In Loving Memory of Phyllis Rose Oram

Phyllis Rose Oram

Phyllis Rose Oram

Philadelphia and formerly of Scranton, PA April 19, 1931 ~ June 25, 2016 Date of Service: June 27, 2016

Phyllis Oram (nee Phyllis Rose Fenster), 85, passed away June 25, 2016, in her home. She was the wife of the late Dr. Melvin Oram and resided in Scranton for the 58 years of her married life.

Mrs. Oram was born in New York City on April 19, 1931, and was raised in Washington, D.C. She was the daughter of the late Lena and Joseph Fenster. Her younger brother, Dr. Harvey Fenster, passed away on Feb. 25. 

Mrs. Oram was an honors graduate of Theodore Roosevelt High School and received a Bachelor of Arts degree with distinction from George Washington University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. As an undergraduate, she studied at the Corcoran Gallery of Art at the time of its affiliation with GWU. At the same time as her graduation ceremony on May 27, 1953, her husband-to-be also received his medical degree from the same university. They were married the following week on June 6. Drawing and painting were her passions, which she continued throughout her life.

Mrs. Oram was an active member of the Lackawanna County Medical Auxiliary, Temple Israel and its Sisterhood in perpetuity, the Jewish Community Center and the Everhart Museum. Mrs. Oram worked as a volunteer for Kosher Meals on Wheels while serving on its board, served on the board for Jewish Family Service and participated in radio reading for the Association for the Blind. Additionally, Mrs. Oram had been a life member of Hadassah and made her daughters also life members. In her later years, Mrs. Oram was a presenter for Hadassah's Check it Out, a public health program on breast cancer awareness. 

Survivors are daughters, Paula Patti and husband, Tony; and Rachel Oram and husband, Gary Edelson; sister-in-law, Marlene Fenster; grandson, Jeffrey Patti; granddaughter, Jennifer Brawley and husband, Jesse; and great-grandson, Colton Brawley; as well as many beloved nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be conducted today at 1 p.m. at Temple Israel Cemetery in Dunmore, to be officiated by Rabbi Moshe Saks and Cantor Vladimir Aronson.

There will be no local shiva. Memorial contributions may be made to Temple Israel, 918 E. Gibson St., Scranton, PA 18510; or to the donor's favorite charity. 

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