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BENNINGTON -- Jeannette Hayum Sternberg, a resident of the Classic Residence in Teaneck, N.J., died on July 16, 2006. She was the widow of the late Harry H. Sternberg, who predeceased her in 1995. Mrs. Sternberg was born in Luxembourg City, Luxembourg, on Aug. 2, 1914, the daughter of Gustave and Louise Bonnem Hayum and was the youngest of three children. Her two older brothers, Gaston and Theodore Hayum, both predeceased her and served as surrogate parents after the premature passing of their parents when she was 14.

Mrs. Sternberg’s first marriage, at the age of 19, to Sylvan Israel, a men’s clothing merchant in Luxembourg, ended within two years, after her husband’s unexpected early death in 1935.

In 1939, Jeannette married Theodore Bauer of Essen, Germany, in Luxembourg. The couple resided in Luxembourg until the German invasion in 1940, when they fled to La Ciotat, in southern France. Hoping to avoid the oppressive and racist conditions imposed against Jews by the German occupation of France, they resided in La Ciotat until 1942, when the Vichy government, in collaboration with Nazi Germany, deported Mr. Bauer to the Auschwitz concentration camp, where he perished soon after his arrival in 1943. Shortly after the detainment and deportation of her husband and her aunt and cousin, who had accompanied the Bauers to the south of France, Jeannette made her way, with the assistance of the French underground, to Lausanne, Switzerland, where she received safe harbor in the Luxembourg consulate for the remainder of the war years.

After returning to Luxembourg at the conclusion of the war in 1945, Jeannette immigrated to the United States in 1946 to join her older brother Gaston and his family in New York City.

In 1949, Jeannette was introduced to Harry Sternberg, a widower and also a survivor of the Holocaust years, who had immigrated to America in 1939. The couple married in 1950 in New York City and thereafter returned to Hoosick Falls, N.Y., where together they ran a family variety store. In addition, Jeannette was the proprietor of the Town and Country Shop, a retail women’s clothing store.

She is survived by her children, Karen L. Scharfstein and her husband, Alan Scharfstein, of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., Gabriella R. Malec of Hackensack, N.J., and Rolf M. Sternberg of Shaftsbury; seven grandchildren, David Scharfstein, Danielle Scharfstein, Zachary Scharfstein, Aliza Spindell, Jaclyn Kuznick, Shira Sternberg, Tava Sternberg; and four great-grandchildren, Mitchell and Abby Kuznick and Marisa and Jacob Spindell.

In addition to her husband Harry Sternberg and her two brothers, Gaston and Theodore Hayum, she was also predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Patricia Barr, and son-in-law, Morris Malec.

The funeral, arranged by Hanson & Walbridge, was held on Tuesday, July 18, 2006, at the Park Lawn Cemetery in Bennington. Contributions in Jeannette’s memory may be made to Congregation Beth El, 107 Adams St., Bennington, VT 05201 and the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, Hospital Drive, Bennington, VT 05201.
Published in Bennington Banner on July 26, 2006
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