Hazel Friedlander passed away peacefully June 30, 2019, in Atlanta. She was 98.
Hazel married Alfred Friedlander January 25, 1942. The couple celebrated their engagement at a party on Dec. 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed. Alfred went into the U.S. Army and Hazel accompanied him to Fort Dix, Fort Knox, Fort McClelland, Fort Polk and Fort Campbell, before he went overseas to Okinawa. Following the war, the couple lived in Elizabeth, N.J., and then Montclair, N.J., where Hazel advised students in the guidance office at Montclair State University.
After Alfred died in 1993, Hazel moved to Atlanta to be close to her daughter and grandchildren. In Atlanta, she formed a cherished friendship with Marion Levy and they were close for many years before he died in 2014. Both Hazel and Marion were members of The Temple and she was active for many years on the program committee.
Hazel was born to Irving and Sylvia Mandel on June 25, 1921, on the Lower East Side of New York. Her father came to America at the age of 16 with $50 in his pocket that he had saved from his earnings as a bellhop in a Vienna hotel. He sang in the Chicago Opera and performed in vaudeville before settling in Elizabeth, N.J., where he built a business selling fabric.
She is survived by her daughter, Lois Bean, of Lilburn, and her husband Edward; son David Friedlander, of Louisville, Ky.; grandsons Aaron (Cara) Bean, Brian (Syndee) Bean, of Atlanta, and Daniel (Margaret) Bean of Alexandria, Va.; great-grandchildren Taylor and Emily; sisters Judy Marlin and Joan Cohen, of San Jose, Calif.; brother Gerald Mandel of San Diego, Calif.; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family would like to express gratitude to Rabbi Peter Berg, Rabbi Loren Filson Lapidus and Cantor Deborah Hartman, along with Rabbi David Spinrad, for the many kindnesses they showed Hazel.