Bernardine Kaplan, Scranton, died Tuesday morning in the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania following an illness. She is survived by her husband, Saul Kaplan, of 54 years.
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Born in Scranton and raised in Throop, Bernardine was the youngest of five children. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and a loyal friend to all that knew her. She had a heart of gold and was very kind and generous throughout her life. Her compassionate nature led her to the field of nursing in which she graduated from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing, eventually serving as Operating Room Supervisor. Not only was she dedicated to her profession, she was also a pillar of the community. Bernardine was active in Temple Hesed's Sisterhood, Jewish Family Services, Webster Towers, Jewish Federation of Scranton, and was the first and only woman president, to date, of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania. The Jewish Home was very close to her heart and she often visited with and assisted residents over the many years she was associated with the home.
Along with her husband, Bernardine endowed Elan Gardens, an assisted living facility located in Clarks Summit, which reflected her commitment to quality elderly care. As an advocate of education, she helped establish a center for children with learning differences at the Scranton Hebrew Day School. She was a proud supporter of the Bais Yaakov School for Girls and likewise mentored many of the young women who attended the school.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, David Kaplan of Clarks Summit; Sandi Slap and her husband, David, Penn Valley, Pa.; and Beth Kaplan, Clarks Summit; along with her grandchildren, Amanda, Ashley and Jordan Kaplan; and Nikki and Danni Slap. She is also survived by her many nieces and nephews as well as siblings, Jack Kozel of Olyphant; and Joseph Kozel, Throop.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Kozel; a brother, Emil Kozel; and a sister, Margaret Coda.
The funeral will be Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road, Scranton, with services by Rabbi Daniel Swartz.
Friends may call at Temple Hesed from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment to follow in the Temple Israel Cemetery in Dunmore.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, c/o Rabbi Samuel Sandhaus, Executive Director, 1101 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18510 or to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc.
To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.ScrantonJewishFu nerals.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 12, 2012