Deborah Jurkowitz

  • "Dear Gloria and family, I was so saddened this morning to..."
    - Frank Black

Deborah Jurkowitz, beloved mother and wife and editor and teacher, died on Dec. 2 at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. She was 62 and resided in Pleasantville, N.Y.

Those closest to her say Deb's ideal day would have been spent with her husband and three sons relaxing on a couch in Martha's Vineyard with a good book and a happy dog.

She leaves behind her husband, Bruce, a psychotherapist; and three sons, Jake, an architect; Cody, a writer; and Jesse, a musician. During the course of a lengthy illness, Deb's strength, spirit, humor and sweetness remained undimmed.

In recent years, she worked at LitWorld, where she was the coordinator of the Family Story Power Project, and most recently at Children's Village and Spoken Interludes, imparting her love of literature to children in underserved communities. She also worked as a literary agent and a book editor at Little Brown and Company, Fodor's Travel and Avon Books.

An alum of Scranton Central High School, she graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1978. In 1980, she married her high school sweetheart, Bruce Brotter, in a ceremony at Temple Israel in Scranton.

Deb is also survived by her mother, Gloria Jurkowitz; a brother, Mark; and a daughter-in-law, Loryn Brantz. Her father, Monroe, passed away in 2009.

There will be a Shiva observance at the home of Gloria Jurkowitz, 550 Clay Ave., Apt. 8A, Scranton. Visitors can call Dec. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Dec. 9 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Memorial contributions in Deborah's name can be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation at 88 Pine St., Suite 2400, New York, NY 10005; or to Spoken Interludes at 20 Woodlawn Avenue, NY 10591.
Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 7, 2018