Peabody, Ma — Mrs. Frances Gold, 84, died on Thursday, January 3, 2013. A memorial service was held at Brooksby Village on Thursday, January 10.
Fran graduated from City College of New York and with a master's degree from Brooklyn College. She married the late Gerald Gold in 1954. They resided for over 40 years in Westfield, N.J., and she was a teacher in the Roselle public school system, Roselle, N.J. She was formerly a member of the Temple Emanu-El of Westfield and its Women's Club. Fran moved to Brooksby Village Retirement Community in Peabody in 2011. Having obtained the distinction of "life master" in bridge, playing cards was by far her greatest pastime. She was also a strong supporter of the arts, particularly the performance arts, subscribing to several theaters, opera and symphony. Fran loved to travel and made many trips with family and friends to Europe, Israel and North America. Strong-willed, she actively promoted causes in the public interest and equality across race and gender. She was most proud of her children and grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.
She is survived by her daughters, Leah Wingardner and Julie Gold; her grandchildren, Joshua Wingardner, Rebecca Wingardner, David Wingardner and Iris Gold-Rodal; sons-in-law, James Wingardner and Michael Rodal; her sister, Nancy Goldstein, and nieces, Lori Rosenkrantz and Susan Davis.
ARRANGEMENTS: Donations in her memory can be made to the Brooksby Village Scholarship Fund, 200 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA 01960, or the charity of your choice.