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Gloria Kaplan passed away on April 22, 2024 at age 92 years.  A proud, lifelong Rochesterian, she was predeceased by her husband of 54 years, Benjamin Kaplan, whom she deeply missed.  Gloria was also predeceased by her parents, Sarah and Harry, her sister, Sadie, and her beloved brother, Harold.  She is survived by her son, Stuart Kaplan of Rochester, her daughter, Brenda Kaplan of Fair Lawn, New Jersey, son-in-law Elliott Melnick, and her cherished grandchildren, Anna and Philip.  She also leaves behind her devoted and loving sister-in-law, June, many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Graveside Services will be held on FRIDAY April 26, 2024 at 11 AM in Britton Road Cemetery with Rabbi Dov Winston officiating. CLICK HERE for a map to the cemetery.  Those unable to attend may watch the Live Stream of the service by clicking HERE

Friends and family are invited to a Memorial Meal immediately following at Congregation Beth Sholom. CLICK HERE for a map to Shul.

Gloria was a 1949 graduate of Benjamin Franklin High School in Rochester.  Following high school, she worked in various settings including Bausch and Lomb, “the show” (a movie theater), and an area pharmacy.  After Gloria married Ben, she was a homemaker who was always busy helping others.  She was an avid volunteer for many Jewish organizations including Congregation Beth Sholom, where she was a member for nearly 70 years and a former sisterhood president.  In addition, she was a longtime member of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) where she was a successful and relentless fundraiser for their ad journal.  She was also actively involved with the Jewish War Veterans-Ladies Auxiliary, where she was president.  Gloria had a keen memory of the history of Rochester and recalled details that others had long ago forgotten.  As she got older, Gloria was wonderfully cared for at home by her son, Stuart.

After Ben retired from working as the sole proprietor of Stuart Pharmacy in Rochester, she and Ben enjoyed taking wonderful trips.  They traveled to Israel, Western Europe and various locales in the United States, and often fondly spoke about their experiences.  In addition, she enjoyed cooking, clipping recipes, reading the newspaper and shopping.  However, Gloria’s biggest joy and source of pride were her grandchildren, Anna and Philip, who provided her and Ben with endless naches.  As a baby, Anna named Gloria, “Yaya,” and the name stuck.  Several times in public, Gloria was asked if she was Greek after hearing us all call her Yaya (which is grandmother in Greek).  Her special bond with her grandchildren was mutual.  Gloria often spoke about how she never had any grandparents, as they and so many other relatives all perished during World War II, further propelling her to develop an important relationship with Anna and Philip.

Thank you to the staff at the Jewish Home, and to the caring, wonderful team from the Rochester Regional Hospice.

Donations can be made in Gloria’s memory to Congregation Beth Sholom of Rochester, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish War Veterans-Ladies Auxiliary or The North Jersey Symphony Orchestra, a community orchestra in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.

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