Frances Fitterman Zaglin of Atlanta, 95, passed away peacefully at home, with her loving family by her side, on Jan. 31.
Frances survived her beloved husband, Marion Zaglin, who passed away December 2015. Born April 1926, Frances was the daughter of the late Simon and Celia Maziar Fitterman and brother to the late Dr. Israel Fitterman, of blessed memory.
From the early 1930s until the early 1950s, Frances attended school, all the while helping her immigrant parents in their grocery store on Eugenia Street. She enjoyed Yiddish speaking lessons at the Workmen’s Circle School on Capitol Avenue, attending classes at Girls’ High School, teaching Sunday School and serving as a counselor at Camp Young Judaea in North Carolina.
Frances attended college in Athens, but longed for her family and soon returned home. She completed her schooling at the Ivey Street Campus of the Atlanta Division of the University of Georgia. Frances’s education helped to frame her positive outlook on life, her willingness to maintain a sunny disposition throughout her 95 years. Upon graduation, Frances followed the suggestion of a professor and began what would be a lifelong career in elementary education with the City of Atlanta School System.
Fortunately, in 1950, a last-minute decision led Frances to join her mother, attending a family wedding in Greenville, S.C. Here, she met a young man, Marion Zaglin, with whom she experienced love at first sight. They began a long distance courtship and were married in Atlanta, June 17, 1951. Frances and Marion remained wedded for almost 65 years.
Survivors include adored son, Carl Zaglin; with grandchildren, Parker and Andrea; daughter, Ellen Zaglin; with son-in-law, Louis Roistacher.
Frances was a founding member of Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, lifetime member of Congregation Shearith Israel, lifetime member of Hadassah and lifetime member of Shearith Israel Sisterhood.
The Zaglin Family would like to thank the remarkable team of caregivers who provided extraordinary care for Frances: Yveline Raoul, Jennifer Wynter, Audrey Cox, Juliet Edwards, Jullean Jones and Tiffany Banks. Frances also received exceptional care from Weinstein Hospice.
Frances will long be remembered for her life lessons of maintaining gratitude, optimism, love for her family and her ability to adjust gracefully to obstacles. She instilled these characteristics in those she loved and who loved her in return. Most importantly, Frances possessed a strong sense of faith throughout her lifetime.
In addition to her beloved husband, Marion, of blessed memory, Frances is predeceased by brothers-in-law, Phil, Louis and Jack Zaglin; Sol, Harry and Joe Zaglin; Morris and Herman Glickman; sisters in-law, Freida Kaplan, Sara and Ella Glickman, of blessed memory. In addition to her children, Frances is survived by sisters-in-law, Rosa Fitterman, Faye and Margo Zaglin. She was blessed to have many loving nieces and nephews, cousins and lifelong friends.
Donations may be made to Congregation Shaarei Shamayim, 1600 Mt. Mariah Road, Atlanta, GA 30329. Graveside services were held Wednesday, Feb. 2, at Crest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Mark Kunis officiating. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta, 770-451-4999.
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