Sophie Pernikoff, 88, of Kingston, died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Jacob Chaim and Rachel Brisman Glustein and was a member of Congregation Ohav Zedek and many other religious organizations.
In 1945 at the age of 12, she traveled to the Bais Yaakov Teachers Seminary in Williamsburg, N.Y., to pursue higher Jewish education, which was not available in her hometown.
She was married in 1949 to Rabbi Mayer Pernikoff, a Rabbinic student at the time.
Together they settled in Wyoming Valley, where they dedicated themselves to Jewish teaching and outreach. She supported her husband in all of his communal works during their nearly 50 years of marriage.
Fondly known as "Geveres," she taught Hebrew studies to kindergarten and first grade from the opening of the United Hebrew Institute Jewish day school in Kingston until its closing some 65 years later. Close to a thousand students were the beneficiaries of her dynamic tutelage during her tenure.
Together, their home was an oasis, open to all in need of physical, emotional or financial support.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband.
She is survived by her children, Mrs. (Louis) Leeba Friedman; Dr. Barry (Franceen) Pernikoff; David (Naomi) Pernikoff; Mrs. (Moshe) Tova Underweiser; BenZion (Esther) Pernikoff; and Mrs. (Erik) Aliza Frank. She is also survived by grand and great-grandchildren.
She was laid to rest in Har Menuchos Cemetery in Jerusalem, Israel.
Shiva services will be observed at her home, 546 Westmoreland Ave., Kingston, until 3 p.m. Friday.
Memorial donations can be made to Cong. Ahavas Achim or Yeshiva Bais Meir, 330 Miller Road, Lakewood, NJ 08701.