In Remembrance of Herman C. Margulies
Herman C. MarguliesScranton, PA April 2, 1912 ~ January 13, 2012 Date of Service: January 15, 2012
Herman C. Margulies, 99, Scranton, died Friday in the Jewish Home of Eastern PA. He and his wife, the former Hannah Warshaw were married for over 66 years.
Born in Nova Sulka, Austria, son of the late Isaac and Clara Sperber Margulies, he and his family moved to the United States when he was a young boy. Through diligent study, he learned English and quickly advanced academically, graduating early from high school in New York City. He went on to City College of New York and attained his Bachelor’s degree in history, and furthered his study at the college receiving his first Master’s degree in education. He was then drafted by the United States Army during World War II where he served as a successful instructor to many on various subjects and military techniques. Upon returning home, he was able to return to school, attending Columbia University where he received his Master of Social Work. Throughout his life, Herman participated in many activities, such as playing in a New York City mandolin orchestra, and sang in a synagogue, where he eventually met his wife-to-be, Hannah, and married in 1945. In 1949, they moved to Detroit where he was the assistant director of the Jewish Nursing Home. The young family remained there for several years and then moved to Louisville, KY where he became executive director of Four Courts, the Louisville Hebrew Home of the Aged. For the 12 years that he lived on the 14 acre estate in Kentucky, he grew to be a true environmentalist gardening with organic methods. In 1964, the family moved to Richmond, VA where Herman became the executive director of the Beth Shalom Home, another non-profit nursing facility. In 1967, they moved to Scranton where he was appointed executive director of the Jewish Home of Eastern PA where he stayed until retirement.
A true gentleman who had boundless compassion and respect for all, he had a wonderful charisma and sense of humor, and a great capacity for language, teaching and storytelling. He was a frequent contributor to the editorial page of the local newspapers, focusing primarily on Middle Eastern issues. He also was a member of numerous organizations, such as the Jewish War Veterans, past president of the Northeast Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, as well as Temple Israel.
Also surviving are daughters Hedva Marrell and husband Gary, Old Bethpage, NY; and Hanita Margulies Blair and husband Howard, Syracuse, NY; a son Hayne Margulies and spouse Christine Davidian, Wayne, PA; grandchildren Shana Blair and husband Gabe Ham, Rachel Blair, Andrew Marrell, Madeline Margulies, and Gabrielle Margulies; and great-granddaughter Charlotte Blair Ham. He was preceded in death by siblings Rose Berkowitz, Minnie Klipatch and Cantor Solomon Margulies in addition to two elder siblings who died in childhood home in Austria.
The funeral will be Sunday at noon in the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore, with services by Rabbi Joseph Mendelsohn and Cantor Vladimir Aronzon. Interment, Temple Israel Cemetery, Dunmore. Shiva will be observed at the Jewish Home, Sunday evening from 7-9 p.m. and Monday through Thursday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jewish Home of Eastern PA, 1101 Vine St., Scranton, 18510; or to Temple Israel, 918 E. Gibson St., Scranton, 18510.