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Hannah Frager Israel - Class of 1938

Delete this post Submitted by Fran Olson Gustafson 1965 <> on 30/Sep/2020

    Hannah Frager Israel died Friday (Sept. 4, 2009) in Delray Beach, FL, after enjoying a grand life of 88 years. She was born to Julius Michael Frager and Rebecca Lifshitz Frager on the 7th day of January, 1921, in Newburgh, NY. She honorably served her country on active duty in the US Navy WAVES, during World War II. While in Newburgh on holiday leave, she married her childhood sweetheart, Sidney M. Israel, on Dec. 24, 1944, who was on leave from the US Army Air Corp. Upon leaving military service, she and Sidney worked in Newburgh transforming a family dry goods store into Israels Apparel for the Family. Hannah was responsible for many aspects of daily store operations and in this role was beloved by customers and employees alike, some of whom were associated with the store for many years. While helping manage a successful business full-time she was a prolific letter writer and an active volunteer in her childrens schools and local organizations. She took particular pride in her early involvement in the Girl Scouts of America for which she served as a District Leader years ago. Throughout the many years of fulltime work and active community participation, her home-cooked meals each evening were the centerpiece of her familys life. She was adored by her children, who throughout her life looked to her for both loving comfort and sage advice. In Newburgh, she was a member of the Agudas Israel Congregation and was active in both the Sisterhood and local chapter of Hadassah. Hannah and Sidney operated the store and a second branch in Cornwall, until retiring in 1979 to Florida. In Florida, Hannah enjoyed the camaraderie of new friends and discovered golf, while re-discovering a love of cards, especially bridge and canasta. In Florida she as an active volunteer in the Community Hospital, which repeatedly attempted to engage her as the manager of their gift shop; served on many different committees of the local Delray Chapter the Florida Atlantic Region of Hadassah and was a Past-President of the Delray Beach Chapter of the Brandeis National Committee. These activities reflected her commitment to social justice and to education, which remain key themes in her familys lives. She is survived by her husband of 64 years and her sons, Mark A. Israel, MD; Robert S. Israel, Esq.; her daughter, Leslie G. Goldhar; eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a slew of loving nieces and nephews. Also surviving are her brother Victor Frager of Cummings, Georgia, and Shirley Cohen of Boynton Beach, FL. Services will be held at 11am Wednesday at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY (584-5373) and burial will be in Temple Sinai Cem., Moreau. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hadassah, 50 W58th St, NY, NY, 10019, or your favorite charity.Online remembrances may be made at

Hannah Frager Israel - Class of 1938 - As per her sister, Shirley Frager Cohen's obituary (class of 1944), Hannah Frager Israel has passed.

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