In Loving Memory of Gloria Jurkowitz
Gloria JurkowitzScranton, PA January 19, 1930 ~ January 22, 2019 Date of Service: January 25, 2019
Gloria Jurkowitz, whose unique gifts of strength and compassion enriched the lives of friends, relatives and countless members of the community, died Jan. 22 at Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton. She was three days past her 89th birthday.
Born in Hazleton, she graduated from Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre. After leaving college to marry and raise a family, she later enrolled in Marywood College, where she received an undergraduate degree and a master's degree in psychology.
Focusing on child psychology, she became the longtime director of the Mommy and Me Parenting Center at the Scranton Jewish Community Center, helping young parents and their kids navigate the early years of childhood.
But, perhaps her greatest contribution was to the many family members and friends who relied on her wisdom, judgment and insight to help guide them through rough patches in their own lives - particularly when it came to her first love, raising children.
She was married to Monroe Jurkowitz, the owner of the Reynolds Bros. office supply store in Scranton, for 59 years before his death in 2009. She also had two children, a son, Mark, who lives in North Carolina with his wife, Linda; and a daughter, Deborah, who passed away in New York in December and is survived by her husband, Bruce Brotter.
In addition, she has four grandsons, Jake Brotter, an architect in New York; Cody Brotter, a Los Angeles-based writer; and Jesse, a musician, who lives in New York. The youngest, Aaron Jurkowitz, is a high school freshman in Kill Devil Hills, N.C.
She is also survived by a sister, Mildred Ernest, of West Palm Beach, Fla. and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
A natural organizer and an avid reader and conversationalist, who made little secret of her political views, she participated in a number of book and discussion groups with peers and was an active member of the congregation at Temple Israel in Scranton.
The funeral will be Friday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with a service at noon.
Friends may call from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Interment, Temple Israel Cemetery, Dunmore.
Family members will be observing shiva at 550 Clay Ave., Apt. 8A, in Scranton, on Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gloria's name may be made to the Lymphoma Research Foundation at 88 Pine St., Suite 2400, New York, NY 10005.