Ronnie Jean Goldstein
(4/14/1949 – 4/6/2015)
Mrs. Ronnie Jean (Hurwitz) Goldstein passed peacefully Monday night surrounded by her family. She was 65 years old. Ronnie was born in Boston, MA during the spring of 1949 to Harold and Lillian Hurwitz, who raised her in Newton, MA. She attended Brimmer and May, Chauncey Hall and Newton South High School and went on to earn an undergraduate degree in education from Sargent College at Boston University in 1970. Later she pursued graduate work at Northeastern University in Boston.
During the summer months while in college, Mrs. Goldstein would work at summer camps in Hurleyville, NY. She met Leon during those summers and the two were married June 17, 1973 in Brookline, MA and moved to Nashua, NH. Ronnie became a teacher at the old Nashua High School on Elm Street and was deeply proud as the field hockey coach there and at Rivier College in Nashua.
She left teaching after giving birth to her son Aaron May 7, 1978, and later twin boys, Harold and Robert November 10, 1980. Always a mother first, Ronnie remained active in her community in many other ways. She was an active member of the greater Nashua Jewish community, holding leadership positions within the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training (ORT) chapter. Through her volunteerism within those and other organizations and together with many other local women, she helped to build a vibrant Jewish community in greater Nashua. It is through these fellowship organizations that she met many other women whom she developed deep bonds with. Ronnie also loved Mar-Jong and spending time with her friends playing the game and talking about family. Mrs. Goldstein loved bowling, playing bridge and other card games, and her family’s pets which always included dogs and cats. She was a Red Sox fan and seeing them win the World Series, not once, but three times, during her life made her very happy.
Above all, she was a proud parent and nana and devoted herself to her family, instilling in them a sense of pride in their heritage, the importance of education as a lifelong pursuit and competition as a way to share with others. She would often be found on the side of the swimming pool at Nashua YMCA Prospectors practices and competitions throughout New England cheering for her sons, their team, and later her grandson, Ben, whom she took great joy in watching to learn to swim in recent years. Next to the birth of her own children, the births of each of her three grandchildren were among the proudest of her life. Mrs. Goldstein enjoyed watching birds and being at the beach. She enjoyed spending time with her family at Point Sebago Resort in Maine, where they purchased a small vacation home within yards of the water. She also spent significant time sitting in the sun at beaches on Cape Cod, the New Hampshire coast and Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
Mrs. Goldstein is survived by her husband of 43 years, Leon Goldstein; three sons; a daughter-in-law and three grandchildren, Aaron and Ashley (Gill) Goldstein and their children Benjamin, Bode and Brynn of Merrimack, NH, Harold Goldstein of Boston, MA and Robert Goldstein of Boston, MA.
SERVICES: A funeral service will take place in Nashua, April 8 at 12:00pm noon at Temple Beth Abraham 4 Raymond St., Nashua, NH 03064, followed by burial at the Temple Beth Abraham cemetery in Nashua. Rabbi Jonathan Spira-Savett to officiate. Friends are welcome to offer stories of Ronnie at her home following the burial at 10 Lacy Lane, Nashua, NH. In lieu of flowers please hug and kiss your children and make a donation to a charity of your choice. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. The Davis Funeral Home, 1 Lock St. Nashua, NH is in charge of arrangements. An online guest-book is available at www.davisfuneralhomenh.com. (603) 883-3401 “ONE MEMORY LIGHTS ANOTHER.”