmother with 16 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was a longtime resident of Portsmouth, president of the Portsmouth Chapter of Hadassah, Gomley Chesed Sisterhood, and together with her late husband, Milton, was an active member of the Community Relations Council and a volunteer at Beth Sholom Home of Eastern Virginia. She was a 5 generation life member, passionate advocate and volunteer of Hadassah. For the last 18 months she remained active, engaged, and derived particular joy from her family while a resident at Beth Sholom. She was also a longtime member of Temple Beth El Norfolk, VA. She was a lover of opera, an avid reader and followed politics closely.
The family is grateful to the entire staff of Beth Sholom for their extraordinary warmth, care and dignity.
Services will be private. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Hadassah Youth Aliyah and Beth Sholom of Virginia.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 8, 2013