Thursday, February 07, 2008

A Hardcore Democrat til the end, 1926-2008

(Hat tip: Out of Context, highlighted by me.)

Florence Kaplan Strindberg 1926 ~ 2008 Florence Kaplan Strindberg, born Oct. 8, 1926 in Bronx, New York to Sarah and Meyer Kaplan, died February 5, 2008 in Salt Lake City. Florence brought her keen wit and intellect to all that she undertook in her life. She graduated from Brooklyn College and then worked as a welfare case worker in Harlem. She subsequently obtained a masters degree in Social Work from Case Western Reserve. While living in Cleveland her activities opposing Senator McCarthy and the Korean War lead to 25 years of FBI surveillance, which did nothing to deter her later opposition to American incursions in Vietnam, Iraq, Grenada, Panama, Guatemala, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Iraq and various covert operations too numerous to name. She is survived by her two absolutely wonderful children, Erik Strindberg (Karen Wikstrom) and Gail Strindberg (Kurt Alloway) who thank her for instilling in them a sense of humanity but will continue to blame her for any problems or difficulties they experience in life. She achieved the goal of any Jewish mother when her son became a lawyer and her daughter a surgeon. She was a loving grandmother to Elsa, Jack, Kaio and Saige, grand-dog Rosie and great-grand-dog Max. Florence met the love of her life, Justin Miller, while hiking with the Union County Hiking Club in New Jersey. She and Justin resided in Montclair, Union and Washington Borough, New Jersey prior to relocating to Utah, so Justin could ski the Wasatch Mountains and Florence could, eventually, spoil her grandchildren. She was director of older adult services for the JCC in Essex County New Jersey for many years where she was fondly known as Mrs. Steinberg. She later served as Executive Director of Prospect House, a psycho-social rehabilitation center located in East Orange, New Jersey. She was a leader in psycho-social rehab, helping countless individuals gain independence and self sufficiency. She was a masterful manager, mentoring countless mental health professionals. She was president of the New Jersey Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association, later serving on its board of directors. While in Utah, Florence continued her service to the community serving as President of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Family Services and serving on the board of Cornerstone Counseling. Florence turned her Salt Lake City balcony into a lush garden. She had a great vocabulary and used this skill masterfully in many games of Scrabble. She was unable to convey her well-developed bridge acumen to any of her progeny. Florence has graciously donated her body to the University of Utah. A celebration of her life will be held Friday evening 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Florence's and Justin's home. In lieu of flowers, Florence requests that you vote Democratic in November. Rumors that she voted in the Democratic primary shortly after her death remain unconfirmed.

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