Jeannette Bornstein, 86


CLEARWATER, FLA. – Jeannette Bornstein died Jan. 30 in Clearwater. She was the beloved wife of the late Morton Bornstein. Born in Antwerp, Belgium, Jeannette was the daughter of the late Ignace and Rose (Stern) Berkovic and the beloved foster daughter of Edith (Gershman) and Benjamin Matusow. She had lived in Clearwater since 2005, previously living in Warren.

Jeannette was a member of the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg. She was dedicated to speaking regularly to students, teachers and the general public with her sister, Marie Silverman, in the hopes that something like the Holocaust would never happen again.

She was on the advisory committee to the Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services Holocaust Survivor Program and involved in their food pantry. Jeannette belonged to Temple Emanu-El in Providence.

Jeannette’s working life spanned many decades at Miller’s Delicatessen with Morty, David, Larry and many of the Bornstein and Borenstein family. She took solace and joy in painting, crochet and gourmet cooking.

She was the devoted mother of David Bornstein and his wife, Byrna, of Westwood, Massachusetts, and the late Larry Bornstein. She was the dear sister of Marie Silverman of Clearwater, Florida, and her late husband, Melvin, and sister-in-law of Stanley Bornstein and his wife, Ginny, of Syosset, New York. She was the loving grandmother of Sheera and her husband, Brian, Elana, and Jaclyn. She was the cherished great-grandmother of Charlotte.  Aunt Jeannette was also loved by her niece and nephews Renee (Hank), Marc (Matt), Stephen and their families.

Contributions in her memory may be made to The Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th St. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 or Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services Holocaust Survivor Program, 14041 Icot Blvd, Clearwater, FL 33760.