GOLDSTEIN, Muriel A. 95, formerly of White Meadow Lake, N.J. and Revere, MA, passed away peacefully on October 30, 2016. For fifty-four wonderful years, she was the beloved and devoted wife of the late Murray Goldstein.|
Born on January 2, 1921, Muriel was raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., the only child of Roselle Diamond Loring and Louis Loring. Muriel entered Erasmus Hall High School at twelve years of age, and she later graduated from Hunter College with a degree in English and received a master's degree in Education from Brooklyn College. After raising two children in the White Meadow Lake community in New Jersey and teaching English in the New Jersey public schools for many years, she earned a master's degree in Library Science from Rutgers University. During her career as a librarian, Muriel organized a number of libraries not only in New Jersey public schools, but also in behavioral institutions, where she introduced poetry therapy.
Muriel's passion for literature was evident to all who knew her. She belonged to several organizations that supported public and private libraries as well as several book clubs were she was a guest speaker. Her book reports were memorable: "I would come to hear her if she was reviewing the telephone book. She would make it insightful and fascinating," an attendee once praised. Muriel spent her winters in Longboat Key, FL, for many years, where she enjoyed swimming in the ocean and playing tennis. She had a special appreciation for travel, theater, opera, museums, and lectures - any activity that she could learn from. Her keen intellect allowed her to complete NY Times crossword puzzles and win Jeopardy from her living room.
Muriel is survived and will be dearly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Leslie Goldstein Fleischer and Edward Fleischer of Framingham, MA; her son and daughter-in-law Fredric (Rick) Goldstein and Laura Brill of White Plains, NY; her grandchildren Amy Fleischer, Michael Fleischer, Marc Jacobs and his wife Jennifer; and her great-grandchildren, Sean, Andrew, and Craig.
A private memorial in NY will be held at a later date. Donations in her memory can be made to the non-profit children's literacy organization Reading is Fundamental (http://www.rif.org/) or any charity of your choosing.
Published in The Boston Globe on Nov. 3, 2016