Norma B. Lenore

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Norma B. Lenore
Formerly of Norwalk
Norma B. Lenore (83) passed away quietly in her sleep Saturday at the Jewish Senior Services home in Fairfield, Connecticut, with her beloved husband, David, by her side. Norma and David would have celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary on August 6th. Mrs. Lenore is survived by her four sons, Charles, Bruce, Edward and Jeffrey; her daughters-in-law Janet, Sandy and Nancy; her six grandchildren, Matthew, Jason, Rachel, Samantha, Megan and William; her nephew Mark Tarlov, his wife Judy and their daughters Jessica and Molly; her niece Jill Tarlov Wittman, her husband Michael Wittman, and their two children, Matthew and Anna; her nephew Walter Barbakoff and her niece Faith Barbakoff. Norma is predeceased by her brother, Meyer (Jack) Barbakoff, and her sister Harriet Tarlov.
Norma was born in Philadelphia, PA, and moved to Norwalk, CT in 1942 with her parents, Albert and Lena Barbakoff. She lived in Norwalk for over 65 years, moving to Hamden, CT in 2010.
Norma's great mission was Hadassah, the Woman's Zionist Organization of America, supporting Israel and its partnership with the United States. She first became involved at age 12 in Young Judea, the junior auxiliary of Hadassah (which at the time was led by Ethel Lenore, the mother of Norma's future husband, David). Norma served Hadassah on a local, national, and international level for over 50 years. She was President of the Norwalk, CT chapter of Hadassah four times, and helped it double in size during her tenure. She also served as Secretary of the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Norwalk, Vice President of the Jewish Center of Norwalk and was a life member of the Jewish Home for the Elderly of Fairfield.
In 1981, Norma was appointed to the National Service Board of Hadassah, regularly commuting for over thirty years from her home in Norwalk to Hadassah's national headquarters in New York City. One of her many achievements on the Hadassah Board was her leadership of the Mens' Associates Program, which expanded several times during her tenure and raised millions of dollars for Hadassah's charitable work. Norma represented Hadassah internationally, leading trips to Israel (many in times of conflict to show her support), as well as travelling to England and France, and, as Hadassah's liaison, to Australia and New Zealand, to tour Hadassah facilities, seek support for Hadassah's charitable works, attend international conventions.
Mrs. Lenore earned her B.S. degree in psychology from Western Connecticut State College many years after raising her four sons. She went on to receive a Master's in Education and Social Work from the University of Bridgeport.
Throughout her life, Norma enjoyed many hobbies, particularly needlepoint, knitting, and crocheting. An avid and competitive mah jong and bridge player, she spent many hours playing checkers with her grandchildren. Somehow the grandchildren, who usually won when they were younger, found it much harder to beat Grandma as they got older!
Norma's love of the arts and travel was shared by her husband, David. Together they attended hundreds of concerts, Broadway shows, and regional productions at the Westport Playhouse, and Goodspeed Opera House. They visited many countries, including England, France, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Greece, Israel, Australia, and New Zealand. Norma's wonderful ability to recall even the smallest detail about their trips and the people they met along the way, enabled her to share her appreciation of life with her extended family and friends. She will be missed. Services will take place on Monday (TODAY) August 04, 2014 at 1:00 PM from The Abraham L. Green and Son Funeral Home, 88 Beach Road in Fairfield, with interment following at Independent Hebrew cemetery on Richards Avenue in Norwalk. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Norwalk Chapter of Hadassah Tower Fund.
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Published in The Hour on Aug. 4, 2014