In Loving Memory of Lillian H. Freidlin

Lillian H. Freidlin

Lillian H. Freidlin

Scranton, PA May 12, 1924 ~ February 2, 2018 Date of Service: February 5, 2018

Lillian H. Freidlin, 93, of Scranton, died early Friday at the Jewish Home of Eastern Pa. Her husband, Jack Freidlin, preceded her in death in 1995. 

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Scranton, daughter of the late Benjamin and Deborah Yasowitz Helman, she was a graduate of Scranton Central High School. She was a former member of the Penn Monroe Synagogue and past president of its Sisterhood, and was also a member of the Beth Shalom Sisterhood. 

Lil was a tireless worker throughout her life and she applied herself to a variety of positions, including sewing camouflage netting and controlling the quality of a machine shop during World War II, keeping the books for the family business, teaching sewing to eighth-grade girls and managing a millinery shop. 

When she was on her own time, she worked hard to bind her extended family together. She kept in touch with all her cousins, nieces and nephews, and rarely missed birthday calls, cards and gifts. Many of the gifts were personally hand-crafted, often crocheted, and many relatives still enjoy the quilts, baby blankets, vases, clocks and yarmulkes she distributed.

She was a good friend to many, deepening relationships over games, including bowling, Mah Jongg, cards, dominoes and bingo.

Lil was born in Brooklyn, but moved often during her life, living in Brooklyn, Honesdale, Scranton and Ocala, Fla. She had a soft spot in her heart for traveling in the USA, often expressing the opinion that people should "see the USA first." She and her husband, Jack, managed to tour 47 of the states by car.

Surviving are her sons, Mitchell Freidlin and wife, Phyllis Wrynn, Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Stuart Freidlin and wife, Rona Kaplan, Fair Haven, N.J.; grandchildren, Rabbi Shira Freidlin and husband, Jonathan Kirzner, Los Angeles; Benjamin Freidlin, Fair Haven, N.J.; and Guinevere Crescenzi, Lancaster; great-grandchildren, Molly Bernice Kirzner, and James, Theodore and Elowyn Crescenzi; her brother, Sam Helman, Las Vegas; sister-in-law, Geri Berg, Clarks Summit; nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Murray and Joseph Helman.

Funeral services will be held Monday at 1:30 p.m. in Beth Israel Cemetery, 1098 Woodbridge Center Drive, Woodbridge, N.J., by her granddaughter, Rabbi Shira Freidlin. 

Friends will be received during shiva at the Jewish Home on Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Home of Eastern Pa., 1101 Vine St., Scranton, 18510.

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