Shirley Jochnowitz

West Lebanon, N.H. — Shirley Jochnowitz, mother, wife and teacher, died March 28, 2013 in Hanover, N.H. She was 89.

She was born Sept. 12, 1923, in New York City to Rose and Jacob Bernstein. She graduated from Hunter High School and later earned her bachelor’s degree from Hunter College.

She married Jack Jochnowitz and the family resettled in Smithtown, N.Y., in 1957. Shirley taught for the Hebrew Academy and later worked for Three Village School District in Setauket, N.Y. teaching fifth and sixth grades at the Nassakeag and Arrowhead elementary schools before her retirement in 1985. She was an active member of Temple Beth Sholom in Smithtown, N.Y. where she sang in the choir and was a member and former president of Hadassah, an American women’s organization that supports charitable activities in Israel.

Shirley was known by her friends and family for her generous and ebullient spirit. She took great pride in her career as a teacher and even after retiring continued her work as an educator. After her husband’s death in 1985, she moved to Lake Worth, Fla., where she remained active in fund-raising for Israel. She taught English for several years to Russian immigrants who moved to the United States after the fall of the Soviet Union.  In 2007, she moved to West Lebanon.

She is survived by her daughter, Beverly Marshall, of Grantham; her son, Jay, and his wife, Lisa, of Albany, N.Y.; her grandchildren, David Jochnowitz, of Boston, and Jessica and Victoria Jochnowitz of Albany; and her close friend, Col. Clinton Granger (Ret.).

She was laid to rest Sunday on Sunday, March 31 in Wellwood Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y. beside her husband and parents.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Hadassah Medical Hospital. Go to and click “donate.”