In Loving Memory of Alvin H. Greenwald

Alvin Herbert Greenwald

Alvin Herbert Greenwald

Scranton, PA April 16, 1922 ~ September 16, 2016 Date of Service: September 18, 2016

Alvin Herbert Greenwald died Friday afternoon in Scranton at the age of 94. He and his late wife, the former Shirley Friedman, who passed away on August 24 had celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on March 24, 2016.

Born in Wilkes-Barre on April 16th, 1922, Alvin was the son of the late Morris and Yetta Goodman Greenwald. He was a graduate of Coughlin High School in Wilkes- Barre and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

In 1942, Alvin enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Medical Administrative Corps. While in active duty in Europe during World War II, he was promoted to Captain, and was a platoon commander in the Medical Ambulance Company.  More recently, in 2010, Alvin spoke to the Royal Warriors Battalion about his wartime experience at the “When Humanity Fails” exhibit 

Alvin began his professional career in the oil business at Tulsa Petroleum and eventually started his own business, Oklahoma Oil Company. The company was known for pioneering a number of innovative home heating and other oil services to homeowners and businesses and was recognized across Lackawanna County for its tremendous customer experience.

Within Lackawanna County, Alvin was active in various Jewish-sponsored community and civic organizations. He was a former president of the Scranton Jewish Community Center and of the Scranton-Lackawanna Jewish Federation. He also served as division chairman for the Lackawanna United Fund campaign. Alvin and Shirley were lifelong members and active participants in Temple Israel, Scranton. In 1966, Alvin was elected to a four-year term as a Democratic City Councilman in Scranton, which he served with a passion for the community and its people. 

Alvin was a devoted family man, a lively political debater, and a lover of history, the arts, music and crossword puzzles.  He had a most generous spirit.  He and his wife Shirley were known by the family for their prowess on the dance floor and undying affection for one another.

Alvin was a loving and supportive husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be missed by all who loved him.

Surviving are two daughters, Carol G Mazmanian and her husband Brian, Newton, MA, and Barbara Bock, New York City, four grandsons, Daniel Mazmanian and his wife Melissa Tooley, Washington DC, Erik Mazmanian and his wife Nicole Staple, Chicago IL, Jonathan Bock, Brooklyn NY, and Matthew Bock, Winston-Salem NC and a great-granddaughter Kira Mazmanian. Alvin was preceded in death by his sister Selma Speizman and two brothers, Sidney and Jerry.

A graveside funeral service will be held today, September 18th at 12pm in the Temple Israel Cemetery, 200 block of West Warren Street, Dunmore, led by Rabbi Dovid Saks. Shiva will be held at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, 1101 Vine St, Scranton following today’s service, from 1:30pm to 4pm and on Monday from 11am to 1pm. 

Memorial contributions may be sent to Temple Israel, 918 East Gibson Street, Scranton, PA, 18510, or the Jewish Community Center, 606 Jefferson Avenue, Scranton, PA, 18510. 



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Eric Bloch
Posts: 2
Reply #2 on : Thu October 27, 2016, 17:19:02
A distant cousin of ours was researching the Goodman family tree and stumbled onto your father's obituary and alerted me. Although I never knew him, I was glad to meet you and your family in Milwaukee during your nephew Jonathan's theatrical performance. My sincerest condolences to you and your family on the loss of both your dad and mother this year. It's wonderful they were able to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary together. Eric
Susan Link
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Condolence to Alvin's family
Reply #1 on : Sun September 18, 2016, 13:47:46
The first time I met Alvin he was starting his late life career as a Realtor at Nichols Assoc. & I thought "what a handsome man in a bowtie". He liked when I told that story. We had so much fun with Alvin, he was always kind & had wonderful stories of his life which I loved to hear. I always appreciated his "Alvin met Shirley" story. His being home on leave from the war & taking the bus from W.B. to Scranton. Alvin was a man who loved his wife Shug & loved & was proud his children & grandchildren. I would always go outside to see Shug in the car when she was with Alvin at the office. Alvin brought me good rye bread from his trips to NYC, we polished our shoes from his shoe kit at work, Alvin was always so dapper. I was part of his fan club. Alvin was multi-generational & he was friends with everyone. My sincere condolence of the passing of Alvin. Your lives were blessed with wonderful parents.
Susan Link