Helen Goldstein (Thaler), 97, of Manchester died Oct. 11, 2011. She was born in Jersey City and lived in Tenafly for 22 years before moving to Manchester in 1988.
As a young girl, Mrs. Goldstein attended night school while working at Gold’s Drugstore to supplement the family income. She aided in the World War II effort on the home front. She was secretary to the Chief Executive of the Robeson Textile Company, a manufacturer of army supplies, while her husband served overseas with the 102nd Infantry Division Ozarks.
At the age of 62, she fulfilled her lifelong dream of attending college. After earning her associate’s degree at Bergen Community College, she went on to earn her bachelor of arts from William Paterson College, where she majored in gerontology and graduated in 1980 with a grade point average of 3.9. At William Paterson she founded OASIS (Once Again Students in School), an organization that sought to provide a sense of community and support for older students.
She volunteered in a home for the aged, and later, for hospice. She was a lifelong member of Hadassah and Women’s American ORT and volunteered her time with various organizations and agencies.
Predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Saul, she is survived by her son, Lewis of East Brunswick, and two grandchildren.
Services were held Oct. 12 with arrangements by Belkoff-Goldstein Funeral Chapel, Lakewood.