In Memoriam: Lillian Stein

Lillian Stein

Lillian Stein

Lillian Stein, a centenarian who for so long seemed to miraculously defy the effects of time, has died. Stein was the 101-year-old mother of Bonnie Squires, who is one of the founders of The Philadelphia Jewish Voice and its current president. Stein passed away of congestive heart failure on April 12, 2017.

Belying her age, Stein’s sharpness and vivacity were remarkable. In her late 90’s, she was making and selling jewelry; at 100, she was playing canasta multiple times per week and still keeping score in her head. A life member of Hadassah, Stein held leadership positions with Main Line Hadassah, as well as with the former American Jewish Congress. She was also past president of the Northern Hebrew Day Nursery.

In 2012, at the age of 96, Stein was interviewed on local TV by her daughter. Squires is host and producer of Bonnie’s Beat, a program on Main Line public television. Displaying her jewelry line and sharing stories from her long life during the interview, Stein described the experience as “one of [her] most exciting.”

In addition to Squires and her husband, Sami Ouahada, Stein leaves behind a son, Bruce Stein, and his wife, Diane Ginsberg; four grandchildren: Amy (Travis), Greggory (Brooke), Debbie (Bob) and David (Diane); and eight great-grandchildren.

Contributions in Lillian Stein’s memory can be made to Hadassah at 1518 Walnut Street, Suite. 402, Philadelphia, PA 19102, or you can donate online.

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