Louise Kass Pomerantz of Lancaster, Pa., formerly of Rye, N.Y., died peacefully on February 21, 2021 at her residence in the Mennonite Home of Lancaster. She was 99 years old and led a full and wonderful life.
Born December 7, 1921 in Atlanta, Georgia, she was the daughter of George and Kate Kass. She grew up in Piedmont, Alabama, where her parents ran a general store. After graduating from high school in Piedmont, in a class of 21 students, many of whom she remained close to her entire life, she attended the University of Alabama. She left after two years and moved “north” to Washington D.C. to work for the Navy Department during World War II. There, she met the love of her life, Frank Pomerantz and they were married for 64 years.
Long before it was the norm, Mrs. Pomerantz was a working mother. She was a secretary to the Superintendent of Schools in the City of Rye, and while working, she completed her college education, graduating from the College of New Rochelle in 1974, more than 35 years after leaving the University of Alabama. After “retiring”, she began working as a preschool teacher, a job she loved and held until she and her husband moved to Lancaster to be closer to their daughter Beth and family.
A great cook who combined the best of her Southern and Jewish heritages, she was known for her Southern Fried Chicken, Pecan Pie, and Matzo Ball soup. A strong and proud woman who was loved and admired, in difficult times, Louise would offer simple, but essential, advice: “Patience and fortitude.”
Her family said, “She will be missed greatly, remembered daily, and whenever we hear a strong Southern accent, we will think of her and smile.”
She is survived by her son Jerry Pomerantz and his wife Nancy Greystone of Santa Monica Calif.; her son-in-law David Ehrlich of Lancaster; grandchildren Philip Ehrlich and his wife Allison Grubbs of Chicago, Sally Ehrlich of Chicago, Aaron Pomerantz of Seattle, and Ava Pomerantz of Santa Monica; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank, daughter Beth, son Alan, and sister Ethel Weinstein.
Louise Pomerantz will be laid to rest in a private ceremony at Congregation KTI cemetery in Greenwich, Conn.
Donations is her memory may be made to Temple Beth El, 1836 Rohrerstown Road, Lancaster, PA 17601; Mennonite Home, 1520 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601; or Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave, Montgomery, AL 36104.
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