In Loving Memory of Saul Kaplan
Saul KaplanScranton, PA December 23, 1925 ~ January 24, 2016 Date of Service: January 26, 2016
Saul Kaplan, 90, died Sunday at home in Scranton. His beloved wife, Bernardine, died in December 2012 after 54 years of marriage.
Born and raised in Olyphant, son of the late Isadore and Freda Smertz Kaplan, he was the eldest of three children. Saul was the caretaker for his family from an early age, and worked several jobs to make sure his family was well provided for. He attended and graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College, now the University of Scranton, where he also taught at night, and earned two master's degrees. Saul also served his country in World War II in the Medical Corps.
His father, Isadore, ran a small meat company, and when he became ill, Saul took over the family meat business, which eventually became I. Kaplan Inc. Under his ownership, the company became one of the leading veal packing operations in the United States, with locations in three states. After I. Kaplan Inc. was sold, the Kaplans founded Montage Foods, which was a portion- control veal operation. In addition to his successful business ventures, Saul was an active member of the community and involved in many organizations. He was well-known for his active role at the National Bank of Olyphant, where he served as chairman of the board for many years. He was the first president for the Olyphant Lions Club, and was devoted to many other organizations, including the Masons. He and his wife, Bernardine, endowed Elan Gardens campus, an assisted living facility in Clarks Summit.
Saul was an incredibly devoted son, husband, father and grandfather. He often said "he lived for his family" and no truer words were ever said. He was a well-respected member of the community, and will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he touched. He will be sadly missed by his children, David Kaplan, Clarks Summit; Beth Kaplan, Clarks Summit; and Sandi Kaplan Slap and her husband, David, Penn Valley; along with his grandchildren, Amanda, Ashley and Jordan Kaplan and Nikki and Danni Slap. A sister, Esther Plotner, New York, also survives him.
The funeral will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in Temple Hesed, 1 Knox Road, Scranton, with services by Rabbi Daniel Swartz. Friends may call at Temple Hesed from 9:30 until the time of service. Interment to follow in the Temple Israel Cemetery in Dunmore. Shiva will be observed at the Kaplan residence at 101 Rhonda Drive, Scranton, on Tuesday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and later that evening beginning at 7.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania, 1101 Vine St., Scranton, PA 18510.