In Remembrance of Shirley Hollenberg
Shirley HollenbergScranton, PA December 15, 1923 ~ November 13, 2013 Date of Service: November 15, 2013
Shirley Hollenberg, 89, of Scranton died Wednesday morning
at her home. She was born in Scranton in
1923, and also had a home in Peoria, Arizona. She was the daughter of the late
Harry and Eva Reichel Dickstein. She was the wife of the late Seymour
Hollenberg, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage.
Two days after graduating from Cornell University she joined
the Navy and was sent to Pensacola, Florida, where they taught her how to
become an aerial gunnery instructor. After her service in World War II, she
“adopted” three young Italian boys under the Foster Parents Plan.
She was a co-founder of the Jewish War Veterans Auxiliary of
which she was a life member. She became
the first life member of Scranton’s chapter of Hadassah, and served on the
executive board of the Temple Israel Sisterhood, the Jewish Family Service, and
Friendship House, where she became an honorary member. She was a member in
perpetuity of Temple Israel.
She was a member of the Jewish Community Center which
honored her in 1966 by presenting her with their Woman of the Year Award.
She was the founder and manager of the Jefferson Duplicate
In 1963 she became a volunteer tutor of one of the children
at Friendship House, and became very involved with Friendship House for the
remainder of her life. In 1995 they presented her with the Frances Fuller
Service Award. That was followed by her favorite award when they dedicated the
Shirley Hollenberg Early Childhood Center, for little ones from the ages of 2
1/2 to 5 years of age.
She also served on the Board of the Jewish Federation, the
Community Medical Center, and the Red Cross. She was also a member of the
Brandier Women’s Organization, the A.C.L.U., Aipas, the World Jewish Congress,
the Simon Wiesunthal Center, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and the Everhart
In Arizona, she was a member of Sun City’s Division of the
Jewish Federation since 1986 and received their annual Service Award in 1992.
She was a member of the Beth Emeth Temple in Sun City West, and was a member of
the Phoenix Museum and the West Valley Art Museum. She was also a member of
She enjoyed music and played both piano and the harp. In October 2003 she donated her concert harp
to Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA.
Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister
Miriam Schiowitz of Kingston, PA., and her brother Herbert Dickstein of
Scranton. Together the three of them formed the Harry Dickstein Student Aid
Fund for the Worthington Scranton campus of Penn State, in honor of their dad’s
70th birthday. In 1993, Mrs. Hollenberg was presented with a
membership in Penn State’s President’s Club.
Surviving is a son David Hollenberg and wife Linda, and a
grandson Matthew, all of whom live in Philadelphia. Numerous nieces, nephews
Services will be held on Friday at 10:00am in the
Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St. Dunmore by
Rabbi Moshe Saks.
Friends may visit from 9:00am until the time of service.
Interment; Temple Israel Cemetery, Dunmore
Shiva will be observed at the family residence on Friday
2-4pm; Saturday 6:30-8:30pm and Sunday
In lieu of flowers, Memorial contributions may be made to the
Jewish Federation of N.E. Penna, 601 Jefferson Ave.: to Friendship House, P.O.
box 3778, Scranton, PA 18505; or to the Donor’s Favorite Charity.