Joan Brest Friedberg
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Joan Brest Friedberg

FRIEDBERG: Joan Brest Friedberg, on Sunday, March 13, 2022, age 94. Beloved wife of the late Simeon A. Friedberg. Beloved mother of Betsy Friedberg (Drew McCoy) of Melrose, Massachusetts, Aaron Friedberg (Nadège Rolland Friedberg) of Princeton, New Jersey, and Susan Friedberg Kalson (David Kalson) of Pittsburgh. Daughter of the late Aaron P. and Lillian Markell Brest. Sister of the late Ellen Riedel. Grandmother of Laura McCoy (Tim Barrett), Ethan McCoy, Eli Friedberg, Gideon Friedberg, Will Kalson (Liz Belczyk), Hannah Kalson and Rachel Kalson. Step-grandmother of Alexandre, Claire, and Hadrien Rolland. Great-grandmother of Ezra Kalson. Dear aunt, cousin and devoted friend. Born in Boston, Joan grew up on a chicken farm in Norfolk, Massachusetts, where she attended a two-room school. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1948 and received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Pittsburgh in 1972. After teaching English at Pitt, she returned to a focus on early childhood education as a preschool teacher at the Carriage House in Squirrel Hill. In 1984, she and her friend and colleague Elizabeth Segel founded Beginning with Books, a literacy program focused on low-income families that promoted reading aloud to babies and children. Her loving and generous nature shaped a beautiful life and touched all who knew her. Services at Rodef Shalom Congregation, 4905 Fifth Avenue (at Morewood), on Wednesday, March 16 at 1 p.m. Visitation at temple, one hour prior to the service (12 noon-1 p.m.). At the family’s request, masks and vaccinations are required. Interment West View Cemetery of Rodef Shalom Congregation. The service will be live streamed through Rodef Shalom Congregation. Please contact Rodef Shalom for a link to the service. Virtual shiva will be held on Wednesday and Thursday. Contributions in her memory may be made to Bryn Mawr College, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Children’s Collection, or Planned Parenthood of Western Pennsylvania. Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com PJC

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