Naomi Ostrin, beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on Friday, September 27th, 2019 at the age of 96.
Naomi was born in Kaunus, Lithuania on August 24, 1923. She emigrated with her family to Cape Town, South Africa in 1929. She grew up in Maitland, Cape Town where she met her beloved, Ben and was married in 1946. Naomi and Ben moved to Port Elizabeth where they established a home. Their 3 children, Arnold, Greta and Peter were born there. They lived very happily in Port Elizabeth. Both were involved with the community and Naomi was very well-respected, taking up leadership roles in Jewish life.
Naomi was a person who you could really rely upon. She was determined, energetic, capable and positive and ran her own kosher catering business while raising 3 children and being a model wife, sister and aunt. She was always very stylish and would have the best hat in shul on Rosh Hashana. Her home was always open to everyone. Friday nights and Yom Tov were very festive and family and friends were always welcome.
In 1985, after Ben retired from a successful career, they decided to make Aliya to Israel. Naomi once again made a beautiful home in Ra’anana, where she had a huge circle of friends.
In 2000, they moved to Houston to be close to the family where she reveled in watching her grandchildren grow up. She enjoyed her great-grandchildren enormously and adored all of them.
After Ben’s death in 2004, she continued as the matriarch of the family until her health declined. She is survived by her loving children, Arnold and Olivia, Greta, and Peter and Joanne, grandchildren Edwin and Lisa Ostrin, Steven Bernitz, Gary and Sara Bernitz, Paul and Carrie Ostrin, Gilad Ostrin and Dylan Ostrin and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was a wonderful wife,mother, mother-in-law, sister, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother and she will be missed by everyone who loved her. Her memory will always be a blessing.
The family would like to thank her many caregivers at the Medallion, the Farrington and Houston Hospice for their kindness and love.