Harriet Frankel Firkins, 72

Harriet Frankel Firkins, 72

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September 27, 2022 ~ 3 Tishri 5783

Harriet Frankel Firkins, 72, died Tuesday, September 27, 2022. She was a retired school teacher and professor, member of Keneseth Israel Congregation and its Sisterhood, and board member of the Vaad HaKashruth.

 She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, her son Seth, and her brother Harold. She is survived by her daughters Rachel Firkins (Allie), Becca Baker (Jeremy), grandson Aston Baker,  brother Larry Frankel, sister-in-law Anita Frankel, and many many other loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends near and far.

To say that Harriet was a force to be reckoned with would be to grossly under-represent the power of her presence. When Harriet was in a room – any room – you could be sure of several things. It was a place of warmth, it was a place of love, it was a place of acceptance and welcome. It was also a place with food, so much food, and zero time for anyone’s foolishness. Harriet’s capacity for love and humor were both boundless, and her singing and laughter will be missed by all who knew her. While we can never fill the void her passing has created, we hope you will honor her memory and keep her joy alive by loving each other fiercely, laughing with each other loudly, and wiping each other’s tears – be they from happiness or sorrow.

Graveside funeral services will be at 1:00 p.m. Friday, September 30, 2022 at Keneseth Israel Cemetery, 2800 Preston Highway

A meal of condolence, sponsored by the KI Sisterhood, will be held after the funeral services at Keneseth Israel Congregation, 2531 Taylorsville Road. The family will be observing Shiva at 1613 Almara Circle on Sunday, October 2, and Monday, October 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., with minyan at 6:00 p.m. Please note that there will not be minyan at Keneseth Israel on those dates – minyan will be at the Shiva residence instead.

The family would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the caring people at Hosparus, especially Betsy and Cheri and Kesha, who helped Harriet maintain the comfort and dignity she so deserved. 

Harriet’s daughters would also like to extend their immeasurable gratitude and love to Mark Frankel, Beth Haines, and Chelsea Burris who were literally and figuratively by mom’s side until the end.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Keneseth Israel Congregation Sisterhood CLICK HERE

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Keneseth Israel Cemetery