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Norman Punim

February 21, 1925 - October 5, 2017

U.S. Veteran

Services Date October 8, 2017

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Posted by:
Becky Baron

Posted on:
June 15, 2016

My dear friend Rose Katz, I met Rose in Garden of Palms, the assisted living facility where I worked in the front desk. Immediately Rose and I became friends, she loved coming to tell me her life story. As you all know, Rose Katz had problems hearing, so she did most of the talking. Every opportunity she had, she came to me with a photo from her scrapbook, showed me the picture and began to tell me a story. I got to see the photo of Rose riding a Camel in Israel, a photo of a young girl that she, and her late husband Sam Katz sponsored her studies in Israel… They also helped to pay for all the needs of two children in an orphanage. They were generous donating to many charities, helped Temple Beth Am by volunteering their time as well as being instrumental on getting a new Sefer Torah, building the school and chapel…. Rabbi Pressman Z’L, Rabbi Rembaum, Rabbi Silverstein, and Cantor Kelemer Z’L, where my personal friends, Rose used to say… Rose was a strong woman, she was first married to Morris (Maury) Rubin and later in life to Samuel (Sam) Katz; she lived a full life. She was short one month of celebrating her 99 birthday. She lived a Jewish life and kept a Jewish home. She carried a magnifying glass because she enjoyed reading, I want to thank Tania who continuously visited and brought her large print Danielle Steel books from the Library…. Rose had fun playing Rummikub, going on outings, having her hair and nails done, she loved wearing a flower in her hair. She had a strong opinion about what was right and was very adamant about what was fair. Until the end I saw her thanking Hashem for the life she had,… she was grateful to the ones that were nice to her,… and appreciated those around her. I heard many times Rose say to me “Speak up for yourself because no one will speak for you”, well… I’m speaking for you Rose, and you inspire me to be a better person in spite of the hardships. Thanks to my husband Howard and Tamar who have accompanied me in the Rose Katz journey.