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Irene Furst
Date of Funeral:
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Time of Funeral:
1 pm
Funeral Location:
Pikesville DoubleTree by Hilton
1726 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21208
Shiva Details:
on Tuesday from 2:30-8pm. Pittsburgh shiva through Temple Rodef Shalom, 412-621-6566, Wednesday only from 6-9pm.
Contributions in her memory may be made to:

the charity of your choice

The Karen Rachel Hurwitz Library
at Community Day School,
6424 Forward Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217

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or to the Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh.

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The Family of Irene Furst
Dec 13, 2019 6:11 AM

We welcome you to share your memories with us and with those who visit here.

Nancy and Howard Pollinger
Nov 30, 2019 10:59 AM

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was a true matriarch and will be remembered for her strength, dignity, and love for her family. I remember her from our childhood days on Emmart and Mortimer Avenues. I’m sure that you will miss her deeply.
May her memory be for a blessing.

Judy Sugar-Bloom
Nov 30, 2019 11:19 AM

I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. May her memory be a forever blessing.

Dee and jay Plotkin
Nov 30, 2019 06:10 PM

Sorry to hear about Irene. She will be missed. Glad you have good memories to cherish.

Harvey and Shelia Michner
Nov 30, 2019 06:39 PM

Sorry for your loss

Rhona Simon and Alan Taylor
Nov 30, 2019 08:21 PM

Dear Allen, Arlene and Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May your beautiful memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Iris Pressman
Dec 1, 2019 07:00 AM

Allan and Arlene,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother. May her memory be a blessing.

Barbara Klaff
Dec 1, 2019 09:53 AM

So sorry to hear about your mom passing away. I will always remember her dignity and grace. I am glad she spent the last years of her life near you and your family in Pittsburgh. You were blessed to have her in your life for so long. May her memory be a comfort to you all.

Mindy Cavalier Per
Dec 1, 2019 10:30 AM

Arlene and family, so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Barron Bank
Dec 1, 2019 11:20 AM

I’m so sorry to hear of Irene’s passing. She worked for my Dad & myself at Simon L. Bank & Son for several years as a part time accountant. She was a wonderful and lovely woman who my wife and I will never forget.

Ruth Strauss Stahl
Dec 1, 2019 11:31 AM

To all of the Furst family,
I was so sorry to hear about Irene. She was an amazing woman & an inspiration to everyone! I always enjoyed talking to her over the years & can still see her sitting on the porch on Mortimer Avenue when I would come by for Herb.

Dec 1, 2019 12:35 PM

With deep sadness and sorrow I say good-by to my dearest first cousin Irene =IRKA as she was called by the Winograds.She was the one who told me about growing up in Lodz,before WW2 ; about our grandparents,uncles and aunts,and all the other family members-who later were murdered by the Nazis. Also about the ghetto time-when I myself was hidden,and she was the nurse who took care of me and the other children hidden during the Sperra.
We had a special Bond,that was kept strong during my yearly visits,
first in Baltimore,where I met Linda,Allen and Herb,and saw them growing up; and later in Pittsburgh for many good years,with all the other family members and many happy occasions.
Irene had a fantastic memory,and loved to recite for me in polish,
the stories and verses she had learned by heart,during her school-
time in Lodz.
Irene lived a long and happy life in the USA-surrounded by a loving family,and many friends (who nearly all preceded her in passing)
We will all keep the memory of our beloved IRENE alive forever.AMEN.

Anita and Chuck Silverman C'burg Va
Dec 1, 2019 03:00 PM

Our thoughts for the extended family and friends,

המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
"May God comfort you among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

Bonnie and Stan Wasserman
Dec 1, 2019 06:08 PM

So sorry to learn of your mom‘s passing. Hopefully, memories of her remarkable life will bolster you during this time of sorrow.

Ruth Finglass
Dec 1, 2019 11:00 PM

Herb and Allen, my condolences to you and your family on the passing of your mother. I met your mother a long time ago, but I remember that she was lovely and very kind. May her memory be for a blessing.

Andrea Jonas Breault
Dec 2, 2019 08:14 AM

Linda: So sorry to hear you lost your mom. I remember her well as such a kind, gentle woman from when we were kids. It sounds as though she led an exemplary life and you, your children, your brothers and their families were blessed to have her as a matriarch. Hope you have many fond memories to console you through this difficult time.

Barbara Schlachman Zerolnick
Dec 2, 2019 11:53 AM

So sorry for your loss- my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time

Isaiah & Elana Kuperstein
Dec 2, 2019 02:23 PM

Elana and I are deeply saddened by the news and wish the entire family of Linda and Dennis our deepest condolences. May her memory be a for a blessing and an inspiration for life and living. Khazak ve Amatz.

Connie Rapp
Dec 2, 2019 02:24 PM

Irene was so alert, friendly and an inspiration.

Debra Gordon
Dec 2, 2019 02:29 PM

So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. She was a very smart classy woman and she will be greatly missed by the community as well as her family. I'm glad I got to meet her a few times and spoke with her. Chuck and I send our condolences to you and your family. What a life she had and what a contribution she has made. She made the most of everything.

