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Frances Harriet (Sisselman) GOODMAN


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Frances Harriet (Sisselman) GOODMAN Obituary
April 21, 1922 - May 27, 2016 Beloved wife of Milton B. Goodman for 72 years; loving mother of Roger (Melody) Goodman (of L.A.) and Irene (Andrew O'Mahony) Goodman (of Cambridge, MA); devoted grandmother "Pinka" of Joshua (Julia Kraft), Jeffrey, Kenny, Daniel, and Sarah. She died May 27, 2016, at her home in Los Angeles, with her cherished family, which was her wish. Born April 21, 1922, in the Bronx, New York, she soon moved with her parents Abraham and Sadie to Brooklyn and always considered herself a Brooklynite. She went to three colleges but was never a freshman. Skipping two grades, she graduated from James Madison High School at age 16 and then went to Yale Music School (which was co-ed, unlike Yale College). After receiving her Certificate in the Theory of Music in 1940, she began a liberal arts program at Albertus Magnus College, also in New Haven, while continuing even more courses at Yale. She found the perfect combination of her two passions by transferring to NYU, where she received a B.S. in Music Education in 1943. While at NYU, Frances met Milton, the one and only love of her life, and within three dates, they were engaged. With WWII raging, Milton was drafted and Frances began teaching at age 21. When a furlough became available on quick notice, they wed on January 9, 1944, at her parents' apartment in Brooklyn. That summer, they were able to be together in Texas, as he continued Army training. Throughout her 94 years, she spread the joy of music to thousands through her enthusiastic teaching, arranging, and conducting. When she, Milton, newborn son, and her parents all moved to L.A., she began long career as a teacher in the L.A. Unified School District. She taught different grades until she became the full-time music teacher at Crescent Heights Elementary School, then Baldwin Hills, Virginia Rd., and finally L.A. Center for Enriched Studies. She taught every instrument and led choruses, orchestras, bands, and glee clubs. She devoted her non-working hours to social causes in both Jewish and secular communities. When Sadie founded the L.A. Hadassah Choir, Frances was the arranger and pianist. The choir sang at various Hadassah functions and raised a significant amount of money for the Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. Frances and Milton were active members of Temple Beth Am (where he sang in the choir and she conducted), Hadassah and (men's affiliate) Hadassah Associates, NYU Alumni Assoc., and L.A.-Eilat Sister City Committee. She was also inducted into and became an active member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the professional sorority of educators. After retirement, she became an early adopter and teacher of personal computers. She assisted Milton, a life insurance agent at Mass Mutual, by replacing paper files with databases. She also helped at Irene's business by teaching the staff how to use various software programs. She often said that if computer science had existed when she went to college, that would have been her major. Frances was a consummate organizer, talented cook and baker, crochet buff, and piano teacher to young and old. She and Milton traveled extensively, with millions of miles and dozens of cruises under their belt. They visited most continents and many countries. Especially important to them was Israel, which they visited numerous times. Services will be Sunday, May 29, 2016, at 3 p.m. at Mount Sinai Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hadassah or L.A. Philharmonic's Youth Orchestra Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on May 29, 2016
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