Obituary of Mildred Wallerstein
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Mildred (Mesody) Wallerstein passed on February 28, 2022. She is predeceased by her parents, Louis and Esther Cohen and her two brothers, Maurice and Herbert Corwin. She is survived by her son, Dr. Bruce Wallerstein and her reason for living these last 11 1/2 years, her one incredible granddaughter, Mia Esther. Her roots were in Spain and Portugal and though she was born in Boston, never was she far from her Spanish, Portuguese and Jewish heritage.
Mesody survived the Epidemic of 1917-1919, World War I and II, the stock market crash of 1929, the Great Depression, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War as well as uncounted conflicts around the world and just recently weathered the Covid 19 Pandemic.
Mildred worked for 35 years as a stenographer and secretary and eventually advanced into the engineering department of the transit authority the M.T.A. , now the M.B.T.A.. She was a single Mom, before they invented them, having divorced, just following WWII , she never remarried, traveled the world, played golf for 50 years and finally at 98, donated her clubs, saying : " I had a really good round"and she did.
For her 100th birthday, Mom, Mia and I went on a cruise to Mexico. She was given a round of applause each time she entered a room. Everyone was so taken by her enthusiasm, her spirit, her wit and energy. It was the perfect gift for all of us.
Mom had an incredibly healthy life, up until just the last few days, she was remarkable. At 103 1/2 she was still driving, managing all her financial affairs, living alone and cooking and taking care of everything.. She was a volunteer for many organizations and honored from every level of government from the President of the United States, to Governors of Massachusetts and California. She was a life long Girl Scout and felt honored to be recognized by them on many different occasions. She was involved in the local Chabad Chapter with her beloved, Rabbi Abba Perlmutter, in Long Beach.
Mildred, Mesody, Mom, Grandma: She was quite a lady and her presence in the world will never be replaced.