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Shanal Turboff

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SHANAL TURBOFF passed away on Sunday, April 22. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 54 years, Sidney W. Turboff, M.D., her parents Harry and Miriam Galperin, and her brothers Ralph and Isidore Galperin. She is survived by her children Gene Turboff and wife Patty, Sandy Garfunkel and husband George, Marilyn Turboff, Pauline Turboff, Alan Turboff and wife Barbara, and Lisa Geiger and husband Conrad. She is also survived by grandchildren Andy and Jeff Turboff; Danny, Gary and Scott Green; Kate and Brooke Schwartz; and Nathaniel, Davis and Tess Geiger, as well as eight great-grandchildren. Also surviving her are her sisters Belle Margoliner and Cecile Phillips. Shanal was born in Port Arthur, TX in 1917, and raised in Beaumont. After she and Sidney married, she worked for several years as a bookkeeper in his medical practice, and when Sidney became too ill to work, Shanal devoted her life to caring for him. She was a member of Congregation Beth Yeshurun for over 50 years, and had been a member of Hadassah for many years before her health began failing. Shanal spent many years as a volunteer teacher's assistant for H.I.S.D. Children, especially her great-grandchildren, were the joy of her life, and could always make her smile. She also loved hearing stories or expressions in Yiddish. Special warm thanks go to those caregivers who provided excellent, loving care for so long: Dorothy Johnson, Gbemisola Thomas, Aderonke Oduye, Tope Omodayo, Faye Mouldin, and the wonderful nurses, CNAs and SWs at The Hampton. Services will be held at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut, at 2:30 PM on Thursday, April 26, with interment following at the Allen Parkway cemetery. A shiva service will be held at Congregation Beth Yeshurun Thursday evening at approximately 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either Congregation Beth Yeshurun, The Anti-Defamation League, or The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Published in Houston Chronicle on Apr. 25, 2007
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