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Shirley Hollenberg, 89, of Scranton, died Wednesday morning at her home.

She was born in Scranton in 1923 and also had a home in Peoria, Ariz. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Eva Reichel Dickstein. She was the wife of the late Seymour Hollenberg, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage.

Two days after graduating from Cornell University, she joined the Navy and was sent to Pensacola, Fla., where they taught her how to become an aerial gunnery instructor. After her service in World War II, she "adopted" three young Italian boys under the Foster Parents Plan.

She was a co-founder of the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary, of which she was a life member. She became the first life member of Scranton's chapter of Hadassah, and served on the executive board of the Temple Israel Sisterhood, the Jewish Family Service and Friendship House, where she became an honorary member. She was a member in perpetuity of Temple Israel.

She was a member of the Jewish Community Center, which honored her in 1966 by presenting her with its Woman of the Year Award. She was the founder and manager of the Jefferson Duplicate Bridge Club.

In 1963, she became a volunteer tutor of one of the children at Friendship House and became very involved with Friendship House for the remainder of her life. In 1995 they presented her with the Frances Fuller Service Award. That was followed by her favorite award when they dedicated the Shirley Hollenberg Early Childhood Center, for little ones from the ages of 2½ to 5 years.

She also served on the board of the Jewish Federation, the Community Medical Center and the Red Cross. She was also a member of the Brandier Women's Organization, the ACLU, Aipas, the World Jewish Congress, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Everhart Museum.

In Arizona, she was a member of Sun City's Division of the Jewish Federation since 1986 and received its annual Service Award in 1992. She was a member of the Beth Emeth Temple in Sun City West, and a member of the Phoenix Museum and the West Valley Art Museum. She was also a member of ORT.

She enjoyed music and played piano and the harp. In October 2003 she donated her concert harp to Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pa.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Miriam Schiowitz of Kingston, Pa.; and her brother, Herbert Dickstein of Scranton. Together the three of them formed the Harry Dickstein Student Aid Fund for the Worthington Scranton campus of Penn State in honor of their dad's 70th birthday. In 1993, Mrs. Hollenberg was presented with a membership in Penn State's President's Club.

Surviving are a son, David Hollenberg and wife, Linda; and a grandson, Matthew, all of whom live in Philadelphia; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services will be Friday at 10 a.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, by Rabbi Moshe Saks. Interment, Temple Israel Cemetery, Dunmore.

Friends may visit from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Shiva will be observed at the family residence on Friday, 2 to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Federation of N.E. Penna, 601 Jefferson Ave., Scranton, PA 18510; to Friendship House, P.O. Box 3778, Scranton, PA 18505; or to the donor's favorite charity.

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Published in Scranton Times on Nov. 14, 2013