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Loretta Epstein

  • "Loretta Epstein was my beloved sister-in-law. I was married..."
    - Carol Elder-Birnbaum
  • "Mrs. Epstein was a wonderful woman ahead of her times in..."
    - Ronnie & Fred DEMBOWSKI
  • "This dear woman was special to me throughout my childhood..."
    - Rebecca Moore
  • "It was my privilege to care for Loretta, her family, and..."
    - David Hornick
  • "To the family of Loretta, we send our sincere condolences...."
    - Harold & Pat VanLeuvan

Epstein, Loretta NEWTONVILLE Loretta Epstein, 90, passed away on May 16, 2014 at her residence of 50 years in Newtonville, a home she dearly loved. Loretta was born on May 3, 1924 in Brooklyn, the eldest daughter of Hyman and Eva Schulsinger Birnbaum. Loretta lived a wonderful and active life, affectionately known by her family as the "energy dynamo." Loretta was the devoted wife of William Epstein, a loving union of 60 years. Loretta's life was full and meaningful, first as the mother of four children, then going back to school to earn her bachelor's degree in sociology (1977), and finally working at Siena College for more than 40 years. It was at Siena College that she found her purpose in life as assistant director of development and was called "The Royal Mounty" for her tenacious approach to the job. She believed in higher education and had a deep love for Siena College and the Franciscan spirit. Survivors include her four children, Donna (and Michael) Lamkin of Loudonville, Judy (and Jeff) Weinstock of Chapel Hill, N.C., Joel (and Carolyn) Epstein of Clearwater, Fla., and Howie (and Beeb) Epstein of Lakewood, N.J.; five grandchildren, Arthur, Alex, Allison, Devin and Jared; two great-grandchildren; several "furry" grandchildren; her sister Sandy's girls; her brother Hal's kids; her "third son," Frank D'Agostino; best friend Karen George; and devoted neighbors, Jeannine, Doug, and Lauretta. Loretta will be remembered for her generosity, beauty, kindness and compassion. Her eloquent autobiography, written 25 years earlier, will always be a treasure for her family and friends and help them to remember her unique and independent spirit. Her family wishes to express gratitude to Dr. David Hornick; Acasia, Keith, Micha (Childs) and Poncho Payne; and Rhoda and Uncle Don for the exceptional care and attention given to Loretta during her last year of life. A private burial will be held on Monday, May 19, at 10 a.m. at the Albany Rural Cemetery, followed by a celebration of Loretta's life to be held at Siena College at a later date. Thank you to Community Hospice, especially Becky and Deanna, for the wonderful care. Contributions may be made to the Loretta Epstein '77 and William Epstein Endowed Scholarship, c/o Siena College Development Office, 515 Loudon Road, Loudonville, NY, 12211. Condolence book at

Published in Albany Times Union on May 18, 2014
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