Harriette R. Libenson
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Harriette R. Libenson

LIBENSON: Harriette R. Libenson, beloved wife, mother and sister, passed on Feb. 26, 2021, at the age of 91. She was at home in Coronado, California, surrounded by her sons and daughter. Harriette was born on June 10, 1929, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, to Louis J. and Fanny Rubenstein — charter members of the Pliskover Free Loan Association. She is predeceased by her husband of more than 64 years, Jerome M. Libenson. A first generation American, she was the youngest sister of Harold and Erwin Rubenstein and Ruth Spiegel. As a young girl, she would travel by train to spend summers in Pittsburgh with her grandmother and aunts, keenly observing the styles at the family’s women’s clothes store, Katzman’s on Fifth Avenue in McKeesport, learning secrets of baking and cooking, or simply shooting hoops. Harriette was a woman of elegance and style who enjoyed a lifetime of international travel, dining, the fine arts, athletics, collecting art, shopping and, most of all, sharing these experiences with her husband, children and extended family. After playing on a championship basketball team in high school, Harriette graduated at the top of her class at Pennsylvania State University, taught fifth grade, was an accomplished realtor with the Howard Hanna Real Estate Company for many years and an active member in multiple community organizations. Harriette was a gracious host. Any invitee to her home, whether to enjoy a stuffed veal breast or some mundelbread, always knew they were in for a special treat. She is survived by her sisters-in-law Joan Scheinholtz of Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania, Betty Lou Rubenstein of Arlington, Virginia, and Maxine Libenson of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; sons Clark (Paulette) of San Diego, California, Ross (Susie) of Kensington, California, and daughter Sue of Haines, Alaska; two grandsons, four grand-daughters and many nieces and nephews. Burial was next to Jerome in San Diego. Contributions may be made to the Jewish Family Services of San Diego, www.jfssd.org, the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh, www.jewishpgh.org, or to a charity of the donor’s choice. Harriette will be remembered and missed by those who had the privilege to know her. May her memory be a blessing. PJC

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