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Obituary: FINKELSTEIN, RACHELLE

Published: Sunday, Dec. 28 2014 12:38 p.m. MST

Rachelle Finkelstein1913 ~ 2011Rachelle Finkelstein, our beautiful, beloved devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away on November 25, 2011. Rachelle, daughter of George and Esther Medoway, was born on June 25, 1913 in Antwerp, Belgium. When she was seven years old, she immigrated with her parents to the United States settling in Ogden, Utah. She entered Lewis Elementary School and graduated from Ogden High School when she was 16 years old, finishing school in nine years. At the time of her graduation, Rachelle was awarded the Gold Medal for Music, and received a music scholarship to the University of Utah. Rachelle's parents gave her a graduation gift of a trip to Los Angeles, California and while there had the opportunity of going into the movies. However, she chose to go to the University of Utah. While attending the University of Utah, she sang in the Girls' Glee Club and had a leading part in the Hansel and Gretel Opera. She was a member of the Phi Sigma Sigma National Sorority, the French Club, Spurs, Apmin Fine Arts Society and Beta Delta Mu Music Sorority. Rachelle sang beautifully, articulated beautifully, and had an amazing memory. She had a beautiful soprano voice and studied with many prominent voice teachers. At the age of 14, she sang at the Egyptian Theatre in Ogden and was accompanied by a prominent orchestra. During the war years, she sang every Sunday morning at services for the Jewish soldiers stationed at tents at the old airport. She sang in concerts throughout the West, television, radio, synagogues, and churches and sang on the National Church of the Air Program. While in Israel, she sang in a Roman Amphitheater. She appeared in the first Utah Opera Theatre and sang in "Tales of Hoffman" as Nicklausse under the baton of Maurice Abravanel. She also was a fine pianist and accompanied herself on many occasions.Rachelle graduated from the University of Utah in 1933 with a degree in education. She taught school in Ogden, Utah for one year prior to her marriage in October, 1935 to Myron Finkelstein at which time she moved to Salt Lake City where she resided the rest of her life. Rachelle was active in many organizations having been president of the former B'nai Israel Sisterhood, B'nai Brith Women of Salt Lake City Chapter, National Council of Jewish Women, Salt Lake City Chapter and the Greater Salt Lake City Chapter of Hadassah. She was a volunteer worker for many organizations throughout her life. She was also a member of Congregation Kol Ami and a member of sisterhood. Rachelle was an avid reader, belonging to a book club for many years as well as a bridge club. She is listed in the Archives of the Utah State Historical Society.She was a very charitable, and a kind, thoughtful, compassionate and caring friend who always was ready to help when called upon. Although she loved to travel to many parts of the United States as well as abroad with her husband, her greatest joy was going to visit her children and grandchildren and have them come to visit her and her husband. Rachelle's family will always remember her by reading her autobiography which she wrote and gave to the entire family as well as reading her poetry which she wrote in her later life. She leaves a beautiful legacy for her family and will be missed by all who knew her. Rachelle was predeceased by her husband Myron of 65 years and her eldest daughter Barbara Schefsky. She is survived by her daughters, Janice Sagan (Donald Sagan) of Tustin, Ca. and Susan Bernstein (Philip) of Chicago, Il., five grandchildren, Steve, Gary and Lori Schefsky, and Michael and David Sagan, and eight great-grandchildren, Samantha and Jackson Schefsky, Trevor and Emily Clinton, Jeffrey and Jordan Sagan and Max and Myles Sagan.We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to those who cared for our Mother at Emeritus, Curo Home and Health Hospice, Cheryl Wilson as well as all of her wonderful friends who came to visit her.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests charitable contributions to Congregation Kol Ami, Salt Lake City Chapter of Hadassah and National Council of Jewish Women.Funeral services will be held at Evans & Early Mortuary located at 574 East 100 South Salt Lake City on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 at 12:00 p.m. For condolences please visit www.evans-earlymortuary.com.