Beulah Rothstein

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February 12, 2012

Beulah Rothstein died on Sunday, February 12, 2012, her 89th birthday, in her home in Mountain Top as a result of respiratory illness. Born and raised in Olyphant, Beulah was a daughter of Sigmund Spitz and Gussie Hollander Spitz. Beulah was an alumna of Scranton Central High School, where she was an accomplished thespian and swimmer and was feted for her beauty. She graduated from Gettysburg College and completed her M.A. at Temple University. Beulah worked as a school psychologist for 25 years, including six years in the Dallas School District, and 18 years in the Luzerne Intermediate Unit. After retirement from that career and until her passing, she was active in the real estate, construction, and land development business headed by her husband of 66 years, Alvin "Buddy" Rothstein. She also joined in his activity in Rotary International's international youth exchange program, and in 1989 Beulah and Buddy led a team of businesswomen from Northeastern Pennsylvania on a Rotary study tour of Sri Lanka and South India. Beulah was preceded in death by Buddy on January 25, 2012; brothers, Isadore and William Spitz. She is survived by children, James, Wyomissing; Robert, Seattle, Wash.; Daniel, New York; and Gail Forstater, Kansas City, Kan.; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces, nephews and cousins. Beulah maintained lively communication with many relatives, friends and colleagues until her last days. A memorial gathering will be held at Temple B'nai B'rith, Kingston, on Sunday, February 26, at 1 p.m., with Rabbi Roger Lerner officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Temple B'nai B'rith, Temple Israel in Wilkes-Barre, the Wilkes-Barre Jewish Community Center, the Patient Prescription Assistance Fund at Medical Oncology Associates in Kingston, the Wilkes-Barre Rotary Club, WVIA television and radio, Luzerne County Historical Society, Lands at Hillside Farms Education Center, or a . The family would also like to express their deep gratitude to Hospice Community Care for their outstanding care for Buddy and Beulah.

Published in Times Leader on Feb. 15, 2012
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