Alfred A. Edelsohn

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SCRANTON — Alfred A. Edelsohn, of Scranton and Coconut Creek, Florida, 88, died Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at Abramson Center for Jewish Life, North Wales.

Born in Scranton, a son of the late Leon and Ida Edelsohn, he obtained a master's degree from the University of Scranton. He served as a U.S. Navy radioman during World War II.

He taught seventh-grade science in the Scranton School District and, years after his retirement, former students grown with children of their own would fondly great him, "Hello, Mr. Edelsohn." He also had a successful career as an insurance agent with Aflac.

He was committed to Judaism and community service. He was past commander, Jewish War Veterans, Sandy Weisberger Leon Kaplan Post 165 as well as chaired the scholarship committee and served on the board of directors of Jewish Family Services of NEPA. He was a longtime member of Temple Israel. He volunteered at the VA Hospital many Christmas holidays, was a supporter of Northeast Regional Cancer Institute and also helped adult learners of Hebrew.

He had both the talent and passion for making memorable videos and was sought after by family, friends and professional groups to capture events. While in Florida, he was the head of Wynmoor videographer club and produced several comedy spoofs.

Surviving are his wife, Mitzi, North Wales; children, Dr. Gail Edelsohn (Henry Mann), Huntingdon Valley, and Carol Sherman, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; sister, Renee Schectman, and her sons, Jay and Gary Shectman; grandchildren, Jesse Kirkpatrick, Hannah Sherman, Tracy Sherman, Steven Sherman, Kyle Mann, Blake Mann, Jeff Mann, Lane Fisher; nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rosenberg Funeral Chapel Inc., 348 S. River St., Wilkes-Barre, with services by Rabbi Raphael Nemetsky and Rabbi Dovid Saks. Interment will follow in Ohav Zedek Cemetery, Rear 689 Main Road, Hanover Township. Shiva will be observed 7 to 9 pm. Wednesday; 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday; 2 to 4 p.m. Friday; and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the home of Renee Schectman, 222 Colfax Ave., Scranton.

Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Israel, 918 Gibson St., Scranton, PA 18510; Sandy Weisberger Leon Kaplan Post 165, 501 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18509; or to the donor's favorite charity.

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Rosenberg Funeral Chapel - Wilkes Barre
348 S. River St  Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 822-1210
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Published in Times Leader from July 1 to July 2, 2014
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