Shirlee Isenberg

Shirlee (Herwitz) Isenberg died as she lived, on December, 29, 2018. Shirlee went to morning Torah study at Temple Israel and then went shopping and to lunch with her daughter Abby. She was happily shopping for bargains when she passed away. It was a fitting end for a curious, energetic, and enthusiastic person.

Born October 28, 1922 in Brookline, MA, she was the middle daughter of Frances Morrill and Abraham Herwitz. She grew up in Brookline, graduating from Brookline High School in 1940. After the war, her sister Jeanne introduced her to her boyfriend’s brother. The rest is history. She married Burton Isenberg on December 22, 1946. The couple lived and brought up their family in Oak Hill Park.
Shirlee was an active member of Temple Israel for 96 years. She loved learning and was a weekly attendee of Torah study and participated in the TILLI adult learning program. One of her favorite sayings was “Be Positive”. She was actively engaged in all facets of life until the end. She adored going to Symphony every Friday afternoon, going to the music concerts every Sunday afternoon at the Newton Public Library, and going to art museums and art events in the Boston area. Just recently, she went to the Winnie the Pooh exhibit at the MFA. She was a life long member of Hadassah and ORT. She finally gave up playing tennis regularly at age 90. Neighbors admired how she insisted on raking leaves and shoveling the snow.
And although she is gone, all of us who knew her, can hear her saying, “ Moving right along” and “You have to take the bitter with the better”.
She is predeceased by her husband of 53 years, Burton Isenberg (1999), her son Richard Isenberg, and her sister Ruth Dreier. She is survived by her daughter Caryl and husband Steve of West Hampton MA, and her daughter Abby Sorrell and husband Levi of Dorchester, MA. She leaves four grandchildren, Daniel Greenbaum and wife Dahlia, Sarah Stephens, Aaron Sorrell and his wife Maureen Forry, Benjamin Sorrell and his wife Akina Motoyama, and great grandchildren, Nathaniel, Lianna, Azriel, Shalva, Hannah, Eli and Danica, and leaves her sister Jeanne Herwitz Feiner Burmon.

Funeral services at Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave., Boston, on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Sharon Memorial Park, Sharon, MA.
Shiva following services will be at the family home on Wednesday afternoon. Shiva minyan will be Wednesday 7pm and Thursday 6:30pm at the family home. Shiva visitation with family Thursday 1:30-9:30 pm and Friday 1:30-5:00pm.

***Please do not bring food to the shiva due to severe family food allergies.***

Contributions may be made to Temple Israel, 477 Longwood Ave.,Boston, MA, 02215, Woman’s American ORT, 75 Maiden Lane, 10th Floor, NY, NY 10038 or Hadassah Northeast, 1320 Centre St., Newton, MA 02459.

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