Esther Gutin passed away quietly at home Thursday, July 17, 2014. Born and raised in the Bronx, N.Y., she lived in Wilkes-Barre for half a century. She spent the last few years of her life at her daughter's home in Wilmington, Del.
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Esther's vocation was social work. At age 21 she was helping displaced European war survivors get settled in their new homes; at age 85 she retired from her private therapy practice. In between she was the founding director of Counsel House, a partial hospitalization program that became part of the community mental health center. Esther earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pennsylvania and received and then conducted advanced training in family therapy.
Esther's friends were legion, and she was the matriarch of her family.
She was predeceased by her parents, Misha and Agnes Scholnick; her brother, David Scholnick; her nephew, Michael Scholnick; and her grandson, Michael Perri. Her beloved husband, Stanley, passed away in 2011.
Esther is survived by her son, Steven Gutin, Philadelphia, and his daughter, Rachel Haas Gutin; and by her daughter and son-in-law, Madeline and Mark Perri, and their son, David. She is also survived by her nephew and his wife, Marc and Sandi Scholnick, Portland, Ore.; by her great-niece, Elizabeth Scholnick, and her mother, Nellie Scholnick, New York; and by her numerous and loving Gutin relatives.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday from Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, with Rabbi Roger Lerner officiating.
Interment will be in Temple B'nai B'rith Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Shiva will be observed at The Woodlands, 1073 Highway 315, Wilkes-Barre, from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.
Memorial contributions may be made to Vitas Community Connections, 100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713, or to the
For more information, visit the funeral home website at www.rosenbergfuneralchapel.com.
Rosenberg Funeral Chapel - Wilkes Barre
348 S. River St
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
Published in Citizens' Voice on July 19, 2014