In Remembrance of Frances Rudolph
Frances RudolphLynn, MA and formerly Scranton, PA February 6, 1922 ~ June 14, 2012 Date of Service: June 18, 2012
Frances Block Rudolph died on June 14, 2012 at the Abbott House in Lynn, Massachusetts, where she had lived for the past three years. She was 90 years old.
Frances was born in Scranton on February 6, 1922, the fourth child of Mary and Nathan Block. Her parents were Jewish immigrants from Poland. Frances graduated from Scranton Technical High School in 1940, and worked for the Employment Office in Scranton as a secretary. She married her husband, Leonard Rudolph, in 1948.
Soon after marrying, Frances left her job at the Employment Office and devoted herself full-time to being a wife and mother of their three children. She was widowed suddenly in 1965, leaving her to raise three small children as a single parent. Fortunately, she was not alone. She was always close to her brothers and her sisters and their spouses, all of whom lived in the city, and with her husband's family, who also lived nearby. They provided emotional support, as well as hands on help, as she sought to fulfill the role of mother and father to her three young children. Her goal was to keep family life as much the same after the loss of her husband as it had been before. By and large, with pluck and hard work, she succeeded.
When her youngest went off to college, Frances went back to work. She worked for many years as the office manager at American Advertising, which was owned by her nephew, Jerry Frank. She was not afraid to learn new things. In her early sixties she was asked to computerize the office records, and she had to learn an entire new system of bookkeeping and data entry. She never felt that she was “too old” to learn something new and was not intimidated with this new technology. She continued to work at American Advertising well into her seventies.
Frances is survived by her son, Rabbi Marc Rudolph and his wife, Middy, of Naperville, IL, her daughter, Audrey Yanco of Middleton, MA , her brother, Lester Block , her sister Rose Chaskin, and her daughter-in-law, Debra, all of Scranton, her grandchildren, Ariel, Lee, Esty, David, Emily, Benjamin, and Mario, and many nieces and nephews. A son, Sandy, pre-deceased her.
Graveside burial will take place at the Dalton Jewish Cemetery on June 18 at noon. Shiva will be held at the home of Rose Chaskin, 1100 Quincy Avenue, Scranton on Monday from 7-9 pm and Tuesday through Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9. Donations in Frances’ memory can be made to the Academy For Jewish Religion, 28 Wells Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701.