In Rememberance of Helen Miller

Helen Miller

Helen Miller

Scranton, PA June 14, 1914 ~ September 6, 2011 Date of Service: September 9, 2011

Helen Bernstein Miller

September 6, 2011

Helen Bernstein Miller, Scranton, died Tuesday afternoon in the Hospice at Regional Hospital of Scranton.   She was the widow of Atty. David B. Miller who died in 2002. 

 Born in Scranton in 1914, she was the oldest daughter of the late Isaac Edward and Sarah Lefsetz Bernstein.  She was a graduate of Marywood Seminary and Marywood University.  She was a teacher in the Scranton School District.  During World War II she worked as a nurse’s aide in Baltimore, MD.  She married David in 1951 and devoted time and energy to serving others through volunteer activities.  She was a Brownie and Girl Scout Leader; a chairman for the Lackawanna United Fund; the co-founder and chairperson of the Lackawanna Unit of the American Cancer Society; Program and Yearbook Chair for Hadassah as well as being a fundraising chairperson; President of the local chapter of the Women’s Committee of Brandeis University; and was twice the women’s chairperson of the United Jewish Campaign. 

 In 1961, she worked in the office of Congressman William W. Scranton II, but left there to become Director of Alumni Relations at Keystone College from 1961-1967.  She later served as the supervisor of the Data Processing Center of the Lackawanna Court House Offices for 18 years. 

 She had been elected twice to the National Alumni Board of Marywood University; the board of the American Cancer Society; Hadassah; the Executive Board of the United Nations of NEPA; the Koehler board of the Scranton State School of the Deaf; the Lackawanna Lawyers Alliance; the Mitzvah Committee of Temple Israel; the National Association of Fundraisers of America; was made Director Emerita of the National Alumni Board of Marywood University and also actively volunteered with the Blind Association and the Women’s Resource Center.

 A highlight of her life was being the recipient of the Sister Denis Donegan Award for “Long Time Service” to Marywood.  She served Marywood in a myriad of ways for countless fundraising efforts; homecoming; nominating committee chair; mentor committee; Faculty Student Alumni Dinner; awards committee; and spearheaded efforts in the IMPACT 2000 Campaign.  In 2003 the Miller Presidential Scholarship was named in her honor as a distinguished Marywood Alumna whose incredible record of service to her Alma Mater was perhaps only equaled to her record of service to her community.  In 2008, she was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.   Most recently in 2011, the Board of Directors at Marywood University bestowed the Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement for all of her dedication and devotion to community and individuals alike. 

 She was also a member in perpetuity of Temple Israel and its sisterhood, the Glen Oak Country Club, and the American Association of University Women.

 Surviving is a sister, Molly Forman Singer, Boca Raton, FL; a sister-in-law Rhoda Bernstein, Bahama, NC; nieces and nephews Atty. Laura Bernstein Fjeld and Dr. Jon Fjeld, Durham, NC; Nancy Bernstein and Terry Seelinger, Durham, NC; Margot Bernstein, Atlanta, GA; Mathew and Jayne Ogata Bernstein, Boston, MA; Ruth and Robert Mayer, Ft. Myers, FL; Dr. Baer and Melissa Ackerman, Dallas, TX; and Dr. Ellen Lefkowitz, Santa Fe, NM; many grand nieces and nephews; as well as the many, many faithful, loving, and adoring friends, with special acknowledgment to her neighbors, Kathi and Christian Davis who were like family. 

 She was also preceded in death by her only child, Maxine; sisters Jeannette “Jan” Pepper, Theresa Goldstein, Esther Wolkoff, and Romayne Bernstein; brothers, Professor Abram Bernstein, Maynard Bernstein and Richard Norman Bernstein. 

 The funeral will be Friday at 1 p.m. in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore with services by Rabbi Joseph Mendelsohn and Cantor Vladimir Aronzon.  Interment, Dalton Jewish Cemetery.  There will be no local shiva. 

 Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.

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Pamela Rusnak
Posts: 14
My Dear Aunt Helen
Reply #2 on : Fri September 09, 2011, 09:55:14
I express genuine sympathy over the loss of my dear Aunt Helen. She was my family and close friend through bonds of love; it was an honor and a privilege to call her “Aunt” Helen. If I had to use one word to define my Aunt Helen, it would be "grace." She was optimistic in times of adversity, reassuring in times of grief, and enlightening during times of confusion. I will always remember her and can only hope to reflect the inextinguishable light that she graciously shined on me while we were together. I love you, Aunt Helen. May you have eternal peace.
Carla Zero
Posts: 14
Heartfelt Sympathy
Reply #1 on : Thu September 08, 2011, 12:22:34
I would like to express my deep and heartfelt sympathy over the loss of Helen. She was a dear friend and amazing role model.She had a way of making everyone she knew feel special. I am better for having known Helen, and I aspire to be more like her. I will always remember her.