Esther Greenstein Berens passed away on December 30, at the age 98. Esther had a long and fruitful life leaving behind many who loved her.
Esther was born December 3, 1920 in the Bronx, New York, the youngest of six children. We like to think they saved the best for last. She grew up and graduated high school while living in the Bronx. Esther starting working, after training, at a job her sister Rose arranged for her at a company Rose was working at. It was during this time that Esther met the man she would be married to for 42 years, Louie Berenberg a/k/a Larry Berens. Esther and Larry moved from New York to Greenbelt, Maryland for a couple of years where Esther gave birth to her first daughter, Judith Trina. After returning to New York, Esther had her second daughter, Laura Alice. When her daughters were 7 and 3, Esther and Larry moved to Miami, Florida where Esther worked as a bookkeeper for an electrical contractor for 18 years. Esther and Larry moved many times within Florida, Arizona, California and ultimately ended up in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was there that Larry passed and Esther moved to Houston to be near family. In Houston, Esther worked until she was 85 years old, became a life member of Hadassah and spent quality time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.
Esther is survived by her daughters Judi Payne and Laura Moreland, son-in-law Earle Moreland, granddaughters and their husbands: Paula and Gary Gray, Francine and Jeff Jenkins, and her grandsons and their wives: Shaun and Tara Dooley, and Adam and Eva Dooley. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Briana Jenkins, Savannah Dooley, Connor Gray, Arden and Austin Dooley and Leah and Luke Dooley; niece and nephew-in-law Beth and George Lewis, nieces Roberta Rousseau and Renee Rodson, and nephews Kenny Green and Eugene Greenstein. . . and more friends and loved ones that are too numerous to name.
Esther will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, you may contribute in her name to the Alzheimer Association or Congregation Jewish Community North, Spring, TX.