Obituary of Harriet Rose Strogoff – Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Harriet Rose Strogoff died at the age of 101 on September 15, 2022 at the Jewish Health Center. She was born in Salem, MA on February 14, 1921, the daughter of Isadore and Sarah Alpers.

Harriet is survived by her son, Joel, and his wife, Barbara, of Worcester, MA; his grandson, Adam Strogoff, also of Worcester; his granddaughter, Amanda Hayes, and his wife, Emily, of Media, PA; his great-grandchildren Masho, Avery and Redeit Strogoff; and many loving nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, Harriet was predeceased by her beloved husband of 61 years, Justice Stanford Strogoff; his brothers Hyman, Bernard, Nathan, Phineas and Joseph Alpers; and his sister, Ann Stull.

A graduate of Salem (MA) High School and Salem State Teachers College, Harriet earned a degree in the business program in 1943, with a major in accounting. Prior to her retirement in 1983, Harriet worked for a number of companies and organizations in Boston and Worcester, including The Owl Shop and Congregation Beth Israel. Harriet also worked at Embassy Pictures in Boston as personal secretary to Joseph E. Levine, a film distributor and producer who played a central role in the release of a number of blockbuster films, including “The Graduate”. Harriet was an active member of both Hadassah and Beth Israel Sisterhood, where she also served as treasurer.

Much loved by others, Harriet always put the interests of others above her own; nothing was ever about her. She was the epitome of a caring, loving and supportive wife, mother and grandmother. She also had a wonderful sense of humor which, combined with her warm smile, helped brighten the day for those who cared for her. Although gentle, Harriet had a quiet strength that carried her and others through difficult times.

A wonderful cook and baker, an avid reader, an avid crossword puzzler and avid Red Sox and Patriots fan, Harriet also had a true passion for Mah Jong. But above all, Harriet was very proud of the three generations that followed her. She always viewed each successive generation as a special blessing, and her love for them, no matter how great, was no match for the love she received in return.

The Strogoff family is grateful to Eisenberg Assisted Living and the Jewish Health Center for the exceptional care Harriet received during the last decade of her life.

Funeral services will be held at Congregation Beth Israel, 15 Jamesbury Dr, Worcester, on Sunday, September 18 at 3 p.m., followed by interment at B’nai Brith Cemetery, 55 St. John’s Rd, Worcester. A reception will follow at the Jewish Healthcare Centre, 629 Salisbury St, Worcester. Masks are optional at the synagogue and required at reception.

Memorial donations may be made to Congregation Beth Israel, Eisenberg Assisted Living or the Jewish Healthcare Center.

Shiva will be observed at the home of Joel and Barbara Strogoff Monday through Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are the responsibility of Miles Funeral Home of Holden.

Posted on September 17, 2022

Posted in Worcester Telegram & Gazette

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Congregation Beth Israel 15 Jamesbury Drive Worcester, MA 01609

September 18, 2022 at 15:00


B’nai Brith Cemetery 55 St. John’s Road Worcester, MA

September 18, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.

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