Cecelia O. Friedman

Cecelia O. Friedman

Cecelia O. Friedman, died July 18, 2013 in Tamarac, Fla. She was born in New York City in 1924 to Abraham and Esther (Goldberg) Osipowitz, who separately had immigrated from Antopol, Russia. Her maternal grandparents and extended family, who remained in Antopol, perished in the Holocaust. She met and married Henry Friedman, after their parents did some matchmaking. (Her parents owned a kosher delicatessen in Astoria and his parents were customers.) He was an electrical engineer who worked in Intelligence for the Department of Defense, which ultimately moved them to Rome, New York, where they raised their family and she later worked as a clerk-typist. They retired to Tamarac, Fla. and were married until his death in 2004. A former model, she was known for being into health food and organic gardening long before either was popular. She was a free thinker, a voracious reader, and a humanitarian. She was predeceased by her parents, her brother Jack (Patricia) Otis, Ph.D., and her sister Mildred (Melvin) Potash. She leaves behind her children, Helen Friedman, Ph.D., of St. Louis, Elliott (Kathy Angleton) Friedman of Rome, New York, and Joel (Sharon) Friedman of Atlanta; granddaughter Elysa Carly Friedman; sister-in-law Dottie (the late Kalman) Sekely; nieces, nephews, and cousins. We will miss her spunky spirit. Contributions to the American Lung Cancer Association, AIPAC, or a charity of your choice.

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