Shirley Epstein

Shirley Epstein (Zinz)

August 7, 1927 - March 15, 2021
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    Friday, March 19th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    Friday, March 19th, 2021 12:00pm
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Jewish National Fund

78 Randall Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570


Shirley Epstein (nee Zinz), of Boynton Beach, Florida, formerly of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Monday, March 15th, 2021 at the age of 93. She is survived by her loving children, Dr. Richard Epstein, and Susan (Charles) Weissfeld; grandchildren, Erica Weissfeld (Robert Eisenberg), Craig Epstein (Stephanie Parker), Eric (Trish) Epstein, and Jillian Epstein; sister-in-law, Doris Epstein. She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Bernard Epstein; brother, Oscar Zinz; brother-in-law, Elmer Epstein; and parents, Samuel Zinz and Fannie Savage.

Shirley always went by 'Shirl' because she was really one of a kind. An incredible mother, grandmother, and business owner. She was loved deeply by her family and her memory will always be with us.

A Virtual Funeral will be held on Friday, March 19th, 2021 at 12:00 pm. Interment Oheb Shalom Memorial Park - Berrymans Lane. Please omit flowers. Contributions in her memory may be sent to the Jewish National Fund,78 Randall Avenue, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 or the charity of your choice. Shiva will be private.

"A Legend in her time" and a garden for all of time.

"A legend in her time" was but a headliner In the 1970s as the title of a widely circulated feature article in the Baltimore Jewish Times.

Shirl broke the so called glass ceiling in business for women. As a pioneer in her profession, Shirl sprinted to the top in residential home sales in the region, in the 1960s and 70s. Working 7 days and 6 nights a week, Shirl was unstoppable in getting optimal results for her clients. She brought the notion of hard work by example to her family and associates.

Shirl's home life featured making our home a home of unending love and support to her children and her beloved Bernie. Mom's family devotion was complete with her commitment that there would always be a beautiful home-cooked meal every night of the week, and we all came to celebrate a special Shabbat candle lighting and dinner served so beautifully every Friday evening.

My mom's early childhood was in the throes of the Great Depression. Both her parents were also very hardworking as they labored and built a great business.

Mom lost her beloved Dad Sam at age 8. While her mom( Fanny or Nanny Fanny as we called her) worked day to night to support her family, mom was often supervised early on by an aunt and others. Mom met my wonderful Dad; her sweet Bernard shortly after the war and soon they were on their way to make a wonderful life and home raising my sister and me in Baltimore.

My mom always told me that her prayers and thanks to God were part of every single night since she was a young girl and remained that way until her last days. Mom was so proud of her children and you could always hear her celebrate the accomplishments of her 4 grandchildren Erica, Craig , Eric, and Jillian as they grew up.

During her later years, Mom became a frequent voice on Baltimore talk radio. Listeners would simply know her as Shirl of Pikesville, where she would share her strong commentary and initiate some well-reasoned discussion about our great country.

Always dressed impeccably and always beautiful. Mom often turned heads of men of not only her generation but those a generation or two her junior.

Mom loved her Independence, but always so appreciative of her son in law Charlie who especially helped her navigate any challenge especially in her new neighborhood in Boynton Beach Florida. Nevertheless, even at her late age, there was Shirl of Pikesville zipping around Boynton Beach in her sharp convertible sports car.

Mom was an avid reader and enthusiast of history and stories of personal success and accomplishments. At the same time, others would marvel as she would wear down the treadmill treads at a pace of 3-4 miles per session three times per week. Mom loved gardening from our childhood home in Baltimore to designing and helping to landscape the perfect frame for her new home in Florida so much that those that passed by would take notice and compliment.

I adapted this poem to help reflect our beloved mother who we love so much and so much miss forever.

My mother kept a garden,
A garden of the heart,
She planted all the good things,
That gave our lives a start.

She turned us to the sunshine,
And encouraged us to dream,
Fostering and nurturing
The seeds of self esteem.

And when the cold winds and rains came,
She protected us enough,
But not too much, she knew we'd need,
To stand up strong and tough.

Her constant good example,
Always taught us right from wrong,
Markers for our pathway,
To last a whole life long.

We are our Mother's garden,
We are our Mothers legacy,
And we pray she can feel our love,
Reflected from every flower's majesty.

Mom, We love you forever,

WE miss you forever,

and your memory will be forever.
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Julia Snyder

Posted at 01:02pm
I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom. I was very fond of Shirley and I will hold the memories close to my heart. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Carole Glick

Posted at 03:04pm
Susan & Family,
Sending my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mom. I had the pleasure of working with her on many real estate transactions. She was truly amazing! May all your wonderful happy memories carry you through this difficult time.

Rosa Lea Finstein

Posted at 11:00pm
Dear Susan & Family
I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom. I worked with Shirley a few times in Real Estate transactions. I remember seeing her sitting at the counter having lunch at Fields and she was always so friendly. She knew everyone there and everyone knew her. She was fun to be with and I loved talking with her. I remember having dinner with Bernie and Shirley with my husband Marty (who passed away a few years ago) We enjoyed being with them so much. May the good memories of this beautiful lady help you thru this most difficult time.

Rona Wolfe Weiner

Posted at 12:37pm
Dear Susan & Family,
I had my very first Sale ever as a Realtor...many years ago with Shirley. She was already a legend in Real Estate & proof that women could make this profession their own. Many memories of her over the years....a true trailblazer for many. So sorry for your loss...but hope that you will find comfort in family & friends...May her memory forever be a blessing.

Harriett Wasserman

Posted at 11:22am
Susan I am so sad to read of your Mother's passing. I have such fond memories of her. We had an admiration for each other. She always made the extra effort to stop and chat whenever she was in the office building on Hooks Lane.

Sharon Wolfe

Posted at 08:56pm
Dear Susan and Family,

I was so saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. Besides being so beautiful, she was dynamic, and so much fun to be with. We shared so many good times together. Bernie and Shirley were a team and treated your friends as if they were theirs, too. When I look back at all the the good times we all shared, especially at the club and the beach, I can't help but smile. May all those memories bring smiles to your face in this time of sorrow.

Beverly Rosen

Posted at 01:46pm
Susan and family, I am so sorry to read about your mom. She was respected in her profession and loved by her family. A wonderful tribute to her.

Aileen Braverman

Posted at 11:25am
Susan & family,
Shirley was a Classy beautiful lady. She was a kind, caring person and always a pleasure to engage in conversation with her 💕
Sending love & sympathy to you.
A true woman of beauty & a powerful, successful business woman. A trail blazer.
Rest In Peace Shirl.

Ken Roche

Posted at 10:29am
So sorry for your loss......your Mom was truly a legend......I had the pleasure of working with her for years in the real estate business......none other like “Shirl”.......hope that cherished memories comfort you during this difficult time.....and May her memory be for a blessing.

Mindy Cavalier Per

Posted at 08:37am
Richard, Susan and family, my deepest sympathy on the loss of your mom. She was an amazing Lady. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

Carol and Robert Keehn

Posted at 11:58pm
We extend our sincere condolences on Shirl’s passing. She was a beautiful lady. May her memory be a blessing.

Rita Wolf

Posted at 03:30pm
dear very sorry about your dear mom.....we were longtime classmates and friends......Shirley was truly gorgeous...

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