ZARCHIN--Blanche, 91 years old, died last night, peacefully, in her sleep, in her own bed, in her own apartment, which was how she hoped it would be. She is survived by her children, Linda, Susan, Jill and Jim, their spouses, David, Cathy and Scott, her grandchildren and their spouses , Josh and Clare, Noah, Leah, Max and Jenna, and her sister, Harriet. The tender care and love she showed so many through her life was returned to her, especially in her last years. Blanche grew up in New York, first in Far Rockaway, and then on the Upper West Side. With her husband, Irving, she raised four children in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, where she made a tremendous impact on the community. She was instrumental in building the Fair Lawn Co-op Nursery School, helped start the Fair Lawn Mental Health Center and was a charter member of the Fair Housing Committee, bringing integration to the town. She worked side by side with her late husband, Irving, for twenty-five years at Zarchin Fabrics. When she retired from Zarchin Fabrics, she was the designated tour guide of New York for all her children, grandchildren, cousins, nieces and nephews, and all of their friends. As a member of Central Synagogue, her grace and dignity were recognized by everyone, and her smile on Friday nights lit up the Temple like the Sabbath candles. Friends and relatives whose lives she touched, and know her as Blanche, Aunt Blanche, Gram, or Mrs. Zarchin please join those of us who knew her as Mom as we share in a celebration of her life, at Central Synagogue, East 55th and Lexington at 9:00am on Tuesday December 17th. Those who wish to remember Blanche may send donations to the Central Synagogue Mitzvah Fund.
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Published in The New York Times on Dec. 16, 2013