Obituary: Doris Firestone

Obituary: Doris Firestone

The native of Youngstown, Ohio, was a teacher, a mother and an avid golfer.

Doris Firestone (nee Matlas), 93, died Friday, June 2, 2017, surrounded by family.

Doris was born in Youngstown, Ohio, to Morris and Yetta Matlas (Silverman). She was predeceased by her husband, Alan Firestone (died Aug. 26, 2016), four beloved older sisters and brothers-in-law: Lillian and Nathan Ginsberg of New Castle, Pa., Jean and Manny Smith of Youngstown, Goldie and Sanford Gurse of Youngstown, and Faye and Al Cook of Toledo, Ohio.

Doris Firestone

She is survived by her three daughters, Shellie (Peter) Moisio of Cleveland, Ohio, Kathy (Richard) Swartz of Smyrna and Jenifer (Lou Benson) Firestone of Atlanta. Shellie, Kathy and Jenifer provided attentive and loving care to Doris and Alan as their health slowly declined the past six years, necessitating their move from Cleveland and Boca Raton, Fla., to Atlanta. Doris also leaves grandchildren Courtney Swartz (Katherine Moskop), Justin (Amy) Moisio, Jaime Moisio, Hannah Firestone and Michael (Stephanie) Moisio, as well as three great-grandchildren, Riley, Maggie and Gabbie Moisio, with a fourth due in October.

Doris’ parents immigrated from Romania and Russia to Youngstown, Ohio. At one point, her family was the only Jewish family in their town, just outside Youngstown. She graduated from Ohio State University, where she met Alan. The couple moved to Cleveland, where Doris taught elementary school until her first daughter was born. She and Alan raised their girls in University Heights, Ohio. They were charter members of Temple Emanu El and enthusiastic golfers at Lake Forest Country Club, where they had a wonderful and loving circle of friends.

Sign the online guestbook at The family requests that donations be made to Weinstein Hospice, or 3150 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30327. Doris will be buried Tuesday, June 6, at 11 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 26700 Aurora Road, Bedford Heights, Ohio. The family will receive friends at the residence of Shellie and Peter Moisio after services Tuesday until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.

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