In Remembrance of Bernardine Kaplan

Bernardine Kaplan

Bernardine Kaplan

Scranton, PA October 17, 1934 ~ December 11, 2012 Date of Service: December 13, 2012


  Bernardine Kaplan, Scranton, died Tuesday morning in the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania following an illness. She is survived by her husband, Saul Kaplan of 54 years.

Born in Scranton and raised in Throop, Bernardine was the youngest of five children. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and a loyal friend to all that knew her. She had a heart of gold and was very kind and generous throughout her life. Her compassionate nature led her to the field of nursing in which she graduated from the Scranton State Hospital School of Nursing, eventually serving as Operating Room Supervisor. Not only was she dedicated to her profession, she was also a pillar of the community. Bernardine was active in Temple Hesed’s Sisterhood, Jewish Family Services, Webster Towers, Jewish Federation of Scranton, and was the first and only woman President, to date, of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania. The Jewish Home was very close to her heart and she often visited with and assisted residents over the many years she was associated with the Home. Along with her husband, Bernardine endowed Elan Gardens, an assisted living facility located in Clarks Summit, which reflected her commitment to quality elderly care. As an advocate of education, she helped establish a center for children with learning differences at the Scranton Hebrew Day School. She was a proud supporter of the Bais Yaakov School for Girls and likewise mentored many of the young women who attended the school.

In addition to her husband, she is survivied by her children, David Kaplan of Clarks Summit, Sandi Slap and her husband David, Penn Valley, PA, and Beth Kaplan, Clarks Summit, along with her grandchildren, Amanda, Ashley, and Jordan Kaplan, and Nikki and Danni Slap. She is also survivied by her many nieces and nephews as well as siblings, Jack Kozel of Olyphant and Joseph Kozel, Throop.

She was preceded in death by her mother Mary Kozel, a brother, Emil Kozel, and a sister, Margaret Coda.

The funeral will be Thursday at 10:30am in Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road, Scranton with services by Rabbi Daniel Swartz. Friends may call at Temple Hesed from 9am until the time of service.  Interment to follow in the Temple Israel Cemetery in Dunmore.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, c/o Rabbi Samuel Sandhaus, Executive Director, 1101 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18510 and to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.

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Gayle Sensi
Posts: 6
Reply #4 on : Thu December 13, 2012, 12:36:51
Beth, David and family, please accept our deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother. We will keep all of you and your Father in our thoughts prayers. Love,
Gayle and Michael
Ed and Wendy Cimoch
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Reply #3 on : Wed December 12, 2012, 15:59:58
Dave -
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. From the picture in the paper, you can see your mother was a stunning woman. If there is anything we can do please let us know.
Michael, Leslie, Zachary, Alexa Graham
Posts: 6
Reply #2 on : Wed December 12, 2012, 12:26:35
Saul, David and family, I'm sorry to hear of Bernardines passing. Please accept our sincere sympathy during this time of great sorrow. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Babonis Family
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To my friend Beth Kaplan and her family
Reply #1 on : Wed December 12, 2012, 09:08:30
Myself and my family extend our warmest condolences to your family at this trying time. Your mother has given so much of herself to the community and will be greatly missed. No words can really help the loss you bear, just know that you are in our thoughts and our prayers.