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Nissenbaum, Rhoda Frye Nissenbaum, at the age of 97, passed away gently in her sleep on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. She was born in Salem, on February 7, 1920 to Ida and David Frye; she was one of four daughters. She received her bachelor's degree from Smith College in 1941. Mrs Nissenbaum was the loving wife for 67 years of Attorney Joseph J. Nissenbaum, who predeceased her in 2009. She lived in Somerville, for most of her adult life with her husband and seven children. She was a wonderful mother, and the grandmother of fifteen children; the great-grandmother of five children and the great-step-grandmother of two children. Mrs. Nissenbaum is survived by her sister, Audrey Helzner of Peabody, Mass., six of her seven children and fifteen grandchildren, Michael Nissenbaum and his wife, Irene of Stony Brook, New York and their daughter, Tami and her husband Michael Macolino; Alan Nissenbaum and his wife Ellen Zarrow-Nissenbaum of Newton, Mass. and their children, Wyckoff Nissenbaum and his wife, Melissa and their son, Kenneth and Alexis Fish and her husband, Ben Fish and their children, Louis and Aviva; Robert Nissenbaum of Somerville, Mass. and his former wife, Janice Nissenbaum of Medford, Mass. and their children Jennifer and her husband, Kris Cole and their children Hayden and Gabriel, Joshua, and Jonah and his wife, Gina and their children, Elijah and Juliana, Joan Gonzalez and her husband, Joseph of Center Moriches, New York and their children, Scott and Gregory, Susan Nissenbaum of North Grafton, Mass. and her son, Adam and her late daughter Effie, Jeremy Nissenbaum and his wife, Lily of Swampscott, and their children, Sarah, Joseph, Rachel, Jacob and Benjamin. Mrs. Nissenbaum was predeceased by her son, Kenneth and loving sisters Dorothy Frye Cohen and Barbara Frye, both of Salem, Mass. She also leaves her caretakers and loving friends, Sarah Nganda of Boston and Forstina Owusu of Worcester.
After her sixth child was born, Mrs. Nissenbaum went to work in her husband's family law and real estate practice where she became a Realtor and a licensed insurance agent. Mrs. Nissenbaum was very active in the PTA and encouraged her children to strive for the best education possible. She was a life member of Hadassah and was active for many years in Temple B'nai Brith in Somerville and then later in Temple Emanuel, Newton. Upon their retirement in 1983 Mr. and Mrs Nissenbaum moved to Miami Beach, Fla. where they resided for 25 years. With her husband she enrolled and completed a two year graduate course in gerontology from Florida International University. Mrs. Nissenbaum was a volunteer for many years at the South Miami Beach Senior Center where she did social work for the elderly including preparation of their tax returns, helping with insurance issues and housing problems. She was active in the North Miami Beach AARP where she served as vice-president and program speaker chair. At the age of 86 Mrs.Nissenbaum completely lost her sight to macular degeneration. Nonetheless with the help of her husband and supportive family she maintained an active and vibrant lifestyle. Since returning from Florida in 2008, Mrs. Nissenbaum resided in independent housing at Cabot Park Village in Newton, MA where she had many friends. While in Newton, Mrs. Nissenbaum regularly attended the daily minyan and weekly Shabbat services at Temple Emanuel, Newton and at the age of 94 completed their adult B'nai Mitzvah course. She was also a member of the monthly book group at the Perkins School for the Blind. She also served, for two years, on the membership committee of the Boston Chapter of Hadassah during these years.
Services at the at the Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard Street, Brookline, today, Wednesday, November 15 at 1 p.m. with burial to follow in Everett. The family will be sitting shiva at Alan and Ellen’s home until Sunday. Visitors are welcome from 1 to 5 p.m. and after 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to the Daily Minyan of Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward Street, Newton, MA 02459 or to the Perkins School for the Blind, Attn: Perkins Library Books on Tape, 175 North Beacon St, Watertown, MA 02472
Levine Chapels, Brookline
Published on  November 15, 2017
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