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HALBERSTADT-CHOROWSKI

Suzanne Halberstadt-Chorowski, 75, of Longmeadow, died April 16 from complications relating to breast cancer. She was the wife of Max Chorowski. Born in the South of France, she was the daughter of Professor Manfred and Lilli Halberstadt. Her German-Jewish family hid in La Seyne-sur-Mer for the duration of the second World War, then moved to  Inwood/Washington Heights section of Upper Manhattan, where they lived within the Breuer’s Orthodox German Jewish community, later relocating to Springfield. She attended Forest Park Junior High and Classical High School, from which she graduated in 1963. She attended American International College for college and graduate school, where she received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Early Elementary Education and Special Education. Early in her career, she was an elementary school teacher in Springfield’s inner city public schools, teaching in the city’s first bilingual classroom. She also was a Hebrew school teacher for 35 years. In 2007 she received the Western Massachusetts Grinspoon Award for Excellence in Jewish Education for her work at the Sandi Kupperman Learning Center at Temple Beth El. She was a member of B’nai Jacob, Sons of Zion and Temple Beth El, as well as the National Council of Jewish Women. She was a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate). She ran the book club for Jewish organizations throughout Western Massachusetts. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Sylvie Juliet Shaffer (Miriam Quintal) of Takoma Park, Md., Molly Shaffer Parr (Richard Parr) of Northampton, and Amanda Chorowski Katz of Gaithersburg, Md.; a brother, Dr. Marcel Halberstadt (Lucille) of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; and five grandchildren, Becca, Lynx, Lilli, Leo, and Beatrix, and her nieces Lisa and Lori. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund at Temple Beth El (979 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01108); or to the Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (1148 Converse St., Longmeadow, MA 01106). ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL  HOME

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