In Loving Memory of Melba Waldman Nathan
Melba Waldman NathanScranton, PA October 23, 1924 ~ September 28, 2016 Date of Service: September 29, 2016
Melba Waldman Nathan, 91, of Scranton, died peacefully at home Wednesday surrounded by the love of her three children, and under the care of the amazing staff of Traditional Hospice, and with her caregiver Christine Ovalle, to whom her family will always be grateful. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin "Al" Nathan, on July 27, 2000.
Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Morris J. and Esther Mittelman Waldman, she was a member in perpetuity at Temple Israel of Scranton and served as a past president of its Sisterhood. She also served as a chairwoman for the Jewish Federation-UJA Women's Campaign. Melba was a member of numerous religious, civic and charitable organizations, among them being a board member of Jewish Family Services, a member of the Jewish Home Auxiliary and Hadassah. She also was a volunteer at the former Mercy Hospital Hospice Unit, taught English to young immigrant students at the John J. Audubon School in Scranton and volunteered with the Lackawanna Blind Association to assist with vision testing on schoolchildren.
Surviving are her son, Rabbi Steven Nathan, of Scranton; and daughters, Ann Nathan, of Plymouth, Mass.; and Betsy Nathan, of Waltham, Mass.; grandchildren, Shira, Eitana and Noah; nieces, nephews, cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews; and her beloved granddog, Noli.
She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Mickie Brown and Annette Goldreyer.
Graveside services will be today at 2 p.m. in Temple Israel Cemetery, 200 W. Warren St., Dunmore, by Rabbis Daniel Swartz and Marjorie Berman.
Shiva will be observed at Melba's residence, 550 Clay Ave., Apt. 9C, this evening 7 to 9, Friday, noon to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 3.
Contributions in Melba's memory may be made to the Alvin Nathan Youth Fund, c/o Temple Israel of Scranton, 918 E. Gibson St., Scranton, PA 18510, or to Traditional Home Health and Hospice Memorial Fund, 113 W. Drinker St., Dunmore, 18512.