In Remembrance of Elma Starr
Elma StarrScranton, PA January 6, 1921 ~ September 22, 2014 Date of Service: September 23, 2014
Elma Starr, 93, died Monday morning peacefully at home following a courageous two year battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Ida Weber Hollenberg. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold who died in 1975 and her brother Seymour Hollenberg. She is survived by her children Susan Starr, who was her best friend and with whom she resided and her dedicated son, Samuel Starr and wife Lisa. She is also survived by her brother, Herbert Hollenberg and sister-in-law, Lee Hollenberg, who was truly like her sister. She was a beloved grandmother to Adam Starr and Esther, Daniel Starr, and Lindsay Landman and Mark and a beloved great-grandmother to William and Ali Starr and Charlie and Max Landman. Elma was a loving and important aunt and great-aunt and a loving, dedicated cousin to many.
Special thanks are given to Dr. Richard Weinberger and Dr. David Greenwald and to Kim and Colette and PattiAnn for their compassionate care.
Elma attended Keystone College. She worked for the Hollenberg family business, Scranton Plumbing, running it while her brothers fought in World War II. She later worked in the Starr family business, The Beverly, becoming a local icon in fashion. Elma then took her flair for design to Kaplan Furniture, where she was a key salesperson for more than 20 years. Elma was intelligent and remained active, vital and industrious all the days of her life. She was always involved in her community and currently served on the boards of the Jewish Home Auxillary and Temple Israel. Until “the day before yesterday”, Elma could "knock the socks off” of anybody playing Mah Jongh and doing sudokus and crossword puzzles. She was the consummate “lady” exuding elegance, style and grace.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 1:30pm in Temple Israel Cemetery, Dunmore, officiated by Rabbi Moshe Saks and Cantor Vladmir Aronzon.
Shiva will be observed at the family residence on Tuesday evening from 7-9pm and Wednesday afternoon from 1-3pm.
Memorial contributions may be made to a cancer organization of donor’s choice or the Jewish Home of Eastern PA, 1101 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18510