In Memoriam – Leah Goldwater

NORTHAMPTON – With deep sorrow and love, we report the passing of Leah “Dolly” Goldwater on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in her 94th year.

Leah was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Pauline Farber and Issac Coleman. She spent much of her childhood in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the era of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and the Great Depression. She enjoyed salt water taffy and body surfing in the Atlantic with her younger sister Janet, and older sister Sarah.

Leah became a legal secretary, expert typist, and stenographer before marriage took her to Connecticut, where she provided a loving home for her three children, Danielle, Pauline and Bernard. In later years, she moved to Northampton, to be near her daughter Pauline Fogel and her family.

Also known affectionately as “Mootie”, Leah was beloved for her kindness, cheerful outlook, and generosity – always putting the needs of others first. Even in her last days, she had a cheerful smile and laugh for visitors. Mootie accepted the flow of life’s events with wisdom, grace, and goodness.

Leah is survived by her three children, and by her three grandsons, Evan and Alex Fogel of Northampton, and Jason G. Cabot of San Francisco, California.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Lathrop Home and Calvin Coolidge (Care One) in Northampton for the supportive care, and warm environment they provided.

Donations in Leah’s memory can be made to Northampton Survival Center or Dakin Humane Society, or to the charity of your choice.

Published on August 31, 2016 in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.