Leah Kirstein, 87, passed away at Mountainside on Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009.
She was born in Brooklyn, the daughter of a tailor. Leah pursued fashion design as a young woman and worked in New York’s garment district.
After WWII, she married her childhood friend, Marvin, who owned a printing business in Brooklyn. They moved to Queens for the “Better” life in the suburbs.
Leah brought up two children, worked at a small shoe store chain as a bookkeeper in Queens after the children reached their teen years.
After her husband’s untimely passing more than 25 years ago, she retired and began to follow her love of travel and history by touring countries around the world. When her son, Edward, was sailing his boat through the Caribbean, she would meet him in various ports for a week of “Roughing It” on the sailboat. She loved the adventure and being with her family.
Surviving are her brother, Dan Kaplan, of Margate, Florida; her two children, Ed Kirstein of Roxbury and Roberta Dakan of Sugar Loaf, and Silverthorne, CO. Also surviving are two grandchildren and various nieces and nephews.
Leah was so well cared for by the good people at Mountainside and by Hospice Care. Her family will always be grateful for that care given her these past few years. Now, she will receive her final wish to be buried next to her beloved husband in Queens.