Melba Kaplan, 99


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Melba Kaplan (Storti) died on March 7. She was the wife of the late James Kaplan. Born in Boston, a daughter of the late Angelo and Jenny (Hyman) Storti, she was a longtime resident of Cranston and Pompano Beach, Fla.

Along with her late husband, she was the founder and proprietor of the former James Kaplan Jewelers in Cranston, founded in 1954. Together, they were founding members of the Crestwood Country Club. She was a member of Temple Beth-El, Hadassah and the Women’s Association of Miriam Hospital. She was an avid golfer and loved to play bridge. She was an amazing woman who was adored and loved by all.

She is survived by her son, Richard A. Kaplan, and his wife Susan of Riverside; her grandchildren Mindy B. Lane and her husband Bruce, Ronald L. Kaplan and his wife Kim, Donna Figueroa and her husband Hector, and Lori Selsberg and her husband David; and her great-grandchildren Justin, Shari, Brandon, Devin, Jerald, Gianni, Allie, Maddy and Alisha. She was the mother of the late Gerald Kaplan and his wife Sheila and sister of the late Jack Storti and Norma Sondler. She loved all who entered her life.

Contributions in her memory may be made to The American Cancer Society, 931 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick, R.I. 02886.