In Loving Memory of Sylvia E. Weintraub

Sylvia E. Weintraub

Sylvia E. Weintraub

Newton, MA and formerly of Scranton, PA October 20, 1919 ~ June 27, 2016 Date of Service: June 30, 2016

Sylvia E. Weintraub of Newton, MA and formerly of 925 Quincy Avenue, Scranton, died at age 96 on June 27, 2016.   Born in Scranton, she was the daughter of the late Morris and Ida Stone Gildar.  A 1936 graduate of Technical High School, she held positions at the Scranton Brush Company, Hotel Jermyn and Pennsylvania Department of Commerce, among others, and for a period was secretary to Scranton Mayor James T. Hanlon, prior to moving to Harrisburg in 1969.  She was a retiree of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, having been employed in the House of Representatives and Department of Public Welfare.  Following her retirement, she served as a volunteer at the Jewish Home of Harrisburg.   Moving to a Newton, Massachusetts in 2004 at the age of 85 to be closer to her children, she rapidly developed a social network and became closely involved in the retirement community that is the Golda Meir House, where she helped to educate Tufts medical students about aging and re-invented herself as a joke-teller, among other pursuits. 

Sylvia was a great mother to her three sons, a loving grandmother and mother-in law, a devoted wife, a wonderful aunt to her nieces and nephews and a loyal friend to many.  She bore two sons in the 1940’s and one in the 1960’s, being a working mother for most of that time span and a youthful one at that.  She imparted her strong work ethic to her family and took great pride in her sons’ accomplishments.  She was married for 46 years to Leo Weintraub who passed away in 1987.  She was a former member of Temple Israel, Scranton and of Beth El Temple of Harrisburg.   She is survived by sons Dr. Richard Weintraub, Needham, MA; Dr. Joseph Weintraub and wife Carol, South Natick, MA; and Dr. Jeffrey Weintraub and wife Hella, South Burlington, VT; granddaughters Sarah Weintraub and Ariela Douglas; and 24 nieces and nephews.  She was pre-deceased by a brother, Harold Gildar, and sisters Rosalyn Weinberger, Lillian Friedland, Annette Rosenstein Cohen and Bernice Schwartz.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 30 at noon in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc., 318 East Drinker St., Dunmore, PA with interment at the Dalton Jewish Cemetery.  Shiva will be observed in Massachusetts.  There will be no local shiva.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, 1101 Vine Street, Scranton, PA 18510; or to the charity of your choice. 

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Karen Potenza
Posts: 2
Condolences to Joe, Richard and Jeffrey on the death of their mother, Sylvia Weintraub
Reply #2 on : Wed June 29, 2016, 18:47:38
Dear Joe, Richard, Jeffrey and to your families,
I know it's been a while since we've seen each other; but I wanted to tell you how special "Aunt Sylvia" was to me during the time I was married to Steven Weinberger. She was always bright and funny and I truly loved her. I am so sorry for your loss, especially since Bobby had just passed as well. I didn't know the entire family; but your mother, Aunt Annette and Rosie were very special people. The are all missed.

Lots of love,
Clifford Garnett
Posts: 2
Condolences to the Weintraub Family
Reply #1 on : Tue June 28, 2016, 23:52:34
Our heartfelt condolences to the entire Weintraub family. Kim and I were student's of Dr. Joe Weintraub at Babson and had the pleasure of meeting his mom at a couple of Babson affairs. It was obvious where Joe got his poise and friendly demeanor! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.