Shirley Goldberg, 91 passed away peacefully in her sleep on March 20 at Ayers Health and Rehabilitation Center in Trenton, Fl. She had resided there for two years after previously residing at the Village Retirement Community in Gainesville for ten years. Shirley was born in Philadelphia, Pa on July 8, 1925. Her parents, Harvey and Hannah (née Rudolph) Goldberg, moved with Shirley and her brother Marvin to Norristown, Pa. in 1933 where she later graduated from Norristown High School as valedictorian of her class.
She attended Bryn Mawr College, graduating cum laude in 1946, and she later earned an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Antioch College.
Shirley met another Marvin Goldberg in Norristown and they were married in 1946. The newlyweds traveled across the country and settled in Los
Angeles, Ca. When daughter Lynne was born, they missed their families and moved to Philadelphia where Shirley became a homemaker. There they raised their daughter Lynne and son Jeffrey. Shirley became a preschool teacher and worked in the Philadelphia School District Get Set and Head Start Preschool Programs; she was a lead teacher until retiring in 1989. She was active in and served as the president of the Philadelphia chapter of Women’s American ORT, a Jewish organization for rehabilitation and education around the world. Shirley volunteered in many charitable organizations and was a member of congregation Temple Sinai in Philadelphia. She was an avid Bridge player. Shirley and Marvin became grandparents when son Jeffrey and Anne Koterba welcomed their sons Jordan, in 1992, and Zachary in 1994. To be closer to family, Shirley and Marvin moved to Gainesville, Fl. in 1995, residing in the Villages of West End community outside Gainesville. Shirley was widowed in August 1996. She moved to the Village Retirement Community in 2006. She was a member of Congregation B’nai Israel and then Temple Shir Shalom. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, Hannah and Harvey, brother Marvin, and husband Marvin. She is survived by her son Jeffrey and his wife Anne
Koterba, daughter Lynne Layton and her husband Oliver Buckley, and grandsons Jordan and Zachary Goldberg.
Shirley was interred at B’nai Israel Cemetery on March 22. A memorial celebration will be held at The Village of Gainesville, 8000 NW 27th Blvd. in the Lake House community room, Sunday April 9 at 11 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to the Temple Shir Shalom New Sisterhood Pine Ridge Community Project fund, 3855 NW 8th Ave. Gainesville, Fl.32605, or to Ayers Health & Rehabilitation Center Employee Education Fund, 606 NE 7th St., Trenton, Fl 32693.