The family writes –
Born May 8, 1923, in New York, Muriel, nee Applebaum, died peacefully at age 94 in Newton, MA on January 7, 2018. Recently of Watchung and Scotch Plains before joining family in Massachusetts in 2016, Muriel also resided in Livingston and Elizabeth with her loving husband of 38 years, Mortimer H. Baumwoll [deceased, 1985]. Her family was central to her world, and her many deep friendships a testament to the love she freely gave. Muriel attended Brooklyn College from age 16 until WWII broke out, when she worked as a secretary at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, then married in 1947. She thoroughly enjoyed raising her 3 children while indulging her passions for books, bridge, and putting on shows. Later, she pursued her BA in Education and MA in Library Science at Keane College, completing them at age 48. For over 30 years she brought books to life as a school librarian in Elizabeth and research librarian at the Cranford Public Library. Muriel actively participated in the lives of her 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandsons, attending as many events and occasions as possible. She will be remembered for her zest for life, her magnanimous heart, her sincere interest in people and the world, her quick wit, infectious laugh, agile mind, and love affairs with food, crosswords, New York, the Jersey Shore, and M&Ms. Raised in the Bronx, she remained an ardent Yankee fan her whole life.
She is survived by her children: Robert Baumwoll and Martha Heller, Judy Baumwoll and Adam Pertman, all of Newton, Massachusetts, and Richard and Elyce (Strauss) Baumwoll of Scotch Plains; her grandchildren: Adam and Karen Baumwoll, Aron Baumwoll and Aaron Howland, David Baumwoll and Karen Alunkal, Jenny Baumwoll and Ted Geary, Michael Baumwoll and Claire Marcus, Becky Baumwoll, Zack Pertman and Mason Pertman; and her great-grandchildren: Cooper and Griffin Baumwoll, Shaffer and August Howland, and Rowan Geary-Baumwoll.
Please send Donations in Muriel’s memory to:
Plant a Tree in Israel – Jewish National Fund
Or the charity of your choice.