Ilene and Chuck Weiner
Dec 2, 2019 02:29 PM

Dear Linda and Dennis

so sorry to read about the loss of your mother. Our deepest sympathy. We wish you beautiful memories.

Samantha (Patty) Chilton
Dec 2, 2019 02:32 PM

Linda, Dennis & Family: I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mother and grandmother. She held a special place in my heart. I always admired her dignity, grace and elegance - even while telling her life story of surviving the Holocaust. I admired her strength when she spoke of that horrific time and was so honored to have met her and worked with her during my years at the Holocaust Center. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren. May you all find peace at this sad time and may her memory forever be a blessing.

Judy Robinson
Dec 2, 2019 02:56 PM

So very sorry to learn of the loss of this courageous, lovely woman. Grateful to have known her.
Deepest sympathies to Linda and family.

Peter and Stephanie Brown
Dec 2, 2019 03:04 PM

So sorry to hear of her passing.

Ilene Fingeret
Dec 2, 2019 03:19 PM

Dear Linda and family: I extend my sincere condolences on the loss of your beloved mother, Irene. May her memory be a blessing and comfort to you all at this difficult time.

Fondly, Ilene Fingeret

The Guy Shugert Family
Dec 2, 2019 04:41 PM

Please accept our love and sympathy on the passing of your beautiful mother.

Yolanda Willis
Dec 2, 2019 06:25 PM

Dear Linda,
My deepest condolences to you and your family for the loss of your beloved mother. Although I only met her once, I remember her dignity and poise. My loving thoughts are with you at this time and always.

Karen Egorin-Yaker
Dec 3, 2019 09:06 AM

Dear Linda and family
Your mother was an inspiration to all of us. Her beautiful manner, her charming presence and ability to make everyone her friend were marvelous. From the first time I met her until now, she was a spark in my life. May here memory serve to warm your hearts forever.

David Rubinstein
Dec 3, 2019 06:30 PM

I vividly remember your Mom on the porch calling out for Allen and Herb. And, of course, Gilbert heading out in his silver Chevrolet every day. Your parents are a blessing and it’s been an honor to have known them. The Rubinstein-Scheins send condolences. Much love. David & Margo.

Anne Schiff
Dec 11, 2019 04:24 PM

Dear Linda, Danny and I were so sorry to hear about your mother's passing, and want to extend our deep sympathies. Your mom was an amazing woman, and you were blessed to have her in your life for so many years. She must have been so proud of you, and of her grandchildren - what a wonderful legacy she left behind! I hope you will find comfort in the many precious memories you no doubt have of your mother, and that the pain of loss will be softened by the love and support of family, friends, and community.


Irene Furst

Irene Furst (nee Winograd), of Pittsburgh, PA and formerly of Baltimore, passed away on November 30, 2019 at the age of 98. Devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Holocaust survivor of Lodz, Poland, the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Stutthuff concentration camps, and one of the most amazing inspirational people her friends, family and community have known. She was brilliant, compassionate, resilient, strong and wise.

She was predeceased by her adoring husband and Riga, Latvian Holocaust survivor Gilbert Furst. She is the mother of Linda Furst (Dr. Dennis J.) Hurwitz, Allen (Arlene) Furst, and Dr. Herbert (Susan) Furst; she was loved and admired by her grandchildren, Jeffrey Hurwitz and Julia Hurwitz (Andrew) Silbernagel and the late Karen Rachel Hurwitz, Lauren Furst Williams and Lisa Furst (Jeff) Hall, Adam (Ariella) Furst, and Jason (Bianca)Furst ; her great-grandchildren are Riley, Harper, Hunter and Jagger; and several cousins, especially child survivor, Dr. Ilona Winograd Barkal, of Stockholm and Israel, who cherished her dearly. Irene and Gilbert emigrated to Baltimore, Maryland in 1947, through the efforts of HIAS and sponsorship of Phillip Furst. There, they raised their three children. After she worked as a manager at H&R Block for 26 years, she moved to Pittsburgh to be near her daughter Linda. In Squirrel Hill, she became an active part of the Pittsburgh community, sharing her life experiences in person and through video biography with numerous students, participating in Na’amat, and enjoying maj, cards and Scrabble. She remained a competitive scrabble player, strong and independent, residing at Maxon Towers until recently. Her caregivers helped her retain her dignity in recent months and are appreciated by her family.

Funeral services and interment will be held at Chevra Ahavas Chesed Cemetery - Randallstown, MD on Tuesday, December 3, at 1 pm. She will be laid to rest next to her husband.

Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to The Karen Rachel Hurwitz Library at Community Day School, 6424 Forward Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217, or The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh or the charity of your choice.

The family will be receiving at Pikesville DoubleTree by Hilton, 1726 Reisterstown Road, Baltimore, MD 21208, on Tuesday from 2:30-8pm. Pittsburgh shiva through Temple Rodef Shalom, 412-621-6566, Wednesday only from 6-9pm.

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