Thursday, 12 June 2014

Esther Goldberg Stein

Esther Goldberg, a Life Cut Short at Only 33 Years Old

I had heard of Bea Oberhand, one of the many relatives who moved to California. My mother spoke very warmly of her.  I also knew how she very tragically lost her mother who died in childbirth when Bea's brother Oscar Jay was born.

This is the translation of Esther's Botosani Birth Record

 695/1888 (pic 405) Birth Record of Estera Ruhla  sin Iancu ( son of Yankel/ Jacob )
Registration Date: 16 Jul 1888,
    Religion: Jewish
    Father: Iancu sin Itic, 36, tailor (Yankel/ Jacob son of Yitzhak )
    Mother: Pene , 28
    Residence: Botosani
    Romanian Protection
Birth Details:
    Birth Date: 14 Jul 1888 7 PM
    Address: Sf Ilie 1370 ( Corina: 1540 St Elias St )
    Declarent:  father
    Witness1: Peisa   lui Altar, 50, midwife
    Witness2: Mochi sin  Itic , 35, tailor
Signatures:  None

Esther married Hyman Stein, 5 Dec 1915 in Montreal. They moved to New York. Bea was born 29 Oct 1916. In 1920, the family lived at 1185 Fulton Ave, Bronx. Esther died in childbirth. Her son, Oscar Jay Stein was born 21 Nov 1921.

After her mother died, Bea went to live with her grandmother until her father remarried. She became very close to the Goldbergs especially to Aunt Minnie who was like an older sister to her. Aunt Minnie was really loved by many family members!

Bea's father , Hyman married Ethel Apter. There is a 1925 Census that shows the family living at 1610 East 22nd St. Hyman and Ethel had a daughter, Helen , born in 1928. She did not get married.

Bea married Morris/ Moe Oberhand, born 11 May 1918 and died 31 Jan 2005. Bea died 2 Nov 2005. They had 2 sons, Eric ( Simin Toobian ) and Robert ( Viviane E. Lellouche ).

Oscar Jay Stein was called Oscar when he was a young boy. Then he changed his name to Jay Stone. He was named after his grandfather, Jacob Goldberg.

He went into manufacturing with his father-in-law and became President of the Raincoat Company, Naman. That is what led me to think Naiman was the original name.

Jay's obituary describes the life he led.
STONE--Oscar Jay, passed away peacefully after a long illness on February 15th, 2007. Loving husband of the late Pearl. ( Goldman ) Beloved father of Elliot and cherished uncle of Wendy Sue (Asher) Fogel. Adored brother of Helen Stein and the late Elaine and Arnold Tanzer, Selma D. Marquis
( Elaine and Selma are his wife, Pearl’s siblings ), and Bea and Moe Oberhand. Also a dear uncle to Robert and Eric Oberhand. A long time resident of Manhattan, formerly of Rockville Centre, NY, this handsome, elegant and charming young man enlisted in the US Navy in WWII and flew hundreds of missions in the Pacific Theater, becoming one of the Navy’s most highly decorated pilots. Although he continued to fly throughout his life, after the War, he turned his attention to the world of fashion, and became President of one of the country's largest privately owned women's coat companies, Naman Rainwear. Jay loved his life, his family, his golden retrievers and all things of beauty. He was forever young, and shall be forever in our hearts. Services Sunday 9AM at the Riverside, 76th St. and Amsterdam Ave.

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